In the ever-evolving landscape of boxing, determining the best pound-for-pound fighters is an everlasting debate among fans and experts alike.

With a myriad of talents showcasing their skills in the ring, the hierarchy of greatness is constantly shifting.

As we count down the days to some notable up-and-coming fights, some of which we will touch on below, let’s assess the current state of the sport and delve into the top contenders in the pound-for-pound rankings.

  1. Terence Crawford – Record: 40-0, 31 KOs

Despite his hiatus from the ring since last July, Terence Crawford maintains his grip on the top spot in the boxing world.

His impressive ninth-round TKO victory over Errol Spence Jr. solidified his status as one of the welterweight division’s most dominant forces.

With talks swirling of a potential showdown against Sebastian Fundora, the WBO and WBC super-welterweight champion, Crawford’s return to action is eagerly awaited by boxing enthusiasts worldwide.

  1. Naoya Inoue – Record: 26-0, 23 KOs

Japan’s Naoya Inoue is rapidly ascending the pound-for-pound ranks with his stellar performances against creditable opposition.

His conquest of the super-bantamweight division, culminating in becoming the undisputed champion with wins over Stephen Fulton and Marlon Tapales, showcases his exceptional talent and punching power.

Inoue’s upcoming bout against former world champion Luis Nery presents another opportunity to further solidify his position as one of boxing’s elite.

  1. Oleksandr Usyk – Record: 21-0, 14 KOs

Many doubted his step up to the Blue Riband weight class, but Oleksandr Usyk’s triumphant foray into the heavyweight division has captured the imagination of fans worldwide.

His victories over Anthony Joshua have reshaped the landscape of the division, seeing him claim the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts and positioning the Ukrainian as a formidable force.

A showdown against Tyson Fury for unified glory looms large, and a victory for Usyk would ring loud in the annals of boxing history.

Worryingly for fans of the ‘Gypsy King’, the Tyson Fury betting market is not as much in the Briton’s favour as it was ahead of the initial bout with Usyk in February.

  1. Dmitry Bivol – Record: 22-0, 11 KOs

Dmitry Bivol’s ascent to pound-for-pound prominence has been propelled by his impressive victories, including a notable win over Canelo Alvarez that sent shockwaves through the sport.

The Russian most recently beat Lyndon Arthur on the Day of Reckoning card in Saudi Arabia, winning the IBO light-heavyweight title to go alongside his WBA belt.

His unification bout against Artur Beterbiev in June promises to be a blockbuster showdown, and could further cement his status as one of boxing’s premier talents.

  1. Canelo Alvarez – Record: 60-2-2, 39 KOs

Widely regarded as one of the finest boxers of his generation, Canelo Alvarez’s legacy in the combat sport is undeniable.

Despite that aforementioned setback against Bivol, Alvarez’s resume boasts victories over some of the sport’s biggest names, including two wins over Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin.

As he continues to showcase his prowess in the ring, Alvarez remains a force to be reckoned with.

Outside the top five, fighters such as Devin Henry, Artur Beterbiev, Gervonta Davis, Shakur Stevenson, and Tyson Fury round out the top 10, each contributing to the rich tapestry of talent in boxing today.

Fury could take a massive leap up the pound-for-pound rankings should he capitalise on his status as the slight favourite in the boxing odds and defeat Usyk on May 18.