Artur Beterbiev Defends Three World Titles with TKO Victory Over Anthony Yarde
On January 28th, Artur Beterbiev, the light heavyweight unified champion, defended his three world titles with an eighth-round TKO victory over Anthony Yarde in London. With this win, Beterbiev maintains his 100% KO accuracy, making him the only current champion with this feat.
However, according to many experts, Beterbiev’s victory wasn’t enough to move him up on the ESPN men’s pound for pound rankings. Despite the victory, Beterbiev was hit several times, and Yarde was leading on two of the three scorecards when the fight was stopped.
Another Impressive Win, But Not Enough to Leapfrog in ESPN P4P Rankings
Dmitry Bivol, the current WBA light heavyweight champion, recently defended his title with an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, further establishing himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing.
So, with this victory, Bivol moved up in the pound-for-pound rankings from No 8 to No 7, creating a gap between himself and fellow 175-pound champion Artur Beterbiev, who is now ranked at No 9. However, a Bivol vs Beterbiev fight to crown an undisputed champion at light heavyweight would be an exciting match and a must-see bout for boxing fans.
Besides, according to ESPN boxing writer Mike Coppinger, Bivol’s domination of Ramirez after routing Canelo Alvarez in May has cemented his position as a top pound-for-pound fighter. Coppinger believes that Bivol’s breakout campaign should net him fighter-of-the-year honors and that it will take a special fighter to upend Bivol, even if he faces Beterbiev in a potential unification fight.
Dmitry Bivol Goal
Bivol has a goal of becoming the undisputed champion but acknowledges that making a unification fight could prove difficult due to the different promoters involved. However, Bivol remains optimistic and hopes to fight for all four belts to achieve his dream.
Additionally, in other boxing news, Devin Haney recently entered the rankings for the first time at No 8 after successfully defending his undisputed lightweight championship against George Kambosos Jr.
ESPN p4p boxing: Showing Dominance Despite Challenges
On the other hand, ESPN writer Ben Baby believes that Beterbiev’s continued dominance, even in the midst of challenges, is enough to move him higher on the p4p ESPN list. So Baby argues that it is hard to find someone as dominant in their division as Beterbiev.
The Top Light Heavyweight for a Considerable Amount of Time
Baby pointed out that despite being behind on the scorecards, Beterbiev was still able to stop Yarde and maintain his status as the top light heavyweight for a considerable amount of time.
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Artur Beterbiev’s victory over Anthony Yarde was impressive, but the expert panel remains divided on his placement on the pound-for-pound list. While some believe he needs to face stronger competition, others believe his continued dominance makes him a top contender. So, subscribe to ESPN+ to catch all the latest boxing action.
ESPN p4p list
1. TERENCE CRAWFORD Welterweight (champion)
Previous ranking: No. 1
2. NAOYA INOUE Bantamweight (champion)
Earlier ranking: No. 2
3. ERROL SPENCE JR. Welterweight (champion)
Previous ranking: No. 4
4.OLEKSANDR USYK Heavyweight (champion)
Earlier ranking: 3
5. CANELO ALVAREZ
Super middleweight (champ)
Previous ranking: 5
6. TYSON FURY
Earlier ranking: 6
7. DMITRY BIVOL
Light heavyweight (champ)
Previous ranking: 8
8. DEVIN HANEY Lightweight
Earlier ranking: 9
9. ARTUR BETERBIEV Light heavyweight (champion)
Previous ranking: 7
10. SHAKUR STEVENSON Junior lightweight
Earlier ranking: 10
How does the vote happen for the ESPN P4P Rankings?
ESPN P4P Rankings: The voting panel comprises writers who vote for the best fighters, in their opinion, regardless of weight category.
These are the ESPN writers who voted on the ESPN P4P Rankings: Atlas. Bradley. Coppinger. Tessitore. Parkinson. Raskin.Ward. Baby. Rothstein. Phelps. Rodriguez. Poncher. Osuna. Trejos. Woodyard. Dansby. Moynihan. Pilatti. Zirolli. Mascaro. Freeman.
Then there is the calculation of points in the ESPN P4P Rankings., which is based on a system of decreasing points. For example, the first-line vote gets 10 points, the second-line vote gets 9 points, and so on. The win goes to the fighter with the highest ranking, and then to the other one with the most votes in that ranking. That is the formula for voting for the ESPN P4P Rankings.
Artur Beterbiev is the unified light heavyweight champion with a perfect KO percentage. He recently defended his three world titles with an eighth-round TKO victory over Anthony Yarde in London.
The ESPN pound-for-pound ranking is a list of the best boxers in the world, regardless of weight class. Beterbiev currently sits at No. 7 in the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings.
Despite his victory, Beterbiev did not move up in the ESPN men's pound-for-pound rankings. However, opinions on Beterbiev's placement are divided among experts. Some believe he needs to face stronger competition, while others believe his continued dominance makes him a top contender.
The ESPN writers who vote on the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings are: Atlas, Bradley, Coppinger, Tessitore, Parkinson, Raskin, Ward, Baby, Rothstein, Phelps, Rodriguez, Poncher, Osuna, Trejos, Woodyard, Dansby, Moynihan, Pilatti, Zirolli, Mascaro, and Freeman.
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