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article imageRoman Gonzalez is The Ring's new pound-for-pound king

By Leo Reyes     Sep 16, 2015 in Sports
WBC and The Ring flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez has taken the place of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as The Ring's No.1 fighter in the world, pound for pound.
The new list of The Ring's Top 10 best fighters in the world — pound-for-pound — was released following Mayweather's previous announcement that he will retire after his fight against Andre Berto, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last May 2.
The Ring's Ratings Panel and Editorial Board has considered Mayweather retired and was not considered in determining the composition of the Top 10 names of the new pound for pound list.
Gonzalez (43-0-0, 37 KOs), who hails from Managua, Nicaragua, is facing challenger Brian Viloria of the Philippines on October 17 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 28-year-old Nicaraguan is coming off a TKO win against Edgar Sosa last May at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez in unbeaten in his 43-fight pro career with his last nine fights coming via TKO.
The Ring's pound-for-pound list now include:
Roman Gonzalez (No.1)
Andre Ward (2)
Sergey Kovalev (3)
Gennady Golovkin (4)
Guillermo Rigondeaux (5)
Wladimir Klitschko (6)
Terence Crawford (7)
Manny Pacquiao (8)
Shinsuke Yamanaka (9)
Kell Brook (10)
Former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao moved further down to No. 8 in the list due to his recent loss to Mayweather last May and his not so impressive 3-3 on his last six fights.
Surprisingly, Timothy Bradley and Canelo Alvarez are nowhere to be found in the Top 10.
"We considered a number of other fighters for No. 10, including Tim Bradley, Canelo Alvarez, Naoya Inoue and Estrada, but decided upon Brook because of his recent dominance – including a clear decision over Shawn Porter – against good opposition," The Ring's Michael Rosenthal said
"The winner of the Alvarez-Miguel Cotto fight Nov. 21 is likely to crack the Top 10, particularly if he gives a strong performance," he added.
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