Rankings (Jan. 28, 2020): Garcia and Hurd hold, Fulton makes splash at 122

Rankings will be posted each Tuesday at Noon ET.

Ranked fights this week:

  • Cruiserweight: (4) Ilunga Makabu vs (7) Michal Cieslak, Jan. 31
  • Middleweight: (3) Demetrius Andrade vs Luke Keeler, Jan. 30
  • Welterweight: (7) Yordenis Ugas vs Mike Dallas Jr, Feb. 1
  • Junior Lightweight: (3) Tevin Farmer vs (7) Joseph Diaz Jr, Jan. 30
  • Junior Featherweight: (2) Daniel Roman vs (10) Murodjon Akhmadaliev, Jan. 30
  • Minimumweight: (5) Pedro Taduran vs Daniel Valladares, Feb. 1

Upcoming Fights: (1) Tyson Fury vs (2) Deontay Wilder, Feb. 22


Upcoming Fights: (4) Ilunga Makabu vs (7) Michal Cieslak, Jan. 31 … (5) Kevin Lerena vs Firat Arslan, Feb. 8 … (1) Mairis Briedis vs (2) Yuniel Dorticos, Mar. 21


Upcoming Fights: (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Meng Fanlong, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (4) Caleb Plant vs Vincent Feigenbutz, Feb. 15 … (3) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, May 2


Upcoming Fights: (3) Demetrius Andrade vs Luke Keeler, Jan. 30 … (1) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, May 2 … (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, TBA


Notes: Hurd didn’t exactly light it up on Saturday in a win over Francisco Santana, but he stays in his spot at No. 4 here. I will say I wouldn’t expect him to beat Lara or Castano or even Harrison — two of whom (Lara and Harrison) he’s already beaten — if he fights the way he did this weekend. But I also would expect him to revert back to his previous style in any of those fights, where he’d actually be tested. We’ll see what he does when things get tougher.

Upcoming Fights: (6) Brian Castano vs (10) Patrick Teixeira, TBA


Notes: Like Hurd, Garcia wasn’t exactly stellar in a win over Ivan Redkach, but he won handily. It’s expected he gets something bigger next, maybe Manny Pacquiao. For a division with a lot of talent, hype, and star power, welterweight is currently at something of a standstill. Spence will return from injury with a tune-up probably, we might but might not get Crawford-Porter, Pacquiao picks and chooses what he wants and what he wants most seems to be Conor McGregor, Thurman has been half in the game for a long time now, Garcia is trying to find a dance partner, and Ugas isn’t likely to get big fights that aren’t forced by mandatory orders.

Upcoming Fights: (7) Yordenis Ugas vs Mike Dallas Jr, Feb. 1 … (9) Vergil Ortiz Jr vs TBA, Mar. 28


Upcoming Fights: (1) Josh Taylor vs Apinun Khongsong, TBA … (2) Jose Ramirez vs (6) Viktor Postol, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (2) Teofimo Lopez, TBA … (4) Luke Campbell vs (7) Javier Fortuna, TBA … (10) Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (3) Tevin Farmer vs (7) Joseph Diaz Jr, Jan. 30


Upcoming Fights: (2) Gary Russell Jr vs (4) Tugstsogt Nyambayar, Feb. 8 … (6) Kid Galahad vs (9) Claudio Marrero, Feb. 8 … (10) Ryan Walsh vs TBA, Feb. 21 … (3) Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga, Mar. 14


Notes: Stephen Fulton Jr has been sitting just outside the top 10 for me for a while now, and I’ve debated putting him in before. Now I’m pulling the trigger after a comfortable decision win in a WBO eliminator over Arnold Khegai. The Fulton we saw against Khegai would be, in my view, a favorite over Brandon Figueroa, another young PBC standout at the weight; a fight between the two was teased last year, but Fulton got an eliminator instead. I jumped Fulton to No. 8, replacing Japanese veteran Yukinori Oguni, who really hasn’t looked that great recently. But Oguni could come back next week depending on what happens in the Roman-Akhmadaliev fight on Thursday. As for Fulton, I really think his skills — in particular a fantastic jab — give him the base skills to be a problem for anyone at this weight right now. Others have some more proof on their records, but on the eye test the Philly fighter looks like trouble.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Daniel Roman vs (10) Murodjon Akhmadaliev, Jan. 30 … (4) Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Liborio Solis [bantamweight], Feb. 8 … (3) Emanuel Navarrete vs Jeo Tupas Santisima, Feb. 22


Upcoming Fights: (1) Naoya Inoue vs (5) John Riel Casimero, Apr. 25 … (3) Nordine Oubaali vs (4) Nonito Donaire, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (6) Roman Gonzalez vs (7) Kal Yafai, Feb. 29


Upcoming Fights: (4) Artem Dalakian vs Josber Perez, Feb. 8 … (3) Julio Cesar Martinez vs Jay Harris, Feb. 29


Upcoming Fights: (7) Sho Kimura vs Merlito Sabillo, Feb. 15


Upcoming Fights: (5) Pedro Taduran vs Daniel Valladares, Feb. 1 … (4) Wilfredo Mendez vs Pedro Villegas, Feb. 8