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The Most Exciting Pound-for-Pound Boxing Rankings of February 2024

B/R Boxing Pound-for-Pound Boxing Rankings for February 2024
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The holiday season has come and gone. And with its exit comes boxing’s awakening from an early-winter nap into a particularly important second month on the 2024 calendar.
Nine world title fights with varying levels of legitimacy are on the February docket, but none more important than a true 21st century novelty in Saudi Arabia.
Dueling heavyweight claimants Tyson Fury (WBC) and Oleksandr Usyk (IBF/WBA/WBO) will get together on February 17 at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, where the winner will be the undisputed champ of the four-belt era and the first universally recognized kingpin in the big-boy division since Lennox Lewis held the IBF, WBA and WBC straps in 1999.
That’s all the reason the B/R combat staff needed to convene and discuss the best of the best in the sport, which we’ve done by applying our own eye test and gauging the opinions of respected sources such as The Ring and Boxing Scene, among others.
Click through to see who made our top 10 and let us know how you’d have done it with a line or two in the comments section.
10. Tyson Fury
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Weight Class: Heavyweight
Major Titles Held: WBC
What better place to start than with the guy who occupies one side of the marquee in the sport’s most important fight?
An undisputed heavyweight title fight is a guaranteed lead item across all forms of modern sports media, and it’s a perfect time for Fury to prove his desultory effort against former UFC menace Francis Ngannou in October was a one-off due to half-hearted training.
It’ll be the fifth fight and fourth official title defense for the 35-year-old Brit since he vaporized Deontay Wilder to win the WBC title four years ago. He’d not heard a final bell since that bout until Ngannou pushed him to the brink before dropping a 10-round split decision.
9. Teofimo Lopez
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Weight Class: 140 pounds
Major Titles Held: WBC
Teofimo Lopez, by any account, had a pretty good 2023.
He fought just once, but the magnitude of that fight—a one-sided 12-round thrashing of previously unbeaten (and heavily favored) Josh Taylor—netted him the Scot’s 140-pound title belt and a lower-half spot in many pound-for-pound lists.
Just how long he holds it will depend on how he fares when he returns to the ring to defend against 10th-ranked contender Jamaine Ortiz, who’s 17-1-1 as a pro but certainly best known for giving former three-division champion and Lopez victim Vasiliy Lomachenko quite a competitive scare before dropping a narrow 12-round nod 15 months ago in New York.

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