Box­ing bi­ble's hand-picked top fighters to look out for

Sunday World - - World Of Sport - BON­GANI MA­GASELA

FLOYD May­weather Jr, the five-di­vi­sion world box­ing cham­pion who has won eight world ti­tles and cham­pi­onships in three weight classes, ranks as the No 1 boxer pound-for-pound across all weight di­vi­sions in the world, ac­cord­ing to Ring Mag­a­zine.

But Sun­day World be­lieves the Amer­i­can boxer is a leg­end by num­bers alone 45 wins with 26 KOs. Al­though there is no doubt that May­weather is a tal­ented and pol­ished pugilist, any boxer must have been in­volved in real wars of at­tri­tion and emerged vic­to­ri­ous to be re­ferred to as a leg­end.

He fought and beat Shamba Mitchell, Zab Ju­dah, Os­car De La Hoya, Ricky Hat­ton and Shane Mosley. But these greats were way past their best and May­weather still has to be truly tested.

But who are we to doubt Ring Mag­a­zine, re­garded as the bi­ble of box­ing? Be­cause what­ever it says goes.

It has awarded South Africa’s World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) and In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) min­i­mum weight cham­pion Hekkie Budler with a No 1 spot in the min­i­mum weight class. He is rated a spot above Wan­heng Me­nayothin. The dan­ger­ous Thai fighter is a for­mer World Box­ing Coun­cil Youth World and In­ter­na­tional Sil­ver un­de­feated titleist.

One won­ders what Ring Mag­a­zine thinks of Simpiwe Ve­tyeka.

This IBO feath­er­weight cham­pion de­throned Chris John as the long­est-reign­ing WBA Su­per cham­pion when he stopped him in the sixth round, and sent the In­done­sian into re­tire­ment.

John, who had been the cham­pion since 2004, was bid­ding for the 19th de­fence of his ti­tle when he tasted de­feat af­ter 48 wins against three draws.

Ring Mag­a­zine has rated IBO su­per­mid­dleweight cham­pion Thomas Oosthuizen sixth in the su­per­mid­dleweight class. This is a de­served recog­ni­tion. The lanky South African has chalked up five de­fences of his belt.

Then there is African Box­ing Union and North Amer­i­can Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion cruis­er­weight cham­pion Thabiso Mchunu, who is rated 10th.

To stir up a dis­cus­sion, Sun­day World has com­piled a top 10 list of lo­cal fighters who are be­lieved to be best pound-for-pound across all weight classes in the coun­try.

CHAM­PION: Thabiso Mchumu is rated 10th by Ring Mag­a­zine.

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