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