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Transnational Boxing Rankings Board

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) is an all-volunteer initiative formed in October 2012 with the intention of providing professional boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identifying the singular world champion of every division by unbiased reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport's reform. Board members are independent professional journalists, boxing historians and record keepers from around the world.[1] Their rankings and titles are meant to be uninfluenced by promoters and the traditional sanctioning bodies' paid-for "alphabet belts".[2]

Transnational Boxing Rankings
Logo of TBRB.jpg
MottoThe first bell of a new era
FoundersSprings Toledo
Cliff Rold
Tim Starks
TypeVolunteer organization
PurposeBoxing Rankings
50+ professional journalists and boxing historians


TBRB championshipsEdit

The TBRB only awards vacant championships when the two top-ranked fighters in any division meet, and currently recognizes legitimate world champions or "true champions" in each weight class. It also presents the "successions" of these championship "thrones."[3]

Three of its recognized champions were identified by The Ring magazine before the TBRB was founded. Thus, the TBRB was formed in order to continue where The Ring "left off" in the aftermath of the latter's purchase by Golden Boy Promotions in 2007, and the following dismissal of the editorial board headed by Nigel Collins.[4] After the new editors announced a controversial new championship policy in May 2012,[5][6][7] three prominent members of the Ring Advisory Panel resigned. These three members (Springs Toledo, Cliff Rold and Tim Starks) became the founding members of the TBRB, which was formed over the summer of 2012 with the assistance of Stewart Howe of England.[8]

The group also maintains a pound for pound list which, as of June 2019, is currently topped by Vasyl Lomachenko[9] and official "monthly rankings" for record keepers and boxing historians.[10]

ESPN boxing analyst and commentator Teddy Atlas praised the TBRB's efforts on-air in March 2013[11] and again during the season finale in August 2013.[12] Several sites have adopted their rankings, including, The Queensberry Rules, The Sweet Science, East Side Boxing, Esquina Boxeo and Stiff Jab.[13][14]

TBRB Voting Panel membersEdit

There are currently 51 members representing 21 countries on six continents: the United States, England, Italy, the Philippines, Ireland, Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Argentina, Russia and Ghana.[2]

  •   Vittorio Parisi (Chair)
  •   Cliff Rold (Chair)
  •   Tim Starks (Chair)
  •   Springs Toledo (Oversight)
  •   Stewart Howe (Tech)
  •   Adam Abramowitz (Board member)
  •   Carlos Aguirre (Board member)
  •   Ramon Aranda (Board member)
  •   Gonzalo Baeza (Board member)
  •   Derek Bonnett (Board member)
  •   Shaun Brown (Board member)
  •   Brin-Jonathan Butler (Board member)
  •   Kevin Byrne (Board member)
  •   Michael Carbert (Board member)
  •   Lázaro Malvarez Cárdenas (Board member)
  •   Lou Catalano (Board member)
  •   Abac Cordero (Board member)
  •   Jose Corpas (Board member)
  •   Tom Craze (Board member)
  •   Jake Donovan (Board member)
  •   Jeremy Foley (Board member)
  •   Oliver Fennell (Board member)
  •   Jeandra LeBeauf (Board member)
  •   Jorge Lera (Board member)
  •   Alex McClintock (Board member)
  •   Matt McGrain (Board member)
  •   Yuriko Miyata (Board member)
  •   Diego Morilla (Board member)
  •   Gabriel Muhr (Board member)
  •   Gautham Nagesh (Board member)
  •   James Oddy (Board member)
  •   Takahiro Onaga (Board member)
  •   Alister Scott Ottesen (Board member)
  •   Harry Otty (Board member)
  •   Per-Ake Persson (Board member)
  •   Alex Pierpaoli (Board member)
  •   Ken Pollitt (Record keeper)
  •   Jeremiah J. Preisser (Board member)
  •   Eric Raskin (Board member)
  •   Victor Salazar (Board member)
  •   Mauricio Salvador (Record keeper)
  •   Michael Shepherd (Board member)
  •   Don Steinberg (Board member)
  •   Brandon Stubbs (Board member)
  •   Alexey Sukachev (Board member)
  •   Rey Tecson (Record keeper)
  •   Luis Torres (Board member)
  •   Paul Upham (Board member)
  •   Dave Wilcox (Board member)
  •   Nick Wong (Board member)
  •   Steve Zemach (Board member)

Current championsEdit

As of 14, May 2019
Weight Champion Record
Heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight   Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) 16–0–0–0 (12)
Light heavyweight   Oleksandr Gvozdyk (UKR) 17–0–0–0 (14)
Super middleweight vacant
Middleweight   Canelo Álvarez (MEX) 51–1–2–0 (35)
Junior middleweight vacant
Welterweight vacant
Junior welterweight   Mikey Garcia (USA) 39–1–0–0 (30)
Lightweight vacant
Junior lightweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Junior featherweight   Guillermo Rigondeaux (CUB) 18–1–0–1 (12)
Bantamweight vacant
Junior bantamweight   Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) 39–3–0–0 (26)
Flyweight vacant
Junior flyweight vacant
Strawweight vacant


As of September 29, 2018.

Rank Boxer Record Weight class
1   Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) 11–1–0–0 (9) Lightweight
2   Terence Crawford (USA) 33–0–0–0 (24) Junior welterweight
3   Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) 16–0–0–0 (12) Cruiserweight
4   Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (THA) 46–4–1–0 (41) Super flyweight
5   Naoya Inoue (JPN) 17–0–0–0 (15) Bantamweight
6   Mikey Garcia (USA) 39–1–0–0 (30) Lightweight/ Jr Welterweight
7   Canelo Alvarez (MEX) 50–1–2–0 (34) Middleweight
8   Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) 38–1–1–0 (34) Middleweight
9   Léo Santa Cruz (MEX) 35–1–1–0 (19) Featherweight
10   Tyson Fury (UK) 27–0–1–0 (28) Heavyweight

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "MEMBERS Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "Top Rank: Getting To Know The Transnational Boxing Ranking Board". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. ^ "Successions | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  4. ^ Tim Starks (September 9, 2011). "The Ring Magazine Shakes Up Its Leadership, Threatens Its Credibility". The Queensberry Rules. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Springs Toledo. "Occupy the Ring". The Sweet Science.
  6. ^ Tim Starks. "The Horrible New Ring Magazine Championship Policy". Queensberry Rules.
  7. ^ Cliff Rold. ""The Ring" Changes The Rules, Further Clouds Title Scene". Boxing Scene.[dead link]
  8. ^ Gibson, Paul (2 February 2015). "Boxing loses credibility with every new champion. Can the sport be saved?". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "P4P | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  10. ^ "ARCHIVES | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  11. ^ "Stiff Jab — ESPN Highlights Transnational Boxing Rankings..."
  12. ^ "YouTube - 2013-08-23 ESPN Friday Night Fights". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  13. ^ "SUPPORT US | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  14. ^ "Happy B-Day, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2014-04-03.

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