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
AbbreviationTBRB
Formation2012
FoundersSprings Toledo
Cliff Rold
Tim Starks
TypeVolunteer organization
PurposeBoxing Rankings
Volunteers
50+ professional journalists and boxing historians
Websitewww.tbrb.org

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 2022, is currently topped by Naoya Inoue[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 Boxing.com, The Queensberry Rules, The Sweet Science, East Side Boxing, Esquina Boxeo and Stiff Jab.[13][14]

British magazine Boxing News announced in 2021 that it would only recognize world champions as voted by the TBRB.[15]

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)

SuccessionsEdit

The following are the lineal champions recognized by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:

Heavyweight

  •   Tyson Fury TKO7   Deontay Wilder (22 February 2020 — Fury and Wilder were the top two Transnational-Ranked heavyweights at the time of this bout).
  •   Tyson Fury W12 Wladimir Klitschko (28 November 2015). (Fury officially abdicates throne 18 October 2016).
  •   Wladimir Klitschko W12   Alexander Povetkin (5 October 2013 — Klitschhko and Povetkin were the top two Transnational-Ranked heavyweights at the time of this bout).

Cruiserweight

  •   Jai Opetaia W12 Mairis Briedis (2 July 2022)
  •   Mairis Briedis W12   Yuniel Dorticós (26 September 2020 — Briedis and Dorticós were the top two Transnational-Ranked cruiserweights at the time of this bout).
  •   Oleksandr Usyk W12   Murat Gassiev (21 July 2018 — Usyk and Gassiev were the top two Transnational-Ranked cruiserweights at the time of this bout). (Usyk officially abdicates throne 15 October 2019).

Light heavyweight

Super middleweight

  •   Saul Alvarez W12   Caleb Plant (6 November 2021 — Alvarez and Plant were the top two Transnational-Ranked super middleweights at the time of this bout).
  •   Andre Ward W12   Carl Froch (17 December 2011 — Ward and Froch were the top-two RING-rated super middleweights at the time of this bout). (Ward officially abdicates throne 16 March 2016).

Middleweight

Super welterweight

  •   Jermell Charlo TKO10   Brian Castaño (14 May 2022 — Charlo and Castaño were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. middleweights at the time of this bout).
  •   Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12   Saul Alvarez (14 September 2013 — Alvarez and Mayweather were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. middleweights at the time of this bout). (Mayweather officially abdicates throne 21 September 2015).

Welterweight

  •   Manny Pacquiao W12   Timothy Bradley (12 April 2016 — Pacquiao and Bradley were the top two Transnational-Ranked welterweights at the time of this bout). (Pacquiao officially abdicates throne 19 April 2016).
  •   Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Manny Pacquiao (2 May 2015 — Mayweather and Pacquiao were the top two Transnational-Ranked welterweights at the time of this bout). (Mayweather officially abdicates throne 21 September 2015).

Super lightweight

  •   Josh Taylor W12   José Ramírez (22 May 2021 — Taylor and Ramírez were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout).
  •   Mikey Garcia W12   Sergey Lipinets (10 March 2018 — Garcia and Lipinets were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout). (Garcia officially abdicates throne 3 March 2020).
  •   Terence Crawford W12   Viktor Postol (23 July 2016 — Postol and Crawford were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout). (Crawford officially abdicates throne 6 March 2018).
  •   Danny Garcia W12   Lucas Matthysse (14 September 2013 — Matthysse and Garcia were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. welterweights at the time of this bout). (Garcia officially abdicates throne August 2015).

Lightweight

Super featherweight

Super bantamweight

  •   Guillermo Rigondeaux W12 Nonito Donaire (13 April 2013) (Rigondeaux officially abdicates throne 11 June 2022 by TBRB).
  •   Nonito Donaire TKO9   Toshiaki Nishioka (13 October 2012 — Nishioka and Donaire were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. featherweights at the time of this bout).

Bantamweight

  •   Naoya Inoue TKO2   Nonito Donaire (7 June 2022 — Inoue and Donaire were the top two Transnational-Ranked bantamweights at the time of this bout).

Super flyweight

  •   Juan Francisco Estrada W12 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (26 April 2019)
  •   Srisaket Sor Rungvisai W12 Juan Francisco Estrada (24 February 2018 – Sor Rungvisai and Estrada were the top two Transnational-Ranked jr. bantamweights at the time of this bout).

Flyweight

Current championsEdit

As of 11 July 2022
Weight Champion Record
Heavyweight   Tyson Fury (UK) 32–0–1 (23)
Cruiserweight   Jai Opetaia (AUS) 22–0 (17)
Light heavyweight   Artur Beterbiev (RUS) 18–0 (18)
Super middleweight   Saul Alvarez (MEX) 57–2–2 (39)
Middleweight vacant
Junior middleweight   Jermell Charlo (USA) 35–1–1 (19)
Welterweight vacant
Junior welterweight   Josh Taylor (UK) 19–0 (13)
Lightweight   Devin Haney (USA) 28–0 (15)
Junior lightweight   Shakur Stevenson (USA) 18–0 (9)
Featherweight vacant
Junior featherweight vacant
Bantamweight   Naoya Inoue (JPN) 23–0 (20)
Junior bantamweight   Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) 42–3 (28)
Flyweight vacant
Junior flyweight vacant
Strawweight vacant

Pound-for-poundEdit

As of 13 June 2022

Rank Boxer Record Weight class
1   Naoya Inoue 23–0–0–0 (20) Bantamweight
2   Oleksandr Usyk 19–0–0–0 (13) Heavyweight
3   Terence Crawford 38–0–0–0 (29) Welterweight
4   Errol Spence Jr. 28–0–0–0 (22) Welterweight
5   Canelo Alvarez 57–2–2–0 (39) Super middleweight
6   Tyson Fury 32–0–1–0 (23) Heavyweight
7   Juan Francisco Estrada 42–3–0-0 (28) Junior bantamweight
8   Román González 51–3–0–0 (41) Junior bantamweight
9   Dmitry Bivol 20–0–0–0 (11) Light heavyweight
10   Jermell Charlo 35–1–1–0 (19) Junior middleweight

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MEMBERS Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "Top Rank: Getting To Know The Transnational Boxing Ranking Board". theclassical.org. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. ^ "Successions | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. 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". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  10. ^ "ARCHIVES | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  11. ^ "Stiff Jab — ESPN Highlights Transnational Boxing Rankings..." stiffjab.com.
  12. ^ "YouTube - 2013-08-23 ESPN Friday Night Fights". youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  13. ^ "SUPPORT US | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". tbrb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  14. ^ "Happy B-Day, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". thesweetscience.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  15. ^ No more sanctioning body titles. The new Boxing News stance here - Matt Christie, Boxing News, 6 July 2021

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