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Divisional rankings — The top 10 fighters per division

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Welcome to ESPN’s divisional boxing rankings. They change often based on what happened in each weight class the previous week. As a general rule, the rankings are based on what a fighter has accomplished in the weight division in which he is ranked, although his overall body of work is not entirely ignored. Also, as a general rule, a fighter who may have announced he is moving up or down to a new weight division will not be ranked in a new weight class until he actually fights in that weight class (and warrants being ranked).

For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here.

Note: Results through Sept. 28.

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HEAVYWEIGHT (UNLIMITED)

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Tyson Fury puts Deontay Wilder on the mat twice as he wins by TKO in the seventh round to remain undefeated and claim the WBC heavyweight championship.

1. Tyson Fury  

Record: (30-0-1)
Last: W (UD12) W (TKO7) Deontay Wilder, Feb. 22
Next: TBA vs. Deontay Wilder


2. Anthony Joshua  

Record: (23-1)
Last: W (UD12) Andy Ruiz Jr., Dec. 7
Next: Dec. 12 vs. Kubrat Pulev


3. Deontay Wilder  

Record: (42-1-1)
Last: L (TKO7) Tyson Fury, Feb. 22
Next: TBA vs. Tyson Fury


4. Andy Ruiz Jr.  

Record: (33-2)
Last: L (UD12) Anthony Joshua, Dec. 7
Next: TBA vs. Chris Arreola


5. Alexander Povetkin  

Record: (36-2-1)
Last: W (KO5) Dillian Whyte, Aug. 22
Next: TBA vs. Dillian Whyte


6. Joseph Parker  

Record: (27-2)
Last: W (TKO5) Shawndell Winters, Feb. 29
Next: TBA


7. Dillian Whyte  

Record: (27-2)
Last: L (KO5) Alexander Povetkin, Aug. 22
Next: TBA vs. Alexander Povetkin


8. Luis Ortiz  

Record: (31-2)
Last: L (KO7) Deontay Wilder, Nov. 23
Next: TBA


9. Kubrat Pulev  

Record: (28-1)
Last: W (UD) Rydell Booker, Nov. 9
Next: Dec. 12 vs. Anthony Joshua


10. Oleksandr Usyk  

Record: (17-0)
Last: W (TKO7) Chazz Witherspoon, Oct. 12
Next: Oct. 31 vs. Dereck Chisora


CRUISERWEIGHT (UP TO 200 POUNDS)

1. Mairis Briedis  

Record: (27-1)
Last: W (UD12) Yuniel Dorticos, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


2. Ilunga Makabu  

Record: (27-2)
Last: W (UD12) Michal Cieslak, Jan. 31
Next: TBA


3. Krzysztof Glowacki  

Record: (31-2)
Last: L (TKO3) Mairis Briedis, June 15, 2019
Next: TBA


4. Yuniel Dorticos  

Record: (24-2)
Last: L (UD12) Mairis Briedis, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


5. Noel Mikaelian  

Record: (24-2)
Last: W (UD8) Isossa Mondo, June 15, 2019
Next: TBA


6. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk  

Record: (58-4-1)
Last: W (UD10) Taylor Mabika, Nov. 30
Next: TBA


7. Kevin Lerena  

Record: (25-1)
Last: W (TKO6) Firat Arslan, Feb. 8
Next: TBA


8. Andrew Tabiti  

Record: (17-1)
Last: L (KO10) Yunier Dorticos, June 15, 2019
Next: TBA


9. Arsen Goulamirian  

Record: (26-0)
Last: W (TKO10) Constantin Bejenaru, Dec. 28
Next: TBA


10. Lawrence Okolie  

Record: (14-0)
Last: W (TKO7) Yves Ngabu, Oct. 26
Next: TBA


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (UP TO 175 POUNDS)

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Artur Beterbiev defeats Oleksandr Gvozdyk after 10 exciting rounds to unify the IBF and WBC light heavyweight titles. For more Top Rank Boxing action, sign up for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/.

1. Artur Beterbiev  

Record: (15-0)
Last: W (TKO10) Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Oct. 18
Next: TBA


2. Dmitry Bivol  

Record: (17-0)
Last: W (UD12) Lenin Castillo, Oct. 12
Next: TBA


3. Canelo Alvarez  

Record: (53-1-2)
Last: W (KO11) Sergey Kovalev, Nov. 2
Next:TBA


4. Sergey Kovalev  

Record: (34-4-1)
Last: L (KO11) Canelo Alvarez, Nov. 2
Next: TBA


5. Jean Pascal  

Record: (35-6-1)
Last: W (SD12) Badou Jack, Dec. 28
Next: TBA


6. Joe Smith Jr.  

Record: (26-3)
Last: W (TKO9) Eleider Alvarez, Aug. 22
Next: TBA


7. Marcus Browne  

Record: (23-1)
Last: L (TD8) Jean Pascal, Aug. 3
Next: TBA


8. Badou Jack  

Record: (22-3-3)
Last: L (SD12) Jean Pascal, Dec. 28
Next: TBA


9. Joshua Buatsi  

Record: (12-0)
Last: W (KO7) Ryan Ford, Aug. 31
Next: TBA


10. Umar Salamov  

Record: (25-1)
Last: W (KO3) Emmanuel Danso, Sept. 19
Next: TBA


SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (UP TO 168 POUNDS)

1. Callum Smith  

Record: (27-0)
Last: W (UD12) John Ryder, Nov. 23
Next: TBA


2. Caleb Plant  

Record: (20-0)
Last: W (TKO10) Vincent Feigenbutz, Feb. 15
Next: TBA


3. David Benavidez  

Record: (22-0)
Last: W (TKO10) Roamer Alexis Angulo, Aug. 15
Next: TBA


4. Anthony Dirrell  

Record: (33-2-1)
Last: L (TKO9) David Benavidez, Sept. 28
Next: TBA


5. Billy Joe Saunders  

Record: (29-0)
Last: W (KO11) Marcelo Esteban Coceres, Nov. 9
Next: TBA


6. John Ryder  

Record: (28-5)
Last: L (UD12) Callum Smith, Nov. 23
Next: TBA


7. Daniel Jacobs  

Record: (36-3)
Last: W (TKO5) Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Dec. 20
Next: TBA


8. Lionell Thompson  

Record: (22-5)
Last: W (UD10) Jose Uzcategui, Dec. 28
Next: TBA


9. Jose Uzcategui  

Record: (29-4)
Last: L (UD10) Lionell Thompson, Dec. 28
Next: TBA


10. Caleb Truax  

Record: (31-4-2)
Last: W (MD10) David Basajjamivule, Jan. 25
Next: TBA


MIDDLEWEIGHT (UP TO 160 POUNDS)

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Teddy Atlas breaks down Canelo Alvarez’s 11th-round TKO win vs. Sergey Kovalev and where Canelo ranks among the greatest Mexican fighters.

1. Canelo Alvarez  

Record: (53-1-2)
Last: W (KO11) Sergey Kovalev, Nov. 2
Next: TBA


2. Gennady Golovkin  

Record: (40-1-1)
Last: W (UD12) Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Oct. 5
Next: TBA vs. Kamil Szeremeta


3. Jermall Charlo  

Record: (30-0)
Last: W (UD12) Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


4. Demetrius Andrade  

Record: (29-0)
Last: W (TKO9) Luke Keeler, Jan. 30
Next: TBA


5. Sergiy Derevyanchenko  

Record: (13-2)
Last: L (UD12) Jermall Charlo, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


6. Ryota Murata  

Record: (16-2)
Last: W (TKO5) Stephen Butler, Dec. 23
Next: TBA


7. Rob Brant  

Record: (25-2)
Last: L (TKO2) Ryota Murata, July 12, 2019
Next: Aug. 22 vs. Vitalii Kopylenko


8. Chris Eubank Jr.  

Record: (29-2)
Last: W (TKO2) Matt Korobov, Dec. 7
Next: TBA


9. Matvey Korobov  

Record: (28-3-1)
Last: L (TKO3) Chris Eubank Jr., Dec. 7
Next: Nov. 18 vs. Ronald Ellis


10. Jaime Munguia  

Record: (35-0)
Last: W (TKO11) Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, Jan. 11
Next: Oct. 30 vs. Tureano Johnson


JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (UP TO 154 POUNDS)

1. Jermell Charlo  

Record: (33-1)
Last: W (KO8) Jeison Rosario, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


2. Jeison Rosario  

Record: (20-1-1)
Last: L (KO8) Jermell Charlo, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


3. Julian Williams  

Record: (27-2-1)
Last: L (TKO5) Jeison Rosario, Jan. 18
Next: TBA


4. Jarrett Hurd  

Record: (24-1)
Last: W (UD10) Francisco Santana, Jan. 25
Next: TBA


5. Erislandy Lara  

Record: (26-3-3)
Last: W (UD12) Greg Vendetti, Aug. 29
Next: TBA


6. Brian Castano  

Record: (16-0-1)
Last: W (TKO5) Wale Omotoso, Nov. 2
Next: TBA vs. Patrick Teixeira


7. Tony Harrison  

Record: (28-3)
Last: L (TKO11) Jermell Charlo, Dec. 21
Next: TBA


8. Liam Smith  

Record: (29-2-1)
Last: W (UD10) Roberto Garcia, Dec. 20
Next: TBA


9. Patrick Teixeira  

Record: (31-1)
Last: W (UD12) Carlos Adames, Nov. 30
Next: TBA vs. Brian Castano


10. Erickson Lubin  

Record: (22-1)
Last: W (UD12) Terrell Gausha, Sept. 19
Next: TBA


WELTERWEIGHT (UP TO 147 POUNDS)

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Timothy Bradley Jr. makes a case for PBC welterweights to step up and challenge Terence Crawford to a fight. For more Top Rank Boxing, sign up here for ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/.

1. Errol Spence Jr.  

Record: (26-0)
Last: W (SD12) Shawn Porter, Sept. 28
Next: Nov. 21 vs. Danny Garcia


2. Manny Pacquiao  

Record: (62-7-2)
Last: W (SD12) Keith Thurman, July 20, 2019
Next: TBA


3. Terence Crawford  

Record: (36-0)
Last: W (TKO9) Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Dec. 14
Next: TBA


4. Shawn Porter  

Record: (30-3-1)
Last: L (SD12) Errol Spence Jr., Sept. 28
Next: Aug. 22 vs. Sebastian Formella


5. Keith Thurman  

Record: (29-1)
Last: L (SD12) Manny Pacquiao, July 20, 2019
Next: TBA


6. Danny Garcia  

Record: (36-2)
Last: W (UD12) Ivan Redkach, Jan. 25
Next: Nov. 21 vs. Errol Spence Jr.


7. Yordenis Ugas  

Record: (25-4)
Last: W (SD12) Abel Ramos, Sept. 6
Next: TBA


8. Vergil Ortiz Jr.  

Record: (16-0)
Last: W (KO7) Samuel Vargas, July 24
Next: TBA


9. Jamal James  

Record: (26-1)
Last: W (UD12) Thomas Dulorme, Aug. 8
Next: TBA


10. Sergey Lipinets  

Record: (16-1)
Last: W (KO2) Jayar Inson, July 20, 2019
Next: Oct. 10 vs. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov


JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (UP TO 140 POUNDS)

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Josh Taylor lands a massive shot to Apinun Khongsong’s midsection, which finishes the fight early in Round 1.

1. Josh Taylor  

Record: (17-0)
Last: W (KO1) Apinun Khongsong, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


2. Jose Ramirez  

Record: (26-0)
Last: W (MD12) Viktor Postol, Aug. 29
Next: TBA


3. Regis Prograis  

Record: (24-1)
Last: L (MD12) Josh Taylor, Oct. 26
Next: TBA


4. Maurice Hooker  

Record: (27-1-3)
Last: W (KO1) Uriel Perez, Dec. 20
Next: TBA


5. Victor Postol  

Record: (31-2)
Last: L (MD12) Jose Ramirez, Aug. 29
Next: TBA


6. Jose Zepeda  

Record: (31-2)
Last: W (UD10) Kendo Castaneda, July 7
Next: Oct. 3 vs. Ivan Baranchyk


7. Ivan Baranchyk  

Record: (20-1)
Last: W (TOK4) Gabriel Bracero, Oct. 5
Next: Oct. 3 vs. Jose Zepeda


8. Jack Catterall  

Record: (25-0)
Last: W (UD10) Timo Schwarzkopf, Nov. 22
Next: TBA


9. Jose Pedraza  

Record: (28-3)
Last: W (UD10) Javier Molina, Sept. 19
Next: TBA


10. Kiryl Relikh  

Record: (23-3)
Last: L (TKO6) Regis Prograis, April 27, 2019
Next: TBA


LIGHTWEIGHT (UP TO 135 POUNDS)

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Teofimo Lopez Jr. puts on a Joe Burrow jersey after defeating Richard Commey at MSG in December, similar to when Lopez sported a Kyler Murray jersey in his win the previous December.

1. Vasiliy Lomachenko  

Record: (14-1)
Last: W (UD12) Luke Campbell, Aug. 31, 2019
Next: Oct. 17 vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr.


2. Teofimo Lopez  

Record: (15-0)
Last: W (TKO2) Richard Commey, Dec. 14
Next: Oct. 17 vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko


3. Luke Campbell  

Record: (20-3)
Last: L (UD12) Vasiliy Lomachenko, Aug. 31, 2019
Next: TBA vs. Ryan Garcia


4. Gervonta Davis  

Record: (23-0)
Last: W (TKO12) Yuriorkis Gamboa, Dec. 28
Next: Oct. 24 vs. Leo Santa Cruz


5. Devin Haney  

Record: (24-0)
Last: W (UD12) Alfredo Santiago, Nov. 9
Next: TBA


6. Jorge Linares  

Record: (47-5)
Last: W (TKO4) Carlos Morales, Feb. 14
Next: TBA


7. Richard Commey  

Record: (29-3)
Last: L (TKO2) Teofimo Lopez, Dec. 14
Next: TBA


8. Javier Fortuna  

Record: (35-2-1)
Last: W (TKO2) Jesus Cuellar, Nov. 2
Next: Aug. 28 vs. TBA


9. Lee Selby  

Record: (28-2)
Last: W (MD12) Ricky Burns, Oct. 26
Next: Oct. 31 vs. George Kambosos Jr.


10. George Kambosos Jr.  

Record: (18-0)
Last: W (SD10) Mickey Bey, Dec. 14
Next: Oct. 31 vs. Lee Selby


JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (UP TO 130 POUNDS)

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Miguel Berchelt rocks Jason Sosa with a massive body shot to send Sosa to a knee. For more Top Rank Boxing action, sign up for ESPN+: http://plus.espn.com/.

1. Miguel Berchelt  

Record: (37-1)
Last: W (TKO6) Eleazar Valenzuela, June 27
Next: TBA


2. Joseph Diaz Jr.  

Record: (31-1)
Last: W (UD12) Tevin Farmer, Jan. 30
Next: TBA


3. Tevin Farmer  

Record: (30-5-1)
Last: L (UD12) Joseph Diaz Jr., Jan. 30
Next: TBA


4. Jamel Herring  

Record: (21-2)
Last: W (DQ8) Jonathan Oquendo, Sept. 5
Next: TBA


5. Rene Alvarado  

Record: (32-8)
Last: W (TKO7) Andrew Cancio, Nov. 23
Next: TBA


6. Masayuki Ito  

Record: (26-2-1)
Last: W (TKO6) Ruben Manakane, Sept. 13
Next: TBA


7. Andrew Cancio  

Record: (21-5-2)
Last: L (TKO7) Rene Alvarado, Nov. 23
Next: TBA


8. Leo Santa Cruz  

Record: (37-1-1)
Last: W (UD12) Miguel Flores, Nov. 23
Next: Oct. 24 vs. Gervonta Davis


9. Oscar Valdez  

Record: (27-0)
Last: W (TKO10) Jayson Velez, July 21
Next: TBA


10. Lamont Roach Jr.  

Record: (19-1-1)
Last: L (UD12) Jamel Herring, Nov. 9
Next: TBA


FEATHERWEIGHT (UP TO 126 POUNDS)

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Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez trade punches in the fifth round of their main event bout in Reno. To watch more Top Rank and catch the rest of this bout, sign up for ESPN+.

1. Josh Warrington  

Record: (30-0)
Last: W (TKO2) Sofiane Takoucht, Oct. 12
Next: TBA


2. Gary Russell Jr.  

Record: (31-1)
Last: W (UD12) Tugstsogt Nyambayar, Feb. 8
Next: TBA


3. Shakur Stevenson  

Record: (13-0)
Last: W (KO6) Felix Caraballo, June 9
Next: TBA


4. Xu Can  

Record: (18-2)
Last: W (UD12) Manny Robles III, Nov. 23
Next: TBA


5. Kid Galahad  

Record: (27-1)
Last: W (TKO8) Claudio Marrero, Feb. 8
Next: TBA


6. Carl Frampton  

Record: (27-2)
Last: W (TKO7) Darren Traynor, Aug. 15
Next: TBA


7. Tugstsogt Nyambayar  

Record: (11-1)
Last: L (UD12) Gary Russell Jr., Feb. 8
Next: Sept. 19 vs. Eduardo Ramirez


8. Jessie Magdaleno  

Record: (27-1)
Last: W (DQ10) Yenifel Vicente, June 11
Next: TBA


9. Emanuel Navarrete  

Record: (31-1)
Last: W (TKO7) Uriel Lopez, June 20
Next: Oct. 9 vs. Ruben Villa


10. Eduardo Ramirez  

Record: (23-2-3)
Last: W (TKO4) Leduan Barthelemy, Nov. 23
Next: Sept. 19 vs. Tugstsogt Nyambayar


JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (UP TO 122 POUNDS)

1. Rey Vargas  

Record: (34-0)
Last: W (UD12) Tomoki Kameda, July 13, 2019
Next: TBA


2. Murodjon Akhmadaliev  

Record: (8-0)
Last: W (SD12) Danny Roman, Jan. 30
Next: TBA


3. Danny Roman  

Record: (27-3-1)
Last: W (UD12) Juan Carlos Payano, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


4. Ryosuke Iwasa  

Record: (27-3)
Last: W (TKO11) Marlon Tapales, Dec. 7
Next: TBA


5. Isaac Dogboe  

Record: (20-2)
Last: W (TKO8) Chris Avalos, July 21
Next: TBA


6. Brandon Figueroa  

Record: (21-0-1)
Last: W (TKO10) Damien Vazquez, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


7. Gavin McDonnell  

Record: (22-2-2)
Last: W (TKO7) Nathan Kirk, Oct. 4
Next: TBA


8. Stephen Fulton  

Record: (18-0)
Last: W (UD12) Arnold Khegai, Jan. 25
Next: TBA


9. Azat Hovhannisyan  

Record: (18-3)
Last: W (KO4) Franklin Manzanilla, Sept. 5
Next: TBA vs. Jose Sanmartin


10. Angelo Leo  

Record: (20-0)
Last: W (UD12) Tramaine Williams, Aug. 1
Next: TBA


BANTAMWEIGHT (UP TO 118 POUNDS)

1. Naoya Inoue  

Record: (19-0)
Last: W (UD12) Nonito Donaire, Nov. 7
Next: Oct. 31 vs. Jason Moloney


2. Guillermo Rigondeaux  

Record: (20-1)
Last: W (SD12) Liborio Solis, Feb. 8
Next: TBA


3. Nordine Oubaali  

Record: (17-0)
Last: W (UD12) Takuma Inoue, Nov. 7
Next: Dec. 12 vs. Nonito Donaire


4. John Riel Casimero  

Record: (30-4)
Last: W (TKO3) Duke Micah, Sept. 26
Next: TBA


5. Nonito Donaire  

Record: (40-6)
Last: L (UD12) Naoya Inoue, Nov. 7
Next: Dec. 12 vs. Nordine Oubaali


6. Zolani Tete  

Record: (28-4)
Last: L (TKO3) John Riel Casimero, Nov. 30
Next: TBA


7. Jason Moloney  

Record: (20-1)
Last: W (TKO7) Leonardo Baez, June 25
Next: TBA


8. Emmanuel Rodriguez  

Record: (19-1)
Last: L (KO2) Naoya Inoue, May 18, 2019
Next: Sept. 26 vs. Daniel Roman


9. Mike Plania  

Record: (24-1)
Last: W (MD10) Joshua Greer Jr., June 16
Next: TBA


10. Reymart Gaballo  

Record: (23-0)
Last: W (TKO6) Chaiwat Buatkrathok, Dec. 14
Next: TBA


JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (UP TO 115 POUNDS)

1. Juan Francisco Estrada  

Record: (40-3)
Last: W (TKO9) Dewayne Beamon, Aug. 24
Next: Oct. 23 vs. Carlos Cuadras


2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai  

Record: (47-5-1)
Last: W (UD10) Amnat Ruenroeng, Aug. 1
Next: TBA


3. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez  

Record: (49-2)
Last: W (TKO9) Khalid Yafai, Feb. 29
Next: Oct. 23 vs. Israel Gonzalez


4. Jerwin Ancajas  

Record: (32-1-2)
Last: W (TKO6) Miguel Gonzalez, Dec. 7
Next TBA vs. Jonathan Rodriguez


5. Kazuto Ioka  

Record: (25-2)
Last: W (UD12) Jeyvier Cintron, Dec. 31
Next: TBA


6. Carlos Cuadras  

Record: (39-3-1)
Last: W (MD10) Jose Maria Cardenas, Sept. 14
Next: Oct. 23 vs. Juan Francisco Estrada


7. Joshua Franco  

Record: (26-1)
Last: W (UD12) Andrew Moloney, June 23
Next: TBA


8. Andrew Moloney  

Record: (21-0)
Last: L (UD12) Joshua Franco, June 23
Next: TBA


9. McWilliams Arroyo  

Record: (20-4)
Last: W (TKO5) Juan Gabriel Medina, Dec. 7
Next: TBA vs. Julio Cesar Martinez


10. Khalid Yafai  

Record: (26-1)
Last: L (TKO9) Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Feb. 29
Next: TBA


FLYWEIGHT (UP TO 112 POUNDS)

1. Kosei Tanaka  

Record: (15-0)
Last: W (KO3) Wulan Tuolehazi, Dec. 31
Next: TBA


2. Moruti Mthalane  

Record: (39-2)
Last: W (TKO9) Akira Yaegashi, Dec. 23
Next: TBA


3. Julio Cesar Martinez  

Record: (16-1)
Last: W (UD12) Jay Harris, Feb. 29
Next: TBA vs. McWilliams Arroyo


4. Artem Dalakian  

Record: (20-0)
Last: W (UD12) Josber Perez, Feb. 8
Next: TBA


5. Charlie Edwards  

Record: (15-1)
Last: W (UD10) Kyle Williams, Sept. 261
Next: TBA


6. Sho Kimura  

Record: (19-3-2)
Last: W (TKO2) Merlito Sabillo, Feb. 15
Next: TBA


7. Cristofer Rosales  

Record: (29-5)
Last: L (TKO9) Julio Cesar Martinez, Dec. 20
Next TBA


8. Vincent Legrand  

Record: (31-0)
Last: W (UD6) Emiliano Salvini, Nov. 9
Next: TBA


9. Angel Acosta  

Record: (21-2)
Last: W (KO5) Raymond Tabugon, Oct. 24
Next TBA


10. Luis Concepcion  

Record: (39-8)
Last: W (TKO11) Rober Barrera, Feb. 7
Next: TBA


JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (UP TO 108 POUNDS)

1. Kenshiro Teraji  

Record: (17-0)
Last: W (TKO4) Randy Petalcorin, Dec. 23
Next: TBA


2. Hiroto Kyoguchi  

Record: (14-0)
Last: W (UD12) Tetsuya Hisada, Oct. 1
Next: TBA


3. Felix Alvarado  

Record: (35-2)
Last: W (UD12) Reiya Konishi, May 19, 2019
Next: TBA


4. Elwin Soto  

Record: (17-1)
Last: W (KO1) Javier Alejandro Rendon, Feb. 15
Next: June 27 vs. TBA


5. Carlos Canizales  

Record: (22-0-1)
Last: W (UD12) Sho Kimura, May 26, 2019
Next: TBA


STRAWWEIGHT (UP TO 105 POUNDS)

1. Wanheng Menayothin  

Record: (54-0)
Last: W (UD12) Simphiwe Khonco, Oct. 25
Next: TBA


2. Knockout CP Freshmart  

Record: (21-0)
Last: W (UD12) Norihito Tanaka, March 3
Next: TBA


3. Wilfredo Mendez  

Record: (16-1)
Last: W (TKO9) Gabriel Mendoza, Feb. 8
Next: TBA


4. Vic Saludar  

Record: (20-4)
Last: W (KO6) Mike Kinaadman, Dec. 21
Next: TBA


5. Simphiwe Khonco  

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Toronto FC hoping to make MLS Cup run having spent much of 2020 far from home

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On a recent Thursday in Hartford, Conn., Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg pondered the dichotomy of wanting to reach MLS Cup on Dec. 12, but also desiring to see his family again. Meanwhile, Jim Liston, the team’s director of sports science, was planning a trip to Lowe’s to buy 15 garbage cans so players could have an ice bath after training. As for manager Greg Vanney, he was fretting about his team’s health and the lack of practice time their schedule was affording.

Such is the life of a team as it attempts to not only navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been forced to do it away from home.

Due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, TFC — like the league’s other two Canadian teams, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps — set up a “home” base in the U.S. for the remainder of the season; Toronto were stationed in Hartford. (Vancouver Whitecaps took roost in Portland, ground-sharing with Timbers, while Montreal Impact split use of New York Red Bulls’ facilities in Harrison, N.J.) This was on top of nearly every team spending nearly a month inside a bubble back in July at the MLS is Back Tournament outside Orlando, Florida.

The Reds spent about seven weeks back in Toronto as they played a series of matches against Canadian teams. In mid-September, the remainder of the regular season — and the temporary move to Hartford — beckoned. The vagabond nature of the campaign is what led Liston to joke that he was willing to discuss “whatever five seasons” the team has been through so far. But for Vanney and the players, the campaign has required a special kind of focus.

“A lot of what we’ve done here, and what we try to preach here is just control the controllables, and don’t get too drawn into the things you can’t,” Vanney told ESPN. “Roll with it, and make the best out of whatever the situation is.”

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Toronto has largely succeeded in spite of its odyssey. While there was disappointment at missing out on the Supporters’ Shield to the Philadelphia Union, TFC went 7-3-2 during its Hartford sojourn and finished with the second-best record in the league. But the challenges have still been immense. Simply being out of one’s home environment is difficult enough, but the time spent away from family and loved ones weighs heavy on the psyche, even as Vanney has given players the occasional trip back to Toronto — under quarantine — to reconnect with loved ones.

“It’s just very different, very challenging and emotionally exhausting,” Westberg said of his experience while based in Hartford.

Westberg has arguably had it tougher than most. The TFC goalkeeper is married with four children, including a baby girl who was born in June. For that reason, Westberg and his wife, Ania, made the decision at the end of September that it would be better for her and their kids to head back to his native France so they could be surrounded by family. Westberg called it “the least bad decision,” but there are difficulties nonetheless.

“I’m a very even person, and this year has challenged me a lot,” he said. “I’m still pretty even, but I keep a lot to myself and for sure there’s some difficult days, seeing your family [struggle] from your absence.”

The inability to be home has affected the players and staff in other ways. In Toronto, there are ways of disengaging from the game. Being with friends, loved ones or even in familiar surroundings can be the best medicine in terms of forgetting a bad game or training session. But in Hartford, at the team’s hotel, that escape is nearly impossible even as players try to distract themselves by reading or taking online classes.

“You don’t really unplug,” Westberg said. “You FaceTime family, or this or that, but it’s too short. You’re 100 percent focused on your soccer, and your whole day basically relies on being ready for whatever soccer activity that you have next, whether it’s practice or game. It’s good for your physique, it’s optimal for the way you eat and the way you [train]. But mentally, you’re not as fresh as your body.”

That isn’t to say there are only negatives to the separation. There is also an us-against-the-world mentality that Toronto has adopted, given that their players and personnel are experiencing the season in a way that is vastly different than most other teams. The team staff has done what it can to make their surroundings a home away from home, whether it’s personalizing the locker rooms at Rentschler Field or having hotel staff brand the surroundings in TFC colors. The hotel went so far as to bring in a barista who could consistently give the players their coffee fix. Supporters groups have even sent down banners in a bid to convey the fact that the players are remembered.

The care that TFC takes for players has extended to families back home, with the club supplying meals to loved ones three times a week.

On the logistical side, Liston made sure that one of the gyms used at MLS is Back was brought to TFC’s hotel in Hartford, and he remarked that the food at the hotel is “arguably the best we’ve ever had on the road.”

There have also been efforts to create new routines. Assistant coach Jason Bent, aka DJ Soops, has been in charge of the pregame music selection for the past 18 months — no easy feat for a squad that has a considerable international presence. In Hartford, Bent has set aside Thursday nights to spin music in one area of the hotel. He’ll even go live on Instagram or Twitch for those who prefer to relax in their rooms.

“[We] opened it to players and staff and basically anyone that’s part of our bubble to come relax, listen to music and just enjoy each other’s company,” Bent said. “I enjoy making people happy so if it’s helping everyone even in the slightest, I have no problem arranging the set and spinning.”

For Vanney, the pandemic and operating outside of the team’s home market has meant any number of challenges. He said the team has used three different training facilities in Hartford, with varying field conditions. He recognizes that the trips home are vital for the mental health of his players and staff, but any breaks also mean less time spent on the practice field. The compressed schedule, which at times involved games every three or four days, has had an impact as well. Even the best-laid plans in terms of squad rotation were impacted as minor injuries began popping up.

“We end up with a lot of guys in different positions because they need special kinds of treatment or care to help them get fit and back to health,” Vanney said. “So it ends up being a lot of different things kind of going on all at once, and that’s been the challenge of it.”

Recovery from matches has been complicated by the fact that TFC doesn’t have access to the same level of facilities that it does at home — hence Liston’s emergency trip to Lowe’s to fashion impromptu ice baths for the players. Then there are the different ways the players occupy themselves on the road as compared to home, especially amid the pandemic.

“There’s really no life outside of the hotel,” Liston said. “[At home], you may go walk the dog in the afternoon or go for a walk with your wife or friend or girlfriend or family and you’re out and about. The recommendation [here] is to kind of stay put. So you’ve got a really active population and pro athletes, who we’re asking them to be sedentary the rest of the time, kind of stay in the hotel from a COVID and safety standpoint. That’s not optimal for recovery either.”

There are also the creature comforts of home that are no longer available on the road, which can impact sleep.

“Sleep is the number one tool for recovery, and that’s definitely been a challenge,” Liston said. “We do well-being questionnaires and the scores on quality of sleep, and hours of sleep, just drop.”

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Another change has been same-day travel, which has drawn mixed reactions from the TFC players and staff. Vanney and Westberg are generally in favor, saying it reminds them of when they each played in France. Flying back the same night also means a training day isn’t lost. Liston has a different perspective in that he prefers arriving the day before, and then leaving the same day.

“I think [same-day travel] makes for a really long day,” he said. “And there’s definitely a negative impact on performance, taking three bus rides and a plane ride before your game. You’re getting home — it can be 12:30, but it could also be 1:30 in the morning, and that’s where you know our well-being scores and sleep hours and quality just disappear. When you have so many games in succession, you can’t make up the sleep.”

With the playoffs set to begin for TFC on Nov. 24, the end is in sight, even as it makes for a complex — and even conflicting — set of emotions.

“This is the tricky part. I miss them a lot,” Westberg said of his family. “But in a way I want to see them as [late] as possible in December, because obviously, there’s this idea that we want to do well in the playoffs and we want to keep going. TFC has a history of setting high standards and high expectations. It’s a heavy load to carry but also an exciting one.”

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Bettman: NHL is mulling temporary realignment

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The NHL is considering a temporary realignment of its teams for the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to commissioner Gary Bettman.

Bettman said Tuesday that restrictions on travel across the Canadian border, as well as “limitations in terms of quarantining when you go from certain states to other states” within the United States, could mean the NHL creates a more regionalized alignment for its upcoming season.

“As it relates to the travel issue, which is obviously the great unknown, we may have to temporarily realign to deal with geography, because having some of our teams travel from Florida to California may not make sense. It may be that we’re better off — particularly if we’re playing a reduced schedule, which we’re contemplating — keeping it geographically centric and more divisional-based; and realigning, again on a temporary basis, to deal with the travel issues,” Bettman said during a 2020 Paley International Council Summit panel with fellow commissioners Adam Silver of the NBA and Rob Manfred of MLB.

The NHL board of governors has a meeting scheduled for Thursday which will provide a progress report and possible recommendations for a season format, based on talks between the league and the NHL Players’ Association. The target date for starting next season remains Jan. 1.

Bettman said the league is considering a few scheduling options for the 2020-21 season. Something that’s off the table: playing the entire season in the kind of bubbles the NHL had in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, to complete last season. But Bettman said teams opening in their own arenas is a possibility, along with a modified bubble.

“We are exploring the possibility of playing in our own buildings without fans [or] fans where you can, which is going to be an arena-by-arena issue. But we’re also exploring the possibility of a hub. You’ll come in. You’ll play for 10 to 12 days. You’ll play a bunch of games without traveling. You’ll go back, go home for a week, be with your family. We’ll have our testing protocols and all the other things you need,” he said.

Bettman also indicated that the NHL is exploring “a hybrid, where some teams are in a bubble, some teams play at home and you move in and out.”

The NBA’s board of governors unanimously approved a deal with the players’ union that sets the stage for a season that will open on Dec. 22 and with a reduced schedule of 72 games. Silver said that the commissioners are in communication on COVID-19-related issues, especially the NBA and the NHL, since the two leagues’ teams share arenas and, in some cases, team owners.

Silver said he senses that the NBA will have fans in many of its buildings this season.

“We’re probably going to start one way, where we’re maybe a little bit more conservative than many of the jurisdictions allow,” he said. “What we’ve said to our teams is that we’ll continue to work with public health authorities. Arena issues are different than outdoor stadium issues. There will be certain standards for air filtration and air circulation. There may be a different standard for a suite than there will be for fans spaced in seats.”

Silver said there will be standardized protocols that are consistent from arena to arena, such as proximity between players and fans: “In certain cases, for seats near the floor, we’re going to be putting in testing programs, where fans will certify that they’ve been tested — some within 48 hours, some within day of game.” While Silver supported a continued expansion of the NBA postseason through its play-in tournament, Bettman said that he’s not in favor of expanded playoffs or “playing with the fundamentals of the game.” The NHL had 24 teams in its postseason last summer.

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The Battleground States Where We’ve Seen Some Movement In The Polls

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With apologies to The Raconteurs, the presidential race continues to be “steady as she goes,” with little sign of tightening despite a plethora of new polls. FiveThirtyEight’s presidential forecast gives Joe Biden an 89 in 100 shot at winning the election, while President Trump has just an 11 in 100 chance. This makes Biden the favorite, but still leaves open a narrow path to victory for Trump, for whom a reelection win would be surprising — but not utterly shocking.

At the same time, we also have fewer polls from live-caller surveys, which have historically been more accurate and have shown slightly better numbers for Biden, than polls that use other methodologies, such as polls conducted primarily online or through automated telephone calls. Nevertheless, while the overall picture has shifted only a little in recent days, a few battleground states have seen at least some movement in their polls, which has slightly altered the odds Biden or Trump wins in each of those places.

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