Next up for Mayweather’s record challenge – Boxing News 24
by dry dothy: Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 unbeaten record still stands. Another contender for the throne, “Zordo” Ramirez, fell after a record 44-0 pitfall after Dimitri Bevol’s dominant performance last weekend. Ramirez was the most credible threat to the record, so this article looks at the following contenders for the award. We analyze 5 potential fighters who could take down Floyd and the likelihood that they will.
I must clarify my position on this before going into detail about who might surpass this record that Floyd claimed. I don’t really consider this an actual record at all. Floyd’s last official professional fight against Conor McGregor gave him an official record of 50-0. He stated that this put him ahead of record holder Roque Marciano, who retired undefeated 49-0. It is necessary to note that many fighters have gone past 50-0. Unfortunately, unlike Floyd Mayweather, not all of them earn up to $300 million in a fight, so keep boxing until they eventually lose. Most recently, Chiavon Munseri retired in 2019 at 54-0 only to be lured back in with the promise of televised fights in America. His record now stands at 55-3 fights after his peak years. Ricardo Lopez retired 51-0-1 with his only drawback in a technical tie after suffering an accidental header but in Round 7 against Rosendo Alvarez. He lost a point for what wouldn’t have been 52-0. Yuri Boy Campos was far from an elite talent 56-0 before being stopped by Felix Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez was 87-0 when he tied with Pernell Whitaker. As a result of these examples, I always felt uncomfortable calling that record but it has to be said of retired Mayweather fighters 50-0 undefeated, so it’s hard to argue with them.
Who can beat it?
Anyway to have fun, let’s take a look at who can match this. Ranking from the top 5 may exceed 50-0. Before I get straight to it, I’ll just mention that despite the super talent I feel that the likes of Naoya Inoue, Errol Spence Jnr, Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk are too old to fight that many times over. Although all people might retire without defeat, they would not fight 50 times. Ryan Garcia is very inactive and planning to retire young and with competition in his weight class, it is unlikely that I would choose Gervonta Davis.
(5) Shakur Stevenson 19-0
He’s already a world class 2 heavyweight champion and fights at the highest level. He didn’t weigh in on his last defense, so he’s now moved to a division with Tank David, Ryan Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko and Devin Haney. Stevenson’s skills are tremendous but now he’s in the Lions’ Lair and he’s only 19-0. He is also 25 years old, so despite his young age, the prospect of him fighting 32 more times at this level would be surprising. The WBC ordered a fight between him and Isaac Cruz at a lightweight so he could fight Haney soon.
(4) Jesse Pam Rodriguez 17-0
Slightly smaller but similar to Shakur in that he is already fighting at an elite level and has defeated two of the greatest underweight fighters of this generation at Carlos Quadras and Sur Rongvesai. He fought 3 times in 2022 and has quite a bit of time in the sport at his age. He’s already jumped in his weight to win a world title and will be back down to win another title. Who knows how his body will grow and where the fight will end up in him. As mentioned above, it already works at the elite level. He relinquished the WBC Super Flyweight title to be challenged by Roman Gonzalez and Estrada in a three-way match. He can fight the winner or if he moves down he could potentially target Julio Cesar Martinez or Sunny Edwards. These are all difficult battles, so despite his immense talent, it would be difficult for him to survive unbeaten.
(3) Devin Haney 29-0
The undisputed world champion in the toughest weight class in boxing at the age of 23. It speaks volumes that he has already achieved so much and has won 29 consecutive wins without ever getting close to defeat. He is huge in weight and could easily end up at welterweight or above in his career. He can also exceed 50 battles given his age. I hope this generation that includes the likes of Haney, Tank Davis, Ryan Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko, George Camposos, William Zepeda, Michel Rivera, Frank Martin and Teofemo Lopez will be remembered because these guys are fighting each other rather than continuing to keep their records. . The likes of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard are remembered for their trios with Frasier, Norton and Doran, so even though they lost battles they put their records on the line.
(2) Jaron Innes 29-0
Anis “Boots” is considered by many to be the most talented fighter in boxing. He has not yet ramped up the competition but he is dismantling fighters at the level of competitors. How easily he dominated the likes of Sergei Lebenets and destroyed Thomas Dolorem raised eyebrows. It has been compared to Roy Jones Jnr which doesn’t happen very often. He has a great chance in my opinion to win 50-0. He’s starting to push for big fights. His team petitioned FIFA to order an Errol Spence match and also said he was willing to take on Terrence Crawford if he requested it. I think with the Spence era and especially Crawford, Ines is in an excellent position to take on the welterweight with Virgil Ortiz.
(1) Jaime Mangoya 40-0
Certainly not the most talented of the five I’ve chosen but he has already won forty and is the most active fighter in the sport. He’s fighting in his fourth competition of the year against Gonzalo Correa (21-5) which is probably another easy win. Despite being a successful 154-pound world champion, his next fight would be his seventh fight without a middleweight title. Whether he’s not getting into fights or just wanting to keep active, he’s not getting ahead. There seems to have been a bit of talk of him fighting Janbek, Golovkin or Charlo so he can continue to win. Manguia will probably have over 60 fights in his career easily, so it depends on the level of his competition whether he beats 50-0 or not.
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