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Top 12 best super lightweights in boxing: Rankings for 140lb weight class starring Teofimo Lopez, Haney, Matias

When a pound-for-pound star like Teofimo Lopez competes, fans expect to see boxing at its best. However, The Takeover’s most recent fight against Jamaine Ortiz brought out the worst in the enigmatic New Yorker who labored to a 12-round decision win in Las Vegas on February 8.

Lopez retained his WBO and Ring Magazine super lightweight titles, but his reputation took a serious hit. The 26-year-old boxer-puncher struggled to pin down the fleet-footed Lopez, who stayed on the move throughout a tedious and lackluster encounter.

The question for The Sporting News Global Boxing Panel was whether Lopez deserved to retain his No. 1 position in the super lightweight ratings. After all, unbeaten American Devin Haney, who is rated No. 2, looked sensational in dismantling Regis Prograis in December.

In the end, it was decided that Lopez should retain his position for now. In May, the Brooklyn native ascended the ratings thanks to a convincing points win over former undisputed champion Josh Taylor, which was one of the finest victories of Lopez’s career to date.

However, with Haney set to face former amateur rival Ryan Garcia on April 20, this division could anoint a new leader very soon:

Super Lightweight rankings: The Sporting News’ top 12 

Rank Fighter Titles Record Movement (Feb. 8, 2024)
1 Teofimo Lopez WBO, Ring

20-1 (13 KOs)

2 Devin Haney WBC  31-0 (15 KOs)
3 Josh Taylor   19-1 (13 KOs) 
4 Subriel Matias IBF 20-1 (20 KOs)
5 Jose Ramirez   28-1 (18 KOs)
6 Regis Prograis   29-2 (24 KOs)
7 Jack Catterall   28-1 (13 KOs)
8 Arnold Barboza Jr.   29-0 (11 KOs)
9 Gary Antuanne Russell    17-0 (17 KOs)
10 Richardson Hitchins   17-0 (7 KOs)
11 Shohjahon Ergashev   23-1 (20 KOs)
12 Brandun Lee   28-0 (23 KOs)

The best in the world at super lightweight: Teofimo Lopez

Lopez initially made his mark in the lightweight division, claiming the IBF crown with a shuddering second-round stoppage of Richard Commey in 2019.

In his very next fight, he was matched against unified champ Vasiliy Lomachenko, who was then regarded as the finest fighter in the world. As the underdog, Lopez came of age by outpointing the legendary Ukrainian in October 2020.

Since that time, the American has blown hot and cold. A 2021 setback against Australian George Kambosos Jr. was a huge shock, but he bounced back with a very impressive triumph over Josh Taylor last year.


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