P4P countdown: No 10: Oleksandr Usyk
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came tenth ...
Name: Oleksandr Usyk
BM online P4P ranking: 10th (new entry from last June)
Fight record: 13-0 (11 KOs)
Report card: Winner of the WBO crown in just his tenth fight, Usyk made two defences in 2017 - a wide points win against previously unbeaten Michael Hunter, and a tenth-round stoppage of former longtime WBO champ Marco Huck in the World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals. All in all, a solid year, although it would have been nice to see the Ukrainian a bit more active.
Prospects for 2018: Hot favourite to win the Super Series, Usyk faces Latvian Mairis Briedis in Riga on 27 January with a place in the final at stake, as well as the WBC and WBO crowns. If he succeeds in winning the tournament, then stardom and a higher placing in the P4P rankings beckons.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 22 - seven of our ten-person panel ranked Usyk in their individual top tens, with a highest placing of sixth. He secured the same number of points as the boxer who came ninth, but is ranked a place lower by virtue of a tie-breaker (when scores are even we give preference to the boxer with the highest individual rating from a judge).
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued. If scores are equal then the boxer with the highest individual rating from a judge is ranked higher. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal. If there is a tie for first place then the boxer with the most first-place votes is given preference. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal.