"Absolutely fair", "This list is just recency bias" - Fans react to Oleksandr Usyk being named new pound-for-pound number one boxer by Ring Magazine

Oleksandr Usyk emerged victorious on May 18 [Image via Getty]
Oleksandr Usyk emerged victorious on May 18 [Image via Getty]

After scoring an impressive victory against Tyson Fury on May 18, Oleksandr Usyk climbed up the Ring Magazine's ranking of top 10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world. 'The Cat' received the number one spot on the list which had Naoya Inoue and Terence Crawford at the second and third position respectively.

The list featured several other prominent names like Canelo Alvarez, Dmitry Bivol, Gervonta Davis, Artur Beterbiev and Errol Spence Jr.

The new Ring Magazine rankings list became a hot topic of conversation among combat sports fans. Several individuals took to social media to weigh in on Usyk becoming the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

The views were polarizing as some people agreed with the list whereas others called it a product of 'recency bias'.

"Absolutely fair."
"This list is just recency bias."

One person went on to list Usyk's accomplishments and provided a reasoning as to why the Ukrainian deserved to be higher on the list than Crawford.

"Appropriate, Usyk has completed boxing, won every single title, including an Olympics gold, his accomplishments and resume is far better than that of Crawford. Even though I think that Crawford is an all-time great, but Usyk is the literal definition of pound-for-pound."

There was another individual who argued that fighters like Alvarez and 'Bud' should be higher on the pound-for-pound list than 'The Cat'.

"Should be Terence, Canelo, Inoue, THEN Usyk."

Check out a compilation of some of the reactions below:

Fans react to Oleksandr Usyk's ranking on the Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list
Fans react to Oleksandr Usyk's ranking on the Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list

Oleksandr Usyk speaks about the sacrifices he made for the Tyson Fury fight

In a highly anctipated clash, Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury fought for the undisputed heavyweight title on May 18. The event was held at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Usyk emerged as the superior fighter on the night and got his hand raised via split decision. By doing so, the Ukrainian became the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 1999 and also handed 'The Gypsy King' his first professional loss.

In the post-fight press conference, Usyk spoke about the various things he had sacrificed in the lead-up to this fight.

"I missed New Year's Eve, I missed my son's birthday, I missed my other son's birthday. I missed my daughter's birthday, I missed my [other] daughter being born. I missed all my family holidays. Training the whole time. My focus was on this fight. Now, I'm happy, I want to go back home."

Check out Oleksandr Usyk's comments from the 2:30 mark below:

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