MANILA, Philippines – World super middleweight champion Andre Ward has overtaken Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Sergio Martinez in the pound-for-pound ratings of The RING Magazine.
This, after Ward thoroughly dominated light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in their clash last Saturday at the Oracle Arena.
Ward knocked down Dawson in the third and fourth rounds before stopping him in the 10th.
RingTV’s Michael Rosenthal called it “(Ward’s) most impressive victory in an astounding run of dominance over top-tier opponents the past few years.”
Rosenthal wrote that Ward’s dominant performance was sure to raise questions over his place in The RING’s pound-for-pound ratings.
“Martinez, No. 3 pound-for-pound last week, and No. 4 Donaire have their share of important victories – including some breathtaking knockouts – but they don’t have the same resume Ward has,” Rosenthal wrote.
Rosenthal further noted that Martinez’s opponents are not on the level of Ward’s foes, while Donaire’s recent victories have been less than stellar.
“The argument in favor of Martinez and Donaire is that they have continued to win,” Rosenthal worte, adding that fighters “generally must falter to lose their positions in the ratings.”
“Still, the board decided that Ward must be rewarded for not only fighting one elite opponent after the other but dominating each one of them, capped by a remarkable victory over The RING light-heavyweight champ on Saturday,” he said.
Ward thus overtakes Martinez and Donaire to move into the third spot in The RING’s pound-for-pound ratings.
Donaire is now at No. 5, while Martinez is at No. 4. Welterweight boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao remain tied at the second spot, while the top spot is still vacant.
“The good news for Martinez and Donaire is that they both fight soon: Martinez against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday in Las Vegas and Donaire against Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13 in Carson, California,” Rosenthal wrote.
Ward is also moving up in other pound-for-pound lists.
Sports Illustrated now puts him in second place, just behind Mayweather and ahead of Pacquiao.