Taylor retains pound-for-pound #1 status

Katie Taylor is still the greatest female fighter on the planet according to ESPN.

The undisputed lightweight champion retained top spot in the most recent ESPN women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

The Irish Icon regained #1 status by overtaking Claressa Shields in July of last year and has kept it since.

If the American’s fight with Savanah Marshall had gone ahead earlier this month and she had won, she may have threatened the Brian Peters managed stars’ number 1 status. However, as it, the Olympic gold medal winner from Bray still reigns at the top.

Taylor’s most recent rival Amanda Serrano solidified third spot with a win in Manchester last weekend. Delfine Persoon, who the Matchroom fighter traded leather with twice, is in ninth and another former rival Jessica McCaskill is in fourth.

Chantelle Cameron and Mikaela Mayer, two potential future rivals also populate the top 10.

ESPN’s Top 10 is as follows:

  1. KATIE TAYLOR     Previous ranking: No. 1
    RECORD: [21(6)-0]
    DIVISION: Lightweight undisputed champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (SD10) Amanda Serrano, April 30
    NEXT FIGHT: Oct. 29 vs. Karen Elizabeth Carabajal
  2. CLARESSA SHIELDS     Previous ranking: No. 2
    RECORD: [12(2)-0]
    DIVISION: Junior middleweight and middleweight undisputed champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Ema Kozin, Feb. 5
    NEXT FIGHT: Oct. 15 vs. Savannah Marshall
  3. AMANDA SERRANO     Previous ranking: No. 3
    RECORD: [42(30)-2-1]
    DIVISION: Featherweight unified champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Sarah Mahfoud, Sept. 24
  4. JESSICA MCCASKILL     Previous ranking: No. 4
    RECORD: [12(5)-2]
    DIVISION: Welterweight undisputed champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (TKO3) Alma Ibarra, June 25
    NEXT FIGHT: Nov. 5 vs. Chantelle Cameron
  5. MIKAELA MAYER     Previous ranking: No. 5
    RECORD: [17(5)-0]
    DIVISION: Junior lightweight unified champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Jennifer Han, April 9
    NEXT FIGHT: Oct. 15 vs. Alycia Baumgardner
  6. SENIESA ESTRADA     Previous ranking: 9
    RECORD: [22(9)-0]
    DIVISION: Strawweight champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (KO4) Maria Santizo, Dec. 18
    NEXT FIGHT: Nov. 12 vs. TBA
  7. SAVANNAH MARSHALL     Previous ranking: 7
    RECORD: [11(9)-0]
    DIVISION: Middleweight champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (KO3) Femke Hermans, April 2
    NEXT FIGHT: Oct. 15 vs. Claressa Shields
  8. DELFINE PERSOON     Previous ranking: No. 8
    RECORD: [47(19)-3]
    DIVISION: Lightweight
    LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Elhem Mekhaled, May 14
  9. FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURN     Previous ranking: 9
    RECORD: [8(2)-1]
    DIVISION: Super middleweight undisputed champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Elin Cederroos, April 30
  10. CHANTELLE CAMERON     Previous ranking: N/R
    RECORD: [16(8)-0]
    DIVISION: Junior welterweight unified champion
    LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Victoria Noelia Bustos, May 21
    NEXT FIGHT: Nov. 5 vs. Jessica McCaskill

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com