September top fighters by division

What changes were made in the weight class rankings for September? Dan Rafael reveals his new world standings.

Originally Published: September 8, 2005
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Check out my rankings within each boxing division by clicking on the links below. The rankings will be updated on the second Thursday of each month.

Who is the world's best fighter, regardless of weight class? See my pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through Sept. 7:

HEAVYWEIGHTS (201 AND UP)
Vitali Klitschko

1. Vitali Klitschko (35-2)


After many twists and turns and a whole lot of bickering and rhetoric, his title defense against former champ Hasim Rahman is made and we finally have a heavyweight championship fight to care about.
Next: Nov. 12 vs. Rahman



2. Chris Byrd (38-2-1)

Ridiculous court-ordered mandatory defense against DaVarryl Williamson finally has a home on Showtime on a card that also features James Toney. Hopefully, it's a prelude to a Byrd-Toney fight.
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Williamson

3. James Toney (68-4-2)

Returns from steroid suspension but instead of earning millions to defend the tainted title he claimed from John Ruiz, he's fighting a ho-hum bout for relatively small money. We hope he learned his lesson.
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Dominick Guinn

4. John Ruiz (41-5-1)

There's been some low-level buzz that Ruiz will defend his bogus title against Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride, who deserves a title fight about as much as Ruiz deserves his belt.
Next:TBA

5. Hasim Rahman (40-5-1)

The good news is that he outpointed Monte Barrett to earn the title shot against Klitschko. The bad news is he looked awful doing it, which does not bode well for the former champ.
Next: Nov. 12 vs. Klitschko

6. Lamon Brewster (32-2)

You want to talk about a tough spot to be in? Not only does he have to go to Germany to defend his title against German Luan Krasniqi, but he has to do it on what would have been the 100th birthday of national hero Max Schmeling, who died in February.
Next: Sept. 28 vs. Krasniqi

7. Calvin Brock (26-0)

Fellow 2000 Olympian Audley Harrison has been calling him out, but Brock, who has already defeated Jameel McCline, is beyond fighting prospects. He's ready for contenders.
Next: TBA

8. Samuel Peter (24-0)

If he beats Wladimir Klitschko, many will consider him a future champion. And if he loses, he'll be labeled by many as just another pretender.
Next: Sept. 24 vs. W. Klitschko

9. Wladimir Klitschko (44-3)

If his older brother Vitali's title defense against Rahman is the most important heavyweight fight of the year, then his crossroads showdown with Peter is No. 2 on the list.
Next: Sept. 24 vs. Peter

10. Jameel McCline (32-5-3)

After close decision losses to Brock and Byrd, McCline took a step down and got back on the winning track with a third-round destruction of Steve Pannell last month.
Next: TBA