February top fighters by division

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

Originally Published: February 9, 2006
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 Feb. 8:

HEAVYWEIGHTS (201 AND UP)
Chris Byrd

1. Chris Byrd (39-2-1)


He and promoter Don King have finally reached a settlement on their bitter lawsuits against each other. They're going their separate ways, which paves the way for Byrd to defend his title in a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on HBO.
Next: April 22 vs. Klitschko.



2. James Toney (69-4-2)

Win or lose, let's just hope he is steroid-free - and in shape -- when he challenges for Hasim Rahman's title.
Next: March 18 vs. Rahman

3. Lamon Brewster (33-2)

He has a title, he's American, he's articulate, he's got impressive stoppage wins against Klitschko, Andrew Golota and Luan Krasniqi, and yet, for reasons we can't explain, he can't seem to get arrested at either HBO or Showtime these days. What gives?
Next: TBA

4. Hasim Rahman (41-5-1)

Many thought he was a one-hit wonder after he beat Lennox Lewis for the title and then was knocked out in their rematch. But if Rahman beats Toney, it will go a long way to erasing that image.
Next:March 18 vs. Toney

5. Wladimir Klitschko (45-3)

If his 2000 bout with Byrd is any indication - when Klitschko won in dominant fashion - then Klitschko ought to ravage him again in their rematch.
Next: April 22 vs. Byrd.

6. Nicolay Valuev (43-0)

The 7-foot, 330-pound Russian giant is scheduled to make his first title defense in Germany on April 1, the perfect date because it is April Fool's Day and anyone who would pay good money to watch him face thoroughly undeserving challenger Owen Beck is a fool.
Next:April 1 vs. Beck.

7. John Ruiz (41-6-1)

He plans to continue on after controversial loss to Valuev, but with no title, and no love from the fans, networks or media, it will be difficult for him to get another title opportunity. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Next: TBA

8. Calvin Brock (27-0)

If he can take care of business against journeyman Zuri Lawrence on the Fernando Vargas-Shane Mosley HBO PPV undercard, Brock is expected to headline HBO's "Boxing After Dark" on June 24. At the moment, Brock's opponent for that fight would be Timor Ibragimov.
Next: Feb. 25 vs. Lawrence

9. Samuel Peter (24-1)

HBO and Showtime are both interested in featuring the Nigerian knockout artist, but finding a quality opponent who is willing to fight him has been difficult.
Next: TBA

10. David Tua (44-3-1)

First he backed out of a Feb. 24 fight on a Warriors Boxing pay-per-view card because of a supposed problem with his visa. Then, one day after the fight was made, backed out an April 1 Showtime fight with Shannon Briggs for no particular reason. Seems like "Tuaman" isn't really interested in fighting much anymore.
Next: TBA