The sport of boxing enjoys virtual universal appeal – which nation state though has provided the sport with the
most champions? OK, the dice is loaded hugely in favor of nations with several hundred million inhabitants against those countries with far fewer inhabitants. Thus; first I’ve throw up a nominal leader-board & then one where I have taken the number of legitimate world champions adjusted on a per capita basis such that each nation’s number is converted so as to be proportionate to the American populace. Sound as complicated as the Mayweather vs Pacquiao negotiations? Let me show you an example:
Say Canada produce 21 world champions. We take those 21; divide them by Canada’s population (34,482,779) & multiply by the population of the United States (312,737,000). We thus get an equivalent, weighted or “pound-for-pound” if you will # of champions Canada would have theoretically produced with a population the size of the United States’. In this example Canada scores 190; so well behind the US’s 436.
Additionally I’ve done an analysis of the Members of the Boxing Hall of Fame (with both nominal & per capita ranking lists) & will supply that in a future article. The Boxing Hall of Fame ranks are perhaps more instructive when you consider the dilution of the term “world champion” in the alphabet soup era.
Please note that I’ve only included WBA, WBC, WBO & IBF World Champions & (of course) pre-alphabet era champions of the world. Thus Puerto Rico claims 43 & not the 64 that would include the likes of Aléx Trujillo who won an IBA “world title” in 2003 & is included in the more expansive list (including on Wikipedia by the way) but not on mine.
Pound-for-Pound World Series of Boxing
Guyana (former British Guyana) 1,992
Northern Ireland 869
Dominican Republic 467
Trinidad & Tobago 466
North & South Korea (combined) 190
South Africa 161
El Salvador 50
Matt Hamilton, for ESNews Reporting!
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