1909-Flyweights and Pound-For-Pound Ratings
Flyweight Division has had no Title bouts but at the end of 1909 I decided to match up the two leading guys, Bill Ladbury and Sid Smith. Both had met earlier in the year in a 10-rounder which Smith won. In the GBU title bout (both are from the UK), Ladbury turned the tables and stopped Smith with a TKO 4.
So, at year's end Ladbury, the GBU Champ, is #1 at 11-1-1 (5) with 497 pp and Smith is #2 at 12-2 (6) and 391 pts. Both have fought all the TCs in the flyweight division at least once, so when they weren't paired with each other they took on some UK-based BW TCs, some of whom posed some challenges.
New to the division in 1910 will be a couple of strong fighters: Jimmy Wilde of the UK and Frankie Mason from the States. Expect to see more flyweights in the next few years, leading up to an eventual WBA title bout.
Number of boxers: 11 (4 real-life, 7 TCs but expect more to be added soon)
Real-life career stages: 2 beginner (both new), 2 at Pre
800 +: 0
500 +: 0
200 +: 2
Now, drum roll, the third annual pound-for-pound ratings
Top Ten (pp and change from prior year in parens)
1. Abe Attell FW WBA Champ (1326) (NC)
2. Jack Johnson HW WBA Champ (1268) (NC)
3. James Jeffries HW NABF Champ (1163) (NC)
4. Battling Nelson LW WBA Champ (1157) (up 4)
5. Jem Driscoll LW EBU Champ (1075) (NC)
6. Phila. Jack O'Brien LH-HW (1072) (new)
7. Joe Jeannette HW USBA Champ (1030) (new)
8. Tommy Burns HW CBU Champ (999) (up 1)
9. Sam Langford HW (987) (new)
10. Jewey Cooke LW (960) (-4)
NOTE: Although O'Brien and Langford are listed as new, their names appeared in the 1907 pound-for-pound list, O'Brien at #3 and Langford at #10.
Dropping out of the Top 10 were Stanley Ketchel (was #4), Jack Blackburn (was #7) and Joe Gans (was #10).
Interesting to see so many (half the 10) from the HW ranks. Wonder how many more years this trend will last.
Ratings inflation or not? Fewer over 1000 versus 1908 (7 versus 9 last year), but Attell raised the bar on everyone by crossing the 1300 threshhold for the first time. So, the jury on this one is still out ....
Will take a brief hiatus for a few days before starting in on 1910 some time next week. With more boxers coming up and other things on my plate, expect the two years per month rate to slip a bit as I probably will not complete the next year for at least another three weeks, perhaps in time for Memorial Day ...