Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (71-71-71) Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #15 Edwin Rodriguez (as SMW) Next Fight: Unknown Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen. He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight. 1) Adonis Stevenson (32-32-32) Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO6 #6 Tony Bellew Next Fight: Unknown Stevenson-Kovalev is the obvious can’t-miss battle in the division, but it sounds like Stevenson is looking for a much safer outing against Andrzej Fonfara for April 12. He does say he will fight Kovalev in 2014, and intends to announce his next fight for certain next week. 2) Bernard Hopkins (71-397-397) Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Karo Murat (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Golden Boy is working on an in-house clash between Hopkins and Shumenov, though B-Hop still says he strongly prefers a middleweight clash with Mayweather- a great superfight, but a fight that is probably not going to get made, realistically. 3) Sergey Kovalev (31-52-52) Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO2 Ismayl Sillakh (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Kovalev is actively pursuing a fight with a seemingly reluctant Stevenson, and says he’s open to fighting Ward at 175, too. More recently, there is talk of a March 15 bout, with stated possibilities being Fonfara or the Pascal-Bute winner. 4) Chad Dawson (31-398-398) Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson Next Fight: Unknown Dawson is now a promotional free agent, and is looking to sign with a top promoter to start rebuilding after a rough year. He says he is interested in a Stevenson rematch. Prospects for another occasionally-discussed rematch- with Jean Pascal- increased recently with word that Pascal’s trainer offered Dawson a contract. 5) Andrzej Fonfara (22-22-79) Last Fight: 12/6/2013- KO2 Samuel Miller (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Fonfara appears to be a top option to fight both Kovalev and Stevenson. Pick your poison. 6) Tony Bellew (22-118-118) Last Fight: 11/30/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson Next Fight: 3/15/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent (at CW) Bellew plans a move to cruiserweight, and his first fight there is scheduled for March 15 in Liverpool. 7) Gabriel Campillo (22-186-186)
Last Fight: 8/16/2013- L (KO9) vs. #14 Andrzej Fonfara
Next Fight: Unknown Campillo might be on his way to deserved obscurity after being robbed of deserved prominence for so much of his career. He still has plenty of boxing skill, but his will might be fading just a bit. For anyone who is wondering he says he plans to make another push for a title, rather than retiring. 8) Tavoris Cloud (22-229-229)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown Cloud should probably get himself back in the win column at some point. 9) Nathan Cleverly (22-206-206) Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (TKO4) vs. #3 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut is once again delayed by what’s being called a minor injury. His promoter says he intends to schedule him another fight very soon. 10) Isaac Chilemba (22-42-102) Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD8 Michael Gbenga (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown 11) Jürgen Brähmer (5-91) Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 Marcus Oliveira (UNR) Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent Braehmer returns April 5 in Rostock, Germany. 12) Cornelius White (5-109) Last Fight: 6/14/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Sergey Kovalev Next Fight: 1/24/2014- vs. Thomas Williams, Jr. (UNR) White will once again play underdog, but to much less-proven fight in Thomas Williams. 13) Karo Murat (12-12) Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins Next Fight: Unknown 14) Cedric Agnew (12-40) Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack Next Fight: Unknown Agnew has been ordered to defend his regional title against fringe contender Anatoliy Dudchenko. 15) Edwin Rodriguez (12-27) Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward Next Fight: Unknown Rodriguez’s trainer Ronnie Shields opines that a fight against a top-15 level light heavyweight would be a good jumping-off point for his anticipated permanent move up. Before that happens, he’ll need to recover from minor elbow surgery he had in December. 16) Lucian Bute (12-63) Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev Next Fight: 1/18/2014- vs. Jean Pascal (UNR) Bute-Pascal has been pushed back to January 18. 17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (12-29) Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Mohoumadi snuck in a low-level win on November 30, apparently at 168. 18) Eleider Alvarez (12-51) Last Fight: 9/28/2013- UD10 Edison Miranda (UNR) Next Fight: 1/18/2014- vs. Andrew Gardiner (UNR) Alvarez’s high-profile outing on January 18 turned into mostly a stay-busy fight with the withdrawal of Thomas Oosthuizen and the substitution- on just over a week’s notice- of unproven prospect Gardiner. 19) Dmitry Sukhotsky (8-8) Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO5 Eduard Gutknecht (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown As conclusive as the Sukhotsky-Gutknecht result looks on paper, I’d actually like to see a rematch, since Gutknecht was having the better of it before his eye began to balloon. 20) Enzo Maccarinelli (8-22) Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO7 Courtney Fry (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Maccarinelli is being rumored as Braehmer’s as-yet-unannounced opponent for April 5.
The Week Ahead: Finally some fights to talk about at 175! Saturday #16 Lucian Bute vs. Jean Pascal; Montreal, Quebec; HBO (US) Bute has got to be the underdog. It’s not that he’s moving up for this fight, but he looked very ordinary in narrowly outpointing Denis Grachev, which came after a taxing beating at the hands of Froch. Pascal has been very inactive, but would be a clear top 5 contender if not for that fact. He also has enough power to trouble Bute’s questionable chin and enough awkwardness to disrupt his rhythm.
#18 Eleider Alvarez vs. Andrew Gardiner; Montreal, Quebec; Off TV (US) Alvarez was scheduled for a big shot against Thomas Oosthuizen, but the South African pulled out under dubious circumstances. Attempts to find an HBO-friendly replacement on short-notice failed, and Alvarez was left with Gardiner- an undefeated but unproven Canadian prospect. The fight will probably be televised in Canada, but I’m not certain of that.