Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (98-98-98) Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #15 Edwin Rodriguez (as SMW) Next Fight: Unknown Ward says his lawsuit is not keeping him from fighting, and says he expects a fight by the end of the year, along with 3 in 2015. Seems optimistic to me. 1) Adonis Stevenson (59-59-59) Last Fight: 5/24/2014- UD12 #6 Andrzej Fonfara Next Fight: Unknown Hopkins wants Kovalev and then Stevenson, according to the legend. 2) Bernard Hopkins (98-424-424) Last Fight: 4/19/2014- W (SD12*) vs. Beibut Shumenov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown See Stevenson’s notes, above. 3) Jean Pascal (27-27-27) Last Fight: 1/18/2014- UD12 #16 Lucian Bute Next Fight: Unknown Pascal is pencilled in for a September fight, and perhaps one more before the end of the year. There is currently talk of Tavoris Cloud being the September opponent. That’s a significant step up from Sean Monaghan, who had been the odds-on favorite to fight Pascal on that date. 4) Sergey Kovalev (27-79-79) Last Fight: 3/29/2014- KO7 #15 Cedric Agnew Next Fight: 8/2/2014- vs. Blake Caparello (UNR) Kovalev is back on August 2 against apparently one of the few guys willing to fight him- Australian undefeated prospect Blake Caparello. 5) Tony Bellew (5-145-145) Last Fight: 7/12/2014- TKO5 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR) (at CW) Next Fight: Unknown By all accounts, Bellew will fight Cleverly in the fall. The date and location is all that’s left to decide. 6) Andrzej Fonfara (5-49-106) Last Fight: 5/24/2014- L (UD12) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson Next Fight: Unknown There are rumors of negotiations for a fight with Chad Dawson. 7) Gabriel Campillo (5-213-213) Last Fight: 5/9/2014- TKO7 Ricky Pow (UNR) Next Fight: 8/1/2014- vs. #13 Thomas Williams, Jr. This could be the start of Campillo’s resurgence, or the continuation of his decline. He’ll fight up-and-comer Thomas Williams, Jr. on Friday Night Fights, August 1. 8) Tavoris Cloud (5-256-256) Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown A September 27 fight with Pascal is a possibility. 9) Nathan Cleverly (5-233-233) Last Fight: 7/12/2014- TKO4 Alejandro Valori (UNR)(at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown See Bellew’s notes, above. 10) Isaac Chilemba (5-5-129) Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD10 Denis Grachev (UNR) Next Fight: 8/2/2014- vs. Cory Cummings (UNR) Chilemba will fight on the Kovalev-Caparello card on August 2, taking on mid-level journeyman Cory Cummings in a stay-busy fight. 11) Jürgen Brähmer (5-118) Last Fight: 6/7/2014- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Braehmer looked solid for 11 of the 12 rounds against Bolonti. It’s said that he aspires to a Hopkins fight. 12) Karo Murat (5-39) Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins Next Fight: Unknown Murat wants Braehmer, his former stablemate, but is now without a promoter, which probably means Sauerland isn’t falling all over themselves to make that fight. 13) Thomas Williams, Jr. (5-26) Last Fight: 4/24/2014- TKO3 Enrique Ornelas (UNR) Next Fight: 8/1/2014- vs. #7 Gabriel Campillo See Campillo’s notes, above. 14) Cedric Agnew (5-67) Last Fight: 6/27/2014- RTD2 Shannon Miller (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown After taking a risk against Kovalev and coming up short, I can only assume that his prospects for a regional title bout against Dudchenko and a IBF eliminator against Sukhotsky might both be out the window at least for the moment. 15) Edwin Rodriguez (5-54) Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward Next Fight: Unknown Rodriguez was scheduled to fight Marcus Johnson on May 24, but Johnson quickly withdrew. 16) Hadillah Mohoumadi (5-56) Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown 17) Cornelius White (5-136) Last Fight: 1/24/2014- L (TKO1) vs. Thomas Williams, Jr. (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Never blessed with big-time promotional or managerial ties, White has risked becoming a permanent opponent with his last two losses. 18) Eleider Alvarez (5-78) Last Fight: 5/24/2014- UD10 Alexander Johnson (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown 19) Lucian Bute (5-90) Last Fight: 1/18/2014- L (UD12) vs. Jean Pascal (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Bute wants his contractually-guaranteed rematch with Pascal, a fight that appears tentatively planned for late in the year. He recently parted ways with his long-time trainer, and says he’s in no hurry to get back in the ring. 20) Dmitry Sukhotsky (5-5) Last Fight: 6/4/2014- UD12 Joey Vegas (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown I can’t find a video anywhere, but Sukhotsky’s win over Joey Vegas in Russia was suspiciously close.
The Week Ahead: Saturday Maxim Vlasov vs. Ruben Acosta; Riga, Latvia; TV Unknown Acosta is a high-level journeyman who was briefly a member of the Boxrec Top 50 at 168 before he was dismantled by undefeated prospect Callum Smith in October. I doubt he’ll fare much better against the lanky Russian Vlasov, who gave up his right to a #13 super middleweight ranking when he agreed to make this a light heavyweight fight, as he hasn’t made 168 since November 2012.
Robin Krasniqi vs. Oleksandr Cherviak; Dessau, Germany; RAN (Germany) This is an intriguing fight. Krasniqi is basically a confirmed gatekeeper, having lost only twice very early in his career and then last year when he stepped up to the level of Nathan Cleverly. His best win- now way too old to matter in the rankings- was a 6 round decision over fringe contender Berry Butler in 2007. If he can beat Cherviak, it would be his best win since then. That’s not necessarily saying much, as that honor currently goes to his knockout of unproven undefeated prospect Serdar Sahin just before the Cleverly fight. Cherviak has plenty of ups and downs, but is no stranger to springing upsets. His last significant fight was a stoppage loss to Nadjib Mohammedi, but he exposed and stopped the previously undefeated Dustin Dirks before that, and also beat one-loss prospect Vitali Rusal in 2010. That being said, Krasniqi would be his best win by a fair amount.