Heavyweight: 2010, July 5-11

No movement in the rankings this week, but a little news worth noting.  I’ve put fresh news in bold yellow while older comments are in gray.

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) David Haye
3) Alexander Povetkin
4) Tomasz Adamek
5) Ruslan Chagaev
6) Eddie Chambers
7) Denis Boytsov
8 ) Nikolai Valuev
9) Alexander Dimitrenko
10) Chris Arreola

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (54-267-267)
Last Fight: 3/20/2010- KO12 Eddie Chambers
Next Fight: 9/18/2010 vs. #3 Alexander Povetkin
Longtime mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin has finally signed on to fight Wlad.  The fight is scheduled for September 18 in Frankfurt.  Unfortunately, HBO recently announced it’s out of the Heavyweight business for the time being, so the prospects of this fight being on US TV are doubtful, at best.  Perhaps ESPN Classic will pick it up like they did Wlad’s fight versus Chagaev, although that seems doubtful given their failure to do so more recently for the fight against Eddie Chambers, who was every bit as worthy a challenger and an American, to boot.  Come on, networks!  This is the fricking Heavyweight Championship of the World we’re talking about!!!
1) Vitali Klitschko (91-91-91)
Last Fight: 5/29/2010- KO10 Albert Sosnowski
Next Fight: Unknown
Still no deal to fight Valuev, but Klitschko’s offer of $1.5 million remains on the giant’s no doubt large table.
2) David Haye (14-68-68)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- TKO9 John Ruiz
Next Fight: Unknown
Harrison-Haye unfortunately still looks like a good bet
Still no official announcement of his next fight, but with both Klitschkos and Adamek appearing  to be otherwise engaged, expect Haye to take the rumored easy fight against Audley Harrison…and try not to get depressed.
3) Alexander Povetkin (14-141-141)
Last Fight: 3/13/2010- TKO5 Javier Mora
Next Fight: 9/18/2010- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The moment he’s been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…and waiting for is finally upon him.  Chances are dim for an actual victory over Wlad, but it’s always good to see highly rated contenders and champs fighting one another, and it’s good to see Povetkin becoming relevant again.
4) Eddie Chambers (6-67-67)
Last Fight: 3/20/2010- L(KO12) vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Nothing seems imminent, but there are whispers that he might move down to cruiserweight.  He’d be a beast there.
5) Ruslan Chagaev (7-190-190)
Last Fight: 5/22/2010- UD12 Kali Meehan
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Samuel Peter (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 3/12/2010- TKO2 Nagy Aguilera
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Nikolai Valuev (6-238-238)
Last Fight: 11/7/2009- L(MD12)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali says his $1.5 million offer to make a fight with the giant is only going to get lower.  I don’t know what Valuev is waiting for.  This is his last, best (albeit slim) hope to reach the pinnacle of the division, and even if he loses, he’ll have a lot of cash money with which to wipe away the tears.
8 ) Tony Thompson (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 4/16/2010- TKO4 Owen Beck
Next Fight: Unknown
A late-breaking rotator cuff tear derailed his stay-busy fight against Friday Ahunanya on the Ward-Green undercard.  Here’s hoping he comes back looking for a better challenge and a late-career push for another title shot.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 6/4/2010- UD8 Oezcan Cetinkaya
Next Fight: Unknown
Gomez’s scheduled 6/26 fight against no-hoper Rafael Zumbano disappeared without a trace.  No idea why it didn’t come off, but we’ll see what’s next.
10) Tomasz Adamek (6-11-11)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- MD12 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: 8/21/2010- vs. Michael Grant (UNR)
Of all the fights Adamek could have taken, Michael Grant is not the sexiest matchup.
11) Chris Arreola (6-68)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- L(MD12) vs. Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Denis Boytsov (6-55)
Last Fight: 1/9/2010- KO2 Kevin Montiy
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (6-86)
Last Fight: 7/4/2010- L(MD12) vs. Eddie Chambers
Next Fight: 7/31?/2010 vs. Denis Bakhtov (UNR)
Has now been inactive for a year, but even though Boxrec doesn’t show a fight scheduled, Boxingscene has reported that a purse bid has officially been completed for his fight against Denis Bakhtov.  This is enough to keep him ranked as long as the fight isn’t cancelled.
14) Ray Austin (6-6)
Last Fight: 10/31/2009- TKO4 DaVarryl Williamson
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Robert Helenius (6-6)
Last Fight: 3/26/2010- UD8 Gbenga Oloukun
Next Fight: 8/21/2010 vs. Gregory Tony (UNR)
Recently scheduled a mid-August fight for the European Union title against fellow 12-0 prospect Gregory Tony of France.  Despite the identical record, Helenius has seen the better opposition.  Still, this should be an interesting fight to determine if either or both men are for real.
16) Francesco Pianeta (6-6)
Last Fight: 12/5/2009- UD8 Evgeny Orlov
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Odlanier Solis (6-6)
Last Fight: 3/20/2010- RTD3 Carl Davis Drumond
Next Fight: Unknown
With almost no concrete pro accomplishments, he’s already calling out the Klitschkos.  A little ambitious, aren’t we?
18) Jean Marc Mormeck (6-6)
Last Fight: 5/6/2010- UD10 Fres Oquendo
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Timur Ibragimov (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/15/2010- UD12 Oliver McCall (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Sam Sexton (3-6)
Last Fight: 11/6/2009- RTD6 Martin Rogan
Next Fight: 9/18/2010- vs. Derek Chisora (UNR)
Sexton is now scheduled to try and avenge his lone career loss against Derek Chisora for the British Boxing Board of Control’s British Heavyweight Title on the same night as Wlad takes on Povetkin.  With a win, Sexton should be able to secure himself a much stronger foothold in the top 20, while a Chisora victory would certainly earn him a spot in the rankings.
THE WEEK AHEAD: Recent Sam Peter victim Nagy Aguilera is scheduled for an 8-rounder in Poughkeepsie, NY against very active but frequently unsuccessful opponent “TBA” on Saturday.  Whoever this mystery fighter turns out to be, it’s unlikely he will be of sufficient caliber to earn Aguilera a ranking, though the young gatekeeper may someday become a fringe player again.

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