Heavyweight: 2010, July 12-18

No movement in the rankings again this week.  Nagy Aguilera, who probably was top-20 worthy before being destroyed by Sam Peter, fought this week in New York state, dispatching journeyman Roderick Willis in 1 round.  As expected, Willis did not represent a significant-enough level of opposition to earn Aguilera a ranking.
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 (55-268-268)
Last Fight: 3/20/2010- KO12 Eddie Chambers
Next Fight: 9/11/2010 vs. #3 Alexander Povetkin
Apparently Showtime was considering televising Klitschko-Povetkin on delay, but the fight was recently moved from 9/18 to 9/11, which nixes that network’s plan to televise it along with Lopez-Marquez.  Maybe there’s still hope for ESPN to come through for us, but a PPV (possibly an online PPV) appears to be the most likely scenario at this point, unfortunately.
1) Vitali Klitschko (92-92-92)
Last Fight: 5/29/2010- KO10 Albert Sosnowski
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Shannon Briggs- who, to break one news story and then state the obvious, is neither retired nor any damn good- is now a more likely opponent than Valuev.  Stay tuned.
2) David Haye (15-69-69)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- TKO9 John Ruiz
Next Fight: Unknown
Harrison-Haye unfortunately still looks like a good bet.
3) Alexander Povetkin (15-142-142)
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 (7-68-68)
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 (8-191-191)
Last Fight: 5/22/2010- UD12 Kali Meehan
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Samuel Peter (7-7-7)
Last Fight: 3/12/2010- TKO2 Nagy Aguilera
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Nikolai Valuev (7-239-239)
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 (7-7-7)
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 (7-7-7)
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 (7-12-12)
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 (7-69)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- L(MD12) vs. Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: 8/13/2010- vs. Manuel Quezada
Just scheduled a stay-busy/rebound fight against Manuel Quezada, a former gatekeeper who probably isn’t even that anymore after a loss to Jason Gavern.  It’s good that he’s staying busy- expect him to fight another contender next.
12) Denis Boytsov (7-56)
Last Fight: 1/9/2010- KO2 Kevin Montiy
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (7-87)
Last Fight: 7/4/2010- L(MD12) vs. Eddie Chambers
Next Fight: 7/30/2010 vs. Denis Bakhtov (UNR)
His fight against Denis Bakhtov has now been officially announced for July 30 in Russia.
14) Ray Austin (7-7)
Last Fight: 10/31/2009- TKO4 DaVarryl Williamson
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Robert Helenius (7-7)
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 (7-7)
Last Fight: 12/5/2009- UD8 Evgeny Orlov
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Odlanier Solis (7-7)
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 (7-7)
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: 8/24/2010- vs. Gurcharan Singh (UNR)
Admirably staying busy, Ibragimov will now fight Indian heavyweight (yes, they do exist) Gurcharan Singh in late-August from Hollywood, Florida.  The undefeated Singh, originally from Punjab and based in New Jersey, was on the cusp of becoming a notable prospect after moving to 17-0 in June 2004 before taking 3 1/2 years off for some reason.  Singh is hardly on the radar today, but you never can tell what an undefeated fighter has up his sleeve.  Singh was also a 2000 Olympian at light heavyweight.
20) Sam Sexton (4-7)
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: Former contender David Tua faces off against Monte Barrett in Atlantic City on a frankly lackluster Pay-per-view Saturday night.  Barrett has been the quintessential gatekeeper for quite some time now, but he hasn’t bothered to close the gate in 3 fights over the course of over 2 years now, and so Tua, if he wins, is not likely to benefit from the fight in terms of a rating.

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