Cruiserweight: 2010, Dec 20-26

A borderline robbery took place in Germany this past week, where German citizen #2 Marco Huck got the split-decision nod over Russian #6 contender Denis Lebedev.  I scored the bout 116-112 for Lebedev, and considering rounds that were truly up for grabs, 115-113 Lebedev would not have been unreasonable.  There were a few fairly close rounds that I thought were pretty clear Lebedev rounds, but which could have conceivably gone to Huck if one were stretching.  115-113 Huck, which was the score of 2 of the 3 judges represents a pair of cards on which the judges were probably slightly biased and gave every benefit of the doubt to the titlist and home fighter, who fought off the back foot for the entire fight and reportedly had his rib cracked by the Russian.  This was certainly a hometown/champion’s decision, but I have to stop just short of calling it an absolute robbery.  Would I like to substitute my own card for that of the judges in this case?  Yes.  Would the interests of justice be served by my doing so?  Probably.  But on the other hand, I can’t go doing that in every case, or my ratings might start looking kinda funny to the boxing world at large.  Accordingly, I’m treating the official decision here with minimal deference, which essentially rates the fight as if it were a draw.  Marco Huck had proven that he deserved the #2 spot very clearly before the fight, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to drop him.  It seems far more likely that Denis Lebedev is simply a whole lot better than #6, and thus he moves up to #3 on the strength of his performance, while Afolabi, Wlodarczyk, and Hernandez each fall one spot as a result.


On the undercard, Yoan Pablo Hernandez was way too much for Ali Ismailov, who despite being the same size appeared 20 pounds or more lighter in the ring.  Ismailov didn’t appear hurt, but bounced out of the ring after retreating to the ropes following a solid body punch, and was counted out.  Ismailov simply isn’t a strong enough opponent for Hernandez to maintain his spot, and thus he is forced down by Lebedev even after the easy win.


In lesser action, fringe contender Rachid El Hadak beat soft journeyman J.J. Ojuederie on points over 6 rounds.  A truly inconsequential performance for a guy that is only treading water.


For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Rankings:
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham
2) Marco Huck
3) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
4)Denis Lebedev
5) Troy Ross
6) Danny Green
7) Giacobbe Fragomeni
8) Ola Afolabi
9) Pawel Kolodziej
10) Guillermo Jones

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham (137*-340-340)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- TKO5 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 1/22/2011- vs. #14 Enad Licina
* Not actually sure how long he’s been rated #1, but it has been at least this number of weeks.
2) Marco Huck (26-211-211)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- SD12 #6 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Denis Lebedev (1-46-46)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Ola Afolabi (1-93-93)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD10 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-287-287)
Last Fight: 9/25/2010- UD12 Jason Robinson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
6) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (1-26-26)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Guillermo Jones (5-12-12)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Danny Green (5-55-55)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (5-110-110)
Last Fight: 11/5/2010- TKO6 Eduardo Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Alexander Frenkel (5-5-14)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: 2/26/2011- Unknown Opponent
11) Wayne Braithwaite (5-26)
Last Fight: 3/6/2010- TKO1 Adam Harris
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Steve Herelius (5-25)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD8 Roman Kracik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) B.J. Flores (5-26)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Enad Licina (5-26)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- UD12 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/22/2011- vs. #1 Steve Cunningham
15) Troy Ross (5-95)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Pawel Kolodziej (5-26)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- KO3 John McClain (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Enzo Maccarinelli (5-26)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Julio Cesar Matthews (5-26)
Last Fight: 6/13/2010- UD6 Garrett Wilson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Matt Godfrey (5-102)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Lateef Kayode (5-5)
Last Fight: 12/3/2010- KO6 Ed Perry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


THE WEEK AHEAD: Merry Christmas!

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