Light Heavyweight: 2010, Dec 20-26

I’ll start with the big news.  The Championship bout between Champion Jean Pascal and former Champion Bernard Hopkins ended with a draw.  Pascal put Hopkins down twice in the first three rounds, but Hopkins came back to sweep probably the next six.  Hopkins (with the aid of sycophant Jim Grey) cried robbery after the fight, and many fans that are severely biased or lack knowledge are backing him up.  Make no mistake, Hopkins did get the best of the overall fight, knockdowns notwithstanding, but scored by rounds as fights always are, I had it a draw and given the rounds that were close and the knockdowns, any score between 116-112 for either man was entirely reasonable.


On Friday, Tavoris Cloud won a lackluster decision in a lackluster fight against a lackluster opponent in Fulgencio Zuniga.  The following day, German prospect Dustin Dirks shut out sub-.500 journeyman Alpay Kobal over 8 rounds.  And on Sunday, twice-beaten prospect Alexei Kuziemski rebounded from his stoppage loss to Dmitri Sukhotski by stopping another Dmitri, the hilariously bad Protkunas, in round 3.


So what does this all mean for the rankings?  Well it’s difficult for me to put Hopkins ahead of Chad Dawson because Dawson’s body of work is frankly head and shoulders ahead of Hopkins’ in the last 5 years.  He’s been fighting only top 4 contenders, and beat them all until Pascal.  But on the other hand, a draw versus the Champion means you’re as good as the champion, right?  It may just be that he had a better style matchup in his favor or that a lesser version of Pascal showed up for the fight with him, but regardless of the reason it seems the most appropriate thing to rank Hopkins at #1, dropping Dawson to #2 for the first time in a long time and Tavoris Cloud to #3.


For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Jean Pascal
1) Bernard Hopkins
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Glen Johnson
5) Nathan Cleverly
6) Adrian Diaconu
7) Karo Murat
8 ) Beibut Shumenov
9) Chris Henry
10) Gabriel Campillo


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Jean Pascal (19-79-79)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- MD12 vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
1) Bernard Hopkins (1-237-237)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- MD12 vs. Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
2) Chad Dawson (1-238-238)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Tavoris Cloud (1-69-69)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Glen Johnson (19-392-392)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. SMW #3 Carl Froch (at SMW)
5) Gabriel Campillo (19-26-26)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Nathan Cleverly (14-46-46)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Jürgen Brähmer (14-26-26)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 1/8/2010- vs. #9 Beibut Shumenov
8) Chris Henry (14-32-32)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Beibut Shumenov (14-22-26)
Last Fight: 7/23/2010- UD12 #18 Vyacheslav Uzelkov
Next Fight: 1/8/2010- vs. #7 Jürgen Brähmer
10) Roy Jones, Jr. (19-19-26)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- L(UD12) vs. Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (19-189)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Yusaf Mack (8-26)
Last Fight: 2/5/2010- L(TKO6) vs. Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-8)
Last Fight: 10/29/2010- TKO6 #16 Alexei Kuziemski
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Thierry Karl (8-26)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- UD6 Arturs Kuliauskis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Hugo Garay (8-26)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Zsolt Erdei (5-5)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Gayrat Ahmedov (5-22)
Last Fight: 7/23/10- KO1 Dallas Vargas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Danny McIntosh (2-26)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO3 Hastings Rasani (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Tony Bellew (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO8 Ovill McKenzie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Mariano Plotinsky (5-22)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- L(TKO5) vs. Juergen Braehmer
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: Merry Christmas!

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