Light Heavyweight: 2010, Dec 6-12

Joel Casey- essentially a journeyman who upset decent fighter Tim Bell 4 months ago- had a weak opponent in Kashif Mumtaz Friday in Australia.  Casey was in the process of shutting Mumtaz out when the latter simply quit in his corner after the 4th round.


Saturday, Ukrainian prospect Alexander Cherviak shocked much more experienced prospect Vitali Rusal with an 8-round unanimous decision on Saturday.  However, Cherviak came in 5.75 pounds over the light heavyweight limit and thus was effectively a Danny Green-sized cruiserweight (or Dannyweight).  Rusal didn’t quite make 175 either at 175.75, but the extra 5 pounds Cherviak brought with him was nevertheless an unfair advantage, and thus Cherviak won’t benefit from the fight in my rankings, especially since Rusal wouldn’t be considered a notable cruiserweight.


For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Jean Pascal
1) Chad Dawson
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Glen Johnson
4) Bernard Hopkins
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 (17-77-77)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- TD11 #1 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 12/18/2010- vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
1) Chad Dawson (57-236-236)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
2) Tavoris Cloud (18-67-67)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- UD12 #4 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 12/17/2010- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
3) Bernard Hopkins (17-235-235)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- UD12 Roy Jones, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/18/2010- vs. Champ Jean Pascal
4) Glen Johnson (17-390-390)
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 (17-24-24)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Nathan Cleverly (12-44-44)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO10 #16 Karo Murat
Next Fight: 12/11/2010- vs. Alejandro Lakatos (UNR)
7) Jürgen Brähmer (12-24-24)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 1/8/2010- vs. #9 Beibut Shumenov
8) Chris Henry (12-30-30)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Beibut Shumenov (12-20-24)
Last Fight: 7/23/2010- UD12 #18 Vyacheslav Uzelkov
Next Fight: 1/8/2010- vs. #7 Jürgen Brähmer
10) Roy Jones, Jr. (17-17-24)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- L(UD12) vs. Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (17-187)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Yusaf Mack (6-24)
Last Fight: 2/5/2010- L(TKO6) vs. Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Dmitri Sukhotski (6-6)
Last Fight: 10/29/2010- TKO6 #16 Alexei Kuziemski
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Thierry Karl (6-24)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- UD6 Arturs Kuliauskis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Hugo Garay (6-24)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Zsolt Erdei (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Gayrat Ahmedov (3-20)
Last Fight: 7/23/10- KO1 Dallas Vargas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Karo Murat (3-52)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(TKO10) vs. #9 Nathan Cleverly
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Danny McIntosh (3-24)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO3 Hastings Rasani (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Mariano Plotinsky (3-20)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- L(TKO5) vs. Juergen Braehmer
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: Saturday: British undefeated contender Nathan Cleverly takes on Alejandro Lakatos- a one-time fringe contender that hasn’t really done much since taking 2 years off between 2005 and 2007.  On the same card, prospect Tony Bellew fights rugged gatekeeper Ovill McKenzie (winner of the Prizefighter Cruiserweight tournament in 2009) in a battle of two up-and-coming British fighters that have made a little bit of a name for themselves a division to the north.

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