Archive for January, 2011

Super Middleweight: 2011, Jan 24-30

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on January 28, 2011 by danboxing
Nothing went down this week.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Lucian Bute
3) Carl Froch
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Andre Dirrell
6) Sakio Bika
7) Robert Stieglitz
8) Librado Andrade
9) Glen Johnson
10) Arthur Abraham

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (9-88-88)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #7 Arthur Abraham
2) Carl Froch (9-241-241)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #15 Glen Johnson
3) Lucian Bute (9-250-250)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- KO9 #15 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
4) Mikkel Kessler (9-320-320)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Andre Dirrell (30-43-43)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- DQ11 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Robert Stieglitz (30-74-74)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Arthur Abraham (44-66-66)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L (UD12) vs. #4 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
8) Librado Andrade (32-192-192)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Dimitri Sartison (15-26-30)
Last Fight: 7/31/10- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sakio Bika (15-15-199)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Eduard Gutknecht (15-30)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- RTD9 Michal Bilak (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. Oleksandr Cherviak (at LHW)
12) Karoly Balzsay (15-30)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO4 Misa Nikolic (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edison Miranda (15-30)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L (TKO3) vs. Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Renan St. Juste (UNR)
14) Jesse Brinkley (15-30)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- L (KO9) vs. #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Glen Johnson (12-12)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
16) Thomas Oosthuizen (12-30)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #17 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
17) Isaac Chilemba (15-30)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #15 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 2/25/2011- vs. Maxim Vlasov (UNR)
18) James DeGale (7-7)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Garth Wood (7-7)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO6 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Peter Quillin (12-30)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Martin Desjardins (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/11/2010- vs. Unknown Opponent

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Nothing to see here.
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Light Heavyweight: 2011, Jan 24-30

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on January 28, 2011 by danboxing
Saturday in France, #17 Danny McIntosh managed to beat #14 Thierry Karl in a bit of a bizarre fight.  In full disclosure, I saw this on YouTube (see it here) and it was the first time I’d seen either fighter fight.  I must say I was disappointed, particularly in Karl.  The Frenchman, whose record indicates a devastating puncher, stood straight up and hacked with what looked like arm punches most of the time.  He bounced around the ring like an amateur.  Meanwhile, McIntosh clowned around and goofed off, seemingly completely uninterested in winning, for  most of the first 10 rounds.  He didn’t work behind the jab to get inside, and was seemingly being broken down by the taller Karl, despite the latter’s flaws.  However, McIntosh got it together in the 11th, tagging Karl and chasing him around the ring until the Frenchman collapsed to the canvas just as referee Guido Cavallieri was stopping the fight, apparently due to Karl turning away from the punches with hands down.  So I must say that I don’t think McIntosh is really as good as the ranking he earned in the fight.  Nevertheless, these guys had both proven worthy of their rankings based on their accomplishments, and McIntosh gets full credit here for his greatest one yet.

 

With his big win, McIntosh is launched from #17 to #13.  Dmitry Sukhotski, who beat a just slightly lesser opponent in #16 Alexei Kuziemski last year, is forced down one spot to #14.  Ismayl Sillakh moves up one slot to McIntosh’s former position, and Otis Griffin also moves up, to #18.  Thierry Karl- whose career-defining wins over a gatekeeper and a prospect were both over a year ago now- tumbles all the way to #19 with the loss, just hanging on ahead of Luis Garcia, whose two principal wins were not quite as prestigious despite their comparative recentness.

 

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 (24-84-84)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- MD12 vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
1) Bernard Hopkins (6-242-242)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- MD12 vs. Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
2) Chad Dawson (6-243-243)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Tavoris Cloud (6-74-74)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Glen Johnson (24-397-397)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. SMW #3 Carl Froch (at SMW)
5) Gabriel Campillo (24-31-31)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Nathan Cleverly (19-51-51)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Jürgen Brähmer (19-31-31)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Chris Henry (19-37-37)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Beibut Shumenov (19-27-31)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Roy Jones, Jr. (24-24-31)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- L(UD12) vs. Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (24-194)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Yusaf Mack (13-31)
Last Fight: 2/5/2010- L(TKO6) vs. Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Otis Griffin
13) Danny McIntosh (1-31)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- TKO11 #14 Thierry Karl
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Dmitri Sukhotski (1-13)
Last Fight: 10/29/2010- TKO6 #16 Alexei Kuziemski
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Hugo Garay (13-31)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Zsolt Erdei (10-10)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Ismayl Sillakh (1-2)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD10 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
18) Otis Griffin (1-2)
Last Fight: 8/28/2010- UD8 Billy Bailey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
19) Thierry Karl (1-31)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Luis Garcia (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Just a couple minor fights involving top-50 fighters this week: on Friday, Polish prospect Andrzej Fonfara fights American journeyman Adam Jaco in Chicago.

 

And on Saturday, undefeated prospect Marcus Oliveira- who actually owns a win over current #18 Otis Griffin- fights former fringe contender Demetrius Jenkins, who has lost his last 10 fights dating back to 2002 and 12 of his last 13 dating back to 2001.  This fight will take place on the undercard of Bradley-Alexander in Detroit, but will not be part of HBO’s broadcast.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Jan 24-30

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on January 28, 2011 by danboxing
With the postponement of Cunningham-Licina, there weren’t any major fights in the division this week.

 

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 (142*-345-345)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- TKO5 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- 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 (31-216-216)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- SD12 #6 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Denis Lebedev (6-51-51)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Ola Afolabi (6-98-98)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD10 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (6-292-292)
Last Fight: 9/25/2010- UD12 Jason Robinson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
6) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (6-31-31)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #12 Steve Herelius
7) Guillermo Jones (10-17-17)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Danny Green (10-60-60)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (10-115-115)
Last Fight: 11/5/2010- TKO6 Eduardo Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Alexander Frenkel (10-10-19)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Wayne Braithwaite (10-31)
Last Fight: 3/6/2010- TKO1 Adam Harris
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Steve Herelius (10-30)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD8 Roman Kracik (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
13) B.J. Flores (10-31)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Enad Licina (10-31)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- UD12 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #1 Steve Cunningham
15) Troy Ross (10-100)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Enzo Maccarinelli (2-31)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Alexander Alexeev (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (KO2) vs. #7 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Matt Godfrey (2-107)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Lateef Kayode (2-10)
Last Fight: 12/3/2010- KO6 Ed Perry (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
20) Rogelio Rossi (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO5 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Another quiet week in the division.

Heavyweight: 2011, Jan 24-30

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on January 28, 2011 by danboxing
For those who care, here’s a quick review of the sorry PPV card from West Virginia this weekend.  No I didn’t buy it.  I hope you didn’t either.  There’s supporting boxing, and then there’s stupidity.

 

In the “main event,” 48-year-old former champion Evander Holyfield was getting tagged by journeyman Sherman Williams before apparently quitting when offered a free pass by a run-of-the-mill cut on his right eyebrow.  The fight was declared a no contest.

 

Gatekeeper Monte Barrett put on a surprisingly horrible performance against sub-.500 Charles Davis, and escaped with only a majority draw.  Looks like he should have stuck by his retirement talk after out-fighting David Tua last year.

 

Kevin Johnson, who embarrassed himself against Vitali Klitschko not long ago, at least did better against 7-foot 300 pounder Julius Long, winning all but one of 8 rounds on all three cards.

 

Cedric Boswell, a 41-year old gatekeeper-level guy who has not lost since 2003 (to Jameel McCline) but inexplicably didn’t fight anyone worth a damn after beating hot unbeaten prospect Roman Greenberg in summer ’08- a win that should have gotten him a big fight that could lead to a title shot, did about as expected, stopping journeyman Dominique Alexander in 2.

 

Because of the weak opposition each man faced, they of course did not enter the rankings.

 

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 (83-296-296)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 4/30/2011- vs. #13 Dereck Chisora
1) Vitali Klitschko (120-120-120)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD12 Shannon Briggs (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #10 Odlanier Solis
2) David Haye (43-97-97)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Alexander Povetkin (43-170-170)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 vs. Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Eddie Chambers (35-95-95)
Last Fight: 3/20/2010- L(KO12) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 2/11/2011- vs. Derric Rossy (UNR)
5) Ruslan Chagaev (36-219-219)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Samuel Peter (35-35-35)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- L(KO10) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Tony Thompson (12-35-35)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8 ) Juan Carlos Gomez (12-35-35)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Tomasz Adamek (12-40-40)
Last Fight: 12/9/2010- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2010- Unknown Opponent
10) Odlanier Solis (6-6-35)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- W(DQ10) vs. #14 Ray Austin
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
11) Chris Arreola (6-97)
Last Fight: 8/13/2010- UD12 Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/28/2011- vs. Joey Abell (UNR)
12) Denis Boytsov (6-84)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Dereck Chisora (6-19)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: 4/30/2010- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (6-35)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Robert Helenius (8-35)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- TKO2 Attila Levin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Francesco Pianeta (12-35)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Mike Middleton (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- Unknown Opponent
17) Ray Austin (6-35)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- L(DQ10) vs. #17 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Kubrat Pulev (8-12)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Paolo Vidoz (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/5/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
19) Timur Ibragimov (12-31)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L(SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/30/2010- TKO5 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Albert Sosnowski (UNR)


THE WEEK AHEAD:  There are a few notable heavyweights fighting this weekend.  #11 Chris Arreola fights Joey Abell in a tune-up fight Friday on ESPN2.  Abell has never fought anyone near Arreola’s level but still has 4 losses, so you can guess roughly how this fight will go down.  Still, I guess we can let Arreola have another easy fight, given his recent struggles with broken hands, without giving him too much guff over it.


Undefeated Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz- who has just five professional fights but has already proven himself formidable against always-tough journeyman Zack Page- steps back down in competition by fighting 3-5 nobody Ruben Rivera in Tampa.


Finally, Samoan gatekeeper Alex Leapai- whose career has gotten a boost from a recent string of three wins over decent journeymen- fights a somewhat lesser journeyman in American Jason Barnett in Queensland, Australia.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Jan 17-23

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on January 28, 2011 by danboxing
Alejandro Berrio’s fight and the entire Oklahoma City card it was scheduled to appear on was apparently canceled on short notice.  I really couldn’t find any mention of when or why, either.  Very strange.  Prospects Edwin Rodriguez and Aaron Pryor squared off on Friday Night Fights this week, and frankly Pryor was more or less robbed.  Now there were about 5 legitimately close rounds, so it’s not completely inconceivable that Rodriguez could somewhat fairly eek out a victory, but there’s no way Rodriguez could possibly have hoped for better than a 96-93 or- if we’re really stretching it- a 97-92 score, and that’s including an absolutely atrocious point deduction by referee Sam Burgos against Pryor.  I don’t know if it was an ethnic thing or a house fighter thing, but Burgos clearly wanted Rodriguez to win and helped make it happen.  He should face consequences for his actions.  Meanwhile, to review the judges:
Michael Pernick (96-93 Rodriguez): I totally disagree with this score, but I could imagine myself seeing it this way on a different day given the number of close rounds.  But with that score he gave all the legitimate toss-up rounds to Rodriguez.
Rocky Young (97-92 Rodriguez): Young’s score, I feel confident in saying, is wrong.  I don’t think 97-92 indicates gross incompetence or crookedness, but Young gave all the real toss-up rounds AND, I assume, one fairly close but fairly clear Pryor round to Rodriguez.  This is the kind of score you could chalk up to stuff like minor subconscious bias or the effects of crowd noise.
Richard Green (98-91 Rodriguez): An indefensible scorecard.  Plain and simple.  I checked Green’s record and there aren’t any fights at least in recent years that I’ve seen to critique him on one way or another.  The only thing I found of note on his record in the past few years was that he was on the losing side of the split decision in Geale-Mundine, which I did not see.  Being as fair as possible to Green on this occasion, all I can say is that he gave Rodriguez every possible benefit of the doubt and completely botched at least one round.  I think it’s a bit premature to call him an awful or crooked judge overall, but I do know that I’ll be watching him closely out of curiosity in the future.

 

Even with a clear win, Rodriguez probably would not have earned a ranking yet, and certainly did not do so by receiving a bit of a gift here.  Also, Rodriguez was a half-pound over the divisional limit and outweighed Pryor by 3 pounds.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Lucian Bute
3) Carl Froch
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Andre Dirrell
6) Sakio Bika
7) Robert Stieglitz
8) Librado Andrade
9) Glen Johnson
10) Arthur Abraham

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (8-87-87)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #7 Arthur Abraham
2) Carl Froch (8-240-240)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #15 Glen Johnson
3) Lucian Bute (8-249-249)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- KO9 #15 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
4) Mikkel Kessler (8-319-319)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Andre Dirrell (29-42-42)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- DQ11 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Robert Stieglitz (29-73-73)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Arthur Abraham (43-65-65)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L (UD12) vs. #4 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
8) Librado Andrade (31-191-191)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Dimitri Sartison (14-25-29)
Last Fight: 7/31/10- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sakio Bika (14-14-198)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Eduard Gutknecht (14-29)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- RTD9 Michal Bilak (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. Oleksandr Cherviak (at LHW)
12) Karoly Balzsay (14-29)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO4 Misa Nikolic (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edison Miranda (14-29)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L (TKO3) vs. Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Renan St. Juste (UNR)
14) Jesse Brinkley (14-29)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- L (KO9) vs. #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Glen Johnson (11-11)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
16) Thomas Oosthuizen (11-29)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #17 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
17) Isaac Chilemba (14-29)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #15 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 2/25/2011- vs. Maxim Vlasov (UNR)
18) James DeGale (6-6)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Garth Wood (6-6)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO6 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Peter Quillin (11-29)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Martin Desjardins (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/11/2010- vs. Unknown Opponent

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: No fights worth mentioning are happening at 168 this week.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Jan 17-23

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on January 28, 2011 by danboxing
No in-ring activity this week, but recent changes to Boxrec.com’s rating system have occasioned me to re-evaluate the records of some ranked fighters and make some re-alignments among the second half of the top 20.

 

Last week’s #17 Gayrat Ahmedov takes the biggest blow in the re-configuration.  Ahmedov has one major victory in his career: a first round knockout of Dallas Vargas.  Vargas’ record, which is littered with its fair share of victories over weak or untested competition,  suffers under the new Boxrec system, and Ahmedov’s does as a direct result, too, as he tumbles from the rankings after 25 straight weeks.

 

Danny McIntosh moves up to replace Ahmedov at #17 largely on the strength of his knockout of Tony Oakey back in February.  His future position in the rankings, of course, rests heavily upon his upcoming bout with #14 Thierry Karl.

 

Ukrainian prospect Ismayl Sillakh debuts at #18 on the strength of two wins in the last year over gatekeepers Daniel Judah and Rayco Saunders.  Sillakh has a very intriguing matchup in early March with fellow undefeated prospect Yordanis Despaigne.

 

Veteran Otis Griffin of the USA also debuts at #19, largely on the strength of his May stoppage of fringe contender Byron Mitchell.  Griffin would have been ranked before now- and higher- had he not lost in three consecutive notable fights prior to that victory.

 

Ireland-based Cuban defector Luis Garcia outdistances countryman Despaigne for now- having beaten two significant opponents so far to Despaigne’s one- also making his debut at #20.

 

Mariano Plotinsky falls out of the rankings in large part because he hasn’t had a worthwhile win since March of 2009.  Tony Bellew also drops out because his victory over Ovill McKenzie just isn’t quite enough to overcome the record of Garcia under the new system.

 

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 (23-83-83)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- MD12 vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
1) Bernard Hopkins (5-241-241)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- MD12 vs. Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
2) Chad Dawson (5-242-242)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Tavoris Cloud (5-73-73)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Glen Johnson (23-396-396)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. SMW #3 Carl Froch (at SMW)
5) Gabriel Campillo (23-30-30)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Nathan Cleverly (18-50-50)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Jürgen Brähmer (18-30-30)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Chris Henry (18-36-36)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Beibut Shumenov (18-26-30)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Roy Jones, Jr. (23-23-30)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- L(UD12) vs. Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (23-193)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Yusaf Mack (12-30)
Last Fight: 2/5/2010- L(TKO6) vs. Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. #19 Otis Griffin
13) Dmitri Sukhotski (12-12)
Last Fight: 10/29/2010- TKO6 #16 Alexei Kuziemski
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Thierry Karl (12-30)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- UD6 Arturs Kuliauskis (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/22/2010- vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
15) Hugo Garay (12-30)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Zsolt Erdei (9-9)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Danny McIntosh (1-30)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO3 Hastings Rasani (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 1/22/2011- vs. #14 Thierry Karl
18) Ismayl Sillakh (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD10 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
19) Otis Griffin (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/28/2010- UD8 Billy Bailey (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
20) Luis Garcia (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: #14 Thierry Karl takes on #18 Danny McIntosh in France on Saturday in what might be the most significant fight in any division this week.  The winner will probably be at least close to the top 10.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Jan 17-23

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on January 21, 2011 by danboxing
Rogelio Rossi knocked out Cesar Crenz Friday in Buenos Aires.  Both guys were really lower-tier gatekeepers coming into the fight, but the division is thin enough that this win qualifies Rossi for a spot in the top 20.  Due in part to Boxrec’s new points system, I’ve re-examined the lower part of my rankings and a minor shakeup has been produced in the top 20.

 

#16 Pawel Kolodziej has really beaten only one mid-range gatekeeper, and did so over a year ago.  He drops out of the rankings, as he was getting excessive mileage out of that win.  Enzo Maccarinelli moves up to claim the vacant position.

 

Alexander Alexeev re-enters the rankings at #17.  He also hasn’t won a major fight in over a year, but had a very nice 2009.  The overall quality of his significant wins aren’t sky high and he falls short when he faces the upper echelon of fringe contenders, but he has beaten more than his share of gatekeepers and even one fringe contender and deserves to be rewarded for it.

 

Julio Cesar Matthews basically built his ranking on one decision win in only a 6 round fight.  Fair enough.  But he’s now in jail and probably won’t even fight until he’s been inactive a year.  He’s dead weight in the rankings, and accordingly drops out of them.  Matt Godfrey moves up a spot to #18 to take his place, and Lateef Kayode also advances one spot to replace Godfrey.  Rogelio Rossi’s win this weekend moves him into the last remaining spot at #20.  He has some mixed results in his career, but he made a minor statement with the stoppage of Crenz, which is enough to be ranked in this particular division.

 

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 (141*-344-344)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- TKO5 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- 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 (30-215-215)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- SD12 #6 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Denis Lebedev (5-50-50)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Ola Afolabi (5-97-97)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD10 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (5-291-291)
Last Fight: 9/25/2010- UD12 Jason Robinson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
6) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (5-30-30)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #12 Steve Herelius
7) Guillermo Jones (9-16-16)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Danny Green (9-59-59)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (9-114-114)
Last Fight: 11/5/2010- TKO6 Eduardo Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Alexander Frenkel (9-9-18)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Wayne Braithwaite (9-30)
Last Fight: 3/6/2010- TKO1 Adam Harris
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Steve Herelius (9-29)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD8 Roman Kracik (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
13) B.J. Flores (9-30)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Enad Licina (9-30)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- UD12 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #1 Steve Cunningham
15) Troy Ross (9-99)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Enzo Maccarinelli (1-30)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Alexander Alexeev (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (KO2) vs. #7 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Matt Godfrey (1-106)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Lateef Kayode (1-9)
Last Fight: 12/3/2010- KO6 Ed Perry (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
20) Rogelio Rossi (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO5 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: There was supposed to be a big battle between #1 Steve Cunningham and #14 Enad Licina, but the entire card was canceled before I wrote this when headlining middleweight Sebastian Sylvester pulled out with an illness.  But the fight has apparently now been rescheduled for what is now shaping up as a mega-card on February 12.  That card will now feature at least 7 rated fighters between Heavyweight and Super Middleweight, and at least 2 or 3 more you’ve probably heard of.  With the delay, however, this week will be quiet in the division.