Archive for February, 2011

Heavyweight: 2011, Feb 14-20

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on February 15, 2011 by danboxing
The Chambers-Rossy fight somehow dropped off of ShoBox’s televised card this weekend without explanation, but came off in real life anyway.  Chambers won a decision, dropping Rossy once in the process.  Just how impressive the margin was would depend on the judge, since the scores were a diverse 115-112, 117-110, and 120-107.  This is a decent stay-busy type of win for a top 5 contender, but does not by itself justify Chambers moving up any higher in the rankings.  However, Alexander Povetkin, since beating Chambers over 3 years ago, has only one significant win over gatekeeper Jason Estrada.  In the same time period, Chambers has beaten top 10 contenders Alexander Dimitrenko and Sam Peter, along with Rossy.  It’s now hard to deny that Chambers is the more relevant of the two, and- at least until Povetkin beats another worthwhile opponent- deserves the higher ranking.

 

In other news: #16 Francesco Pianeta, #18 Kubrat Pulev, and fellow prospect Edmund Gerber all took care of business this week against overmatched opposition.  For what it’s worth, Pianeta won fewer rounds on the card in beating Samir Kurtagic than Gerber had in a previous meeting with the same opponent, but that may not be too important since Pianeta recently finished cancer treatment.  None of the prospects were able to stop their mediocre opponents.

 

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 (86-299-299)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 4/30/2011- vs. #13 Dereck Chisora
Wlad also has a date in September with Tomasz Adamek in Poland, assuming he beats Chisora.
1) Vitali Klitschko (123-123-123)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD12 Shannon Briggs (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #10 Odlanier Solis
Vitali is the understudy for the Adamek fight in case he beats Solis but Wlad loses to Chisora.
2) David Haye (46-100-100)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye continues to duck and dodge the Klitschkos.  He will likely fight Ruslan Chagaev (a vast improvement, actually) if the Uzbek is approved to fight in the UK despite hepatitis.  Also possible is Alexander Povetkin.
3) Eddie Chambers (1-98-98)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dropped and decisioned Derric Rossy, moving him ahead of Alexander Povetkin, who’s been slumming lately.
4) Alexander Povetkin (1-173-173)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin’s trainer Teddy Atlas said that a fight with David Haye might be on the table if Povetkin’s broken hand heals quickly enough for an April or May date.  Now there’s a good fight.
5) Ruslan Chagaev (39-222-222)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hepatitis might derail his mandatory shot at David Haye.
6) Samuel Peter (38-38-38)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- L(KO10) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek wanting no part of the Nigerian Nightmare, Peter might fight another “Nightmare,” in Chris Arreola, who is next in line for an IBF eliminator.
7) Tomasz Adamek (3-43-43)
Last Fight: 12/9/2010- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2010- vs. Kevin McBride (UNR)
Faced with 3 options: Sam Peter, Hasim Rahman, or…Kevin McBride, Adamek chose the ridiculously easy way out with McBride.  But to be fair, would you want to jeopardize a million-dollar payday if it were you?
8) Tony Thompson (3-38-38)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (3-38-38)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Thompson’s comments above.
10) Odlanier Solis (9-9-38)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- W(DQ10) vs. #14 Ray Austin
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
After a solid win over Austin, Solis gets the chance of a lifetime against Vitali Klitschko.  It’s actually a step up for Vitali, too, after a recent string of no-hopers.
11) Chris Arreola (9-100)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- TKO1 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pounded hapless Abell into submission.  Maybe Sam Peter next?  Should be a good fight, if so.
12) Denis Boytsov (9-87)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be on track for an eventual fight with Haye if his lingering problems with a broken right hand ever clear up.  He had a second surgery in December and is hoping to be ready for another fight in May.
13) Dereck Chisora (9-22)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: 4/30/2010- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Wlad gets flack for fighting him, but he’s a reasonable choice given the available field.
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (9-38)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Has a habit of barely squeaking by, but has beaten two quality opponents in Ibragimov and Fres Oquendo to prove that he’s at least semi-for-real at Heavyweight.  He’s currently negotiating for a May 12 fight with former Champion Hasim Rahman.
15) Robert Helenius (11-38)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- TKO2 Attila Levin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Has a mandatory obligation for the EU title against undefeated Turkish prospect Yakup Saglam on the horizon, but Saglam already has an April fight scheduled.
16) Francesco Pianeta (15-38)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pianeta now has an opponent for later this week.  He’ll fight Samir Kurtagic, who at 9-1 hasn’t fought anyone at all except Edmund Gerber, who won all 8 rounds of their fight on 2 of 3 cards.
17) Ray Austin (9-38)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- L(DQ10) vs. #17 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: Unknown
No telling where he goes from here.  He’s getting up there in age, and has probably done about all he’s going to do.  Austin may be a good candidate to retire soon.
18) Kubrat Pulev (11-15)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Just signed for a fight in Herning, Denmark on February 12 against journeyman Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, who was recently stopped by Alexander Dimitrenko.
19) Timur Ibragimov (15-34)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L(SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be taking a bit of a break after his considerable momentum was halted by Jean Marc Mormeck.
20) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/30/2010- TKO5 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Hopefully he stays on his feet at least until he gets to the ring this time against Sosnowski.  This should be a good test to see where he’s really at following a couple lackluster years.


THE WEEK AHEAD:  Undefeated prospect Tyson Fury of England will fight fellow undefeated prospect Marcelo Nascimento of Brazil in London on Saturday.  Another, slightly less promising prospect in Manuel Charr is also in action in Cologne, fighting Jonathan Pasi, a terrible and undersized heavyweight.  Neither fight is likely to affect the rankings.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Feb 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings on February 14, 2011 by danboxing
I’m hitting my stride again, with my second new set of divisional rankings in as many weeks.  Enjoy and comment away!

 

The top of this division in particular was hard to rate because a lot of guys had done some credible work, but there was a lot of quality vs. quantity value judgments to be made.  There were also a fair number of relevant fights that were fought at catchweights and were thus hard to categorize and weight accordingly.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Kermit Cintron
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Miguel Cotto
4) Ryan Rhodes
5) Sechew Powell
6) Yuri Foreman
7) Vanes Martirosyan
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Cornelius Bundrage
10) Saul Alvarez

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Alfredo Angulo (1-72-72)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a tough call here, since Angulo has been beaten by Kermit Cintron.  But he’s been active and successful since that fight 1 1/2 years ago, including a quick stoppage of top-10 contender Joachim Alcine, plus wins over two fringe contenders and a gatekeeper in Gabriel Rosado who has since risen to be the #10 contender.  Cintron, meanwhile, has done nothing of note since in the division (and only a gift draw before).  The downside for Angulo: his intentions to seek more big fights in the states appear at least temporarily thwarted by visa issues.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (1-27-27)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- TKO5 Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has had his ups and downs- losing to journeyman Grady Brewer and fringe contender Joel Julio in recent years- but is with great trainer Emmanuel Steward now, and absolutely annihilated Cory Spinks in his victim’s hometown after Spinks was dropped for inactivity from the #2 spot in The Ring’s rankings just a week or two before the fight was signed.  Spinks was probably a bit faded, but it was an absolute drubbing, and still has to be viewed as a more impressive win (especially in conjunction with his December 2008 stoppage of fringe contender Zaurbeck Baysangurov) than Miguel Cotto’s stoppage of a gimpy Yuri Foreman a couple months earlier.  The one thing that K9 needs to do (especially at his advanced age) is get more active.  A battle with Alfredo Angulo would not only cause me to crown a champion, but would also probably be a fight of the year candidate.
3) Miguel Cotto (12-36-36)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- TKO9 #6 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Cotto has a nice win over then-6th-rated Yuri Foreman- he would have won the fight going away with or without Foreman’s injury- but ultimately it’s only one fight and can’t match the quality and/or depth of the wins on Bundrage and Angulo’s resume.  His upcoming fight with Ricardo Mayorga is not as enticing.  Mayorga- whose last win at 154 was in 2005- is probably no more than a low-level gatekeeper at this stage.  No reward to that matchup for Cotto, and it’s a pretty lame PPV to boot.
4) Paul Williams (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L (KO2) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
This is definitely a moment of truth in Williams’ career after he was brutally knocked out by Sergio Martinez at middleweight.  Still, even with a paltry record of recent success (he gets no credit for the win over Cintron that should have been a no contest), his overall record at 154 stacks up well against the division’s other elite fighters.  His defining win at this weight was over then-2nd-rated Verno Phillips in November ’08.
5) Yuri Foreman (1-71-71)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- L (TKO9) vs. WW #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Foreman owns wins over inactive former #8 contender Daniel Santos in November ’09, as well as earlier wins over a gatekeeper and two fringe contenders, giving him one of the more well-rounded resumes in the division.  His loss to Miguel Cotto really hurt his standing amongst the elite, though.
6) Kermit Cintron (1-89-89)
Last Fight: 5/8/2010- L (TD4) vs. MW #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
He gets no credit at all for his draw with Sergio Martinez in early 2009, since it was one of the worst robberies we’ve seen in recent years, and thus has only beaten one good opponent at 154: Alfredo Angulo, 21 months ago.  The Ring somewhat reasonably rates him #1 given that he’s beaten the guy who’s otherwise the clear top dog in the division.  Cintron badly fails the “what have you done for me lately?” test, though, and thus I view his record in a dimmer light.  Angulo has done some really good work since that time, and Cintron has done nothing except dive out of the ring against Paul Williams.
7) Ryan Rhodes (1-68-68)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO2 Rocky Junior (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat an overrated #9 contender in Jamie Moore in October 2009, but has done nothing of importance since, slapping around a mediocre journeyman and an untested prospect in his only two fights since.
8) Sergei Dzinziruk (12-39-39)
Last Fight: 5/14/2010- TKO10 Daniel Dawson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Inactivity has been the big killer for Dzinziruk.  He beat a decent prospect in Daniel Dawson on Showtime last spring after more than 18 months off, and then promptly took another 10 months off.  There’s a good chance he will be dropped once again from the rankings after fighting Sergio Martinez, since that fight is at middleweight and he is likely to lose and then not fight again until after May.  The win that, despite his ridiculous inactivity, gets him rated this high, was a November 2008 decision over Joel Julio, who was rated #10 at the time.
9) Sechew Powell (1-47-47)
Last Fight: 3/19/2010- W (MD12) vs. #4 Deandre Latimore
Next Fight: 2/26/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
It’s a bit hard to stomach rating Powell this high.  He basically took a prospect named Deandre Latimore and turned him into a star by getting knocked out by him in a competitive fight, and then edged the same guy to a decision a couple years later after Latimore had inflated himself to a #4 ranking from the Ring.  Still, Latimore’s rating wasn’t entirely Powell’s creation, as many people (including one judge) thought Latimore deserved the nod against Cory Spinks later on, and it’s hard to rate a guy who’s beaten a #4 contender in his last fight any lower than this, regardless of how inflated that rating might have been.
10) Gabriel Rosado (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 12/9/2010- UD8 Jose Medina (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/26/2011- vs. Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Not the flashiest name available for the #10 spot, and obviously vulnerable considering he lost to Pooh Ennis this summer at middleweight, but he’s earned a higher rank than Pacquiao at this weight because he beat Saul Roman, a very credible fringe contender that had proven more as a 154-pounder than Margarito and had the advantage of coming in over the junior middle limit.
11) Manny Pacquiao (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- UD12 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Never actually weighed in over the welterweight limit, but he fought a guy at a 150 pound catchweight who had established himself as at least a credible fringe contender at 154 in Antonio Margarito, while giving up a whopping 17 pounds on fight night.  He might never fight another junior middleweight, and definitely will return to welter for his next fight, but there is still at least an outside possibility that he’ll fight somebody over 147 in the next year and thus will retain his ranking for now.  Pretty remarkable for a guy that could probably still fight at 135 if that’s where the money was.
12) Saul Alvarez (1-12)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- UD12 Lovemore N’Dou
Next Fight: 3/5/2011- vs. Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Canelo doesn’t really look as spectacular in the ring as you would think from a guy that gets his level of hype, but he gets the job done and has transitioned from prospect to contender at only 20 years old with his recent victory over fringe contender Lovemore N’Dou.  In his next fight, he’ll drag welterweight fringe contender Matthew Hatton (Ricky’s brother) up to 154 in a fight that could very well see him to the top 10.
13) Cory Spinks (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- L (TKO5) vs. Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
If Spinks doesn’t need the money, he should probably consider retirement.  He’s already exceeded the accomplishments of his Heavyweight Champion father Leon, and hopefully still has his health intact after being brutalized for a five rounds by the beastly Cornelius Bundrage in August.
14) Sam Webb (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- KO11 Martin Concepcion (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Webb has had exactly one fight against good opposition- fringe contender Anthony Small last March- and he’s 1 for 1.  He does have one cuts loss against 0-3 welterweight Alexei Stoda from almost 5 years ago, but that was probably an aberration.
15) Shane Mosley (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- Draw (SD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #11 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Most 154-pound fighters wouldn’t mind having a draw with Sergio Mora on their record, but it was quite a disappointing result for Mosley, who was trying to rebound from a pathetically docile effort against Floyd Mayweather.  Still, perhaps most observers thought Mosley deserved the decision above his natural weight, and he’s got some good wins a few years back that would make him a clear top-10 fighter if they were more recent.  His next fight will be at Welterweight.
16) Austin Trout (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/5/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Undefeated American prospect Trout first proved that he was one to watch in September 2009 by beating fellow prospect Nilson Tapia, and then finally stepped up again last week by earning a dominant points victory over fringe contender Rigoberto Alvarez.
17) Joachim Alcine (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (TKO1) vs. Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
Alcine appears to be on his way down the rankings after being blown out in the first round by Alfredo Angulo, but he’s still only lost to really good fighters like Angulo and Daniel Santos, and still has enough quality wins on the resume to keep him in the rankings.
18) Deandre Latimore (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/24/2010- TKO3 Darien Ford (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/15/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Latimore is hard to figure.  He knocked out Sechew Powell and then, in the estimation of some observers, beat Cory Spinks.  But then he looked awful against journeyman Sammy Sparkman in winning a wide decision that should have been within one point either way and lost a close decision to Powell.
19) Erislandy Lara (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO1 Delray Raines (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/25/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Lara proved to be for real when he stopped fringe contender Grady Brewer, soundly beat gatekeeper Danny Perez, and then blew out good journeyman Willie Lee in one round.  But three of his last four opponents have been on the level you’d expect a middling 18-year-old novice prospect to seek out.  Lara is 27 and has an excellent amateur pedigree.  He’s probably ready for a top 10 or certainly top 20 opponent, and doesn’t need to be messing around like that anymore.
20) Rigoberto Alvarez (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/5/2011- L (UD12) vs. Austin Trout (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alvarez had a couple losses against pretty good fighters at middleweight and 168, but until recently his only major test at 154 was close win over the very credible Nobuhiro Ishida.  The momentum generated by that win from October was halted last week when hot but previously untested prospect Austin Trout easily beat him to a 12-round decision.  Still, the Ishida win is a shade better than some of the guys left out (like Alejandro Falliga and Antonio Margarito) can claim.

 

The Week Ahead: No significant fights in the division this week.

Middleweight: 2011, Feb 7-13

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings on February 13, 2011 by danboxing
The Sergio Mora-Bryan Vera match from Friday Night Fights ended up being contested over the middleweight limit.  For what it’s worth, though, Bryan Vera won a very close fight (I had it a draw).  The extra 3 pounds each man carried may have made all the difference, since Vera is the naturally bigger man.  Since the fight wasn’t at middleweight, though, the rankings will not be affected here.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Sergio Martinez
1) Felix Sturm
2) Kelly Pavlik
3) Sebastian Sylvester
4) Paul Williams
5) Daniel Geale
6) Matthew Macklin
7) Sebastian Zbik
8) Dmitry Pirog
9) David Lopez
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (43-43-43)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- KO2 #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. JMW #8 Sergei Dzinziruk
Sergio Martinez is the unquestioned king of the division.  Dzinziruk is an interesting challenge, but certainly not an adequate test ratings-wise.
1) Felix Sturm (83-386-386)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo
Next Fight: 2/19/2011- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
There are enough real challenges in  this division for a #1 contender to fight someone better than Ronald Hearns.  He should be trying to fight Martinez.  That’s what it’s all about- the World Championship.
2) Kelly Pavlik (12-219-219)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. JMW #1 Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik is done with his alcohol rehab and back to training.  Indications are he will move up to 168, but there’s nothing solid yet.
3) Paul Williams (2-96-96)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L(KO2) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows what’s next for Williams after his brutal knockout loss.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (2-287-287)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD12 Mahir Oral (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester’s last scheduled fight on January 22 was canceled along with its entire card due to a virus contracted by Sylvester.  He was supposed to fight Mehdi Bouadla, a French gatekeeper.  No word yet on whether that fight will be rescheduled.
5) Daniel Geale (15-86-86)
Last Fight: 10/31/2010- TKO12 #8 Roman Karmazin
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea who he might fight next, but a clash with Garth Wood would certainly be a blockbuster in Australia.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (2-15-15)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD12 Avtandil Khurtsidze
Next Fight: Unknown
Gets the nod over Pirog because, although Pirog’s win over Jacobs was the best either man can boast, N’Jikam has beaten two guys just below that level.
7) Dmitry Pirog (2-28-28)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- TKO5 Danny Jacobs
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Pirog could have done a better job of capitalizing on his thrilling knockout of Jacobs.  Instead, he will be 8 months inactive when he fights a mediocre prospect in Maciel.  Of course this might just be a tune-up before he tries to get a Martinez or Sturm in the ring, but he can still do better.
8) Garth Wood (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO5 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Is Garth Wood really this good, or did he only beat the very good Anthony Mundine on a fluke?  It may very well be a little of both.  Wood deserved consideration as a top 20 Super Middleweight before stepping down to knock out Mundine, so it’s hardly inconceivable that he is a legitimate top 10 middleweight as well.  The one caveat on Wood’s record is a knockout loss to a nobody in 2007 in his second pro fight, but the guy that stopped him was also an oversized light heavyweight.
9) Matthew Macklin (2-72-72)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Ruben Varon (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. Winky Wright (UNR)
Macklin had a very slow 2010 after a big 2009, but he looks to go back to business in 2011 with an intriguing matchup against former junior middleweight champion Winky Wright, who has been inactive since dropping a convincing decision to Paul Williams in the Spring of 2009.  The winner of the fight will be firmly entrenched in the top 10.  If Macklin wins, it’s probably the end of the line for Wright.
10) Maxim Bursak (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak took a huge step up and delivered with a comfortable win over battle-tested Bryan Vera.  No clue what he’s got in mind for an encore.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/1/2011- TKO8 Wilson Santana (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/8/2011- vs. David Lemieux (UNR)
Rubio is staying admirably busy, taking a big risk against highly touted undefeated prospect David Lemieux after fighting last on New Year’s Day.  The winner will likely end up in the top 10.
12) Derek Ennis (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/30/2010- MD12 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Pooh is scheduled to fight in early March.  No word on the opponent or even whether the fight will be at 160 or 154.
13) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- UD10 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez’s wishlist includes Sebastians Zbik and Sylvester as well as junior middleweights Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.
14) Billy Lyell (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- L(UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Now we know he’s not as good as Chavez, but he owns a win over a better version of John Duddy, which keeps him ranked.
15) Darren Barker (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/9/2010- UD12 Affif Belghecham
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker needs to get active.
16) Pablo Nevasques (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/26/2010- MD10 Luis Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Time is running out for the 35-year-old Nevascues.  His draw with then-#7 Javier Castillejo should have led to another good fight, but instead he’s fought just twice in the 22 months since, and never against anyone good.  Maybe all the decent fighters are scared off by his near-upset of Castillejo, but he’s got to find someone to fight him soon.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-2)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- L(UD12) vs. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Georgian Khurtsidze recently came up on the wrong side of his fight with Hassan N’Jikam, but he has beaten a pretty decent gatekeeper once a year since 2008.  If he can keep that up in 2011, his place in the rankings will be secure.
18) Sebastian Zbik (2-83)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Zbik is this division’s version of Alexander Dimitrenko and Vyacheslav Uzelkov- a European prospect who is largely unproven and vastly overrated for no apparent reason.  Zbik somehow has an alphabet title, and may prove worthy of one if he ever fights someone beyond gatekeeper level.
19) Fernando Guerrero (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/18/2011- vs. Derrick Findley (UNR)
Guerrero’s clash with Derrick Findley, the main event of Friday Night Fights next Friday, will be the first main event ever broadcast in 3D (on ESPN3D).  For the rest of us, good ole ESPN2 will have to do.
20) Anthony Mundine (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- L(KO5) vs. Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine is a tough call.  He beat a #10 contender that’s now ranked #5, but then lost to a relative non-entity by knockout.  He’s trying to win a title at 154 anyway, so his ranking here- or lack thereof- may be academic, but if he gets his way a rematch with Wood at 160 may be in the cards.

 

The Week Ahead: Gatekeeper Eromosele Albert of Nigeria will fight fringe prospect Lester Gonzalez in Miami on Friday.  Saturday, gatekeeper or journeyman Mahir Oral fights a journeyman with a very padded 28-13 record in Herning, Denmark, and Mexican gatekeeper Elco Garcia fights journeyman Patrick Thompson in Colorado.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Feb 7-13

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on February 13, 2011 by danboxing
Dyah Davis pulled a bit of an upset by soundly outboxing fringe contender Francisco Sierra- who looked clumsy all night- on Top Rank Live from California this week.  Unfortunately for Davis (who I had winning 96-94), he let Sierra in the fight during some of the more non-descript rounds, making the eventual verdict of majority draw a possibility.  The announcers were very adamant that they thought Davis won the fight.  I agree, but at least in terms of rounds it was close.  I actually thought the judge that scored it widely for Davis had the least credible card.  The fight was technically at light heavyweight, but both of these guys are Super Middleweights going forward, and it was only fought over that weight to afford both guys a mutually agreed-upon extra meal or two.  This draw looks really good for Davis, but his failure to get the nod from the judges, when coupled with his recent clear loss to Aaron Pryor, Jr. keeps him out of the ratings for now.  Same for Sierra, who falls a little farther from the rankings after having been very close to this point.

 

On Friday, though, a pretty significant fight was contested at a 163 pound contract weight.  Bryan Vera pulled an upset over Sergio Mora by split decision on Friday Night Fights.  Vera, the naturally bigger man, did just enough for a decision in a close fight that I personally had a draw.  With the win, Vera moves into the top 20.  His 2 wins over fringe contenders in the past year (including an early stoppage of Sebastian Demers) force down James DeGale and Garth Wood, who haven’t won on that level yet at this weight, and forces out last week’s #20 Peter Quillin, who has been beating no-hopers in pointless matchups lately.

 

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 (11-90-90)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #7 Arthur Abraham
Ward, the clear favorite of the Super Six, faces former co-favorite Arthur Abraham, who has become a huge dog, on an unknown date.
2) Carl Froch (11-243-243)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #15 Glen Johnson
Froch and Johnson have each confirmed a May 21 date for their semifinal match.  Originally, it appeared the fight would be on the same card as David Haye’s next fight, but that fight is set for England while it turns out the Super Six semifinals must contractually happen in America.
3) Lucian Bute (11-252-252)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- KO9 #15 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Bute recently lost his #1 and then #2 spot because his level of competition has been far inferior to Andre Ward and Carl Froch’s, largely for obvious reasons.  Unfortunately, Brian Magee is an even lesser opponent, meaning that the Super Six final will probably cause me to crown a champion.
4) Mikkel Kessler (11-322-322)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
His eye problems apparently behind him, Kessler is now pushing for a fight with Robert Stieglitz.  Stieglitz unfortunately does not appear interested.
5) Andre Dirrell (32-45-45)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- DQ11 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
I don’t particularly believe Dirrell’s claims of neurological problems following the Abraham DQ, and so I have an interesting decision to make on his place in the ratings assuming he doesn’t get a fight signed by the end of March.
6) Robert Stieglitz (32-76-76)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be ducking a good matchup with Mikkel Kessler.  It’s a shame, too, because unless he’s planning on replacing Brian Magee against Bute, there’s no better fight for him to make.
7) Arthur Abraham (46-68-68)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L (UD12) vs. #4 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Abraham is set for a tune up against the very decent Bozic on the big 2/12 card in Germany.  No harm in that.  He needs to get it together, and he’s not taking too soft a touch, either, though he should have no problem winning.
8) Librado Andrade (34-194-194)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is apparently on the short list to be Chad Dawson’s next opponent on May 21.  This would mean his exit from the Super Middleweight rankings, as he would have been above 168 for over 18 months.
9) Dimitri Sartison (17-28-32)
Last Fight: 7/31/10- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a date with James DeGale upcoming if British promoter Frank Warren gets his way.
10) Sakio Bika (17-17-201)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Expect Bika to take a nice long vacation and then fight a weak opponent or two before stepping back up, if he ever does.
11) Eduard Gutknecht (17-32)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- RTD9 Michal Bilak (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. Oleksandr Cherviak (at LHW)
Gutknecht is almost certainly done at 168, as he has reportedly decided to campaign at 175.  He’ll remain in the rankings here more or less as a formality until April, though.  He faces the tough but inexperienced Oleksandr Cherviak in Germany on February 12.
12) Karoly Balzsay (17-32)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO4 Misa Nikolic (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay hasn’t made 168 since early December 2009, but since he missed it by only a pound for his very inconsequential non-title fight with Aziz Daari, he gets an extra six months to fight at 168.
13) Edison Miranda (17-32)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L (TKO3) vs. Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Miranda may or may not fight Renan St. Juste on March 19.  It appears he might be having trouble making weight, and has asked to change the fight to light heavyweight.  That would be a foolish mistake for St. Juste, who recently campaigned at 160 and may now look to fight Enrique Ornelas, instead.  This weight issue seems unnecessary for a guy that could make 160 as recently as 3 1/2 years ago.
14) Jesse Brinkley (17-32)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- L (KO9) vs. #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley is rightfully enjoying a nice vacation after a punishing loss to Lucian Bute in October.
15) Glen Johnson (14-14)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Johnson, a former light heavyweight champion, has a real shot at being top dog at 168.  His path is clear: beat Carl Froch in May, Andre Ward later in the year, and then (possibly) clean up the division with Lucian Bute in early 2012.  The odds are long, though, as the Road Warrior is already 42 and must go through perhaps all three of the division’s best fighters.
16) Thomas Oosthuizen (14-32)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #17 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Oosthuizen has a fight scheduled at home in late March, but no opponent yet.
17) Isaac Chilemba (17-32)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #15 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 2/25/2011- vs. Maxim Vlasov (UNR)
Chilemba has signed for a really intriguing matchup with Maxim Vlasov in what will probably be the co-feature of a Friday Night Fights broadcast from Tulsa later in February.
18) Bryan Vera (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- SD10 Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera, despite a bit of a roller-coaster career including a couple recent losses, has done more in beating Sebastian Demers and Sergio Mora than have the guys rated below him, at least at this weight.
19) James DeGale (1-9)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nothing imminent yet, but DeGale’s promoter appears to be looking for a fight with Dimitri Sartison.
20) Garth Wood (1-9)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO6 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying contender Anthony Mundine at 160, Wood will probably stay at that weight for a while.  But he remains ranked in both divisions in the meantime.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Friday: Recent #20 Peter Quillin is in very soft against Larry Sharpe, who is winless in his last seven fights.  Prospect Don George is in against less tested but unbeaten prospect Cornelius White on ShoBox.

 

Saturday: #7 Arthur Abraham gets a decent tune-up on the big German card in Muelheim, taking on gatekeeper Stjepan Bozic.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Feb 7-13

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on February 12, 2011 by danboxing
It appears a done deal that Pascal-Hopkins II is a go for May 21.  Chad Dawson will get a credible matchup on the undercard.  Possibilities appear to include Librado Andrade, Adrian Diaconu, and Zsolt Erdei.   Also, #6 Nathan Cleverly is set to fight #7 Juergen Braehmer on April 2, assuming the German doesn’t bail on this one last-minute like he did in Kazakhstan ahead of his scheduled bout with Beibut Shumenov in January.

 

In the only in-ring action of note, super middleweight gatekeeper Francisco Sierra salvaged a draw in a fight with fringe prospect Dyah Davis that was definitely closer in rounds than it was overall.  Davis outboxed the wild and clumsy Sierra badly in total, but Sierra won enough of the lackluster rounds to make a draw reasonable despite his struggles.  I personally had the fight 96-94 Davis.  The fight technically was at light heavy, but both guys were just taking it easy on their weight-cutting.  I firmly believe they’re both 168-pounders.

 

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 (26-86-86)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Looks like Pascal-Hopkins II is a done deal for the title.
1) Bernard Hopkins (8-244-244)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Champ Jean Pascal
He’ll get his shot to avenge the draw in the first fight with Pascal.
2) Chad Dawson (8-245-245)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
A victim of circumstance, Dawson will not immediately get his rematch with Pascal, and will have to settle for what might be a dangerous fight on the undercard against a top 15-type opponent.
3) Tavoris Cloud (8-76-76)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Griffin-Mack ever comes off, the winner is supposed to get a shot at Cloud.  Obviously Dawson would be a better matchup, but whichever man doesn’t get Pascal immediately will probably not risk his place in line by fighting someone as tough as Cloud.
4) Glen Johnson (26-399-399)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. SMW #3 Carl Froch (at SMW)
If he manages to beat Froch, he will fight for the Super Six Championship, and possibly the legitimate Super Middleweight Championship of the World.  If not, maybe he moves back up to 175.  If he beats Froch, he will most likely forfeit his 175 rating because the Super Six will tie him up beyond the year anniversary of his light heavyweight fight with Cloud.
5) Gabriel Campillo (26-33-33)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo appears likely to fight former Champion and current #16 Zsolt Erdei in April in what would be a very big fight.  The only issue appears to be the location.  Erdei ironically wants the fight in the US, while Campillo- who was blatantly robbed in Nevada last year- wants it at home in Madrid.
6) Nathan Cleverly (21-53-53)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #7 Juergen Braehmer
If Juergen Braehmer’s newfound allergic reaction to fighting can be worked out, he will meet Cleverly in England on April 2.
7) Jürgen Brähmer (21-33-33)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cleverly’s note above.
8) Chris Henry (21-39-39)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
There’s no reason for Henry’s inactivity as far as I can tell.  He was a hot fighter coming off his destruction of Garay last year, and has failed to capitalize.  I know Diaconu wants a fight with him, but we’ll see when and whom he fights next.
9) Beibut Shumenov (21-29-33)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov did the best he could on short notice against Joppy.  His next fight is a mystery.  Presumably he will eventually face the Campillo-Erdei winner if that fight happens, since those two are 1-2 in the WBA rankings, but he very well might fight again in the interim.
10) Roy Jones, Jr. (26-26-33)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- L(UD12) vs. Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
After signing a commentating contract with HBO, hopefully we’ve seen the last of Jones in the ring.
11) Adrian Diaconu (26-196)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly is being considered for a fight with #2 Chad Dawson on the Pascal-Hopkins undercard.  This would be both a big opportunity and a huge risk for Diaconu, who hasn’t had a really notable win in years.
12) Yusaf Mack (15-33)
Last Fight: 2/5/2010- L(TKO6) vs. Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 3/6/2011- vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Mack’s fight with #18 Otis Griffin has apparently now been moved to Florida and will take place March 6, with the winner presumably getting a shot at Tavoris Cloud.
13) Danny McIntosh (3-33)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- TKO11 #14 Thierry Karl
Next Fight: Unknown
McIntosh is fresh off an EBU title win over Karl, and has several good options in that organization’s rankings.
14) Dmitri Sukhotski (3-15)
Last Fight: 10/29/2010- TKO6 #16 Alexei Kuziemski
Next Fight: 3/11/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sukhotski will defend his regional titles in Russia on March 11, but the opponent is yet to be announced.
15) Hugo Garay (15-33)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows what the fading Garay is up to, but since his last fight was at Cruiserweight, he needs to sign a fight under 175 by late March or we’ll say adios to the Argentine.
16) Zsolt Erdei (12-12)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably will fight Gabriel Campillo next in either the US or Madrid, probably in April.
17) Ismayl Sillakh (3-4)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD10 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
A huge even-money fight between hot prospects looms against Despaigne.  I wish there was more of this in boxing.
18) Otis Griffin (3-4)
Last Fight: 8/28/2010- UD8 Billy Bailey (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/6/2011- vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
Hopefully the 3rd time is the charm for the oft-delayed meeting with Mack.
19) Thierry Karl (3-33)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
20) Luis Garcia (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Garcia is set to fight in Dublin on March 19, with the opponent to be announced.

 

The Week Ahead: Gatekeeper Nicholson Poulard, brother of Champion Jean Pascal, will be fighting in the non-televised portion of the Friday Night Fights card in Montreal this week.  Prospect Don George will be on ShoBox later that night against Cornelius White, though it’s unclear whether that fight will be at 168 or 175.  Then on Saturday in Muelheim, Germany, Super Middleweight contender Eduard Gutknecht (apparently permanently campaigning at 175 now) will face inexperienced but dangerous Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Cherviak, and Iraqi-born fringe contender Karo Murat fights journeyman Christian Cruz.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Feb 7-13

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on February 12, 2011 by danboxing
#19 Lateef Kayode got a stiff test from fringe contender Nicholas Iannuzzi on ShoBox this week.  The fix was in, as all the judges had it wide for the Nigerian, and even the normally excellent referee Raul Caiz, Jr. appeared determined to hand the fight to Kayode when he deducted a point after the fight was over.  In fairness to Caiz, Iannuzzi very blatantly hit Kayode after the final bell, but the shot didn’t do much damage and, well, the fight was over.  Ultimately, the deduction only made the difference between a unanimous decision and a majority decision, since only judge Ray Balewicz (with a final tally of 95-94) was scoring the fight fairly.  Ralph McKnight and especially Steve Morrow deserve scorn and recrimination for their indefensible scores.  I personally had Kayode winning 96-93 with the deduction factored in, but could easily have seen it for Iannuzzi by a round, too.

 

Despite the close nature of the win, Kayode moves up 2 spots to #17, displacing Matt Godfrey and Alexander Alexeev, both of whom have been much less active than the Nigerian, and neither of whom has beaten anyone on Iannuzzi’s level in about 2 1/2 years.

 

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 (144*-347-347)
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.
Has a decent fight coming up with #14 Enad Licina.  Still, the never-ending wait continues for Sauerland’s Super Six tournament.
2) Marco Huck (33-218-218)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- SD12 #6 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Definitely lost to Lebedev, but it was close enough that I can’t quite call it a total robbery.  He might get a chance at redemption in the near future, as both men will likely participate in Sauerland’s upcoming Super Six.
3) Denis Lebedev (8-53-53)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
He’s at least the #2 contender by all rights, but a couple bad or corrupt judges in Germany keep him from his rightful place.  He may yet have one more fight before the Super Six.
4) Ola Afolabi (8-100-100)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD10 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is definitely the best fighter not set to fight in the Super Six.    His route to the top 5 was probably quieter than his peers, and he has the wrong promoter (Duva Boxing) for a division that’s now completely dominated by Sauerland.  It might be hard for him to get good fights in the near future.
5) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8-294-294)
Last Fight: 9/25/2010- UD12 Jason Robinson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Palacios should be his last fight before he enters Sauerland’s Super Six.  We’ll see how much a broken leg in the lead up to the fight will affect his performance.
6) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (8-33-33)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #12 Steve Herelius
A real good matchup of up-and-coming fighters is set for that gigantic card in Germany when Hernandez fights Steve Herelius.  Winner probably fights in the Super Six.
7) Guillermo Jones (12-19-19)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After hinting he might move up to Heavyweight, former welterweight Jones appears set to defend his WBA title at some point instead.  Let’s hope he doesn’t wait 2 years this time.
8) Danny Green (12-62-62)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: Unknown
Might never fight again by his own admission after a misdiagnosis led to surgery to remove an abscess the size of a softball from his abdomen.  Let’s hope he makes a big recovery, because he’s one of the more exciting cruiserweights out there, and recently proved his mettle by outboxing B.J. Flores.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (12-117-117)
Last Fight: 11/5/2010- TKO6 Eduardo Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A rumored bout with Alexander Frenkel fell through.  No idea where the aging Fragomeni turns next.
10) Alexander Frenkel (12-12-21)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
Was scheduled to fight on the 2/12 German megacard, but had to withdraw with a hand injury.
11) Wayne Braithwaite (12-33)
Last Fight: 3/6/2010- TKO1 Adam Harris
Next Fight: Unknown
With each passing day, it becomes more and more likely that Braithwaite is done.  I have heard no buzz about any upcoming fights.
12) Steve Herelius (12-32)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD8 Roman Kracik (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Herelius faces Hernandez in Germany soon in what should end up as a play-in match for the upcoming Super Six.
13) B.J. Flores (12-33)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Began calling out Lateef Kayode after Kayode’s lackluster win over Nick Iannuzzi.  It looks like Kayode doesn’t want that fight yet, and with good reason.  Flores boxes with a similar style to Iannuzzi, but with much more class.
14) Enad Licina (12-33)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- UD12 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. #1 Steve Cunningham
Could spoil Cunningham’s Super Six hopes with an upset win in Germany.
15) Troy Ross (12-102)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross is puzzlingly idle after a really nice showing in his controversial loss to #1 Steve Cunningham.
16) Enzo Maccarinelli (4-33)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably all but retired after a vicious knockout loss to Frenkel, but no official announcement yet.
17) Lateef Kayode (1-12)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- UD10 Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Went life and death with Nick Iannuzzi, but any win at that level is better than losses and inactivity, which are mostly what Alexeev and Godfrey have to show for the last 2 years.
18) Alexander Alexeev (1-4)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (KO2) vs. #7 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
No word on his next move after being taken out emphatically by Lebedev last summer.
19) Matt Godfrey (1-109)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Never the most active fighter, we don’t yet know what Godfrey’s up to next after Marco Huck destroyed him.
20) Rogelio Rossi (4-4)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO5 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The center of the Cruiserweight world this week is Muelheim, Germany.  There on Saturday, #1 Steve Cunningham takes on #14 Enad Licina in a bout that was originally scheduled for January, and #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez battles #12 Steve Herelius in what probably amounts to the play-in match for Sauerland’s Super Six tournament.

Heavyweight: 2011, Feb 7-13

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on February 11, 2011 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Neven Pajkic, a Bosnian living in Toronto, had a bit of trouble with journeyman Johnnie White, winning only 6-4 in rounds on two of the three cards, and only 7-3 on the other.

 

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 (85-298-298)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 4/30/2011- vs. #13 Dereck Chisora
Wlad also has a date in September with Tomasz Adamek in Poland, assuming he beats Chisora.
1) Vitali Klitschko (122-122-122)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD12 Shannon Briggs (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #10 Odlanier Solis
Vitali is the understudy for the Adamek fight in case he beats Solis but Wlad loses to Chisora.
2) David Haye (45-99-99)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye continues to duck and dodge the Klitschkos.  He will likely fight Ruslan Chagaev (a vast improvement, actually) if the Uzbek is approved to fight in the UK despite hepatitis.  Also possible is Alexander Povetkin.
3) Alexander Povetkin (45-172-172)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 vs. Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin’s trainer Teddy Atlas said that a fight with David Haye might be on the table if Povetkin’s broken hand heals quickly enough for an April or May date.  Now there’s a good fight.
4) Eddie Chambers (37-97-97)
Last Fight: 3/20/2010- L(KO12) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 2/11/2011- vs. Derric Rossy (UNR)
Turns out the fight between Chambers and Rossy will actually be televised on Showtime.  Good deal.
5) Ruslan Chagaev (38-221-221)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hepatitis might derail his mandatory shot at David Haye.
6) Samuel Peter (37-37-37)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- L(KO10) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek wanting no part of the Nigerian Nightmare, Peter might fight another “Nightmare,” in Chris Arreola, who is next in line for an IBF eliminator.
7) Tomasz Adamek (2-42-42)
Last Fight: 12/9/2010- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2010- vs. Kevin McBride (UNR)
Faced with 3 options: Sam Peter, Hasim Rahman, or…Kevin McBride, Adamek chose the ridiculously easy way out with McBride.  But to be fair, would you want to jeopardize a million-dollar payday if it were you?
8) Tony Thompson (2-37-37)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (2-37-37)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Thompson’s comments above.
10) Odlanier Solis (8-8-37)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- W(DQ10) vs. #14 Ray Austin
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
After a solid win over Austin, Solis gets the chance of a lifetime against Vitali Klitschko.  It’s actually a step up for Vitali, too, after a recent string of no-hopers.
11) Chris Arreola (8-99)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- TKO1 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pounded hapless Abell into submission.  Maybe Sam Peter next?  Should be a good fight, if so.
12) Denis Boytsov (8-86)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be on track for an eventual fight with Haye if his lingering problems with a broken right hand ever clear up.  He had a second surgery in December and is hoping to be ready for another fight in May.
13) Dereck Chisora (8-21)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: 4/30/2010- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Wlad gets flack for fighting him, but he’s a reasonable choice given the available field.
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (8-37)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Has a habit of barely squeaking by, but has beaten two quality opponents in Ibragimov and Fres Oquendo to prove that he’s at least semi-for-real at Heavyweight.  He’s currently negotiating for a May 12 fight with former Champion Hasim Rahman.
15) Robert Helenius (10-37)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- TKO2 Attila Levin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Has a mandatory obligation for the EU title against undefeated Turkish prospect Yakup Saglam on the horizon, but Saglam already has an April fight scheduled.
16) Francesco Pianeta (14-37)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- KO1 Mike Middleton (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Pianeta now has an opponent for later this week.  He’ll fight Samir Kurtagic, who at 9-1 hasn’t fought anyone at all except Edmund Gerber, who won all 8 rounds of their fight on 2 of 3 cards.
17) Ray Austin (8-37)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- L(DQ10) vs. #17 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: Unknown
No telling where he goes from here.  He’s getting up there in age, and has probably done about all he’s going to do.  Austin may be a good candidate to retire soon.
18) Kubrat Pulev (10-14)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Paolo Vidoz (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/12/2011- vs. Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Just signed for a fight in Herning, Denmark on February 12 against journeyman Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, who was recently stopped by Alexander Dimitrenko.
19) Timur Ibragimov (14-33)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L(SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be taking a bit of a break after his considerable momentum was halted by Jean Marc Mormeck.
20) Alexander Dimitrenko (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/30/2010- TKO5 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Hopefully he stays on his feet at least until he gets to the ring this time against Sosnowski.  This should be a good test to see where he’s really at following a couple lackluster years.


THE WEEK AHEAD:  Several notable fighters in action this week.


Friday: #4 Eddie Chambers takes a on a decent challenge in fringe contender Derric Rossy on ShoBox.

 

Saturday: #18 Kubrat Pulev, and prospect Edmund Gerber are both in light in Herning, Denmark, as is #16 Francesco Pianeta in Muelheim, Germany.  Pulev will fight Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, a journeyman recently stopped by Alexander Dimitrenko.  Gerber takes on the even weaker Paul Butlin.  Pianeta takes on Samir Kurtagic.  Kurtagic is 9-1, but has only fought one opponent worth even half a damn: Edmund Gerber, who dominated him over 8 rounds.  At least Pianeta has the excuse of coming off a bout with cancer.