Heavyweight: 2011, Mar 7-13

Maryland’s Seth Mitchell dropped decent journeyman Charles Davis 4 times en route to a 2nd round stoppage on the Hatton-Alvarez undercard Saturday.  The undefeated prospect definitely appears ready for a step up to a top-50 opponent.


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) Alexander Dimitrenko
9) Chris Arreola
10) Odlanier Solis

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (89-302-302)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #2 David Haye
The Champ pulled a real bush league move last week by pulling out of a fight with Dereck Chisora for a second time with the same dubious abdominal injury.  It appears that every time David Haye hints at interest in a fight, Wlad gets hurt.  It would serve the champ right if Haye got “injured” again after the fight is signed.  I don’t think it’s quite official yet, but it looks like Klitschko-Haye is a go for either 6/25 or 7/2.  Chisora deserved better than this.  If Wlad is really injured, he should have rescheduled with the other Brit.
1) Vitali Klitschko (126-126-126)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD12 Shannon Briggs (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #10 Odlanier Solis
Vitali apparently is now the understudy for both of Wlad’s next two fights (Haye and Adamek) in addition to his own scheduled bout with Solis.
2) David Haye (49-103-103)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
With his mandatory with Ruslan Chagaev out of the way due to hepatitis and Wlad’s fight with Chisora apparently contingent on whether the Champ feels like it at any given moment, Haye has once again signed on to fight Wlad.  With the contract signed, the odds of the fight actually happen have increased to about 50-50 in my estimation.
3) Eddie Chambers (4-101-101)
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 (4-176-176)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Teddy Atlas expects Povetkin to fight Mormeck for the WBA title being (sorta) vacated by Haye, who is likely being promoted to WBA Super Duper Extra Spectacular World Champion of the Whole Wide World, while promoter Sauerland admits Mormeck is on their short list, but says the fight is not made and that it’s not clear it would be for the nonsensical title.  According to Atlas, the fight would be in early to mid June.
5) Ruslan Chagaev (42-225-225)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
To the extent the WBA rankings matter, Chagaev appears to be getting jobbed.  He is supposed to be the mandatory challenger to Haye, but the likely biased British Board of Control nixed that fight for England, and the idea of fighting elsewhere seems not to have occurred to Haye.  Now that Klitschko-Haye appears on, you would think Chagaev-Povetkin would be next, but Povetkin’s camp appears interested in Mormeck instead, and thinks that would be for the title somehow.
6) Samuel Peter (41-41-41)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- L(KO10) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #15 Robert Helenius
Just signed a big high-value fight with Robert Helenius in Westfalen, Germany.  The winner probably ends up in the top 5.
7) Tomasz Adamek (6-46-46)
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 (6-41-41)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (6-41-41)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Thompson’s comments above.
10) Odlanier Solis (12-12-41)
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 (12-103)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- TKO1 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Denis Boytsov (12-90)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Recently added Golden Boy as an American co-promoter alongside Universum, and is looking to fight stateside in May if his hand holds up.
13) Dereck Chisora (12-25)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: Unknown
Got seriously jerked around by the Champ, and now is getting called out by prospect Tyson Fury, his countryman.  That would be as good a British-level fight as could be made right now.
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (12-41)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears at least 50-50 that he’ll fight Povetkin next.
15) Robert Helenius (14-41)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- TKO2 Attila Levin (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #6 Samuel Peter
Just made a gutsy move by signing a fight with dangerous and likely underrated Sam Peter.  This is the kind of fight that can either make or break a fighter on his way from prospect to contender.
16) Francesco Pianeta (18-41)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Ray Austin (12-41)
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 (14-18)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Timur Ibragimov (18-37)
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 (8-8)
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:  Borderline top 50 heavyweights Michael Grant and Tye Fields collide in Vegas this weekend in what looks like a very even matchup on paper.  The winner becomes a much more credible stepping stone for upcoming fighters.


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