Heavyweight: 2011, Mar 14-20

Recent Adamek opponent Michael Grant knocked out Tye Fields in Vegas on Friday in the 3rd round, a surprisingly easy victory in a fight that looked even on paper.  With the loss, Fields becomes very clearly a journeyman, while Grant positions himself as a very legitimate gatekeeper.


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 (90-303-303)
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 (127-127-127)
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 (50-104-104)
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 (5-102-102)
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 (5-177-177)
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 (43-226-226)
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 (42-42-42)
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 (7-47-47)
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 (7-42-42)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (7-42-42)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Thompson’s comments above.
10) Odlanier Solis (13-13-42)
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 (13-104)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- TKO1 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arreola returns on the Ward-Abraham undercard on May 14.  Opponent to be announced.
12) Denis Boytsov (13-91)
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 (13-26)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: Unknown
The British Boxing Board of Control has ordered purse bids for a British title fight between Chisora and gigantic prospect Tyson Fury.  Should be a real interesting fight if it happens.
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (13-42)
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 (15-42)
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 (19-42)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Ray Austin (13-42)
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 (15-19)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Timur Ibragimov (19-38)
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 (9-9)
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:  Saturday finds dominant #1 Contender Vitali Klitschko putting his alphabet belt on the line against frequently overweight but undeniably talented Cuban defector Odlanier Solis, the #10 contender that earned his position primarily by making Ray Austin look for a way out late last year (DQ10).  In a lower-level but still pretty interesting contest on Friday, gatekeepers Cedric Boswell and Oliver McCall lock up in Hollywood, Florida on the Friday Night Fights card- though I can’t seem to figure out if it’s making the televised portion or not.  McCall, who had been sparring with Boswell in the lead-up to the fight, is a late replacement for ancient former fringe contender Bert Cooper, who himself was a replacement for Alonzo Butler.  The winner of this fight, despite still being an old has-been, will also probably be a legitimate top-20 contender.  That’s what happens when you fight guys who have beat other guys, I guess…


One Response to “Heavyweight: 2011, Mar 14-20”

  1. Haye v Klitschko…

    Haye V Klitschko are fighting in Hamburg on July 2nd…

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