Light Heavyweight: 2011, Mar 14-20

#14 Dmitri Sukhotski stopped decent journeyman Konstantin Piternov (a late replacement for the comparable Jose Clavero) in the 5th round in Russia Friday.  The next night at George Mason University, William Joppy decisioned fellow gatekeeper Cory Cummings over 10 rounds.  I’m not sure whether Joppy came in heavy or whether Cummings came in light, but there was a substantial 5 pound weight difference between 173-pound Joppy and 168-pound Cummings.  Regardless of the reason, Joppy did not earn any serious consideration for the top 20 here, though he did probably improve his gatekeeper credentials a fair amount.  Sukhotski stays put at #14.


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 (31-91-91)
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 (13-249-249)
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 (13-250-250)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
It looks like Dawson will likely face Adrian Diaconu in the Pascal-Hopkins co-feature.
3) Tavoris Cloud (13-81-81)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s mandatory is now Yusaf Mack, the winner of an eliminator with Otis Griffin.  This is actually a pretty decent matchup as alphabet contests go.  But according to Zsolt Erdei promoter Lou DiBella, HBO is trying to match Cloud with his guy.  Either bout is fine with me.  This is one hot division.
4) Glen Johnson (31-404-404)
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 (31-38-38)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: 4/15/2011- vs. #14 Dmitri Sukhotski
Campillo is now scheduled to fight #14 Dmitri Sukhotski on April 15.
6) Nathan Cleverly (26-58-58)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #8 Juergen Braehmer
Cleverly has expressed a desire to fight Cloud if he beats Braehmer, and there are also discussions of an all-Welsh showdown with cruiserweight fringe contender Enzo Maccarinelli at 175.
7) Yusaf Mack (2-2-38)
Last Fight: 3/4/2010- W(SD12) vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
The oft-delayed eliminator with Otis Griffin finally went down, and Mack escaped with a comfortable split decision, if there is such a thing.  Mack is now the mandatory challenger for Cloud’s belt, but may have to wait awhile as HBO is pushing Zsolt Erdei for that honor, instead.
8) Jürgen Brähmer (2-38-38)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #6 Nathan Cleverly
9) Chris Henry (2-44-44)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
There’s still not much buzz about Henry scheduling another fight, even as the year anniversary of his sensational performance against Garay approaches.
10) Beibut Shumenov (2-34-38)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov, an attorney, is suing his promoter, Goosen-Tutor, and attempting to break away.  Hopefully this doesn’t hurt his now-promising career.
11) Roy Jones, Jr. (2-38)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- L(UD12) vs. Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
He’s reportedly in talks for a suicidal return to cruiserweight to fight #2 Denis Lebedev.
12) Adrian Diaconu (2-201)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It sounds like a fight with Chad Dawson on 5/21 is almost set.
13) Danny McIntosh (8-38)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- TKO11 #14 Thierry Karl
Next Fight: Unknown
McIntosh has a European title with some good challengers in those rankings, and also appears to be the mandatory challenger for a British title held by Tony Bellew.
14) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-20)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/15-2011- vs. #5 Gabriel Campillo
Already scheduled to fight Camillo, just a month and change after his last fight.  It figures to be a tough one, but also maybe a good fight.
15) Ismayl Sillakh (2-9)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- UD10 Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looked real good in outboxing Despaigne.  Probably top 10-bound.
16) Hugo Garay (2-38)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Garay understandably pulled out of his fight on Friday, March 11th due to the death of his mother on the 8th.  I’ll give him an extra month to schedule a fight at 175 before removing him from the rankings.
17) Zsolt Erdei (2-17)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Campillo off the table, an HBO fight with Tavoris Cloud now looks like the most likely route for Erdei.
18) Thierry Karl (2-38)
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.
19) Luis Garcia (2-9)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Garcia’s March 19 fight has disappeared from the schedules.  Not sure why.
20) Otis Griffin (2-9)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- L (SD12) vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown



The Week Ahead: Undefeated Polish prospect Pawel Glazsewski is set to go against Albanian journeyman Orial Kolaj in Poland in what should not be much of a test.

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