Heavyweight: 2011, Jun 6-12

There were three notables in action this week.  On Friday, Cuban defector Luis Ortiz knocked out former cruiserweight fringe contender Luis Pineda in the 6th.  Pineda has not had a ton of success since moving up to heavyweight, as he is now 1-2-1 since his last fight at 200.  In fact, he was 0-4 immediately before that. 


German prospect Edmund Gerber takes on the somewhat diminished former gatekeeper Zack Page.  Page has a hard-earned reputation for fighting and occasionally beating prospects.  He rarely fights anyone else, in fact.  But he’s now lost seven straight, and so his stock is not what it once was.  Gerber apparently had little trouble with the veteran, scoring a shutout on all 3 cards.


Finally, 41-year-old fringe contender Cedric Boswell, who recently won a convincing victory over even older but still capable Oliver McCall, stepped down in competition a bit and won just as convincingly over Trinidad and Tobago’s Kertson Manswell.  Manswell was an untested 20-0 prospect until a few months ago, but in short order he has now lost 3 straight since stepping up.  He was the only fighter to go even the 3-round distance in the recent international prizefighter tournament with Mike Perez, though he did go down and lost by 5 points.


For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) David Haye
3) Tomasz Adamek
4) Alexander Povetkin
5) Ruslan Chagaev
6) Eddie Chambers
7) Alexander Dimitrenko
8) Denis Boystov
9) Robert Helenius
10) Chris Arreola


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (102-315-315)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 7/2/2011- vs. #2 David Haye
Now there’s a definite date and venue for Klitschko-Haye: July 2 in Hamburg.  Now all we have to do is see if Wlad’s “injury” stays healed and if Haye decides to actually show.
1) Vitali Klitschko (139-139-139)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Originally it appeared that Vitali would fight a no-hoper in July and act as the understudy for his brother’s fight with Adamek in September, but somewhere along the line he decided to fight Adamek instead.
2) David Haye (62-116-116)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/2/2011- 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 (17-114-114)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Should have Tony Thompson next on his agenda, as Thompson’s win over Harris amounted to an eliminator to fight in an eliminator against Chambers…with the upshot at least theoretically being a Klitschko shot.
4) Robert Helenius (10-10-54)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 7/16/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Helenius’ return has now been bumped back to mid-July, and he will indeed fight Sergei Liakhovich.
5) Alexander Povetkin (10-189-189)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin-Chagaev now looks very likely.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (10-238-238)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (19-59-59)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- UD12 Kevin McBride (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Time for Adamek to get serious, as he faces a live opponent for the first time in a long stretch this September.
8) Tony Thompson (19-54-54)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Eddie Chambers is likely Thompson’s next opponent, in an alphabet title eliminator.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (19-54-54)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
10) Odlanier Solis (25-25-54)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
If anyone doubted the legitimacy of Solis’ injury, he is awaiting surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus.  He wants a rematch, which of course seems unlikely- though I’d actually be interested.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (11-21)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stated recently that he will make a voluntary EBU title defense in August, which rules out his mandatory challenger Jean Marc Mormeck as his next opponent.
12) Chris Arreola (11-116)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO7 Kendrick Releford (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Staying busy.  Hopefully he’ll step up in competition soon, as well.
13) Denis Boytsov (11-103)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov is now looking to return in August, but doctors have yet to give him full medical clearance due to his hand injuries.
14) Dereck Chisora (11-38)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: 7/23/2011- vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
After a brawl ringside at DeGale-Groves broke out between the two men, Chisora-Fury is now signed for July 23 at Wembley Stadium.
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (11-54)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Prospective opponent Dimitrenko is passing on his EBU mandatory defense with Mormeck in favor of a voluntary one with someone else.
16) Samuel Peter (10-54)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
17) Franklin Lawrence (2-2)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a rocky time in his career where he lost and drew with fighters less advanced than he currently is, Lawrence has found himself at the ripe old age of 35 and begun a climb in the ranks.
18) Kubrat Pulev (2-30)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO5 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rossy is no longer a great feather in the cap, but he’s still good enough to move Pulev up a couple rungs.
19) Francesco Pianeta (2-54)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- TKO3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Jens Krull (UNR)
Cancer survivor Pianeta is staying busy, but not against credible opposition.
20) Ray Austin (2-54)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- L(DQ10) vs. #17 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
Austin will fight Haitian fringe prospect Bermane Stiverne in St. Charles, MO on June 25 in what figures to be a very silly excuse for a title eliminator, even by alphabet standards.


THE WEEK AHEAD:  According to Boxrec, prospect Kevin Johnson has a fight scheduled on Saturday against an opponent to be determined.  This looks a bit suspect to me, though, since each of the fighters on the card has no opponent yet.  Former champion Hasim Rahman is also in action, facing Missouri journeyman Galen Brown in Mississippi.  Rahman is basically a gatekeeper at this point in his career.

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