Archive for June, 2011

Super Middleweight: 2011, May 23-29

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on June 18, 2011 by danboxing
The biggest fight of the week was the showdown of British prospects in which #20 James DeGale took on his bitter enemy George Groves.  The fight was reasonably compelling despite being very tactical.  Groves had a gameplan to stay outside, box, and potshot, and he stuck to it even to a fault.  DeGale was somewhat frustrated by Groves’ style and followed him around, but certainly had his share of moments, as well.  I had the fight 117-111 for DeGale, while the official judges- who no doubt prefer moving and boxing to coming forward and slugging (something British judges have a reputation for)- had Groves by majority decision- all cards within 1 point.  Despite disagreeing with the official scores, I can’t say that they were entirely out of line.  DeGale simply wasn’t busy enough to ensure himself a clear victory.  As a result, I have to give Groves some credit for the win, and he slips past DeGale and into DeGale’s #20 spot.  I considered moving both men past #19 Jesse Brinkley, but DeGale, by more-or-less drawing with an unproven prospect, did not do anything to warrant such a promotion, and thus he exits the rankings for the time being.

 

Fast-rising Italian prospect Andrea Di Luisa won a decision over Argentine gatekeeper Ruben Acosta in Di Luisa’s hometown of Viterbo, Italy.  Di Luisa settles into the top 25 in my estimation, but falls shy of my rankings at this point.

 

A shocking result from Australia: local fringe contender Les Sherrington was dropped in the first round by truly terrible journeyman Kashif Mumtaz, and broke his leg in the fall- obviously causing the fight to be stopped.  But for the freak accident, chances are Sherrington rises from the knockdown and still wins comfortably, but it was not to be.  Almost needless to say, Mumtaz does not earn a ranking.  He beat a guy that ratings can be built on, but he still has lost over 3/4 of his total fights, and given the way the fight ended there’s just no argument to be made for his inclusion.

 

#17 Andy Lee’s fight with Alex Bunema was contested at Middleweight and will be treated in detail on that update.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Lucian Bute
3) Carl Froch
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (26-105-105)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
After getting past Abraham, next stop is a fight (possibly for the World Championship) against either Carl Froch or Glen Johnson.
2) Carl Froch (26-258-258)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Froch’s fight with Johnson has been bumped back to June 4 from an original date of May 21 primarily due to a venue dispute.  The fight will take place in Atlantic City, much to Froch’s dismay.
3) Lucian Bute (26-267-267)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO10 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Recently signed on for a pretty solid tune-up fight with Jean Paul Mendy to prepare for his prospective fight with Mikkel Kessler in the fall.
4) Mikkel Kessler (26-337-337)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Kessler will fight French journeyman Mehdi Bouadla on June 4 instead of Renan St. Juste, as had been the rumor.  St. Juste is a little better, but on the other hand it’s just good to see the Viking Warrior back in action.  The fight will take place in Copenhagen.
5) Robert Stieglitz (7-91-91)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat the good but somewhat dirty Khoren Gevor thanks to a controversial disqualification, though he appeared on his way to a solid if not overwhelming decision victory, anyway.
6) Arthur Abraham (4-83-83)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham is now bounced from the Super Six.  He claims he will remain at 168.  I think he can certainly remain at least an excellent alphabet belt-level contender.  And he’s still got the one-punch power, so who knows what he might yet accomplish.
7) Dimitri Sartison (3-43-47)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (3-4-4)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO3 #13 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat Brinkley in style to announce his arrival on the scene.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
Big upset against Andrade.  I thought it was a draw, but he still deserves mad props.
10) Sakio Bika (32-32-216)
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) Karoly Balzsay (7-47)
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.
12) Glen Johnson (6-29)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- 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.
13) Isaac Chilemba (4-47)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Thomas Oosthuizen (4-47)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO9 Evert Bravo (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. William Gare (UNR)
Will now fight fringe contender William Gare in a pretty even match-up in early June.
15) Librado Andrade (3-209)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- L*(MD10) vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
If he doesn’t schedule a fight at 168 in the next week, he’s done.  That quick a turnaround would be unheard of, so….
16) Bryan Vera (3-16)
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.
17) Andy Lee (3-11)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee had no trouble with an faded and inactive Bunema, and while it may not affect his ranking, it’s got to be a nice confidence boost after Craig McEwan gave him all he could handle recently.
18) Ezequiel Maderna (3-12)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD10 Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
19) Jesse Brinkley (3-47)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
20) George Groves (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival for the #20 spot held last week by DeGale on the strength of the win.

 

The Week Ahead: #18 Ezequiel Maderna will fight mid-range journeyman Martin Abel Bruer in both men’s native Argentina on Saturday in the division’s only meaningful action.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, May 23-29

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on June 2, 2011 by danboxing
Obviously the big news in the division this week was the triumph of father time, Bernard Hopkins.  Though George Foreman held onto his Heavyweight Championship until almost the age of 49 by fighting a series of handpicked opponents, Hopkins is now the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to freshly win a title at 46 years old.  Last time, the fight was declared a draw.  Most of the public (perhaps biased by a desire for history) had Hopkins winning the fight, while I had Pascal by a point.  This time, there was little doubt of the outcome, as Hopkins frustrated Pascal with veteran (ie slightly illegal) tactics and appeared to be in noticeably better fighting shape.  It even appeared that British referee Ian John Lewis missed as many as 2 Hopkins knockdowns.

 

Speaking of Dawson, he was in action on the undercard against #11 Adrian Diaconu.  Dawson looked stronger, harder-hitting, and more sculpted than I remember him looking in previous fights.  He won by 4, 6, and 8 points on the cards (I had him by 10).  I think two of the cards were influenced by the home crowd, since I couldn’t really picture scoring it any closer than 118-110 even though many of the rounds were at least competitive.  It was a measured, mature performance by Dawson.  He sat down on his punches more than he used to and, although he still doesn’t appear to have big-time knockout power, he got through a little adversity in the fourth round for a comfortable win over a fighter probably better than his ranking in Diaconu.  I see him as having an excellent chance of unseating Hopkins in their likely upcoming fight.
Juergen Braehmer pulled out of his second consecutive alphabet title fight under questionable circumstances.  In January, he backed out on Beibut Shumenov in a unification fight claiming illness, but was not willing to be examined by a doctor.  This time he reportedly was cut in sparring (something that would be hard to fake, I would think), but didn’t heal as fast as he hoped.  The problem this time was that he apparently told nobody in the Cleverly camp or involved in the promotion about the issue until withdrawing 3 days before fight night.  If this was an isolated incident I would not remove Braehmer merely for being unprofessional and would allow him a month or two to schedule another fight, but he squandered his case for leniency by his actions surrounding the Shumenov fight.  Obviously his past accomplishments will earn him an appropriate ranking if and when he fights again, but for now he’s done nothing but clog up the top 10.

 

In further drama surrounding the Cleverly fight, original replacement opponent Tony Bellew of England was bumped off the card because he was not going to be able to make an acceptable weight in time for the fight, and he was soon replaced by solid gatekeeper Alexei Kuziemski, whom he stopped on cuts in the fourth round.  Referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout without consulting the doctor after a cut over the left eye from a Cleverly right hand added to a busted nose to make Kuziemski’s face a bloody mess.
#13 Ismayl Sillakh took on a weak opponent on the Lebedev-Jones undercard, dropping and stopping Hamzaa Wandera in the third round.  He obviously didn’t take Wandera seriously, either, as he came in at 179.

 

Nicholson Poulard, Pascal’s brother, had a better night than the now-former Champion shutting out Frankie Santos on all three cards.  Now it should be noted that Frankie Santos has been fighting since 1998 and has yet to beat anyone within the category of even a mid-range journeyman, so there’s nothing to crow about in Poulard’s win whatsoever.

 

Steroid-tainted Polish prospect Andrzej Fonfara fought Anthony Russell (who’s basically in the same category as Santos except he’s been fighting only 8 1/2 years) in Chicago, stopping the journeyman in the 2nd.
Lastly, Australian gatekeeper Joel Casey fought Komgrit Nanakorn of Thailand, who is so bad he’s never beaten anyone with more than 1 win.  The only fighter he’s beaten that wasn’t totally winless, in fact, was a 1-1 guy in Thailand in 2004.  Needless to say Casey won, dropping Nanakorn in the second and third round, with the ref stopping the fight after the second one.

 

Naturally Hopkins is now the Champion.  Pascal slips only to the #1 Contender position, since he owns a recent win over Dawson, who is next in line.  Dawson stays put at #2.  #9 Braehmer exits, which promotes #10 Shumenov to #9.  Diaconu’s lack of meaningful wins in over 3 years among his 3 losses prevents him from moving back into the top 10, as Dmitri Sukhotski (#12 last week) leapfrogs the Shark (who remains #11) to land at #10.  Everybody rated #13 or below last week moves up one position, and Tony Bellew- fresh off being denied a surprise short-notice title shot- re-enters at #20.

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Bernard Hopkins
1) Jean Pascal
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Glen Johnson
5) Nathan Cleverly
6) Adrian Diaconu
7) Karo Murat
8) Beibut Shumenov
9) Gabriel Campillo
10) Isaac Chilemba
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (1-259-259)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: Unknown
The oldest man to ever win a championship, though not the oldest one to hold one yet.  All indications are that he’ll fight Dawson next, whom he ducked for years.
1) Jean Pascal (1-101-101)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
After a draw and loss to 45-46 year old Hopkins back-to-back, it’s hard to say that Pascal hasn’t regressed since winning the Championship from Dawson.
2) Chad Dawson (23-260-260)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: Unknown
Picked up a solid win over Diaconu, and now will probably fight Hopkins for the Championship in the fall or early winter.
3) Tavoris Cloud (23-91-91)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #8 Yusaf Mack
Cloud has now signed to fight his mandatory Yusaf Mack on a fairly loaded card outside St. Louis on June 25.
4) Glen Johnson (41-414-414)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. SMW #2 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 (41-48-48)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Since being robbed against Beibut Shumenov to start 2010, Campillo has behaved more like the loser of the fight than the guy who clearly deserved to win it- fighting only two generic journeymen since.  In fairness, this most recent fight was supposed to be against top-15 contender Dmitri Sukhotski until he was left scrambling for a last-minute replacement by Sukhotski’s withdrawal.  No excuses for the Spaniard next time, though.
6) Nathan Cleverly (36-68-68)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat up Kuziemski.  Next up could be Bellew or Maccarinelli, or possibly Shumenov.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO8 #11 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
A former 168-lb. contender, Gutknecht looks to have increased his power along with his weight.
8) Yusaf Mack (3-12-48)
Last Fight: 3/4/2010- W(SD12) vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Managed to fight off HBO and Zsolt Erdei to land his mandatory shot against Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will happen 6/25 in St. Charles, Missouri on the Alexander-Matthysse HBO card.
9) Beibut Shumenov (1-44-48)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wants to unify another alphabet belt with his own.  Best chance would probably be Cleverly, and second most likely would be Cloud.  The guy who emerges from the Pascal-Hopkins-Dawson-(Diaconu?) tangle figures to be otherwise engaged for a good little while yet.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (1-1-30)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently  was never fully on board for the proposed fight with #5 Campillo.
11) Adrian Diaconu (3-211)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
12) Ismayl Sillakh (1-19)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Came in heavy but destroyed his unworthy opponent Hamza Wandera.  Hopefully he’ll take a better fight again soon.
13) Zsolt Erdei (1-27)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Byron Mitchell isn’t exactly Tavoris Cloud, but, well….well….he’s just not Tavoris Cloud.
14) Danny McIntosh (1-48)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
15) Karo Murat (1-3)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
Still hasn’t quite justified his lofty Ring rating, but has finally earned some love on my blog.  He must be ecstatic.
16) Thierry Karl (1-48)
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.
17) Luis Garcia (1-19)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dyah Davis (1-9)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.
19) Marcus Johnson (1-7)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L(UD10*) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s hard to say that a hot prospect could benefit from an upset loss, but in this case he lost to a rateable fighter, and arguably deserved to win.  He gets credit for that here- especially considering the lack of good options in the division.
20) Tony Bellew (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- vs. Ovill McKenzie (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/16/2011- vs. Ovill McKenzie (UNR)
Bellew is fighting mad over being bumped from the Cleverly fight due to weight, but it should cause minimal disruption to his career since he still has a pre-existing rematch scheduled with Ovill McKenzie.

 

The Week Ahead:  A bit less activity this week now that the reign of Hopkins has once again begun.  Kenyan fringe contender Kariz Kariuki fights total bum Dechapon Suwunnalird of Thailand in Kariuki’s adopted home of Australia on Saturday, and once-beaten prospect Vyacheslav Uzelkov also gets a pretty easy showcase opponent in 6-7 Ivan Maslov in Kiev.

Cruiserweight: 2011, May 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on June 2, 2011 by danboxing
I only watched the last couple rounds on YouTube because I was morally opposed to the fight but felt I’d need to comment on it, but Roy Jones looked old, soft, and punch drunk as he dragged his washed-up frame around the ring taking punches from #3 Contender Denis Lebedev.  That was sad enough.  But then in the closing seconds, Lebedev landed some hard shots that had Jones completely helpless on the ropes, and when normally excellent referee Steve Smoger hesitated to step in, Lebedev unleashed another big punch to Jones’ exposed skull.  Jones collapsed in a heep to the canvas, where he remained for some time.  What a pointless, ugly spectacle.  I’m glad that Lebedev is already about as high as he can get in the rankings so I don’t have to consider rewarding him for this sadistic outing.  Not that he did anything wrong in the ring- he just never should have fought Jones.  It’s not even that Jones is completely hapless in the ring.  Even in the condition he was in during the 9th round, he was able to hurt Lebedev with a counter off the ropes, and one judge even had him up a point after 9.  But he’s obviously been affected by all the punches he’s taken in his career, and he’s taking more and more every time.
 

 

 
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) Guillermo Jones
10) Yoan Pablo Hernandez


 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham (159*-362-362)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
* Not actually sure how long he’s been rated #1, but it has been at least this number of weeks.
Cunningham defeated Licina, and will likely fight next in Sauerland’s Super Six.
2) Marco Huck (48-233-233)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Ran Nakash (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Next stop for Huck is probably the Sauerland Super Six.
3) Denis Lebedev (23-68-68)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO10 Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After the horrific spectacle against Jones, Lebedev can probably now pick on guys his own size- and ability- when he enters Sauerland’s Super Six tournament.
4) Ola Afolabi (23-115-115)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/2/2011- vs. Terry Dunstan (UNR)
Afolabi will fight gatekeeper Terry Dunstan on July 2 in England.
5) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (15-48-48)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Still no opponent for Hernandez’ June 25 date.  This fight might end up as part of the Sturm-Macklin card in Cologne, and is definitely taking place in Germany somewhere.
6) Guillermo Jones (8-34-34)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Ryan Coyne (UNR)
It’s now set: Jones-Coyne, with the winner to fight Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
7) Danny Green (8-77-77)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: 7/20/2011- vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
It’s now official- Green will fight former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver on July 20.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8-309-309)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely escaped with a hometown decision in one of the worst fights in recent memory with Palacios.  His stock has got to be way down among those who saw the fight, but his stoppage win over Fragomeni keeps him well within the top 10.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-132-132)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- TKO7 Laszlo Hubert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully now that he’s healthy and has another win under his belt, Fragomeni will go back to his original plan of fighting top contenders like Huck.
10) Alexander Frenkel (27-27-36)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
The long-rumored comeback fight for the injury-plagued Frenkel is finally made: Silvio Branco, June 25, in Italy.
11) B.J. Flores (12-48)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
I really don’t know why Flores doesn’t fight more.  He was trying to get a fight with Lateef Kayode, but that failed months ago.
12) Francisco Palacios (8-8)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L (SD12*) vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
In my opinion he did just enough to win one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen against Wlodarczyk, so I’m in no hurry to see him again.  That being said, he performed well against a top 10 guy and deserved the win on that night, so I can’t exactly ignore that.
13) Troy Ross (8-117)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross is better than his ranking, but never fights.  I don’t see how you get rooked out of a potential win against the best guy in the division and then waste a whole year by fighting only Carl Handy.
14) Steve Herelius (8-47)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s always hard to come back from a knockout loss.  Herelius could become a go-to quality opponent for the guys locked out of the Super Six.
15) Enad Licina (8-48)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- KO1 Michele De Meo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy win over an easy opponent.  We’ll see what’s next.
16) Enzo Maccarinelli (8-48)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looking to make his long-since announced debut at 175 in July.  His whole strategy seems to be to fight Cleverly, but no word whether the younger man is interested.
17) Lateef Kayode (8-27)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- UD10 Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/10/2011- vs. #19 Matt Godfrey
Very intriguing matchup looming for Kayode- who needs to look impressive- and Godfrey- who just needs a win.
18) Alexander Alexeev (8-19)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- KO6 DeAndrey Abron (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/11/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Staying busy as he has a fight scheduled in June- no opponent yet.
19) Matt Godfrey (8-124)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 6/10/2011- vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
See Kayode’s comments above.
20) Mateusz Masternak (8-12)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
 

 

 
THE WEEK AHEAD: Gatekeeper Alexander Kotlobay of St. Petersburg, Russia will have an easy task at hand when he steps in the ring against Ukrainian-born lower-tier journeyman Alex Mogylewski in Moscow.

Heavyweight: 2011, May 23-29

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on June 2, 2011 by danboxing
The scheduled fight between former #20 contender Sam Sexton and journeyman Hastings Rasani surprisingly did not occur.  Evidently it was scheduled as a TV swing bout on the DeGale-Groves card, and the other fights ran too long to fit it in.  I must say that I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a cancelable swing bout at that high a level of competition.
 

 

 
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 (100-313-313)
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 (137-137-137)
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 (60-114-114)
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 (15-112-112)
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) Robert Helenius (8-8-52)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius is scheduled to return on June 25, with the most likely opponent being former contender Sergei Liakhovich.
5) Alexander Povetkin (8-187-187)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin-Chagaev now looks very likely.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (8-236-236)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (17-57-57)
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 (17-52-52)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/27/2011- vs. Maurice Harris (UNR)
Finally decided to fight someone with a pulse.  We’re probably still not talking about a top-10 worthy fight, but Thompson will reportedly fight fringe contender Maurice Harris on Friday Night Fights in late May.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (17-52-52)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
10) Odlanier Solis (23-23-52)
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 (9-19)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is being targeted by Helenius, but the EBU has ordered a European title match between him and #15 Jean Marc Mormeck.
12) Chris Arreola (9-114)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- KO3 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/27/2011- vs. Kendrick Releford (UNR)
A new-look, slimmed down Arreola beat the solid Nagy Aguilera in impressive fashion and then signed on to fight journeyman Releford just 3 days later.  Arreola now looks at least as hungry as he does well-fed.
13) Denis Boytsov (9-101)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably safe to say at this point that his plan to fight stateside in May is not coming to fruition.
14) Dereck Chisora (9-36)
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 (9-52)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Now appears more likely to fight Dimitrenko than Povetkin, for the European title.
16) Samuel Peter (8-52)
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) Kubrat Pulev (3-28)
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.
18) Francesco Pianeta (3-52)
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.
19) Ray Austin (3-52)
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. Louis on June 25 in what figures to be a very silly excuse for a title eliminator, even by alphabet standards.
20) Timur Ibragimov (8-47)
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.


 
THE WEEK AHEAD:  We find a pretty good heavyweight schedule on Friday this week.  Leading off from Dover, Delaware, fringe contender Franklin Lawrence of Indianapolis and gatekeeper Jason Gavern square off in a 12 rounder that might propel one of the two men into the rankings.  Then on Friday Night Fights, #8 Tony Thompson finally takes on a halfway decent opponent in gatekeeper Maurice Harris before the main event, in which #12 Chris Arreola battles journeyman Kendrick Releford just 13 days after he stopped slightly better journeyman Nagy Aguilera.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, May 16-22

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings on June 1, 2011 by danboxing
In what had been a very close fight through 11 rounds, gatekeeper Prince Arron- winner of a Prizefighter tournament in 2010- dramatically stopped #14 Sam Webb with about half a round left by beating Webb mercilessly on the ropes and obligating the referee to step in to save the favored British Champion.
 

 

 
To the victor go the spoils.  Prince Arron crashes the party at #9, a spot conveniently vacated by Sergiy Dzinziruk, who exits because he hasn’t fought at this weight in over a year.  It’s a little bit of a hard-luck deal since he only left the division to contend for the middleweight title and will likely be back, but the fact that he didn’t bother to even schedule that fight until he had been inactive 10 months was his own problem .  That’s always been his problem in fact.  He never stays active enough to be the top contender he ought to be.  Sam Webb takes a long tumble from the rankings, making way for Deandre Latimore to return at #20 after six weeks on the outside.
 

 

 
Paul Williams hasn’t made 154 in over a year.  However, he made 156 for his middleweight title fight with Martinez.  I’ve previously set a precedent of giving 6 extra months when a guy misses the weight in a casual manner (ie in non-title fights where the weight didn’t seem to matter) and by a pound or two .  But I see no reason to penalize someone of the same weight for carrying that weight for a good reason as opposed to laziness.  So from now on, anyone over lightweight gets an extra 6 months (or a year after the fight in which they came close, whichever is sooner) if they come within two pounds, while lightweights and below get 1 pound.
 

 

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

 

 
Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Alfredo Angulo (15-86-86)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC is pushing for a tournament that would include Angulo vs. Ryan Rhodes, with the winner to fight the winner of Paul Williams vs. either Saul Roman or Vanes Martirosyan.  The winner would earn the right to fight for a title held by a guy already less accomplished than 3 of the 5: Saul Alvarez.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (15-41-41)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- TKO5 Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #10 Sechew Powell
Bundrage-Powell is now official for June 25 in St. Charles, MO.  I’ll be there ringside.
3) Miguel Cotto (26-50-50)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Margarito has not yet been cleared to spar after getting battered by Pacquiao, so now Cotto is considering moving up to 160 to fight J.C. Chavez, Jr. if he gets bast Zbik.
4) Pawel Wolak (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- RTD6 #5 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
The Dzinziruk negotiations proved fruitless, as Wolak will now fight prospect Delvin Rodriguez on Friday Night Fights in late June or early July.
5) Paul Williams (10-15-15)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L (KO2) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. MW #16 Nobuhiro Ishida (at MW)
Hasn’t technically fought at 154 in over a year but gets an extra 6 months (11/8/2011) because he came within 2 pounds of the limit for his middleweight fight with Martinez.  The Ishida fight is reportedly at 155, which won’t help.
6) Kermit Cintron (15-103-103)
Last Fight: 5/8/2010- L (TD4) vs. MW #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #16 Carlos Molina
Now apparently has an opponent for the 7/9 Showtime card in sturdy #16 Carlos Molina.
7) Ryan Rhodes (15-82-82)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO2 Rocky Junior (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/18/2011- vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Now officially set to fight Alvarez in Mexico on June 18.
8) Saul Alvarez (11-11-26)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/18/2011- vs. #7 Ryan Rhodes
The winner of the June bout with Rhodes could skyrocket to very nearly the top of the division since there is such a large degree of parity at the top level.
9) Prince Arron (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
10) Sechew Powell (11-61-61)
Last Fight: 3/19/2010- W (MD12) vs. #4 Deandre Latimore
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #2 Cornelius Bundrage
Powell rewarded my good faith by signing the rumored fight with Bundrage in a timely fashion after the 1 year anniversary of his last fight.
11) Gabriel Rosado (11-15)
Last Fight: 2/26/2011- TKO12 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Manny Pacquiao (11-15)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
13) Cory Spinks (15-15)
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) Shane Mosley (1-15)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
My fervent hope is that the used-up Mosley retires well before I have to remove him for inactivity in September.
15) Erislandy Lara (1-15)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Carlos Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Was in serious talks with #5 Paul Williams, but Williams has opted for Nobuhiro Ishida, instead.
16) Carlos Molina (1-8)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO7 Allen Conyers (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #6 Kermit Cintron
His busy schedule and near-victory over Erislandy Lara has earned him a big fight with Cintron for the Rios-Antillon undercard.
17) Austin Trout (1-15)
Last Fight: 2/5/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez
Next Fight: 6/11/2011- vs. David Lopez (UNR)
The undefeated Trout will have a road game coming up against Mexican David Lopez in the latter’s home country.  Lopez is strangely ranked by the Ring, but even in reality is so close to the top 20 that he might default his way in if anyone drops out before the fight.
18) Yuri Foreman (1-85)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
What looked like a relatively easy fight turned into a disaster for Foreman as he was battered to a corner stoppage after six rounds with fringe contender/prospect Pawel Wolak.  The stick-and-move boxer may have lost a step to a recurring knee injury, and we’ll see whether or not he’s finished as a serious contender.
19) Joachim Alcine (1-15)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (TKO1) vs. Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
At one point months ago there was reportedly a fight in the works with Cory Spinks for April, but that appears to have been a non-starter.  No recent reports on Alcine’s next move.
20) Deandre Latimore (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- vs. Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Was on Paul Williams’ short list for his return bout.  It’s good that he’s looking for big fights again.
 


 
The Week Ahead: Gatekeepers Charlie Ota (a New Yorker turned Japanese) and Tadashi Yuba of Japan meet in Tokyo Thursday for a rematch of their close Japanese title fight from September, which Ota won.  The next night, once-beaten Serbian Nikola Stevanovic takes on undefeated but less tested Italian fellow prospect Stefano Castellucci in Belgrade.  The same night in Wales, undefeated Belarussian prospect Sergei Rabchenko fights local gatekeeper Bradley Pryce.

Middleweight: 2011, May 16-22

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings on June 1, 2011 by danboxing
A very controversial, dangerous, and out of control night of boxing ensued in Argentina when prospect Billi Godoy met gatekeeper Claudio Abalos for the Argentine title (Sergio Martinez being too big for those britches, of course).  The situation was very complicated and the following report sums it up very well, so I’ll just link to it.  The story on this fight occurs about halfway down the page under the dateline “Neuquen, Argentina.”
 

 

 
Since it seems to me the embattled referee eventually came to the correct conclusion, I will treat the fight consistent with the official verdict of a TD win for Godoy.  Ranking Mr. Godoy presents a quality versus quantity problem.  Abalos is the best single opponent that anyone ranked below Nobuhiro Ishida has defeated, but all of the remaining members of the top 20 have beaten three gatekeeper-level opponents in the last few years.  Ultimately that’s too much to overcome except in the case of #20 Fernando Guerrero, whose three gatekeepers were of decidedly basic quality and two of whom were not all that recent.  So Godoy does just sneak into the rankings at #20, forcing out Guerrero, a charter member of my rankings.
 

 

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


 
Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (57-57-57)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez’ return was pushed back yet again.  He now has an HBO date on October 1.  He has said recently that he might move down to 154 since he can’t get a big-time opponent at 160.  He still seems to be pursuing the Chavez-Zbik winner, though.
1) Felix Sturm (97-400-400)
Last Fight: 2/19/2011- TKO7 Ronald Hearns (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #10 Matthew Macklin
Now officially scheduled to fight #10 Matthew Macklin on June 25 in Cologne, after an original date of July 2 was scrapped.
2) Daniel Geale (2-100-100)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- W(SD12) vs. #3 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
Showed a great motor by soundly outworking the apparently stronger Sylvester to a decision victory in enemy territory.  Has already said he wants Martinez, but unfortunately Martinez hasn’t reciprocated the sentiment.
3) Paul Williams (2-110-110)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L(KO2) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #16 Nobuhiro Ishida
After much speculation, Williams is now set for an HBO return on July 9 with Nobuhiro Ishida, who’s stock has never been (and probably never will be) higher.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (2-301-301)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(SD12) vs. #4 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite what a corrupt Danish judge might say, Sylvester lost in fairly close but clear fashion to Geale.  Still, there’s not a ton of shame in that, and Sylvester remains soundly within the top 5.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (11-29-29)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Controversy aside, he probably deserved the win over Lorenzo and remains a force in the division.
6) Dmitry Pirog (11-42-42)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog is apparently deep in discussions with mandatory challenger Gennady Martirosyan.  He hopes that fight would land on ESPN.
7) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-6-16)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- TKO7 David Lemieux (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is the mandatory for the Chavez-Zbik winner, but would prefer to fight Sergio Martinez.  No word on whether either of those fights is actually likely to come off anytime soon, since Martinez also appears to want Chavez or Zbik.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- KO9 #16 Pablo Navascues
Next Fight: Unknown
Out of nowhere, Proksa is a top-10 contender after knocking out Pablo Navascues, a sturdy fringe contender whose career was inexplicably in neutral since a 2007 draw with contender Javier Castillejo.
9) Anthony Mundine (5-5-16)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- UD10 #7 Garth Wood
Next Fight: 6/5/2011- vs. Xavier Tolliver (UNR)
Mundine appears to be set to fight Xavier Tolliver in New Zealand on June 5.  Strictly a stay-busy fight for Mundine.
10) Matthew Macklin (5-86-86)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Ruben Varon (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Now scheduled for a match with #1 Contender Felix Sturm in Cologne.  The fight was originally scheduled for 7/2 but was quickly moved up to 6/25.  The winner will become an obvious challenger for Sergio Martinez.
11) Maxim Bursak (5-16)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Scheduled to fight a solid veteran journeyman in Carlos Jerez at the end of the month.
12) Osumanu Adama (5-8)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- TKO4 #19 Marcus Upshaw
Next Fight: Unknown
Displaced by Marco Rubio and company after a 2 week cup of coffee in the top 10.
13) Garth Wood (5-16)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Got dropped twice against Mundine en route to a loss in which he appears to have faded a bit late.  Has a knockout win to his credit over the same opponent, so a trilogy appears appropriate.
14) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-16)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- UD10 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Chavez will take on one of the biggest challenges of his career in undefeated but thus-far overrated alphabet titlist Sebastian Zbik.
15) Billy Lyell (5-16)
Last Fight: 5/5/2011- TKO1 Brian Paul (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (5-6)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #3 Paul Williams
Ishida is going to now roll the dice against Paul Williams.  I doubt P-Will is that damaged by his KO to give Ishida a fighting chance.
17) Darren Barker (5-16)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- UD12 Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Won a fairly close decision to defend his European title over Spada.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (5-16)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- UD12 Mariusz Cendrowski (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/11/2011- vs. Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Will fight Dionisio Miranda on June 11.  Miranda gave Roman Karmazin all he could handle about 18 months ago, and is coming off a December split decision win over fringe contender Lajuan Simon.  Could be a good fight.
19) Sebastian Zbik (5-97)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #14 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Undefeated Zbik will finally step up to the fringe contender level of competition, fighting Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June.
20) Billi Godoy (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- W(TD9) vs. Claudio Abalos (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Escaped from the riot in his last fight with a wildly controversial but ultimately correct technical decision and finds himself in the top 20 as a result.  This may be one of those fights that demands a rematch, though.


 
The Week Ahead: Wednesday in Rosemont, Illinois, Andy Lee- a fringe contender somewhere between 160 and 168 (currently ranked #17 at 168)- will fight as a middleweight against former contender Alex Bunema, who has been inactive for almost 2 years after dropping a decision to Willie Lee in a fight I saw from ringside.  Lee turned out not to be a great contender, and so it appears Bunema was past it before he went on hiatus.  Still, he stopped recent top-10 contender Roman Karmazin only 3 years ago, so he can’t be looked past.

Super Middleweight: 2011, May 16-22

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on June 1, 2011 by danboxing
Okay so I’ll begin with the big one: Ward-Abraham.  The reports you read everywhere (and maybe even your lying eyes) tell you it was a dominant performance by Ward.  I respectfully disagree.  On one hand, Ward was dictating the action through most of the fight and did (especially in an abstract sense) clearly win the fight.  But on the other hand, Abraham caught the vast majority of Ward’s punches on the gloves and, although he dropped the ball by not letting his hands go enough and throwing too wide too often, made a case for stealing the round almost every time he opened up on Ward.  I did have Ward winning, but only 115-113.  By my lights, Abraham clearly won rounds 2, 3, and 12, and I strongly felt he also picked up 1 and 11, as well.  I frankly can’t imagine how any judge paying attention could have it any wider than 117-111, but all three did, including Stanley Christodoulou, who failed to give Abe a round.  You’d think his brain would be more fine-tuned than that just by the workout it must get just from spelling his own name on a daily basis.  Perhaps his eyes are to blame.  Ultimately, though, it’s all academic since I have no quarrel with who actually won by any means.  Just goes to show why nobody should get to fight at home every single time, though.  Even if (as is probably the case) you have a better opinion of Ward’s outing than I do, you must admit that it didn’t stack up well against what Froch and Dirrell did to the Armenian.  Since Abraham’s loss is not at all out of line with what you’d expect from a #6 Contender fighting a #1, both guys retain their initial position.  It’s a testament to how much concentrated talent was gathered within the Super Six that a guy can lose three in a row and still end up #6.
 

 

 
Now for the also-rans: Serge Yannick beat Shannan Taylor by split decision, with one judge having Taylor winning by 8 points and the other two with closer margins in favor of Yannick.  Normally I try to watch video of close fights like this so I can opine for you all and adjust any ratings changes accordingly, but unfortunately this one appears to be too under the radar for YouTube.  If anyone can find the link to a video, I’d very much appreciate it if you could post it in the comments.  No spam, please.  Until I can see video, I have to assume it was legitimately a close win for Yannick.  Taylor was a contender 8-10  years ago at 154, but is not what he once was, so Yannick would not have cracked the rankings even with a first-round knockout, though Taylor might have made some hay with a victory.
 

 

 
Middling French prospect Hugo Kasperski knocked out non-threatening journeyman Misa Nikolic in the first round, but no risk, no reward.  This was just another couple numbers on the stat sheet for Kasperski.  He’s still a fairly young prospect at 23, but there’s no time like the present to at least begin fighting a better class of journeymen.
 

 

 
Undefeated and slightly more accomplished Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez fought Francisco Villanueva Friday, getting some nice work in before a 7th round stoppage win.  Villanueva came in only 11-23, but is probably still a bit better than Nikolic.
 

 

 
Finally, in Montevideo, Uraguayan prospect Noe Gonzalez Alcoba, whose only career loss came in 2007 to no less than Felix Sturm, dropped and then stopped unproven 18-2 fighter Ruben Padilla in the 9th round.
 

 

 
Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Lucian Bute
3) Carl Froch
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen
 

 

 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (25-104-104)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
After getting past Abraham, next stop is a fight (possibly for the World Championship) against either Carl Froch or Glen Johnson.
2) Carl Froch (25-257-257)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Froch’s fight with Johnson has been bumped back to June 4 from an original date of May 21 primarily due to a venue dispute.  The fight will take place in Atlantic City, much to Froch’s dismay.
3) Lucian Bute (25-266-266)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO10 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Recently signed on for a pretty solid tune-up fight with Jean Paul Mendy to prepare for his prospective fight with Mikkel Kessler in the fall.
4) Mikkel Kessler (25-336-336)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Kessler will fight French journeyman Mehdi Bouadla on June 4 instead of Renan St. Juste, as had been the rumor.  St. Juste is a little better, but on the other hand it’s just good to see the Viking Warrior back in action.  The fight will take place in Copenhagen.
5) Robert Stieglitz (6-90-90)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat the good but somewhat dirty Khoren Gevor thanks to a controversial disqualification, though he appeared on his way to a solid if not overwhelming decision victory, anyway.
6) Arthur Abraham (3-82-82)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham is now bounced from the Super Six.  He claims he will remain at 168.  I think he can certainly remain at least an excellent alphabet belt-level contender.  And he’s still got the one-punch power, so who knows what he might yet accomplish.
7) Dimitri Sartison (2-42-46)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (2-3-3)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO3 #13 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat Brinkley in style to announce his arrival on the scene.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
Big upset against Andrade.  I thought it was a draw, but he still deserves mad props.
10) Sakio Bika (31-31-215)
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) Karoly Balzsay (6-46)
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.
12) Glen Johnson (5-28)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- 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.
13) Isaac Chilemba (3-46)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Thomas Oosthuizen (3-46)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO9 Evert Bravo (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. William Gare (UNR)
Will now fight fringe contender William Gare in a pretty even match-up in early June.
15) Librado Andrade (2-208)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- L*(MD10) vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade narrowly lost to one opponent in Pryor, though it was close.  He may soon lose much bigger to the calendar.  If Andrade hasn’t scheduled a fight before the ratings period following 5/28, he will be bounced.
16) Bryan Vera (2-15)
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.
17) Andy Lee (2-10)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO10 Craig McEwan (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2011- vs. Alex Bunema (UNR)
Lee will soon fight Alex Bunema, a former fringe contender who last fought in August of 2009 before my very eyes in St. Louis.  Bunema is sure to be rusty, but has a respectable resume that includes a knockout victory over Roman Karmazin, and can’t be looked past.
18) Ezequiel Maderna (2-11)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD10 Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
19) Jesse Brinkley (2-46)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
20) James DeGale (2-6)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO5 Alpay Kobal (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. George Groves (UNR)
Two of Britain’s top young fighters will go head-to-head this week, and when the smoke clears a contender should emerge.
 

 

 
THE WEEK AHEAD: Leading off the week is a Wednesday fight in Illinois between #17 Andy Lee and former top-10 contender Alex Bunema.  Then, Argentine Gatekeeper Ruben Acosta travels to Viterbo, Italy to face undefeated local prospect Andrea Di Luisa for some kind of colored belt that basically amounts to an eliminator for a “real” alphabet paper championship.  Still, not a bad fight.  In (no joke) Surfer’s Paradise, Australia, local fringe contender Les Sherrington- who got on the map by beating Shannan Taylor 18 months ago but hasn’t done a ton since- will fight the truly awful Kashif Mumtaz (7-24-1).  And in the Super Middleweight Universe’s main event, undefeated Londoners James DeGale (#20) and George Groves headline a fight that will be televised in the US on little-known premium cable network Epix.  The winner will probably find himself no lower than 15 or so in the rankings and should be well on his way to a big world-class fight.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, May 16-22

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on June 1, 2011 by danboxing
After a busy weekend last week and before an important one next weekend, a very quiet respite this time.  Since I’m writing this later than I should, I know that Juergen Braehmer has pulled out of the Cleverly fight and will be removed for inactivity next week.  I almost removed him this week, but he was still legit as of when I was supposed to publish.
 

 

 
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) Gabriel Campillo
10) Isaac Chilemba
 

 

 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Jean Pascal (40-100-100)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
1) Bernard Hopkins (22-258-258)
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 (22-259-259)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #11 Adrian Diaconu
Dawson-Diaconu has now been confirmed by the promoter for the Pascal-Hopkins undercard.
3) Tavoris Cloud (22-90-90)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #8 Yusaf Mack
Cloud has now signed to fight his mandatory Yusaf Mack on a fairly loaded card outside St. Louis on June 25.
4) Glen Johnson (40-413-413)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. SMW #2 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 (40-47-47)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Since being robbed against Beibut Shumenov to start 2010, Campillo has behaved more like the loser of the fight than the guy who clearly deserved to win it- fighting only two generic journeymen since.  In fairness, this most recent fight was supposed to be against top-15 contender Dmitri Sukhotski until he was left scrambling for a last-minute replacement by Sukhotski’s withdrawal.  No excuses for the Spaniard next time, though.
6) Nathan Cleverly (35-67-67)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Tony Bellew (UNR)
Braehmer withdrew from the fight at the last minute this week, forcing Cleverly to scramble for another opponent on just a few days’ notice.  It looks like he’s wrangled borderline top-20 contender Tony Bellew for the honor.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO8 #11 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
A former 168-lb. contender, Gutknecht looks to have increased his power along with his weight.
8) Yusaf Mack (2-11-47)
Last Fight: 3/4/2010- W(SD12) vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Managed to fight off HBO and Zsolt Erdei to land his mandatory shot against Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will happen 6/25 in St. Charles, Missouri on the Alexander-Matthysse HBO card.
9) Jürgen Brähmer (2-47-47)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Okay so I removed him a minute ago only to realize that, as of the official beginning of this rating period, he had not yet withdrawn from the fight and thus was still legitimately-rated.  My downfall was that I was a little behind in my posting.  So rest assured he will be removed next week, but as of now I must be consistent and keep him rated.
10) Beibut Shumenov (2-43-47)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wants to unify another alphabet belt with his own.  Best chance would probably be the Cleverly-Bellew winner, and second most likely would be Cloud.  The guy who emerges from the Pascal-Hopkins-Dawson-(Diaconu?) tangle figures to be otherwise engaged for a good little while yet.
11) Adrian Diaconu (2-210)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
The Dawson fight is now set on the Pascal-Hopkins undercard.
12) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-29)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently  was never fully on board for the proposed fight with #5 Campillo.
13) Ismayl Sillakh (8-18)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- UD10 Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Hamza Wandera (UNR)
Looked real good in outboxing Despaigne.  Probably top 10-bound.
14) Zsolt Erdei (7-26)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Byron Mitchell isn’t exactly Tavoris Cloud, but, well….well….he’s just not Tavoris Cloud.
15) Danny McIntosh (2-47)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
16) Karo Murat (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
Still hasn’t quite justified his lofty Ring rating, but has finally earned some love on my blog.  He must be ecstatic.
17) Thierry Karl (2-47)
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.
18) Luis Garcia (2-18)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dyah Davis (2-8)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.
20) Marcus Johnson (2-6)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L(UD10*) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s hard to say that a hot prospect could benefit from an upset loss, but in this case he lost to a rateable fighter, and arguably deserved to win.  He gets credit for that here- especially considering the lack of good options in the division.

 


 
The Week Ahead: It feels like the entire division is in action this week.  In order of importance, more or less:
 

 

 
Champion Jean Pascal rematches #1 Bernard Hopkins after their draw from last year on Saturday, in  obviously the best-rated fight that can be made in the division.  #2 Contender Chad Dawson is also fighting on the same card in Montreal against solid but victory-starved #11 Contender Adrian Diaconu.
 

 

 
#6 Nathan Cleverly takes on last-minute replacement and fellow Brit, borderline top-20 contender Tony Bellew on the DeGale-Groves undercard after Juergen Braehmer pulled himself out of the fight and the rankings with just 3 days’ notice.
 

 

 
#13 Ismayl Sillakh should by all rights have a relaxing night against low-level journeyman Hamza Wandera in Moscow the same night.
 

 

 
Fringe contender Nicholson Poulard, brother of Jean Pascal, takes on another low-level journeyman in Frankie Santos.
 

 

 
Steroid-tainted Pole Andrzej Fonfara fights another shabby journeyman in Anthony Russell Friday in Chicago.
 

 

 
Finally, Gatekeeper Joel Casey of Australia fights in his homeland against the most mediocre fighter yet mentioned: Thailand’s Komgrit Nanakorn.

Cruiserweight: 2011, May 16-22

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on June 1, 2011 by danboxing
Australian Prospect Brad Pitt (before you ask: nope) took on his gatekeeper countryman Daniel Ammann in Flemington, Australia on Friday, knocking the older and more experienced Australian Champion cold with a single right hand midway through the 2nd.  With the win, the 8-0, 29-year-old former Olympian establishes himself in the top 25, but doesn’t quite have enough to crack my rankings yet. 
 

 

 
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) Guillermo Jones
10) Yoan Pablo Hernandez


 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham (158*-361-361)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
* Not actually sure how long he’s been rated #1, but it has been at least this number of weeks.
Cunningham defeated Licina, and will likely fight next in Sauerland’s Super Six.
2) Marco Huck (47-232-232)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Ran Nakash (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Next stop for Huck is probably the Sauerland Super Six.
3) Denis Lebedev (22-67-67)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12*) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
It’s now official.  Denis Lebedev will attempt to retire the unretirable Roy Jones, Jr., who despite a good broadcasting gig insists on scrambling his washed-up brains by picking fights with guys bigger and better than him.  Any yes man who told Jones he should take the fight should be ashamed of himself, and I kinda think Lebedev should be, too.
4) Ola Afolabi (22-114-114)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is probably 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) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (14-47-47)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez seems to be fighting on the same night as Guillermo Jones, but across the pond in Germany.
6) Guillermo Jones (7-33-33)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Ryan Coyne (UNR)
It’s now set: Jones-Coyne, with the winner to fight Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
7) Danny Green (7-76-76)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: 7/20/2011- vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
It’s now official- Green will fight former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver on July 20.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (7-308-308)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely escaped with a hometown decision in one of the worst fights in recent memory with Palacios.  His stock has got to be way down among those who saw the fight, but his stoppage win over Fragomeni keeps him well within the top 10.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-131-131)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- TKO7 Laszlo Hubert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully now that he’s healthy and has another win under his belt, Fragomeni will go back to his original plan of fighting top contenders like Huck.
10) Alexander Frenkel (26-26-35)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
Has apparently overcome his hand injury enough to begin training for a possible bout with Silvio Branco, though that fight is not yet signed.
11) B.J. Flores (11-47)
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.
12) Francisco Palacios (7-7)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L (SD12*) vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
In my opinion he did just enough to win one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen against Wlodarczyk, so I’m in no hurry to see him again.  That being said, he performed well against a top 10 guy and deserved the win on that night, so I can’t exactly ignore that.
13) Troy Ross (7-116)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’m finally forced to give Ross more credit for his ill-fated impressive effort against Cunningham, since everyone immediately above him is losing.
14) Steve Herelius (7-46)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s always hard to come back from a knockout loss.  Herelius could become a go-to quality opponent for the guys locked out of the Super Six.
15) Enad Licina (7-47)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- KO1 Michele De Meo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy win over an easy opponent.  We’ll see what’s next.
16) Enzo Maccarinelli (7-47)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looking to make his long-since announced debut at 175 in July.  His whole strategy seems to be to fight Cleverly, but no word whether the younger man is interested.
17) Lateef Kayode (7-26)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- UD10 Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/10/2011- vs. #19 Matt Godfrey
Very intriguing matchup looming for Kayode- who needs to look impressive- and Godfrey- who just needs a win.
18) Alexander Alexeev (7-18)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- KO6 DeAndrey Abron (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/11/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Staying busy as he has a fight scheduled in June- no opponent yet.
19) Matt Godfrey (7-123)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 6/10/2011- vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
See Kayode’s comments above.
20) Mateusz Masternak (7-11)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
 

 

 
THE WEEK AHEAD: Unfortunately we have to suffer through the shameful beating of fallen legend Roy Jones, Jr. Saturday by #3 Denis Lebedev in Russia.  The fight shouldn’t be happening.  It’s akin to a public execution.

Heavyweight: 2011, May 16-22

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on June 1, 2011 by danboxing
Showtime showed love for one American heavyweight while strangely ignoring another.  Prospect Seth Mitchell looked very good and very fit for an American heavyweight when he disposed of Nicaraguan journeyman Evans Quinn in the first round on ShoBox Friday.  Farhood and company couldn’t shut up about how Quinn had quit and didn’t put any sort of effort out and how this wasn’t any kind of showing for Mitchell as a result.  I didn’t see it that way, though.  Mitchell worked an overmatched Quinn over on the ropes with a hard extended combination, hurting the journeyman badly with that assault before landing to the back of the head and forcing Quinn to the canvas.  The announcers made the point that Quinn could have gotten up (I agree), but he was being badly battered by a bigger and stronger guy with loads more talent.  Farhood underestimated the amount of punishment that Quinn took en route to quitting.  Mitchell looks to me like a sure top-10 contender in the future.
 

 

 
The next night, the same network failed to televise #12 Chris Arreola, who came in at an astonishingly-fit 234 pounds- 16.5 pounds lighter than when he lost a close fight to Tomasz Adamek last year.  Arreola reportedly looked great in the ring, knocking out Nagy Aguilera (who owns a win over a fading Oleg Maskaev) in just 3 rounds.  You’d think Showtime could have televised this kind of fight (which amounts to an excellent FNF main event-type fight), especially since they only televised the one fight in the end- Ward vs. Abraham.  It seems that they don’t like to mix their Super Six or Bantamweight Tournament fights with unrelated undercard fights for some reason, regardless of quality.
 

 

 
While both were impressive, neither Arreola or Mitchell was in against tough enough competition to advance in the ranks.
 

 

 
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 (99-312-312)
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 (136-136-136)
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 (59-113-113)
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 (14-111-111)
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) Robert Helenius (7-7-51)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius is scheduled to return on June 25, with the most likely opponent being former contender Sergei Liakhovich.
5) Alexander Povetkin (7-186-186)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin-Chagaev now looks very likely.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (7-235-235)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (16-56-56)
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 (16-51-51)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/27/2011- vs. Maurice Harris (UNR)
Finally decided to fight someone with a pulse.  We’re probably still not talking about a top-10 worthy fight, but Thompson will reportedly fight fringe contender Maurice Harris on Friday Night Fights in late May.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (16-51-51)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
10) Odlanier Solis (22-22-51)
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 (8-18)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is being targeted by Helenius, but the EBU has ordered a European title match between him and #15 Jean Marc Mormeck.
12) Chris Arreola (8-113)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- KO3 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/27/2011- vs. Kendrick Releford (UNR)
A new-look, slimmed down Arreola beat the solid Nagy Aguilera in impressive fashion and then signed on to fight journeyman Releford just 3 days later.  Arreola now looks at least as hungry as he does well-fed.
13) Denis Boytsov (8-100)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably safe to say at this point that his plan to fight stateside in May is not coming to fruition.
14) Dereck Chisora (8-35)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Hasim Rahman bailed on Tyson Fury, the all-British showdown between Chisora and Fury appears back on track.
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (8-51)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Now appears more likely to fight Dimitrenko than Povetkin, for the European title.
16) Samuel Peter (7-51)
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) Kubrat Pulev (2-27)
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.
18) Francesco Pianeta (2-51)
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.
19) Ray Austin (2-51)
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. Louis on June 25 in what figures to be a very silly excuse for a title eliminator, even by alphabet standards.
20) Timur Ibragimov (7-46)
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.


 
THE WEEK AHEAD:  Former Commonwealth Champion Sam Sexton- who lost his bid at the British title when Dereck Chisora knocked him out for a second time last year- is in action on the DeGale-Groves undercard in England against journeyman Hastings Rasani.  Sexton was ranked #20 before that loss, and is in the ring for the first time since.