Heavyweight: 2011, Jul 18-24

The most interesting fight of the week featured two gatekeeper-type fighters needing a win to stay relevant.  Maurice Harris, who had been mounting a late-career run at a title until he was knocked around and out by Tony Thompson earlier in the year, met up with Derric Rossy on Saturday, a former fringe contender coming off two consecutive losses to Eddie Chambers and Kubrat Pulev.  It was Harris’ night as he knocked former Ohio State football player Rossy down twice en route to a stoppage midway through the 12th and final round.  With the loss, Rossy will have to practically start from scratch in order to even become relevant.  He’s essentially just a good journeyman now.  Harris, meanwhile, solidifies his place as a solid gatekeeper and might have a chance to earn himself a worthwhile fight in the foreseeable future.


In other action the same night, #19 Kubrat Pulev was in light against unproven fringe prospect Maxim Pediura in Munich and won every round, give-or-take, in a mostly pointless 8-round showcase.


For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) Tomasz Adamek
3) Alexander Povetkin
4) David Haye
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 (108-321-321)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Slapped David Haye aside like an annoying fly after 2 years’ worth of hype.
1) Vitali Klitschko (145-145-145)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
May be looking past Adamek a bit, as he recently said he is jealous of his brother for getting to fight Haye.  It sounds like Vitali might want Wlad’s leftovers after the upcoming Adamek fight.
2) David Haye (68-122-122)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has maintained that he would retire by October of this year for some time now.  After his awful effort against Wlad, I don’t think too many people would miss him that much.
 3) Eddie Chambers (23-120-120)
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 (16-16-60)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Helenius-Liakhovich is set for August 27 in Germany.
5) Alexander Povetkin (16-195-195)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Povetkin-Chagaev will be a double-bill with Helenius-Liakhovich.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (16-244-244)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (25-65-65)
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 (25-60-60)
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 (25-60-60)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
10) Odlanier Solis (31-31-60)
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 (17-27)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Will fight journeyman Michael Sprott, about a month later than originally planned.
12) Chris Arreola (17-122)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wladimir Klitschko trainer Emmanuel Steward has discussed Arreola as an ideal Fall opponent for his fighter.
13) Denis Boytsov (17-109)
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 (17-44)
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 (17-60)
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) Bermane Stiverne (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
The only thing impressive about Stiverne’s performance against Austin was his power, but a win is a win.
17) Samuel Peter (4-60)
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.
18) Franklin Lawrence (4-8)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence has signed with Gary Shaw and figures to get a decent fight or two as a result.
19) Kubrat Pulev (4-36)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev might fight former British titlist Martin Rogan next.
20) Francesco Pianeta (4-60)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- TKO3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cancer survivor Pianeta is staying busy, but not against credible opposition.


THE WEEK AHEAD: The big fight this week is #14 Dereck Chisora defending his British title at Wembley Statium against giant undefeated prospect and Emmanuel Steward protege Tyson Fury.  The fight is available as an independent PPV in the US.  Fury, while still a prospect, has reached roughly fringe contender level, and accordingly the fight will probably cause a ratings shake-up regardless of the outcome.

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