Heavyweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

#14 Dereck Chisora came in way out of shape to defend his British and Commonwealth title on Saturday, and it showed.  Meanwhile, his monumentally tall counterpart Tyson Fury showed up in fine condition.  He also appeared well-schooled and skilled for his size and did a good job of both using his height to his advantage and mixing it up at times.  Chisora didn’t exactly lay down, but the version of him that showed up that night, at least, was more-or-less outclassed.  I gave the shorter man only the 2nd round.


Fury makes a big splash in the often stagnant rankings, debuting at #8.  Though Juan Carlos Gomez still has a better win on his record than does Odlanier Solis, Gomez hasn’t fought anyone of consequence in well over 2 years and hasn’t beat anyone fitting that description in almost 3, and consequently slips out of the top 10 in favor of Solis and Fury.  Chisora, who still has only one major victory on his resume, takes a significant hit, dropping all the way to #20.  Francesco Pianeta- who has fought only no-hopers since bouncing back from cancer- exits the rankings after being included from the start.


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 (109-322-322)
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 (146-146-146)
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 (69-123-123)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As he is still the #2 contender almost by default, Haye appears likely to get a shot at Vitali in late 2011 or early 2012, or at least the Povetkin-Chagaev winner- that is if he is doesn’t retire in October as he has promised repeatedly.
 3) Eddie Chambers (24-121-121)
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 (17-17-61)
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 (17-196-196)
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 (17-245-245)
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 (26-66-66)
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) Tyson Fury (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
A fine performance versus Chisora has silenced a lot of Fury’s doubters.
9) Tony Thompson (1-61-61)
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.
10) Odlanier Solis (32-32-61)
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) Juan Carlos Gomez (1-61)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-28)
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.
13) Chris Arreola (1-123)
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.
14) Denis Boytsov (1-110)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (18-61)
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 (5-5)
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 (5-61)
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 (5-9)
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 (5-37)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev might fight former British titlist Martin Rogan next.
20) Dereck Chisora (1-45)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Perhaps he was thrown off by legal troubles and two fights shamelessly cancelled by Wlad since his last outing, but there is no excuse for the horrible shape he arrived in for the Fury fight.


THE WEEK AHEAD: Undefeated Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz stays busy in Costa Rica this week against low-level journeyman Henry Saenz, as does fellow unbeaten Alexander Ustinov when he fights the equally poor Akmal Aslanov in the Ukraine.

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