Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 1-7

Undefeated Cuban Prospect Luis Ortiz needed only three rounds to stop journeyman Henry Saenz in San Jose, Costa Rica on Saturday.  The same night in Ukraine, unbeaten Russian Alexander Ustinov did him one better, stopping Akmal Aslanov in only two.


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 (110-323-323)
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 (147-147-147)
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 (70-124-124)
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 (25-122-122)
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 (18-18-62)
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 (18-197-197)
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 (18-246-246)
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 (27-67-67)
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 (2-2)
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 (2-62-62)
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 (33-33-62)
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 (2-62)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-29)
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 (2-124)
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 (2-111)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (19-62)
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 (6-6)
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 (6-62)
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 (6-10)
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 (6-38)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev might fight former British titlist Martin Rogan next.
20) Dereck Chisora (2-46)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.


THE WEEK AHEAD: A very slow week in general, and the heavyweight division is no exception.

2 Responses to “Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 1-7”

  1. Chisora could not get Helenius down not even once despite the fact that Helenius had a broken AC tendon and broken fist in the right hand. Actually, as Vitali Klitchko put it, Chisora could not land even one clear shot in Helenius’ head.

    Having been at the site 4th December, Chisora was just more active, beating the defenses, under the belt and bumping with his head early on. Took Helenius’ hand in his armpit and hit through the hands.

    • If Vitali Klitschko put it the way you just did, then he’s wrong. While Chisora’s body attack alone was arguably enough to have beaten Helenius, he landed more and better punches to both the head and body. He was not landing low, was not butting with his head, and basically beat Helenius clean. Anyone who saw the fight would know that, though I understand how you could be deceived. If you weren’t sitting close, you would only have seen the referee’s repeated bogus warnings and assume Chisora was doing something wrong. If you haven’t already, I would suggest checking out the fight again on Youtube and telling me if you still see all those fouls. Thanks for reading!

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