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Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 17-23

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by danboxing
The big news this week is the retirement of last week’s #3 David Haye.  He would probably still come back for a fight with Vitali, but he announced his retirement in no uncertain terms on Thursday, and I recognize his retirement as fully effective, and therefore remove him from the rankings.  This makes room for Alexander Dimitrenko in the top 10, and for 42 year old- but resurgent- Cedric Boswell to debut at #20 on the strength of his 2011 victory over Oliver McCall and 2008 one over Roman Greenberg.

 

In actual in-ring action, former British champion Sam Sexton proved that he had no power in London on Friday by failing to stop the truly awful Remigijus Ziausys, though in fairness he only had six rounds to do it, and won each of them.  #17 (now #16) Franklin Lawrence had a fight scheduled in Nebraska that for no apparent reason did not come off.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (121-334-334)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. #13 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad will fight former cruiserweight champ and current #13 contender Jean Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf, Germany on December 10.  It’s a pretty lopsided matchup, but if you disqualify fighters already beaten by a Klitschko in the past few years, you really only have Povetkin (who bailed on a previous shot), Helenius, Fury (who doesn’t believe he’s ready yet), Dimitrenko, and Boytsov (who is rebuilding his career after various injuries) ahead of Mormeck.  Dimitrenko is coming off an embarrassingly close win over Sprott, and I’m not sure he wants his shot at this point.  Helenius, then, may be the only available challenger more eligible than is Mormeck.  Just goes to show you the extent to which the Klitschkos really have cleaned out this division.
1) Vitali Klitschko (158-158-158)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko wants to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (8-208-208)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin is apparently looking to fight old guys only for his next fight.  Originally it looked like a Holyfield fight was all but done, then it looked like Rahman was the guy.  It now appears there is a tentative agreement to fight 42-year-0ld #20 Cedric Boswell on December 3 in Helsinki.
3) Eddie Chambers (1-133-133)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #8 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight scheduled for a 10/28 ShoBox appearance is now off due to a Chambers back injury.  Chambers hopes to be ready to go by the end of the year.
4) Robert Helenius (1-29-73)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius is now the mandatory for #10 Dimitrenko’s European title, and reportedly Helenius had already offered to fight Dimitrenko on the Povetkin card in Helsinki on December 3 even before that was the case.  No word on whether Dimitrenko will take the fight.  Purse bids are scheduled for October 31 if there’s no agreement.
5) Tomasz Adamek (1-78-78)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek has made an offer to fight old and inactive former contender Jameel McCline in early 2012.  Unfortunately it looks like Adamek was lying when he said he only wanted the best fights after getting dominated by Vitali.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (1-257-257)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
7) Tyson Fury (1-13)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Fury will fight fellow undefeated prospect Neven Pajkic in Manchester.  Pajkic is 34 but got a late start, turning pro in 2005 at age 28.  Pajkic is a native of Bosnia, but has lived in Canada since 1996.  Considering the dubious shape in which Chisora entered the ring, Pajkic may very well be Fury’s best test to date.
8) Tony Thompson (1-73-73)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
9) Odlanier Solis (1-44-73)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
10) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-1-40)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko has both an offer on the table from Helenius and a mandatory obligation to fight him in defense of his European title.  If he decides to step up to the challenge, the likely date would be December 3, in Helsinki.
11) Chris Arreola (1-135)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Alonzo Butler (UNR)
Arreola will get back to action on November 5 in Mexico against journeyman Alonzo Butler.  I personally think he needs to start fighting contenders again.  Butler lost to Arreola’s last victim, Friday Ahunanya, in 2008.
12) Denis Boytsov (1-122)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-73)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The former cruiserweight king will fight for a legitimate championship in his 2nd weight division on December 10 in Germany.  If David Haye couldn’t do anything against Wlad, I don’t know why the guy from whom Haye took the title will fare any better, especially when he is significantly older and more used up than was the Brit.
14) Bermane Stiverne (1-17)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
15) Samuel Peter (1-73)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov (UNR)
Peter finds himself in a quintessential crossroads fight in November when he travels to Moscow to fight Ukranian undefeated prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov.  If the Nigerian Nightmare has anything left he needs to bring it, because if he loses to the not-yet-top-50 Ukranian, his days in the top 20 will come to an end.
16) Franklin Lawrence (1-21)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence’s fight in Nebraska fell through on October 15 for unknown reasons.
17) Kubrat Pulev (1-49)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Pulev finally has an opponent for 10/22, and hopefully this one will stick.  Travis Walker is the guy, and he’s a borderline top-50 fighter who can punch a little bit.
18) Dereck Chisora (1-57)
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.
19) Timur Ibragimov (1-4)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.
20) Cedric Boswell (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD10 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sounds like Boswell is the new frontrunner to fight Povetkin on December 3.  No contract has yet been signed, but it sounds like there’s an agreement in principal.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: This is a pretty active week.  On Friday, Australia-based Samoan fringe contender Alex Leapai battles Russian journeyman Evgeny Orlov down under, while undefeated prospect Francesco Pianeta takes on an opponent to be announced in Frankfurt, Germany.  The following evening, #17 Kubrat Pulev fights gatekeeper Travis Walker in Ludwigsburg, Germany, while giant undefeated Russian fringe contender Alexander Ustinov takes on durable journeyman Denis Bakhtov in the Ukraine.
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Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 10-16

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by danboxing
As I mentioned last week, cruiserweight prospect Brad Pitt fought long-time junior middleweight Hugo Sclarandi for the Victoria State Heavyweight Title in Australia on Sunday.  Neither man had ever competed at heavyweight, and until recently Sclarandi hadn’t even fought above 168.  In fact, Sclarandi only weighed in as a small cruiserweight at 187 for this fight, while Pitt tipped the scales at a career-high 204.  Pitt won easily, scoring a 4th round knockout.  I’m a little surprised it went past the 1st.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (120-333-333)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. #14 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad will fight former cruiserweight champ and current #14 contender Jean Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf, Germany on December 10.  It’s a pretty lopsided matchup, but if you disqualify fighters already beaten by a Klitschko in the past few years, you really only have Povetkin (who bailed on a previous shot), Helenius, Fury (who doesn’t believe he’s ready yet), Dimitrenko, and Boytsov (who is rebuilding his career after various injuries) ahead of Mormeck.  Dimitrenko is coming off an embarrassingly close win over Sprott, and I’m not sure he wants his shot at this point.  Helenius, then, may be the only available challenger more eligible than is Mormeck.  Just goes to show you the extent to which the Klitschkos really have cleaned out this division.
1) Vitali Klitschko (157-157-157)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko and Haye both want to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (7-207-207)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin is looking at a December 3 date in Helsinki, Finland, with the leading candidates for his opponent being dinosaurs Evander Holyfield and Hasim Rahman.
3) David Haye (7-134-134)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
While he appears to have a good chance at a Vitali Klitschko fight and HBO wants a battle of successive cruiserweight champions between Adamek and him, Haye now appears serious about potentially retiring.  He will reportedly make an announcement on Thursday the 13th one way or the other.  If he announces his retirement, he will be removed.
 4) Eddie Chambers (7-132-132)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/28/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight has now been moved up one day, and will now headline a ShoBox triple-header instead of a possibly non-televised place on the postponed Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (7-28-72)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius will apparently be a co-headliner with Alexander Povetkin for a December 3 card in Helsinki.  Opponent to be announced.
6) Tomasz Adamek (7-77-77)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
HBO is lobbying Adamek to fight in March against either Haye or Arreola.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (7-256-256)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
8) Tyson Fury (12-12)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Fury will fight fellow undefeated prospect Neven Pajkic in Manchester.  Pajkic is 34 but got a late start, turning pro in 2005 at age 28.  Pajkic is a native of Bosnia, but has lived in Canada since 1996.  Considering the dubious shape in which Chisora entered the ring, Pajkic may very well be Fury’s best test to date.
9) Tony Thompson (12-72-72)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (43-43-72)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-39)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Almost did enough to lose to Sprott, though it’s obvious referee Massimo Barrovecchio and at least two of the judges had no intention of ever letting that happen under any circumstances.
12) Chris Arreola (3-134)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Alonzo Butler (UNR)
Arreola will get back to action on November 5 in Mexico against journeyman Alonzo Butler.  I personally think he needs to start fighting contenders again.  Butler lost to Arreola’s last victim, Friday Ahunanya, in 2008.
13) Denis Boytsov (3-121)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (3-72)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The former cruiserweight king will fight for a legitimate championship in his 2nd weight division on December 10 in Germany.  If David Haye couldn’t do anything against Wlad, I don’t know why the guy from whom Haye took the title will fare any better, especially when he is significantly older and more used up than was the Brit.
15) Bermane Stiverne (3-16)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
16) Samuel Peter (3-72)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov (UNR)
Peter finds himself in a quintessential crossroads fight in November when he travels to Moscow to fight Ukranian undefeated prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov.  If the Nigerian Nightmare has anything left he needs to bring it, because if he loses to the not-yet-top-50 Ukranian, his days in the top 20 will come to an end.
17) Franklin Lawrence (3-20)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Lawrence will fight weak journeyman Raymond Ochieng of Kenya in Grand Island, Nebraska on October 15, getting second billing to Kimbo Slice’s 2nd pro bout.
18) Kubrat Pulev (3-48)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Pulev finally has an opponent for 10/22, and hopefully this one will stick.  Travis Walker is the guy, and he’s a borderline top-50 fighter who can punch a little bit.
19) Dereck Chisora (3-56)
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.
20) Timur Ibragimov (3-3)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Former British champion Sam Sexton gets an easy night against seemingly ubiquitous Eurotrash journeyman Remigijus Ziausys in London on Friday, and #17 Franklin Lawrence gets a similarly weak challenger in Raymond Ochieng on a Kimb0 Slice-headlined card in Grand Island, Nebraska the following night.  David Haye’s announcement of his plans for retirement or lack thereof also looms large on Thursday.

Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 3-9

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by danboxing
No action in the division this past week.  One significant note, though- Juan Carlos Gomez had some major tearage in his shoulder when he was somewhat shockingly upset by Darnell Wilson.  Promoter Universum fired Gomez trainer Leonid Kiselev for letting his charge go out for the fight, and rightly so.  This awful decision may have cost Gomez his career, or whatever was left of it.  But Gomez is not blameless.  Ultimately Gomez is responsible for the condition in which he enters the ring if and when he chooses to do so, and thus I stand by my decision to drop him from the rankings based on the loss.  This news also reinforces my determination that Wilson is nowhere near worthy of a ranking even after the win.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (119-332-332)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad is apparently negotiating a fight with #15 Jean Marc Mormeck which would take place December 10.
1) Vitali Klitschko (156-156-156)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko and Haye both want to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (6-206-206)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be looking at Alexander Dimitrenko and the ancient Evander Holyfield for his next fight, which will likely take place in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition, he has made an offer to Mormeck.
3) David Haye (6-133-133)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word on the street has it that a Haye-Vitali fight is likely in the cards.
 4) Eddie Chambers (6-131-131)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/28/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight has now been moved up one day, and will now headline a ShoBox triple-header instead of a possibly non-televised place on the postponed Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (6-27-71)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After taking out Liakhovich, Helenius now wants a Klitschko.
6) Tomasz Adamek (6-76-76)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek plans to return next year and wants only the best fights.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (6-255-255)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
8) Tyson Fury (11-11)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a shaky win over Firtha, Fury is already looking to get back in the ring.  He may return on November 12 in Belfast.
9) Tony Thompson (11-71-71)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (42-42-71)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-38)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Almost did enough to lose to Sprott, though it’s obvious referee Massimo Barrovecchio and at least two of the judges had no intention of ever letting that happen under any circumstances.
12) Chris Arreola (2-133)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Alonzo Butler (UNR)
Arreola will get back to action on November 5 in Mexico against journeyman Alonzo Butler.  I personally think he needs to start fighting contenders again.  Butler lost to Arreola’s last victim, Friday Ahunanya, in 2008.
13) Denis Boytsov (2-120)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (2-71)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line to fight Wlad on December 10, and also has an offer on the table from Povetkin.
15) Bermane Stiverne (2-15)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
16) Samuel Peter (2-71)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
17) Franklin Lawrence (2-19)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Lawrence will fight weak journeyman Raymond Ochieng of Kenya in Grand Island, Nebraska on October 15, getting second billing to Kimbo Slice’s 2nd pro bout.
18) Kubrat Pulev (2-47)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
After turning down Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan has withdrawn from a fight with Pulev, as well.  Pulev will fight on October 22, but the opponent is now unknown.
19) Dereck Chisora (2-55)
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.
20) Timur Ibragimov (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The only thing I have to report to you this week is that cruiserweight prospect Brad Pitt of Australia will be fighting for the Victoria State Heavyweight Title on Sunday.  This is pretty silly.  Pitt has never once fought over the 200 pound cruiserweight limit, nor has his opponent, Hugo Sclarandi.  Sclarandi, in fact, has fought as low as 148 pounds, and has spent the bulk of his career as middleweight and junior middleweight.  Even down there, he was hit and miss, compiling a fairly spotty record while springing upsets in close decisions here and there.   He has fought over 168 only 3 times.  He is 0-1 as a light heavyweight and 1-1 as a cruiserweight.  So if you’re looking for a quality heavyweight, evidently you should stay the hell out of the State of Victoria.

Heavyweight: 2011, Sep 26- Oct 2

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by danboxing
Three top-20 heavyweights saw action in separate bouts on one card in Hamburg, Germany this Saturday.  All three figured to be gimme fights, but there was one surprise along the way.  The highest ranked of the three, #11 Juan Carlos Gomez suffered a majority decision epic fail against the seemingly completely shot former cruiserweight contender Darnell Wilson over 10 rounds.  Normally a guy with the kind of solid long-term resume that Gomez enjoys would be given the benefit of the doubt and remain clinging to a ranking after an upset loss, but the magnitude of this one is just too great.  To leave Gomez in the rankings, you’d obviously have to rank Wilson even higher, and that’s just untenable under the circumstances.  Wilson had been a loser of his previous six fights, and 7 of his last 8, including two losses to true no-future journeymen.  To rank him, even after having beaten a legitimate #11 contender, would be simply preposterous, and thus Gomez’ staying ranked would be even more so.

 

The other two ranked fighters, Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Boytsov, fared somewhat better.  #14 Boytsov easily cruised to a 6th round stoppage over no-hoper Matthew Greer, while #12 Dimitrenko actually had his own struggles against Michael Sprott, a British former fringe contender that has settled in as somewhat of a “name” journeyman in the division.  British fans especially are crying robbery with respect to the Sprott fight, and after seeing the fight I must agree at least that the officials involved would certainly have robbed Sprott before they’d have allowed him to win.  I must also confess that I think Dimitrenko did enough to win 115-113 without any help.  That being said, veteran Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio was a disgrace at least in this assignment.  Not a Russell Mora-level disgrace, but think maybe Joe Cortez’ average performance.  He broke the two fighters practically every time they touched.  Hands free all over the place, and Barrovecchio is still breaking everybody in sight.  And then there were two ludicrous point deductions late in the fight against Sprott.  Basically Massimo wasn’t quite sure if the ringside judges were fully on board with giving Sprott no chance to win (Roger Tilleman at 117-111 and especially Andre Pasquier at a disgusting 119-108 evidently were), so he snatched a point from Sprott for throwing a completely blocked punch a half second after the bell (with no prior offenses) at the end of the 10th, and then again in the 12th for continuing to punch while Dimitrenko was trying to grab him to hold on for dear life in the 12th, and causing the Ukrainian to flop to the canvas like a fish out of water for about the 10th time in the fight. 

 

Gomez’ exit from the rankings makes room for Timur Ibragimov to return for the first time since May at #20.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (118-331-331)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad is apparently negotiating a fight with #15 Jean Marc Mormeck which would take place December 10.
1) Vitali Klitschko (155-155-155)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko and Haye both want to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (5-205-205)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be looking at Alexander Dimitrenko and the ancient Evander Holyfield for his next fight, which will likely take place in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition, he has made an offer to Mormeck.
3) David Haye (5-132-132)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word on the street has it that a Haye-Vitali fight is likely in the cards.
 4) Eddie Chambers (5-130-130)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/28/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight has now been moved up one day, and will now headline a ShoBox triple-header instead of a possibly non-televised place on the postponed Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (5-26-70)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After taking out Liakhovich, Helenius now wants a Klitschko.
6) Tomasz Adamek (5-75-75)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek plans to return next year and wants only the best fights.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (5-254-254)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
8) Tyson Fury (10-10)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a shaky win over Firtha, Fury is already looking to get back in the ring.  He may return on November 12 in Belfast.
9) Tony Thompson (10-70-70)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (41-41-70)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-37)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Almost did enough to lose to Sprott, though it’s obvious referee Massimo Barrovecchio and at least two of the judges had no intention of ever letting that happen under any circumstances.
12) Chris Arreola (1-132)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola is expected to be in action again in either October or November.
13) Denis Boytsov (1-119)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-70)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line to fight Wlad on December 10, and also has an offer on the table from Povetkin.
15) Bermane Stiverne (1-14)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
16) Samuel Peter (1-70)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
17) Franklin Lawrence (1-18)
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.
18) Kubrat Pulev (1-46)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
After turning down Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan has withdrawn from a fight with Pulev, as well.  Pulev will fight on October 22, but the opponent is now unknown.
19) Dereck Chisora (1-54)
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.
20) Timur Ibragimov (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Nothing doing in the division this week.

Heavyweight: 2011, Sep 19-25

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2011 by danboxing
#8 Tyson Fury was rocked in round 3, but persevered to score a 5th-round stoppage over Ohio journeyman Nicolai Firtha in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday.  Maybe it’s a fluke, but the 6’9″ Fury has certainly re-raised some questions about his skills that had appeared to be fully answered by his fairly dominant victory over the credible Dereck Chisora this summer.

 

In Las Vegas the prior evening, Seth Mitchell- often cited as the USA’s best heavyweight prospect- easily stopped journeyman Hector Ferreyro in the 3rd round on Top Rank Live.  Mitchell appears to have the talent to be America’s best fighter, but appears to be in no hurry to develop into a top contender, as he has been stuck in neutral for years in terms of his level of opposition.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (117-330-330)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad is apparently negotiating a fight with #15 Jean Marc Mormeck which would take place December 10.
1) Vitali Klitschko (154-154-154)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko and Haye both want to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (4-204-204)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be looking at Alexander Dimitrenko and the ancient Evander Holyfield for his next fight, which will likely take place in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition, he has made an offer to Mormeck.
3) David Haye (4-131-131)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word on the street has it that a Haye-Vitali fight is likely in the cards.
 4) Eddie Chambers (4-129-129)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/28/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight has now been moved up one day, and will now headline a ShoBox triple-header instead of a possibly non-televised place on the postponed Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (4-25-69)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After taking out Liakhovich, Helenius now wants a Klitschko.
6) Tomasz Adamek (4-74-74)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek plans to return next year and wants only the best fights.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (4-253-253)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
8) Tyson Fury (9-9)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a shaky win over Firtha, Fury is already looking to get back in the ring.  He may return on November 12 in Belfast.
9) Tony Thompson (9-69-69)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (40-40-69)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Strange news from Solis.  His promoter, Ahmed Ohner, recently said he would be returning in October against a specific journeyman, but Solis claims he has not received medical clearance after 3 separate knee surgeries, and that he is completely unaware of any specific plans for his return.  The quick return seemed a bit hard to believe given his torn ACL, but one would think Ohner would be a credible source.  I will treat that fight as off until I hear something conclusive.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (9-69)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (9-36)
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 (9-131)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola is expected to be in action again in either October or November.
14) Denis Boytsov (9-118)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Matthew Greer (UNR)
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (26-69)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line to fight Wlad on December 10, and also has an offer on the table from Povetkin.
16) Bermane Stiverne (13-13)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
17) Samuel Peter (13-69)
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 (13-17)
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 (13-45)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
After turning down Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan has withdrawn from a fight with Pulev, as well.  Pulev will fight on October 22, but the opponent is now unknown.
20) Dereck Chisora (9-53)
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:  Three ranked heavyweights are in action against no-hope journeyman opponents on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany:  #11 Juan Carlos Gomez (against Darnell Wilson), #12 Alexander Dimitrenko (against Michael Sprott), and #14 Denis Boytsov (against Matthew Greer).

Heavyweight: 2011, Sep 12-18

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by danboxing
Vitali Klitschko proved one of two things this weekend, or a combination of the two: 1) He is not getting old in any significant way, 2) Tomasz Adamek is not a big or strong enough guy to compete with top heavyweights.  Klitschko thoroughly dominated Adamek round after round, knocked him down in the 6th, and ultimately stopped his overwhelmed opponent on accumulation of punishment in the 10th.  At no point did Adamek appear to have a chance to get something going, much less to win.  No changes to the rankings, however, since a loss to arguably the best heavyweight in the world in a fashion no worse than other top fighters have done does not really act as a strike against Adamek in relation to his competition.  Vitali’s ranking is topped out until he fights his brother.

 

On the undercard, prospect Jonathon Banks knocked out low-level opponent Ivica Bacurin in round 6 after winning each of the preceding rounds.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (116-329-329)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad is apparently negotiating a fight with #15 Jean Marc Mormeck which would take place December 10.
1) Vitali Klitschko (153-153-153)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko and Haye both want to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (3-203-203)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be looking at Alexander Dimitrenko and the ancient Evander Holyfield for his next fight, which will likely take place in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition, he has made an offer to Mormeck.
3) David Haye (3-130-130)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word on the street has it that a Haye-Vitali fight is likely in the cards.
 4) Eddie Chambers (3-128-128)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Chambers’ eliminator with Tony Thompson is now set for late October on the Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (3-24-68)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After taking out Liakhovich, Helenius now wants a Klitschko.
6) Tomasz Adamek (3-73-73)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek plans to return next year and wants only the best fights.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (3-252-252)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
8) Tyson Fury (8-8)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Fury will fight decent journeyman Nicolai Firtha on 9/17 in Belfast.
9) Tony Thompson (8-68-68)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
The Chambers fight is now official for the Ward-Froch undercard in October.
10) Odlanier Solis (39-39-68)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Strange news from Solis.  His promoter, Ahmed Ohner, recently said he would be returning in October against a specific journeyman, but Solis claims he has not received medical clearance after 3 separate knee surgeries, and that he is completely unaware of any specific plans for his return.  The quick return seemed a bit hard to believe given his torn ACL, but one would think Ohner would be a credible source.  I will treat that fight as off until I hear something conclusive.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (8-68)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (8-35)
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 (8-130)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola is expected to be in action again in either October or November.
14) Denis Boytsov (8-117)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov is in talks to fight journeyman Matthew Greer on September 24.
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (25-68)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line to fight Wlad on December 10, and also has an offer on the table from Povetkin.
16) Bermane Stiverne (12-12)
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 (12-68)
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 (12-16)
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 (12-44)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
After turning down Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan has withdrawn from a fight with Pulev, as well.  Pulev will fight on October 22, but the opponent is now unknown.
20) Dereck Chisora (8-52)
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:  In Vegas on Friday, American undefeated prospect Seth Mitchell continues his slow climb up the rankings with another safety-first fight with a mediocre journeyman in Hector Ferreyro.  The next night, #8 Tyson Fury takes on much better journeyman Nicolai Firtha in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Heavyweight: 2011, Sep 5-11

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by danboxing
No action at heavy this week.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (115-328-328)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk about a potential fight with prospect Mariusz Wach, but that fight is off.
1) Vitali Klitschko (152-152-152)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Klitschko apparently broke camp for one day to visit the Ukraine, where a political opposition leader was arrested under dubious circumstances.  Vitali is something of a political leader himself, but was back in training just a day later.
2) Alexander Povetkin (2-202-202)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be looking at Alexander Dimitrenko and the ancient Evander Holyfield for his next fight, which will likely take place in Zurich, Switzerland.
3) David Haye (2-129-129)
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.
 4) Eddie Chambers (2-127-127)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Chambers’ eliminator with Tony Thompson is now set for late October on the Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (2-23-67)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After taking out Liakhovich, Helenius now wants a Klitschko.
6) Tomasz Adamek (2-72-72)
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.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (2-251-251)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
8) Tyson Fury (7-7)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Fury will fight decent journeyman Nicolai Firtha on 9/17 in Belfast.
9) Tony Thompson (7-67-67)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
The Chambers fight is now official for the Ward-Froch undercard in October.
10) Odlanier Solis (38-38-67)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Strange news from Solis.  His promoter, Ahmed Ohner, recently said he would be returning in October against a specific journeyman, but Solis claims he has not received medical clearance after 3 separate knee surgeries, and that he is completely unaware of any specific plans for his return.  The quick return seemed a bit hard to believe given his torn ACL, but one would think Ohner would be a credible source.  I will treat that fight as off until I hear something conclusive.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (7-67)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (7-34)
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 (7-129)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola is expected to be in action again in either October or November.
14) Denis Boytsov (7-116)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov is in talks to fight journeyman Matthew Greer on September 24.
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (24-67)
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 (11-11)
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 (11-67)
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 (11-15)
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 (11-43)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
After turning down Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan has withdrawn from a fight with Pulev, as well.  Pulev will fight on October 22, but the opponent is now unknown.
20) Dereck Chisora (7-51)
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 nice matchup in Wroclaw, Poland as #1 Vitali Klitschko takes on #6 Tomasz Adamek.  Adamek is too small to deal with most good and powerful heavyweights as I think his close call with Chris Arreola proved, but on the other hand I saw a comparative slug like Odlanier Solis effectively outbox Vitali for a good solid round before his body gave up on him earlier in the year.  It appears to me as if Vitali has lost a little bit at 40 years old, and thus I could see Adamek exploiting this for a decision win.  That being said, I can obviously also see the much bigger Klitschko crushing the plucky Pole.


Speaking of Adamek, on the same card we find prospect Johnathon Banks, whose only career loss was as a cruiserweight to Adamek 2 1/2 years ago.  Banks takes on journeyman Ivica Bacurin, a woefully inexperienced Croatian fighter who has lost to the not-so-formidable Ismail Abdoul and also has a draw with weak Euro trial horse Remijius Ziausys, and thus is probably a little worse than his 8-1-1 record.