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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.

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.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 29- Sep 4

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by danboxing
Nothing to report.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Pawel Wolak
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (11-26-41)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.  He will also likely fight on December 3, most likely on the Cotto-Margarito undercard.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (11-56-56)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He has called out Canelo, Mosley, and Molina, and his promoter Don King is apparently working on a fight with Ricardo Mayorga, though the IBF reportedly is not willing to sanction that fight for Bundrage’s title.
3) Erislandy Lara (8-8-30)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.  Lara has also sought fights with Dzinziruk and Bundrage, neither of whom appear to want the fight.  He also wants Canelo, but believes that Golden Boy will protect their cash cow.
4) Alfredo Angulo (8-101-101)
Last Fight: 8/20/2011- KO1 Joe Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo will probably fight Vanes Martirosyan in November or December.
5) Miguel Cotto (8-65-65)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (8-8-23)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones. 
7) Prince Arron (7-16-16)
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.
8) Pawel Wolak (7-25-25)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak is training for an October 1 date, but has no official opponent yet.  He’s hoping for K9 Bundrage, though.
9) Ryan Rhodes (7-97-97)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (12-12-30)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (12-76)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Powell is sparring with Floyd Mayweather to prepare Floyd for the Victor Ortiz fight.
12) Gabriel Rosado (12-30)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Keenan Collins (UNR)
Fresh out of jail, Rosado already has a date reserved on September 9 against journeyman Keenan Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (7-7)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (7-30)
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.
15) Paul Williams (7-30)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
16) Shane Mosley (3-30)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mosley’s trainer wants a Berto fight, and the fighter is sparring with up-and-coming lightweight Mercito Gesta.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (3-13)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes’ proposed fight with Wolak is a no-go, and he now looks likely to fight Angulo in November or December.
18) Yuri Foreman (2-100)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
19) Lukas Konecny (2-3)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/30/2011- vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk (UNR)
Konecny will fight at home in the Czech Republic against Dzinziruk, who is only unranked because he has not fought under the 154 limit for over a year.  Konecny will likely be a clear underdog in the fight, and rightly so.
20) Deandre Latimore (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore has been seriously inactive (especially against decent opposition) since losing a close decision to Sechew Powell last March.  He technically hasn’t made the JMW limit since last July, but since he missed 154 by only 3/4 pound for his last fight, he gets an extra 6 months to schedule a fight at JMW and make the weight.

 

 
 
 
The Week Ahead:  Gatekeeper Michel Rosales takes on journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia- a legitimate fringe contender briefly about 5 years ago- in Rosales’ hometown of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on Saturday.

Middleweight: 2011, Aug 29- Sep 4

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by danboxing
A quiet week at 160 this time around.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Sergio Martinez
1) Felix Sturm
2) Daniel Geale
3) Matthew Macklin
4) Sebastian Sylvester
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
6) Sebastian Zbik
7) Dmitry Pirog
8) Paul Williams
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 (72-72-72)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #19 Darren Barker
Martinez has reached an agreement to fight Darren Barker.  There’s nothing wrong with Barker, who has gotten through multiple gatekeepers and remains undefeated, but it’s still got to be considered a disappointing matchup for the Middleweight Champ, as Barker isn’t even really that close to being a top 10 fighter.  There are literally probably a dozen or more better choices that would be willing to take the fight.
1) Daniel Geale (10-115-115)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- W(SD12) vs. #3 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 8/31/2011- vs. Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Geale will follow up his huge win over Sylvester by fighting Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert at the end of August.
2) Felix Sturm (10-415-415)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
There is now some serious dispute between the two parties as to whether Sturm has formally offered Macklin his promised rematch or not.  Macklin says the contract has never been received.
3) Matthew Macklin (10-10-101)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
See Sturm’s comments above.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (8-316-316)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(SD12) vs. #4 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
A really good potential crossroads fight on tap with Proksa.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (8-44-44)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that N’Jikam will have a long-anticipated fight with Gennady Golovkin late in the year, in Paris.
6) Dmitry Pirog (8-57-57)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/25/2011- vs. Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Now set to fight Gennady Martirosyan in Krasnadar, Russia on September 25.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-13-31)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Next Fight: 11/19/2011- vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Chavez is now claiming a hand injury, and will likely now skip his scheduled fight with Ronald Hearns in September and go straight to his second scheduled fight with Peter Manfredo in November.
8) Marco Antonio Rubio (8-21-31)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO3 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. Akrong Mohammedi (UNR)
Rubio has gotten tired of waiting for a big fight and has signed on to fight a stay-busy bout on September 3.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (8-20-20)
Last Fight: 6/23/2011- TKO2 Peter Vecsei (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Proksa proved himself to be a quality fighter and an up-and-comer by stopping Navascues, but still hasn’t made much of a name for himself on the world scene because Navascues himself was not viewed as highly as he probably deserved.  He will have a chance to change that, though, when he fights recent titleholder #4 Sebastian Sylvester to start off October.
10) Anthony Mundine (8-8-31)
Last Fight: 6/5/2011- TKO7 Xavier Tolliver (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2011- vs. Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Mundine bailed on an anticipated fight with Austin Trout and will now fight smaller gatekeeper Rigoberto Alvarez, older brother of JMW #1 Saul Alvarez.  He’s stated he wants the Trout fight after that, and then Cotto.
11) Maxim Bursak (8-31)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Absolutely dominated Jerez.
12) Osumanu Adama (8-23)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- TKO4 #19 Marcus Upshaw
Next Fight: 10/6/2011- vs. Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Roman Karmazin has been lured out of retirement to fight Adama on October 6.
13) Paul Williams (8-125)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. JMW #15 Erislandy Lara (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara handled him easily despite what the awful judges said, and his poor performance earns him a demotion even though the fight took place at JMW.
14) Garth Wood (13-31)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but has reportedly pulled out of that fight.
15) Billy Lyell (20-31)
Last Fight: 7/1/2011- UD6 vs. Michael Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lyell is curiously underrated, it seems to me.  When a guy like him is relegated to fighting 6-rounders, something’s wrong.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (20-21)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida was looking to fight JC Chavez in September, but Chavez opted for a likely easier fight with the less-accomplished Ronald Hearns.  Ishida seems to be on everyone’s short list, but always loses out on the big fight since beating Kirkland.
17) Gennady Golovkin (11-11)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in October as a tuneup before an anticipated bout with Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam late in the year.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (11-31)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- KO1 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Disposed of Miranda (who nearly beat Roman Karmazin not long ago) in surprisingly short order, moving him past future Martinez challenger Barker for now.
19) Demetrius Andrade (2-2)
Last Fight: 8/19/2011- UD10 JMW #19 Grady Brewer
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade will probably fight as a junior middleweight when it comes time for title fights, but thus far has made his only real splash as a middleweight and has been fighting at that size more often than not, at any rate.
20) Darren Barker (2-31)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- UD12 Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
A couple weeks after announcing a defense of his European title on July 23, Barker has instead signed for a Middleweight Championship shot with Sergio Martinez.

 

The Week Ahead: Two members of the top 10 see action this week.  #8 Marco Antonio Rubio gets a gimme in African journeyman Mohammed Akrong on Saturday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, while #1 Daniel Geale draws aging Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert in Australia on Wednesday.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Aug 29- Sep 4

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by danboxing
The most significant fight of this week was Friday between untested but undefeated prospect Stanislav Kashtanov and former contender Karoly Balzsay- who spent the last 2 years fighting pointless matchups at light heavyweight since Eddy Gutknecht decisioned him in late 2009.  Kashtanov came in undefeated.  Balzsay did not.  Kashtanov is Ukrainian, and Balzsay is Hungarian.  The fight took place in the Ukraine.  The clear winner of the fight ended up losing a split decision.  With only that information given, the obvious assumption would be that Balzsay was robbed and that Kashtanov won an undeserved decision.  But not so.  Apparently in the Ukraine, a hometown decision means that the hometown kid dominates the fight and still loses the decision.  French judge Jean-Louis Legland’s card was more-or-less dead on at 116-113 (I had it 116-112), and the fight was definitely between 118-110 and 115-113 Kashtanov.  That’s where the other two judges- Pasquale Procopio of Canada and Stefano Carozza of Italy come in.  These two jokers are the sole reason that Stas Kashtanov has a loss in his career.  Accordingly, I treat the fight- a clear robbery- as a win for Kashtanov.  It’s still not enough to get him into the top 20, but he’s around the top 25 range.

 

The next night, #17 Ezequiel Maderna had no trouble in his native Mexico with journeyman Jorge Rodriguez Olivera, whom he dropped in the third before scoring a TKO in the same round.  Librado Andrade- a former top-level contender who has been sliding in the last couple years- had a similar performance against an opponent of similar quality in Matt O’Brien.  The only difference is that Andrade dropped O’Brien twice en route to his own 3rd round stoppage win.  This win would normally be relatively inconsequential, but in this case it does affect the rankings, since Andrade made 168 for the first time since his 2009 fight with Lucian Bute.  Back at the end of May, I removed Andrade from the rankings shortly after he fell precipitously to #15 due to his close loss to Aaron Pryor because of his inactivity at 168.  Now that he’s an active super middleweight again, his overall record gets a fresh look, and even with his recent difficulties and lack of new and significant success, that record is good enough to regain him a ranking, though the 3 months since he was last ranked has dimmed my view of him enough to see him slide below Vera and Lee to settle back in at #16.  Unfortunately I have to drop hard-luck James DeGale again, even though I definitely believe he deserves to be there over George Groves, who beat him by controversial and close decision earlier this year.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
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 (39-118-118)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
We now have a date certain for the Championship fight between Ward and Froch: October 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (39-271-271)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (39-280-280)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Bute passed up Mikkel Kessler for a potentially slightly easier night with #12 Glen Johnson in early November.
4) Mikkel Kessler (39-350-350)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
The Stieglitz bout is now official, and will be in Copenhagen.
5) Robert Stieglitz (20-104-104)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #4 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes above.
6) Arthur Abraham (17-96-96)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham is scheduled to return to the ring on November 5, probably in a catchweight fight between 160 and 168, and probably against a tune-up-type opponent.
7) Dimitri Sartison (16-56-60)
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 (16-17-17)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- TKO5 Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin turned down an offer to fight Ishe Smith on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard.  He has bigger ambitions, hoping to fight Sergio Martinez or the winner of Vera-Lee.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. #10 Thomas Oosthuizen
Fights Thomas Oosthuizen in a big test for both fighters this week.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (12-12-60)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
See Pryor’s notes, above.
11) Sakio Bika (12-229)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (19-42)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #3 Lucian Bute
With no apparent buzz leading up to the announcement, Johnson suddenly had a fight signed with Bute for November.
13) Isaac Chilemba (17-60)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (12-29)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #15 Andy Lee
Now officially scheduled for a rematch with #15 Andy Lee on October 1, on the Martinez-Barker undercard.  Not sure yet whether that will be a Middleweight or Super Middleweight fight.
15) Andy Lee (12-24)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #14 Bryan Vera
See Vera’s notes, above.
16) Librado Andrade (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Still appears to be well on the downside of his career, but with his past success he only needs to stay active and win to stay in the rankings at this point.
17) Jesus Gonzalez (1-7)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With a fairly comfortable win over a generally solid and much bigger opponent, Gonzalez finds his way easily within the top 20.
18) Ezequiel Maderna (1-25)
Last Fight: 8/28/2011- TKO3 Jorge Rodriguez Olivera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Jesse Brinkley (1-60)
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 (1-14)
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  on the strength of the win.

 

The Week Ahead: The big fight this week finds #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr. attempting to prove that his success has not been a fluke as he faces off against fellow up-and-comer #10 Thomas Oosthuizen in Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday.  Earlier in the week on Wednesday, one-loss prospect Serge Yannick of Cameroon takes on decent journeyman Jamie Pittman, who was himself an undefeated prospect until he lost to Felix Sturm, and a fair prospect thereafter until his second loss to Joseph Kwadjo last year.