Heavyweight: 2011, Sep 19-25

#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).

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