Heavyweight: 2011, Dec 5-11

Amir Mansour took care of business on Friday in Delaware, stopping undersized journeyman Epifanio Mendoza in 6. 


The following evening, it might be be a stretch to say that underdog #18 Dereck Chisora dominated #4 Robert Helenius in the latter’s home country, but at the very least, he won by a fairly wide margin.  There’s no way that any non-corrupt judge could have given Helenius (who reportedly injured his hand early in the fight) more than 3 rounds, and yet each of the three disgraceful human beings given that task found a way to give their guy way more credit than that.  One judge apparently really wanted Helenius to win, but eventually got too embarrassed with himself to keep giving him rounds and actually awarded the fight to Chisora by one round.  The other two crooks gave Helenius no fewer than 4 rounds that he clearly lost, as well as a couple more that I personally believe he lost, in order to sickeningly award the fight to Helenius 115-113.  These judges: Leszek Jankowiak of Poland and especially Italy’s Giuseppe Quaratrone and Spain’s Manuel Palomo are incompetent and very likely corrupt, and should never be allowed to judge again.  Ever.  This is one of the all-time worst robberies, and it’s a black mark on the sport.  But luckily, we ignore dirtbags like Palomo and Quartarone here, and so as far as I’m concerned Chisora won the fight in solid fashion. 


On the same card in Finland, #2 Alexander Povetkin fought #20 Cedric Boswell.  I saw the first couple rounds on YouTube, and they were so crushingly boring that I just went to Boxrec to find the result.  When I found out if was a middle round knockout, I decided to pick up where I left off, with the happy knowledge that someone would eventually land a punch at some point.  It took a few more rounds before that happened, but eventually a fight so tepid that it makes Wlodarczyk-Palacios look like Gatti-Ward turned into a one-sided beatdown in the last round or two.  Povetkin took his time, but ultimately imposed his will on Boswell, who did very little in the fight except throw out a light jab lazily every now and then.  The sad thing was that was enough to win a round for Boswell on my card. 


On the undercard of both of those fights, German prospect Edmund Gerber was supposed to fight former contender Matt Skelton, but instead blasted out late replacement Marcus McGee in a mere 18 seconds.  Not sure what happened to Skelton, who would have at least been a tad bit of a test.


Povetkin is already as high in the rankings as he’s getting before he beats a Klitschko or before one of the brothers retires.  The only question arising out of that fight is what to do with Boswell.  If it was all based on how he looked, he’d certainly be out of the rankings, but ultimately his nearest competitor (probably Amir Mansour) still hasn’t accomplished quite as much.  I don’t think it’s necessarily appropriate to punish Boswell for trying to step way above his station to fight a top contender, regardless of how massively he failed.  Accordingly, he stays put at #20 for now.


Chisora’s win over Helenius normally would get him in contention with Povetkin for the #2 spot since Helenius was so highly-ranked, but Chisora’s big slip-up earlier in the year- when he came in ridiculously fat and sluggish and lost his British title to Tyson Fury- is a problem for him.  Despite now having a better win on his resume than Fury, it would be logically untenable to promote him over the guy who recently beat him (even considering Fury’s shaky wins since then).  So Chisora rockets up the rankings, but tops out just behind Fury at #6.  Helenius obviously has to fall below Fury as well, despite having accomplished significantly more than the British giant before losing to Chisora.  He settles in just behind Chisora at #7, still ahead of Ruslan Chagaev, who hasn’t had a really significant win in about 4 years.  Adamek and Fury (#5 and #6 last week) each move up one spot due to Helenius’ demotion, while everybody rated #7-17 last week drops one position to accommodate Chisora’s promotion, including Alexander Dimitrenko, who falls to #11 after 7 weeks in the top 10.


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) Alexander Dimitrenko
6) Robert Helenius
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 (128-341-341)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 3/3/2011- vs. #14 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad had surgery to remove a kidney stone on the 5th and quite understandably wasn’t going to be ready to fight on the 10th.  It appears that the fight is only rescheduled and will be held March 3, but it’s not entirely clear yet that Mormeck has accepted the offer to reschedule.
1) Vitali Klitschko (165-165-165)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
David Haye’s camp says Haye isn’t interested in coming out of his very brief retirement to fight Vitali, but Team Klitschko seems to be hearing different feedback from Haye’s people.  Vitali apparently wants that fight, but has given Haye a mid-December deadline to decide whether or not to take the offer he’s been given.  Vitali says he’ll announce his next opponent the week after his brother’s December 10 defense regardless of who it is.
2) Alexander Povetkin (15-215-215)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- KO8 #20 Cedric Boswell
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin turned in a tedious but ultimately successful effort against Boswell.  At the post-fight press conference, cruiserweight contender Marco Huck challenged him and Povetkin and trainer Teddy Atlas eagerly accepted.  But now the WBA has named Hasim Rahman the mandatory contender to Povetkin’s made-up belt, so we’ll see how that situation pans out.  Neither matchup is particularly compelling for a fighter of Povetkin’s stature.  Povetkin prefers Tyson Fury over Rahman, and that at least speaks well of him.
3) Eddie Chambers (8-140-140)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It seems as if Thompson has been named the mandatory contender by the IBF without the need for the injury-plagued eliminator previously scheduled between him and Chambers.
4) Tomasz Adamek (1-85-85)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chris Arreola wants to fight him, but Adamek is talking about a rematch with Andrew Golota.  Are you f’ing kidding me???
5) Tyson Fury (1-20-20)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO3 Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is already working on his next fight, which may be March 17 at Madison Square Garden for his US debut.  Alexander Povetkin and Magomed Abdusalamov appear to be possible opponents.
6) Dereck Chisora (1-1-64)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #4 Robert Helenius (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
He’s one of the most talked about fighters in the division at the moment after comprehensively beating the heavily favored Robert Helenius.  Might be in line for what, to me, seems an unnecessary rematch with Helenius, or maybe something even bigger.
7) Robert Helenius (1-36-80)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius looked like he always does against Chisora- completely horrible.  The only difference is that he didn’t suddenly stop his man as per usual.  In his defense, it appears that he sustained a hairline fracture in his hand early i the bout.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (1-264-264)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 1/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chagaev has a fight scheduled against an opponent to be announced in January.
9) Tony Thompson (1-80-80)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson has been elevated to a spot as the IBF’s mandatory contender without the need for an eliminator against Chambers, who withdrew with a back injury.  This most likely means he won’t be fighting Chambers as originally planned.
10) Odlanier Solis (1-51-80)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis appears to still be recovering from multiple knee surgeries.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-47)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May get Helenius next since despite being beaten badly in his last fight, Helenius is still technically the EBU beltholder.
12) Chris Arreola (1-142)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO3 Raphael Butler (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola wants to fight Wlad and/or Adamek in the near future.
13) Denis Boytsov (1-129)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-80)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 3/3/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Klitschko’s comments, above.
15) Bermane Stiverne (1-24)
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 (1-80)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appeared that Peter would be fighting Vyacheslav Glazkov, but apparently it was never a done deal.
17) Kubrat Pulev (1-56)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD12 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Franklin Lawrence (1-28)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Timur Ibragimov (8-11)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
Ibragimov will serve as a measuring stick on December 10 when he attempts to shut the gate on America’s best heavyweight prospect, Seth Mitchell.  The fight will be televised by HBO.
20) Cedric Boswell (8-8)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Boswell was the most comatose participant in a comatose fight with Alexander Povetkin prior to being rendered semi-conscious by Povetkin in the 8th.  In this case, semi-conscious is a downgrade from comatose…don’t ask how that works.


THE WEEK AHEAD: Thursday in Australia, Samoan fringe contender Alex Leapai takes on totallly outmanned journeyman Troy Weida.  The following night in Rhode Island, gatekeeper Jason Estrada battles journeyman Joseph Rabotte, and then on the undercard of the Khan-Peterson fight on HBO, #19 Timur Ibragimov attempts to close the gate on Seth Mitchell, a former Michigan State linebacker and probably America’s best prospect at this weight in what should be a very intriguing crossroads fight.

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