Archive for April, 2012

Heavyweight: 2012, Apr 23-29

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by danboxing
#8 Ruslan Chagaev came in noticeably fat for his fight with Utah journeyman Billly Zumbrun, but the somewhat shopworn and undertrained contender still had plenty of thunder in his southpaw left hand to thoroughly batter the mostly defenseless Zumbrun.  The ref stopped the fight immediately after Zumbrun was deposited on the canvas for the second time in a matter of seconds during round 3.

 

In other action on the same card, former top 10 contender Juan Carlos Gomez got revenge on Darnell Wilson, the man that- along with Gomez’ own stupidity in fighting with a bad and pre-existing shoulder injury- took that status away from him last year with a shocking upset.  A case could be made that Gomez should be rated again.  After all, he only lost the first fight due to a severely impaired state in the first place, and has avenged that loss now.  But this isn’t like a guy that goes inactive and then returns to activity.  In this case, Gomez was removed for a poor in-ring performance, and beating a journeyman (Wilson has gone 0-2 since the Gomez fight) isn’t going to change that, even if the journeyman was the reason he was removed.  The past successes on which his ranking was originally built also aren’t getting more recent.  His last notable win was in 2008.

 

So this is much ado about nothing, and there are again no changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (148-361-361)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (185-185-185)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (35-235-235)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (6-105-105)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (6-9-9)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Huck is now officially set for his return to Cruiserweight on May 5 against Afolabi.
5) Tyson Fury (6-40-40)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (6-21-84)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is spending a suspicious amount of time in Moscow.  Seems he’s planning to get around his BBBofC suspension by getting a license in Russia.  Both Klitschkos, Haye, and Povetkin are all being discussed as future opponents.  Chisora has appealed his suspension and will have a hearing on May 14.
7) Robert Helenius (6-56-100)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (6-284-284)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev proved that he can beat a mediocre fighter badly even while fat.
9) Tony Thompson (6-100-100)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (6-6-100)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (6-20)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO2 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
I talked to Mitchell while sitting 2 seats down from him at the Alexander-Maidana card, and he says he will fight Chazz Witherspoon next as the televised co-feature to Hopkins-Dawson on April 28.  I can’t argue with getting to see Mitchell on a big stage since I believe him to be the next Champ, but I’m a little surprised that HBO would approve a borderline journeyman like Witherspoon.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (6-67)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
The Pulev fight has been postponed until May 5, and has been moved from Kiel to Erfurt.
13) Chris Arreola (6-162)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Champ wants to return to the US in November for the first time since ’08.  Arreola and Mitchell are the names being tossed around by the Klitschko camp at the moment.
14) Denis Boytsov (6-149)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
15) Jean-Marc Mormeck (6-100)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.  No deal yet, but they have agreed on the prospective date: June 29, in Paris.
16) Bermane Stiverne (6-44)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
17) Kubrat Pulev (3-76)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
18) Franklin Lawrence (3-48)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
19) Kevin Johnson (3-4)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.
20) Cedric Boswell (3-3)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Undefeated Russian giant Alexander Ustinov takes on veteran American journeyman Jason Gavern in the Ukraine on Thursday.  On Saturday, #11 Seth Mitchell faces borderline gatekeeper/fringe prospect/journeyman Chazz Witherspoon on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard on HBO.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Apr 30- May 6

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by danboxing
Friday in Kiev, local undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher knocked out Argentine journeyman Walter Cabral in 2.  A couple nights later in Donetsk (which is essentially across the Ukraine from Kiev), another unbeaten- Georgian Iago Kiladze- earned the exact same result against a possibly somewhat better journeyman in France’s Julien Perriaux.
 

There was also supposed to be a South American and Brazilian title fight on Sunday between the undefeated William Fernando Souza Bezerra and journeyman Fernando de Olivera, but the bout is still listed as pending on Boxrec, and I can find absolutely no evidence online that it actually happened.  Souza Bezerra was also originally scheduled to fight last weekend.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (13-97-97)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (13-117-117)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The deal isn’t done yet, but contingent upon a final agreement, Lebedev and Mormeck have chosen a date and location for their prospective fight: June 29 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (13-41-41)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (13-282-282)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (13-411-411)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (22-358-358)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (22-164-164)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #4 Marco Huck (UNR)
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (22-83-83)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (41-126-126)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (7-7-97)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (7-57)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (7-68)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (7-76)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (7-181)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (7-7)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Mateusz Masternak (5-5)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak beat the best opponent of his career in Romero, and did so convincingly.
17) Enad Licina (5-97)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (5-13)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (5-42)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (5-12)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Cesar Crenz (UNR)
After a scheduled matchup with washed-up William Joppy thankfully fell through, Drozd is now scheduled for an interesting matchup with fringe contender Cesar Crenz of Argentina in early June.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Saturday in Erfurt, Germany, #4 Marco Huck battles #7 Ola Afolabi in the rematch of their close fight from late 2009.  Apparently this one isn’t going to be visible even on Epix, despite being part of a big-time German card.

 

Cruiserweight: 2012, Apr 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by danboxing
On the Sartison-Balzsay undercard Saturday in Schwerin, undefeated Russian prospect and top 25 contender Rakhim Chakhkiev saw action against short-notice opponent Jaidon Codrington.  Codrington is best known for his fight of the year candidate in a losing effort against Sakio Bika in the 2007 Super Middleweight Contender finale.  Codrington had fought just twice since then, and had been inactive for over 18 months coming in to this fight.  He was also more than 25 pounds lighter for the Bika fight.  It showed.  Codrington was sluggish and had the look of an opponent all over his face.  He went away very quickly, taking the 10 count on one knee following a body shot from Chakhkiev- the second knockdown of the first round.  I don’t want to take anything away from Chakhkiev.  His body attack was truly impressive.  But Codrington at 195.5 pounds is not a legit challenge, and that was obvious.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (12-96-96)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (12-116-116)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The deal isn’t done yet, but contingent upon a final agreement, Lebedev and Mormeck have chosen a date and location for their prospective fight: June 29 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (12-40-40)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (12-281-281)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (12-410-410)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (21-357-357)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (21-163-163)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #4 Marco Huck (UNR)
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (21-82-82)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (40-125-125)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (6-6-96)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (6-56)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (6-67)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (6-75)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (6-180)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (6-6)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Mateusz Masternak (4-4)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak beat the best opponent of his career in Romero, and did so convincingly.
17) Enad Licina (4-96)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (4-12)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (4-41)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (4-11)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Cesar Crenz (UNR)
After a scheduled matchup with washed-up William Joppy thankfully fell through, Drozd is now scheduled for an interesting matchup with fringe contender Cesar Crenz of Argentina in early June.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Friday: Undefeated local prospect Dmitro Kucher takes on Argentine journeyman Walter Cabral in Kiev.

 

Sunday: From Donetsk, Ukraine, Georgian prospect Iago Kiladze battles French journeyman Julien Perriaux.  Later that night in Sao Paolo, undefeated local product William Fernando Souza Bezerra (I’m sure there’s a shorter way to render his name, but until I see him on TV I have to go with what is on boxrec) fights journeyman Fernando De Oliveira for the Brazilian and South American titles.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Apr 16-22

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by danboxing
In last week’s entry, I said that by this week, 6-0 Kiwi prospect David Aloua could be 7-0 with an argument for a ranking this week.  Half of that statement has come true.  Aloua is 7-0, but he got there via a shockingly bad decision in his opponent’s native Australia.  That opponent, Anthony McCracken, is a rugged gatekeeper who is better than the 14-5 record he brought to the table.  I can’t explain how any judge could have Aloua ahead in that fight.  Not even close.  The only area in which Aloua had any advantage in more than 3 rounds was cuts.  Whether from a butt or a punch, McCracken had a gruesome gash under his eye for the latter part of the fight.  They say judges score blood- a statement that is shameful, if true, at any rate- and to get to an Aloua win in this fight, that had to be about all the judges scored.  Forget clean effective punching.  Forget effective aggressiveness.  Forget ring generalship.  The judges robbed the home fighter based on a cut.  Sad but true.  Worse yet, the fight was not televised and is available only via a single-angle video, as it was held at a private social club, so very few people have even witnessed the debacle that was the judges’ decision.  Adrian Cairns and Steve Marshall earn a spot on the wall of shame for their 96-94 cards in favor of Aloua, while Adam Height at 96-94 McCracken didn’t exactly distinguish himself, either.

 

 Fringe contender Garrett Wilson of Philadelphia scored a knockdown in both the first and final round- both with left hooks- en route to a knockout win over prospect Andres Taylor with just 10 seconds left in what was otherwise a fairly competitive scrap.

 

No changes to the rankings, as two top 50 guys defeated (or at least beat) relatively unestablished opponents.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (11-95-95)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (11-115-115)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Has-beens and novices are all that seems to be on the wishlist for Lebedev, as he’s now reportedly working on a fight with Mormeck at cruiser.
3) Antonio Tarver (11-39-39)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (11-280-280)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (11-409-409)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (20-356-356)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (20-162-162)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #4 Marco Huck (UNR)
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (20-81-81)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (39-124-124)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (5-5-95)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (5-55)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (5-66)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (5-74)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (5-179)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (5-5)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Mateusz Masternak (3-3)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak beat the best opponent of his career in Romero, and did so convincingly.
17) Enad Licina (3-95)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (3-11)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (3-40)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (3-10)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Drozd was scheduled to fight William Joppy on April 4, but that fight appears to have been canceled with little fanfare.  Good riddance.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Undefeated Russian prospect and current t0p 25 cruiserweight Rakhim Chakhkiev fights an opponent to be announced in Schwerin, Germany on Saturday.

Heavyweight: 2012, Apr 16-22

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by danboxing
#14 Denis Boytsov dominated former fringe contender Dominick Guinn, now a journeyman, to a 10-round decision in Cologne on Friday. 

 

The following night, #5 Tyson Fury shockingly fought as a southpaw for his entire fight against 40-year-old former Commonwealth Champion Martin Rogan.  He had a rocky start, losing the first two rounds, but appeared to get more comfortable as time went on, and eventually began landing his jab crisply and clubbing with an effective left hand.  By the time he pummeled Rogan sufficiently for Rogan’s corner to step in and stop the fight, Fury had scored 2 knockdowns, had completely taken over the fight, and was looking as good left-handed as he normally does with his right.  Given the switch, this has to be viewed as a pretty impressive performance, though it should be pointed out that Rogan had been inactive for almost 18 months, and hadn’t fought a decent opponent in nearly 2 1/2 years,  and consequently shouldn’t be confused for more than a journeyman at the moment.

 

#16 Bermane Stiverne returned to action for the first time in 10 months, winning a pretty average 8-round decision over a blown-up cruiserweight in Willie Herring who was coming off a loss to cruiserweight prospect Santander Silgado just a few weeks ago.

 

3 contenders in action, but no changes to the rankings because they all merely held serve against relatively weak opposition.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (147-360-360)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (184-184-184)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (34-234-234)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (5-104-104)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (5-8-8)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. CW #8 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Huck is now officially set for his return to Cruiserweight on May 5 against Afolabi.
5) Tyson Fury (5-39-39)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (5-20-83)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is spending a suspicious amount of time in Moscow.  Seems he’s planning to get around his BBBofC suspension by getting a license in Russia.  Both Klitschkos, Haye, and Povetkin are all being discussed as future opponents, and Chisora plans to appeal his British suspension this week.
7) Robert Helenius (5-55-99)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (5-283-283)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD8 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Chagaev’s opponent on Saturday will be Utah journeyman Billy Zumbrun.
9) Tony Thompson (5-99-99)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (5-5-99)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (5-19)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO2 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
I talked to Mitchell while sitting 2 seats down from him at the Alexander-Maidana card, and he says he will fight Chazz Witherspoon next as the televised co-feature to Hopkins-Dawson on April 28.  I can’t argue with getting to see Mitchell on a big stage since I believe him to be the next Champ, but I’m a little surprised that HBO would approve a borderline journeyman like Witherspoon.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-66)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
The Pulev fight has been postponed until probably May 5, and has been moved from Kiel to Erfurt.
13) Chris Arreola (5-161)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola and Wlad both want to fight each other, but the IBF has intervened, mandating Wlad-Thompson.
14) Denis Boytsov (5-148)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
15) Jean-Marc Mormeck (5-99)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.
16) Bermane Stiverne (5-43)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
17) Kubrat Pulev (2-75)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
18) Franklin Lawrence (2-47)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
19) Kevin Johnson (2-3)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.
20) Cedric Boswell (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two notable heavyweights see action in Schwerin, Germany on Saturday.  #8 Ruslan Chagaev takes on an opponent yet to be announced, while Juan Carlos Gomez looks to avenge his recent loss to journeyman Darnell Wilson, which occurred when the then-top-10 contender was foolishly fighting with a pre-existing shoulder injury.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Nov 14-20

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by danboxing
The most important fight of the week turned out to be the tilt between fringe contending Italian undefeated prospect Andrea Di Luisa and somewhat less highly-regarded one-loss prospect Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye of Senegal.  Ndiaye lost a split decision to fringe contender Lolenga Mock in 2008 and had yet to step back up since then.  Di Luisa was fresh off his career-best win over Ruben Acosta in May.  In what must be considered an upset, Ndiaye appears to have totally dominated the fight, knocking Di Luisa down 4 times overall and finishing him off with a 12th-round TKO.

 

In other action, #8 Dimitri Sartison returned to action for the first time since his knee injury in July 2010.  I didn’t see the fight, but it was a majority decision, and was contested at light heavyweight.  From what I’ve read, Sartison’s knee looked to have slowed him down a bit, and Kulikauskis used lots of movement to make the fight a lot closer than it should have been.

 

Russian prospect Matt Korobov- who really projects more as a middleweight- saw action this week in a super middleweight fight against journeyman Latif Mundy, and knocked him out early in the 4th round.  No big deal there.

 

So now the fallout: I made a decision back when Sartison’s injury became public that I wouldn’t consider dumping him until February 2012.  I’m sticking to that despite his return as a light heavyweight and the shakiness involved in the win.  Since Di Luisa was my unofficial #21 contender going in, Ndiaye’s win obviously earns the African a ranking.  Ndiaye debuts at #13, supplanting Glen Johnson.  Johnson’s win over Allan Green is roughly of equal quality in my opinion, and was two losses and a full year ago.  That’s all the veteran has to hang his hat on in this division.  Everybody rated #13 or below last week drops a spot, including Stas Kashtanov, who exits after just a one-week stint.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (51-130-130)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Ward-Froch has been rescheduled for December 17 in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (51-283-283)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (51-292-292)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown
Maybe we’ll see him against the Froch-Ward winner next?
4) Mikkel Kessler (51-362-362)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Kessler’s team is targeting March or April for his recovery and the Stieglitz bout.
5) Robert Stieglitz (32-116-116)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (11-24-72)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- UD12 #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 11/23/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Oosthuizen will fight on November 23.  Maxim Vlasov was originally the opponent, but backed out shortly thereafter.
7) Arthur Abraham (11-108-108)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham now expects to fight in December in Germany.
8) Dimitri Sartison (11-68-72)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- W(MD8) vs. Arturs Kulikauskis (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison had trouble keeping up with the movement of truly awful journeyman Arturs Kulikauskis in his comeback fight from knee surgery.  Hopefully it gets better with time, because otherwise the once-promising Sartison is fodder.
9) Peter Quillin (11-29-29)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin netted a nice win at Middleweight against Craig McEwan, though it doesn’t affect his ranking here.
10) Sakio Bika (11-11-241)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bika announced on his website that he will be fighting on December 3 in the US.  No opponent yet.
11) Andy Lee (7-36)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- UD10 #14 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Exorcised whatever demons he had left in his career with the win over Vera, and is now ready to move on like the sure-fire contender he was originally seen as.
12) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (7-28)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- L(UD12) vs. #10 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Pryor looks to rebound from his momentum-halting loss to Oosthuizen with another tough fight against human highlight reel Adonis Stevenson in October.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated and stopped a bona fide fringe contender in Di Luisa, and earned a nice ranking in the process.
14) Glen Johnson (1-54)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
15) Bryan Vera (1-41)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: Unknown
Totally outclassed by Lee in the rematch of a fight he won last time around.
16) Librado Andrade (1-12)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. Don George (UNR)
Andrade has not been deterred from fighting top prospects after the Pryor loss, and is now scheduled to fight knockout artist Don George in December.
17) Jesus Gonzales (1-19)
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, Gonzales finds his way easily within the top 20.
18) James DeGale (1-5)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/9/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
DeGale will be fighting on a doubleheader with bitter domestic rival George Groves on 12/9.
19) George Groves (1-26)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/9/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Groves is set to return on December 9 on the same card as rival James DeGale.
20) Ezequiel Maderna (1-37)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO1 Dario Balmaceda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
No problem with a relatively weak opponent in Balmaceda.

 

The Week Ahead: After a flurry of activity in recent weeks, we get a quiet respite at 168.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Nov 7-13

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2012 by danboxing
#3 Lucian Bute was in tougher than he has been for some time, and passed the test with flying colors.  Bute more or less dominated #13 and former Light Heavyweight Champion Glen Johnson to a 12-round decision.  Johnson is so used to being on the wrong end of close or arguable decisions that he imagined in the post-fight interview that this was such an occasion.  It wasn’t.

 

Across the pond in England, George Groves showed surprising power in knocking down British class fringe contender twice en route to a second round stoppage in London. 

 

Back in the Americas, #20 Ezequiel Maderna subjected journeyman Dario Balmaceda to three knockdowns and a cracked rib in less than a round, successfully and quite easily defending his Argentine title. 

 

Last week’s #14 Isaac Chilemba exits the rankings as he’s now been campaigning at light heavyweight for over a year.  This weekend’s winners all fail to advance (except for any mandatory advancement provided by Chilemba’s removal).  Groves has a win over DeGale, but I scored that fight for DeGale, and feel pretty strongly that he deserved to win that.  I treat it as roughly a draw for ratings purposes.  DeGale and Groves now both own wins over Smith.  That’s all Groves has in terms of notable wins, while DeGale adds a decision over fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski.  For Bute, his win against Johnson cancels out Froch’s recent win over the same guy, but Froch has been fighting the much better competition over the last few years apart from that.

 

Everybody rated #15 or below last week moves up a spot.  This makes room for Stanislav Kashtanov- a prospect who was robbed in August against Karoly Balzsay- to debut at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (50-129-129)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Ward-Froch has been rescheduled for December 17 in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (50-282-282)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (50-291-291)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute passed up Mikkel Kessler for a potentially slightly easier night with #12 Glen Johnson in early November.
4) Mikkel Kessler (50-361-361)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Kessler’s team is targeting March or April for his recovery and the Stieglitz bout.
5) Robert Stieglitz (31-115-115)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (10-23-71)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- UD12 #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 11/23/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Oosthuizen will fight on November 23.  Maxim Vlasov was originally the opponent, but backed out shortly thereafter.
7) Arthur Abraham (10-107-107)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham now expects to fight in December in Germany.
8) Dimitri Sartison (10-67-71)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Arturs Kulikauskis (UNR)
Sartison returns to the ring on Saturday for the first time since suffering a bad knee injury training for a Stieglitz bout.  His opponent is strictly a stay-busy mark in Latvian nobody Arturs Kulikauskis.
9) Peter Quillin (10-28-28)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin netted a nice win at Middleweight against Craig McEwan, though it doesn’t affect his ranking here.
10) Sakio Bika (10-10-240)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bika announced on his website that he will be fighting on December 3 in the US.  No opponent yet.
11) Andy Lee (6-35)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- UD10 #14 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Exorcised whatever demons he had left in his career with the win over Vera, and is now ready to move on like the sure-fire contender he was originally seen as.
12) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (6-27)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- L(UD12) vs. #10 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Pryor looks to rebound from his momentum-halting loss to Oosthuizen with another tough fight against human highlight reel Adonis Stevenson in October.
13) Glen Johnson (6-53)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
14) Bryan Vera (1-40)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: Unknown
Totally outclassed by Lee in the rematch of a fight he won last time around.
15) Librado Andrade (1-11)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. Don George (UNR)
Andrade has not been deterred from fighting top prospects after the Pryor loss, and is now scheduled to fight knockout artist Don George in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (1-18)
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.
17) James DeGale (1-4)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale finally gets a measure of justice after a questionable loss to Groves now that he has another good win under his belt, albeit a close one.  He already appears to have Italian journeyman Cristian Sanavia in line as his next opponent, likely in December.
18) George Groves (1-25)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves showed surprising power in stopping Paul Smith 7 rounds earlier than James DeGale managed to a year ago.
19) Ezequiel Maderna (1-36)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO1 Dario Balmaceda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
No problem with a relatively weak opponent in Balmaceda.
20) Stanislav Kashtanov (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/26/2011- L*(SD12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kashtanov was blatantly robbed in his home country against Hungarian former contender Karoly Balzsay.  Since he rightfully won the fight, he gets credit for it, and now finds himself ranked after Chilemba’s exit.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday: Undefeated Italian prospect Andrea Di Luisa (who was probably next in line for the #20 spot after Kashtanov this week) takes on one-loss Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye of Senegal in Italy.  In Vegas, undefeated Russian Matt Korobov (who projects as a middleweight if he starts fighting title fights) takes on journeyman Latif Mundy.

 

Saturday: #8 Dimitri Sartison takes on weak Latvian bum Arturs Kulikauskis in Belgium.