Cruiserweight: 2012, May 28- Jun 3

Nothing to report at Cruiser from this past week.


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (17-101-101)
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 (17-121-121)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. HW #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Lebedev-Mormeck is now official, and will happen on July 21 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (17-45-45)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
I seem to have missed this over a month ago, but Kayode-Tarver was sneakily movedto June 2.
4) Steve Cunningham (4-415-415)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Marco Huck (4-286-286)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
A summary of where Huck is at: Afolabi understandably wants a third fight with him- this time in the UK.  Huck wants a rematch with Povetkin.  Meanwhile, Huck is laying the groundwork for hyping a potential fight with Alekseev following the Russian’s poor performance against Arslan.
6) Ola Afolabi (4-168-168)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi would like a third fight with Huck, this time in the UK.
7) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-362-362)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Guillermo Jones (26-87-87)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/23/2012- vs. Joell Godfrey (UNR)
After missing out on several potential big fights, Jones will settle for a stay-busy outing against St. Louis area journeyman Joell Godfrey, June 23 in Miami.
9) Firat Arslan (3-3-46)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU has ordered a rematch between Arslan-who was robbed- and Alekseev, who escaped with a gift draw.
10) Danny Green (3-130-130)
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, except that he’s trying to goad the much, much smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.
11) B.J. Flores (3-101)
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.
12) Francisco Palacios (3-61)
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.
13) Lateef Kayode (11-80)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- 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 (11-185)
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 Branco.
15) Silvio Branco (11-11)
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 (9-9)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Alexander Alekseev (3-72)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck has randomly been talking smack, which seems like a contrived attempt at hyping a pretty pointless fight between the two of them.  A rematch with Arslan would seem like a pretty natural move– and the EBU has ordered just that.
18) Enad Licina (3-101)
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.
19) Troy Ross (3-17)
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.
20) Grigory Drozd (9-16)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Drozd’s scheduled fight with Cesar Crenz was mysteriously cancelled- the same fate that befell a scheduled fight with William Joppy.


THE WEEK AHEAD:  #3 Antonio Tarver takes on #13 Lateef Kayode as the main event of a Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast.  Both men have a lot to prove.  Tarver needs to prove that he’s still got it at 43 years old, while Kayode needs to prove that he ever will have it.  He’s proven to be at least at home in the middle of the 2nd tier of the top 20, but there have been indications- such as his struggles with gatekeeper-level Nick Iannuzzi- that he might not have what it takes to go much further than that.  For the aged Tarver, a loss probably ends his career as a major contender.  For the still-youthful Kayode, it might very well send him back to square one for a rebuilding period.  And with one of the best trainers in the world already in his corner, it’s hard to picture him as championship material if he can’t beat a 43-year-old ex-champion from a division below, while seemingly in his prime.

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