Cruiserweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

#20 Grigory Drozd beat up Brazilian journeyman Fabio Garrido in Moscow, causing the underdog’s corner to throw in the towel after the first round.  Antonio Tarver tested positive for steroid use involved in his recent draw with Lateef Kayode.  It’s tricky figuring out how to handle this. 

 

I could go into a long explanation of my reasoning, but suffice it to say that a positive PED test, on my blog, will always cause the removal of the fighter from the rankings.  If and when he returns to action, he will be treated as if he had been removed for inactivity.  As for Kayode, I have decided that he and all similarly situated fighters in the future, will not receive any specific benefit from his opponents positive test- except that their rating will never be harmed by a performance against a cheating fighter.  This doesn’t apply in this case, since Kayode’s ranking was actually improved by his draw. 

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (21-105-105)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hernandez broke his hand against Cunningham.  That would explain the lack of news about his next fight. 
2) Denis Lebedev (21-125-125)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev-Mormeck appears to be off.  Reporting on the subject has been virtually non-existent, so I can’t readily say why exactly.  But it appears that Lebedev may be fighting Guillermo Jones, instead.  WBA purse bid scheduled for June 29.
3) Steve Cunningham (4-419-419)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham said recently that although he would consider fighting Kayode in the event he beat Tarver (the fight ultimately ended in a draw), he doesn’t believe there are any other big fights available for him at Cruiser.  He is therefore likely to move up to heavyweight.
4) Marco Huck (4-290-290)
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, and also for a shot at Vitali.
5) Ola Afolabi (4-172-172)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now discussing a September fight with Mormeck.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-366-366)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #12 Francisco Palacios
The Palacios rematch is reportedly done for September 22 in Wroclaw, Poland.
7) Lateef Kayode (1-4-84)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Steroids or no steroids, Tarver didn’t look like a world-beater against Kayode, and Kayode’s performance down the stretch is still a cause for concern to his fans.
8) Guillermo Jones (1-91-91)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reading news and googling Jones’ name, it appears that the Joell Godfrey fight is off, but nobody ever seems to have actually reported that fact.  The fight simply disappeared.  Jones has been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Denis Lebedev, with purse bids scheduled for June 29.
9) Firat Arslan (1-7-50)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #16 Alexander Alekseev
Arslan-Alekseev II is reportedly on for November.
10) Danny Green (1-1-134)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR) (at LHW)
Green is dropping down in weight in hopes of luring the much-smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.
11) B.J. Flores (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores is chasing a fight with Kayode that failed to materialize last year.
12) Francisco Palacios (1-65)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #6 Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-189)
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.
14) Silvio Branco (1-15)
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.
15) Mateusz Masternak (1-13)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alexander Alekseev (1-76)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Firat Arslan
See Arslan’s notes, above.
17) Enad Licina (1-105)
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 (1-21)
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) Grigory Drozd (1-20)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Zack Mwekassa (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO1 Tshepang Mohale (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. Danie Venter (UNR)
Mwekassa is currently engaged in a very worthwhile African cruiserweight tournament, and is generally considered the favorite since the withdrawal of Ran Nakash.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Three fights to mention this week:
Wednesday: In Kiev, local undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher takes on Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz.

 

Thursday: Brazilian undefeated knockout artist William Fernando Souza Bezerra takes on by far the best opponent of his career in domestic gatekeeper Manoel Rodrigues de Souza in Sao Paolo.

 

Saturday: Badly faded legend Roy Jones, Jr. tries to prove he has something- anything- left when he travels to his opponent’s backyard of Lodz, Poland.  That opponent is undefeated fringe contender Pawel Glazewski.
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