Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

I don’t mean to shock anyone here, but Wladimir Klitschko…wait for it…WON his fight with #11 Tony Thompson on Saturday.  But in fairness to Thompson and to the fight in general, it wasn’t as dominant wire-to-wire as is often true of Wlad’s fights.  The Champ seemed to respect Thompson’s power and experience, as well as the fact that Thompson gave him his toughest fight of recent years in their prior meeting.  As a result, Wlad was slapping with the jab a bit more than usual and even lost a couple rounds on my card.  For his part, Thompson clearly worked hard in training and appeared much quicker and more fluid than he has in recent fights.  But let’s be honest.  Wlad is a cut or two above Tony Thompson and probably anyone else in the division with the possible exception of his brother, and that fact became painfully clear to the Challenger in round 6, when Wlad landed some heavy punches (and possibly a push) that dropped Thompson.  Thompson was on wobbly knees after beating the count, and referee Sam Williams had seen enough.  So now it’s time to see who we can recycle next for Wlad to fight.


In other action on Saturday, #5 Tyson Fury avoided a disaster against crude brawling clubfighter Vinny Maddalone and easily dominated the New Yorker to a 5th round TKO in England.


Finally, in an interesting and well-matched fight, gatekeeper Shane Cameron proved his superiority over Monte Barrett- a fellow gatekeeper whose career had been resurgent over the past year or so- in Auckland, New Zealand.  Cameron- a betting underdog- put the 41 year old Barrett’s lights out by beating the American to the punch in an exchange with a right hand that landed on the button. 


Ratings Changes: Obviously Wlad retains his Championship.  Thompson slides three places to #14 not so much because of his loss as the fact that his career-best win over Luan Krasniqi is essentially 5 years old now.  This allows everyone ranked #12-14 last week to move up one spot each.  Shane Cameron becomes the latest big winner to fall just short of eclipsing Franklin Lawrence for the #20 spot.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (159-372-372)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Another fairly routine defense for Wlad.  Thompson may have nicked a couple rounds before a 6th round knockout, and that’s one of the best couple efforts that have been put up against Wlad in recent years.  Next victim…
1) Vitali Klitschko (196-196-196)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Vitali has scheduled what it sounds like will be his final fight.  Unfortunately, it’s hardly a fight at all.  He’ll take on one of the weakest undefeated fighters you’ll ever see- Syrian Manuel Charr.
2) Tomasz Adamek (4-116-116)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. James Toney (UNR)
Apparently being ranked #2 means you have to schedule crappy crappy fights.  Adamek will be facing overweight has-been James Toney on September 8.
3) Alexander Povetkin (4-246-246)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
The Rahman fight is unfortunately in the process of being rescheduled for September 22 in Germany.  But the WBA is apparently deliberating whether to take the ludicrous #1 contender designation from Rahman.  Let’s just get this joke of a fight over with one way or another, please…
4) Marco Huck (17-20-20)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unfortunately, Huck is apparently making a thinly-veiled attempt to make a pointless fight with weak European cruiserweight paper champion Alexander Alekseev.  
5) Tyson Fury (17-51-51)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After another tune-up against clubfighter Vinny Maddalone, Fury now says he wants to fight Adamek.
6) Dereck Chisora (17-32-95)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. David Haye (UNR)
The British Board is bitterly opposed to this bout- which they refuse to license- but apparently it is going forward anyway.  Get ready for a highly controversial blood-feud between Chisora and recent brawl opponent David Haye, July 14 in London.
7) Eddie Chambers (4-4-4)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Robert Helenius (4-67-111)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Encouraging news for Helenius, as he is back to limited rehab-style training after shoulder surgery.
9) Kubrat Pulev (4-10-87)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a Helenius clash on the horizon, though the Finn’s health is a factor.
10) Odlanier Solis (4-17-111)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Considering he was extremely out of shape and had a surgically-repaired knee to worry about, Solis didn’t look too terrible in coasting to victory over a disappointing Konstantin Airich.
11) Seth Mitchell (1-31)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell was set to fight the Klitschko-promoted Johnathon Banks, a mediocre one-loss prospect who is probably an upgrade from Witherspoon at least in terms of accomplishment, but a downgrade from Ibragimov- but he is now on the shelf until the fall due to a hand injury.
12) Ruslan Chagaev (1-295)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-78)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
14) Tony Thompson (1-111)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
15) Chris Arreola (4-173)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
16) Denis Boytsov (4-160)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will likely fight in Moscow on August 24, but nothing official yet.
17) Jean-Marc Mormeck (4-111)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
After his scheduled clash with Denis Lebedev fell through somewhat mysteriously, Mormeck now appears to be negotiating another cruiserweight fight- this time with the roughly equally dangerous Ola Afolabi.
18) Bermane Stiverne (4-55)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (4-10)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
20) Franklin Lawrence (4-59)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


THE WEEK AHEAD:  Bitter British rivals #6 Dereck Chisora and un-retiring former #2 David Haye meet to do battle in London in a fight so controversial in England that the BBBofC refused to sanction it and Boxrec.com itself rather ludicrously refused to post it among the list of upcoming bouts.  This is one of the bigger fights available in the division, with or without the bad blood.

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