Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

There were three fights worth mentioning this week, each of them of real significance.  The highest profile was clearly faded legend Roy Jones, Jr.’s fight with undefeated Pole Pawel Glazewski on Saturday in Poland.  Reasonable scores for the fight could range between 96-93 Glazewski and 99-90 Glazewski.  But as is so often the case these days, we saw a sick sick robbery.  In fact, not one of the clowns/judges assigned to ruin the fight managed to get the score in a non-ridiculous range.  Hungarian judge Bela Florian at least had the winner right, with a 95-94 score in favor of Glazewski.  Germany’s Juergen Langos- who achieved infamy recently by blatantly robbing Firat Arslan of a win over Alexander Alekseev, all while counting Alekseev among his facebook friends- shamelessly scored it 96-94 Jones.  That means he completely and inexcusably botched no fewer than 3 rounds in a 10 round fight.  Montenegro’s Predrag Aleksic completed the atrocity by scoring it 96-93- essentially the same score as Langos, except that he apparently gave Jones a round that Langos scored even.

 

Obviously Aleksic needs to have a sit-down with the commission, at the very least.  How Langos could still be working fights after the awful job he did coupled with his totally unhidden bias in the Arslan fight is beyond me, and at this point he needs to be given a lengthy suspension or be outright banned, as he is a total and persistent disgrace to the sport.  Perhaps Florian missed a round due to a bad angle or something, so I’ll give him a pass since this is the first scoring problem I’m aware of for him.  This was a win for Glazewski, and that’s how I’m treating it here.

 

Earlier in the week, William Fernando Souza Bezerra of Brazil improved to 31-0 with a 6th round TKO of domestic gatekeeper Manoel Rodrigues de Souza on Thursday.  This was the  best opponent of the knockout artist’s career, and it extends a remarkable string of 31 consecutive opponents that failed to go the distance with the talented South American prospect to begin his career.  Rodrigues de Souza was down twice prior to the stoppage.

 

One day earlier still, Ukranian undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher knocked out Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz in just 3 rounds in Kiev, also dropping his man twice in the process. 

 

With these three fights, the fringe contender level of the division was injected with a refreshing amount of new blood, vampirically speaking.  Souza Bezerra’s win was nice, and would have earned him a ranking had it come a weak earlier.  His colleagues have foiled him with their own strong performances, however.  Kucher’s win, I think, is marginally the strongest of the three.  Crenz obviously doesn’t have the name or probably the ability- even at this point- of Roy Jones.  But the two aren’t too far apart in terms of their recent results.  What sets the Crenz win apart just a bit is the fact that Crenz is a full-sized cruiserweight more or less, while both Jones and Glazewski are probably in optimal fighting condition somewhere between 175 and 180 at this point.  The fight was contested in the low-180s, too.  Glazewski probably doesn’t intend to contend seriously at cruiserweight for years yet, if at all.

 

The result: Kucher checks in at #18.  #17 Enad Licina has lost 3 straight signficant fights, but he’s still beaten better fighters than Crenz, and has never lost to anyone at Crenz’ level, either.  Glazewski ends up just behind Kucher.  Troy Ross is displaced to #20 by the two young guns since, although he has three decent wins on his resume, hasn’t done any significant winning in a few years.  Last week’s #19 Grigory Drozd exits the rankings after 20 weeks, as does Zack Mwekassa after just 1.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-106-106)
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 (22-126-126)
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 July 19.
3) Steve Cunningham (5-420-420)
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 (5-291-291)
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 (5-173-173)
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 (5-367-367)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
It was reported that Wlodarczyk would re-match Francisco Palacios on September 22, but evidently Wlodarczyk hasn’t signed the contract, despite Palacios being his mandatory.  Wlodarczyk has been remarkably quiet when the subject turns to Palacios, who appeared to have narrowly beat him in an awful fight in 2011.
7) Lateef Kayode (2-5-85)
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 (2-92-92)
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 July 19.
9) Firat Arslan (2-8-51)
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 (2-2-135)
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 (2-106)
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 (2-66)
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 (2-190)
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 (2-16)
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 (2-14)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alexander Alekseev (2-77)
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 (2-106)
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) Dmitro Kucher (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Pawel Glazewski (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easily beat Roy Jones, Jr., but was robbed in his own country.
20) Troy Ross (1-22)
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.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  No fights to report this week.
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