Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 30- Aug 5

#10 Danny Green- who had found only mixed success as a full-fledged cruiserweight- returned to his sweet spot in a “Dannyweight” contest against aptly-named journeyman Danny Santiago, cutting his man down in 5 rounds with a TKO victory.  Green’s endgame is seemingly to drop down in weight and lure bitter domestic rival Anthony Mundine- who is comfortable fighting a full 4 divisions below cruiserweight- into a rematch.  I’m not sure how destroying a guy much bigger than Mundine at a still fairly weighty 186 lbs is going to do that, though.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-110-110)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #20 Troy Ross
This Cuban will fight Canadian fringe contender Troy Ross- in Germany.  I feel like this could only happen at Cruiserweight.
2) Denis Lebedev (26-130-130)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #8 Guillermo Jones
Lebedev will fight very inactive alphabet titleholder and former welterweight Guillermo Jones in Moscow this October.
3) Steve Cunningham (9-424-424)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham has now signed with Main Events and is poised to move up to heavyweight.  This paves the way for his return to America after fighting in Germany for Sauerland for a while, and also potentially for a rematch with new stablemate Tomasz Adamek down the road.  He will be ranked here until he’s been inactive at 200 for a year or signs a heavyweight fight for after that anniversary.
4) Marco Huck (9-295-295)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck wants to fight Haye at heavyweight in what could be an interesting fight.  He says he doesn’t see any reason to rematch Afolabi, since he beat him twice.  That’s pure posturing.
5) Ola Afolabi (9-177-177)
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 (9-371-371)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #12 Francisco Palacios
It appears- according to Boxrec- that Wlodarczyk has finally consented to an alphabet-mandated rematch with Palacios. The first fight was close (I thought Palacios won), but unfortunately almost unwatchable, as well.
7) Lateef Kayode (6-9-89)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
BJ Flores wants to fight Kayode, and Kayode is evidently gunning for Danny Green.
8) Guillermo Jones (6-96-96)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #2 Denis Lebedev
Jones will travel to Moscow to put his alphabet title on the line against the much younger Lebedev.
9) Firat Arslan (6-12-55)
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 (6-6-139)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (6-110)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Flores is replacing the disgraced Antonio Tarver in NBC’s Olympic boxing coverage, and then will apparently fight (probably against a nobody) on September 8 in Missouri.  Unfortunately, Flores is a pretty terrible commentator.
12) Francisco Palacios (6-70)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (6-194)
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 (6-20)
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 (6-18)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A proposed fight with Enad Licina has apparently fallen through, and Masternak now looks likely to fight David Quinonero next, instead.
16) Alexander Alekseev (6-81)
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 (6-110)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dmitro Kucher (5-5)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/19/2012- vs. Geoffrey Battelo (UNR)
Kucher will face journeyman Geoffrey Battelo next.
19) Pawel Glazewski (5-5)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/13/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Glazewski is on the schedule for October 13 in Poland, with no opponent yet announced.
20) Troy Ross (5-26)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Ross will roll the dice in a big way against Hernandez- the first decent opponent he’s fought in a very long time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The Olympics have ensured the lack of cruiserweight action this week.

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