Cruiserweight: 2012, Oct 29- Nov 4

Guillermo Jones ducked out of his fight with mid-level journeyman Andres Taylor- scheduled for Saturday in Caracas- with what looks like a highly suspect “injury.”  Jones- who hasn’t fought since he beat the equally unimpressive Michael Marone a year ago next Monday, and who hasn’t fought anyone actually worth fighting in over 2 years- has shown to be totally undeserving of any benefit of the doubt.  That being the case, let me end any potential suspense here and now.  If he doesn’t schedule a cruiserweight fight before the end of the ratings week beginning November 5, he will, in fact, be removed for inactivity- injured or not.


In news regarding an actual fight, rising Ukrainian undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher continued his rise on Saturday, knocking the once-formidable Steve Herelius out of the ring midway through the 2nd round.  Herelius couldn’t even get back into the ring before he was counted out.  It’s hard to determine how much credit Kucher should be given for the win.  Herelius owns a win over current #10 Firat Arslan, and was still ranked #15 when he was removed for inactivity back in February.  So clearly this performance means something.  But anytime an aging fighter has been out of the ring for over a year and a half, it is hard to say he is the same guy that fought last time around.  On Boxrec, Herelius evidently lost 55% of his ratings points between fights.  I will follow that lead, except that I feel he was underrated after his last loss, and am thus adjusting for the points a #15 fighter would have had at that point.  The result is that Herelius is accounted as a borderline top-40 gatekeeper.


Later that night in Brooklyn, Colombian undefeated prospect Santander Silgado recycled Joell Godfrey (whom he beat in his previous fight) and won by a similarly solid decision, with the average of the three cards coming out to 79-73 in his favor.  Godfrey was a short notice replacement for Utah journeyman Gary Gomez.


Finally, Eric Fields (who was briefly a ranked fighter here) continued his recent trend of fighting poor opposition by taking on 4-4 novice Kevin Franklin in Verona, New York.  With an opponent that weak, anything short of a 1st round knockout would have to be considered a disappointing result.  Unfortunately for Fields, he failed to get his guy out of there, though he did win 17 of a possible 18 rounds across the three cards.


Kucher’s win bumps him up a spot to #18, transplanting Enad Licina, who hasn’t beaten anybody particularly impressive in nearly 4 years.


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (7-143-143)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight with Guillermo Jones appears to be off indefinitely.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (7-123-123)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez officially got the win over Ross, and I’m not quite willing to call it a robbery, but it’s pretty close to one.  I think you’d be pushing the limits of reason to give the fight to Hernandez, and I think that even if you managed to do so in terms of rounds won, you’d have to admit that Ross got the better of the fight overall.  Even Hernandez promoter Sauerland admits that Hernandez didn’t deserve a win, and believes a rematch is warranted.
3) Troy Ross (7-7-39)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.  That’s all I’ve got to say (except the more detailed statement I made above).
4) Steve Cunningham (7-437-437)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Marco Huck (7-308-308)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. #10 Firat Arslan
Huck will fight Arslan next in early November.
6) Ola Afolabi (7-190-190)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
One of the alphabets has mandated that Huck fight Afolabi next if he gets past Arslan.  Huck clearly has never wanted that rematch, though, and appears to have a good chance to fight a Klitschko, instead.
7) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (7-384-384)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a fight with former Champ Jean-Marc Mormeck, but Wlodarczyk’s team is dismissing these rumors.
8) Lateef Kayode (7-22-102)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
With no mention of Kayode’s rumored fight with Drozd being made in a while, the latest news is that Kayode might be trying to move up to fight Seth Mitchell.
9) Guillermo Jones (7-109-109)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones pulled out of his already ridiculous match with Andres Taylor due to a highly suspect and undefined injury.  He will be removed for inactivity if he fails to schedule a fight before my November 12 update comes due.
10) Firat Arslan (7-25-68)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. #5 Marco Huck
Long-since slated for a November rematch with Alekseev, Arslan was the subject of a surprise announcement that he would instead fight Marco Huck.
11) Danny Green (7-152)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/21/2012- vs. Shane Cameron (UNR)
Will take on Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron in late November.
12) B.J. Flores (7-123)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (6-207)
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 (6-33)
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 (6-31)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak appears set to fight for the European title technically held by Alekseev next.
16) Francisco Palacios (6-83)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Very little of note left on his resume after his should-be win over Wlodarczyk was neutralized by a close but clear loss to same, and with his win over Louis Azille over 5 years old now.
17) Alexander Alekseev (7-94)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dmitro Kucher (1-18)
Last Fight: 10/27/2012- KO2 Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher took out one-time contender Steve Herelius in spectacular fashion, making him definitively one to watch.
19) Enad Licina (1-123)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Licina, inactive since his loss to Alekseev, appears to have a fight scheduled for November 10 in Koblenz, Germany.  No opponent has been announced.
20) Danie Venter (6-6)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- TKO4 Zack Mwekassa (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Thabiso Mchunu (UNR)
Venter has established himself as clearly the best South African cruiserweight, and will fight for what amounts to that country’s undisputed championship in the Super 8 Tournament finals in November.


THE WEEK AHEAD: A pretty great matchup in Halle, Germany, as #5 Marco Huck takes on the resurgent #10 Firat Arslan.

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