Heavyweight: 2012, Nov 5-11

#20 Edmund Gerber had a mostly uneventful outing in Germany this weekend, mostly dominating journeyman Darnell Wilson.  Wilson- who looked a bit like a pudgy little midget next to Gerber, with significant ponch hanging over his belt- landed a big shot in the closing seconds of the opening round and followed up with a few more that may have had the German prospect out on his feet, but he had no time to finish the job.  He landed only one or two more punches of any consequence for the remaining 7 rounds, and lost or tied all but one round on all three cards.

 

I was only going to mention the Huck-Arslan fight in its native cruiserweight division update, but Huck’s awful showing can’t help but affect his rating here.  It’s always tricky to handle these cross-division ratings drops, but as best I can balance what was essentially a loss to the #10 cruiserweight with an essential draw to the #2 heavyweight, it seems to me that Huck should remain in the rankings, but exit the top 10.  He thus settles at #11, allowing Odlanier Solis back into the division’s top tier for the first time in a while, while everyone rated #6-10 last week also advance a spot.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (176-389-389)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Wlad will fight on after losing his Hall of Fame trainer, Emmanuel Steward, who passed away during surgery just a couple weeks before the fight.  This could obviously impact his focus and preparation, but luckily he’s fighting the most inexperienced opponent he’s seen since 2005.
1) Vitali Klitschko (213-213-213)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali will decide his next move around the end of the year according to his team. 
2) David Haye (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (17-133-133)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO5 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham
Originally scheduled to fight Odlanier Solis, Adamek will instead fight a rematch of his classic cruiserweight title fight of 4 years ago when he fights Steve Cunningham in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, after Solis pulled out.
4) Alexander Povetkin (17-263-263)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
For whatever it’s worth the WBA appears poised to order an early 2013 fight with Wlad.
5) Tyson Fury (1-68-68)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Boytsov apparently signed and withdrew from a planned December 1 meeting with Fury all within the last week.  I guess Fury is once again looking for an opponent.  
6) Eddie Chambers (1-21-21)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Tyson Fury said he offered Chambers a fight on December 1.  I’m not sure if Chambers is healthy again, or if he’s not and that’s part of the reason he said no.
7) Kubrat Pulev (1-27-104)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev may be in for a fight with the Adamek-Cunningham winner, or may go straight to a shot at Wlad in early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (1-49-112)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Robert Helenius (1-84-128)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Helenius’ opponent is now confirmed- journeyman Sherman Williams, who is best known for giving a very old Evander Holyfield problems a couple years ago before the fight ended early in a no-contest.
10) Odlanier Solis (1-1-128)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis pulled out of his December 22 fight with Adamek, apparently due to severe differences with his Turkish promoter Ahmet Oner, from whom he is apparently trying to separate himself.  Solis’ scheduling has been notoriously unreliable under Oner ever since he injured his knee against Vitali Klitschko.
11) Marco Huck (1-37)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. CW #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
After getting the benefit of a disgusting robbery against Arslan, there is talk of a rematch.  Before the fight, he had begun agitating for a Klitschko shot, but he would clearly get destroyed in that one.
12) Seth Mitchell (17-48)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Not sure why, but Mitchell’s return has been moved back about 6 weeks to November 17.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (17-312)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. Mike Perez (UNR)
Chagaev has signed on for a really nice crossroads fight with fast-rising undefeated Cuban Mike Perez.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (17-95)
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.
15) Tony Thompson (17-128)
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.
16) Chris Arreola (17-190)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne
Arreola will officially step back up in competition on December 15, when he fights Stiverne.  This should still be considered tentative, though, since no venue has been named.  It’s also not entirely clear that Arreola- who has stated his disgust with the fight’s promoter Don King in the past- has agreed to the terms.
17) Denis Boytsov (17-177)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov’s team, it appears, pulled him out of the Fury fight apparently just hours or days after agreeing to it, saying he needs more time to prepare for a fight like that.  That’s what happens when you fight nobodies for years on end.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (17-128)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
There are rumors of Mormeck dropping down to fight Wlodarczyk, but Wlodarczyk’s team is dismissing them.
19) Bermane Stiverne (17-72)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #16 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes above.
20) Edmund Gerber (17-27)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD8 Darnell Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had little problem with fat little journeyman Darnell Wilson, except a big scare in the closing seconds of round 1.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The Championship is on the line this Saturday in Hamburg, as Wladimir Klitschko will defend against the least-qualified challenger to date in Polish undefeated prospect Mariusz Wach, whose best opponent to date was borderline top-50 type Jason Gavern, a year ago.  Aside from the potential for a lucky punch, the only drama in this one is whether Wlad will suffer any ill effects in his first fight in years without his late Hall of Fame trainer, Manny Steward.

 

One more big name on the docket, as #9 Robert Helenius returns to the ring for the first time since shoulder surgery, facing journeyman Sherman Williams in Helsinki.

2 Responses to “Heavyweight: 2012, Nov 5-11”

  1. Mario Wach !
    Marius Marcus Wach Marius Wach be careful he is strong and could knock you out or TKO fight and do not give up he is strong at that time all or nothing wishing you the best protect your chin and your face !

    • Well luckily I’m not planning to fight him personally. That being said, I think it’s a bit disappointing that in the nearly 3 years that have passed since the post you commented on, he still has yet to earn a win better than Jason Gavern, or even near that same level. He’s got a big opportunity in November against Povetkin, but if I were one of his backers, I’d want to see him try and build a little bit of a resume against fringe contender-type guys like Alex Leapai, Chris Arreola, or Ruslan Chagaev, instead of fighting either bums or the absolute elite. I mean I applaud his ambition, but the way he’s going he might end up with two or more losses before he’s really beaten anybody at all. If he ends up with too many losses, it might get harder to get winnable fights with decent names, which will leave him as a permanent B-side against guys that are expected to handle him.

      All that said, if he can impose his size on Povetkin the way Klitschko did, I wouldn’t be shocked by a big upset there. Povetkin hasn’t a prayer to knock out a guy that big and durable, and I don’t know that the same can be said on the opposite end.

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