Cruiserweight: 2012, Dec 24-30

#1 Denis Lebedev knocked out Colombian prospect Santander Silgado in 4 on Monday in Moscow.  On the undercard, #20 Grigory Drozd dominated French journeyman Jean-Marc Monrose, dropping him twice in the 9th en route to a wide 12-round decision.  


Several days later on Saturday, fringe contending undefeated Brazilian prospect William Fernando Souza Bezerra knocked out one-loss prospect (and top 50 fighter, give or take) Ricardo Augusto Souza in 4 rounds.  This is an improvement for Ricardo, who was knocked out in round two when he last fought Souza Bezerra in January.


Souza Bezerra advanced to probably the first spot out of the rankings, but ultimately his resume falls well short of eclipsing Drozd.  No changes this week.


Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (15-151-151)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- KO4 Santander Silgado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev is hoping to fight in the first quarter of 2013 at MSG, and is targeting a showdown with Eddie Chambers.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (15-131-131)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. Eric Fields (UNR)
Hernandez will step down the ladder a bit after needing a lot of help to get by Troy Ross, as he will fight the rather inactive prospect Eric Fields, who hasn’t fought anyone of consequence in about 18 months.
3) Troy Ross (15-15-47)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.
4) Steve Cunningham (15-445-445)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L*(SD12) vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham easily outboxed Adamek, but was blatantly robbed not far from his own hometown.  He now must schedule a cruiserweight fight by February 4 or he will be removed from the 200 lb. rankings.  He’s got a shiny new heavyweight ranking for his trouble, though.
5) Ola Afolabi (8-198-198)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
There were reports that Huck-Afolabi III would hit Germany on March 2, but Sauerland says that’s absolutely false.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8-392-392)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. HW #19 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Slowed negotiations have led to a new date of 2/2 for Wlodarczyk-Mormeck.
7) Firat Arslan (8-33-76)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
A bizarre twist in Arslan’s schedule, as he signed on to save Felix Sturm’s 12/1 show by replacing Ruslan Chagaev as the main support on just 2 days’ notice, but then he mysteriously changed his mind just hours before the bell.
8) Marco Huck (8-316-316)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Afolabi’s notes, above.
9) Lateef Kayode (8-30-110)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
After he turned down a fight with Lebedev over insufficient prep time, Kayode is once again indicating that his next fight might be at heavyweight.
10) Danny Green (7-7-160)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As has been the case after every fight since he had very serious surgery a couple years ago, there is speculation that Green may retire following his win over Shane Cameron.  Green himself remains non-committal.
11) B.J. Flores (7-131)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores says he’s looking to fight Lebedev or the Huck-Afolabi winner.  I’ll believe it when I see it, as he’s talked about fighting good fighters before recently, only to fight the likes of David McNemar.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (7-215)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
You’ve gotta wonder if Fragomeni might consider calling it a career after now twice failing to conclusively beat 46-year old Branco.
13) Silvio Branco (7-41)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco can still hang with whippersnappers like 43 year-old countryman Fragomeni, but you’ve gotta think his active days are numbered at 46.
14) Mateusz Masternak (7-39)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD12 Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak just put it on cruise control and walked away with a European title belt.
15) Francisco Palacios (7-91)
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.
16) Alexander Alekseev (7-102)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently there are talks underway for Alekseev to fight American fringe contender Garrett Wilson.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (7-7)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu is probably ready to take the Chilemba/Oosthuizen journey out of South Africa and into the international scene after conquering the local scene in the form of Venter.  He may have some unfinished business with Zack Mwekassa first, however.
18) Dmitro Kucher (9-26)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher snuck in a fight on December 22 that was never on the schedule on Boxrec.  Not that big a deal, anyway. 
19) Enad Licina (9-131)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: Unknown
Really, Enad?  He just fought the most obviously terrible opponent I think I’ve ever had to write about on here.  The record of said fighter?  0-15.  No joke.
20) Grigory Drozd (7-7)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


THE WEEK AHEAD: Barbados gatekeeper Shawn Cox- known for stopping Wayne Braithwaite’s comeback and for getting destroyed by Denis Lebedev- gets a soft touch on Friday, against Guyana’s Leon Gilkes- a 6-16 bum.

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