Heavyweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

Undefeated San Jose prospect Gerald Washington passed his first real test Saturday on ShoExtreme, but only barely, and in one of the most boring fights ever, winning a tight fight by a wide 8-round unanimous decision that didn’t remotely reflect the action in the ring.  That is, if there had been any action in the ring.  On the bright side, Washington became the first man to ever knock Williams down, dropping him with a combination in the 2nd.

 

In a battle of two borderline gatekeepers/journeymen in Hammond, Indiana, former contender Fres Oquendo grabbed a foothold on a ladder back to relevance by outpointing Derric Rossy, who recently earned a degree of relevance by a somewhat better-than-expected performance on the most recent heavyweight Prizefighter.

 

The only change this week is that #7 Eddie Chambers, having scheduled a fight at cruiserweight for well over a year after his last fight at heavyweight, is removed by reason of moving down in weight, after he had been back in the rankings for just under a year.  Everyone ranked #8 and below last week moves up.  That includes Johnathon Banks, who returns to the top 10 for the first time since mid-March.  The vacancy at #20 is filled by Seth Mitchell, who resumes a ranking for the first time since November 2012.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (207-420-420)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- TKO6 Francesco Pianeta
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #4 Alexander Povetkin
The drug testing issues between Klitschko and Povetkin have reportedly been resolved (with a confidentiality clause), and both sides appear ready to officially sign the contract for the 10/5 fight.
1) Vitali Klitschko (244-244-244)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Vitali-Stiverne deadline has passed with no deal, but I can’t find any evidence that a scheduled purse bid has been held or rescheduled.  Pretty odd for a very big international fight.
2) Tyson Fury (8-99-99)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury shockingly pulled out the the eliminator with Pulev, and appears close to signing on to a deal to fight Haye, instead, perhaps in August.  Without having really checked, it seems like that winner might have a chance to eclipse Vitali.
3) David Haye (8-48-48)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
See Fury’s notes, above.
4) Alexander Povetkin (48-294-294)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO3 Andrzej Wawryzk (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wlad’s notes, above.
5) Steve Cunningham (8-25-25)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Only time will tell where Cunningham goes form here.  His hopes for a title shot are dashed at least for awhile.  Perhaps a trilogy with Adamek would make sense at this point.
6Tomasz Adamek (8-164-164)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adamek returns at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on August 3 against an opponent to be determined, on NBC Sports.
7) Kubrat Pulev (1-58-135)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Fury withdrawing from an ordered eliminator with him, Pulev now seems likely to get a mandatory shot at Wlad in 2014.
8) Dereck Chisora (1-80-143)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO9 Hector Avila (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/20/2013- vs. #17 Malik Scott
In a surprise announcement, Chisora will be fighting Malik Scott- a much better opponent than the other guys that had been discussed.
9) Odlanier Solis (1-12-159)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD12 Leif Larsen (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Solis has signed on to fight in a planned WBC “World Cup” tournament, but for now appears set for a tune-up type fight against cruiserweight Shawn Cox.
10) Johnathon Banks (1-30)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
The Mitchell rematch- postponed due to a broken thumb by Banks- has been reset for the Malignaggi-Broner undercard on June 22.
11) Bermane Stiverne (1-15)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne is hoping that Vitali doesn’t retire so that he can try and do the honors himself.  At this point he’d be a pretty credible opponent, too.
12) Tony Thompson (1-159)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. David Price (UNR)
After originally saying he’d only fight David Price in a rematch if Price came to the US, Thompson has instead agreed to fight in Price’s Liverpool backyard again.
13) Deontay Wilder (1-7)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO1 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Wilder is set to fight an unknown opponent on July 13 in Brooklyn.
14) Robert Helenius (1-159)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Helenius’ team was accurate on the severity of his hand injury, it should be healed by about now, although there were immediate rumors that the injury was more serious.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-126)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko’s future is in doubt after he struggled mightily to survive a heavy knockdown and outpoint typically inept journeyman Ivica Perkovic.
16) Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-25)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
17) Malik Scott (1-16)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: 7/20/2013- vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Scott will travel to London and try upset Dereck Chisora on July 20.
18) Denis Boytsov (1-208)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov’s 2nd best win- over Robert Hawkins- is now over 5 years old, and he has slipped a few spots as a result.  He’s getting closer to obscurity with each passing month.
19) Franklin Lawrence (1-15)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence reportedly pulled out of a planned (and very good) crossroads fight with prospect Bryant Jennings.
20) Seth Mitchell (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/17/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. #10 Johnathon Banks

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Several notables in action this week, but all of the fights would likely require a major upset to be of much consequence.

 

Friday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, undefeated prospect Bryant Jennings continues his string of highly visible fights against mid-range competition by taking on high-level journeyman Andrey Fedosov on the NBC Sports Network.  In fairness to Jennings and his management, he was originally intended to take a major step up against #20 Franklin Lawrence before Lawrence withdrew.

 

In Hattersheim, Germany, prospect and (strangely) former title challenger Manuel Charr battles mediocre Russian giant Evgeny Orlov on Saturday.

 

In a very unpronounceable Polish town on the same night, undefeated prospect Artur Szpilka takes on mid-range blue collar journeyman Brian Minto.

 

In other Saturday action, former Commonwealth Champion Sam Sexton fights an unannounced opponent in Norwich, England.
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