Light Heavyweight: 2013, Jun 17-23

#6 Gabriel Campillo stopped weak Romanian journeyman Ionut Trandafir Ilie in Madrid on Friday, needing two rounds to do it.

 

In Bethlehem, PA later that night, his conqueror, #5 Sergey Kovalev, did a similar number on a much better opponent, #10 Cornelius White.  White showed up looking focused, and even managed to get a few shots in of his own.  But ultimately he just didn’t have anything like the power or chin to hold Kovalev off or take his power.  I tell you- Kovalev is so heavy-handed that he can dang near knock a good fighter out through the gloves.  White was down 3 times in the 3rd, and the ref stopped it immediately upon the last one.

 

Sunday in Kampala, Uganda, gatekeeper Joey Vegas repeated in almost perfect detail his 14 month-old TKO over Egyptian prospect and national champion Hany Atiyo, with both fights ending in the 11th round.

 

Kovalev’s win propels him past Dawson to the #3 spot.  Dawson still has a better number of higher quality wins, but the dominant and emphatic way he was dispatched in his last two fights makes it rather naive to assume he’s still at the level he was when he beat Hopkins.  Not only that, but Stevenson wasn’t even conclusively at the level of a Campillo, even if you assume that 168 is superior to 175.  This forces Dawson and Bellew down a spot each.  Cornelius White remains at #10.  #11 Cedric Agnew still hasn’t won at the same level that White has, and certainly has never been tested at the Kovalev level, or Kovalevel (which I hereby trademark).

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (41-41-41)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has offers more or less on the table to fight Froch or Stevenson.  He is trying to split with promoter Dan Goossen, though, which could conceivably complicate matters.
1) Adonis Stevenson (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 #1 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson wants Ward or Hopkins.  Hopkins has been ordered to fight Kovalev, though.  Either option would be equally suicidal for the old man, I think.
2) Bernard Hopkins (41-367-367)
Last Fight: 3/9/2012- UD12 #6 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Karo Murat encountered a visa problem, scuttling his fight with Hopkins.  The IBF has ordered Hopkins to fight Kovalev, a dangerous possibility for the legend.  Adonis Stevenson also wants to fight him.
3) Sergey Kovalev (1-22-22)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- TKO3 #10 Cornelius White
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev has a mandatory shot at the IBF title held by Hopkins, and Cleverly really badly wants to fight him, too.  I can’t imagine why.

4) Chad Dawson (1-368-368)

Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Dawson’s career is suddenly in an all-out tailspin just 2 fights after winning the lineal title from Hopkins.
5) Tony Bellew (1-88-88)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #7 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew’s ultimate triumph over Chilemba has now set him up with a mandatory shot at Stevenson, which would continue the trend of the best fighting the best at 175.
6) Gabriel Campillo (2-156-156)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- TKO2 Ionut Trandafir Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. #13 Andrzej Fonfara
Campillo will fight Fonfara in an interesting crossroads fight at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
7) Tavoris Cloud (2-199-199)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s manager expects him back in action by the end of the year.  Normally that wouldn’t be saying much, but that would be against type for Cloud.
8) Nathan Cleverly (2-176-176)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD12 Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Cleverly is back on August 17, and his promoter is trying (for a reason I can’t fathom) to secure the devastating Sergey Kovalev as the opponent.
9) Isaac Chilemba (2-12-72)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #9 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba may have lost the second fight to Bellew in his opponent’s back yard, but between the two fights, he’s managed to elevate himself somewhat.
10) Cornelius White (2-49-79)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown
White was blasted out by Kovalev, but at least he has good company in that regard.
11) Cedric Agnew (2-10)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew may have caught a fading Yusaf Mack at the right time, but he’s clearly a climber, having now beaten both Mack and Otis Griffin.
12) Jürgen Brähmer (2-61)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO2 Tony Averlant (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Stefano Abatangelo (UNR)
Braehmer will take on low-level Italian gatekeeper Abatangelo on August 24, while awaiting a title shot.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (2-49)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. #5 Gabriel Campillo
Fonfara will get a huge opportunity to launch himself into the top 5 when he takes on Gabriel Campillo in Chicago.
14) Lucian Bute (2-33)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Bute-Pascal has been rescheduled tentatively for December 7 after Bute suffered a hand injury.  They’ve also reserved January 25 as a back-up plan.  Either way, it will be in Montreal.
15) Denis Grachev (2-60)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013– W* (SD10) vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. SMW #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Grachev will be fighting Edwin Rodriguez at a catchweight of 171.5 in Monte Carlo for a million dollar prize.
16) Dmitry Sukhotsky (2-138)
Last Fight: 6/4/2013- KO3 Mikhail Krinitsin (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotski may be sticking around at 168 from now on, but only time will tell.  He has until December to schedule a fight at 175 if he wants to keep his ranking.
17) Eleider Alvarez (2-21)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO3 Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/5/2013- vs. Allan Green (UNR)
Alvarez’s fight with Green, which was oddly canceled at the last minute on 6/8, has been reset for July 5- this time on a Friday Night Fights card in Hartford, Connecticut.
18) Yunieski Gonzalez (2-14)
Last Fight: 3/15/2013- KO8 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzalez took a huge step up in competition and made good, knocking out strong fringe contender Bryant. 
19) Doudou Ngumbu (2-11)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD12 #14 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Glen Johnson (2-6)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Strangely, even though Johnson looks completely spent, he is once again ranked (barely) at both 175 and 168.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing to report this week.

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