Heavyweight: 2013, Jul 8-14

David Price’s planned redemption in Liverpool this Saturday didn’t go according to…plan.  Tony Thompson- still somehow cast as the underdog after essentially losing only to Wladimir Klitschko in his career and making short work of Price the first time- may in some way have been more impressive in battering Price to a 5th round stoppage than he was with his flukey-looking one-punch stoppage the first time.  He rose from  a 2nd-round knockdown to break down the now-busted prospect.  Referee Marcus McDonnell did his best to rescue Price after he turned his back (more or less) during a Thompson onslaught, giving him what amounted to a standing 8 count.  But Price was clearly in no condition to go on at that point any more than he was when McDonnell first intervened, and the fight was halted.  Price’s promoter was so despondent that he had to halt the interview after the fight to avoid openly weeping.


Thompson did no more than confirm the prior result, however, and still has yet to beat any legit top-20 contenders to Bermane Stiverne’s two, and thus remains stuck at #11 for the time being.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (211-424-424)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- TKO6 Francesco Pianeta
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #4 Alexander Povetkin
Klitschko-Povetkin is now officially signed for 10/5 in Moscow.
1) Vitali Klitschko (248-248-248)
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 (12-103-103)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
It sounds as if there’s a good chance that Fury-Haye will be a done deal by the end of the week.
3) David Haye (12-52-52)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
If Haye doesn’t schedule a fight by the end of the week, he risks being removed.  Since a Fury deal appears imminent, I will likely give him a bit of latitude, though, so long as that remains the case.
4) Alexander Povetkin (52-298-298)
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 (12-29-29)
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 (12-168-168)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Tony Grano (UNR)
Adamek will fight high-level journeyman Tony Grano on NBC Sports from the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.  He’s one fight too late, as journeyman/prospect Eric Molina already exposed Grano in April.
7) Kubrat Pulev (5-62-139)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU has mandated a rematch with Dimitrenko as his next title defense, with purse bids to be held on July 10.
8) Dereck Chisora (5-84-147)
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 (5-16-163)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD12 Leif Larsen (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Solis has signed on to fight in a planned WBC “World Cup” tournament, but for now is set for a tune-up type fight against Turkish journeyman Yakup Saglam.
10) Bermane Stiverne (3-3-19)
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.
11) Tony Thompson (3-163)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO5 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After twice conquering arguably Britain’s greatest heavyweight hope, Thompson suggested he is interested in getting a British promoter, and would like to fight Tyson Fury.
12) Seth Mitchell (3-5)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- UD12 #10 Johnathon Banks
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks wants a trilogy, but I’m not sure I see the percentages in it.  The fans won’t want it after the mundane last 9 rounds, and it’s not going to enhance Mitchell’s career much at this point, even with another dominant win.
13) Deontay Wilder (5-11)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO1 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/9/2013- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Wilder will fight Sergei Liakhovich in Indio, California on August 9.
14) Robert Helenius (5-163)
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 (5-130)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is now the mandatory challenger for Pulev’s European belt, though it sounded a week ago like Pulev was about to sign for a fight with Chagaev.
16) Vyacheslav Glazkov (5-29)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Alonzo Butler (UNR)
Glazkov will be back in action for the Main Events/NBC Sports card on August 3 in Connecticut against journeyman Alonzo Butler.
17) Malik Scott (5-20)
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) Johnathon Banks (3-34)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
See Mitchell’s notes, above.
19) Denis Boytsov (3-212)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov knocked out novice Ukrainian Nesterenko in a very short-notice fight on June 15.  No word on a worthwhile fight for the unbeaten Russian, though.
20) Franklin Lawrence (3-19)
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.


THE WEEK AHEAD: English prospect Ian Lewison looks to avenge his only legitimate loss (as far as I know- it was by one point and I didn’t see it) on Saturday in London against Irish journeyman Colin Kenna.

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