Heavyweight: 2013, Jul 22-28

In a disappointing result from London, #8 Dereck Chisora stopped #17 Malik Scott in 6, but it wasn’t as good as it sounded.  First of all, the fight was very grabby and lacking in action, with Scott mainly playing the spoiler.  But most importantly- with the fight very much up in the air due to most rounds being toss-ups to that point- Chisora caught Scott with an equilibrium shot behind his left ear on the ropes, and Scott went down to a knee in the corner.  He rose immediately upon hearing the referee reach the count of 9, and yet that referee- Phil Edwards- stopped the fight as if he’d reached 10, at which point Scott was off the canvas.  It’s not like he wasn’t ready to continue- he was fine.  Edwards apparently just thinks that the time between 9 and 10 is insignificant.  The BoxNation commentators thought Scott was up at the time of the knockdown.  I disagree, having scored it 48-47 Chisora to that point. 

 

Typically, when a fight is stopped due to clear referee error, I treat it as if it had been stopped by an accidental headbutt.  That is, I go to the cards as of the time of the stoppage.  After scoring the last round, I had it 58-55 Chisora.  Really the difference in methods just amounts to the difference between a stoppage and a decision, which is fairly marginal in terms of my rankings techniques.

 

Chisora moves up, swapping places with last week’s #7 Kubrat Pulev, who has been rather inactive lately.  Scott stays put at #17.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (213-426-426)
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 (250-250-250)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali-Stiverne is rumored for December, though I can’t find any news on the result of the purse bid scheduled for Monday the 22nd.
2) Tyson Fury (14-105-105)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #3 David Haye
Fury-Haye is a done deal for September 28 in Manchester.
3) David Haye (14-54-54)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #2 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
4) Alexander Povetkin (54-300-300)
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 (14-31-31)
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 (14-170-170)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Adamek has replaced high-level journeyman Tony Grano with high-level journeyman Dominick Guinn for August 3.
7) Dereck Chisora (1-86-149)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- KO6* #17 Malik Scott
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Frank Warren has Chisora scheduled again already for 9/21, promising a big name.  Kubrat Pulev has been proposed.
8) Kubrat Pulev (1-64-141)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko decided against a mandated rematch, and now Pulev is rumored for a Chisora fight.
9) Odlanier Solis (7-18-165)
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 (5-5-21)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
There were purse bids scheduled for 7/22, and there are now rumors of a December fight even though I can’t find any purse bid results.
11) Tony Thompson (5-165)
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, as well as Vitali Klitschko.
12) Seth Mitchell (5-7)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- UD12 #10 Johnathon Banks
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell is in discussions with Chris Arreola for September.
13) Deontay Wilder (7-13)
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 (7-165)
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 (7-132)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko turned down a Pulev rematch.
16) Vyacheslav Glazkov (7-31)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Byron Polley (UNR)
Glazkov will be back in action for the Main Events/NBC Sports card on August 3 in Connecticut against weak and overweight Missouri journeyman Byron Polley.
17) Malik Scott (7-22)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was up at 9.5 and ready to go, but Phil Edwards called the fight off in an unfortunate SNAFU.  That being said, Chisora was coming on and I already had him ahead.  Scott probably would have gone on to lose anyway.
18) Johnathon Banks (5-36)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Denis Boytsov (5-214)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov is now a promotional free agent after breaking with Universum, who had him mostly on the shelf since it declared bankruptcy.  There is speculation that the Russian might now sign with Sauerland.
20) Franklin Lawrence (5-21)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Thursday in Flemington, Australia, aging (34) but undefeated Australian Lucas Browne takes on veteran American journeyman Travis Walker.

 

The next night in Macao, China, it’s a battle of promising undefeated prospects as 23 year-old Mexican Andy Ruiz meets Newark, New Jersey’s Joe Hanks.  I’m assuming HBO2 will televise, as this is much better than their main event- a Zou Shiming showcase.

 

A few hours later in Cuxhaven, Germany, #9 Odlanier Solis fights Turkish journeyman Yakup Saglam.
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