Heavyweight: 2013, Aug 5-11

Two notable heavyweights were in action on the Main Events card at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on Saturday, both in relative mismatches.

 

No Tomasz Adamek heavyweight fight is ever truly easy.  Even Nagy Aguilera had his moments.  His fight this past weekend against high-level journeyman Dominick Guinn was no exception.  But with that caveat in mind, it was a good performance by the Polish contender.  Adamek had a bit of a rocky first round, as Guinn got several solid shots in and probably won the round.  Guinn lost his groove around the 3rd, when he got the worst of a head clash, and it wasn’t to be the last.  Still, he did get a bit of a second wind at one point.  I gave him the 7th, and he never stopped trying.  He gave some great angles, kept Guinn off balance, and worked the jab consistently.  In the end, Adamek won it comfortably- as well he should.

 

On the non-televised undercard, #16 Vyacheslav Glazkov stopped rotund Missouri journeyman Byron Polley in the early 2nd round.  Not surprising, since Polley’s shelf life is about exactly one round- even against far lesser competition than Glazkov.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (215-428-428)
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 (252-252-252)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko requested and was granted an extension on purse bids by the WBC for his mandated showdown with Bermane Stiverne, frustrating the would-be challenger to no end.
2) Tyson Fury (16-107-107)
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 (16-56-56)
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 (56-302-302)
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 (16-33-33)
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 (16-172-172)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A collision between two of Main Events’ blue chip heavyweights is being discussed for November, as they’re looking to match Adamek with Bryant Jennings.
7) Dereck Chisora (3-88-151)
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.  He also has a purse bid scheduled for a EBU mandatory with Kubrat Pulev on August 20.
8) Kubrat Pulev (3-66-143)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Pulev is scheduled for a high-stakes battle with Tony Thompson in Schwerin, Germany on August 24, and will also be involved with a purse bid on the 20th for one whale of an EBU title defense against Dereck Chisora, as well.
9) Odlanier Solis (9-20-167)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis has a likely fight on the horizon on October 18 in Mexico.
10) Bermane Stiverne (7-7-23)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne was the victim of another delayed purse bid, as Vitali asked for and was granted another extension from the scheduled 7/22 date.
11) Tony Thompson (7-167)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO5 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Thompson gets a final eliminator on the 24th against Kubrat Pulev.  The upside would theoretically be another fight with Wladimir Klitschko.  That feels like a score that’s been settled, but I can’t say the winner wouldn’t reasonably deserve it.
12) Seth Mitchell (7-9)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- UD12 #10 Johnathon Banks
Next Fight: 9/6/2013- vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Mitchell-Arreola appears done for September 6 in Indio, California.
13) Deontay Wilder (9-15)
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 (9-167)
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 long healed by now, although there were immediate rumors that the injury was more serious.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (9-134)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko turned down a Pulev rematch.
16) Vyacheslav Glazkov (9-33)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov’s gift of a draw to Scott seems to have hurt his standing a bit, as his follow-up was so weak it didn’t even make TV on his promoter’s show.
17) Malik Scott (9-24)
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 (7-38)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Denis Boytsov (7-216)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov has signed with Sauerland, and looks to make his debut under their banner in August or September.
20) Franklin Lawrence (7-23)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Hengyang, China plays host to a nice little fringe tilt between perennial borderline top 50 Samoan heavyweight Alex Leapai and former top 50 cruiserweight Felipe Romero of Mexico, who was rendered a journeyman by consecutive losses to Polish prospects Mateusz Masternak and Krzysztof Glowacki.

 

Much later the same night in Indio, California, #13 Deontay Wilder gets a showcase opportunity on Showbox against faded former contender Sergei Liakhovich.  Liakhovich is clearly not what he once was, as his devastating knockout against Robert Helenius was followed by a one-sided beating at the hands of unproven prospect Bryant Jennings and well over a year of inactivity.
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