Light Heavyweight: 2013, Dec 9-15

Friday in Chicago, #5 Andrzej Fonfara fought mid-level journeyman Samuel Miller at a 176 pound contract weight.  Fonfara, to me, didn’t look that great, but made a decision to punch with Miller, catching him in and exchange, and allowing Miller’s momentum to carry him hard to the canvas.  Miller- who fought dirty in the very brief fight- may or may not have been too buzzed to get back up, but didn’t, resulting in a 2nd round KO, with a knockdown in each round.


In Poland that night, local one-loss prospect Pawel Glazewski won either 7 or 8 rounds, depending on the judge, against low-level Belorussian journeyman Andrei Salakhutdzinau.


Saturday in Liverpool, #20 Enzo Maccarinelli dropped mid-level local journeyman Courtney Fry in the first and sixth rounds before stopping him in the 7th.


No changes this week.


Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (66-66-66)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #15 Edwin Rodriguez (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
When asked about a fight with Hopkins, Ward acknowledged that it’s one of only two fights that would get him on PPV (the other being Chavez), but said he would only fight Hopkins if the legend called him out.  He’s now officially suing his promoter, so who knows when he’ll fight again.
1) Adonis Stevenson (27-27-27)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO6 #6 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson-Kovalev is the obvious can’t-miss battle in the division.
2) Bernard Hopkins (66-392-392)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Karo Murat (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Ward’s notes, above.
3) Sergey Kovalev (26-47-47)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO2 Ismayl Sillakh (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Stevenson’s notes, above.
4) Chad Dawson (26-393-393)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Dawson is now a promotional free agent, and is looking to sign with a top promoter to start rebuilding after a rough year.  He says he is interested in a Stevenson rematch.
5) Andrzej Fonfara (17-17-74)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- KO2 Samuel Miller (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz about Fonfara being Kovalev’s next opponent if Kovalev-Stevenson isn’t made.
6) Tony Bellew (17-113-113)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew plans a move to cruiserweight.  That division could use some new blood.
7) Gabriel Campillo (17-181-181)
Last Fight: 8/16/2013- L (KO9) vs. #14 Andrzej Fonfara
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo might be on his way to deserved obscurity after being robbed of deserved prominence for so much of his career.  He still has plenty of boxing skill, but his will might be fading just a bit.
8) Tavoris Cloud (17-224-224)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud should probably get himself back in the win column at some point.
9) Nathan Cleverly (17-201-201)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (TKO4) vs. #3 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly withdrew from his cruiserweight debut against Daniel Ammann with a back injury, on just 4 days notice.  It appears that his future remains a division to the north, however.
10) Isaac Chilemba (17-37-97)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD8 Michael Gbenga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Cornelius White (17-104)
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.
12) Jürgen Brähmer (16-86)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Stefano Abatangelo (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Marcus Oliveira (UNR)
Since getting dominated in your title fight, fighting journeymen, and then taking two years off is the required resume for becoming a WBA Super Champion, Beibut Shumenov has now assumed that dubious title.  Braehmer will now fight prospect Marcus Oliveira for the “regular” title on December 14 in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
13) Karo Murat (7-7)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Cedric Agnew (7-35)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew has been ordered to defend his regional title against fringe contender Anatoliy Dudchenko.
15) Edwin Rodriguez (7-22)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez’s trainer Ronnie Shields opines that a fight against a top-15 level light heavyweight would be a good jumping-off point for his anticipated permanent move up.
16) Lucian Bute (7-58)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 1/18/2014- vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Bute-Pascal has been pushed back to January 18.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (7-24)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi snuck in a low-level win on November 30, apparently at 168.
18) Eleider Alvarez (7-46)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- UD10 Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/18/2013- vs. #6 SMW Thomas Oosthuizen
Alvarez is tentatively scheduled to fight Oosthuizen in January, and I have no new information to suggest whether or not Oosthuizen’s shaky performance and bad cut against Maderna, or the lack of expected alphabet sanctioning, will affect that.
19) Dmitry Sukhotsky (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO5 Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As conclusive as the Sukhotsky-Gutknecht result looks on paper, I’d actually like to see a rematch, since Gutknecht was having the better of it before his eye began to balloon.
20) Enzo Maccarinelli (3-17)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO7 Courtney Fry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maccarinelli has a likely fanciful desire to fight Bernard Hopkins.


The Week Ahead
#12 Juergen Braehmer vs. Marcus Oliveira; Neubrandenburg, Germany; ARD (Germany)
Oliveira is an undefeated prospect with some pedigree, having beaten fellow unbeaten Ryan Coyne in April, as well as gatekeeper Otis Griffin in 2009.  But Coyne wasn’t really proven at any serious level, and so there was quite a gap between his arrival as a top-50 fighter in ’09 and this step up.


Lionell Thompson vs. Ryan Coyne; Atlantic City, New Jersey; NBC Sports (US)
As mentioned above, Coyne failed in his first attempt to bust through into legitimate contention when he lost to Oliveira earlier this year.  But he gets another chance this weekend.  Lionell Thompson is no world-beater, but he’s a legitimate top 50 gatekeeper, if not a prospect himself.  He suffered his only two career losses in back-t0-back 2012 fights to Nicholson Poulard (by split decision) and Sergey Kovalev.  He was totally overwhelmed in the latter, but that puts him in the same company as #11 Cornelius White.  The winner of this fight remains a viable prospect in the division, while the loser will look more like a journeyman.


Beibut Shumenov vs. Tamas Kovacs; San Antonio, Texas; Showtime (US)
Slovakia’s Tamas Kovacs is undefeated at 23-0, but is so untested that his best opponent to date is probably one-loss prospect Hamza Wandera (12-1) from back in early 2011.  Wandera has 5 losses and a draw since that fight, against progressively weaker competition.  Even at the time of the fight, Wandera had just 26 boxrec rankings points, meaning he was ranked very similarly to Kovacs’ 2nd-best opponent, Steve Kroekel, who entered with a losing record.  Yet Kovacs could only manage a split decision victory over the highly suspect prospect.  In terms of what he’s proven, Kovacs might as well be making his pro debut.  That makes him a pretty safe choice for the highly inactive Kazakh Beibut Shumenov, who hasn’t seen the inside of a ring since June 2, 2012.  Despite the inactivity (not to mention the fact that he clearly lost his title fight and hasn’t fought anything better than borderline top-50 opposition since his July 2010 domination of Vyacheslav Uzelkoff), Shumenov has not only held on to his WBA title, but has actually been promoted to “super champion.”  Okay.  I don’t usually mention alphabet titles, but this one is so absurd, I had to share.  What this fight actually means rankings-wise is that Shumenov can resume a place as a prominent fringe contender, should he avoid an upset.

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