Cruiserweight: 2014, Mar 24-30

Argentina’s Victor Ramirez- a fringe contender before his multi-year absence that ended last year- got a nice TKO win in 4 rounds against one-loss Cuban prospect Glendy Hernandez in Benavidez, Argentina on Saturday.  The much taller and bigger-looking Hernandez controlled range and kept Ramirez at bay for the first couple rounds, but Ramirez started getting close enough to land in the 3rd before badly hurting and dropping Hernandez twice in the 4th.  Referee Mario Gonzalez waved it off immediately after Hernandez took a knee.  I’m not sure why.  The guy had the presence of mind to go down on his own, and it’s not like he’d been knocked down 5 times.  I think you have to give him a count and see if he can still go.  In any case, it’s a good win for Ramirez, but it falls short of the top 50 win he’d need to make a run at the top 20 again.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (35-216-216)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/25/2014- vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Reports of a done deal for April 19 were premature…the real date for Lebedev-Jones II will be April 25, in Moscow.
2) Marco Huck (9-381-381)
Last Fight:1/25/2014- TKO6 #5 Firat Arslan
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck fractured his thumb in training, and his fight with Mirko Larghetti is off.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (9-196-196)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s fight with Kolodziej- originally postponed- has now been cancelled due to an illness to Hernandez.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (28-457-457)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk probably won’t return until the fall, with Huck and Adamek being discussed as options.
5) Thabiso Mchunu (9-34-72)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD10 Olanrewaju Durodola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Firat Arslan (9-98-141)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #3 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Having visibly regressed since his excellent first effort against Huck, it might be time for the 43 year-old Arslan to consider retirement.
7) Grigory Drozd (18-25-72)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 Jeremy Ouanna (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Drozd made quick work of Ouanna, and will hopefully get a short at a top contender soon.
8) Ola Afolabi (18-263-263)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
An alphabet eliminator has been ordered between Afolabi and unbeaten but unproven Italian prospect Mirko Larghetti.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (18-28-280)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
I really hope that Fragomeni will call it a career.  
10) Silvio Branco (18-18-106)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco says that Chakhkiev lowered their monetary offer at the last minute, and that is why the fight didn’t come off.  He’s saying now that he may soon announce his retirement if he doesn’t get a good fight offer soon.
11) Ilunga Makabu (18-37)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO2 Ruben Angel Mino (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu will no doubt look for a big fight after his last one was changed into a stay-busy outing without his consent.
12) Santander Silgado (16-21)
Last Fight: 11/1/2013- TKO2 #20 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Silgado was slammed by his own (now former) manager after he declined an arranged fight with Thabiso Mchunu.
13) Mateusz Masternak (16-104)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- KO4 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Gogita Gorgiladze (UNR)
Masternak will be back on April 12 at Esbjerg, Denmark against generic opponent Gogita Gorgiladze of Georgia.
14) Lukasz Janik (16-21)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Janik would like a well-deserved rematch with Afolabi.
15) Nuri Seferi (14-14)
Last Fight: 12/20/2013- W (DQ7*) vs. Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/11/2014- vs. Gusmyr Perdomo (UNR)
Seferi will now fight on April 11 in Berlin against former super middleweight and light heavyweight fringe contender Gusmyr Perdomo of Venezuela.
16) Danie Venter (9-28)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Dmytro Kucher (9-91)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Tony Conquest (5-5)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- UD12 Daniel Ammann (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Carl Dilks (UNR)
Conquest is set to fight in London on April 12 against Liverpool journeyman Carl Dilks, and is hoping to fight for the British title in the foreseeable future.
19) Krzysztof Glowacki (5-35)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glowacki is the top contender for the title held by Huck, but might never get that exact shot, since Huck is making noise about moving up.
20) Yunier Dorticos (4-4)
Last Fight: 2/28/2014- KO1 Hamilton Ventura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dorticos- after making one step up recently- is shooting for the stars.  He says he wants either Wlodarczyk or the winner of Jones-Lebedev next.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Thursday
Dmitry Kudryashov vs. Lubos Suda; Novorossiysk, Russia; Boez (Russia)
Kudryashov is an undefeated Russian up-and-comer, and a devastating puncher.  The only reason he’s not ranked is that he failed to make 200 for his sensational knockout of Zack Mwekassa in November.  Suda, of the Czech Republic, was once a minor player in the division, but is very much a journeyman opponent at nearly 38 years old.  

 

Saturday
Jon-Lewis Dickinson vs. Neil Dawson; Newcastle, England; BoxNation (UK)
This fight is for the British title.  Dickinson is a 2-loss fringe prospect who despite recent success was stopped against back-to-back no-hopers in 2010.  Dawson also has two losses, albeit against higher-level competition, and owns a 1st-round KO victory over current #18 Tony Conquest from 2012.  Dickinson comes in with the belt, but the resumes lead me to think that Dawson should be the favorite.  Both guys are in the top 50 currently, and the winner could challenge for a top 20 spot next week.
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