Heavyweight: 2014, Jun 16-22

Monday in Kaltaker, Switzerland, undefeated Swiss-based Kosovo prospect Arnold Gjergjaj pretty much beat down low-level Hungarian journeyman Tibor Balogh for a 2nd-round TKO.  Balogh gave an honest effort, winging wide shots recklessly whenever he got the chance, and occasionally even connecting to little apparent effect.  But it was the much taller Gjergjaj who was able to get a lot more leverage on his slightly less wide shots, and he essentially seemed to drive Balogh to the canvas with the sheer weight of his punches for at least a couple of the 4 knockdowns he scored in the 2-round fight.


Later that night in Glasgow, Scotland, British prospect Ian Lewison dropped terrible Croatian opponent Kreso Bogdanovic and in the 2nd, and caused him to quit after that round.  That’s the best report I can give you, with no video available.


#15 Erkan Teper of Germany was in action in Munich on Friday, but action might be the wrong word.  Teper was outpunched probably about 6 or 7 to 1 by his fellow undefeated opponent, Newfel Ouatah of France.  Teper’s superior power and accuracy kept him in the fight despite being so vastly outworked, though.  After losing the first three rounds pretty clearly on my card (the first in dominant fashion), Teper finally got on the board by knocking his man down in the 4th after pinning him on the ropes and dislodging his mouthpiece.  It still wasn’t exactly a blowout, but he did earn the 10-8.  Ouatah came back strong in the following round to again earn the round in pretty dominant fashion, but appeared to fade a bit in the 6th, which was the second round I gave to Teper.  The actual effective punches were fairly even, but Teper was coming forward and had Ouatah’s back scraping the ropes for almost the entire round.  I had Ouatah up 57-56 at that point, and so I was shocked when the Frenchman inexplicably quit on his stool after the bell rang to begin the 7th.  I couldn’t find any detailed firsthand reports on the fight, aside from German-language pro-Teper puff pieces, and so I have no idea what Ouatah’s excuse for quitting was, but I certainly didn’t see any obvious injury or pain that might explain it.  It looked like he just gave up.  If true, that’s shameful.  Even if he felt totally spent when he quit, he ought to have kept trying.  Teper was visibly out of shape, and had been gasping for air between rounds since at least the end of round 2.  For what it’s worth, one judge- Grzegorz Molenda- had a respectable card at 58-55 Ouatah at the time of the stoppage.  The other two, Massimo Montanini and Soren Saugmann, were either corrupt or were blatantly rooting for Teper, and each had it 59-54 for the guy clearly losing the fight.


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 (260-473-473)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- TKO5 #16 Alex Leapai
Next Fight: 9/6/2014- vs. #5 Kubrat Pulev
It’s looking all but certain that Wlad will fight Pulev on September 6.
1) Tyson Fury (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #6 Dereck Chisora
Fury-Chisora has been made.  July 26, in Manchester.  The winner will become one of Wlad’s mandatories.
2) Alexander Povetkin (3-347-347)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- TKO7 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin wants to return in late October, and wants to rematch the Champ when he’s gotten at least 3 fights in with his new trainer.
3) Vyacheslav Glazkov (3-14-78)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD12 #4 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: 8/9/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Glazkov returns in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on August 9, in a fight with an undetermined opponent to be televised on NBC Sports.
4) Amir Mansour (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery L (UD10) vs. #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham had the more sympathetic story and a legitimately great comeback attempt, but Mansour had the better collection of rounds legitimately won.  Mansour was robbed even though the fight was close, and deserves Cunningham’s former position in the rankings for his effort.
5) Kubrat Pulev (18-111-188)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- RTD3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/6/2014- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Klitschko’s notes, above.
6) Dereck Chisora (18-133-196)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
7) Carlos Takam (2-2-22)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- UD12 #9 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Takam’s potential appears nearly boundless after he handled Tony Thompson more easily than anyone not named Wladimir Klitschko.
8) Bermane Stiverne (2-6-68)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- TKO6 #13 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne is hoping to fight Wilder sometime in November in either Montreal or Las Vegas.
9) Steve Cunningham (2-78-78)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery W (UD10) vs. Amir Mansour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I hope you’ll all pray for his daughter to recover from her life-threatening health condition, and the guy had guts to come back from the 2 knockdowns.  But he didn’t win the fight.
10) Tony Thompson (2-13-212)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- L (UD12) vs. #12 Carlos Takam
Next Fight: Unknown
Not that there’s any shame in being beaten by Takam necessarily, but Thompson’s performance was poor enough that you have to start wondering how much he has left.
11) Tomasz Adamek (2-217)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- L (UD12) vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek expects to return on October 18.  Not much detail yet, but Ray Austin is a potential opponent.
12) Odlanier Solis (2-212)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- L* (SD12) vs. #13 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
The Solis haters are out in force, claiming a clear loss in a fight that Solis deserved to win.  You might not like his physique or his training habits or his style, but if he outfights the other guy, he still deserves to be respected as a winner at least as much as a disappointment.  A loss to Thompson is not that embarrassing, especially when you ought to have won it.
13) Deontay Wilder (6-60)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 #19 Malik Scott
Next Fight: Unknown
See Stiverne’s notes, above.
14) Chris Arreola (6-41)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #12 Bermane Stiverne
Next Fight: Unknown
Having spent the better part of the last 5 years losing or fighting nobodies, Arreola’s resume now depends entirely on the Mitchell win.
15) Erkan Teper (11-42)
Last Fight: 6/13/2014- RTD6 Newfel Ouatah (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Teper’s effort in his last fight- and perhaps especially in the gym leading up to it- was awful, and he got lucky when his opponent turned out to be almost as out of shape as him, in addition to being an apparent quitter.
16) Alex Leapai (11-30)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- L (KO5) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Leapai is reportedly interested in fighting Shannon Briggs in the wake of his total non-performance against the Champ.
17) Andy Ruiz (11-30)
Last Fight: 5/17/2014- TKO2 Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even against a faded Quezada who showed little resistance, I must confess to being impressed by Ruiz’s skill and heavy hands, especially considering the sharp contrast between his physique and the results it yields.
18) Seth Mitchell (11-54)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.  Golden Boy’s CEO says he’s advised Mitchell to do just that, though he reports that Mitchell seems to have no such intention.
19) Johnathon Banks (11-15)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks had an offer to fight in the Auckland Super 8 Tournament on June 6, but either turned it down or failed to respond.  He’ll need to schedule something else in the next week to avoid removal for inactivity.
20) Francesco Pianeta (11-14)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- KO1 Mickael Vieira (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pianeta says he wants to give Vieira a rematch due to the flukey broken arm that KO’d the Frenchman.  The fight was a waste of time the first time, honestly, so I’m not sure we need a second helping, regardless of the reason.


THE WEEK AHEAD: No action to report.

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