Heavyweight: 2014, Aug 11-17

Saturday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, #3 Vyacheslav Glazkov turned in what could be fairly described as an uneven performance against often capable journeyman Derric Rossy.  Glazkov perhaps looked more like the prospect who struggled mightily with Malik Scott than the contender that busted up Tomasz Adamek.  In fairness, he was much more effective than Rossy when he punched, but he was badly outworked in the fight.  Rossy’s workrate was impressive, but only intermittently effective, and he appeared to visibly tire in the last 2-3 rounds.  I scored the fight 97-93 for Glazkov, while believing any score between 95-95 and 98-92 for the Russian could be reasonable.  The judges took full advantage of that scoring range, with John Poturaj arriving at 95-95, Ron McNair 96-94, and Pierre Benoist 98-92.  I have no complaints generally, as I think those scores collectively reflected the fight.

 

Having lost consecutive fights to Joey Dawejko, Fres Oquendo, and Audley Harrison before his solid previous outing against Joe Hanks, Rossy wasn’t on a high enough level to improve Glazkov’s ranking.  On the flip side, I don’t demote guys for legitimate wins, regardless of how underwhelming the performance involved.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (268-481-481)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- TKO5 #16 Alex Leapai
Next Fight: 9/6/2014- vs. #5 Kubrat Pulev
Klitschko-Pulev is set for September 6 in Hamburg.
1) Tyson Fury (26-26-26)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/22/2014- vs. #6 Dereck Chisora
After saying he was no longer interested in fighting Chisora after his rival withdrew from a scheduled fight, the fight is now rescheduled for November 22.
2) Alexander Povetkin (11-355-355)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- TKO7 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2014- vs. #7 Carlos Takam
Povetkin will attempt to halt the meteoric rise of rugged slugger Carlos Takam when the two meet in Russia on October 27.
3) Vyacheslav Glazkov (11-22-86)
Last Fight: 8/9/2014- W(MD10) vs. Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov didn’t exactly earn any style points for his lazy showing against big underdog Rossy, but a win’s a win, I suppose…
4) Amir Mansour (19-19-19)
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 (26-119-196)
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 (26-141-204)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/22/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
7) Carlos Takam (10-10-30)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- UD12 #9 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 10/27/2014- vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Takam looks to go from contender to international superstar when he looks to topple Povetkin in Russia in late October.
8) Bermane Stiverne (10-14-76)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- TKO6 #13 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had been looking at November for a big fight with Wilder, but a reported hand injury may delay that a bit.
9) Steve Cunningham (10-86-86)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery W (UD10) vs. Amir Mansour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There are unconfirmed reports of a potential fight with Bryant Jennings in the works.  It would make sense, as both guys are Main Events fighters.
10) Tony Thompson (10-21-220)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- L (UD12) vs. #12 Carlos Takam
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson volunteered to replace Dereck Chisora against Tyson Fury, but that fight didn’t ultimately materialize.
11) Tomasz Adamek (10-225)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- L (UD12) vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: 11/8/2014- vs. Artur Szpilka (UNR)
Originally penciled in for October 18 in Lodz, it now appears that Adamek-Szpilka is destined for November 8 in Krakow.
12) Odlanier Solis (10-220)
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 (14-68)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 #19 Malik Scott
Next Fight: 8/16/2014 vs. Jason Gavern (UNR)
Wilder’s opponent for his short-notice stay-busy fight on August 16 will be Jason Gavern.  Gavern can handle himself generally, but hasn’t fared well against quality fighters since 2010.
14) Chris Arreola (14-49)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #12 Bermane Stiverne
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola had elbow surgery, but is expected back in the ring in October.
15) Erkan Teper (19-50)
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 (19-38)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- L (KO5) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Leapai’s team was working on a deal to fight Shannon Briggs until Briggs got hurt trying to troll Klitschko.  Leapai is said to have another fight in the works for October that will be announced soon.
17) Andy Ruiz (19-38)
Last Fight: 5/17/2014- TKO2 Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ruiz pulled out of his August 9 fight with Nagy Aguilera due to a family health issues.
18) Seth Mitchell (19-62)
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) Bryant Jennings (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/26/2014- W* (SD12) vs. Mike Perez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reasonable minds can disagree on the correct result of Jennings-Perez.  What’s clear, though, is that Jennings is not nearly ready for Klitschko, a fight some of his supporters have been proposing for a while now.
20) Mike Perez (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/26/2014- L* (SD12) vs. Bryant Jennings (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
In his previous fight, Perez got a draw in a fight in which he clearly deserved to lose, but most recently he took a loss in a fight in which he probably at least deserved a draw.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Saturday
#13 Deontay Wilder vs. Jason Gavern; Carson, California; Showtime (US)
Wilder is waiting on a shot at a belt against an injured Stiverne, so Gavern is about as good an opponent as you could expect him to fight in this rather short-notice stay-busy outing.  Gavern can handle himself, but is 0 for his last 9 bouts against top 50 opposition.  Not exactly an advertisement for the fight, to be honest.
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