Heavyweight: 2014, Aug 18-24

#13 Deontay Wilder won his short-notice stay-busy fight with Jason Gavern on Saturday, wearing out journeyman Jason Gavern and forcing the veteran to retire in the corner before the 5th round.  Wilder, perhaps looking to go rounds and perhaps short on preparation for the hastily-arranged bout, didn’t really look all that sharp, and fairly clearly lost the first round before Gavern’s abysmal conditioning began to show.  He just plain wasn’t in shape to go more than the four rounds he went, even under the best of circumstances.  Wilder was credited with two knockdowns in the fight, one of which was a shot to the back of the head followed by a push that should not have counted.  Not that it mattered ultimately.  Gavern wasn’t a top 50 opponent, and thus Wilder stays right where he’s at in the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (269-482-482)
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 (27-27-27)
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 (12-356-356)
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 (12-23-87)
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 (20-20-20)
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 (27-120-197)
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 (27-142-205)
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 (11-11-31)
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 (11-15-77)
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 (11-87-87)
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 (11-22-221)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- L (UD12) vs. #12 Carlos Takam
Next Fight: 10/?/2014- vs. #12 Odlanier Solis
Thompson will be giving Odlanier Solis a well-deserved rematch in October, it would appear.
11) Tomasz Adamek (11-226)
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 (11-221)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- L* (SD12) vs. #13 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 10/?/2014- vs. #10 Tony Thompson
After taking a tough loss and a heap of excessive criticism in a fight he frankly deserved to win, Solis will get a chance to avenge the slight with an October rematch with Tony Thompson.
13) Deontay Wilder (15-69)
Last Fight: 8/16/2014- W(RTD4) vs. Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wilder had kind of a mediocre performance against a hopelessly out-of-shape Jason Gavern, but you wouldn’t know it by the result.  Up next will be Bermane Stiverne, it would seem.
14) Chris Arreola (15-50)
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 (20-51)
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 (20-39)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- L (KO5) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 10/24/2014- vs. Samuel Peter (UNR)
After a targeted fight with Shannon Briggs was nixed on account of Briggs’ stupid Klitschko stunt, Leapai will get another solid name from the past who has seen better days in Sam Peter.
17) Andy Ruiz (20-39)
Last Fight: 5/17/2014- TKO2 Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/20/2014- vs. Sergey Liakhovich (UNR)
Ruiz will headline a Solo Boxeo card from Phoenix on September 20 against former contender and current journeyman Sergey Liakhovich.
18) Seth Mitchell (20-63)
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 (4-4)
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 (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/26/2014- L* (SD12) vs. Bryant Jennings (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Perez is reportedly being considered for an October fight with Manuel Charr in Moscow.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Friday
Gerald Washington vs. Nagy Aguilera; Fairfield, California; FS1 (US)
Washington is a raw but reasonably accomplished prospect, who is making a lateral move, more or less, with Aguilera.  The Dominican journeyman peaked in 2009 with an upset win over Oleg Maskaev, but has been used as an opponent ever since.  He’s managed to win a round or two against the likes of Dominic Breazeale, Antonio Tarver, and Tomasz Adamek, for what that’s worth.  It should be at least a worthwhile development fight for Washington.
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