Heavyweight: 2014, Dec 1-7

 
#1 Tyson Fury on Saturday seemingly put his rivalry with the even more controversial Dereck Chisora to rest permanently.  Going into the fight, there were many who believed an in-shape Chisora might be able to beat Fury, despite the clear decision a fat and lazy Chisora had dropped back in 2011.  This time, Chisora came in at a respectable 241.5 lbs.  That’s not absolutely tip-top shape for him, but it’s similar to his size against Helenius and Klitschko, and almost 20 pounds less than his first fight with Fury.  All in all, you have to say he was ready for the fight at least in terms of weight.  But if he was improved since the 2011 version of himself, you’d have to say Fury has improved a great deal more.  Fury was able to control him virtually with nothing but the jab, and Chisora couldn’t remotely get inside to do any kind of work.  Having been reduced to the occasional lunging attempt, Chisora finally gave up and retired in his corner after 10 one-sided rounds.

 

On the undercard, Eddie Chambers continued his very slow-burning comeback attempt by dropping and stopping 8-3 novice Dorian Darch in the 3rd round of a scheduled 8.  The fight didn’t make the telecast, so that’s all I can tell you.

 

The proper ranking of Chisora as compared to Carlos Takam is very tricky.  Neither guy has ever lost to anyone ranked below #2 unless that guy was still on his way to that ranking or higher.  Both have beaten top 10 fighters.  Takam’s triumph over Tony Thompson was a lot more recent than Chisora’s clear but stolen win over Helenius in 2011, though Helenius at #4 was ranked significantly higher than #9 Thompson.  The rest of the resumes favor Chisora for quantity and Takam for quality.  The deciding factor, though, is Takam’s comparatively recent success, and he therefore slips by Chisora to #6, despite his own recent defeat at a similar level.  He did show a lot better against Povetkin than did Chisora against Fury, though.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (284-497-497)
Last Fight: 11/15/2014- KO5 #5 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko plans to make his next defense in the Spring.  Bryant Jennings has been mentioned.  That sounds undeserved, until you hear the other name being mentioned- Shannon Briggs.  Fury now has a mandatory position at some point, as well.
1) Tyson Fury (42-42-42)
Last Fight: 11/29/2014- RTD10 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury’s win over Chisora was stunningly easy.  Frankly he dominated by a lot more than did Vitali Klitschko when he met Chisora, and so the now eventually mandatory match-up with Wlad is looking more and more intriguing.
2) Alexander Povetkin (27-371-371)
Last Fight: 10/24/2014- KO10 #7 Carlos Takam
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin’s finishing skills were quite impressive, but it might be a bit worrisome that he was clearly getting outboxed by Takam for a good chunk of the fight.  With the win, he now figures to eventually become the mandatory for the winner of Wilder-Stiverne.  His team seems to want Tyson Fury, though, which would be amazing.
3) Vyacheslav Glazkov (27-38-102)
Last Fight: 11/8/2014- TKO7 Darnell Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
An easy stoppage win for Glazkov over Wilson will hopefully be a quick confidence boost after he struggled mightily against mediocre opposition last time around.
4) Amir Mansour (35-35-35)
Last Fight: 11/8/2014- KO7 Fred Kassi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mansour’s power was brought to bear on the mediocre Kassi, who did a good job of hanging in there- perhaps for longer than most expected while losing every round.
5) Kubrat Pulev (42-135-212)
Last Fight: 11/15/2014- L (KO5) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Back to the drawing board for the Bulgarian.  He at least mounted an attack.  That’s more than some challengers can say.
6) Carlos Takam (1-26-46)
Last Fight: 10/24/2014- L (KO10) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Takam found the ceiling on his rise to the top in #2 Povetkin.  He actually appeared more than a match for the Russian early in the fight, but couldn’t hang in the later rounds.
7) Dereck Chisora (1-157-220)
Last Fight: 11/29/2014- L (RTD10) vs. #1 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora looks to now rebuild from easily the worst performance of his career.
8) Bermane Stiverne (26-30-92)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- TKO6 #13 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: 1/17/2015- vs. #12 Deontay Wilder
Stiverne-Wilder is finally set for January 17 at the MGM Grand in Vegas, it would appear.
9) Steve Cunningham (26-102-102)
Last Fight: 10/18/2014- W (RTD7) vs. Natu Visinia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite some scary moments with the much bigger relative novice Visinia, Cunningham ultimately took care of business.
10) Tony Thompson (26-37-236)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- L (UD12) vs. #12 Carlos Takam
Next Fight: 1/24/2015 – vs. #11 Odlanier Solis
Maybe the third time will be the charm.  Thompson-Solis II gets its 3rd intended date on January 24.
11) Odlanier Solis (4-236)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- L* (SD12) vs. #13 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
See Thompson’s notes, above.
12) Deontay Wilder (4-84)
Last Fight: 8/16/2014- W(RTD4) vs. Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/17/2015 – vs. #8 Bermane Stiverne 
See Stiverne’s notes, above.
13) Chris Arreola (4-65)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #12 Bermane Stiverne
Next Fight: Unknown
Bad news for Arreola fans- he’s reportedly pulled out of a planned December 11 return due to an elbow injury.  Elbow surgery is what he was trying to come back from in the first place.
14) Malik Scott (4-13)
Last Fight: 10/31/2014- UD10 #16 Alex Leapai
Next Fight: Unknown
After an apparently dominant win over Leapai, Scott is probably back in the mix for some sort of big fight.
15) Erkan Teper (4-66)
Last Fight: 6/13/2014- RTD6 Newfel Ouatah (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/13/2014- vs. Johann Duhaupas (UNR)
Teper will apparently be defending his European title against France’s Johann Duhaupas in Germany on December 13.
16) Andy Ruiz (4-54)
Last Fight: 10/25/2014- TKO1 Kenny Lemos (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/20/2014- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Ruiz has rescheduled his planned October fight with faded former contender Liakhovich for December 20.
17) Bryant Jennings (4-19)
Last Fight: 7/26/2014- W* (SD12) vs. Mike Perez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jennings is once again said to be in the running for a Klitschko shot.  After barely and perhaps undeservedly getting by Mike Perez, I’m not sure that’s a natural fit at this stage.
18) Artur Szpilka (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/8/2014- W (UD10) vs. #11 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: 1/31/2015- vs. Unknown Opponent
Szpilka returned to camp just a week after the Adamek fight, as he is planning a return for January 31 in Torun, Poland.
19) Mike Perez (13-19)
Last Fight: 7/26/2014- L* (SD12) vs. Bryant Jennings (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Perez is reportedly working with famed trainer Robert Garcia.
20) Alex Leapai (5-54)
Last Fight: 10/31/2014- L (UD10) vs. #20 Malik Scott
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks pretty clear now that Leapai’s win over Boytsov was more about Boytsov’s shortcomings than Leapai’s quality.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Saturday
Joseph Parker vs. Irineu Beato Costa Jr.; Hamilton, New Zealand; TV Unknown
If there’s one criticism you can’t lob at Costa, it’s that he’s not busy enough.  He is back in against one of the world’s top prospects just 5 weeks after a lifeless performance against Christian Hammer in which he won zero rounds on any of the three cards.  He had been undefeated to that point.  But in no time flat, he’s embraced his new life as a travelling opponent.  At least he might be the kind of guy that can give a beast like Parker some rounds.

 

Francesco Pianeta vs. Ivica Bacurin; Budapest, Hungary; Magyar TV (Hungary)
I’ve previewed this fight before, back before it was postponed from a November date due to Pianeta getting a case of the flu.  Here’s what I said then: Bacurin is a career-long journeyman who pretty much always loses to the guys you’ve heard of or soon will, and pretty much always beats the guys you’ll never hear about.  Pianeta is the former.  Unfortunately for Bacurin, he’s also a natural cruiserweight, while Pianeta is a big heavyweight.  Hard to like the chances of the underdog in this one.
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