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Light Heavyweight: 2011, Mar 28- Apr 3

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings, Uncategorized on April 13, 2011 by danboxing
Malawi’s Isaac Chilemba, a solid fringe contender at 168, fought for a regional title at 175 this week in South Africa, outpointing mid-range Namibian prospect Vikapita Meroro.


The biggest events ratings-wise in the division were not in the ring.  The one-year anniversary of #9 Chris Henry’s last fight causes him to vanish from the rankings.  Likewise, since #11 Roy Jones, Jr. has scheduled a cruiserweight fight for May, he logically can’t fight at 175 before the one-year anniversary of his loss to Bernard Hopkins and also disappears.  This naturally causes a big shake-up.  Beibut Shumenov moves up to #9, Adrian Diaconu re-enters the top 10 for the first time since I started ranking, and everyone rated below him moves up two spaces.  Tony Bellew re-enters at #19 after 10 weeks on the outside, while Dyah Davis debuts at #20 on the strength of a draw with fairly accomplished borderline light heavyweight Francisco Sierra that he probably deserved to win.


For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Jean Pascal
1) Bernard Hopkins
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Glen Johnson
5) Nathan Cleverly
6) Adrian Diaconu
7) Karo Murat
8) Beibut Shumenov
9) Gabriel Campillo
10) Isaac Chilemba


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Jean Pascal (33-93-93)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
1) Bernard Hopkins (15-251-251)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Champ Jean Pascal
He’ll get his shot to avenge the draw in the first fight with Pascal.
2) Chad Dawson (15-252-252)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
It looks like Dawson will likely face Adrian Diaconu in the Pascal-Hopkins co-feature.
3) Tavoris Cloud (15-83-83)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s mandatory is now Yusaf Mack, the winner of an eliminator with Otis Griffin.  This is actually a pretty decent matchup as alphabet contests go.  But according to Zsolt Erdei promoter Lou DiBella, HBO is trying to match Cloud with his guy.  Either bout is fine with me.  This is one hot division.
4) Glen Johnson (33-406-406)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. SMW #3 Carl Froch (at SMW)
If he manages to beat Froch, he will fight for the Super Six Championship, and possibly the legitimate Super Middleweight Championship of the World.  If not, maybe he moves back up to 175.  If he beats Froch, he will most likely forfeit his 175 rating because the Super Six will tie him up beyond the year anniversary of his light heavyweight fight with Cloud.
5) Gabriel Campillo (33-40-40)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: 4/15/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Apparently #12 Dmitri Sukhotski never signed for the fight, and Campillo is now searching for another opponent on short notice.
6) Nathan Cleverly (28-60-60)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #8 Juergen Braehmer
Cleverly has expressed a desire to fight Cloud if he beats Braehmer, and there are also discussions of an all-Welsh showdown with cruiserweight fringe contender Enzo Maccarinelli at 175.
7) Yusaf Mack (4-4-40)
Last Fight: 3/4/2010- W(SD12) vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
The oft-delayed eliminator with Otis Griffin finally went down, and Mack escaped with a comfortable split decision, if there is such a thing.  Mack is now the mandatory challenger for Cloud’s belt, but may have to wait awhile as HBO is pushing Zsolt Erdei for that honor, instead.
8) Jürgen Brähmer (4-40-40)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #6 Nathan Cleverly
9) Beibut Shumenov (1-36-40)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov, an attorney, is suing his promoter, Goosen-Tutor, and attempting to break away.  Hopefully this doesn’t hurt his now-promising career.
10) Adrian Diaconu (1-1-203)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It sounds like a fight with Chad Dawson on 5/21 is almost set.
11) Danny McIntosh (1-40)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- TKO11 #14 Thierry Karl
Next Fight: Unknown
McIntosh has a European title with some good challengers in those rankings, and also appears to be the mandatory challenger for a British title held by Tony Bellew.
12) Dmitri Sukhotski (1-22)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently  was never fully on board for the proposed fight with #5 Campillo.  That fight is now off.
13) Ismayl Sillakh (1-11)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- UD10 Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looked real good in outboxing Despaigne.  Probably top 10-bound.
14) Hugo Garay (1-40)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Garay understandably pulled out of his fight on Friday, March 11th due to the death of his mother on the 8th.  I’ll give him an extra month to schedule a fight at 175 before removing him from the rankings.
15) Zsolt Erdei (1-19)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Campillo off the table, an HBO fight with Tavoris Cloud now looks like the most likely route for Erdei.
16) Thierry Karl (1-40)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
17) Luis Garcia (1-11)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Otis Griffin (1-11)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- L (SD12) vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Tony Bellew (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO8 Ovill McKenzie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dyah Davis (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/5/2011- D (MD10) vs. Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/8/2011 – vs. Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Davis continues to get airtime, as he prepares to fight hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  He got some of his own prospect street cred back by upsetting Francisco Sierra following his own upset loss to Aaron Pryor, Jr.


The Week Ahead: Friday: Undefeated North Carolina-based Russian prospect Sergey Kovalev will fight Julius Fogle in Chicago.  Fogle is a journeyman who has a decent record overall, but has been largely discredited as a serious opponent of late.


Saturday: Undefeated German prospect Dustin Dirks will fight a journeyman of similar quality (or lack thereof) in Roberto Cocco of Italy.

Super Middleweight: 2010, Dec 13-19

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight, Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 by danboxing
Jeff Lacy’s descent is now complete, as he lost on Saturday to a guy in Dhafir Smith that had scarcely ever sniffed contention before.  It wasn’t really that close.  Obviously this is a case of Lacy being a completely shot fighter rather than Smith being anything special.  With luck (ours and his) we’ll never see nor hear of Left Hook in the ring again.  In other action, William Gare of South Africa beat his countryman Roland Francis- a tough journeyman- losing between 2 and 4 rounds depending on the card.  And most importantly, James DeGale of the UK stopped fellow British prospect Paul Smith in the 9th round, getting some major credentials in the process.  Smith probably was no world beater, but was roughly at the top of the heap when it comes to British-class fighters.  DeGale in beating him convincingly has basically gone from a pure prospect to a bona fide European-class fringe contender, and in doing so has earned himself a top-20 ranking.


DeGale’s entrance, as well as a revamped ratings system on Boxrec which gives fewer points to prospects for beating unproven/bad fighters (something I’m all for), has given me occasion to re-examine the records of the last few members of the top 20.  First, #17 Jean Paul Mendy, who has two problems.  First, aside from a first round DQ victory over Sakio Bika in which he was being badly beaten, he has not fought a truly credible opponent since about 3 years ago, and even then it was only a draw against solid fringe contender Anthony Hanshaw.  This division is too deep, upon further reflection, to allow a top-20 rating to be built solely on one draw in 3 years.  Mendy couldn’t help the fact that his recent fight with Bika ended inconclusively due to Bika’s blatant foul, but as a better fighter he could have helped the way Bika was slapping him around the ring prior to the stoppage.  Accordingly, Mendy drops from the rankings.


Now to Daniel Geale.  Geale is a beast at middleweight and will be highly ranked there when I get around to publishing those ratings soon, but his #19 spot in the 168 pound rankings was built solely on a victory over Kariz Kariuki.  Kariuki is still a decent win, but it occurred to me in updating my data that Garth Wood also has a win over a more highly-thought of version of Kariuki a little less than a year ago as well as a win over Victor Oganov from last September.  The two Kariuki wins more or less cancel each other out, and Wood clearly deserves the ranking over Geale at this weight.


So James DeGale will debut with his really nice win at #18.  Garth Wood shoots past Geale and also Peter Quillin (Wood’s two victories are over slightly more accomplished opposition than Quillin’s) to assume the #19 position, and Quillin retains his #20 ranking after Mendy and Geale tumble out.


Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Lucian Bute
3) Carl Froch
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Andre Dirrell
6) Sakio Bika
7) Robert Stieglitz
8) Librado Andrade
9) Glen Johnson
10) Arthur Abraham


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (3-82-82)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #7 Arthur Abraham
2) Carl Froch (3-235-235)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #15 Glen Johnson
3) Lucian Bute (3-244-244)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- KO9 #15 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Mikkel Kessler (3-314-314)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Andre Dirrell (24-37-37)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- DQ11 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Robert Stieglitz (24-68-68)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Arthur Abraham (38-60-60)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L (UD12) vs. #4 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Andre Ward
8) Librado Andrade (26-186-186)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Dimitri Sartison (9-20-24)
Last Fight: 7/31/10- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sakio Bika (9-9-193)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Eduard Gutknecht (9-24)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- RTD9 Michal Bilak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Karoly Balzsay (9-24)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO4 Misa Nikolic (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edison Miranda (9-24)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L (TKO3) vs. Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jesse Brinkley (9-24)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- L (KO9) vs. #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Glen Johnson (6-6)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Thomas Oosthuizen (6-24)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #17 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Isaac Chilemba (9-24)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #15 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
18) James DeGale (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Garth Wood (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO6 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Peter Quillin (6-24)
Last Fight: 2/6/2010- UD10 Fernando Zuniga
Next Fight: 12/18/2010- vs. Martin Desjardins (UNR)


THE WEEK AHEAD: On Saturday, fringe contender Ruben Acosta will move up to light heavyweight for a fight against the terrible Lucas Molina in Argentina, #20 Peter Quillin fights the equally terrible Martin Desjardins in Quebec City, and once-beaten Middleweight prosect Danny Jacobs makes a foray into the 168 pound division against the (you guessed it) terrible Jorge Orta.  Don’t expect any upsets here.