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Heavyweight: 2013, Feb 18-24

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by danboxing
#17 Denis Boytsov apparently wasn’t scared off by legal threats from his all but defunct promoter Universum, as he did indeed fight in Schwerin on Saturday.  His originally announced opponent, Marcelo Nasimento, fell through for some reason, and was replaced by slightly lower-level low-level journeyman Samir Kurtagic.  Boytsov didn’t exactly rock the house, it would appear, as Kurtagic won as many as two rounds on one judge’s scorecard.  Persistent hand injuries and terrible promotion have turned Boytsov from a guy being mentioned as one of the best hopes to dethrone the Klitschkos into a practically forgotten man.

 

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 (191-404-404)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Still no word on Wlad’s April 6 opponent, but his new trainer James Ali Bashir stated publicly that he believes Pulev and David Price to be the division’s only real threats.
1) Vitali Klitschko (228-228-228)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With 2013 in full swing, we’re still waiting on Vitali’s decision to fight on or retire.
2) David Haye (32-32-32)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring. 
3) Steve Cunningham (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
The judges denied him what should have been a shot at Kubrat Pulev by robbing him against Adamek, but there appears to be justice in the world, as Cunningham appears likely to get a comparable opponent in #6 Tyson Fury, on April 20.  The likely fight would be on big NBC during the afternoon, from MSG.
4) Alexander Povetkin (32-278-278)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad appears to be avoiding Povetkin, in something of a role-reversal.  Povetkin’s team is fighting it, but Wlad has successfully requested a voluntary defense before having to fight him.
5) Tomasz Adamek (9-148-148)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek is acting erratic lately, I think it’s fair to say.  First he gets busted drunk driving, and now he has turned down the Pulev shot that he “won” by “beating” Cunningham, claiming to have a much more lucrative offer to fight an unknown opponent in Poland- an offer that all the major Polish networks claim to have no part of.
6) Tyson Fury (9-83-83)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Fury is looking to fight in the US on April 20, with the opponent likely being the formidable Steve Cunningham.
7) Eddie Chambers (9-36-36)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers appeared set to fight Lebedev at cruiserweight, but it now appears that Lebedev will fight Guillermo Jones, instead.
8) Kubrat Pulev (9-42-119)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek running scared, Pulev will reportedly defend his EBU title in March or April.  Next, he might expect either a mandatory shot at Wlad or- more likely- an eliminator against Adamek’s replacement, who rumor has it may be prospect and Adamek stablemate Bryant Jennings.
9) Dereck Chisora (9-64-127)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora is penciled in for the big Frank Warren event on 3/16 in London.  The only obstacles at this point are securing an opponent and getting his license back.
10) Johnathon Banks (9-14-14)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell

Next Fight: Unknown
Banks broke his thumb in sparring, scuttling the Mitchell rematch.
11) Odlanier Solis (9-143)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Solis’ promoter- with whom he seems to have healed a major rift- says they’re looking at 3/22 for the big Cuban’s return, in Berlin.
12) Marco Huck (9-52)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. CW #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck admits to not wanting the trilogy fight with Afolabi, but intends to go forward with it in late March or early April.  Since his last heavyweight fight was February 25, he will be removed when I publish my first update after that date, or my first update after that fight is announced at cruiser, whichever comes first.
13) Robert Helenius (9-143)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius will reportedly fight Michael Sprott next, but reports that it was done for March 2 have been vehemently denied by Sauerland.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-110)
Last Fight: 12/21/2012- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Dimitrenko is scheduled to return on March 9 in Hamburg.
15) Tony Thompson (5-143)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. David Price (UNR)
After failing to take the title from Wlad, Thompson will serve as a stepping stone to a top 10 ranking for sensational English giant David Price in a February fight in Liverpool- or at least he will if he plays along with Price’s plan.
16) Chris Arreola (5-205)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
Arreola-Stiverne has been delayed yet again- this time likely owing to Andre Ward’s injury.  It will now be March 9 in Costa Mesa, California.
17) Denis Boytsov (5-192)
Last Fight: 2/17/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov appears to have won the battle of wills with Universum over whether he gets to fight or not.  Now the trick will be getting him in against worthwhile opposition.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (5-143)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Mormeck reports a bad shoulder injury while training for his cruiserweight fight with Wlodarczyk.  He will be unable to train for two months- at which point he’ll have been inactive for over a year.  Theoretically he could still schedule a heavyweight fight during that period, so he will retain his ranking until March, if only as a formality.
19) Vyacheslav Glazkov (5-9)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- RTD4 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Fresh off the Hamer win, Glazkov has an intriguing match with undefeated prospect Malik Scott, a 32 year old who took 3 years off leading up to 2012.
20) Bermane Stiverne (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #16 Chris Arreola
Stiverne’s fight with Arreola is now scheduled for 3/9.  I haven’t been counting, but this is at least the 3rd or 4th scheduled date for the fight.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Welcome to a rather busy week at Heavyweight.

 

Tuesday: Gatekeeper-level Czech Ondrej Pala fights a weak and inexperienced Belorussian journeyman named Yuri Bihoutseu in Minsk, Belarus.

 

Friday: In Galati, Romania, Syrian fringe contender and recent Vitali Klitschko victim Manuel Charr takes on fellow one-loss prospect Yakup Saglam of Turkey.  Saglam will be coming off a 22-month layoff since his last fight, whereas Charr scored a quick stoppage over fast-sliding journeyman Konstantin Airich just 2 months ago.

 

Saturday: 2 fights and a tournament, all with the potential to affect the rankings:

 

In Liverpool, local undefeated and sensational giant/prospect David Price takes a huge step up against American #15 contender Tony Thompson.  This will be Price’s first foray into top 25 opposition.  If he’s as good as he’s looked in scoring 9 consecutive knockouts (even as his competition has improved), Price will likely be too quick for the relatively slow and robotic Thompson, and could make it an early night.  If not, Thompson might be able to find him with his slow freight trains and…well…make it an early night.  Either way, it’s a very good crossroads fight that will likely end in a knockout.

 

Meanwhile, in London, we’ve got another installment of Prizefighter International Heavyweights on our hands.  The contestants this time around include 3 underdogs from the UK: London native Audley Harrison, a former Olympic gold medalist who could only very briefly claim to be anything more than a fringe contender in the pro ranks, and who- at 41- is very clearly a mere journeyman at this stage; Martin Rogan of Belfast, also 41 and a winner of a Brits-only version of Prizefighter back in 2008 who won a razor-thin points decision over Harrison and stopped Commonwealth Champion Matt Skelton in his next two fights before being stopped in back-to-back fights with Sam Sexton and recently being destroyed by a randomly left-handed version of Tyson Fury; and London’s Ian Lewison, just 6-1-1 at 31 years old, who has never beaten anyone remotely decent, and who suffered a draw against a 2-2 fighter that’s gone 7-16 since, and a loss to a man that was winless in his previous 9 fights.  The US contributes gatekeeper Travis Walker and high-level journeyman Derric Rossy.  From Denmark comes career journeyman Claus Bertino, who is approximately on the same level as Lewison.  From Germany, Timo Hoffmann.  He was a respectable fringe contender for the majority of the 2000s, but at 38 he’s clearly a mere journeyman.  Rounding out the field is Polish fringe contender Albert Sosnowski, who was robbed of a chance at the finals in the last installment of the International Heavyweight Prizefighter.

 

I’m not a gambling man, nor am I particularly confident in my skills of prognostication, but here’s how I would handicap the field, expressed in a percentage chance of winning: Sosnowski- 35%, Walker- 31%, Rossy- 14%, Hoffmann- 6%, Harrison- 6%, Rogan- 4%, Bertino- 2%, Lewison- 2%.  Despite the 3-round format of Prizefighter fights, when you consider that there are 2 top 50 fighters in the field and another man one decent win away from that status, there seems a better than even chance for the winner to take a top 20 spot.

 

Last but not least, #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov takes on Philadelphia’s Malik Scott in a battle of undefeated prospects in Huntington, New York.

Heavyweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2012 by danboxing
Wednesday in London, the Prizefighter series trotted out some decent Heavyweights for a single elimination tournament of 3-round fights.  Here’s a rundown of the action:

 

Quarterfinal #1: Gatekeeper Albert Sosnowski (Poland) vs. Gatekeeper Maurice Harris (USA): In a fight that could have gone either way, I believe the right verdict was reached.  The aged Harris threw the much harder punches, while Sosnowski generally outboxed the American with better movement and volume.  Round 1 was clearly for Harris, while the last two rounds, I thought, were ever so slightly in favor of the Pole.

 

Quarterfinal #2: Fringe contender Kevin Johnson (USA) vs. Novice Prospect Noureddine Meddoun (Morocco)- After a shaky first few seconds, Johnson bounced back to score an impressive, if inconsequential, TKO in the final seconds of round 1.

 

Quarterfinal #3: One-loss Prospect Tor Hamer (USA) vs. Journeyman Marcelo Nascimento (Brazil): Hamer managed to avoid the sweeping, wild haymakers of the very crude but much larger Nascimento, winning a very clear shutout decision.

 

Quarterfinal #4: Journeyman Tom Dallas (UK) vs. Novice Undefeated Prospect Tom Little: Little dominated the first two rounds with heavy shots and superior timing, but started to gas badly late in the second.  Between the 2nd and 3rd, he appeared ready to throw up and could barely stand under his own power.  Dallas, clearly needing a knockout, got it.  Dallas was rather hapless in general, but couldn’t help but win by TKO when Little became a stationary target.  The ref stopped the fight as much because of Little’s inability to support his own weight as any shots Dallas was landing.

 

Semifinal #1: Gatekeeper Albert Sosnowski vs. Fringe Contender Kevin Johnson: I’m not going to impugn the judges like I normally would because I don’t think any of the 3 rounds were super-clear, and it’s impossible to know how a bad or obstructed view might have affected the cards. But I think Sosnowski fairly clearly won the first two rounds, and thus I’m treating Johnson’s split decision victory as a robbery.  As in the Harris fight, Johnson was throwing the harder punches, while Sosnowski generally outboxed and outworked him.  But I think the differential in the scoring criteria was greater in Sosnowski’s favor in this fight than it was in his first round matchup.

 

Semifinal #2: Prospect Tor Hamer vs. Journeyman Tom Dallas: Hamer took just over 30 seconds to dispose of what little was left of Dallas following his grueling test against Little.  Hamer jumped on the Brit from the opening bell and broke him down in record time.

 

Final: Gatekeeper Kevin Johnson vs. Prospect Tor Hamer: In what turned out to be one of the major themes of the night, Johnson threw the harder punches, but Hamer’s skilled boxing kept him off balance and unable to answer more often than not.  Johnson appeared fairly fatigued and unsure of himself from the opening bell.  Hamer took the first two rounds, with Johnson taking the third.

 

So by my estimation, there were two big winners on the night.  Tor Hamer beat a recently-ranked fringe contender in Johnson, while Sosnowski beat a fellow Gatekeeper in Maurice Harris, and earned a win against Johnson, as well.

 

Surprisingly, none of the combatants manage to earn a ranking.  I view Sosnowski as having done the most worthwhile work in the tournament, and yet he is hampered- in comparison to #20 Franklin Lawrence- by a inexplicable draw with total bum Hastings Rasani within the past year.  Hamer- who beat Johnson- also falls short of eclipsing Lawrence because Lawrence’s record features two wins over roughly comparable opposition which- while over a year old- were of a knockout variety.  In my estimation, this type of win is clearly preferable and- in addition to the quantity argument- is enough for Lawrence to hang onto his position for now.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (157-370-370)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #11 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (194-194-194)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Vitali has scheduled what it sounds like will be his final fight.  Unfortunately, it’s hardly a fight at all.  He’ll take on one of the weakest undefeated fighters you’ll ever see- Syrian Manuel Charr.
2) Tomasz Adamek (2-114-114)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adamek, staying busy, is already scheduled for another fight- September 8 at the Prudential Center.  No opponent yet- although Kevin Johnson’s name has been mentioned.  Word is it’ll be another ridiculous Adamek-driven independent PPV.
3) Alexander Povetkin (2-244-244)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin’s fight has been moved to Hamburg from the Haye-Chisora undercard.
4) Marco Huck (15-18-18)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unfortunately, Huck is apparently making a thinly-veiled attempt to make a pointless fight with weak European cruiserweight paper champion Alexander Alekseev.  
5) Tyson Fury (15-49-49)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Fury has taken another low-risk, no reward fight in Vinny Maddalone, the strong but crude American journeyman brawler.  The fight will take place in Clevedon, England.
6) Dereck Chisora (15-30-93)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. David Haye (UNR)
The British Board is bitterly opposed to this bout- which they refuse to license- but apparently it is going forward anyway.  Get ready for a highly controversial blood-feud between Chisora and recent brawl opponent David Haye, July 14 in London.
7) Eddie Chambers (2-2-2)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers is still unclear as to the severity of his arm injury.  His doctor is reportedly hopeful that it’s only a strained bicep, but he has an MRI scheduled to find out.
8) Robert Helenius (2-65-109)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Encouraging news for Helenius, as he is back to limited rehab-style training after shoulder surgery.
9) Kubrat Pulev (2-8-85)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a Helenius clash on the horizon, though the Finn’s health is a factor.
10) Odlanier Solis (2-15-109)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Considering he was extremely out of shape and had a surgically-repaired knee to worry about, Solis didn’t look too terrible in coasting to victory over a disappointing Konstantin Airich.
11) Tony Thompson (2-109)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
12) Seth Mitchell (2-29)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell was set to fight the Klitschko-promoted Johnathon Banks, a mediocre one-loss prospect who is probably an upgrade from Witherspoon at least in terms of accomplishment, but a downgrade from Ibragimov- but he is now on the shelf until the fall due to a hand injury.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (2-293)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-76)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Chris Arreola (2-171)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
16) Denis Boytsov (2-158)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will likely fight in Moscow on August 24, but nothing official yet.
17) Jean-Marc Mormeck (2-109)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s unclear why or how, but Mormeck’s cruiserweight fight with Lebedev appears to be off- with little fanfare- as Lebedev is working on a Guillermo Jones clash.
18) Bermane Stiverne (2-53)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (2-8)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
20) Franklin Lawrence (2-57)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Busy week.  Fringe contender Timur Ibragimov leads off the week looking to bounce back with a win in his native Uzbekistan against South African journeyman Wiseman Dlomo.

 

Rhode Island gatekeeper Jason Estrada is in light in Providence against low-level journeyman Alex Gonzales on Friday.

 

Capping off the week, undefeated Polish prospect Artur Szpilka takes on washed-up former contender Jameel McCline- with a 19-year age gap between the fighters- in Lodz, Poland on Saturday.

Heavyweight: 2012, Jun 18-24

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2012 by danboxing
Saturday in Newark, #3 Tomasz Adamek managed to win an unimpressive decision over a mostly one-armed version of Eddie Chambers.  BJ Flores, delivering what passed for commentary on NBC Sports, somehow thought that Chambers had won the fight.  A draw, at best, and maybe as wide as 118-110 Adamek.  Now that doesn’t mean the Polish contender looked good.  He didn’t.  Chambers probably handles him if he isn’t injured for most of the fight.  But apparently Adamek has a talent for making opponents’ arms go bad (like Arreola a couple years ago).

 

Prospect Bryant Jennings outclassed journeyman Steve Collins on the undercard, winning a shutout 10-round decision. 

 

It’s hard to feel good about ranking a guy #2 based on a shaky victory over a one-armed fighter, but Povetkin’s hold on that spot was already weakened by the debatable win over blown-up cruiserweight Marco Huck, and a legitimate win over a quality contender is what it is.  Thus, Adamek and Povetkin switch spots.  Chambers, having become an active fighter again, reclaims a spot in the top 10 at #7, which forces everyone ranked #7 and below last week down one spot each, including Tony Thompson- who exits the top 10 after 107 consecutive weeks in- and Kevin Johnon- who exits the rankings for at least this  week after 11 straight weeks on the list.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (156-369-369)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #11 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (193-193-193)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Vitali has scheduled what it sounds like will be his final fight.  Unfortunately, it’s hardly a fight at all.  He’ll take on one of the weakest undefeated fighters you’ll ever see- Syrian Manuel Charr.
2) Tomasz Adamek (1-113-113)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek managed to bag a significant win over recent-#3 Chambers without impressing in any way, shape, or form.  How?  Just like in the Arreola fight, his opponent blew out an arm.
3) Alexander Povetkin (1-243-243)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin’s ludicrous fight with Rahman will now be the co-feature to Haye-Chisora in London.
4) Marco Huck (14-17-17)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unfortunately, Huck is apparently making a thinly-veiled attempt to make a pointless fight with weak European cruiserweight paper champion Alexander Alekseev.  
5) Tyson Fury (14-48-48)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Fury has taken another low-risk, no reward fight in Vinny Maddalone, the strong but crude American journeyman brawler.  The fight will take place in Clevedon, England.
6) Dereck Chisora (14-29-92)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. David Haye (UNR)
The British Board is bitterly opposed to this bout- which they refuse to license- but apparently it is going forward anyway.  Get ready for a highly controversial blood-feud between Chisora and recent brawl opponent David Haye, July 14 in London.
7) Eddie Chambers (1-1-1)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers is active again and of course grabs a top-10 spot, but given his arm injury, I would expect another bout with inactivity to come.
8) Robert Helenius (1-64-108)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now the mandatory challenger to #8 Kubrat Pulev’s European title- previously held by Helenius.  Helenius is still in the midst of an uncertain recovery from shoulder surgery, however.
9) Kubrat Pulev (1-7-84)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a Helenius clash on the horizon, though the Finn’s health is a factor.
10) Odlanier Solis (1-14-108)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Considering he was extremely out of shape and had a surgically-repaired knee to worry about, Solis didn’t look too terrible in coasting to victory over a disappointing Konstantin Airich.
11) Tony Thompson (1-108)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
12) Seth Mitchell (1-28)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell was set to fight the Klitschko-promoted Johnathon Banks, a mediocre one-loss prospect who is probably an upgrade from Witherspoon at least in terms of accomplishment, but a downgrade from Ibragimov- but he is now on the shelf until the fall due to a hand injury.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (1-292)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-75)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Chris Arreola (1-170)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo this weekend with an injury.
16) Denis Boytsov (1-157)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will likely fight in Moscow on August 24, but nothing official yet.
17) Jean-Marc Mormeck (1-108)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s unclear why or how, but Mormeck’s cruiserweight fight with Lebedev appears to be off- with little fanfare- as Lebedev is working on a Guillermo Jones clash.
18) Bermane Stiverne (1-52)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (1-7)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
20) Franklin Lawrence (1-56)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The International Heavyeight Prizefighter tournament in London takes center stage this week, as 8 heavyeights of varying quality hash it out in a series of 3 rounders in a one-night single-elimination tournament.  The entrants:
Last week’s #20 Contender, Kevin Johnson from the USA,
Gatekeepers Albert Sosnowski of Poland and Maurice Harris of the USA,
One-loss American Prospect Tor Hamer,
Journeymen Marcelo Nascimento of Brazil and Tom Dallas of England,
and novice-level prospects Noureddine Meddoun of Morocco and undefeated Tom Little of England.

 

With three members of the top 50 in the mix and one member of the top 25, it’s almost certain that the winner will emerge with a ranking.
 

Heavyweight: 2011, Nov 14-20

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by danboxing
A couple bouts from London led off the week at heavyweight.  Promising and undefeated Cuban prospect Mike Perez pitched a shutout against reliably solid but increasingly unsuccessful journeyman Zack Page.  In a huge shocker, fringe contender Albert Sosnowski could manage only a draw against very poor journeyman Hastings Rasani in just a 6-round contest.  I had Sosnowski winning 4 of the 6 rounds, but he left enough doubt in the final round that a draw is not unreasonable.  This has got to be a crushing result for Sosnowski’s confidence if not his future, as Rasani came in a loser of his previous 18 fights. 

 

Friday night, also in the UK, Dereck Chisora shut out Rasani-level journeyman Remigijus Ziausys over the 6-round distance.  More significant than the foregone conclusion of a result was the fact that Chisora came in more-or-less in shape, having dropped 20 pounds from his recent sound defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury in for which he tipped the scales at a pudgy 261.

 

Speaking of Tyson Fury, he returned to action on Saturday in Manchester, and once again gave both his critics and fans plenty to talk about.  Against the undefeated but rather feather-fisted Neven Pajkic, Fury at a big right hand that dropped him like a sack of potatoes in the 2nd, but true to form rebounded to pulverize his man in the following round.  He dropped the Bosnian-Canadian twice before referee Phil Edwards stopped the contest WAY too early.  A few consistent themes seem to be emerging in Fury’s career.  First, he is defensively irresponsible, dropping his left in close and getting tagged for it.  Second, his chin appears to be very much a liability, as he gets rocked by light punchers.  Third, he is good at surviving once he’s hurt.  And finally, he bounces back from being hurt or put down better than just about anybody out there.  One thing’s for sure: a Tyson Fury bout is a must-see event, regardless of whom he’s fighting. 

 

Due to the fact that Chagaev hasn’t beaten anyone worthwhile in nearly 4 years, Fury advances past him in the rankings, despite the fact that Chagaev has, in his time, won on a much higher level than has the Brit.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) Alexander Povetkin
3) Tomasz Adamek
4) Eddie Chambers
5) Robert Helenius
6) Alexander Dimitrenko
7) Denis Boystov
8) Ruslan Chagaev
9) Chris Arreola
10) Kubrat Pulev

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (125-338-338)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. #13 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad is already looking past Mormeck to his next fight, which he hopes will be against Antonio Tarver in the US.
1) Vitali Klitschko (162-162-162)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
The two names being mentioned as Vitali’s next opponent seem to be Marco Huck and Nikolai Valuev.
2) Alexander Povetkin (12-212-212)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Cedric Boswell
Povetkin is apparently looking to fight old guys only for his next fight.  Originally it looked like a Holyfield fight was all but done, then it looked like Rahman was the guy.  As it turns out, he will fight 42-year-0ld #20 Cedric Boswell on December 3 in Helsinki.
3) Eddie Chambers (5-137-137)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #8 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight scheduled for a 10/28 ShoBox appearance is now off due to a Chambers back injury.  Chambers hopes to be ready to go by the end of the year.
4) Robert Helenius (5-33-77)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Dereck Chisora now appears to be the most likely opponent for Helenius’ December 3 date.
5) Tomasz Adamek (5-82-82)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
After initially saying he was only looking for the best fights, the latest word from Adamek’s camp is that he looks to fight 3 times in 2012, but does not expect to seek a title fight until 2013.  So 3 bums for Adamek.  Sounds pretty similar to his normal pattern since moving up.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and one of those fights will be a compelling Arreola rematch.
6) Tyson Fury (1-17-17)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO3 Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is already working on his next fight, which may be March 17 at Madison Square Garden for his US debut.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (1-261-261)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
8) Tony Thompson (5-77-77)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
9) Odlanier Solis (5-48-77)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
10) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-5-44)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko had elbow surgery, and his mandatory defense with Robert Helenius has been delayed until presumably sometime after Helenius’ reserved December 3 date.
11) Chris Arreola (5-139)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO3 Raphael Butler (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola had little or no trouble with yet another tune-up opponent.
12) Denis Boytsov (5-126)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Jean Marc Mormeck (5-77)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The former cruiserweight king will fight for a legitimate championship in his 2nd weight division on December 10 in Germany.  If David Haye couldn’t do anything against Wlad, I don’t know why the guy from whom Haye took the title will fare any better, especially when he is significantly older and more used up than was the Brit.
14) Bermane Stiverne (5-21)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
15) Samuel Peter (5-77)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appeared that Peter would be fighting Vyacheslav Glazkov this week, but apparently it was never a done deal and is now off.
16) Kubrat Pulev (4-53)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD12 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Franklin Lawrence (4-25)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dereck Chisora (5-61)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be the likely next opponent for #4 Robert Helenius on December 3.
19) Timur Ibragimov (5-8)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
Ibragimov will serve as a measuring stick on December 10 when he attempts to shut the gate on America’s best heavyweight prospect, Seth Mitchell.
20) Cedric Boswell (5-5)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD10 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Boswell gets the opportunity of his life on December 3, but it will be no easy task against #2 Povetkin.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two notable overseas heavyweight contests.  On Friday in Germany, undefeated Syrian prospect Manuel Charr faces off with fringe prospect Marcelo Nascimento of Brazil, whose only career loss came against Tyson Fury in February.  The following evening, fringe contender Michael Grant fights 43-year-old name journeyman Francois Botha in Botha’s back yard in South Africa.  Botha was a borderline contender in the early-to-mid  90s, but has been in a steady decline since then.  Still, even at 43 he’s not a complete joke yet- at least not relative to today’s heavyweight division.  Grant finds himself somewhere around the middle of the top 50 heavyweights after bouncing back from a loss to Adamek by knocking out perpetual top-level journeyman Tye Fields in March.

Heavyweight: 2011, Nov 7-13

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by danboxing
#11 Chris Arreola stopped journeyman Raphael Butler in 3 rounds on the non-televised Angulo-Kirkland undercard this week.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) Alexander Povetkin
3) Tomasz Adamek
4) Eddie Chambers
5) Robert Helenius
6) Alexander Dimitrenko
7) Denis Boystov
8) Ruslan Chagaev
9) Chris Arreola
10) Kubrat Pulev

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (124-337-337)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. #13 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad is already looking past Mormeck to his next fight, which he hopes will be against Antonio Tarver in the US.
1) Vitali Klitschko (161-161-161)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
The two names being mentioned as Vitali’s next opponent seem to be Marco Huck and Nikolai Valuev.
2) Alexander Povetkin (11-211-211)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Cedric Boswell
Povetkin is apparently looking to fight old guys only for his next fight.  Originally it looked like a Holyfield fight was all but done, then it looked like Rahman was the guy.  As it turns out, he will fight 42-year-0ld #20 Cedric Boswell on December 3 in Helsinki.
3) Eddie Chambers (4-136-136)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #8 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight scheduled for a 10/28 ShoBox appearance is now off due to a Chambers back injury.  Chambers hopes to be ready to go by the end of the year.
4) Robert Helenius (4-32-76)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Johnathon Banks and Kevin Johnson are the most common rumors for Helenius’ next opponent.
5) Tomasz Adamek (4-81-81)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek has made an offer to fight old and inactive former contender Jameel McCline in early 2012.  Unfortunately it looks like Adamek was lying when he said he only wanted the best fights after getting dominated by Vitali.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (4-260-260)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
7) Tyson Fury (4-16)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Fury has stated that he’d like to fight Povetkin after Pajkic.
8) Tony Thompson (4-76-76)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
9) Odlanier Solis (4-47-76)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
10) Alexander Dimitrenko (4-4-43)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko had elbow surgery, and his mandatory defense with Robert Helenius has been delayed until presumably sometime after Helenius’ reserved December 3 date.
11) Chris Arreola (4-138)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO3 Raphael Butler (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola had little or no trouble with yet another tune-up opponent.
12) Denis Boytsov (4-125)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Jean Marc Mormeck (4-76)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The former cruiserweight king will fight for a legitimate championship in his 2nd weight division on December 10 in Germany.  If David Haye couldn’t do anything against Wlad, I don’t know why the guy from whom Haye took the title will fare any better, especially when he is significantly older and more used up than was the Brit.
14) Bermane Stiverne (4-20)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
15) Samuel Peter (4-76)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appeared that Peter would be fighting Vyacheslav Glazkov this week, but apparently it was never a done deal and is now off.
16) Kubrat Pulev (3-52)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD12 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Franklin Lawrence (3-24)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dereck Chisora (4-60)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/11/2011- vs. Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.
19) Timur Ibragimov (4-7)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
Ibragimov will serve as a measuring stick on December 10 when he attempts to shut the gate on America’s best heavyweight prospect, Seth Mitchell.
20) Cedric Boswell (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD10 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Boswell gets the opportunity of his life on December 3, but it will be no easy task against #2 Povetkin.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: We’ve got a pretty active week on tap at heavyweight.  To wit:

 

Wednesday: Hot Cuban prospect Mike Perez takes on trial horse Zack Page in London, and fringe contender Albert Sosnowski battles awful journeyman Hastings Rasani on the same card.

 

Friday: #18 Dereck Chisora looks to bounce back from his decision loss to Tyson Fury with an easy fight against journeyman Remigijus Ziausys in Halifax, UK.

 

Saturday: In a battle of undefeated prospects, England’s Tyson Fury clashes with Bosnian/Canadian Neven Pajkic in Fury’s native Manchester.