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Cruiserweight: 2012, May 7-13

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by danboxing
Marco Huck is a roller-coaster ride in boxer form.  Not that long ago, he was an extremely active and fairly dominant contender whose only rival in the division appeared to be Steve Cunningham, close decision over Ola Afolabi notwithstanding.  But then he fought Denis Lebedev and got bullied around the ring, only to win a completely bogus decision.  That made him nothing more than a borderline top 5 cruiserweight.  But then he moved up to heavyweight and put forth what almost definitely should have been a winning effort against that division’s clear #2 fighter.  So when he announced he was returning to cruiser to clarify the result of the Afolabi fight, we all kind of assumed quietly that this new version of Huck- the freshly unstoppable heavyweight conqueror- would walk through Afolabi the way he couldn’t quite do the first time around.  Not so.  Huck appeared to have a very real conditioning issue, as he took as much as 5/6 of several rounds off and just absorbed Afolabi’s attack- predominantly to the body.  It would be easy to blame this on his brief move to heavyweight, but I’m not buying that.  Huck as a heavyweight was under 210.  He probably weighs as much on a cruiserweight fight night as he did when he fought Povetkin.  So it’s not like he had to kill himself shedding excessive bulk.  But with help from Afolabi’s body work, he tired as noticeably as Povetkin had in their meeting.

 

That being said, the fight was wild and closely contested.  Huck did great work in spurts and Afolabi tired every bit as much in the late rounds, and could legitimately have gone either way.  I had it 115-113 Afolabi, but the majority draw verdict- including the 115-113 Huck card- were entirely legitimate.

 

Steve Cunningham, who does own a win over Huck, moves back ahead of him to #4 as Huck falls to #5 with the draw.  Afolabi moves up to #6 with the best result of his career to this point, swapping places with Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.

 

Just to update last week’s post, the result of the April 29 Brazilian and South American title bout between undefeated prospect William Fernando Souza Bezerra and Fernando de Oliveira finally showed up on Boxrec.  The prospect stopped his journeyman opponent (the best opponent of his career so far) by knockout late in round 1.  Souza Bezerra has had 29 fights, and has never seen a scorecard (28 knockouts, 1 DQ).  I look forward to seeing him on the intercontinental level in the near future.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (14-98-98)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (14-118-118)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The deal isn’t done yet, but contingent upon a final agreement, Lebedev and Mormeck have chosen a date and location for their prospective fight: June 29 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (14-42-42)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Steve Cunningham (1-412-412)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Marco Huck (1-283-283)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
After the draw with Afolabi, it appears that Huck may be a better heavyweight than a cruiserweight.
6) Ola Afolabi (1-165-165)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi had his second painfully close fight with Huck, and still can’t quite get over the hump for a win.
7) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-359-359)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Guillermo Jones (23-84-84)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (42-127-127)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (8-8-98)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (8-58)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (8-69)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (8-77)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (8-182)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (8-8)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Mateusz Masternak (6-6)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Masternak is back in action May 19 in Denmark on the Kessler-Allan Green undercard, opponent yet to be announced.
17) Enad Licina (6-98)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (6-14)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (6-43)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (6-13)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Cesar Crenz (UNR)
After a scheduled matchup with washed-up William Joppy thankfully fell through, Drozd is now scheduled for an interesting matchup with fringe contender Cesar Crenz of Argentina in early June.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Universum places a few of its top cruiserweights in action Friday in Goeppingen, Germany.  #12 Alexander Alexeev meets #19 Firat Arslan in a good crossroads fight, while impressive undefeated prospect Rakhim Chakhkiev is back to work just 20 days after he made quick work of former super middleweight fringe contender Jaidon Codrington.  Chakhkiev is in against decent journeyman Zack Page.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Feb 6-12

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2012 by danboxing
Give Yoan Pablo Hernandez credit.  He came out on the friendly end of a bad job of officiating in his first fight with Steve Cunningham.  And he didn’t run and hide and sit on his ill-gotten gain.  He wasted little time scheduling a rematch with the likely wronged party, and this time he took care of business and left no doubt as to the winner of the fight.  And credit the judges, too.  They got it right this time around.  There is no scandalous headline this time to obscure Hernandez’ victory, and he deserves to revel in it.

 

On the same card, in a fight that was a bit inexplicably the main event, #17 Alexander Alexeev beat #15 Enad Licina in a very solid decision.  Licina showed nice power and timing early in the fight and was very competitive over the first half.  By the middle rounds, however, the younger Alexeev had started to break the Serbian veteran down.  Licina began to cover up and stand flat-footed in the middle of the ring, and from there he began to get busted up.  Alexeev wound up winning impressively in a fight I scored 117-111. 

 

On the undercard, #20 Mateusz Masternak faced decent journeyman Michael Simms, and managed to stop him in the 4th round of a scheduled 8.  Also, Troy Ross- unranked only due to inactivity- fought a no-hope opponent in Poland’s Lukasz Rusiewicz, and lost only one of a possible 24 rounds on the three judges’ cards.  Prior to Saturday, Ross was inactive for 15 months, and hasn’t fought a decent opponent since his controversial loss to Steve Cunningham 20 months ago.

 

Now to the inevitable shakeup:  It  was a VERY tough call on who would hold the number 2 spot this week, but ultimately Hernandez has now erased the doubt as to who is the better fighter between he and Steve Cunningham- a guy that was ranked #2 when the two began their rivalry late last year.  Lebedev has also beaten a #2 contender, though he didn’t get credit for it.  To me, Hernandez’ two fights with Cunningham and Lebedev’s fight with Huck amount to a wash.  Ultimately the main difference was that Hernandez has a longer resume overall, and Lebedev has been spending his time lately fighting washed up former middleweights.  As a result, Yoan Pablo Hernandez is the new #1 contender in this division.

 

Next issue: how far does last week’s #4 Steve Cunningham fall?  Let’s compare him with #5 Huck.  Each guy has recently lost (or should have) to a guy that was ranked #6 when they first met (Huck vs. Lebedev, Cunningham vs. Hernandez), so that’s a wash.  Cunningham has a couple relatively recent successes- one a stoppage win over Troy Ross that it’s easy to argue he should have lost in a technical decision.  I basically set that fight aside.  He also won a decision over then-14th-ranked Enad Licina.  Compare that to Huck’s opponent’s since Lebedev, which has basically been 3 gatekeepers, fringe contenders and prospects.  I consider these two parts of the resume a wash, as well.  Here’s the big bomb: Cunningham beat Huck in the ring.  Drawback?  That fight was over 4 years ago.  Since then, Cunningham’s only significant win that we haven’t already dealt with was a decision over contender Wayne Braithwaite in July ’09.  For Huck, the list includes a top-10 contender in 8th-ranked Ola Afolabi, another contender in Victor Ramirez, and a third top-20 guy in Matt Godfrey.  Add to that a liberal assortment of lesser top-50 fighters, and it’s really hard not to allow the weight of Huck’s activity to crush Cunningham’s hopes to hang on to the 4th position.  Luckily, Cunningham finds his firewall secure at #5, since another guy that he’s beaten in Krzysztof Wlodarczyk sits there.  This win was even more in the distant past than the Huck win, but Wlodarczyk has enough mixed results on his track record to give the result even of that close fight more weight, even despite the Pole’s recent come-from-behind knockout win over 9th-ranked Danny Green.

 

Fallout from the Alexeev-Licina fight.  Pretty clear-cut here.  Alexeev now has a better win than anything on Kayode’s (#13 last week) resume, and thus moves past the Nigerian.  The Uzbek-born Russian does have a couple losses to good fighters, but Kayode hasn’t yet been tested at quite the same level at which Alexeev has failed.  Alexeev stalls short of passing #12 Palacios, since I still consider Palacios’ likely undeserved loss to Wlodarczyk to be of slightly higher quality than a win over Licina.    Speaking of the Serbian veteran, he now has not won a significant fight in over 3 years, covering 3 losses.  That’s not good.  But looking at the guy below him last week, we see Firat Arslan, who lost to Steve Herelius in the middle of all Licina’s losing efforts.  Though Herelius made a lot of hay in my rankings based on that win, it must be said that he was not as highly thought of at the time of that bout as any of the guys Licina lost to.  Arslan has defeated the decent Lubos Suda since that loss, but all that really means logically is that he’s somewhere between the level of Suda and Herelius.  Licina had proved to be better than Jose Luis Herrera- who was seen as much better than Suda- back at the dawn of 2009, and his losses haven’t done quite as much to chip away at that reputation as did Arslan’s loss to Herelius.  Arslan’s age doesn’t help, either.  Therefore, Licina manages to avoid any unforced drop in the rankings despite the loss to a lower-ranked fighter.

 

Troy Ross’ victory over a very weak opponent did nothing more than return him to the status of an active fighter.  Even though he certainly has a lot more proven ability than those rated in his neighborhood, Ross’ resume simply doesn’t support his being ranked any higher than between Licina and Arslan.  You could argue he proved enough by arguably beating Cunningham in an abbreviated fight, but I believe that bout to have been too inconclusive to base any major adjustments upon. 

 

So just to summarize: Hernandez’ win bumps him from #3 to #1 this week, forcing down Lebedev and Tarver to #2 and 3, respectively.  Last week’s #4 and #5- Steve Cunningham and Marco Huck- switch places.  No changes between #6 and #12.  Alexeev advances from #17 to #13, forcing down #13-15 Kayode, Herelius, and Licina one place apiece.  Ross returns to the rankings at #17, forcing Arslan down 2 places to 18, while everybody rated 18 or below last week drops one position in the shakeup.  This includes #20 Mateusz Masternak, who exits the rankings after 14 weeks despite his low-level win this weekend.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (1-85-85)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (1-105-105)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The talks with Guillermo Jones appear to have fallen apart, and both men are now blaming each other for the failure of negotiations.
3) Antonio Tarver (1-29-29)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest word is that there is a 75% chance that Tarver will fight Wlodarczyk on Showtime, April 28.
4) Marco Huck (1-270-270)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/25/2011- vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Povetkin vs. Huck is now set a division to the north.
5) Steve Cunningham (1-399-399)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
After several shaky performances, Cunningham’s career is starting to take on water.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (10-346-346)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
See Tarver’s notes, above.
7) Ola Afolabi (10-152-152)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi might get a shot at Huck’s alphabet title despite Huck’s moving up to Heavyweight, as there may be a fight with Denis Lebedev offered for the vacant title.
8) Guillermo Jones (10-71-71)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Lebedev’s notes above.  Also, the WBA has ordered a fight between him and Lateef Kayode.
9) Danny Green (29-114-114)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Green says he would like a rematch with Anthony Mundine- something that’s unlikely at best now that Mundine is fighting about 4 divisions to the south of him.  I do not believe retirement has been ruled out for Green.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (29-169-169)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (17-85)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores wants Wlodarczyk next after easily brushing aside Pineda.
12) Francisco Palacios (17-45)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk appears poised for a fight with Antonio Tarver.
13) Alexander Alexeev (1-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
If his record is any indication, he has probably reached just about the ranking he currently tops out at.
14) Lateef Kayode (1-64)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
WBA titlist Guillermo Jones has been ordered to fight Kayode.
15) Steve Herelius (1-84)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Herelius has been inactive for a year as of Sunday after being on the wrong end of a brutal KO in his last fight.  He will be removed if he doesn’t schedule something this week.
16) Enad Licina (1-85)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
17) Troy Ross (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
18) Firat Arslan (1-30)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is 41 and not getting any younger.  Unless he’s already decided to call it a day, expect a better opponent in his next fight than Farias.
19) Matt Godfrey (1-21)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- L(UD10) vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a testament to the stagnation in the bottom half of the rankings that Godfrey- who last had a significant win over 3 years ago- continues to hang around the top 20.
20) Eric Fields (1-17)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- UD8 Derrick Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The only show in town this week at the 200 pound limit is a hump day showdown in Moscow between gatekeepers Grigory Drozd of Russia and Jamaica’s Richard Hall.

 

Outside the ring, #15 Steve Herelius is in danger of being removed for inactivity if he doesn’t schedule a fight this week.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jan 30- Feb 5

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2012 by danboxing
Undefeated Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev passed his first real test this week, dropping his countryman, gatekeeper Alexander Kotlobay, early in the fight on his way to a dominant decision in Rotherbaum, Germany.

 

On the same card, #16 Firat Arslan stopped Argentine journeyman Orlando Farias after two second-round knockdowns.

 

In Springfield, Missouri, #11 B.J. Flores stopped blown up mid-90s junior welterweight contender and current joke opponent Hugo Pineda in the 6th round.  Finally, in New York, #19 Eric Fields won comfortably on all cards in an 8-rounder against low-level journeyman Derrick Brown.
 

 

The only fight among these that had any apparent potential to affect the rankings was Chakhkiev-Kotlobay.  Chakhiev is now a certified prospect to watch internationally, but in this instance he does just barely fail to crack the rankings, as current #20 Mateusz Masternak has two wins of similar quality on his resume dating to March 2010 and 2011.  So yet again, no changes to the rankings, although Chakhkiev has placed himself in the driver’s seat should someone (perhaps Steve Herelius?) drop from the rankings in the near future.


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (28-104-104)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Guillermo Jones appears to be Lebedev’s mostly likely next opponent, but there is no deal yet.
2) Antonio Tarver (18-28-28)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a showdown with Wlodarczyk in March on Showtime.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (18-84-84)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- W(SD6) vs. #2 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #4 Steve Cunningham
Hernandez will give Steve Cunningham a much-deserved rematch after their cut-shortened and highly controversial October fight.
4) Steve Cunningham (18-398-398)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(SD6) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
See Hernandez’ comments above.
5) Marco Huck (18-269-269)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/25/2011- vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Povetkin vs. Huck is now set a division to the north.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (9-345-345)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk has a alphabet obligation to give a rematch to Francisco Palacios who probably deserved the win against Wlodarczyk, and is being challenged by Tarver, as well.  But the Polish contender appears less interested in these fights than in a disgusting execution of the oft-executed Roy Jones.  And he, like Lebedev before him, should be ashamed of himself.  There are also talks of a Tarver fight in March.
7) Ola Afolabi (9-151-151)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi might get a shot at Huck’s alphabet title despite Huck’s moving up to Heavyweight, as there may be a fight with Denis Lebedev offered for the vacant title.
8) Guillermo Jones (9-70-70)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly there is a fight in discussion between Jones and Lebedev for March or April.  The WBA also just ordered a fight between Jones and Lateef Kayode.
9) Danny Green (28-113-113)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Green is undecided on a possible retirement after 2 consecutive stoppage losses.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (28-168-168)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (16-84)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores wants Wlodarczyk next after easily brushing aside Pineda.
12) Francisco Palacios (16-44)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, who has made noises about ducking that fight and losing his belt in favor of a joke fight with Roy Jones.
13) Lateef Kayode (16-63)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
WBA titlist Guillermo Jones has been ordered to fight Kayode.
14) Steve Herelius (14-83)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (14-84)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD8 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Licina-Alexeev now has a date: February 4.
16) Firat Arslan (14-29)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is 41 and not getting any younger.  Unless he’s already decided to call it a day, expect a better opponent in his next fight than Farias.
17) Alexander Alexeev (14-55)
Last Fight: 11/18/2011- TKO8 Daniel Bruwer (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #15 Enad Licina
See Licina’s notes, above.
18) Matt Godfrey (14-20)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- L(UD10) vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a testament to the stagnation in the bottom half of the rankings that Godfrey- who last had a significant win over 3 years ago- continues to hang around the top 20.
19) Eric Fields (14-16)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- UD8 Derrick Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.
20) Mateusz Masternak (14-14)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO3 Carl Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. Michael Simms (UNR)
Masternak will fight journeyman Michael Simms on the Hernandez-Cunningham undercard on February 4.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  This week is an even more active and bigger week in the division than last.  The headline fight is a rematch of the very controversial cut-shortened battle between Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Steve Cunningham from last year.  In the prior fight, Cunningham was in danger of being stopped early, but bounced back to apparently take control of the fight before the ref questionably decided to stop the fight based on a cut that did not appear to be affecting the Cuban’s vision.  It still appeared to most that Cunningham had won enough rounds to overcome his early struggles and win, but the judges gave their usual deference to the home fighter- in this case the Germany-based Hernandez.  Hopefully we get a more clear-cut and fair result this time.

 

The undercard in Frankfurt is also loaded with notable cruiserweights.  Actually, scratch that.  For some reason, the #3 vs. #4 matchup between Hernandez and Cunningham finds itself as the co-feature.  The night’s main event is inexplicably the Euro title fight between #15 Enad Licina and #17 Alexander Alexeev.  On the ACTUAL undercard, #20 Mateusz Masternak will fight journeyman Michael Simms, while Troy Ross, a formerly ranked contender who was removed for inactivity, finally returns to action against a totally hopeless opponent in Lukasz Rusiewicz.  The rankings WILL change next week, for the first time in a while.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Nov 21-27

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2011 by danboxing
Four fights on two nights this past week:

 

On Friday, Australian undefeated prospect Brad Pitt made a statement by stopping Australian “Contender” TV show veteran Victor Oganov in 5.  Oganov may or may not be the best opponent Pitt has beaten so far at this stage, but he is certainly the biggest name.  Nevertheless, Oganov lacks the credentials at this weight to support a rating for Pitt.  #17 Alexander Alexeev also managed to stop his opponent, solid journeyman Daniel Bruwer, in Germany.  Wrapping up Friday, undefeated Cuban prospect Yunier Dorticos proved that just because you’re Livin doesn’t mean you have a pulse, as he stopped relative novice Livin Castillo in Miami.  See what I did there?

 

Saturday, Garrett Wilson knocked out fringe prospect Chuck Mussachio in the 12th round in Atlantic City. 

 

Most of these fights were halfway decent matchups, but none quite well-matched enough to provide a change in the rankings.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Rankings:
Champ: None
1) Marco Huck
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez
3) Steve Cunningham
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
5) Denis Lebedev
6) Troy Ross
7) Antonio Tarver
8) Giacobbe Fragomeni
9) Ola Afolabi
10) Guillermo Jones


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (17-93-93)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There has been buzz of a possible matchup with Tarver in February in England, but Tarver recently said he has no reason to fight Lebedev.
2) Antonio Tarver (7-17-17)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
See Lebedev’s comments above.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (7-73-73)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- W(SD6) vs. #2 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s mandatory for now appears to be Troy Ross.  It seems possible that popular demand could lead to a rematch with Cunningham, though, too.
4) Steve Cunningham (7-387-387)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(SD6) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham was all but robbed in his last fight, but left just enough doubt by getting knocked down in the first to leave him behind his opponent in the rankings.
5) Marco Huck (7-258-258)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck may be literally getting too big for his britches, as he has been publicly agitating for a fight with heavyweight #1 contender Vitali Klitschko.  Vitali seems to have some interest, and there are talks that the fight might happen in February or March.  He also says he wants to fight Guillermo Jones.
6) Ola Afolabi (7-140-140)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Guillermo Jones (17-59-59)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones, a former welterweight, now says he wants a Klitschko.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (33-334-334)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2011- vs. #9 Danny Green
A really good matchup on tap between Wlodarczyk and Green- two contenders with a lot to prove.
9) Danny Green (17-102-102)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- L(RTD9) vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2011- vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s comments, above.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (17-157-157)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (5-73)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- UD10 Paul Jennette (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The natural assumption is that Flores is in line for a shot at Don King stablemate Guillermo Jones.
12) Francisco Palacios (5-33)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Lateef Kayode (5-52)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode has engaged in close fights with less-than-stellar opposition in 2 of his last 3 outings.
14) Steve Herelius (3-72)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (3-73)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD8 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Licina-Alexeev now has a date: February 4.
16) Firat Arslan (3-18)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan has finally got his comeback on the right track after the Herelius setback by destroying the decent Suda.
17) Alexander Alexeev (3-44)
Last Fight: 11/18/2011- TKO8 Daniel Bruwer (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #15 Enad Licina
See Licina’s notes, above.
18) Matt Godfrey (3-9)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- L(UD10) vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a testament to the stagnation in the bottom half of the rankings that Godfrey- who last had a significant win over 3 years ago- continues to hang around the top 20.
19) Eric Fields (3-5)
Last Fight: 9/2/2011- TKO2 Rubin Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.
20) Mateusz Masternak (3-3)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO3 Carl Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak recently signed with Sauerland, giving him lots of great opportunities for big fights in the near future.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  No major fights at cruiser this week.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Nov 14-20

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2011 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Pawel Kolodziej stopped ordinary journeyman Mauro Ordiales late in round 2 in Kolodziej’s native Poland.  No changes to the rankings this week.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Rankings:
Champ: None
1) Marco Huck
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez
3) Steve Cunningham
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
5) Denis Lebedev
6) Troy Ross
7) Antonio Tarver
8) Giacobbe Fragomeni
9) Ola Afolabi
10) Guillermo Jones


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (17-93-93)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There has been buzz of a possible matchup with Tarver in February in England, but Tarver recently said he has no reason to fight Lebedev.
2) Antonio Tarver (7-17-17)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
See Lebedev’s comments above.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (7-73-73)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- W(SD6) vs. #2 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s mandatory for now appears to be Troy Ross.  It seems possible that popular demand could lead to a rematch with Cunningham, though, too.
4) Steve Cunningham (7-387-387)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(SD6) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham was all but robbed in his last fight, but left just enough doubt by getting knocked down in the first to leave him behind his opponent in the rankings.
5) Marco Huck (7-258-258)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck may be literally getting too big for his britches, as he has been publicly agitating for a fight with heavyweight #1 contender Vitali Klitschko.  Vitali seems to have some interest, and there are talks that the fight might happen in February or March.  He also says he wants to fight Guillermo Jones.
6) Ola Afolabi (7-140-140)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Guillermo Jones (17-59-59)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones, a former welterweight, now says he wants a Klitschko.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (33-334-334)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2011- vs. #9 Danny Green
A really good matchup on tap between Wlodarczyk and Green- two contenders with a lot to prove.
9) Danny Green (17-102-102)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- L(RTD9) vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2011- vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s comments, above.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (17-157-157)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (5-73)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- UD10 Paul Jennette (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The natural assumption is that Flores is in line for a shot at Don King stablemate Guillermo Jones.
12) Francisco Palacios (5-33)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Lateef Kayode (5-52)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode has engaged in close fights with less-than-stellar opposition in 2 of his last 3 outings.
14) Steve Herelius (3-72)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (3-73)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD8 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Licina-Alexeev now has a date: February 4.
16) Firat Arslan (3-18)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan has finally got his comeback on the right track after the Herelius setback by destroying the decent Suda.
17) Alexander Alexeev (3-44)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- TKO2 Damian Norris (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/18/2011- vs. Daniel Bruwer (UNR)
See Licina’s notes, above.
18) Matt Godfrey (3-9)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- L(UD10) vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a testament to the stagnation in the bottom half of the rankings that Godfrey- who last had a significant win over 3 years ago- continues to hang around the top 20.
19) Eric Fields (3-5)
Last Fight: 9/2/2011- TKO2 Rubin Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.
20) Mateusz Masternak (3-3)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO3 Carl Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Lots of fights to talk about this week.  Australian undefeated prospect Brad Pitt will fight Victor Oganov, a former Super Middleweight who was featured on Australian’s version of “The Contender” a few years ago.  Don’t let the name of the show fool you, though.  Oganov has been strictly relegated to journeyman status since the show, after which he took the big leap to cruiser.  The following night in Germany, #17 Alexander Alexeev stays busy ahead of his second and more important scheduled fight with Enad Licina, when he faces journeyman Daniel Bruwer.  Putting a cap on Friday, undefeated Cuban prospect Yunier Dorticos takes a bit of a step back from his career-best victory over Jose Luis Herrera this spring when he faces pretty non-threatening journeyman Livin Castillo in Miami.

 

Saturday begins and ends in the division with gatekeeper Garrett Wilson- who was originally scheduled for an eliminator with then-ranked Troy Ross- taking on one-loss fringe prospect Chuck Mussachio in Atlantic City.