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Heavyweight: 2014, Mar 10-16

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 27, 2014 by danboxing
There were no significant heavyweight contests last week, but last week’s #18 Alexander Dimitrenko is removed for inactivity, as he last fought on March 9 of last year.  This allows this week’s challengers, Vyacheslav Glazkov and Malik Scott, to move up to #18 and #19, respectively, and Johnathon Banks returns at #20 after being forced out on February 17.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (246-459-459)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. #14 Alex Leapai
Klitschko-Leapai appears to be finalized for April 26 in Germany.  He said recently that he wants to capture his brother’s old alphabet title, which would unify all the major titles for the first time since Lewis in 1999.  He would have to wait for someone else to pick it up first, as the silly alphabets don’t let current titlists fight for vacant titles.
1) Tyson Fury (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury appears to be on a collision course with Chisora for the summer.  He also continues to call out Wladimir Klitschko.
2) Alexander Povetkin (4-333-333)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora has been ruled out as Povetkin’s next opponent.
3) Steve Cunningham (4-64-64)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD8 Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Amir Mansour (UNR)
Cunningham takes on unbeaten fringe contender Amir Mansour in Cunningham’s hometown of Philadelphia on April 4.
4) Tomasz Adamek (4-203-203)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
The rescheduled fight with Glazkov is now official for March 15.
5) Kubrat Pulev (4-97-174)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO5 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora and Pulev have purse bids scheduled for March 18, though the conventional wisdom has long been that Chisora would be fighting Fury this summer.  This may or may not eliminate
6) Dereck Chisora (4-119-182)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Fury, Pulev, and Povetkin’s notes, above.
7) Odlanier Solis (4-51-198)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Solis was first set to fight Kevin Johnson.  But he backed out because the IBF wanted him to fight Takam.  But now word from Tony Thompson is that Solis will fight Thompson, instead, on March 22.
8) Carlos Takam (4-8-8)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #11 Mike Perez
Next Fight: Unknown
Takam clearly beat #11 Perez, and is ranked accordingly.
9) Bermane Stiverne (4-38-54)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #10 Chris Arreola
The latest rumors have the Arreola fight taking place in June and in Mexico.
10) Chris Arreola (4-27-27)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Bermane Stiverne
See Stiverne’s notes, above.
11) Tony Thompson (4-198)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. #7 Odlanier Solis
Thompson is fighting Odlanier Solis on March 22.
12) Erkan Teper (4-28)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO1 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Deontay Wilder (4-46)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #19 Malik Scott
Wilder will fight his close friend, Malik Scott, on March 15.
14) Alex Leapai (4-16)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD10 #20 Denis Boytsov
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Leapai-Klitschko is done for April 26 in Germany.
15) Robert Helenius (4-198)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We finally have a bit of clarification on the Helenius-Sauerland situation.  Helenius says that when he signed a promotional contract with Sauerland in 2007, he had no representation and couldn’t even read it in German.  He is currently trying to get a Finnish court to allow him to fight in Finland, as he says Sauerland is blocking him from fighting now despite the fact that his health will now allow it.
16) Andy Ruiz (4-16)
Last Fight: 11/24/2013- RTD3 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ruiz passed up a proposed date in February, saying he wants to focus on weight loss so that his performances become more of a story than his physique.  He wants to be around or below 240.
17) Seth Mitchell (4-40)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.  Golden Boy’s CEO says he’s advised Mitchell to do just that, though he reports that Mitchell seems to have no such intention.
18) Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-64)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #4 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov-Adamek is back on, for March 15, after the first attempt was cancelled due to an Adamek illness.
19) Malik Scott (1-55)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #13 Deontay Wilder
See Wilder’s notes, above.
20) Johnathon Banks (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Saturday
Andrzej Wawrzyk vs. Frans Botha; Arlamow, Poland; PolSat Sport (Poland)
Frans Botha shouldn’t still be fighting, and frankly Polish prospect Wawrzyk should be a bit ashamed of himself for taking the fight against the 45 year old South African has-been.

 

#13 Deontay Wilder vs. #19 Malik Scott; Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Showtime (US)
Wilder will face his toughest test in Scott, who should at least allow him to prove that he hasn’t gotten to #13 only because of clever matchmaking.  The only two blemishes on Scott’s record are both controversial.  In the first, the judges gave his opponent Glazkov every benefit of the doubt in arriving at a draw.  In the second, he was counted out for a knockout despite being clearly up and ready to go before the count of 10 against Dereck Chisora.  Wilder so far has destroyed everything he’s hit.  We’ll see if he can do that against a classy operator in his prime like Scott.

 

#4 Tomasz Adamek vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; NBC Sports (US)
This is an intriguing fight.  Glazkov hasn’t exactly set the world on fire against high-level opposition, as he was very lucky to escape with a draw against Malik Scott, who was his best opponent to date.  Still, Adamek is about as vulnerable-looking as #4 contenders get, having barely outpointed an injured Eddie Chambers and being clowned by the smaller Steve Cunningham.  At the very least, Glazkov is a strong natural heavyweight in his prime, and Adamek often seems to have difficulty standing up to the kind of power a guy like him brings to the table.  On the other hand, Glazkov has proven himself to have trouble handling slick boxers, which Adamek qualifies for at this weight.  I’m not sure I can pick this one.

Heavyweight: 2014, Feb 10-16

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 22, 2014 by danboxing
No action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (242-455-455)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. #13 Alex Leapai
Klitschko-Leapai appears to be finalized for April 26 in Germany.  He said recently that he wants to capture his brother’s old alphabet title, which would unify all the major titles for the first time since Lewis in 1999.  He would have to wait for someone else to pick it up first, as the silly alphabets don’t let current titlists fight for vacant titles.
1) Alexander Povetkin (12-329-329)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
American journeyman Travis Kauffman has reportedly been offered a May fight with Povetkin.  If he wins, Povetkin will likely be in line for an eventual eliminator to fight Wlad again.
2) Steve Cunningham (12-60-60)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD8 Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham had little trouble dominating a fading former gatekeeper in Quezada.
3) Tomasz Adamek (12-199-199)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
The rescheduled fight with Glazkov is now official for March 15.
4) Kubrat Pulev (12-93-170)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO5 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Pulev is back on the Braehmer card on April 5 in Rostock, Germany, but no opponent just yet.
5) Dereck Chisora (12-115-178)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO3 Ondrej Pala (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/15/2014- vs. Kevin Johnson (UNR)
After prospect Andriy Rudenko withdrew from their scheduled February 15 fight, Chisora replaced him with a better opponent in credible gatekeeper Kevin Johnson.
6) Odlanier Solis (12-47-194)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. #10 Tony Thompson
Solis was first set to fight Kevin Johnson.  But he backed out because the IBF wanted him to fight Takam.  But now word from Tony Thompson is that Solis will fight Thompson, instead, on March 22.
7) Carlos Takam (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #11 Mike Perez
Next Fight: Unknown
Takam clearly beat #11 Perez, and is ranked accordingly.
8) Bermane Stiverne (4-34-50)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Chris Arreola
Purse bids were cancelled as Stiverne and Arreola reached an agreement for their upcoming alphabet title fight, with April being targeted.
9) Chris Arreola (4-23-23)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #8 Bermane Stiverne
See Stiverne’s notes, above.
10) Tony Thompson (4-13-194)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. #6 Odlanier Solis
Thompson says he’s fighting Odlanier Solis on March 22.
11) Erkan Teper (4-24)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO1 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Teper might have scored the heavyweight knockout of the year, and probably retired Martin Rogan in the process.
12) Deontay Wilder (12-42)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #19 Malik Scott
Wilder will fight his close friend, Malik Scott, on March 15.
13) Alex Leapai (12-12)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD10 #20 Denis Boytsov
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
It looks like Leapai-Klitschko is done for April 26 in Germany.
14) Robert Helenius (13-194)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We finally have a bit of clarification on the Helenius-Sauerland situation.  Helenius says that when he signed a promotional contract with Sauerland in 2007, he had no representation and couldn’t even read it in German.  He is currently trying to get a Finnish court to allow him to fight in Finland, as he says Sauerland is blocking him from fighting now despite the fact that his health will now allow it.
15) Andy Ruiz (12-12)
Last Fight: 11/24/2013- RTD3 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ruiz passed up a proposed date in February, saying he wants to focus on weight loss so that his performances become more of a story than his physique.  He wants to be around or below 240.
16) Seth Mitchell (13-36)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.  Golden Boy’s CEO says he’s advised Mitchell to do just that, though he reports that Mitchell seems to have no such intention.
17) Alexander Dimitrenko (12-161)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is rumored at least to be fighting Sam Sexton in the first round of the WBC World Cup, but that tournament appears to be in limbo for the time being, at least.
18) Vyacheslav Glazkov (12-60)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov-Adamek is back on, for March 15, after the first attempt was cancelled due to an Adamek illness.
19) Malik Scott (12-51)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. #12 Deontay Wilder
See Wilder’s notes, above.
20) Johnathon Banks (12-65)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks is penciled-in for the second round of the WBC World Cup, against the winner of Sam Sexton and Alexander Dimitrenko, but as noted above, that whole tournament is delayed and in doubt.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: 
Saturday
Tyson Fury vs. Joey Abell; London, England; BoxNation (UK)
Fury is several levels above journeyman Abell, but does have a questionable chin that has allowed him to be hurt by similar clubfighter-types in the past, and Abell did manage to drop Kubrat Pulev in his last fight.

 

#5 Dereck Chisora vs. Kevin Johnson; London, England; BoxNation (UK)
This is a reasonably decent stay-busy outing for Chisora, but not much more.  Johnson is a decent gatekeeper who conclusively beat current title challenger Alex Leapai, and deserved the nod against Christian Hammer in his last fight.

Heavyweight: 2013, Mar 11-17

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by danboxing
It’s time to face the possibility that Alexander Dimitrenko may be a shot fighter.  The #14 contender looked to stay busy on Saturday in his adopted hometown of Hamburg.  His opponent was 19-18 Croatian Ivica Perkovic.  Perkovic’s middling record is deceptive, however.  The vast majority of his wins came against fighters with 0 wins- many of them having lost well over 10 fights along the way.  His most prestigious win- such as it was- was probably his 4 round decision over an 8-22 opponent. 
 

Now that we’ve established what he was up against, let’s talk about Dimitrenko’s actual performance.  Two of the judges gave Perkovic 2 of the 8 rounds, including a fourth round knockdown.  Dimitrenko has now been down in each of his last 3 fights, including the last two against totally bargain basement Balkan opponents.  It’s looking like he may have been broken by the spiritually and physically taxing defeat to Pulev.

 

In a more significant fight, borderline top 50 undefeated prospect Magomed Abdusalamov removed the “borderline” from his title, stopping generally capable Puerto Rican prospect and former Olympian Victor Bisbal on Friday Night Fights from Atlantic City in under 5 rounds.  But I can’t say Abdusalamov really impressed.  Bisbal easily won the first two rounds with superior timing and accuracy.  Neither man had much in the way of defense or any sort of flashy skills or footwork.  It was like rock ’em sock ’em robots, except that early on, Bisbal was hitting Mago first and making him miss as a result.  Bisbal was probably at least 15 pounds over his ideal fighting weight, however, and it showed.  By round 3, he was starting to fade, and Mago started to find him with increasing frequency, wearing him down to a 5th round stoppage after putting Bisbal down with a flush lead right hand.  By that time, the Puerto Rican could barely hold himself up from fatigue.  Considering how poor his opponent’s conditioning appeared to be, Abdusalamov would be justified in saying that “Bisbal been veddy veddy good to me.”  I’ve never been that high on Abdusalamov.  While he does have plenty of power, I expect that the first in-shape, decent-chinned opponent with any kind of skills that he runs into will handle him easily.  I don’t expect him to rise any higher than the edge of the top 25.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (194-407-407)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Francesco Pianeta (UNR)
Wlad will be fighting Italian fringe contending prospect Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany.  It’s hard to knock Pianeta as a fighter because he remains undefeated and was knocked off track by a bout with cancer a couple years ago, but it’s hard to get excited about any fight that, if the underdog won, would be considered the greatest upset in the history of the Heavyweight Championship.
1) Vitali Klitschko (231-231-231)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali hasn’t decided whether to retire or not, but he has very clearly stated he has no interest in David Haye after Haye turned down a fight in September.
2) David Haye (35-35-35)
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.  If Vitali’s recent statement is any indication, we’ll never see Haye again.
3) Steve Cunningham (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Adamek’s erratic behavior has yielded justice.  Cunningham beat Adamek, but was robbed.  Now he’ll fight Tyson Fury, with the winner to fight Kubrat Pulev for a mandatory shot at Wlad.  The fight will be at MSG and will be televised live in the afternoon by NBC.
4) Alexander Povetkin (35-281-281)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After failing to convince the WBA to deny Wlad a voluntary before fighting him, Povetkin and his team are now raising cain about the 75-25 split the WBA has set for the purse bid.  No word on whether he’ll stay busy in the meantime, as it would be hard to imagine the fight happening before August at the earliest.
5) Tomasz Adamek (12-151-151)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
After claiming he turned down the Pulev fight for a more lucrative opportunity for a domestic Polish fight, Adamek is now saying he’ll fight next in the US.  If this were a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” we know which bird Adamek would be.
6) Tyson Fury (12-86-86)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Steve Cunningham
See Cunningham’s notes, above.
7) Eddie Chambers (12-39-39)
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 (12-45-122)
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 will likely fight the winner of Cunningham-Fury, with the winner becoming Wlad’s IBF mandatory.
9) Dereck Chisora (12-67-130)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora is penciled in for Frank Warren’s 3/16 card at Wembley Arena in London, but won’t find out if he has a license or not until 4 days before.  No prospective opponents have been bandied about, so it will likely be a very weak one.
10) Johnathon Banks (12-17-17)
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 (12-146)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Leif Larsen (UNR)
Solis takes on undefeated Norwegian prospect Leif Larsen in Berlin on March 22.  The two had been scheduled to meet in October, but Solis bailed to go straight for Adamek, whom he also bailed on.
12) Tony Thompson (2-146)

Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson wants Fury- who recently signed to fight Cunningham.  Price has a rematch clause, but Price himself has indicated he may not be “crying for a rematch,” while Thompson says he wouldn’t consider it unless they paid him a lot better and came to the US.
13) Robert Helenius (2-146)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius was rumored for a March fight with Sprott, but no news since.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-113)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko’s future is in doubt after he struggled mightily to survive a heavy knockdown and outpoint typically inept journeyman Ivica Perkovic.
15) Chris Arreola (2-208)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The most cursed single fight in recent memory has again been delayed.  This time Arreola’s bronchitis is to blame.  He said he can be ready by mid-April, but venues and dates haven’t been sorted out yet.  He’s been in active for over a year, but only the most recent delay is remotely his fault, so he’ll get a reasonable opportunity to reschedule.
16) Denis Boytsov (2-195)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- 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.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (2-12)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (2-3)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was the victim of a bad decision against Glazkov it’s fair to say, but I stop short of calling it a blatant robbery.  I do believe he won 8 of the 10 rounds, but he only won 4 of them with clarity.  By easing off the gas in the latter half of the fight, he gave the judges the opportunity to hand it to the house fighter, which 2 of them were all too happy to do.
19) Bermane Stiverne (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #15 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite signing with well-connected promoter Gary Shaw in July 2011, Lawrence has had nothing but stay-busy fights (and he’s not staying all that busy) since before that time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Dereck Chisora may or may not be fighting on Saturday.  He expects a decision on his British license 4 days before, and at last check was expecting to fight an unnamed opponent if he is restored to legitimacy.

Heavyweight: 2013, Mar 4-10

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by danboxing
No in-ring action at heavyweight last week, but #12 Marco Huck and #18 Jean-Marc Mormeck have both gone more than a year without fighting at heavyweight, and both are consequently removed.  Huck scheduled a fight this week, but it will be a cruiserweight rematch against Ola Afolabi.

 

Everyone ranked #13-17 last week moves up a rank apeice, while #s 19 and 20 each move up 2 places.  Rounding out the top 20 are Bermane Stiverne and Franklin Lawrence at #19 and #20, respectively.  Stiverne was last ranked 2 weeks ago before Malik Scott’s debut forced him out.  Lawrence was forced out last July and returned for a 1 week stint in mid-December, but had been on the outside looking in ever since.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (193-406-406)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Francesco Pianeta (UNR)
Pending approval from the WBA, Wlad will be fighting Italian fringe contending prospect Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany.  It’s hard to knock Pianeta as a fighter because he remains undefeated and was knocked off track by a bout with cancer a couple years ago, but it’s hard to get excited about any fight that, if the underdog won, would be considered the greatest upset in the history of the Heavyweight Championship.
1) Vitali Klitschko (230-230-230)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali hasn’t decided whether to retire or not, but he has very clearly stated he has no interest in David Haye after Haye turned down a fight in September.
2) David Haye (34-34-34)
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.  If Vitali’s recent statement is any indication, we’ll never see Haye again.
3) Steve Cunningham (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Adamek’s erratic behavior has yielded justice.  Cunningham beat Adamek, but was robbed.  Now he’ll fight Tyson Fury, with the winner to fight Kubrat Pulev for a mandatory shot at Wlad.  The fight will be at MSG and will be televised live in the afternoon by NBC.
4) Alexander Povetkin (34-280-280)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After failing to convince the WBA to deny Wlad a voluntary before fighting him, Povetkin and his team are now raising cain about the 75-25 split the WBA has set for the purse bid.  No word on whether he’ll stay busy in the meantime, as it would be hard to imagine the fight happening before August at the earliest.
5) Tomasz Adamek (11-150-150)
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.  He has also denied rumors that he might be fighting Artur Szpilka.
6) Tyson Fury (11-85-85)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Steve Cunningham
See Cunningham’s notes, above.
7) Eddie Chambers (11-38-38)
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 (11-44-121)
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 will likely fight the winner of Cunningham-Fury, with the winner becoming Wlad’s IBF mandatory.
9) Dereck Chisora (11-66-129)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora is penciled in for Frank Warren’s 3/16 card at Wembley Arena in London, but won’t find out if he has a license or not until 4 days before.  No prospective opponents have been bandied about, so it will likely be a very weak one.
10) Johnathon Banks (11-16-16)
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 (11-145)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Leif Larsen (UNR)
Solis takes on undefeated Norwegian prospect Leif Larsen in Berlin on March 22.  The two had been scheduled to meet in October, but Solis bailed to go straight for Adamek, whom he also bailed on.
12) Tony Thompson (1-145)

Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson wants Fury- who recently signed to fight Cunningham.  Price has a rematch clause, but Price himself has indicated he may not be “crying for a rematch,” while Thompson says he wouldn’t consider it unless they paid him a lot better and came to the US.
13) Robert Helenius (1-145)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius was rumored for a March fight with Sprott, but no news since.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-112)
Last Fight: 12/21/2012- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Dimitrenko is scheduled to return on March 9 in Hamburg.  He was rumored to be fighting an untested and inactive 4-0 prospect, but he’s possibly gone even softer with Ivica Perkovic.
15) Chris Arreola (1-207)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The most cursed single fight in recent memory has again been delayed.  This time Arreola’s bronchitis is to blame.  He said he can be ready by mid-April, but venues and dates haven’t been sorted out yet.  He’s been in active for over a year, but only the most recent delay is remotely his fault, so he’ll get a reasonable opportunity to reschedule.
16) Denis Boytsov (1-194)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- 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.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-11)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (1-2)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was the victim of a bad decision against Glazkov it’s fair to say, but I stop short of calling it a blatant robbery.  I do believe he won 8 of the 10 rounds, but he only won 4 of them with clarity.  By easing off the gas in the latter half of the fight, he gave the judges the opportunity to hand it to the house fighter, which 2 of them were all too happy to do.
19) Bermane Stiverne (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #15 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite signing with well-connected promoter Gary Shaw in July 2011, Lawrence has had nothing but stay-busy fights (and he’s not staying all that busy) since before that time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, #15 Alexander Dimitrenko fights low-level journeyman Ivica Perkovic in a pretty pointless fight.  And I guess I’ll also report that borderline top-50 undefeated Russian prospect Magomed Abdusalamov will battle one-loss Puerto Rican Victor Bisbal on Friday Night Fights from Atlantic City.  The winner will become a clear top 50 fighter and earn the right to be mentioned here without reservation.

Heavyweight: 2012, Dec 24-30

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2012 by danboxing
I’ll start with the bigger fights and move on to the smaller ones this week.

 

First and foremost, the rematch between #3 Tomasz Adamek and #4 cruiserweight Steve Cunningham.  What should have been a grand showcase for the sport on network TV turned into a debacle that no doubt reinforced many of the public’s negative perceptions about the sport.  Cunningham came in at 203 pounds, proving that he is probably a small cruiserweight who likely barely needs to drain- if at all- to make that weight.  While lacking serious power, he boxed the ears off Adamek.  The Polish contender took on a persona largely unfamiliar to his heavyweight run, fighting as an aggressive come-forward slugger.  Unfortunately for him, he was significantly too slow, with his 20 pound weight advantage, to frustrate Cunningham’s hit and run, long-range sharpshooting game plan.  Cunningham won no fewer than 8 of the 12 rounds- perhaps as many as 10- and landed the more effective shots overall from all appearances, but was blatantly robbed by 2 of the 3 judges.  Judge Debra Barnes- whose card was twice announced incorrectly- incredibly gave the fight to Adamek 115-113, and Dave Greer went even further at 116-112.  Even the one judge that had it for Cunningham- Tom Miller- had it too close at 115-113.  On this page, Cunningham will obviously be given full credit as the winner. 

 

On the undercard, a battle of fringe contending prospects ended in an unsatisfying way, as New York’s Tor Hamer- who rose to a degree of prominence by beating fringe contender Kevin Johnson in a 3-rounder to win Britain’s latest International Prizefighter Heavyweight tournament- quit on his stool after round 4.  His opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov- who had obtained essentially the same status by dominating then-credible Konstantin Airich in September- had begun to catch him with clean shots on a consistent basis, after a relatively even first three rounds.  The NBC broadcast left the impression that Hamer quit essentially from frustration and lack of desire.  Unfortunately, they did not conduct an interview with Hamer to confirm that impression.  There is no way to know Hamer’s real reason or lack thereof until we hear from the fighter himself.  But two things are certain: Glazkov has made a name for himself and made himself a real fighter to watch, and Hamer will be adjudged a quitter- whether fairly or unfairly- among most fans.

 

Backtracking to Friday, Lebanese prospect Manuel Charr- who suffered his first loss in his last fight by questionable stoppage against Vitali Klitschko, and whom I misidentified last week as Turkish- stopped the aforementioned Konstantin Airich in just 44 seconds in Cologne.  Prior to a recent losing streak and positive PED test, Airich had been viewed as a legitimate gatekeeper-type.

 

In the Czech Republic, #14 Alexander Dimitrenko returned to the ring for the first time since his demoralizing stoppage loss in May to Kubrat Pulev.  I’m not sure how the overall fight went, but I do know that he won a unanimous 8-round decision over low-level journeyman Samir Kurtagic, but was dropped in the final round along the way.

 

Last and least, borderline gatekeeper Alex Leapai of Samoa gave me my first-ever opportunity to report on a fight held in China, when he traveled there to stop weak Uzbek Akmal Aslanov midway through the 5th round.

 

Cunningham’s clear victory propels him from heavyweight obscurity to #3.  Adamek, despite losing to a cruiserweight, slumps below a fighter who had a similar moment within the year, although the fact that Povetkin had a better argument for a win over Huck than Adamek did over Cunningham is probably the decisive difference that allows the Russian to overtake the Pole.  Tyson Fury still lacks the top 10 victory he’d need to advance past Adamek, though.

 

Glazkov’s win also earns him a spot in the top 20- just barely.  His debut and that of Cunningham force out last week’s #s 19 and 20, Bermane Stiverne and Franklin Lawrence.  Stiverne had been rated for 78 weeks straight, while Lawrence had only returned last week after a long absence.  Everyone rated 5-18 last week drops a spot, as well, including Odlanier Solis, who drops back to #11 after just 7 straight weeks in the top 10.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (183-396-396)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It now appears to be a virtual certainty that Wlad and Povetkin will meet in or around March.
1) Vitali Klitschko (220-220-220)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali originally said he’d decide whether to retire or fight on by December 17, but has now said he won’t decide until 2013.
2) David Haye (24-24-24)
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 (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Judges don’t like Steve Cunningham, and he’s the visiting fighter even at home.  I don’t know why.  He makes interesting fights and has been excellent for years.  But he was borderline robbed in his first fight with Hernandez, and now blatantly so against Adamek.
4) Alexander Povetkin (24-270-270)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It now looks like a good bet that Povetkin-Wlad will be made early in 2013.
5) Tomasz Adamek (1-140-140)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
The judges, at first blush, appeared to have helped Adamek.  But what he gets is undeserved public scorn at having won a fight in which he put in an honest effort but clearly lost.  For a bonus, he most likely gets a fight with Kubrat Pulev that he is likely to lose very badly.
6) Tyson Fury (1-75-75)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury’s promoter says that David Price has made a non-serious offer to fight him.  In reality, the money probably doesn’t matter.   Fury could sit around eating Cheetos indefinitely and still get a big-money Klitschko shot in 2013.  The same is not true if he loses to Price.  If he loses to Klitschko, he can probably still fight Price later.
7) Eddie Chambers (1-28-28)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
After announcing that he’s moving down to cruiserweight, Chambers has a suitor at that weight in #1 Denis Lebedev.  Lebedev would like to come to New York to fight him in March or before.
8) Kubrat Pulev (1-34-111)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Wlad likely to take care of his WBA mandatory against Povetkin in March, Pulev appears likely to fight for the IBF mandatory position against Adamek around the same time.
9) Dereck Chisora (1-56-119)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is in the process of re-applying for his British license, and if successful, may very well fight David Price next.
10) Johnathon Banks (1-6-6)

Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: 2/16/2013- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
Banks doesn’t get to rest on his laurels for too long, as Mitchell has invoked his rematch clause.  The second helping will be placed on the table on a February 16 Adrien Broner undercard.
11) Odlanier Solis (1-135)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis pulled out of his December 22 fight with Adamek, apparently due to severe differences with his Turkish promoter Ahmet Oner, from whom he is apparently trying to separate himself.  Solis’ scheduling has been notoriously unreliable under Oner ever since he injured his knee against Vitali Klitschko.
12) Marco Huck (1-44)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. CW #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck will be fighting a trilogy with Afolabi, with the last fight being in March, when Afolabi is likely to get robbed in Germany.
13) Robert Helenius (1-135)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely squeaked by after a comatose performance against journeyman Williams.  The judges had it pretty wide, but make no mistake- it was a 1 or 2 point either way kind of fight.
14) Ruslan Chagaev (1-319)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev is almost certain to be removed in January, when his last significant win- a solid decision over a contender in Matt Skelton- exceeds the 5 year mark of age.  I don’t factor fights over 5 years old in my rankings.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-102)
Last Fight: 12/21/2012- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko beat the very mediocre Samir Kurtagic, but couldn’t avoid getting dropped late in the contest.
16) Tony Thompson (1-135)
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.
17) Chris Arreola (1-197)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The oft-delayed Arreola-Stiverne fight once again has a new date- this time February 23- due to an injury to main event headliner Andre Ward.
18) Denis Boytsov (1-184)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov hopes to return February 9, but will have to get past issues with his cash-strapped promoter in order to make that fight a reality.
19) Jean-Marc Mormeck (1-135)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. CW #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (at CW)
The Wlodarczyk fight has a new date of February 2, apparently due to difficulties in negotiating the particulars of the fight.
20) Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- RTD4 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov may have had a bit easier a time in dispatching Hamer than you’d like to see, but he deserves plenty of credit for the performance nevertheless.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Only one significant fight to report this week- and its significance is largely due to name recognition alone.  Former contender Oleg Maskaev returns to the sport for the first time since 2009, taking on oft-recycled journeyman Owen Beck in Moscow.  After so long, Maskaev certainly is not a current top 50 fighter, but has a recognizable enouigh name to merit a mention,  I think.

Heavyweight: 2012, Dec 17-23

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2012 by danboxing
The week at heavyweight was led off on Friday by two relative mismatches.  Bosnian-born Canadian one-loss prospect Neven Pajkic won a fairly dominant 10-round decision over journeyman Shane Andreesen for what was billed as the Canadian title.  A few hours earlier, in his adopted home of France, Cameroon’s Carlos Takam stopped generic Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic in 3 rounds.

 

Saturday, we got a rematch of the outrageous first meeting between undefeated German Edmund Gerber and solid British journeyman Michael Sprott.  To recap, Sprott appeared to be ahead 2 rounds to 1 when, in the 4th, he was dropped by a sudden hard right hand from Gerber.  He was very obviously ready to continue when German referee Gerhard Sigl ridiculously waved the fight off.  Sprott, knowing he had just had an opportunity to win stolen from him, shoved Sigl slightly, whereupon Sigl collapsed to the canvas as if shot.

 

I have to confess that I wasn’t able to find video of the rematch.  That’s very odd indeed, when you consider the potential intrigue involved.  But the consensus seems to be that Sprott won clearly, at something like 97-93.  Surprisingly, one of the judges chosen- of all the potential options- was Gerhard Sigl.  That alone is an outrage.  But to his credit, Sigl appears to have grown a conscience between fights, and had it 97-94 for Sprott.  Austria’s Norbert Duernberger had it the same.  Germany’s Joerg Milke saw it even at 95-95, but I can’t criticize him due to not having seen it, myself.  Either way, Sprott earned his redemption.

 

Gerber obviously exits the top 20.  As for Sprott, his resume unfortunately holds him back from taking the spot.  Gerber aside, Sprott had lost 8 fights since his last significant win, which was nearly 6 years ago when he knocked out Audley Harrison.  Many of his losses were respectable- he very nearly upended 12th-ranked Alexander Dimitrenko in 2007- but the list also includes losses to Tye Fields, Taras Bidenko, and Alexander Ustinov.  Certainly it’s possible to claw your way back to a ranking after hitting a rough patch in your career, but one good performance over a barely-ranked fighter is not going to get it done alone.  Naturally we will keep our eye on Sprott going forward, though.

 

The final spot is assumed by Franklin Lawrence, whose inactivity against decent opposition has led to his being unranked since mid-July.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (182-395-395)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Tyson Fury says that Wlad has agreed to fight him probably in mid-2013.  Fury’s impression is that Wlad will likely fight Povetkin first in March.  The latter is consistent with previous reports that Wlad’s March opponent prospects included Povetkin and Boytsov.  No statement either way from the Klitschko camp yet.
1) Vitali Klitschko (219-219-219)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali originally said he’d decide whether to retire or fight on by December 17, but has now said he won’t decide until 2013.
2) David Haye (23-23-23)
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) Tomasz Adamek (23-139-139)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO5 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham
Originally scheduled to fight Odlanier Solis, Adamek will instead fight a rematch of his classic cruiserweight title fight of 4 years ago when he fights Steve Cunningham in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, after Solis pulled out.
4) Alexander Povetkin (23-269-269)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There are currently rumors floating around to the effect that Povetkin has emerged as the frontrunner for the March shot at Wlad.
5) Tyson Fury (7-74-74)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury’s promoter says that David Price has made a non-serious offer to fight him.  In reality, the money probably doesn’t matter.   Fury could sit around eating Cheetos indefinitely and still get a big-money Klitschko shot in 2013.  The same is not true if he loses to Price.  If he loses to Klitschko, he can probably still fight Price later.
6) Eddie Chambers (7-27-27)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers has announced he’ll be moving down to cruiserweight.  He’ll stay rated here for the time being, until he’s been inactive at heavyweight for a year or schedules a cruiserweight fight for after that time.
7) Kubrat Pulev (7-33-110)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev may be in for a fight with the Adamek-Cunningham winner, or may go straight to a shot at Wlad in early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (7-55-118)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is in the process of re-applying for his British license, and if successful, may very well fight David Price next.
9) Johnathon Banks (5-5-5)

Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: 2/16/2013- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
Banks doesn’t get to rest on his laurels for too long, as Mitchell has invoked his rematch clause.  The second helping will be placed on the table on a February 16 Adrien Broner undercard.
10) Odlanier Solis (5-7-134)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis pulled out of his December 22 fight with Adamek, apparently due to severe differences with his Turkish promoter Ahmet Oner, from whom he is apparently trying to separate himself.  Solis’ scheduling has been notoriously unreliable under Oner ever since he injured his knee against Vitali Klitschko.
11) Marco Huck (5-43)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. CW #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck will be fighting a trilogy with Afolabi, with the last fight being in March, when Afolabi is likely to get robbed in Germany.
12) Robert Helenius (6-134)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely squeaked by after a comatose performance against journeyman Williams.  The judges had it pretty wide, but make no mistake- it was a 1 or 2 point either way kind of fight.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (23-318)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev is almost certain to be removed in January, when his last significant win- a solid decision over a contender in Matt Skelton- exceeds the 5 year mark of age.  I don’t factor fights over 5 years old in my rankings.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (23-101)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: 12/21/2012- vs. Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Dimitrenko is back in action this weekend against soft Austrian journeyman Samir Kurtagic.
15) Tony Thompson (23-134)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (23-196)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne
The oft-delayed Arreola-Stiverne fight once again has a new date- this time February 23- due to an injury to main event headliner Andre Ward.
17) Denis Boytsov (23-183)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov very well may remain a candidate to fight Wlad in March, but it now appears that Povetkin may have the inside track.  It’s not out of the question, as far as I know, that he might fight Fury- who is also in line for a fight with Wlad later in the year.  The two had briefly been scheduled to do just that, but Boytsov got cold feet.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (23-134)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. CW #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (at CW)
The Wlodarczyk fight has a new date of February 2, apparently due to difficulties in negotiating the particulars of the fight.
19) Bermane Stiverne (23-78)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. #16 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD7 Homero Fonseca (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: A busy week at heavyweight, with 3 notable fights on Friday and another two on Saturday.

 

Friday: Samoan gatekeeper Alex Leapai travels to China to fight weak Uzbek journeyman Akmal Aslanov.  #14 Alexander Dimitrenko hits the ring for the first time since his demoralizing stoppage loss to Kubrat Pulev in May, taking a soft touch in low-level Austrian gatekeeper Samir Kurtagic in the Czech Republic.  Finally, in Cologne, Germany, one-loss Turkish prospect and recent Vitali Klitschko opponent Manuel Charr looks to get back on track against quickly fading journeyman Konstantin Airich.
 

Saturday: The week’s headliner from Bethlehem, PA finds #3 Tomasz Adamek re-matching old cruiserweight rival Steve Cunningham.  Their 2008 title fight was one of the best fights in the recent history of the heavier weight divisions.  The undercard also features a pretty decent scrap, as fringe contending undefeated Ukranian Vyacheslav Glazkov takes on one-loss American and recent Prizefighter winner Tor Hamer of New York.  Both fights could easily affect the rankings.

Heavyweight: 2012, May 7-13

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by danboxing
There were two important heavyweight fights on just one card in Erfurt, Germany on Saturday. 

 

In the biggest one, #17 Kubrat Pulev scored a knockout victory over Alexander Dimitrenko.  What really happened, in my estimation, is that Dimitrenko quit.  Dimitrenko was so effective in the first couple rounds at keeping Pulev off of him with a sharp jab and accurate power punching that I was thinking he might be on his way to something like a shutout victory.  Pulev pulled even in rounds 3 and 4 by landing a couple hard shots here and there in the midst of what were otherwise Dimitrenko rounds.  Dimitrenko pulled back ahead in the next two rounds, but whether it was the cuts and bruises on his face, a lack of focus, or fatigue, Pulev began getting in punching range almost at will and cracking the Ukrainian hard to the head for rounds 7-10.  Round 11 started out as more of the same, when suddenly Pulev caught Dimitrenko with a sharp jab to the chin.  Dimitrenko went down as much from balance as anything else, and took the full count on his knees, his eyes clear. 

 

Dimitrenko has the skills and physical tools to be a real contender, but unfortunately it appears that he doesn’t have anything like the heart of a champion.  Pulev doesn’t appear to be any kind of world beater to my eyes, but his resume is starting to tell a different story.

 

In the other fight, American fringe contender Maurice Harris took on German undefeated prospect Edmund Gerber.  Unfortunately, Harris appeared to have flown all the way to Germany just to pick up his paycheck.  His strategy was to backpedal and by and large flick out a jab, all the while making himself extremely accessible to Gerber’s overhand right.  How he thought that could possibly net him a win is beyond me.  As for Gerber, he won the decision comfortably (even though the judges were more than fair to Harris), but didn’t particularly impress me.  His style reminds me of Alexander Povetkin.  Not the entertaining version we saw in the life and death struggles with Chagaev and Huck, but rather the comatose version that quite literally put me to sleep during the first half of the Boswell fight.  Plodding forward, one punch at a time, with no particularly notable level of power or handspeed.  I complained about Gerber’s failure to step up in competition over the past year or two.  Now I’m going to have to start complaining that I’m going to have to watch him fight again now that he has stepped up.  But with luck, maybe I won’t have to say the same for Harris.

 

Now for the rankings shake-up, and it’ s a big one:
Last week’s #17 Pulev rockets to #8 on the strength of his big victory.  Having re-examined the vicinity of that number, it occurred to me that the signature win of #8 Ruslan Chagaev- his win over Nikolai Valuev- is now over 5 years old and thus, out of principal, I am no longer considering it in determining his ranking.  The lone bright spot on his record now is a 4 1/2 year old win over then-contender Matt Skelton.  As a result, Chagaev slides all the way back to #12 after 285 consecutive weeks in the top 10.  This allows Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis to hang on to their #9 and #10 rankings, respectively, along with Seth Mitchell at #11.  You would think that Dimitrenko was in for a major fall, but he drops just one spot to #13.  The reason?  There’s just nobody knocking on the door.  Chris Arreola, who is next in line, hasn’t recorded a worthwhile win in 3 years.  Boytsov is no better.  Along with Dimitrenko, everybody ranked #13-16 last week drops one spot to make room for Pulev’s advance.  Gerber crashes the party at #18 after his win.  Last week’s #s 18 and 19, Franklin Lawrence and Kevin Johnson, drop a spot apeice as well to 19 and 20.  This (thankfully) forces out Cedric Boswell after he had returned for a month.

 

Also, a quick note on Marco Huck: he was perhaps a bit lucky to eke out a draw with #7 Cruiserweight Ola Afolabi this weekend, but since that fight was at 200, it will not have any effect on his heavyweight ranking.  It’s simply very possible that the lower division is better pound-for-pound than the heavies, at least once you get past the Klitschkos.  Huck has earned his ranking here by deserving to beat the #2 contender, and will keep it until he loses it in this division, fails to fight at heavy for a year, or delivers a performance so bad at cruiser that he’s clearly disqualified himself.  That clearly has not happened here, especially since his last fight with Afolabi was similarly close and yet he was ranked here despite that.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (150-363-363)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 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 (187-187-187)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (37-237-237)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (8-107-107)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (8-11-11)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shaky performance against Afolabi, but there’s no rule saying he has to be the #1 or #2 Cruiser in order to be the #4 heavyweight.  If there was, he wouldn’t be here in the first place.
5) Tyson Fury (8-42-42)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (8-23-86)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
So apparently there is a deal in place for Chisora-Haye in London on July 14.  And they’re talking about doing it as an unsanctioned fight to avoid the BBBofC’s jurisdiction.  Wow.  An formal announcement is expected this week.  I half expect this to end up on a barge…
7) Robert Helenius (8-58-102)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Kubrat Pulev (1-1-78)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev showed determination if nothing else in wearing down Dimitrenko to a late knockout.
9) Tony Thompson (8-102-102)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (8-8-102)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (8-22)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Wlad is actively dropping his name as a possible next opponent, Mitchell is showing he’s likely going to take the Adamek approach: fight low-quality opponents that happen to be really tall so that you can pretend you’re trying to prepare yourself for Wlad, when what you’re really doing is waiting around for your big payday with little risk.  Even the specific opponent being discussed is familiar to that scenario- Michael Grant.
12) Ruslan Chagaev (1-286)
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.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-69)
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.
14) Chris Arreola (1-164)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Champ wants to return to the US in November for the first time since ’08.  Arreola and Mitchell are the names being tossed around by the Klitschko camp at the moment.
15) Denis Boytsov (1-151)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
16) Jean-Marc Mormeck (1-102)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.  No deal yet, but they have agreed on the prospective date: June 29, in Paris.
17) Bermane Stiverne (1-46)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
18) Edmund Gerber (1-1)
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.
19) Franklin Lawrence (1-50)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
20) Kevin Johnson (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Juan Carlos Gomez is listed on the undercard of Alexeev-Arslan in Goeppingen, Germany this Friday against an opponent to be announced.  I’ll believe it when I see it, though, since Gomez fought just 3 weeks before, and since he’s not really known as a busy fighter.

Heavyweight: 2012, Apr 30- May 6

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by danboxing
300-pound unbeaten Russian Alexander Ustinov stopped journeyman Jason Gavern in 7 rounds from the Ukraine on Thursday. 

 

In Saturday’s HBO-televised co-feature, #11 Seth Mitchell battled Chazz Witherspoon, a fighter who is right on the borderline between a gatekeeper, fringe prospect, and journeyman- right around the cutoff line of the top 50 heavyweights somewhere.  Mitchell was badly rocked in the first round.  If Witherspoon had any finishing skills at all, I might be telling a quite different story today.  But as it happened, Mitchell showed just enough ring savvy and Witherspoon showed just enough ineptitude in failing to mix in a body shot to get the former Michigan State football star through the round.  Mitchell came back to win the second round, and then demolished his man in round 3.  Mitchell went toe to toe with Witherspoon on the inside and landed a brutal righthand, left hook combo that dropped his man hard about 30 seconds into the round.  Two minutes later, Mitchell landed two crunching straight right hands in a row right on Witherspoon’s chin as the latter went back to the ropes.  Referee Randy Neumann, seeing Witherspoon go bandy-legged after the first one, stepped in and made an interesting call of a technical knockdown, and then quickly stopped the fight just a couple seconds into his count as he didn’t like what he saw from Witherspoon.

 

So how do we digest this?   Mitchell’s nearly a top 10 fighter already.  Witherspoon would be lucky to be included in the top 50.  So the TKO3 result is about what you might expect.  What you might not have expected is for Mitchell to nearly get knocked out on the way to that result.  Ultimately- as when Tyson Fury was hurt but ultimately stopped Neven Pajkic- the result speaks for itself to some extent.  There’s no way Mitchell is getting either promoted or demoted based on his performance and opponent in this instance.  But what we have learned is that he’s both powerful and vulnerable.  This is a recipe for exciting fights- something the division has been lacking at the championship level.  Whether Mitchell has the skill ultimately to put his name alongside some of the great American heavyweight champions- or the American heavyweight champions in general- remains to be seen, but it’s clear that it’ll be a fun ride to the moment we find out.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (149-362-362)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 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 (186-186-186)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (36-236-236)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (7-106-106)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (7-10-10)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Huck is now officially set for his return to Cruiserweight on May 5 against Afolabi.
5) Tyson Fury (7-41-41)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (7-22-85)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is spending a suspicious amount of time in Moscow.  Seems he’s planning to get around his BBBofC suspension by getting a license in Russia.  Both Klitschkos, Haye, and Povetkin are all being discussed as future opponents.  Chisora has appealed his suspension and will have a hearing on May 14.
7) Robert Helenius (7-57-101)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (7-285-285)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev proved that he can beat a mediocre fighter badly even while fat.
9) Tony Thompson (7-101-101)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (7-7-101)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (7-21)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
While the Witherspoon win didn’t do a lot to prove his greatness, it sure silenced any doubters as to his ability to make exciting fights.  Any takers on Mitchell-Arreola?
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (7-68)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
The Pulev fight has been postponed until May 5, and has been moved from Kiel to Erfurt.
13) Chris Arreola (7-163)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Champ wants to return to the US in November for the first time since ’08.  Arreola and Mitchell are the names being tossed around by the Klitschko camp at the moment.
14) Denis Boytsov (7-150)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
15) Jean-Marc Mormeck (7-101)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.  No deal yet, but they have agreed on the prospective date: June 29, in Paris.
16) Bermane Stiverne (7-45)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
17) Kubrat Pulev (4-77)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
18) Franklin Lawrence (4-49)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
19) Kevin Johnson (4-5)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.
20) Cedric Boswell (4-4)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: A good European-level tilt takes place in Erfurt, Germany between #12 Alexander Dimitrenko and #17 Kubrat Pulev.  The winner has a really good chance to crack the top 10.  German prospect Edmund Gerber also steps up to fight the best opponent of his career in fringe contender Maurice Harris on the same card.  #4 Marco Huck is also in action on the card, but at cruiserweight.

Heavyweight: 2011, Sep 26- Oct 2

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by danboxing
Three top-20 heavyweights saw action in separate bouts on one card in Hamburg, Germany this Saturday.  All three figured to be gimme fights, but there was one surprise along the way.  The highest ranked of the three, #11 Juan Carlos Gomez suffered a majority decision epic fail against the seemingly completely shot former cruiserweight contender Darnell Wilson over 10 rounds.  Normally a guy with the kind of solid long-term resume that Gomez enjoys would be given the benefit of the doubt and remain clinging to a ranking after an upset loss, but the magnitude of this one is just too great.  To leave Gomez in the rankings, you’d obviously have to rank Wilson even higher, and that’s just untenable under the circumstances.  Wilson had been a loser of his previous six fights, and 7 of his last 8, including two losses to true no-future journeymen.  To rank him, even after having beaten a legitimate #11 contender, would be simply preposterous, and thus Gomez’ staying ranked would be even more so.

 

The other two ranked fighters, Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Boytsov, fared somewhat better.  #14 Boytsov easily cruised to a 6th round stoppage over no-hoper Matthew Greer, while #12 Dimitrenko actually had his own struggles against Michael Sprott, a British former fringe contender that has settled in as somewhat of a “name” journeyman in the division.  British fans especially are crying robbery with respect to the Sprott fight, and after seeing the fight I must agree at least that the officials involved would certainly have robbed Sprott before they’d have allowed him to win.  I must also confess that I think Dimitrenko did enough to win 115-113 without any help.  That being said, veteran Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio was a disgrace at least in this assignment.  Not a Russell Mora-level disgrace, but think maybe Joe Cortez’ average performance.  He broke the two fighters practically every time they touched.  Hands free all over the place, and Barrovecchio is still breaking everybody in sight.  And then there were two ludicrous point deductions late in the fight against Sprott.  Basically Massimo wasn’t quite sure if the ringside judges were fully on board with giving Sprott no chance to win (Roger Tilleman at 117-111 and especially Andre Pasquier at a disgusting 119-108 evidently were), so he snatched a point from Sprott for throwing a completely blocked punch a half second after the bell (with no prior offenses) at the end of the 10th, and then again in the 12th for continuing to punch while Dimitrenko was trying to grab him to hold on for dear life in the 12th, and causing the Ukrainian to flop to the canvas like a fish out of water for about the 10th time in the fight. 

 

Gomez’ exit from the rankings makes room for Timur Ibragimov to return for the first time since May at #20.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (118-331-331)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad is apparently negotiating a fight with #15 Jean Marc Mormeck which would take place December 10.
1) Vitali Klitschko (155-155-155)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko and Haye both want to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (5-205-205)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be looking at Alexander Dimitrenko and the ancient Evander Holyfield for his next fight, which will likely take place in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition, he has made an offer to Mormeck.
3) David Haye (5-132-132)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word on the street has it that a Haye-Vitali fight is likely in the cards.
 4) Eddie Chambers (5-130-130)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/28/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight has now been moved up one day, and will now headline a ShoBox triple-header instead of a possibly non-televised place on the postponed Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (5-26-70)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After taking out Liakhovich, Helenius now wants a Klitschko.
6) Tomasz Adamek (5-75-75)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek plans to return next year and wants only the best fights.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (5-254-254)
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) Tyson Fury (10-10)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a shaky win over Firtha, Fury is already looking to get back in the ring.  He may return on November 12 in Belfast.
9) Tony Thompson (10-70-70)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (41-41-70)
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.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-37)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Almost did enough to lose to Sprott, though it’s obvious referee Massimo Barrovecchio and at least two of the judges had no intention of ever letting that happen under any circumstances.
12) Chris Arreola (1-132)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola is expected to be in action again in either October or November.
13) Denis Boytsov (1-119)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-70)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line to fight Wlad on December 10, and also has an offer on the table from Povetkin.
15) Bermane Stiverne (1-14)
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.
16) Samuel Peter (1-70)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
17) Franklin Lawrence (1-18)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence has signed with Gary Shaw and figures to get a decent fight or two as a result.
18) Kubrat Pulev (1-46)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
After turning down Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan has withdrawn from a fight with Pulev, as well.  Pulev will fight on October 22, but the opponent is now unknown.
19) Dereck Chisora (1-54)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
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.
20) Timur Ibragimov (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Nothing doing in the division this week.

Heavyweight: 2011, Sep 19-25

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2011 by danboxing
#8 Tyson Fury was rocked in round 3, but persevered to score a 5th-round stoppage over Ohio journeyman Nicolai Firtha in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday.  Maybe it’s a fluke, but the 6’9″ Fury has certainly re-raised some questions about his skills that had appeared to be fully answered by his fairly dominant victory over the credible Dereck Chisora this summer.

 

In Las Vegas the prior evening, Seth Mitchell- often cited as the USA’s best heavyweight prospect- easily stopped journeyman Hector Ferreyro in the 3rd round on Top Rank Live.  Mitchell appears to have the talent to be America’s best fighter, but appears to be in no hurry to develop into a top contender, as he has been stuck in neutral for years in terms of his level of opposition.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (117-330-330)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad is apparently negotiating a fight with #15 Jean Marc Mormeck which would take place December 10.
1) Vitali Klitschko (154-154-154)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko and Haye both want to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (4-204-204)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be looking at Alexander Dimitrenko and the ancient Evander Holyfield for his next fight, which will likely take place in Zurich, Switzerland.  In addition, he has made an offer to Mormeck.
3) David Haye (4-131-131)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word on the street has it that a Haye-Vitali fight is likely in the cards.
 4) Eddie Chambers (4-129-129)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/28/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight has now been moved up one day, and will now headline a ShoBox triple-header instead of a possibly non-televised place on the postponed Ward-Froch undercard.
5) Robert Helenius (4-25-69)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After taking out Liakhovich, Helenius now wants a Klitschko.
6) Tomasz Adamek (4-74-74)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek plans to return next year and wants only the best fights.
7) Ruslan Chagaev (4-253-253)
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) Tyson Fury (9-9)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a shaky win over Firtha, Fury is already looking to get back in the ring.  He may return on November 12 in Belfast.
9) Tony Thompson (9-69-69)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (40-40-69)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Strange news from Solis.  His promoter, Ahmed Ohner, recently said he would be returning in October against a specific journeyman, but Solis claims he has not received medical clearance after 3 separate knee surgeries, and that he is completely unaware of any specific plans for his return.  The quick return seemed a bit hard to believe given his torn ACL, but one would think Ohner would be a credible source.  I will treat that fight as off until I hear something conclusive.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (9-69)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (9-36)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Will fight journeyman Michael Sprott, about a month later than originally planned.
13) Chris Arreola (9-131)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola is expected to be in action again in either October or November.
14) Denis Boytsov (9-118)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Matthew Greer (UNR)
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (26-69)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line to fight Wlad on December 10, and also has an offer on the table from Povetkin.
16) Bermane Stiverne (13-13)
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.
17) Samuel Peter (13-69)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
18) Franklin Lawrence (13-17)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence has signed with Gary Shaw and figures to get a decent fight or two as a result.
19) Kubrat Pulev (13-45)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
After turning down Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan has withdrawn from a fight with Pulev, as well.  Pulev will fight on October 22, but the opponent is now unknown.
20) Dereck Chisora (9-53)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
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.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Three ranked heavyweights are in action against no-hope journeyman opponents on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany:  #11 Juan Carlos Gomez (against Darnell Wilson), #12 Alexander Dimitrenko (against Michael Sprott), and #14 Denis Boytsov (against Matthew Greer).