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Cruiserweight: 2014, Jun 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2014 by danboxing
In what very well may end up as the upset of the year, unheralded one-loss prospect Youri Kalenga shockingly dominated #12 Mateusz Masternak in Monte Carlo on Saturday.  Kalenga wasn’t a total unknown, and had even beat a couple top-50 fighters himself, but he was also saddled with an apparently dominating loss in September against Arturs Kulikauskis, who is best described as a travelling opponent.  It appeared for all the world that he might be more or less a Darnell Boone character- a journeyman who often rises to the occasion against good opposition, but can’t seem to break through by consistently winning all the fights he’s supposed to win.  He certainly didn’t strike much of anyone as a world-class performer, which was the general consensus about Masternak, whose only loss was to the very tough Grigory Drozd.  If you had told me that Kalenga was going to beat Masternak, I’d have expected that he caught him with a single shot, since Kalenga has always appeared to me to be a one-dimensional free-swinger with little or no boxing skill.  But it wasn’t that, either.  Kalenga just dominated Masternak from bell to bell.  There were maybe two rounds- the 7th and 12th- that Masternak may or may not have won, but he just plain got bullied in every other round.  He was always backing up, and looked simultaneously baffled and intimidated by Kalenga, who boxed more technically than I would have thought him capable, but still mixed in the big shot from left field just enough to keep Masternak cautious.  It was a good, honest effort by Kalenga, and frankly a total botch job by Masternak.

 

Speaking of botch jobs…remember how I said essentially that Masternak won maybe two rounds, if he was lucky?  Don’t tell that to the blind, pathetic judges.  I mean you don’t really get rounds more clear than the 10 of 12 that Kalenga dominated, unless we’re talking Calzaghe-Lacy style “holy crap how is he still standing there” beatings.  Juan Manuel Garcia Reyes, to his everlasting shame and infamy, scored the fight 115-113 for Masternak.  Raul Caiz, at 116-112 (for the right guy, at least), was still impossible to justify.  Pawel Kardyni, perhaps not incidentally from Poland, is probably viewed as something of a hero for scoring the fight against his countryman to break the tie and give the fight correctly to Kalenga.  Still, while he did score it for the right guy, I find it hard to see a guy as a paragon of virtue when he still gives his countryman both of the close rounds along with three of the other guy’s clear rounds.  This was, despite everything working out mostly alright in the end, one of the worst-judged fights I’ve ever seen.

 

Kalenga debuts at #14, held back from taking full advantage of his win over the #12 contender by his still relatively recent aforementioned loss to Kulikauskis.  Despite the comprehensive nature of the defeat, Masternak falls only to #15, due to the overall strength of his resume at large.  Janik and McKenzie move up a spot each to fill the void left by Masternak.  Everyone #15 and below last week drops a spot, including #20 Yunier Dorticos, who exits the rankings after 9 weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Marco Huck (6-394-394)
Last Fight:1/25/2014- TKO6 #5 Firat Arslan
Next Fight: 8/30/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bild Zeitung in Germany reports that Huck will be back on August 30, with Nuri Seferi appearing the most likely candidate to be his opponent.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (6-209-209)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #6 Firat Arslan
Hernandez is set to fight Arslan on August 16, in Erfurt, Germany.  
3) Denis Lebedev (6-229-229)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Given his legitimate injury that shelved him for a big chunk of the year and the fact that his opponent screwed him over via PED use, I’m going to use my discretion and leave Lebedev ranked at this point.  Still, his best work is simply getting too old to stay at the very top.  Some reports have him returning in the fall against Pawel Kolodziej.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (41-470-470)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s looking like Wlodarczyk will be back in August, possibly against BJ Flores.
5) Thabiso Mchunu (22-47-85)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD10 Olanrewaju Durodola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu’s scheduled fight with Brazilian prospect was scrapped on just a day’s notice due to the surprise withdrawal of the card’s sponsors.
6) Firat Arslan (22-111-154)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- UD8 Tamas Bajzath (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
See Hernandez’s notes, above.
7) Grigory Drozd (31-38-85)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 Jeremy Ouanna (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
8) Rakhim Chakhkiev (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- UD12 #11 Santander Silgado
Next Fight: Unknown
Chakhkiev has finally cashed in a high-level win to go with his hype and promise.  Most likely another title shot is not far off.
9) Ola Afolabi (4-276-276)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. Pawel Kolodziej (UNR)
After we got no news on the fight for months, Afolabi-Kolodziej is now scheduled for the Golovkin-Geale undercard on July 26.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (4-41-293)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Olegs Lopajevs (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight with Lopajevs was purely a stay-busy contest, but he’s talking about another title shot even at 44 years old.
11) Ilunga Makabu (4-50)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO2 Ruben Angel Mino (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2014- vs. Glen Johnson (UNR)
Initially sketchy reports of a June 28 fight with Glen Johnson appear true.
12) Lukasz Janik (1-34)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 6/28/2014- vs. Rico Hoye (UNR)
Janik will dredge up a name from the past when he fights Rico Hoye on June 28.
13) Ovill McKenzie (1-11)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- TKO2 Jon-Lewis Dickinson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After blowing out the British Champion, McKenzie has his sites set on a European or perhaps World belt.  He wants to fight Marco Huck most of all.
14) Youri Kalenga (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- W (SD12*) vs. #12 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: Unknown
How a guy can get dominated by Arturs Kulikauskis, only to come back and dominate Mateusz Masternak within about 9 months, is beyond me.  Still, the former fight aside, he’s got another pretty nice win on his resume right before that, over Iago Kiladze, a then-undefeated prospect.
15) Mateusz Masternak (1-117)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- L (SD12*) vs. Youri Kalenga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having now lost to his last two decent opponents, the future of Masternak, who looked like a can’t-miss talent not long ago, seems very much in doubt.
16) Santander Silgado (1-34)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- L (UD12) vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I don’t want to say Silgado made it easy for Chakhkiev, because it looked relatively difficult, but he sure didn’t help himself by taking a fight with a fringe contending Olympic Gold Medalist on 2 weeks’ notice.
17) Danie Venter (1-41)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Venter’s June 6 fight was cancelled a day in advance due to a withdrawal of the card’s sponsors.
18) Dmytro Kucher (1-104)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The inactive Kucher may now be in danger of losing his ranking in the next couple months, as his stay-busy fight in late May did not come off.
19) Nuri Seferi (1-27)
Last Fight: 5/16/2014- UD12 Tamas Lodi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I took Seferi’s stated desire to fight Marco Huck as idle chatter, but that fight now looks likely for August 30, deserved or not.
20) Gusmyr Perdomo (1-11)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- Robbery Loss (should be draw) vs. #15 Nuri Seferi
Next Fight: Unknown
Perdomo deserved at least a draw against Seferi, but the judges summoned just enough coincidental incompetence to take it from him.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: 
Wednesday
Murat Gassiev vs. Daniil Peretyatko; Unknown Location; TV Unknown
This fight is an oddity, as Boxrec doesn’t list a location for this fight.  Both fighters are from Russia, so that country would tend to be likely.  Peretyatko is a low-level journeyman who is probably a little better than his 17-32 record, but that’s not saying much.  Gassiev is an undefeated prospect.  I’ve seen him once, and I’m almost certain the fight was fixed.

 

Thursday
Jean-Marc Mormeck vs. Tamas Lodi; Asnieres-sur-Seine, France; L’Equipe 21 (France)
Mormeck is the former Champion, but hasn’t fought at cruiser since losing his Championship to David Haye in 2007.  He hasn’t fought anyone at all since his awful performance against Wladimir Klitschko for the Heavyweight Championship well over 2 years ago.  Lodi is a Hungarian journeyman.  With only two losses, you could almost call him a prospect, but he’s lost pretty comprehensively to the only two fighters of any pedigree that he’s ever been in with- Ilunga Makabu in 2013 and Nuri Seferi last month.  That being the case, I think his prospects as a prospect, as it were, would tend to top out around the fringes of the top 50.  We’ve seen stranger things than long-inactive and aging former cruiserweight champions getting shockingly upset in comeback fights (see O’Neil Bell for a recent example), but he’d have to have regressed a fair amount for Lodi to have a serious chance, I would think.

 

Friday
B.J. Flores vs. Anthony Caputo Smith; Las Vegas, Nevada; Off TV
Flores hasn’t fought anyone of any note in at least nearly three years while he suffered through promotional woes and focused on his TV gig with NBC.  He’s at least a credible fringe contender when he’s active, though.  Like Lodi above, Caputo Smith is a two-loss fighter who is no longer a legitimate prospect, having lost to the estimable Sean Monaghan, but also to midwestern journeyman Kevn Engel, both by early stoppage.  If Flores makes 200, he’ll likely be ranked again next week just due to his returning to activity within the division.  The fight is on the ShoBox card, but will not make the broadcast.

 

Saturday
#11 Ilunga Makabu vs. Glen Johnson; Kinshasa, Congo; TV Unknown
I’ve thought this for a few fights now, but this might be the end of the line for the Road Warrior, who is a heck of a guy, but at this point has faded more than Roy Jones.  Makabu might as well be undefeated, having been stopped in his first fight more than 5 years ago with no subsequent setbacks.  More importantly, he’s looked formidable in his two true tests- back-t0-back 2013 wins against Dmytro Kucher and Eric Fields.  Throw in the fact that the 45 year-old Johnson was competing at 168 fairly recently, and there’s really not much going for the Jamaican native, other than experience, of course.  True to form, this will be in Makabu’s homeland.  By the way, is it hard for anyone else to say “Kinshasa” without following it up with “Zaire?”  The Rumble in the Jungle and the times it evokes define that city, for me.

 

Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Ismail Abdoul; Rzeszow, Poland; PolSat Sport (Poland)
Glowacki is an impressive and hard-hitting Polish prospect who is sometimes ranked here.  Abdoul is 37 and has seen better days.  He does come off three consecutive wins over generic competition, but is not really the serious gatekeeper he was at one point.  Still, he hasn’t been stopped since Wlodarczyk got him in the the very last round in 2002, so that will be a challenge for Glowacki, if nothing else.

 

#12 Lukasz Janik vs. Rico Hoye; Rzeszow, Poland; PolSat Sport (Poland)
Janik really ought to have a top ten ranking, since he pretty clearly beat Ola Afolabi, who was ranked #7 at the time.  Unfortunately, he was borderline robbed, and so he’s left fighting has-beens like Hoye.  Hoye, a 39 year-old from Detroit, was a contender back around 2004, and a top 50 fighter as recently as 2009, but he’s fought just one low-level opponent since then.  Janik should have too much for him, assuming his performance against Afolabi was not a huge fluke.

Cruiserweight: 2014, May 5-11

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by danboxing
Last week was a quiet one at 200.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (41-222-222)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully Lebedev can get back in the ring soon after Jones fell out of the fight with a second consecutive positive Furosemide test.
2) Marco Huck (15-387-387)
Last Fight:1/25/2014- TKO6 #5 Firat Arslan
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck fractured his thumb in training, and his fight with Mirko Larghetti is off.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (15-202-202)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s fight with Kolodziej- originally postponed- has now been cancelled due to an illness to Hernandez.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (34-463-463)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk probably won’t return until the fall, with Drozd and BJ Flores being considered.
5) Thabiso Mchunu (15-40-78)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD10 Olanrewaju Durodola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Firat Arslan (15-104-147)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #3 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Having visibly regressed since his excellent first effort against Huck, it might be time for the 43 year-old Arslan to consider retirement.
7) Grigory Drozd (24-31-78)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 Jeremy Ouanna (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
8) Ola Afolabi (24-269-269)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now slated for an eventual eliminator with Pawel Kolodziej for a shot at Yoan Pablo Hernandez.  K2 has won the purse bids, and the fight is currently in the process of being worked out.  It’s targeted for the summer.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (24-34-286)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Olegs Lopajevs (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight with Lopajevs was purely a stay-busy contest, but he’s talking about another title shot even at 44 years old.
10) Ilunga Makabu (2-2-43)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO2 Ruben Angel Mino (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. #12 Mateusz Masternak
Makabu will fight Masternak in a heck of a match-up on June 21 in Monaco.
11) Santander Silgado (2-27)
Last Fight: 11/1/2013- TKO2 #20 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. #15 Danie Venter
Silgado will apparently now be fighting in South Africa on June 6 in a very good matchup with Danie Venter.
12) Mateusz Masternak (2-110)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- UD8 Stjepan Vugdelija (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. #10 Ilunga Makabu
See Makabu’s notes, above.
13) Lukasz Janik (2-27)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Janik would like a well-deserved rematch with Afolabi.
14) Ovill McKenzie (2-4)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- KO5 #18 Tony Conquest
Next Fight: Unknown
McKenzie is at cruiserweight mainly because he can’t get fights at 175.  He doesn’t seem married to the idea of staying at this weight, and has mentioned wanting a shot at Juergen Braehmer.
15) Danie Venter (2-34)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. #11 Santander Silgado
A big opportunity for Venter, as he takes on a potentially overrated Silgado in his own back yard.
16) Dmytro Kucher (2-97)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Nuri Seferi (2-20)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- Robbery Win (should be draw) vs. Gusmyr Perdomo (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/16/2014- vs. Tamas Lodi (UNR)
A quick turnaround for Seferi, and unfortunately no immediate rematch for Perdomo, as Seferi will take on mid-level Hungarian journeyman Tamas Lodi in Hamburg on May 16.
18) Gusmyr Perdomo (2-4)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- Robbery Loss (should be draw) vs. #15 Nuri Seferi
Next Fight: Unknown
Perdomo deserved at least a draw against Seferi, but the judges summoned just enough coincidental incompetence to take it from him.
19) Yunier Dorticos (2-3)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- KO4 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Krzysztof Glowacki (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
Glowacki is the top contender for the title held by Huck, but might never get that exact shot, since Huck is making noise about moving up.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: 
Wednesday
Thierry Karl vs. Tamas Bajzath; Sainte Quentin, France; TV Unknown
Karl was a major contender at light heavyweight when I began these rankings a few years back, but his career was badly derailed by a comprehensive beating at the hands of Danny McIntosh in early 2011.  He hasn’t had a consequential fight since, and this will do nothing to change that.

 

B.J. Flores vs. Adam Collins; Los Angeles, California; Off TV
This is all about Flores simply getting back in the ring.  He’s a borderline top 10 contender when active, and perhaps underrated at that status.  Yet he hasn’t fought since October 2012.  If he makes 200 for the fight, though, and avoids what would be a disastrous loss, he’ll easily be back in the rankings next week.  His opponent is a very low-level journeyman from Ohio.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Oct 7-13

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2013 by danboxing
In last week’s biggest fight, #16 Grigory Drozd put on a bit of a show in Moscow on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard.  Drozd was probably the underdog against #13 Mateusz Masternak.  Both were undefeated prospect, but Drozd had largely been treading water since he first made a minor splash in the 2008-2009 range, while Masternak had been rattling off a string of good wins more recently.  Drozd proved the better of the two, however, by winning 8 of 10 rounds by my count before wearing down and stopping a discouraged Masternak in the 11th.  The stoppage was a bit quick, in my opinion, by Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio, but there was no doubt of the rightful winner.  Masternak seemed to be having trouble letting his hands go, and Drozd was largely beating him up- looking rather quick for a cruiserweight in doing so.

 

On the same card, #20 Rakhim Chakhkiev successfully rebounded from his first career loss, knocking out decent Romanian journeyman Giulian Ilie in the final round of their scheduled ten.  That was pretty much the script from the start, but it should be noted that it was a clean knockout, and the first stoppage (DQ aside) that Ilie had ever suffered- even against as good an opponent as Pawel Kolodziej.

 

One-loss English prospect Tony Conquest rose from a knockdown in each of the opening two rounds and suffered through a bloody cut over his eye to edge out a narrow decision over Spanish-born Wadi Camacho in London that same night.  Camacho- clearly the bigger and taller man- was in charge and physically imposing in the first couple rounds, backing Conquest up behind a jab and hurting him from the front foot.  The knockdown in the first round was with a follow-up uppercut that may have glanced off the chest before landing to the chin.  It didn’t appear to land as sharply as it could, and while it thudded Conquest to the canvas, it didn’t seem to cloud his mind or nervous system at all.  The second knockdown was a different matter, as the Englishman hit the floor in something of a heap, and didn’t seem entirely in command of his faculties for seconds after the action resumed.  Nevertheless, he soldiered through this adversity, even going so far as to answer back with some nice shots before the bell rang in that second round.  After those initial rounds, the story was an entirely different one.  Camacho seemed a bit complacent- an impression that was confirmed by his apparently genuine belief at the conclusion of the bout that he had won the fight- reaching with his jab as opposed to snapping or even pushing it.  His right southpaw left hand fell strangely silent after it had achieved such success from various angles in the early going.  Rather than Camacho’s physical tools dominating the fight, it was Conquest’s quickness, precision, and athleticism that controlled the fight.  I gave Camacho just one round- the 6th, and he had an argument in just one other.  The official word was a unanimous decision for Conquest, and a well-deserved one.

 

In the also-ran category, local gatekeeper Cesar Crenz won 6-round decision over journeyman and countryman Mariano Diaz, though I haven’t seen the fight nor found the scores.

 

B.J. Flores- whose recent Don King stablemate Francisco Palacios was removed a couple weeks ago for inactivity- suffers the same fate this week, after going a year without fighting or scheduling a fight.

 

Drozd advances from #16 to #9 with the win, while Masternak backtracks just one spot to #14, as he spaps position with Ilunga Makabu.  #s 17-20 from last week each move up one place, and Steve Herelius- who hasn’t won anything at all since 2010- nevertheless rises from a very dismal field to claim the #20 position.  For what it’s worth, Conquest isn’t really in the mix yet, as he is held back by his prior knockout loss to the unheralded Neil Dawson.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (11-192-192)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After originally talking about a return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard that never materialized, Lebedev has parted with his long-time promoter.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (56-172-172)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev
Hernandez will make his long-awaited return in November or on December 14 in Germany against Alexander Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (4-357-357)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #5 Firat Arslan
Huck-Arslan II has a new date of January 25 after Huck suffered a hand injury.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-433-433)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Wlodarczyk will see action in the US for the first time since 2005 on December 6, fighting a trilogy bout with the rapidly aging Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni in Chicago.
5) Firat Arslan (4-74-117)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #3 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.

6) Thabiso Mchunu (4-10-48)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu intends to be back by the end of the year, and says he’ll take on anyone in the division.  I don’t blame him.  I’d pick him to beat anyone.
7) Ola Afolabi (4-239-239)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
If there is to be a Super 4 Cruiserweight tournament in Monaco, it appears it either won’t be on November 2 anymore, or that Afolabi won’t be participating if so, as he is slated for a November 2 fight on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard at Madison Square Garden against Polish prospect Lukasz Janik.
8) Danny Green (4-48-201)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has vacated his alphabet belt, and says essentially that only a really good opportunity would get him back between the ropes at this point.  Still…he stopped short of retiring.
9) Grigory Drozd (1-1-48)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO11 #13 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: Unknown
Drozd has, in one night, gone from a stagnant prospect to a rising contender by beating one of the division’s very best undefeated fighters.

10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (4-4-256)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD8 Toni Visic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
11) Silvio Branco (4-82)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
12) Alexander Alekseev (4-143)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Alekseev gets a shot at Hernandez on December 14, or possibly sometime in November.
13) Ilunga Makabu (1-13)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu is rumored for a Monaco 4-man tournament in the fall along with Flores and Australian Brad Pitt.
14) Mateusz Masternak (1-80)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO11) vs. #16 Grigory Drozd
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak is still a legitimate prospect despite his first loss, but can no longer lay claim to the status of “top prospect” after losing to Drozd.

15) Enad Licina (3-172)

Last Fight: 9/27/2013- TKO3 Levan Jomardashvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina needs a significant win before January, as his only relevant win in the last 5 years will become older than 5 years at that point, prompting his removal.
16) Danie Venter (1-4)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
17) Dmytro Kucher (1-67)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher would like a rematch with Makabu, and has his sights set on Wlodarczyk down the road, as well.  He expects to be back against someone in November or December.
18) Krzysztof Glowacki (1-11)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD8 Taylor Mabika (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Richard Hall (UNR)
Glowacki is back in October against 41 year-old washed-up former fringe contender Richard Hall in Poland.
19) Rakhim Chakhkiev (1-3)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- KO10 Giulian Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chakhkiev is back on a winning track, becoming the first man to stop Romanian journeyman Giulian Ilie.
20) Steve Herelius (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/27/2013- L (KO2) vs. #19 Dmytro Kucher
Next Fight: Unknown
Herelius has not won a fight since 2010, and thus his inclusion in the rankings is a stark reminder of the weathering effect the division has experienced over the last year.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: No action of note in the division 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: 2012, Jan 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2012 by danboxing
I gotta admit that I’ve become a little cynical about this sport.  I saw the result for the fight between gatekeeper Juho Haapoja (pronounced Yoo-Ho Hah-poy-ya) of Finland and untested prospect Ian Tims of Ireland- which took place in Finland- and when I saw that it was a close decision, my immediate reaction is that there must have been a robbery involved.  So I went way out of my way to get a copy of the Finnish broadcast, watched all 4 fights on the card, and was surprised to learn that the judges were remarkably unbiased and that they got it exactly right.  How refreshing!  To be fair, a sad-sack Latvian with a losing record earned a draw with a garbage undefeated Finn named Jarno Rosberg on the undercard, but got screwed.  As a result, I think my general cynicism about judging will remain intact for another week.

 

In other action, Israeli prospect Ran Nakash bounced back from his first career loss last spring to Marco Huck by shutting out decent journeyman Derek Bryant in New York.

 

Neither of these wins carries enough weight to affect the rankings.


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (27-103-103)
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 (17-27-27)
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 (17-83-83)
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 (17-397-397)
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 (17-268-268)
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 (8-344-344)
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 (8-150-150)
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 (8-69-69)
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 (27-112-112)
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 (27-167-167)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (15-83)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- UD10 Paul Jennette (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/28/2012- vs. Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Flores chose to fight the one opponent from his list of stated candidates that was so weak that I didn’t bother to mention him- Hugo Pineda.
12) Francisco Palacios (15-43)
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 (15-62)
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 (13-82)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (13-83)
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 (13-28)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/28/2011- vs. Orlando Farias (UNR)
Arslan will be featured on Universum’s big January 28 card, against journeyman Orlando Farias.
17) Alexander Alexeev (13-54)
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 (13-19)
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 (13-15)
Last Fight: 9/2/2011- TKO2 Rubin Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/28/2011- vs. Derrick Brown (UNR)
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 (13-13)
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:  The division really kicks into high gear this week, with four significant bouts on Saturday.  The best match of the four is in Rotherbaum, Germany, when undefeated Russian prospect Rakhim Chakhkiev fights gatekeeper and countryman Alexander Kotlobay.  In a shallow division, this fight could very easily earn the winner a ranking next week.  41-year old #16 contender Firat Arslan takes on Argentine journeyman Orlando Farias on the same card.

 

In the US, #11 B.J. Flores is in very light in a showcase fight in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri when he likely pummels 40-year-old mid-90s-era junior welterweight contender Hugo Pineda. 

 

Finally, #19 Eric Fields gets what should be an easy night with low-level journeyman Derrick Brown in Verona, New York.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Jul 18-24

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by danboxing
Hugo Garay, who often fought stay-busy contests over the light heavy limit over the course of his career, made his debut in high-level cruiserweight competition by fighting #2 Marco Huck in Munich on Saturday.  After what was largely an even fight according to reports, Huck managed to get rid of his guy in round 10.  He stays put in the ratings, as there are few avenues left for him to advance without actually beating Steve Cunningham.

 

Comebacking former contender Firat Arslan took care of Lubos Suda in just 5 rounds from Baden-Wuerttemberg.  Because the last few members of the top 20 lack recent worthwhile accomplishments, Arslan’s halfway decent win is enough to propel him all the way to #18 when coupled with his past success as a contender.  This forces out unbeaten prospect Mateusz Masternak after a nearly 5-month stint in the rankings.

 

Gatekeeper Rachid El Hadak of Francewas also in action on Thursday, winning a dominating decision over mid-range journeyman Rene Huebner in Morocco.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham (167*-370-370)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
* Not actually sure how long he’s been rated #1, but it has been at least this number of weeks.
Was originally scheduled to fight 8/26 in Germany, but that fight appears to be off.
2) Marco Huck (56-241-241)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- KO10 Hugo Garay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had more trouble with Garay before putting him out than you might have hoped if you’re a Huck fan.
3) Denis Lebedev (31-76-76)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO10 Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
At last check, there were talks underway to fight Wlodarczyk.
4) Ola Afolabi (31-123-123)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- KO1 Terry Dunstan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After disposing of Dunstan, Afolabi said he wants to get Lebedev in the ring.
5) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-56-56)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears the fight that seemed on with Guillermo Jones is now unfortunately a no-go.
6) Guillermo Jones (16-42-42)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Hernandez’ notes, above.
7) Danny Green (16-85-85)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: 7/20/2011- vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
It’s now official- Green will fight former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver on July 20.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (16-317-317)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might be negotiating for a fight with Lebedev.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (35-140-140)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Alexander Frenkel (35-35-44)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
After Silvio Branco fell through, Frenkel now appears set to fight Enad Licina, with a date to be determined.
11) B.J. Flores (20-56)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 7/23/2011- vs. Nick Iannuzzi (UNR)
Will come home to Southwest Missouri to fight Nick Iannuzzi in a fight I will likely see live.
12) Francisco Palacios (16-16)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L (SD12*) vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
In my opinion he did just enough to win one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen against Wlodarczyk, so I’m in no hurry to see him again.  That being said, he performed well against a top 10 guy and deserved the win on that night, so I can’t exactly ignore that.
13) Lateef Kayode (6-35)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- UD10 #19 Matt Godfrey
Next Fight: Unknown
Completely outclassed and beat down Matt Godfrey.
14) Troy Ross (6-125)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross is better than his ranking, but never fights.  I don’t see how you get rooked out of a potential win against the best guy in the division and then waste a whole year by fighting only Carl Handy.
15) Steve Herelius (6-55)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s always hard to come back from a knockout loss.  Herelius could become a go-to quality opponent for the guys locked out of the Super Six.
16) Enad Licina (6-56)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- KO1 Michele De Meo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Purse bids have been ordered for a fight between Licina and Alexander Frenkel.
17) Enzo Maccarinelli (6-56)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We’re still waiting to hear any significant details about Maccarinelli’s anticipated return at 175.
18) Firat Arslan (1-1)
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.
19) Alexander Alexeev (1-27)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- TKO2 Damian Norris (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. Ismail Abdoul (UNR)
Will fight decent journeyman Ismail Abdoul in early September in Germany.
20) Matt Godfrey (1-132)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- L(UD10) vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears destined for journeyman status, but this division is so shallow he might be a fixture in the top 20 for a while yet.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  This is a good week at cruiser.  We save the best for first, as former Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver takes on #7 Danny Green in the latter’s backyard.  On the undercard, fringe contender Shane Cameron battles solid journeyman Dominic Vea.

 

On Saturday, #11 B.J. Flores (who lost to Green in his most recent outing) returns to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri to battle Nick Iannuzzi.  Iannuzzi is a gatekeeper who recently made a name for himself by putting up a good effort in coming up just short against Lateef Kayode on ShoBox.  This is an interesting fight in part because Flores will want to use Iannuzzi as a measuring stick against Kayode, whom he has been calling out recently.