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Light Heavyweight: 2014, Jan 27- Feb 2

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2014 by danboxing
The week’s most important fight was the Friday Night Fights clash in Shelton, Washington between underrated #13 Cornelius White and well-connected undefeated prospect Thomas Williams, Jr.  In a single action-packed round, Williams dropped White with a left that may not even have landed, but which nevertheless caused an off-balance White to take a seat.  Later in the round, Williams caught White on the top of the head as he carelessly leaned forward.  This appeared to hurt him, and Williams displayed his killer instinct by peppering White on the ropes, causing referee Bobby Howard to stop it with only a matter of a few seconds remaining in the round.  But in between, White nailed Williams with a beautiful left that arrived first in an exchange, and dropped the prospect pretty hard.  The best knockdown punch of the night was White’s, but his chin- combined with a fair amount of sloppiness- really let him down in this fight.  An inescapable conclusion has emerged with regard to White’s career: if you can punch at a world class level or thereabouts (Williams, Kovalev, and Don George), you’re going to get him out of there early, since the opportunity is definitely there.  If you can’t (Despaigne and Sukhotsky), you might be in for a tough night, as he beat up those to guys in (non-televised) distance fights.

 

That same night in Pinamar, Argentina, fringe contender Roberto Feliciano Bolonti knocked out decent-ish journeyman Jose Clavero late in the 6th round of a scheduled 10.  

 

Saturday on the non-televised portion of the Mikey Garcia card in New York, undefeated local prospect Sean Monaghan blitzed faded journeyman Matt Vanda, stopping him in the closing seconds of the opening round.  Vanda announced his retirement after the fight.

 

Williams’ win allows him to debut at #14, with Karo Murat still taking precedence with his draw against Campillo.  White slumps to #18, rescued from total obscurity by his still-relevant 2012 win over Sukhotsky.  Sukhotsky himself is forced out in the transaction, after 9 weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (73-73-73)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #15 Edwin Rodriguez (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Adonis Stevenson (34-34-34)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO6 #6 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #6 Andrzej Fonfara
According to Ringtv.com, Stevenson-Fonfara will most likely land on May 24.
2) Bernard Hopkins (73-399-399)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Karo Murat (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Beibut Shumenov (UNR)
Golden Boy has reportedly closed the deal on Hopkins-Shumenov, with March or April expected.
3) Jean Pascal (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- UD12 #16 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Pascal appears to be fully back from his 2 years in the desert, figuratively speaking, having dominated an apparently shopworn Bute.
4) Sergey Kovalev (2-54-54)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO2 Ismayl Sillakh (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev is actively pursuing a fight with a seemingly reluctant Stevenson, and says he’s open to fighting Ward at 175, too.  More recently, there is talk of a March 15 bout, with Pascal being one possibility.
5) Chad Dawson (2-400-400)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Dawson is now a promotional free agent, and is looking to sign with a top promoter to start rebuilding after a rough year.  He says he is interested in a Stevenson rematch.  Prospects for another occasionally-discussed rematch- with Jean Pascal- increased recently with word that Pascal’s trainer offered Dawson a contract.
6) Andrzej Fonfara (2-24-81)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- KO2 Samuel Miller (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
See Stevenson’s notes, above.
7) Tony Bellew (2-120-120)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 3/15/2013- vs. Valery Brudov (UNR) (at CW)
Bellew plans a move to cruiserweight, and his first fight there is scheduled for March 15 in Liverpool, against Valery Brudov.
8) Gabriel Campillo (2-188-188)
Last Fight: 8/16/2013- L (KO9) vs. #14 Andrzej Fonfara
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo might be on his way to deserved obscurity after being robbed of deserved prominence for so much of his career.  He still has plenty of boxing skill, but his will might be fading just a bit.  For anyone who is wondering he says he plans to make another push for a title, rather than retiring.
9) Tavoris Cloud (2-231-231)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud should probably get himself back in the win column at some point.
10) Nathan Cleverly (2-208-208)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (TKO4) vs. #3 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut is once again delayed by what’s being called a minor injury.  His promoter says he intends to schedule him another fight very soon.
11) Isaac Chilemba (2-104)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD8 Michael Gbenga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Jürgen Brähmer (2-93)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 Marcus Oliveira (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Enzo Maccarinelli (UNR)
Braehmer returns April 5 in Rostock, Germany against moderately resurgent Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli.
13) Karo Murat (1-14)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Murat is a free agent after his contract with Sauerland recently expired.
14) Thomas Williams, Jr. (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- TKO1 #13 Cornelius White
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams has been well-matched against vulnerable guys with good resumes.
15) Cedric Agnew (2-42)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew was ordered to defend his regional title against fringe contender Anatoliy Dudchenko, and also appears to have the option of fighting Sukhotsky for a position as IBF mandatory.  Even so, he’s now being mentioned as a possible March opponent for Sergey Kovalev.
16) Edwin Rodriguez (2-29)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez’s trainer Ronnie Shields opines that a fight against a top-15 level light heavyweight would be a good jumping-off point for his anticipated permanent move up.  Before that happens, he’ll need to recover from minor elbow surgery he had in December.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (14-31)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Cornelius White (1-111)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- L (TKO1) vs. Thomas Williams, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Never blessed with big-time promotional or managerial ties, White has risked becoming a permanent opponent with his last two losses.
19) Eleider Alvarez (1-53)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- UD10 Andy Gardiner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alvarez may have been suffering from a letdown after Oosthuizen withdrew from what could have been the Colombian’s biggest fight ever, and almost let it effect him to the point of losing to an unheralded undefeated prospect in Gardiner.
20) Lucian Bute (1-65)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- L (UD12) vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute looks rather shopworn after the brutal beating at the hands of Froch, the close pitched battle with Grachev, and the humiliation at the hands of Pascal.
 

 

The Week Ahead
Friday
Blake Caparello vs. Elvir Muriqi; West Orange, NJ; ESPN2 (US)
Top Australian prospect Caparello makes his US debut in a Friday Night Fights main event against Kosovar journeyman Muriqi, who made a name for himself by losing a very close decision to post-Rocky Balboa-gig Antonio Tarver in 2007, but who has been in steady decline since then.

 

Saturday
Erik Skoglund vs. Adasat Rodriguez; Fredrikshavn, Denmark; 3+ (Denmark)
Skoglund is a Danish undefeated prospect- still largely untested- who has nevertheless made a bit of hay with his close win in 2013 over fellow undefeated prospect Luke Blackledge.  I can’t vouch for that result, since I can’t find a video of the close decision in Skoglund’s back yard.  Rodriguez is a low-level Spanish journeyman at 9-2-1.  His losses weren’t against anybody special, so it should be an easy night for the Dane.

Light Heavyweight: 2014, Jan 20-26

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2014 by danboxing
Jean Pascal got his mojo back on Saturday in Montreal.  The long-time contender- inactive at 175 and in significant fights in general- looked dynamic and entertaining in mostly dominating #16 Lucian Bute over 12 rounds.  For the first 11, Pascal virtually dominated.  I gave him every round, though there were as many as 4 toss-ups in the mix.  Round 12 was a different story, as Bute’s desperate attempt at a knockout seemed to be paying dividends, as Pascal appeared significantly hurt for a large portion of the frame.  In the post-fight interview, Pascal said he was basically taking punches intentionally in order to sell a possible rematch.  I think I believe him, at least to the extent that may have been laying on the ropes initially for that purpose.  I do think that Bute managed to capitalize on that and actually hurt him at some point, though I think HBO- perhaps also with selling the re-match in mind- oversold the drama to some extent.  He was hurt, but he wasn’t out on his feet or really in danger of getting stopped at any point, nor was it even arguably a 10-8 round.

 

On the undercard, #18 Eleider Alvarez got a fairly spirited challenge from late replacement opponent Andy Gardiner, who in fairness came in undefeated.  So spirited a challenge, in fact, that on my card, Alvarez needed every one of the last three rounds I gave him in order to get the nod.  The Quebec judges were predictably slanted in favor of the house fighter- even though Gardiner was actually the native Canadian of the two- with Marie-Josee Guerin turning in a ludicrous 99-91, a score that would prompt me to investigate her qualifications if I were the commission.  Jean LaPointe turned in a mostly reasonable 96-93, though I think he clearly erred in giving Alvarez a 10-8 round, it would appear, in round 8.  Alvarez hurt Gardiner at the close of the round, but it was a competitive frame prior to that, and the period of dominance was only 10 seconds, give or take.  Sylvain LeBlance had it 97-93, which is hard to argue with too much, considering it was only one toss-up round away from my own.  I would call this something of a dodged bullet for the Colombian prospect.

 

Pascal, who was only unranked due to inactivity- having been ranked #3 when he was removed last year- resumes that position with the decent win and his return.  Do I really think he’s better than Kovalev right now, you might ask?  Not really.  But he’s got a win over a #1 ranked contender in Dawson, and even though Hopkins’ age made those two fights rather significant upsets, Hopkins was ranked #3 for the draw and #1 for Pascal’s loss to him.  Kovalev’s best win so far is the destruction of #4 Campillo.  So while I acknowledge that the relative age of Pascal’s relevant resume introduces plenty of room for disagreement, I would say that Pascal has established himself at a slightly higher level, and that despite his adversity, he has not yet done anything to lower that level to anything less than #3.  That being said, he’s got two top-10 wins over Adrian Diaconu that will be expiring this year, and so I could see his ranking slipping over the course of the year unless he keeps busy among good competition.

 

Bute probably should have been viewed as better than his #16 ranking going in, since his super middleweight ranking sat at #4 when he was removed last year for moving up, and since he’s done nothing to significantly hurt his standing since.  Nevertheless, his record at 175 specifically has suffered.  There’s not much shame in losing to Pascal for a mid-teens contender, but the amount of time it took to make the fight happen and the resulting inactivity has helped diminish him.  His lone win at the weight, a fairly close decision over Denis Grachev in late 2012, is now over a year old, while Hadillah Mohoumadi has a more recent and more impressive victory over a guy not ranked far below.  In addition, Eleider Alvarez, irrespective of his low-level win this weekend, has the kind of quantity (3 significant wins) that allows him to pass Bute as well.  Mohoumadi therefore stays put at #17, and Alvarez at #18, while Bute slides two places in addition to the one which Pascal’s return would demand- to #19.  Last week’s #s 4-15 backtrack a spot, with Isaac Chilemba bouncd from the top 10 after 42 consecutive weeks.  Sukhotsky falls from #19 to #20, while Enzo Maccarinelli is forced from the rankings after 22 consecutive weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (72-72-72)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #15 Edwin Rodriguez (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Adonis Stevenson (33-33-33)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO6 #6 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #6 Andrzej Fonfara
Fightnews.com reports that Stevenson’s next fight will be on an undetermined date against #6 Andrzej Fonfara.
2) Bernard Hopkins (72-398-398)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Karo Murat (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Beibut Shumenov (UNR)
Golden Boy has reportedly closed the deal on Hopkins-Shumenov, with March or April expected.
3) Jean Pascal (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- UD12 #16 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Pascal appears to be fully back from his 2 years in the desert, figuratively speaking, having dominated an apparently shopworn Bute.
4) Sergey Kovalev (1-53-53)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO2 Ismayl Sillakh (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev is actively pursuing a fight with a seemingly reluctant Stevenson, and says he’s open to fighting Ward at 175, too.  More recently, there is talk of a March 15 bout, with Pascal being one possibility.
5) Chad Dawson (1-399-399)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Dawson is now a promotional free agent, and is looking to sign with a top promoter to start rebuilding after a rough year.  He says he is interested in a Stevenson rematch.  Prospects for another occasionally-discussed rematch- with Jean Pascal- increased recently with word that Pascal’s trainer offered Dawson a contract.
6) Andrzej Fonfara (1-23-80)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- KO2 Samuel Miller (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Fonfara will reportedly be fighting Stevenson next, but no date yet.
7) Tony Bellew (1-119-119)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 3/15/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent (at CW)
Bellew plans a move to cruiserweight, and his first fight there is scheduled for March 15 in Liverpool.
8) Gabriel Campillo (1-187-187)
Last Fight: 8/16/2013- L (KO9) vs. #14 Andrzej Fonfara
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo might be on his way to deserved obscurity after being robbed of deserved prominence for so much of his career.  He still has plenty of boxing skill, but his will might be fading just a bit.  For anyone who is wondering he says he plans to make another push for a title, rather than retiring.
9) Tavoris Cloud (1-230-230)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud should probably get himself back in the win column at some point.
10) Nathan Cleverly (1-207-207)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (TKO4) vs. #3 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut is once again delayed by what’s being called a minor injury.  His promoter says he intends to schedule him another fight very soon.
11) Isaac Chilemba (1-103)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD8 Michael Gbenga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Jürgen Brähmer (1-92)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 Marcus Oliveira (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Braehmer returns April 5 in Rostock, Germany.
13) Cornelius White (1-110)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: 1/24/2014- vs. Thomas Williams, Jr. (UNR)
White will once again play underdog, but to much less-proven fighter in Thomas Williams.
14) Karo Murat (1-13)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Cedric Agnew (1-41)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew was ordered to defend his regional title against fringe contender Anatoliy Dudchenko, but now it looks like he might instead fight Sukhotsky for a position as IBF mandatory.
16) Edwin Rodriguez (1-28)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez’s trainer Ronnie Shields opines that a fight against a top-15 level light heavyweight would be a good jumping-off point for his anticipated permanent move up.  Before that happens, he’ll need to recover from minor elbow surgery he had in December.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (13-30)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi snuck in a low-level win on November 30, apparently at 168.
18) Eleider Alvarez (13-52)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- UD10 Andy Gardiner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alvarez may have been suffering from a letdown after Oosthuizen withdrew from what could have been the Colombian’s biggest fight ever, and almost let it effect him to the point of losing to an unheralded undefeated prospect in Gardiner.
19) Lucian Bute (1-64)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- L (UD12) vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute looks rather shopworn after the brutal beating at the hands of Froch, the close pitched battle with Grachev, and the humiliation at the hands of Pascal.
20) Dmitry Sukhotsky (1-9)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO5 Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotsky was penciled in to fight Fonfara for a mandatory shot at an alphabet belt, but it now looks like Cedric Agnew will be in the other corner, instead.

 

The Week Ahead
Friday
Roberto Feliciano Bolonti vs. Jose Clavero; Pinamar, Argentina; TyC Sports (ARG)Roberto Feliciano Bolonti is a 35 year-old gatekeeper from the Buenos Aires area.  He lost a 4-rounder early in his career, but his only loss since that one in 2006 was a decision to Tony Bellew in 2012.  He has generally prospered against mid-level journeyman and below, aside from that.  His best win to date- at least arguably- was an 8th round KO of none other than Clavero from 2012.  As for Clavero, he’s a mid-level journeyman.  Usually gives a good account of himself, but if Feliciano Bolonti is the top 30 fighter Boxrec imagines him to be, a repeat of the first meeting is likely.
 
 
#13 Cornelius White vs. Thomas Williams, Jr.; Shelton, Washington; ESPN2 (US)
Despite being more accomplished, White is clearly being cast as the underdog in this one, as Williams has superior promotional backing and is considered a high-level prospect.  White could use this upset- in the tradition of his shocking wins over Yordanis Despaigne and Dmitry Sukhotsky- to confirm himself as the relevant fighter few ever noticed he was in the first place.
 
Saturday
Sean Monaghan vs. Matt Vanda; New York, New York; Off TV
Even in the eyes of HBO, which has an interest in career and has put one of his fights on a major PPV card recently, Monaghan is seen as a fun-to-watch crude bar brawler-type, but one that has managed to build a top-50 resume by applying that style to its full potential.  Vanda is a veteran clubfighter that has generally been seen as a high-level journeyman for most of his career, but has been slipping lately.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, Jun 17-23

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2013 by danboxing
#6 Gabriel Campillo stopped weak Romanian journeyman Ionut Trandafir Ilie in Madrid on Friday, needing two rounds to do it.

 

In Bethlehem, PA later that night, his conqueror, #5 Sergey Kovalev, did a similar number on a much better opponent, #10 Cornelius White.  White showed up looking focused, and even managed to get a few shots in of his own.  But ultimately he just didn’t have anything like the power or chin to hold Kovalev off or take his power.  I tell you- Kovalev is so heavy-handed that he can dang near knock a good fighter out through the gloves.  White was down 3 times in the 3rd, and the ref stopped it immediately upon the last one.

 

Sunday in Kampala, Uganda, gatekeeper Joey Vegas repeated in almost perfect detail his 14 month-old TKO over Egyptian prospect and national champion Hany Atiyo, with both fights ending in the 11th round.

 

Kovalev’s win propels him past Dawson to the #3 spot.  Dawson still has a better number of higher quality wins, but the dominant and emphatic way he was dispatched in his last two fights makes it rather naive to assume he’s still at the level he was when he beat Hopkins.  Not only that, but Stevenson wasn’t even conclusively at the level of a Campillo, even if you assume that 168 is superior to 175.  This forces Dawson and Bellew down a spot each.  Cornelius White remains at #10.  #11 Cedric Agnew still hasn’t won at the same level that White has, and certainly has never been tested at the Kovalev level, or Kovalevel (which I hereby trademark).

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (41-41-41)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has offers more or less on the table to fight Froch or Stevenson.  He is trying to split with promoter Dan Goossen, though, which could conceivably complicate matters.
1) Adonis Stevenson (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 #1 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson wants Ward or Hopkins.  Hopkins has been ordered to fight Kovalev, though.  Either option would be equally suicidal for the old man, I think.
2) Bernard Hopkins (41-367-367)
Last Fight: 3/9/2012- UD12 #6 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Karo Murat encountered a visa problem, scuttling his fight with Hopkins.  The IBF has ordered Hopkins to fight Kovalev, a dangerous possibility for the legend.  Adonis Stevenson also wants to fight him.
3) Sergey Kovalev (1-22-22)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- TKO3 #10 Cornelius White
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev has a mandatory shot at the IBF title held by Hopkins, and Cleverly really badly wants to fight him, too.  I can’t imagine why.

4) Chad Dawson (1-368-368)

Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Dawson’s career is suddenly in an all-out tailspin just 2 fights after winning the lineal title from Hopkins.
5) Tony Bellew (1-88-88)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #7 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew’s ultimate triumph over Chilemba has now set him up with a mandatory shot at Stevenson, which would continue the trend of the best fighting the best at 175.
6) Gabriel Campillo (2-156-156)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- TKO2 Ionut Trandafir Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. #13 Andrzej Fonfara
Campillo will fight Fonfara in an interesting crossroads fight at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
7) Tavoris Cloud (2-199-199)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s manager expects him back in action by the end of the year.  Normally that wouldn’t be saying much, but that would be against type for Cloud.
8) Nathan Cleverly (2-176-176)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD12 Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Cleverly is back on August 17, and his promoter is trying (for a reason I can’t fathom) to secure the devastating Sergey Kovalev as the opponent.
9) Isaac Chilemba (2-12-72)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #9 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba may have lost the second fight to Bellew in his opponent’s back yard, but between the two fights, he’s managed to elevate himself somewhat.
10) Cornelius White (2-49-79)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown
White was blasted out by Kovalev, but at least he has good company in that regard.
11) Cedric Agnew (2-10)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew may have caught a fading Yusaf Mack at the right time, but he’s clearly a climber, having now beaten both Mack and Otis Griffin.
12) Jürgen Brähmer (2-61)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO2 Tony Averlant (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Stefano Abatangelo (UNR)
Braehmer will take on low-level Italian gatekeeper Abatangelo on August 24, while awaiting a title shot.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (2-49)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. #5 Gabriel Campillo
Fonfara will get a huge opportunity to launch himself into the top 5 when he takes on Gabriel Campillo in Chicago.
14) Lucian Bute (2-33)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Bute-Pascal has been rescheduled tentatively for December 7 after Bute suffered a hand injury.  They’ve also reserved January 25 as a back-up plan.  Either way, it will be in Montreal.
15) Denis Grachev (2-60)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013– W* (SD10) vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. SMW #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Grachev will be fighting Edwin Rodriguez at a catchweight of 171.5 in Monte Carlo for a million dollar prize.
16) Dmitry Sukhotsky (2-138)
Last Fight: 6/4/2013- KO3 Mikhail Krinitsin (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotski may be sticking around at 168 from now on, but only time will tell.  He has until December to schedule a fight at 175 if he wants to keep his ranking.
17) Eleider Alvarez (2-21)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO3 Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/5/2013- vs. Allan Green (UNR)
Alvarez’s fight with Green, which was oddly canceled at the last minute on 6/8, has been reset for July 5- this time on a Friday Night Fights card in Hartford, Connecticut.
18) Yunieski Gonzalez (2-14)
Last Fight: 3/15/2013- KO8 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzalez took a huge step up in competition and made good, knocking out strong fringe contender Bryant. 
19) Doudou Ngumbu (2-11)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD12 #14 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Glen Johnson (2-6)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Strangely, even though Johnson looks completely spent, he is once again ranked (barely) at both 175 and 168.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing to report this week.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by danboxing
In what turned out to be one of the most important light heavyweight results in recent years, Chad Dawson- long considered the class of the division- was brutally TKO’d with one vicious shot, just halfway through the first round, by #6 Super Middleweight Adonis Stevenson.  Dawson beat the count, but was barely able to stand, much less fight, when the time came, and referee Michael Griffin correctly stopped it.  You can tell from my preview of the fight from last week that I favored the hard-hitting Stevenson in the fight, though I stopped short of saying it outright. 
 

Stevenson is now one of the big guns at both 168 and 175, considered by many to be the lineal champ, and has an exciting style and skills that equal or exceed virtually anyone else in the sport in that respect, and he has the moral authority to credibly call out any of the top fighters in his two weight classes, ranging from Hopkins to Ward and Froch, or even the fight that would be one of the most exciting match-ups in any weight class- against Kovalev.

 

There was supposed to be a really nice fight between #16 Eleider Alvarez and gatekeeper Allan Green on the undercard, but HBO reportedly was instrumental in the inexplicable decision to bump the fight off the card entirely.

 

On the Huck-Afolabi undercard in Berlin, undefeated German Robert Woge was mostly unspectacular, but easily ground out the significant majority of rounds against the very tall, but rather feather-fisted and ungainly Polish prospect Dariusz Sek.  Sek won, at most, 2 rounds in the middle of the fight, but the official judges and the embarrassing British commentary team of Barry Jones and Alan Partidge somehow saw it closer than that.  Barry Jones even had Sek winning the fight, even while describing everything he threw as “pitty-pat” punches.

 

Also on the card, gatkeeeper Eduard Gutknecht more or less shut out low-level journeyman Richard Vidal of Uruguay.

 

And finally (well- not finally at all, actually), #15 Dmitry Sukhotsky knocked out his own low-level journeyman in Mikhail Krinitsin in his hometown of Barnaul, Russia on Tuesday, needing just 2 1/2 rounds to do so.  I didn’t notice until I started writing this, but the fight was actually at 168.  I’ll break with tradition and just mention it here, though, since Sukhotsky is ranked here alone, and since the fight has no importance even to that extent at 168.

 

The Stevenson-Dawson result presents a bit of a conundrum.  Obviously Stevenson is the new #1 contender, but it’s always a difficult call when one guy loses to a guy ranked well below him in a lower division, but the guy below him recently lost to the first guy.  Normally I’d say that Dawson should remain ahead of Hopkins, on the theory that Dawson had already clearly proved his superiority over Hopkins, and that Stevenson simply proved much better than his ranking.  This case is a little less clear, though, since Hopkins did beat Pascal, who had beaten Dawson.  Dawson was also dominantly stopped in consecutive fights by naturally smaller guys who technically weren’t even ranked at 175, and it seems a bit illogical to punish Hopkins for those struggles in equal measure to Dawson.  For that reason, Dawson sinks to #3, while Hopkins holds firm. Everyone ranked below Hopkins last week backtracks a notch, including #10 Cedric Agnew, who exits the top ten after 4 weeks in, and Ovill McKenzie, who exits the top 20 after just one.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (40-40-40)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Pascal-Bute postponed, one of Ward’s best options went with it.  There is now serious discussion of a Ward-Froch rematch, potentially in England.  On one hand, we’ve seen it before, but on another, Froch is clearly still the most worthy challenger for Ward, to the point where he would be the undisputed champion at 168 if Ward didn’t exist.
1) Adonis Stevenson (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 #1 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson has tons of options after destroying Dawson.  His WBC mandatory, for what it’s worth, is Tony Bellew.
2) Bernard Hopkins (40-366-366)
Last Fight: 3/9/2012- UD12 #6 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Karo Murat (UNR)
All the buzz had been revolving around a Hopkins-Cleverly showdown, but with little or no warning, he signed to fight his mandatory, the slightly more proven but inactive Karo Murat, instead.

3) Chad Dawson (1-367-367)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown

Dawson’s career is suddenly in an all-out tailspin just 2 fights after winning the lineal title from Hopkins.
4) Tony Bellew (1-87-87)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #7 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew’s ultimate triumph over Chilemba has now set him up with a mandatory shot at Stevenson, which would continue the trend of the best fighting the best at 175.
5) Sergey Kovalev (1-21-21)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO3 #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #10 Cornelius White
Kovalev is back in action against another pretty tough opponent on June 14.
6) Gabriel Campillo (1-155-155)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L(TKO3) vs. Sergey Kovalev (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. Ionut Trandafir Ilie (UNR)
Campillo will fight Fonfara in an interesting crossroads fight at Comiskey Park in Chicago, but appears to have scheduled a tune-up on June 14 in Madrid, as well.
7) Tavoris Cloud (1-198-198)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s manager expects him back in action by the end of the year.  Normally that wouldn’t be saying much, but that would be against type for Cloud.
8) Nathan Cleverly (1-175-175)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD12 Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly wants to fight Froch at 175, but Froch appears a bit more interested in Ward at the moment.  He even says he’d drop down to 168 for the fight, but it still doesn’t sound like one of Froch’s top 2 or 3 options.
9) Isaac Chilemba (1-11-71)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #9 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba may have lost the second fight to Bellew in his opponent’s back yard, but between the two fights, he’s managed to elevate himself somewhat.
10) Cornelius White (1-48-78)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Otis Griffin (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #5 Sergey Kovalev
Moment of truth time for White.  On June 14 we’ll find out if he’s more the guy that beat up Dmitri Sukhotski, or the guy that got sparked out in just seconds by Don George.  If he’s the latter, Kovalev should prove it pretty quickly.
11) Cedric Agnew (1-9)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew may have caught a fading Yusaf Mack at the right time, but he’s clearly a climber, having now beaten both Mack and Otis Griffin.
12) Jürgen Brähmer (1-60)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO2 Tony Averlant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer made an easy first defense of his European belt against Averlant.  He is currently the mandatory for Cleverly’s alphabet strap, as well, though it sounds like the Welshman would prefer bigger fish- or at least fish with bigger belts.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (1-48)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. #5 Gabriel Campillo
Fonfara will get a huge opportunity to launch himself into the top 5 when he takes on Gabriel Campillo in Chicago.
14) Lucian Bute (1-32)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Bute-Pascal has been rescheduled tentatively for December 7 after Bute suffered a hand injury.  They’ve also reserved January 25 as a back-up plan.  Either way, it will be in Montreal.
15) Denis Grachev (1-59)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013– W* (SD10) vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. SMW #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Grachev will be fighting Edwin Rodriguez at a catchweight of 171.5 in Monte Carlo for a million dollar prize.
16) Dmitri Sukhotski (1-137)
Last Fight: 6/4/2013- KO3 Mikhail Krinitsin (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotski may be sticking around at 168 from now on, but only time will tell.  He has until December to schedule a fight at 175 if he wants to keep his ranking.
17) Eleider Alvarez (1-20)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO3 Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alvarez’s very good fight with Allan Green was abruptly bumped from the Dawson-Stevenson undercard.
18) Yunieski Gonzalez (1-13)
Last Fight: 3/15/2013- KO8 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzalez took a huge step up in competition and made good, knocking out strong fringe contender Bryant. 
19) Doudou Ngumbu (1-10)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD12 #14 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Glen Johnson (1-5)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Strangely, even though Johnson looks completely spent, he is once again ranked (barely) at both 175 and 168.

 

The Week Ahead: #6 Gabriel Campillo gets a tune-up on Friday against Ionut Trandafir Ilie- a very weak Romanian journeyman who only sounds like a fictional character.  That fight is in Madrid.

 

Campillo’s recent conqueror, #5 Sergey Kovalev, is in a bit deeper, taking on #10 Cornelius White in a fight that is probably somewhat more mismatched than it sounds on paper.  That will be on NBC Sports, also on Friday.

 

Sunday in Kampala, Uganda, local gatekeeper Joey Vegas looks to win a second time against Egyptian prospect and national champion Hany Atiyo, in a fight that was supposed to happen last week.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, Mar 11-17

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by danboxing
In far and away the biggest fight of the week in any division, #2 Bernard Hopkins defied father time again, capturing a unanimous decision over #6 Tavoris Cloud in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday.  I do have some qualms, though.  I preface this by saying that I did score the fight for Hopkins 115-113.  So naturally I don’t have a problem with giving him full credit for a win.  But it seems to me that both the commentary and the judges demonstrated a fair amount of bias.  They made a Hopkins win seem like a clear and foregone conclusion on HBO before the decision was read, and the decision itself reinforced their cheerleading.  Judges Poturaj and Stewart scored it 116-112, while Schreck went even further at 117-111.  Despite being as little as 1 round difference from my own score, I do not consider any of the cards particularly reasonable.  I feel that I gave Hopkins every round he had any claim to.  Despite believing that Hopkins did just enough to win, I would buy a 119-109 Cloud card before a 117-111 Hopkins one.  The Cloud rounds- of which there were no fewer than 5- were generally the clearest rounds.

 

Nevertheless, Cloud has every reason to be embarrassed with himself.  At 48 years old, the one and only chance Hopkins had to win the fight was to slow the pace and fight a tactical and cerebral fight.  If things got physical or in any way gruelling, Cloud would win easily.  So what did Cloud do?  He hung back.  He was cautious even against an opponent that hasn’t won by stoppage since 2000.  He let it become, by and large, a jab and move kind of fight.  He followed Hopkins around carefully, allowing himself to be kept off balance and out of punching range.  He didn’t need to try and match Hopkins’ boxing ability.  He needed to go all out to get inside and try to rough the old man up.  He did nothing of the kind- at least not for more than about a minute of the fight.  So while I believe the fight easily could have gone in his favor, I don’t really think that he deserved success based on his effort.

 

American prospect Marcus Oliveira was scheduled for a fight with a bad opponent named Junior Ramos in the Dominican Republic, but it appears the fight may not have come off.  Even if it did and the reports are just late in coming, it is barely worth mentioning unless there is a major upset.

 

#7 Cornelius White also managed to sneak in a fight that wasn’t even on Boxrec a week before it happened.  He won what appears to have been a reasonably comfortable 8-round decision over quality journeyman Otis Griffin.

 

And backtracking to Wednesday, fringe contender Roberto Bolonti knocked out mid-level Uruguayan journeyman Jorge Rodriguez in Santa Clara, Argentina in the latter half of round 3.

 

Although by all laws of reason and the physical world Cloud should have been expected to beat Hopkins, the result is actually very much in line with what you’d expect from a generic #2 and #6 contender.  Hopkins is unable to advance past Dawson because Dawson beat him in his previous fight- the fact that Dawson lost a fight in the meantime notwithstanding.  As for Cloud, he hasn’t won an honest fight in nearly 2 years, but he has still both won and lost at a significantly higher level than #7 Cornelius White, and thus stays put, as well. 

 

So a bit surprisingly, no changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (27-27-27)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward’s surgery is complete.  He’s expected to be out until at least Summer, though he is already in the gym.
1) Chad Dawson (27-354-354)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
The Pascal fight was signed, and there hasn’t been any official word that it’s off.  So for now I’ll leave it on the schedule.  But a recent interview I saw of Dawson indicates that he seems at least pessimistic and at most resigned to the fact that Pascal will pull out or has effectively done so already.  It sounds like Dawson will save the date anyway, though.
2) Bernard Hopkins (27-353-353)
Last Fight: 3/9/2012- UD12 #6 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
It sounds like Hopkins-Cleverly is likely in the cards for later this year.
3) Jean Pascal (27-195-195)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
As mentioned in Dawson’s notes, there is some intrigue involving a Pascal fight with Bute, either after or instead of the scheduled fight with Dawson.  If Pascal does ditch Dawson and scheduleds the Bute fight for any date after May 25, I believe I will be forced to take the long-overdue step of removing Pascal for inactivity, since he’s been stringing together scheduled fights that either don’t happen or for which he comes in heavy.
4) Sergey Kovalev (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO3 #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev is hoping to return in Moscow in April.
5) Gabriel Campillo (8-142-142)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L(TKO3) vs. Sergey Kovalev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It remains to be seen whether we’ve seen Campillo rapidly decline, have a bad night, or just run into a world-beater.  But he’s still going to be highly ranked because he recently beat the guy ranked right below him.
6) Tavoris Cloud (8-185-185)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
The division is as weak in terms of talent as it’s ever been, and Cloud can’t beat a 48 year old contender in it.  I don’t think he’s ever going to be a champion.
7) Cornelius White (8-35-65)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Otis Griffin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
White snuck in an under-the-radar 8-rounder against Otis Griffin.  It was a pound over the limit, but will buy him some more time to stay active at 175, at least.
8) Nathan Cleverly (8-162-162)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly’s long-lingering and mostly pointless fight against gatekeeper Robin Krasniqi has been moved to April 20.
9) Tony Bellew (8-74-74)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #13 Isaac Chilemba
Bellew has a mandatory shot at the European title against Braehmer waiting for him if he gets by Chilemba, but that may never happen since Bellew would also become the challenger-in-waiting for Chad Dawson, and might even get that opportunity on May 25 if Pascal does pull out.
10) Jürgen Brähmer (6-6-47)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- UD12 Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Braehmer defends his European title in Hamburg on April 27.  No opponent yet.
11) Karo Murat (6-97)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murat last made 175 on October 1, 2011.  He’s fought once slightly over the limit since then, giving him until April 1 to schedule a fight here.  This is partly Cloud’s fault for essentially standing him up, but that’s way too little activity to draw sympathy from me.  Murat remains the mandatory challenger for the Hopkins-Cloud winner, but either man could have a more lucrative fight to consider should he win, and Hopkins always seems a decent bet to retire at his age.
12) Beibut Shumenov (6-142)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Isaac Chilemba (6-58)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #9 Tony Bellew
Up-and-coming African star Chilemba takes a high-risk, high-reward fight on March 30 in Tony Bellew’s hometown of Liverpool.
14) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (6-58)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Sofiane Sebihi (UNR)
Uzelkoff will be in on short notice against Algerian journeyman Sofiane Sebihi in Kiev.
15) Andrzej Fonfara (6-35)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fonfara aggravated a previous injury to his right hand and had to withdraw from his ESPN2 fight with Nicholson Poulard.  He will hope that it heals on its own in a month, but if not he will need surgery that would keep him out for an additional 3-6 months.
16) Yusaf Mack (6-142)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: 4/12/2013- vs. Cedric Agnew (UNR)
After I rather thought he should retire after his showing against Carl Froch, Mack is instead back in the ring on April 12 against undefeated prospect Cedric Agnew.
17) Lucian Bute (8-19)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
It originally appeared that Bute would be fighting Bika for a shot at Ward, but now he seems to have reached a deal to fight the seemingly otherwise-engaged Jean Pascal, instead.  Not sure of the timeline of the latter fight, or how it affects the Bika fight.
18) Denis Grachev (8-46)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR)
Grachev will fight inactive former champ Zsolt Erdei in Monaco on March 30, with the winner to fight there against the winner of Edwin Rodriguez vs. Ezequiel Maderna in July.
19) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-124)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotski was originally rumored for the Monaco tourney, but he is not one of the 4 scheduled.
20) Eleider Alvarez (7-7)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- KO8 Danny McIntosh (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Alvarez will fight in Montreal on March 22, and will take over the spot opposite Nicholson Poulard that was vacated by an injured Andrzej Fonfara on the FNF broadcast.

 

The Week Ahead: On Thursday, fringe contender Ismayl Sillakh is slated to fight an opponent to be determined in Hollywood, California.

 

In the Florida version of Hollywood, strong gatekeeper Rowland Bryant looks to swat down the challenge of undefeated but totally untested Cuban prospect Yunieski Gonzalez on Friday.

 

And Saturday in Kiev, #14 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff takes on mid-range Algerian journeyman Sofiane Sebihi.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, Jan 7-13

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 25, 2013 by danboxing
No notable light heavyweight fights were available to ring in the new year.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward’s surgery is complete.  He’s expected to be out until at least Summer.
1) Chad Dawson (18-345-345)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal tore a shoulder muscle and tendon, but somehow still expects to be good to go against Dawson on March 23.
2) Bernard Hopkins (18-344-344)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. #5 Tavoris Cloud
Hopkins appeared likely to fight Nathan Cleverly, but instead opted for Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will take place in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (18-186-186)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
See Dawson’s notes, above.
4) Gabriel Campillo (18-133-133)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. Sergei Kovalev (UNR)
Campillo will now officially fight hot prospect Sergei Kovalev on January 19, in Bethlehem, PA, on NBC Sports.
5) Tavoris Cloud (18-176-176)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Perhaps Cloud’s reasoning for pulling out of the Murat fight had something to do with his apparently better-than-expected chances of landing a much more lucrative Hopkins battle- a fight that now appears set for March.
6) Cornelius White (18-26-56)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
7) Nathan Cleverly (18-153-153)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will be fighting a long-rumored fight with fringe prospect Robin Krasniqi on March 16 in the UK.
8) Tony Bellew (26-65-65)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bellew has a date set for Liverpool in late March, but no opponent as of yet.
9) Karo Murat (18-67-88)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea what’s next for Murat after Cloud left him at the proverbial altar.
10) Beibut Shumenov (18-129-133)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (8-49)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba came in a bit heavy, but performed as expected, shutting out journeyman Rayco Saunders.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (8-49)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Uzelkoff easily dispatched Marosi, in a fight so last-minute that I didn’t even know about it a week in advance.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (8-26)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Fonfara is scheduled to be in action on March 22 in Chicago.  His opponent is Jean Pascal’s brother, journeyman Nicholson Poulard.
14) Yusaf Mack (8-133)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s no shame to lose to Carl Froch, but Mack’s showing was bad enough that you’ve got to wonder if he’s finished.
15) Jürgen Brähmer (18-38)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Braehmer has reportedly rescheduled his fight with Gutknecht for early February.  We’ll see if he follows through this time- always a big “if” with him.
16) Lucian Bute (10-10)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute is apparently not fighting Froch next afterall, with Kelly Pavlik being the current target.  The rematch could still happen in the fall, though.
17) Denis Grachev (10-37)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Grachev put forth a valiant effort against a heavy favorite in Bute, even after presumably draining almost all the way to 168.  As a result, his ranking remains mostly intact.
18) Dmitri Sukhotski (10-115)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Mikkel Kessler (10-34)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler dismantled Brian Magee, but that was at 168.  I don’t know if Kessler plans to compete at light heavy again anytime soon.
20) Tony Averlant (10-41)
Last Fight: 11/9/2012- UD6 Lubo Hantak (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/12/2013- vs. Mounir Toumi (UNR)
Averlant is moving back up to a 12-rounder against a lower-mid-level journeyman.  A step up from his last fight, but still not doing him any favors.

 

The Week Ahead: In St. Quentin, France, #20 Tony Averlant takes on low-level German journeyman Mounir Toumi in a 10-rounder.

Year-End Awards: Light Heavyweight, 2012

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by danboxing
This is the first time I’ve done this, and I hope you like it.  It’s been a lot of effort.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Light Heavyweight Fighter of the Year: Chad Dawson
Obviously it was an up-and-down year for Dawson, which ended on a low note, but since Andre Ward never actually fought in the weight class despite winning its championship, Dawson is still the only light heavyweight to have beaten a Champion this year.  The runner up would be Campillo.

 

Prospect of the Year: Isaac Chilemba
It’s a bit surprising- considering his major victory in February that had him on the cusp of the top 10- that I’m still talking about Chilemba as a prospect.  He’s already been in the top 20 in two divisions now.  But perhaps largely due to a withdrawal on the part of would-be September opponent Zsolt Erdei, Chilemba failed to follow up on that victory, and has stalled at the #11-12 range.  Since a fighter only loses prospect designation for me when they either crack the top 10 or lose too much, and since the only other comparable win this year by a prospect was a questionable one by Andrzej Fonfara, Chilemba carries the category.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: Denis Grachev TKO8 #15 Ismayl Sillakh
Ward’s TKO of Dawson was the stoppage during the year that had the greatest effect on the division, but I’ve decided not to consider it because it didn’t actually happen in a fight at this weight at all.  Instead, unheralded prospect Denis Grachev’s arrival on the scene with his shocking knockout of the more advanced Ismayl Sillakh- which allowed not only Grachev, but also Lucian Bute, to enter the rankings at 175, and sent Sillakh reeling into relative obscurity- takes the prize.  Click “TKO8” to see a video.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #7 Tony Bellew TKO5 #20 Danny McIntosh
As sensational as Grachev’s stoppage of Sillakh was, there are really only two choices.  Bellew’s sensational right hand counter shot put McIntosh’s lights out instantly.  The same could be said of Mikkel Kessler’s fantastic left hook to the chin of Allan Green.  I’m not sure how I chose, except perhaps that the Bellew knockout seemed more exciting while watching the fight.  Perhaps the raucous Liverpool crowd deserves the credit for that, as they absolutely lost their minds when Bellew’s shot connected, while Kessler’s Copenhagen fans were a bit more reserved.  Click “TKO5” in the headline to see a video.

 

Match-Up of the Year: Champ Bernard Hopkins vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Considering Hopkins had already beaten #1 Contender Jean Pascal, this was the best fight that could have been made in the division.  Or at least the best combination of rankings.  The fight itself was a snoozer, but this is a purely numerical award as I distribute it.  It also featured the oldest man to defend his title (legitimate or otherwise) since George Foreman, and began the short reign of Dawson.

 

Fight of the Year: Mikkel Kessler KO4 Allan Green
The main contenders for this honor for me are Bute-Grachev (a competitive, close style clash with decent action), Kessler-Green (a see-saw chess match with moments of intense excitement), and Cloud-Campillo (a great comeback from a disastrous round, clouded by an atrocious robbery).  If you like gritty distance fights, you’d pick Bute-Grachev.  If you like effective boxing and occasional excitement in your distance fights (or unnecessary drama), Cloud-Campillo is for you.  But I went with the short but sweet Kessler-Green.  You can’t ask for much more competitiveness than a 10-8 first round for the guy that lost the fight a few rounds later, nor can you ask for a better finish than the knockout of the year candidate scored by Kessler.
 
Upset of the Year: Tony Averlant Robbery SD12 L vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht
Okay, so maybe this wasn’t technically an upset.  The favored guy technically won, but only because of biased judges.  Averlant clearly beat Gutknecht, and it was the shocker of the year despite the scorecards.  Averlant came in as a journeyman with 5 losses, while Gutknecht- despite a poor performance in his previous fight against Vyachelsav Uzelkoff- looked to be a pretty strong #12.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Cornelius White
White began this comeback last year by taking a 6-rounder against fringe contender Yordanis Despaigne, but put himself all the way up near the top tier of contenders with his shocking and dominant 12-round drubbing of 10th-ranked Dmitri Sukhotski.  What was he coming back from, you ask?  The answer is relative obscurity, courtesy of his brutal February 2011 first round beatdown at the hands of ordinary prospect Don George.

 

Robbery of the Year: #3 Tavoris Cloud W (SD12) vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
This isn’t even the worst robbery Campillo has been victimized by in recent years, but it’s the worst in the division- and one of the worst in the sport- during 2012.  Campillo all but dominated the fight after going down twice in the opening round, and very obviously won 115-111 or 114-112.  It’s not just that the judges missed the call.  One of them in particular- David Robertson- embarrassed himself, the sport, and likely his own mother by scoring the fight for Cloud 116-110.  That means- giving Cloud all benefit of the doubt- that Robertson scored no less than 4 obvious Campillo rounds in favor of Cloud.  He made Joel Elizondo’s preposterous 114-112 Cloud card look positively acceptable by comparison.  All Elizondo did is give all the close rounds to Cloud, plus two that Campillo clearly won.  All in a day’s work for a Texas boxing judge, I guess.  Credit to the third judge, Denny Nelson, who scored it 115-111 for Campillo.  The runner up for this dubious award is Gutknecht-Averlant.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2012 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2012.

 

1) Chad Dawson
Significant Results: Apr 28- W (MD12) vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins.  Sep 8- L (TKO10) vs. Super Middleweight Champ Andre Ward (at Super Middleweight).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 29: #2.  Apr 30-Sep 9: Champ.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #1.
2) Gabriel Campillo
Significant Results: Feb 18- Robbery Loss (SD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 19: #4.  Feb 20-Sep 9: #3.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #4.
3) Cornelius White
Significant Results: Jul 14- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #14.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #16.  Apr 2-22: #15.  Apr 23-May 20: #16.  May 21-27: #17.  May 28-Jul 15: #16.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #5.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #6.
4) Tony Bellew
Significant Results: Apr 27- TKO5 #20 Danny McIntosh.  Sep 8- TKO9 Fringe Contender Edison Miranda.  Nov 17- UD12 Fringe Contender Roberto Bolonti.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 15: #7.  Jul 16-Dec 31: #8.
5) Isaac Chilemba
Significant Results: Feb 3- UD10 #16 Edison Miranda.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: Unranked.  Feb 6-Sep 9: #11.  Sep 10-Nov 18: #12.  Nov 19-Dec 31: #11.
6) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff
Significant Results: Feb 4- Questionable Loss (UD12) vs. #8 Eduard Gutknecht.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: Unranked.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #13.  Apr 2-Sep 9: #12.  Sep 10-Nov 18: #13.  Nov 19-Dec 31: #12.
7) Andrzej Fonfara
Significant Results: Jul 13- Robbery UD10 W (possibly draw) vs. Contender Glen Johnson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 15: Unranked.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #13.  Sep 10-Nov 18: #14.  Nov 19-Dec 31: #13.
8) Tony Averlant
Significant Results: Mar 31- Robbery Loss (SD12) vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 1: Unranked.  Apr 2-22: #17.  Apr 23-May 20: #18.  May 21-27: #19.  May 28-Jun 10: #18.  Jun 11-Jul 15: #17.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #18.  Sep 10-Nov 4: #19.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #20.
9) Lucian Bute
Significant Results: Nov 3- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Nov 4: Ranked only at Super Middleweight.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #16.
10) Denis Grachev
Significant Results: Apr 27- TKO8 #15 Ismayl Sillakh.  Nov 3- L (UD12) vs. #4 Super Middleweight Lucian Bute.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 29: Unranked.  Apr 30-Jul 15: #14.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #15.  Sep 10-Nov 4: #16.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #17.
11) Eleider Alvarez
Significant Results: Jun 8- UD12 Prospect Shawn Hawk.  Dec 14- KO8 Fringe Contender Danny McIntosh (at Cruiserweight).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
12) Mikkel Kessler
Significant Results: May 19- TKO4 Fringe Contender Allan Green.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 20: Ranked only at Super Middleweight.  May 21-27: #16.  May 28-Jul 15: #15.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #17.  Sep 10-Nov 4: #18.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #19.
13) Nadjib Mohammedi
Significant Results: TKO5 Gatekeeper Doudou Ngumbu.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
14) Umberto Savigne
Significant Results: May 18- TKO6 Gatekeeper Richard Hall.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Mark Flanagan
Significant Results: Nov 30- TKO11 Gatekeeper Kariz Kariuki.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Fulgencio Zuniga

Significant Results: Jul 19- KO7 Gatekeeper Alejandro Berrio.  Nov 10- L (UD12) vs. Super Middleweight Contender Thomas Oosthuizen (at Super Middleweight).  Dec 8- L (UD12) vs. Super Middleweight Fringe Contender James DeGale (at Super Middleweight).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
17) Nathan Cleverly
Significant Results: Nov 10- TKO8 Fringe Prospect Shawn Hawk.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 15: #5.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #6.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #7.
18) Eduard Gutknecht
Significant Results: Feb 4- Questionable W (UD12) vs. Prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov.  Mar 31- Robbery Win (SD12) vs. Journeyman Tony Averlant.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #8.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #12.  Apr 2-22: #18.  Apr 23-29: #19.  Apr 30-May 20: #20.  May 21-27: Unranked.  May 28-Jun 10: #20.  Jun 11-Jul 15: #19.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #20.  Sep 10-Dec 31: Unranked.
19) Jerson Ravelo

Significant Results: Mar 24- Robbery Win (should be draw) vs. Gatekeeper Joey Spina.

2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.

20) Togasilimai Letoa

Significant Results: Mar 30- TKO3 Gatekeeper Manny Vlamis.  Nov 30- L (UD6) vs. Journeyman Tyrone Jones.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but did nothing at this weight to help their ranking.  Most are no longer around:

 

Bernard Hopkins– Jan 1-Apr 29: Champ.  Apr 30-Sep 9: #1.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #2.

 

Jean Pascal– Jan 1-Apr 29: #1.  Apr 30-Sep 9: #2.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #3.

 

Tavoris Cloud– Jan 1-Feb 19: #3.  Feb 20-Sep 9: #4.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #5.

 

Karo Murat– Jan 1-Jul 15: #6.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #7.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #9.

 

Beibut Shumenov– Jan 1-Feb 5: #9.  Feb 6-Jul 15: #8.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #9.  Sep 10-Dec 31: #10.

 

Yusaf Mack– Jan 1-Feb 5: #10.  Feb 6-Jul 15: #9.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #10.  Sep 10-Nov 18: #11.  Nov 19-Dec 31: #14.

 

Dmitri Sukhotski– Jan 1-Feb 5: #11.  Feb 6-Jul 15: #10.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #16.  Sep 10-Nov 4: #17.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #18.

 

Adrian Diaconu– Jan 1-Feb 5: #12.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #14.  Apr 2-22: #13.  Apr 23-29: #14.  Apr 30-May 27: #15.  May 28-Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Ismayl Sillakh– Jan 1-Feb 5: #13.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #15.  Apr 2-22: #14.  Apr 23-29: #15.  Apr 30-May 20: #19.  May 21-27: #20.  May 28-Jun 10: #19.  Jul 11-Jul 15: #18.  Jul 16-Sep 9: #19.  Sep 10-Nov 4: #20.  Nov 5-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Zsolt Erdei– Jan 1-Feb 5: #15.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #17.  Apr 2-22: #16.  Apr 23-May 20: #17.  May 21-27: #18.  May 28-Jun 10: #17.  Jun 11-Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Edison Miranda– Jan 1-Feb 5: #16.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #19.  Apr 2-22: #20.  Apr 23-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Danny McIntosh– Jan 1-Feb 5: #17.  Feb 6-Apr 1: #18.  Apr 2-22: #19.  Apr 23-29: #20.  Apr 30-Jun 10: Unranked.  Jun 11-Jul 15: #20.  Jul 16-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Jesus Gonzales– Jan 1-Feb 5: #18.  Feb 6-19: #20.  Feb 20-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Thierry Karl– Jan 1-22: #19.  Jan 23-Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Dyah Davis– Jan 1: #20.  Jan 2-22: Unranked.  Jan 23-Feb 5: #20.  Feb 6-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Luis Garcia– Jan 1: Unranked.  Jan 2-22: #20.  Jan 23-Feb 5: #19.  Feb 6-19: Unranked.  Feb 20-Apr 1: #20.  Apr 2-Dec 31: Unranked.
 

Light Heavyweight: 2012-2013, Dec 31- Jan 6

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by danboxing
No fights to report from last week, but Christmas happened…so that’s good.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Instead of Kelly Pavlik, Ward has a date with the knife.  He will probably be out until Summer at the earliest, needed to repair a tear in his shoulder capsule.
1) Chad Dawson (17-344-344)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal tore a shoulder muscle and tendon, but somehow still expects to be good to go against Dawson on March 23.
2) Bernard Hopkins (17-343-343)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. #5 Tavoris Cloud
Hopkins appeared likely to fight Nathan Cleverly, but instead opted for Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will take place in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (17-185-185)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
See Dawson’s notes, above.
4) Gabriel Campillo (17-132-132)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. Sergei Kovalev (UNR)
Campillo will now officially fight hot prospect Sergei Kovalev on January 19, in Bethlehem, PA, on NBC Sports.
5) Tavoris Cloud (17-175-175)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Perhaps Cloud’s reasoning for pulling out of the Murat fight had something to do with his apparently better-than-expected chances of landing a much more lucrative Hopkins battle- a fight that now appears set for March.
6) Cornelius White (17-25-55)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
7) Nathan Cleverly (17-152-152)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will be fighting a long-rumored fight with fringe prospect Robin Krasniqi on March 16 in the UK.
8) Tony Bellew (25-64-64)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bellew has a date set for Liverpool in late March, but no opponent as of yet.
9) Karo Murat (17-66-87)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea what’s next for Murat after Cloud left him at the proverbial altar.
10) Beibut Shumenov (17-128-132)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (7-48)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba came in a bit heavy, but performed as expected, shutting out journeyman Rayco Saunders.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (7-48)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Uzelkoff easily dispatched Marosi, in a fight so last-minute that I didn’t even know about it a week in advance.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (7-25)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Fonfara is scheduled to be in action on March 22 in Chicago.  His opponent is Jean Pascal’s brother, journeyman Nicholson Poulard.
14) Yusaf Mack (7-132)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s no shame to lose to Carl Froch, but Mack’s showing was bad enough that you’ve got to wonder if he’s finished.
15) Jürgen Brähmer (17-37)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Braehmer has reportedly rescheduled his fight with Gutknecht for early February.  We’ll see if he follows through this time- always a big “if” with him.
16) Lucian Bute (9-9)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute is apparently not fighting Froch next afterall, with Kelly Pavlik being the current target.  The rematch could still happen in the fall, though.
17) Denis Grachev (9-36)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Grachev put forth a valiant effort against a heavy favorite in Bute, even after presumably draining almost all the way to 168.  As a result, his ranking remains mostly intact.
18) Dmitri Sukhotski (9-114)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Mikkel Kessler (9-33)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler dismantled Brian Magee, but that was at 168.  I don’t know if Kessler plans to compete at light heavy again anytime soon.
20) Tony Averlant (9-40)
Last Fight: 11/9/2012- UD6 Lubo Hantak (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/12/2013- vs. Mounir Toumi (UNR)
Averlant is moving back up to a 12-rounder against a lower-mid-level journeyman.  A step up from his last fight, but still not doing him any favors.

 

The Week Ahead: Happy New Year!

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Dec 24-30

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2012 by danboxing
#13 Super Middleweight Will Rosinsky moved up to 175 last week, struggling to scratch out a narrow 10-round unanimous decision in his hometown of New York against veteran journeyman and former fringe contender Otis Griffin.  I can’t find a video of the fight, but the story is that Rosinsky seemed to be trying to snatch rounds with late flurries.  I’m a little suspicious that I might not have scored it the same way if I’d had the chance, but in the absence of visual evidence I’ll have to go with the official result.  Griffin isn’t currently good enough to earn Rosinsky a ranking at this weight, so no changes.  For what it’s worth, Rosinsky says 175 is too big for him, and he’ll go back down to 168, or perhaps even 160.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: 2/23/2012- vs. SMW #8 Kelly Pavlik (at SMW)
A Ward injury has postponed his scheduled fight with Kelly Pavlik until February 23.
1) Chad Dawson (16-343-343)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal tore a shoulder muscle and tendon, but somehow still expects to be good to go against Dawson on March 23.
2) Bernard Hopkins (16-342-342)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. #5 Tavoris Cloud
Hopkins appeared likely to fight Nathan Cleverly, but instead opted for Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will take place in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (16-184-184)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
See Dawson’s notes, above.
4) Gabriel Campillo (16-131-131)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. Sergei Kovalev (UNR)
Campillo will now officially fight hot prospect Sergei Kovalev on January 19, in Bethlehem, PA, on NBC Sports.
5) Tavoris Cloud (16-174-174)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Perhaps Cloud’s reasoning for pulling out of the Murat fight had something to do with his apparently better-than-expected chances of landing a much more lucrative Hopkins battle- a fight that now appears set for March.
6) Cornelius White (16-24-54)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
7) Nathan Cleverly (16-151-151)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will be fighting a long-rumored fight with fringe prospect Robin Krasniqi on March 16 in the UK.
8) Tony Bellew (24-63-63)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew wants Chad Dawson, but Dawson is apparently otherwise occupied with Pascal.
9) Karo Murat (16-65-86)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea what’s next for Murat after Cloud left him at the proverbial altar.
10) Beibut Shumenov (16-127-131)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (6-47)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba came in a bit heavy, but performed as expected, shutting out journeyman Rayco Saunders.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (6-47)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Uzelkoff easily dispatched Marosi, in a fight so last-minute that I didn’t even know about it a week in advance.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (6-24)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Fonfara is scheduled to be in action on March 22 in Chicago.  No opponent yet.
14) Yusaf Mack (6-131)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s no shame to lose to Carl Froch, but Mack’s showing was bad enough that you’ve got to wonder if he’s finished.
15) Jürgen Brähmer (16-36)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Braehmer has reportedly rescheduled his fight with Gutknecht for early February.  We’ll see if he follows through this time- always a big “if” with him.
16) Lucian Bute (8-8)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. SMW #1 Carl Froch (at SMW)
Bute barely beat Grachev, and even more barely did so at light heavyweight, but I’ve still got to rate him. He’ll now fight a rematch with Froch in March or April.
17) Denis Grachev (8-35)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Grachev put forth a valiant effort against a heavy favorite in Bute, even after presumably draining almost all the way to 168.  As a result, his ranking remains mostly intact.
18) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-113)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Mikkel Kessler (8-32)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler dismantled Brian Magee, but that was at 168.  I don’t know if Kessler plans to compete at light heavy again anytime soon.
20) Tony Averlant (8-39)
Last Fight: 11/9/2012- UD6 Lubo Hantak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks like Averlant’s profile hasn’t benefited much from what should have been a victory over a fringe contender from back in March, as he’s back to fighting awful opponents in 6-rounders.

 

The Week Ahead: No fights of note at 175 this week.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Oct 22-28

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by danboxing
No fights worth noting from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (7-7-7)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward and Pavlik’s promoters have both confirmed that talks are underway for a February 23 fight on HBO.
1) Chad Dawson (7-334-334)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rumors of a Dawson-Pascal rematch are now floating around.
2) Bernard Hopkins (7-333-333)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopkins is currently non-committal on whether or not he’ll fight again.
3) Jean Pascal (7-175-175)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Pascal will come back in December following his long inactivity and hand injury (thus retaining his ranking), with venue and TV problems ensuring that the Cloud fight could not be rescheduled until 2013.  No opponent has been announced.  Pascal is on thin ice with me, though.  He didn’t have to wait as long as he did to schedule the fight with Cloud in the first place, and so if it ever appears that he is no longer returning in December, he will be promptly removed.
4) Gabriel Campillo (7-122-122)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
It now looks likely that Campillo will reschedule his fight with hot prospect Sergei Kovalev, from which he withdrew with injury this summer.  It looks like the fight will be the main event of a NBC Sports card from Bethlehem Pennsylvania on January 19.
5) Tavoris Cloud (7-165-165)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 11/16/2012- vs. #9 Karo Murat
Dan Rafael reports that Cloud-Murat is tentative for November 16 in Venezuela.
6) Cornelius White (7-15-45)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
7) Nathan Cleverly (7-142-142)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- UD12 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Ryan Coyne (UNR)
Cleverly has evidently canceled his Cardiff fight against Uzelkoff for a less dangerous matchup that will get him on American TV when he meets undefeated and untested St. Louis prospect Ryan Coyne at Staples Center in L.A. on the HBO-televised Mares-Moreno undercard.
8) Tony Bellew (15-54-54)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO9 Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Bellew now has an opponent for his appearance on the Froch-Mack undercard: Argentine Champion Roberto Feliciano Bolonti.
9) Karo Murat (7-56-77)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2012- vs. #5 Tavoris Cloud
With Pascal’s injury, Murat will get his alphabet title shot a little earlier than expected, with November being the apparent target.
10) Beibut Shumenov (7-118-122)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Yusaf Mack (7-122)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD6 Sabou Ballogou (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
In a fairly sudden development, Mack will drop back down to 168 to fight Carl Froch.
12) Isaac Chilemba (7-38)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba came in a bit heavy, but performed as expected, shutting out journeyman Rayco Saunders.
13) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (7-38)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- W(MD12) vs. Mohamed Belkacem (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly understandably skipped out on him for a shot on HBO.  No new plans announced for the Ukrainian.
14) Andrzej Fonfara (7-15)
Last Fight: 7/13/2012- UD10* SMW #16 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 11/16/2012- vs. Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Fonfara will fight journeyman Tommy Karpency in Chicago in mid-November.
15) Jürgen Brähmer (7-27)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Braehmer gets a shot at very vulnerable paper titlist Eduard Gutknecht in December.  That sounds like a fight safe enough to actually show up to.
16) Denis Grachev (7-26)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO8 #15 Ismayl Sillakh
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Grachev will fight Lucian Bute at a 170 pound catchweight in November.
17) Dmitri Sukhotski (7-104)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(UD12) vs. #16 Cornelius White
Next Fight: Unknown
The White loss must be a bitter disappointment for Sukhotski, who had been in line for a shot at an alphabet strap held by Cleverly for some time, but with Cleverly blatantly ducking him to great effect.
18) Mikkel Kessler (7-23)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- TKO4 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR) (at SMW)
Kessler will fight Irish fringe contender Brian Magee on December 8 in Denmark.  The fight will be at 168 it would seem.
19) Tony Averlant (7-30)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
I don’t know if Averlant is now considered too high-risk, low-reward after getting robbed against Gutknecht, but he sure hasn’t fought since then.
20) Ismayl Sillakh (7-93)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO8) vs. Denis Grachev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sillakh and his manager are apparently in a very bitter dispute at present, and so Sillakh may have difficulty securing another fight anytime soon.

 

The Week Ahead: Fringe contender Gusmyr Perdomo of Venezuela fights journeyman Luzimar Gonzaga in Caracas on Saturday.