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Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 26- Dec 2

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2012 by danboxing
#10 Danny Green of Perth, Australia took care of Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron on Wednesday by unanimous decision.  The fight took place at a “Dannyweight” catchweight of 195, and it is at least possible that this had a substantial effect on Cameron’s effort, since Cameron is a large cruiserweight who has typically fought in the 220s and 230s in his career until recently.  I found no evidence of controversy in the decision from reports and message boards and heard it was a boring fight, so I didn’t actually watch it.

 

Green’s solid win still can’t get him past #9 Lateef Kayode, whose draw with #3 Antonio Tarver is vastly better than anything Green’s done at this weight.  Therefore, no changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (11-147-147)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Santander Silgado (UNR)
Lebedev has made a decision for his next opponent: Colombian undefeated prospect Santander Silgado.  Silgado figures to be little more than a stay-busy fight for the division’s #1 contender, but it could have been a lot worse.  In addition to a very credible fight with Kayode, a useless fight with journeyman Andres Taylor had also been discussed.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (11-127-127)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez officially got the win over Ross, and I’m not quite willing to call it a robbery, but it’s pretty close to one.  I think you’d be pushing the limits of reason to give the fight to Hernandez, and I think that even if you managed to do so in terms of rounds won, you’d have to admit that Ross got the better of the fight overall.  Even Hernandez promoter Sauerland admits that Hernandez didn’t deserve a win, and believes a rematch is warranted.
3) Troy Ross (11-11-43)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.  That’s all I’ve got to say (except the more detailed statement I made above).
4) Steve Cunningham (11-441-441)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (4-194-194)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now training for a December return (with no opponent announced), and then no doubt plans to get robbed in March when he fights Marco Huck for a third time, in Germany.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-388-388)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #18 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Wlodarczyk confirmed the 12/22 fight with Mormeck.
7) Firat Arslan (4-29-72)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.
8) Marco Huck (4-312-312)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck will apparently be fighting a 3rd fight with Afolabi in March.  The fight will sadly take place in Germany, nearly ensuring a robbery.
9) Lateef Kayode (4-26-106)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
After he turned down a fight with Lebedev over insufficient prep time, Kayode is once again indicating that his next fight might be at heavyweight.
10) Danny Green (3-3-156)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As has been the case after every fight since he had very serious surgery a year or so ago, there is speculation that Green may retire following his win over Shane Cameron.  Green himself remains non-comittal.
11) B.J. Flores (3-127)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (3-211)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Just when I thought both quatrogenarians might call it a career, we’ll see a rematch of Fragomeni-Branco real soon.
13) Silvio Branco (3-37)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
A rematch is on tap for Branco and relative spring chicken Fragomeni.  Combined age of the two fighters: 89.
14) Mateusz Masternak (3-35)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Masternak will fight for a vacant and highly questionable European belt against Finnish gatekeeper Juho Haapoja in mid-December.
15) Francisco Palacios (3-87)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Very little of note left on his resume after his should-be win over Wlodarczyk was neutralized by a close but clear loss to same, and with his win over Louis Azille over 5 years old now.
16) Alexander Alekseev (3-98)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU just yanked Alekseev’s European title due to a possibly faked injury.  This is the same title that the judges should have yanked already when he clearly lost to Arslan.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu is probably ready to take the Chilemba/Oosthuizen journey out of South Africa and into the international scene after conquering the local scene in the form of Venter.  He may have some unfinished business with Zack Mwekassa first, however.
18) Dmitro Kucher (5-22)
Last Fight: 10/27/2012- KO2 Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher took out one-time contender Steve Herelius in spectacular fashion, making him definitively one to watch.
19) Enad Licina (5-127)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: Unknown
Really, Enad?  He just fought the most obviously terrible opponent I think I’ve ever had to write about on here.  The record of said fighter?  0-15.  No joke.
20) Grigory Drozd (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Drozd now has an opponent for 12/17: French journeyman Jean-Marc Monrose.  They will do battle on the Lebedev-Silgado undercard.

 

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

Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 19-25

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by danboxing
When I saw that veteran Italian journeyman Vincenzo Rossitto had won by majority decision in Rome against Croatian gatekeeper Ivica Bacurin, I made it a point to seek out the fight, and fully expected to watch Bacurin get robbed blind.  I hinted at the possibility of that happening last week, and that was before I saw that the three judges included Predrag Aleksic (the very busy and very bad Montenegro judge that somehow thought Roy Jones beat Pawel Glazewski by 3 points, Nikola Sjekloca beat Khoren Gevor, and barely managed to pick the right winner in Khurtsidze-Duran) and Franco Criminale (who turned in one of the most atrocious single cards in recent memory when he proposed that James DeGale had just beaten Hadillah Mohoumadi by 10 points).  And don’t get me wrong.  Both of these judges were as bad as every on Saturday- with their partner Massimo Montanini being even worse.  But they weren’t bad in the direction I expected.  In reality, Bacurin- the visiting fighter- probably only won two rounds.  Three more were close enough for reasonable men to disagree.  Apparently all three of the judges loved Bacurin’s useless volume punching, almost none of which landed, because the scores were 114-114 (Montanini), 114-113 Rossitto (Aleksic), and 115-113 Rossitto (Criminale).  Only Criminale’s score was even remotely plausible, and it was a stretch to be sure.

 

Rather inexperienced Argentine Champion Alejandro Valori had little trouble with journeyman Franco Sanchez (also from Argentina), knocking Sanchez out in the 2nd round Saturday in San Fernando, Argentina.

 

No changes to the rankings this week, though Rossitto is now in the picture going forward.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (10-146-146)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Santander Silgado (UNR)
Lebedev has made a decision for his next opponent: Colombian undefeated prospect Santander Silgado.  Silgado figures to be little more than a stay-busy fight for the division’s #1 contender, but it could have been a lot worse.  In addition to a very credible fight with Kayode, a useless fight with journeyman Andres Taylor had also been discussed.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (10-126-126)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez officially got the win over Ross, and I’m not quite willing to call it a robbery, but it’s pretty close to one.  I think you’d be pushing the limits of reason to give the fight to Hernandez, and I think that even if you managed to do so in terms of rounds won, you’d have to admit that Ross got the better of the fight overall.  Even Hernandez promoter Sauerland admits that Hernandez didn’t deserve a win, and believes a rematch is warranted.
3) Troy Ross (10-10-42)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.  That’s all I’ve got to say (except the more detailed statement I made above).
4) Steve Cunningham (10-440-440)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (3-193-193)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now training for a December return (with no opponent announced), and then no doubt plans to get robbed in March when he fights Marco Huck for a third time, in Germany.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (3-387-387)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: Unknown
Boxrec has removed the rumored Mormeck fight from the schedule, and I’ll do the same until I get it sorted out.
7) Firat Arslan (3-28-71)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.
8) Marco Huck (3-311-311)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck will apparently be fighting a 3rd fight with Afolabi in March.  The fight will sadly take place in Germany, nearly ensuring a robbery.
9) Lateef Kayode (3-25-105)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev passed on Kayode for a fight with much less proven Santander Silgado.
10) Danny Green (2-2-155)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/21/2012- vs. Shane Cameron (UNR)
Will take on Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron in late November.
11) B.J. Flores (2-126)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-210)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
13) Silvio Branco (2-36)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
14) Mateusz Masternak (2-34)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Masternak will fight for a vacant and highly questionable European belt against Finnish gatekeeper Juho Haapoja in mid-December.
15) Francisco Palacios (2-86)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Very little of note left on his resume after his should-be win over Wlodarczyk was neutralized by a close but clear loss to same, and with his win over Louis Azille over 5 years old now.
16) Alexander Alekseev (2-97)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU just yanked Alekseev’s European title due to a possibly faked injury.  This is the same title that the judges should have yanked already when he clearly lost to Arslan.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu is probably ready to take the Chilemba/Oosthuizen journey out of South Africa and into the international scene after conquering the local scene in the form of Venter.  He may have some unfinished business with Zack Mwekassa first, however.
18) Dmitro Kucher (4-21)
Last Fight: 10/27/2012- KO2 Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher took out one-time contender Steve Herelius in spectacular fashion, making him definitively one to watch.
19) Enad Licina (4-126)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: Unknown
Really, Enad?  He just fought the most obviously terrible opponent I think I’ve ever had to write about on here.  The record of said fighter?  0-15.  No joke.
20) Grigory Drozd (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Drozd now has an opponent for 12/17: French journeyman Jean-Marc Monrose.  They will do battle on the Lebedev-Silgado undercard.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Melbourne, Australia plays host to what could be a classic battle in the Kiwi-Aussie rivalry, when 39-year-old #10 Danny Green of Perth squares off with New Zealand’s Shane Cameron, a fringe contender, on Wednesday.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 30- Aug 5

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by danboxing
#10 Danny Green- who had found only mixed success as a full-fledged cruiserweight- returned to his sweet spot in a “Dannyweight” contest against aptly-named journeyman Danny Santiago, cutting his man down in 5 rounds with a TKO victory.  Green’s endgame is seemingly to drop down in weight and lure bitter domestic rival Anthony Mundine- who is comfortable fighting a full 4 divisions below cruiserweight- into a rematch.  I’m not sure how destroying a guy much bigger than Mundine at a still fairly weighty 186 lbs is going to do that, though.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-110-110)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #20 Troy Ross
This Cuban will fight Canadian fringe contender Troy Ross- in Germany.  I feel like this could only happen at Cruiserweight.
2) Denis Lebedev (26-130-130)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #8 Guillermo Jones
Lebedev will fight very inactive alphabet titleholder and former welterweight Guillermo Jones in Moscow this October.
3) Steve Cunningham (9-424-424)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham has now signed with Main Events and is poised to move up to heavyweight.  This paves the way for his return to America after fighting in Germany for Sauerland for a while, and also potentially for a rematch with new stablemate Tomasz Adamek down the road.  He will be ranked here until he’s been inactive at 200 for a year or signs a heavyweight fight for after that anniversary.
4) Marco Huck (9-295-295)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck wants to fight Haye at heavyweight in what could be an interesting fight.  He says he doesn’t see any reason to rematch Afolabi, since he beat him twice.  That’s pure posturing.
5) Ola Afolabi (9-177-177)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now discussing a September fight with Mormeck.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (9-371-371)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #12 Francisco Palacios
It appears- according to Boxrec- that Wlodarczyk has finally consented to an alphabet-mandated rematch with Palacios. The first fight was close (I thought Palacios won), but unfortunately almost unwatchable, as well.
7) Lateef Kayode (6-9-89)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
BJ Flores wants to fight Kayode, and Kayode is evidently gunning for Danny Green.
8) Guillermo Jones (6-96-96)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #2 Denis Lebedev
Jones will travel to Moscow to put his alphabet title on the line against the much younger Lebedev.
9) Firat Arslan (6-12-55)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #16 Alexander Alekseev
Arslan-Alekseev II is reportedly on for November.
10) Danny Green (6-6-139)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (6-110)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Flores is replacing the disgraced Antonio Tarver in NBC’s Olympic boxing coverage, and then will apparently fight (probably against a nobody) on September 8 in Missouri.  Unfortunately, Flores is a pretty terrible commentator.
12) Francisco Palacios (6-70)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (6-194)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
14) Silvio Branco (6-20)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
15) Mateusz Masternak (6-18)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A proposed fight with Enad Licina has apparently fallen through, and Masternak now looks likely to fight David Quinonero next, instead.
16) Alexander Alekseev (6-81)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Firat Arslan
See Arslan’s notes, above.
17) Enad Licina (6-110)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dmitro Kucher (5-5)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/19/2012- vs. Geoffrey Battelo (UNR)
Kucher will face journeyman Geoffrey Battelo next.
19) Pawel Glazewski (5-5)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/13/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Glazewski is on the schedule for October 13 in Poland, with no opponent yet announced.
20) Troy Ross (5-26)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Ross will roll the dice in a big way against Hernandez- the first decent opponent he’s fought in a very long time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The Olympics have ensured the lack of cruiserweight action this week.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by danboxing
Somewhat inexperienced journeyman Alejandro Valori pulled off a fairly significant upset in stopping gatekeeper and recent alphabet title challenger Rogelio Rossi in both men’s native Argentina.  Valori- whose highly fluctuating weight has been as high as 261 in his career- came into the bout with 3 losses (2 by knockout)  in his 11 career fights.  His best win was over a journeyman named Maximiliano Sosa whose credentials he had more-or-less single-handedly created in the first place by dropping a decision to him a few months earlier.

 

There was a fight scheduled between Brazilian knockout sensation William Fernando Souza Bezerra and undefeated prospect Joselito Dos Santos Santana, but even though I’ve searched hard in both English and Portuguese, I can’t find any results.  I want to say that this has happened before with a Souza Bezerra fight a few months ago that eventually showed up a week later.  So here’s the deal: this fight could not possibly affect the rankings unless Dos Santos Santana scores a huge upset.  Therefore, if Souza Bezerra won, I will post the results in next week’s update.  If there IS an upset, I will edit this post once the results become available, as needed.  If the results never show up, then this might be the last you’ll hear about it.

 

Valori’s win is enough to crack the top 25, but with a stoppage loss in his pro debut to a complete non-entity and a couple losses to poor competition at heavyweight since then, this one win alone doesn’t necessarily convince me that he has an auspicious future.  Even Rossi’s resume was remarkably weak for a top-30 guy.  His only significant win was against lower-tier gatekeeper Cesar Crenz, and that was among several very bad losses and a bad draw.  It just goes to show that this division is remarkably shallow after the top 25 or so.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-109-109)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #20 Troy Ross
This Cuban will fight Canadian fringe contender Troy Ross- in Germany.  I feel like this could only happen at Cruiserweight.
2) Denis Lebedev (25-129-129)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #8 Guillermo Jones
Lebedev will fight very inactive alphabet titleholder and former welterweight Guillermo Jones in Moscow this October.
3) Steve Cunningham (8-423-423)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham has left Sauerland and signed with Main Events.  This means he will likely stop fighting in Germany.  He also says he’ll move up to heavyweight.  I’ll continue rating him here until early February, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for after February 4.  It will be interesting to see how Cunningham, whose chin has looked shaky lately, will stand up to a heavyweight punch.
4) Marco Huck (8-294-294)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck wants to fight Haye at heavyweight in what could be an interesting fight.  He says he doesn’t see any reason to rematch Afolabi, since he beat him twice.  That’s pure posturing.
5) Ola Afolabi (8-176-176)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now discussing a September fight with Mormeck.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8-370-370)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #12 Francisco Palacios
It appears- according to Boxrec- that Wlodarczyk has finally consented to an alphabet-mandated rematch with Palacios. The first fight was close (I thought Palacios won), but unfortunately almost unwatchable, as well.
7) Lateef Kayode (5-8-88)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
BJ Flores wants to fight Kayode, and Kayode is evidently gunning for Danny Green.
8) Guillermo Jones (5-95-95)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #2 Denis Lebedev
Jones will travel to Moscow to put his alphabet title on the line against the much younger Lebedev.
9) Firat Arslan (5-11-54)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #16 Alexander Alekseev
Arslan-Alekseev II is reportedly on for November.
10) Danny Green (5-5-138)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR)
Green’s fight with Santiago this weekend will actually still be a cruiserweight (or at least “Dannyweight”) fight.
11) B.J. Flores (5-109)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Flores is replacing the disgraced Antonio Tarver in NBC’s Olympic boxing coverage, and then will apparently fight (probably against a nobody) on September 8 in Missouri.  Unfortunately, Flores is a pretty terrible commentator.
12) Francisco Palacios (5-69)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (5-193)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
14) Silvio Branco (5-19)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
15) Mateusz Masternak (5-17)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The word from Poland is that Masternak is all but certain to fight on the September 15 Hernandez-Ross undercard in Germany, against #17 Enad Licina.
16) Alexander Alekseev (5-80)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Firat Arslan
See Arslan’s notes, above.
17) Enad Licina (5-109)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
See Masternak’s notes, above.
18) Dmitro Kucher (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Pawel Glazewski (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/13/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Glazewski is on the schedule for October 13 in Poland, with no opponent yet announced.
20) Troy Ross (4-25)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Ross will roll the dice in a big way against Hernandez- the first decent opponent he’s fought in a very long time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  It was originally reported that Danny Green’s fight with journeyman Danny Santiago on Wednesday would be at light heavyweight and constitute an attempt to lure the much smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.  As it turns out, it is a “Dannyweight” fight, the pejorative term used to describe Green’s early cruiserweight fights, in which he would fight at a contract weight in the 180s.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Dec 5-11

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2011 by danboxing
In a memorable fight in Australia this Wednesday, #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk had worked himself into a precarious situation on the scorecards against #9 Danny Green- down 4 points with 2 to go- when he took advantage of a broken nose he inflicted  upon Green at the end of the 10th in order to pummel and drop the local favorite to a dramatic 11th round stoppage.

 

Wlodarczyk moves up to #6, displacing Ola Afolabi, whose opposition has regressed recently.  It was a bit of a tough call whether to advance him past Marco Huck given Huck’s performance against Lebedev.  However, I ultimately decided that since Lebedev is currently rated #1, that performance is somewhat forgivable.  Additionally, Huck’s overall resume, being by far the deepest and longest in the division, helps him retain the #5 position.  You would think that Green would fall based on a loss to someone only one position above him, but in this case he’s insulated against that movement by the fact that #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni hasn’t had a significant win since 2008 and that he’s already beat #11 B.J. Flores.  I’m never one to force punishment upon a guy for losing to a good fighter, especially when his competition has done the same or has not even fought good fighters.

 

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


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (19-95-95)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There has been buzz of a possible matchup with Tarver in February in England, but Tarver recently said he has no reason to fight Lebedev.
2) Antonio Tarver (9-19-19)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
See Lebedev’s comments above.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (9-75-75)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- W(SD6) vs. #2 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s mandatory for now appears to be Troy Ross.  It seems possible that popular demand could lead to a rematch with Cunningham, though, too.
4) Steve Cunningham (9-389-389)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(SD6) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham was all but robbed in his last fight, but left just enough doubt by getting knocked down in the first to leave him behind his opponent in the rankings.
5) Marco Huck (9-260-260)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck may be literally getting too big for his britches, as he has been publicly agitating for a fight with heavyweight #1 contender Vitali Klitschko.  Vitali seems to have some interest, and there are talks that the fight might happen in February or March.  He also says he wants to fight Guillermo Jones, and has a mandatory obligation with Ola Afolabi.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-336-336)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
A really good matchup on tap between Wlodarczyk and Green- two contenders with a lot to prove.
7) Ola Afolabi (1-142-142)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line for a fight with Huck in February or March.
8) Guillermo Jones (1-61-61)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones, a former welterweight, now says he wants a Klitschko.
9) Danny Green (19-104-104)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s comments, above.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (19-159-159)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (7-75)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- UD10 Paul Jennette (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The natural assumption is that Flores is in line for a shot at Don King stablemate Guillermo Jones.
12) Francisco Palacios (7-35)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Lateef Kayode (7-54)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode has engaged in close fights with less-than-stellar opposition in 2 of his last 3 outings.
14) Steve Herelius (5-74)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (5-75)
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 (5-20)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan has finally got his comeback on the right track after the Herelius setback by destroying the decent Suda.
17) Alexander Alexeev (5-46)
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 (5-11)
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 (5-7)
Last Fight: 9/2/2011- TKO2 Rubin Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.
20) Mateusz Masternak (5-5)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO3 Carl Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak recently signed with Sauerland, giving him lots of great opportunities for big fights in the near future.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Roy Jones, Jr. finds himself on a crappy online pay-per-view against not-so-great journeyman Max Alexander in Atlanta.  This fight will reportedly be for an IBS regional title.  Truth be told, even with IBS involved, most people just don’t give a crap.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Nov 28 – Dec 4

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2011 by danboxing
Nothing to report.  I do have one note.  Enzo Maccarinelli’s long-awaited move to 175 actually had an interesting wrinkle- it was fought at an apparent contract weight a few pounds north of that weight.  Technically, that makes Maccarinelli an active cruiserweight again.  But I’ve decided (and this will serve as precedent going forward) that he should not be re-rated.  Maccarinelli has repeatedly declared his move to 175, and to keep him rateable for the next year based entirely on what is not much different than failing to make weight for a light heavyweight fight, and when he has no intention of competing at cruiser, just seems ridiculous and unwarranted to me. 

 

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


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (18-94-94)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There has been buzz of a possible matchup with Tarver in February in England, but Tarver recently said he has no reason to fight Lebedev.
2) Antonio Tarver (8-18-18)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
See Lebedev’s comments above.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (8-74-74)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- W(SD6) vs. #2 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s mandatory for now appears to be Troy Ross.  It seems possible that popular demand could lead to a rematch with Cunningham, though, too.
4) Steve Cunningham (8-388-388)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(SD6) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham was all but robbed in his last fight, but left just enough doubt by getting knocked down in the first to leave him behind his opponent in the rankings.
5) Marco Huck (8-259-259)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck may be literally getting too big for his britches, as he has been publicly agitating for a fight with heavyweight #1 contender Vitali Klitschko.  Vitali seems to have some interest, and there are talks that the fight might happen in February or March.  He also says he wants to fight Guillermo Jones, and has a mandatory obligation with Ola Afolabi.
6) Ola Afolabi (8-141-141)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line for a fight with Huck in February or March.
7) Guillermo Jones (18-60-60)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones, a former welterweight, now says he wants a Klitschko.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (34-335-335)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2011- vs. #9 Danny Green
A really good matchup on tap between Wlodarczyk and Green- two contenders with a lot to prove.
9) Danny Green (18-103-103)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- L(RTD9) vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2011- vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s comments, above.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (18-158-158)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (6-74)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- UD10 Paul Jennette (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The natural assumption is that Flores is in line for a shot at Don King stablemate Guillermo Jones.
12) Francisco Palacios (6-34)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Lateef Kayode (6-53)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode has engaged in close fights with less-than-stellar opposition in 2 of his last 3 outings.
14) Steve Herelius (4-73)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (4-74)
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 (4-19)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan has finally got his comeback on the right track after the Herelius setback by destroying the decent Suda.
17) Alexander Alexeev (4-45)
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 (4-10)
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 (4-6)
Last Fight: 9/2/2011- TKO2 Rubin Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.
20) Mateusz Masternak (4-4)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO3 Carl Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak recently signed with Sauerland, giving him lots of great opportunities for big fights in the near future.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The big fight this week is on Wednesday between #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and #9 Danny Green in Australia.  Both guys have been backtracking a little in their careers lately, and this is a big opportunity for the winner to catapult himself to somewhere near the top again.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by danboxing
Former Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver made his debut at Cruiserweight a memorable one on Wednesday, dropping and stopping #7 Danny Green in the latter’s home country of Australia.  Tarver- who very well may be 43 before he fights again- has now positioned himself for any number of huge fights.  Tarver had been seeking the Heavyweight Championship and has plenty of options there, as well as potential big fights with the likes of Steve Cunningham, Marco Huck, Denis Lebedev, or even a rematch with Bernard Hopkins.

 

#11 B.J. Flores- who lost to Green last year- returned to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri on Saturday to battle gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi, who was impressive in his close loss to Lateef Kayode earlier in the year.  I made the 3-hour drive to see the action, and Flores looked much better than he did against Green.  He was aggressive and quick, and beat up on the usually elusive Iannuzzi until the fight ended on the stool after 5.  After the fight, Flores’ trainer Jacob Chavez told me that they want to fight Tarver next.

 

On the Tarver-Green undercard, fringe contender Shane Cameron- a former heavyweight- was comfortably ahead when he knocked out solid journeyman Dominic Vea in the 12th and final round.

 

Tarver’s win presents an interesting situation.  #2 Marco Huck has a vastly larger body of work at cruiser, but the only time he ever beat anyone as highly-ranked as #7 was last year against Denis Lebedev, in a fight he did not deserve to win.  In fact, this situation has given me occasion to give another look to that fight’s fallout and in doing so, I have discovered an error that I made at the time.  I treated the Huck-Lebedev result with minimum deference for some reason (essentially treating it as a draw).  But having looked again at my scorecard, there was no way I could have justified a win for Huck or even a draw.  I should have treated the official verdict as a robbery and paid it no mind.  I am now rectifying that error.  Lebedev rightly moves past Huck.  He also eclipses long-time #1 Steve Cunningham.  Cunningham has been fairly inactive recently compared to Lebedev.  His win over #14 Enad Licina from February roughly cancels out with Lebedev’s two wins over Alexander Alexeev last July and Roy Jones in May.  Cunningham’s TKO victory over Troy Ross (#6 at the time) basically cancels itself out since it was incorrectly ruled a stoppage victory after an accidental foul, and since Ross was winning the fight at the time.  Cunningham’s only other notable win since the start of ’09 (and since his last loss, to Adamek) was a decision over unranked contender Wayne Braithwaite.  Lebedev can boast of wins over fringe contenders Ali Ismailov and Enzo Maccarinelli in that time, as well as his rightful win over #2 Marco Huck.  Huck was less-established when Cunningham stopped him in the 12th three full years earlier, and Lebedev’s recent victory over a better version of Huck has to overwhelm the Braithwaite, the old Huck win, and the even older Wlodarczyk win for Cunningham, especially when the last one was close and also cancelled out by a close loss that preceded it, and especially considering those two fringe contender wins for Lebedev.

 

Cunningham does just hold on at #2 against Tarver based on his body of work versus the one fight in the division so far for Tarver.  Huck finds himself at #4 behind those guys.  Danny Green is forced down one place by Tarver’s debut, and also swaps positions with Wlodarczyk, who looked awful in getting somewhat of a gift against Palacios, but who is also more proven at this weight.  Alexander Frenkel is forced out of the top 10 after 35 consecutive weeks, and Matt Godfrey, who had been rated here or in The Ring for 132 straight weeks, departs the top 20.  It was a close call on whether to allow Flores to leap-frog Frenkel, but ultimately Flores’ signature win over Darnell Wilson is too far in the past for anything BJ has done recently to overcome Frenkel’s knockout of Enzo Maccarinelli last year.

 

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) Antonio Tarver
7) Giacobbe Fragomeni
8) Ola Afolabi
9) Guillermo Jones
10) Danny Green

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (1-77-77)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO10 Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
At last check, there were talks underway to fight Wlodarczyk.
2) Steve Cunningham (1-371-371)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
Says he wants Tarver, but he may already have a fight in the works with Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
3) Antonio Tarver (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Has established himself at probably #2 on the pound-for-pound list among fighters over 40 behind Hopkins.
4) Marco Huck (1-242-242)
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.
5) Ola Afolabi (1-124-124)
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.
6) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (1-57-57)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
May have Steve Cunningham on the horizon.
7) Guillermo Jones (1-43-43)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (17-318-318)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might be negotiating for a fight with Lebedev.
9) Danny Green (1-86-86)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- L(RTD9) vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After having considered retirement prior to facing Tarver, we’ll see where he goes from here after the loss.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-141-141)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Alexander Frenkel (1-45)
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.
12) B.J. Flores (1-57)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- RTD5 Nick Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His team wants to fight Tarver, and he has said he intends to fight in Springfield, MO again for his next fight.
13) Francisco Palacios (1-17)
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.
14) Lateef Kayode (1-36)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- UD10 #19 Matt Godfrey
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode’s trainer Freddie Roach has joined the chorus of people associated with cruiserweight fighters that are now lobbying for fights with Antonio Tarver.
15) Troy Ross (1-126)
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.
16) Steve Herelius (1-56)
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.
17) Enad Licina (1-57)
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.
18) Enzo Maccarinelli (1-57)
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.
19) Firat Arslan (1-2)
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.
20) Alexander Alexeev (1-28)
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.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The division takes a breather this week after a dramatic last week.

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.