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Heavyweight: 2013, Nov 11-17

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by danboxing
Cruiserweight gatekeeper Eric Fields moved up to heavyweight against journeyman Jonte Willis Saturday in Whitehall, New York, and appeared to have a tough time.  He won a suspiciously close majority decision (76-76, 77-75 x2).  There is no video available of the fight, so I can’t analyze the cards.  Ultimately the objective result is the same.  Fields didn’t stand to benefit from this fight in terms of ranking, regardless of the outcome.

 

 No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (229-442-442)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko intends to be back in March.  Denis Boytsov sounds like a candidate.
1Tyson Fury (10-121-121)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #2 David Haye
Fury-Haye has been rescheduled for February 8.
2) David Haye (10-70-70)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
3) Alexander Povetkin (10-316-316)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin is calling for a rematch.  Wishful thinking, all the way.
4) Steve Cunningham (10-47-47)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Cunningham will appear on a December 14 card in Atlantic City.
5Tomasz Adamek (10-186-186)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
With the Bryant Jennings proposal falling apart over money, Adamek will now be fighting Glazkov in one of NBC’s mid-afternoon telecasts.
6) Kubrat Pulev (10-80-157)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev will now be at least one of Wlad’s mandatories after beating Thompson.  There is serious talk of him fighting Chisora for a European title in the mean time.
7) Dereck Chisora (10-102-165)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO5 Edmund Gerber (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Matteo Modugno (UNR)
Chisora has switched November 30 opponents, and will no be facing unbeaten Italian Matteo Modugno.  It’s still too early in Modugno’s career to expect much from him at this level, though.
8) Odlanier Solis (10-34-181)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2013- vs. Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Solis is back in the ring on November 26, fighting Kevin Johnson, who seems to ping pong back and forth between fringe contender and journeyman status.
9) Bermane Stiverne (10-21-37)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne’s immediate future- which appeared bright since he is in line to fight for what figures to be a vacant title now that Vitali Klitschko is more or less out of the picture- is now in doubt, as he joins a long list of fighters to sue his promoter, Don King.
10) Chris Arreola (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola may be a candidate for Wilder, or could fight for a vacant title in a rematch with Stiverne, should Vitali retire.
11) Tony Thompson (21-181)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson is now actively seeking a fight with Povetkin, Fury, Adamek, or Wilder.
12) Erkan Teper (10-11)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO1 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
Irish sources are reporting that Teper will be fighting Rogan in Germany in November.
13) Mike Perez (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- UD10 Magomed Abdusalamov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Perez will have to do what many great fighters have had to do in the past- get over the psychological difficulty of having beaten a man to within an inch of his life, just by doing his job.
14) Deontay Wilder (2-29)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wilder says he’ll be looking for a title shot in 2014, and has been called out by Tony Thompson recently.  Malik Scott also appears to be an option.
15) Robert Helenius (2-181)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If there was a fatal rift between Helenius and Sauerland, it appears to have been quietly repaired, as Helenius’ team now claims there is no plan to buy out his contract.  Helenius is reportedly back in fighting condition after a wrist injury in his last fight.
16) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-148)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is rumored at least to be fighting Sam Sexton in the first round of the WBC World Cup, but that tournament appears to be in limbo for the time being, at least.
17) Seth Mitchell (2-23)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.  Golden Boy’s CEO says he’s advised Mitchell to do just that, though he reports that Mitchell seems to have no such intention.
18) Vyacheslav Glazkov (2-47)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #5 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov will go from a non-TV tune-up directly to a NBC-televised afternoon showdown with Adamek.
19) Malik Scott (2-38)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott is getting serious buzz for a fight with Wilder.
20) Johnathon Banks (2-52)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks apparently dinged his hands up pretty good in the Mitchell fight- an alternate explanation for those who, like me, thought his inexplicable failure to follow up on his early success was a bit suspicious.  He’s been doing physical therapy, and is about ready to get back in the ring.  He’d like a rematch with Mitchell, but unfortunately a trilogy probably isn’t of much benefit to the fragile young contender at this point.  He’s penciled-in for the second round of the WBC World Cup, against the winner of Sam Sexton and Alexander Dimitrenko, but as noted above, that whole tournament is delayed and in doubt.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Thursday in London, Prizefighter returns to the heavyweight division for the second time this year.  The only current top-50 fighter in the field is Michael Sprott, but there is enough live blood in the field to potentially earn somebody a ranking if things proceed a certain way.  The other fighers are Damian Wills, James Toney, Jason Gavern, and Brian Minto (representing the United States) and Larry Olubamiwo, Matt Legg, and Tom Little, along with Sprott (representing the UK).

 

Saturday features three interesting clashes.  First, Russian giant Alexander Ustinov takes on the much shorter and long past his prime David Tua in Hamilton, New Zealand.

 

In Ludwigsburg, Germany, #12 Erkan Teper battles Irish gatekeeper Martin Rogan, who briefly distinguished himself in Prizefighter earlier this year with an upset stoppage of Albert Sosnowski before losing to Audley Harrison.  

 

Finally, a big-time clash in Verona, New York, as #5 Tomasz Adamek looks to hang on to the top 5 for dear life against the rising but unspectacular Vyacheslav Glazkov.  It’s something of a crossroads fight, and definitely bears watching.
 
 

Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 15-21

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2011 by danboxing
The door is now closed on the career of David Tua.  During his heyday in the late 90s and early 2000s, Tua was a feared puncher who was a poor man’s Mike Tyson with a better chin.  Tua stopped undefeated future Champ Hasim Rahman, iced former Champ Michael Moorer, went the distance with reigning Champion Lennox Lewis, and all the while never once hit the deck.  But that all changed last year, when former contender turned journeyman Monte Barrett floored- and many thought beat- the comebacking Tua.  Tua escaped with a draw, and went on to shut out journeyman Demetrice King to a 10-round decision.  Barrett, who announced his retirement before the first fight, did himself no favors in his return by drawing with fairly bad journeyman Charles Davis in his return bout in January, but nevertheless got a rematch with Tua.  This time he was the one who tasted the canvas- in the 12th and final round- but also came away with the decision in Tua’s adopted home of New Zealand.  Even after the draw to Barrett last year, Tua was approximately a fringe contender, but Barrett still fails to crack the rankings largely because of that inexcusable draw to Davis.  Tua, meanwhile, has got to be just about done.  At 38, the Samoan-born star still has lots of hardcore fans, but even they have to be doubting his chances for a successful comeback at this point.  Tua reportedly needs money and still has a punch which could theoretically win him just about any given fight with enough luck, so he’ll probably continue in the sport for a while longer, but he and his fans are now reduced to hoping for lightning to strike.  It is fairly inconcievable that Tua can be a consistent contender going forward.

 

#18 Franklin Lawrence stopped awful journeyman Marcus Rhode in the first round of what was just a scheduled 6-round affair in Miami, Oklahoma on the same evening (Saturday).  The previous evening, Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz stopped average journeyman Arron Lyons after 7 rounds complete in Hollywood, Florida for his second stoppage win in just under 2 weeks.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (112-325-325)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk about a potential fight with prospect Mariusz Wach, but that fight is off.
1) Vitali Klitschko (149-149-149)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Klitschko apparently broke camp for one day to visit the Ukraine, where a political opposition leader was arrested under dubious circumstances.  Vitali is something of a political leader himself, but was back in training just a day later.
2) David Haye (72-126-126)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As he is still the #2 contender almost by default, Haye appears likely to get a shot at Vitali in late 2011 or early 2012, or at least the Povetkin-Chagaev winner- that is if he is doesn’t retire in October as he has promised repeatedly.
 3) Eddie Chambers (27-124-124)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Chambers’ eliminator with Tony Thompson is now set for late October on the Ward-Froch undercard.
4) Robert Helenius (20-20-64)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Will get some exposure on EPIX again Liakhovich.
5) Alexander Povetkin (20-199-199)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #6 Ruslan Chagaev
The Povetkin-Chagaev fight along with Helenius-Liakhovich will be televised by premium cable network/video on demand service EPIX.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (20-248-248)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (29-69-69)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- UD12 Kevin McBride (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Time for Adamek to get serious, as he faces a live opponent for the first time in a long stretch this September.
8) Tyson Fury (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
A fine performance versus Chisora has silenced a lot of Fury’s doubters.
9) Tony Thompson (4-64-64)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
The Chambers fight is now official for the Ward-Froch undercard in October.
10) Odlanier Solis (35-35-64)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 10/14/2011- vs. Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Solis is bouncing back admirably from his knee surgery, and already has a fight scheduled for mid-October.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (4-64)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (4-31)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Will fight journeyman Michael Sprott, about a month later than originally planned.
13) Chris Arreola (4-126)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arreola remains one of the busiest fighters in the division, and returns to action against a TBA opponent on September 15.
14) Denis Boytsov (4-113)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (21-64)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Prospective opponent Dimitrenko is passing on his EBU mandatory defense with Mormeck in favor of a voluntary one with someone else.
16) Bermane Stiverne (8-8)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
The only thing impressive about Stiverne’s performance against Austin was his power, but a win is a win.
17) Samuel Peter (8-64)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
18) Franklin Lawrence (8-12)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence has signed with Gary Shaw and figures to get a decent fight or two as a result.
19) Kubrat Pulev (8-40)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev is likely to fight former British titlist Martin Rogan on October 22.
20) Dereck Chisora (4-48)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Gatekeeper Dominick Guinn takes on very atypical undefeated prospect Amir Mansour on Friday in Dover, Delaware.  In June of 2001, both American fighters were 9-0 prospects.  Guinn went on to run his record to 24-0- including a career-best stoppage win over Michael Grant in 2003 that vaulted him to contender status- before losing to Monte Barrett in 2003.  Now 36, he has alternated between fringe contender and gatekeeper status ever since.  Mansour took a different path, getting busted for drug possession and serving 8 years in federal prison, but earning a college degree in the process.  He return to the ring late last August the same day he was released from a halfway house, and has rattled off 5 wins since then, all by knockout.  Yet at 39, he still has yet to fight anything resembling a quality opponent.  That will change in a hurry on Friday.  It’s a huge step up for Mansour, but obviously he has a very limited window if he wants to make noise in the sport due to his age, and appears to have the intention of doing just that.

Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 8-14

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2011 by danboxing
No fights of note last week.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (111-324-324)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk about a potential fight with prospect Mariusz Wach, but that fight is off.
1) Vitali Klitschko (148-148-148)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Klitschko apparently broke camp for one day to visit the Ukraine, where a political opposition leader was arrested under dubious circumstances.  Vitali is something of a political leader himself, but was back in training just a day later.
2) David Haye (71-125-125)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As he is still the #2 contender almost by default, Haye appears likely to get a shot at Vitali in late 2011 or early 2012, or at least the Povetkin-Chagaev winner- that is if he is doesn’t retire in October as he has promised repeatedly.
 3) Eddie Chambers (26-123-123)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Should have Tony Thompson next on his agenda, as Thompson’s win over Harris amounted to an eliminator to fight in an eliminator against Chambers…with the upshot at least theoretically being a Klitschko shot.
4) Robert Helenius (19-19-63)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Helenius-Liakhovich is set for August 27 in Germany.
5) Alexander Povetkin (19-198-198)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Povetkin-Chagaev will be a double-bill with Helenius-Liakhovich.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (19-247-247)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (28-68-68)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- UD12 Kevin McBride (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Time for Adamek to get serious, as he faces a live opponent for the first time in a long stretch this September.
8) Tyson Fury (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
A fine performance versus Chisora has silenced a lot of Fury’s doubters.
9) Tony Thompson (3-63-63)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Eddie Chambers is likely Thompson’s next opponent, in an alphabet title eliminator.
10) Odlanier Solis (34-34-63)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 10/14/2011- vs. Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Solis is bouncing back admirably from his knee surgery, and already has a fight scheduled for mid-October.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (3-63)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-30)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Will fight journeyman Michael Sprott, about a month later than originally planned.
13) Chris Arreola (3-125)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arreola remains one of the busiest fighters in the division, and returns to action against a TBA opponent on September 15.
14) Denis Boytsov (3-112)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (20-63)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Prospective opponent Dimitrenko is passing on his EBU mandatory defense with Mormeck in favor of a voluntary one with someone else.
16) Bermane Stiverne (7-7)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
The only thing impressive about Stiverne’s performance against Austin was his power, but a win is a win.
17) Samuel Peter (7-63)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
18) Franklin Lawrence (7-11)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence has signed with Gary Shaw and figures to get a decent fight or two as a result.
19) Kubrat Pulev (7-39)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev is likely to fight former British titlist Martin Rogan on October 22.
20) Dereck Chisora (3-47)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Just 13 days after stopping Henry Saenz in Costa Rica, Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz meets up with a somewhat more accomplished journeyman in Arron Lyons in Hollywood, Florida on Friday.


Saturday night is headlined by a rematch of last summer’s controversial draw between David Tua and Monte Barrett in New Zealand.  Later from Miami, Oklahoma, #18 Frank Lawrence almost inexplicably finds himself in a 6-round tussle with abysmal journeyman Marcus Rhode.