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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, Jun 3-9

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2013 by danboxing
Still no word (at least in English) on the result (if any) of the Joey Vegas-Hany Atiyo rematch in Kampala, Uganda.  An undefeated Atiyo was stopped by Vegas in round 11 of their 2012 fight, laying the foundation of Vegas’ current top-40 ranking on Boxrec.  If news of the fight ends up reaching US shores (assuming it even happened), I’ll report it if it is significant.  Another Vegas win probably won’t be worth bringing up that long after the fact, frankly.

 

The biggest deal in the division this week, though, is the fact that #12 Beibut Shumenov hasn’t fought in over a year and has nothing scheduled, and is thus removed.  He hasn’t fought a clearly top 50 opponent in nearly 3 years.  Everyone ranked #13 and below last week moves up, and the #20 vacancy is filled by British-based Jamaican Ovill McKenzie.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (39-39-39)
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) Chad Dawson (39-366-366)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Dawson will fight Adonis Stevenson (who moves up from 168) on June 8 in Montreal.
2) Bernard Hopkins (39-365-365)
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) Tony Bellew (2-86-86)
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 the Dawson-Stevenson winner, which would continue the trend of the best fighting the best at 175.
4) Sergey Kovalev (2-20-20)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO3 #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #9 Cornelius White
Kovalev is back in action against another pretty tough opponent on June 14.
5) Gabriel Campillo (2-154-154)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L(TKO3) vs. Sergey Kovalev (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
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.
6) Tavoris Cloud (2-197-197)
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.
7) Nathan Cleverly (2-174-174)
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.
8) Isaac Chilemba (2-10-70)
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.
9) Cornelius White (2-47-77)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Otis Griffin (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #4 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.
10) Cedric Agnew (4-4-8)
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.
11) Jürgen Brähmer (4-59)
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.
12) Andrzej Fonfara (1-47)
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.
13) Lucian Bute (1-31)
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.
14) Denis Grachev (1-58)
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.
15) Dmitri Sukhotski (1-136)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2013- vs. Mikhail Krinitsin (UNR)
Sukhotski will fight in Barnaul, Russia on June 4 against low-level Kazakh journeyman Mikhail Krinitsin.
16) Eleider Alvarez (1-19)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO3 Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Allan Green (UNR)
Alvarez will now be fighting Green on the Dawson-Stevenson undercard.
17) Yunieski Gonzalez (1-12)
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. 
18) Doudou Ngumbu (1-9)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD12 #14 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Glen Johnson (1-4)
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.
20) Ovill McKenzie (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/9/2012- TKO2 Enzo Maccarinelli (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Plenty of action at 175 this week:

 

In his hometown of Barnaul, Russia, #15 Dmitri Sukhotski leads us off on Tuesday with a stay-busy outing against low-level Kazakh journeyman Mikhail Krinitsin.

 

On the Afolabi-Huck undercard in Berlin, undefeated German prospect Robert Woge collides with fellow undefeated Dariusz Sek of Poland.  This is the toughest test of either man’s career.  Woge pulled one out of the fire in his last fight, knocking out journeyman Hakim Zoulikha in the 11th after being dominated up to that point, while Sek has been getting by with decisions against a similar level of opponent.

 

Also on the card, gatekeeper Eduard Gutknecht looks to get back on a winning track against low-level super middleweight journeyman Richard Vidal of Uruguay.

 

Across the pond in Montreal, Quebec, #1 Chad Dawson defends his alphabet title against big-time super middleweight puncher Adonis Stevenson, who fights an aggressive power-punching style that Dawson really hasn’t seen much of in recent years.

 

On that undercard, undefeated Colombian prospect and #16 Eleider Alvarez takes on perhaps his toughest opponent in gatekeeper Allan Green.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Dec 10-16

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 10, 2012 by danboxing
Two fringe contenders were in against total no-hopers this week.  #18 Dmitri Sukhotski stopped Vladimir Borovsky- a Ukrainian middleweight who took the fight on less than a week’s notice and has won less than 30% of his 74 career fights- in less than a round.  Pawel Glazewski- a Polish fringe contender that is best known for beating Roy Jones and being robbed in that fight- also stopped a weak Ukrainian in Alexander Garaschenko, but needed most of 3 rounds to do so.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (14-14-14)
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 (14-341-341)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
According to Gary Shaw, who promotes Dawson, the Pascal deal is done.
2) Bernard Hopkins (14-340-340)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Hopkins has decided not to hang ’em up just yet, as he says he will fight either Shumenov, Cloud, or- most likely- Cleverly on March 9 in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (14-182-182)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 12/14/2012- vs. Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
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.  His opponent will be Polish gatekeeper Aleksy Kuziemski.  There is also a deal in principle to fight Dawson in March.
4) Gabriel Campillo (14-129-129)
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 (14-172-172)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud pulled out of his scheduled fight with Karo Murat for no reason.  Cloud is already one of the more inactive fighters you’ll find, so it’s probably about 50-50 as to whether he’ll be removed in February.  In fairness, Cloud was the victim of Pascal pulling out of their fight, but he hasn’t even given an excuse for the Murat no-go.
6) Cornelius White (14-22-52)
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 (14-149-149)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly appears very likely to fight Bernard Hopkins in March.
8) Tony Bellew (22-61-61)
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 (14-63-84)
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 (14-125-129)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (4-45)
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 (4-45)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- W(MD12) vs. Mohamed Belkacem (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Andrzej Fonfara (4-22)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fonfara vs. Karpency blah blah blah.  Stay busy fight over.  Moving on.
14) Yusaf Mack (4-129)
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 (14-34)
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 (6-6)
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 (6-33)
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 (6-111)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Mikkel Kessler (6-30)
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 (6-37)
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: #3 Jean Pascal takes on Polish gatekeeper Alexei Kuziemski in Montreal on Saturday- Pascal’s first action in nearly 19 months.  On the undercard, undefeated Colombian prospect Eleider Alvarez gets a very tough test in English fringe contender Danny McIntosh in a fight that will probably get somebody ranked.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Dec 3-9

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by danboxing
Three fights from last week deserve a mention.  Undefeated Brazilian prospect Jackson Junior had absolutely no problem on Tuesday dispatching Jose Clavero- a veteran journeyman who has given other prospects some grief in the past- knocking the Argentine out in the 2nd round in Sao Paolo.

 

Kenyan gatekeeper Kariz Kariuki was somewhat shockingly upset in Mansfield, Australia, when 22 year-old local mid-level journeyman Mark Flanagan stopped him in round eleven.  The fight was evidently about even when Flanagan dropped the more experienced and proven Kariuki in the 10th.  Reports suggest Kariuki barely survived the round and never recovered, as an aggressive Flanagan closed the show about 30 seconds into the next round.

 

Finally, one-loss Cuban prospect Umberto Savigne evidently had some difficulty with quality journeyman Dhafir Smith in Savigne’s adopted home of Florida.  Savigne was down in the 3rd and won by a margin of just 96-93 on 2 of the cards.  I’d actually like to see the fight given its reasonably close nature in one guy’s backyard, but unfortunately I can’t find any video of it floating around.

 

Flanagan makes himself relevant, but doesn’t come near a ranking.  Neither of the other two guys were in quite deep enough, either.  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 (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: 1/26/2012- vs. SMW #8 Kelly Pavlik (at SMW)
Ward will break tradition by not fighting at home for once, as he travels south to fight Kelly Pavlik in L.A.
1) Chad Dawson (13-340-340)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
According to Gary Shaw, who promotes Dawson, the Pascal deal is done.
2) Bernard Hopkins (13-339-339)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Hopkins has decided not to hang ’em up just yet, as he says he will fight either Shumenov, Cloud, or- most likely- Cleverly on March 9 in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (13-181-181)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 12/14/2012- vs. Aleksy Kuziemski
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.  His opponent will be Polish gatekeeper Aleksy Kuziemski.  There is also a deal in principle to fight Dawson in March.
4) Gabriel Campillo (13-128-128)
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 (13-171-171)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud pulled out of his scheduled fight with Karo Murat for no reason.  Cloud is already one of the more inactive fighters you’ll find, so it’s probably about 50-50 as to whether he’ll be removed in February.  In fairness, Cloud was the victim of Pascal pulling out of their fight, but he hasn’t even given an excuse for the Murat no-go.
6) Cornelius White (13-21-51)
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 (13-148-148)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly appears very likely to fight Bernard Hopkins in March.
8) Tony Bellew (21-60-60)
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 (13-62-83)
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 (13-124-128)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (3-44)
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 (3-44)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- W(MD12) vs. Mohamed Belkacem (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Andrzej Fonfara (3-21)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fonfara vs. Karpency blah blah blah.  Stay busy fight over.  Moving on.
14) Yusaf Mack (3-128)
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 (13-33)
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 (5-5)
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 (5-32)
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 (5-110)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(UD12) vs. #16 Cornelius White
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Mikhail Ryzhonkin (UNR)
Sukhotski will look for an easy tune-up on December 8 when he fights a very weak 2-3 Russian in Russia.
19) Mikkel Kessler (5-29)
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.
20) Tony Averlant (5-36)
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: Saturday in Podolsk, Russia, #18 Dmitri Sukhotski faces off with total novice Mikhail Ryzhonkin.  That’s followed on Sunday by Polish fringe contender Pawel Glazewski, who fights an opponent yet to be announced in Poland.  Mikkel Kessler also fights this week, but at 168.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 16-22

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by danboxing
I’m apparently the only one that saw the fight this way, but I believe Glen Johnson was borderline robbed of a victory and definitely robbed of at least a draw in his fight with Polish fringe prospect and steroid cheat Andrzej Fonfara.  I think everyone from the judges to Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas at ringside were unduly influenced by the raucous Chicago crowd that went nuts every time Fonfara threw a blocked punch, and I think TV viewers that have failed to raise a stink about the scoring were influenced by a combination of the crowd and the commentators.  To my eyes, Glen Johnson was made to look like Floyd Mayweather defensively by the inaccurate punching of Fonfara, who seldom landed cleanly despite “outworking” the former Champ.  I’m not afraid to admit that I scored the bout 98-92 Johnson, though I think a draw could have been fair given a large number of close rounds. 

 

I don’t believe I was biased in my scoring, but in the interests of full disclosure I must admit that I had a stronger rooting interest in this fight than usual, since I despise all steroid cheats and since Glen Johnson is one of the true good guys in the sport.  I find it irritating that Antonio Margarito- who may or may not have ever entered the ring with loaded gloves- is a pariah whose lifetime ban from boxing was championed by many fans.  Some of these same fans would list Shane Mosley- who may have used PEDs for years- as a personal hero.  At least you can make sure Margarito’s gloves aren’t loaded in the future.  A steroid user, in my admittedly lay opinion, gains a permanent unfair advantage.  I can’t imagine that the extra muscle you build while on ‘roids is going to instantly (or even gradually) disappear if you stop using them but keep working out hard.  Andrzej Fonfara was back in the ring- in the same state in which he was busted- less than 7 months after getting caught.  It’s disgusting, and it’s corrupt.  So that’s my rant for the week.

 

That being said, it’s at least partially a moot point, as Johnson announced his retirement after the bout.  Had he not, I certainly would have installed him in the top 10 since he returned to the division.  I wish Glen all the best.  He was a true warrior who always gave an honest effort and nearly always gave a fine account of himself- well after most fighters his age were completely done.

 

I may have buried the lead here.  The most objectively significant fight in the division was actually #16 Cornelius White’s win over #10 Dmitri Sukhotski.  This was a much bigger upset than the two fighters’ rankings would suggest.  Sukhotski was in or around any serious top 10 list at light heavyweight.  White, on the other hand, was ranked in the top 20, I expect, by few observers besides myself.  He shockingly won a 6-round decision over fringe contender Yordanis Despaigne late last year, but this was seen (even by me) as a fluke in light of his prior loss to Don George (who is now known to be less than a world-beater), which resembled an execution as much as a fight.  While I can’t claim to have seen the Sukhotski fight, it appears that White won quite easily- the word “battering” has been used to describe it.  It now appears that, if anything, the George fight was the real fluke.  White is clearly for real, and may be well on his way to a title shot in a division with its share of big names.

 

The biggest winner of the week is clearly White, who moves from #16 all the way up to #5, since Cleverly has yet to beat anyone with the credentials of Sukhotski.  Fonfara debuts at #13.  Sukhotski slumps to White’s former #16 slot.  Johnson remains out of the rankings due to his retirement.  Via displacement, everyone ranked #5-9, 13-14, and 17-20 descends one place.  This means Danny McIntosh is back on the outs after sneaking back in for the previous 5 weeks.  Last week’s #15 Mikkel Kessler is forced down two spots to #17.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Chad Dawson (12-320-320)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- W (MD12) Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Wow- it really is happening!  Dawson will reportedly drop down to 168 to challenge Andre Ward for the World Championship at Super Middle.  For my money, it will also be an opportunity for Ward to capture Dawson’s light heavyweight title.  He’s fighting the 175 champion under the 175 limit.  I’m not sure this scenario has ever played out in the history of boxing…and it’s pretty exciting- even if the fight itself may not  be.
1) Bernard Hopkins (12-319-319)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopkins’ team has publicly stated that they want to fight Shumenov, but the Kazakh said he had no interest in the fight.
2) Jean Pascal (12-161-161)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #4 Tavoris Cloud
Showtime has kindly provided the date of August 11 for the Pascal-Cloud tilt.  That’s more than 14-months since Pascal’s last fight…just sayin’.
3) Gabriel Campillo (22-108-108)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: 9/21/2012- vs. Sergei Kovalev (UNR)
With Cloud otherwise occupied and Shumenov no doubt wanting nothing to do with him, Campillo will fight Russian prospect Sergei Kovalev in late September on NBC Sports.
4) Tavoris Cloud (22-151-151)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #2 Jean Pascal
It appeared certain that Cloud would fight Murat next, but now he’s fighting Pascal instead.
5) Cornelius White (1-1-31)
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.
6) Nathan Cleverly (1-128-128)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- UD12 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Originally scheduled to fight the underwhelming Robin Krasniqi, a virus scuttled that fight for him.  Not that anyone’s complaining.  Barring a rescheduling, which would be problematic from the WBO’s perspective, Cleverly may be looking toward his mandatory with Sukhotski next, though there’s some talk of a Hopkins fight, as well.  And the most recent rumor has him in the running for a Shumenov fight, and willing to go to Vegas to make it happen.
7) Karo Murat (1-42-63)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Tony Bellew (1-40-40)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO5 #20 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew has at least rhetorically severed ties with promoter Frank Warren and is reportedly in the running for a July 7 fight on Sky Sports.  Warren is threatening legal action over the split and the potential fight, however.
9) Beibut Shumenov (1-104-108)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After embarrassing both Enrique Ornelas and himself (merely for taking the fight), Shumenov has already been approached for fights with Hopkins, Cleverly, and Kessler.  That being the case, he won’t have much of an excuse left if he ends up fighting his 4th consecutive journeyman.
10) Yusaf Mack (1-72-108)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD6 Sabou Ballogou (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (24-24)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- UD10 #16 Edison Miranda
Next Fight: Unknown
Negotiations are currently in progress for Chilemba to fight former (I guess arguably current) lineal Champion Zsolt Erdei in late September on HBO.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkov (16-24)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- UD8 Ravshanbek Jabbarov (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. Mohamed Belkacem (UNR)
Uzelkov is now scheduled for a fight in mid-July in Odessa, Ukraine.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/13/2012- UD10* SMW #14(?) Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown
I don’t think he landed enough clean blows to have cleanly beaten Johnson, but since I could have pictured a draw being a fair result, I am compelled to rate him anyhow.
14) Jürgen Brähmer (1-13)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer has showed up for his last two fights, which at least feels like a record for him. 
15) Denis Grachev (1-12)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO8 #15 Ismayl Sillakh
Next Fight: Unknown
Yes, it was a flukey win, and it’s clear from his performance on its face that, at least at this point, he’s not this good.  But honestly the result in black and white could have supported a rating as high as around #10.  Common sense can only demote a guy so far (in conjunction with relative inexperience) when his actual resume calls out for a decent ranking.
16) Dmitri Sukhotski (1-90)
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.
17) Mikkel Kessler (1-9)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- TKO4 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A Froch fight in the fall now looks extremely likely, at 168, though Pavlik is acting like an October fight with Kessler is a distinct possibility, too.
18) Tony Averlant (1-16)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Averlant is probably closer to the journeyman he was on 3/30 than the solid fringe contender he became on 3/31, but a win is a win…even when it’s a loss (in Germany).
19) Ismayl Sillakh (1-79)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO8) vs. Denis Grachev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I didn’t see that coming at all.  I trust Sillakh will bounce back from the upset loss to Grachev.  But wow.
20) Eduard Gutknecht (1-8)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- W*(SD12) vs. Tony Averlant (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: A sprinkling of notable fights this week:

 

Thursday: A couple inactive Colombian former contenders do battle in Cartagena.  Alejandro Berrio is in action for the first time since his stoppage of Antwun Echols last February.  Fulgencio Zuniga returns for the first time since his December 2010 decision loss to Tavoris Cloud.

 

Friday: In Altona, Australia, undefeated prospect Blake Caparello stays busy against low-level journeyman Dante Craig.

 

Saturday: #12 Vyacheslav Uzelkov meets Algerian journeyman Mohamed Belkacem in Odessa, Ukraine.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by danboxing
Yusaf Mack somehow managed not to stop very low-level journeyman Sabou Ballogou of Togo in their glorified 6-round sparring session in Philadelphia on Saturday.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Chad Dawson (11-319-319)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- W (MD12) Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Wow- it really is happening!  Dawson will reportedly drop down to 168 to challenge Andre Ward for the World Championship at Super Middle.  For my money, it will also be an opportunity for Ward to capture Dawson’s light heavyweight title.  He’s fighting the 175 champion under the 175 limit.  I’m not sure this scenario has ever played out in the history of boxing…and it’s pretty exciting- even if the fight itself may not  be.
1) Bernard Hopkins (11-318-318)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopkins’ team has publicly stated that they want to fight Shumenov, but the Kazakh said he had no interest in the fight.
2) Jean Pascal (11-160-160)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #4 Tavoris Cloud
Showtime has kindly provided the date of August 11 for the Pascal-Cloud tilt.  That’s more than 14-months since Pascal’s last fight…just sayin’.
3) Gabriel Campillo (21-107-107)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Cloud apparently sidestepping not only Campillo, but also a mandatory with Karo Murat in favor of an even better match with Pascal, I wonder if Campillo might get the rematch with Murat, instead.
4) Tavoris Cloud (21-150-150)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #2 Jean Pascal
It appeared certain that Cloud would fight Murat next, but now he’s fighting Pascal instead.
5) Nathan Cleverly (39-127-127)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- UD12 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Originally scheduled to fight the underwhelming Robin Krasniqi, a virus scuttled that fight for him.  Not that anyone’s complaining.  Barring a rescheduling, which would be problematic from the WBO’s perspective, Cleverly may be looking toward his mandatory with Sukhotski next, though there’s some talk of a Hopkins fight, as well.  And the most recent rumor has him in the running for a Shumenov fight, and willing to go to Vegas to make it happen.
6) Karo Murat (41-41-62)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Tony Bellew (39-39-39)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO5 #20 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew has at least rhetorically severed ties with promoter Frank Warren and is reportedly in the running for a July 7 fight on Sky Sports.  Warren is threatening legal action over the split and the potential fight, however.
8) Beibut Shumenov (23-103-107)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After embarrassing both Enrique Ornelas and himself (merely for taking the fight), Shumenov has already been approached for fights with Hopkins, Cleverly, and Kessler.  That being the case, he won’t have much of an excuse left if he ends up fighting his 4th consecutive journeyman.
9) Yusaf Mack (23-71-107)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD6 Sabou Ballogou (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (23-23-89)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. #16 Cornelius White
Sukhotski- still waiting around for a mandatory shot at Cleverly- has taken a fight with likely overrated #16 Cornelius White in mid-July.
11) Isaac Chilemba (23-23)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- UD10 #16 Edison Miranda
Next Fight: Unknown
Negotiations are currently in progress for Chilemba to fight former (I guess arguably current) lineal Champion Zsolt Erdei in late September on HBO.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkov (15-23)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- UD8 Ravshanbek Jabbarov (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Uzelkov is now scheduled for a fight in mid-July in Odessa, Ukraine.
13) Jürgen Brähmer (12-12)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer has showed up for his last two fights, which at least feels like a record for him. 
14) Denis Grachev (11-11)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO8 #15 Ismayl Sillakh
Next Fight: Unknown
Yes, it was a flukey win, and it’s clear from his performance on its face that, at least at this point, he’s not this good.  But honestly the result in black and white could have supported a rating as high as around #10.  Common sense can only demote a guy so far (in conjunction with relative inexperience) when his actual resume calls out for a decent ranking.
15) Mikkel Kessler (7-8)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- TKO4 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A Froch fight in the fall now looks extremely likely, at 168, though Pavlik is acting like an October fight with Kessler is a distinct possibility, too.
16) Cornelius White (7-30)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- KO2 Anthony Bowman (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
White will get a chance to prove that he’s more accurately viewed as the guy that beat Yordanis Despaigne than the guy that got sparked in one round by Don George when he fights the formidable Dmitri Sukhotski in July.
17) Tony Averlant (5-15)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Averlant is probably closer to the journeyman he was on 3/30 than the solid fringe contender he became on 3/31, but a win is a win…even when it’s a loss (in Germany).
18) Ismayl Sillakh (5-78)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO8) vs. Denis Grachev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I didn’t see that coming at all.  I trust Sillakh will bounce back from the upset loss to Grachev.  But wow.
19) Eduard Gutknecht (5-7)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- W*(SD12) vs. Tony Averlant (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Danny McIntosh (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #7 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: There will be a pair of interesting fights this week:

 

Friday: Former Champion Glen Johnson returns to 175 after spending more than a year at 168 when he fights Polish fringe prospect and steroid cheat Andrzej Fonfara on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

 

Saturday: #10 Dmitri Sukhotski of Russia takes on prospect/#16 Cornelius White of Texas in Vegas.  Sukhotski will be looking to stay on track for his long-awaited mandatory shot at Nathan Cleverly, while White will look to prove that he’s more like the guy that beat Yordanis Despaigne than the guy that got destroyed by Don George.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 10-16

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 22, 2011 by danboxing
#10 Dmitri Sukhotski destroyed fringe contender Nadjib Mohammedi in two rounds Saturday in St. Petersburg, dropping him twice in the second.  There’s a case to be made that Sukhotski should advance past Yusaf Mack, but Mack’s 2009 victory over then-10th ranked Chris Henry still looms large, especially since his 2 losses were both against 3rd-ranked contenders.  Sukhotski’s best win was against #16 Alexei Kuziemski, and he has lost to a slightly lesser fighter in Juergen Braehmer than Mack’s conquerors: #3 Glen Johnson and #3 Tavoris Cloud.  Accordingly, Sukhotski stays put.

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Bernard Hopkins
1) Jean Pascal
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Nathan Cleverly
5) Adrian Diaconu
6) Zsolt Erdei
7) Beibut Shumenov
8) Karo Murat
9) Gabriel Campillo
10) Ismayl Sillakh

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (21-279-279)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins will defend the title on October 15 against #2 Chad Dawson, who just a year ago was as close to a legit champion as you could be without having beaten a Champion or #1 contender before he was shockingly upset by Jean Pascal.  The fight will be on PPV.
1) Jean Pascal (21-121-121)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Pascal, it appears, will get the Hopkins-Dawson winner in 2012.
2) Chad Dawson (43-280-280)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Dawson will look to finally be crowned as Champion against the man whose refusal to fight him kept him perpetually a step away until recently.
3) Tavoris Cloud (43-111-111)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud was deep in discussions for an excellent fight with Pascal, but they failed.
4) Nathan Cleverly (2-88-88)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Tony Bellew (UNR)
Cleverly is skipping his mandatory and will fight bitter domestic rival Tony Bellew on October 15.
5) Gabriel Campillo (2-68-68)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #14 Karo Murat
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo had my sympathy after being robbed against Shumenov, but hasn’t helped his case with a long stretch of inactivity against good fighters followed by a back-and-forth draw with Murat.
6) Karo Murat (2-2-23)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
I never thought this would happen, but I now rate the long-overrated Murat even higher than does Ring Magazine.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (2-23-23)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
8) Beibut Shumenov (2-64-68)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- TKO9 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Yusaf Mack (2-32-68)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (2-21-50)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (2-231)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
12) Ismayl Sillakh (2-39)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sillakh is slated to fight in Moscow on November 4, opponent to be announced.
13) Zsolt Erdei (2-47)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz at present about a potential fight with Pascal.
14) Danny McIntosh (2-68)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
15) Yordanis Despaigne (10-11)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- W(DQ5) vs. Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk immediately after the Miranda fight of a rematch taking place, but no new news on that.
16) Jesus Gonzales (10-14)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
17) Thierry Karl (10-68)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
18) Luis Garcia (10-39)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dyah Davis (10-29)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.
20) Marcus Johnson (10-10)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L*(UD10) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
Got bounced for just a week before Glen Johnson kindly excused himself from the ratings.


The Week Ahead:  The Light Heavyweight Championship is on the line this week, as Champion Bernard Hopkins finally fights the long-ducked #2 Chad Dawson in Atlantic City, and on HBO PPV.  Across the pond, two undefeated Brits collide with plenty of bad blood involved, when #4 Nathan Cleverly meets less accomplished but just as undefeated prospect Tony Bellew. 

 

Friday night in Argentina, prospect Roberto Feliciano Bolonti- who has not lost since a four-round decision in 2006- takes on experienced but weak Brazilian journeyman Jose Hilton Dos Santos.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 3-9

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by danboxing
In a bit of an upset, #14 Karo Murat managed a split draw with #4 Gabriel Campillo.  It was a very back-and-forth fight, in which one fighter would dominate a significant stretch of the fight and then lose control of the style of the fight and get dominated for a while, himself.  Campillo falls a spot in the ratings, yielding to Nathan Cleverly, who beat Murat.  Murat surges to just behind Campillo at #6.  It was a little bit of a close call because now-7th-ranked Gutknecht doesn’t have any black marks on his resume at this weight, but he’s also got only one major win- a stoppage of then-11th-ranked Danny McIntosh.  Murat does have the stoppage loss to then-9th-ranked Cleverly, but has now stopped then-#17 Otis Griffin and drawn with 4th-ranked Campillo, which gives him the edge narrowly, for me.  This forces down everyone rated #6-13 last week, including Adrian Diaconu, who falls from the top 10 after 8 weeks back in.

 

Later in the night on the Martinez-Barker undercard, African rising star Isaac Chilemba knocked out gatekeeper Jameson Bostic in the 2nd round.  Chilemba is already rated at Super Middleweight (which it looks like he’ll soon vacate), but falls just short of a rating here. 

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Bernard Hopkins
1) Jean Pascal
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Nathan Cleverly
5) Adrian Diaconu
6) Zsolt Erdei
7) Beibut Shumenov
8) Karo Murat
9) Gabriel Campillo
10) Ismayl Sillakh

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (20-278-278)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins will defend the title on October 15 against #2 Chad Dawson, who just a year ago was as close to a legit champion as you could be without having beaten a Champion or #1 contender before he was shockingly upset by Jean Pascal.  The fight will be on PPV.
1) Jean Pascal (20-120-120)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Pascal, it appears, will return on December 10, but Cloud has now been ruled out as an opponent.
2) Chad Dawson (42-279-279)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Dawson will look to finally be crowned as Champion against the man whose refusal to fight him kept him perpetually a step away until recently.
3) Tavoris Cloud (42-110-110)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud was deep in discussions for an excellent fight with Pascal, but they failed.
4) Nathan Cleverly (1-87-87)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Tony Bellew (UNR)
Cleverly is skipping his mandatory and will fight bitter domestic rival Tony Bellew on October 15.
5) Gabriel Campillo (1-67-67)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #14 Karo Murat
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo had my sympathy after being robbed against Shumenov, but hasn’t helped his case with a long stretch of inactivity against good fighters followed by a back-and-forth draw with Murat.
6) Karo Murat (1-1-22)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
I never thought this would happen, but I now rate the long-overrated Murat even higher than does Ring Magazine.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (1-22-22)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
8) Beibut Shumenov (1-63-67)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- TKO9 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Yusaf Mack (1-31-67)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (1-20-49)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/8/2011- vs. Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Sukhotski is set to fight Mohammedi this weekend in Russia.
11) Adrian Diaconu (1-230)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
12) Ismayl Sillakh (1-38)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered a tournament to determine their mandatory challenger to Hopkins, involving Sillakh, Chris Henry, Shumenov, and Erdei.  The only one that appears interested is Sillakh.
13) Zsolt Erdei (1-46)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz at present about a potential fight with Pascal.
14) Danny McIntosh (1-67)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
15) Yordanis Despaigne (9-10)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- W(DQ5) vs. Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk immediately after the Miranda fight of a rematch taking place, but no new news on that.
16) Jesus Gonzales (9-13)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
17) Thierry Karl (9-67)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
18) Luis Garcia (9-38)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dyah Davis (9-28)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.
20) Marcus Johnson (9-9)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L*(UD10) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
Got bounced for just a week before Glen Johnson kindly excused himself from the ratings.


The Week Ahead:  Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia, #10 Dmitri Sukhotski will fight fringe contender Nadjib Mohammedi.