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Year-End Awards: Cruiserweight, 2012

Posted in Cruiserweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by danboxing
This is the first time I’ve done this, and I hope you like it.  It’s been a lot of effort.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Cruiserweight Fighter of the Year: Firat Arslan
Much like my Heavyweight Fighter of the Year- and perhaps appropriately for a division characterized by downright criminal officiating- the Cruiserweight Fighter of the Year has no officially-recognized wins on his ledger for the year.  What he does have is two clear victories that were ignored by awful and/or corrupt judges.

 

Prospect of the Year: Thabiso Mchunu
This category was a total toss-up.  Masternak is more advanced overall, undefeated, and likely the better fighter, but Mchunu, by my estimation, had a slightly better year.  The key to this was his stoppage win over a ranked (#20) contender in Danie Venter.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: Thabiso Mchunu TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
This wasn’t a very competitive category this year.  Only one top 20 fighter got knocked out, so Mchunu wins the award by default with his 5th round November stoppage of Danie Venter.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #19 Dmitro Kucher KO2 Steve Herelius
Again, not a very competitive category.  But this one is no slouch.  Kucher knocked Herelius through the ropes and out of the ring, meaning Herelius failed to beat a 20-count as opposed to the normal 10.  Even better, it appears from the video that at least 45 or 46 people saw the fight live.  Check out said video by clicking “KO2” in the headline.

 

Match-Up of the Year: #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. #4 Steve Cunningham
No contest here.  The Hernandez-Cunningham rematch was easily the highest-ranked fight of the year, with the average rank obviously being 3.5 (just like the winner at Heavyweight).  The runner-up was #4 Marco Huck vs. #7 Ola Afolabi, with an average rank of 5.5.

 

Fight of the Year: #4 Marco Huck vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
 A very tough category to call.  Most of the big-time matchups in the division yielded solid, competitive action.  Huck-Afolabi, Huck-Arslan, Hernandez-Cunningham, and Hernandez-Ross would all make worthy- if  unspectacular- choices.  I went with Huck-Afolabi because it was all-out, desperate, tired, gut-check action until the closing bell as I remember it.  It was also the closest of the 4 fights, in my opinion. 

 

Upset of the Year: Silvio Branco (Draw) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni (March 17)
He couldn’t quite complete the upset in terms of winning the fight, but the fact that 46-year-old Silvio Branco was even competitive with fading but still-relevant #10 contender Fragomeni was, in and of itself, the biggest upset in a year and division full of them.  #20 Troy Ross deserving a victory over #1 Hernandez is probably the runner up, but there are really lots of options.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Firat Arslan
Hands down.  Arslan fell from a top 5- perch with a 2008 TKO loss to Guillermo Jones.  He then was badly injured in a motorcycle accident and didn’t know if he’d ever fight again.  Then he passed out in his corner just before the last round of a competitive fight with Steve Herelius in 2010.  He spent 2011 laying the groundwork for a comeback with mid-level competition, and then absolutely burst back on the scene this year.  He clearly beat a top 5 and a top 15 contender, earning fighter of the year, despite the judges robbing him of the spoils of both of those efforts.

 

Robbery of the Year: Marco Huck UD12 Firat Arslan
Soooo many choices.  I think there were more robberies than honest decisions- certainly at the upper echelon of the division.  Ross-Hernandez and Arslan-Alekseev were both worthy choices, but the former could sorta have gone either way if you wanted it to, and the latter was at least not given to the wrong guy- just declared an outrageous draw.  Huck-Arslan was given to the wrong guy with no doubt and no excuse.

 

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

 

1) Firat Arslan
Significant Results: May 11- Robbery Draw (Solid Win) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev.  Nov 3- Robbery Loss (Win) vs. #5 Marco Huck
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #16.  Feb 6-12: #18.  Feb 13-Mar 18: #17.  Mar 19-Apr 1: #18.  Apr 2-May 13: #19.  May 14-Jun 3: #9.  Jun 4-24: #10.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #9.  Sep 17-Nov 4: #10.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #7.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Significant Results: Feb 4- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham.  Sep 15- Near-Robbery UD12 Win (should be loss) vs. #20 Troy Ross.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #3.  Feb 6-Sep 16: #1.  Sep 17-Dec 31: #2.
3) Troy Ross
Significant Results: Sep 15- Near Robbery UD12 Loss (should be win) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: Unranked (Inactive).  Feb 6-12: #17.  Feb 13-Mar 18: #16.  Mar 19-Apr 1: #17.  Apr 2-May 13: #18.  May 14-Jun 24: #19.  Jun 25-Jul 1: #18.  Jul 2-Sep 16: #20.  Sep 17-Dec 31: #3.
4) Ola Afolabi
Significant Results: Mar 3- RTD5 Gatekeeper Valery Brudov.  May 5- Draw (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 6: #7.  May 7-Jun 3: #6.  Jun 4-Sep 16: #5.  Sep 17-Nov 4: #6.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #5.
5) Lateef Kayode
Significant Results: Jun 2- Draw (SD12) vs. #3 Antonio Tarver.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #13.  Feb 6-Mar 18: #14.  Mar 19-Jun 3: #13.  Jun 4-24: #8.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #7.  Sep 17-Nov 4: #8.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #9.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Significant Results: Sep 22- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 6: #6.  May 7-Jun 3: #7.  Jun 4-Sep 16: #6.  Sep 17-Nov 4: #7.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #6.
7) Marco Huck
Significant Results: May 5- Draw (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi.  Nov 3- Robbery Win (should be a loss) vs. #10 Firat Arslan.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #5.  Feb 6-May 6: #4.  May 7-Jun 3: #5.  Jun 4-Sep 16: #4.  Sep 17-Nov 4: #5.  Nov 5-Dec 31: #8.
8) Silvio Branco
Significant Results: Mar 17- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni.  Dec 15: SD12 Loss (Should be Draw) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Mar 18: Unranked.  Mar 19-Jun 24: #15.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #14.  Sep 17-23: #15.  Sep 24-Nov 11: #14.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #13.
9) Thabiso Mchunu
Significant Results: Jun 16- TKO1 Gatekeeper Flo Simba.  Nov 10- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Nov 11: Unranked.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #17.
10) Mateusz Masternak
Significant Results: Mar 31- TKO10 Fringe Contender Felipe Romero.  Sep 15- TKO8 Undefeated Prospect David Quinonero.  Dec 15- UD12 Gatekeeper Juho Haapoja.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #20.  Feb 6-Apr 1: Unranked.  Apr 2-Jun 24: #16.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #15.  Sep 17-23: #16.  Sep 24-Nov 11: #15.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #14.
11) Danny Green
Significant Results: Nov 21- UD12 Fringe Contender Shane Cameron.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 13: #9.  May 14-Jun 3: #10.  Jun 4-24: #11.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #10.  Sep 17-Nov 11: #11.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #10.
12) Alexander Alekseev
Significant Results: Feb 4- UD12 #15 Enad Licina.  May 11- Robbery Win vs. #19 Firat Arslan.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #17.  Feb 6-Mar 18: #13.  Mar 19-May 13: #12.  May 14-Jun 24: #17.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #16.  Sep 17-Nov 11: #17.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #16.
13) Dmitro Kucher
Significant Results: Jun 27- KO3 Gatekeeper Cesar Crenz.  Oct 27- KO2 Gatekeeper Steve Herelius.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 1: Unranked.  Jul 2-Sep 16: #18.  Sep 17-Oct 28: #19.  Oct 29-Dec 31: #18.
14) Denis Lebedev
Significant Results: Apr 4- KO2 Prospect/Gatekeeper Shawn Cox.  Dec 17- KO4 Undefeated Prospect Santander Silgado.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #1.  Feb 6-Sep 16: #2.  Sep 17-Dec 31: #1.
15) Alejandro Valori
Significant Results: Jul 20- TKO6 Gatekeeper Rogelio Rossi.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Pawel Glazewski
Significant Results: Jun 30- Robbery Loss (Win) vs. Fringe Contender Roy Jones, Jr.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 1: Unranked.  Jul 2-Sep 16: #19.  Sep 17-23: #20.  Sep 24-Dec 31: Unranked.
17) William Fernando Souza Bezerra
Significant Results: Jun 28- TKO6 Gatekeeper Manoel Rodrigues de Souza.  Dec 22- KO4 Prospect Ricardo Augusto Souza.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Krzysztof Glowacki
Significant Results: Aug 18- TKO6 Gatekeeper Felipe Romero.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
19) Grigory Drozd
Significant Results: Feb 8- RTD8 Gatekeeper Richard Hall.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 12: Unranked.  Feb 13-Mar 18: #18.  Mar 19-Apr 1: #19.  Apr 2-Jun 24: #20.  Jun 25-Jul 1: #19.  Jul 2-Nov 11: Unranked.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #20.
20) Danie Venter
Significant Results: Sep 22- TKO4 Gatekeeper Zack Mwekassa.  Nov 10- L(TKO5) vs. Gatekeeper Thabiso Mchunu.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Sep 23: Unranked.  Sep 24-Nov 11: #20.  Nov 12-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

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

 

Antonio Tarver– Jan 1-Feb 5: #2.  Feb 6-Jun 3: #3.  Jun 4-24: #7.  Jun 25-Dec 31: Unranked (PEDs).

 

Steve Cunningham– Jan 1-Feb 5: #4.  Feb 6-May 6: #5.  May 7-Jun 3: #4.  Jun 4-Sep 16: #3.  Sep 17-Dec 31: #4.

 

Guillermo Jones– Jan 1-Jun 3: #8.  Jun 4-24: #9.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #8.  Sep 17-Nov 4: #9.  Nov 5-11: #10.  Nov 12-Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

B.J. Flores– Jan 1-Mar 18: #11.  Mar 19-May 13: #10.  May 14-Jun 3: #11.  Jun 4-24: #12.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #11.  Sep 17-Nov 11: #12.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #11.

 

Francisco Palacios– Jan 1-Mar 18: #12.  Mar 19-May 13: #11.  May 14-Jun 3: #12.  Jun 4-24: #13.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #12.  Sep 17-23: #13.  Sep 24-Nov 11: #16.  Nov 12-Dec 31: #15.

 

Steve Herelius– Jan 1-Feb 5: #14.  Feb 6-12: #15.  Feb 13-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Enad Licina– Jan 1-Feb 5: #15.  Feb 6-12: #16.  Feb 13-Mar 18: #15.  Mar 19-Apr 1: #16.  Apr 2-May 13: #17.  May 14-Jun 24: #18.  Jun 25-Sep 16: #17.  Sep 17-Oct 28: #18.  Oct 29- Dec 31: #19.

 

Matt Godfrey– Jan 1-Feb 5: #18.  Feb 6-Mar 18: #19.  Mar 19-Apr 1: #20.  Apr 2-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Eric Fields– Jan 1-Feb 5: #19.  Feb 6-Mar 18: #20.  Mar 19-Dec 31: Unranked.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Dec 24-30

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2012 by danboxing
#1 Denis Lebedev knocked out Colombian prospect Santander Silgado in 4 on Monday in Moscow.  On the undercard, #20 Grigory Drozd dominated French journeyman Jean-Marc Monrose, dropping him twice in the 9th en route to a wide 12-round decision.  

 

Several days later on Saturday, fringe contending undefeated Brazilian prospect William Fernando Souza Bezerra knocked out one-loss prospect (and top 50 fighter, give or take) Ricardo Augusto Souza in 4 rounds.  This is an improvement for Ricardo, who was knocked out in round two when he last fought Souza Bezerra in January.

 

Souza Bezerra advanced to probably the first spot out of the rankings, but ultimately his resume falls well short of eclipsing Drozd.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (15-151-151)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- KO4 Santander Silgado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev is hoping to fight in the first quarter of 2013 at MSG, and is targeting a showdown with Eddie Chambers.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (15-131-131)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. Eric Fields (UNR)
Hernandez will step down the ladder a bit after needing a lot of help to get by Troy Ross, as he will fight the rather inactive prospect Eric Fields, who hasn’t fought anyone of consequence in about 18 months.
3) Troy Ross (15-15-47)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.
4) Steve Cunningham (15-445-445)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L*(SD12) vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham easily outboxed Adamek, but was blatantly robbed not far from his own hometown.  He now must schedule a cruiserweight fight by February 4 or he will be removed from the 200 lb. rankings.  He’s got a shiny new heavyweight ranking for his trouble, though.
5) Ola Afolabi (8-198-198)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
There were reports that Huck-Afolabi III would hit Germany on March 2, but Sauerland says that’s absolutely false.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8-392-392)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. HW #19 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Slowed negotiations have led to a new date of 2/2 for Wlodarczyk-Mormeck.
7) Firat Arslan (8-33-76)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
A bizarre twist in Arslan’s schedule, as he signed on to save Felix Sturm’s 12/1 show by replacing Ruslan Chagaev as the main support on just 2 days’ notice, but then he mysteriously changed his mind just hours before the bell.
8) Marco Huck (8-316-316)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Afolabi’s notes, above.
9) Lateef Kayode (8-30-110)
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 (7-7-160)
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 couple years ago, there is speculation that Green may retire following his win over Shane Cameron.  Green himself remains non-committal.
11) B.J. Flores (7-131)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores says he’s looking to fight Lebedev or the Huck-Afolabi winner.  I’ll believe it when I see it, as he’s talked about fighting good fighters before recently, only to fight the likes of David McNemar.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (7-215)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
You’ve gotta wonder if Fragomeni might consider calling it a career after now twice failing to conclusively beat 46-year old Branco.
13) Silvio Branco (7-41)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco can still hang with whippersnappers like 43 year-old countryman Fragomeni, but you’ve gotta think his active days are numbered at 46.
14) Mateusz Masternak (7-39)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD12 Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak just put it on cruise control and walked away with a European title belt.
15) Francisco Palacios (7-91)
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 (7-102)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently there are talks underway for Alekseev to fight American fringe contender Garrett Wilson.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (7-7)
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 (9-26)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher snuck in a fight on December 22 that was never on the schedule on Boxrec.  Not that big a deal, anyway. 
19) Enad Licina (9-131)
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 (7-7)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Barbados gatekeeper Shawn Cox- known for stopping Wayne Braithwaite’s comeback and for getting destroyed by Denis Lebedev- gets a soft touch on Friday, against Guyana’s Leon Gilkes- a 6-16 bum.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Oct 29- Nov 4

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by danboxing
Guillermo Jones ducked out of his fight with mid-level journeyman Andres Taylor- scheduled for Saturday in Caracas- with what looks like a highly suspect “injury.”  Jones- who hasn’t fought since he beat the equally unimpressive Michael Marone a year ago next Monday, and who hasn’t fought anyone actually worth fighting in over 2 years- has shown to be totally undeserving of any benefit of the doubt.  That being the case, let me end any potential suspense here and now.  If he doesn’t schedule a cruiserweight fight before the end of the ratings week beginning November 5, he will, in fact, be removed for inactivity- injured or not.

 

In news regarding an actual fight, rising Ukrainian undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher continued his rise on Saturday, knocking the once-formidable Steve Herelius out of the ring midway through the 2nd round.  Herelius couldn’t even get back into the ring before he was counted out.  It’s hard to determine how much credit Kucher should be given for the win.  Herelius owns a win over current #10 Firat Arslan, and was still ranked #15 when he was removed for inactivity back in February.  So clearly this performance means something.  But anytime an aging fighter has been out of the ring for over a year and a half, it is hard to say he is the same guy that fought last time around.  On Boxrec, Herelius evidently lost 55% of his ratings points between fights.  I will follow that lead, except that I feel he was underrated after his last loss, and am thus adjusting for the points a #15 fighter would have had at that point.  The result is that Herelius is accounted as a borderline top-40 gatekeeper.

 

Later that night in Brooklyn, Colombian undefeated prospect Santander Silgado recycled Joell Godfrey (whom he beat in his previous fight) and won by a similarly solid decision, with the average of the three cards coming out to 79-73 in his favor.  Godfrey was a short notice replacement for Utah journeyman Gary Gomez.

 

Finally, Eric Fields (who was briefly a ranked fighter here) continued his recent trend of fighting poor opposition by taking on 4-4 novice Kevin Franklin in Verona, New York.  With an opponent that weak, anything short of a 1st round knockout would have to be considered a disappointing result.  Unfortunately for Fields, he failed to get his guy out of there, though he did win 17 of a possible 18 rounds across the three cards.

 

Kucher’s win bumps him up a spot to #18, transplanting Enad Licina, who hasn’t beaten anybody particularly impressive in nearly 4 years.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (7-143-143)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight with Guillermo Jones appears to be off indefinitely.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (7-123-123)
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 (7-7-39)
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 (7-437-437)
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) Marco Huck (7-308-308)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. #10 Firat Arslan
Huck will fight Arslan next in early November.
6) Ola Afolabi (7-190-190)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
One of the alphabets has mandated that Huck fight Afolabi next if he gets past Arslan.  Huck clearly has never wanted that rematch, though, and appears to have a good chance to fight a Klitschko, instead.
7) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (7-384-384)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a fight with former Champ Jean-Marc Mormeck, but Wlodarczyk’s team is dismissing these rumors.
8) Lateef Kayode (7-22-102)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
With no mention of Kayode’s rumored fight with Drozd being made in a while, the latest news is that Kayode might be trying to move up to fight Seth Mitchell.
9) Guillermo Jones (7-109-109)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones pulled out of his already ridiculous match with Andres Taylor due to a highly suspect and undefined injury.  He will be removed for inactivity if he fails to schedule a fight before my November 12 update comes due.
10) Firat Arslan (7-25-68)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. #5 Marco Huck
Long-since slated for a November rematch with Alekseev, Arslan was the subject of a surprise announcement that he would instead fight Marco Huck.
11) Danny Green (7-152)
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.
12) B.J. Flores (7-123)
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.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (6-207)
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 (6-33)
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 (6-31)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak appears set to fight for the European title technically held by Alekseev next.
16) Francisco Palacios (6-83)
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.
17) Alexander Alekseev (7-94)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dmitro Kucher (1-18)
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 (1-123)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Licina, inactive since his loss to Alekseev, appears to have a fight scheduled for November 10 in Koblenz, Germany.  No opponent has been announced.
20) Danie Venter (6-6)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- TKO4 Zack Mwekassa (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Thabiso Mchunu (UNR)
Venter has established himself as clearly the best South African cruiserweight, and will fight for what amounts to that country’s undisputed championship in the Super 8 Tournament finals in November.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: A pretty great matchup in Halle, Germany, as #5 Marco Huck takes on the resurgent #10 Firat Arslan.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Oct 22-28

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by danboxing
Nothing going on at the 200 pound limit this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (6-142-142)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight with Guillermo Jones appears to be off, with Jones now looking to fight journeyman Andres Taylor instead.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (6-122-122)
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 (6-6-38)
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 (6-436-436)
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) Marco Huck (6-307-307)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. #10 Firat Arslan
Huck will fight Arslan next in early November.
6) Ola Afolabi (6-189-189)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (6-383-383)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a fight with former Champ Jean-Marc Mormeck, but Wlodarczyk’s team is dismissing these rumors.
8) Lateef Kayode (6-21-101)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
With no mention of Kayode’s rumored fight with Drozd being made in a while, the latest news is that Kayode might be trying to move up to fight Seth Mitchell.
9) Guillermo Jones (6-108-108)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Andres Taylor (UNR)
Jones has gone from the division’s #1 Contender Lebedev to mere journeyman Andres Taylor for his next fight.  Quite a drop-off.
10) Firat Arslan (6-24-67)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. #5 Marco Huck
Long-since slated for a November rematch with Alekseev, Arslan was the subject of a surprise announcement that he would instead fight Marco Huck.
11) Danny Green (6-151)
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.
12) B.J. Flores (6-122)
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.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (5-206)
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 (5-32)
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 (5-30)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak appears set to fight for the European title technically held by Alekseev next.
16) Francisco Palacios (5-82)
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.
17) Alexander Alekseev (6-93)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Enad Licina (6-122)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dmitro Kucher (6-17)
Last Fight: 8/19/2012- TKO5 Geoffrey Battelo (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Steve Herelius (UNR)
Kucher will be fighting in Kiev on October 27 for some alphabet regional color-coded belt.  His opponent will be a bit of a blast from the past.  Steve Herelius- who stopped current #10 Firat Arslan before getting stopped by current #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez and going inactive for 20 months.
20) Danie Venter (5-5)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- TKO4 Zack Mwekassa (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Thabiso Mchunu (UNR)
Venter has established himself as clearly the best South African cruiserweight, and will fight for what amounts to that country’s undisputed championship in the Super 8 Tournament finals in November.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Four significant fights this Saturday:

 

In Caracas, Venezuela, #9 Guillermo Jones fights journeyman Andres Taylor- a far cry from Jones’ original opponent for the same date, #1 Denis Lebedev.

 

In Kiev, #19 Dmitro Kucher takes on Steve Herelius, who was my #15 contender as recently as February, when he was removed for inactivity.  He has not fought since.  This could be an interesting test for Kucher, though it may be hard to determine just how much ability Herelius lost during his 20-month hiatus.

 

In Brooklyn, undefeated Colombian prospect Santander Silgado battles inactive Utah journeyman Gary Gomez in an 8-rounder.

 

And across the Empire State in Verona, NY, Oklahoma prospect Eric Fields takes on complete novice Kevin Franklin in a 6-round affair.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Aug 20-26

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2012 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Krzysztof Glowacki of Poland scored the best win of his career by far when, on Saturday in his home country, he stopped Mexican gatekeeper Felipe Romero in 6 rounds.  This is four rounds quicker than rising countryman Mateusz Masternak was able to dispatch Romero- who now slips to journeyman status- earlier this year.

 

On Sunday in Kiev, local prospect Dmitro Kucher stopped journeyman Geoffrey Battelo in round 5 of what turned out to be nominally a heavyweight fight.  No surprise in the outcome, as Battelo was little more than a stay-busy/showcase opponent.

 

Glowacki has moved himself to the level of fringe contender, but in a very fluid and competitive top 25, he stalls at the tier just below the top 20.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-113-113)
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 (29-133-133)
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 (12-427-427)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Cunningham will make his heavyweight debut on the Adamek-Walker undercard against veteran Jason Gavern.  He’ll retain a ranking here until he’s either been away from cruiser for a year, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for after that date.
4) Marco Huck (12-298-298)
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 (12-180-180)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (12-374-374)
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 (9-12-92)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode originally was angling for a fight with Roy Jones, but now appears to be in discussions to fight Grigory Drozd in Siberia.
8) Guillermo Jones (9-99-99)
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 (9-15-58)
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 (9-9-142)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (9-113)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/14/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Flores for some reason postponed his scheduled return until the 14th.
12) Francisco Palacios (9-73)
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 (9-197)
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 (9-23)
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 (9-21)
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 (9-84)
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 (9-113)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dmitro Kucher (8-8)
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 (8-8)
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 (8-29)
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: Nothing going on this week.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Aug 13-19

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2012 by danboxing
Undefeated Chicago prospect Cedric Agnew- who may project more as a light heavyweight in the immediate future- was in action at cruiser this week, winning a majority decision over fading trial horse Zack Page on Thursday in just a 6-rounder.

 

On Saturday, Ukrainian fringe prospect Anatoliy Dudchenko pitched an 8-round shutout against journeyman Alfredo Contreras in Studio City, California.  Across the country in New York state, Colombian undefeated prospect Santander Silgado did almost as well against journeyman Joell Godfrey, losing just 2 rounds total on the 3 scorecards.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-112-112)
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 (28-132-132)
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 (11-426-426)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Cunningham will make his heavyweight debut on the Adamek-Walker undercard against veteran Jason Gavern.  He’ll retain a ranking here until he’s either been away from cruiser for a year, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for after that date.
4) Marco Huck (11-297-297)
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 (11-179-179)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (11-373-373)
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 (8-11-91)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode originally was angling for a fight with Roy Jones, but now appears to be in discussions to fight Grigory Drozd in Siberia.
8) Guillermo Jones (8-98-98)
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 (8-14-57)
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 (8-8-141)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (8-112)
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 (8-72)
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 (8-196)
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 (8-22)
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 (8-20)
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 (8-83)
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 (8-112)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Dmitro Kucher (7-7)
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 (7-7)
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 (7-28)
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: In one of many Polish towns that I wouldn’t even try to pronounce or spell, undefeated prospect Krzyzstof Glowacki of that nation will fight Mexican gatekeeper Felipe Romero.  This will be Glowacki’s toughest test to date by leaps and bounds.  That’s on Saturday.

 

The following night in Kiev, #18 Dmitro Kucher takes on average journeyman Geoffrey Battelo.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by danboxing
There were three fights worth mentioning this week, each of them of real significance.  The highest profile was clearly faded legend Roy Jones, Jr.’s fight with undefeated Pole Pawel Glazewski on Saturday in Poland.  Reasonable scores for the fight could range between 96-93 Glazewski and 99-90 Glazewski.  But as is so often the case these days, we saw a sick sick robbery.  In fact, not one of the clowns/judges assigned to ruin the fight managed to get the score in a non-ridiculous range.  Hungarian judge Bela Florian at least had the winner right, with a 95-94 score in favor of Glazewski.  Germany’s Juergen Langos- who achieved infamy recently by blatantly robbing Firat Arslan of a win over Alexander Alekseev, all while counting Alekseev among his facebook friends- shamelessly scored it 96-94 Jones.  That means he completely and inexcusably botched no fewer than 3 rounds in a 10 round fight.  Montenegro’s Predrag Aleksic completed the atrocity by scoring it 96-93- essentially the same score as Langos, except that he apparently gave Jones a round that Langos scored even.

 

Obviously Aleksic needs to have a sit-down with the commission, at the very least.  How Langos could still be working fights after the awful job he did coupled with his totally unhidden bias in the Arslan fight is beyond me, and at this point he needs to be given a lengthy suspension or be outright banned, as he is a total and persistent disgrace to the sport.  Perhaps Florian missed a round due to a bad angle or something, so I’ll give him a pass since this is the first scoring problem I’m aware of for him.  This was a win for Glazewski, and that’s how I’m treating it here.

 

Earlier in the week, William Fernando Souza Bezerra of Brazil improved to 31-0 with a 6th round TKO of domestic gatekeeper Manoel Rodrigues de Souza on Thursday.  This was the  best opponent of the knockout artist’s career, and it extends a remarkable string of 31 consecutive opponents that failed to go the distance with the talented South American prospect to begin his career.  Rodrigues de Souza was down twice prior to the stoppage.

 

One day earlier still, Ukranian undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher knocked out Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz in just 3 rounds in Kiev, also dropping his man twice in the process. 

 

With these three fights, the fringe contender level of the division was injected with a refreshing amount of new blood, vampirically speaking.  Souza Bezerra’s win was nice, and would have earned him a ranking had it come a weak earlier.  His colleagues have foiled him with their own strong performances, however.  Kucher’s win, I think, is marginally the strongest of the three.  Crenz obviously doesn’t have the name or probably the ability- even at this point- of Roy Jones.  But the two aren’t too far apart in terms of their recent results.  What sets the Crenz win apart just a bit is the fact that Crenz is a full-sized cruiserweight more or less, while both Jones and Glazewski are probably in optimal fighting condition somewhere between 175 and 180 at this point.  The fight was contested in the low-180s, too.  Glazewski probably doesn’t intend to contend seriously at cruiserweight for years yet, if at all.

 

The result: Kucher checks in at #18.  #17 Enad Licina has lost 3 straight signficant fights, but he’s still beaten better fighters than Crenz, and has never lost to anyone at Crenz’ level, either.  Glazewski ends up just behind Kucher.  Troy Ross is displaced to #20 by the two young guns since, although he has three decent wins on his resume, hasn’t done any significant winning in a few years.  Last week’s #19 Grigory Drozd exits the rankings after 20 weeks, as does Zack Mwekassa after just 1.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-106-106)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hernandez broke his hand against Cunningham.  That would explain the lack of news about his next fight. 
2) Denis Lebedev (22-126-126)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev-Mormeck appears to be off.  Reporting on the subject has been virtually non-existent, so I can’t readily say why exactly.  But it appears that Lebedev may be fighting Guillermo Jones, instead.  WBA purse bid scheduled for July 19.
3) Steve Cunningham (5-420-420)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham said recently that although he would consider fighting Kayode in the event he beat Tarver (the fight ultimately ended in a draw), he doesn’t believe there are any other big fights available for him at Cruiser.  He is therefore likely to move up to heavyweight.
4) Marco Huck (5-291-291)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
A summary of where Huck is at: Afolabi understandably wants a third fight with him- this time in the UK.  Huck wants a rematch with Povetkin.  Meanwhile, Huck is laying the groundwork for hyping a potential fight with Alekseev following the Russian’s poor performance against Arslan, and also for a shot at Vitali.
5) Ola Afolabi (5-173-173)
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 (5-367-367)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
It was reported that Wlodarczyk would re-match Francisco Palacios on September 22, but evidently Wlodarczyk hasn’t signed the contract, despite Palacios being his mandatory.  Wlodarczyk has been remarkably quiet when the subject turns to Palacios, who appeared to have narrowly beat him in an awful fight in 2011.
7) Lateef Kayode (2-5-85)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Steroids or no steroids, Tarver didn’t look like a world-beater against Kayode, and Kayode’s performance down the stretch is still a cause for concern to his fans.
8) Guillermo Jones (2-92-92)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reading news and googling Jones’ name, it appears that the Joell Godfrey fight is off, but nobody ever seems to have actually reported that fact.  The fight simply disappeared.  Jones has been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Denis Lebedev, with purse bids scheduled for July 19.
9) Firat Arslan (2-8-51)
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 (2-2-135)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR) (at LHW)
Green is dropping down in weight in hopes of luring the much-smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.
11) B.J. Flores (2-106)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores is chasing a fight with Kayode that failed to materialize last year.
12) Francisco Palacios (2-66)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #6 Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-190)
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 (2-16)
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 (2-14)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alexander Alekseev (2-77)
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 (2-106)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Dmitro Kucher (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Pawel Glazewski (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easily beat Roy Jones, Jr., but was robbed in his own country.
20) Troy Ross (1-22)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  No fights to report this week.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2012 by danboxing
#20 Grigory Drozd beat up Brazilian journeyman Fabio Garrido in Moscow, causing the underdog’s corner to throw in the towel after the first round.  Antonio Tarver tested positive for steroid use involved in his recent draw with Lateef Kayode.  It’s tricky figuring out how to handle this. 

 

I could go into a long explanation of my reasoning, but suffice it to say that a positive PED test, on my blog, will always cause the removal of the fighter from the rankings.  If and when he returns to action, he will be treated as if he had been removed for inactivity.  As for Kayode, I have decided that he and all similarly situated fighters in the future, will not receive any specific benefit from his opponents positive test- except that their rating will never be harmed by a performance against a cheating fighter.  This doesn’t apply in this case, since Kayode’s ranking was actually improved by his draw. 

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (21-105-105)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hernandez broke his hand against Cunningham.  That would explain the lack of news about his next fight. 
2) Denis Lebedev (21-125-125)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev-Mormeck appears to be off.  Reporting on the subject has been virtually non-existent, so I can’t readily say why exactly.  But it appears that Lebedev may be fighting Guillermo Jones, instead.  WBA purse bid scheduled for June 29.
3) Steve Cunningham (4-419-419)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham said recently that although he would consider fighting Kayode in the event he beat Tarver (the fight ultimately ended in a draw), he doesn’t believe there are any other big fights available for him at Cruiser.  He is therefore likely to move up to heavyweight.
4) Marco Huck (4-290-290)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
A summary of where Huck is at: Afolabi understandably wants a third fight with him- this time in the UK.  Huck wants a rematch with Povetkin.  Meanwhile, Huck is laying the groundwork for hyping a potential fight with Alekseev following the Russian’s poor performance against Arslan, and also for a shot at Vitali.
5) Ola Afolabi (4-172-172)
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 (4-366-366)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #12 Francisco Palacios
The Palacios rematch is reportedly done for September 22 in Wroclaw, Poland.
7) Lateef Kayode (1-4-84)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Steroids or no steroids, Tarver didn’t look like a world-beater against Kayode, and Kayode’s performance down the stretch is still a cause for concern to his fans.
8) Guillermo Jones (1-91-91)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reading news and googling Jones’ name, it appears that the Joell Godfrey fight is off, but nobody ever seems to have actually reported that fact.  The fight simply disappeared.  Jones has been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Denis Lebedev, with purse bids scheduled for June 29.
9) Firat Arslan (1-7-50)
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 (1-1-134)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR) (at LHW)
Green is dropping down in weight in hopes of luring the much-smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.
11) B.J. Flores (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores is chasing a fight with Kayode that failed to materialize last year.
12) Francisco Palacios (1-65)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #6 Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-189)
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 (1-15)
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 (1-13)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alexander Alekseev (1-76)
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 (1-105)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (1-21)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Grigory Drozd (1-20)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Zack Mwekassa (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO1 Tshepang Mohale (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. Danie Venter (UNR)
Mwekassa is currently engaged in a very worthwhile African cruiserweight tournament, and is generally considered the favorite since the withdrawal of Ran Nakash.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Three fights to mention this week:
Wednesday: In Kiev, local undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher takes on Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz.

 

Thursday: Brazilian undefeated knockout artist William Fernando Souza Bezerra takes on by far the best opponent of his career in domestic gatekeeper Manoel Rodrigues de Souza in Sao Paolo.

 

Saturday: Badly faded legend Roy Jones, Jr. tries to prove he has something- anything- left when he travels to his opponent’s backyard of Lodz, Poland.  That opponent is undefeated fringe contender Pawel Glazewski.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Apr 30- May 6

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by danboxing
Friday in Kiev, local undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher knocked out Argentine journeyman Walter Cabral in 2.  A couple nights later in Donetsk (which is essentially across the Ukraine from Kiev), another unbeaten- Georgian Iago Kiladze- earned the exact same result against a possibly somewhat better journeyman in France’s Julien Perriaux.
 

There was also supposed to be a South American and Brazilian title fight on Sunday between the undefeated William Fernando Souza Bezerra and journeyman Fernando de Olivera, but the bout is still listed as pending on Boxrec, and I can find absolutely no evidence online that it actually happened.  Souza Bezerra was also originally scheduled to fight last weekend.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (13-97-97)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (13-117-117)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The deal isn’t done yet, but contingent upon a final agreement, Lebedev and Mormeck have chosen a date and location for their prospective fight: June 29 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (13-41-41)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (13-282-282)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (13-411-411)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (22-358-358)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (22-164-164)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #4 Marco Huck (UNR)
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (22-83-83)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (41-126-126)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (7-7-97)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (7-57)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (7-68)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (7-76)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (7-181)
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 Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (7-7)
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.
16) Mateusz Masternak (5-5)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak beat the best opponent of his career in Romero, and did so convincingly.
17) Enad Licina (5-97)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (5-13)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (5-42)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (5-12)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Cesar Crenz (UNR)
After a scheduled matchup with washed-up William Joppy thankfully fell through, Drozd is now scheduled for an interesting matchup with fringe contender Cesar Crenz of Argentina in early June.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Saturday in Erfurt, Germany, #4 Marco Huck battles #7 Ola Afolabi in the rematch of their close fight from late 2009.  Apparently this one isn’t going to be visible even on Epix, despite being part of a big-time German card.

 

Cruiserweight: 2012, Apr 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by danboxing
On the Sartison-Balzsay undercard Saturday in Schwerin, undefeated Russian prospect and top 25 contender Rakhim Chakhkiev saw action against short-notice opponent Jaidon Codrington.  Codrington is best known for his fight of the year candidate in a losing effort against Sakio Bika in the 2007 Super Middleweight Contender finale.  Codrington had fought just twice since then, and had been inactive for over 18 months coming in to this fight.  He was also more than 25 pounds lighter for the Bika fight.  It showed.  Codrington was sluggish and had the look of an opponent all over his face.  He went away very quickly, taking the 10 count on one knee following a body shot from Chakhkiev- the second knockdown of the first round.  I don’t want to take anything away from Chakhkiev.  His body attack was truly impressive.  But Codrington at 195.5 pounds is not a legit challenge, and that was obvious.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (12-96-96)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (12-116-116)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The deal isn’t done yet, but contingent upon a final agreement, Lebedev and Mormeck have chosen a date and location for their prospective fight: June 29 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (12-40-40)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (12-281-281)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (12-410-410)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (21-357-357)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (21-163-163)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #4 Marco Huck (UNR)
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (21-82-82)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (40-125-125)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (6-6-96)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (6-56)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (6-67)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (6-75)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (6-180)
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 Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (6-6)
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.
16) Mateusz Masternak (4-4)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak beat the best opponent of his career in Romero, and did so convincingly.
17) Enad Licina (4-96)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (4-12)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (4-41)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (4-11)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Cesar Crenz (UNR)
After a scheduled matchup with washed-up William Joppy thankfully fell through, Drozd is now scheduled for an interesting matchup with fringe contender Cesar Crenz of Argentina in early June.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Friday: Undefeated local prospect Dmitro Kucher takes on Argentine journeyman Walter Cabral in Kiev.

 

Sunday: From Donetsk, Ukraine, Georgian prospect Iago Kiladze battles French journeyman Julien Perriaux.  Later that night in Sao Paolo, undefeated local product William Fernando Souza Bezerra (I’m sure there’s a shorter way to render his name, but until I see him on TV I have to go with what is on boxrec) fights journeyman Fernando De Oliveira for the Brazilian and South American titles.