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Cruiserweight: 2014, Apr 7-13

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2014 by danboxing
Nothing of note to report on at cruiserweight last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (37-218-218)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/25/2014- vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Reports of a done deal for April 19 were premature…the real date for Lebedev-Jones II will be April 25, in Moscow.
2) Marco Huck (11-383-383)
Last Fight:1/25/2014- TKO6 #5 Firat Arslan
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck fractured his thumb in training, and his fight with Mirko Larghetti is off.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (11-198-198)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s fight with Kolodziej- originally postponed- has now been cancelled due to an illness to Hernandez.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (30-459-459)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk probably won’t return until the fall, with Huck and Adamek being discussed as options.
5) Thabiso Mchunu (11-36-74)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD10 Olanrewaju Durodola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Firat Arslan (11-100-143)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #3 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Having visibly regressed since his excellent first effort against Huck, it might be time for the 43 year-old Arslan to consider retirement.
7) Grigory Drozd (20-27-74)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 Jeremy Ouanna (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Drozd made quick work of Ouanna, and will hopefully get a short at a top contender soon.
8) Ola Afolabi (20-265-265)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
An alphabet eliminator has been ordered between Afolabi and unbeaten but unproven Italian prospect Mirko Larghetti.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (20-30-282)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
I really hope that Fragomeni will call it a career.  
10) Silvio Branco (20-20-108)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco says that Chakhkiev lowered their monetary offer at the last minute, and that is why the fight didn’t come off.  He’s saying now that he may soon announce his retirement if he doesn’t get a good fight offer soon.
11) Ilunga Makabu (20-39)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO2 Ruben Angel Mino (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu will no doubt look for a big fight after his last one was changed into a stay-busy outing without his consent.
12) Santander Silgado (18-23)
Last Fight: 11/1/2013- TKO2 #20 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Silgado was slammed by his own (now former) manager after he declined an arranged fight with Thabiso Mchunu.
13) Mateusz Masternak (18-106)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- KO4 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Gogita Gorgiladze (UNR)
Masternak will be back on April 12 at Esbjerg, Denmark against generic opponent Gogita Gorgiladze of Georgia.
14) Lukasz Janik (18-23)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Janik would like a well-deserved rematch with Afolabi.
15) Nuri Seferi (16-16)
Last Fight: 12/20/2013- W (DQ7*) vs. Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/11/2014- vs. Gusmyr Perdomo (UNR)
Seferi will now fight on April 11 in Berlin against former super middleweight and light heavyweight fringe contender Gusmyr Perdomo of Venezuela.
16) Danie Venter (11-30)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Dmytro Kucher (11-93)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Tony Conquest (7-7)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- UD12 Daniel Ammann (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Ovill McKenzie (UNR)
Conquest is set to fight in London on April 12 against Ovill McKenzie, who takes the fight on just 2 weeks notice after the original opponent, Carl Dilks, was deemed too light a challenge for the Commonwealth title.  It’s rare to see a major upgrade on short notice, but that’s definitely the case here.
19) Krzysztof Glowacki (7-37)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glowacki is the top contender for the title held by Huck, but might never get that exact shot, since Huck is making noise about moving up.
20) Yunier Dorticos (6-6)
Last Fight: 2/28/2014- KO1 Hamilton Ventura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dorticos- after making one step up recently- is shooting for the stars.  He says he wants either Wlodarczyk or the winner of Jones-Lebedev next.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: 
Wednesday
Brad Pitt vs. David Aloua; Newcastle, Australia; Main Event (Australia)
Pitt is a fairly impressive undefeated prospect from down under who has been known to knock out pretty solid fighters at the top of at least the domestic level.  On the other hand, he’s spent less than one round in the ring since 2012, so there’s bound to be some rust there.  As for Aloua, he’s technically a one-loss Kiwi prospect, having lost a wide decision to gatekeeper Daniel Ammann in early 2013- a guy Pitt had already scored an early knockout against.  But it’s a little worse than that.  He took a split decision victory from gatekeeper Anthony McCracken in 2012, despite clearly losing at least 7 of the 10 rounds.  It’s hard to see him as a top 50 fighter, even though Boxrec has him ranked there, and I see nothing on his record that would suggest he can trouble Pitt much.

 

Friday
#15 Nuri Seferi vs. Gusmyr Perdomo; Berlin, Germany; Eurosport
Seferi is a late-blooming fringe contender who is coming off a controversy-laden DQ win over Steve Herelius in a fight that was even going into the final round before referee Holger Wiemann pulled the plug for little or no reason.  Seferi was easily winning that round, so I credit the Albanian with a narrow victory.  Even so, his place in the rankings is debatable.  He faces Gusmyr Perdomo, a Venezuelan perhaps best remembered as a knockout victim of a pre-Super Six version of Mikkel Kessler.  Perdomo does have some decent wins sprinkled into his record, and you could make the case that he remains gatekeeper material, but he has been in the ring only 5 times in the last 5 years, and 3 of those have been against no-hope opponents.  Also, he’s probably a natural light heavyweight at most currently, and had never fought above 179 pounds until ballooning up to 215 for his last fight.  Advantage Seferi, though if Perdomo can avoid rust and carry the extra weight, he might make it interesting.

 

Saturday
Enad Licina vs. TBA; Bonn, Germany; Off TV
Licina hasn’t beaten anybody worth fighting in over five years, but he hasn’t really don’t anything to prove he’s definitely anything less than a top 20 fighter, either.  I doubt his opponent Saturday will turn out to be anyone who can shed light on that topic one way or another, so it’s just another no doubt modest paycheck for the former fringe contender.

 

#13 Mateusz Masternak vs. Stjepan Vugdelija; Esbjerg, Denmark; BoxNation (UK)
Masternak is still at the drawing board after his crushing loss to Drozd in October.  He’s taking on an inexperienced and low-level Croatian journeyman in Vugdelija, and a guy who has faced only two opponents with any pulse- Ismail Abdoul and Mirko Larghetti- and lost clear decisions both times.  If nothing else, he might give the Pole some needed rounds.  I’m actually not entirely sure if this is scheduled to make the TV card or not.

 

#18 Tony Conquest vs. Ovill McKenzie; London, England; BoxNation (UK)
Conquest is a ranked contender, but a vulnerable guy.  He showed classy boxing skill aplenty in basically dominating the more rugged Daniel Ammann for the Commonwealth title back in February, but his KO loss to the only moderately powerful Neil Dawson indicates he might not be able to hang with real heavy hitters for long.  McKenzie has shown some pop, but he’s not a prolific knockout artist by any means.  Still, he’s a solid gatekeeper, and so I make Conquest only a slight favorite, even though McKenzie is making the big jump up from 175.  Working against McKenzie perhaps more than anything is that he’s coming in on only two weeks notice, and so he’s had very little time to put on the kind of muscle he’d need to be anything but a blown up light heavyweight.

Cruiserweight: 2014, Jan 27- Feb 2

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2014 by danboxing
It was a pretty worthwhile week in the division, with 3 of the top 6 fighters in action across two fights.  

 

Leading off on Friday in Atlantic City, ridiculously promising #6 contender Thabiso Mchunu got maybe a tougher-than-expected night against Olanrewaju Durodola, a less advanced one-loss prospect and former Nigerian Olympian who has achieved to roughly gatekeeper level.  Durodola was the more active of the two fighters, but this advantage was largely nullified by his painfully slow hands.  Mchunu still showed off his impressive countering skills, but was nowhere near as sharp as he was against Eddie Chambers.  He also looked significantly less muscular, but I suppose it’s possible that it can be attributed to the visible contrast between the physiques of the slightly soft Chambers and the Adonis-like Durodola standing opposite him.  Half of the fight was composed of toss-up rounds, and so while I had it fairly wide for Mchunu at 97-92, it actually could conceivably have gone either way.  That being said, the judges all had it within one round of my own score, with Hilton Whitaker agreeing with my score.  It wasn’t exactly an impressive follow-up to the Chambers win, but Mchunu got the job done.

 

The following night in Stuttgart, Marco Huck got his revenge on a second straight opponent that either arguably or clearly beat him in a previous fight.  #5 Firat Arslan had been heinously robbed against Huck in a November 2012 fight in which Huck only arguably won any rounds at all, though he may have done as well as a draw if you’re being really generous.  Huck delayed the rematch long enough for Arslan to get old.  At 43, he couldn’t nearly sustain the pressure that he applied for almost the entirety of the first fight.  He did have success early this time around, giving himself at least an argument to win each of the first 3 rounds, of which I awarded him two.  But this time, Arslan began to slowly fade in the 4th, and by the 6th he had been broken down, going down twice en route to a necessary stoppage by referee Mark Nelson.

 

While the Durodola win might theoretically be enough to get a fighter ranked in the top 20 by itself in a shallow division, it’s little more than a stay busy fight for an established contender like Mchunu.  Even so, with Arslan’s loss essentially cancelling out what I always treated as his best win against Huck, Mchunu’s ledger compares favorably to the 43 year-old German, and thus the two switch places with Mchunu at 5 and Arslan at 6.  As for Huck, he has just one undeserved win yet to avenge- the 2010 robbery win against Lebedev.  Even though Lebedev’s opposition has been far inferior to Huck’s since then, he’s managed to at least hold serve against everyone except Guillermo Jones, in a fight which is not being factored in because of Jones’ PED test.  Lebedev’s performance is for all intents and purposes the best win on either man’s resume, and obviously the head-to-head factor is an issue, as well.  I must say it is a close call, but I feel the need to continue ranking Lebedev at #1 and Huck at #2.  A rematch would crown a legit champion.

 

In another minor shakeup, Victor Ramirez falls from the rankings, since his best win- over Alekseev- is now over 5 years old.  This actually became the case last week and I missed it.  As a result, I will treat it as if I had caught it then in terms of counting ranked weeks, but I won’t actually edit the prior post.  Last week and this week’s new #19 is Glowacki, and Rakhim Chakhkiev fills the void at #20.

 

Finally, in a similar move that actually belongs in this week’s update, #16 Enad Licina is removed over the fact that his last worthwhile win was now over 5 years ago.  This allows Venter, Kucher, Glowacki, and Chakhkiev to advance one place each, and makes room for Garrett Wilson to once again dubiously return at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (27-208-208)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Lebedev-Jones II will soon be announced for an April date.
2) Marco Huck (1-373-373)
Last Fight:1/25/2014- TKO6 #5 Firat Arslan
Next Fight: Unknown
For Huck, it’s been all about redemption of late, with two results that were, at best, inconclusive being put to rest with clear wins against Afolabi and now Arslan.  I suppose I’m dreaming when I hope that a Lebedev rematch might not be far behind.  The top two contenders for Huck’s alphabet belt, Arslan aside, are Krzysztof Glowacki and, ridiculously, Vikapita Meroro.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (1-188-188)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Pawel Kolodziej (UNR)
Hernandez’s March 8 opponent is Pawel Kolodziej, an undefeated Polish prospect who would probably have been ranked here frequently if he ever bothered to make 200.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (20-449-449)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk had a relatively easy time in his third fight with Fragomeni, and is interested in Huck, Hernandez, Afolabi, Drozd, and Chakhkiev for his next fight.  More recently, he’s being openly pursued by Mchunu.
5) Thabiso Mchunu (1-26-64)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD10 Olanrewaju Durodola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
6) Firat Arslan (1-90-133)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #3 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Having visibly regressed since his excellent first effort against Huck, it might be time for the 43 year-old Arslan to consider retirement.
7) Grigory Drozd (10-17-64)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO11 #13 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Jeremy Ouanna (UNR)
Drozd will defend his European title in March against solid French journeyman Jeremy Ouanna, though Wlodarczyk’s team seems to think they might get Drozd in their next fight.
8) Ola Afolabi (10-255-255)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
An alphabet eliminator has been ordered between Afolabi and unbeaten but unproven Italian prospect Mirko Larghetti.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (10-20-272)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
I really hope that Fragomeni will call it a career.  
10) Silvio Branco (10-10-98)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco has been tabbed by the WBC to fight Chakhkiev for some silly color coded title belt, with January 3 the deadline to avoid purse bids.
11) Ilunga Makabu (10-29)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Ruben Angel Mino (UNR)
Nathan Cleverly withdrew with what his promoter calls a minor injury, leaving Makabu with a mere stay-busy outing on February 1.
12) Santander Silgado (8-13)
Last Fight: 11/1/2013- TKO2 #20 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Silgado is being slammed by his own manager after he declined an arranged fight with Thabiso Mchunu.
13) Mateusz Masternak (8-96)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO11) vs. #16 Grigory Drozd
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Polish news reports have Masternak returning on February 1 against Georgian journeyman Siproshvili.
14) Lukasz Janik (8-13)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Janik would like a well-deserved rematch with Afolabi.
15) Nuri Seferi (6-6)
Last Fight: 12/20/2013- W (DQ7*) vs. Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/11/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Seferi will be among the headliners- against an unknown opponent- on April 11 on a show billed, a bit oddly, as “Evil Fight Night” in Hamburg.
16) Danie Venter (1-20)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
17) Dmytro Kucher (1-83)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Krzysztof Glowacki (1-27)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glowacki is seriously interested in fighting Francisco Palacios. 
19) Rakhim Chakhkiev (1-2)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- KO10 Giulian Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Garrett Wilson (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD10) vs. #18 HW Vyacheslav Glazkov (at HW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wilson was originally scheduled to fight Mchunu instead of Durodola.  His tenuous foothold in the rankings may be short-lived, as his last fight at or below 200 was on February 22, which means he could be removed for that reason in less than a month.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: 
Friday
Victor Ramirez vs. Danny Santiago; Mar del Plata, Argentina; TyC Sports (Argentina)
In the week’s mismatch #1, Ramirez continues to stay very busy against 40 year-old journeyman Santiago, who is about 7 years past his very mediocre peak.  

 

Saturday
#11 Ilunga Makabu vs. Ruben Angel Mino; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Main Event (Australia)
This was supposed to be a pretty momentous fight, back when it was set to be contested between Makabu and light heavyweight contender Nathan Cleverly.  Unfortunately, Cleverly withdrew, and it became this week’s mismatch #2.  In fairness, Mino is undefeated and all his fights have ended in stoppages.  On the other hand, he’s 39 years old, and the best opponent he’s beaten is currently 10-8 and a very low-level journeyman.

 

#13 Mateusz Masternak vs. Sandro Siproshvili; Fredrikshavn, Denmark; 3+ (Denmark)
In mismatch #3, Georgian Siproshvili plays sacrificial lamb to #13 Masternak’s comeback push.  He’s been a low-to-mid level journeyman over his entire career, essentially, while Masternak is certainly safe at even 2 or 3 levels above his opponent.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Sep 30 – Oct 6

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 12, 2013 by danboxing
A quick note before I get started this week:  I missed the fact that Francisco Palacios had gone a year without fighting as of last week, and thus everyone ranked #16 and below last week should have been one spot higher, and while I won’t go back and edit that post, I will pretend from this point forward that I had done it correctly.  Last week’s new #20 was/is Rakhim Chakhkiev.

 

Now to this week’s update.  #15 Enad Licina was in action this past weekend.  He knocked around a low-level journeyman in Levan Jomardashvili, which is no great accomplishment, but in one sense the fight is still significant.  The reason is that he made the 200 pound limit for the first time since last November, and thus assures himself of rankings eligibility beyond November, when he would otherwise have been removed for inactivity at this weight.  He still faces likely removal in January, however, since his last worthwhile win will be 5 years old at that point.  

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (10-191-191)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After originally talking about a return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard that never materialized, Lebedev has parted with his long-time promoter.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (55-171-171)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev
Hernandez will make his long-awaited return in November or on December 14 in Germany against Alexander Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (3-356-356)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #5 Firat Arslan
Huck-Arslan II has a new date of January 25 after Huck suffered a hand injury.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (3-432-432)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Wlodarczyk will see action in the US for the first time since 2005 on December 6, fighting a trilogy bout with the rapidly aging Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni in Chicago.
5) Firat Arslan (3-73-116)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #3 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.

6) Thabiso Mchunu (3-9-47)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu intends to be back by the end of the year, and says he’ll take on anyone in the division.  I don’t blame him.  I’d pick him to beat anyone.
7) Ola Afolabi (3-238-238)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
If there is to be a Super 4 Cruiserweight tournament in Monaco, it appears it either won’t be on November 2 anymore, or that Afolabi won’t be participating if so, as he is slated for a November 2 fight on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard at Madison Square Garden against Polish prospect Lukasz Janik.
8) Danny Green (3-47-200)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has vacated his alphabet belt, and says essentially that only a really good opportunity would get him back between the ropes at this point.  Still…he stopped short of retiring.
9) B.J. Flores (3-18-171)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores needs to schedule a fight this week to keep his ranking.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (3-3-255)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD8 Toni Visic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
11) Silvio Branco (3-81)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
12) Alexander Alekseev (3-142)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Alekseev gets a shot at Hernandez on December 14, or possibly sometime in November.
13) Mateusz Masternak (3-79)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #16 Grigory Drozd
Masternak-Drozd once again appears set for 10/5 on the Klitsckho-Povetkin undercard after Boxrec had it off the schedule for some reason for a few weeks.
14) Ilunga Makabu (3-12)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu is rumored for a Monaco 4-man tournament in the fall along with Flores and Australian Brad Pitt.
15) Enad Licina (2-171)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- TKO3 Levan Jomardashvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina needs a significant win before January, as his only relevant win in the last 5 years will become older than 5 years at that point, prompting his removal.
16) Grigory Drozd (2-47)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #13 Mateusz Masternak
See Masternak’s notes, above.
17) Danie Venter (2-3)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
18) Dmytro Kucher (2-66)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher would like a rematch with Makabu, and has his sights set on Wlodarczyk down the road, as well.  He expects to be back against someone in November or December.
19) Krzysztof Glowacki (2-10)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD8 Taylor Mabika (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Richard Hall (UNR)
Glowacki is back in October against 41 year-old washed-up former fringe contender Richard Hall in Poland.
20) Rakhim Chakhkiev (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- L (TKO8) vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. Giulian Ilie (UNR)
Chakhkiev fights mid-level Romanian journeyman Giulian Ilie on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard in Moscow this weekend.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Friday in Tapiales, Argentina, local gatekeeper Cesar Crenz gets a 6-rounder against low-level countryman Mariano Diaz.

 

Saturday in Moscow, #13 Mateusz Masternak and #16 Grigory Drozd collide in a high-stakes battle of undefeated up-and-coming Eastern European prospects on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard.

 

On that same card, #20 Rakhim Chakhkiev looks to rebound from his first loss back in June by taking on decent Romanian Giulian Ilie.

 

And wrapping up the week from London, Tony Conquest looks to add a conquest of Spanish-born and London-based one-loss prospect Wadi Camacho to his own one-loss record.  It’s a pick ’em kind of fight.  Camacho may be marginally the more tested, although both men have lost only to fellow prospects.  

Cruiserweight: 2013: Sep 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2013 by danboxing
#20 Danie Venter knocked out Barbados gatekeeper Shawn Cox in the very first round of their fight in Pretoria on Saturday, in the division’s only meaningful action of the week.

 

With the win, Venter grabs a firmer foothold on the rankings, climbing a couple spots to #18, displacing Kucher and Glowacki one spot each.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (9-190-190)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev was winning the fight on points against Jones when his eye ballooned and he faded to a stoppage.  Who’s to say that he wouldn’t have won if Jones had been weakened by making weight the right way (or by not using whatever PEDs he may have been masking with the substance)?  Lebedev is accorded the benefit of the doubt, and will be treated like the fight never happened.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (54-170-170)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev
Hernandez will make his long-awaited return on December 14 in Germany against Alexander Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (2-355-355)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #5 Firat Arslan
Huck-Arslan II has a new date of January 25 after Huck suffered a hand injury.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (2-431-431)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Wlodarczyk will see action in the US for the first time since 2005 on December 6, fighting a trilogy bout with the rapidly aging Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni in Chicago.
5) Firat Arslan (2-72-115)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #3 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.

6) Thabiso Mchunu (2-8-46)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu intends to be back by the end of the year, and says he’ll take on anyone in the division.  I don’t blame him.  I’d pick him to beat anyone.
7) Ola Afolabi (2-237-237)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
If there is to be a Super 4 Cruiserweight tournament in Monaco, it appears it either won’t be on November 2 anymore, or that Afolabi won’t be participating if so, as he is slated for a November 2 fight on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard at Madison Square Garden against Polish prospect Lukasz Janik.
8) Danny Green (2-46-199)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has vacated his alphabet belt, and says essentially that only a really good opportunity would get him back between the ropes at this point.  Still…he stopped short of retiring.
9) B.J. Flores (2-17-170)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has been released from his contract with Don King, and is now rumored for an upcoming Million Dollar tournament in Monaco.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-2-254)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD8 Toni Visic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
11) Silvio Branco (2-80)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
12) Alexander Alekseev (2-141)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Alekseev gets a shot at Hernandez on December 14.
13) Mateusz Masternak (2-78)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #17 Grigory Drozd
Masternak-Drozd once again appears set for 10/5 on the Klitsckho-Povetkin undercard after Boxrec had it off the schedule for some reason for a few weeks.
14) Ilunga Makabu (2-11)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu is rumored for a Monaco 4-man tournament in the fall along with Flores and Australian Brad Pitt.
15) Francisco Palacios (2-130)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(U12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Enad Licina (2-170)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD6 Marko Rupcic (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/27/2013- vs. Levan Jomardashvili (UNR)
Licina will fight on the Aydin-Corley undercard in Istanbul this weekend.  He’s not fighting anyone special, but it could at least buy him another few months in the rankings if he makes 200.
17) Grigory Drozd (2-46)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #13 Mateusz Masternak
See Masternak’s notes, above.
18) Danie Venter (1-2)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
19) Dmytro Kucher (1-65)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher would like a rematch with Makabu, and has his sights set on Wlodarczyk down the road, as well.  He expects to be back against someone in November or December.
20) Krzysztof Glowacki (1-9)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD8 Taylor Mabika (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Richard Hall (UNR)
Glowacki is back in October against 41 year-old washed-up former fringe contender Richard Hall in Poland.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: #16 Enad Licina is back in action on Friday in Istanbul, where he fights low-level journeyman Levan Jomardashvili of Georgia.  If he wins and makes 200, it will buy him a chance to stay in the rankings until his last significant win becomes over a year old in January, instead of the anniversary of his prior last fight at 200, which would see him removed in November.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Jul 29- Aug 4

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2013 by danboxing
This sucks.  The best cruiserweight fight of the year (and best matched, as well) is now essentially wiped out.  Last week’s #1 Guillermo Jones tested positive for Furosemide, a banned drug used to cut weight and also to mask the presence of performance enhancing drugs, for his fight against Denis Lebedev.  Honestly, the Russian mob appeared to be trying to influence the outcome of the fight even while it was going on, as the doctor was physically intimidated out of stopping the fight while Lebedev’s eye ballooned to ridiculous proportions.  For that reason, it wouldn’t shock me if the positive test was bogus.  But I was very clear on how this works when Tarver tested positive for steroids last year.  You test positive for a performance enhancing or weight-cutting drug, you’re out of the rankings.  If you get vindicated later, you’re back in as if nothing happened.  As for Lebedev, the rule is that under no circumstances will a fighter be punished for losing to a fighter who tests positive for these substances.  That makes it easy to decide.  #1 Jones is out, while #4 Lebedev gets a reprieve and is back to #1.  No, I don’t like it either.

 

Enad Licina once again took on a totally unworthy opponent on Saturday in 2-3 Marko Rupcic.  Rupcic was actually a little more in the fight than I expected, for the most part, but he lost every round and went down 4 times in the 6-rounder- once in the 2nd and 4th, and twice in the 6th. 

 

Apparently Cuxhaven isn’t a hotbed of quality officiating, though.  This fight was not easy for the judges to screw up.  Assuming Licina did indeed win every round, the only possible score with 4 knockdowns is 60-50.  One judge had it 60-53, which means he either didn’t give proper credit for the knockdowns, or that he scored each round that didn’t include a knockdown as even.  That’s preposterous.  I wasn’t scoring the fight too closely like normal, but the only round that Rupcic even seemed to sorta hold his own was the 3rd.  Another judge had it 60-49, which means that he scored one of the non-knockdown rounds 10-8, which is equally silly.  As for the ref , he was clearly incompetent, as well.  Each time Rupcic went down, this ref would casually direct Licina to a neutral corner, and then inexplicably begin the count (which was also painfully slow) at one, instead of picking it up from the timekeeper.  This resulted in an average of about 13 seconds for each of the mandatory 8-counts he administered.  Luckily for these clowns, not one of the officials has been identified on Boxrec.  In fairness, one of the judges did turn in a competent scorecard.

 

The fight was not at cruiserweight either, as Rupcic came in a shade over 200, and Licina checked in at nearly 210.  He hasn’t fought at 200 since November, and hasn’t beaten a top 50 opponent since January 2009, so his ranking is in peril sometime in either the Fall or Winter no matter how you look at it.

 

#10 Giacobbe Fragomeni also got a decision (in an 8-rounder) over a similarly hapless opponent.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None

1) Denis Lebedev (1-182-182)

Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown

Lebedev was winning the fight on points against Jones when his eye ballooned and he faded to a stoppage.  Who’s to say that he wouldn’t have won if Jones had been weakened by making weight the right way (or by not using whatever PEDs he may have been masking with the substance)?  Lebedev is accorded the benefit of the doubt, and will be treated like the fight never happened.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (46-162-162)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (46-46-78)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Marco Huck (1-347-347)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #6 Firat Arslan
Huck will make a mandatory defense in a rematch against Firat Arslan on September 14.
5) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-423-423)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk showed tremendous determination in first weathering a storm, and then rapidly breaking down a strong young challenger in his own backyard in Chakhkiev.  He indicated interest in moving up to fight Adamek, but Adamek isn’t for it.  His mandatory is Giacobbe Fragomeni, who would have little chance after struggling to practical stalemates with 46-47 year old Silvio Branco.
6) Firat Arslan (1-64-107)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #4 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.
7) Ola Afolabi (1-229-229)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Danny Green (1-38-191)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green is leaning toward retirement at last check.
9) B.J. Flores (1-9-162)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ fight with Nuri Seferi appears to have been off very quickly after it was apparently made.  No word on his next move.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-1-246)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD8 Toni Visic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni snuck in a strictly stay-busy fight with Toni Visic on Saturday, on about 1 day’s notice as far as I can tell.
11) Silvio Branco (1-72)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
12) Alexander Alekseev (1-133)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
13) Mateusz Masternak (1-70)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #18 Grigory Drozd
Masternak will fight Drozd on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard on October 5.  I assume his August 24 fight is now off since it’s no longer appearing on the schedule, but I’ll let you know if I learn otherwise.
14) Francisco Palacios (1-122)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(U12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios very likely will not fight until after his contract with Don King expires in September.
15) Ilunga Makabu (1-3)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- W (MD12) vs. #17 Dmytro Kucher
Next Fight: 8/31/2013- vs. Eric Fields (UNR)
Makabu takes on borderline top-30 Oklahama one-loss prospect Eric Fields in South Africa on August 31.
16) Thabiso Mchunu (1-38)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Mchunu is being treated as a stepping stone f0r the cruiserweight ambitions of recent heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers, and the two will do battle in that context on NBC Sports Network come August 3.
17) Enad Licina (1-162)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD6 Marko Rupcic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina has been fighting nobodies slightly over the heavyweight limit since November.  He’ll be removed in November for inactivity at cruiserweight if he doesn’t schedule something at 200 by then, or in January if he does that, but doesn’t get a significant win, since his last one is 5 years old in January.
18) Grigory Drozd (1-38)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #13 Mateusz Masternak
This is a pleasant surprise: Drozd’s Klitschko undercard fight will be an excellent match-up against Mateusz Masternak.
19) Dmytro Kucher (1-57)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher is practically back to square one after falling short against Makabu.
20) Krzysztof Glowacki (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD8 Taylor Mabika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: This week at cruiserweight is all about Eddie Chambers move down to 200, and the resulting battle with South African prospect #16 Thabiso Mchunu.  That fight will be televised on Saturday by NBC Sports Network from Uncasville, Connecticut.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Jul 22-28

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by danboxing
No fights to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Guillermo Jones (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO11 #1 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones wants to fight Wladimir Klitschko (he said the same a couple years ago), while Lebedev is asking for a rematch.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (45-161-161)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (45-45-77)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Denis Lebedev (10-181-181)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev hopes to return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard in early October, which seems a bit quick given how ugly his eye looked after his last fight.  He is hoping for a rematch with Jones, too.  He has also parted from his promoter.
5) Marco Huck (7-346-346)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #7 Firat Arslan
Huck will make a mandatory defense in a rematch against Firat Arslan on September 14.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (10-422-422)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk showed tremendous determination in first weathering a storm, and then rapidly breaking down a strong young challenger in his own backyard in Chakhkiev.  He indicated interest in moving up to fight Adamek, but Adamek isn’t for it.  His mandatory is Giacobbe Fragomeni, who would have little chance after struggling to practical stalemates with 46-47 year old Silvio Branco.
7) Firat Arslan (10-63-106)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #5 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Ola Afolabi (7-228-228)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Danny Green (8-37-190)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green is leaning toward retirement at last check.
10) B.J. Flores (8-8-161)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ fight with Nuri Seferi appears to have been off very quickly after it was apparently made.  No word on his next move.
11) Giacobbe Fragomeni (8-245)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
12) Silvio Branco (8-71)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
13) Alexander Alekseev (8-132)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
14) Mateusz Masternak (8-69)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Masternak returns on August 24.  His opponent was to be Jeremy Ouanna, but Ouanna lost to Latvian prospect Mairis Briedis soon after.  Perhaps Briedis is the new man for the job.
15) Francisco Palacios (8-121)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(U12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios very likely will not fight until after his contract with Don King expires in September.
16) Ilunga Makabu (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- W (MD12) vs. #17 Dmytro Kucher
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu impressed against Kucher, gassing a little bit at the end, but showing his quality for the majority of the fight.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (2-37)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Mchunu is being treated as a stepping stone f0r the cruiserweight ambitions of recent heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers, and the two will do battle in that context on NBC Sports Network come August 3.
18) Enad Licina (8-161)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Marcel Zeller (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Licina has now fought two generic weak opponents in a row.  No idea if he plans to be a serious contender ever again or not.  His only significant win in the last 5 years is now roughly 4 1/2 years old.  That means he’ll fade to obscurity if he doesn’t beat someone worth beating in the next half-year or so.
19) Grigory Drozd (8-37)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Drozd will be back in action on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard.
20) Dmytro Kucher (2-56)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher is practically back to square one after falling short against Makabu.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: #18 Enad Licina will be in action Saturday in Cuxhaven, Germany.  As of press time, no opponent has been announced.  It’s also possible that the fight might creep over into heavyweight territory, since Licina’s last couple fights have done so.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Jun 17-23

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2013 by danboxing
In a very close fight in Poland, undefeated Pole Pawel Kolodziej walked away as the winner of an 8-round decision over Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz.  I can’t give you my exact score because the Polsat Sport broadcast (and likely any other broadcast of the fight) cut out for the entire last minute of round one, and I was therefore forced to score that one even (it had been virtually even for the first two minutes).  With that caveat, my score overall was 77-76 Kolodziej, and (making allowances for the first round to go either way), I could have seen anything between 78-74 Kolodziej and 77-75 Crenz as reasonable.  To the extent I’m able to opine, Pawel Kardyni and Olena Pobyvailo both fell within that range (with Pobyvailo potentially seeing it exactly as I did, if we assume she got round 1 right.  Leszek Jankowiak had it too wide at 79-74.  He turns in unreasonabl cards in about half the fights I see him judge.  His greatest hits in that respect, aside from this, are Helenius-Chisora (he had it for Chisora, but not by nearly enough) and Rodriguez-Maderna. 

 

On the undercard, undefeated prospect Lukasz Janik got a shutout on 2 of the 3 cards in his 6-rounder against very weak journeyman Lukasz Rusiewicz.

 

As it turns out, #18 Enad Licina ventured up to heavyweight for his stay-busy fight with low-level journeyman Marcel Zeller, knocking his man out in 3.  I’m not sure if this foreshadows a permanent move to heavyweight, or if he just didn’t feel like losing the weight for a weak opponent.

 

Kolodziej advances to the borderline of the top 25, but can’t quite sniff a ranking yet.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Guillermo Jones (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO11 #1 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones wants to fight Wladimir Klitschko (he said the same a couple years ago), while Lebedev is asking for a rematch.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (40-156-156)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (40-40-72)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Denis Lebedev (5-176-176)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev hopes to return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard in early October, which seems a bit quick given how ugly his eye looked after his last fight.  He is hoping for a rematch with Jones, too.  He has also parted from his promoter.
5) Marco Huck (2-341-341)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #7 Firat Arslan
Huck will make a mandatory defense in a rematch against Firat Arslan on September 14.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (5-417-417)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Apparently an agreement has been reached for Wlodarczyk to fight undefeated and fringe-contending Russian Olympian Rakhim Chakhkiev in Moscow, June 21.  Wlodarczyk will reportedly have a rematch clause in the event he loses.
7) Firat Arslan (5-58-101)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #5 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Ola Afolabi (2-223-223)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Danny Green (3-32-185)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has been helping an Australian UFC fighter prepare for an upcoming fight, but still no word on whether he plans to fight again.
10) B.J. Flores (3-3-156)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ fight with Nuri Seferi appears to have been off very quickly after it was apparently made.  No word on his next move.
11) Giacobbe Fragomeni (3-240)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
12) Silvio Branco (3-66)
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.
13) Alexander Alekseev (3-127)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
14) Mateusz Masternak (3-64)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Masternak returns on August 24, but no other details are available.
15) Francisco Palacios (3-116)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(U12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios has been trying to convince Antonio Tarver to fight him, but is behind held back in all of his pursuits by having Don King as a promoter.
16) Thabiso Mchunu (3-32)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Mchunu is being treated as a stepping stone f0r the cruiserweight ambitions of recent heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers, and the two will do battle in that context on NBC Sports Network come August 3.
17) Dmytro Kucher (3-51)
Last Fight: 3/21/2013- UD12 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
A clash of good-looking prospects is on tap for July 13, as Kucher will meet Junior Makabu in Monaco.
18) Enad Licina (3-156)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Marcel Zeller (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina has now fought two generic weak opponents in a row.  No idea if he plans to be a serious contender ever again or not.  His only significant win in the last 5 years is now roughly 4 1/2 years old.  That means he’ll fade to obscurity if he doesn’t beat someone worth beating in the next half-year or so.
19) Grigory Drozd (3-32)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Pawel Glazewski (3-3)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- UD10 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR) (at LHW)
Glazewski’s opponent for 6/29 appears to be Hadillah Mohoumadi, the super middleweight fringe contender.  Odd, considering Mohoumadi has a pretty significant fight at 168 scheduled for a week before that.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Friday features a big-ticket fight in Moscow between #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and undefeated and highly touted Russian prospect Rakhim Chakhkiev.  As I understand it, there’s a rematch clause.  Needless to say, this is a huge step up for Chakhkiev.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Jun 10-16

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by danboxing
#4 Ola Afolabi and #8 Marco Huck completed a trilogy on Saturday in Berlin.  Their prior two fights had been razor-thin decisions, with Huck getting the nod in the first , and a draw being the result of the second from last year. 

 

From second round on, Huck proved to be sharper than Afolabi, who had been inactive for the more than 12 months since the last fight.  For my money, Huck earned the decision based on round 2-8 alone, with 12 being thrown in for good measure.  It seemed that both men were functionally exhausted  by about the 10th, but both still had enough left in spurts to land some good shots.  In general, it seemed that Huck either tired earlier, decided to coast, or some combination of the two.  Also, it should be noted that Afolabi tended to due some steady, quality work early in most rounds, with Huck often landing big punches late in the rounds to carry them.  I had it 116-112 for Huck, which is pretty close to the average of the three official scores, which reflected two opposing extremes of reason in 114-114 and 117-111, as well as a very reasonable median of 115-113. Despite the overall closeness of the verdict, there should be no controversy this time.  Huck won it clean.

 

Rachid El Hadak was supposed to fight in Morocco, but I can find no evidence that the fight happened at this point.

 

With the win, Huck advances to #5, his rise still halted by Lebedev, who I still can’t help but give credit for beating Huck in 2010, as well as Huck’s difficult-to-reconcile should-be loss to Arslan.  Afolabi, whose quality resume is based in large part on his prior performances against Huck, falls back to #8 below Arslan, due to Arslan’s superior recent performance against the common opponent.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Guillermo Jones (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO11 #1 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones wants to fight Wladimir Klitschko (he said the same a couple years ago), while Lebedev is asking for a rematch.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (39-155-155)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (39-39-71)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Denis Lebedev (4-175-175)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev hopes to return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard in early October, which seems a bit quick given how ugly his eye looked after his last fight.  He is hoping for a rematch with Jones, too.  He has also parted from his promoter.
5) Marco Huck (1-340-340)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #7 Firat Arslan
Huck will make a mandatory defense in a rematch against Firat Arslan next, likely in October.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-416-416)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Apparently an agreement has been reached for Wlodarczyk to fight undefeated and fringe-contending Russian Olympian Rakhim Chakhkiev in Moscow, June 21.  Wlodarczyk will reportedly have a rematch clause in the event he loses.
7) Firat Arslan (4-57-100)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #5 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Ola Afolabi (1-222-222)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Danny Green (2-31-184)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has been helping an Australian UFC fighter prepare for an upcoming fight, but still no word on whether he plans to fight again.
10) B.J. Flores (2-2-155)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ fight with Nuri Seferi appears to have been off very quickly after it was apparently made.  No word on his next move.
11) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-239)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
12) Silvio Branco (2-65)
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.
13) Alexander Alekseev (2-126)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
14) Mateusz Masternak (2-63)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Masternak returns on August 24, but no other details are available.
15) Francisco Palacios (2-115)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(U12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios has been trying to convince Antonio Tarver to fight him, but is behind held back in all of his pursuits by having Don King as a promoter.
16) Thabiso Mchunu (2-31)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Mchunu is being treated as a stepping stone f0r the cruiserweight ambitions of recent heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers, and the two will do battle in that context on NBC Sports Network come August 3.
17) Dmytro Kucher (2-50)
Last Fight: 3/21/2013- UD12 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
A clash of good-looking prospects is on tap for July 13, as Kucher will meet Junior Makabu in Monaco.
18) Enad Licina (2-155)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Marcel Zeller (UNR)
Licina will fight a second consecutive awful opponent in German Marcel Zeller
19) Grigory Drozd (2-31)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Pawel Glazewski (2-2)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- UD10 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The division’s most important fight of the week is in Poland, where undefeated 32 year-old prospect Pawel Kolodziej takes on his toughest opponent since at least his 2009 stoppage of Rob Calloway, when he steps in with Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz.  I could imagine the winner earning a top 20 ranking under the right conditions.

 

The undercard will feature another Polish prospect- undefeated borderline top-50 operator Lukasz Janik- against an unannounced opponent.

 

#19 Enad Licina is also in action, essentially wasting his time by fighting 39 year-old awful German journeyman Marcel Zeller.  Zeller is a late replacement for equally awful 41 year-old Turkish journeyman Ergin Solmaz.  This will be Licina’s second consecutive completely ridiculous mismatch, and will take place in Hattersheim, Germany.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 12-18

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2012 by danboxing
Here’s a new name for you: Thabiso Mchunu.  The new undisputed Champion of South Africa thoroughly demolished #20 Danie Venter- whom he had previously edged out by majority decision two years ago when they were both mere prospects- knocking the favored Venter out in just 5 rounds.  Mchunu has lost just once in his career- a stoppage to recent Venter victim Zack Mwekassa.  I don’t know how he will do if and when he steps up to the inter-continental level, but after proving himself to be the class of a solid boxing nation like South Africa, I’m looking forward to finding out.  Mchunu is just 23- rather young for a contending cruiserweight.

 

In other Saturday action, undefeated Georgian Iago Kiladze won a dominant decision over journeyman Ismail Abdoul in Donetsk, Ukraine.  Undefeated Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev won by a similar margin against American journeyman Andres Taylor in Hamburg, while #19 Enad Licina did nothing more than get into the ring for the first time in a while, slapping around an embarrassingly bad opponent 5 hours away in Koblenz, when he got a 2nd-round stoppage against 0-15 German Koeksal Orduhan.  I can’t believe the latter fight was even sanctioned.

 

The night before, Tampa gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi needed just a minute forty to knock out Adam Collins, a low-level journeyman and last-minute replacement, in Iannuzzi’s hometown.

 

Guillermo Jones (#9 last week) is removed for inactivity.  This allows Danny Green to enter the top 10 for the first time since September, and gets everyone rated #17 and better last week promoted a spot. Mchunu debuts at #17, which keeps Kucher and Licina where they started.  Last week’s #20 Venter is out with the loss, and is replaced by Grigory Drozd, who has been out since early July.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (9-145-145)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Lebedev is scheduled for a December 17 fight in Moscow.  Three opponents are being explored: Lateef Kayode (solid fight), Santander Silgado (decent to stay busy), and Andres Taylor (waste of time).
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (9-125-125)
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 (9-9-41)
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 (9-439-439)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (2-192-192)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
One of the alphabets has mandated that the Huck-Arslan winner fight Afolabi next, but that could be complicated by calls for a rematch of the robbery in that fight.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (2-386-386)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #18 Jean-Marc Mormeck
After initially dismissing speculation of a Mormeck fight, it appears Wlodarczyk has signed on.
7) Firat Arslan (2-27-70)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.
8) Marco Huck (2-310-310)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In any discussion where justice reigns, Huck is now 0-2-1 in his last 3 major cruiserweight fights.  At last check, he had been ordered to rematch Afolabi next, but there is also speculation of an Arslan rematch.  I’m assuming the Klitschko buzz will subside, as that’s a big step up from Arslan.
9) Lateef Kayode (2-24-104)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode is currently the most qualified of three candidates to fight Denis Lebedev.
10) Danny Green (1-1-154)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/21/2012- vs. Shane Cameron (UNR)
Will take on Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron in late November.
11) B.J. Flores (1-125)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-209)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
13) Silvio Branco (1-35)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
14) Mateusz Masternak (1-33)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Masternak will fight for a vacant and highly questionable European belt against Finnish gatekeeper Juho Haapoja in mid-December.
15) Francisco Palacios (1-85)
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 (1-96)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU just yanked Alekseev’s European title due to a possibly faked injury.  This is the same title that the judges should have yanked already when he clearly lost to Arslan.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (1-1)
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 (3-20)
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 (3-125)
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 (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: On Friday, Croatian gatekeeper Ivica Bacurin takes a big risk by traveling to enemy territory when he fights Italian journeyman Vincenzo Rossito in Rome.

 

The following night, Argentine fringe contender defends the national championship he won with an upset stoppage victory over Rogelio Rossi against journeyman Franco Sanchez, and undefeated Pole Krzysztof Glowacki takes on less-proven one-loss British fringe prospect Matty Askin in Warsaw.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 5-11

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2012 by danboxing
Firat Arslan is the Turkish Gabriel Campillo.  It doesn’t matter how bad he beats up the other guy, he still gets stuck with an L.  And as for Marco Huck, he seems unable to escape controversy.  Each of his last 3 fights, and 4 of his last 7, have ended with either an inconclusive or downright offensive decision.  This is probably the worst of all of them.  Firat Arslan- 42 years young- came out of his corner in each and every round like a man starving for victory.  Let’s not forget that he was robbed in his last fight, as well.  From each opening bell, he was on Huck like a snow plow.  He backed up for maybe a total of 30 seconds of the 2160 that elapsed.  He forced Huck to the ropes and dictated the pace 95% of the time.  He was more accurate with his shots- especially to the head.  Huck, despite his experience, clearly hasn’t learned to tuck his chin, as every shot that hit him had his head bouncing around like a pinball.  Arslan completely dominated the first half of the fight, and held his own in every round from start to finish. 

 

I must say that  I expected Arslan to be competitive, but at his age I expected him to fade and perhaps get stopped late, much as he did a few years ago against Steve Herelius.  He did lose some of his strength and precision late as compared to the younger Huck, but he was in the fight every second of the way.  I had the fight 117-111, and every round I gave to Huck was pretty much a toss-up, especially when you factor in Arslan’s ring generalship and effective aggressiveness, criteria he dominated in every round.  If you gave Huck every close round somehow, you’d have it 114-114.  If you did the same for Arslan, you’d have it 120-108.  Ready for the official scores?  115-113 Huck (x2) and 117-111 Huck (no typo).

 

Now to shame the corrupt or incompetent judges.  England’s Mickey Vann.  Vann is a repeat offender, having helped to award another Sauerland star an undeserved win quite recently, when he had an indefensible card in favor of Yoan Pablo Hernandez against Troy Ross.  So he’s lost the benefit of the doubt.  It’s not a case of a guy having a bad night, it’s a case of a chronically incompetent or completely corrupt judge, who cares nothing for what’s right.  If I were the Czar of boxing, I would suspend him from officiating a fight for at least a year or two. 

 

Also from England, Paul Thomas.  Thomas already showed questionable judgment in refereeing the co-feature, taking a point from Brazil’s Cleiton Conseicao for holding almost before he did any holding.  Conseicao went on to deserve one or two point deductions by tripling his rate of holding, and by the time all was said and done he had lost 3 points.  But Thomas was being ridiculous at the point he took the first point.  Surprise, surprise.  It favored Sauerland-owned prospect Dustin Dirks (who, I might add, didn’t need the help).  Thomas had the same card as Vann.  I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and say he probably was unintentionally biased, had a bad night, and simply goofed.  The reason is that I’ve seen him turn in reasonable cards in Sauerland fights (Afolabi-Huck II, for example).  A few years ago, he did turn in cards in Chambers-Dimitrenko and Kotelnik-Maidana that I know to be controversial, but having never actually seen those fights in full, I can’t credibly comment on the quality of those scores.  Even with the benefit of the doubt, he should be admonished by whatever passes for a commission in Germany.

 

Now for the real villain.  Italian  judge (it seems like they’re always the worst) Giustino Di Giovanni’s 117-111 card in favor of Huck was so flamboyantly awful that one of the following MUST be true: a) he got the fighters mixed up somehow, b) he payed zero attention to the fight, possibly falling asleep, or c) he was billing someone affiliated with Huck by the round for his services.  I can’t even reasonably give him credit for simple incompetence.  Any random person (boxing fan or not) could judge fights for a lifetime and, provided they simply wanted to get it right, never turn in a card as bad as this one.  If I were the Czar, I would probably ban this guy for life.  He’s got no scores on his record that are known by me to be controversial or wrong before this one, but the simple fact is that if you’re demonstrably worse at your job than any random person on the street for whatever reason (and he must be to turn in that card), there’s no need to pay you for your services ever again.

 

Technically I marked enough rounds on my card as toss-ups that I have to acknowledge a halfway reasonable position that the fight could have been scored a draw.  That’s a very biased view in my opinion, but I couldn’t necessarily argue any specific round was scored wrong per se if that was the final score.  As a result, past precedent would indicate that I’d give the decision minimum deference up to the point of it being a draw.  That’s worked alright for me in situations where I thought one guy won a close fight that could at least technically go either way and the judges saw it the other way.  In those cases I treat the fight essentially as a draw, but give a slight edge to the official winner such that the official loser can’t surpass him in the rankings.  In light of this result, however, I recognize that the same treatment isn’t ideal or just in a case such as this, where the absolute best an official winner could have hoped for was a draw anyway.  Therefore, from this point forward, my policy will be that when there is a minimum deference decision in one fighter’s favor and that fighter deserved at best a draw and arguably a loss, I will not be bound to give the official winner any edge from the virtual draw scenario and may give such an edge to the official loser if appropriate.  I will, however, still treat the fight as a draw for rankings purposes with that one caveat.

 

So how does that apply here?  Arslan’s right to the victory was plain enough that I have no hesitation in promoting him past Huck.  But it’s difficult to determine at what point in the rankings they are to intersect.  Arslan must get past Guillermo Jones.  Jones actually beat Arslan back in 2008, but his existence has practically been a rumor ever since then, while Arslan has had at least a couple good performances.  It’s probably only an issue for one week anyway, since Jones is likely days away from removal for inactivity.  Arslan also supplants Kayode in a close call.  Kayode owns a recent draw with Antonio Tarver who was not only on PEDs, but also was ranked #3 going in.  Arslan’s slightly more conclusive performance against #5 Huck, when coupled with his deserved win over Alekseev this year puts him over the top.  Then you get to Wlodarczyk, and you’re getting into the territory of a guy that has beaten multiple top 10 contenders, and so that’s where the Arslan train screeches to a halt, at #7.  Huck tumbles down to just below Arslan at #8.  This allows Afolabi to displace the man he arguably beat already anyway and move into the #5 spot.  The aforementioned Wlodarczyk advances to #6, while Kayode and Jones are bumped back to 9 and 10, respectively.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (8-144-144)
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 (8-124-124)
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 (8-8-40)
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 (8-438-438)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (1-191-191)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
One of the alphabets has mandated that the Huck-Arslan winner fight Afolabi next, but that could be complicated by calls for a rematch of the robbery in that fight.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-385-385)
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.
7) Firat Arslan (1-26-69)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.

8) Marco Huck (1-309-309)

Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In any discussion where justice reigns, Huck is now 0-2-1 in his last 3 major cruiserweight fights.  At last check, he had been ordered to rematch Afolabi next, but there is also speculation of an Arslan rematch.  I’m assuming the Klitschko buzz will subside, as that’s a big step up from Arslan.

9) Lateef Kayode (1-23-103)

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.
10) Guillermo Jones (1-110-110)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unless Jones miraculously schedules a fight this week, he’s removed for inactivity this time next week.
11) Danny Green (8-153)
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 (8-124)
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 (7-208)
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 (7-34)
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 (7-32)
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 (7-84)
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 (8-95)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev’s camp reports an undisclosed illness, which has caused him to lose his hold on his illegitimate European title.
18) Dmitro Kucher (2-19)
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 (2-124)
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 (7-7)
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 very busy week in the division.  Leading things off on Friday, Tampa gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi will see action in his hometown against sub-.500 journeyman Grover Young of Memphis.

 

Saturday: In Hamburg, undefeated Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev battles Pennsylvania journeyman Andres Taylor- who had briefly been scheduled to fight Guillermo Jones instead- on the Klitschko-Wach undercard.  About 5 hours to the South in Koblenz, #19 Enad Licina is scheduled, but no opponent has been announced yet as far as I can tell.  In Donetsk, Ukraine, undefeated locally-based Georgian Iago Kiladze will fight veteran Belgian journeyman Ismail Abdoul.  Proceeding way South to Kempton Park, South Africa, #20 Danie Venter will meet fringe contender Thabiso Mchunu for the Super 8 Cruiserweight Tournament Championship, and effectively also for the undisputed South African title.