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Heavyweight: 2012, Nov 12-18

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2012 by danboxing
Wladimir Klitschko put on a clinic in defending his championship against granite-chinned but otherwise mostly helpless Polish prospect Mariusz Wach.  Klitschko showed just about every aspect of his game.  He even displayed some stick-and-move boxing- something that seldom makes sense for him since he’s usually the bigger, longer fighter, and can control distance with his jab alone.  In this case, Wach was the taller man and could reach him.  But he was no less dominant than usual.  Despite fighting his weakest opponent in recent years, at least in terms of experience and accomplishment, this to me is one of Wlad’s most impressive performances.  He wasn’t just good.  He was flashy-good.  And he’s mentally tough.  He lost the trainer in Manny Steward that helped bring him from being a damaged fighter with a weak chin and a ton of unrealized potential to one of the most dominant champions in heavyweight history.  And he didn’t miss a beat.  Credit also must be paid to heavyweight fringe contender Johnathon Banks who, despite being just a week away from his own big-time fight, took on the very difficult task of trying to fill Steward’s shoes, and seemed to have given good advice and inspired the absolute confidence of his fighter- who incidentally is 6 years older than him and vastly more accomplished.  It couldn’t have been easy.  But it was well-done.

 

Now for something not so well-done.  #9 Robert Helenius made his return from shoulder surgery in what was supposed to be a tune-up against mid-range journeyman Sherman Williams.  Considering that his level of opposition was considerably worse than in his last fight- a completely bogus win over Dereck Chisora- I would have to say that this performance was significantly worse.  Helenius didn’t lose the fight.  The totally in-the-tank scorecards gave him between a 5 and 8 point advantage over 10 rounds.  Finnish judges judging a Finnish Sauerland fighter on a Sauerland card in Finland.  Enough said there.  I won’t say Helenius deserved to lose, but I also won’t say he deserved to win.  It was all even on my card, and I think either guy had an argument.  That’s embarrassing for a guy with Helenius’ talent and physical advantages.  And it’s not even like Williams really pushed him.  The 5’11” designated opponent did land one big shot that wobbled the so-called Nordic Nightmare, but other than that he threw one shot at at time- often jabbing to the body- but he never really gave Helenius anything to be uncomfortable about for the most part.  Helenius- as is too often the case- simply sleep-walked through the fight.

 

With his abysmal performance- which, again, I saw as a draw- Helenius can’t help but drop in the rankings.  He falls all the way to #12.  It was a reasonably easy call considering Helenius’ inconsistency.  Why?  In Helenius’ previous fight, he was beaten by Chisora, whom I ranked #18 at the time.  In Mitchell’s last and only fight against a top-50 opponent, he beat a #19 fighter in Timur Ibragimov.  In the past, Helenius’ loss was largely forgiven due to his past success- most notably a KO of #6 Sam Peter.  Now that he’s fought to a stalemate with a relative non-entity like Williams, he currently appears objectively to be more like the guy that loses to #18 contenders than the guy that beats a #6, while Mitchell’s lone rankable win has yet to be mitigated.  But Helenius’ descent is halted by Ruslan Chagaev, who hasn’t had a significant win since the first month of 2008- nearly 5 years ago.  I’ve decided against ranking Williams, as his only other notable result in the past 5 years was a loss to untested Manuel Charr.  I’ve got him on my watch list, but I think the closeness of that fight had more to do with Helenius than it did with Williams, who wasn’t exactly lighting things up.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (177-390-390)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad’s already planning to defend again on an unknown March date, with Boytsov and Povetkin apparently the leading candidates at the moment.
1) Vitali Klitschko (214-214-214)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali says he’ll decide whether to retire or fight on by December 17.
2) David Haye (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (18-134-134)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO5 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham
Originally scheduled to fight Odlanier Solis, Adamek will instead fight a rematch of his classic cruiserweight title fight of 4 years ago when he fights Steve Cunningham in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, after Solis pulled out.
4) Alexander Povetkin (18-264-264)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
For whatever it’s worth the WBA appears poised to order an early 2013 fight with Wlad.
5) Tyson Fury (2-69-69)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Fury will fight Kevin Johnson on December 1.  Johnson finally got a significant win in his career back in April, but then struggled in the one night, three fight format of Prizefighter, losing in the final to Tor Hamer after deserving to lose in the semis to Albert Sosnowski.
6) Eddie Chambers (2-22-22)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers has announced he’ll be moving down to cruiserweight.  He’ll stay rated here for the time being, until he’s been inactive at heavyweight for a year or schedules a cruiserweight fight for after that time.
7) Kubrat Pulev (2-28-105)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev may be in for a fight with the Adamek-Cunningham winner, or may go straight to a shot at Wlad in early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (2-50-113)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Odlanier Solis (1-2-129)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis pulled out of his December 22 fight with Adamek, apparently due to severe differences with his Turkish promoter Ahmet Oner, from whom he is apparently trying to separate himself.  Solis’ scheduling has been notoriously unreliable under Oner ever since he injured his knee against Vitali Klitschko.
10) Marco Huck (1-1-38)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. CW #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
After getting the benefit of a disgusting robbery against Arslan, there is talk of a rematch.  Before the fight, he had begun agitating for a Klitschko shot, but he would clearly get destroyed in that one.
11) Seth Mitchell (1-49)

Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Not sure why, but Mitchell’s return has been moved back about 6 weeks to November 17.
12) Robert Helenius (1-129)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely squeaked by after a comatose performance against journeyman Williams.  The judges had it pretty wide, but make no mistake- it was a 1 or 2 point either way kind of fight.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (18-313)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. Mike Perez (UNR)
Chagaev has signed on for a really nice crossroads fight with fast-rising undefeated Cuban Mike Perez.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (18-96)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Tony Thompson (18-129)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (18-191)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne
Arreola will officially step back up in competition on December 15, when he fights Stiverne.  This should still be considered tentative, though, since no venue has been named.  It’s also not entirely clear that Arreola- who has stated his disgust with the fight’s promoter Don King in the past- has agreed to the terms.
17) Denis Boytsov (18-178)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After bowing out of the Tyson Fury fight shortly after agreeing to it, Boytsov appears to be a candidate for a shot at the title against Wlad in March.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (18-129)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. CW #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (at CW)
After Wlodarczyk originally appeared to shoot down the rumors, that fight now appears to be on.
19) Bermane Stiverne (18-73)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #16 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes above.
20) Edmund Gerber (18-28)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD8 Darnell Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had little problem with fat little journeyman Darnell Wilson, except a big scare in the closing seconds of round 1.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Friday in Magdeburg, Germany, undefeated Italian prospect Francesco Pianeta continues his slow-walk back to contention after recovering from cancer by fighting relative novice Nelson Domingues of Argentina.  In Domingues’ only other outing against a significant fighter, he was knocked out in two by so-so undefeated prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk.

 

Saturday, #11 Seth Mitchell takes on fringe contender Johnathon Banks, whose only loss was at cruiserweight to Tomasz Adamek, but who also suffered a disappointing draw with Jason Gavern.  Regardless of the outcome, Banks is sure to make history as the only guy to ever fight a top-15 heavyweight while being the trainer of the reigning Heavyweight Champion.  If Banks manages to win, he would have earned consideration for what would have to be considered an awkward fight scenario.  I very much doubt Wlad would fight him anymore than he’d fight his brother Vitali, though, and something tells me Vitali might have qualms about that fight, too.
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Heavyweight: 2012, Sep 10-16

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2012 by danboxing
There were several good heavyweight fighters in action this weekend, though I’m not sure I’d say there were any good matchups.  I’ll break down the action chronologically, by card:

 

Friday in Germany: Fringe contending Italian prospect Francesco Pianeta took care of business by outpointing  aged former fringe contender Francois Botha of South Africa over 10 rounds.  Seems to have been roughly an average decision, with scores ranging from 97-93 to 100-90.

 

Saturday in Moscow: #1 Vitali Klitschko did roughly as expected against Syrian fringe prospect Manuel Charr, stopping him on cuts in the 4th.  The cut in question was bleeding profusely, but it didn’t seem to be getting in Charr’s eye to any great extent and wasn’t very ugly, either.  Pretty much just a slit along the eyebrow.  I didn’t like the stoppage.  Not that Charr had much of a chance.  He was very tentative until the cut happened actually.  He seemed extremely reluctant to let his hands go, and he had also been on the deck.  Vitali, though, looked very slow to me (moreso than usual) and he got hit solidly a time or two- more than you’d expect considering his typical dominance when healthy and Charr’s lack of credentials.  It’s possible that this was Vitali’s last fight, though a Haye fight is also possible.  I, for one, think Haye would stand a pretty decent chance in that fight.  At 41, the gap in athleticism between Vitali and his younger brother has never been greater.  I’m not sure Vitali can still effectively control distance against a top contender with sufficient guts at this point (if one exists).  That being said, Vitali was fighting with his hands down completely against Charr, and obviously preferred to club his opponent like a raw caveman than to flash his skill.  It’s entirely possible that looking good in the way that I’m discussing was not in the gameplan at all.

 

The most competitive matchup of the weekend on paper was on the Moscow undercard between undefeated Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov and Kazakh-born German gatekeeper Konstantin Airich.  Ultimately it was not all that competitive, as Glazkov punished Airich to a 10-round decision. 

 

In Newark, New Jersey, a pair of former cruiserweight rivals were in separate fights on the same card.  #3 Tomasz Adamek easily took care of gatekeeper Travis Walker with a 5th round stoppage, while Cruiserweight #3 Steve Cunningham- who will likely never fight in that division again- pitched a near shutout over solid journeyman Jason Gavern, losing only one round on one scorecard.  Also on the card, hot new American prospect Bryant Jennings got an easy assignment against non-entity Chris Koval, knocking the journeyman down twice and stopping him, all within 35 seconds.

 

Finally, on the non-televised Ward-Dawson undercard, 36 year-old fringe contender Franklin Lawrence continued to waste what few years he has left as an effective fighter by fighting the likes of journeyman Homero Fonseca, who quit before the 8th and final round.  This is the 3rd consecutive hapless opponent Lawrence has been matched against.

 

No changes to the rankings, despite the wealth of action.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (168-381-381)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Klitschko-Wach is now a done deal for November 10.  Wach- a Polish prospect- is in no way worthy of a shot at the legitimate title yet, but is considered by many to be a dangerous fighter anyway due to his size and power.
1) Vitali Klitschko (205-205-205)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
With the early indications being that Vitali’s silly sparring match with Charr being his last fight, there is now plenty of buzz that he might fight Haye in March of next year.
2) David Haye (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (9-125-125)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO5 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adamek once again struggled with what should have been an overmatched opponent in Travis Walker.  Walker dropped and badly hurt Adamek in the 2nd round of their fight, but Adamek rallied to return the favor late in the round and ultimately stop him in the 5th.  Credit Adamek with staying busy, though.  He’s already got a fight lined up for just before Christmas, with no lesser an opponent than Odlanier Solis being mentioned.  This would fit into the rumors of a WBC tournament to which Ustinov, Solis, Adamek, and Pulev were all invited.  Ustinov and Pulev are already scheduled for a fight.
4) Alexander Povetkin (9-255-255)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
The Rahman fight will be broadcast in the US on Epix.  That’s a weaker than usual offering from the network, but I suppose more TV boxing is always better than less.
5) Marco Huck (9-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. CW #9 Firat Arslan (at CW)
Huck just signed for an alphabet defense against Arslan, kind of out of nowhere.
6) Tyson Fury (9-60-60)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is reportedly frustrated with apparently tepid interest from Chagaev after he had reportedly ruled out possible fights with James Toney and Jean Marc Mormeck.
7) Eddie Chambers (13-13-13)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (9-41-104)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Robert Helenius (9-76-120)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now back to full training, looking to return to the ring as early as November after suffering a shoulder injury against Dereck Chisora that required surgery.
10) Kubrat Pulev (9-19-96)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Pulev will fight an eliminator against Russian giant Alexander Ustinov in late September from Hamburg.
11) Odlanier Solis (9-120)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2012- vs. Leif Larsen (UNR)
Solis is apparently scheduled to fight 37-year-old undefeated Norwegian fringe prospect Leif Larsen in Madrid, but there is also talk of him fighting Adamek in December.
12) Seth Mitchell (9-40)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/6/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Mitchell’s injury-delayed fight with Banks has been rescheduled for October 6.  Adrien Broner will also fight on the card.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (9-304)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev has a fight with Tyson Fury on the table at last check, but is currently looking for a new trainer after his split with Universum.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (9-87)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Tony Thompson (9-120)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (9-182)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
17) Denis Boytsov (9-169)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will reportedly return in October.  No exact date or opponent is known.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (9-120)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Bermane Stiverne (9-64)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edmund Gerber (9-19)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Gerber has been added to the deep Bamberg card this weekend, fighting solid journeyman Michael Sprott.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: On the weekend’s second-biggest card in Bamberg, Germany, #20 Edmund Gerber takes on steady British journeyman Michael Sprott.  While Sprott is certainly not what he was 5 years ago, when he reached the apex of his career by knocking out then-contender Audley Harrison, is still dangerous- as evidenced by his near upset of Alexander Dimitrenko last year.  Though his recent record doesn’t really show it as compared to Gerber victims Rene Dettweiler and especially Maurice Harris, I still would not discount the possibility that Sprott is the best opponent of Gerber’s career.

Heavyweight: 2012, Sep 3-9

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by danboxing
#13 Ruslan Chagaev surprisingly needed 7 of the scheduled 8 rounds to stop awful journeyman Werner Kreiskott.  It’s not like Kreiskott is one of those guys that give you rounds no matter what.  He’d been stopped 7 times before, often against guys you’ll never ever hear of.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (167-380-380)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Klitschko-Wach is now a done deal for November 10.  Wach- a Polish prospect- is in no way worthy of a shot at the legitimate title yet, but is considered by many to be a dangerous fighter anyway due to his size and power.
1) Vitali Klitschko (204-204-204)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
With the early indications being that Vitali’s silly sparring match with Charr being his last fight, there is now plenty of buzz that he might fight Haye in March of next year.
2) David Haye (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (8-124-124)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Adamek is back to his old ways, taking an early September fight against gatekeeper Travis Walker that’s little more than a hometown showcase for the New Jersey resident.
4) Alexander Povetkin (8-254-254)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
The Rahman fight has unfortunately been rescheduled for September 29, in Hamburg.
5) Marco Huck (8-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. CW #? Firat Arslan (at CW)
Huck just signed for an alphabet defense against Arslan, kind of out of nowhere.
6) Tyson Fury (8-59-59)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is reportedly frustrated with apparently tepid interest from Chagaev after he had reportedly ruled out possible fights with James Toney and Jean Marc Mormeck.
7) Eddie Chambers (12-12-12)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (8-40-103)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Robert Helenius (8-75-119)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now back to full training, looking to return to the ring as early as November after suffering a shoulder injury against Dereck Chisora that required surgery.
10) Kubrat Pulev (8-18-95)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Pulev will fight an eliminator against Russian giant Alexander Ustinov in late September from Hamburg.
11) Odlanier Solis (8-119)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After it was announced that Solis would be fighting on the Adamek card this weekend, that fight inexplicably vanished.  Solis’ promoters seem really bad about announcing fights that never materialize.
12) Seth Mitchell (8-39)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/6/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Mitchell’s injury-delayed fight with Banks has been rescheduled for October 6.  Adrien Broner will also fight on the card.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (8-303)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev appears to be less than excited about a proposed fight with Tyson Fury.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (8-86)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Tony Thompson (8-119)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (8-181)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
17) Denis Boytsov (8-168)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will reportedly return in October.  No exact date or opponent is known.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (8-119)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Bermane Stiverne (8-63)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edmund Gerber (8-18)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  After last week’s warm up, the division really picks up a little this week.  Fringe contending Italian prospect Francesco Pianeta gets us started on Friday, when he fights 43-year-old South African former fringe contender Frans Botha in Germany.

 

Saturday finds us with a huge slate of action.  #1 Vitali Klitschko defends his alphabet belt against perhaps the biggest joke of an undefeated heavyweight since Butterbean, nominally undefeated Syrian Manuel Charr in Moscow.  On the undercard, undefeated Ukrainian prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov takes on his toughest test to date in Kazakh-born German gatekeeper Konstantin Airich.

 

Another heavyweight-loaded card is on tap in Newark, New Jersey.  #3 Tomasz Adamek headlines it, fighting American gatekeeper Travis Walker.  Hot prospect and Adamek stablemate Bryant Jennings takes a bit of a breather from his tough matchups when he takes on the rather weak Chris Koval on that card.  Also on the bill, former Cruiserweight top contender Steve Cunningham follows through on his vow to move up in weight as he makes his heavyweight debut against solid journeyman Jason Gavern.

 

Finally, on the Ward-Dawson undercard in Oakland, fringe contender Franklin Lawrence- plagued for many months now by inactivity and poor competition, stays true to form by fighting a very mediocre and comparatively inexperienced journeyman opponent in Homero Fonseca of Texas.

Heavyweight: 2012, May 21-27

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2012 by danboxing
Last week saw a lot of meaningful activity in the division.  First up, on Wednesday, was formerly-ranked undefeated Italian Francesco Pianeta, who won an average 10-round decision against serviceable 47-year-old gatekeeper Oliver McCall.  Pianeta makes a strong case to regain a ranking after cancer-related inactivity led to his ouster, but falls just short.

 

Saturday saw one fight- #19 Franklin Lawrence’s scheduled tilt with former fringe contender Mike Mollo- canceled.  Mollo’s pre-fight MRI revealed an old vertebrae injury that rendered him unfit to compete.

 

As for the fights that did come off: undefeated Liverpool giant David Price stormed through former Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton en route to a 4th round KO in the former’s hometown.  This was for the British title vacated by Tyson Fury, and was Sexton’s second unsuccessful attempt at the belt.  Later that evening in Texas, #10 Odlanier Solis ground out a methodical but fairly dominant decision win over borderline fringe contender Konstantin Airich of Germany.  It was Solis’ first fight in 14 months after multiple knee surgeries stemming from his inexplicable collapse against Vitali Klitschko last year.  I don’t understand Airich’s strategy (if he had one).  Solis came in more than 20 pounds heavier than the Klitschko fight, had a suspect knee to worry about, and he’s plodding even at his best.  Complete joke opponent Arturs Kulikauskis nearly beat highly-ranked super middleweight Dimitri Sartison- who was also coming off knee surgery- late last year by moving around and making Sartison uncomfortable.  This would have been the perfect strategy for Airich, who was giving up about 40 pounds and yet had a disadvantage in every conceivable area  except his wheels and conditioning.  Instead, Airich mainly hung out right in front of Solis and allowed the fight to become largely a jabbing contest, and one he was destined to lose considering he had less power, lower accuracy, and a more porous defense.  Solis didn’t exactly dazzle anybody, but he picked up a solid win and moves ahead of Tony Thompson to #9 as a result.  As for Price: this is his best win, but he needs probably at least one more like it to crack the top 20.  He and Pianeta both moved right up to the cusp of making it in, though.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (152-365-365)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #10 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #10 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (189-189-189)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Haye is fighting Chisora, Vitali may be looking for another opponent.  Perhaps one of his last two opponents ever.
2) Alexander Povetkin (39-239-239)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin’s ludicrous fight with Rahman will now be the co-feature to Haye-Chisora in London.
3) Tomasz Adamek (10-109-109)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (10-13-13)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shaky performance against Afolabi, but there’s no rule saying he has to be the #1 or #2 Cruiser in order to be the #4 heavyweight.  If there was, he wouldn’t be here in the first place.
5) Tyson Fury (10-44-44)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (10-25-88)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. David Haye (UNR)
The British Board is bitterly opposed to this bout- which they refuse to license- but apparently it is going forward anyway.  Get ready for a highly controversial blood-feud between Chisora and recent brawl opponent David Haye, July 14 in London.
7) Robert Helenius (10-60-104)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Kubrat Pulev (3-3-80)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev showed determination if nothing else in wearing down Dimitrenko to a late knockout.
9) Odlanier Solis (1-10-104)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Considering he was extremely out of shape and had a surgically-repaired knee to worry about, Solis didn’t look too terrible in coasting to victory over a disappointing Konstantin Airich.
10) Tony Thompson (1-104-104)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.

11) Seth Mitchell (10-24)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Wlad is actively dropping his name as a possible next opponent, Mitchell is showing he’s likely going to take the Adamek approach: fight low-quality opponents that happen to be really tall so that you can pretend you’re trying to prepare yourself for Wlad, when what you’re really doing is waiting around for your big payday with little risk.  Even the specific opponent being discussed is familiar to that scenario- Michael Grant.
12) Ruslan Chagaev (3-288)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-71)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
14) Chris Arreola (3-166)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/23/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arreola, it appears, will fight on the Matthysse-Soto, Ortiz-Lopez card on June 23.  Most likely his fight will be televised on Showtime Extreme again.
15) Denis Boytsov (3-153)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
16) Jean-Marc Mormeck (3-104)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. CW #2 Denis Lebedev (at CW)
It’s official.  Mormeck will drop back to cruiserweight for the first time since 2007 to fight #2 contender Denis Lebedev in Paris on July 21.
17) Bermane Stiverne (3-48)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
18) Edmund Gerber (3-3)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
19) Franklin Lawrence (3-52)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence’s stay-busy fight was canceled after Mollo was medically disqualified- apparently on fight day.
20) Kevin Johnson (3-8)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: A few mildly mentionable fights to alert you to this week:
Friday: Former contender Fres Oquendo fights journeyman Joey Abell- best known as a Chris Arreola victim- in Hammond, Indiana.

 

Saturday:In Brentwood, England, former Olympic gold medalist and somewhat discredited British gatekeeper Audley Harrison returns to action for the first time since a shameful non-effort against David Haye a little over 18 months ago.  He’ll fight Iraqi-born journeyman Ali Adams.

 

In Managua, Nicaragua, Luis Ortiz- an undefeated Cuban prospect looking to emerge from the shadow of Solis and Mike Perez- will do nothing to achieve that goal in fighting weak local journeyman Walter Palacios in a 6-rounder.

Heavyweight: 2012, May 14-20

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 22, 2012 by danboxing
Juan Carlos Gomez won an eight-round decision on the Arslan-Alexeev card on Friday.  I stand corrected, as I thought there was little chance the oft-inactive Gomez would actually be fighting just three weeks after his last win when I saw that he was scheduled to fight an opponent to be announced.  That opponent was heavily-recycled journeyman Maxim Pedyura of the Ukraine.  There has been very little mention of this fight in news sources, and I skipped watching the undercard because of a lack of interesting matchups, so it’s just a generic, rather unimportant win for Gomez as I see it.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (151-364-364)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (188-188-188)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Haye is fighting Chisora, Vitali may be looking for another opponent.  Perhaps one of his last two opponents ever.
2) Alexander Povetkin (38-238-238)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (9-108-108)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (9-12-12)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shaky performance against Afolabi, but there’s no rule saying he has to be the #1 or #2 Cruiser in order to be the #4 heavyweight.  If there was, he wouldn’t be here in the first place.
5) Tyson Fury (9-43-43)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (9-24-87)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. David Haye (UNR)
The British Board is bitterly opposed to this bout- which they refuse to license- but apparently it is going forward anyway.  Get ready for a highly controversial blood-feud between Chisora and recent brawl opponent David Haye, July 14 in London.
7) Robert Helenius (9-59-103)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Kubrat Pulev (2-2-79)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev showed determination if nothing else in wearing down Dimitrenko to a late knockout.
9) Tony Thompson (9-103-103)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (9-9-103)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (9-23)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Wlad is actively dropping his name as a possible next opponent, Mitchell is showing he’s likely going to take the Adamek approach: fight low-quality opponents that happen to be really tall so that you can pretend you’re trying to prepare yourself for Wlad, when what you’re really doing is waiting around for your big payday with little risk.  Even the specific opponent being discussed is familiar to that scenario- Michael Grant.
12) Ruslan Chagaev (2-287)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-70)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
14) Chris Arreola (2-165)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Champ wants to return to the US in November for the first time since ’08.  Arreola and Mitchell are the names being tossed around by the Klitschko camp at the moment.
15) Denis Boytsov (2-152)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
16) Jean-Marc Mormeck (2-103)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.  No deal yet, but they have agreed on the prospective date: June 29, in Paris.
17) Bermane Stiverne (2-47)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
18) Edmund Gerber (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
19) Franklin Lawrence (2-51)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
20) Kevin Johnson (2-7)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: 4 notable fights this week:
Wednesday: Undefeated Italian prospect Francesco Pianeta takes on his best opponent in about 18 months when he takes on very old but still halfway serviceable gatekeeper Oliver McCall, who is 47.  That’s in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

Saturday: In Liverpool, local undefeated giant David Price battles former Commonwealth champion and prior British title challenger Sam Sexton for the British title that Tyson Fury vacated essentially out of an unwillingness to fight Price.  Across the pond in Pharr, Texas, #10 Odlanier Solis hopes his heavily-surgerized knee holds up against capable gatekeeper Konstantin Airich.  This is the Cuban’s first fight in exactly 14 months.  Also, in Dover, Delaware, #19 Franklin Lawrence keeps busy against Illinois journeyman and one-time fringe contender Mike Mollo.

Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 24-30

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by danboxing
This week featured four fights that deserve a mention.

 

On Friday night in Australia, Samoan fringe contender Alex Leapai flattened flabby Russian giant and journeyman Evgeny Orlov in the fourth round for a KO win. 

 

Later on Friday, undefeated prospect Francesco Pianeta had what can best be described as a development fight against Robert Hawkins in Germany.  Hawkins was once a pretty decent gatekeeper-type, but came in as a loser of his last 8 and 14 of his last 16.  On one hand, Pianeta would seem to be beyond the need for development fights.  He earned himself a spot in anybody’s top 20 with a stoppage win over a then-formidable Matt Skelton in 2009, but has fought a string of nobodies.  He can, I think, be forgiven for that, as he was battling cancer for the majority of that time.  I think it’s fair to say that he is essentially rebuilding his career from the ground up.  The Hawkins matchup is the kind you’d expect to see from a fighter in roughly his first 8-round fight, and he has re-passed that test.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see him begin to build his competition back up to the European level, where he left off, before too long.  Oh…and having put the cart before the horse a bit, I guess I should mention that he shut out Hawkins over 8 rounds.

 

Saturday, #17 Kubrat Pulev won a solid 12-round decision over gatekeeper Travis Walker in Germany.  I haven’t seen the fight, and of course you can’t rule out foul play in any German decision, but I haven’t yet heard any accusations to that effect here, so we’ll run with the decision on this one. 

 

Also Saturday, Russian giant Alexander Ustinov jabbed his way to a mundane decision over durable but limited journeyman Denis Bakhtov. 

 

Pulev’s impressive activity against decent competition allows him to swap places with last week’s #16 Franklin Lawrence.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (122-335-335)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. #13 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad will fight former cruiserweight champ and current #13 contender Jean Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf, Germany on December 10.  It’s a pretty lopsided matchup, but if you disqualify fighters already beaten by a Klitschko in the past few years, you really only have Povetkin (who bailed on a previous shot), Helenius, Fury (who doesn’t believe he’s ready yet), Dimitrenko, and Boytsov (who is rebuilding his career after various injuries) ahead of Mormeck.  Dimitrenko is coming off an embarrassingly close win over Sprott, and I’m not sure he wants his shot at this point.  Helenius, then, may be the only available challenger more eligible than is Mormeck.  Just goes to show you the extent to which the Klitschkos really have cleaned out this division.
1) Vitali Klitschko (159-159-159)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest rumor has Vitali considering the possibility of slapping around cruiserweight Marco Huck if television rights can be ironed out.
2) Alexander Povetkin (9-209-209)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Cedric Boswell
Povetkin is apparently looking to fight old guys only for his next fight.  Originally it looked like a Holyfield fight was all but done, then it looked like Rahman was the guy.  As it turns out, he will fight 42-year-0ld #20 Cedric Boswell on December 3 in Helsinki.
3) Eddie Chambers (2-134-134)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #8 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight scheduled for a 10/28 ShoBox appearance is now off due to a Chambers back injury.  Chambers hopes to be ready to go by the end of the year.
4) Robert Helenius (2-30-74)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius is now the mandatory for #10 Dimitrenko’s European title, and reportedly Helenius had already offered to fight Dimitrenko on the Povetkin card in Helsinki on December 3 even before that was the case.  No word on whether Dimitrenko will take the fight.  Purse bids are scheduled for October 31 if there’s no agreement.
5) Tomasz Adamek (2-79-79)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek has made an offer to fight old and inactive former contender Jameel McCline in early 2012.  Unfortunately it looks like Adamek was lying when he said he only wanted the best fights after getting dominated by Vitali.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (2-258-258)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
7) Tyson Fury (2-14)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Fury will fight fellow undefeated prospect Neven Pajkic in Manchester.  Pajkic is 34 but got a late start, turning pro in 2005 at age 28.  Pajkic is a native of Bosnia, but has lived in Canada since 1996.  Considering the dubious shape in which Chisora entered the ring, Pajkic may very well be Fury’s best test to date.
8) Tony Thompson (2-74-74)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
9) Odlanier Solis (2-45-74)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
10) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-2-41)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko has both an offer on the table from Helenius and a mandatory obligation to fight him in defense of his European title.  If he decides to step up to the challenge, the likely date would be December 3, in Helsinki.
11) Chris Arreola (2-136)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Alonzo Butler (UNR)
Arreola will get back to action on November 5 in Mexico against journeyman Alonzo Butler.  I personally think he needs to start fighting contenders again.  Butler lost to Arreola’s last victim, Friday Ahunanya, in 2008.
12) Denis Boytsov (2-123)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Jean Marc Mormeck (2-74)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The former cruiserweight king will fight for a legitimate championship in his 2nd weight division on December 10 in Germany.  If David Haye couldn’t do anything against Wlad, I don’t know why the guy from whom Haye took the title will fare any better, especially when he is significantly older and more used up than was the Brit.
14) Bermane Stiverne (2-18)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
15) Samuel Peter (2-74)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov (UNR)
Peter finds himself in a quintessential crossroads fight in November when he travels to Moscow to fight Ukranian undefeated prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov.  If the Nigerian Nightmare has anything left he needs to bring it, because if he loses to the not-yet-top-50 Ukranian, his days in the top 20 will come to an end.
16) Kubrat Pulev (1-50)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Pulev finally has an opponent for 10/22, and hopefully this one will stick.  Travis Walker is the guy, and he’s a borderline top-50 fighter who can punch a little bit.
17) Franklin Lawrence (1-22)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/28/2011- vs. Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Lawrence’s fight in Nebraska originally scheduled for Nebraska on the 15th will now be this weekend in Pennsylvania.
18) Dereck Chisora (2-58)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.
19) Timur Ibragimov (2-5)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.
20) Cedric Boswell (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD10 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Boswell gets the opportunity of his life on December 3, but it will be no easy task against #2 Povetkin.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: In a fight originally scheduled for 2 weeks earlier, #16 Franklin Lawrence will take on weak journeyman Raymond Ochieng in Chester, Pennsylvania.  The fight was originally set to take place in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Heavyweight: 2011, Oct 17-23

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by danboxing
The big news this week is the retirement of last week’s #3 David Haye.  He would probably still come back for a fight with Vitali, but he announced his retirement in no uncertain terms on Thursday, and I recognize his retirement as fully effective, and therefore remove him from the rankings.  This makes room for Alexander Dimitrenko in the top 10, and for 42 year old- but resurgent- Cedric Boswell to debut at #20 on the strength of his 2011 victory over Oliver McCall and 2008 one over Roman Greenberg.

 

In actual in-ring action, former British champion Sam Sexton proved that he had no power in London on Friday by failing to stop the truly awful Remigijus Ziausys, though in fairness he only had six rounds to do it, and won each of them.  #17 (now #16) Franklin Lawrence had a fight scheduled in Nebraska that for no apparent reason did not come off.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (121-334-334)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. #13 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad will fight former cruiserweight champ and current #13 contender Jean Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf, Germany on December 10.  It’s a pretty lopsided matchup, but if you disqualify fighters already beaten by a Klitschko in the past few years, you really only have Povetkin (who bailed on a previous shot), Helenius, Fury (who doesn’t believe he’s ready yet), Dimitrenko, and Boytsov (who is rebuilding his career after various injuries) ahead of Mormeck.  Dimitrenko is coming off an embarrassingly close win over Sprott, and I’m not sure he wants his shot at this point.  Helenius, then, may be the only available challenger more eligible than is Mormeck.  Just goes to show you the extent to which the Klitschkos really have cleaned out this division.
1) Vitali Klitschko (158-158-158)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko wants to fight him, and there is even talk by business interests in Bern, Switzerland of bringing Valuev back to fight him there.
2) Alexander Povetkin (8-208-208)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- UD12 #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin is apparently looking to fight old guys only for his next fight.  Originally it looked like a Holyfield fight was all but done, then it looked like Rahman was the guy.  It now appears there is a tentative agreement to fight 42-year-0ld #20 Cedric Boswell on December 3 in Helsinki.
3) Eddie Chambers (1-133-133)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #8 Tony Thompson
The Chambers-Thompson fight scheduled for a 10/28 ShoBox appearance is now off due to a Chambers back injury.  Chambers hopes to be ready to go by the end of the year.
4) Robert Helenius (1-29-73)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO9 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius is now the mandatory for #10 Dimitrenko’s European title, and reportedly Helenius had already offered to fight Dimitrenko on the Povetkin card in Helsinki on December 3 even before that was the case.  No word on whether Dimitrenko will take the fight.  Purse bids are scheduled for October 31 if there’s no agreement.
5) Tomasz Adamek (1-78-78)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek has made an offer to fight old and inactive former contender Jameel McCline in early 2012.  Unfortunately it looks like Adamek was lying when he said he only wanted the best fights after getting dominated by Vitali.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (1-257-257)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight again by the end of the year and get back on a title track.
7) Tyson Fury (1-13)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO5 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Fury will fight fellow undefeated prospect Neven Pajkic in Manchester.  Pajkic is 34 but got a late start, turning pro in 2005 at age 28.  Pajkic is a native of Bosnia, but has lived in Canada since 1996.  Considering the dubious shape in which Chisora entered the ring, Pajkic may very well be Fury’s best test to date.
8) Tony Thompson (1-73-73)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
See Chambers’ comments, above.
9) Odlanier Solis (1-44-73)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As I suspected, the rumored 10/14 fight for Solis will not happen, as he is nowhere near ready after knee surgery.
10) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-1-40)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko has both an offer on the table from Helenius and a mandatory obligation to fight him in defense of his European title.  If he decides to step up to the challenge, the likely date would be December 3, in Helsinki.
11) Chris Arreola (1-135)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Alonzo Butler (UNR)
Arreola will get back to action on November 5 in Mexico against journeyman Alonzo Butler.  I personally think he needs to start fighting contenders again.  Butler lost to Arreola’s last victim, Friday Ahunanya, in 2008.
12) Denis Boytsov (1-122)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-73)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
The former cruiserweight king will fight for a legitimate championship in his 2nd weight division on December 10 in Germany.  If David Haye couldn’t do anything against Wlad, I don’t know why the guy from whom Haye took the title will fare any better, especially when he is significantly older and more used up than was the Brit.
14) Bermane Stiverne (1-17)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite a still-thin resume, Stiverne has somehow been maneuvered into the position of being Vitali Klitschko’s WBC mandatory challenger.
15) Samuel Peter (1-73)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: 11/4/2011- vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov (UNR)
Peter finds himself in a quintessential crossroads fight in November when he travels to Moscow to fight Ukranian undefeated prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov.  If the Nigerian Nightmare has anything left he needs to bring it, because if he loses to the not-yet-top-50 Ukranian, his days in the top 20 will come to an end.
16) Franklin Lawrence (1-21)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence’s fight in Nebraska fell through on October 15 for unknown reasons.
17) Kubrat Pulev (1-49)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Pulev finally has an opponent for 10/22, and hopefully this one will stick.  Travis Walker is the guy, and he’s a borderline top-50 fighter who can punch a little bit.
18) Dereck Chisora (1-57)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.
19) Timur Ibragimov (1-4)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Ibragimov returns to the rankings for the first time since May despite not having fought or scheduled a fight since then.
20) Cedric Boswell (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD10 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sounds like Boswell is the new frontrunner to fight Povetkin on December 3.  No contract has yet been signed, but it sounds like there’s an agreement in principal.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: This is a pretty active week.  On Friday, Australia-based Samoan fringe contender Alex Leapai battles Russian journeyman Evgeny Orlov down under, while undefeated prospect Francesco Pianeta takes on an opponent to be announced in Frankfurt, Germany.  The following evening, #17 Kubrat Pulev fights gatekeeper Travis Walker in Ludwigsburg, Germany, while giant undefeated Russian fringe contender Alexander Ustinov takes on durable journeyman Denis Bakhtov in the Ukraine.