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Light Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by danboxing
Undefeated Uzbek prospect Gayrat Ahmedov won a 10-round decision over Armenian journeyman Karen Avetisyan on Saturday in Uzbekistan.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Chad Dawson (10-318-318)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- W (MD12) Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Wow- it really is happening!  Dawson will reportedly drop down to 168 to challenge Andre Ward for the World Championship at Super Middle.  For my money, it will also be an opportunity for Ward to capture Dawson’s light heavyweight title.  He’s fighting the 175 champion under the 175 limit.  I’m not sure this scenario has ever played out in the history of boxing…and it’s pretty exciting- even if the fight itself may not  be.
1) Bernard Hopkins (10-317-317)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopkins’ team has publicly stated that they want to fight Shumenov, but the Kazakh said he had no interest in the fight.
2) Jean Pascal (10-159-159)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #4 Tavoris Cloud
Showtime has kindly provided the date of August 11 for the Pascal-Cloud tilt.  That’s more than 14-months since Pascal’s last fight…just sayin’.
3) Gabriel Campillo (20-106-106)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Cloud apparently sidestepping not only Campillo, but also a mandatory with Karo Murat in favor of an even better match with Pascal, I wonder if Campillo might get the rematch with Murat, instead.
4) Tavoris Cloud (20-149-149)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #2 Jean Pascal
It appeared certain that Cloud would fight Murat next, but now he’s fighting Pascal instead.
5) Nathan Cleverly (38-126-126)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- UD12 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Originally scheduled to fight the underwhelming Robin Krasniqi, a virus scuttled that fight for him.  Not that anyone’s complaining.  Barring a rescheduling, which would be problematic from the WBO’s perspective, Cleverly may be looking toward his mandatory with Sukhotski next, though there’s some talk of a Hopkins fight, as well.  And the most recent rumor has him in the running for a Shumenov fight, and willing to go to Vegas to make it happen.
6) Karo Murat (40-40-61)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Tony Bellew (38-38-38)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO5 #20 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew has at least rhetorically severed ties with promoter Frank Warren and is reportedly in the running for a July 7 fight on Sky Sports.  Warren is threatening legal action over the split and the potential fight, however.
8) Beibut Shumenov (22-102-106)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After embarrassing both Enrique Ornelas and himself (merely for taking the fight), Shumenov has already been approached for fights with Hopkins, Cleverly, and Kessler.  That being the case, he won’t have much of an excuse left if he ends up fighting his 4th consecutive journeyman.
9) Yusaf Mack (22-70-106)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD12 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Sabou Ballogou (UNR)
Mack is engaging in a pointless 6-rounder against complete nobody Sabou Ballogou in Philly on Saturday.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (22-22-88)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. #16 Cornelius White
Sukhotski- still waiting around for a mandatory shot at Cleverly- has taken a fight with likely overrated #16 Cornelius White in mid-July.
11) Isaac Chilemba (22-22)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- UD10 #16 Edison Miranda
Next Fight: Unknown
Negotiations are currently in progress for Chilemba to fight former (I guess arguably current) lineal Champion Zsolt Erdei in late September on HBO.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkov (14-22)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- UD8 Ravshanbek Jabbarov (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Uzelkov is now scheduled for a fight in mid-July in Odessa, Ukraine.
13) Jürgen Brähmer (11-11)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer has showed up for his last two fights, which at least feels like a record for him. 
14) Denis Grachev (10-10)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO8 #15 Ismayl Sillakh
Next Fight: Unknown
Yes, it was a flukey win, and it’s clear from his performance on its face that, at least at this point, he’s not this good.  But honestly the result in black and white could have supported a rating as high as around #10.  Common sense can only demote a guy so far (in conjunction with relative inexperience) when his actual resume calls out for a decent ranking.
15) Mikkel Kessler (6-7)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- TKO4 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A Froch fight in the fall now looks extremely likely, at 168.
16) Cornelius White (6-29)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- KO2 Anthony Bowman (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
White will get a chance to prove that he’s more accurately viewed as the guy that beat Yordanis Despaigne than the guy that got sparked in one round by Don George when he fights the formidable Dmitri Sukhotski in July.
17) Tony Averlant (4-14)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Averlant is probably closer to the journeyman he was on 3/30 than the solid fringe contender he became on 3/31, but a win is a win…even when it’s a loss (in Germany).
18) Ismayl Sillakh (4-77)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO8) vs. Denis Grachev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I didn’t see that coming at all.  I trust Sillakh will bounce back from the upset loss to Grachev.  But wow.
19) Eduard Gutknecht (4-6)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- W*(SD12) vs. Tony Averlant (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Danny McIntosh (4-4)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #7 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Yusaf Mack takes the tuniest of all tune-ups when he fights total non-entity Sabou Ballogou of Togo (it’s apparently a country) on Saturday in Philly.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by danboxing
No action in the division last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Chad Dawson (9-317-317)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- W (MD12) Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Wow- it really is happening!  Dawson will reportedly drop down to 168 to challenge Andre Ward for the World Championship at Super Middle.  For my money, it will also be an opportunity for Ward to capture Dawson’s light heavyweight title.  He’s fighting the 175 champion under the 175 limit.  I’m not sure this scenario has ever played out in the history of boxing…and it’s pretty exciting- even if the fight itself may not  be.
1) Bernard Hopkins (9-316-316)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopkins’ team has publicly stated that they want to fight Shumenov, but the Kazakh said he had no interest in the fight.
2) Jean Pascal (9-158-158)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #4 Tavoris Cloud
Showtime has kindly provided the date of August 11 for the Pascal-Cloud tilt.  That’s more than 14-months since Pascal’s last fight…just sayin’.
3) Gabriel Campillo (19-105-105)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Cloud apparently sidestepping not only Campillo, but also a mandatory with Karo Murat in favor of an even better match with Pascal, I wonder if Campillo might get the rematch with Murat, instead.
4) Tavoris Cloud (19-148-148)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. #2 Jean Pascal
It appeared certain that Cloud would fight Murat next, but now he’s fighting Pascal instead.
5) Nathan Cleverly (37-125-125)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- UD12 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Originally scheduled to fight the underwhelming Robin Krasniqi, a virus scuttled that fight for him.  Not that anyone’s complaining.  Barring a rescheduling, which would be problematic from the WBO’s perspective, Cleverly may be looking toward his mandatory with Sukhotski next, though there’s some talk of a Hopkins fight, as well.  And the most recent rumor has him in the running for a Shumenov fight, and willing to go to Vegas to make it happen.
6) Karo Murat (39-39-60)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Tony Bellew (37-37-37)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO5 #20 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew has at least rhetorically severed ties with promoter Frank Warren and is reportedly in the running for a July 7 fight on Sky Sports.  Warren is threatening legal action over the split and the potential fight, however.
8) Beibut Shumenov (21-101-105)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After embarrassing both Enrique Ornelas and himself (merely for taking the fight), Shumenov has already been approached for fights with Hopkins, Cleverly, and Kessler.  That being the case, he won’t have much of an excuse left if he ends up fighting his 4th consecutive journeyman.
9) Yusaf Mack (21-69-105)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD12 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack called out Cloud and Dawson after beating Sheika.  Sure, he’s a top 10 fighter, but that still feels like a stretch for him.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (21-21-87)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. #16 Cornelius White
Sukhotski- still waiting around for a mandatory shot at Cleverly- has taken a fight with likely overrated #16 Cornelius White in mid-July.
11) Isaac Chilemba (21-21)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- UD10 #16 Edison Miranda
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba, a former super middleweight, now has the highest ranking of his career at either weight after beating fringe contender Miranda.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkov (13-21)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- UD8 Ravshanbek Jabbarov (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Uzelkov is now scheduled for a fight in mid-July in Odessa, Ukraine.
13) Jürgen Brähmer (10-10)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer has showed up for his last two fights, which at least feels like a record for him. 
14) Denis Grachev (9-9)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- TKO8 #15 Ismayl Sillakh
Next Fight: Unknown
Yes, it was a flukey win, and it’s clear from his performance on its face that, at least at this point, he’s not this good.  But honestly the result in black and white could have supported a rating as high as around #10.  Common sense can only demote a guy so far (in conjunction with relative inexperience) when his actual resume calls out for a decent ranking.
15) Mikkel Kessler (5-6)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- TKO4 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A Froch fight in the fall now looks extremely likely, at 168.
16) Cornelius White (5-28)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- KO2 Anthony Bowman (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
White will get a chance to prove that he’s more accurately viewed as the guy that beat Yordanis Despaigne than the guy that got sparked in one round by Don George when he fights the formidable Dmitri Sukhotski in July.
17) Tony Averlant (3-13)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Averlant is probably closer to the journeyman he was on 3/30 than the solid fringe contender he became on 3/31, but a win is a win…even when it’s a loss (in Germany).
18) Ismayl Sillakh (3-76)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO8) vs. Denis Grachev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I didn’t see that coming at all.  I trust Sillakh will bounce back from the upset loss to Grachev.  But wow.
19) Eduard Gutknecht (3-5)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- W*(SD12) vs. Tony Averlant (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Danny McIntosh (3-3)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #7 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Undefeated Uzbek Gayrat Ahmedov fights Armenian journeyman Karen Avetisyan in Uzbekistan on Saturday.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 1-7

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by danboxing
The headlining fight in the division this past week was on Friday Night Fights, where fringe contenders Yordanis Despaigne and Edison Miranda squared off.  Unfortunately, referee Vic Drakulich injected himself unnecessarily into the fight and disqualified Miranda for low blows in the 5th round.  Now don’t get me wrong- Miranda was going low and Drakulich needed to do something, but the referee painted himself into a corner by deducting a point well before it was warranted, taking a second one in the following round for what probably legitimately should have been the first time, and then DQing him in the next.  These were not blatant low blows.  I do not mean, however, to take anything away from Despaigne.  He was clearly the sharper fighter and probably didn’t lose a round.

 

#8 Beibut Shumenov defended his alphabet title on Telefutura’s air against totally unworthy journeyman Danny Santiago, scoring a 9th round stoppage. 

 

Undefeated Uzbek prospect Gayrat Ahmedov won a dominant 8-round decision on the Shumenov undercard over mediocre journeyman Billy Bailey, and Russian unbeaten Sergei Kovalev knocked out Kenyan journeyman Douglas Otieno on the non-televised Friday Night Fights undercard.  All of these fights took place in Vegas, at two different sites.

 

Despaigne has now re-established himself as an up-and-comer in the division after a convincing loss to Ismayl Sillakh earlier in the year, and returns to the rankings at #16.  Marcus Johnson- a bit of a hard-luck loser in his last fight- exits the rankings due to Despaigne’s return.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (11-269-269)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins will defend the title on October 15 against #2 Chad Dawson, who just a year ago was as close to a legit champion as you could be without having beaten a Champion or #1 contender before he was shockingly upset by Jean Pascal.  The fight will be on PPV.
1) Jean Pascal (11-111-111)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Pascal’s next fight will be against either Cloud or Erdei.  Pascal was ringside at Cloud-Mack.
2) Chad Dawson (33-270-270)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Dawson will look to finally be crowned as Champion against the man whose refusal to fight him kept him perpetually a step away until recently.
3) Tavoris Cloud (33-101-101)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud easily handled #8 Mack, but that’s still not enough to move him past Dawson.
4) Glen Johnson (51-424-424)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(UD12) vs. SMW #2 Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson will be removed next week if he hasn’t unexpectedly scheduled a fight at 175 by then, since his fight with Tavoris Cloud (his last at 175) was a year ago this week.
5) Gabriel Campillo (51-58-58)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reports are that he will likely fight Karo Murat on October 1.
6) Nathan Cleverly (46-78-78)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bellew will fight his mandatory and then Bellew hopefully by the end of the year.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
8) Beibut Shumenov (6-54-58)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/29/2011- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR)
After all the talk of unification, it’s a little disappointing that Shumenov is settling for a journeyman coming off a 14-month layoff, but I guess when you consider his promotional issues and opponents failing to show at the last minute, we should be a little grateful he’s fighting at all.
9) Yusaf Mack (6-22-58)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (11-11-40)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (13-221)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
12) Ismayl Sillakh (11-29)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered a tournament to determine their mandatory challenger to Hopkins, involving Sillakh, Chris Henry, Shumenov, and Erdei.  The only one that appears interested is Sillakh.
13) Zsolt Erdei (11-37)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz at present about a potential fight with Pascal.
14) Danny McIntosh (11-58)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
15) Karo Murat (11-13)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
His long-rumored fight with Campillo will reportedly take place on 10/1, though the nothing seems to be official yet.
16) Yordanis Despaigne (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- W(DQ5) vs. Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Got a little bit of a gift from Vic Drakulich in the form of an early stoppage, but was easily winning the fight anyway.
17) Jesus Gonzalez (1-4)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
18) Thierry Karl (1-58)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
19) Luis Garcia (1-29)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dyah Davis (1-19)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.


The Week Ahead:  Nothing going on this week, except that Glen Johnson will be removed unless he unexpectedly schedules a fight at 175 this week.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by danboxing
There was no action to report this past week.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (10-268-268)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins will defend the title on October 15 against #2 Chad Dawson, who just a year ago was as close to a legit champion as you could be without having beaten a Champion or #1 contender before he was shockingly upset by Jean Pascal.  The fight will be on PPV.
1) Jean Pascal (10-110-110)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Pascal’s next fight will be against either Cloud or Erdei.  Pascal was ringside at Cloud-Mack.
2) Chad Dawson (32-269-269)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Dawson will look to finally be crowned as Champion against the man whose refusal to fight him kept him perpetually a step away until recently.
3) Tavoris Cloud (32-100-100)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud easily handled #8 Mack, but that’s still not enough to move him past Dawson.
4) Glen Johnson (50-423-423)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(UD12) vs. SMW #2 Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Only has a few weeks to decide to move back to 175 and schedule a fight before he’s removed for inactivity at this weight.
5) Gabriel Campillo (50-57-57)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo might have yet another tune-up (ugh) followed by a decent match-up with Karo Murat on the horizon.
6) Nathan Cleverly (45-77-77)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bellew will fight his mandatory and then Bellew hopefully by the end of the year.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
8) Beibut Shumenov (5-53-57)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/29/2011- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR)
After all the talk of unification, it’s a little disappointing that Shumenov is settling for a journeyman coming off a 14-month layoff, but I guess when you consider his promotional issues and opponents failing to show at the last minute, we should be a little grateful he’s fighting at all.
9) Yusaf Mack (5-21-57)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (10-10-39)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (12-220)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
12) Ismayl Sillakh (10-28)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered a tournament to determine their mandatory challenger to Hopkins, involving Sillakh, Chris Henry, Shumenov, and Erdei.  The only one that appears interested is Sillakh.
13) Zsolt Erdei (10-36)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz at present about a potential fight with Pascal.
14) Danny McIntosh (10-57)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
15) Karo Murat (10-12)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly looking to fight Gabriel Campillo in the fall.
16) Jesus Gonzalez (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
17) Thierry Karl (3-57)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
18) Luis Garcia (3-28)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dyah Davis (3-18)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.
20) Marcus Johnson (3-16)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L(UD10*) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s hard to say that a hot prospect could benefit from an upset loss, but in this case he lost to a rateable fighter, and arguably deserved to win.  He gets credit for that here- especially considering the lack of good options in the division.


The Week Ahead:  Light Heavyweights take over Vegas this week.  On two separate cards in that city on the same night Friday, #8 Beibut Shumenov takes on journeyman Danny Santiago in a silly excuse for a title fight.  Santiago, at his best, was a gatekeeper- including 3 years ago when he managed to wrangle a title fight with cautious lineal champion Zsolt Erdei, but has not fought in over 14 months.  This fight will be televised on Telefutura if you’re lucky enough to get that.  On the undercard, fringe contender Gayrat Ahmedov will fight Santiago’s last victim, even worse journeyman Billy Bailey. 

 

Meanwhile, in the Friday Night Fights co-feature, once-beaten prospect Yordanis Despaigne takes a pretty tough rebound fight with Edison Miranda, who recently outgrew Super Middleweight, where he was a fringe contender not long ago.  On a likely non-televised undercard fight, undefeated prospect Sergei Kovalev takes on mediocre journeyman Douglas Otieno.