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Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2012 by danboxing
Three mismatches to review this week:

 

Fringe contender Timur Ibragimov- ranked here before his knockout loss to Seth Mitchell- was less than dominant against mediocre South African Wiseman Dlomo on Monday.  Ibrgimov won either 8 or 9 of the 12 rounds, depending on which judge you ask.  This may be an early indication of Ibragimov’s decline, considering his 37 years.

 

Fast-forwarding to Friday in Providence, Rhode Island, local gatekeeper Jason Estrada shut out weak journeyman Alex Gonzales over 8 rounds.

 

And Saturday in Lodz, Poland, Polish undefeated prospect Artur Szpilka won a fairly average decision over former contender Jameel McCline, who was game and had plenty of moments despite being seemingly washed up going into the fight.  Szpilka’s struggles in the fight don’t necessarily bode well for his future, but on the other hand this was only his 12th fight.

 

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 (158-371-371)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #11 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 (195-195-195)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Vitali has scheduled what it sounds like will be his final fight.  Unfortunately, it’s hardly a fight at all.  He’ll take on one of the weakest undefeated fighters you’ll ever see- Syrian Manuel Charr.
2) Tomasz Adamek (3-115-115)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. James Toney (UNR)
Apparently being ranked #2 means you have to schedule crappy crappy fights.  Adamek will be facing overweight has-been James Toney on September 8.
3) Alexander Povetkin (3-245-245)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Hasim Rahman has withdrawn from his scheduled silly fight with Povetkin due to a broken hand.  Unfortunately it appears that it will be rescheduled.
4) Marco Huck (16-19-19)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unfortunately, Huck is apparently making a thinly-veiled attempt to make a pointless fight with weak European cruiserweight paper champion Alexander Alekseev.  
5) Tyson Fury (16-50-50)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Fury has taken another low-risk, no reward fight in Vinny Maddalone, the strong but crude American journeyman brawler.  The fight will take place in Clevedon, England.
6) Dereck Chisora (16-31-94)
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) Eddie Chambers (3-3-3)
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) Robert Helenius (3-66-110)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Encouraging news for Helenius, as he is back to limited rehab-style training after shoulder surgery.
9) Kubrat Pulev (3-9-86)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a Helenius clash on the horizon, though the Finn’s health is a factor.
10) Odlanier Solis (3-16-110)
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.
11) Tony Thompson (3-110)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
12) Seth Mitchell (3-30)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell was set to fight the Klitschko-promoted Johnathon Banks, a mediocre one-loss prospect who is probably an upgrade from Witherspoon at least in terms of accomplishment, but a downgrade from Ibragimov- but he is now on the shelf until the fall due to a hand injury.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (3-294)
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.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-77)
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) Chris Arreola (3-172)
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.
16) Denis Boytsov (3-159)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will likely fight in Moscow on August 24, but nothing official yet.
17) Jean-Marc Mormeck (3-110)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
After his scheduled clash with Denis Lebedev fell through somewhat mysteriously, Mormeck now appears to be negotiating another cruiserweight fight- this time with the roughly equally dangerous Ola Afolabi.
18) Bermane Stiverne (3-54)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (3-9)
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.
20) Franklin Lawrence (3-58)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The Heavyweight Championship is on the line Saturday in Bern, Switzerland, as Champion Wladimir Klitschko battles #11 contender Tony Thompson.  While this is likely to be another relatively easy win for Wlad, it should be noted that it is actually a rematch of perhaps Wlad’s toughest fight in recent years.

 

In other action, gatekeepers Shane Cameron and Monte Barrett meet in a well-matched fight in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday that should do great things for the career of the winner.

 

In Saturday’s second most important heavyweight fight, #5 Tyson Fury takes on New York journeyman and slugger Vinny Maddalone in Clevedon, England.

Heavyweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2012 by danboxing
Wednesday in London, the Prizefighter series trotted out some decent Heavyweights for a single elimination tournament of 3-round fights.  Here’s a rundown of the action:

 

Quarterfinal #1: Gatekeeper Albert Sosnowski (Poland) vs. Gatekeeper Maurice Harris (USA): In a fight that could have gone either way, I believe the right verdict was reached.  The aged Harris threw the much harder punches, while Sosnowski generally outboxed the American with better movement and volume.  Round 1 was clearly for Harris, while the last two rounds, I thought, were ever so slightly in favor of the Pole.

 

Quarterfinal #2: Fringe contender Kevin Johnson (USA) vs. Novice Prospect Noureddine Meddoun (Morocco)- After a shaky first few seconds, Johnson bounced back to score an impressive, if inconsequential, TKO in the final seconds of round 1.

 

Quarterfinal #3: One-loss Prospect Tor Hamer (USA) vs. Journeyman Marcelo Nascimento (Brazil): Hamer managed to avoid the sweeping, wild haymakers of the very crude but much larger Nascimento, winning a very clear shutout decision.

 

Quarterfinal #4: Journeyman Tom Dallas (UK) vs. Novice Undefeated Prospect Tom Little: Little dominated the first two rounds with heavy shots and superior timing, but started to gas badly late in the second.  Between the 2nd and 3rd, he appeared ready to throw up and could barely stand under his own power.  Dallas, clearly needing a knockout, got it.  Dallas was rather hapless in general, but couldn’t help but win by TKO when Little became a stationary target.  The ref stopped the fight as much because of Little’s inability to support his own weight as any shots Dallas was landing.

 

Semifinal #1: Gatekeeper Albert Sosnowski vs. Fringe Contender Kevin Johnson: I’m not going to impugn the judges like I normally would because I don’t think any of the 3 rounds were super-clear, and it’s impossible to know how a bad or obstructed view might have affected the cards. But I think Sosnowski fairly clearly won the first two rounds, and thus I’m treating Johnson’s split decision victory as a robbery.  As in the Harris fight, Johnson was throwing the harder punches, while Sosnowski generally outboxed and outworked him.  But I think the differential in the scoring criteria was greater in Sosnowski’s favor in this fight than it was in his first round matchup.

 

Semifinal #2: Prospect Tor Hamer vs. Journeyman Tom Dallas: Hamer took just over 30 seconds to dispose of what little was left of Dallas following his grueling test against Little.  Hamer jumped on the Brit from the opening bell and broke him down in record time.

 

Final: Gatekeeper Kevin Johnson vs. Prospect Tor Hamer: In what turned out to be one of the major themes of the night, Johnson threw the harder punches, but Hamer’s skilled boxing kept him off balance and unable to answer more often than not.  Johnson appeared fairly fatigued and unsure of himself from the opening bell.  Hamer took the first two rounds, with Johnson taking the third.

 

So by my estimation, there were two big winners on the night.  Tor Hamer beat a recently-ranked fringe contender in Johnson, while Sosnowski beat a fellow Gatekeeper in Maurice Harris, and earned a win against Johnson, as well.

 

Surprisingly, none of the combatants manage to earn a ranking.  I view Sosnowski as having done the most worthwhile work in the tournament, and yet he is hampered- in comparison to #20 Franklin Lawrence- by a inexplicable draw with total bum Hastings Rasani within the past year.  Hamer- who beat Johnson- also falls short of eclipsing Lawrence because Lawrence’s record features two wins over roughly comparable opposition which- while over a year old- were of a knockout variety.  In my estimation, this type of win is clearly preferable and- in addition to the quantity argument- is enough for Lawrence to hang onto his position for now.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (157-370-370)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #11 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 (194-194-194)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Vitali has scheduled what it sounds like will be his final fight.  Unfortunately, it’s hardly a fight at all.  He’ll take on one of the weakest undefeated fighters you’ll ever see- Syrian Manuel Charr.
2) Tomasz Adamek (2-114-114)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adamek, staying busy, is already scheduled for another fight- September 8 at the Prudential Center.  No opponent yet- although Kevin Johnson’s name has been mentioned.  Word is it’ll be another ridiculous Adamek-driven independent PPV.
3) Alexander Povetkin (2-244-244)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin’s fight has been moved to Hamburg from the Haye-Chisora undercard.
4) Marco Huck (15-18-18)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unfortunately, Huck is apparently making a thinly-veiled attempt to make a pointless fight with weak European cruiserweight paper champion Alexander Alekseev.  
5) Tyson Fury (15-49-49)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Fury has taken another low-risk, no reward fight in Vinny Maddalone, the strong but crude American journeyman brawler.  The fight will take place in Clevedon, England.
6) Dereck Chisora (15-30-93)
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) Eddie Chambers (2-2-2)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers is still unclear as to the severity of his arm injury.  His doctor is reportedly hopeful that it’s only a strained bicep, but he has an MRI scheduled to find out.
8) Robert Helenius (2-65-109)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Encouraging news for Helenius, as he is back to limited rehab-style training after shoulder surgery.
9) Kubrat Pulev (2-8-85)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a Helenius clash on the horizon, though the Finn’s health is a factor.
10) Odlanier Solis (2-15-109)
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.
11) Tony Thompson (2-109)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
12) Seth Mitchell (2-29)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell was set to fight the Klitschko-promoted Johnathon Banks, a mediocre one-loss prospect who is probably an upgrade from Witherspoon at least in terms of accomplishment, but a downgrade from Ibragimov- but he is now on the shelf until the fall due to a hand injury.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (2-293)
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.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-76)
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) Chris Arreola (2-171)
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.
16) Denis Boytsov (2-158)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will likely fight in Moscow on August 24, but nothing official yet.
17) Jean-Marc Mormeck (2-109)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s unclear why or how, but Mormeck’s cruiserweight fight with Lebedev appears to be off- with little fanfare- as Lebedev is working on a Guillermo Jones clash.
18) Bermane Stiverne (2-53)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (2-8)
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.
20) Franklin Lawrence (2-57)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Busy week.  Fringe contender Timur Ibragimov leads off the week looking to bounce back with a win in his native Uzbekistan against South African journeyman Wiseman Dlomo.

 

Rhode Island gatekeeper Jason Estrada is in light in Providence against low-level journeyman Alex Gonzales on Friday.

 

Capping off the week, undefeated Polish prospect Artur Szpilka takes on washed-up former contender Jameel McCline- with a 19-year age gap between the fighters- in Lodz, Poland on Saturday.

Heavyweight: 2012, Mar 12-18

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by danboxing
Gatekeeper Jason Estrada took just a round and a half to stop journeyman Dominique Alexander in Providence.  However, we did see a significant upset in Turkey, where Kazakh journeyman Konstantin Airich stopped Czech fringe contender Ondrej Pala in the 9th round of a rematch of their three-year-old fight in Germany where Pala won a close majority decision. 

 

Pala is a significant enough fighter that we must examine whether or not Airich has earned a ranking.  I considered Pala to be ranked in the low-to-mid 30s in terms of ranking.  Boxrec had him ranked much higher, but that was mostly based on a win over the mirage that was Darnell Wilson coming off his flukey, injury driven win over J.C. Gomez.  Looking at Airich’s record, this is his first significant win.  What also stands out is that he lost twice in the past year- a 1st round knockout to journeyman Tye Fields on Prizefighter and a 3-round decision to a complete nobody in the Danish equivalent of the show.  I needn’t delve into his other 3 career losses.  That alone keeps him out of the top 20.  Good job, Konstantin, but come back when you’ve got another good win under your belt.  That being the case, there are no changes to the rankings this week.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (142-355-355)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #10 Tony Thompson
Wlad spoke his mind and said he wants Arreola next, and that he was also interested in Seth Mitchell, David Price, and Tyson Fury.  The following day, he told us that he will follow his marching orders from the alphabets and instead fight Tony Thompson in the summer.
1) Vitali Klitschko (179-179-179)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
After expressing interest in a rematch with Chisora (to knock him out), Vitali then revived serious talk of fighting David Haye, in a very short period of time, that fight appeared nearly made, but talks now appear to be falling apart.
2) Alexander Povetkin (29-229-229)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown Date- 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) Eddie Chambers (22-154-154)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers has now been clear to train for a month.  It might be a little harsh, but he only has until the end of this week to schedule a fight or be removed after about 3 years in the top 10.
4) Tomasz Adamek (15-99-99)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Adamek will fight journeyman Nagy Aguilera on NBC Sports’ March 24 card after reconciling with his old promotional outfit, Main Events.
5) Marco Huck (3-3)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck has decided to return to cruiserweight, having been denied a much-deserved rematch by Povetkin.  He will now almost certainly fight his mandatory challenger, Ola Afolabi.
6) Tyson Fury (3-34-34)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO3 Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
In lieu of a British title defense against the dangerous David Price, Fury has opted to fight also-ran former British Champion Martin Rogan- who had been reduced to fighting 6-rounders before his current 18-month layoff- instead.
7) Dereck Chisora (3-15-78)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
For the brawl with David Haye, Chisora has been banned indefinitely by the WBC (not that big a deal), but faces a hearing on his license by the British Boxing Board of Control on March 14 (much bigger deal).
8) Robert Helenius (3-50-94)
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.
9) Ruslan Chagaev (3-278-278)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- UD8 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chagaev is sticking to his earlier statement that he wants to fight ever 3 months- coming in about a week ahead of schedule when he fights in mid-April in Schwerin, Germany.
10) Tony Thompson (3-94-94)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Wlad has confirmed that he’ll be fighting Thompson- his IBF mandatory- next.
11) Odlanier Solis (3-94)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Solis is said to be returning on the Rios-Gamboa undercard on April 14 in Vegas.  This isn’t the first rumored return date for the badly injured Solis, though, so we’ll have to watch the situation.
12) Seth Mitchell (3-14)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO2 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
I talked to Mitchell while sitting 2 seats down from him at the Alexander-Maidana card, and he says he will fight Chazz Witherspoon next as the televised co-feature to Hopkins-Dawson on April 28.  I can’t argue with getting to see Mitchell on a big stage since I believe him to be the next Champ, but I’m a little surprised that HBO would approve a borderline journeyman like Witherspoon.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-61)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. #19 Kubrat Pulev
Despite promotional issues, Dimitrenko-Pulev appears to be on for March 31 in Kiel, Germany.
14) Chris Arreola (3-156)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola and Wlad both want to fight each other, but the IBF has intervened, mandating Wlad-Thompson.
15) Denis Boytsov (3-143)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- KO4 Darnell Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Boytsov will be fighting Dominick Guinn- a one time contender who is now roughly a high-level journeyman- in Cologne on April 13.
16) Jean Marc Mormeck (3-94)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Mormeck embarrassed himself as much in the ring against Wlad as Chisora did outside the ring against Vitali.  That’s saying something.  Don’t be surprised if he retires after his nice (but undeserved) payday.
17) Bermane Stiverne (3-38)
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.  That fight may never happen, though, as there is talk that Vitali might fight Chisora, Haye, and then retire.
18) Samuel Peter (3-94)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appeared that Peter would be fighting Vyacheslav Glazkov, but apparently it was never a done deal.
19) Kubrat Pulev (3-70)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. #13 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (3-42)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Samoan Gatekeeper Alex Leapai and American fringe prospect Kevin Johnson battle in Ascot, Australia on Sunday.  The winner becomes a certified fringe contender and may even wrangle a wranking (intentional misspelling).  Also, #3 Eddie Chambers will be removed for inactivity if he doesn’t schedule a fight this week.

Heavyweight: 2012, Mar 5-11

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by danboxing
Jean-Marc Mormeck had a shot at the legitimate heavyweight championship of the world, and he totally froze up.  He did nothing.  CompuBox said he landed 3 punches.  I want a recount.  I saw zero.  That’s over the course of about 3 1/2 rounds.  Wladimir Klitschko won that fight sometime well before he stepped in the ring.  Mormeck got what must have been a nice payday, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him retire.  It’s obvious his two prior close wins over fringe contenders had him overrated, because he belonged in the same ring with the Champion even less than most of Wlad’s unworthy challengers.  On the same card in Dusseldorf, fringe contending undefeated Russian giant Alexander Ustinov stopped journeyman Kertson Manswell late in the 3rd round.

 

No changes to the rankings.  There’s a strong temptation to bump Mormeck down based on his docile disappearing act, but in the final analysis, a 4th round stoppage loss isn’t really out of line with expectations when a fringe contender fights a Champion.  The punch output was pathetic, but I don’t count punches for other fights I use in the ratings, and I’m not going to cherry pick this one.  Mormeck’s inactivity (he barely got in under the gun of removal from the rankings by signing the fight) is a more likely candidate to cause his demotion, but #17 Bermane Stiverne doesn’t exactly cry out for a boost with his resume or activity, either. 

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (141-354-354)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #10 Tony Thompson
Wlad spoke his mind and said he wants Arreola next, and that he was also interested in Seth Mitchell, David Price, and Tyson Fury.  The following day, he told us that he will follow his marching orders from the alphabets and instead fight Tony Thompson in the summer.
1) Vitali Klitschko (178-178-178)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
After expressing interest in a rematch with Chisora (to knock him out), Vitali then revived serious talk of fighting David Haye, in a very short period of time, that fight appeared nearly made, but talks now appear to be falling apart.
2) Alexander Povetkin (28-228-228)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown Date- 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) Eddie Chambers (21-153-153)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers has now been inactive for a year due largely to minor injuries.  He has confirmed that he is now clear to train again, so I will give him just one more month to sign another fight before he is removed.
4) Tomasz Adamek (14-98-98)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Adamek will fight journeyman Nagy Aguilera on NBC Sports’ March 24 card after reconciling with his old promotional outfit, Main Events.
5) Marco Huck (2-2)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck shockingly was able to narrowly outfight Povetkin, and gets about half the credit he deserves in my rankings (as opposed to none of it elsewhere).  Povetkin is hiding behind his mandatory obligation against total has-been Hasim Rahman to avoid a rematch.
6) Tyson Fury (2-33-33)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO3 Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
In lieu of a British title defense against the dangerous David Price, Fury has opted to fight also-ran former British Champion Martin Rogan- who had been reduced to fighting 6-rounders before his current 18-month layoff- instead.
7) Dereck Chisora (2-14-77)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
For the brawl with David Haye, Chisora has been banned indefinitely by the WBC (not that big a deal), but faces a hearing on his license by the British Boxing Board of Control on March 14 (much bigger deal).
8) Robert Helenius (2-49-93)
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.
9) Ruslan Chagaev (2-277-277)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- UD8 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev wants to fight every 3 months and hopes for another title shot by the end of 2012.
10) Tony Thompson (2-93-93)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Wlad has confirmed that he’ll be fighting Thompson- his IBF mandatory- next.
11) Odlanier Solis (2-93)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Solis is said to be returning on the Rios-Gamboa undercard on April 14 in Vegas.  This isn’t the first rumored return date for the badly injured Solis, though, so we’ll have to watch the situation.
12) Seth Mitchell (2-13)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO2 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
I talked to Mitchell while sitting 2 seats down from him at the Alexander-Maidana card, and he says he will fight Chazz Witherspoon next as the televised co-feature to Hopkins-Dawson on April 28.  I can’t argue with getting to see Mitchell on a big stage since I believe him to be the next Champ, but I’m a little surprised that HBO would approve a borderline journeyman like Witherspoon.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-60)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. #19 Kubrat Pulev
Despite promotional issues, Dimitrenko-Pulev appears to be on for March 31 in Kiel, Germany.
14) Chris Arreola (2-155)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola and Wlad both want to fight each other, but the IBF has intervened, mandating Wlad-Thompson.
15) Denis Boytsov (2-142)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- KO4 Darnell Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Boytsov will be fighting Dominick Guinn- a one time contender who is now roughly a high-level journeyman- in Cologne on April 13.
16) Jean Marc Mormeck (2-93)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Mormeck embarrassed himself as much in the ring against Wlad as Chisora did outside the ring against Vitali.  That’s saying something.  Don’t be surprised if he retires after his nice (but undeserved) payday.
17) Bermane Stiverne (2-37)
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.  That fight may never happen, though, as there is talk that Vitali might fight Chisora, Haye, and then retire.
18) Samuel Peter (2-93)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appeared that Peter would be fighting Vyacheslav Glazkov, but apparently it was never a done deal.
19) Kubrat Pulev (2-69)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. #13 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (2-41)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The calendar reveals two fights of note on Friday.  Internationalism is the theme as Czech fringe contender Ondrej Pala fights journeyman Konstantin Airich of Germany by way of Kazakhstan in Turkey.  That same evening, gatekeeper Jason Estrada takes on low-level journeyman Dominique Alexander in Providence, Rhode Island.

Heavyweight: 2011, Dec 12-18

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by danboxing
In this week’s most important fight, Seth Mitchell- usually considered America’s top heavyweight prospect- lived up to his billing by comprehensively destroying the normally very capable #19 Timur Ibragimov in Washington, D.C.  Mitchell did the job with not only power (of which he showed plenty) but also a level of boxing skill you might not expect from a guy that didn’t start fighting until his 20s, and which is largely lacking in all but the very top contenders in the division. 

 

In other action, Samoan fringe contender Alex Leapai annihilated totally overwhelmed journeyman Troy Weida on Thursday in Australia, forcing a first round stoppage.  The next night in Rhode Island, gatekeeper Jason Estrada shut out journeyman Joseph Rabotte over 8 rounds. 

 

Mitchell makes his debut in the ratings on the strength of the emphatic win over a ranked opponent, landing ahead of Alexander Dimitrenko at #11.  Ibragimov, having lost to an unranked opponent, falls from the rankings. Everybody rated #11-18 last week falls one spot each to make room for Mitchell.

 

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) Alexander Dimitrenko
6) Robert Helenius
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 (129-342-342)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 3/3/2011- vs. #15 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad had surgery to remove a kidney stone on the 5th and quite understandably wasn’t going to be ready to fight on the 10th.  It appears that the fight is only rescheduled and will be held March 3, but it’s not entirely clear yet that Mormeck has accepted the offer to reschedule.
1) Vitali Klitschko (166-166-166)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: 2/18/2011- vs. #6 Dereck Chisora
After flirting with Haye and Dimitrenko, Vitali announced a fight with the man of the hour- recently robbed Dereck Chisora.  Word is he’ll fight David Haye in a stadium in the summer and then likely retire.
2) Alexander Povetkin (16-216-216)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- KO8 #20 Cedric Boswell
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin turned in a tedious but ultimately successful effort against Boswell.  At the post-fight press conference, cruiserweight contender Marco Huck challenged him and Povetkin and trainer Teddy Atlas eagerly accepted.  But now the WBA has named Hasim Rahman the mandatory contender to Povetkin’s made-up belt, so we’ll see how that situation pans out.  Neither matchup is particularly compelling for a fighter of Povetkin’s stature.  Povetkin prefers Tyson Fury over Rahman, and that at least speaks well of him.
3) Eddie Chambers (9-141-141)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/21/2012- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
After recovering from a back injury that nixed his scheduled eliminator with Tony Thompson, Chambers is now set to headline the first installment of Main Events’ new Versus network show against house fighter Sergei Liakhovich.
4) Tomasz Adamek (2-86-86)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chris Arreola wants to fight him, but Adamek is talking about a rematch with Andrew Golota.  Are you f’ing kidding me???
5) Tyson Fury (2-21-21)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO3 Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is already working on his next fight, which may be March 17 at Madison Square Garden for his US debut.  Alexander Povetkin and Magomed Abdusalamov appear to be possible opponents.
6) Dereck Chisora (2-2-65)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #4 Robert Helenius (Robbery)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Despite being robbed, Chisora will get a chance to capitalize on his winning performance against Helenius by fighting #1 contender Vitali Klitschkho in February.
7) Robert Helenius (2-37-81)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius looked like he always does against Chisora- completely horrible.  The only difference is that he didn’t suddenly stop his man as per usual.  In his defense, it appears that he sustained a hairline fracture in his hand early in the bout.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (2-265-265)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 1/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chagaev has a fight scheduled against an opponent to be announced in January.
9) Tony Thompson (2-81-81)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson has been elevated to a spot as the IBF’s mandatory contender without the need for an eliminator against Chambers, who withdrew with a back injury.  This most likely means he won’t be fighting Chambers as originally planned.
10) Odlanier Solis (2-52-81)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis appears to still be recovering from multiple knee surgeries.
11) Seth Mitchell (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO2 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Announced that he’s for real in a big way by destroying the normally durable Ibragimov.  He says he’ll be ready for a Klitschko in 3 or 4 fights.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-48)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appeared to have been bumped out of his EBU mandatory spot in favor of a Chisora rematch, but appeared to be in the running for a fight with Vitali in February.  Instead, it is Chisora that will fight Klitschko, while Dimitrenko is likely back at the top of the list of contenders for Helenius’ illegitimate European belt.
13) Chris Arreola (1-143)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO3 Raphael Butler (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola wants to fight Wlad and/or Adamek in the near future.
14) Denis Boytsov (1-130)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-81)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 3/3/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Klitschko’s comments, above.
16) Bermane Stiverne (1-25)
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.
17) Samuel Peter (1-81)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appeared that Peter would be fighting Vyacheslav Glazkov, but apparently it was never a done deal.
18) Kubrat Pulev (1-57)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD12 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Franklin Lawrence (1-29)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Cedric Boswell (9-9)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Boswell was the most comatose participant in a comatose fight with Alexander Povetkin prior to being rendered semi-conscious by Povetkin in the 8th.  In this case, semi-conscious is a downgrade from comatose…don’t ask how that works.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Just one mildly notable fight this week: on the Ward-Froch undercard in Atlantic City on Saturday, Tongan fringe prospect Bowie Tupou will fight journeyman Donnell Holmes.

Heavyweight: 2011, Dec 5-11

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by danboxing
Amir Mansour took care of business on Friday in Delaware, stopping undersized journeyman Epifanio Mendoza in 6. 

 

The following evening, it might be be a stretch to say that underdog #18 Dereck Chisora dominated #4 Robert Helenius in the latter’s home country, but at the very least, he won by a fairly wide margin.  There’s no way that any non-corrupt judge could have given Helenius (who reportedly injured his hand early in the fight) more than 3 rounds, and yet each of the three disgraceful human beings given that task found a way to give their guy way more credit than that.  One judge apparently really wanted Helenius to win, but eventually got too embarrassed with himself to keep giving him rounds and actually awarded the fight to Chisora by one round.  The other two crooks gave Helenius no fewer than 4 rounds that he clearly lost, as well as a couple more that I personally believe he lost, in order to sickeningly award the fight to Helenius 115-113.  These judges: Leszek Jankowiak of Poland and especially Italy’s Giuseppe Quaratrone and Spain’s Manuel Palomo are incompetent and very likely corrupt, and should never be allowed to judge again.  Ever.  This is one of the all-time worst robberies, and it’s a black mark on the sport.  But luckily, we ignore dirtbags like Palomo and Quartarone here, and so as far as I’m concerned Chisora won the fight in solid fashion. 

 

On the same card in Finland, #2 Alexander Povetkin fought #20 Cedric Boswell.  I saw the first couple rounds on YouTube, and they were so crushingly boring that I just went to Boxrec to find the result.  When I found out if was a middle round knockout, I decided to pick up where I left off, with the happy knowledge that someone would eventually land a punch at some point.  It took a few more rounds before that happened, but eventually a fight so tepid that it makes Wlodarczyk-Palacios look like Gatti-Ward turned into a one-sided beatdown in the last round or two.  Povetkin took his time, but ultimately imposed his will on Boswell, who did very little in the fight except throw out a light jab lazily every now and then.  The sad thing was that was enough to win a round for Boswell on my card. 

 

On the undercard of both of those fights, German prospect Edmund Gerber was supposed to fight former contender Matt Skelton, but instead blasted out late replacement Marcus McGee in a mere 18 seconds.  Not sure what happened to Skelton, who would have at least been a tad bit of a test.

 

Povetkin is already as high in the rankings as he’s getting before he beats a Klitschko or before one of the brothers retires.  The only question arising out of that fight is what to do with Boswell.  If it was all based on how he looked, he’d certainly be out of the rankings, but ultimately his nearest competitor (probably Amir Mansour) still hasn’t accomplished quite as much.  I don’t think it’s necessarily appropriate to punish Boswell for trying to step way above his station to fight a top contender, regardless of how massively he failed.  Accordingly, he stays put at #20 for now.

 

Chisora’s win over Helenius normally would get him in contention with Povetkin for the #2 spot since Helenius was so highly-ranked, but Chisora’s big slip-up earlier in the year- when he came in ridiculously fat and sluggish and lost his British title to Tyson Fury- is a problem for him.  Despite now having a better win on his resume than Fury, it would be logically untenable to promote him over the guy who recently beat him (even considering Fury’s shaky wins since then).  So Chisora rockets up the rankings, but tops out just behind Fury at #6.  Helenius obviously has to fall below Fury as well, despite having accomplished significantly more than the British giant before losing to Chisora.  He settles in just behind Chisora at #7, still ahead of Ruslan Chagaev, who hasn’t had a really significant win in about 4 years.  Adamek and Fury (#5 and #6 last week) each move up one spot due to Helenius’ demotion, while everybody rated #7-17 last week drops one position to accommodate Chisora’s promotion, including Alexander Dimitrenko, who falls to #11 after 7 weeks in the top 10.

 

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) Alexander Dimitrenko
6) Robert Helenius
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 (128-341-341)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: 3/3/2011- vs. #14 Jean Marc Mormeck
Wlad had surgery to remove a kidney stone on the 5th and quite understandably wasn’t going to be ready to fight on the 10th.  It appears that the fight is only rescheduled and will be held March 3, but it’s not entirely clear yet that Mormeck has accepted the offer to reschedule.
1) Vitali Klitschko (165-165-165)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO10 #6 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
David Haye’s camp says Haye isn’t interested in coming out of his very brief retirement to fight Vitali, but Team Klitschko seems to be hearing different feedback from Haye’s people.  Vitali apparently wants that fight, but has given Haye a mid-December deadline to decide whether or not to take the offer he’s been given.  Vitali says he’ll announce his next opponent the week after his brother’s December 10 defense regardless of who it is.
2) Alexander Povetkin (15-215-215)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- KO8 #20 Cedric Boswell
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin turned in a tedious but ultimately successful effort against Boswell.  At the post-fight press conference, cruiserweight contender Marco Huck challenged him and Povetkin and trainer Teddy Atlas eagerly accepted.  But now the WBA has named Hasim Rahman the mandatory contender to Povetkin’s made-up belt, so we’ll see how that situation pans out.  Neither matchup is particularly compelling for a fighter of Povetkin’s stature.  Povetkin prefers Tyson Fury over Rahman, and that at least speaks well of him.
3) Eddie Chambers (8-140-140)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It seems as if Thompson has been named the mandatory contender by the IBF without the need for the injury-plagued eliminator previously scheduled between him and Chambers.
4) Tomasz Adamek (1-85-85)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chris Arreola wants to fight him, but Adamek is talking about a rematch with Andrew Golota.  Are you f’ing kidding me???
5) Tyson Fury (1-20-20)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO3 Neven Pajkic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is already working on his next fight, which may be March 17 at Madison Square Garden for his US debut.  Alexander Povetkin and Magomed Abdusalamov appear to be possible opponents.
6) Dereck Chisora (1-1-64)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #4 Robert Helenius (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
He’s one of the most talked about fighters in the division at the moment after comprehensively beating the heavily favored Robert Helenius.  Might be in line for what, to me, seems an unnecessary rematch with Helenius, or maybe something even bigger.
7) Robert Helenius (1-36-80)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius looked like he always does against Chisora- completely horrible.  The only difference is that he didn’t suddenly stop his man as per usual.  In his defense, it appears that he sustained a hairline fracture in his hand early i the bout.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (1-264-264)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- L (UD12) vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 1/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chagaev has a fight scheduled against an opponent to be announced in January.
9) Tony Thompson (1-80-80)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson has been elevated to a spot as the IBF’s mandatory contender without the need for an eliminator against Chambers, who withdrew with a back injury.  This most likely means he won’t be fighting Chambers as originally planned.
10) Odlanier Solis (1-51-80)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis appears to still be recovering from multiple knee surgeries.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-47)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May get Helenius next since despite being beaten badly in his last fight, Helenius is still technically the EBU beltholder.
12) Chris Arreola (1-142)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO3 Raphael Butler (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola wants to fight Wlad and/or Adamek in the near future.
13) Denis Boytsov (1-129)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- TKO6 Matthew Greer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (1-80)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 3/3/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Klitschko’s comments, above.
15) Bermane Stiverne (1-24)
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.
16) Samuel Peter (1-80)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appeared that Peter would be fighting Vyacheslav Glazkov, but apparently it was never a done deal.
17) Kubrat Pulev (1-56)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD12 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Franklin Lawrence (1-28)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Timur Ibragimov (8-11)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L (SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
Ibragimov will serve as a measuring stick on December 10 when he attempts to shut the gate on America’s best heavyweight prospect, Seth Mitchell.  The fight will be televised by HBO.
20) Cedric Boswell (8-8)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Boswell was the most comatose participant in a comatose fight with Alexander Povetkin prior to being rendered semi-conscious by Povetkin in the 8th.  In this case, semi-conscious is a downgrade from comatose…don’t ask how that works.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Thursday in Australia, Samoan fringe contender Alex Leapai takes on totallly outmanned journeyman Troy Weida.  The following night in Rhode Island, gatekeeper Jason Estrada battles journeyman Joseph Rabotte, and then on the undercard of the Khan-Peterson fight on HBO, #19 Timur Ibragimov attempts to close the gate on Seth Mitchell, a former Michigan State linebacker and probably America’s best prospect at this weight in what should be a very intriguing crossroads fight.