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Heavyweight: 2013, Nov 4- 10

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by danboxing
Okay so I’m behind in my rankings, and normally I like to just produce the posts in order as if they were being published on time, and as if in full ignorance of anything that had happened since.  But in this one isolated case, I will not do that, because I feel the topic is far too serious to play even unintended games with.  In the November 2 fight between Mike Perez and Magomed Abdusalamov, Abdusalomov absorbed such a terrific beating (while, to his credit, fighting back hard the whole way) that he suffered a blood clot and a stroke in the hour or so after the fight.  He was placed in a medically-induced coma, and appeared likely to die to varying degrees for weeks.  As I write this on December 29, he appears to be out of the woods to the extent that his long-term survival appears highly likely.  He was brought out of the coma a week or so ago (after an initial attempt had ended badly), and has been moved from the hospital to a rehab facility.  According to his promoter, as reported by Dan Rafael, he has lost a large amount of weight, and can’t walk or speak at this point, and some of the damage is believed to be permanent.  He will obviously never box again.  We can only hope he can progress to the point of leading a normal life from here- especially since he is married with three young daughters.

 

 Now to the more normal reporting.  The same night in Hull, Yorkshire, hard-hitting Australian slugger Lucas Browne, after a mutually cautious first few rounds, proceeded to bludgeon a gun-shy undefeated Brit named Richard Towers.  Both men had top-50 credentials going in.  Towers now looks every inch (80, if you’re counting) the pretender, while Browne remains a hot prospect, though at the fairly advanced age of  34.  Browne could not necessarily be accused of being sensational in his 5th-round TKO victory for the most part.  He was largely deliberate.  The 6’8″ Towers would not engage in any way.  His sole apparent goal was to make the fight as negative as possible.  But luckily for Browne and eventually the fans, the lanky Towers simply wasn’t physically strong enough to keep it up.  Browne looked for any opening in Towers’ passiveness- a lazy movement or a weak clinch.  He finally got it in the 5th round, as Towers failed to adequately lock up Browne’s arms in a clinch.  Browne caught him flush, and pummeled his opponent mercilessly.  Towers’ frame dangled at the waist over the top rope, at which point referee Steve Gray quite correctly ruled a technical knockdown.  Towers had little or no control over his legs by the count of 8, and the fight was waved off, with Towers hardly having thrown a hand in anger for 5 rounds.

 

In lesser action, former contender Juan Carlos Gomez returned for the first time in about 18 months, stopping low-level Bosnian journeyman Adnan Buharalija in Dachau, Bavaria.  Gomez, having weighed in at a mere half-pound over the cruiserweight limit, appears to be plotting his future at that weight.  As for the present division, the self-styled Black Panther is not eligible for even a re-examination of his ranking, as his most recent rankable win became more than 5 years old while he was away.

 

Perez, under tough circumstances, debuts at #13.  This forces everyone ranked #13 and below last week down a spot, and last week’s #20 Denis Boytsov is out, having been an inaugural member of my rankings, and a member of the Ring Top 10 before that.  Browne is still on the way up, but not there yet.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (228-441-441)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko intends to be back in March.  Denis Boytsov sounds like a candidate.
1Tyson Fury (9-120-120)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #2 David Haye
Fury-Haye has been rescheduled for February 8.
2) David Haye (9-69-69)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
3) Alexander Povetkin (9-315-315)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin is calling for a rematch.  Wishful thinking, all the way.
4) Steve Cunningham (9-46-46)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham is now sparring with the man that knocked him out in April- Tyson Fury.
5Tomasz Adamek (9-185-185)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
With the Bryant Jennings proposal falling apart over money, Adamek will now be fighting Glazkov in one of NBC’s mid-afternoon telecasts.
6) Kubrat Pulev (9-79-156)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev will now be at least one of Wlad’s mandatories after beating Thompson.  There is serious talk of him fighting Chisora for a European title in the mean time.
7) Dereck Chisora (9-101-164)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO5 Edmund Gerber (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Matteo Modugno (UNR)
Chisora has switched November 30 opponents, and will no be facing unbeaten Italian Matteo Modugno.  It’s still too early in Modugno’s career to expect much from him at this level, though.
8) Odlanier Solis (9-33-180)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Solis will be fighting on the undercard for Antonio Tarver’s late November showcase in Florida.
9) Bermane Stiverne (9-20-36)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne said after being challenged to a rematch by Chris Arreola that he will wait on Klitschko and will not consider that fight.  There are powerful forces (Golden Boy) trying to match him with Wilder for Vitali’s title, as well.
10) Chris Arreola (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola may be a candidate for Wilder, or could fight for a vacant title in a rematch with Stiverne, should Vitali retire.
11) Tony Thompson (20-180)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson is now actively seeking a fight with Povetkin, Fury, Adamek, or Wilder.
12) Erkan Teper (9-10)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO1 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
Irish sources are reporting that Teper will be fighting Rogan in Germany in November.
13) Mike Perez (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- UD10 Magomed Abdusalamov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Perez will have to do what many great fighters have had to do in the past- get over the psychological difficulty of having beaten a man to within an inch of his life, just by doing his job.
14) Deontay Wilder (1-28)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wilder says he’ll be looking for a title shot in 2014, and has been called out by Tony Thompson recently.
15) Robert Helenius (1-180)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius intends to sit out the rest of his Sauerland contract, which might only last until the end of 2013 (though that issue might be litigated), and is moving back to Finland.  There is also speculation in the air that the long-term prognosis on his hand injury is very poor, and it might very well end his career at anything but a local level.  On the other hand, Sauerland recently tweeted that Helenius will be back in December or January.  We’ll see.
16) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-147)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is rumored at least to be fighting Sam Sexton in the first round of the WBC World Cup, but that tournament appears to be in limbo for the time being, at least.
17) Seth Mitchell (1-22)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.  Golden Boy’s CEO says he’s advised Mitchell to do just that, though he reports that Mitchell seems to have no such intention.
18) Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-46)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #5 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov will go from a non-TV tune-up directly to a NBC-televised afternoon showdown with Adamek.
19) Malik Scott (1-37)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was up at 9.5 and ready to go, but Phil Edwards called the fight off in an unfortunate SNAFU.  That being said, Chisora was coming on and I already had him ahead.  Scott probably would have gone on to lose anyway.
20) Johnathon Banks (1-51)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks apparently dinged his hands up pretty good in the Mitchell fight- an alternate explanation for those who, like me, thought his inexplicable failure to follow up on his early success was a bit suspicious.  He’s been doing physical therapy, and is about ready to get back in the ring.  He’d like a rematch with Mitchell, but unfortunately a trilogy probably isn’t of much benefit to the fragile young contender at this point.  He’s penciled-in for the second round of the WBC World Cup, against the winner of Sam Sexton and Alexander Dimitrenko, but as noted above, that whole tournament is delayed and in doubt.

 

 
THE WEEK AHEAD: On-again, off-again cruiserweight fringe contender Eric Fields takes what will likely be a temporary journey up to heavyweight this Saturday, when he meets lower-mid-level heavyweight journeyman Jonte Willis in Whitehall, New York.

Heavyweight: 2013, Oct 28- Nov 3

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by danboxing
#13 Deontay Wilder beat up veteran Ohio journeyman Nicolai Firtha, knocking him down 3 times en route to a 4th round TKO.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (227-440-440)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko intends to be back in March.
1Tyson Fury (8-119-119)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #2 David Haye
Fury-Haye has been rescheduled for February 8.
2) David Haye (8-68-68)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
3) Alexander Povetkin (8-314-314)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
It feels like Povetkin’s technical qualifications to fight a Klitschko was the only factor that made him remotely interesting within the division.  I’m not sure where he goes from here.
4) Steve Cunningham (8-45-45)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham is now sparring with the man that knocked him out in April- Tyson Fury.
5Tomasz Adamek (8-184-184)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- #17 Vyacheslav Glazkov
With the Bryant Jennings proposal falling apart over money, Adamek will now be fighting Glazkov in one of NBC’s mid-afternoon telecasts.
6) Kubrat Pulev (8-78-155)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev will now be at least one of Wlad’s mandatories after beating Thompson.  There is serious talk of him fighting Chisora for a European title in the mean time.
7) Dereck Chisora (8-100-163)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO5 Edmund Gerber (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Matteo Modugno (UNR)
Chisora has switched November 30 opponents, and will no be facing unbeaten Italian Matteo Modugno.  It’s still too early in Modugno’s career to expect much from him at this level, though.
8) Odlanier Solis (8-32-179)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis was scheduled to fight Carlos Takam in the WBC World Cup, but that organization once again proved that one old man is bigger than the sport, as Jose Sulaiman’s illness cancelled (or at least delayed) the whole thing.
9) Bermane Stiverne (8-19-35)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne said after being challenged to a rematch by Chris Arreola that he will wait on Klitschko and will not consider that fight.  There are powerful forces (Golden Boy) trying to match him with Wilder for Vitali’s title, as well.
10) Chris Arreola (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola may be a candidate for Wilder, or could fight for a vacant title in a rematch with Stiverne, should Vitali retire.
11) Tony Thompson (19-179)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson is now actively seeking a fight with Povetkin, Fury, Adamek, or Wilder.
12) Erkan Teper (8-9)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO1 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
Irish sources are reporting that Teper will be fighting Rogan in Germany in November.
13) Deontay Wilder (8-27)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wilder says he’ll be looking for a title shot in 2014, and has been called out by Tony Thompson recently.
14) Robert Helenius (8-179)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius intends to sit out the rest of his Sauerland contract, which might only last until the end of 2013 (though that issue might be litigated), and is moving back to Finland.  There is also speculation in the air that the long-term prognosis on his hand injury is very poor, and it might very well end his career at anything but a local level.  On the other hand, Sauerland recently tweeted that Helenius will be back in December or January.  We’ll see.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (8-146)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is rumored at least to be fighting Sam Sexton in the first round of the WBC World Cup, but that tournament appears to be in limbo for the time being, at least.
16) Seth Mitchell (8-21)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.  Golden Boy’s CEO says he’s advised Mitchell to do just that, though he reports that Mitchell seems to have no such intention.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (9-45)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #5 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov will go from a non-TV tune-up directly to a NBC-televised afternoon showdown with Adamek.
18) Malik Scott (9-36)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was up at 9.5 and ready to go, but Phil Edwards called the fight off in an unfortunate SNAFU.  That being said, Chisora was coming on and I already had him ahead.  Scott probably would have gone on to lose anyway.
19) Johnathon Banks (9-50)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks apparently dinged his hands up pretty good in the Mitchell fight- an alternate explanation for those who, like me, thought his inexplicable failure to follow up on his early success was a bit suspicious.  He’s been doing physical therapy, and is about ready to get back in the ring.  He’d like a rematch with Mitchell, but unfortunately a trilogy probably isn’t of much benefit to the fragile young contender at this point.  He’s penciled-in for the second round of the WBC World Cup, against the winner of Sam Sexton and Alexander Dimitrenko, but as noted above, that whole tournament is delayed and in doubt.
20) Denis Boytsov (9-228)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. Alex Leapai (UNR)
Boytsov suffered a minor knee injury, pushing his return back to November 23.  He will fight Samoan gatekeeper Alex Leapai.  No world-beater, but his best opponent in a while.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Friday in Germany, former top-10 contender Juan Carlos Gomez returns to the ring after a roughly 18-month layoff, as he fights low-level journeyman Adnan Buharalija of Bosnia.

 

Saturday night in Hull, Yorkshire, undefeated prospect Richard Towers from nearby Sheffield meets fellow undefeated Lucas Browne of Perth, Australia in a high-stakes battle.

 

And those aren’t the only undefeated big men meeting in the ring that night, as Cuban ex-pat Mike Perez (now a self-described Irishman) takes on unbeaten Russian Magomed Abdusalamov at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Heavyweight: 2013, Apr 22-28

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 24, 2013 by danboxing
In by far the week’s biggest fight at heavyweight, #6 Tyson Fury scored a dramatic (and somewhat dirty) come-from-behind knockout victory over undersized #3 Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden. Cunningham started off in fine form, dropping the gigantic Fury heavily in the 2nd en route to sweeping the first 4 rounds on my card.  But around the 5th round, Fury’s sheer size and roughhouse tactics seemed to take their toll on Cunningham’s conditioning, as Fury edged the 5th (aside from a point deduction for use of his head inside) and the 6th, as Cunningham became noticeably less elusive.  Fury then managed to hurt Cunningham in the 7th and pin him against the ropes.  At that point, he shoved his forearm into Cunningham’s face to ensure that he wouldn’t be able to see the big right hand that ended the night.  It wasn’t always pretty from Fury, but in the end it turned out to be plenty effective.  The same can not be said of his random decision to butcher the country classic “Keep it Between the Lines” by Ricky Van Shelton while addressing the crowd post-fight.

 

Just about an hour or two later, and across the pond in London, #9 Dereck Chisora sleepwalked his way to a snoozer of a 9th round TKO over journeyman and former Argentine Cruiserweight Champ Hector Avila.  Avila was content to hold and slow the pace, as he was even less in shape than the moderately fat Chisora.  Chisora, for his part, seemed content to throw one punch at a time more often than not, several committing to any really hard punches or combinations that might have made Avila’s night a little more difficult.  But ultimately Avila did sort of fold just when it looked like he might torture the viewer further by surviving to the final bell. 

 

Undefeated Polish prospect Artur Szpilka was in action in his home country, getting a short night’s work when his opponent, journeyman Taras Bidenko, retired on his stool with an injury at the start of the 2nd round.

 

And finally, Russian gatekeeper Alexander Ustinov cruised to a shutout decision over 8 rounds with Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic, whose lone claim to fame was dropping Ustinov’s fellow Kubrat Pulev victim Alexander Dimitrenko hard in their recent fight.

 

Fury advances to #2 with the win.  Simply put, nobody else but the Klitschkos and Cunningham himself has beaten a fighter ranked as highly as #3 in the last five years.  Despite a short resume at heavyweight, Cunningham still only falls to #5, as he can’t possibly dip below the man he clearly beat last time out in Tomasz Adamek.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (200-413-413)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Francesco Pianeta (UNR)
Wlad will be fighting Italian fringe contending prospect Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany.  It’s hard to knock Pianeta as a fighter because he remains undefeated and was knocked off track by a bout with cancer a couple years ago, but it’s hard to get excited about any fight that, if the underdog won, would be considered the greatest upset in the history of the Heavyweight Championship.
1) Vitali Klitschko (237-237-237)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After speculation went wild over a Daily Beast article that seemed to be hinting at an impending retirement announcement, Vitali seems to have every intention of continuing his career.  He says he may eventually fight David Haye, but implies he would at least fight his mandatory challenger (the Stiverne-Arreola winner) first.
2) Tyson Fury (1-92-92)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is now suddenly the most proven heavyweight not named Klitschko, and will likely get a chance to add to his resume against Kubrat Pulev next, as an eliminator for Wlad in the IBF.
3) David Haye (1-41-41)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Haye’s initially-announced July fight has been moved up to the end of June, and Eddie Chambers and especially Kubrat Pulev seem to be possibilities.
4) Alexander Povetkin (41-287-287)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2013- vs. Andrzej Wawrzyk (UNR)
Povetkin is set to fight mediocre-looking undefeated Polish prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk in Moscow, on the Lebedev-Jones undercard.
5) Steve Cunningham (1-18-18)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Only time will tell where Cunningham goes form here.  His hopes for a title shot are dashed at least for awhile.  Perhaps a trilogy with Adamek would make sense at this point.
6Tomasz Adamek (1-157-157)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Word is that Adamek will likely be fighting still relatively unproven Newark prospect Joe Hanks on June 14 in that town that they both currently call home.
7) Eddie Chambers (18-45-45)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ very active twitter continues to reference David Haye a lot, but the tone has noticeably shifted from “come on and fight me David Haye” to “Haye is ducking Chambers.”  It seems that nobody decent wants to fight Chambers.
8) Kubrat Pulev (18-51-128)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev says he’s negotiating to be David Haye’s 6/29 opponent.
9) Dereck Chisora (18-73-136)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO9 Hector Avila (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora put on a world-class snoozer against Avila, but still managed to bag a late stoppage.
10) Odlanier Solis (5-5-152)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD12 Leif Larsen (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis’ promoter wants to get him back in the ring within 3 months after the Larsen fight.
11) Johnathon Banks (5-23)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
The Mitchell rematch- postponed due to a broken thumb by Banks- has been reset for the Malignaggi-Broner undercard on June 22.
12) Tony Thompson (8-152)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. David Price (UNR)
After originally saying he’d only fight David Price in a rematch if Price came to the US, Thompson has instead agreed to fight in Price’s Liverpool backyard again.
13) Robert Helenius (8-152)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius’ team confirms another hand injury.  They say it will take 6 weeks to heal, despite rumors that it is more serious.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (8-119)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko’s future is in doubt after he struggled mightily to survive a heavy knockdown and outpoint typically inept journeyman Ivica Perkovic.
15) Chris Arreola (8-214)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The Stiverne fight is once again on the schedule, this time for April 27.
16) Denis Boytsov (8-201)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov appears to have won the battle of wills with Universum over whether he gets to fight or not.  Now the trick will be getting him in against worthwhile opposition.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (8-18)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (8-9)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott is in Moscow at last check, sparring with Povetkin and Lebedev.
19) Bermane Stiverne (8-8)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #15 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (8-8)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence reportedly pulled out of a planned (and very good) crossroads fight with prospect Bryant Jennings.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Several fights to talk about this week.  The likely most significant one is Saturday in Ontario, CA, where #15 Chris Arreola meets #19 Bermane Stiverne in a long-planned battle to determine Vitali Klitschko’s mandatory- or possibly his successor should he elect to retire.

 

On the undercard for that one, Connecticut gatekeeper Tony Grano takes on Texas journeyman Eric Molina for the right the be vastly overrated by the IBF.

 

Another pretty significant tilt can be found in Sheffield, England, as undefeated prospect and 2008 Olympic medalist Deontay Wilder fights the toughest opponent of his career in the resurgent Brit Audley Harrison. Harrison had descended well into journeyman status before winning the Prizefighter tournament out of what on paper looked like a pretty good field, though his exact draw was not as good as you’d have thought going in.  The victory in the one-night tournament qualified him as a top-25 fringe contender once again, which means on paper he’ll be a huge step up for Wilder, who still has yet to fight even a legitimate top 50 opponent.

 

On the Martinez-Murray undercard in Buenos Aires, undefeated Oxnard, CA-based Russian prospect Magomed Abdusalamov takes on Argentina’s own Sebastian Ceballos, a serviceable career journeyman who has thrice popped up as a failed contender for that country’s national title.  In one of those “only in boxing” quirks we’re so used to, this fight will somehow be for the WBC’s USA title, even though neither fighter is native to the US, and even though Ceballos in particular still lives in Argentina and has never even fought stateside.

 

Finally, former undefeated Vitali Klitschko opponent Kevin Johnson of Georgia- now barely in the top 50 and seemingly in rapid decline for about a year or so now- will continue his 2 year-long road show, fighting solid one-loss, Sydney-based Kiwi prospect Solomon Haumono in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday.

Heavyweight: 2013, Mar 11-17

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by danboxing
It’s time to face the possibility that Alexander Dimitrenko may be a shot fighter.  The #14 contender looked to stay busy on Saturday in his adopted hometown of Hamburg.  His opponent was 19-18 Croatian Ivica Perkovic.  Perkovic’s middling record is deceptive, however.  The vast majority of his wins came against fighters with 0 wins- many of them having lost well over 10 fights along the way.  His most prestigious win- such as it was- was probably his 4 round decision over an 8-22 opponent. 
 

Now that we’ve established what he was up against, let’s talk about Dimitrenko’s actual performance.  Two of the judges gave Perkovic 2 of the 8 rounds, including a fourth round knockdown.  Dimitrenko has now been down in each of his last 3 fights, including the last two against totally bargain basement Balkan opponents.  It’s looking like he may have been broken by the spiritually and physically taxing defeat to Pulev.

 

In a more significant fight, borderline top 50 undefeated prospect Magomed Abdusalamov removed the “borderline” from his title, stopping generally capable Puerto Rican prospect and former Olympian Victor Bisbal on Friday Night Fights from Atlantic City in under 5 rounds.  But I can’t say Abdusalamov really impressed.  Bisbal easily won the first two rounds with superior timing and accuracy.  Neither man had much in the way of defense or any sort of flashy skills or footwork.  It was like rock ’em sock ’em robots, except that early on, Bisbal was hitting Mago first and making him miss as a result.  Bisbal was probably at least 15 pounds over his ideal fighting weight, however, and it showed.  By round 3, he was starting to fade, and Mago started to find him with increasing frequency, wearing him down to a 5th round stoppage after putting Bisbal down with a flush lead right hand.  By that time, the Puerto Rican could barely hold himself up from fatigue.  Considering how poor his opponent’s conditioning appeared to be, Abdusalamov would be justified in saying that “Bisbal been veddy veddy good to me.”  I’ve never been that high on Abdusalamov.  While he does have plenty of power, I expect that the first in-shape, decent-chinned opponent with any kind of skills that he runs into will handle him easily.  I don’t expect him to rise any higher than the edge of the top 25.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (194-407-407)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Francesco Pianeta (UNR)
Wlad will be fighting Italian fringe contending prospect Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany.  It’s hard to knock Pianeta as a fighter because he remains undefeated and was knocked off track by a bout with cancer a couple years ago, but it’s hard to get excited about any fight that, if the underdog won, would be considered the greatest upset in the history of the Heavyweight Championship.
1) Vitali Klitschko (231-231-231)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali hasn’t decided whether to retire or not, but he has very clearly stated he has no interest in David Haye after Haye turned down a fight in September.
2) David Haye (35-35-35)
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.  If Vitali’s recent statement is any indication, we’ll never see Haye again.
3) Steve Cunningham (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Adamek’s erratic behavior has yielded justice.  Cunningham beat Adamek, but was robbed.  Now he’ll fight Tyson Fury, with the winner to fight Kubrat Pulev for a mandatory shot at Wlad.  The fight will be at MSG and will be televised live in the afternoon by NBC.
4) Alexander Povetkin (35-281-281)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After failing to convince the WBA to deny Wlad a voluntary before fighting him, Povetkin and his team are now raising cain about the 75-25 split the WBA has set for the purse bid.  No word on whether he’ll stay busy in the meantime, as it would be hard to imagine the fight happening before August at the earliest.
5) Tomasz Adamek (12-151-151)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
After claiming he turned down the Pulev fight for a more lucrative opportunity for a domestic Polish fight, Adamek is now saying he’ll fight next in the US.  If this were a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” we know which bird Adamek would be.
6) Tyson Fury (12-86-86)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Steve Cunningham
See Cunningham’s notes, above.
7) Eddie Chambers (12-39-39)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers appeared set to fight Lebedev at cruiserweight, but it now appears that Lebedev will fight Guillermo Jones, instead.
8) Kubrat Pulev (12-45-122)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek running scared, Pulev will reportedly defend his EBU title in March or April.  Next, he will likely fight the winner of Cunningham-Fury, with the winner becoming Wlad’s IBF mandatory.
9) Dereck Chisora (12-67-130)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora is penciled in for Frank Warren’s 3/16 card at Wembley Arena in London, but won’t find out if he has a license or not until 4 days before.  No prospective opponents have been bandied about, so it will likely be a very weak one.
10) Johnathon Banks (12-17-17)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell

Next Fight: Unknown
Banks broke his thumb in sparring, scuttling the Mitchell rematch.
11) Odlanier Solis (12-146)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Leif Larsen (UNR)
Solis takes on undefeated Norwegian prospect Leif Larsen in Berlin on March 22.  The two had been scheduled to meet in October, but Solis bailed to go straight for Adamek, whom he also bailed on.
12) Tony Thompson (2-146)

Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson wants Fury- who recently signed to fight Cunningham.  Price has a rematch clause, but Price himself has indicated he may not be “crying for a rematch,” while Thompson says he wouldn’t consider it unless they paid him a lot better and came to the US.
13) Robert Helenius (2-146)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius was rumored for a March fight with Sprott, but no news since.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (2-113)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko’s future is in doubt after he struggled mightily to survive a heavy knockdown and outpoint typically inept journeyman Ivica Perkovic.
15) Chris Arreola (2-208)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The most cursed single fight in recent memory has again been delayed.  This time Arreola’s bronchitis is to blame.  He said he can be ready by mid-April, but venues and dates haven’t been sorted out yet.  He’s been in active for over a year, but only the most recent delay is remotely his fault, so he’ll get a reasonable opportunity to reschedule.
16) Denis Boytsov (2-195)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov appears to have won the battle of wills with Universum over whether he gets to fight or not.  Now the trick will be getting him in against worthwhile opposition.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (2-12)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (2-3)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was the victim of a bad decision against Glazkov it’s fair to say, but I stop short of calling it a blatant robbery.  I do believe he won 8 of the 10 rounds, but he only won 4 of them with clarity.  By easing off the gas in the latter half of the fight, he gave the judges the opportunity to hand it to the house fighter, which 2 of them were all too happy to do.
19) Bermane Stiverne (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #15 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite signing with well-connected promoter Gary Shaw in July 2011, Lawrence has had nothing but stay-busy fights (and he’s not staying all that busy) since before that time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Dereck Chisora may or may not be fighting on Saturday.  He expects a decision on his British license 4 days before, and at last check was expecting to fight an unnamed opponent if he is restored to legitimacy.

Heavyweight: 2013, Mar 4-10

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by danboxing
No in-ring action at heavyweight last week, but #12 Marco Huck and #18 Jean-Marc Mormeck have both gone more than a year without fighting at heavyweight, and both are consequently removed.  Huck scheduled a fight this week, but it will be a cruiserweight rematch against Ola Afolabi.

 

Everyone ranked #13-17 last week moves up a rank apeice, while #s 19 and 20 each move up 2 places.  Rounding out the top 20 are Bermane Stiverne and Franklin Lawrence at #19 and #20, respectively.  Stiverne was last ranked 2 weeks ago before Malik Scott’s debut forced him out.  Lawrence was forced out last July and returned for a 1 week stint in mid-December, but had been on the outside looking in ever since.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (193-406-406)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Francesco Pianeta (UNR)
Pending approval from the WBA, Wlad will be fighting Italian fringe contending prospect Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany.  It’s hard to knock Pianeta as a fighter because he remains undefeated and was knocked off track by a bout with cancer a couple years ago, but it’s hard to get excited about any fight that, if the underdog won, would be considered the greatest upset in the history of the Heavyweight Championship.
1) Vitali Klitschko (230-230-230)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali hasn’t decided whether to retire or not, but he has very clearly stated he has no interest in David Haye after Haye turned down a fight in September.
2) David Haye (34-34-34)
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.  If Vitali’s recent statement is any indication, we’ll never see Haye again.
3) Steve Cunningham (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Adamek’s erratic behavior has yielded justice.  Cunningham beat Adamek, but was robbed.  Now he’ll fight Tyson Fury, with the winner to fight Kubrat Pulev for a mandatory shot at Wlad.  The fight will be at MSG and will be televised live in the afternoon by NBC.
4) Alexander Povetkin (34-280-280)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After failing to convince the WBA to deny Wlad a voluntary before fighting him, Povetkin and his team are now raising cain about the 75-25 split the WBA has set for the purse bid.  No word on whether he’ll stay busy in the meantime, as it would be hard to imagine the fight happening before August at the earliest.
5) Tomasz Adamek (11-150-150)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek is acting erratic lately, I think it’s fair to say.  First he gets busted drunk driving, and now he has turned down the Pulev shot that he “won” by “beating” Cunningham, claiming to have a much more lucrative offer to fight an unknown opponent in Poland- an offer that all the major Polish networks claim to have no part of.  He has also denied rumors that he might be fighting Artur Szpilka.
6) Tyson Fury (11-85-85)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Steve Cunningham
See Cunningham’s notes, above.
7) Eddie Chambers (11-38-38)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers appeared set to fight Lebedev at cruiserweight, but it now appears that Lebedev will fight Guillermo Jones, instead.
8) Kubrat Pulev (11-44-121)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek running scared, Pulev will reportedly defend his EBU title in March or April.  Next, he will likely fight the winner of Cunningham-Fury, with the winner becoming Wlad’s IBF mandatory.
9) Dereck Chisora (11-66-129)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora is penciled in for Frank Warren’s 3/16 card at Wembley Arena in London, but won’t find out if he has a license or not until 4 days before.  No prospective opponents have been bandied about, so it will likely be a very weak one.
10) Johnathon Banks (11-16-16)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell

Next Fight: Unknown
Banks broke his thumb in sparring, scuttling the Mitchell rematch.
11) Odlanier Solis (11-145)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Leif Larsen (UNR)
Solis takes on undefeated Norwegian prospect Leif Larsen in Berlin on March 22.  The two had been scheduled to meet in October, but Solis bailed to go straight for Adamek, whom he also bailed on.
12) Tony Thompson (1-145)

Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson wants Fury- who recently signed to fight Cunningham.  Price has a rematch clause, but Price himself has indicated he may not be “crying for a rematch,” while Thompson says he wouldn’t consider it unless they paid him a lot better and came to the US.
13) Robert Helenius (1-145)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius was rumored for a March fight with Sprott, but no news since.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-112)
Last Fight: 12/21/2012- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Dimitrenko is scheduled to return on March 9 in Hamburg.  He was rumored to be fighting an untested and inactive 4-0 prospect, but he’s possibly gone even softer with Ivica Perkovic.
15) Chris Arreola (1-207)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The most cursed single fight in recent memory has again been delayed.  This time Arreola’s bronchitis is to blame.  He said he can be ready by mid-April, but venues and dates haven’t been sorted out yet.  He’s been in active for over a year, but only the most recent delay is remotely his fault, so he’ll get a reasonable opportunity to reschedule.
16) Denis Boytsov (1-194)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov appears to have won the battle of wills with Universum over whether he gets to fight or not.  Now the trick will be getting him in against worthwhile opposition.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-11)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (1-2)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was the victim of a bad decision against Glazkov it’s fair to say, but I stop short of calling it a blatant robbery.  I do believe he won 8 of the 10 rounds, but he only won 4 of them with clarity.  By easing off the gas in the latter half of the fight, he gave the judges the opportunity to hand it to the house fighter, which 2 of them were all too happy to do.
19) Bermane Stiverne (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #15 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite signing with well-connected promoter Gary Shaw in July 2011, Lawrence has had nothing but stay-busy fights (and he’s not staying all that busy) since before that time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, #15 Alexander Dimitrenko fights low-level journeyman Ivica Perkovic in a pretty pointless fight.  And I guess I’ll also report that borderline top-50 undefeated Russian prospect Magomed Abdusalamov will battle one-loss Puerto Rican Victor Bisbal on Friday Night Fights from Atlantic City.  The winner will become a clear top 50 fighter and earn the right to be mentioned here without reservation.