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Heavyweight: 2014, Apr 21-27

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by danboxing
Wednesday in Santa Monica, California, undefeated prospect Charles Martin of California by way of St. Louis scored a knockout midway through the 4th round of his high-stakes early career showdown with fellow undefeated Alex Flores.  The card was not televised despite having several fairly compelling fights, so I can’t give you much more info than that, unfortunately. 

 

In a similarly non-televised fight of some significance from Hammond, Indiana on Friday, quality Hollywood-based Russian journeyman Andrey Fedosov propelled himself well into the top 50 with a second-round knockout of veteran gatekeeper Maurice Harris.  Boxrec tells me that Harris was down twice in the second round, but that’s all I can tell you.

 

Martin is now clearly one to watch, but Flores hadn’t proven quite enough to this point to serve as a springboard to rankability for Martin.  Fedosov’s win is a bit more credible in that respect, to the extent that he’s on my radar now.  Still, nowhere near the top 20, especially considering his two relevant losses, to Bryant Jennings and especially Lance Whittaker.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (252-465-465)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. #16 Alex Leapai
Klitschko-Leapai appears to be finalized for April 26 in Germany.  He said recently that he wants to capture his brother’s old alphabet title, which would unify all the major titles for the first time since Lewis in 1999.  He would have to wait for someone else to pick it up first, as the silly alphabets don’t let current titlists fight for vacant titles.
1) Tyson Fury (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #6 Dereck Chisora
Fury-Chisora has been made.  July 26, in Manchester.  The winner will become one of Wlad’s mandatories.
2) Vyacheslav Glazkov (6-6-70)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD12 #4 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov reportedly has a fight in the works with Povetkin for early June, in what would be one of the best matchups possible right now in the division- to say nothing of the Russia-Ukraine angle.
3) Alexander Povetkin (6-339-339)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
See Glazkov’s notes, above.
4) Amir Mansour (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery L (UD10) vs. #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham had the more sympathetic story and a legitimately great comeback attempt, but Mansour had the better collection of rounds legitimately won.  Mansour was robbed even though the fight was close, and deserves Cunningham’s former position in the rankings for his effort.
5) Kubrat Pulev (10-103-180)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- RTD3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s sounding increasingly likely that Pulev will get a long awaited shot at the Klitschko-Leapai winner.
6) Dereck Chisora (10-125-188)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
7) Steve Cunningham (3-70-70)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery W (UD10) vs. Amir Mansour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I hope you’ll all pray for his daughter to recover from her life-threatening health condition, and the guy had guts to come back from the 2 knockdowns.  But he didn’t win the fight.
8) Tony Thompson (3-5-204)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- W* (SD12) vs. #8 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. #11 Carlos Takam
Thompson- no stranger to the road- will visit France for a fight with tough customer Carlos Takam on June 6.
9) Tomasz Adamek (3-209-209)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- L (UD12) vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
I’d have to think Adamek would at least consider retirement after being brutalized for 12 rounds by a guy that had looked like he might top out around the top 15.  He’s recently announced his candidacy for the European parliament elections in May, so that may be a sign that he’s leaning that direction.
10) Odlanier Solis (3-57-204)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- L* (SD12) vs. #13 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
The Solis haters are out in force, claiming a clear loss in a fight that Solis deserved to win.  You might not like his physique or his training habits or his style, but if he outfights the other guy, he still deserves to be respected as a winner at least as much as a disappointment.  A loss to Thompson is not that embarrassing, especially when you ought to have won it.
11) Carlos Takam (3-14)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #11 Mike Perez
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. #8 Tony Thompson
See Thompson’s notes, above.
12) Bermane Stiverne (3-60)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. #13 Chris Arreola
ESPN has landed the fight- their biggest score in a while on that front.  May 10 in Los Angeles.
13) Chris Arreola (3-33)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. #12 Bermane Stiverne
See Stiverne’s notes, above.
14) Deontay Wilder (3-52)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 #19 Malik Scott
Next Fight: Unknown
With the win over Scott, Wilder appears poised to fight the Stiverne-Arreola winner for an alphabet title and probably near-universal recognition as the best American heavyweight.  If that falls through for some reason, Andy Ruiz wants to step in to fight him.
15) Erkan Teper (3-34)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO1 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alex Leapai (3-22)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD10 #20 Denis Boytsov
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Leapai-Klitschko is done for April 26 in Germany.
17) Andy Ruiz (3-22)
Last Fight: 11/24/2013- RTD3 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Ruiz was scheduled to fight on the Marquez-Alvarado undercard on May 10, but has been bumped back a week to a fight in Fresno against Manuel Quezada.
18) Seth Mitchell (3-46)
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.
19) Johnathon Banks (3-7)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Francesco Pianeta (3-6)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO2 Robert Teuber (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/30/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Pianeta makes his 2014 debut in Dresden on May 30 against a TBA opponent.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Saturday
Champ Wladimir Klitschko vs. #16 Alex Leapai; Oberhausen, Germany; ESPN (US)
What more can you say about the Champ?  He’s untouchable.  Leapai is a relatively short (6’0″) Samoan heavyweight who lives in Australia.  He’s fairly unheralded, and many fans and media are criticizing Wlad for taking the fight.  On the other hand, Leapai did recently soundly defeat a long-standing prospect in Boytsov, and there are only a handful of guys who have a better claim and who have not been beaten by one of the Klitschkos yet.  Some might wonder what Leapai’s chances are in the fight.  Well, he’s not an especially gifted boxer, nor does he have the kind of size or reach that might lead one to believe a guy like Tyson Fury might have a chance.  On the other hand, we know Wlad has had chin problems in the now-distant past, and Leapai does figure to have above average power, although he’s never stopped anyone close to a top 50 heavyweight.  Puncher’s chance?  Arguably.  Anything beyond that?  Not remotely.

 

Lucas Browne vs. Eric Martel Bahoeli; Sheffield, England; BoxNation (UK)
Browne is an Australian fringe contending prospect who will look to pick up the vacant Commonwealth title against French Canadian journeyman Bahoeli who, despite some not-so-forgivable losses two or three years ago, got himself to the doorstep of the top 50 with an upset stoppage of undefeated prospect Didier Bence in his last fight.  Browne has got to be the favorite, but Bahoeli has enough career momentum to make it at least a little interesting.

Heavyweight: 2014, Apr 14-20

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 17, 2014 by danboxing
Another relatively busy week led off on Friday with what turned out to be similar to a generic form of Ambien.  And no, nobody got put to sleep in the ring.  It was simply a sleep-inducing performance by both Konstantin Airich and Christian Hammer.  Hammer appears to have decent physical tools, and certainly has a marketable name, but he was less than scintillating in his decision victory (the scores weren’t announced, nor are they available on Boxrec) over Airich.  Shopworn veteran journeyman Airich- the shorter man- clearly won the second round, and backed up and probably hurt Hammer in the last round, but overall he was passive and seemed resigned to a decision loss.  Hammer probably wasn’t in top shape, as his output was fairly low, even while he was dominating.  He also didn’t sit down on what looked like they could have been devastating punches, if thrown with better technique and conviction.  Nevertheless, Hammer moves along, while Airich fades further into obscurity.

 

The following night in Bonn, Germany, Lebanese-German prospect Manuel Charr got the best win of his career by walking down and outpointing gatekeeper Kevin Johnson over 10 rounds.  Johnson boxed effectively at times- particularly in the first few rounds of the fight, but in the long run he was unable to hold off the constant pressure of Charr, who had him on the ropes frequently.  I had it 98-92 Charr, and 2 of the 3 judges agreed, with the third having it a round closer, which is reasonable.

 

Meanwhile, in Esbjerg, Denmark, 2-loss prospect David Price got yet another scare- losing the first two rounds and getting dropped in the first against Czech journeyman Ondrej Pala.  He didn’t appear to enjoy the idea of a third loss, though, and quickly dispatched Pala with 2 single right hands, scoring two knockdowns in quick succession and ending the fight.  

 

Eddie Chambers also snuck in some late-breaking action in London, stopping the comically bad (5-39-4) Moses Matovu in 70 seconds in the most obvious stay-busy fight since perhaps Chambers’ last fight against 9-45-6 Tomas Mrazek.  Don’t strain yourself, Eddie.

 

Are you randomly wondering how premature Manuel Charr’s ill-fated September 2012 shot at Vitali Klitschko really was?  Well, you’re in luck, because I’m gonna tell you.  Very premature.  Charr hadn’t beaten anyone even arguably within the top 50 at that point.  He did so (emphasis on the arguably) in his next fight, for the first time, against Konstantin Airich, and only now- 18 months later- does he beat his first clearly top-50 fighter.  Again, to highlight just how premature the opportunity really was: even now that he’s at a much higher level of achievement than he was back then, Charr still barely cracks the top 30 with the Johnson win.  Perhaps more importantly, though, he’s reinvigorated his career, and is back on track as a serious prospect.  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 (251-464-464)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. #16 Alex Leapai
Klitschko-Leapai appears to be finalized for April 26 in Germany.  He said recently that he wants to capture his brother’s old alphabet title, which would unify all the major titles for the first time since Lewis in 1999.  He would have to wait for someone else to pick it up first, as the silly alphabets don’t let current titlists fight for vacant titles.
1) Tyson Fury (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #6 Dereck Chisora
Fury-Chisora has been made.  July 26, in Manchester.  The winner will become one of Wlad’s mandatories.
2) Vyacheslav Glazkov (5-5-69)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD12 #4 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Alexander Povetkin (5-338-338)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin declined an opportunity to fight undefeated Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz for a “regular” title that would have set him up for an eventual rematch for the real title.
4) Amir Mansour (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery L (UD10) vs. #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham had the more sympathetic story and a legitimately great comeback attempt, but Mansour had the better collection of rounds legitimately won.  Mansour was robbed even though the fight was close, and deserves Cunningham’s former position in the rankings for his effort.
5) Kubrat Pulev (9-102-179)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- RTD3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev dominated Perkovic, a low-level journeyman who took the fight on roughly a day or two’s notice.  He’s now back in the position to wait for a Klitschko shot.
6) Dereck Chisora (9-124-187)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
7) Steve Cunningham (2-69-69)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery W (UD10) vs. Amir Mansour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I hope you’ll all pray for his daughter to recover from her life-threatening health condition, and the guy had guts to come back from the 2 knockdowns.  But he didn’t win the fight.
8) Tony Thompson (2-4-203)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- W* (SD12) vs. #8 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson has been on a pretty decent run in the past couple years, and he might be at his highest point since his first fight with Wlad after getting a questionable win in a very close fight with Solis.  He has called out Tyson Fury, though the timing for that is a bit odd.
9) Tomasz Adamek (2-208-208)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- L (UD12) vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
I’d have to think Adamek would at least consider retirement after being brutalized for 12 rounds by a guy that had looked like he might top out around the top 15.  He’s recently announced his candidacy for the European parliament elections in May, so that may be a sign that he’s leaning that direction.
10) Odlanier Solis (2-56-203)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- L* (SD12) vs. #13 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
The Solis haters are out in force, claiming a clear loss in a fight that Solis deserved to win.  You might not like his physique or his training habits or his style, but if he outfights the other guy, he still deserves to be respected as a winner at least as much as a disappointment.  A loss to Thompson is not that embarrassing, especially when you ought to have won it.
11) Carlos Takam (2-13)
Last Fight: 1/18/2014- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #11 Mike Perez
Next Fight: Unknown
Takam has been called in to spar with Tyson Fury.  Good call.  He’s about as close to Chisora as you can get.
12) Bermane Stiverne (2-59)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. #13 Chris Arreola
ESPN has landed the fight- their biggest score in a while on that front.  May 10 in Los Angeles.
13) Chris Arreola (2-32)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. #12 Bermane Stiverne
See Stiverne’s notes, above.
14) Deontay Wilder (2-51)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 #19 Malik Scott
Next Fight: Unknown
With the win over Scott, Wilder appears poised to fight the Stiverne-Arreola winner for an alphabet title and probably near-universal recognition as the best American heavyweight.
15) Erkan Teper (2-33)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO1 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alex Leapai (2-21)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD10 #20 Denis Boytsov
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Leapai-Klitschko is done for April 26 in Germany.
17) Andy Ruiz (2-21)
Last Fight: 11/24/2013- RTD3 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Ruiz was scheduled to fight on the Marquez-Alvarado undercard on May 10, but has been bumped back a week to a fight in Fresno against Manuel Quezada.
18) Seth Mitchell (2-45)
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.
19) Johnathon Banks (2-6)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Francesco Pianeta (2-5)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO2 Robert Teuber (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Wednesday
Charles Martin vs. Alexander Flores; Santa Monica, California; Off TV
Martin and Flores are both undefeated prospect, and both are close to top 50 level, give or take.  Martin comes from St. Louis and is now based near L.A.  Flores is a California native and most likely the local favorite.  He also has the cleaner record of the two, having won all but two of his fights by knockout, including each of his last 10.  Martin has flashed similar power, earning a stoppage in 13 of his 15 wins, but he did have to settle for a draw with a bad fighter in a 4-rounder last year.  The best mark (based on Boxrec rankings) on each man’s resume were similarly-ranked mid-level journeymen.  Martin won a 6 round decision at that level, while Flores scored an 8-round TKO.  Any way you slice it, it’s a pick ’em fight, though if you split enough hairs, I think you have to make Flores the slight favorite despite his slightly lower ranking.  Regardless of who wins, that guy will become a top prospect instantly.  The fight and the deep and excellent card it’s part of, is not televised.  Hopefully it ends up on YouTube at some point.

 

Friday
Maurice Harris vs. Andrey Fedosov; Hammond, Indiana; Off TV
Another potentially significant off-TV heavyweight fight.  Harris is a 38 year-old American gatekeeper who has lost 3 of his last 4 and 4 of his last 6 against mostly solid competition.  Fedosov is a Hollywood-based 3-loss journeyman from Russia who is looking to jump-start his career after a stoppage loss to Bryant Jennings last year stalled his bid to get into the top 50, himself.

Heavyweight: 2013, Aug 19-25

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2013 by danboxing
Wednesday in New York, gatekeeper/fringe prospect hybrid Tor Hamer apparently pounded journeyman Kertson Manswell so thoroughly in three minutes that he was unable to continue to the 2nd round.

 

Friday Night Fights and Comiskey Park were the respective stages for the rematch of the brilliant February slugfest between undefeated Pole Artur Szpilka and rugged, slugging journeyman Mike Mollo that Spilka won by spectacular knockout in comeback style.  Once again, we were treated to a back-and-forth two-way bludgeoning.  Mollo once again put his man down, and appeared to have turned the corner from some difficult moments in the first couple rounds when Szpilka once again abruptly ended the fight with one spectacular shot as Mollo squared up and made a failed attempt to cover up.

 

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 (217-430-430)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- TKO6 Francesco Pianeta
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #4 Alexander Povetkin
Klitschko-Povetkin is now officially signed for 10/5 in Moscow.
1) Vitali Klitschko (254-254-254)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali is struggling with a hand injury according to the WBC.  But it’s already been nearly a year, and he’s made no attempt to get a fight done.  I’ll keep him ranked based on the logical possibility that he may still schedule a fight before the 2nd week of September.  Most likely, though, he’ll be removed at that time.
2) Tyson Fury (18-109-109)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #3 David Haye
Fury-Haye is a done deal for September 28 in Manchester.
3) David Haye (18-58-58)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #2 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
4) Alexander Povetkin (58-304-304)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO3 Andrzej Wawryzk (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wlad’s notes, above.
5) Steve Cunningham (18-35-35)
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.
6Tomasz Adamek (18-174-174)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A collision between two of Main Events’ blue chip heavyweights is being discussed for November, as they’re looking to match Adamek with Bryant Jennings.
7) Dereck Chisora (5-90-153)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- KO6* #17 Malik Scott
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Pulev has dropped the EBU belt and will thus not be fighting Chisora anytime soon.  Chisora will now likely fight Denis Boytsov for the belt, though it’s not clear if there’s any chance of that happening on September 21 or not.
8) Kubrat Pulev (5-68-145)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Pulev is scheduled for a high-stakes battle with Tony Thompson in Schwerin, Germany on August 24.  Plans for a follow-up with Dereck Chisora have been scrapped, as Pulev has dropped the EBU belt that figured to set that fight up.
9) Odlanier Solis (11-22-169)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis is now pushing for what would be a very intriguing fight with Deontay Wilder.
10) Bermane Stiverne (9-9-25)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne was the victim of another delayed purse bid, as Vitali asked for and was granted another extension from the scheduled 7/22 date.
11) Tony Thompson (9-169)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO5 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Thompson gets a final eliminator on the 24th against Kubrat Pulev.  The upside would theoretically be another fight with Wladimir Klitschko.  That feels like a score that’s been settled, but I can’t say the winner wouldn’t reasonably deserve it.
12) Seth Mitchell (9-11)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- UD12 #10 Johnathon Banks
Next Fight: 9/6/2013- vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Mitchell-Arreola appears done for September 6 in Indio, California.
13) Deontay Wilder (11-17)
Last Fight: 8/9/2013- KO1 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wilder would like to fight the winner of the fight between Arreola and his friend and stablemate Seth Mitchell.  He’s also been challenged by the Odlanier Solis camp, and says he wants the Klitschkos before they retire.
14) Robert Helenius (11-169)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Helenius’ team was accurate on the severity of his hand injury, it should be long healed by now, although there were immediate rumors that the injury was more serious.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (11-136)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko turned down a Pulev rematch.
16) Vyacheslav Glazkov (11-35)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov’s gift of a draw to Scott seems to have hurt his standing a bit, as his follow-up was so weak it didn’t even make TV on his promoter’s show.
17) Malik Scott (11-26)
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.
18) Johnathon Banks (9-40)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Denis Boytsov (9-218)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov is likely to fight Dereck Chisora for the EBU belt.  Perhaps on September 21, or perhaps at a later date.
20) Franklin Lawrence (9-25)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Leading off Friday in Galati, Romania, gatekeeper Leif Larsen will look to halt the rise of undefeated prospect Christian Hammer, who’s got the name of a top heavyweight.  We’ll see if he’s got more than that, as this is a major step up for Hammer (born, disappointingly, as Cristian Ciocan), who fights in his native city.

 

Later that night in Dover, Delaware, aging undefeated prospect Amir Mansour takes a step up of his own against gatekeeper Maurice Harris.

 

The big fight of the week, however, is in Schwerin, Germany on Saturday.  That’s the scene of the showdown between #8 Kubrat Pulev and #11 Tony Thompson.

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, Jun 18-24

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2012 by danboxing
Saturday in Newark, #3 Tomasz Adamek managed to win an unimpressive decision over a mostly one-armed version of Eddie Chambers.  BJ Flores, delivering what passed for commentary on NBC Sports, somehow thought that Chambers had won the fight.  A draw, at best, and maybe as wide as 118-110 Adamek.  Now that doesn’t mean the Polish contender looked good.  He didn’t.  Chambers probably handles him if he isn’t injured for most of the fight.  But apparently Adamek has a talent for making opponents’ arms go bad (like Arreola a couple years ago).

 

Prospect Bryant Jennings outclassed journeyman Steve Collins on the undercard, winning a shutout 10-round decision. 

 

It’s hard to feel good about ranking a guy #2 based on a shaky victory over a one-armed fighter, but Povetkin’s hold on that spot was already weakened by the debatable win over blown-up cruiserweight Marco Huck, and a legitimate win over a quality contender is what it is.  Thus, Adamek and Povetkin switch spots.  Chambers, having become an active fighter again, reclaims a spot in the top 10 at #7, which forces everyone ranked #7 and below last week down one spot each, including Tony Thompson- who exits the top 10 after 107 consecutive weeks in- and Kevin Johnon- who exits the rankings for at least this  week after 11 straight weeks on the list.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (156-369-369)
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 (193-193-193)
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 (1-113-113)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adamek managed to bag a significant win over recent-#3 Chambers without impressing in any way, shape, or form.  How?  Just like in the Arreola fight, his opponent blew out an arm.
3) Alexander Povetkin (1-243-243)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin’s ludicrous fight with Rahman will now be the co-feature to Haye-Chisora in London.
4) Marco Huck (14-17-17)
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 (14-48-48)
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 (14-29-92)
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 (1-1-1)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers is active again and of course grabs a top-10 spot, but given his arm injury, I would expect another bout with inactivity to come.
8) Robert Helenius (1-64-108)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now the mandatory challenger to #8 Kubrat Pulev’s European title- previously held by Helenius.  Helenius is still in the midst of an uncertain recovery from shoulder surgery, however.
9) Kubrat Pulev (1-7-84)
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 (1-14-108)
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 (1-108)
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 (1-28)
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 (1-292)
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 (1-75)
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 (1-170)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo this weekend with an injury.
16) Denis Boytsov (1-157)
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 (1-108)
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 (1-52)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (1-7)
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 (1-56)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The International Heavyeight Prizefighter tournament in London takes center stage this week, as 8 heavyeights of varying quality hash it out in a series of 3 rounders in a one-night single-elimination tournament.  The entrants:
Last week’s #20 Contender, Kevin Johnson from the USA,
Gatekeepers Albert Sosnowski of Poland and Maurice Harris of the USA,
One-loss American Prospect Tor Hamer,
Journeymen Marcelo Nascimento of Brazil and Tom Dallas of England,
and novice-level prospects Noureddine Meddoun of Morocco and undefeated Tom Little of England.

 

With three members of the top 50 in the mix and one member of the top 25, it’s almost certain that the winner will emerge with a ranking.
 

Heavyweight: 2012, May 7-13

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by danboxing
There were two important heavyweight fights on just one card in Erfurt, Germany on Saturday. 

 

In the biggest one, #17 Kubrat Pulev scored a knockout victory over Alexander Dimitrenko.  What really happened, in my estimation, is that Dimitrenko quit.  Dimitrenko was so effective in the first couple rounds at keeping Pulev off of him with a sharp jab and accurate power punching that I was thinking he might be on his way to something like a shutout victory.  Pulev pulled even in rounds 3 and 4 by landing a couple hard shots here and there in the midst of what were otherwise Dimitrenko rounds.  Dimitrenko pulled back ahead in the next two rounds, but whether it was the cuts and bruises on his face, a lack of focus, or fatigue, Pulev began getting in punching range almost at will and cracking the Ukrainian hard to the head for rounds 7-10.  Round 11 started out as more of the same, when suddenly Pulev caught Dimitrenko with a sharp jab to the chin.  Dimitrenko went down as much from balance as anything else, and took the full count on his knees, his eyes clear. 

 

Dimitrenko has the skills and physical tools to be a real contender, but unfortunately it appears that he doesn’t have anything like the heart of a champion.  Pulev doesn’t appear to be any kind of world beater to my eyes, but his resume is starting to tell a different story.

 

In the other fight, American fringe contender Maurice Harris took on German undefeated prospect Edmund Gerber.  Unfortunately, Harris appeared to have flown all the way to Germany just to pick up his paycheck.  His strategy was to backpedal and by and large flick out a jab, all the while making himself extremely accessible to Gerber’s overhand right.  How he thought that could possibly net him a win is beyond me.  As for Gerber, he won the decision comfortably (even though the judges were more than fair to Harris), but didn’t particularly impress me.  His style reminds me of Alexander Povetkin.  Not the entertaining version we saw in the life and death struggles with Chagaev and Huck, but rather the comatose version that quite literally put me to sleep during the first half of the Boswell fight.  Plodding forward, one punch at a time, with no particularly notable level of power or handspeed.  I complained about Gerber’s failure to step up in competition over the past year or two.  Now I’m going to have to start complaining that I’m going to have to watch him fight again now that he has stepped up.  But with luck, maybe I won’t have to say the same for Harris.

 

Now for the rankings shake-up, and it’ s a big one:
Last week’s #17 Pulev rockets to #8 on the strength of his big victory.  Having re-examined the vicinity of that number, it occurred to me that the signature win of #8 Ruslan Chagaev- his win over Nikolai Valuev- is now over 5 years old and thus, out of principal, I am no longer considering it in determining his ranking.  The lone bright spot on his record now is a 4 1/2 year old win over then-contender Matt Skelton.  As a result, Chagaev slides all the way back to #12 after 285 consecutive weeks in the top 10.  This allows Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis to hang on to their #9 and #10 rankings, respectively, along with Seth Mitchell at #11.  You would think that Dimitrenko was in for a major fall, but he drops just one spot to #13.  The reason?  There’s just nobody knocking on the door.  Chris Arreola, who is next in line, hasn’t recorded a worthwhile win in 3 years.  Boytsov is no better.  Along with Dimitrenko, everybody ranked #13-16 last week drops one spot to make room for Pulev’s advance.  Gerber crashes the party at #18 after his win.  Last week’s #s 18 and 19, Franklin Lawrence and Kevin Johnson, drop a spot apeice as well to 19 and 20.  This (thankfully) forces out Cedric Boswell after he had returned for a month.

 

Also, a quick note on Marco Huck: he was perhaps a bit lucky to eke out a draw with #7 Cruiserweight Ola Afolabi this weekend, but since that fight was at 200, it will not have any effect on his heavyweight ranking.  It’s simply very possible that the lower division is better pound-for-pound than the heavies, at least once you get past the Klitschkos.  Huck has earned his ranking here by deserving to beat the #2 contender, and will keep it until he loses it in this division, fails to fight at heavy for a year, or delivers a performance so bad at cruiser that he’s clearly disqualified himself.  That clearly has not happened here, especially since his last fight with Afolabi was similarly close and yet he was ranked here despite that.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (150-363-363)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (187-187-187)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (37-237-237)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (8-107-107)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (8-11-11)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shaky performance against Afolabi, but there’s no rule saying he has to be the #1 or #2 Cruiser in order to be the #4 heavyweight.  If there was, he wouldn’t be here in the first place.
5) Tyson Fury (8-42-42)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (8-23-86)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
So apparently there is a deal in place for Chisora-Haye in London on July 14.  And they’re talking about doing it as an unsanctioned fight to avoid the BBBofC’s jurisdiction.  Wow.  An formal announcement is expected this week.  I half expect this to end up on a barge…
7) Robert Helenius (8-58-102)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Kubrat Pulev (1-1-78)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev showed determination if nothing else in wearing down Dimitrenko to a late knockout.
9) Tony Thompson (8-102-102)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (8-8-102)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (8-22)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Wlad is actively dropping his name as a possible next opponent, Mitchell is showing he’s likely going to take the Adamek approach: fight low-quality opponents that happen to be really tall so that you can pretend you’re trying to prepare yourself for Wlad, when what you’re really doing is waiting around for your big payday with little risk.  Even the specific opponent being discussed is familiar to that scenario- Michael Grant.
12) Ruslan Chagaev (1-286)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-69)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
14) Chris Arreola (1-164)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Champ wants to return to the US in November for the first time since ’08.  Arreola and Mitchell are the names being tossed around by the Klitschko camp at the moment.
15) Denis Boytsov (1-151)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
16) Jean-Marc Mormeck (1-102)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.  No deal yet, but they have agreed on the prospective date: June 29, in Paris.
17) Bermane Stiverne (1-46)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
18) Edmund Gerber (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
19) Franklin Lawrence (1-50)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
20) Kevin Johnson (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Juan Carlos Gomez is listed on the undercard of Alexeev-Arslan in Goeppingen, Germany this Friday against an opponent to be announced.  I’ll believe it when I see it, though, since Gomez fought just 3 weeks before, and since he’s not really known as a busy fighter.

Heavyweight: 2012, Apr 30- May 6

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by danboxing
300-pound unbeaten Russian Alexander Ustinov stopped journeyman Jason Gavern in 7 rounds from the Ukraine on Thursday. 

 

In Saturday’s HBO-televised co-feature, #11 Seth Mitchell battled Chazz Witherspoon, a fighter who is right on the borderline between a gatekeeper, fringe prospect, and journeyman- right around the cutoff line of the top 50 heavyweights somewhere.  Mitchell was badly rocked in the first round.  If Witherspoon had any finishing skills at all, I might be telling a quite different story today.  But as it happened, Mitchell showed just enough ring savvy and Witherspoon showed just enough ineptitude in failing to mix in a body shot to get the former Michigan State football star through the round.  Mitchell came back to win the second round, and then demolished his man in round 3.  Mitchell went toe to toe with Witherspoon on the inside and landed a brutal righthand, left hook combo that dropped his man hard about 30 seconds into the round.  Two minutes later, Mitchell landed two crunching straight right hands in a row right on Witherspoon’s chin as the latter went back to the ropes.  Referee Randy Neumann, seeing Witherspoon go bandy-legged after the first one, stepped in and made an interesting call of a technical knockdown, and then quickly stopped the fight just a couple seconds into his count as he didn’t like what he saw from Witherspoon.

 

So how do we digest this?   Mitchell’s nearly a top 10 fighter already.  Witherspoon would be lucky to be included in the top 50.  So the TKO3 result is about what you might expect.  What you might not have expected is for Mitchell to nearly get knocked out on the way to that result.  Ultimately- as when Tyson Fury was hurt but ultimately stopped Neven Pajkic- the result speaks for itself to some extent.  There’s no way Mitchell is getting either promoted or demoted based on his performance and opponent in this instance.  But what we have learned is that he’s both powerful and vulnerable.  This is a recipe for exciting fights- something the division has been lacking at the championship level.  Whether Mitchell has the skill ultimately to put his name alongside some of the great American heavyweight champions- or the American heavyweight champions in general- remains to be seen, but it’s clear that it’ll be a fun ride to the moment we find out.  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 (149-362-362)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (186-186-186)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (36-236-236)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (7-106-106)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (7-10-10)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Huck is now officially set for his return to Cruiserweight on May 5 against Afolabi.
5) Tyson Fury (7-41-41)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (7-22-85)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is spending a suspicious amount of time in Moscow.  Seems he’s planning to get around his BBBofC suspension by getting a license in Russia.  Both Klitschkos, Haye, and Povetkin are all being discussed as future opponents.  Chisora has appealed his suspension and will have a hearing on May 14.
7) Robert Helenius (7-57-101)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (7-285-285)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev proved that he can beat a mediocre fighter badly even while fat.
9) Tony Thompson (7-101-101)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (7-7-101)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (7-21)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
While the Witherspoon win didn’t do a lot to prove his greatness, it sure silenced any doubters as to his ability to make exciting fights.  Any takers on Mitchell-Arreola?
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (7-68)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
The Pulev fight has been postponed until May 5, and has been moved from Kiel to Erfurt.
13) Chris Arreola (7-163)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Champ wants to return to the US in November for the first time since ’08.  Arreola and Mitchell are the names being tossed around by the Klitschko camp at the moment.
14) Denis Boytsov (7-150)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
15) Jean-Marc Mormeck (7-101)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.  No deal yet, but they have agreed on the prospective date: June 29, in Paris.
16) Bermane Stiverne (7-45)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
17) Kubrat Pulev (4-77)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
18) Franklin Lawrence (4-49)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
19) Kevin Johnson (4-5)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.
20) Cedric Boswell (4-4)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: A good European-level tilt takes place in Erfurt, Germany between #12 Alexander Dimitrenko and #17 Kubrat Pulev.  The winner has a really good chance to crack the top 10.  German prospect Edmund Gerber also steps up to fight the best opponent of his career in fringe contender Maurice Harris on the same card.  #4 Marco Huck is also in action on the card, but at cruiserweight.

Heavyweight: 2011, Jul 18-24

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by danboxing
The most interesting fight of the week featured two gatekeeper-type fighters needing a win to stay relevant.  Maurice Harris, who had been mounting a late-career run at a title until he was knocked around and out by Tony Thompson earlier in the year, met up with Derric Rossy on Saturday, a former fringe contender coming off two consecutive losses to Eddie Chambers and Kubrat Pulev.  It was Harris’ night as he knocked former Ohio State football player Rossy down twice en route to a stoppage midway through the 12th and final round.  With the loss, Rossy will have to practically start from scratch in order to even become relevant.  He’s essentially just a good journeyman now.  Harris, meanwhile, solidifies his place as a solid gatekeeper and might have a chance to earn himself a worthwhile fight in the foreseeable future.

 

In other action the same night, #19 Kubrat Pulev was in light against unproven fringe prospect Maxim Pediura in Munich and won every round, give-or-take, in a mostly pointless 8-round showcase.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (108-321-321)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Slapped David Haye aside like an annoying fly after 2 years’ worth of hype.
1) Vitali Klitschko (145-145-145)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
May be looking past Adamek a bit, as he recently said he is jealous of his brother for getting to fight Haye.  It sounds like Vitali might want Wlad’s leftovers after the upcoming Adamek fight.
2) David Haye (68-122-122)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has maintained that he would retire by October of this year for some time now.  After his awful effort against Wlad, I don’t think too many people would miss him that much.
 3) Eddie Chambers (23-120-120)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Should have Tony Thompson next on his agenda, as Thompson’s win over Harris amounted to an eliminator to fight in an eliminator against Chambers…with the upshot at least theoretically being a Klitschko shot.
4) Robert Helenius (16-16-60)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Helenius-Liakhovich is set for August 27 in Germany.
5) Alexander Povetkin (16-195-195)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #6 Ruslan Chagaev
Povetkin-Chagaev will be a double-bill with Helenius-Liakhovich.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (16-244-244)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (25-65-65)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- UD12 Kevin McBride (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Time for Adamek to get serious, as he faces a live opponent for the first time in a long stretch this September.
8) Tony Thompson (25-60-60)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Eddie Chambers is likely Thompson’s next opponent, in an alphabet title eliminator.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (25-60-60)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
10) Odlanier Solis (31-31-60)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
If anyone doubted the legitimacy of Solis’ injury, he is awaiting surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus.  He wants a rematch, which of course seems unlikely- though I’d actually be interested.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (17-27)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Will fight journeyman Michael Sprott, about a month later than originally planned.
12) Chris Arreola (17-122)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wladimir Klitschko trainer Emmanuel Steward has discussed Arreola as an ideal Fall opponent for his fighter.
13) Denis Boytsov (17-109)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov is now looking to return in August, but doctors have yet to give him full medical clearance due to his hand injuries.
14) Dereck Chisora (17-44)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: 7/23/2011- vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
After a brawl ringside at DeGale-Groves broke out between the two men, Chisora-Fury is now signed for July 23 at Wembley Stadium.
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (17-60)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Prospective opponent Dimitrenko is passing on his EBU mandatory defense with Mormeck in favor of a voluntary one with someone else.
16) Bermane Stiverne (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
The only thing impressive about Stiverne’s performance against Austin was his power, but a win is a win.
17) Samuel Peter (4-60)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
18) Franklin Lawrence (4-8)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence has signed with Gary Shaw and figures to get a decent fight or two as a result.
19) Kubrat Pulev (4-36)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev might fight former British titlist Martin Rogan next.
20) Francesco Pianeta (4-60)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- TKO3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cancer survivor Pianeta is staying busy, but not against credible opposition.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The big fight this week is #14 Dereck Chisora defending his British title at Wembley Statium against giant undefeated prospect and Emmanuel Steward protege Tyson Fury.  The fight is available as an independent PPV in the US.  Fury, while still a prospect, has reached roughly fringe contender level, and accordingly the fight will probably cause a ratings shake-up regardless of the outcome.

Heavyweight: 2011, Jul 11-17

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by danboxing
Chris Arreola beat high-functioning journeyman Friday Ahunanya by a wide margin on the cards on Saturday, but all the buzz is that he didn’t look that great in doing so.  Arreola himself, always bluntly honest, compared his performance to David Haye’s, and was very disappointed at not having stopped Ahunanya.  Arreola was also rocked by a combination in the third round.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (107-320-320)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
Slapped David Haye aside like an annoying fly after 2 years’ worth of hype.
1) Vitali Klitschko (144-144-144)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Originally it appeared that Vitali would fight a no-hoper in July and act as the understudy for his brother’s fight with Adamek in September, but somewhere along the line he decided to fight Adamek instead.
2) David Haye (67-121-121)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has maintained that he would retire by October of this year for some time now.  After his awful effort against Wlad, I don’t think too many people would miss him that much.
 3) Eddie Chambers (22-119-119)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Should have Tony Thompson next on his agenda, as Thompson’s win over Harris amounted to an eliminator to fight in an eliminator against Chambers…with the upshot at least theoretically being a Klitschko shot.
4) Robert Helenius (15-15-59)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Helenius-Liakhovich is set for August 27 in Germany.
5) Alexander Povetkin (15-194-194)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin-Chagaev now looks very likely.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (15-243-243)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (24-64-64)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- UD12 Kevin McBride (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Time for Adamek to get serious, as he faces a live opponent for the first time in a long stretch this September.
8) Tony Thompson (24-59-59)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Eddie Chambers is likely Thompson’s next opponent, in an alphabet title eliminator.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (24-59-59)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
10) Odlanier Solis (30-30-59)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
If anyone doubted the legitimacy of Solis’ injury, he is awaiting surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus.  He wants a rematch, which of course seems unlikely- though I’d actually be interested.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (16-26)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears likely to fight journeyman Michael Sprott on either August 19 or 20.
12) Chris Arreola (16-121)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
One scary moment against Ahunanya, but keeps on winning and fighting often, and is still in shape.
13) Denis Boytsov (16-108)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov is now looking to return in August, but doctors have yet to give him full medical clearance due to his hand injuries.
14) Dereck Chisora (16-43)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: 7/23/2011- vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
After a brawl ringside at DeGale-Groves broke out between the two men, Chisora-Fury is now signed for July 23 at Wembley Stadium.
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (16-59)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Prospective opponent Dimitrenko is passing on his EBU mandatory defense with Mormeck in favor of a voluntary one with someone else.
16) Bermane Stiverne (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
The only thing impressive about Stiverne’s performance against Austin was his power, but a win is a win.
17) Samuel Peter (3-59)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
18) Franklin Lawrence (3-7)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a rocky time in his career where he lost and drew with fighters less advanced than he currently is, Lawrence has found himself at the ripe old age of 35 and begun a climb in the ranks.
19) Kubrat Pulev (3-35)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO5 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Stay-busy fight with Pediura this weekend.
20) Francesco Pianeta (3-59)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- TKO3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cancer survivor Pianeta is staying busy, but not against credible opposition.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two fights worth mentioning will take place this Saturday.  In Munich, #19 Kubrat Pulev meets Ukrainian Maxim Pediura.  Pediura is 13-1-1 but was stopped in his last significant challenge agaisnt Alexander Ustinov.  Last that night, gatekeepers Maurice Harris and Derric Rossy clash in a fight that might determine which of those two guys continues to merit a mention on this page in the future.