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Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2012 by danboxing
I don’t mean to shock anyone here, but Wladimir Klitschko…wait for it…WON his fight with #11 Tony Thompson on Saturday.  But in fairness to Thompson and to the fight in general, it wasn’t as dominant wire-to-wire as is often true of Wlad’s fights.  The Champ seemed to respect Thompson’s power and experience, as well as the fact that Thompson gave him his toughest fight of recent years in their prior meeting.  As a result, Wlad was slapping with the jab a bit more than usual and even lost a couple rounds on my card.  For his part, Thompson clearly worked hard in training and appeared much quicker and more fluid than he has in recent fights.  But let’s be honest.  Wlad is a cut or two above Tony Thompson and probably anyone else in the division with the possible exception of his brother, and that fact became painfully clear to the Challenger in round 6, when Wlad landed some heavy punches (and possibly a push) that dropped Thompson.  Thompson was on wobbly knees after beating the count, and referee Sam Williams had seen enough.  So now it’s time to see who we can recycle next for Wlad to fight.

 

In other action on Saturday, #5 Tyson Fury avoided a disaster against crude brawling clubfighter Vinny Maddalone and easily dominated the New Yorker to a 5th round TKO in England.

 

Finally, in an interesting and well-matched fight, gatekeeper Shane Cameron proved his superiority over Monte Barrett- a fellow gatekeeper whose career had been resurgent over the past year or so- in Auckland, New Zealand.  Cameron- a betting underdog- put the 41 year old Barrett’s lights out by beating the American to the punch in an exchange with a right hand that landed on the button. 

 

Ratings Changes: Obviously Wlad retains his Championship.  Thompson slides three places to #14 not so much because of his loss as the fact that his career-best win over Luan Krasniqi is essentially 5 years old now.  This allows everyone ranked #12-14 last week to move up one spot each.  Shane Cameron becomes the latest big winner to fall just short of eclipsing Franklin Lawrence for the #20 spot.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (159-372-372)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Another fairly routine defense for Wlad.  Thompson may have nicked a couple rounds before a 6th round knockout, and that’s one of the best couple efforts that have been put up against Wlad in recent years.  Next victim…
1) Vitali Klitschko (196-196-196)
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 (4-116-116)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. James Toney (UNR)
Apparently being ranked #2 means you have to schedule crappy crappy fights.  Adamek will be facing overweight has-been James Toney on September 8.
3) Alexander Povetkin (4-246-246)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
The Rahman fight is unfortunately in the process of being rescheduled for September 22 in Germany.  But the WBA is apparently deliberating whether to take the ludicrous #1 contender designation from Rahman.  Let’s just get this joke of a fight over with one way or another, please…
4) Marco Huck (17-20-20)
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 (17-51-51)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After another tune-up against clubfighter Vinny Maddalone, Fury now says he wants to fight Adamek.
6) Dereck Chisora (17-32-95)
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 (4-4-4)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Robert Helenius (4-67-111)
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 (4-10-87)
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 (4-17-111)
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) Seth Mitchell (1-31)
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.
12) Ruslan Chagaev (1-295)
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 (1-78)
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) Tony Thompson (1-111)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
15) Chris Arreola (4-173)
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 (4-160)
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 (4-111)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
After his scheduled clash with Denis Lebedev fell through somewhat mysteriously, Mormeck now appears to be negotiating another cruiserweight fight- this time with the roughly equally dangerous Ola Afolabi.
18) Bermane Stiverne (4-55)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (4-10)
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 (4-59)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Bitter British rivals #6 Dereck Chisora and un-retiring former #2 David Haye meet to do battle in London in a fight so controversial in England that the BBBofC refused to sanction it and Boxrec.com itself rather ludicrously refused to post it among the list of upcoming bouts.  This is one of the bigger fights available in the division, with or without the bad blood.

Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (158-371-371)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #11 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #11 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (195-195-195)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Vitali has scheduled what it sounds like will be his final fight.  Unfortunately, it’s hardly a fight at all.  He’ll take on one of the weakest undefeated fighters you’ll ever see- Syrian Manuel Charr.
2) Tomasz Adamek (3-115-115)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. James Toney (UNR)
Apparently being ranked #2 means you have to schedule crappy crappy fights.  Adamek will be facing overweight has-been James Toney on September 8.
3) Alexander Povetkin (3-245-245)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Hasim Rahman has withdrawn from his scheduled silly fight with Povetkin due to a broken hand.  Unfortunately it appears that it will be rescheduled.
4) Marco Huck (16-19-19)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unfortunately, Huck is apparently making a thinly-veiled attempt to make a pointless fight with weak European cruiserweight paper champion Alexander Alekseev.  
5) Tyson Fury (16-50-50)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Fury has taken another low-risk, no reward fight in Vinny Maddalone, the strong but crude American journeyman brawler.  The fight will take place in Clevedon, England.
6) Dereck Chisora (16-31-94)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. David Haye (UNR)
The British Board is bitterly opposed to this bout- which they refuse to license- but apparently it is going forward anyway.  Get ready for a highly controversial blood-feud between Chisora and recent brawl opponent David Haye, July 14 in London.
7) Eddie Chambers (3-3-3)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Robert Helenius (3-66-110)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Encouraging news for Helenius, as he is back to limited rehab-style training after shoulder surgery.
9) Kubrat Pulev (3-9-86)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a Helenius clash on the horizon, though the Finn’s health is a factor.
10) Odlanier Solis (3-16-110)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Considering he was extremely out of shape and had a surgically-repaired knee to worry about, Solis didn’t look too terrible in coasting to victory over a disappointing Konstantin Airich.
11) Tony Thompson (3-110)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
12) Seth Mitchell (3-30)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell was set to fight the Klitschko-promoted Johnathon Banks, a mediocre one-loss prospect who is probably an upgrade from Witherspoon at least in terms of accomplishment, but a downgrade from Ibragimov- but he is now on the shelf until the fall due to a hand injury.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (3-294)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-77)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Chris Arreola (3-172)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
16) Denis Boytsov (3-159)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will likely fight in Moscow on August 24, but nothing official yet.
17) Jean-Marc Mormeck (3-110)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
After his scheduled clash with Denis Lebedev fell through somewhat mysteriously, Mormeck now appears to be negotiating another cruiserweight fight- this time with the roughly equally dangerous Ola Afolabi.
18) Bermane Stiverne (3-54)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (3-9)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
20) Franklin Lawrence (3-58)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

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

 

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

 

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

Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 15-21

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2011 by danboxing
The door is now closed on the career of David Tua.  During his heyday in the late 90s and early 2000s, Tua was a feared puncher who was a poor man’s Mike Tyson with a better chin.  Tua stopped undefeated future Champ Hasim Rahman, iced former Champ Michael Moorer, went the distance with reigning Champion Lennox Lewis, and all the while never once hit the deck.  But that all changed last year, when former contender turned journeyman Monte Barrett floored- and many thought beat- the comebacking Tua.  Tua escaped with a draw, and went on to shut out journeyman Demetrice King to a 10-round decision.  Barrett, who announced his retirement before the first fight, did himself no favors in his return by drawing with fairly bad journeyman Charles Davis in his return bout in January, but nevertheless got a rematch with Tua.  This time he was the one who tasted the canvas- in the 12th and final round- but also came away with the decision in Tua’s adopted home of New Zealand.  Even after the draw to Barrett last year, Tua was approximately a fringe contender, but Barrett still fails to crack the rankings largely because of that inexcusable draw to Davis.  Tua, meanwhile, has got to be just about done.  At 38, the Samoan-born star still has lots of hardcore fans, but even they have to be doubting his chances for a successful comeback at this point.  Tua reportedly needs money and still has a punch which could theoretically win him just about any given fight with enough luck, so he’ll probably continue in the sport for a while longer, but he and his fans are now reduced to hoping for lightning to strike.  It is fairly inconcievable that Tua can be a consistent contender going forward.

 

#18 Franklin Lawrence stopped awful journeyman Marcus Rhode in the first round of what was just a scheduled 6-round affair in Miami, Oklahoma on the same evening (Saturday).  The previous evening, Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz stopped average journeyman Arron Lyons after 7 rounds complete in Hollywood, Florida for his second stoppage win in just under 2 weeks.

 

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 (112-325-325)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk about a potential fight with prospect Mariusz Wach, but that fight is off.
1) Vitali Klitschko (149-149-149)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Klitschko apparently broke camp for one day to visit the Ukraine, where a political opposition leader was arrested under dubious circumstances.  Vitali is something of a political leader himself, but was back in training just a day later.
2) David Haye (72-126-126)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As he is still the #2 contender almost by default, Haye appears likely to get a shot at Vitali in late 2011 or early 2012, or at least the Povetkin-Chagaev winner- that is if he is doesn’t retire in October as he has promised repeatedly.
 3) Eddie Chambers (27-124-124)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Chambers’ eliminator with Tony Thompson is now set for late October on the Ward-Froch undercard.
4) Robert Helenius (20-20-64)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Will get some exposure on EPIX again Liakhovich.
5) Alexander Povetkin (20-199-199)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #6 Ruslan Chagaev
The Povetkin-Chagaev fight along with Helenius-Liakhovich will be televised by premium cable network/video on demand service EPIX.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (20-248-248)
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 (29-69-69)
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) Tyson Fury (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
A fine performance versus Chisora has silenced a lot of Fury’s doubters.
9) Tony Thompson (4-64-64)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
The Chambers fight is now official for the Ward-Froch undercard in October.
10) Odlanier Solis (35-35-64)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 10/14/2011- vs. Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Solis is bouncing back admirably from his knee surgery, and already has a fight scheduled for mid-October.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (4-64)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (4-31)
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.
13) Chris Arreola (4-126)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arreola remains one of the busiest fighters in the division, and returns to action against a TBA opponent on September 15.
14) Denis Boytsov (4-113)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (21-64)
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 (8-8)
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 (8-64)
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 (8-12)
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 (8-40)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev is likely to fight former British titlist Martin Rogan on October 22.
20) Dereck Chisora (4-48)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Gatekeeper Dominick Guinn takes on very atypical undefeated prospect Amir Mansour on Friday in Dover, Delaware.  In June of 2001, both American fighters were 9-0 prospects.  Guinn went on to run his record to 24-0- including a career-best stoppage win over Michael Grant in 2003 that vaulted him to contender status- before losing to Monte Barrett in 2003.  Now 36, he has alternated between fringe contender and gatekeeper status ever since.  Mansour took a different path, getting busted for drug possession and serving 8 years in federal prison, but earning a college degree in the process.  He return to the ring late last August the same day he was released from a halfway house, and has rattled off 5 wins since then, all by knockout.  Yet at 39, he still has yet to fight anything resembling a quality opponent.  That will change in a hurry on Friday.  It’s a huge step up for Mansour, but obviously he has a very limited window if he wants to make noise in the sport due to his age, and appears to have the intention of doing just that.

Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 8-14

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2011 by danboxing
No fights of note last week.

 

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 (111-324-324)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk about a potential fight with prospect Mariusz Wach, but that fight is off.
1) Vitali Klitschko (148-148-148)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Klitschko apparently broke camp for one day to visit the Ukraine, where a political opposition leader was arrested under dubious circumstances.  Vitali is something of a political leader himself, but was back in training just a day later.
2) David Haye (71-125-125)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As he is still the #2 contender almost by default, Haye appears likely to get a shot at Vitali in late 2011 or early 2012, or at least the Povetkin-Chagaev winner- that is if he is doesn’t retire in October as he has promised repeatedly.
 3) Eddie Chambers (26-123-123)
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 (19-19-63)
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 (19-198-198)
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 (19-247-247)
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 (28-68-68)
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) Tyson Fury (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
A fine performance versus Chisora has silenced a lot of Fury’s doubters.
9) Tony Thompson (3-63-63)
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.
10) Odlanier Solis (34-34-63)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 10/14/2011- vs. Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Solis is bouncing back admirably from his knee surgery, and already has a fight scheduled for mid-October.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (3-63)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-30)
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.
13) Chris Arreola (3-125)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arreola remains one of the busiest fighters in the division, and returns to action against a TBA opponent on September 15.
14) Denis Boytsov (3-112)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (20-63)
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 (7-7)
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 (7-63)
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 (7-11)
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 (7-39)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev is likely to fight former British titlist Martin Rogan on October 22.
20) Dereck Chisora (3-47)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Just 13 days after stopping Henry Saenz in Costa Rica, Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz meets up with a somewhat more accomplished journeyman in Arron Lyons in Hollywood, Florida on Friday.


Saturday night is headlined by a rematch of last summer’s controversial draw between David Tua and Monte Barrett in New Zealand.  Later from Miami, Oklahoma, #18 Frank Lawrence almost inexplicably finds himself in a 6-round tussle with abysmal journeyman Marcus Rhode.