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Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 12-18

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2012 by danboxing
Here’s a new name for you: Thabiso Mchunu.  The new undisputed Champion of South Africa thoroughly demolished #20 Danie Venter- whom he had previously edged out by majority decision two years ago when they were both mere prospects- knocking the favored Venter out in just 5 rounds.  Mchunu has lost just once in his career- a stoppage to recent Venter victim Zack Mwekassa.  I don’t know how he will do if and when he steps up to the inter-continental level, but after proving himself to be the class of a solid boxing nation like South Africa, I’m looking forward to finding out.  Mchunu is just 23- rather young for a contending cruiserweight.

 

In other Saturday action, undefeated Georgian Iago Kiladze won a dominant decision over journeyman Ismail Abdoul in Donetsk, Ukraine.  Undefeated Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev won by a similar margin against American journeyman Andres Taylor in Hamburg, while #19 Enad Licina did nothing more than get into the ring for the first time in a while, slapping around an embarrassingly bad opponent 5 hours away in Koblenz, when he got a 2nd-round stoppage against 0-15 German Koeksal Orduhan.  I can’t believe the latter fight was even sanctioned.

 

The night before, Tampa gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi needed just a minute forty to knock out Adam Collins, a low-level journeyman and last-minute replacement, in Iannuzzi’s hometown.

 

Guillermo Jones (#9 last week) is removed for inactivity.  This allows Danny Green to enter the top 10 for the first time since September, and gets everyone rated #17 and better last week promoted a spot. Mchunu debuts at #17, which keeps Kucher and Licina where they started.  Last week’s #20 Venter is out with the loss, and is replaced by Grigory Drozd, who has been out since early July.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (9-145-145)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Lebedev is scheduled for a December 17 fight in Moscow.  Three opponents are being explored: Lateef Kayode (solid fight), Santander Silgado (decent to stay busy), and Andres Taylor (waste of time).
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (9-125-125)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez officially got the win over Ross, and I’m not quite willing to call it a robbery, but it’s pretty close to one.  I think you’d be pushing the limits of reason to give the fight to Hernandez, and I think that even if you managed to do so in terms of rounds won, you’d have to admit that Ross got the better of the fight overall.  Even Hernandez promoter Sauerland admits that Hernandez didn’t deserve a win, and believes a rematch is warranted.
3) Troy Ross (9-9-41)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.  That’s all I’ve got to say (except the more detailed statement I made above).
4) Steve Cunningham (9-439-439)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (2-192-192)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
One of the alphabets has mandated that the Huck-Arslan winner fight Afolabi next, but that could be complicated by calls for a rematch of the robbery in that fight.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (2-386-386)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #18 Jean-Marc Mormeck
After initially dismissing speculation of a Mormeck fight, it appears Wlodarczyk has signed on.
7) Firat Arslan (2-27-70)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.
8) Marco Huck (2-310-310)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In any discussion where justice reigns, Huck is now 0-2-1 in his last 3 major cruiserweight fights.  At last check, he had been ordered to rematch Afolabi next, but there is also speculation of an Arslan rematch.  I’m assuming the Klitschko buzz will subside, as that’s a big step up from Arslan.
9) Lateef Kayode (2-24-104)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode is currently the most qualified of three candidates to fight Denis Lebedev.
10) Danny Green (1-1-154)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/21/2012- vs. Shane Cameron (UNR)
Will take on Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron in late November.
11) B.J. Flores (1-125)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-209)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
13) Silvio Branco (1-35)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
14) Mateusz Masternak (1-33)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Masternak will fight for a vacant and highly questionable European belt against Finnish gatekeeper Juho Haapoja in mid-December.
15) Francisco Palacios (1-85)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Very little of note left on his resume after his should-be win over Wlodarczyk was neutralized by a close but clear loss to same, and with his win over Louis Azille over 5 years old now.
16) Alexander Alekseev (1-96)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU just yanked Alekseev’s European title due to a possibly faked injury.  This is the same title that the judges should have yanked already when he clearly lost to Arslan.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu is probably ready to take the Chilemba/Oosthuizen journey out of South Africa and into the international scene after conquering the local scene in the form of Venter.  He may have some unfinished business with Zack Mwekassa first, however.
18) Dmitro Kucher (3-20)
Last Fight: 10/27/2012- KO2 Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher took out one-time contender Steve Herelius in spectacular fashion, making him definitively one to watch.
19) Enad Licina (3-125)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: Unknown
Really, Enad?  He just fought the most obviously terrible opponent I think I’ve ever had to write about on here.  The record of said fighter?  0-15.  No joke.
20) Grigory Drozd (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: On Friday, Croatian gatekeeper Ivica Bacurin takes a big risk by traveling to enemy territory when he fights Italian journeyman Vincenzo Rossito in Rome.

 

The following night, Argentine fringe contender defends the national championship he won with an upset stoppage victory over Rogelio Rossi against journeyman Franco Sanchez, and undefeated Pole Krzysztof Glowacki takes on less-proven one-loss British fringe prospect Matty Askin in Warsaw.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 5-11

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2012 by danboxing
Firat Arslan is the Turkish Gabriel Campillo.  It doesn’t matter how bad he beats up the other guy, he still gets stuck with an L.  And as for Marco Huck, he seems unable to escape controversy.  Each of his last 3 fights, and 4 of his last 7, have ended with either an inconclusive or downright offensive decision.  This is probably the worst of all of them.  Firat Arslan- 42 years young- came out of his corner in each and every round like a man starving for victory.  Let’s not forget that he was robbed in his last fight, as well.  From each opening bell, he was on Huck like a snow plow.  He backed up for maybe a total of 30 seconds of the 2160 that elapsed.  He forced Huck to the ropes and dictated the pace 95% of the time.  He was more accurate with his shots- especially to the head.  Huck, despite his experience, clearly hasn’t learned to tuck his chin, as every shot that hit him had his head bouncing around like a pinball.  Arslan completely dominated the first half of the fight, and held his own in every round from start to finish. 

 

I must say that  I expected Arslan to be competitive, but at his age I expected him to fade and perhaps get stopped late, much as he did a few years ago against Steve Herelius.  He did lose some of his strength and precision late as compared to the younger Huck, but he was in the fight every second of the way.  I had the fight 117-111, and every round I gave to Huck was pretty much a toss-up, especially when you factor in Arslan’s ring generalship and effective aggressiveness, criteria he dominated in every round.  If you gave Huck every close round somehow, you’d have it 114-114.  If you did the same for Arslan, you’d have it 120-108.  Ready for the official scores?  115-113 Huck (x2) and 117-111 Huck (no typo).

 

Now to shame the corrupt or incompetent judges.  England’s Mickey Vann.  Vann is a repeat offender, having helped to award another Sauerland star an undeserved win quite recently, when he had an indefensible card in favor of Yoan Pablo Hernandez against Troy Ross.  So he’s lost the benefit of the doubt.  It’s not a case of a guy having a bad night, it’s a case of a chronically incompetent or completely corrupt judge, who cares nothing for what’s right.  If I were the Czar of boxing, I would suspend him from officiating a fight for at least a year or two. 

 

Also from England, Paul Thomas.  Thomas already showed questionable judgment in refereeing the co-feature, taking a point from Brazil’s Cleiton Conseicao for holding almost before he did any holding.  Conseicao went on to deserve one or two point deductions by tripling his rate of holding, and by the time all was said and done he had lost 3 points.  But Thomas was being ridiculous at the point he took the first point.  Surprise, surprise.  It favored Sauerland-owned prospect Dustin Dirks (who, I might add, didn’t need the help).  Thomas had the same card as Vann.  I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and say he probably was unintentionally biased, had a bad night, and simply goofed.  The reason is that I’ve seen him turn in reasonable cards in Sauerland fights (Afolabi-Huck II, for example).  A few years ago, he did turn in cards in Chambers-Dimitrenko and Kotelnik-Maidana that I know to be controversial, but having never actually seen those fights in full, I can’t credibly comment on the quality of those scores.  Even with the benefit of the doubt, he should be admonished by whatever passes for a commission in Germany.

 

Now for the real villain.  Italian  judge (it seems like they’re always the worst) Giustino Di Giovanni’s 117-111 card in favor of Huck was so flamboyantly awful that one of the following MUST be true: a) he got the fighters mixed up somehow, b) he payed zero attention to the fight, possibly falling asleep, or c) he was billing someone affiliated with Huck by the round for his services.  I can’t even reasonably give him credit for simple incompetence.  Any random person (boxing fan or not) could judge fights for a lifetime and, provided they simply wanted to get it right, never turn in a card as bad as this one.  If I were the Czar, I would probably ban this guy for life.  He’s got no scores on his record that are known by me to be controversial or wrong before this one, but the simple fact is that if you’re demonstrably worse at your job than any random person on the street for whatever reason (and he must be to turn in that card), there’s no need to pay you for your services ever again.

 

Technically I marked enough rounds on my card as toss-ups that I have to acknowledge a halfway reasonable position that the fight could have been scored a draw.  That’s a very biased view in my opinion, but I couldn’t necessarily argue any specific round was scored wrong per se if that was the final score.  As a result, past precedent would indicate that I’d give the decision minimum deference up to the point of it being a draw.  That’s worked alright for me in situations where I thought one guy won a close fight that could at least technically go either way and the judges saw it the other way.  In those cases I treat the fight essentially as a draw, but give a slight edge to the official winner such that the official loser can’t surpass him in the rankings.  In light of this result, however, I recognize that the same treatment isn’t ideal or just in a case such as this, where the absolute best an official winner could have hoped for was a draw anyway.  Therefore, from this point forward, my policy will be that when there is a minimum deference decision in one fighter’s favor and that fighter deserved at best a draw and arguably a loss, I will not be bound to give the official winner any edge from the virtual draw scenario and may give such an edge to the official loser if appropriate.  I will, however, still treat the fight as a draw for rankings purposes with that one caveat.

 

So how does that apply here?  Arslan’s right to the victory was plain enough that I have no hesitation in promoting him past Huck.  But it’s difficult to determine at what point in the rankings they are to intersect.  Arslan must get past Guillermo Jones.  Jones actually beat Arslan back in 2008, but his existence has practically been a rumor ever since then, while Arslan has had at least a couple good performances.  It’s probably only an issue for one week anyway, since Jones is likely days away from removal for inactivity.  Arslan also supplants Kayode in a close call.  Kayode owns a recent draw with Antonio Tarver who was not only on PEDs, but also was ranked #3 going in.  Arslan’s slightly more conclusive performance against #5 Huck, when coupled with his deserved win over Alekseev this year puts him over the top.  Then you get to Wlodarczyk, and you’re getting into the territory of a guy that has beaten multiple top 10 contenders, and so that’s where the Arslan train screeches to a halt, at #7.  Huck tumbles down to just below Arslan at #8.  This allows Afolabi to displace the man he arguably beat already anyway and move into the #5 spot.  The aforementioned Wlodarczyk advances to #6, while Kayode and Jones are bumped back to 9 and 10, respectively.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (8-144-144)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight with Guillermo Jones appears to be off indefinitely.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (8-124-124)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez officially got the win over Ross, and I’m not quite willing to call it a robbery, but it’s pretty close to one.  I think you’d be pushing the limits of reason to give the fight to Hernandez, and I think that even if you managed to do so in terms of rounds won, you’d have to admit that Ross got the better of the fight overall.  Even Hernandez promoter Sauerland admits that Hernandez didn’t deserve a win, and believes a rematch is warranted.
3) Troy Ross (8-8-40)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.  That’s all I’ve got to say (except the more detailed statement I made above).
4) Steve Cunningham (8-438-438)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (1-191-191)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
One of the alphabets has mandated that the Huck-Arslan winner fight Afolabi next, but that could be complicated by calls for a rematch of the robbery in that fight.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-385-385)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a fight with former Champ Jean-Marc Mormeck, but Wlodarczyk’s team is dismissing these rumors.
7) Firat Arslan (1-26-69)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.

8) Marco Huck (1-309-309)

Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In any discussion where justice reigns, Huck is now 0-2-1 in his last 3 major cruiserweight fights.  At last check, he had been ordered to rematch Afolabi next, but there is also speculation of an Arslan rematch.  I’m assuming the Klitschko buzz will subside, as that’s a big step up from Arslan.

9) Lateef Kayode (1-23-103)

Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
With no mention of Kayode’s rumored fight with Drozd being made in a while, the latest news is that Kayode might be trying to move up to fight Seth Mitchell.
10) Guillermo Jones (1-110-110)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unless Jones miraculously schedules a fight this week, he’s removed for inactivity this time next week.
11) Danny Green (8-153)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/21/2012- vs. Shane Cameron (UNR)
Will take on Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron in late November.
12) B.J. Flores (8-124)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (7-208)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
14) Silvio Branco (7-34)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
15) Mateusz Masternak (7-32)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak appears set to fight for the European title technically held by Alekseev next.
16) Francisco Palacios (7-84)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Very little of note left on his resume after his should-be win over Wlodarczyk was neutralized by a close but clear loss to same, and with his win over Louis Azille over 5 years old now.
17) Alexander Alekseev (8-95)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev’s camp reports an undisclosed illness, which has caused him to lose his hold on his illegitimate European title.
18) Dmitro Kucher (2-19)
Last Fight: 10/27/2012- KO2 Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher took out one-time contender Steve Herelius in spectacular fashion, making him definitively one to watch.
19) Enad Licina (2-124)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Licina, inactive since his loss to Alekseev, appears to have a fight scheduled for November 10 in Koblenz, Germany.  No opponent has been announced.
20) Danie Venter (7-7)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- TKO4 Zack Mwekassa (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Thabiso Mchunu (UNR)
Venter has established himself as clearly the best South African cruiserweight, and will fight for what amounts to that country’s undisputed championship in the Super 8 Tournament finals in November.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: A very busy week in the division.  Leading things off on Friday, Tampa gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi will see action in his hometown against sub-.500 journeyman Grover Young of Memphis.

 

Saturday: In Hamburg, undefeated Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev battles Pennsylvania journeyman Andres Taylor- who had briefly been scheduled to fight Guillermo Jones instead- on the Klitschko-Wach undercard.  About 5 hours to the South in Koblenz, #19 Enad Licina is scheduled, but no opponent has been announced yet as far as I can tell.  In Donetsk, Ukraine, undefeated locally-based Georgian Iago Kiladze will fight veteran Belgian journeyman Ismail Abdoul.  Proceeding way South to Kempton Park, South Africa, #20 Danie Venter will meet fringe contender Thabiso Mchunu for the Super 8 Cruiserweight Tournament Championship, and effectively also for the undisputed South African title. 

Cruiserweight: 2012, Apr 2-8

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by danboxing
In Tampa on Friday, gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi kept the gate with a decision over totally unproven 8-1 fringe prospect Dan Biddle.  

 

Saturday in Kiel, Germany, Polish undefeated prospect Mateusz Masternak dominated fringe contender Felipe Romero to a 10th round TKO.  Romero, the Mexican champion and a solid gatekeeper-type on an international level, won the first round, but Masternak took over the fight completely from the opening bell of the second round onward.  Sprinkled in were a couple knockdowns.  In round 4, Masternak used clever footwork to get himself in perfect position after a stumble by Romero and then dropped the Mexican with a quick right hand.  In round 6, the Polish prospect caught Romero with a clever counter uppercut that landed with perfect timing and precision, dropping Romero hard for roughly a 9-count.  By the 10th and final round, Masternak was mostly chasing Romero around the ring, although the Mexican managed to fit in a moment or two.  Midway through the 10th, Masternak began pounding Romero on the ropes, prompting the mouthpeice to go flying.  The ref stepped in and stopped it- a little prematurely, I think, although there was no doubt that Masternak was on his way to at least a dominant decision.

 

Masternak returns to the rankings in much stronger position this time around, checking in at #16, just behind a guy in Silvio Branco who recently drew with a 10th-ranked contender.  This forces everyone rated #16 or below last week down a spot each, including Matt Godfrey, who at long last exits the rankings after 28 consecutive weeks in.
 
 
 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (9-93-93)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (9-113-113)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2012- vs. Shawn Cox (UNR)
After reportedly being close to signing a fight with French gatekeeper Rachid El Hadak, Lebedev has instead opted for a bout with Shawn Cox.  This seems like a very low-reward fight for Lebedev, and if Cox happens to be for real after demolishing former contender Wayne Braithwaite, it might carry some risk, too.  I don’t understand the matchmaking from Lebedev’s team.
3) Antonio Tarver (9-37-37)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (9-278-278)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (9-407-407)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (18-354-354)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (18-160-160)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (18-79-79)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (37-122-122)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (3-3-93)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (3-53)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (3-64)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (3-72)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (3-177)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (3-3)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Mateusz Masternak (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak beat the best opponent of his career in Romero, and did so convincingly.
17) Enad Licina (1-93)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (1-9)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (1-38)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (1-8)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Drozd was scheduled to fight William Joppy on April 4, but that fight appears to have been canceled with little fanfare.  Good riddance.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: #2 Denis Lebedev takes on fringe contender Shawn Cox in the suburbs of Moscow on Wednesday.  Cox was a mid-level prospect until quite recently, when he knocked out former top contender Wayne Braithwaite.

 

Eric Fields, a recently-ranked pr0spect from Oklahoma, is scheduled for a fight in Oklahoma City on Saturday, but so far no opponent has been announced.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Mar 26- Apr 1

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by danboxing
Oh goodness.  What a weekend.  The fight I’m about to mention was overshadowed greatly (at least stateside) by the controversy surrounding Molina-Kirkland, but it may be perhaps even more difficult in this case to determine the proper treatment of the situation.  Enzo Maccarinelli (a former contender in this division removed for inactivity and nominally moving down to light heavyweight) fought rugged but green Shane McPhilbin on Friday night in England for the British cruiserweight title.  Maccarinelli, who clearly needs to retire to save his brain at this point, was knocked silly by a fairly ordinary shot in the first round.  He rose from it and then fell again before returning to his feet a second time to barely beat the count.  Frankly, it was very questionable whether he was ready to continue at 10.  I didn’t get a good view of the look on his face, but the broadcasters were very adamant that he didn’t know where he was.  McPhilbin waded in after the bout was allowed to continue, and was the only one in the ring, it seems, to hear the bell ring FORTY SEVEN SECONDS EARLY- basically the second Maccarinelli otherwise would have been placed back in harm’s way.  Let me be clear: it would have taken an historic show of guts, fortitude, and survival instincts for Maccarinelli to remotely last 47 more seconds at that point.  In my estimation, there was about a 90% chance the eventual result with proper officiating was a KO or TKO1 for McPhilbin.  Maccarinelli took a while to recover and was bullied around for the entire second round before being dropped again by a mediocre wide right hand in the 3rd.  At that point, he seemed to get his wits about him.  By the middle rounds, it was clear that McPhilbin had given everything he had to give.  From that point on he looked every bit the crude, poorly conditioned pub-brawler that he almost certainly is, and he lost a decision by a fairly solid margin after winning perhaps 1 of the final 9 rounds.

 

So what to do about this whole situation?  Well, Maccarinelli is unquestionably an active cruiserweight again.  First, let’s look at the most charitable view of the situation or Enzo.  Let’s just ignore the controversy and difficulties and say he won the fight with an average decision.  To be brutally honest, even a clean win over McPhilbin does nothing or Enzo’s resume except to classify him as active.  The 8-2 McPhilbin, despite being the British cruiserweight champion, had done nothing to get him considered as anything above a low-level journeyman.  So granting Enzo the win, he basically has an argument to be ranked around where he was when he exits for inactivity, minus whatever effect his layoff and low level of opposition might be deemed to have.  His last ranking was between Enad Licina and Firat Arslan back in September, which puts him somewhere around 17 or 18 in the current rankings, before any negative considerations are factored in.  Now, to factor those things.  It’s been 2 years since Enzo’s last significant win.  Before that?  4 1/2 years.  Throw in the fact that he basically fought two separate fights against a total non-entity in McPhilbin on Friday and walked away with a 1-1 record, and there’s really no justification for rating him.   It’s really too bad for McPhilbin, though.  If the fight had ended- as it likely should have- in the first round, McPhilbin would have almost certainly earned a ranking.  It would have been a flukey ranking, as proved totally unworthy of one over the latter half of the fight, but it would have been his moment.  In truth, he appears to be a 6-round clubfighter.  Maybe someday he’ll progress past that, but not yet.

 

Swallowed up in all this is the fact that there were actually a couple other notable fights last week.  Prospect Ilunga Makubu of the Congo stopped Nigerian journeyman Michael Gbenga in the 5th round of a scheduled 8 on Saturday.  Later that night, gatekeeper Willie Herring took on undefeated Columbian Santander Silgado on the non-televised Judah-Paris undercard in Brooklyn.  Silgado came out with a average decision, but I am not going examine this one too closely for rankings purposes because even though Boxrec had Herring rated in the top 50, it’s hard to see this as anything but a computer error, since the fight that got him that ranking was a win over Ravea Springs, a 40-year-old former gatekeeper coming off a 3 1/2 year layoff.  So for all the sound and fury, no changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (8-92-92)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (8-112-112)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2012- vs. Shawn Cox (UNR)
After reportedly being close to signing a fight with French gatekeeper Rachid El Hadak, Lebedev has instead opted for a bout with Shawn Cox.  This seems like a very low-reward fight for Lebedev, and if Cox happens to be for real after demolishing former contender Wayne Braithwaite, it might carry some risk, too.  I don’t understand the matchmaking from Lebedev’s team.
3) Antonio Tarver (8-36-36)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #14 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (8-277-277)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (8-406-406)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (17-353-353)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (17-159-159)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (17-78-78)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (36-121-121)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (2-2-92)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (2-52)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (2-63)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #18 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (2-71)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-176)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (2-2)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Enad Licina (2-92)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
17) Troy Ross (2-8)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
18) Firat Arslan (2-37)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
19) Grigory Drozd (2-7)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2012- vs. William Joppy (UNR)
Drozd is following up a nice win over Richard Hall with what will probably a slightly less nice win over badly faded former middleweight contender William Joppy in Russia.
20) Matt Godfrey (2-28)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- L(UD10) vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a testament to the stagnation in the bottom half of the rankings that Godfrey- who last had a significant win over 3 years ago- continues to hang around the top 20.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Friday in Tampa, local gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi battles poor prospect Dan Biddle of Delaware.  Iannuzzi is best known for giving Lateef Kayode all he could handle last year.  Biddle will likely soon be best known or losing to Iannuzzi.

 

Saturday night in the port city of Kiel, Germany, recently-ranked undefeated Polish prospect Mateusz Masternak takes on fringe contender and Mexican champion Felipe Romero, who in his last fight decisioned Julio Cesar Gonzalez in September, who tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident by a drunk driver earlier this month.  This is the toughest test of Masternak’s career, and the winner will almost certainly earn a ranking.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by danboxing
Former Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver made his debut at Cruiserweight a memorable one on Wednesday, dropping and stopping #7 Danny Green in the latter’s home country of Australia.  Tarver- who very well may be 43 before he fights again- has now positioned himself for any number of huge fights.  Tarver had been seeking the Heavyweight Championship and has plenty of options there, as well as potential big fights with the likes of Steve Cunningham, Marco Huck, Denis Lebedev, or even a rematch with Bernard Hopkins.

 

#11 B.J. Flores- who lost to Green last year- returned to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri on Saturday to battle gatekeeper Nick Iannuzzi, who was impressive in his close loss to Lateef Kayode earlier in the year.  I made the 3-hour drive to see the action, and Flores looked much better than he did against Green.  He was aggressive and quick, and beat up on the usually elusive Iannuzzi until the fight ended on the stool after 5.  After the fight, Flores’ trainer Jacob Chavez told me that they want to fight Tarver next.

 

On the Tarver-Green undercard, fringe contender Shane Cameron- a former heavyweight- was comfortably ahead when he knocked out solid journeyman Dominic Vea in the 12th and final round.

 

Tarver’s win presents an interesting situation.  #2 Marco Huck has a vastly larger body of work at cruiser, but the only time he ever beat anyone as highly-ranked as #7 was last year against Denis Lebedev, in a fight he did not deserve to win.  In fact, this situation has given me occasion to give another look to that fight’s fallout and in doing so, I have discovered an error that I made at the time.  I treated the Huck-Lebedev result with minimum deference for some reason (essentially treating it as a draw).  But having looked again at my scorecard, there was no way I could have justified a win for Huck or even a draw.  I should have treated the official verdict as a robbery and paid it no mind.  I am now rectifying that error.  Lebedev rightly moves past Huck.  He also eclipses long-time #1 Steve Cunningham.  Cunningham has been fairly inactive recently compared to Lebedev.  His win over #14 Enad Licina from February roughly cancels out with Lebedev’s two wins over Alexander Alexeev last July and Roy Jones in May.  Cunningham’s TKO victory over Troy Ross (#6 at the time) basically cancels itself out since it was incorrectly ruled a stoppage victory after an accidental foul, and since Ross was winning the fight at the time.  Cunningham’s only other notable win since the start of ’09 (and since his last loss, to Adamek) was a decision over unranked contender Wayne Braithwaite.  Lebedev can boast of wins over fringe contenders Ali Ismailov and Enzo Maccarinelli in that time, as well as his rightful win over #2 Marco Huck.  Huck was less-established when Cunningham stopped him in the 12th three full years earlier, and Lebedev’s recent victory over a better version of Huck has to overwhelm the Braithwaite, the old Huck win, and the even older Wlodarczyk win for Cunningham, especially when the last one was close and also cancelled out by a close loss that preceded it, and especially considering those two fringe contender wins for Lebedev.

 

Cunningham does just hold on at #2 against Tarver based on his body of work versus the one fight in the division so far for Tarver.  Huck finds himself at #4 behind those guys.  Danny Green is forced down one place by Tarver’s debut, and also swaps positions with Wlodarczyk, who looked awful in getting somewhat of a gift against Palacios, but who is also more proven at this weight.  Alexander Frenkel is forced out of the top 10 after 35 consecutive weeks, and Matt Godfrey, who had been rated here or in The Ring for 132 straight weeks, departs the top 20.  It was a close call on whether to allow Flores to leap-frog Frenkel, but ultimately Flores’ signature win over Darnell Wilson is too far in the past for anything BJ has done recently to overcome Frenkel’s knockout of Enzo Maccarinelli last year.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Rankings:
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham
2) Marco Huck
3) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
4) Denis Lebedev
5) Troy Ross
6) Antonio Tarver
7) Giacobbe Fragomeni
8) Ola Afolabi
9) Guillermo Jones
10) Danny Green

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (1-77-77)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO10 Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
At last check, there were talks underway to fight Wlodarczyk.
2) Steve Cunningham (1-371-371)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
Says he wants Tarver, but he may already have a fight in the works with Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
3) Antonio Tarver (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Has established himself at probably #2 on the pound-for-pound list among fighters over 40 behind Hopkins.
4) Marco Huck (1-242-242)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- KO10 Hugo Garay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had more trouble with Garay before putting him out than you might have hoped if you’re a Huck fan.
5) Ola Afolabi (1-124-124)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- KO1 Terry Dunstan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After disposing of Dunstan, Afolabi said he wants to get Lebedev in the ring.
6) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (1-57-57)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
May have Steve Cunningham on the horizon.
7) Guillermo Jones (1-43-43)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (17-318-318)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might be negotiating for a fight with Lebedev.
9) Danny Green (1-86-86)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- L(RTD9) vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After having considered retirement prior to facing Tarver, we’ll see where he goes from here after the loss.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-141-141)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Alexander Frenkel (1-45)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
After Silvio Branco fell through, Frenkel now appears set to fight Enad Licina, with a date to be determined.
12) B.J. Flores (1-57)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- RTD5 Nick Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His team wants to fight Tarver, and he has said he intends to fight in Springfield, MO again for his next fight.
13) Francisco Palacios (1-17)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L (SD12*) vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
In my opinion he did just enough to win one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen against Wlodarczyk, so I’m in no hurry to see him again.  That being said, he performed well against a top 10 guy and deserved the win on that night, so I can’t exactly ignore that.
14) Lateef Kayode (1-36)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- UD10 #19 Matt Godfrey
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode’s trainer Freddie Roach has joined the chorus of people associated with cruiserweight fighters that are now lobbying for fights with Antonio Tarver.
15) Troy Ross (1-126)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross is better than his ranking, but never fights.  I don’t see how you get rooked out of a potential win against the best guy in the division and then waste a whole year by fighting only Carl Handy.
16) Steve Herelius (1-56)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s always hard to come back from a knockout loss.  Herelius could become a go-to quality opponent for the guys locked out of the Super Six.
17) Enad Licina (1-57)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- KO1 Michele De Meo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Purse bids have been ordered for a fight between Licina and Alexander Frenkel.
18) Enzo Maccarinelli (1-57)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We’re still waiting to hear any significant details about Maccarinelli’s anticipated return at 175.
19) Firat Arslan (1-2)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan has finally got his comeback on the right track after the Herelius setback by destroying the decent Suda.
20) Alexander Alexeev (1-28)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- TKO2 Damian Norris (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. Ismail Abdoul (UNR)
Will fight decent journeyman Ismail Abdoul in early September in Germany.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The division takes a breather this week after a dramatic last week.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Jul 18-24

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by danboxing
Hugo Garay, who often fought stay-busy contests over the light heavy limit over the course of his career, made his debut in high-level cruiserweight competition by fighting #2 Marco Huck in Munich on Saturday.  After what was largely an even fight according to reports, Huck managed to get rid of his guy in round 10.  He stays put in the ratings, as there are few avenues left for him to advance without actually beating Steve Cunningham.

 

Comebacking former contender Firat Arslan took care of Lubos Suda in just 5 rounds from Baden-Wuerttemberg.  Because the last few members of the top 20 lack recent worthwhile accomplishments, Arslan’s halfway decent win is enough to propel him all the way to #18 when coupled with his past success as a contender.  This forces out unbeaten prospect Mateusz Masternak after a nearly 5-month stint in the rankings.

 

Gatekeeper Rachid El Hadak of Francewas also in action on Thursday, winning a dominating decision over mid-range journeyman Rene Huebner in Morocco.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Rankings:
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham
2) Marco Huck
3) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
4) Denis Lebedev
5) Troy Ross
6) Danny Green
7) Giacobbe Fragomeni
8) Ola Afolabi
9) Guillermo Jones
10) Yoan Pablo Hernandez

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham (167*-370-370)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
* Not actually sure how long he’s been rated #1, but it has been at least this number of weeks.
Was originally scheduled to fight 8/26 in Germany, but that fight appears to be off.
2) Marco Huck (56-241-241)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- KO10 Hugo Garay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had more trouble with Garay before putting him out than you might have hoped if you’re a Huck fan.
3) Denis Lebedev (31-76-76)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO10 Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
At last check, there were talks underway to fight Wlodarczyk.
4) Ola Afolabi (31-123-123)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- KO1 Terry Dunstan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After disposing of Dunstan, Afolabi said he wants to get Lebedev in the ring.
5) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-56-56)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears the fight that seemed on with Guillermo Jones is now unfortunately a no-go.
6) Guillermo Jones (16-42-42)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Hernandez’ notes, above.
7) Danny Green (16-85-85)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: 7/20/2011- vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
It’s now official- Green will fight former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver on July 20.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (16-317-317)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might be negotiating for a fight with Lebedev.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (35-140-140)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Alexander Frenkel (35-35-44)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
After Silvio Branco fell through, Frenkel now appears set to fight Enad Licina, with a date to be determined.
11) B.J. Flores (20-56)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 7/23/2011- vs. Nick Iannuzzi (UNR)
Will come home to Southwest Missouri to fight Nick Iannuzzi in a fight I will likely see live.
12) Francisco Palacios (16-16)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L (SD12*) vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
In my opinion he did just enough to win one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen against Wlodarczyk, so I’m in no hurry to see him again.  That being said, he performed well against a top 10 guy and deserved the win on that night, so I can’t exactly ignore that.
13) Lateef Kayode (6-35)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- UD10 #19 Matt Godfrey
Next Fight: Unknown
Completely outclassed and beat down Matt Godfrey.
14) Troy Ross (6-125)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross is better than his ranking, but never fights.  I don’t see how you get rooked out of a potential win against the best guy in the division and then waste a whole year by fighting only Carl Handy.
15) Steve Herelius (6-55)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s always hard to come back from a knockout loss.  Herelius could become a go-to quality opponent for the guys locked out of the Super Six.
16) Enad Licina (6-56)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- KO1 Michele De Meo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Purse bids have been ordered for a fight between Licina and Alexander Frenkel.
17) Enzo Maccarinelli (6-56)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We’re still waiting to hear any significant details about Maccarinelli’s anticipated return at 175.
18) Firat Arslan (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan has finally got his comeback on the right track after the Herelius setback by destroying the decent Suda.
19) Alexander Alexeev (1-27)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- TKO2 Damian Norris (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. Ismail Abdoul (UNR)
Will fight decent journeyman Ismail Abdoul in early September in Germany.
20) Matt Godfrey (1-132)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- L(UD10) vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears destined for journeyman status, but this division is so shallow he might be a fixture in the top 20 for a while yet.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  This is a good week at cruiser.  We save the best for first, as former Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver takes on #7 Danny Green in the latter’s backyard.  On the undercard, fringe contender Shane Cameron battles solid journeyman Dominic Vea.

 

On Saturday, #11 B.J. Flores (who lost to Green in his most recent outing) returns to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri to battle Nick Iannuzzi.  Iannuzzi is a gatekeeper who recently made a name for himself by putting up a good effort in coming up just short against Lateef Kayode on ShoBox.  This is an interesting fight in part because Flores will want to use Iannuzzi as a measuring stick against Kayode, whom he has been calling out recently.