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Cruiserweight: 2014, Jul 21-27

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2014 by danboxing
Argentine Gatekeeper Victor Ramirez continued his rather leisurely comeback on Saturday, knocking out low-level Brazilian journeyman Cleiton Conceicao in 4, having dropped him twice in the final round.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Marco Huck (10-398-398)
Last Fight:1/25/2014- TKO6 #5 Firat Arslan
Next Fight: 8/30/2014- vs. Mirko Larghetti (UNR)
As it turns out, Huck’s August 30 opponent will be Mirko Larghetti, the Italian prospect he was scheduled to fight earlier this year before injury scuttled the bout.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (10-213-213)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #6 Firat Arslan
Hernandez is set to fight Arslan on August 16, in Erfurt, Germany.  
3) Denis Lebedev (10-233-233)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev is said to be returning in September, with the exact date to be reported in August.  Pawel Kolodziej is being considered, along with a couple unnamed options.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (45-474-474)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s looking like Wlodarczyk will be back in August, possibly against BJ Flores, though Makabu’s win over Glen Johnson has him in position for a shot, as well.
5) Thabiso Mchunu (26-51-89)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD10 Olanrewaju Durodola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu’s scheduled fight with Brazilian prospect was scrapped on just a day’s notice due to the surprise withdrawal of the card’s sponsors.
6) Firat Arslan (26-115-158)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- UD8 Tamas Bajzath (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
See Hernandez’s notes, above.
7) Grigory Drozd (35-42-89)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 Jeremy Ouanna (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Rakhim Chakhkiev (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- UD12 #11 Santander Silgado
Next Fight: Unknown
Chakhkiev has finally cashed in a high-level win to go with his hype and promise.  Most likely another title shot is not far off.
9) Ilunga Makabu (4-4-54)
Last Fight: 6/28/2014- TKO9 Glen Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu didn’t look great for most of his fight with 45 year-old Glen Johnson, but he had a lot more in the tank than the old veteran, and became only the 2nd guy to get him out of there.
10) Ola Afolabi (4-280-280)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. Anthony Caputo Smith (UNR)
The rumor that is Pawel Kolodziej is once again involved in a fight that’s not coming off, as he withdrew from his July 26 date with Afolabi, who will now fight the much weaker Anthony Caputo Smith.
11) Lukasz Janik (4-38)
Last Fight: 6/28/2014- UD10 Rico Hoye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Janik did enough to beat a perhaps better-than-expected Rico Hoye, but didn’t exactly light the world on fire in doing so.
12) Ovill McKenzie (4-15)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- TKO2 Jon-Lewis Dickinson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After blowing out the British Champion, McKenzie has his sites set on a European or perhaps World belt.  He wants to fight Marco Huck most of all.
13) Youri Kalenga (4-5)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- W (SD12*) vs. #12 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: Unknown
How a guy can get dominated by Arturs Kulikauskis, only to come back and dominate Mateusz Masternak within about 9 months, is beyond me.  Still, the former fight aside, he’s got another pretty nice win on his resume right before that, over Iago Kiladze, a then-undefeated prospect.
14) Nathan Cleverly (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/12/2014- TKO4 Alejandro Valori (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly will likely fight Bellew in November, give or take.
15) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-297)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Olegs Lopajevs (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight with Lopajevs was purely a stay-busy contest, but he’s talking about another title shot even at 44 years old.
16) Mateusz Masternak (2-121)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- L (SD12*) vs. Youri Kalenga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having now lost to his last two decent opponents, the future of Masternak, who looked like a can’t-miss talent not long ago, seems very much in doubt.
17) Santander Silgado (2-38)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- L (UD12) vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I don’t want to say Silgado made it easy for Chakhkiev, because it looked relatively difficult, but he sure didn’t help himself by taking a fight with a fringe contending Olympic Gold Medalist on 2 weeks’ notice.
18) Danie Venter (2-45)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Venter’s June 6 fight was cancelled a day in advance due to a withdrawal of the card’s sponsors.
19) Nuri Seferi (5-31)
Last Fight: 5/16/2014- UD12 Tamas Lodi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I took Seferi’s stated desire to fight Marco Huck as idle chatter, but that fight now looks likely for August 30, deserved or not.
20) Gusmyr Perdomo (5-15)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- Robbery Loss (should be draw) vs. #15 Nuri Seferi
Next Fight: 8/30/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Perdomo deserved at least a draw against Seferi, but the judges summoned just enough coincidental incompetence to take it from him.  He’s back on August 30.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: 
Saturday
Mairis Briedis vs. Joey Vegas; Riga, Latvia; TV Unknown
This is a very nice test for undefeated local prospect Briedis.  Vegas recently gave fringe contender Dmitry Sukhotsky all he could handle in Sukhotsky’s backyard, so this is not a gimme fight.  The only problem is that that fight was at Vegas’ natural 175 weight.  Briedis, you would think, is the much bigger man.

 

Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Courtney Fry; Riga, Latvia; TV Unknown
Well, I guess you could at least give the 45 year-old Jones credit for knowing where he’s at in his career.  Fry is a low-level British journeyman, and is pushing 40, himself.  Even a fully washed-up Jones shouldn’t have trouble in this one.

 

#10 Ola Afolabi vs. Anthony Caputo Smith; New York, New York; Off TV
Afolabi comes off essentially a robbery win over Lukasz Janik, and will have a much easier night against mid-level journeyman Anthony Caputo Smith on the Golovkin-Geale undercard.

 

William Fernando Souza Bezerra vs. Ricardo Souza; Sao Paolo, Brazil; TV Unknown
I still can’t really confirm that Souza Bezerra’s fights are real.  The two I’ve seen video of have both looked extremely fishy.  Neither of those fights were against Souza, whom Bezerra has fought twice before.  He knocked him out in one and four rounds in those two fights, so I’m not sure what there is left to prove.

Cruiserweight: 2014, Jan 13-19

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2014 by danboxing
No action of note last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (25-206-206)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev-Jones II is expected in either March or April.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (70-186-186)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sauerland says Hernandez will be back on March 8 in Berlin, in a voluntary defense.  No opponent yet.
3) Marco Huck (18-371-371)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #5 Firat Arslan
Huck-Arslan II has a new date of January 25 after Huck suffered a hand injury.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (18-447-447)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlodarczyk had a relatively easy time in his third fight with Fragomeni, and is interested in Huck, Hernandez, Afolabi, Drozd, and Chakhkiev for his next fight.
5) Firat Arslan (18-88-131)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #3 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.

6) Thabiso Mchunu (18-24-62)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/24/2013- vs. Olanrewaju Durodola (UNR)
Mchunu found a pretty decent replacement for would-be opponents Garrett Wilson and Santander Silgado.  He’ll face hard-hitting former Nigerian Olympian Olanrewaju Durodola on January 24.  Durodola has been fighting on a regional level around Missouri, and has only lost once when fighting a much larger  prospect at heavyweight.  He’s ranked in the top 40 by Boxrec.
7) Grigory Drozd (8-15-62)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO11 #13 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Jeremy Ouanna (UNR)
Drozd will defend his European title in March against solid French journeyman Jeremy Ouanna, though Wlodarczyk’s team seems to think they might get Drozd in their next fight.
8) Ola Afolabi (8-253-253)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi needed a gift to squeak by Janik, and is on Wlodarczyk’s short list for the Pole’s next fight.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (8-18-270)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
I really hope that Fragomeni will call it a career.  
10) Silvio Branco (8-8-96)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco has been tabbed by the WBC to fight Chakhkiev for some silly color coded title belt, with January 3 the deadline to avoid purse bids.
11) Ilunga Makabu (8-27)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Ruben Angel Mino (UNR)
Nathan Cleverly withdrew with what his promoter calls a minor injury, leaving Makabu with a mere stay-busy outing on February 1.
12) Santander Silgado (6-11)
Last Fight: 11/1/2013- TKO2 #20 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Silgado is being slammed by his own manager after he declined an arranged fight with Thabiso Mchunu.
13) Mateusz Masternak (6-94)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO11) vs. #16 Grigory Drozd
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Polish news reports have Masternak returning on February 1 against Georgian journeyman Siproshvili.
14) Lukasz Janik (6-11)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Janik would like a well-deserved rematch with Afolabi.
15) Nuri Seferi (4-4)
Last Fight: 12/20/2013- W (DQ7*) vs. Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Seferi says he wants to fight Marco Huck in 2014.
16) Enad Licina (4-186)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- TKO3 Levan Jomardashvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina needs a significant win before January, as his only relevant win in the last 5 years will become older than 5 years at that point, prompting his removal.
17) Danie Venter (4-18)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
18) Dmytro Kucher (4-81)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher would like a rematch with Makabu, and has his sights set on Wlodarczyk down the road, as well.  He expects to be back against someone in November or December.
 19) Victor Ramirez (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/4/2014- UD10 Mariano Diaz Strunz (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/31/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ramirez was a fringe contender when he lost to Marco Huck in August 2009.  He’s done nothing of note since then, having been inactive for more than 4 years.  Yet his resume in the year that preceded that is still enough to claim a ranking in a shallow division.  He will be back for the 3rd time in 6 weeks on January 31.
20) Krzysztof Glowacki (2-25)

Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glowacki is seriously interested in fighting Francisco Palacios. 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: A second actionless week in a row.

Year-End Awards: Cruiserweight, 2013

Posted in Cruiserweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2014 by danboxing
Welcome to my 2nd Annual Cruiserweight Year End Awards and Wrap-Up.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Cruiserweight Fighter of the Year: Thabiso Mchunu
Last year’s Prospect of the Year made good on his potential, dominating highly credible heavyweight Eddie Chambers in what was supposed to be just the beginning of a productive cruiserweight run for Fast Eddie.  It was Mchunu’s only significant win of the year, though, and it’s really a toss-up between him and Marco Huck, who beat #5 Ola Afolabi- the highest ranked actual cruiserwight to fall.  If nothing else, I give it to the South African beast just based on the comprehensive nature of his victory.  

 

Prospect of the Year: Lukasz Janik
This award goes to the fighter with fewer than 3 wins that has never been in the top 10 and had the best year in 2013.  Janik gets it on the strength of a performance that, frankly, should have made him ineligible by getting him well within the top 10.  I’m referring to his “loss” to 7th-ranked Ola Afolabi from November.  Janik pretty clearly won the fight, but it wasn’t a blatant enough robbery to treat him as the unequivocal winner, which means he’s currently sitting in the teens.  His only other prior loss was against Mateusz Masternak.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
This is a simple recognition of the guy who stopped the highest-ranked contender to be stopped during the year.  This one might have been a foregone conclusion, since the 44 year-old Fragomeni had begun to show his age in recent fights, and since Wlodarczyk stopped him in their second meeting in 2010, when Fragomeni was closer to his prime.  Nevertheless, Fragomeni is the highest-ranked guy to suffer a stoppage on the year, and Wlodarczyk is the guy that made it happen.  Yoan Pablo Hernandez’s TKO of #12 Alexander Alekseev is the runner-up.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #16 Ilunga Makabu KO5 Eric Fields
Makabu’s picture-perfect left-hand was such a devastating shot that he was already posing for the cameras before Fields hit the canvas.  Click “KO5” to see a brief video of the shot on Youtube.  The only other KO anywhere near the aesthetic value of this one was Dmitry Kudryashov’s shot on Zack Mwekassa, but in the latter case, Mwekassa was able to recover from the shot well enough to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the ref’s stoppage.  Fields was completely done.

 

Match-Up of the Year: #5 Ola Afolabi vs. #8 Marco Huck
Lots of options here, and no clear winner.  Afolabi-Huck featured an average ranking of 6.5.  Ditto on #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs. #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni.  Falling just short of that is #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev.  You could also make a strong case for #1 Denis Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones, who had been #10 when he was removed for inactivity.  I think the inactivity would have to lower his standing a bit- just enough to lose out to the winner here.  With Afolabi-Huck and Wlodarczyk-Fragomeni being essentially a tie, I will go with the more closely-matched fight, and the one that was more competitive.

 

Fight of the Year: #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev
 Jones-Lebedev would be a tough candidate to beat given the extremely competitive nature, the gruesome swelling, and the dramatic stoppage, but that fight is unfortunately tainted by Jones’ PED use and the ensuing no contest verdict.  But even if not for that drawback, that contest would get very stiff competition from Wlodarczyk-Chakhkiev.  Chakhkiev was brutally dominating the Polish contender early, and looked on the verge of stopping him, having scored a knockdown in the third and most likely sweeping the opening 5 rounds.  That was before the 6th, when “el Diablo” began a streak of 4 knockdown in three rounds that ultimately led to referee Lindsey Page waving the fight off in the 8th.  I must say that I didn’t care for that decision, hich was made without a count.  Chakhkiev had shown a very weak chin against the knockdown at that point, but he didn’t seem so hurt that he conclusively needed to be saved in that fashion.  Nevetheless, it was an all-action affair full of guys hitting the floor, perseverance, competitive action, and a great comeback.

 

Upset of the Year: #7 Ola Afolabi W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik
This is a bit of a problematic pick, I realize.  Technically, the heavy favorite won, but it was only due to a heavy dose of assistance from the judges.  While you could make a case for a legitimate Afolabi win, you’d have to bend over backwards to do so, I think.  While the fight was rather close, the only reasonable conclusion is that Janik deserved at least a draw, and a draw in itself would constitute a major upset.  Janik was a one-loss prospect, but was really only proven at a mid-range journeyman sort of level, while Afolabi had fought on essentially even terms with Marco Huck for 3 fights.  If you don’t like this pick from me, then feel free to go with the runner up, Ilunga Makabu’s fairly convincing decision win over then-17th-ranked Dmytro Kucher.  Both guys entered as undefeated prospects, but Kucher had been tested on a far higher level, and had looked like a destroyer to that point.  I have trouble giving that fight the nod over Janik-Afolabi, though, since Makabu had not ruled him out of the likelihood of competitiveness by his prior results- we just didn’t know what he was capable of yet.  Janik’s prior loss to Masternak seemed to be a good reason to believe he was outclassed by Afolabi.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Marco Huck
If you just looked at the official record, you’d be puzzled as to just what Huck had to come back from.  But for those that actually watched his last two fights of 2012, you’d know that he took a serious hit to his credibility last year by maybe getting a small benefit of the doubt to earn a draw with Afolabi and especially by needing a blatant robbery to leave with a victory against the ancient Firat Arslan.  He fought only once in 2013- a very low number for the busy contender- but managed to put any Afolabi-related angst to rest with a competitive but clear win over his old nemesis in their trilogy bout.  He’ll get a chance in January to come all the way back with a rematch against Arslan.

 

Robbery of the Year: #7 Ola Afolabi W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik
The judges mostly behaved themselves in the cruiserweight division this year, after an especially scandalous 2012.  The only clearly wrong decision of the year in serious action was in November, when #7 Afolabi squeaked by with a majority decision over one-loss Polish prospect Lukasz Janik at Madison Square Garden.  It really was a close fight.  I had it 115-113 for Janik.  Fair scores could range from about 115-113 Afolabi to 117-111 Janik.  It’s hard to gripe too much at Jerry Roth’s draw card, or even to any great extent at Joseph Pasquale’s 115-113 pro-Afolabi card, but Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 for the Brit was absolutely shameful, having given Afolabi all the debatable rounds and at least 2 clear Janik frames.  Technically-speaking, I wouldn’t quite go so far as to call this a robbery, but it was definitely the worst decision of the year.  The only other one I really disagreed with at all was Alekseev vs. Garrett Wilson, won by Alekseev, which I had a draw.  That one wasn’t a big deal.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2013 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2012. 

 

1) Thabiso Mchunu
Significant Results: Aug 3- UD12 Heavyweight Contender Eddie Chambers.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 10: #17.  Feb 11- May 19: #16.  May 20- Jun 2: #17. Jun 3- Jul 14: #16. Jul 15-28: #17. Jul 29- Aug 4: #16. Aug 5- Sep 15: #7. Sep 16- Dec 31: #6.
2) Marco Huck
Significant Results: Jun 8- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 10: #8. Feb 11- May 19: #7. May 20- Jun 9: #8. Jun 10- Jul 28: #5. Jul 29- Sep 15: #4. Sep 16- Dec 31: #3.
3) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Significant Results: Jun 21- TKO8 Undefeated Prospect Rakhim Chakhkiev. Dec 6- TKO6 #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 10: #6. Feb 11- May 19: #5. May 20- Jul 28: #6. Jul 29- Sep 15: #5. Sep 16- Dec 31: #4.
4) Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Significant Results: Nov 23- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: #2.
5) Grigory Drozd
Significant Results: Oct 5- TKO11 #13 Mateusz Masternak.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 10: #20. Feb 11- May 19: #19. May 20- Jun 2: #20. Jun 3- Jul 28: #19. Jul 29- Sep 15: #18. Sep 16-22: #17. Sep 23- Oct 6: #16. Oct 7- Nov 3: #9. Nov 4-24: #8. Nov 25- Dec 31: #7..
6) Lukasz Janik
Significant Results: Nov 2- L (should be W) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Nov 3: Unranked. Nov 4-24: #16. Nov 25- Dec 8: #15. Dec 9-31: #14.
7) Ilunga Makabu
Significant Results: Jul 13- W (MD12) vs. #17 Dmytro Kucher. Aug 31- TKO5 Prospect Eric Fields.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jul 14: Unranked. Jul 15-28: #16. Jul 29- Aug 4: #15. Aug 5- Sep 1: #16. Sep 2-15: #15. Sep 16- Oct 6: #14. Oct 7- Nov 24: #13. Nov 25- Dec 31: #11.
8) Santander Silgado
Significant Results: Nov 1- TKO2 #20 Steve Herelius.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Nov 3: Unranked. Nov 4-24: #14. Nov 25- Dec 8: #13. Dec 9-31: #12.
9) Alexander Alekseev
Significant Results: Feb 22- UD12 W (should be Draw) vs. Fringe Contender Garrett Wilson. Nov 23- L (TKO10) vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 10: #16. Feb 11-24: #15. Feb 25- May 19: #13. May 20- Jun 2: #14. Jun 3- Jul 28: #13. Jul 29- Aug 4: #12. Aug 5- Sep 15: #13. Sep 16- Dec 8: #12. Dec 9-31: Unranked (Retired).
10) Garrett Wilson
Significant Results: Feb 22- UD12 L (should be Draw) vs. #15 Alexander Alekseev. Nov 16- L (UD10) vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov (at HW).
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 8: Unranked.  Dec 9-22: #20. Dec 23-31: Unranked.
11) Nuri Seferi
Significant Results: Dec 20- W (DQ7) vs. Fringe Contender Steve Herelius.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 22: Unranked. Dec 23-31: #15.
12) Marcos Ahumada
Significant Results: May 25- KO4 Gatekeeper Alejandro Valori (at 179).
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
13) Silvio Branco
Significant Results: Jul 6- W (TD10) vs. Gatekeeper Juho Haapoja.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 10: #13. Feb 11- May 19: #12. May 20- Jun 2: #13. Jun 3- Jul 28: #12. Jul 29- Aug 4: #11. Aug 5- Sep 15: #12. Sep 16- Nov 24: #11. Nov 25- Dec 31: #10.
14) Danie Venter
Significant Results: Sep 21- KO1 Gatekeeper Shawn Cox.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Sep 15: Unranked. Sep 16-22: #20. Sep 23- Oct 6: #17. Oct 7- Nov 3: #16. Nov 4-24: #18. Nov 25- Dec 8: #17. Dec 9-22: #16. Dec 23-31: #17.
15) Eleider Alvarez
Significant Results: Sep 28- UD10 Gatekeeper Edison Miranda (at 180).
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Tony Conquest
Significant Results: Oct 5- UD10 Prospect Wadi Camacho.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
17) Ola Afolabi
Significant Results: Jun 8- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck.  Nov 2- W* (MD12- should have been L) vs. Prospect Lukasz Janik.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 10: #5. Feb 11- May 19: #4. May 20- Jun 9: #5. Jun 10- Jul 28: #8. Jul 29- Aug 4: #7. Aug 5- Sep 15: #8. Sep 16- Nov 3: #7. Nov 4-24: #9. Nov 25- Dec 31: #8.

 

The following fights could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but did nothing at this weight to help their ranking.  Or in the case of Guillermo Jones, self-sabotaged.  Most are no longer around:

 

Denis Lebedev– Jan 1- May 19: #1. May 20- Jul 28: #4. Jul 29- Dec 31: #1.

 

Troy Ross– Jan 1- Sep 15: #3. Sep 16- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Steve Cunningham– Jan 1- Feb 10: #4. Feb 11- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Firat Arslan– Jan 1- Feb 10: #7. Feb 11- May 19: #6. May 20- Jul 28: #7. Jul 29- Sep 15: #6. Sep 16- Dec 31: #5.

 

Lateef Kayode– Jan 1- Feb 10: #9. Feb 11- May 19: #8. May 20- Jun 2: #9. Jun 3- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Danny Green– Jan 1- Feb 10: #10. Feb 11- May 19: #9. May 20- Jun 2: #10. Jun 3- Jul 28: #9. Jul 29- Aug 4: #8. Aug 5- Sep 15: #9. Sep 16- Nov 3: #8. Nov 4-24: #7. Nov 25- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

B.J. Flores– Jan 1- Feb 10: #11. Feb 11- May 19: #10. May 20- Jun 2: #11. Jun 3- Jul 28: #10. Jul 29- Aug 4: #9. Aug 5- Sep 15: #10. Sep 16- Oct 6: #9. Oct 7- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Giacobbe Fragomeni– Jan 1- Feb 10: #12. Feb 11- May 19: #11. May 20- Jun 2: #12. Jun 3- Jul 28: #11. Jul 29- Aug 4: #10. Aug 5- Sep 15: #11. Sep 16- Nov 24: #10. Nov 25- Dec 31: #9.

 

Mateusz Masternak– Jan 1- Feb 10: #14. Feb 1-24: #13. Feb 25- May 19: #14. May 20- Jun 2: #15. Jun 3- Jul 28: #14. Jul 29- Aug 4: #13. Aug 5- Sep 15: #14. Sep 16- Oct 6: #13. Oct 7- Nov 3: #14. Nov 4-24: #15. Nov 25- Dec 8: #14. Dec 9-31: #13.

 

Francisco Palacios– Jan 1- Feb 10: #15. Feb 11- 24: #14. Feb 25- May 19: #15. May 20- Jun 2: #16. Jun 3- Jul 28: #15. Jul 29- Aug 4: #14. Aug 5- Sep 1: #15. Sep 2-15: #16. Sep 16-22: #15. Sep 23- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Dmytro Kucher– Jan 1- Feb 10: #18. Feb 11- May 19: #17. May 20- Jun 2: #18. Jun 3- Jul 14: #17. Jul 15-28: #20. Jul 29- Sep 15: #19. Sep 16- Oct 6: #18. Oct 7- Nov 3: #17. Nov 4-24: #19. Nov 25- Dec 8: #18. Dec 9-22: #17. Dec 23-31: #18.

 

Enad Licina– Jan 1- Feb 10: #19. Feb 11- May 19: #18. May 20- Jun 2: #19. Jun 3- Jul 28: #18. Jul 29- Sep 15: #17. Sep 16-22: #16. Sep 23- Nov 3: #15. Nov 4-24: #17. Nov 25- Dec 8: #16. Dec 9- 22: #15. Dec 23-31: #16.

 

Pawel Glazewski– Jan 1- Feb 10: Unranked.  Feb 11- May 19: #20. May 20- Jun 2: Unranked. Jun 3-30: #20. Jul 1- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Guillermo Jones– Jan 1- May 19: Unranked. May 20- Jul 28: #1. Jul 29- Dec 31: Unranked (PEDs).

 

Krzysztof Glowacki– Jan 1- Jun 30: Unranked. Jul 1-14: #20. Jul 15-28: Unranked. Jul 29- Sep 15: #20. Sep 16- Oct 6: #19. Oct 7- Nov 3: #18. Nov 4-24: #20. Nov 25- Dec 8: #19. Dec 9-22: #18. Dec 23-31: #19.

 

Rakhim Chakhkiev– Jan 1- Sep 22: Unranked.  Sep 23- Oct 6: #20. Oct 7- Nov 3: #19. Nov 4-24: Unranked. Nov 25- Dec 8: #20. Dec 9-22: #19. Dec 23-31: #20.

 

Steve Herelius– Jan 1- Oct 6: Unranked. Oct 7- Nov 3: #20. Nov 4- Dec 31: Unranked.

Cruiserweight: 2013, Nov 4-10

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by danboxing
#20 Steve Herelius is now not only out of the rankings, but appears to be done as anything but the most basic measuring stick.  Herelius- who beat Firat Arslan a few years ago, but has been greatly outlasted in terms of career prospects by the much older Arslan, who appeared finished at that time.  Herelius lasted less than two rounds with Colombian one-loss prospect Santander Silgado.  As far as I can tell, no video is available of the fight- at least not internationally, having happened in Colombia.

 

#7 Ola Afolabi got a very very difficult night from one-loss prospect Lukasz Janik at Madison Square Garden Saturday.  Afolabi started very slow, dropping the first 4 rounds on my card (the first three for certain).  Janik seemed to get fatigued pretty rapidly in the 5th, as Afolabi came on strong and took the next three rounds (two for certain).  Janik got a second win in the 8th to just barely shade that frame, and easily won the 9th.  The two men traded the next two rounds in clear fashion, and the sloppy 12th could have gone either way.  Janik was so tired by then that he was largely just flailing, but he somehow remained somewhat effective in doing so, and got in a few decently hard shots.  In the end, I had it 115-113 for Janik.  I counted four toss-up rounds: the 4th, 7th, 8th, and 12th, and I happened to have scored two for each fighter.  If you were to see them all for Janik, he may have won by as much as 117-111.  If all for Afolabi, he could have just eeked out a victory at 115-113.  Judge Jerry Roth turned in a very respectable 114-114 draw.  Joseph Pasquale answered with a perhaps slanted, but mostly fair 115-113 for Afolabi.  Waleska Roldan embarrassed herself, the New York commission, and the sport at large by proposing that the fight was won by Afolabi 117-111.  Not a chance.  Without scanning her record intensely, I can say that Roldan is building a reputation, at least in my head, for really poor judgement at ringside.  Frankly, I consider New York and New Jersey judges as a whole to be pretty shaky.

 

As in all cases in which an objectively reasonable outcome with which I disagree is reached, I defer to the official winner to the extent that the unfortunate loser cannot eclipse him in the rankings.  In this case, that’s a convenient result, since an actual victory for Janik would have demanded that he be promoted well past Mateusz Masternak, who beat him by TKO a few years back.  Afolabi is perhaps lucky to only slump two places to #9, ahead of Giacobbe Fragomeni, whose recent results have been every bit as shaky as Afolabi’s, and who appears to be too old to really compete at the level he occupies.  Silgado’s best-ever victory leads to his debut at #14.  That forces Masternak down one to #15.  Janik- who deserves better, truly- gets throttled a bit by the official result and also by his loss to Masternak, but still makes a respectable debut at #16.  This forces last week’s #15 Enad Licina and everyone ranked below him down two spots, which ejects #19 Rakhim Chakhkiev after 6 weeks in.  Steve Herelius (#20 last week) obviously exits on his own merits.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (15-196-196)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Guillermo Jones has finally been stripped of the WBA belt he took from Lebedev, for PED use leading up to that fight.  Strangely, the WBA is now insisting on a rematch.  Apparently PEDs are just a minor technicality for that organization.  Since the WBA appears to be in Don King’s pocket, the result is not surprising, though.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (60-176-176)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev
Hernandez will make his long-awaited return on November 23 in Germany against Alexander Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (8-361-361)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #5 Firat Arslan
Huck-Arslan II has a new date of January 25 after Huck suffered a hand injury.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8-437-437)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Wlodarczyk will see action in the US for the first time since 2005 on December 6, fighting a trilogy bout with the rapidly aging Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni in Chicago.
5) Firat Arslan (8-78-121)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #3 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.

6) Thabiso Mchunu (8-14-52)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu recently signed a promotional deal with Main Events, the promoter of his recent victim Eddie Chambers.  This ensures that US fans will be seeing him on NBC Sports in 2014, if not earlier.
7) Danny Green (1-52-205)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has vacated his alphabet belt, and says essentially that only a really good opportunity would get him back between the ropes at this point.  Still…he stopped short of retiring.  He recently shrugged off a fairly frivolous proposal of a super middleweight fight with Anthony Mundine, though he later said he would fight him under certain conditions.
8) Grigory Drozd (1-5-52)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO11 #13 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: Unknown
The first notable call-out of Drozd following his impressive victory over Masternak comes from Masternak’s countryman Krzysztof Glowacki.
9) Ola Afolabi (1-243-243)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- W* (MD12) vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi needed a gift to squeak by Janik.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (8-8-260)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD8 Toni Visic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
11) Silvio Branco (8-86)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
12) Alexander Alekseev (8-147)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Alekseev gets a shot at Hernandez on November 23.
13) Ilunga Makabu (5-17)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu is rumored for a Monaco 4-man tournament in the fall along with Flores and Australian Brad Pitt.
14) Santander Silgado (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/1/2013- TKO2 #20 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Silgado may have caught a finished fighter at the right time in stopping Herelius, but in a fairly shallow division, that’s enough for now.
15) Mateusz Masternak (1-84)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO11) vs. #16 Grigory Drozd
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak is still a legitimate prospect despite his first loss, but can no longer lay claim to the status of “top prospect” after losing to Drozd.
16) Lukasz Janik (1-1)
Last Fight: L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Deserved better than a loss against Afolabi.  He may be one to watch in the future.
17) Enad Licina (1-176)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- TKO3 Levan Jomardashvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina needs a significant win before January, as his only relevant win in the last 5 years will become older than 5 years at that point, prompting his removal.
18) Danie Venter (1-8)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
19) Dmytro Kucher (1-71)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher would like a rematch with Makabu, and has his sights set on Wlodarczyk down the road, as well.  He expects to be back against someone in November or December.
20) Krzysztof Glowacki (1-15)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- TKO3 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s not clear how much we can learn from Glowacki’s brutal destruction of a washed-up Hall, but he certainly looked good.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Undefeated Brazilian William Fernando Souza Bezerra is scheduled to fight in Sao Paolo on Saturday.  As I mention every time this is the case, I have serious doubts as to the legitimacy of his fights, and even as to whether many of them even happen.  If he’s legitimately beat all of his opponents in non-fixed, non-staged fights, he is at least borderline top-20.  His opponent is the unestimable Eduardo Rojas.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Oct 28- Nov 3

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by danboxing
Fast-rising undefeated Russian Dmitry Kudryashov cut through an overmatched Shawn Cox Saturday in Rostov, Russia.  Cox is a capable operator that has already spent his share of time in the top 50, though I’d say he was shy of that status coming into this fight due to a string of recent losses.  Nevertheless, it’s safe to say he’s a decent measuring stick, and Kudryashov is obviously long on talent by that measure.  Cox never got anything going, and Kudryashov’s right hand dropped him like a bullet every time it landed.  Maybe I’m drawing too much on his nationality, but he reminds me of Sergey Kovalev.

 

Later that night in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kansas City-based one-loss Nigerian prospect Olanrewaju Durodola stopped mid-level journeyman Mitch Williams in round six of a scheduled ten.

 

No changes this week, but look out for both of these guys going forward- Kudryashov especially.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (14-195-195)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Guillermo Jones has finally been stripped of the WBA belt he took from Lebedev, for PED use leading up to that fight.  Strangely, the WBA is now insisting on a rematch.  Apparently PEDs are just a minor technicality for that organization.  Since the WBA appears to be in Don King’s pocket, the result is not surprising, though.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (59-175-175)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev
Hernandez will make his long-awaited return on November 23 in Germany against Alexander Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (7-360-360)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #5 Firat Arslan
Huck-Arslan II has a new date of January 25 after Huck suffered a hand injury.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (7-436-436)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Wlodarczyk will see action in the US for the first time since 2005 on December 6, fighting a trilogy bout with the rapidly aging Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni in Chicago.
5) Firat Arslan (7-77-120)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #3 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.

6) Thabiso Mchunu (7-13-51)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu recently signed a promotional deal with Main Events, the promoter of his recent victim Eddie Chambers.  This ensures that US fans will be seeing him on NBC Sports in 2014, if not earlier.
7) Ola Afolabi (7-242-242)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
If there is to be a Super 4 Cruiserweight tournament in Monaco, it appears it either won’t be on November 2 anymore, or that Afolabi won’t be participating if so, as he is slated for a November 2 fight on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard at Madison Square Garden against Polish prospect Lukasz Janik.
8) Danny Green (7-51-204)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has vacated his alphabet belt, and says essentially that only a really good opportunity would get him back between the ropes at this point.  Still…he stopped short of retiring.  He recently shrugged off a fairly frivolous proposal of a super middleweight fight with Anthony Mundine.
9) Grigory Drozd (4-4-51)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO11 #13 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: Unknown
The first notable call-out of Drozd following his impressive victory over Masternak comes from Masternak’s countryman Krzysztof Glowacki.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (7-7-259)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD8 Toni Visic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
11) Silvio Branco (7-85)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
12) Alexander Alekseev (7-146)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Alekseev gets a shot at Hernandez on November 23.
13) Ilunga Makabu (4-16)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu is rumored for a Monaco 4-man tournament in the fall along with Flores and Australian Brad Pitt.
14) Mateusz Masternak (4-83)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO11) vs. #16 Grigory Drozd
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak is still a legitimate prospect despite his first loss, but can no longer lay claim to the status of “top prospect” after losing to Drozd.
15) Enad Licina (6-175)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- TKO3 Levan Jomardashvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina needs a significant win before January, as his only relevant win in the last 5 years will become older than 5 years at that point, prompting his removal.
16) Danie Venter (4-7)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
17) Dmytro Kucher (4-70)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher would like a rematch with Makabu, and has his sights set on Wlodarczyk down the road, as well.  He expects to be back against someone in November or December.
18) Krzysztof Glowacki (4-14)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- TKO3 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s not clear how much we can learn from Glowacki’s brutal destruction of a washed-up Hall, but he certainly looked good.
19) Rakhim Chakhkiev (4-6)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- KO10 Giulian Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chakhkiev is in the hunt for a new trainer, and wants to return in December.
20) Steve Herelius (4-4)
Last Fight: 10/27/2013- L (KO2) vs. #19 Dmytro Kucher
Next Fight: 11/1/2013- vs. Santander Silgado (UNR)
Herelius has not won a fight since 2010, and thus his inclusion in the rankings is a stark reminder of the weathering effect the division has experienced over the last year.  He’ll get a chance to cement his place there at the opening of November, when he meets one-loss Colombian prospect Santander Silgado in Cartagena.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: #20 Steve Herelius plays gatekeeper in Cartagena, Colombia on Friday, looking to get back to his winning ways of a few years ago against local prospect Santander Silgado.

 

Saturday features the return of #7 Ola Afolabi, who draws one-loss Polish prospect Lukasz Janik on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Oct 14-20

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2013 by danboxing
No action of note to report this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (12-193-193)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After originally talking about a return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard that never materialized, Lebedev has parted with his long-time promoter.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (57-173-173)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev
Hernandez will make his long-awaited return on November 23 in Germany against Alexander Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (5-358-358)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #5 Firat Arslan
Huck-Arslan II has a new date of January 25 after Huck suffered a hand injury.
4) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (5-434-434)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- TKO8 Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Wlodarczyk will see action in the US for the first time since 2005 on December 6, fighting a trilogy bout with the rapidly aging Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni in Chicago.
5) Firat Arslan (5-75-118)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. #3 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.

6) Thabiso Mchunu (5-11-49)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu intends to be back by the end of the year, and says he’ll take on anyone in the division.  I don’t blame him.  I’d pick him to beat anyone.
7) Ola Afolabi (5-240-240)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. Lukasz Janik (UNR)
If there is to be a Super 4 Cruiserweight tournament in Monaco, it appears it either won’t be on November 2 anymore, or that Afolabi won’t be participating if so, as he is slated for a November 2 fight on the Golovkin-Stevens undercard at Madison Square Garden against Polish prospect Lukasz Janik.
8) Danny Green (5-49-202)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has vacated his alphabet belt, and says essentially that only a really good opportunity would get him back between the ropes at this point.  Still…he stopped short of retiring.
9) Grigory Drozd (2-2-49)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO11 #13 Mateusz Masternak
Next Fight: Unknown
The first notable call-out of Drozd following his impressive victory over Masternak comes from Masternak’s countryman Krzysztof Glowacki.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (5-5-257)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- UD8 Toni Visic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. #4 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
11) Silvio Branco (5-83)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- W (TD10) vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco continues to chug along at 47 years young.  He’s like a lower-level Hopkins.
12) Alexander Alekseev (5-144)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #2 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Alekseev gets a shot at Hernandez on November 23.
13) Ilunga Makabu (2-14)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Makabu is rumored for a Monaco 4-man tournament in the fall along with Flores and Australian Brad Pitt.
14) Mateusz Masternak (2-81)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO11) vs. #16 Grigory Drozd
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak is still a legitimate prospect despite his first loss, but can no longer lay claim to the status of “top prospect” after losing to Drozd.
15) Enad Licina (4-173)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- TKO3 Levan Jomardashvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Licina needs a significant win before January, as his only relevant win in the last 5 years will become older than 5 years at that point, prompting his removal.
16) Danie Venter (2-5)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- KO1 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I must admit I wrote Venter off when he lost a bit of an upset to Mchunu last year, but Mchunu has proven to be something of a world beater since, and Venter’s overall resume is quietly starting to look pretty solid.
17) Dmytro Kucher (2-68)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher would like a rematch with Makabu, and has his sights set on Wlodarczyk down the road, as well.  He expects to be back against someone in November or December.
18) Krzysztof Glowacki (2-12)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD8 Taylor Mabika (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Richard Hall (UNR)
Glowacki is back in October against 41 year-old washed-up former fringe contender Richard Hall in Poland.
19) Rakhim Chakhkiev (2-4)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- KO10 Giulian Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chakhkiev is back on a winning track, becoming the first man to stop Romanian journeyman Giulian Ilie.
20) Steve Herelius (2-2)
Last Fight: 10/27/2013- L (KO2) vs. #19 Dmytro Kucher
Next Fight: 11/1/2013- vs. Santander Silgado (UNR)
Herelius has not won a fight since 2010, and thus his inclusion in the rankings is a stark reminder of the weathering effect the division has experienced over the last year.  He’ll get a chance to cement his place there at the opening of November, when he meets one-loss Colombian prospect Santander Silgado in Cartagena.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Saturday in Poland, #18 Krzysztof Glowacki takes on former fringe contender and current 42 year-old journeyman Richard Hall of Jamaica.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Jun 10-16

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by danboxing
#4 Ola Afolabi and #8 Marco Huck completed a trilogy on Saturday in Berlin.  Their prior two fights had been razor-thin decisions, with Huck getting the nod in the first , and a draw being the result of the second from last year. 

 

From second round on, Huck proved to be sharper than Afolabi, who had been inactive for the more than 12 months since the last fight.  For my money, Huck earned the decision based on round 2-8 alone, with 12 being thrown in for good measure.  It seemed that both men were functionally exhausted  by about the 10th, but both still had enough left in spurts to land some good shots.  In general, it seemed that Huck either tired earlier, decided to coast, or some combination of the two.  Also, it should be noted that Afolabi tended to due some steady, quality work early in most rounds, with Huck often landing big punches late in the rounds to carry them.  I had it 116-112 for Huck, which is pretty close to the average of the three official scores, which reflected two opposing extremes of reason in 114-114 and 117-111, as well as a very reasonable median of 115-113. Despite the overall closeness of the verdict, there should be no controversy this time.  Huck won it clean.

 

Rachid El Hadak was supposed to fight in Morocco, but I can find no evidence that the fight happened at this point.

 

With the win, Huck advances to #5, his rise still halted by Lebedev, who I still can’t help but give credit for beating Huck in 2010, as well as Huck’s difficult-to-reconcile should-be loss to Arslan.  Afolabi, whose quality resume is based in large part on his prior performances against Huck, falls back to #8 below Arslan, due to Arslan’s superior recent performance against the common opponent.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Guillermo Jones (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO11 #1 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones wants to fight Wladimir Klitschko (he said the same a couple years ago), while Lebedev is asking for a rematch.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (39-155-155)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (39-39-71)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Denis Lebedev (4-175-175)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev hopes to return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard in early October, which seems a bit quick given how ugly his eye looked after his last fight.  He is hoping for a rematch with Jones, too.  He has also parted from his promoter.
5) Marco Huck (1-340-340)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- W (MD12) vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #7 Firat Arslan
Huck will make a mandatory defense in a rematch against Firat Arslan next, likely in October.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-416-416)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Apparently an agreement has been reached for Wlodarczyk to fight undefeated and fringe-contending Russian Olympian Rakhim Chakhkiev in Moscow, June 21.  Wlodarczyk will reportedly have a rematch clause in the event he loses.
7) Firat Arslan (4-57-100)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #5 Marco Huck
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Ola Afolabi (1-222-222)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (MD12) vs. #8 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Danny Green (2-31-184)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has been helping an Australian UFC fighter prepare for an upcoming fight, but still no word on whether he plans to fight again.
10) B.J. Flores (2-2-155)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ fight with Nuri Seferi appears to have been off very quickly after it was apparently made.  No word on his next move.
11) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-239)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
12) Silvio Branco (2-65)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco can still hang with whippersnappers like 43 year-old countryman Fragomeni, but you’ve gotta think his active days are numbered at 46.
13) Alexander Alekseev (2-126)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
14) Mateusz Masternak (2-63)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Masternak returns on August 24, but no other details are available.
15) Francisco Palacios (2-115)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(U12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios has been trying to convince Antonio Tarver to fight him, but is behind held back in all of his pursuits by having Don King as a promoter.
16) Thabiso Mchunu (2-31)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Mchunu is being treated as a stepping stone f0r the cruiserweight ambitions of recent heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers, and the two will do battle in that context on NBC Sports Network come August 3.
17) Dmytro Kucher (2-50)
Last Fight: 3/21/2013- UD12 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
A clash of good-looking prospects is on tap for July 13, as Kucher will meet Junior Makabu in Monaco.
18) Enad Licina (2-155)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Marcel Zeller (UNR)
Licina will fight a second consecutive awful opponent in German Marcel Zeller
19) Grigory Drozd (2-31)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Pawel Glazewski (2-2)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- UD10 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The division’s most important fight of the week is in Poland, where undefeated 32 year-old prospect Pawel Kolodziej takes on his toughest opponent since at least his 2009 stoppage of Rob Calloway, when he steps in with Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz.  I could imagine the winner earning a top 20 ranking under the right conditions.

 

The undercard will feature another Polish prospect- undefeated borderline top-50 operator Lukasz Janik- against an unannounced opponent.

 

#19 Enad Licina is also in action, essentially wasting his time by fighting 39 year-old awful German journeyman Marcel Zeller.  Zeller is a late replacement for equally awful 41 year-old Turkish journeyman Ergin Solmaz.  This will be Licina’s second consecutive completely ridiculous mismatch, and will take place in Hattersheim, Germany.

Cruiserweight: 2013: Jun 3-9

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated Canadian Denton Daley moved to 10-0 in Mississauga, Ontario  on Saturday against the best opponent of his young career, as he was apparently winning against solid journeyman Faisal Arrami when the Frenchman was forced to retire with a dislocated shoulder following round 4.

 

Barbados gatekeeper Shawn Cox was supposed to be fighting low-level journeyman Kurt Bess in a rematch in Guyana on Friday, but that fight may not have happened.  I can’t find any evidence that it did, anyway.  Very likely not significant in either case.
 

#8 Lateef Kayode has not fought since his draw with Antonio Tarver a year ago, has no fight scheduled, and is therefore removed.  B.J. Flores regains a top 10 berth as a result, and Pawel Glazewski regainst his foothold at #20, despite being essentially a light heavyweight.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Guillermo Jones (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO11 #1 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones wants to fight Wladimir Klitschko (he said the same a couple years ago), but the better bet at the moment appears to be Eddie Chambers at 200.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (38-154-154)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (38-38-70)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Denis Lebedev (3-174-174)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev hopes to return on the Klitschko-Povetkin undercard in early October, which seems a bit quick given how ugly his eye looked after his last fight.  He is hoping for a rematch with Jones, too.
5) Ola Afolabi (3-221-221)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Marco Huck
Sauerland is now promoting the Huck-Afolabi trilogy match after Don King botched it, and has limited the damage to about a month’s delay, with the fight now set for June 8 in Berlin.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (3-415-415)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Apparently an agreement has been reached for Wlodarczyk to fight undefeated and fringe-contending Russian Olympian Rakhim Chakhkiev in Moscow, June 21.  Wlodarczyk will reportedly have a rematch clause in the event he loses.
7) Firat Arslan (3-56-99)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan easily handled his first opponent under the Sauerland banner, but disappointed a bit in that he failed to stop him.
8) Marco Huck (3-339-339)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
See Afolabi’s notes, above.
9) Danny Green (1-30-183)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has been helping an Australian UFC fighter prepare for an upcoming fight, but still no word on whether he plans to fight again.
10) B.J. Flores (1-1-154)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ fight with Nuri Seferi appears to have been off very quickly after it was apparently made.  No word on his next move.
11) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-238)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
12) Silvio Branco (1-64)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco can still hang with whippersnappers like 43 year-old countryman Fragomeni, but you’ve gotta think his active days are numbered at 46.
13) Alexander Alekseev (1-125)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
14) Mateusz Masternak (1-62)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Masternak returns on August 24, but no other details are available.
15) Francisco Palacios (1-114)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(U12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios has been trying to convince Antonio Tarver to fight him, but is behind held back in all of his pursuits by having Don King as a promoter.
16) Thabiso Mchunu (1-30)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu and Eddie Chambers are currently involved in a rather entertaining Twitter war, though Guillermo Jones appears the more likely opponent for Chambers at this moment.
17) Dmytro Kucher (1-49)
Last Fight: 3/21/2013- UD12 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
A clash of good-looking prospects is on tap for July 13, as Kucher will meet Junior Makabu in Monaco.
18) Enad Licina (1-154)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Licina will fight a second consecutive awful opponent in Germany-based Turk Ergin Solmaz.  But stay tuned- Solmaz usually fights as a pretty big heavyweight, so Licina may be moving up.
19) Grigory Drozd (1-30)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Drozd will apparently be fighting in an unpronounceable Russian town in early June, but no opponent has been named yet.  That’s assuming his recovery from hand surgery goes according to plan.  But an ominous sign has popped up, as it no longer appears on boxrec.
20) Pawel Glazewski (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- UD10 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: #4 Ola Afolabi and #8 Marco Huck will look to settle the score once and for all in the third installment of a trilogy that, up to this point, has been filled exclusively with toss-up kind of fights.  Huck appears to be regressing lately, but no doubt will have the officiating in his favor as always.  Though it is in large part due to that kind of help, he always seems to manage to do just enough to stay relevant.

 

The same night in the boxing hotbed of Al Jadida, Morocco, inactive French gatekeeper Rachid El Hadak shows up for a tune-up against German journeyman Lars Buchholz.

Cruiserweight: 2013: May 20-26

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2013 by danboxing
A huge fight yielded a huge upset in Moscow on Friday.  #1 Denis Lebedev fought his toughest opponent since being robbed against Marco Huck, meeting inactive 41 year-old former titlist Guillermo Jones.  Jones- despite having once been a welterweight- appeared to be the significantly bigger man in the ring.  Nevertheless, Lebedev was scoring with the cleaner and apparently heavier punches in most of the rounds.  He mixed in a wide assortment of hooks, uppercuts, and left hands, but Jones showed a great chin and seemed unaffected by what looked like very hard shots from a noted puncher.

 

But while Lebedev appeared to be piling up the rounds, Jones was creating a pile of swelling around Lebedev’s right eye.  It was the most grotesque swelling I’ve seen in recent years.  Picture Pawel Wolak against Delvin Rodriguez, and then double it.  By roughly the 4th round or so, there was absolutely no way the Russian could see anything from that side.  Still, he was game, and did more than his share of scoring.  But he was slowly being broken down physically and perhaps mentally.  Down 5 points on my card (but 2 points closer on 2 of the 3 official cards), Jones really began to take over in the 10th, with a flagging Lebedev even resorting to a tackle in an attempt to rest.  The 11th round featured a very tired Jones and an exhausted Lebedev practically stumbling around the ring and tossing potshots out whenever possible.  With about a minute left, Lebedev half walked and half stumbled to the ropes when Jones landed what appeared to be a pretty ordinary jab to the forehead.  About half a second later, Lebedev took a knee and then fell as Jones threw another punch or two late.  The end was a bit odd to me.  Referee Stanley Christodoulou appeared to reach the count of 8 at the time Lebedev stood up, and then waved the fight off without checking to see if Lebedev was willing or able to continue.  The fight has been recorded as a knockout, though, indicating that Christodoulou had reached 10.  If he did so, the last two counts were given within about a quarter of a second, and both after Lebedev was up.  I’m not saying Lebedev should have been allowed to continue- in  fact he turned away from the ref and started walking away after standing- but the procedure struck me as very questionable.

 

Speaking of questionable procedure: we’ve got to talk a bit about Lebedev’s eye and the way it was handled.  First, I need to criticize his corner.  Much like Aaron Snowell and company in Tyson-Douglas in 1990, they lacked an endswell, meaning that they would be automatically fighting a losing battle against any active swelling- slowing its progress at best.  They were slightly more prepared than Tyson’s team in that they at least had ice in a bag, where Snowell had only a latex glove filled with cold water.

 

The ringside doctor was called upon only once as far as I can tell- a matter of seconds before the stoppage.  He took only a quick look and let Lebedev continue.  I decline to pass judgment on him for a couple reasons.  First, he went to school for a lot of years in order to know more than I do about the severity of the injury.  Second, I think it’s very possible that the Russian authorities have tougher standards for stopping a fight, similar to the old-school blood and guts battles you might see in the 1950s.  So while I personally think there’s a really good chance that Lebedev has all kinds of smashed bones around his eye and might never see well out of it again, I really am not qualified to know that.  And if Russia has chosen to allow guys more latitude in putting their own health and safety at risk in the ring than I’m used to, I guess that’s between him, the commission, and his corner.

 

As to the referee Stanley Christodoulou, in addition to the issues I noted earlier, I would have to say that he was clearly derelict.  Lebedev’s eye was buried under about 2-3 inches of swollen flesh, as was his temple.  It looked like he was wearing giant flesh-colored goggles on that side.  The idea that Christodoulou would not even stop the action to consult a doctor until this had been the case for about 7 rounds is unfathomable to me.  Now it’s possible that the doctor had monitored Lebedev in his corner between rounds, but still…

 

There was also a relatively uninspiring installment of the Prizefighter series, as a collection of domestic cruiserweights clashed for a series of 3-rounders in London.  Tony Conquest- one of the favorites- withdrew late, and as a result the field was even weaker than I expected.  I thought that by the second round, there would at least be one top 50 fighter in the field, but with Conquest’s withdrawal and some of the other quality fighters losing close decisions and/or having a weak tournament draw, even the winner- underdog Wadi Camacho- is not ranked in the top 50 by Boxrec at the moment.

 

Guillermo Jones, though he still certainly qualifies as a heavily inactive fighter overall, looks like the best fighter in the division and has proven more than anyone else at the moment.  Yoan Pablo Hernandez is the only other realistic candidate for the #1 spot, and Hernandez frankly deserved to lose to a 20th-ranked Troy Ross in his last fight, and has never beaten a #1 fighter (or cleanly beaten even a #2) as Jones just did.  Therefore, Jones returns to the rankings at no less than the #1 spot.  Lebedev falls to #4.  He has a larger volume of significant wins than does Ola Afolabi, and deserved the win in his fight against a higher-ranked version of Huck, while Afolabi owns a close loss and a fairly-decided draw against him.  Granted, Afolabi has never lost to anyone with as low a ranking as Jones had even before he was removed for inactivity, but Jones’ inactivity was the only reason he was ranked that low, as he had not lost within a relevant period of time, and had beaten a top 5 fighter in Firat Arslan.  Everyone ranked #4-20 last week backtracks one place.  This includes B.J. Flores, who exits the top 10, and Pawel Glazewski, who exits the rankings, each after 14 consecutive weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Guillermo Jones (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO11 #1 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones resurrected his career in a big way by beating the best active fighter in the division, in a come-from-behind and headline-grabbing fashion, to boot.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (36-152-152)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (36-36-68)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Denis Lebedev (1-172-172)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev no doubt faces a long layoff after his face and will were both broken in a grueling war with Guillermo Jones.

5) Ola Afolabi (1-219-219)

Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Marco Huck
Sauerland is now promoting the Huck-Afolabi trilogy match after Don King botched it, and has limited the damage to about a month’s delay, with the fight now set for June 8 in Berlin.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-413-413)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Apparently an agreement has been reached for Wlodarczyk to fight undefeated and fringe-contending Russian Olympian Rakhim Chakhkiev in Moscow, June 21.  Wlodarczyk will reportedly have a rematch clause in the event he loses.
7) Firat Arslan (1-54-97)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan easily handled his first opponent under the Sauerland banner, but disappointed a bit in that he failed to stop him.
8) Marco Huck (1-337-337)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
See Afolabi’s notes, above.
9) Lateef Kayode (1-51-131)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
There are indications that Kayode may be fighting Eddie Chambers next, though it’s unclear whether it is being discussed for cruiser or heavy.
10) Danny Green (1-28-181)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has been helping an Australian UFC fighter prepare for an upcoming fight, but still no word on whether he plans to fight again.
11) B.J. Flores (1-152)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Nuri Seferi (UNR)
Don King’s embarrassing failure to make the Huck-Afolabi card happen has claimed Flores-Palacios as collateral damage.  Flores instead will be fighting a month later against Albanian gatekeeper Nuri Seferi, in Albania.  Or at least he might be.  The fight has never showed up on Boxrec, and Flores didn’t respond when I asked him about it on Twitter.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-236)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
13) Silvio Branco (1-62)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco can still hang with whippersnappers like 43 year-old countryman Fragomeni, but you’ve gotta think his active days are numbered at 46.
14) Alexander Alekseev (1-123)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
15) Mateusz Masternak (1-60)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak’s scheduled meeting with Jeremy Ouanna gave way to an even less impressive match-up against Sean Corbin, a mediocre Guyana journeyman best known for beating a totally shot Wayne Braithwaite after being inactive for 2 years.
16) Francisco Palacios (1-112)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios has been trying to convince Antonio Tarver to fight him.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (1-28)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu recently called out Eddie Chambers on Twitter.
18) Dmytro Kucher (1-47)
Last Fight: 3/21/2013- UD12 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
A clash of good-looking prospects is on tap for July 13, as Kucher will meet Junior Makabu in Monaco.
19) Enad Licina (1-152)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Licina announced a June 15 fight on Twitter, but no opponent yet.
20) Grigory Drozd (1-28)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Drozd will apparently be fighting in an unpronounceable Russian town in early June, but no opponent has been named yet.  That’s assuming his recovery from hand surgery goes according to plan.  But an ominous sign has popped up, as it no longer appears on boxrec.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two fights to mention on Saturday.  In Buenos Aires, Argentine fringe contender Alejandro Valori rematches essentially undefeated prospect and countryman Marcos Ahumada.  In their first fight in March, Valori was awkwardly and incorrectly declared the TKO winner when Ahumada was deemed unable to continue after being cut by a head clash in the 4th round.  By any reasonable measure, it should have been a no contest since 4 rounds had not been completed.  Even in the few jurisdictions that require a decision after the start of the 4th round, it would have been Ahumada coming up with the win, since he knocked Valori down twice in the first round.  The first fight was contested less than two pounds over the light heavyweight limit, and so this fight could, so far as I know, end up being contested at 175, 200, or anywhere in between.

 

The same night in Brazil, undefeated knockout artist William Fernando Souza Bezerra stays busy in Pocas de Caldas against fellow Sao Paolo native and mid-range journeyman Jose Robson Dos Santos.

Cruiserweight: 2013: May 13-19

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss Colombian prospect Santander Silgado made short work of low-level Argentine journeyman and late replacement Rodolfo De Dominicis in Cartagena, stopping his man in just under a round.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (35-171-171)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- KO4 Santander Silgado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2013- vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Lebedev will be fighting inactive titlist Guillermo Jones near Moscow on May 17.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (35-151-151)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (35-35-67)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Ola Afolabi (14-218-218)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #7 Marco Huck
Sauerland is now promoting the Huck-Afolabi trilogy match after Don King botched it, and has limited the damage to about a month’s delay, with the fight now set for June 8 in Berlin.
5) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (14-412-412)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Apparently an agreement has been reached for Wlodarczyk to fight undefeated and fringe-contending Russian Olympian Rakhim Chakhkiev in Moscow, June 22.  Wlodarczyk will reportedly have a rematch clause in the event he loses.
6) Firat Arslan (14-53-96)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan easily handled his first opponent under the Sauerland banner, but disappointed a bit in that he failed to stop him.
7) Marco Huck (14-336-336)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Ola Afolabi
See Afolabi’s notes, above.
8) Lateef Kayode (14-50-130)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
There are indications that Kayode may be fighting Eddie Chambers next, though it’s unclear whether it is being discussed for cruiser or heavy.
9) Danny Green (14-27-180)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As has been the case after every fight since he had very serious surgery a couple years ago, there is speculation that Green may retire following his win over Shane Cameron.  Green himself remains non-committal.
10) B.J. Flores (14-14-151)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Nuri Seferi (UNR)
Don King’s embarrassing failure to make the Huck-Afolabi card happen has claimed Flores-Palacios as collateral damage.  Flores instead will be fighting a month later against Albanian gatekeeper Nuri Seferi, in Albania.
11) Giacobbe Fragomeni (14-235)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
12) Silvio Branco (14-61)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco can still hang with whippersnappers like 43 year-old countryman Fragomeni, but you’ve gotta think his active days are numbered at 46.
13) Alexander Alekseev (12-122)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
14) Mateusz Masternak (12-59)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak’s scheduled meeting with Jeremy Ouanna gave way to an even less impressive match-up against Sean Corbin, a mediocre Guyana journeyman best known for beating a totally shot Wayne Braithwaite after being inactive for 2 years.
15) Francisco Palacios (12-111)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Thabiso Mchunu (14-27)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
The promoter of Congolese prospect Ilunga Makabu has offered to fight Mchunu, but reportedly met with tepid interest from Mchunu’s camp.
17) Dmytro Kucher (14-46)
Last Fight: 3/21/2013- UD12 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
A clash of good-looking prospects is on tap for July 13, as Kucher will meet Junior Makabu in Monaco.
18) Enad Licina (14-151)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: Unknown
While there hasn’t been a lot of chirping about Licina’s next fight, he appears to have his hands full with Angry Birds Star Wars.  Seriously.  Look him up on Twitter.
19) Grigory Drozd (14-27)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Drozd will apparently be fighting in an unpronounceable Russian town in early June, but no opponent has been named yet.  That’s assuming his recovery from hand surgery goes according to plan.  But an ominous sign has popped up, as it no longer appears on boxrec.
20) Pawel Glazewski (14-14)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- UD10 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Glazewski returns in late June in Ostroda, Poland.  Probably more or less at light heavyweight.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Friday in Moscow, #1 contender Denis Lebedev faces probably the second best opponent of his career in inactive former top 10 contender Guillermo Jones.

 

The following night in London, a mediocre field of cruiserweights populate the ranks of the latest Prizefighter tournament.  There are no top 50 fighters in the field at the moment, but depending on the draw, there is likely to be one or more by the end of the first round, or second at the latest.  The favorites at this point are probably Tony Conquest, Danny McIntosh, and perhaps Neil Dawson.  In the 3-round format, Shane McPhilbin could also be dangerous.