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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: 2013, Dec 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2014 by danboxing
What began as a close and intriguing fight in Hamburg on Friday ended as an inconclusive joke, when referee Holger Wiemann, in a fit of bias, decided to let a personal slight to him determine the outcome of the fight.  Steve Herelius had been on a disastrous losing streak already of late, though he still carries with him the credentials of a gatekeeper.  He was matched with another gatekeeper in Albania’s Nuri Seferi.  The fight was evenly matched through six.  Herelius was vastly outworking Seferi, but threw truly effective shots in no greater volume than Seferi, who sat idle at the end of Herelius’ 1-2 combos for a large portion of the fight, but generally threw hard shots when he worked.  By the end of the 6th, however, Herelius had, for some reason, apparently lost his composure- taking his eyes off his opponent to gesture to his corner frequently.  Here’s where it got bad.  Somewhere in the middle of the 7th round, the two fighters briefly came together in a borderline clinch.  Doing his best Luis Pabon impersonation, Wiemann dove recklessly between the two fighters.  Maybe he yelled stop, and maybe he didn’t.  In any case, he jumped in unnecessarily into a potentially brief clinch that the fighters should have been allowed to work themselves out of.  When both fighters continued punching (as well they should, unless Wiemann erred by yelling stop), Wiemann pulled Herelius away, while being hit in the back by hard punches from Seferi.  Herelius continued trying to step to Seferi as Wiemann tried to push him away, and the referee ridiculously disqualified the Frenchman on the spot.  The reasons for the stoppage being ridiculous are many.  First, he did no more- indeed, arguably less- than his opponent did wrong in the situation, and yet was the only one sanctioned.  That’s bias.  Also, he was in the heat of the moment in an active exchange with the other fighter.  Wiemann doesn’t belong there, and even if he makes the mistake of being there, he needs to understand that the fighters can’t pull back punches they are already throwing.  If you want to take a point because you (wrongly, I think) believe that one guy in particular is not respecting your authority, that’s one thing.  But to disqualify a fighter in that situation without so much as a stern warning first?  That’s putting yourself in the position of being the most important actor in the fight.  That’s never a good thing for a ref.

 

As is my practice when a clearly bad call by a referee decides a fight (call it the Schorle rule), I will treat the fight the same as if it had been stopped by an accidental foul by a fighter.  Unfortunately that’s of precious little help to Herelius.  As I mentioned, I had the fight even after 6, but unfortunately for him, Seferi had clearly won the completed portion of the 7th, and thus gets the benefit of a close decision.  Since it did appear he was coming on the fight as Herelius unraveled a bit, that might not be a bad result, ultimately.

 

The following night in Moscow, Roy Jones gave us a nice little glimpse at just where he is at this twilight stage of his career.  We found out against B-Hop, I think, that he was completely finished at the Championship level.  Against Pawel Glazewski in 2012, we found out that he probably was no longer a real fringe contender.  But it was last weekend against lower-mid-level French journeyman Zine Benmakhlouf that Jones showed that he’s most likely done as a serious fighter at any worthwhile level.  By worthwhile level, I mean as a top 50 guy.  He may very well still be a top 50 guy by the skin of his teeth, but I don’t see him beating too many of his peers, if so.  It’s not that Benmakhlouf beat him.  I had Jones winning by a single point.  But he certainly never separated himself from the younger man.  Jones knew that his conditioning was not what it once was, and while he kept his hands moving and thereby appeared to be holding his own at such times, he was backed to the ropes by the apparently stronger Frenchman for a large percentage of the second half of the fight.  I could see, with the right perspective, the fight being scored anything between a rather wide 119-108 for Jones, or even as much as 115-112 for Zine.  The entire second half of the fight was close, and although Jones very likely out-landed his opponent in virtually every round, much of it was mere feather-dusting, and his ring generalship could hardly have been worse by being stuck in a corner for the majority of any given round.

 

Judging-wise, there was a predictably one-sided view ringside.  Leszek Jankowiak and Pawel Kardyni of Poland both gave borderline-reasonable but undeniably slanted scores of 118-109 and 119-108, respectively.  Kardyni is usually more fair than that in my experience, but he did turn in a ludicrous card in Hernandez-Cunningham I a couple years ago.  Jankowiak was one of the architects of the Helenius-Chisora debacle, and also turned in unreasonable cards in Rodriguez-Maderna and Kolodziej-Crenz, so you might almost count 118-109 as a decent night for him.  The prize for worst judge on the night goes to Guillermo Perez of Panama, who gave Jones every round.  I have seen some fights he’s worked, but upon a quick review of his record, few if any of those have gone the distance.  The only score that I have frame of reference on for him is Malignaggi-Senchenko, in which he turned in a reasonable but somewhat pro-Senchenko card before the stoppage, having Malignaggi up by just a round.

 

Here’s how weak this division is outside the top few.  You can be Nuri Seferi in this division- a 37 year-old career-long journeyman- beat a guy under dubious circumstances that’s clearly washed up and hasn’t so much as won since 2010, and that gets you ranked #15.  Hell, even now, I’d say Herelius is probably just barely out of the top 25.  
 
 
Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (22-203-203)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Citing delays from the Guillermo Jones/Don King side, Lebedev has petitioned to the WBA for the ability to seek a unification fight with Wlodarczyk, instead.  In the mean time, purse bids have been set for January 6 on the Jones fight.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (67-183-183)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez still seems a little vulnerable, needing his power to bail him out a little against Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (15-368-368)
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 (15-444-444)
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 (15-85-128)
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 (15-21-59)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/24/2013- vs. #20 Garrett Wilson
Mchunu will be back on an NBC Sports card on January 24 against Garrett Wilson.
7) Grigory Drozd (5-12-59)
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 (5-250-250)
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 (5-15-267)
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 (5-5-93)
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 (5-24)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. vs. Unknown Opponent
Apparently Kolodziej encountered promotional difficulties, and is now out of a planned February 1 fight with Makabu.  There are unconfirmed reports that Nathan Cleverly might step in to take his place.
12) Santander Silgado (3-8)
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.
13) Mateusz Masternak (3-91)
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.
14) Lukasz Janik (3-8)
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 (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/20/2013- W (DQ7*) vs. Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Enad Licina (1-183)
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 (1-15)
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 (1-78)
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) Krzysztof Glowacki (1-22)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glowacki has been tearing through the middle tier of the division like a wrecking ball.
20) Rakhim Chakhkiev (1-5)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- KO10 Giulian Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chakhkiev will apparently get a chance at some silly color-coded alphabet belt against Silvio Branco, with a deadline to avoid purse bids of January 3.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Merry Christmas!

Cruiserweight: 2013, Dec 16-22

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 5, 2014 by danboxing
Friday in San Isidro, Argentina, gatekeeper Alejandro Valori knocked out Ruben Ponce, an abysmal journeyman he’d already beaten twice by decision.  The knockout came in round 4, which was the number of rounds both of their prior fights were set for.

 

The following night in Wolcz, Poland, #19 Krzysztof Glowacki brutally beat durable journeyman Varol Vekiloglu for 9 rounds.  Vekiloglu took a good shot, but that was about it.  Most guys would have been knocked out inside of 3 or 4 rounds by the heavy artillery he was getting hit with, but he hung in there.  That being said, he only hit Glowacki with about one or two clean punches the whole fight, so it was tenuous even as a moral victory.

 

No changes 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 (21-202-202)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The rematch with Jones, according to Lebedev’s promoter, is all but done for mid-March in Moscow.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (66-182-182)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO10 #12 Alexander Alekseev
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez still seems a little vulnerable, needing his power to bail him out a little against Alekseev.
3) Marco Huck (14-367-367)
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 (14-443-443)
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 (14-84-127)
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 (14-20-58)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/24/2013- vs. #20 Garrett Wilson
Mchunu will be back on an NBC Sports card on January 24 against Garrett Wilson.
7) Grigory Drozd (4-11-58)
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 (4-249-249)
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 (4-14-266)
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 (4-92)
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 (4-23)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO5 Eric Fields (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Pawel Kolodziej (UNR)
Makabu is set to fight undefeated Polish prospect Pawel Kolodziej in Monaco for an interim alphabet belt on February 1.
12) Santander Silgado (2-7)
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.
13) Mateusz Masternak (2-90)
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.
14) Lukasz Janik (2-7)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Janik would like a well-deserved rematch with Afolabi.
15) Enad Licina (2-182)
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 (2-14)
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 (2-77)
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 (2-21)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glowacki has been tearing through the middle tier of the division like a wrecking ball.
19) Rakhim Chakhkiev (2-4)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- KO10 Giulian Ilie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chakhkiev will apparently get a chance at some silly color-coded alphabet belt against Silvio Branco, with a deadline to avoid purse bids of January 3.
20) Garrett Wilson (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD10) vs. #18 HW Vyacheslav Glazkov (at HW)
Next Fight: 1/24/2014- vs. #6 Thabiso Mchunu
Wilson is not really a top-20 caliber performer, but I’m being forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel in a shallow division.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Friday
Steve Herelius vs. Nuri Seferi; Hamburg, Germany; Eurosport
It’s a sad commentary on the division to think that Frenchman Herelius- a stoppage victim in his last 3 fights and winless since 2010- is arguably still a top 25 contender.  Seferi is a 37 year-old Albanian who has broken into the top 50 for the first time in his 15-year career after beating a decent journeyman or two.  If Herelius has anything left, this would be a good time to show it.

 

Saturday
Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Zine Benmakhlouf; Moscow, Russia; Sport 2 (Hungary)
The long-expired career of Jones continues to grow mold on the refrigerator shelf that is the cruiserweight division, getting a Moscow showcase against ordinary Algerian-French journeyman Zine Benmakhlouf.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by danboxing
There were three fights worth mentioning this week, each of them of real significance.  The highest profile was clearly faded legend Roy Jones, Jr.’s fight with undefeated Pole Pawel Glazewski on Saturday in Poland.  Reasonable scores for the fight could range between 96-93 Glazewski and 99-90 Glazewski.  But as is so often the case these days, we saw a sick sick robbery.  In fact, not one of the clowns/judges assigned to ruin the fight managed to get the score in a non-ridiculous range.  Hungarian judge Bela Florian at least had the winner right, with a 95-94 score in favor of Glazewski.  Germany’s Juergen Langos- who achieved infamy recently by blatantly robbing Firat Arslan of a win over Alexander Alekseev, all while counting Alekseev among his facebook friends- shamelessly scored it 96-94 Jones.  That means he completely and inexcusably botched no fewer than 3 rounds in a 10 round fight.  Montenegro’s Predrag Aleksic completed the atrocity by scoring it 96-93- essentially the same score as Langos, except that he apparently gave Jones a round that Langos scored even.

 

Obviously Aleksic needs to have a sit-down with the commission, at the very least.  How Langos could still be working fights after the awful job he did coupled with his totally unhidden bias in the Arslan fight is beyond me, and at this point he needs to be given a lengthy suspension or be outright banned, as he is a total and persistent disgrace to the sport.  Perhaps Florian missed a round due to a bad angle or something, so I’ll give him a pass since this is the first scoring problem I’m aware of for him.  This was a win for Glazewski, and that’s how I’m treating it here.

 

Earlier in the week, William Fernando Souza Bezerra of Brazil improved to 31-0 with a 6th round TKO of domestic gatekeeper Manoel Rodrigues de Souza on Thursday.  This was the  best opponent of the knockout artist’s career, and it extends a remarkable string of 31 consecutive opponents that failed to go the distance with the talented South American prospect to begin his career.  Rodrigues de Souza was down twice prior to the stoppage.

 

One day earlier still, Ukranian undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher knocked out Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz in just 3 rounds in Kiev, also dropping his man twice in the process. 

 

With these three fights, the fringe contender level of the division was injected with a refreshing amount of new blood, vampirically speaking.  Souza Bezerra’s win was nice, and would have earned him a ranking had it come a weak earlier.  His colleagues have foiled him with their own strong performances, however.  Kucher’s win, I think, is marginally the strongest of the three.  Crenz obviously doesn’t have the name or probably the ability- even at this point- of Roy Jones.  But the two aren’t too far apart in terms of their recent results.  What sets the Crenz win apart just a bit is the fact that Crenz is a full-sized cruiserweight more or less, while both Jones and Glazewski are probably in optimal fighting condition somewhere between 175 and 180 at this point.  The fight was contested in the low-180s, too.  Glazewski probably doesn’t intend to contend seriously at cruiserweight for years yet, if at all.

 

The result: Kucher checks in at #18.  #17 Enad Licina has lost 3 straight signficant fights, but he’s still beaten better fighters than Crenz, and has never lost to anyone at Crenz’ level, either.  Glazewski ends up just behind Kucher.  Troy Ross is displaced to #20 by the two young guns since, although he has three decent wins on his resume, hasn’t done any significant winning in a few years.  Last week’s #19 Grigory Drozd exits the rankings after 20 weeks, as does Zack Mwekassa after just 1.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-106-106)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hernandez broke his hand against Cunningham.  That would explain the lack of news about his next fight. 
2) Denis Lebedev (22-126-126)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev-Mormeck appears to be off.  Reporting on the subject has been virtually non-existent, so I can’t readily say why exactly.  But it appears that Lebedev may be fighting Guillermo Jones, instead.  WBA purse bid scheduled for July 19.
3) Steve Cunningham (5-420-420)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham said recently that although he would consider fighting Kayode in the event he beat Tarver (the fight ultimately ended in a draw), he doesn’t believe there are any other big fights available for him at Cruiser.  He is therefore likely to move up to heavyweight.
4) Marco Huck (5-291-291)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
A summary of where Huck is at: Afolabi understandably wants a third fight with him- this time in the UK.  Huck wants a rematch with Povetkin.  Meanwhile, Huck is laying the groundwork for hyping a potential fight with Alekseev following the Russian’s poor performance against Arslan, and also for a shot at Vitali.
5) Ola Afolabi (5-173-173)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now discussing a September fight with Mormeck.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (5-367-367)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
It was reported that Wlodarczyk would re-match Francisco Palacios on September 22, but evidently Wlodarczyk hasn’t signed the contract, despite Palacios being his mandatory.  Wlodarczyk has been remarkably quiet when the subject turns to Palacios, who appeared to have narrowly beat him in an awful fight in 2011.
7) Lateef Kayode (2-5-85)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Steroids or no steroids, Tarver didn’t look like a world-beater against Kayode, and Kayode’s performance down the stretch is still a cause for concern to his fans.
8) Guillermo Jones (2-92-92)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reading news and googling Jones’ name, it appears that the Joell Godfrey fight is off, but nobody ever seems to have actually reported that fact.  The fight simply disappeared.  Jones has been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Denis Lebedev, with purse bids scheduled for July 19.
9) Firat Arslan (2-8-51)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #16 Alexander Alekseev
Arslan-Alekseev II is reportedly on for November.
10) Danny Green (2-2-135)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR) (at LHW)
Green is dropping down in weight in hopes of luring the much-smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.
11) B.J. Flores (2-106)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores is chasing a fight with Kayode that failed to materialize last year.
12) Francisco Palacios (2-66)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #6 Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-190)
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 (2-16)
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 (2-14)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alexander Alekseev (2-77)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Firat Arslan
See Arslan’s notes, above.
17) Enad Licina (2-106)
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) Dmitro Kucher (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Pawel Glazewski (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easily beat Roy Jones, Jr., but was robbed in his own country.
20) Troy Ross (1-22)
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.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  No fights to report this week.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2012 by danboxing
#20 Grigory Drozd beat up Brazilian journeyman Fabio Garrido in Moscow, causing the underdog’s corner to throw in the towel after the first round.  Antonio Tarver tested positive for steroid use involved in his recent draw with Lateef Kayode.  It’s tricky figuring out how to handle this. 

 

I could go into a long explanation of my reasoning, but suffice it to say that a positive PED test, on my blog, will always cause the removal of the fighter from the rankings.  If and when he returns to action, he will be treated as if he had been removed for inactivity.  As for Kayode, I have decided that he and all similarly situated fighters in the future, will not receive any specific benefit from his opponents positive test- except that their rating will never be harmed by a performance against a cheating fighter.  This doesn’t apply in this case, since Kayode’s ranking was actually improved by his draw. 

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (21-105-105)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hernandez broke his hand against Cunningham.  That would explain the lack of news about his next fight. 
2) Denis Lebedev (21-125-125)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev-Mormeck appears to be off.  Reporting on the subject has been virtually non-existent, so I can’t readily say why exactly.  But it appears that Lebedev may be fighting Guillermo Jones, instead.  WBA purse bid scheduled for June 29.
3) Steve Cunningham (4-419-419)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham said recently that although he would consider fighting Kayode in the event he beat Tarver (the fight ultimately ended in a draw), he doesn’t believe there are any other big fights available for him at Cruiser.  He is therefore likely to move up to heavyweight.
4) Marco Huck (4-290-290)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
A summary of where Huck is at: Afolabi understandably wants a third fight with him- this time in the UK.  Huck wants a rematch with Povetkin.  Meanwhile, Huck is laying the groundwork for hyping a potential fight with Alekseev following the Russian’s poor performance against Arslan, and also for a shot at Vitali.
5) Ola Afolabi (4-172-172)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now discussing a September fight with Mormeck.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-366-366)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #12 Francisco Palacios
The Palacios rematch is reportedly done for September 22 in Wroclaw, Poland.
7) Lateef Kayode (1-4-84)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Steroids or no steroids, Tarver didn’t look like a world-beater against Kayode, and Kayode’s performance down the stretch is still a cause for concern to his fans.
8) Guillermo Jones (1-91-91)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reading news and googling Jones’ name, it appears that the Joell Godfrey fight is off, but nobody ever seems to have actually reported that fact.  The fight simply disappeared.  Jones has been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Denis Lebedev, with purse bids scheduled for June 29.
9) Firat Arslan (1-7-50)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #16 Alexander Alekseev
Arslan-Alekseev II is reportedly on for November.
10) Danny Green (1-1-134)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR) (at LHW)
Green is dropping down in weight in hopes of luring the much-smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.
11) B.J. Flores (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores is chasing a fight with Kayode that failed to materialize last year.
12) Francisco Palacios (1-65)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #6 Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-189)
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 (1-15)
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 (1-13)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alexander Alekseev (1-76)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Firat Arslan
See Arslan’s notes, above.
17) Enad Licina (1-105)
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 (1-21)
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) Grigory Drozd (1-20)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Zack Mwekassa (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO1 Tshepang Mohale (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. Danie Venter (UNR)
Mwekassa is currently engaged in a very worthwhile African cruiserweight tournament, and is generally considered the favorite since the withdrawal of Ran Nakash.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Three fights to mention this week:
Wednesday: In Kiev, local undefeated prospect Dmitro Kucher takes on Argentine gatekeeper Cesar Crenz.

 

Thursday: Brazilian undefeated knockout artist William Fernando Souza Bezerra takes on by far the best opponent of his career in domestic gatekeeper Manoel Rodrigues de Souza in Sao Paolo.

 

Saturday: Badly faded legend Roy Jones, Jr. tries to prove he has something- anything- left when he travels to his opponent’s backyard of Lodz, Poland.  That opponent is undefeated fringe contender Pawel Glazewski.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Dec 12-18

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2011 by danboxing
Roy Jones, Jr. fought a complete nobody named Max Alexander in Atlanta and won a shutout decision this week.  The fight was for a regional belt of some organization called the IBS.  So having no doubt left the ring with the belt around his waist or over his shoulder, it’s safe to say that Jones left the ring with the end result of IBS all over him.  Personally, I probably would have crapped myself if Jones hadn’t left the building with some serious IBS shit.  No changes to the ratings.

 

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


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (20-96-96)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There has been buzz of a possible matchup with Tarver in February in England, but Tarver recently said he has no reason to fight Lebedev.
2) Antonio Tarver (10-20-20)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Tarver wants Wlodarczyk next, then would like to move back to heavyweight.  Too bad, because the Lebedev offer would have crowned a champion here.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (10-76-76)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- W(SD6) vs. #2 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s mandatory for now appears to be Troy Ross.  It seems possible that popular demand could lead to a rematch with Cunningham, though, too.
4) Steve Cunningham (10-390-390)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(SD6) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham was all but robbed in his last fight, but left just enough doubt by getting knocked down in the first to leave him behind his opponent in the rankings.
5) Marco Huck (10-261-261)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck may be literally getting too big for his britches, as he has been publicly agitating for a fight with heavyweight #1 contender Vitali Klitschko.  Vitali seems to have some interest, and there are talks that the fight might happen in February or March.  He also says he wants to fight Guillermo Jones, and has a mandatory obligation with Ola Afolabi.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (2-337-337)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
May have a fight with Tarver looming once his broken hand heals.
7) Ola Afolabi (2-143-143)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line for a fight with Huck in February or March.
8) Guillermo Jones (2-62-62)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones, a former welterweight, now says he wants a Klitschko, but also has the equally suicidal willingness to fight Marco Huck…in Germany.
9) Danny Green (20-105-105)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Green is undecided on a possible retirement after 2 consecutive stoppage losses.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (20-160-160)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (8-76)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- UD10 Paul Jennette (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It was assumed that Flores was in line to fight Don King stablemate Guillermo Jones, but King apparently thinks he can make more money fighting at home in Springfield and then taking on one of the other alphabet titlists.
12) Francisco Palacios (8-36)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Lateef Kayode (8-55)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode has engaged in close fights with less-than-stellar opposition in 2 of his last 3 outings.
14) Steve Herelius (6-75)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (6-76)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD8 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Licina-Alexeev now has a date: February 4.
16) Firat Arslan (6-21)
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.
17) Alexander Alexeev (6-47)
Last Fight: 11/18/2011- TKO8 Daniel Bruwer (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #15 Enad Licina
See Licina’s notes, above.
18) Matt Godfrey (6-12)
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.
19) Eric Fields (6-8)
Last Fight: 9/2/2011- TKO2 Rubin Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.
20) Mateusz Masternak (6-6)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO3 Carl Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak recently signed with Sauerland, giving him lots of great opportunities for big fights in the near future.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Undefeated Ukrainian prospect Dmitro Kucher is set to fight Belgian journeyman Ismail Abdoul in the Ukraine on Sunday in the division’s only notable action.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Dec 5-11

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2011 by danboxing
In a memorable fight in Australia this Wednesday, #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk had worked himself into a precarious situation on the scorecards against #9 Danny Green- down 4 points with 2 to go- when he took advantage of a broken nose he inflicted  upon Green at the end of the 10th in order to pummel and drop the local favorite to a dramatic 11th round stoppage.

 

Wlodarczyk moves up to #6, displacing Ola Afolabi, whose opposition has regressed recently.  It was a bit of a tough call whether to advance him past Marco Huck given Huck’s performance against Lebedev.  However, I ultimately decided that since Lebedev is currently rated #1, that performance is somewhat forgivable.  Additionally, Huck’s overall resume, being by far the deepest and longest in the division, helps him retain the #5 position.  You would think that Green would fall based on a loss to someone only one position above him, but in this case he’s insulated against that movement by the fact that #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni hasn’t had a significant win since 2008 and that he’s already beat #11 B.J. Flores.  I’m never one to force punishment upon a guy for losing to a good fighter, especially when his competition has done the same or has not even fought good fighters.

 

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


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (19-95-95)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- UD12 James Toney (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There has been buzz of a possible matchup with Tarver in February in England, but Tarver recently said he has no reason to fight Lebedev.
2) Antonio Tarver (9-19-19)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
See Lebedev’s comments above.
3) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (9-75-75)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- W(SD6) vs. #2 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez’s mandatory for now appears to be Troy Ross.  It seems possible that popular demand could lead to a rematch with Cunningham, though, too.
4) Steve Cunningham (9-389-389)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(SD6) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham was all but robbed in his last fight, but left just enough doubt by getting knocked down in the first to leave him behind his opponent in the rankings.
5) Marco Huck (9-260-260)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- KO5 Rogelio Rossi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck may be literally getting too big for his britches, as he has been publicly agitating for a fight with heavyweight #1 contender Vitali Klitschko.  Vitali seems to have some interest, and there are talks that the fight might happen in February or March.  He also says he wants to fight Guillermo Jones, and has a mandatory obligation with Ola Afolabi.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-336-336)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
A really good matchup on tap between Wlodarczyk and Green- two contenders with a lot to prove.
7) Ola Afolabi (1-142-142)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be in line for a fight with Huck in February or March.
8) Guillermo Jones (1-61-61)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones, a former welterweight, now says he wants a Klitschko.
9) Danny Green (19-104-104)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s comments, above.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (19-159-159)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) B.J. Flores (7-75)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- UD10 Paul Jennette (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The natural assumption is that Flores is in line for a shot at Don King stablemate Guillermo Jones.
12) Francisco Palacios (7-35)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Lateef Kayode (7-54)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kayode has engaged in close fights with less-than-stellar opposition in 2 of his last 3 outings.
14) Steve Herelius (5-74)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enad Licina (5-75)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- UD8 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Licina-Alexeev now has a date: February 4.
16) Firat Arslan (5-20)
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.
17) Alexander Alexeev (5-46)
Last Fight: 11/18/2011- TKO8 Daniel Bruwer (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #15 Enad Licina
See Licina’s notes, above.
18) Matt Godfrey (5-11)
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.
19) Eric Fields (5-7)
Last Fight: 9/2/2011- TKO2 Rubin Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fields is the latest in a fairly long line of iffy candidates to enter in the rankings.  He’s a one-loss prospect with a win over marginal gatekeeper Danny Batchelder back in June.  What separates him from the 2 or 3 guys he beat out for this spot is the fact that his loss- in 2008 against current #6 Ola Afolabi- is a lot more forgivable than the losses of his competitors.
20) Mateusz Masternak (5-5)
Last Fight: 9/10/2011- TKO3 Carl Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak recently signed with Sauerland, giving him lots of great opportunities for big fights in the near future.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Roy Jones, Jr. finds himself on a crappy online pay-per-view against not-so-great journeyman Max Alexander in Atlanta.  This fight will reportedly be for an IBS regional title.  Truth be told, even with IBS involved, most people just don’t give a crap.