Archive for Ruslan Chagaev

Heavyweight: 2014, Jul 7-13

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by danboxing
Joseph Parker, an absolute beast of an undefeated Kiwi prospect at 6’4,” 230, just walked through 5’11” veteran gatekeeper Brian Minto.  Minto is typically no shrinking violet, but he looked totally intimidated by Parker’s size and power, dancing around on the outside and scraping his back on the ropes constantly.  He was clearly only trying to survive, which is not his style.  Parker did have some trouble catching up with Minto’s quick feet (never thought I’d say that), but Minto wasn’t really trying to win the rounds, and the few times Parker did catch up to him, he punished him plenty.  Minto was dropped hard in the 5th, and again in the 7th, after which his corner pulled the plug between rounds.  It wasn’t always the prettiest fight to watch, and in fairness you do have to wonder how well the careful and somewhat plodding Parker would fare against a classy boxer, but for what he was up against, it was a plenty impressive performance for the Kiwi.

 

This is an edit, because I apparently forgot to check the schedule for Sunday and missed this rather significant fight initially, but top 30 contenders Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo met up in Chagaev’s adopted home of Grozny, Chechnya, and it was a very very close fight.  Chagaev came out hot, applying pressure at least with his feet, and occasionally landing something of minor note.  But Chagaev was visibly fat, and it showed in his conditioning as well as his gut.  The Uzbek native was never a super fit guy, but to put his current state in perspective, consider that when he was beating Nikolay Valuev to reach his highest level back in 2007, he was under 230 pounds.  For this fight, he was a shade over 246.  I had Boricua-American Oquendo winning each of the last 3 rounds, and 5 of the last 7 to earn a draw on my card, despite the fact that he looked totally uninterested in working until at least round 4.  Despite the heavily-partisan crowd in Grozny, the judges did an admirable and completely unbiased job.  Guillermo Perez Pineda had it exactly the same as I did at 114-114, while the other two, Gustavo Jarquin and Alexs Marin, both had it a very reasonable 115-113 for Chagaev.  I thought a reasonable person could have scored it as wide as 117-111 for Chagaev, and maybe you could stretch it to 115-113 for Oquendo if you really wanted to.  Oquendo must be kicking himself if he’s seen the tape, because he didn’t even try to win more than 6 or 7 rounds in any meaningful way.

 

The undercard featured busted prospect but still borderline-top-50 fighter Edmund Gerber getting an easy 2nd-round TKO over low-level Mexican journeyman Vicente Sandez in his first action since he was stopped by Dereck Chisora in September.

 

Parker…ahem…parks himself in the top 30, but hasn’t done quite enough yet to earn a real ranking.  Chagaev and Oquendo both benefit substantially from the close fight, with both now ranked unofficially in my top 25, but with neither quite being able to quite sneak into the top 20.  If the result had been more emphatic, it might have been a different story.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (263-476-476)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- TKO5 #16 Alex Leapai
Next Fight: 9/6/2014- vs. #5 Kubrat Pulev
It’s looking all but certain that Wlad will fight Pulev on September 6.
1) Tyson Fury (21-21-21)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #6 Dereck Chisora
Fury-Chisora has been made.  July 26, in Manchester.  The winner will become one of Wlad’s mandatories.
2) Alexander Povetkin (6-350-350)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- TKO7 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin wants to return in late October, and wants to rematch the Champ when he’s gotten at least 3 fights in with his new trainer.
3) Vyacheslav Glazkov (6-17-81)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD12 #4 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: 8/9/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Glazkov returns in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on August 9, in a fight with an undetermined opponent to be televised on NBC Sports.
4) Amir Mansour (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery L (UD10) vs. #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham had the more sympathetic story and a legitimately great comeback attempt, but Mansour had the better collection of rounds legitimately won.  Mansour was robbed even though the fight was close, and deserves Cunningham’s former position in the rankings for his effort.
5) Kubrat Pulev (21-114-191)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- RTD3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/6/2014- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Klitschko’s notes, above.
6) Dereck Chisora (21-136-199)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
7) Carlos Takam (5-5-25)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- UD12 #9 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Takam’s potential appears nearly boundless after he handled Tony Thompson more easily than anyone not named Wladimir Klitschko.
8) Bermane Stiverne (5-9-71)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- TKO6 #13 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne is hoping to fight Wilder sometime in November in either Montreal or Las Vegas, while Don King wants to stage it in Mexico for some reason.
9) Steve Cunningham (5-81-81)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- Robbery W (UD10) vs. Amir Mansour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I hope you’ll all pray for his daughter to recover from her life-threatening health condition, and the guy had guts to come back from the 2 knockdowns.  But he didn’t win the fight.
10) Tony Thompson (5-16-215)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- L (UD12) vs. #12 Carlos Takam
Next Fight: Unknown
Not that there’s any shame in being beaten by Takam necessarily, but Thompson’s performance was poor enough that you have to start wondering how much he has left.
11) Tomasz Adamek (5-220)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- L (UD12) vs. #18 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: 10/18/2014- vs. Artur Szpilka (UNR)
Adamek is back on October 18 against all-action gatekeeper Artur Szpilka, in what should be a cash cow for the promoters in Lodz, Poland.
12) Odlanier Solis (5-215)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- L* (SD12) vs. #13 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
The Solis haters are out in force, claiming a clear loss in a fight that Solis deserved to win.  You might not like his physique or his training habits or his style, but if he outfights the other guy, he still deserves to be respected as a winner at least as much as a disappointment.  A loss to Thompson is not that embarrassing, especially when you ought to have won it.
13) Deontay Wilder (9-63)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- KO1 #19 Malik Scott
Next Fight: Unknown
See Stiverne’s notes, above.
14) Chris Arreola (9-44)
Last Fight: 5/10/2014- L (TKO6) vs. #12 Bermane Stiverne
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola just had elbow surgery, but is expected back in the ring in October.
15) Erkan Teper (14-45)
Last Fight: 6/13/2014- RTD6 Newfel Ouatah (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Teper’s effort in his last fight- and perhaps especially in the gym leading up to it- was awful, and he got lucky when his opponent turned out to be almost as out of shape as him, in addition to being an apparent quitter.
16) Alex Leapai (14-33)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- L (KO5) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Leapai is reportedly interested in fighting Shannon Briggs in the wake of his total non-performance against the Champ.
17) Andy Ruiz (14-33)
Last Fight: 5/17/2014- TKO2 Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/9/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ruiz will return in a Unimas-televised fight on August 9.  No opponent yet.
18) Seth Mitchell (14-57)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.  Golden Boy’s CEO says he’s advised Mitchell to do just that, though he reports that Mitchell seems to have no such intention.
19) Francesco Pianeta (3-17)
Last Fight: 5/30/2014- KO1 Mickael Vieira (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pianeta says he wants to give Vieira a rematch due to the flukey broken arm that KO’d the Frenchman.  The fight was a waste of time the first time, honestly, so I’m not sure we need a second helping, regardless of the reason.
20) Malik Scott (3-3)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- L (KO1) vs. #13 Deontay Wilder
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: No significant action among the heavies this week.

Heavyweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2013 by danboxing
Another day, another dominant defense for Wladimir Klitschko.  He won a lopsided decision over #3 Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.  But it wasn’t the normal fare entirely.  It was actually much worse in some ways.  Typically, I’m a moderate when it comes to criticizing the Klitschkos.  I usually blame their rather boring outings on the cowardice or incompetence of their opposition much more so than their style or cautious nature.  In this case, Povetkin gave an honest effort, and Wlad and referee Luis Pabon silently conspired to rob the Russian of whatever minimal chance he had to win the fight in the first place, and simultaneously rob the fans of what might have been a reasonably worthwhile contest, had it been on the level.  Now I’m not accusing Pabon of corruption per se.  He’s just a bad ref.  He always has been.  Why he continues to  get assignments in high-profile international fights is beyond me- particularly when heavyweights are involved.  He’s half Wlad’s size.  Usually the main criticism associated with Pabon is that he glides in and breaks the action every time the fighters get on the inside.  This time, it was a different issue.  The Champion leaned down on Povetkin’s neck practically every time the shorter Russian got into punching range, forcing a break and completely negating Povetkin’s offensive ambitions in a totally illegal fashion.  Pabon, for his part, did absolutely nothing to discourage it.  He did take a point from the Champion in round 11 for the unrelated and far less pervasive offense of pushing, but acted as if practically bending the guy over for a wedgie 15 times a round was totally acceptable. 

 

While I think it’s fairly shameful for a dominant Champion like Klitschko to resort to essentially cheating in order to beat an opponent that was badly outgunned to begin with, I can hardly put all the blame on him.  While he fouled at a level that easily could have justified a disqualification two or three times over, there’s no reason beyond sportsmanship for him to refrain from the foul if the foul is tacitly allowed by the fight’s ultimate arbiter.  Still, except for the deception involved, there is objectively little difference between Klitschko’s constant un-policed fouling and a guy that uses PEDs that aren’t detected by the authorities.  In both cases, you’re cheating, and the fact that you didn’t get caught or held to account doesn’t really make it okay.  Besides allowing Klitschko to unfairly negate Povetkin’s entire gameplan without giving Povetkin a similar opportunity, this refereeing breakdown also had the effect of rendering the fight relatively unwatchable.

 

Pabon also credited Klitschko with 4 knockdowns- only maybe two of which were legitimate.  

 

On the undercard, former top contender Ruslan Chagaev- from whom Klitschko won the vacant Championship in 2009- beat 42 year-old Serbian gatekeeper Jovo Pudar to earn his best win since 2010, with scorecards ranging from 115-111 to 118-108.

 

At this point, a loss to Klitschko is never going to hurt you unless it’s the only thing separating two otherwise even fighters, so Povetkin holds still at #3, while obviously Wlad remains the Champion.  Chagaev’s win should be seen as a possible first step toward rebuilding his resume, but with his truly big wins all over 5 years ago, it can only get him just shy of the top 25 at this point.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (224-437-437)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko made no new fans with his unnecessarily dirty win over Povetkin.
1) Tyson Fury (5-116-116)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #2 David Haye
Fury-Haye has been rescheduled for February 8.
2) David Haye (5-65-65)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
3) Alexander Povetkin (5-311-311)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
It feels like Povetkin’s technical qualifications to fight a Klitschko was the only factor that made him remotely interesting within the division.  I’m not sure where he goes from here.
4) Steve Cunningham (5-42-42)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham is now sparring with the man that knocked him out in April- Tyson Fury.
5Tomasz Adamek (5-181-181)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- #17 Vyacheslav Glazkov
With the Bryant Jennings proposal falling apart over money, Adamek will now be fighting Glazkov in one of NBC’s mid-afternoon telecasts.
6) Kubrat Pulev (5-75-152)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev will now be at least one of Wlad’s mandatories after beating Thompson.
7) Dereck Chisora (5-97-160)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO5 Edmund Gerber (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora continues to stay very busy.  He will fight an opponent to be announced in London on November 30.
8) Odlanier Solis (5-29-176)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/18/2013- vs. Carlos Takam (UNR)
Solis returns in the middle of the month against rugged Cameroon gatekeeper Carlos Takam (picture a poor man’s Sam Peter) in Mexico City, of all places.  This is the first leg of the heavyweight version of the “World Cup” being sponsored by the WBC.  That being said, I can’t seem to find out who the winner of Solis-Takam would be in line to fight.
9) Bermane Stiverne (5-16-32)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne said after being challenged to a rematch by Chris Arreola that he will wait on Klitschko and will not consider that fight.
10) Chris Arreola (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola may be a candidate for Wilder, or could fight for a vacant title in a rematch with Stiverne, should Vitali retire.
11) Tony Thompson (16-176)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson may have come up a bit short against Pulev, but he proved that even at 41, he’s still a challenge for obviously top-10 opposition.
12) Erkan Teper (5-6)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO1 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
Irish sources are reporting that Teper will be fighting Rogan in Germany sometime in November.
13) Deontay Wilder (5-24)
Last Fight: 8/9/2013- KO1 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Wilder is set to fight Ohio journeyman Nicolai Firtha on the Hopkins-Murat undercard.
14) Robert Helenius (5-176)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Helenius’ team was accurate on the severity of his hand injury, it should be long healed by now, although there were immediate rumors that the injury was more serious.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-143)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko turned down a Pulev rematch, and was last seen as a sparring partner in David Haye’s ill-fated camp.  No word on his next fight.
16) Seth Mitchell (5-18)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (6-42)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #5 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov will go from a non-TV tune-up directly to a NBC-televised afternoon showdown with Adamek.
18) Malik Scott (6-33)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was up at 9.5 and ready to go, but Phil Edwards called the fight off in an unfortunate SNAFU.  That being said, Chisora was coming on and I already had him ahead.  Scott probably would have gone on to lose anyway.
19) Johnathon Banks (6-47)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks apparently dinged his hands up pretty good in the Mitchell fight- an alternate explanation for those who, like me, thought his inexplicable failure to follow up on his early success was a bit suspicious.  He’s been doing physical therapy, and is about ready to get back in the ring.  He’d like a rematch with Mitchell, but unfortunately a trilogy probably isn’t of much benefit to the fragile young contender at this point.
20) Denis Boytsov (6-225)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. Alex Leapai (UNR)
Boytsov suffered a minor knee injury, pushing his return back to November 23.  He will fight Samoan gatekeeper Alex Leapai.  No world-beater, but his best opponent in a while.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: No action to report in the division this week. 

Heavyweight: 2013, Sep 30- Oct 6

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (223-436-436)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- TKO6 Francesco Pianeta
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #3 Alexander Povetkin
Klitschko-Povetkin is now officially signed for 10/5 in Moscow.
1) Tyson Fury (4-115-115)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury-Haye has been rescheduled for February 8.
2) David Haye (4-64-64)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
See Fury’s notes, above.
3) Alexander Povetkin (4-310-310)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO3 Andrzej Wawryzk (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wlad’s notes, above.
4) Steve Cunningham (4-41-41)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham is now sparring with the man that knocked him out in April- Tyson Fury.
5Tomasz Adamek (4-180-180)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- #17 Vyacheslav Glazkov
With the Bryant Jennings proposal falling apart over money, Adamek will now be fighting Glazkov in one of NBC’s mid-afternoon telecasts.
6) Kubrat Pulev (4-74-151)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev will now be at least one of Wlad’s mandatories after beating Thompson.
7) Dereck Chisora (4-96-159)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO5 Edmund Gerber (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora continues to stay very busy.  He will fight an opponent to be announced in London on November 30.
8) Odlanier Solis (4-28-175)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis might be back in October against fringe contender Franklin Lawrence.
9) Bermane Stiverne (4-15-31)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne said after being challenged to a rematch by Chris Arreola that he will wait on Klitschko and will not consider that fight.
10) Chris Arreola (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola may be a candidate for Wilder, or could fight for a vacant title in a rematch with Stiverne, should Vitali retire.
11) Tony Thompson (15-175)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson may have come up a bit short against Pulev, but he proved that even at 41, he’s still a challenge for obviously top-10 opposition.
12) Erkan Teper (4-5)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO1 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
Irish sources are reporting that Teper will be fighting Rogan in Germany sometime in November.
13) Deontay Wilder (4-23)
Last Fight: 8/9/2013- KO1 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Wilder is set to fight Ohio journeyman Nicolai Firtha on the Hopkins-Murat undercard.
14) Robert Helenius (4-175)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Helenius’ team was accurate on the severity of his hand injury, it should be long healed by now, although there were immediate rumors that the injury was more serious.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (4-142)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko turned down a Pulev rematch, and was last seen as a sparring partner in David Haye’s ill-fated camp.  No word on his next fight.
16) Seth Mitchell (4-17)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (5-41)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #5 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov will go from a non-TV tune-up directly to a NBC-televised afternoon showdown with Adamek.
18) Malik Scott (5-32)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was up at 9.5 and ready to go, but Phil Edwards called the fight off in an unfortunate SNAFU.  That being said, Chisora was coming on and I already had him ahead.  Scott probably would have gone on to lose anyway.
19) Johnathon Banks (5-46)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks apparently dinged his hands up pretty good in the Mitchell fight- an alternate explanation for those who, like me, thought his inexplicable failure to follow up on his early success was a bit suspicious.  He’s been doing physical therapy, and is about ready to get back in the ring.  He’d like a rematch with Mitchell, but unfortunately a trilogy probably isn’t of much benefit to the fragile young contender at this point.
20) Denis Boytsov (5-224)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. Alex Leapai (UNR)
Boytsov suffered a minor knee injury, pushing his return back to November 23.  He will fight Samoan gatekeeper Alex Leapai.  No world-beater, but his best opponent in a while.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Wladimir Klitschko defends his long-held Championship in Moscow, with #3 contender and hometown favorite Alexander Povetkin finally accepting the title shot he’d been in line for for years to one extent or another.  I see little chance for Povetkin, truth be told.

 

The undercard features Ruslan Chagaev- the former top contender from Uzbekistan against whom Klitschko won the championship in 2009- against Jovo Pudar, a 42 year-old long-time journeyman from Serbia who has snuck into the fringes of the top 50 by beating a steady diet of mid-range journeyman over the last few years.  As for Chagaev, he has been sliding down the rankings precipitously since his loss to Klitschko, having only beaten one gatekeeper in the last 5 years total.
 

Heavyweight: 2013, Mar 25-31

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by danboxing
With five fights featuring top 50 heavyweights, I’ll build from the crap fights to the more momentous ones in my reporting this week.

 

In Poland, mediocre undefeated prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk took care of late replacement journeyman Robert Hawkins on Saturday, winning 5 or 6 of the 6 rounds depending on which judge you ask.

 

Friday on the Solis-Larsen undercard in Berlin, nearly forgotten former top contender Ruslan Chagaev continued to beat up on outgunned opponents, knocking out West Virginia journeyman Mike Sheppard in a half-round despite being about 20 pounds over his prime fighting weight.

 

On the Abraham-Stieglitz undercard in Magdeburg, one-loss prospect Edmund Gerber won a narrow decision over Nigerian journeyman Gbenga Oloukun.  Lou DiBella, broadcasting the televised portion of the card for Epix, made a passing reference to Gerber winning an undeserved decision, and Oloukun all but went berserk after the decision was read, but there was really no reason for the controversy.  Oloukun basically gave away the first four rounds, doing almost nothing and allowing Gerber’s solid workmanlike shots to carry each by a wide margin.  Oloukun did essentially dominate and hurt Gerber for each of the last 3 rounds, but not to the point where a 10-8 was any kind of consideration.  The only round that wasn’t easy to score was round 5.  I gave it to Gerber by a narrow margin.  Two of the three judges apparently scored it even, while the other agreed with me and gave it to Gerber.  I wouldn’t argue with you if you scored it a draw, but the idea that it was a robbery or that Oloukun could have had any reasonable expectation for a win when he was nowhere close for exactly half the fight are both ridiculous.  Accounting for the fact that even rounds aren’t taboo in Europe, I’d say the judges (Rainer Schwarz, Norbert Duernberger, and Ingo Barrabas) all did an admirable job.  That being said, it was definitely an embarrassing performance for Gerber, since he was getting battered so badly by the end of the fight that you’d have to think he would have been stopped in a 10-rounder.

 

Backtracking to Friday, #11 Odlanier Solis put forth a solid if unspectacular effort against much taller Norwegian undefeated prospect Leif Larsen.  I say prospect with some reservation, since he is nearly 38 years old, having made his pro debut in 2003 but having been generally inactive and not having fought at all in 2008 or 2009.  I watched a British broadcast of the fight, and the commentary was unbelievably biased against Solis.  The whole intro was about how terrible he is, and then the commentators scored rounds against him that he basically dominated.  The judges, too, were mostly asleep at the wheel, evidently liking Larsen’s pawing jab- a punch that wasn’t even TRYING to land- more than Solis’ considerably more sparing but infinitely more effective shots, including some consistently hard body work.  In my estimation, Solis clearly lost the 11th after he, the ref, and the ring announcer all clearly believed the fight was scheduled for 10 and he went pretty much all-out in the 10th.  He may have also lost the 8th, though that one was a toss-up.  He won all the other rounds by a wide margin.  Yet judge Benny Decroos had it only 115-114.  Thomas Hakenberg had it 116-112, and Arno Pokrandt had it 117-111.  The Eurosport commentators were shocked at how wide two of the cards were.  All of the above were incompetently scoring the fight.  There’s no other way to say it.  This is a nice little win for Solis, no matter what anyone says.  To me, he appears to be all the way back from knee surgery.  He probably needs to get in a bit better shape, with 245 probably being a good goal for his weight considering his career to this point.  But in fairness he came in just 10 pounds heavier for this fight, and nearly five pounds lighter than his weight for his career-best performance against Ray Austin.

 

And finally in Abraham-Stieglitz’s main support bout on Saturday, I saw another fight that provoked a bit of scoring outrage for me.  Robert Helenius was coming off an abysmal performance that rightfully could have gone either way against mediocre journeyman Sherman Williams.  This was after a long layoff following a fight he definitely lost to Dereck Chisora.  His opponent this time around was Michael Sprott, who typically functions as a designated opponent for the high-level fighters, but who rose to gatekeeper status recently by defeating the aforementioned Gerber.  Helenius did nearly as bad as he did against Williams (even after adjusting for Sprott being better than Williams).  In the opening round, he came out looking plenty lively, snapping and moving laterally off a jab, and getting some combinations in.  He carried that success forward into the second round, as well.  But in the 3rd, Sprott began to assert himself, and on my card won that and the three rounds that followed- three of the four pretty clearly.  Helenius managed to hurt a slightly fading Sprott in the 7th and carried that momentum for a few rounds, winning 7-9 (2 of them clearly) on  my card.  Sprott showed more effort in the final round, and easily carried that one.  That led to a draw on my scorecard.  The judges, likely influenced by the fact that it was a Sauerland card and a Sauerland fighter, had it 98-93 x2 (Norbert Duernberger and Rainer Schwarz) and 97-93 (Joerg Milke).  None of those are defensible, in my view.  Referee Ingo Barrabas also showed bias, breaking the action to warn the fighters for nothing, and at excessive length, just as Sprott was coming on strong and looking for a big round. 

 

In general, neither guy was impressive.  Sprott was too often inactive to clearly win the fight, and for his part, Helenius was usually backing up behind a defensive jab that seldom landed, and almost never with anything on it.  He claimed  post-fight that his right hand hurt when it landed.  If he has chronic problems that keep him from having an effective right hand, then it’s hard to imagine him beating much better than a journeyman in the future.

 

Helenius maintains his #13 ranking, if only because he already fell a fair amount due to his similar performance against a much lesser opponent than Sprott, and because #14 Alexander Dimitrenko has an inferior overall resume and hasn’t exactly been lighting it up recently, either.  Solis slips past Jonathan Banks and into the top 10 based on his superior overall resume as compared to Banks’ one good win.  No other changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (196-409-409)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Francesco Pianeta (UNR)
Wlad will be fighting Italian fringe contending prospect Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany.  It’s hard to knock Pianeta as a fighter because he remains undefeated and was knocked off track by a bout with cancer a couple years ago, but it’s hard to get excited about any fight that, if the underdog won, would be considered the greatest upset in the history of the Heavyweight Championship.
1) Vitali Klitschko (233-233-233)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali hasn’t decided whether to retire or not, but he has very clearly stated he has no interest in David Haye after Haye turned down a fight in September.
2) David Haye (37-37-37)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Haye will be fighting in July, and he’s likely going to have to break his promise not to fight anybody but Vitali in order to do so.  No opponent yet, though.
3) Steve Cunningham (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Adamek’s erratic behavior has yielded justice.  Cunningham beat Adamek, but was robbed.  Now he’ll fight Tyson Fury, with the winner to fight Kubrat Pulev for a mandatory shot at Wlad.  The fight will be at MSG and will be televised live in the afternoon by NBC.
4) Alexander Povetkin (37-283-283)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After failing to convince the WBA to deny Wlad a voluntary before fighting him, Povetkin and his team are now raising cain about the 75-25 split the WBA has set for the purse bid.  No word on whether he’ll stay busy in the meantime, as it would be hard to imagine the fight happening before August at the earliest.  The WBA has mandated that the fight take place by the end of that month, but we’ll see on that.
5) Tomasz Adamek (14-153-153)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
After claiming he turned down the Pulev fight for a more lucrative opportunity for a domestic Polish fight, Adamek is now saying he’ll fight next in the US.  If this were a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” we know which bird Adamek would be.  Now he’s separated from his promoter, Main Events.  One strange development after another.
6) Tyson Fury (14-88-88)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Steve Cunningham
See Cunningham’s notes, above.
7) Eddie Chambers (14-41-41)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers is getting some buzz as a possible next opponent for Haye, and he’s done nothing to discourage this.
8) Kubrat Pulev (14-47-124)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek running scared, Pulev will reportedly defend his EBU title soon.  Next, he will likely fight the winner of Cunningham-Fury, with the winner becoming Wlad’s IBF mandatory.
9) Dereck Chisora (14-69-132)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. Ondrej Pala (UNR)
Chisora will be fighting the best available Czech heavyweight out there in Ondrej Pala, though that’s not saying much.  Still, Pala is at least arguably a top 50 guy, despite getting stopped by the soft-punching Konstantin Airich.
10) Odlanier Solis (1-1-148)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD12 Leif Larsen (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis’ promoter wants to get him back in the ring within 3 months after the Larsen fight.
11) Johnathon Banks (1-19)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks broke his thumb in sparring, scuttling the Mitchell rematch.
12) Tony Thompson (4-148)

Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson has been approached about fighting a comebacking David Tua in the summer.  My sense is that he can do a lot better.
13) Robert Helenius (4-148)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If he can’t get his injury situation together and start fighting with a bit more urgency, Helenius is heading for journeyman status and a premature retirement.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (4-115)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko’s future is in doubt after he struggled mightily to survive a heavy knockdown and outpoint typically inept journeyman Ivica Perkovic.
15) Chris Arreola (4-210)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The Stiverne fight is once again on the schedule, this time for April 27.
16) Denis Boytsov (4-197)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov appears to have won the battle of wills with Universum over whether he gets to fight or not.  Now the trick will be getting him in against worthwhile opposition.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (4-14)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (4-5)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was the victim of a bad decision against Glazkov it’s fair to say, but I stop short of calling it a blatant robbery.  I do believe he won 8 of the 10 rounds, but he only won 4 of them with clarity.  By easing off the gas in the latter half of the fight, he gave the judges the opportunity to hand it to the house fighter, which 2 of them were all too happy to do.
19) Bermane Stiverne (4-4)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #15 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (4-4)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. Bryant Jennings (UNR)
Lawrence finally has a worthwhile fight on his schedule for the first time in a while in hot prospect Bryant Jennings.  It’ll be in Jennings’ backyard in Bethlehem, PA, though.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: No heavyweight fights of note after a busy time last week.  Happy Easter!

Heavyweight: 2013, Mar 18-24

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2013 by danboxing
It sounded like #9 Dereck Chisora would be fighting Saturday if he got his license back early in the week.  But it was not to be.  Though he did get his license back, his return is being delayed until April 20.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (195-408-408)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Francesco Pianeta (UNR)
Wlad will be fighting Italian fringe contending prospect Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany.  It’s hard to knock Pianeta as a fighter because he remains undefeated and was knocked off track by a bout with cancer a couple years ago, but it’s hard to get excited about any fight that, if the underdog won, would be considered the greatest upset in the history of the Heavyweight Championship.
1) Vitali Klitschko (232-232-232)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vitali hasn’t decided whether to retire or not, but he has very clearly stated he has no interest in David Haye after Haye turned down a fight in September.
2) David Haye (36-36-36)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  If Vitali’s recent statement is any indication, we’ll never see Haye again.
3) Steve Cunningham (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Adamek’s erratic behavior has yielded justice.  Cunningham beat Adamek, but was robbed.  Now he’ll fight Tyson Fury, with the winner to fight Kubrat Pulev for a mandatory shot at Wlad.  The fight will be at MSG and will be televised live in the afternoon by NBC.
4) Alexander Povetkin (36-282-282)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After failing to convince the WBA to deny Wlad a voluntary before fighting him, Povetkin and his team are now raising cain about the 75-25 split the WBA has set for the purse bid.  No word on whether he’ll stay busy in the meantime, as it would be hard to imagine the fight happening before August at the earliest.  The WBA has mandated that the fight take place by the end of that month, but we’ll see on that.
5) Tomasz Adamek (13-152-152)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
After claiming he turned down the Pulev fight for a more lucrative opportunity for a domestic Polish fight, Adamek is now saying he’ll fight next in the US.  If this were a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” we know which bird Adamek would be.  Now he’s separated from his promoter, Main Events.  One strange development after another.
6) Tyson Fury (13-87-87)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Steve Cunningham
See Cunningham’s notes, above.
7) Eddie Chambers (13-40-40)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers appeared set to fight Lebedev at cruiserweight, but it now appears that Lebedev will fight Guillermo Jones, instead.
8) Kubrat Pulev (13-46-123)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek running scared, Pulev will reportedly defend his EBU title in March or April.  Next, he will likely fight the winner of Cunningham-Fury, with the winner becoming Wlad’s IBF mandatory.
9) Dereck Chisora (13-68-131)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora has his British license back, and will fight on April 20.
10) Johnathon Banks (13-18-18)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell

Next Fight: Unknown
Banks broke his thumb in sparring, scuttling the Mitchell rematch.
11) Odlanier Solis (13-147)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Leif Larsen (UNR)
Solis takes on undefeated Norwegian prospect Leif Larsen in Berlin on March 22.  The two had been scheduled to meet in October, but Solis bailed to go straight for Adamek, whom he also bailed on.
12) Tony Thompson (3-147)

Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson wants Fury- who recently signed to fight Cunningham.  Price has a rematch clause, but Price himself has indicated he may not be “crying for a rematch,” while Thompson says he wouldn’t consider it unless they paid him a lot better and came to the US.
13) Robert Helenius (3-147)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
It appeared to be off for a while, but the Sprott fight is apparently very much on.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-114)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko’s future is in doubt after he struggled mightily to survive a heavy knockdown and outpoint typically inept journeyman Ivica Perkovic.
15) Chris Arreola (3-209)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #19 Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
The Stiverne fight is once again on the schedule, this time for April 27.
16) Denis Boytsov (3-196)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov appears to have won the battle of wills with Universum over whether he gets to fight or not.  Now the trick will be getting him in against worthwhile opposition.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (3-13)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (3-4)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was the victim of a bad decision against Glazkov it’s fair to say, but I stop short of calling it a blatant robbery.  I do believe he won 8 of the 10 rounds, but he only won 4 of them with clarity.  By easing off the gas in the latter half of the fight, he gave the judges the opportunity to hand it to the house fighter, which 2 of them were all too happy to do.
19) Bermane Stiverne (3-3)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #15 Chris Arreola
See Arreola’s notes, above.
20) Franklin Lawrence (3-3)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite signing with well-connected promoter Gary Shaw in July 2011, Lawrence has had nothing but stay-busy fights (and he’s not staying all that busy) since before that time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Several fights to report, all on Saturday in Europe.

 

In Poland, local undefeated prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk is back in action for the first time since he just squeaked by journeyman Denis Bakhtov last June, fighting a significantly weaker journeyman in 41 year-old Hungarian Laszlo Toth.

 

#11 Odlanier Solis takes on undefeated Norwegian prospect Leif Larsen in Berlin in what could be a trap fight for the big Cuban, especially if he’s not all the way back from multiple knee surgeries.

 

On the same card, badly mismanaged former contender Ruslan Chagaev continues to slum against low-level West Virginia journeyman Mike Sheppard.

 

Not all that far away in Magdeburg, #13 Robert Helenius will try to get his career back on the right track against resurgent English gatekeeper Michael Sprott.  Helenius is coming off two consecutive abysmal performances and some injury trouble that has limited him to just 2 fights in the last 18 months.  Helenius had the excuse of a decent opponent and an injury when he was given a gift after very clearly losing to Chisora, but the Sherman Williams fight- in which he won a inappropriately wide decision that should have been within two points either way- appeared to be simply a case of gross laziness.  Sprott is recently heading in the opposite direction, having decisioned then-20th-ranked undefeated prospect Edmund Gerber in December.

 

Speaking of Gerber, he will see action on the undercard against Nigerian journeyman Gbenga Oloukun.

Heavyweight: 2013, Jan 21-27

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Deontay Wilder knocked down weak journeyman Matthew Greer 3 times in just under a round and a half to win by 2nd round TKO in Villahermosa, Mexico on Saturday.

 

Last week’s #14 Ruslan Chagaev’s best win within the last 5 years (as of last week)- over Matt Skelton- just became more than 5 years old.  That leaves his borderline-significant win over Kali Meehan from 2010 as his only arguably significant win in the last 5 years, and prompts his sliding out of the rankings.  Everone rated #15 and below last week advances one place, and Bermane Stiverne returns at #20 for the first time since he was forced out on Christmas Eve.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (187-400-400)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad is strangely ducking Povetkin now, having petitioned for a voluntary defense first on April 6.  Odlanier Solis is rumored to be a likely candidate.
1) Vitali Klitschko (224-224-224)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With 2013 in full swing, we’re still waiting on Vitali’s decision to fight on or retire.
2) David Haye (28-28-28)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring. 
3) Steve Cunningham (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- L (SD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Judges don’t like Steve Cunningham, and he’s the visiting fighter even at home.  I don’t know why.  He makes interesting fights and has been excellent for years.  But he was borderline robbed in his first fight with Hernandez, and now blatantly so against Adamek.
4) Alexander Povetkin (28-274-274)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO2 Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wlad appears to be avoiding Povetkin, in something of a role-reversal.  Povetkin’s team is fighting it, but Wlad has requested a voluntary defense before having to fight him.
5) Tomasz Adamek (5-144-144)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
As if Adamek needed another reason to lose popularity after being gifted a completely undeserved win and slamming the victim mercilessly and classlessly, he was recently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after causing a 3-car accident.  He’s still got a fight with Pulev looming, and will probably get the benefit of a friendly venue in Poland.
6) Tyson Fury (5-79-79)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 Kevin Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury’s promoter says that David Price has made a non-serious offer to fight him.  In reality, the money probably doesn’t matter.   Fury could sit around eating Cheetos indefinitely and still get a big-money Klitschko shot in 2013.  The same is not true if he loses to Price.  If he loses to Klitschko, he can probably still fight Price later.
7) Eddie Chambers (5-32-32)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
After announcing that he’s moving down to cruiserweight, Chambers has a suitor at that weight in #1 Denis Lebedev.  Lebedev would like to come to New York to fight him in March or before.  Chambers has said he wishes to accept the challenge.
8) Kubrat Pulev (5-38-115)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Wlad likely to take care of his WBA mandatory against Povetkin in March, Pulev appears likely to fight for the IBF mandatory position against Adamek around the same time.  The fight is rumored for Poland, which Pulev is understandably not thrilled about.
9) Dereck Chisora (5-60-123)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chisora is penciled in for the big Frank Warren event on 3/16 in London.  The only obstacles at this point are securing an opponent and getting his license back.
10) Johnathon Banks (5-10-10)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell

Next Fight: 2/16/2013- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
Banks doesn’t get to rest on his laurels for too long, as Mitchell has invoked his rematch clause.  The second helping will be placed on the table on a February 16 Adrien Broner undercard.
11) Odlanier Solis (5-139)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis is a possible next opponent for Wlad if he is able to delay his mandatory with Povetkin.
12) Marco Huck (5-48)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. CW #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck will be fighting a trilogy with Afolabi, with the last fight being probably in March, when Afolabi is likely to get robbed in Germany.
13) Robert Helenius (5-139)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- W*(UD10) vs. Sherman Williams (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius will reportedly fight Michael Sprott next, but reports that it was done for March 2 have been vehemently denied by Sauerland.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-106)
Last Fight: 12/21/2012- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko beat the very mediocre Samir Kurtagic, but couldn’t avoid getting dropped late in the contest.
15) Tony Thompson (1-139)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. David Price (UNR)
After failing to take the title from Wlad, Thompson will serve as a stepping stone to a top 10 ranking for sensational English giant David Price in a February fight in Liverpool- or at least he will if he plays along with Price’s plan.
16) Chris Arreola (1-201)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
Arreola-Stiverne has been delayed yet again- this time likely owing to Andre Ward’s injury.  It will now be March 9 in Costa Mesa, California.
17) Denis Boytsov (1-188)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov hopes to return February 9, but will have to get past issues with his cash-strapped promoter in order to make that fight a reality.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (1-139)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Mormeck reports a bad shoulder injury while training for his cruiserweight fight with Wlodarczyk.  He will be unable to train for two months- at which point he’ll have been inactive for over a year.  Theoretically he could still schedule a heavyweight fight during that period, so he will retain his ranking until March, if only as a formality.
19) Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-5)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- RTD4 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Fresh off the Hamer win, Glazkov has an intriguing match with undefeated prospect Malik Scott, a 32 year old who took 3 years off leading up to 2012.
20) Bermane Stiverne (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #16 Chris Arreola
Stiverne’s fight with Arreola is now scheduled for 3/9.  I haven’t been counting, but this is at least the 3rd or 4th scheduled date for the fight.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two notable heavyweights will see action on a single card in Dover, Delaware on Saturday.  Fringe contender Franklin Lawrence continues his unfortunate recent pattern by fighting a very weak journeyman named Mark Brown.  Also, undefeated 40-year-old Amir Mansour draws a perhaps slightly better journeyman in Dominique Alexander.

Heavyweight: 2012, Sep 3-9

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by danboxing
#13 Ruslan Chagaev surprisingly needed 7 of the scheduled 8 rounds to stop awful journeyman Werner Kreiskott.  It’s not like Kreiskott is one of those guys that give you rounds no matter what.  He’d been stopped 7 times before, often against guys you’ll never ever hear of.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (167-380-380)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Klitschko-Wach is now a done deal for November 10.  Wach- a Polish prospect- is in no way worthy of a shot at the legitimate title yet, but is considered by many to be a dangerous fighter anyway due to his size and power.
1) Vitali Klitschko (204-204-204)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
With the early indications being that Vitali’s silly sparring match with Charr being his last fight, there is now plenty of buzz that he might fight Haye in March of next year.
2) David Haye (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (8-124-124)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Adamek is back to his old ways, taking an early September fight against gatekeeper Travis Walker that’s little more than a hometown showcase for the New Jersey resident.
4) Alexander Povetkin (8-254-254)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
The Rahman fight has unfortunately been rescheduled for September 29, in Hamburg.
5) Marco Huck (8-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. CW #? Firat Arslan (at CW)
Huck just signed for an alphabet defense against Arslan, kind of out of nowhere.
6) Tyson Fury (8-59-59)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is reportedly frustrated with apparently tepid interest from Chagaev after he had reportedly ruled out possible fights with James Toney and Jean Marc Mormeck.
7) Eddie Chambers (12-12-12)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (8-40-103)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Robert Helenius (8-75-119)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now back to full training, looking to return to the ring as early as November after suffering a shoulder injury against Dereck Chisora that required surgery.
10) Kubrat Pulev (8-18-95)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Pulev will fight an eliminator against Russian giant Alexander Ustinov in late September from Hamburg.
11) Odlanier Solis (8-119)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After it was announced that Solis would be fighting on the Adamek card this weekend, that fight inexplicably vanished.  Solis’ promoters seem really bad about announcing fights that never materialize.
12) Seth Mitchell (8-39)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/6/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Mitchell’s injury-delayed fight with Banks has been rescheduled for October 6.  Adrien Broner will also fight on the card.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (8-303)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO7 Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev appears to be less than excited about a proposed fight with Tyson Fury.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (8-86)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Tony Thompson (8-119)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (8-181)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
17) Denis Boytsov (8-168)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will reportedly return in October.  No exact date or opponent is known.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (8-119)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Bermane Stiverne (8-63)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edmund Gerber (8-18)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  After last week’s warm up, the division really picks up a little this week.  Fringe contending Italian prospect Francesco Pianeta gets us started on Friday, when he fights 43-year-old South African former fringe contender Frans Botha in Germany.

 

Saturday finds us with a huge slate of action.  #1 Vitali Klitschko defends his alphabet belt against perhaps the biggest joke of an undefeated heavyweight since Butterbean, nominally undefeated Syrian Manuel Charr in Moscow.  On the undercard, undefeated Ukrainian prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov takes on his toughest test to date in Kazakh-born German gatekeeper Konstantin Airich.

 

Another heavyweight-loaded card is on tap in Newark, New Jersey.  #3 Tomasz Adamek headlines it, fighting American gatekeeper Travis Walker.  Hot prospect and Adamek stablemate Bryant Jennings takes a bit of a breather from his tough matchups when he takes on the rather weak Chris Koval on that card.  Also on the bill, former Cruiserweight top contender Steve Cunningham follows through on his vow to move up in weight as he makes his heavyweight debut against solid journeyman Jason Gavern.

 

Finally, on the Ward-Dawson undercard in Oakland, fringe contender Franklin Lawrence- plagued for many months now by inactivity and poor competition, stays true to form by fighting a very mediocre and comparatively inexperienced journeyman opponent in Homero Fonseca of Texas.

Heavyweight: 2012, Aug 27- Sep 2

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by danboxing
One last week of complete nothingness at heavyweight.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (166-379-379)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Mariusz Wach (UNR)
Klitschko-Wach is now a done deal for November 10.  Wach- a Polish prospect- is in no way worthy of a shot at the legitimate title yet, but is considered by many to be a dangerous fighter anyway due to his size and power.
1) Vitali Klitschko (203-203-203)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
With the early indications being that Vitali’s silly sparring match with Charr being his last fight, there is now plenty of buzz that he might fight Haye in March of next year.
2) David Haye (7-7-7)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye has indicated that a fight with Vitali may be the only fight that would lure him away from re-retiring.  He may get his wish, as there is now talk of a March 2013 matchup.
3) Tomasz Adamek (7-123-123)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Travis Walker (UNR)
Adamek is back to his old ways, taking an early September fight against gatekeeper Travis Walker that’s little more than a hometown showcase for the New Jersey resident.
4) Alexander Povetkin (7-253-253)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
The Rahman fight has unfortunately been rescheduled for September 29, in Hamburg.
5) Marco Huck (7-27-27)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck says he will likely fight in October next, but is pretending to be somehow above an Afolabi rematch- which is silly.
6) Tyson Fury (7-58-58)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently shrugging off James Toney’s not-so-credible challenge, Fury is now floating Liakhovich, Chagaev, and Mormeck as possible opponents for his next fight.
7) Eddie Chambers (11-11-11)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Dereck Chisora (7-39-102)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- L(TKO5) vs. David Haye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Haye loss will be a huge setback for the already underrated Chisora.  Many will forget that he did clearly beat Helenius.
9) Robert Helenius (7-74-118)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius is now back to full training, looking to return to the ring as early as November after suffering a shoulder injury against Dereck Chisora that required surgery.
10) Kubrat Pulev (7-17-94)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Pulev will fight an eliminator against Russian giant Alexander Ustinov in late September from Hamburg.
11) Odlanier Solis (7-118)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Willie Herring (UNR)
Solis will fight journeyman du jour Willie Herring on the Adamek-Walker undercard in Newark on September 8.
12) Seth Mitchell (7-38)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/6/2012- vs. Johnathon Banks (UNR)
Mitchell’s injury-delayed fight with Banks has been rescheduled for October 6.  Adrien Broner will also fight on the card.
13) Ruslan Chagaev (7-302)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. Werner Kreiskott (UNR)
Chagaev is taking a major step down in competition even from journeyman Billy Zumbrun when he takes on the hapless Werner Kreiskott this week in Germany.
14) Alexander Dimitrenko (7-85)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
15) Tony Thompson (7-118)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
16) Chris Arreola (7-180)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
17) Denis Boytsov (7-167)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will reportedly return in October.  No exact date or opponent is known.
18) Jean-Marc Mormeck (7-118)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
With his proposed fight with Ola Afolabi apparently stalled, Mormeck is now one of a few names on the table to fight Tyson Fury next.
19) Bermane Stiverne (7-62)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edmund Gerber (7-17)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The streak of heavyweight silence is broken this week by Ruslan Chagaev’s late-breaking stay-busy fight (the mother of all stay-busy fights, in fact) against very poor German Werner Kreiskott in Germany.

Heavyweight: 2012, Apr 23-29

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by danboxing
#8 Ruslan Chagaev came in noticeably fat for his fight with Utah journeyman Billly Zumbrun, but the somewhat shopworn and undertrained contender still had plenty of thunder in his southpaw left hand to thoroughly batter the mostly defenseless Zumbrun.  The ref stopped the fight immediately after Zumbrun was deposited on the canvas for the second time in a matter of seconds during round 3.

 

In other action on the same card, former top 10 contender Juan Carlos Gomez got revenge on Darnell Wilson, the man that- along with Gomez’ own stupidity in fighting with a bad and pre-existing shoulder injury- took that status away from him last year with a shocking upset.  A case could be made that Gomez should be rated again.  After all, he only lost the first fight due to a severely impaired state in the first place, and has avenged that loss now.  But this isn’t like a guy that goes inactive and then returns to activity.  In this case, Gomez was removed for a poor in-ring performance, and beating a journeyman (Wilson has gone 0-2 since the Gomez fight) isn’t going to change that, even if the journeyman was the reason he was removed.  The past successes on which his ranking was originally built also aren’t getting more recent.  His last notable win was in 2008.

 

So this is much ado about nothing, and there are again no changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (148-361-361)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (185-185-185)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (35-235-235)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (6-105-105)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (6-9-9)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Huck is now officially set for his return to Cruiserweight on May 5 against Afolabi.
5) Tyson Fury (6-40-40)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (6-21-84)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is spending a suspicious amount of time in Moscow.  Seems he’s planning to get around his BBBofC suspension by getting a license in Russia.  Both Klitschkos, Haye, and Povetkin are all being discussed as future opponents.  Chisora has appealed his suspension and will have a hearing on May 14.
7) Robert Helenius (6-56-100)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (6-284-284)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chagaev proved that he can beat a mediocre fighter badly even while fat.
9) Tony Thompson (6-100-100)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (6-6-100)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (6-20)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO2 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
I talked to Mitchell while sitting 2 seats down from him at the Alexander-Maidana card, and he says he will fight Chazz Witherspoon next as the televised co-feature to Hopkins-Dawson on April 28.  I can’t argue with getting to see Mitchell on a big stage since I believe him to be the next Champ, but I’m a little surprised that HBO would approve a borderline journeyman like Witherspoon.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (6-67)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
The Pulev fight has been postponed until May 5, and has been moved from Kiel to Erfurt.
13) Chris Arreola (6-162)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Champ wants to return to the US in November for the first time since ’08.  Arreola and Mitchell are the names being tossed around by the Klitschko camp at the moment.
14) Denis Boytsov (6-149)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
15) Jean-Marc Mormeck (6-100)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.  No deal yet, but they have agreed on the prospective date: June 29, in Paris.
16) Bermane Stiverne (6-44)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
17) Kubrat Pulev (3-76)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
18) Franklin Lawrence (3-48)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
19) Kevin Johnson (3-4)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.
20) Cedric Boswell (3-3)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Undefeated Russian giant Alexander Ustinov takes on veteran American journeyman Jason Gavern in the Ukraine on Thursday.  On Saturday, #11 Seth Mitchell faces borderline gatekeeper/fringe prospect/journeyman Chazz Witherspoon on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard on HBO.

Heavyweight: 2012, Apr 16-22

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by danboxing
#14 Denis Boytsov dominated former fringe contender Dominick Guinn, now a journeyman, to a 10-round decision in Cologne on Friday. 

 

The following night, #5 Tyson Fury shockingly fought as a southpaw for his entire fight against 40-year-old former Commonwealth Champion Martin Rogan.  He had a rocky start, losing the first two rounds, but appeared to get more comfortable as time went on, and eventually began landing his jab crisply and clubbing with an effective left hand.  By the time he pummeled Rogan sufficiently for Rogan’s corner to step in and stop the fight, Fury had scored 2 knockdowns, had completely taken over the fight, and was looking as good left-handed as he normally does with his right.  Given the switch, this has to be viewed as a pretty impressive performance, though it should be pointed out that Rogan had been inactive for almost 18 months, and hadn’t fought a decent opponent in nearly 2 1/2 years,  and consequently shouldn’t be confused for more than a journeyman at the moment.

 

#16 Bermane Stiverne returned to action for the first time in 10 months, winning a pretty average 8-round decision over a blown-up cruiserweight in Willie Herring who was coming off a loss to cruiserweight prospect Santander Silgado just a few weeks ago.

 

3 contenders in action, but no changes to the rankings because they all merely held serve against relatively weak opposition.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (147-360-360)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Wlad will be defending the title against #9 Tony Thompson in what will likely be another ho-hum matchup for the Champ.  On the bright side, Thompson did put up a relatively spirited challenge the last time the two met in 2008.
1) Vitali Klitschko (184-184-184)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Will David Haye be Vitali’s next opponent?  Nobody seems to know.  But there is some news.  Polls show Vitali as the favorite in the race for Mayor of Kiev at the end of the year.  September sounds like the most likely date for Vitali’s next fight.
2) Alexander Povetkin (34-234-234)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Hasim Rahman (UNR)
Povetkin got the benefit of the doubt in a fight he was dangerously close to losing against big underdog Marco Huck.  A rematch is widely desired and eminently deserved, but Povetkin is fighting HASIM RAHMAN next.  Shame on the WBA for ordering such a ridiculous mandatory fight for its ridiculous title, and shame on Povetkin for being their pawn.
3) Tomasz Adamek (5-104-104)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- UD10 Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Big news!  Eddie Chambers- who was removed for inactivity from this very spot in the rankings not long ago- will be fighting Adamek in June on NBC Sports.  The stakes will of course be the #2 spot, which Povetkin now appears to be merely warming for the winner.  That is, if Chambers doesn’t withdraw from a 3rd consecutive bout.
4) Marco Huck (5-8-8)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. CW #8 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Huck is now officially set for his return to Cruiserweight on May 5 against Afolabi.
5) Tyson Fury (5-39-39)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- TKO5 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly impressive left-handed win over Martin Rogan, Fury appears interested in making a fight with Wlad or Alexander Povetkin.
6) Dereck Chisora (5-20-83)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora is spending a suspicious amount of time in Moscow.  Seems he’s planning to get around his BBBofC suspension by getting a license in Russia.  Both Klitschkos, Haye, and Povetkin are all being discussed as future opponents, and Chisora plans to appeal his British suspension this week.
7) Robert Helenius (5-55-99)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to his injured hand suffered in the Chisora bout, Helenius says he was fighting with an injured shoulder.  Now comes the news that he will require surgery for that injury, and will be out until at least the fall.  His doctors say there is a chance it will never heal well enough for boxing.
8) Ruslan Chagaev (5-283-283)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD8 Kertson Manswell (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Chagaev’s opponent on Saturday will be Utah journeyman Billy Zumbrun.
9) Tony Thompson (5-99-99)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
See Wladimir Klitschko’s comments, above.
10) Odlanier Solis (5-5-99)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Solis will fight Kazakh-born German fringe contender Konstantin Airich in Texas on 5/19.  That’s a pretty tough opponent given the layoff and physical problems from which Solis is trying to rebound.  But if he does well, it’s a great choice.
11) Seth Mitchell (5-19)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO2 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
I talked to Mitchell while sitting 2 seats down from him at the Alexander-Maidana card, and he says he will fight Chazz Witherspoon next as the televised co-feature to Hopkins-Dawson on April 28.  I can’t argue with getting to see Mitchell on a big stage since I believe him to be the next Champ, but I’m a little surprised that HBO would approve a borderline journeyman like Witherspoon.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-66)
Last Fight: 9/24/2011- UD12 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
The Pulev fight has been postponed until probably May 5, and has been moved from Kiel to Erfurt.
13) Chris Arreola (5-161)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola and Wlad both want to fight each other, but the IBF has intervened, mandating Wlad-Thompson.
14) Denis Boytsov (5-148)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov continued his slow walk to a title shot with an easy win over journeyman Dominick Guinn.
15) Jean-Marc Mormeck (5-99)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is Mormeck might be dropping back to cruiser for the first time since 2007 to fight Denis Lebedev.
16) Bermane Stiverne (5-43)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne had a ho-hum performance against an opponent that should never have been considered adequate after he was off for 10 months.
17) Kubrat Pulev (2-75)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- RTD9 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
See Dimitrenko’s notes, above.
18) Franklin Lawrence (2-47)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2012- vs. Mike Mollo (UNR)
Lawrence will fight journeyman and former fringe contender Mike Mollo in Dover, Delaware on May 18.
19) Kevin Johnson (2-3)
Last Fight: 4/1/2012- TKO9 Alex Leapai (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson put the cart before the horse by fighting the division’s #1 contender before he’d beaten anyone in the top 50.  Now he’s done the latter at last, and we’ll see if he starts progressing towards the former again.
20) Cedric Boswell (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L(KO8) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two notable heavyweights see action in Schwerin, Germany on Saturday.  #8 Ruslan Chagaev takes on an opponent yet to be announced, while Juan Carlos Gomez looks to avenge his recent loss to journeyman Darnell Wilson, which occurred when the then-top-10 contender was foolishly fighting with a pre-existing shoulder injury.