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Heavyweight: 2013, Dec 9-15

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 5, 2014 by danboxing
Friday in Brandenburg, fringe contender Francesco Pianeta came in 10 pounds heavier than he did for his Klitschko shot in May, but it’s possible he’s been lifting weights.  He didn’t look pudgy at all.  He looked strong, and completely dominated undefeated prospect Robert Teuber.  But in fairness, Teuber was an unknown quantity at best, having not defeated even a reasonably decent journeyman on his way to this fight.  He seemed totally intimidated by the jump in class, as he didn’t really get any offense (or defense to speak of, for that matter) going against Pianeta, who forced Teuber’s corner to throw in the towel less than halfway into the second round.

 

Later that night in Santa Ynez, California, former cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode made his long-awaited return to the ring and heavyweight debut, dropping experienced but awful journeyman Travis Fulton in the first before stopping him in the second.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (233-446-446)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko is in talks to fight his mandatory, Alex Leapai.
1) Alexander Povetkin (3-320-320)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin is calling for a rematch.  He would probably need to become the WBA mandatory by winning an eliminator (possibly against Luis Ortiz) in order to get that shot.  His promotional ties expire at the end of the year, and he says he’ll announce his next move in early 2014.
2) Steve Cunningham (3-51-51)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Manuel Quezada (UNR)
Cunningham will fight severely inactive journeyman Manuel Quezada in Atlantic City this Saturday, off TV.
3) Tomasz Adamek (3-190-190)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kathy Duva, who promotes both fighters, says she will reschedule the cancelled Adamek-Glazkov fight.  Adamek shot down rumors that he wants to fight Bryant Jennings in January, saying he’s fighting Glazkov in March.
4) Kubrat Pulev (3-84-161)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Joey Abell (UNR)
By my count, Joey Abell just became, on short notice, Pulev’s third scheduled opponent for this weekend.
5) Dereck Chisora (3-106-169)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO3 Ondrej Pala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora looks likely to return in February, and David Price and Tyson Fury are apparently in the running.  He also challenged Deontay Wilder, who seems uninterested.
6) Odlanier Solis (3-38-185)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis was briefly set to fight Kevin Johnson on November 26, but quickly withdrew due to an IBF mandate that he fight Carlos Takam, instead.  Reportedly that fight will now happen in January, though it’s not finalized yet.
7) Bermane Stiverne (3-25-41)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne is currently fighting his promoter Don King, in court, for the right to possibly fight Vitali in February.  But Klitschko has been given until December 15 to decide what he wants to do with his alphabet title, so the situation is very unclear at present.
8) Chris Arreola (3-14-14)
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.  Fury has also named him as someone he’d like to replace David Haye with for February 8.
9) Tony Thompson (3-4-185)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson is now actively seeking a fight with Povetkin, Fury, Adamek, or Wilder.
10) Erkan Teper (3-3-15)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO1 Martin Rogan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Teper might have scored the heavyweight knockout of the year, and probably retired Martin Rogan in the process.
11) Mike Perez (3-6)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- UD10 Magomed Abdusalamov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Perez will have to do what many great fighters have had to do in the past- get over the psychological difficulty of having beaten a man to within an inch of his life, just by doing his job.
12) Deontay Wilder (3-33)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of the Haye-Fury fallout, Wilder apparently agreed verbally to fight Fury on February 8.  But a couple days later, Wilder’s promoter revealed that Fury’s management wasn’t returning phone calls, and Fury announced his retirement around that same time.  Now Wilder says his first choice would be to fight for Vitali’s title if and when the legend retires.  If that doesn’t happen, Fury would be the second choice, followed by Chisora.
13) Alex Leapai (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD10 #20 Denis Boytsov
Next Fight: Unknown
Leapai and Wlad are beginning negotiations for a mandatory fight.
14) Robert Helenius (4-185)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If there was a fatal rift between Helenius and Sauerland, it appears to have been quietly repaired, as Helenius’ team now claims there is no plan to buy out his contract.  Helenius is reportedly back in fighting condition after a wrist injury in his last fight, and intends to return in early 2014.
15) Andy Ruiz (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/24/2013- RTD3 Tor Hamer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ruiz has called out Tyson Fury, whose team says he’s out until at least March.
16) Seth Mitchell (4-27)
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.
17) Alexander Dimitrenko (3-152)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is rumored at least to be fighting Sam Sexton in the first round of the WBC World Cup, but that tournament appears to be in limbo for the time being, at least.
18) Vyacheslav Glazkov (3-51)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Adamek’s notes, above.
19) Malik Scott (3-42)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott is getting serious buzz for a fight with Wilder.
20) Johnathon Banks (3-56)
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.  He’s penciled-in for the second round of the WBC World Cup, against the winner of Sam Sexton and Alexander Dimitrenko, but as noted above, that whole tournament is delayed and in doubt.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Since I can only think of so many novel ways to construct sentences to the effect that “X will fight Y on Day X at Y location,” I’m going to try out a new capsule format in this section, and go lighter on the forced prose.

 

Friday
Lucas Browne vs. Clarence Tillman; Flemington, Australia; Off-TV
It’s an odd little stay-busy affair.  Browne won a scheduled 12-rounder less than 6 weeks ago, and returns in a 6-rounder against a sub-.500 journeyman without much to say for his career.  This is the definition of a tune-up.

 

Saturday
Shane Cameron vs. Brian Minto; Auckland, New Zealand; SKY (NZ), Main Event (AUS)
Cameron returns from more than a year of inactivity against a possibly resurgent journeyman in Minto.  Cameron’s recent career has been a bit of a roller-coaster, briefly getting himself into the picture in the summer of 2012 with a KO win over Monte Barrett, who had recently beaten David Tua.  But then he moved down to cruiserweight and was handled by Danny Green, which made him tough to rate.  Minto, for his part, is a high-energy fireplug of a brawler, and is himself a rather small heavyweight.  Just a month ago, he gave Michael Sprott just about all he could handle in the second round of the Prizefighter tournament, and looked pretty good in doing so.  Neither guy looks to hide in there, so this should be a good one.

 

#4 Kubrat Pulev vs. Joey Abell; Neubrandenburg, Germany; ARD (Germany)
This should just be a paycheck for Pulev while he waits around for a mandatory shot at the Champ.  Abell is a career-long journeyman who has been stopped in recent years by Chris Arreola and Fres Oquendo, and by lesser competition earlier in his career.  I see no reason to believe this should be any different.  That being said, he has 28 KOs in 29 wins, so I suppose Pulev will still need to look out for a lucky punch.

 

Amir Mansour vs. Kelvin Price; Atlantic City, New Jersey; NBC Sports (US)
I’m actually rather looking forward to this fight.  Mansour has a very interesting story, having lost 9 years of a promising career to a prison sentence, and by all accounts he does pack a punch even as a 41 year-old undefeated prospect.  I’ve been following his career since he beat Dominick Guinn in 2011, but have yet to actually see him in action.  As for Price, he’s a very tall, lanky former NCAA hoopster whose only loss to date is a reasonably forgivable one to top prospect Deontay Wilder.

 

#2 Steve Cunningham vs. Manuel Quezada; Atlantic City; Off-TV
America’s most accomplished active heavyweight is surprisingly off TV on a card that his promoter is basically broadcasting.  His opponent isn’t even that bad.  I mean he’s not that good, either, but still…probably worth showcasing such a good fighter against if you’ve already got the cameras set up.  He’s fighting Manuel Quezada, who is a former top 50 fighter who has been off for 2 1/2 years after losing his last 3, including a knockout in his last fight against Bowie Tupou.  This will be just an 8-rounder, and as long as Quezada doesn’t manage to catch Cunnningham with something crazy, it should be a relatively easy night for the Philly contender.

Year-End Awards: Heavyweight, 2012

Posted in Heavyweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2013 by danboxing
This is the first time I’ve done this, and I hope you like it.  It’s been a lot of effort.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Heavyweight Fighter of the Year: Steve Cunningham
It’s a bit of an upset for a guy that didn’t have a truly significant fight in the weight class until the waning days of the year and who was given little chance of winning that fight- and who officially did not win the fight, for that matter- to win fighter of the year.  But he did win the fight, and did so clearly.  That being the case, the highest-ranked fighter to get beaten this year was beaten by Cunningham.  By contrast, Champion Wladimir Klitschko, who finished as the runner up for the award, did not even beat a top 10 contender this year.

 

Prospect of the Year: Vyacheslav Glazkov
The winner of this award is the fighter to do the most during the year who has never been ranked in the top 10 and has fewer than 3 losses in his career.  Glazkov has two wins over fringe contenders this year in Tor Hamer and Konstantin Airich.  Pulev and Banks would have been in the running for the award, but both have crossed over into contender status. 

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: David Haye TKO6 Dereck Chisora
This award goes to the fighter who knocks out the highest-ranked opponent to get stopped during the year.  Haye wins that honor by TKOing #6-ranked Dereck Chisora in their controversial grudge match fight from July.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: Shane Cameron KO4 Monte Barrett
Not one of the more talked-about fights of the year by any means, but Shane Cameron absolutely detonated Monte Barrett in their May fight, as his big right hand arrived first in an exchange.  Wladimir Klitschko, David Price, and Johnathon Banks all scored exciting knockout wins this year, but none could match the combination of picture-perfect precision,  one-punch savagery, and devastating effect that Cameron produced on that night.  To see video of the knockout, click on “KO4” in the headline.

 

Match-Up of the Year: #1 Vitali Klitschko vs. #6 Dereck Chisora
This is a simple recognition of the fight between the two fighters whose combined rank totaled the lowest number.  Klitschko-Chisora takes the cake, with an average ranking of 3.5.  Chambers-Adamek gets an honorable mention.  Chambers had last been ranked #3 before being removed for inactivity a few months before the fight, and Adamek came in at that rank exactly.  The removal has to have some effect, though.  The Klitschko-Chisora fight was surprisingly close giving Vitali’s dominance, but it might have had as much to do with Vitali’s arm injury as with Chisora’s skill.

 

Fight of the Year: David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora
This is perhaps my most subjective award.  In choosing the winner, I attempt to balance importance, exciting action, and competitiveness.  There weren’t really any fights this year among top 50 heavyweights that could be scored an “A” in all categories.   But Haye-Chisora scored high marks in the first two criteria, and Chisora at least had his moments- having arguably won the two rounds immediately before he was stopped.
 
Upset of the Year: Michael Sprott W(MD10) vs. #20 Edmund Gerber (December 15)
This was a tough category to call.  Cunningham-Adamek was certainly an upset, but Cunningham was still a top 5 cruiser, while Adamek had built his #3 ranking largely by a combination of luck and barely squeaking by.  Banks-Mitchell was a huge upset as well, but Banks was a fringe contender and Mitchell had demonstrated chin problems in his previous fight.  Povetkin-Huck qualifies, but Povetkin managed to get a semi-credible decision win despite my scoring it a draw, and Huck did have credentials at cruiser.  Robert Helenius vs. Sherman Williams was nearly the mother of all upsets, but although the scorecards heavily in his favor were ridiculous, it’s entirely reasonable to think he did indeed win the fight.  That leaves me with Sprott-Gerber.  Sprott was a journeyman that had repeatedly failed at approximately Gerber’s level over the past few years.  However, it should be noted that Sprott previously outboxed Gerber for a few rounds before their earlier fight was prematurely stopped, and that he had shown occasional quality in the recent past by barely losing to Alexander Dimitrenko in 2011.  Honestly, the result may not have been as surprising as Mitchell-Banks, but I chose it in a close call merely because the difference in the status of the two fighters was more pronounced.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Steve Cunningham
After being all but written off a division to the South, Cunningham made a big statement at heavyweight by soundly outboxing the divisions #3 contender just before Christmas.  What should have been a massive celebration was marred by the complete incompetence of the judges, but his performance in the ring left no doubt.  Steve Cunningham is back.

 

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

 

1) Steve Cunningham
Significant Results: Dec 22- Robbery Loss (should have been UD12 Win) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 23: Ranked only at cruiserweight.  Dec 24-31: #3.
2) Wladimir Klitschko
Significant Results: Mar 3- KO4 #16 Jean-Marc Mormeck.  Jul 7- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson.  Nov 12- UD12 Undefeated Prospect/Fringe Contender Mariusz Wach.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Champion
3) Vitali Klitschko
Significant Results: Feb 18- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora.  Sep 8- TKO4 Undefeated Prospect Manuel Charr.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: #1
4) David Haye
Significant Results: Jul 14- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jul 15: Unranked (Retired).  Jul 16- Dec 31: #2
5) Tomasz Adamek
Significant Results: Jun 16- UD12 Inactive Contender Eddie Chambers.  Sep 8- TKO5 Gatekeeper Travis Walker.  Dec 22- Robbery UD12 W vs. #4 Cruiserweight Steve Cunningham.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Mar 18: #4.  Mar 19-Jun 17: #3.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #2.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #3.  Dec 24-31: #5.
6) Kubrat Pulev
Significant Results: May 5- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko.  Sep 29- KO11 Fringe Contender Alexander Ustinov.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 26: #18.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #19.  Mar 19-Apr 8: #18.  Apr 9-May 6: #17.  May 7-Jun 17: #8.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #9.  Jul 16-Sep 31: #10.  Oct 1-Nov 4: #8.  Nov 5- Dec 23: #7.  Dec 24-31: #8.
7) Johnathon Banks
Significant Results: Nov 17- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Nov 18: Unranked.  Nov 19-Dec 23: #9.  Dec 24-31: #10.
8) Alexander Povetkin
Significant Results: Feb 25- W(MD12) vs. #5 Cruiserweight Marco Huck.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jun 17: #2.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #3.  Jul 16-Dec 31: #4.
9) Vyacheslav Glazkov
Significant Results: Sep 8- UD10 Gatekeeper Konstantin Airich.  Dec 22- RTD4 Fringe Contender Tor Hamer.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 23: Unranked.  Dec 24-31: #20.
10) Albert Sosnowski
Significant Results: Jun 20- W(SD3) vs. Gatekeeper Maurice Harris.  Jun 20- Robbery L(SD3) vs. Fringe Contender Kevin Johnson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
11) Odlanier Solis
Significant Results: May 19- UD12 Fringe Contender Konstantin Airich.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 26: #10.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #11.  Mar 19-May 20: #10.  May 21-Jun 17: #9.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #10.  Jul 16-Nov 4: #11.  Nov 5-11: #10.  Nov 12-18: #9.  Nov 19-Dec 23: #10.  Dec 24-31: #11.
12) Marco Huck
Significant Results: Feb 25- L(MD12) (should be draw) vs. #2 Alexander Povetkin.  Nov 3- Robbery UD12 W vs. #10 Cruiserweight Firat Arslan (at Cruiserweight).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 26: Ranked only at Cruiserweight.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #5.  Mar 19-Jul 15: #4.  Jul 16-Nov 4: #5.  Nov 5-11: #11.  Nov 12-18: #10.  Nov 19-Dec 23: #11.  Dec 24-31: #12.
13) Michael Sprott
Significant Results: Jan 14- L(RTD9) vs. #18 Kubrat Pulev.  Dec 15- W(MD10) vs. #20 Edmund Gerber.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
14) Sherman Williams
Significant Results: Questionable UD10 Loss vs. #9 Robert Helenius (Should be Draw).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Tor Hamer
Significant Results: Jun 20- W(SD3) vs. Fringe Contender Kevin Johnson.  Dec 22: L(RTD4) vs. Undefeated Prospect/Fringe Contender Vyacheslav Glazkov.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked
16) Shane Cameron
Significant Results: Jul 5- KO4 Gatekeeper Monte Barrett.  Nov 21- L(UD12) vs. #10 Cruiserweight Danny Green (at Cruiserweight).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
17) David Price
Significant Results: May 19- KO4 Gatekeeper Sam Sexton.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Francesco Pianeta
Significant Results: May 16- UD10 Gatekeeper Oliver McCall.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
19) Tyson Fury
Significant Results: Dec 1- UD12 Gatekeeper Kevin Johnson
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 26: #5.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #6.  Mar 19-Jul 15: #5.  Jul 16-Nov 4: #6.  Nov 5-Dec 23: #5.  Dec 24-31: #6.
20) Kevin Johnson
Significant Results: Apr 1- TKO9 Gatekeeper Alex Leapai.  Jun 20- Robbery SD3 W vs. Gatekeeper Albert Sosnowski.  Jun 20- L(SD3) vs. Prospect Tor Hamer.  Dec 1- L(UD12) vs. #5 Tyson Fury.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 1: Unranked.  Apr 2-8: #20.  Apr 9-May 6: #19.  May 7-Jun 17: #20.  Jun 18-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Other fighters ranked during the year are detailed below.  These guys had either bad or wasted years, with none of them snagging a rateable victory for various reasons:

 

Eddie Chambers: Jan 1-Mar 18: #3.  Mar 19-Jun 17: Unranked (Inactive).  Jun 18-Nov 4: #7.  Nov 5-Dec 23: #6.  Dec 24-31: #7.

 

Dereck Chisora: Jan 1-Feb 26: #6.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #7.  Mar 19-Jul 15: #6.  Jul 16-Sep 31: #8.  Oct 1-Nov 4: #9.  Nov 5-Dec 23: #8.  Dec 24-31: #9.

 

Robert Helenius: Jan 1-Feb 26: #7.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #8.  Mar 19-Jun 17: #7.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #8.  Jul 16-Sep 31: #9.  Oct 1-Nov 4: #10.  Nov 5-11: #9.  Nov 12-Dec 23: #12.  Dec 24-31: #13.

 

Ruslan Chagaev: Jan 1-Feb 26: #8.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #9.  Mar 19-May 6: #8.  May 7-Jun 17: #12.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #13.  Jul 9-15: #12.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #13.  Dec 24-31: #14.

 

Alexander Dimitrenko: Jan 1-Feb 26: #12.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #13.  Mar 19-May 6: #12.  May 7-Jun 17: #13.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #14.  Jul 9-15: #13.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #14.  Dec 24-31: #15.

 

Tony Thompson: Jan 1-Feb 26: #9.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #10.  Mar 19-May 20: #9.  May 21-Jun 17: #10.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #11.  Jul 9-15: #14.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #15.  Dec 24-31: #16.

 

Chris Arreola: Jan 1-Feb 26: #13.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #14.  Mar 19-May 6: #13.  May 7-Jun 17: #14.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #15.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #16.  Dec 24-31: #17.

 

Denis Boytsov: Jan 1-Feb 26: #14.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #15.  Mar 19-May 6: #14.  May 7-Jun 17: #15.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #16.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #17.  Dec 24-31: #18.

 

Jean-Marc Mormeck: Jan 1-Feb 26: #15.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #16.  Mar 19-May 6: #15.  May 7-Jun 17: #16.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #17.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #18.  Dec 24-31: #19.

 

Bermane Stiverne– Jan 1-Feb 26: #16.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #17.  Mar 19-May 6: #16.  May 7-Jun 17: #17.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #18.  Jul 16-Dec 23: #19.  Dec 24-31: Unranked.

 

Franklin Lawrence– Jan 1-Feb 26: #19.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #20.  Mar 19-Apr 8: #19.  Apr 9-May 6: #18.  May 7-Jun 17: #19.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #20.  Jul 16-Dec 16: Unrated.  Dec 17-23: #20.  Dec 24-31: Unrated.

 

Seth Mitchell: Jan 1-Feb 26: #11.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #12.  Mar 19-Jun 17: #11.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #12.  Jul 9-15: #11.  Jul 16-Nov 11: #12.  Nov 12-18: #11.  Nov 19-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Cedric Boswell– Jan 1-Feb 26: #20.  Feb 27-Mar 18: Unranked.  Mar 19-Apr 1: #20.  Apr 2-8: Unranked.  Apr 9-May 6: #20.  May 7-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Samuel Peter: Jan 1-Feb 26: #17.  Feb 27-Mar 18: #18.  Mar 19-Apr 8: #17.  Apr 9-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Edmund Gerber: Jan 1-May 6: Unranked.  May 7-Jun 17: #18.  Jun 18-Jul 15: #19.  Jul 16-Dec 16: #20.  Dec 17-31: Unranked.
 

Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 26- Dec 2

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2012 by danboxing
#10 Danny Green of Perth, Australia took care of Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron on Wednesday by unanimous decision.  The fight took place at a “Dannyweight” catchweight of 195, and it is at least possible that this had a substantial effect on Cameron’s effort, since Cameron is a large cruiserweight who has typically fought in the 220s and 230s in his career until recently.  I found no evidence of controversy in the decision from reports and message boards and heard it was a boring fight, so I didn’t actually watch it.

 

Green’s solid win still can’t get him past #9 Lateef Kayode, whose draw with #3 Antonio Tarver is vastly better than anything Green’s done at this weight.  Therefore, no changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (11-147-147)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Santander Silgado (UNR)
Lebedev has made a decision for his next opponent: Colombian undefeated prospect Santander Silgado.  Silgado figures to be little more than a stay-busy fight for the division’s #1 contender, but it could have been a lot worse.  In addition to a very credible fight with Kayode, a useless fight with journeyman Andres Taylor had also been discussed.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (11-127-127)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez officially got the win over Ross, and I’m not quite willing to call it a robbery, but it’s pretty close to one.  I think you’d be pushing the limits of reason to give the fight to Hernandez, and I think that even if you managed to do so in terms of rounds won, you’d have to admit that Ross got the better of the fight overall.  Even Hernandez promoter Sauerland admits that Hernandez didn’t deserve a win, and believes a rematch is warranted.
3) Troy Ross (11-11-43)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.  That’s all I’ve got to say (except the more detailed statement I made above).
4) Steve Cunningham (11-441-441)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (4-194-194)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now training for a December return (with no opponent announced), and then no doubt plans to get robbed in March when he fights Marco Huck for a third time, in Germany.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (4-388-388)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #18 Jean-Marc Mormeck
Wlodarczyk confirmed the 12/22 fight with Mormeck.
7) Firat Arslan (4-29-72)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.
8) Marco Huck (4-312-312)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck will apparently be fighting a 3rd fight with Afolabi in March.  The fight will sadly take place in Germany, nearly ensuring a robbery.
9) Lateef Kayode (4-26-106)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
After he turned down a fight with Lebedev over insufficient prep time, Kayode is once again indicating that his next fight might be at heavyweight.
10) Danny Green (3-3-156)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As has been the case after every fight since he had very serious surgery a year or so ago, there is speculation that Green may retire following his win over Shane Cameron.  Green himself remains non-comittal.
11) B.J. Flores (3-127)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (3-211)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Just when I thought both quatrogenarians might call it a career, we’ll see a rematch of Fragomeni-Branco real soon.
13) Silvio Branco (3-37)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
A rematch is on tap for Branco and relative spring chicken Fragomeni.  Combined age of the two fighters: 89.
14) Mateusz Masternak (3-35)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Masternak will fight for a vacant and highly questionable European belt against Finnish gatekeeper Juho Haapoja in mid-December.
15) Francisco Palacios (3-87)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Very little of note left on his resume after his should-be win over Wlodarczyk was neutralized by a close but clear loss to same, and with his win over Louis Azille over 5 years old now.
16) Alexander Alekseev (3-98)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU just yanked Alekseev’s European title due to a possibly faked injury.  This is the same title that the judges should have yanked already when he clearly lost to Arslan.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu is probably ready to take the Chilemba/Oosthuizen journey out of South Africa and into the international scene after conquering the local scene in the form of Venter.  He may have some unfinished business with Zack Mwekassa first, however.
18) Dmitro Kucher (5-22)
Last Fight: 10/27/2012- KO2 Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher took out one-time contender Steve Herelius in spectacular fashion, making him definitively one to watch.
19) Enad Licina (5-127)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: Unknown
Really, Enad?  He just fought the most obviously terrible opponent I think I’ve ever had to write about on here.  The record of said fighter?  0-15.  No joke.
20) Grigory Drozd (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Drozd now has an opponent for 12/17: French journeyman Jean-Marc Monrose.  They will do battle on the Lebedev-Silgado undercard.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: No major fights at Cruiser this week.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Nov 19-25

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by danboxing
When I saw that veteran Italian journeyman Vincenzo Rossitto had won by majority decision in Rome against Croatian gatekeeper Ivica Bacurin, I made it a point to seek out the fight, and fully expected to watch Bacurin get robbed blind.  I hinted at the possibility of that happening last week, and that was before I saw that the three judges included Predrag Aleksic (the very busy and very bad Montenegro judge that somehow thought Roy Jones beat Pawel Glazewski by 3 points, Nikola Sjekloca beat Khoren Gevor, and barely managed to pick the right winner in Khurtsidze-Duran) and Franco Criminale (who turned in one of the most atrocious single cards in recent memory when he proposed that James DeGale had just beaten Hadillah Mohoumadi by 10 points).  And don’t get me wrong.  Both of these judges were as bad as every on Saturday- with their partner Massimo Montanini being even worse.  But they weren’t bad in the direction I expected.  In reality, Bacurin- the visiting fighter- probably only won two rounds.  Three more were close enough for reasonable men to disagree.  Apparently all three of the judges loved Bacurin’s useless volume punching, almost none of which landed, because the scores were 114-114 (Montanini), 114-113 Rossitto (Aleksic), and 115-113 Rossitto (Criminale).  Only Criminale’s score was even remotely plausible, and it was a stretch to be sure.

 

Rather inexperienced Argentine Champion Alejandro Valori had little trouble with journeyman Franco Sanchez (also from Argentina), knocking Sanchez out in the 2nd round Saturday in San Fernando, Argentina.

 

No changes to the rankings this week, though Rossitto is now in the picture going forward.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (10-146-146)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Santander Silgado (UNR)
Lebedev has made a decision for his next opponent: Colombian undefeated prospect Santander Silgado.  Silgado figures to be little more than a stay-busy fight for the division’s #1 contender, but it could have been a lot worse.  In addition to a very credible fight with Kayode, a useless fight with journeyman Andres Taylor had also been discussed.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (10-126-126)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez officially got the win over Ross, and I’m not quite willing to call it a robbery, but it’s pretty close to one.  I think you’d be pushing the limits of reason to give the fight to Hernandez, and I think that even if you managed to do so in terms of rounds won, you’d have to admit that Ross got the better of the fight overall.  Even Hernandez promoter Sauerland admits that Hernandez didn’t deserve a win, and believes a rematch is warranted.
3) Troy Ross (10-10-42)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross deserved to beat Hernandez.  That’s all I’ve got to say (except the more detailed statement I made above).
4) Steve Cunningham (10-440-440)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- UD10 Jason Gavern (UNR) (at HW)
Next Fight: 12/22/2012- vs. HW #3 Tomasz Adamek (at HW)
With Odlanier Solis’ withdrawal, Cunningham has a chance to avenge his 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek just before Christmas, at heavyweight.  He’ll retain his ranking here until the anniversary of his February 4 cruiserweight fight, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for a date after that.
5) Ola Afolabi (3-193-193)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now training for a December return (with no opponent announced), and then no doubt plans to get robbed in March when he fights Marco Huck for a third time, in Germany.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (3-387-387)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: Unknown
Boxrec has removed the rumored Mormeck fight from the schedule, and I’ll do the same until I get it sorted out.
7) Firat Arslan (3-28-71)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #5 Marco Huck (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan is a modern marvel, fairly conclusively defeating Marco Huck at age 42.  Period.
8) Marco Huck (3-311-311)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck will apparently be fighting a 3rd fight with Afolabi in March.  The fight will sadly take place in Germany, nearly ensuring a robbery.
9) Lateef Kayode (3-25-105)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev passed on Kayode for a fight with much less proven Santander Silgado.
10) Danny Green (2-2-155)
Last Fight: 7/25/2012- TKO5 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/21/2012- vs. Shane Cameron (UNR)
Will take on Kiwi fringe contender Shane Cameron in late November.
11) B.J. Flores (2-126)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores’ level of opposition lately is consistent with that of a protected undefeated prospect rather than a veteran contender trying to get back on top.  He’s completely treading water at this point in his career.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (2-210)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
13) Silvio Branco (2-36)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
14) Mateusz Masternak (2-34)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO8 David Quinonero (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Juho Haapoja (UNR)
Masternak will fight for a vacant and highly questionable European belt against Finnish gatekeeper Juho Haapoja in mid-December.
15) Francisco Palacios (2-86)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Very little of note left on his resume after his should-be win over Wlodarczyk was neutralized by a close but clear loss to same, and with his win over Louis Azille over 5 years old now.
16) Alexander Alekseev (2-97)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU just yanked Alekseev’s European title due to a possibly faked injury.  This is the same title that the judges should have yanked already when he clearly lost to Arslan.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu is probably ready to take the Chilemba/Oosthuizen journey out of South Africa and into the international scene after conquering the local scene in the form of Venter.  He may have some unfinished business with Zack Mwekassa first, however.
18) Dmitro Kucher (4-21)
Last Fight: 10/27/2012- KO2 Steve Herelius (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kucher took out one-time contender Steve Herelius in spectacular fashion, making him definitively one to watch.
19) Enad Licina (4-126)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: Unknown
Really, Enad?  He just fought the most obviously terrible opponent I think I’ve ever had to write about on here.  The record of said fighter?  0-15.  No joke.
20) Grigory Drozd (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/20/2012- TKO1 Fabio Garrido (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Drozd now has an opponent for 12/17: French journeyman Jean-Marc Monrose.  They will do battle on the Lebedev-Silgado undercard.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Melbourne, Australia plays host to what could be a classic battle in the Kiwi-Aussie rivalry, when 39-year-old #10 Danny Green of Perth squares off with New Zealand’s Shane Cameron, a fringe contender, on Wednesday.

Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (159-372-372)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO6 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Another fairly routine defense for Wlad.  Thompson may have nicked a couple rounds before a 6th round knockout, and that’s one of the best couple efforts that have been put up against Wlad in recent years.  Next victim…
1) Vitali Klitschko (196-196-196)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Vitali has scheduled what it sounds like will be his final fight.  Unfortunately, it’s hardly a fight at all.  He’ll take on one of the weakest undefeated fighters you’ll ever see- Syrian Manuel Charr.
2) Tomasz Adamek (4-116-116)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD12 Eddie Chambers (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. James Toney (UNR)
Apparently being ranked #2 means you have to schedule crappy crappy fights.  Adamek will be facing overweight has-been James Toney on September 8.
3) Alexander Povetkin (4-246-246)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- W*(MD12) vs. CW #5 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
The Rahman fight is unfortunately in the process of being rescheduled for September 22 in Germany.  But the WBA is apparently deliberating whether to take the ludicrous #1 contender designation from Rahman.  Let’s just get this joke of a fight over with one way or another, please…
4) Marco Huck (17-20-20)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. CW #7 Ola Afolabi (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unfortunately, Huck is apparently making a thinly-veiled attempt to make a pointless fight with weak European cruiserweight paper champion Alexander Alekseev.  
5) Tyson Fury (17-51-51)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After another tune-up against clubfighter Vinny Maddalone, Fury now says he wants to fight Adamek.
6) Dereck Chisora (17-32-95)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. David Haye (UNR)
The British Board is bitterly opposed to this bout- which they refuse to license- but apparently it is going forward anyway.  Get ready for a highly controversial blood-feud between Chisora and recent brawl opponent David Haye, July 14 in London.
7) Eddie Chambers (4-4-4)
Last Fight: L (UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers’ MRI revealed a torn tendon, and he had surgery to repair that.  No definite timetable has been set, but I’d be very surprised if we saw him back in the ring before early 2013.
8) Robert Helenius (4-67-111)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #18 Dereck Chisora (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Encouraging news for Helenius, as he is back to limited rehab-style training after shoulder surgery.
9) Kubrat Pulev (4-10-87)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO11 #12 Alexander Dimitrenko
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a Helenius clash on the horizon, though the Finn’s health is a factor.
10) Odlanier Solis (4-17-111)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD12 Konstantin Airich (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Considering he was extremely out of shape and had a surgically-repaired knee to worry about, Solis didn’t look too terrible in coasting to victory over a disappointing Konstantin Airich.
11) Seth Mitchell (1-31)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- TKO3 Chazz Witherspoon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell was set to fight the Klitschko-promoted Johnathon Banks, a mediocre one-loss prospect who is probably an upgrade from Witherspoon at least in terms of accomplishment, but a downgrade from Ibragimov- but he is now on the shelf until the fall due to a hand injury.
12) Ruslan Chagaev (1-295)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO3 Billy Zumbrun (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Valuev win is now over 5 years old, and Chagaev’s ranking has suffered as a result.
13) Alexander Dimitrenko (1-78)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L(KO11) vs. #17 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite showing the heart of a quitter and the consistency of a random number generator against Pulev, Dimitrenko hangs on to a solid ranking because the other guys in his tier haven’t been winning meaningful fights lately.
14) Tony Thompson (1-111)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(TKO6) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
In case any of you thought the first fight was a fluke, now you know for sure: Thompson really isn’t as good as Wlad Klitschko.
15) Chris Arreola (4-173)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 Eric Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola pulled out of a scheduled fight with journeyman Mike Mollo  with an injury.
16) Denis Boytsov (4-160)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov will likely fight in Moscow on August 24, but nothing official yet.
17) Jean-Marc Mormeck (4-111)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- L(TKO4) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
After his scheduled clash with Denis Lebedev fell through somewhat mysteriously, Mormeck now appears to be negotiating another cruiserweight fight- this time with the roughly equally dangerous Ola Afolabi.
18) Bermane Stiverne (4-55)
Last Fight: 4/14/2012- UD8 Willie Herring (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Edmund Gerber (4-10)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD8 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most scintillating effort against a passive Harris, but the old man is what passes for a fringe contender in this division at the moment, and thus Gerber has built himself a ranking.
20) Franklin Lawrence (4-59)
Last Fight: 10/28/2011- TKO2 Raymond Ochieng (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

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

Heavyweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cruiserweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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