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Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by danboxing
Somewhat inexperienced journeyman Alejandro Valori pulled off a fairly significant upset in stopping gatekeeper and recent alphabet title challenger Rogelio Rossi in both men’s native Argentina.  Valori- whose highly fluctuating weight has been as high as 261 in his career- came into the bout with 3 losses (2 by knockout)  in his 11 career fights.  His best win was over a journeyman named Maximiliano Sosa whose credentials he had more-or-less single-handedly created in the first place by dropping a decision to him a few months earlier.

 

There was a fight scheduled between Brazilian knockout sensation William Fernando Souza Bezerra and undefeated prospect Joselito Dos Santos Santana, but even though I’ve searched hard in both English and Portuguese, I can’t find any results.  I want to say that this has happened before with a Souza Bezerra fight a few months ago that eventually showed up a week later.  So here’s the deal: this fight could not possibly affect the rankings unless Dos Santos Santana scores a huge upset.  Therefore, if Souza Bezerra won, I will post the results in next week’s update.  If there IS an upset, I will edit this post once the results become available, as needed.  If the results never show up, then this might be the last you’ll hear about it.

 

Valori’s win is enough to crack the top 25, but with a stoppage loss in his pro debut to a complete non-entity and a couple losses to poor competition at heavyweight since then, this one win alone doesn’t necessarily convince me that he has an auspicious future.  Even Rossi’s resume was remarkably weak for a top-30 guy.  His only significant win was against lower-tier gatekeeper Cesar Crenz, and that was among several very bad losses and a bad draw.  It just goes to show that this division is remarkably shallow after the top 25 or so.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-109-109)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #20 Troy Ross
This Cuban will fight Canadian fringe contender Troy Ross- in Germany.  I feel like this could only happen at Cruiserweight.
2) Denis Lebedev (25-129-129)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #8 Guillermo Jones
Lebedev will fight very inactive alphabet titleholder and former welterweight Guillermo Jones in Moscow this October.
3) Steve Cunningham (8-423-423)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham has left Sauerland and signed with Main Events.  This means he will likely stop fighting in Germany.  He also says he’ll move up to heavyweight.  I’ll continue rating him here until early February, or until he schedules a heavyweight fight for after February 4.  It will be interesting to see how Cunningham, whose chin has looked shaky lately, will stand up to a heavyweight punch.
4) Marco Huck (8-294-294)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
Huck wants to fight Haye at heavyweight in what could be an interesting fight.  He says he doesn’t see any reason to rematch Afolabi, since he beat him twice.  That’s pure posturing.
5) Ola Afolabi (8-176-176)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now discussing a September fight with Mormeck.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (8-370-370)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. #12 Francisco Palacios
It appears- according to Boxrec- that Wlodarczyk has finally consented to an alphabet-mandated rematch with Palacios. The first fight was close (I thought Palacios won), but unfortunately almost unwatchable, as well.
7) Lateef Kayode (5-8-88)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
BJ Flores wants to fight Kayode, and Kayode is evidently gunning for Danny Green.
8) Guillermo Jones (5-95-95)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #2 Denis Lebedev
Jones will travel to Moscow to put his alphabet title on the line against the much younger Lebedev.
9) Firat Arslan (5-11-54)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #16 Alexander Alekseev
Arslan-Alekseev II is reportedly on for November.
10) Danny Green (5-5-138)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR)
Green’s fight with Santiago this weekend will actually still be a cruiserweight (or at least “Dannyweight”) fight.
11) B.J. Flores (5-109)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Flores is replacing the disgraced Antonio Tarver in NBC’s Olympic boxing coverage, and then will apparently fight (probably against a nobody) on September 8 in Missouri.  Unfortunately, Flores is a pretty terrible commentator.
12) Francisco Palacios (5-69)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (5-193)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
14) Silvio Branco (5-19)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
15) Mateusz Masternak (5-17)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The word from Poland is that Masternak is all but certain to fight on the September 15 Hernandez-Ross undercard in Germany, against #17 Enad Licina.
16) Alexander Alekseev (5-80)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Firat Arslan
See Arslan’s notes, above.
17) Enad Licina (5-109)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
See Masternak’s notes, above.
18) Dmitro Kucher (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Pawel Glazewski (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/13/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Glazewski is on the schedule for October 13 in Poland, with no opponent yet announced.
20) Troy Ross (4-25)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Ross will roll the dice in a big way against Hernandez- the first decent opponent he’s fought in a very long time.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  It was originally reported that Danny Green’s fight with journeyman Danny Santiago on Wednesday would be at light heavyweight and constitute an attempt to lure the much smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.  As it turns out, it is a “Dannyweight” fight, the pejorative term used to describe Green’s early cruiserweight fights, in which he would fight at a contract weight in the 180s.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 16-22

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by danboxing
No fights to report on from the past week, again.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-108-108)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hernandez broke his hand against Cunningham.  That would explain the lack of news about his next fight. 
2) Denis Lebedev (24-128-128)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev-Mormeck appears to be off.  Reporting on the subject has been virtually non-existent, so I can’t readily say why exactly.  But it appears that Lebedev may be fighting Guillermo Jones, instead.  WBA purse bid scheduled for July 19.
3) Steve Cunningham (7-422-422)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham said recently that although he would consider fighting Kayode in the event he beat Tarver (the fight ultimately ended in a draw), he doesn’t believe there are any other big fights available for him at Cruiser.  He is therefore likely to move up to heavyweight.
4) Marco Huck (7-293-293)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
A summary of where Huck is at: Afolabi understandably wants a third fight with him- this time in the UK.  Huck wants a rematch with Povetkin.  Meanwhile, Huck is laying the groundwork for hyping a potential fight with Alekseev following the Russian’s poor performance against Arslan, and also for a shot at Vitali.
5) Ola Afolabi (7-175-175)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi is now discussing a September fight with Mormeck.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (7-369-369)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
It was reported that Wlodarczyk would re-match Francisco Palacios on September 22, but evidently Wlodarczyk hasn’t signed the contract, despite Palacios being his mandatory.  Wlodarczyk has been remarkably quiet when the subject turns to Palacios, who appeared to have narrowly beat him in an awful fight in 2011.
7) Lateef Kayode (4-7-87)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
BJ Flores wants to fight Kayode, and Kayode is evidently gunning for Danny Green.
8) Guillermo Jones (4-94-94)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reading news and googling Jones’ name, it appears that the Joell Godfrey fight is off, but nobody ever seems to have actually reported that fact.  The fight simply disappeared.  Jones has been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Denis Lebedev, with purse bids scheduled for July 19.
9) Firat Arslan (4-10-53)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #12 Alexander Alekseev (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #16 Alexander Alekseev
Arslan-Alekseev II is reportedly on for November.
10) Danny Green (4-4-137)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: 7/25/2012- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR) (at LHW)
Green is dropping down in weight in hopes of luring the much-smaller Anthony Mundine into a rematch.
11) B.J. Flores (4-108)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores is chasing a fight with Kayode that failed to materialize last year.
12) Francisco Palacios (4-68)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Wlodarczyk’s notes, above.
13) Giacobbe Fragomeni (4-192)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Branco.
14) Silvio Branco (4-18)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
15) Mateusz Masternak (4-16)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- UD10 Hari Miles (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Alexander Alekseev (4-79)
Last Fight: 5/11/2012- Draw*(MD12) vs. #19 Firat Arslan (robbery- should have been L)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #9 Firat Arslan
See Arslan’s notes, above.
17) Enad Licina (4-108)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Dmitro Kucher (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/27/2012- KO3 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Pawel Glazewski (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L(Robbery) vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easily beat Roy Jones, Jr., but was robbed in his own country.
20) Troy Ross (3-24)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Friday in Junin, Argentina, local gatekeeper Rogelio Rossi takes on solid but still fairly inexperienced journeyman Alejandro Valori of the same country.

 

Saturday in Sao Goncalo, Brazil, local phenom William Fernando Souza Bezerra is back in action for the second time in three weeks when he battles undefeated but totally untested Joselito Dos Santos Santana.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  No fights to report this week.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cruiserweight: 2012, May 7-13

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by danboxing
Marco Huck is a roller-coaster ride in boxer form.  Not that long ago, he was an extremely active and fairly dominant contender whose only rival in the division appeared to be Steve Cunningham, close decision over Ola Afolabi notwithstanding.  But then he fought Denis Lebedev and got bullied around the ring, only to win a completely bogus decision.  That made him nothing more than a borderline top 5 cruiserweight.  But then he moved up to heavyweight and put forth what almost definitely should have been a winning effort against that division’s clear #2 fighter.  So when he announced he was returning to cruiser to clarify the result of the Afolabi fight, we all kind of assumed quietly that this new version of Huck- the freshly unstoppable heavyweight conqueror- would walk through Afolabi the way he couldn’t quite do the first time around.  Not so.  Huck appeared to have a very real conditioning issue, as he took as much as 5/6 of several rounds off and just absorbed Afolabi’s attack- predominantly to the body.  It would be easy to blame this on his brief move to heavyweight, but I’m not buying that.  Huck as a heavyweight was under 210.  He probably weighs as much on a cruiserweight fight night as he did when he fought Povetkin.  So it’s not like he had to kill himself shedding excessive bulk.  But with help from Afolabi’s body work, he tired as noticeably as Povetkin had in their meeting.

 

That being said, the fight was wild and closely contested.  Huck did great work in spurts and Afolabi tired every bit as much in the late rounds, and could legitimately have gone either way.  I had it 115-113 Afolabi, but the majority draw verdict- including the 115-113 Huck card- were entirely legitimate.

 

Steve Cunningham, who does own a win over Huck, moves back ahead of him to #4 as Huck falls to #5 with the draw.  Afolabi moves up to #6 with the best result of his career to this point, swapping places with Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.

 

Just to update last week’s post, the result of the April 29 Brazilian and South American title bout between undefeated prospect William Fernando Souza Bezerra and Fernando de Oliveira finally showed up on Boxrec.  The prospect stopped his journeyman opponent (the best opponent of his career so far) by knockout late in round 1.  Souza Bezerra has had 29 fights, and has never seen a scorecard (28 knockouts, 1 DQ).  I look forward to seeing him on the intercontinental level in the near future.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (14-98-98)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (14-118-118)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The deal isn’t done yet, but contingent upon a final agreement, Lebedev and Mormeck have chosen a date and location for their prospective fight: June 29 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (14-42-42)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Steve Cunningham (1-412-412)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Marco Huck (1-283-283)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Next Fight: Unknown
After the draw with Afolabi, it appears that Huck may be a better heavyweight than a cruiserweight.
6) Ola Afolabi (1-165-165)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Afolabi had his second painfully close fight with Huck, and still can’t quite get over the hump for a win.
7) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-359-359)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Guillermo Jones (23-84-84)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (42-127-127)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (8-8-98)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (8-58)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (8-69)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (8-77)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (8-182)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (8-8)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Mateusz Masternak (6-6)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Masternak is back in action May 19 in Denmark on the Kessler-Allan Green undercard, opponent yet to be announced.
17) Enad Licina (6-98)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (6-14)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (6-43)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (6-13)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Cesar Crenz (UNR)
After a scheduled matchup with washed-up William Joppy thankfully fell through, Drozd is now scheduled for an interesting matchup with fringe contender Cesar Crenz of Argentina in early June.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Universum places a few of its top cruiserweights in action Friday in Goeppingen, Germany.  #12 Alexander Alexeev meets #19 Firat Arslan in a good crossroads fight, while impressive undefeated prospect Rakhim Chakhkiev is back to work just 20 days after he made quick work of former super middleweight fringe contender Jaidon Codrington.  Chakhkiev is in against decent journeyman Zack Page.

Cruiserweight: 2012, Apr 23-29

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by danboxing
On the Sartison-Balzsay undercard Saturday in Schwerin, undefeated Russian prospect and top 25 contender Rakhim Chakhkiev saw action against short-notice opponent Jaidon Codrington.  Codrington is best known for his fight of the year candidate in a losing effort against Sakio Bika in the 2007 Super Middleweight Contender finale.  Codrington had fought just twice since then, and had been inactive for over 18 months coming in to this fight.  He was also more than 25 pounds lighter for the Bika fight.  It showed.  Codrington was sluggish and had the look of an opponent all over his face.  He went away very quickly, taking the 10 count on one knee following a body shot from Chakhkiev- the second knockdown of the first round.  I don’t want to take anything away from Chakhkiev.  His body attack was truly impressive.  But Codrington at 195.5 pounds is not a legit challenge, and that was obvious.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (12-96-96)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #4 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Erased any doubt as to the better fighter between him and Cunningham.  A fight with Lebedev now would be huge.
2) Denis Lebedev (12-116-116)
Last Fight: 4/4/2012- KO2 Shawn Cox (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The deal isn’t done yet, but contingent upon a final agreement, Lebedev and Mormeck have chosen a date and location for their prospective fight: June 29 in Paris.
3) Antonio Tarver (12-40-40)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #13 Lateef Kayode
Tarver criticized Kayode on ShoBox, and Kayode took exception.  So now we have a grudge match.  I don’t think the Nigerian is ready for this, but perhaps Tarver will finally show his age.
4) Marco Huck (12-281-281)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- L*(MD12) vs. HW #2 Alexander Povetkin (at HW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #7 Ola Afolabi
Huck will fight Afolabi May 5 in Erfurt, Germany, fresh off his near victory over Povetkin at heavyweight.
5) Steve Cunningham (12-410-410)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (21-357-357)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- TKO11 #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Ola Afolabi (21-163-163)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- RTD5 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #4 Marco Huck (UNR)
See Huck’s notes, above.
8) Guillermo Jones (21-82-82)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Michael Marrone (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With all of his possible mandatories tied up with other fights, Jones has made renewed noises about moving up to face a Klitschko.  In the meantime, he continues to train in Miami for a fight that has yet to materialize. 
9) Danny Green (40-125-125)
Last Fight: 11/30/2011- L(TKO11) vs. #8 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Shane Cameron is hoping to fight Green if he beats Monte Barrett in May.  No major news from Green’s end.
10) B.J. Flores (6-6-96)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO6 Hugo Pineda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Flores has said he might fight the Fragomeni-Branco winner.  Not sure how that will be affected by the fact that there is no winner.
11) Francisco Palacios (6-56)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- UD8 Joell Godfrey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has mandated a rematch with Wlodarczyk, but that seems almost forgotten as Wlodarczyk has since chased fights with Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver, neither of which seem to be currently on the table.
12) Alexander Alexeev (6-67)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #15 Enad Licina
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #19 Firat Arslan
Alexeev will fight Firat Arslan in an interesting crossroads-type fight on May 11 in Germany.
13) Lateef Kayode (6-75)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #3 Antonio Tarver
Kayode has snubbed a mandatory shot at Guillermo Jones’ alphabet belt for a shot at an even better fighter, the aging but still very capable Antonio Tarver.
14) Giacobbe Fragomeni (6-180)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. Silvio Branco (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fragomeni appears to be showing his age after nearly losing to an even older man in Brnaco.
15) Silvio Branco (6-6)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- Draw (MD12) vs. #10 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
45 year old veteran Silvio Branco got what may have been his final hurrah with a close-fought draw with top 10-ranked Giacobbe Fragomeni.
16) Mateusz Masternak (4-4)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- TKO10 Felipe Romero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak beat the best opponent of his career in Romero, and did so convincingly.
17) Enad Licina (4-96)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #17 Alexander Alexeev
Next Fight: Unknown
May be getting a little shopworn.  He’s not a pushover by any means, but you’d have to be crazy to imagine him as a top-10-type guy.
18) Troy Ross (4-12)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD8 Lukasz Rusiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Inactivity combined with poor competition are killing the career of top-level talent Ross, but at least he’s technically an active cruiserweight again, and thus eligible to remain in the rankings.
19) Firat Arslan (4-41)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- TKO2 Orlando Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/11/2012- vs. #12 Alexander Alexeev
See Alexeev’s notes, above.
20) Grigory Drozd (4-11)
Last Fight: 2/8/2012- RTD9 Richard Hall (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Cesar Crenz (UNR)
After a scheduled matchup with washed-up William Joppy thankfully fell through, Drozd is now scheduled for an interesting matchup with fringe contender Cesar Crenz of Argentina in early June.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Friday: Undefeated local prospect Dmitro Kucher takes on Argentine journeyman Walter Cabral in Kiev.

 

Sunday: From Donetsk, Ukraine, Georgian prospect Iago Kiladze battles French journeyman Julien Perriaux.  Later that night in Sao Paolo, undefeated local product William Fernando Souza Bezerra (I’m sure there’s a shorter way to render his name, but until I see him on TV I have to go with what is on boxrec) fights journeyman Fernando De Oliveira for the Brazilian and South American titles.