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Light Heavyweight: 2011, Dec 19-25

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 27, 2011 by danboxing
There were two fairly important fights on the Ward-Froch undercard.  #16 Yordanis Despaigne was shockingly upset in what was expected to be a fairly routine 6-rounder against Cornelius White- a fairly discredited prospect when you consider he was stopped in just one round by fellow prospect Don George back in February a weight class to the south.  But such was not the case, as White controlled the fight and won comfortably on all 3 cards.

 

On the same card in Atlantic City, Columbian fringe contender Edison Miranda- who recently lost to Despaigne- won a big TKO victory over fellow fringe contender Kariz Kariuki in the 5th round.  In Kiev, Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Cherviak could manage only a draw against very mediocre journeyman George Tevdorashvili of Georgia.  That fight, as it turns out, was contested well over the light heavyweight limit. 

 

Backtracking a bit to Friday, Chicago-based Polish prospect and former steroid abuser Andrzej Fonfara knocked out average journeyman Phil Williams in round 3 of their Chicago fight.

 

A major shake-up in the rankings this week.  Cornelius White debuts at #14 after his big win, which also drops Despaigne (#16 last week) from the rankings yet again.  This also knocks Zsolt Erdei back to #15.  Assuming Despaign’s #16 spot is Edison Miranda.  He did lose to Despaigne in his previous fight, but on fight night at least, Kariuki was seen as a better fighter than the guy that Despaigne lost to.  Danny McIntosh falls from #15 to #17 due to White and Miranda debuting above him.  Everybody rated #17 and below last week drops one spot, including hard-luck Marcus Johnson, who once again exits the rankings after six glorious weeks back in.

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Bernard Hopkins
1) Jean Pascal
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Nathan Cleverly
5) Adrian Diaconu
6) Zsolt Erdei
7) Beibut Shumenov
8) Karo Murat
9) Gabriel Campillo
10) Ismayl Sillakh

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (31-289-289)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC* vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered a Dawson rematch.  There is much speculation floating around that the matchup is extremely unmarketable due to the poor PPV numbers of the first fight.  Also, Dawson has unequivocally stated his desire for a Paschal rematch next.  But on the other hand, Hopkins is under contract for another fight with HBO, and it’s hard to come up with anyone realistic that would make a more natural opponent for Hopkins.
1) Jean Pascal (31-131-131)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator vs. Sillakh after originally offering Paschal an outright shot at the winner of the ill-fated Hopkins-Dawson fight.
2) Chad Dawson (53-290-290)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC* vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
See Hopkins’ notes, above.
3) Tavoris Cloud (53-121-121)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Erdei’s injured hand has nixed the entire New Year’s Eve card.  Somewhat inexplicably, Showtime rejected Gabriel Campillo- who is likely better than Erdei- as a replacement opponent.
4) Gabriel Campillo (10-78-78)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #14 Karo Murat
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cloud’s notes, above.
5) Nathan Cleverly (10-98-98)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W*(MD12) vs. Tony Bellew (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/25/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Cleverly will fight an unknown opponent on February 25 in Cardiff, Wales.
6) Karo Murat (12-12-33)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
I never thought this would happen, but I now rate the long-overrated Murat even higher than does Ring Magazine.
7) Tony Bellew (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #4 Nathan Cleverly
Next Fight: Unknown
Deserved better than a majority decision loss against Cleverly.  I thought he won the fight or deserved, at worst, a draw.
8) Eduard Gutknecht (10-33-33)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2011- vs. Vyacheslav Uzelkov (UNR)
Gutknecht will fight fringe contender/prospect Uzelkov on February 4.
9) Beibut Shumenov (10-74-78)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- TKO9 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cleverly’s notes, above.
10) Yusaf Mack (10-42-78)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
11) Dmitri Sukhotski (10-60)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cleverly’s notes, above.
12) Adrian Diaconu (10-241)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
13) Ismayl Sillakh (10-49)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- TKO4 Ali Ismailov (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has slated Sillakh for an eliminator against Paschal.
14) Cornelius White (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD6 #16 Yordanis Despaigne
Next Fight: Unknown
White, who was blown out in one round by prospect Don George at super middleweight early in 2011, may be a fluke.  But at least for one night, he looked a lot better against former top amateur Yordanis Despaigne than did established fringe contender Edison Miranda.
15) Zsolt Erdei (1-57)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Erdei’s injured hand has nixed the entire New Year’s Eve card, including his fight with Cloud. 
16) Edison Miranda (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- TKO5 Kariz Kariuki (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Miranda was tentatively set for a rematch with Yordanis Despaigne before Despaigne was upset recently.  No word yet on whether that rematch will still go forward.
17) Danny McIntosh (1-78)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
18) Jesus Gonzales (1-24)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
19) Thierry Karl (1-78)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- KO1 Mile Nikolic (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Karl is a threat to be removed in late January if he doesn’t schedule a light heavyweight fight soon.
20) Dyah Davis (1-39)
Last Fight: 10/21/2011- UD6 Darnell Boone (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/6/2012- vs. Alfonso Lopez (UNR)
Davis will lead off the new season of Friday Night Fights on January 6, when he takes on Alfonso Lopez, the prospect who probably deserved a win over Kelly Pavlik in 2011.

 

The Week Ahead: Merry Christmas!

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Dec 12-18

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 25, 2011 by danboxing
Undefeated Russian prosect Sergei Kovalev stopped one-loss countryman Roman Simakov in the 7th in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Monday in the week’s only notable action.

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Bernard Hopkins
1) Jean Pascal
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Nathan Cleverly
5) Adrian Diaconu
6) Zsolt Erdei
7) Beibut Shumenov
8) Karo Murat
9) Gabriel Campillo
10) Ismayl Sillakh

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (30-288-288)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC* vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
The first official blow against Pat Russell’s bad TKO decision has been struck, as the WBC announced that its title would stay with Hopkins despite the call.
1) Jean Pascal (30-130-130)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Dawson wants Pascal, but a Dawson-Hopkins rematch may supersede that before it’s all said and done.
2) Chad Dawson (52-289-289)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC* vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
See Hopkins’ notes, above.
3) Tavoris Cloud (52-120-120)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Erdei’s injured hand has nixed the entire New Year’s Eve card.  Somewhat inexplicably, Showtime rejected Gabriel Campillo- who is likely better than Erdei- as a replacement opponent.
4) Gabriel Campillo (9-77-77)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #14 Karo Murat
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cloud’s notes, above.
5) Nathan Cleverly (9-97-97)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W*(MD12) vs. Tony Bellew (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered him to fight Dmitri Sukhotski in 2012.  He is reportedly also exploring a fight with Beibut Shumenov, perhaps in Vegas.
6) Karo Murat (11-11-32)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
I never thought this would happen, but I now rate the long-overrated Murat even higher than does Ring Magazine.
7) Tony Bellew (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #4 Nathan Cleverly
Next Fight: Unknown
Deserved better than a majority decision loss against Cleverly.  I thought he won the fight or deserved, at worst, a draw.
8) Eduard Gutknecht (9-32-32)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
9) Beibut Shumenov (9-73-77)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- TKO9 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cleverly’s notes, above.
10) Yusaf Mack (9-41-77)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
11) Dmitri Sukhotski (9-59)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cleverly’s notes, above.
12) Adrian Diaconu (9-240)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
13) Ismayl Sillakh (9-48)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- TKO4 Ali Ismailov (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Zsolt Erdei (9-56)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/31/2011- vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (UNR)
Erdei’s injured hand has nixed the entire New Year’s Eve card, including his fight with Cloud. 
15) Danny McIntosh (9-77)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
16) Yordanis Despaigne (9-20)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- W(DQ5) vs. Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. Cornelius White (UNR)
Despaigne will fight one-loss prospect Cornelius White on December 17.  White was destroyed on ShoBox by Don George at Super Middleweight back in February, so he’s probably not a huge threat here.
17) Jesus Gonzales (9-23)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
18) Thierry Karl (9-77)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- KO1 Mile Nikolic (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Karl is a threat to be removed in late January if he doesn’t schedule a light heavyweight fight soon.
19) Dyah Davis (6-38)
Last Fight: 10/21/2011- UD6 Darnell Boone (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/6/2012- vs. Alfonso Lopez (UNR)
Davis will lead off the new season of Friday Night Fights on January 6, when he takes on Alfonso Lopez, the prospect who probably deserved a win over Kelly Pavlik in 2011.
20) Marcus Johnson (6-6)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- UD6 Billy Bailey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Polish prospect and former steroid abuser Andrzej Fonfara takes on average journeyman Phill Williams in Chicago on Friday.

 

Saturday, Ukrainian fringe prospect Oleksandr Cherviak fights Georgian journeyman George Tevdorashvili in Kiev.  On the Ward-Froch undercard in Atlantic City, #16 Yordanis Despaigne fights fringe prospect Cornelius White in a 6-rounder, while Colombian fringe contender Edison Miranda battles a fellow fringe contender in Kenya’s Kariz Kariuki in a fight that could easily have implications in the rankings.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 1-7

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by danboxing
The headlining fight in the division this past week was on Friday Night Fights, where fringe contenders Yordanis Despaigne and Edison Miranda squared off.  Unfortunately, referee Vic Drakulich injected himself unnecessarily into the fight and disqualified Miranda for low blows in the 5th round.  Now don’t get me wrong- Miranda was going low and Drakulich needed to do something, but the referee painted himself into a corner by deducting a point well before it was warranted, taking a second one in the following round for what probably legitimately should have been the first time, and then DQing him in the next.  These were not blatant low blows.  I do not mean, however, to take anything away from Despaigne.  He was clearly the sharper fighter and probably didn’t lose a round.

 

#8 Beibut Shumenov defended his alphabet title on Telefutura’s air against totally unworthy journeyman Danny Santiago, scoring a 9th round stoppage. 

 

Undefeated Uzbek prospect Gayrat Ahmedov won a dominant 8-round decision on the Shumenov undercard over mediocre journeyman Billy Bailey, and Russian unbeaten Sergei Kovalev knocked out Kenyan journeyman Douglas Otieno on the non-televised Friday Night Fights undercard.  All of these fights took place in Vegas, at two different sites.

 

Despaigne has now re-established himself as an up-and-comer in the division after a convincing loss to Ismayl Sillakh earlier in the year, and returns to the rankings at #16.  Marcus Johnson- a bit of a hard-luck loser in his last fight- exits the rankings due to Despaigne’s return.

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Bernard Hopkins
1) Jean Pascal
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Glen Johnson
5) Nathan Cleverly
6) Adrian Diaconu
7) Zsolt Erdei
8) Karo Murat
9) Beibut Shumenov
10) Gabriel Campillo

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (11-269-269)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins will defend the title on October 15 against #2 Chad Dawson, who just a year ago was as close to a legit champion as you could be without having beaten a Champion or #1 contender before he was shockingly upset by Jean Pascal.  The fight will be on PPV.
1) Jean Pascal (11-111-111)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Pascal’s next fight will be against either Cloud or Erdei.  Pascal was ringside at Cloud-Mack.
2) Chad Dawson (33-270-270)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Dawson will look to finally be crowned as Champion against the man whose refusal to fight him kept him perpetually a step away until recently.
3) Tavoris Cloud (33-101-101)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud easily handled #8 Mack, but that’s still not enough to move him past Dawson.
4) Glen Johnson (51-424-424)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(UD12) vs. SMW #2 Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson will be removed next week if he hasn’t unexpectedly scheduled a fight at 175 by then, since his fight with Tavoris Cloud (his last at 175) was a year ago this week.
5) Gabriel Campillo (51-58-58)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reports are that he will likely fight Karo Murat on October 1.
6) Nathan Cleverly (46-78-78)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bellew will fight his mandatory and then Bellew hopefully by the end of the year.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
8) Beibut Shumenov (6-54-58)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/29/2011- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR)
After all the talk of unification, it’s a little disappointing that Shumenov is settling for a journeyman coming off a 14-month layoff, but I guess when you consider his promotional issues and opponents failing to show at the last minute, we should be a little grateful he’s fighting at all.
9) Yusaf Mack (6-22-58)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (11-11-40)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (13-221)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
12) Ismayl Sillakh (11-29)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered a tournament to determine their mandatory challenger to Hopkins, involving Sillakh, Chris Henry, Shumenov, and Erdei.  The only one that appears interested is Sillakh.
13) Zsolt Erdei (11-37)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz at present about a potential fight with Pascal.
14) Danny McIntosh (11-58)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
15) Karo Murat (11-13)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
His long-rumored fight with Campillo will reportedly take place on 10/1, though the nothing seems to be official yet.
16) Yordanis Despaigne (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- W(DQ5) vs. Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Got a little bit of a gift from Vic Drakulich in the form of an early stoppage, but was easily winning the fight anyway.
17) Jesus Gonzalez (1-4)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
18) Thierry Karl (1-58)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
19) Luis Garcia (1-29)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dyah Davis (1-19)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.


The Week Ahead:  Nothing going on this week, except that Glen Johnson will be removed unless he unexpectedly schedules a fight at 175 this week.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by danboxing
There was no action to report this past week.

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Bernard Hopkins
1) Jean Pascal
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Glen Johnson
5) Nathan Cleverly
6) Adrian Diaconu
7) Zsolt Erdei
8) Karo Murat
9) Beibut Shumenov
10) Gabriel Campillo

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (10-268-268)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins will defend the title on October 15 against #2 Chad Dawson, who just a year ago was as close to a legit champion as you could be without having beaten a Champion or #1 contender before he was shockingly upset by Jean Pascal.  The fight will be on PPV.
1) Jean Pascal (10-110-110)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Pascal’s next fight will be against either Cloud or Erdei.  Pascal was ringside at Cloud-Mack.
2) Chad Dawson (32-269-269)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Dawson will look to finally be crowned as Champion against the man whose refusal to fight him kept him perpetually a step away until recently.
3) Tavoris Cloud (32-100-100)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud easily handled #8 Mack, but that’s still not enough to move him past Dawson.
4) Glen Johnson (50-423-423)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(UD12) vs. SMW #2 Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Only has a few weeks to decide to move back to 175 and schedule a fight before he’s removed for inactivity at this weight.
5) Gabriel Campillo (50-57-57)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo might have yet another tune-up (ugh) followed by a decent match-up with Karo Murat on the horizon.
6) Nathan Cleverly (45-77-77)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bellew will fight his mandatory and then Bellew hopefully by the end of the year.
7) Eduard Gutknecht (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
8) Beibut Shumenov (5-53-57)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/29/2011- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR)
After all the talk of unification, it’s a little disappointing that Shumenov is settling for a journeyman coming off a 14-month layoff, but I guess when you consider his promotional issues and opponents failing to show at the last minute, we should be a little grateful he’s fighting at all.
9) Yusaf Mack (5-21-57)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (10-10-39)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Adrian Diaconu (12-220)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
12) Ismayl Sillakh (10-28)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered a tournament to determine their mandatory challenger to Hopkins, involving Sillakh, Chris Henry, Shumenov, and Erdei.  The only one that appears interested is Sillakh.
13) Zsolt Erdei (10-36)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz at present about a potential fight with Pascal.
14) Danny McIntosh (10-57)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
15) Karo Murat (10-12)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly looking to fight Gabriel Campillo in the fall.
16) Jesus Gonzalez (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
17) Thierry Karl (3-57)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
18) Luis Garcia (3-28)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dyah Davis (3-18)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.
20) Marcus Johnson (3-16)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L(UD10*) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s hard to say that a hot prospect could benefit from an upset loss, but in this case he lost to a rateable fighter, and arguably deserved to win.  He gets credit for that here- especially considering the lack of good options in the division.


The Week Ahead:  Light Heavyweights take over Vegas this week.  On two separate cards in that city on the same night Friday, #8 Beibut Shumenov takes on journeyman Danny Santiago in a silly excuse for a title fight.  Santiago, at his best, was a gatekeeper- including 3 years ago when he managed to wrangle a title fight with cautious lineal champion Zsolt Erdei, but has not fought in over 14 months.  This fight will be televised on Telefutura if you’re lucky enough to get that.  On the undercard, fringe contender Gayrat Ahmedov will fight Santiago’s last victim, even worse journeyman Billy Bailey. 

 

Meanwhile, in the Friday Night Fights co-feature, once-beaten prospect Yordanis Despaigne takes a pretty tough rebound fight with Edison Miranda, who recently outgrew Super Middleweight, where he was a fringe contender not long ago.  On a likely non-televised undercard fight, undefeated prospect Sergei Kovalev takes on mediocre journeyman Douglas Otieno.