Underdogs continue to shock the boxing world with inspirational performances that have caused profound changes in THE RING’s rankings.
Two weekends ago a supposedly faded Erik Morales came very close to beating 7-to-1 odds favorite Marcos Maidana in a 12-round fight of the year candidate. The Mexican legend’s spirited effort earned him a spot in THE RING’s junior welterweight rankings.
On Saturday, 10-to-1 underdog Orlando Salido knocked out THE RING’s No. 1-rated featherweight Juan Manuel Lopez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and 4-to-1 underdog Victor Ortiz defeated previously unbeaten welterweight beltholder Andre Berto, the magazine’s No. 3-rated 147 pounder, in Mashantucket, Conn.
Nobody thought Salido (35-11-2, 24 knockouts) could unseat Lopez, an undefeated featherweight titleholder who was also ranked No. 9 in THE RING’s pound-for-pound ratings. Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) was eyeing a move to the 130-pound division and an eventual mega-match with Yuriorkis Gamboa, which is now on an indefinite hold.
Most fans and media predicted that Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) would fold against Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) the moment their HBO-televised bout, his first at welterweight, became a tough fight. Instead, Ortiz out-hustled Berto in a blazing 12-round fight of the year candidate that featured four knockdowns.
One of the best things about boxing is that we can never know for sure exactly what will happen once the combatants climb into the ring, and every now and then we are treated to the kind of gems witnessed on Saturday.
So where do Ortiz, who was No. 9 at junior welterweight, and Salido, who was No. 4 at featherweight, rank following their explosive upsets? How far will Berto and Lopez drop? Will Lopez be replaced in the pound-for-pound rankings?
Read THE RING Ratings Update and find out: