Eight fighters rated by THE RING were in action this past weekend, activity that would normally result in at least some changes in the ratings.
Not this week. All eight were matched against unrated opponents and none lost.
Here’s a look at the thought process:
No. 7 Alexander Dimitrenko easily outpointed Michael Sprott on Saturday in Germany but Sprott is ordinary at best. Thus, we couldn’t justify having Dimitrenko leap frog No. 6 Robert Helenius or anyone above him.
No. 8 Denis Boytsov stopped Matt Greer in six rounds on the same card. Same situation as Dimitrenko. Boytsov stays put.
No. 7 Dmitry Pirog knocked out Gennady Martirosyan in 10 rounds Sunday in Russia. We thought about having Pirog switch places with No. 6 Sebastian Zbik and possibly No. 5 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. but decided against it for two reasons. One, Martirosyan apparently is solid but nothing special. And, two, Zbik is coming off a controversial-decision loss to Chavez.
Pirog must defeat another big-name opponent – he already stopped prospect Danny Jacobs — before we’ll be sold on him 100 percent.
No. 3 Marcos Maidana had no trouble stopping relative unknown Petr Petrov in four rounds Friday in Argentina. No way he dislodges No. 1 Amir Khan or No. 2 Timothy Bradley with that victory.
No. 5 Paulus Moses outpointed Sidney Siqueira on Saturday in Namibia. We thought about moving him past No. 4 Miguel Acosta, who is coming off a knockout loss to Brandon Rios, but decided against it because Siqueira is not an accomplished foe and Acosta KO’d Moses in May of last year.
No. 9 Jorge Arce knocked out Simphiwe Nongqayi in four rounds Saturday in Mexico, avenging an earlier loss to the South African. The problem is that Nongqayi went up two weight classes for the fight, which seemed to work against him. Thus, No. 8 Steve Molitor maintains his position even though he lost to Takalani Ndlovu in his most-recent fight.
No. 1 Adrian Hernandez took out Gideon Buthelezi in two rounds Saturday in Mexico, which was more than enough to maintain the top spot.
No. 7 Denver Cuello had the easiest time of everyone, stopping Sebastian Arcos in three rounds Saturday in Mexico. Arcos had only one previous pro fight. Thus, Cuello stays where he is.
Rated fighters in action this past weekend (with ratings at the time)
Heavyweight – No. 7 Alexander Dimitrenko dec. Michael Sprott; No. 8 Denis Boytsov TKO 6 Matt Greer.
Middleweight – No. 7 Dmitry Pirog KO 10 Gennady Martirosyan.
Junior welterweight – No. 3 Marcos Maidana KO 4 Petr Petrov.
Lightweight – No. 5 Paulus Moses UD 10 Sidney Siqueira
Junior featherweight – No. 9 Jorge Arce KO 4 Simphiwe Nongqayi.
Junior flyweight – No. 1 Adrian Hernandez KO 2 Gideon Buthelezi.
Strawweight – No. 7 Denver Cuello KO 3 Sebastian Arcos
Rated fighters in action this coming weekend (with current ratings)
Cruiserweight – No. 1 Steve Cunningham vs. Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Light heavyweight – No. 8 Karo Murat vs. No. 9 Gabriel Campillo
Middleweight – Champion Sergio Martinez vs. Darren Barker
Junior lightweight – No. 5 Rocky Martinez vs. Ramon Maas
Featherweight – No. 4 Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Mike Oliver
Junior featherweight – No. 1 Toshiaki Nishioka vs. No. 7 Rafael Marquez
Junior flyweight – No. 6 roman Gonzalez vs. Omar Soto