Ivan Calderon, 36, might be a Hall of Famer one day but it appears he no longer fights like one.
The former two-division titleholder, who has moved back down to strawweight, was able to slip past unheralded Felipe Rivas – a 9-9-1 fighter going into the fight who replaced injured Raul Garcia — Saturday in Calderon’s native Puerto Rico.
However, he won by a split decision. And that followed back-to-back knockout losses to Giovani Segura, the only setbacks in Calderon’s illustrious career.
THE RING Editorial Board considered placing Calderon in the strawweight ratings primarily because of his former glory at 105 pounds. Then common sense prevailed. A fighter can’t struggle against a journeyman in his first fight in a weight class in more than four years and expect to crack the Top 10.
Calderon (35-2-1, 6 knockouts) called out WBO strawweight titleholder Moises Fuentes afterward. A victory over the 26-year-old Mexican would prove that Calderon remains an elite fighter. A loss could finish him.
RING RATINGS UPDATE
Junior middleweight: No. 4 Vanes Martirosyan proved little by defeating Richard Gutierrez by a one-sided decision. He holds his position.
Junior lightweight: No. 9 Eloy Perez stopped Ira Terry in six rounds. Perez stays put.
Junior featherweight: No. 5 Takalani Ndlovu defeated Giovanni Caro by a split decision to hold his rating. No. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. did the same by stopping Roberto Leyva in three rounds.
Flyweight: No. 1 Hernan Marquez made a much-anticipated rematch with No. 2 Luis Concepcion a short one, stopping Concepcion in the first round to retain his position. Moruti Mthalane (No. 3 last week) moved up a notch after stopping Andrea Sarritzu in the seventh round. Concepcion drops to No. 7.
Junior flyweight: Calderon (No. 4 last week) drops out because he dropped down in weight. He is replaced by Ramon Garcia Hirales, who enters at No. 10.
Strawweight: Unrated Akira Yaegashi stopped Pornsawan Porpramook (No. 10 last week) in the 10th round of a Fight of the Year candidate to win the WBA title. Thus, Yaegashi replaces Porpramook at No. 10.
The fight between No. 1 Nkosinathi Joyi and No. 8 Katsunari Takayama ended in a no-contest after Takayama suffered a bad cut on his hairline.
Calderon didn’t do enough in his split-decision victory over journeyman Felipe Rivas to crack the ratings.
Rated fighters in action this coming weekend (with current ratings)
Heavyweight: No. 9 Chris Arreola vs. Alonzo Butler (Saturday)
Cruiserweight:No. 5 Denis Lebedev. vs. James Toney (Friday); No. 10 Guillermo Jones vs. Mike Marrone (Saturday).
Light heavyweight: No. 10 Ismayl Sillakh vs Ali Ismailov (Friday).
Super middleweight: No. 3 Lucian Bute vs. No. 7 Glen Johnson (Saturday); No. 10 George Groves vs. Paul Smith (Saturday).
Junior middleweight: No. 2 Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland (Saturday).
Junior lightweight: No. 5 Takahiro Ao vs. Devis Boschiero (Sunday).
Junior featherweight: No. 7 Steve Molitor vs. Sebastien Gauthier (Saturday).
Bantamweight: No. 10 Christian Esquivel vs. Shinsuke Yamanaka (Sunday).
Junior bantamweight: No. 7 Yota Sato vs. Keni Oba (Tuesday); Suriyan Sor Rungvisai vs. No. 6 Nobuo Nashiro (Friday); No. 5 Tomas Rojas vs. Feliciano Dario Azuaga Ledesma (Saturday).
Flyweight: No. 9 Wilbert Uicab vs. Toshiyuki Igarashi (Sunday).