Michael Rosenthal

RING Ratings Update: Busy weekend, not much movement

This past weekend was busy, with competing cards on Saturday night in Las Vegas and a big cruiserweight fight in Germany. However, not much changed in the ratings.

Sergio Martinez and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez held their positions after victories over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Josesito Lopez. And Yoan Pablo Hernandez, who narrowly outpointed unrated Canadian Troy Ross, retained his RING Championship.

Here are the changes that took place.


Cruiserweight: Hernandez, a Cuban who fights out of Germany, outpointed Ross in a fight that reportedly could’ve gone either way in Bamberg to remain THE RING 200-pound champion.

Ross (25-3, 16 knockouts) enters the ratings at No. 10 in spite of the loss because of his spirited effort and track record. He fought Steve Cunningham on even terms before losing on a cut in 2010.

Pawel Kolodziej (No. 10 last week) drops out because he hasn’t faced the caliber of competition on Ross’ resume.

Middleweight: Chavez (No. 3 last week) changes places with Gennady Golovkin (No. 4 last week) after his unanimous-decision loss to Martinez at Thomas & Mack Arena.

Matthew Macklin (No. 7 last week) stopped unrated Joachim Alcine in the first round on the Martinez-Chavez undercard. He changes places with Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (No. 6 last week).

Alvarez retained his No. 3 position.

Welterweight: Lopez (No. 8 last week) stayed put because he was fighting above his weight class.

Featherweight: Daniel Ponce de Leon (No. 8 last week) scored a eight-round technical-decision victory over Jhonny Gonzalez (No. 4 last week) after Gonzalez was cut on the Alvarez-Lopez undercard at the MGM Grand.

Ponce de Leon moved up to No. 5; Gonzalez dropped to No. 7.

Bantamweight: Leo Santa Cruz (No. 7 last week) stopped Eric Morel (No. 5 last week) in five rounds on the Alvarez-Lopez card.

Thus, Santa Cruz rises to No. 5; Morel drops to No. 10.



Rated fighters in action this coming weekend (with current ratings).

Cruiserweight: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (No. 2) vs. Francisco Palacios

Junior welterweight: Denis Shafikov (No. 8) vs. James Onyango (Tuesday)

Lightweight: Ricky Burns (No. 3) vs. Kevin Mitchell (No. 4)

Junior featherweight: Carl Frampton vs. Steve Molitor (No. 9); Jorge Arce (No. 8 bantamweight) vs. Mauricio Martinez

Junior bantamweight: Juan Carlos Sanchez (No. 6) vs. Rodel Mayol (No. 8); Carlos Cuadras (No. 7) vs. Ronald Barrera

Flyweight: Rocky Fuentes (No. 7) vs. Myung-Ho Lee; Milan Melindo (No. 5) vs. Jean Piero Perez

Strawweight: Hekkie Budler vs. Florante Condes (No. 8)

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