Chuck Giampa

Ring Ratings Update: Cloud drops, Mendez rises


There were numerous world-class boxers in action, internationally, last week, which resulted in movement in THE RING’s divisional ratings. The most notable change belonged to Tavoris Cloud, who drops in the light heavyweight rankings following his unanimous decision loss to 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins.

At heavyweight, formerly RING-ranked contender Alexander Dimitrenko was dropped in the fourth round en route to winning an eight-round decision over journeyman Ivica Perkovic. Raw, undefeated KO artist Magomed Abdusalamov (17-0, 17 knockouts) beat Victor Bisbal in the fifth round by TKO. Neither heavyweight merits a ranking.

At light heavyweight, Hopkins fought a very good, strategic fight in outpointing previously unbeaten Cloud for the IBF title. Hopkins proved that his conditioning and execution were more important than chronological age. Hopkins retains his No. 1 ranking in THE RING’s ratings; Cloud is dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 moving up Nathan Cleverly, Beibut Shumenov and Sergei Kovalev one spot each with Nos. 6 through 10 remaining the same.

At super middleweight, THE RING’s No. 7-rated George Groves stopped journeyman Dario German Balmaceda with a TKO in the third round. No movement in the rankings.

At middleweight, unrated-but-just-outside-the-top 10 Darren Barker beat Simone Rotolo in the fourth. No changes in the rankings.

At junior middleweight, undefeated prospect Hugo Centeno had a solid unanimous decision win over KeAndrae Leatherwood. No change in rankings.

At welterweight, undefeated prospect Keith Thurman won a unanimous shutout decision over No. 7-rated Jan Zaveck, causing the former beltholder to be dropped from the rankings. Every welterweight who was rated under Zaveck – Tim Bradley, Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander – moves up one space and Thurman is installed at No. 10 in the ratings.

At junior welterweight, prospect Emmanuel Taylor overcame Victor Cayo by TKO in the eighth round although Taylor was dropped to the canvas in the fifth. Cayo suffered a knockdown in the eighth round. No changes in the rankings.

At lightweight, Colombian veteran Darley Perez won a unanimous decision over Julio Camano. No changes in the rankings.

At junior lightweight, Argenis Mendez twice dropped and knocked out IBF titleholder Juan Carlos Salgado in the fourth round of their rematch, causing the following movement: Salgado is dropped to No. 7 and Mendez is lifted to No. 3 with Yuriorkis Gamboa moving up to No. 2.

At junior featherweight, No. 6-rated Tomoki Kameda stopped Nouldy Manakane in six. No changes in the rankings.

At bantamweight, Stephane Jamoye looked solid retaining his European title by stopping Ashley Sexton in eight rounds. The battle-tested 23 year old from Belgium is closing in to a top-10 spot if he continues his winning ways. Undefeated prospect Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. scored a stay busy stoppage against overmatched Alexander Acosta in four. No changes in the rankings.

At flyweight, No. 8-rated Edgar Sosa scored a one-punch second-round KO over fellow former 108-pound titleholder Ulises Solis. Sosa is moved up a notch in the rankings to No. 7.

At junior flyweight, Solis, who was THE RING’s No. 4-rated contender, drops from the rankings. Streaking 23-year-old Panamanian Luis Alberto Rios (18-1-1, 13 KOs) enters the ratings at No. 10. Rios, who has won his last three fights by KO versus solid opposition, will challenge No. 8-rated Johnriel Casimero for the Filipino’s IBF title on Saturday in Panama.

At strawweight, unbeaten Filipino veteran Merlito Sabillo travelled to Colombia and stopped once-beaten local Luis De La Rosa in eight. No. 2-rated Raul Garcia is dropped from the rankings since he hasn’t fought officially at 105 pounds since August 2011. Sabillo (21-0, 11 KOs) enters the rankings at No. 10 with everyone who rated under Garcia moving up one spot.



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