Last Saturday’s busy international boxing schedule brought about numerous changes in THE RING’s rankings for some of the glamour divisions of the sport. The middleweight and junior welterweight divisions experienced some reshuffling.
At heavyweight, Bermane Stiverne boxed very well en route to scoring an impressive unanimous decision over former title challenger Chris Arreola, who deserves credit for his toughness in getting up after being knocked down and continuing to fight with a broken nose.
Hot prospect Deontay Wilder looked impressive in taking out 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in one round.
Denis Boytsov, who has been fighting sub-par opponent lately, will be dropped from the ratings, allowing for Tony Thompson to move up to No. 9 and for Stiverne to enter at No. 10.
At cruiserweight, former titleholder Firat Arslan won a 10-round decision over Varol Vekiloglu. No changes .
At light heavyweight, Juergen Braehmer extended his win streak to nine by stopping Tony Averlant in the second round. Averlant lost a split decision last year to Eduard Gutknecht who Braehmer beat for the EBU title. No changes.
A middleweight, Martin Murray and RING champ Sergio Martinez fought a very close fight with Martinez getting up from a knockdown to edge out Murray by unanimous decision. WBO beltholder Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin dropped Fernando Guerrero four times on his way to a seventh-round stoppage win.
Once-beaten prospect Daniel Jacobs stopped Keenan Collins in four.
Sam Soliman was officially suspended for nine months for his positive PED tests following his upset decision over Felix Sturm in February in Germany. Soliman was found guilty of violating the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer anti-doping rules when the illegal stimulant methylsynephrine was found in his Sample A. According to the BDB, Soliman refused to have the B sample opened at the same lab which checked the Sample A, thus his IBF title elimination bout against Sturm was declared “No Contest.”
Soliman will be removed from THE RING’s rankings. Dmitry Pirog will also be dropped from the rankings due to inactivity. The former WBO beltholder has not fought since May 1 of last year and has no fight scheduled. Their departure from the rankings made room for Darren Barker and Brian Vera to enter the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10.
Quillin will move up two spots to No. 4. Chavez Jr. will drop a spot to make room for the return of Sturm into the top three at No. 3.
The revised middleweight ratings are:
Champion: Sergio Martinez
At welterweight, Luis Abregu outpointed Antonin Decarie over 10. It was another good win for the Argentine veteran but not enough to get ranked yet.
At junior welterweight, Danny Garcia remained THE RING champ with his decision win over Zab Judah. Garcia did enough early to withstand Judah’s late rally.
Amir Khan had trouble outpointing veteran Julio Diaz over 12 rounds, even getting dropped in the fourth round and rocked late in the competitive bout. The junior welterweight rankings are being reshuffled by dropping Juan Manuel Marquez down a few spots along with Khan and Judah. Mike Alvarado will move up to be in the top five. The new revised junior welterweight rankings are:
Champion: Danny Garcia
At lightweight, contender Raymundo Beltran decisioned Alejandro Rodriguez over 10. No change.
At featherweight, former titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez stopped Akihiko Karagiri in four. No change
At junior featherweight, Alexander Bahktin retired last week so is dropped from the ratings, allowing for Johathan Romero to re-enter at No. 10. Also, Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa KO’d Veerphol Sor Chantasith.
At flyweight, 108-pound contender Kompayak Porpramook stopped Jean Piero Perez in six.
At junior flyweight, Porpramook will be removed from the 108-pound rankings with Nos. 8, 9 and 10 moving up one spot each with Alberto Rossel entering at No. 10.
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