David Haye pulled out of his showdown with Tyson Fury for the second time following shoulder surgery that could signal the end of his career. The former heavyweight titleholder, who hasn’t fought since last July, has been dropped from THE RING’s rankings.
Here’s a division-by-division look at the recent activity of other RING-rated fighters:
Heavyweight: Haye (26-2, 24 knockouts), the magazine’s No. 3-rated contender, announced he had shoulder surgery and that for the second time he was pulling out of the fight with No. 6-rated Tyson Fury. Since Haye has been inactive since July 2012 he will be dropped from the ratings. Everyone rated from No. 4 to No. 10 will move up one spot and Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) will enter at No. 10.
Super middleweight: No. 1-rated Carl Froch’s fight with George Groves (19-1, 15 KOs), rated No. 5, was a thriller with Groves dropping Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) in the first round. Most observers felt that Groves was winning after eight rounds. However, referee John Howard Foster stopped the fight in the ninth round when Froch had Groves pinned against the ropes. Again, most observers felt that the stoppage was premature. Two ways to look at it. Some felt that Froch came on and that this was the beginning of the end for Groves. Others felt that Groves was not hurt although he was covering up in that flurry with no answered punches. It took Froch several rounds to fully recover from the heavy knock down in the first round so why not give Groves the same opportunity since Groves was not hurt. Froch will remain at No. 1. Groves will remain at No. 5.
Welterweight: Manny Pacquaio (55-5-2, 38 KOs), rated No. 3, won by a wide 12-round decision over Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs), rated No. 7 (at junior welterweight), in Macau, China. Pacquaio out-boxed Rios for most of the fight and overwhelmed Rios with his hand speed, angles and in/out aggression. No change in the ratings.
Featherweight: No. 6-rated Evgeny Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs) stopped former beltholder Billy Dib (36-3, 21 KOs), No. 7, in the ninth round. Based on the performances of these fighters in this fight the following changes in the ratings are:
1. Chris John , 48-0-3, 22 KOs
2. Jhonny Gonzalez, 55-8, 47 KOs
3. Orlando Salido, 40-12-2, 28 KOs
4. Abner Mares, 26-1-1, 14 KOs
5. Evgeny Gradovich, 18-0, 9 KOs
6. Daniel Ponce De Leon, 45-5, 35 KOs
7. Nicholas Walters, 23-0, 19 KOS
8. Billy Dib, 36-3, 21 KOs
9. Javier Fortuna, 22-0-1, 16 KOs
10. Nonito Donaire, 32-2, 21 KOs
Super Bantamweight: Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KOs), rated No. 7, stayed active breezing past Diego Silva (29-3, 15 KOs), unrated , winning by TKO in the second round. No change.
Bantamweight: Jamie McDonnell (22-2-1, 10 KOs), rated No. 7, stopped Bernard Inom (24-7-2, 15 KOs), unrated, by TKO in seven. No change.