Plenty of movement after a super busy and eventful weekend in boxing, so let's get to it.
Dereck Chisora is in at No. 10, with former No. 7 Robert Helenius dropping out. I know, I know. Helenius "won." But I felt this was no less a robbery than Paul Williams "beating" Erislandy Lara, and the decision was made then to give Williams zero credit just for getting a bogus +1 in his W column. Helenius gets the same. If you didn't think that fight was a robbery, that's cool -- for one thing, it's just web site rankings, and for another thing, I guess I don't much mind people who are OK with watching rubbish and shrugging their shoulders. Chisora clearly won. It's not even kind of a question.
[ Related: Chisora Robbed in Finland ]
Alexander Povetkin makes no move from No. 5. It's not that he looked bad on Saturday or anything, but end of the day, it was still just Cedric Boswell, and while he may indeed be better than Chris Arreola, and may indeed win that fight, I'm still not sold on the amateur star whose pro career has basically been in one gear forever.
[ Related: Povetkin Knocks Out Boswell ]
Two guys dropped out this week: Danny Green fell out due to losing, and I'd had Troy Ross in past his one-year inactivity expiration date. The latter is just my mistake, but when you get Lateef Kayode in at No. 10, big deal. Oh well.
Replacing Green is Alexander Alexeev at No. 9.
WBC titlist Krzysztof Wlodarczyk moves up two spots from No. 6 to take Ross' old place at No. 4, too. He looked better beating Green on Wednesday in Australia than he's looked in a long time, largely dominating the fight, outboxing Green, and knocking him out.
[ Related: Wlodarczyk Stops Green in Australia ]
This is quickly turning into a tough division to rank. There's Sergio Martinez and then everyone else all bunched together. I'd like to drop Felix Sturm a little for being so vulnerable, but where? Behind Dmitry Pirog? Maybe Pirog beats him, but maybe not. The division is The Sergio Show.
[ Related: Sturm Draws With Martin Murray ]
I've done some shuffling here, and this is the new top five:
- Miguel Cotto
- Canelo Alvarez
- Austin Trout
- Carlos Molina
- Erislandy Lara
Antonio Margarito is out, and so is Pawel Wolak. Delvin Rodriguez and Cornelius Bundrage are in at Nos. 8 and 9, with Vanes Martirosyan slipping to No. 10. This remains, as it has been for a good while now, a division where nobody is too far ahead of anyone else.
Mike Jones moves from No. 9 to No. 7 after his easy win against Sebastian Lujan on Saturday. It's not that Mike Jones is incredibly impressive or anything, but this division is just starting to barely become truly strong again. The incoming influx of talent from 140 should make the division legit exciting in 2012.
[ Related: Jones Cruises Past Lujan ]
Abner Mares solidifies his position at No. 2, which is really No. 1 as Nonito Donaire will be going to 122 in early 2012. Anselmo Moreno and Joseph Agbeko switch places, with Moreno up to No. 3. Vic Darchinyan stays at No. 5 after Saturday, despite a wide loss to Moreno.
[ Related: Mares, Moreno Win in Anaheim ]
Extra Note: I'm leaving Brandon Rios at No. 2 in the lightweight division, but he'll be moving up with his next fight. With Marquez saying it's Pacquiao or retirement, and Rios on his way out, the functional No. 1 lightweight in the world is either Miguel Vazquez or Antonio DeMarco.
Ranked Fighters in Action This Week
Junior Welterweight: No. 2 Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO) vs No. 5 Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO)
Super Featherweight: No. 8 Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KO) vs Miguel Beltran Jr (26-1, 17 KO)
Bantamweight: No. 7 Koki Kameda (26-1, 16 KO) vs Mario Macias (23-7, 11 KO)
Flyweight: No. 4 Giovani Segura (28-1-1, 24 KO) vs No. 6 Brian Viloria (29-3, 16 KO)
Flyweight: No. 7 Rocky Fuentes (29-6-2, 17 KO) vs Lookdiaw Tor Buamas (7-2, 4 KO)