It's Monday, so that means it's time to update the Bad Left Hook weekly boxing rankings. Let's just jump into it, because there's a lot to discuss. We'll just go into the divisions with changes, from heaviest to lightest.
Librado Andrade drops from No. 6 to out of the rankings after a tough loss to Aaron Pryor Jr. on Solo Boxeo Tecate this past Friday. Though this division is considered loaded, and there's a lot of talent, a replacement wasn't easy. Here were the candidates.
- Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KO): Pavlik was the first choice, and if he'd looked better on Saturday night I'd have gone with him. But he really had just one excellent round to close the fight. Maybe when he shakes the ring rust, if that's the only problem.
- Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-3, 11 KO): He fought well against Andrade, but Andrade isn't that hard to beat, just hard to hurt. Pryor might have garnered stronger consideration, if not for a recent loss to...
- Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KO): I like "La Bomba," but top 10 already? He's not even THAT good of a prospect. So, OK, a better prospect. How about...
- George Groves (12-0, 10 KO): Ah, but Groves has a May 21 fight against an even better prospect named...
- James DeGale (10-0, 8 KO): And maybe the DeGale-Groves winner will take the spot after next week, but we'll wait and see how both look. So for now, I just went with...
- Thomas Oosthuizen (14-0-1, 11 KO): Because to hell with it. He might just be here a week anyway. And no, I'm not convinced that right now Kelly Pavlik, former middleweight champ or not, would beat any of these guys if they fought on Saturday night.
After the jump: How far did Shane Mosley slide? Where does Jorge Arce enter at 122 pounds?
Pavlik (previously No. 3) is out with the move to super middleweight now official. Daniel Geale comes in at No. 6 after beating Sebastian Sylvester on Saturday. Sylvester (previously No. 8) is out, with Darren Barker coming in at No. 10 to replace him. I didn't think Barker looked great in his comeback, but he had more than one round against Domenico Spada where it was clear that he was mostly battling ring rust.
I did a little shuffling here. I brought up Jan Zaveck from No. 8 to No. 5, because I was probably underrating what is, in fact, a solid fighter if not spectacular.
Shane Mosley's one week at No. 2 is over, and he looked so bad -- and has looked so bad for three straight fights -- that I couldn't just drop him a little. Mosley, 39, is now No. 6, and hopefully he won't go for any chances to up his stock. The new top five at 147 pounds is Manny Pacquiao, Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, Kell Brook and Jan Zaveck. This is an awful weight class.
Takalani Ndlovu falls out, through no fault of his own. He can thank the resurgent Jorge Arce for that. Now 31 and fighting at 122 pounds, Arce's big win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vaults him into the rankings at No. 5, still behind Japan's big three of Nishioka, Shimoda and Lee, and Thailand's Poonsawat. Vazquez slips only to No. 6 -- I thought he fought pretty well overall and was perfectly competitive, just got beaten by a guy who refused to lose or even back up a step. Welcome back, Jorge.