No big upsets and not many big fights leads to a quiet month for boxing ranking movement here at BLH, as myself and Ryan Bivins have come up with little to adjust since the July rankings.
There are a few minor movements, so let's note those. For the full rankings, click here.
Dereck Chisora is back in at No. 10 following his win over Malik Scott. Controversy or not, Chisora (17-4, 11 KO) did appear to be taking over the fight, and he's put himself back into the discussion. He replaces Mike Perez, whose moment in the rankings comes to a default end.
Another return, as Juergen Brahermer is in at No. 10 to replace Denis Grachev, who got stopped in one round in a catchweight bout against Edwin Rodriguez. Braehmer was supposed to be fighting Nathan Cleverly, but, erm, that hasn't panned out, just like it didn't the first time they were supposed to fight. Instead, he'll defend his European title against Stefano Abatangelo on August 24, while Cleverly faces Sergey Kovalev the week before. I can only speak for myself here, but Braehmer is basically in by happenstance for me -- he's a good boxer and probably legitimately one of the best in this division, but if he's going to be fighting Tony Averlant and Stefano Abatangelo, then he's opening the path for someone else to get in.
Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KO) makes a big move, jumping from No. 9 to No. 6 after his destruction of Grachev in Monte Carlo. It was a catchweight bout, but Rodriguez is going to be back at 168, and the win was so impressive that there's no reason to not count it, rankings-wise. It was a statement win and allows him to leapfrog George Groves, Arthur Abraham, and the ever-sorta-present Andre Dirrell.
Minor stuff here, as nobody new is in, but there is a little reshuffling. Robert Guerrero (6) and Kell Brook (7) trade places, but the real mover is Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KO), who jumps from No. 10 to No. 8, trading places with Adrien Broner, who slips because of my adjusted ranking of him (both Ryan and I have Broner No. 10 in the division now). Thurman's win over Diego Chaves was the most impressive of his career thus far, showing he could adjust and do more than just seek-and-destroy.
Juan Carlos Burgos will tumble 4 ya, as he drops from No. 4 to No. 8 following a lightweight draw with Yakubu Amidu.
Javier Fortuna is out, replaced at No. 10 by Luis Franco, the man he drew with. Here's how this happened: Ryan had Franco at No. 9 and Fortuna at No. 10 this month, while I dropped Fortuna, and didn't rank Franco, instead putting Celestino Caballero in at No. 10. So Franco's No. 9 from Ryan outweighed Fortuna or Caballero, thus Franco is ranked. Such is life.
Tomoki Kameda is in at No. 5 with a bullet after his title-winning effort against Paulus Ambunda. I actually have Tomoki ahead of brother Koki now, because I think he's a better fighter and his clear win over Ambunda sort of trumps a lot of what Koki has done in recent bouts, but on averages, Koki holds on at No. 4. Tomoki, though, is clearly the Kameda brother to watch from here on. Daiki -- a solid fighter and former titlist himself -- is the "weak link" of the crew. They might not get American attention, but this is a really noteworthy fighting family. Ambunda drops from No. 6 to No. 10, with Pungluang Sor Singyu falling out of the rankings.
Really minor adjustment, as Luis Concepcion and Juan Carlos Reveco switch spots at 8-9.
Marcela Eliana Acuna is in at No. 8 after a win over Melissa Hernandez, with Yesica Patricia Marcos dropping out.