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Bad Left Hook Weekly Boxing Rankings for May 23: Hopkins Strengthens Grip on No. 1

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From entrance to final bell, it was Bernard Hopkins' night on Saturday. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
From entrance to final bell, it was Bernard Hopkins' night on Saturday. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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True story: I forgot it was Monday until just now.

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The Light Heavyweights

I had Bernard Hopkins ranked the No. 1 light heavyweight before this weekend, and he just strengthens that with the win over Jean Pascal. I also didn't drop Pascal from No. 2 -- he only lost to the top guy, and No. 3 is Chad Dawson, who wasn't that impressive against Adrian Diaconu, and you know, lost to Pascal in his previous fight. So I couldn't see jumping Dawson over a guy who beat him last August just because that guy lost to someone who's better than both of them. Diaconu, for the record, hangs on to his top ten ranking, sliding from eighth to ninth, flip-flopping with Karo Murat.

The Welterweights

Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO) returns to the rankings with his win over Calvin Green, not because he beat Calvin Green, but because before he went inactive he was ranked, and now that he's active, I think he deserves to reclaim his spot. Gomez comes in at No. 9, with Randall Bailey slipping to tenth spot, and Rafal Jackiewicz's short run in the top ten ending for now.

Not a lot coming up this weekend for ranked fighters since this is a traditional weekend off for American boxing, but Tony Thompson fights on Friday, as does Lukas Konecny, and Jorge Linares is in action on Saturday.