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Boxing rankings update, July 2013: Four new No. 1's, Broner moves in at 147

There are four new top-ranked boxers in the BLH Boxing Rankings for July, and Adrien Broner has abandoned his post at 135 to get into the mix at 147.

Al Bello

We've got four new top-ranked boxers over the divisions, and a couple fighters moving into new spots at new weights. Let's skim over some of this stuff as I maybe make some sleep-deprived jokes or whatever the hell else I might start talking about here, I don't know.

Full rankings can be viewed here. As always, they are a collaboration between myself and Ryan Bivins, and Ryan does not necessarily agree with anything I say in this post.

The New Top Dogs

Marco Huck, Cruiserweight

Huck (36-2-1, 25 KO) firmly moves into the top spot thanks to his win over Ola Afolabi, who kept emerging from our cruiserweight jumble into the No. 1 spot in prior rankings. Huck looks vulnerable in just about every fight, which makes him a lot of fun, and he doesn't really duck challenges, which also makes him a lot of fun. You could argue for Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the No. 1 guy, but Huck has our vote.

Bernard Hopkins, Light Heavyweight

Adonis Stevenson knocked out the former No. 1 in 76 seconds, and that guy (Chad Dawson) beat Hopkins last year, but boxing being how it is, and rankings being what they are, Hopkins edges Stevenson to move up to No. 1 in our new rankings, with Adonis coming in at No. 2, ahead of Sergey Kovalev, Nathan Cleverly, and Dawson rounding out the top five. Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO) has his own good win this year over formerly unbeaten titlist Tavoris Cloud. Would you have gone with Stevenson over B-Hop, or does Bernard's track record and longevity earn him the top spot for you, too? This one is definitely open for discussion, I think.

Miguel Vazquez, Lightweight

Miguel Vazquez is the new top-ranked lightweight because Adrien Broner left the division.

Katsunari Takayama, Strawweight

Nkosinathi Joyi drops after his loss to Hekkie Budler, who jumps from No. 8 to No. 3. I don't know fuck all about this division, really. I mean, I know a little, but it's so little that I have Ryan do this entire division by himself. If you have strawweight questions, direct them to Ryan.

Movin' On Up

Adrien Broner debuts in the welterweight rankings at No. 8 following his WBA title win over Paulie Malignaggi on June 22. Marcos Maidana is also in at No. 9 following his win over Josesito Lopez. Should Broner be higher? Do you think he really should be here at all?

Yuriorkis Gamboa is in at No. 7 in the lightweight division, which is a division he could certainly take over on talent if he feels like it, or if he can actually get a good fight with that promoter of his.

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