After a busy weekend, capped off by "Canelo" Alvarez's defeat of Miguel Cotto, The Ring has updated its official rankings and, in addition to installing Alvarez as their middleweight champ, has also laid the smack down on two of its now-former beltholders.
Citing the fact that neither has faced a top-ranked opponent in the last two years, "The Bible of Boxing" has stripped light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
Sergey Kovalev and his promoters, Main Events, were, of course, very gracious about the former.
Life happens. #PaperChamp— Sergey Kovalev (@KrusherKovalev) November 24, 2015
Hey @AdonisSuperman, heard you lost your @ringmagazine belt. There's only one way to get it back... pic.twitter.com/G2ijtqq9Su— Main Events (@Main_Events) November 24, 2015
Adonis Stevenson has not fought a top 5 fighter (in any weight class) in over two years. Let that sink in. #STRIPPED https://t.co/5Mk7YRBTSO— Main Events (@Main_Events) November 24, 2015
Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO) hasn't had the worst schedule in the world, but it's been a bit tepid since beating Chad Dawson, Tavoris Cloud, and Tony Bellew in 2013. In his last three fights, he's defeated Tommy Karpency, Sakio Bika, and Dmitry Sukhotsky, who, while not chumps, don't really measure up to Kovalev's own matchups against Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.
Hernandez (29-1, 14 KO) has been ravaged by injuries since his two wins over Steve Cunningham, fighting just twice since 2012. He's reportedly said that he's retiring, though his team has not confirmed.