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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Nov. 19, 2019): Goulamirian, Moloney twins hold after expected wins

There wasn’t a lot going on this past week, but a few fights of note went down.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rankings will be posted each Tuesday at Noon ET.

This week’s ranked fights:

  • Heavyweight: (2) Deontay Wilder vs (6) Luis Ortiz, Nov. 23
  • Super Middleweight: (1) Callum Smith vs (9) John Ryder, Nov. 23
  • Super Featherweight: (4) Andrew Cancio vs Rene Alvarado, Nov. 23
  • Featherweight: (1) Leo Santa Cruz vs Miguel Flores [super featherweight], Nov. 23
  • Featherweight: (8) Xu Can vs Manny Robles III, Nov. 23
  • Super Bantamweight: (9) Brandon Figueroa vs Julio Ceja, Nov. 23
  • Bantamweight: (2) Luis Nery vs (6) Emmanuel Rodriguez, Nov. 23
  • Super Flyweight: (10) Alejandro Santiago vs Roberto Sanchez [bantamweight], Nov. 22

Upcoming Fights: (2) Deontay Wilder vs (6) Luis Ortiz, Nov. 23 ... (3) Andy Ruiz Jr vs (4) Anthony Joshua, Dec. 7 ... (7) Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter, Dec. 7 ... (1) Tyson Fury vs (2) Deontay Wilder, Feb. 22

Notes: Goulamirian retained his WBA title with a fourth round stoppage win over non-contender Kane Watts on Saturday in Paris. Watts was previously best-known for being dominated by Danny Green in 2016, which was really the only noteworthy fight of his career before this one. Goulamirian’s status as WBA “super world” champion is an odd one even by WBA standards, as he was elevated basically from interim title status to “super world” status without actually doing anything at all. Now that Denis Lebedev is back I keep expecting the WBA to tinker and demote Goulamirian to “world” status ahead of Lebedev’s Dec. 21 fight with Thabiso Mchunu.

Upcoming Fights: (6) Denis Lebedev vs Thabiso Mchunu, Dec. 21 ... (1) Mairis Briedis vs (2) Yuniel Dorticos, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (6) Jean Pascal vs (8) Badou Jack, Dec. 28 ... (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Meng Fanlong, TBA

Notes: Fielding got back into action with an easy two-round win over someone named Abdallah Paziwapazi, which was Rocky’s first fight since Canelo Alvarez beat his body into a quick submission 11 months ago.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Callum Smith vs (9) John Ryder, Nov. 23 ... (6) Chris Eubank Jr vs Matt Korobov [middleweight], Dec. 7 ... (4) Caleb Plant vs Alfredo Angulo, Feb. 15

Upcoming Fights: (6) Jermall Charlo vs Dennis Hogan, Dec. 7 ... (9) Matt Korobov vs Chris Eubank Jr, Dec. 7 ... (3) Daniel Jacobs vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr [super middleweight], Dec. 20 ... (7) Ryota Murata vs Steven Butler, Dec. 23

Upcoming Fights: (8) Dennis Hogan vs Jermall Charlo [middleweight], Dec. 7 ... (5) Tony Harrison vs (6) Jermell Charlo, Dec. 21 ... (1) Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario, Jan. 18

Upcoming Fights: (2) Terence Crawford vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Dec. 14 ... (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (6) Danny Garcia, TBA

Notes: Troyanovsky returned pretty quietly on Saturday in Russia, beating Czech club fighter Josef Zahradnik by wide decision to win the prestigious Eurasian Boxing Parliament title. You may remember Zahradnik from April, when he lost to Conor Benn on the Allen-Browne card in London. He’s a tough guy but not very good. But the win is Troyanovsky’s first fight since his Oct. 2018 loss to Kiryl Relikh, and keeps him in the mix at 140.

Upcoming Fights: (4) Maurice Hooker vs Pedro Campa [welterweight], Dec. 20 ... (2) Jose Ramirez vs (6) Viktor Postol, Feb. 1

Upcoming Fights: (2) Richard Commey vs (6) Teofimo Lopez, Dec. 14 ... (3) Luke Campbell vs TBA, Dec. 20

Notes: This is kind of a pointless stand to take, but the rule I have is that we list the WBC, IBF, WBO, and WBA titleholders. The WBA often makes this difficult as they tend to have a “super world” and “world” titleholder in a division. In this case, we list only the “super world” guy unless there isn’t one, then we list the “world” guy. Gervonta Davis has officially vacated his WBA “super world” title, and I should’ve been listing “world” titleholder Andrew Cancio as WBA champ, but I didn’t because it was already decided that the “super world” title would be contested between Leo Santa Cruz and Miguel Flores. But I’m going to at least give Cancio this one week with the listing by his name, because the situation he’s in is bullshit. He’s the guy fighting a mandatory challenger this week. And the title he won should’ve been the “super world” title in the first place but the WBA got fancy and plugged Davis in there instead of Alberto Machado. Next week either Santa Cruz or Flores will be ranked here and have the “WBA” on their line, but Cancio deserves to be acknowledged right now.

Upcoming Fights: (4) Andrew Cancio vs Rene Alvarado, Nov. 23 ... (2) Gervonta Davis vs Yuriorkis Gamboa [lightweight], Dec. 28

Notes: Again, this division’s about to have a lot of changes. Santa Cruz is going up to 130 this weekend, and Valdez next weekend. At the Dec. 2 rankings, we’re going to have Shakur Stevenson at No. 3 with his best wins being Joet Gonzalez and Christopher Diaz. Boxing is wild. (If you’re wondering why Santa Cruz is still listed as WBA champion here, it’s because he hasn’t yet officially vacated. He may be hedging his bets on that move to 130. If he doesn’t feel good there, he could come back down with a belt still in hand.)

Upcoming Fights: (1) Leo Santa Cruz vs Miguel Flores [super featherweight], Nov. 23 ... (8) Xu Can vs Manny Robles III, Nov. 23 ... (4) Oscar Valdez vs Andres Gutierrez [super featherweight], Nov. 30 ... (5) Carl Frampton vs Tyler McCreary, Nov. 30 ... (9) Kid Galahad vs Claudio Marrero, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (9) Brandon Figueroa vs Julio Ceja, Nov. 23 ... (3) Emanuel Navarrete vs Francisco Horta, Dec. 7 ... (4) Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Liborio Solis [bantamweight], Dec. 21

Notes: Moloney looked fine beating the crap out of a hapless Dixon Flores on Friday in Australia.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Luis Nery vs (6) Emmanuel Rodriguez, Nov. 23 ... (5) Zolani Tete vs John Riel Casimero, Nov. 30

Notes: Moloney had a much tougher time than his brother on Friday, but got the job done against an incredibly tough Elton Dharry. Santiago’s officially moving up to bantamweight this weekend by fighting for minor belt there, so we’ll have someone new next week.

Upcoming Fights: (10) Alejandro Santiago vs Roberto Sanchez [bantamweight], Nov. 22 ... (5) Jerwin Ancajas vs Miguel Gonzalez, Dec. 7 ... (4) Kazuto Ioka vs Jeyvier Cintron, Dec. 31

Upcoming Fights: (4) Julio Cesar Martinez vs (8) Cristofer Rosales, Dec. 20 ... (2) Moruti Mthalane vs Akira Yaegashi, Dec. 23

Upcoming Fights: (1) Ken Shiro vs (5) Felix Alvarado, Dec. 23

Upcoming Fights: TBA

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