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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Dec. 10, 2019): Anthony Joshua reestablishes himself at heavyweight

Anthony Joshua isn’t quite back on top, but he’s got some mojo back after his rematch victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2 - Clash on the Dunes, IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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:

  • Welterweight: (2) Terence Crawford vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Dec. 14
  • Lightweight: (2) Richard Commey vs (6) Teofimo Lopez, Dec. 14

Notes: Joshua getting the three belts back from Ruiz on Saturday maybe wasn’t emphatic, but it was a decisive victory. But I couldn’t find any great way to drop Ruiz further than one spot down. He did still beat Joshua in June, emphatically, and while he showed up for the rematch not even really giving himself much chance, the group below don’t have easy arguments for jumping over him. Dillian Whyte also fought Saturday, also wasn’t in very good shape, and didn’t exactly have an easy time with Mariusz Wach. Ortiz? Maybe, his only losses are to Wilder, but his best wins aren’t a ton to get excited about, either. Povetkin drew with Michael Hunter, a fight good enough to keep Povetkin where he was, but not so good as to move Hunter into the top 10. Heavyweight, in a change of pace from the recent era, has more good fighters than just a top 10. It’s a nice little period. Maybe you’d put Hunter in and Usyk, who beat Hunter at cruiserweight, out. Maybe you’d have Adam Kownacki in ahead of either. Ruiz’ story going forward is going to be an interesting one; he really could go one of two ways, depending on his dedication to the sport from here.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Tyson Fury vs (2) Deontay Wilder, Feb. 22

Upcoming Fights: (6) Denis Lebedev vs Thabiso Mchunu, Dec. 21 ... (9) Arsen Goulamirian vs Constantin Bejenaru, Dec. 28

Upcoming Fights: (6) Jean Pascal vs (8) Badou Jack, Dec. 28 ... (8) Eleider Alvarez vs Michael Seals, Jan. 18 ... (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Meng Fanlong, TBA

Notes: With Chris Eubank Jr moving back down to middleweight, we had a vacancy, now filled by former titleholder Fedor Chudinov, who is on a seven-fight win streak. It’s not the most impressive seven-fight win streak, but this isn’t the most impressive division, either.

Upcoming Fights: (8) Jose Uzcategui vs Lionell Thompson [light heavyweight], Dec. 28 ... (2) David Benavidez vs Avni Yildirim, Jan. 25 ... (4) Caleb Plant vs Alfredo Angulo, Feb. 15

Notes: No movement for Jermall Charlo for his win over Dennis Hogan; not a bad win or anything, and he did the job in style, but Hogan just wasn’t a good enough opponent to bump him up, though that’s coming shortly anyway with Daniel Jacobs leaving the division. Eubank moves in at No. 9 with Korobov slipping to No. 10 after their ill-fated matchup. Maciej Sulecki falls out. It’s a weird thing to move Eubank in on an injury victory over Korobov where the fight had barely begun, or to move Korobov down, or have Sulecki lose a spot, but it’s not like Korobov (0-2-1 in his last three) or Sulecki (2-2 in his last four) were exactly holding those spots with an iron grip, either.

Upcoming Fights: (3) Daniel Jacobs vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr [super middleweight], Dec. 20 ... (7) Ryota Murata vs Steven Butler, Dec. 23

Notes: Dennis Hogan drops out after his move up and loss to Jermall Charlo, and Patrick Teixeira, WBO titleholder, is in at No. 10. Munguia will be out in about a month, too, and we’ve got Harrison-Charlo II coming up, which will shake things up a bit — if Charlo gets the duke in good fashion, he could honestly move up as high as No. 2, because that loss to Harrison was plenty questionable enough and he’d be an undefeated titleholder otherwise. But we’ll cross that bridge in a couple weeks.

Upcoming Fights: (5) Tony Harrison vs (6) Jermell Charlo, Dec. 21 ... (7) Jaime Munguia vs Gary O’Sullivan [middleweight], Jan. 11 ... (1) Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario, Jan. 18

Upcoming Fights: (2) Terence Crawford vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Dec. 14 ... (6) Danny Garcia vs Ivan Redkach, Jan. 25

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

Upcoming Fights: (2) Gervonta Davis vs Yuriorkis Gamboa [lightweight], Dec. 28

Upcoming Fights: (8) Jhack Tepora vs Oscar Escandon, Dec. 21

Notes: Navarrete ended his year with another win, another easy win, this one over Francisco Horta down in Mexico. Iwasa scored a very solid win over Marlon Tapales, and switched spots here with Isaac Dogboe, who will be moving up to featherweight at some point anyway.

Upcoming Fights: (4) Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Liborio Solis [bantamweight], Dec. 21

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Notes: Ancajas picked up another predictable win on Saturday in Puebla, stopping Miguel Gonzalez in six. Ancajas is a good fighter, but his 2019 was spent trying to rehab his image a bit with a pair of tailor-made opponents, after a rocky 2018 where he didn’t look good against Jonas Sultan or Alejandro Santiago.

Upcoming Fights: (10) Aston Palicte vs Crison Omayao, Dec. 21 ... (6) Roman Gonzalez vs Diomel Diocos ... (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 ... (1) Kosei Tanaka vs Wulan Tuolehazi, Dec. 31

Upcoming Fights: (1) Ken Shiro vs Randy Petalcorin, Dec. 23

Upcoming Fights: TBA

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