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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Dec. 17, 2019): Teofimo Lopez makes huge statement, Bud Crawford holds tight

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Teofimo Lopez and Terence Crawford both won title fights, but it was Lopez with the biggest showing of the week.

Terence Crawford v Egidijus Kavaliauskas Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Rankings will be posted each Tuesday at Noon ET.

This week’s ranked fights:

  • Cruiserweight: (6) Denis Lebedev vs Thabiso Mchunu, Dec. 21
  • Middleweight: (3) Daniel Jacobs vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr [super middleweight], Dec. 20
  • Middleweight: (7) Ryota Murata vs Steven Butler, Dec. 23
  • Junior Middleweight: (5) Tony Harrison vs (6) Jermell Charlo, Dec. 21
  • Junior Welterweight: (4) Maurice Hooker vs Uriel Perez [welterweight], Dec. 20
  • Featherweight: (8) Jhack Tepora vs Oscar Escandon, Dec. 21
  • Junior Bantamweight: (10) Aston Palicte vs Crison Omayao, Dec. 21
  • Junior Bantamweight: (6) Roman Gonzalez vs Diomel Diocos, Dec. 23
  • Flyweight: (4) Julio Cesar Martinez vs (8) Cristofer Rosales, Dec. 20
  • Flyweight: (2) Moruti Mthalane vs Akira Yaegashi, Dec. 23
  • Junior Flyweight: (1) Ken Shiro vs Randy Petalcorin, Dec. 23

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


Upcoming Fights: (8) Jose Uzcategui vs Lionell Thompson [light heavyweight], Dec. 28 ... (4) Caleb Plant vs TBA, Feb. 15


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


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 ... (2) Jarrett Hurds vs Francisco Santana, Jan. 25


Notes: Crawford won again, as expected. Listen I enjoyed his fight with Egidijus Kavaliauskas from an entertainment standpoint, “Mean Machine” gave it a real go, won the second and third rounds, should’ve had a knockdown awarded in the third. But in the end it wound up the Crawford romp expected, basically. By the fifth round he had the fight figured out and fully in hand. By the seventh he essentially had it won. In the ninth it ended. It was surprising to see Kavaliauskas win rounds in the moment, but if before the fight someone said, “Kavaliauskas will win two rounds of this fight,” you probably wouldn’t have thought of that as some grand achievement and/or reason to be concerned about ol’ Bud. But Crawford stays No. 2 here, although the No. 1 guy is on the shelf for however long. We have a new entrant in Vergil Ortiz Jr, the blue chipper who thrashed another solid veteran on Friday, wrapping up a very good year. I know Ortiz’ wins over Mauricio Herrera, Antonio Orozco, and Brad Solomon aren’t crazy great, but yes, a lot of things in these rankings are eye test-based. And at any rate, who’s résumé is so much better? Abdukakhorov’s isn’t. David Avanesyan’s isn’t. I dropped Amir Khan, a guy I can’t imagine lasting past five or six with Ortiz, and one who seems increasingly disinterested in participating in boxing anyway. Once I saw him show up to Ruiz-Joshua II looking like this I was about done:

2020 has the potential to be a big, strong year in this division, or it could be a monumental disappointment where nothing much happens.

Upcoming Fights: (6) Danny Garcia vs Ivan Redkach, Jan. 25


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


Notes: Obviously we had a massive statement made by Teofimo Lopez this week; nobody other than him should be ranked No. 2 in this division after his second round wipeout of the very credible, very tough Richard Commey. I did some reshuffling here, too. Devin Haney, despite being on the shelf and no longer being recognized as the active WBC titleholder, moves up to No. 3 for me, because while Campbell, Commey, and even Fortuna and Barthelemy are fine veteran boxers, I wouldn’t pick any of them to beat him heads-up at this point, and none of them have so many great wins, particularly at 135, that their résumé is some big trump card to play. But I’ll say that the 3-7 group here is pretty tight and I wouldn’t argue with any order of them, really.

Upcoming Fights: (9) Jorge Linares vs TBA, Feb. 8 ... (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (2) Teofimo Lopez, TBA ... (4) Luke Campbell vs (6) Javier Fortuna, TBA ... (10) Lee Selby vs Francesco Patera, TBA


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


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


Upcoming Fights: TBA


Upcoming Fights: TBA


Upcoming Fights: (10) Aston Palicte vs Crison Omayao, Dec. 21 ... (6) Roman Gonzalez vs Diomel Diocos, Dec. 23 ... (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