Rankings will be posted Tuesdays at Noon ET.
This week’s ranked fights:
None. Carl Frampton was supposed to fight, but then a pillar fell on him.
Notes: Kownacki won on the weekend, beating Chris Arreola by decision. Kownacki won nine of the 12 rounds on my card, and I thought overall he was fine, but it was a fight that showcased his fairly low ceiling, too — I thought about putting Oscar Rivas back in, because of the cloud over Rivas’ loss to Whyte, but other than a win over Bryant Jennings, what has Rivas really done? I just couldn’t make a compelling enough case to myself, I guess. But realistically, the last four slots, maybe five, are just kinda waiting for some new blood to come along. Kownacki could qualify for “new blood,” sure, but he looks in all reality to be a new version of Arreola. That’s fine, Arreola was a top 10 guy at his best, too, and literally no division is stacked 1-10 with elite fighters, but the heavyweights get more attention than the super featherweights, for instance, so more people care about a lack of depth here than they do the smaller weights. All things equal, the Pulev through Kownacki spots here are no worse than the Masayuki Ito through Alberto Machado spots at 130, but it is what it is. Life’s unfair. We also got news on the two non-Love Island Furys, as Hughie will face Alexander Povetkin on Aug. 31 and it looks like Tyson will rob ESPN for another payday in September against Otto Wallin.
Upcoming Fights: (8) Alexander Povetkin vs Hughie Fury, Aug. 31 ... (2) Deontay Wilder vs (6) Luis Ortiz, TBA ... (3) Andy Ruiz Jr vs (4) Anthony Joshua, TBA ... (1) Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (2) Mairis Briedis vs (4) Yuniel Dorticos, TBA
Notes: WELL HERE’S A SITUATION. Last week I didn’t think Jean Pascal was one of the 10 best at 175. I didn’t have him far out — top 15 at the worst — but now here he is No. 5. Do I think he’s the fifth-best light heavyweight in the world? No. Would I put a bet on him beating anyone 6-10? No. Would I bet on him beating Callum Johnson, who falls off the list with Pascal’s new ranking? No — I mean, I think he might be able to, sure, but I wouldn’t put a dime on it because I’d have no real confidence of it. BUT! He beat Marcus Browne on Saturday. It was a goofy win, a fluky sort of win, where he lost five of seven completed rounds, got the nod in a half-round, and scored three knockdowns of Browne to tip the scores a point in his favor. But it’s a legitimate win. So goofy or fluky or whatever, he won, he beat the guy, and while the cut that caused the early end to the fight wasn’t Browne’s fault, the three knockdowns were. You match them up again and I think Browne beats him. But they did it, and by hook or crook, he didn’t. So yeah, here’s Jean Pascal, top five light heavyweight again. Welcome back, you weird SOB.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde, Aug. 24 ... (1) Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs (4) Artur Beterbiev, Oct. 18
Upcoming Fights: (8) Caleb Truax vs Peter Quillin, Aug. 31 ... (2) David Benavidez vs (4) Anthony Dirrell, Sept. 28
Notes: Last week at this time, it appeared we were headed for Canelo-Derevyanchenko in the fall, probably in October. Now not so much, as the deal didn’t get done, Canelo has been stripped of the IBF title, and now it looks like we’ll get Canelo-TBA and Golovkin-Derevyanchenko this fall instead. Hey, remember three months ago when Canelo unified three of the four major titles at 160 and the talk was him doing a full unification? Well if arguably the biggest star in boxing can’t maneuver sanctioning body politics, who really can for any length of meaningful time? Alvarez is now down to one belt, as the WBC “elevated” him “beyond” their world title, and the IBF have stripped him. The WBC thing is just goofy, but the IBF thing seems like a real failure on someone’s part, either Canelo’s, Golden Boy’s, or Canelo’s and Golden Boy’s.
Upcoming Fights: (7) Ryota Murata vs (8) Rob Brant, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (3) Erislandy Lara vs Ramon Alvarez, Aug. 31
Notes: There’s a fight this coming Saturday between red-hot prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr and Antonio Orozco on DAZN. If Ortiz is really impressive again, I’m gonna have a hard think on ranking him, maybe, at least if it appears he’s staying at 147 and not going to go back to 140. It’s not like Kudratillo Abdukakhorov and Amir Khan are doing anything special.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Errol Spence Jr vs (4) Shawn Porter, Sept. 28
Upcoming Fights: (1) Regis Prograis vs (2) Josh Taylor, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (3) Luke Campbell, Aug. 31 ... (9) Devin Haney vs (10) Zaur Abdullaev, Sept. 14 ... (2) Richard Commey vs (8) Teofimo Lopez, TBA
Upcoming Fights: None
Notes: Oscar Valdez vacated the WBO title this week instead of facing mandatory challenger Shakur Stevenson, intending to move to 130. But Valdez will stay parked here until he does move up.
Upcoming Fights: (10) Jessie Magdaleno vs Rafael Rivera, Aug. 17 ... (2) Josh Warrington vs TBA, Oct. 12
Upcoming Fights: (3) Emanuel Navarrete vs Francisco De Vaca, Aug. 17 ... (9) Brandon Figueroa vs Javier Nicolas Chacon, Aug. 24 ... (2) Daniel Roman vs Murodjon Akhmadaliev, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (1) Naoya Inoue vs (3) Nonito Donaire, TBA ... (6) Nordine Oubaali vs (9) Takuma Inoue, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs Dewayne Beamon, Aug. 24
Upcoming Fights: (1) Kosei Tanaka vs Jonathan Gonzalez, Aug. 24 ... (4) Charlie Edwards vs (5) Julio Cesar Martinez, Aug. 31
Upcoming Fights: None
Notes: Knockout CP Freshmart won a technical decision over the weekend. Knockout has now won one of his last nine fights by knockout.
Upcoming Fights: (3) Vic Saludar vs Wilfredo Mendez, Aug. 24 ... (9) Sammy Salva vs Pedro Taduran, Sept. 7