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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Sept. 3, 2019): Lomachenko confirms top spot at lightweight

Vasiliy Lomachenko is still the top dog at 135, and some minor movement elsewhere.

Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell - WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World 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 Tuesdays at Noon ET.

This week’s ranked fights:

Strawweight: (9) Sammy Salva vs Pedro Taduran, Sept. 7

Notes: Povetkin picked up another solid win on Saturday, and turned 40 on Monday. With a clean and clear decision victory over Hughie Fury, the Russian veteran proved that he’s for sure still solidly in the second tier of heavyweights, and there remains an outside chance of him still winning a legitimate world title, which despite a successful, long pro career, he hasn’t done (he did hold a WBA “secondary” belt from 2011-13). If Andy Ruiz Jr were to beat Anthony Joshua again in December, Povetkin could in time potentially find himself in with Ruiz for one of those three belts. Styles make fights, as you’ve been told and seen a billion times by now for sure, and Ruiz-Povetkin isn’t a bad style matchup for Povetkin at all. So he’s still in the race.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin, Sept. 14 ... (9) Joseph Parker vs Dereck Chisora, Oct. 26 ... (3) Andy Ruiz Jr vs (4) Anthony Joshua, Dec. 7 ... (2) Deontay Wilder vs (6) Luis Ortiz, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (1) Oleksandr Usyk vs TBA, Oct. 12 [heavyweight] ... (2) Mairis Briedis vs (4) Yuniel Dorticos, Dec. 4

Upcoming Fights: (3) Dmitry Bivol vs TBA, Oct. 12 ... (1) Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs (2) Artur Beterbiev, Oct. 18

Upcoming Fights: (5) Jose Uzcategui vs Denis Douglin, Sept. 21 ... (2) David Benavidez vs (4) Anthony Dirrell, Sept. 28 ... (1) Callum Smith vs (9) John Ryder, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs (5) Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Oct. 5 ... (1) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, Nov. 2

Notes: The PBC on FOX main event this past Saturday turned out to be an even bigger joke than might have been expected, as career mediocrity Ramon Alvarez was not only in a FOX main event for something the WBA called a “world title,” but he badly blew weight on Friday and then was thrashed in two rounds by Erislandy Lara, who clearly didn’t come to play games with Canelo’s brother. It keeps Lara right in the contending ranks at 154, and gives the Cuban his first win in nearly two years. This is a good division right now, but in kind of a holding pattern for the moment. Still, it looks like we’ll have Williams-Hurd II in December, we’ve got Munguia trying to make you forget his last fight in a couple weeks, Lara will have to fight Soro (supposedly), and Harrison and Charlo should eventually rematch.

Upcoming Fights: (7) Jaime Munguia vs Patrick Allotey, Sept. 14 ... (1) Julian Williams vs (2) Jarrett Hurd, Dec. 14

Upcoming Fights: (2) Errol Spence Jr vs (4) Shawn Porter, Sept. 28

Upcoming Fights: (9) Jose Zepeda vs Jose Pedraza, Sept. 14 ... (1) Regis Prograis vs (2) Josh Taylor, Oct. 26 ... (3) Jose Ramirez vs (6) Viktor Postol, Nov. 30

Note: Lomachenko did as Lomachenko does on Saturday, beating another good fighter with a decision win over Luke Campbell in London. Campbell, in my estimation, was a bit more competitive early on than the official scores might indicate, but Loma was clearly the superior fighter and routinely proved so over the second half of the fight. Still, I can’t really bring myself to downgrade Campbell much — he lost to Loma, which everyone expected he would, and while I don’t think he’d be a gimme winner over, say, Easter or Barthelemy or Fortuna or the rest of the guys below him, I’d favor him against anyone except maybe Teofimo or Haney, who are on the way up. Also worth noting that Jorge Linares is returning this Saturday in Japan, and it’s listed on BoxRec as a lightweight bout. If Linares does come back to 135 — which he probably should if he can still comfortably make the weight — he’s a potentially meaningful addition to the division, even at 34 and with his inconsistencies.

Upcoming Fights: (9) Devin Haney vs (10) Zaur Abdullaev, Sept. 13 ... (4) Jose Pedraza vs Jose Zepeda [junior welterweight], Sept. 14 ... (2) Richard Commey vs (8) Teofimo Lopez, Dec. 14

Upcoming Fights: (4) Andrew Cancio vs Rene Alvarado, TBA ... (5) Jamel Herring vs Lamont Roach Jr, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (2) Josh Warrington vs Sofiane Takoucht, Oct. 12 ... (7) Shakur Stevenson vs Joet Gonzalez, Oct. 26

Upcoming Fights: (2) Daniel Roman vs Murodjon Akhmadaliev, Sept. 13 ... (3) Emanuel Navarrete vs TBA, Sept. 14

Upcoming Fights: (1) Naoya Inoue vs (3) Nonito Donaire, Nov. 7 ... (6) Nordine Oubaali vs (9) Takuma Inoue, Nov. 7

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (6) Andrew Selby vs TBA, Sept. 13 ... (8) Muhammad Waseem vs TBA, Sept. 13 ... (4) Julio Cesar Martinez vs (5) Charlie Edwards, TBA

Notes: We had a weird one with Charlie Edwards and Julio Cesar Martinez on Saturday, but despite the no-contest result and the ordered rematch from the WBC, I can’t keep Edwards over Martinez after what we saw. Yeah, Martinez clearly fouled him, and the result is fair enough. But he was legitimately overwhelming Edwards and legitimately put him down. Edwards had no answers for Martinez’s aggression and power, and JCM may be really dangerous to anyone at this weight. Against Edwards, he was proving his win over Andrew Selby was no fluke.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Tetsuya Hisada, Oct. 1 ... (8) Milan Melindo vs Junto Nakatani [super flyweight], Oct. 5

Upcoming Fights: (9) Sammy Salva vs Pedro Taduran, Sept. 7

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