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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Oct. 19, 2020): Teofimo Lopez takes over the lightweight division

“The Takeover” has taken over at 135 and hit the P4P list, too.

Vasiliy Lomachenko v Teofimo Lopez Jr Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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Ranked fights this week:

  • Welterweight: (8) Sergey Lipinets vs Custio Clayton, Oct. 24
  • Junior Bantamweight: (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras, Oct. 23
  • Junior Bantamweight: (3) Roman Gonzalez vs Israel Gonzalez, Oct. 23
  • Flyweight: (2) Julio Cesar Martinez vs Moises Calleros, Oct. 23

Notes: You ever have those moments where something clicks for you? Some weeks back, after the Whyte-Povetkin fight, a few of you argued that I had Luis Ortiz too high, and that even with a loss to Povetkin, Whyte still should have been ranked ahead of the Cuban. I did consider it, but I kept it as was for the time being. Then Ortiz signed to fight Alexander Flores on Nov. 7 and it just fully crashed down on me, a wave of clarity. We all think Ortiz is at least pretty good and dangerous and all that, and I still do believe he’s largely been avoided, but at the same time, he’s not that avoided. He could’ve fought Anthony Joshua in 2019 but his team screwed it up. That’s not on him, maybe, but it is what it is. There was an offer there. And he’s 0-2 against Deontay Wilder, so he had those shots, too. Do you know who Luis Ortiz has actually beaten in the last five (5) years? Matias Vidondo, Bryant Jennings, a washed Tony Thompson, Malik Scott, Dave Allen, Daniel Martz, Razvan Cojanu, Travis Kauffman, and Christian Hammer. The best win there, by quite a bit, is Jennings. The second-best is an old Thompson or also-ran Hammer. Anyway, this is another of my re-thinking adjustments. Maybe it’s unfair to Ortiz, but he’s a 71-year-old man, he’ll get over it. I also jumped Dillian back over Pulev for the time being for similar reasons. Pulev can make his case Dec. 12 when he fights Anthony Joshua, and Whyte has Povetkin again on Nov. 21, so this will sort itself out. Except Ortiz, who can only beat Alexander Flores. If Usyk beats Chisora in good fashion, I’m probably putting him over Ortiz at that point, too.

Upcoming Fights: (10) Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora, Oct. 31 ... (9) Luis Ortiz vs Alexander Flores, Nov. 7 ... (5) Alexander Povetkin vs (6) Dillian Whyte, Nov. 21 ... (8) Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa, Dec. 11 ... (2) Anthony Joshua vs (7) Kubrat Pulev, Dec. 12

Upcoming Fights: (2) Krzysztof Glowacki vs (8) Lawrence Okolie, Dec. 12

Upcoming Fights: (7) Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan [cruiserweight], Nov. 28 ... (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Adam Deines, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (7) Daniel Jacobs vs Gabriel Rosado, Nov. 27

Upcoming Fights: (10) Jaime Munguia vs Tureano Johnson, Oct. 30 ... (4) Demetrius Andrade vs Dusty Hernandez Harrison [super middleweight], Nov. 27 ... (9) Matt Korobov vs Ronald Ellis, Nov. 28 ... (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, TBA

Notes: I said recently that if/when Kell Brook, previously No. 9 here, officially signed to move back to 147 for a fight with Terence Crawford, I’d probably take him out then, and Crawford-Brook is now officially on, so there’s no great point in Brook holding a spot here that he didn’t have much grip on anyway. The new ranked man is Erickson Lubin, who’s had a good rebound after his 2017 loss to Jermell Charlo, and he could easily slot as high as No. 8, it’s not like Soro and Teixeira have been doing blockbuster work, world title for Teixeira included.

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (8) Sergey Lipinets vs Custio Clayton, Oct. 24 ... (2) Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook, Nov. 14 ... (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (6) Danny Garcia, Dec. 5 ... (3) Manny Pacquiao vs Conor McGregor, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (3) Regis Prograis vs Juan Heraldez, Oct. 31 ... (7) Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl, Oct. 31

Notes: No one was really arguing with Lomachenko in the top spot, and no one’s going to argue with Teofimo Lopez now that he’s beaten Lomachenko clean and clear. Lopez is going to have a lot of options, and one might see him head north just as he’s established himself as the top dog at 135, but if he can comfortably make the weight for even just another year, I’d love to see him in with Haney, Ryan Garcia maybe, perhaps Tank if at all possible, etc. Lopez had a star-making night, defied the odds and expectations — even for the majority of those who fully believed he was a legitimately good fighter and rising star, like myself — and established himself as a true top fighter at age 23. As for Lomachenko, obviously he’s ruined and his career is in shambles, as he is now only the No. 2 lightweight in the world, which proves he is actually terrible and always has been. I’m sure Devin Haney would argue he deserves to be No. 2 now, but to that I say get a bigger fight than Zaur Abdullaev, Alfredo Santiago, or the withered shell of Yuriorkis Gamboa. Lomachenko still has wins over two guys on this list. Haney by comparison is a lot of “I could” and no “he has.”

Upcoming Fights: (6) Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz [junior lightweight], Oct. 31 ... (10) Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr, Oct. 31 ... (3) Devin Haney vs Yuriorkis Gamboa, Nov. 7 ... (4) Luke Campbell vs (9) Ryan Garcia, Dec. 5

Upcoming Fights: (2) Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis, Oct. 31 ... (1) Miguel Berchelt vs (5) Oscar Valdez, Dec. 12 ... (10) Masayuki Ito vs Hironori Mishiro, Dec. 26 ... (3) Jamel Herring vs (8) Carl Frampton, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (9) Ryan Walsh vs Jazza Dickens, Dec. 2

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (1) Naoya Inoue vs (8) Jason Moloney, Oct. 31 ... (2) Nordine Oubaali vs (3) Nonito Donaire, Dec. 12 ... (9) Takuma Inoue vs Keita Kurihara, Jan. 14

Upcoming Fights: (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras, Oct. 23 ... (3) Roman Gonzalez vs Israel Gonzalez, Oct. 23 ... (7) Joshua Franco vs Andrew Moloney, Nov. 14

Notes: Jay Harris took a get-busy fight this weekend, beating Marcel Braithwaite at 115 pounds. Nothing special about it, but it happened and gets a quick note.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Julio Cesar Martinez vs Moises Calleros, Oct. 23 ... (7) Cristofer Rosales vs TBA, Nov. 20

Upcoming Fights: (5) Elwin Soto vs Carlos Buitagro, Oct. 30 ... (2) Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Thanongsak Simsri, Nov. 3

Upcoming Fights: (1) Wanheng Menayothin vs Petchmanee Kokietgym, Nov. 27

Notes: Y’all can wail at the harvest moon up in the sky about what P4P means to you in your heart and mind. This is all made up bullshit. But that’s my list now. I expect there to be a truly wide range of opinions on the top P4P fighter in the game right now, and I agree it kinda stinks to think Canelo is That Dude at the moment given he’s only technically an active fighter outside of courtrooms.

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