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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (June 29, 2020): Joshua Franco crashes top 10 at 115 pounds

A slow week is ahead, but we got some real movement this week thanks to one upset.

Andrew Moloney v Joshua Franco 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.

Rankings will go up on Mondays at Noon ET.

Ranked fights this week:

  • None!

Notes: We did get a firmly scheduled top 10 fight, as Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin are set to meet Aug. 22 at the Matchroom Fight Camp, wrapping up that series. (It may be a bit early to think Aug. 22 is actually the last time Big Ed Hearn will have to hold fights in his garden, but it’s a bit early to say any fight will actually happen right now, so, y’know.)

Upcoming Fights: (5) Dillian Whyte vs (7) Alexander Povetkin, Aug. 22 ... (1) Tyson Fury vs (3) Deontay Wilder, TBA ... (2) Anthony Joshua vs (8) Kubrat Pulev, TBA ... (10) Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (1) Mairis Briedis vs (2) Yuniel Dorticos, TBA

Notes: We’ve lost the Alvarez-Smith fight, originally slated for July 16, for who knows how long, which is a major bummer. It was one of two fights coming into this past week that had a pair of top 10 fighters involved, and they’re both postponed.

Upcoming Fights: (4) Eleider Alvarez vs (9) Joe Smith Jr, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (3) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, Sept. 12

Notes: Should be noted that BoxRec have Munguia listed as fighting on a Zanfer show on July 4 — this coming Saturday — in Mexico City, but Golden Boy haven’t said anything about it, and normally certainly would have by now. It’s also listed as an ESPN+ event but isn’t listed on ESPN’s schedule or the ESPN+ schedule. It appears there is a Zanfer card on Saturday, maybe? But also maybe not. If anything changes, we’ll change this.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, Sept. 12 [super middleweight] ... (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (6) Brian Castano vs (10) Patrick Teixeira, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (9) Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Samuel Vargas, July 24

Notes: Again, we were supposed to be getting Baranchyk-Zepeda, a good fight, on July 7, but that’s off for the moment. Zepeda will still be fighting on July 7, taking on Kendo Castaneda instead.

Upcoming Fights: (8) Jose Zepeda vs Kendo Castaneda, July 7... (2) Jose Ramirez vs (5) Viktor Postol, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (7) Jorge Linares vs (8) Javier Fortuna, Aug. 28 ... (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (2) Teofimo Lopez, TBA

Notes: It appears these Mexico City shows Zanfer have been doing aren’t sanctioned, but I’m gonna call Berchelt 38-1 (34 KO) anyway for his win on Saturday in a stay-busy lightweight bout. The hope now is he’ll face Oscar Valdez next.

Upcoming Fights: (3) Jamel Herring vs Jonathan Oquendo, July 14 ... (5) Oscar Valdez vs Jayson Velez, July 21

Upcoming Fights: (9) Ryan Walsh vs Jazza Dickens, TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Notes: Moloney stopped a game Leonardo Baez on Thursday night, maintaining his spot in the top 10 as a legitimate contender in the division.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Luis Nery vs Aaron Alameda [junior featherweight], July 18

Notes: Andrew Moloney’s Tuesday loss to Joshua Franco sends Moloney tumbling out of the top 10, and Franco coming in at No. 7. I thought about maybe keeping Moloney in and considered it, but he doesn’t have any actual results advantages over Rodriguez, Arroyo, and Cintron, and those guys are all good fighters. I had to ask myself, “OK, style-wise you thought Franco had a good shot with Moloney, so would the other three?” And the answer in every case was yes. Moloney’s a good fighter, but this is a really talented division.

Upcoming Fights: (9) McWilliams Arroyo vs Julio Cesar Martinez [flyweight], Aug. 15 ... (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs (3) Roman Gonzalez, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (9) Cristofer Rosales vs Jeno Tonte, July 17 ... (2) Julio Cesar Martinez vs McWilliams Arroyo, Aug. 15 ... (9) Junto Nakatani vs (10) Giemel Magramo, Aug. 21

Upcoming Fights: (10) Jonathan Gonzalez vs TBA, Aug. 21

Upcoming Fights: TBA

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