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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Aug. 3, 2020): Angelo Leo makes move with first world title win

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Angelo Leo’s 122-pound title win moves him up a couple spots in this week’s update.

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Rankings go up on Mondays at Noon ET.

Ranked fights this week:

  • None

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: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (4) Eleider Alvarez vs (9) Joe Smith Jr, Aug. 22 ... (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Meng Fanlong, Sept. 25

Upcoming Fights: (2) David Benavidez vs Roamer Alexis Angulo, Aug. 15

Upcoming Fights: (4) Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs (5) Jermall Charlo, Sept. 26 ... (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (1) Jermell Charlo vs (2) Jeison Rosario, Sept. 26

Upcoming Fights: (8) Sergey Lipinets vs Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, Oct. 10 ... (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (6) Danny Garcia, Nov. 21 ... (7) Yordenis Ugas vs Abel Ramos, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (2) Jose Ramirez vs (5) Viktor Postol, Aug. 29 ... (8) Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl, Sept. 26

Upcoming Fights: (7) Jorge Linares vs (8) Javier Fortuna, Aug. 28... (6) Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz [junior lightweight], Oct. 24 ... (4) Luke Campbell vs (10) Ryan Garcia, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (2) Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis, Oct. 24 ... (8) Carl Frampton vs Vahram Vardanyan, Aug. 15

Upcoming Fights: (5) Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs Eduardo Ramirez, Sept. 19 ... (6) Emanuel Navarrete vs (7) Jessie Magdaleno, TBA ... (9) Ryan Walsh vs Jazza Dickens, TBA

Notes: Leo claiming the vacant WBO title with a win over Tramaine Williams on Saturday bumps him up a couple spots. Leo looked good, fought very well, and won a belt. Winning a belt in this fashion — vacant, not against a top fighter — isn’t normally a reason for me to bump anyone just by itself; take Patrick Teixeira at 154, similar situation, he got ranked No. 10 for it, because I don’t think he’s better than the guys ahead of him. But here, Leo was already at No. 9, and past Fulton I’m really not sure about anyone here as far as placement goes. A lot of guys are ranked because the division has thinned out a bit. Hovhannisyan and Rios, for instance, have been on nice little runs but have done nothing any more impressive than Leo has, really. It’s not the strongest division filled with Great Fighters, but it’s interesting with talented guys.

Upcoming Fights: (3) Daniel Roman vs Emmanuel Rodriguez, Sept. 26 ... (6) Brandon Figueroa vs Damien Vasquez, Sept. 26

Upcoming Fights: (7) Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Daniel Roman [junior featherweight], Sept. 26 ... (3) Nordine Oubaali vs (4) Nonito Donaire, Dec. 12

Notes: Let’s call it like it is, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai looked rusty and a bit flat for much of his win over Amnat Ruenroeng on Saturday. But I’m not going to panic there, as there is plenty to consider. First off, he hadn’t fought in 16 months, so his rust wasn’t a surprise. Second, the bout was fought at a 120-pound catchweight, which Rungvisai isn’t used to at all. Third, though he’s old and past his prime, Ruenroeng is still tricky, and Rungvisai is very basic — effectively basic, but basic. Styles make fights, of course, and Ruenroeng’s style was a bit of a problem for Rungvisai. It happens. He got and deserved the win, and now hopes to move on and fight Juan Francisco Estrada a third time eventually. I’m certainly not ignoring it — Rungvisai is 33, there’s every chance he’s peaked and is coming down the other side now — but I’m not making it out as his career death sentence, either. His power and style can still be a huge problem for anyone in this division.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs TBA, Oct. 17 ... (7) Joshua Franco vs Andrew Moloney, TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA