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Boxing Rankings (November 1, 2021): Jose Zepeda, Jaron Ennis, more

Jose Zepeda, Jaron Ennis, and Radzhab Butaev made solid statements this weekend in victory.

Jose Zepeda kept his high ranking at 140 with an easy win
Jose Zepeda kept his high ranking at 140 with an easy win
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Rankings go up on Mondays.

Ranked fights this week:

  • Super Middleweight: (1) Canelo Alvarez vs (2) Caleb Plant, Nov. 6
  • Super Middleweight: (9) Zach Parker vs Marcus Morrison, Nov. 6
  • Minimumweight: (2) Petchmanee CP Freshmart vs Danai Ngiabphukhiaw, Nov. 2
  • Women’s P4P: (5) Delfine Persoon vs Beatriz Aguilar, Nov. 1
  • Women’s P4P: (6) Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche, Nov. 5

Upcoming Fights: (8) Joseph Parker vs Derek Chisora, Dec. 18


Upcoming Fights: TBA


Notes: Technically, Sergey Kovalev isn’t two years inactive until tomorrow, but I get the inkling he won’t schedule anything by next Monday, so enough already. If he does, I can put him back in, it’s not that serious.

In at No. 10 is European champ Mathieu Bauderlique, who is a decent fighter and the choice over other decent fighter options like Fanlong Meng, Callum Johnson (who was lucky to escape with a win in his last fight against a non-contender), Lyndon Arthur, Craig Richards, and Umar Salamov. BoxRec’s system currently have ancient Sullivan Barrera in the 10th slot, with the same other nine guys I have — different order, but same guys — and while I get the computer sees that, he looked shot to absolute bits against Zurdo Ramirez, I don’t think he’s got much left. This could change if, say, Johnson has a great performance, or Arthur out-classes Anthony Yarde badly in their rematch. Bauderlique is really placeholder status here.

Upcoming Fights: (5) Badou Jack vs TBA [cruiserweight], Nov. 26 ... (1) Artur Beterbiev vs (4) Marcus Browne, Dec. 17 ... (7) Maxim Vlasov vs (9) Joshua Buatsi, Dec. 18 ... (3) Joe Smith Jr vs Umar Salamov, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (1) Canelo Alvarez vs (2) Caleb Plant, Nov. 6 ... (9) Zach Parker vs Marcus Morrison, Nov. 6 ... (3) David Benavidez vs Kyrone Davis, Nov. 13 ... (5) Carlos Gongora vs Lerrone Richards, Dec. 18


Upcoming Fights: (7) Jaime Munguia vs Gabriel Rosado, Nov. 13 ... (3) Demetrius Andrade vs Jason Quigley, Nov. 19 ... (8) Janibek Alimkhanuly vs Hassan N’Dam, Nov. 20 ... (1) Gennadiy Golovkin vs (5) Ryota Murata, Dec. 29


Upcoming Fights: (6) Tim Tszyu vs Takeshi Inoue, Nov. 17 ... (8) Michel Soro vs (9) Israil Madrimov, TBA


Notes: An easy win for “Boots” Ennis on Saturday, as he smashed Thomas Dulorme in the first round. The kid needs a big fight, and he wants one badly. There is just no more he’s going to prove or learn at this level. Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily as easy as snapping fingers. But I mean, what do you do with him now? Give him Josesito Lopez, maybe? Whomever doesn’t get plucked to fight Conor Benn in December?

Radzhab Butaev is in at No. 9, replacing the man he beat, Jamal James. Butaev was impressive if not flawless. Assuming he gets that fight with Yordenis Ugas next year, he could be dangerous style-wise in that one, as long as he can keep that type of pressure on for an entire fight and bully Ugas, which will not be near easy. Good fight if it happens, though Ugas still has to get past Eimantas Stanionis, who is a plenty game fighter, too. That’s no gimme.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Terence Crawford vs (4) Shawn Porter, Nov. 20 ... (3) Yordenis Ugas vs Eimantas Stanionis, TBA


Notes: No change in the rankings this week, but Jose Zepeda torched Josue Vargas on Saturday night, ending Vargas’ breakout week of press conference and weigh-in performances with a dud on fight night. Zepeda is stuck in a tough spot where he wants and probably has earned a title shot, but one guy has all four belts and he has other stuff to take care of first, and then bigger fights might be available after.

Upcoming Fights: (3) Jose Ramirez vs (7) Jose Pedraza, Feb. 5 ... (1) Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall, Feb. 26


Upcoming Fights: (1) Teofimo Lopez vs (9) George Kambosos Jr, Nov. 27 ... (4) Devin Haney vs (8) Joseph Diaz Jr, Dec. 4 ... (6) Gervonta Davis vs Isaac Cruz, Dec. 5 ... (2) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (5) Richard Commey, Dec. 11


Upcoming Fights: (7) Azinga Fuzile vs Kenichi Ogawa, Nov. 27 ... (6) Chris Colbert vs (8) Roger Gutierrez, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (1) Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs (8) Ronny Rios, Nov. 19 ... (2) Stephen Fulton Jr vs (3) Brandon Figueroa, Nov. 27 ... (10) Ra’eese Aleem vs Eduardo Baez, Nov. 27


Upcoming Fights: (9) Takuma Inoue vs Shingo Wake [junior featherweight], Nov. 11 ... (2) Nonito Donaire vs Reymart Gaballo, Dec. 11 ... (1) Naoya Inoue vs Aran Dipaen, Dec. 14 ... (3) John Riel Casimero vs Paul Butler, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs (4) Chocolatito Gonzalez, TBA ... (3) Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Carlos Cuadras, TBA


Upcoming Fights: (1) Julio Cesar Martinez vs (7) McWilliams Arroyo, Nov. 19 ... (2) Sunny Edwards vs Jayson Mama, TBA ... (5) Artem Dalakian vs Luis Concepcion, TBA


Upcoming Fights: TBA


Upcoming Fights: (2) Petchmanee CP Freshmart vs Danai Ngiabphukhiaw, Nov. 2 ... (9) Vic Saludar vs Erick Rosa Pacheco, Dec. 9


Upcoming Fights: (1) Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant, Nov. 6 ... (7) Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter, Nov. 20 ... (5) Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr, Nov. 27 ... (8) Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall, Feb. 26 ... (10) Juan Francisco Estrada vs Chocolatito Gonzalez, TBA


Notes: Chantelle Cameron had a good win on Saturday, unifying titles by beating Mary McGee. She’ll have either Kali Reis or Jessica Camara next for all four belts at 140. Cameron could probably be here; the biggest question right now, at least among those I have ranked, is whether or not Brakehus really belongs anymore, and I’m getting closer to saying maybe not, with all due respect to her and a great career. Not quite yet, but she’s the one really teetering here.

Upcoming Fights: (5) Delfine Persoon vs Beatriz Aguilar, Nov. 1 ... (6) Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche, Nov. 5 ... (10) Terri Harper vs Alycia Baumgardner, Nov. 13 ... (2) Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin, Dec. 11 ... (8) Savannah Marshall vs TBA, Dec. 11