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Ranked fights this week. Another busy one for notables in action:
- Middleweight: (6) Rob Brant vs Janibek Alimkhanuly, June 26
- Junior Middleweight: (3) Jeison Rosario vs (5) Erickson Lubin, June 26
- Junior Welterweight: (7) Mario Barrios vs Gervonta Davis, June 26
- Lightweight: (2) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (10) Masayoshi Nakatani, June 26
- Junior Lightweight: (2) Gervonta Davis vs Mario Barrios [junior welterweight], June 26
- Flyweight: (1) Julio Cesar Martinez vs Joel Cordova, June 26
- Flyweight: (7) Jay Harris vs Ricardo Sandoval, June 25
Upcoming Fights: (1) Tyson Fury vs (3) Deontay Wilder, July 24 ... (7) Joe Joyce vs Carlos Takam, July 24 ... (9) Michael Hunter vs Mike Wilson, Aug. 14 ... (2) Anthony Joshua vs (6) Oleksandr Usyk, TBA
Notes: Somewhat notable unranked fight this weekend, as emerging PBC prospect Efetobor Apochi is in action. He’s not really expected to get much trouble from Brandon Glanton, though you never know. A win there won’t move Apochi into the top 10, but he’s starting to knock on the door.
Upcoming Fights: (6) Kevin Lerena vs Ryad Merhy, July 17
Notes: He is now officially “Zurdo Ramirez,” the “Gilberto” has gone the way of Canelo’s “Saul” or Winky’s “Ronald.”
Upcoming Fights: (8) Zurdo Ramirez vs Sullivan Barrera, July 9
Upcoming Fights: (3) David Benavidez vs Jose Uzcategui, Aug. 28 ... (1) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, Sept. 18
Notes: Jermall Charlo’s win over Juan Macias Montiel didn’t have the big finish a lot of people surely expected, but it was a dominant performance against a guy who came ready to weather every storm, and managed to do so for 12 rounds. Montiel wasn’t really competitive with Charlo, but he let him know he was in a fight. Nothing worth bumping Charlo up — there was nothing he could have done against Montiel to get that — and nothing worth bumping Andrade over him, either.
Jaime Munguia also fought, dominating Kamil Szeremeta. That one went about as expected. Credit to both Szeremeta and Montiel in those fights for trying their best, but both were over-matched in various ways. Munguia isn’t going to style on anyone, really, but if you are there to be hit, he will hammer away, and he did that until the fight was understandably stopped. There was no path to victory for Szeremeta. He also stays put.
Upcoming Fights: (6) Rob Brant vs Janibek Alimkhanuly, June 26
Upcoming Fights: (3) Jeison Rosario vs (5) Erickson Lubin, June 26 ... (6) Tim Tszyu vs Michael Zerafa, July 7 ... (1) Jermell Charlo vs (2) Brian Castano, July 17 ... (7) Sebastian Fundora vs (10) Sergio Garcia, TBA
Notes: Keith Thurman officially has one month until inactivity drops him from the rankings. He has nothing scheduled and there have been no strong rumors or anything, so it’ll probably wind up happening, but things do come out of semi-nowhere sometimes. Frankly I hope he gets a fight signed because I don’t want to spend time considering whom deserves the No. 10 spot most of the various very similar names to be considered for an open spot.
Upcoming Fights: (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (3) Manny Pacquiao, Aug. 21 ... (6) Yordenis Ugas vs TBA, Aug. 21 ... (2) Terence Crawford vs TBA, Oct. 23
Upcoming Fights: (7) Mario Barrios vs Gervonta Davis, June 26 ... (1) Josh Taylor vs (10) Jack Catterall, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (2) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (10) Masayoshi Nakatani, June 26 ... (6) Javier Fortuna vs Joseph Diaz Jr, July 9 ... (1) Teofimo Lopez vs (9) George Kambosos Jr, Sept. 11
Upcoming Fights: (2) Gervonta Davis vs Mario Barrios [junior welterweight], June 26 ... (9) Chris Colbert vs Tugstsogt Nyambayar, July 3 ... (7) Shavkat Rakhimov vs Kenichi Ogawa, Aug. 20 ... (1) Oscar Valdez vs Robson Conceicao, Sept. 10
Notes: Isaac Dogboe is in at No. 9 after his solid win over Adam Lopez. Featherweight’s a mess right now as far as trying to rank it. I don’t know how well Dogboe can do at this weight, he’s very short, but he’s still got a ton of heart and fights with great spirit. He has the two losses at 122 to Emanuel Navarrete, but we all know very well that Navarrete is a damn good fighter. Going out is Jessie Magdaleno. He hasn’t fought in a year, but this isn’t an inactivity drop, it’s more because he passed on fighting Navarrete for the vacant WBO title last year. He hasn’t been heard from since, basically. He’s a good fighter. He also lost to Dogboe at 122 and that sort of move just gives the impression that he’s not currently trying to do much with his career. Why have him sit there? He’s not notably better than the last few others if he’s better at all. Villa took the fight Magdaleno passed on, Dogboe has fought Navarrete twice and would probably try again if he was given an offer, and Gonzalez at least got in with Shakur Stevenson, which a lot of people have not done.
Upcoming Fights: (7) Tugstogt Nyambayar vs Chris Colbert [junior lightweight], July 3 ... (3) Kid Galahad vs Jazza Dickens, Aug. 7 ... (1) Gary Russell Jr vs Rey Vargas, TBA ... (5) Mauricio Lara vs (6) Josh Warrington, TBA
Notes: Angelo Leo got his hand raised Saturday against Aaron Alameda. He didn’t dominate, but Luis Nery didn’t dominate Alameda last year, either. Alameda can fight. If he’d made weight I’d consider the idea that he really might be among the 10 best at this weight even with back-to-back losses. But he didn’t make weight, so kinda puts the ol’ kibosh on that as even an idea to give a second thought.
Upcoming Fights: (7) Azat Hovhannisyan vs TBA, July 9 ... (2) Stephen Fulton Jr vs (3) Brandon Figueroa, Sept. 11 ... (4) Danny Roman vs (10) Ra’eese Aleem, Sept. 11 ... (1) Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs (8) Ronny Rios, TBA
Notes: Naoya Inoue did as anticipated and blasted the crap out of Michael Dasmarinas in a ridiculous mandatory title defense. The question now is what Inoue does next. The announced Donaire-Casimero fight for August could present an undisputed title opponent, and I don’t think anyone needs be surprised if, in fact, Guillermo Rigondeaux at 41 — and still “holding a world title,” mind you, as the WBA’s secondary champ — would gladly take more step-aside money and allow Inoue-Donaire 2 or Inoue-Casimero instead of his reportedly promised shot at the Donaire-Casimero winner.
That’s the best option. If that isn’t an option, there’s nothing much of great interest to do with Inoue at the moment, it would seem. Even the best guys at 115 other than Kazuto Ioka are busy.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Nonito Donaire vs (3) John Riel Casimero, Aug. 14
Upcoming Fights: (7) Joshua Franco vs (9) Andrew Moloney, Aug. 14 ... (2) Kazuto Ioka vs Francisco Rodriguez Jr, Sept. 1 ... (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs (4) Chocolatito Gonzalez, TBA ... (3) Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Carlos Cuadras, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (7) Jay Harris vs Ricardo Sandoval, June 25 ... (1) Julio Cesar Martinez vs Joel Cordova, June 26 ... (3) Junto Nakatani vs (6) Angel Acosta, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (2) Hiroto Kyoguchi vs (10) Esteban Bermudez, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (9) Ginjiro Shigeoka vs Toshiki Kawamitsu, July 14
Upcoming Fights: (7) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani, June 26 ... (10) Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder, July 24 ... (5) Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr, Sept. 11 ... (3) Terence Crawford vs TBA, Oct. 23 ... (9) Juan Francisco Estrada vs Chocolatito Gonzalez, TBA
Notes: Mikaela Mayer got a good scrap from Erica Farias, and while that may have some questioning Mayer a bit — probably not, but maybe — I think it’s good for her. I think she needed someone who brought some fight and reminded her she’s not completely untouchable or anything. It was a clear Mayer win, but iron sharpens iron and all that, even if it’s a 7-3 or 8-2 type of win instead of a third straight 10-0. Cruising too easily for too long can be a bad thing.
Upcoming Fights: (9) Seniesa Estrada vs Tenkai Tsunami, July 9