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Boxing Rankings (Jan. 9, 2023): Gervonta Davis, Jaron Ennis, Melvin Jerusalem, more

Gervonta Davis holds firm at 135 in this week’s rankings, plus more!

Gervonta Davis holds firm at 135 in this week’s rankings
Gervonta Davis holds firm at 135 in this week’s rankings
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rankings go up on Mondays. No update next week, the next one comes on Jan. 23.

Ranked fights the next two weeks:

  • Heavyweight: (8) Joseph Parker vs Jack Massey, Jan. 21
  • Cruiserweight: (6) Krzysztof Glowacki vs Richard Riakporhe, Jan. 21
  • Middleweight: (4) Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith, Jan. 21
  • Junior Middleweight: (5) Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr [middleweight], Jan. 21

Upcoming Fights: (8) Joseph Parker vs Jack Massey, Jan. 21 ... (4) Anthony Joshua vs TBA, Apr. 1

Upcoming Fights: (6) Krzysztof Glowacki vs Richard Riakporhe, Jan. 21 ... (2) Lawrence Okolie vs David Light, Feb. 11

Upcoming Fights: (2) Artur Beterbiev vs (8) Anthony Yarde, Jan. 28 ... (10) Jean Pascal vs Michael Eifert, TBA

Notes: I really thought Demetrius Andrade would get in here with a win on the Davis vs Garcia card, but I’m not a full believer in him at 168 based on that win. He beat Demond Nicholson clearly, sure, but he even admitted he “felt” the difference in weight, and that suggests to me he might not have been totally comfortable in there. Moving back down to 160 might really be the best move, even if that would make him vacating the WBO middleweight belt look worse in retrospect.

Upcoming Fights: (9) Carlos Gongora vs (1) Christian Mbilli, Mar. 24 ... (2) David Benavidez vs (3) Caleb Plant, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (4) Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith, Jan. 21 ... (1) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Esquiva Falcao, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (5) Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr [middleweight], Jan. 21 ... (1) Jermell Charlo vs (4) Tim Tszyu, TBA

Notes: I just don’t think Jaron Ennis “failed to impress” on Saturday. Karen Chukhadzhian turned out to be very good, smart matchmaking — it wasn’t a good fight to watch, but it’s going to be very valuable for Ennis’ progress. He needed someone he wasn’t able to bowl over. It’s easy to start developing bad habits and getting a little arrogant when the opponents are consistently there to get eaten up by your power and speed. Chukhadzhian is a well-schooled fighter with good footwork, and it’s also very arguable that he didn’t win a round in the fight. Ennis stayed composed, maybe fought bits of frustration here and there, but did the job and got the clear win and the interim IBF title. So he bumps up to No. 3 this week.

Upcoming Fights: (6) Vergil Ortiz Jr vs (7) Eimantas Stanionis, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (5) Subriel Matias vs Jeremias Ponce, Feb. 11 ... (2) Josh Taylor vs (3) Jack Catterall, Mar. 4 ... (7) Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis, Apr. 15 ... (10) Alberto Puello vs Gary Antuanne Russell, TBA

Notes: I developed no new opinion on Gervonta Davis’ standing as a lightweight on Saturday. He won a fight where he was a -1600 favorite against a good, solid 130 lb titleholder. I believe he is still better than the people listed after him. I believe it’s a legitimate question about the people listed above him.

Upcoming Fights: (3) Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia, Apr. 15

Notes: I developed no new opinion on Hector Luis Garcia’s standing at 130. He’s still a good, solid titlist at this weight who took a crack at a top lightweight and gave it a good effort before he was beaten. I look forward to seeing him fight again. If PBC can work to put on a fight between Garcia and Leo Santa Cruz, I think that could be a good one, or the Vargas-Foster winner.

Upcoming Fights: (7) O’Shaquie Foster vs Rey Vargas, Feb. 11

Upcoming Fights: (1) Emanuel Navarrete vs Liam Wilson [junior lightweight], Feb. 3 ... (3) Rey Vargas vs O’Shaquie Foster [junior lightweight], Feb. 11 ... (2) Mauricio Lara vs (4) Leigh Wood, Feb. 18 ... (10) Isaac Dogboe vs Robeisy Ramirez, Apr. 1

Upcoming Fights: (2) Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs (9) Marlon Tapales, TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (3) Artem Dalakian vs (5) David Jimenez, Jan. 28

Upcoming Fights: (7) Masamichi Yabuki vs Ronald Chacon, Jan. 28

Notes: Two notable fights last Friday in Japan, with Melvin Jerusalem ripping the WBO belt from Masataka Taniguchi inside of two rounds, and jumping into the rankings at No. 3 this week, and Daniel Valladares hanging onto his IBF belt via a no-contest with Ginjiro Shigeoka, where you can probably expect a rematch as soon as possible.

Upcoming Fights: (7) Wilfredo Mendez vs (8) Oscar Collazo, Jan. 28

Upcoming Fights: (3) Amanda Serrano vs Erika Cruz, Feb. 4 ... (4) Alycia Baumgardner vs Elhem Mekhaled, Feb. 4 ... (5) Seniesa Estrada vs Tina Rupprecht, Mar. 25 ... (6) Mikaela Mayer vs Christina Linardatou, TBA

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