1. Andre Ward
2. Terence Crawford
3. Manny Pacquiao
4. Gennady Golovkin
5. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
6. Roman Gonzalez
7. Vasyl Lomachenko
8. Keith Thurman
9. Naoya Inoue
10. Sergey Kovalev
- In a rematch with further controversy attached, Kovalev sees himself stopped by #1 Ward, and slides all the way to the #10 spot
Joseph Parker 119-109 Razvan Cojanu, officially UD
David Lemieux 98-91 Marcos Reyes, offically UD
Saul Alvarez 120-108, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., officially UD
Kal Yafai 119-107 Suguru Muranaka, officially UD
Kiko Martinez 115-113 Josh Warrington, officially Warrington by MD
Zelfa Barrett 99-90 Eusebio Osejo, officially UD
Jamie Cox 87-84 Lewis Taylor, officially TUD
David Allen 114-113 Lenroy Thomas, offically Thomas by SD
1. Andre Ward
2. Terence Crawford
3. Manny Pacquiao
4. Sergey Kovalev
5. Gennady Golovkin
6. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
7. Roman Gonzalez
8. Vasyl Lomachenko
9. Keith Thurman
10. Naoya Inoue
- Belated update sees Terence Crawford jump two spots after his latest complete boxing display taking apart former Olympic champion Felix Diaz. His biggest challenges await at 147 and the sooner we see him there, the better.
Cliff Rold’s post-fight analysis of the Joshua-Klitschko instant classic is well worth reading:
Some reflections on other recent fights:
Tyrone Nurse disappointed against Joe Hughes in their British title fight. Perhaps he wouldn’t outbox Jack Catterall if they ever meet, as I once forecasted.
Luke Campbell eventually figured out an unambitious Darleys Perez, but does anyone really pick him to beat Jorge Linares? That said, I commend him for pulling the trigger and taking on the challenge.
Porter-Berto was less fun than expected: Berto a shell of a fighter (his last significant payday?) & Porter the prototypical bruising mauler. Thurman-Porter II, now a mandatory with one of the sanctioning bodies, would be welcome.
John Ryder very unlucky to not win the British title against Rocky Fielding. He looks destined to be a perennial bridesmaid.
I’m in the minority in finding Murray-Rosado quite enjoyable, although far from the war that the Eddie Hearn & Sky had optimistically forecasted. I thought Rosado edged it and Murray doesn’t look to have much left. Another bridesmaid…how different his life & career would be had he gotten the decisions against Sturm and Sergio Martinez.
Gilberto Ramirez is an awkward stylist who might end up #1 at 168lbs., but he’s pretty boring.
Shakur Stevenson failed to shine in his pro debut, but he’s one of boxing’s star prospects so we’ll all watch with interest.
Oscar Valdez continues to look like an exciting fighter, but he’s unlikely to trouble the real elite boxers at feathweight…whom he probably won’t face because of the promotional divide.
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Christina Hammer 100-90 Maria Lindberg (rematch), officially UD, Hammer retains unified Middleweight titles
Mairis Breidis 120-108 Marco Huck, officially UD, Breidis wins vacant Cruiserweight title
Terry Flanagan 116-112 Petr Petrov, officially UD, Flanagan retains Lightweight title
Oleksandr Usyk 115-112 Michael Hunter, officially UD, Usyk retains Cruiserweight title
Julius Indongo 120-108 Ricky Burns, officially UD, Indongo unifies Jr. Welterweight titles
Scott Cardle 113-113 Robbie Barrett, officially Barrett by MD, Barrett wins British Lightweight title
Zolani Tete 120-107 Arthur Villanueva, officially UD
Darryll Williams 96-94 Jahmaine Smyle, officially SD
Tyrone Nurse 114-114 Joe Hughes, officially DRAW, Nurse retains British Jr. Welterweight title
Scott Quigg 117-111 Viorel Simion, officially UD
John Ryder 116-112 Rocky Fielding, officially Fielding by SD, Fielding wins vacant British Super Middleweight title
Gabriel Rosado 115-113 Martin Murray, officially Murray by MD
Gilberto Ramirez 120-106 Max Bursak, officially UD, Ramirez retains Super Middleweight title
Oscar Valdez 116-111 Miguel Marriaga, officially UD, Valdez retains Featherweight title
April 4th – Edner Cherry edged Omar Douglas at super featherweight, a result marred by Kevin Morgan’s 98-92 verdict.
Ron McNair’s 80-72 for Frank De Alba against Ryan Kielczweski on the undercard was even worse.
April 8th – Phil Edwards missed a third round body shot knockdown scored by Jack Catterall against Martin Gethin.
The mismatch ended shortly thereafter, so thankfully it didn’t alter the outcome.
This was a night of controversy in Manchester, with the majority of it surrounding the Liam Smith-Liam Williams clash.
It started at the weigh-in, with multiple sources, including Frank Warren himself, stating that WBO supervisor John Handelaar and others informed Liam Smith that he had one hour to shed the approx. two lbs. he was over when he’d initially missed the weight.
Whether he would have been able to do this is up for debate, but what is ludicrous is that it came to light shortly afterwards that the rules actually allow for two hours, by which point Smith had rehydrated and could no longer make a realistic attempt.
I’d like to know what in the hell someone like Handelaar is there for if not to have a knowledge of such a basic rule and make it clear to all parties involved?!
Only in boxing.
Then, in the fight itself, Williams was dominating, with Smith coming on in spurts, until a severe cut was opened up in the 9th round, which caused Williams’ trainer Gary Lockett to call a halt to the bout at round’s end.
The question is: what caused the cut?
In full view of ref Terry O’Connor, Smith blatantly connected with a deliberate headbutt to Williams’ eye. Honestly, there was a case to be made for a disqualification.
On replay, the eye appeared to have begun bleeding moments before the butt (how any initial damage was caused remains unclear), but was surely worsened to its grotesque state by it.
O’Connor acted as if no head clash had happened and when the fight was stopped it was simply ruled a tko win for Smith, essentially earned with his head rather than his fists.
We’ll never know what would have happened had O’Connor or the doctor stopped the fight between rounds rather than Lockett, but my best guess is that the result would have been the same.
Lastly, Steve Gray Marcus McDonnell & Don Trella were all primed to screw Williams anyway, all scoring what should have been a commanding lead as 86-85.
The cherries on top were the cards of Mikael Hook (120-108) & Zoltan Enyedi (118-110) in the nominal main event, which gave no credit to away boxer Petr Petrov’s decent challenge of 135lb. titlist Terry Flanagan.
In Maryland, USA, Oleksandr Usyk laboured to defeat Michael Hunter, only fully getting to grips with the challenger late, battering him in the final round to such an extent that it was very poor refereeing from Billy Clancy that allowed things to reach the final bell.
Salt in the wounds was provided by the matching 117-110 card of Dave Braslow, Lynne Carter and Jamie Garayua.
In the main event, Kenny Chevalier should have saved brave Jason Sosa in the 8th round from the punishment he was absorbing at the hands of Vasyl Lomachenko.
Thankfully, Sosa’s corner pulled him out after nine.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission are, as usual, making a show of themselves, this time through the comments of executive director Bob Bennett, practically falling over himself to green-light the Mayweather-McGregor fiasco: a U-turn from previous reticence on this issue, by the way…
48 year old James Toney, out of the ring for the best part of two years and winless since 2013, will be fighting soon (billed as his retirement bout) against heavyweight journeyman Mike Sheppard on May 13th in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Shame on everyone involved in this dangerous farce, especially the Michigan commission who are licensing it.
April 15th – Ricky Burns was completely outclassed by Julius Indongo in their 140lb. unification clash.
So Jose Roberto Torres’ 116-112 card was baffling — where did he find four rounds to give home boxer Burns?
April 22nd – Martin Murray edged a highly competitive bout against Gabriel Rosado by majority decision, however the 119-109 score of Leszek Jankowiak almost caused a post-fight melee to break out.
Horrible stuff and it will surely stand out as one of the year’s worst cards.