Pound4poundireland’s November 30th Lightweight top 10

Champion: Terence Crawford

1. Richar Abril

2. Mickey Bey

3. Miguel Vazquez

4. Omar Figueroa

5. Raymundo Beltran

6. Dejan Zlaticanin

7. Denis Shafikov

8. Emiliano Marsili

9. Henry Lundy

10. Jorge Linares

– Beltran drops below Figueroa after losing to Crawford

– Pound4poundireland now recognizes Crawford as the new lineal champion.

Despite the fact that Beltran was not ranked as my #2 lightweight going into last night’s fight, the wide consensus of independent ranking bodies did rate him in that position, so it makes common sense to adhere to the status quo & recognize the winner as filling the vacancy of history’s 135lb. champion

– Linares re-enters at 10 on the contenders list as a result

Pound4poundireland’s November 30th Heavyweight top 10

Champion: Wladimir Klitschko

1. Alexander Povetkin

2. Tyson Fury

3. Bermane Stiverne

4. Kubrat Pulev

5. Vyacheslav Glazkov

6. Steve Cunningham

7. Bryant Jennings

8. Carlos Takam

9. Artur Szpilka

10. Mike Perez

– Fury rises two spots after a dominating win over Dereck Chisora in their rematch

– Chisora looks shot and slides all the way out, leaving room for Perez to enter at 10

November 28th’s Random Boxing Rants

– An introduction to the financial backer, cornerman & sparring partner of WBA “regular” heavyweight beltholder, Ruslan Chagaev — Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov‏

He is an unbelievably brutal despot of Shakespearean proportions, no wonder none of the WBA officials stopped him repeatedly storming into Chagaev’s corner to issue instructions during the Fres Oquendo fight…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzan_Kadyrov#Accusations_of_human_rights_abuses

Ex-Kadyrov soldier Movladi Baisarov, later allegedly murdered at his orders, said that:

“Ramzan is a law unto himself. He can do anything he likes. He can take any woman and do whatever he pleases with her…Ramzan acts with total impunity. I know of many people executed on his express orders and I know exactly where they were buried.”

Based on extensive research, the Human Rights Watch organization concluded in 2005 that forced disappearances in Chechnya are so widespread and systematic that they constitute crimes against humanity.

Memorial, a group monitoring human rights in Russia and other post-Soviet states, stated:

“We have no doubt that most of the crimes which are being committed now in Chechnya are the work of Kadyrov’s men. There is also no doubt in our minds that Kadyrov has personally taken part in beating and torturing people. What they are doing is pure lawlessness. To make matters worse, they also go after people who are innocent, whose names were given by someone being tortured to death. He and his henchmen spread fear and terror in Chechnya…They travel by night as death squads, kidnapping civilians, who are then locked in a torture chamber, raped and murdered.”

In 2009, Kadyrov stated his approval of honor killings, based on the belief that women are the property of their husbands.

More in-depth information on Kadyrov can be found by perusing the following articles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/world/europe/01torture.html?hp

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/08/ramzan-kadyrov-the-man-between-putin-and-isis.html

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-chechnya-kadyrov-cell-phone/26539203.html

 

– Speaking of Russian boxing farces, actor Mickey Rourke returned to the ring today from a 20 year layoff at the age of 62 (although it is unclear at this time whether it was a fully sanctioned pro fight).

From 1991-1994, he compiled a dubious 8 fight unbeaten run & gave Freddie Roach his first big break in the boxing training business.

Today he knocked out the 1-9 29yo Elliot Seymour in 2 embarrassing rounds.

For those with the morbid curiosity to watch the spectacle:

 

– A few takeaways: I’m surprised we didn’t see Roy Jones paraded out for a few bob to dance and ‘rap’ for the crowd between rounds.

Does anyone think Rourke isn’t roided up to the gills?

David Haye was ringside at the Chagaev-Oquendo fight, cozying up with the despot. He should be ashamed of himself for associating with individuals like that.

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Finally, as readers of this blog may know, I’m not exactly friendly with Fres Oquendo and his manager Tom Tsatas (https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/my-amusing-discussion-with-the-delusional-manager-of-fres-oquendo-continues/), but even I have to sympathize with the alleged failed RUSADA drug test just announced stemming from the July fight with Chagaev.

How convenient is it that straight after Oquendo’s team claims that they have yet to be paid their purse for the fight (as well as being stiffed out of their rematch clause), that a supposed drug test failure from a whopping 4 and a half months ago is announced?

Here, from Boxingscene, are the duelling sides of the story:

http://www.boxingscene.com/report-oquendo-failed-drug-test-from-chagaev-bout–84625

http://www.boxingscene.com/fres-oquendo-promoter-disputing-recent-doping-claims–84679

 

– Wladimir Klitschko’s now 24 world title fight wins put him 7 victories short of Julio Cesar Chavez’s record for most wins with a widely-recognized major belt at stake (if Omar Narvaez doesn’t pass Chavez first).

There’s reason to be excited for next year, as it’s shaping up to include intriguing fights with Bryant Jennings (Wladimir’s first in America since 2008), and the winner of this weekend’s long-overdue Fury-Chisora rematch.

But where does this leave Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs, and just how long can he keep up his dual-career of stalking the champion and bowling over bums in a round in club-fights? #LETSGOCHAMP

 

– The much-criticized Cleverly-Bellew II Sky PPV took place last weekend and was every bit as disappointing as it looked on paper.

Every Eddie Hearn A-side fighter won in one-sided fashion (Joshua-Sprott was a disgrace), and even the overhyped main event failed to quicken the pulse, both Bellew & Cleverly looking pretty awful at the higher cruiserweight limit.

However, Boxing News magazine’s online outlet reported a rumoured 200k buyrate for the card, which would be a significant success & make Sky and Hearn very happy, although I doubt the same can be said for many of those 200k fans.

For the record, I didn’t buy the PPV, a very unusual decision for a boxing  junkie like myself

 

– In more positive news, the brilliant Fury-Chisora II/Saunders-Eubank Jr. card on Boxnation in the UK and Ireland is finally here tomorrow.

Sykes-Walsh and Gavin-Skeete are further highlights of a deep undercard which features virtually all of promoter Frank Warren’s star fighters, but, unlike last week’s Sky bill, mostly matched in competitive fights

 

– Sounds like a good time to break out my newest creation… #BritishBoxingBingo

British Boxing Bingo