A very light week is coming in boxing, but we had some notable stuff this past weekend.
Rankings will be posted every Tuesday at Noon ET.
This week’s ranked fights:
Bantamweight: (6) Nordine Oubaali vs Arthur Villanueva, July 6
Notes: Joseph Parker dominated but sort of labored through a 10th-round stoppage of 39-year-old Alex Leapai on Saturday. Parker is a pretty good fighter who won a world title with the exact right opportunity. He wants a crack at rematches with Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, or Dillian Whyte. He narrowly beat Ruiz and narrowly lost to Whyte. Joshua won wide but had to go the distance. He’s credible, but probably not any huge threat to the top guys. Then again Andy Ruiz, so who knows about the heavyweights? GLAMOUR DIVISION!
Upcoming Fights: (5) Dillian Whyte vs (9) Oscar Rivas, July 20 … (2) Deontay Wilder vs (6) Luis Ortiz, TBA … (3) Andy Ruiz Jr vs (4) Anthony Joshua, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (3) Murat Gassiev vs Joey Dawejko [heavyweight], July 27 … (6) Denis Lebedev vs Arsen Goulamirian, TBA … (2) Mairis Briedis vs (4) Yuniel Dorticos, TBA … (1) Oleksandr Usyk vs Carlos Takam [heavyweight], TBA
Upcoming Fights: (5) Marcus Browne vs Jean Pascal, August 3 … (2) Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde, Aug. 24
Upcoming Fights: (10) Rocky Fielding vs TBA, July 12 … (3) Caleb Plant vs Mike Lee, July 20 … (8) Caleb Truax vs Peter Quillin, Aug. 31 … (2) David Benavidez vs (4) Anthony Dirrell, TBA
Notes: The only movement is me flipping Maciej Sulecki to 10 and Matt Korobov to nine, which I wasn’t even particularly sure of doing, but Korobov did better against Charlo than Sulecki did against Andrade, so I suppose it’s fair enough. Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo both won this weekend, but nothing changed for their status. They should have won, they did. Andrade was himself against Sulecki, and in most ways was impressive. Charlo had a bit trickier a time against Brandon Adams, but that was mostly down to Adams fighting to survive, not to win or even seriously compete. The division is waiting to see what Canelo does in September.
Upcoming Fights: (7) Rob Brant vs (8) Ryota Murata, July 12 … (1) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, Sept. 14
Upcoming Fights: (9) Michel Soro vs Magomed Kurbanov, July 20 … (3) Erislandy Lara vs Ramon Alvarez, Aug. 31
Upcoming Fights: (9) Amir Khan vs Billy Dib, July 12 … (3) Manny Pacquiao vs (4) Keith Thurman, July 20 … (7) Yordenis Ugas vs Omar Figueroa Jr, July 20 … (8) Sergey Lipinets vs John Molina Jr, July 20 … (2) Errol Spence Jr vs (5) Shawn Porter, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (3) Maurice Hooker vs (4) Jose Ramirez, July 27 … (1) Regis Prograis vs (2) Josh Taylor, TBA
Notes: In Friday’s Commey-Beltran live thread, we had a discussion about Richard Commey’s résumé, which is something I’d also thought about in the week coming in. Wh had he beaten to deserve to be thought of so highly? It’s an honest and legitimate question. The answer, I think — at least for me, thinking rather highly of Commey — comes down to two things: Commey has a world title, and arguably deserved to have one sooner. He was neck-and-neck with Robert Easter in a split decision loss. Same with his loss to Denis Shafikov. And otherwise he’s been really good. But his actual, official wins? Yeah, it’s fairly thin. But you can say the same about, well, just about everyone on this list other than Lomachenko and Garcia, who is only kinda technically ranked at the moment. The other thing, if there’s a third, is that Commey has career momentum, which Easter and Barthelemy, for example, do not. So we think of him in a brighter light than we do them at the moment. Anyway, Commey did what he should have with Ray Beltran, who falls off the list from No. 10, replaced by 20-year-old Devin Haney, who is on the rise. I may be gambling a bit early on Haney, but the same could be said about Teofimo, or Shakur Stevenson at 126. Obvious talents and there aren’t really better options for the spots. Not every top 10 is particularly strong on paper the whole way through. Most aren’t, in fact.
Upcoming Fights: (9) Teofimo Lopez vs Masayoshi Nakatani, July 19 … (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (4) Luke Campbell, Aug. 31
Upcoming Fights: (2) Tevin Farmer vs Guillaume Frenois, July 27 … (3) Gervonta Davis vs Ricardo Nunez, July 27
Upcoming Fights: (8) Shakur Stevenson vs Franklin Manzanilla, July 13
Upcoming Fights: (1) Rey Vargas vs (8) Tomoki Kameda, July 13 … (10) Brandon Figueroa vs Javier Nicolas Chacon, Aug. 24 … (2) Daniel Roman vs Murodjon Akhmadaliev, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (6) Nordine Oubaali vs Arthur Villanueva, July 6 … (2) Luis Nery vs (10) Juan Carlos Payano, July 20 … (1) Naoya Inoue vs (3) Nonito Donaire, TBA
Notes: Kal Yafai retained his WBA title with a mandatory defense win over Norbelto Jimenez. He didn’t have much trouble with Jimenez, and he’s starting to sound a little restless. It’s understandable. He’s 30 years old and has held his title since Dec. 2016. He wants a big fight against one of the other titleholders or Chocolatito or Nietes or Srisaket or someone. And he hasn’t fought in the UK since Oct. 2017, with his last three fights coming in the US (twice) and Monte Carlo, so he hasn’t built a home fan base or anything, either. Generally speaking, Eddie Hearn is a good promoter but Yafai has really stagnated under his watch — whether that’s because Hearn screwed up or Hearn and the matchmakers suspect “stagnating” is the smart idea is a different discussion. But Yafai wants something big, and he deserves it. Hopefully, he finds it.
Upcoming Fights: (1) Juan Francisco Estrada vs TBA, Aug. 24
Upcoming Fights: (1) Kosei Tanaka vs Jonathan Gonzalez, Aug. 24 … (4) Charlie Edwards vs (5) Julio Cesar Martinez, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (1) Ken Shiro vs Jonathan Taconing, July 12
Upcoming Fights: (6) Deejay Kriel vs (9) Samuel Salva, Aug. 23 … (3) Vic Saludar vs Wilfredo Mendez, Aug. 24