Gennadiy Golovkin is back, but nothing changes this week ahead of what is a busy weekend.
Rankings will be posted each Tuesday at Noon ET.
This week’s ranked fights:
Heavyweight: (1) Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz, June 15
Cruiserweight: (2) Mairis Briedis vs (4) Krzysztof Glowacki, June 15
Cruiserweight: (5) Yunier Dorticos vs (9) Andrew Tabiti, June 15
Cruiserweight: (7) Junior Makabu vs Dmitry Kudryashov, June 16
Light Heavyweight: (8) Sullivan Barrera vs Jesse Hart, June 15
Featherweight: (2) Josh Warrington vs (9) Kid Galahad, June 15
Bantamweight: (8) Jason Moloney vs Cesar Ramirez, June 15
Super Flyweight: (8) Andrew Moloney vs Ruben Montoya, June 15
Flyweight: (3) Artem Dalakian vs Dennapa Kiatniwat, June 15
Notes: Last week we had a long and involved discussion about whether Ruiz should rank No. 1 or not. Obviously I didn’t go that way. ESPN and The Ring also put Ruiz in at No. 3, but BoxRec and TBRB have Ruiz No. 1. I still say there’s a good argument for either. Nobody had the guts to put Ruiz No. 2 and say there’s separation between Fury and Wilder. Fury makes his case this weekend. If he sucks against Tom Schwarz, I may re-think the whole thing — you know, because I can. I could put Dillian Whyte No. 1, you can’t stop me.
Upcoming Fights: (1) Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz, June 15 … (10) Joseph Parker vs Eric Molina, June 29 … (5) Dillian Whyte vs (9) Oscar Rivas, July 20 … (2) Deontay Wilder vs (6) Luis Ortiz, TBA
Notes: Kevin Lerena picked up a win on Saturday over Vasil Ducar, but that doesn’t change hist standing. This is a huge weekend for the division: we’ve got Briedis-Glowacki, which is really a No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup, plus Dorticos-Tabiti and Makabu against Dmitry Kudryashov.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Mairis Briedis vs (4) Krzysztof Glowacki, June 15 … (5) Yunier Dorticos vs (9) Andrew Tabiti, June 15 … (7) Junior Makabu vs Dmitry Kudryashov, June 16 … (3) Murat Gassiev vs Joey Dawejko [heavyweight], July 27
Upcoming Fights: (8) Sullivan Barrera vs Jesse Hart, June 15 … (5) Marcus Browne vs Jean Pascal, August 3 … (2) Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (4) Jesse Hart vs Sullivan Barrera , June 15 … (3) Caleb Plant vs Mike Lee, July 20
Notes: GGG is back, winning his 164-pound catchweight fight against Steve Rolls. It was the mismatch that was expected, with nitpicking about Golovkin taking a few clean shots against a guy he didn’t fear. Golovkin looked essentially like Golovkin looks against opponents like Rolls. I shouldn’t even say “nitpicking,” there were finer points to notice for sure, but to me, the approach Golovkin has against guys at the Rolls level doesn’t match his approach against guys like Canelo, Jacobs, even David Lemieux. He dominated and stopped Lemieux, but he was very cautious about Lemieux’s power, had real respect for it. Until Gennadiy goes truly shot, we’ve learned all we’re gonna learn about how he fights against guys like Rolls.
Upcoming Fights: (4) Demetrius Andrade vs (9) Maciej Sulecki, June 29 … (6) Jermall Charlo vs Brandon Adams, June 29 … (7) Rob Brant vs (8) Ryota Murata, July 12 … (1) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, Sept. 14
Upcoming Fights: (6) Jermell Charlo vs Jorge Cota, June 23
Upcoming Fights: (9) Amir Khan vs Neeraj Goyat, 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
Upcoming Fights: (3) Maurice Hooker vs (4) Jose Ramirez, July 27 … (1) Regis Prograis vs (2) Josh Taylor, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (3) Richard Commey vs (10) Ray Beltran, June 28 … (9) Teofimo Lopez vs Masayoshi Nakatani, July 19 … (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (4) Luke Campbell, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (4) Andrew Cancio vs (5) Alberto Machado, June 21 … (2) Tevin Farmer vs Guillaume Frenois, July 27 … (3) Gervonta Davis vs Ricardo Nunez, July 27
Notes: Oscar Valdez didn’t have much trouble on Saturday with Jason Sanchez, a fighter who looked like he might have someday been a more serious title challenger with more than 14 fights, almost all of them pretty low-level. Valdez might stay at 126, but he really might go to 130. He’s improved his boxing under Eddy Reynoso, which makes him less exciting but also makes it less likely that he’ll be a short-prime fighter.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Josh Warrington vs (9) Kid Galahad, June 15 … (8) Shakur Stevenson vs Hairon Socarras, July 13
Upcoming Fights: (4) Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Julio Ceja, June 23 … (1) Rey Vargas vs (8) Tomoki Kameda, July 13 … (2) Daniel Roman vs Murodjon Akhmadaliev, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (8) Jason Moloney vs Cesar Ramirez, June 15 … (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
Upcoming Fights: (8) Andrew Moloney vs Ruben Montoya, June 15 … (6) Kazuto Ioka vs (9) Aston Palicte, June 19 … (7) Kal Yafai vs Norbelto Jimenez, June 29
Upcoming Fights: (3) Artem Dalakian vs Dennapa Kiatniwat, June 15
Upcoming Fights: (2) Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart, June 19 … (3) Angel Acosta vs Elwin Soto, June 21
Upcoming Fights: None