Rankings (June 4, 2019): Is Ruiz now No. 1 at heavyweight?

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WELL SOME THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE LAST WEEK.

Rankings will be posted each Tuesday at Noon ET.

This week’s ranked fights:

Cruiserweight: (7) Junior Makabu vs Mike Perez, June 8

Cruiserweight: (8) Kevin Lerena vs Vasil Ducar, June 8 (BoxNation)

Middleweight: (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Steve Rolls, June 8 (DAZN)

Featherweight: (4) Oscar Valdez vs Jason Sanchez, June 8 (ESPN)


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Notes: WELL THAT HAPPENED. In the greatest “this beach is getting whatever body I give it” statement in at least modern boxing history, Andy Ruiz Jr stunned Anthony Joshua on Saturday to take three heavyweight belts. The debate is basically whether or not you rank Ruiz No. 1 based on beating Joshua. I haven’t, and I’m one of the very few who had Ruiz in the top 10 going into that fight, too. But for me, right now, there is no clear No. 1 at heavyweight. Ruiz has his case. He’s got three of the four major belts and beat the guy most had at No. 1 before last weekend. Fury has his lineal claim and the belief of many that his draw in December with Wilder should have been a Tyson Fury win. Wilder has the WBC belt and his obvious case. I’m going Fury-Wilder-Ruiz for the time being. This will all shake out in time, but this is fun right now. I’m way more interested in the heavyweight division than I have been in a long time.

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


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Notes: Next couple of weeks are going to be interesting for the division with six of the top 10 in action.

Upcoming Fights: (7) Junior Makabu vs Mike Perez, June 8 … (8) Kevin Lerena vs Vasil Ducar, June 8 … (2) Mairis Briedis vs (4) Krzysztof Glowacki, June 15 … (5) Yunier Dorticos vs (9) Andrew Tabiti, June 15


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Notes: Looks like Kovalev-Yarde is off for the time being, at least not happening on June 29.

Upcoming Fights: (8) Sullivan Barrera vs Jesse Hart, June 15 … (5) Marcus Browne vs Jean Pascal, August 3


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Notes: Callum Smith did what he was supposed to do against undersized, aging, overmatched Hassan N’Dam on Saturday. Nothing changes here, but hopefully Smith’s next outing is more substantial. I’m relatively fine with N’Dam as a return from a fairly lengthy absence, so long as next isn’t another N’Dam type fight, but there are only a couple guys (Benavidez, maybe Plant) I think are any real threat to Smith at 168, too, so even if it wound up being Smith against John Ryder, who I have No. 10, it’d be kinda disappointing.

Upcoming Fights: (4) Jesse Hart vs Sullivan Barrera [175], June 15 … (3) Caleb Plant vs Mike Lee, July 20


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Notes: Probably doesn’t need to be said, but just for the record, Golovkin’s fight this weekend with Steve Rolls is at a 164-pound catchweight. Unless Golovkin states an intention to actually move up to 168 — or he loses or looks like garbage — this will not affect his ranking. I won’t move him up to super middleweight for taking a fight over 160. But if he loses, he’d obviously be adjusted here, and if he wins but doesn’t look great — I dunno, maybe he could move anyway, depending on how “not great” he were to look.

Upcoming Fights: (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Steve Rolls, June 8 … (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


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Upcoming Fights: (6) Jermell Charlo vs Jorge Cota, June 23


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Upcoming Fights: (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


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Upcoming Fights: (3) Maurice Hooker vs TBA, July 27 … (1) Regis Prograis vs (2) Josh Taylor, TBA


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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


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Upcoming Fights: (4) Andrew Cancio vs (5) Alberto Machado, June 21 … (3) Gervonta Davis vs Ricardo Nunez, July 27 … (2) Tevin Farmer vs Guillaume Frenois, TBA


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Upcoming Fights: (4) Oscar Valdez vs Jason Sanchez, June 8 … (2) Josh Warrington vs (9) Kid Galahad, June 15 … (8) Shakur Stevenson vs Hairon Socarras, July 13


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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


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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


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Notes: Rodriguez stayed busy this weekend, beating David Barreto via second round knockout in Linares, Mexico.

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


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Upcoming Fights: (3) Artem Dalakian vs Dennapa Kiatniwat, June 15


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Upcoming Fights: (2) Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart, June 19 … (3) Angel Acosta vs Elwin Soto, June 21


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Notes: Wanheng won again, beating Fukuhara in a rematch via technical decision. Fukuhara doesn’t fall out for me; it’s not like I didn’t think before last weekend that Wanheng was better than him, so nothing really changes. I did flip him down to 10 instead of nine, so that’s whatever. Quiet division at the moment, none of these guys have anything on the calendar.

Upcoming Fights: None

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