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18 SEPTEMBER 2014

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On the move Secondsout world rankings 07/10/13




Many boxing fans and experts of the Sweet Science are quick to call out Wladimir Klitschko for being a boring fighter, but all of his fights did not look like this one against Alexander Povetkin. The great Muhammad Ali had many boring fights. If you don’t believe me, just tune into ESPN Classic on any given day.

 

My personal favorite heavyweights Michael Moorer and Lennox Lewis, for as exciting as they could be, still gave us fights of great stench such as their respective fights with Vaughn Bean and Frans Botha and Henry Akinwande and Zeljko Mavrovic. Need I mention John Ruiz’ entire reign for the most part? Wladimir has been exciting, but some of those fights led to the earlier losses we so love to hang on to. Wlad did win very exciting wars with DaVarryl Williamson and Sam Peter, but that was not the way Manny Steward wanted him to ply his skills. He wanted him to fight tall much in the same way Steward rebuilt Lewis.

 

I recognize Wladimir’s reign has not been one that I particularly enjoy recounting either, but he is far from the first to deliver a few stinkers. What some of us must recognize is that there was a method to his madness. Detractors of Wladimir harp on the Ukrainian’s chin as his greatest flaw, when in actuality, it is his stamina.

 

The fighting long and tall mold was crafted to allow the younger Klitschko to better control the pace of his fights. It has been a very long time since we have seen a heavyweight contender interrupt the ebb and flow of Wlad’s rhythm. Although he was hardly winning rounds, Povetkin did just that. He made Klitschko fight outside of his comfort zone and burn through some of his fuel at a pace he was not comfortable with. Hence, the holding, leaning, and pushing

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These tactics were Klitschko’s way of reasserting control over the pace of the contest and it worked. At various spots throughout, you could see Klitschko showing signs of being tired and that, I believe, put a hint of alarm on his countenance. So, he turned what could have been an exciting fight into a snorefest, which bettered suited his chances for a comfortable win.


On Saturday, October 5, at Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia, Wladimir Klitschko defeated Alexander Povetkin in a twelve round IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title bout. Povetkin hit the canvas in the second round and three more times in the seventh. The champion lost one point for pushing in the eleventh. All three judges saw the bout 119-104. Klitschko scored his fifteenth consecutive title defense in raising his ledger to 61-3 (51). Povetkin lost for the first time in dipping to 26-1 (18). 


There is nowhere for Wladimir Klitschko to go but down in the SecondsOut heavyweight rankings as he maintained his number one status.

Also on the card, Mateusz Masternak lost his unbeaten record to Gregory Drozd by eleventh round TKO in a crossroads cruiserweight bout. Drozd cut Masternak early on and applied enough pressure to secure the win inside of the distance. The Russian Drozd lifted his dossier to 37-1 (26) with the career best win. Masternak lost his perfect record in falling to 30-1 (22). 


Drozd re-entered the SecondsOut rankings at number six. Masternak fell from sixth to ninth. Thabiso Mchunu advanced one ranking. 

 

Also on the card, Rahkim Chakhkiev stopped Giulian Ilie in the tenth and final round of their cruiserweight bout. Chakhkiev won for the first time since his Fight of the Year contender loss to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. He raised his record to 17-1 (13). Ilie fell to 20-7-2 (6). 


Chakhkiev remained SecondsOut’s fifth round cruiserweight in the world. 

At 02 Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, Scott Quigg retained his title with a twelve round majority draw against Yoandris Salinas in a WBA super bantamweight title bout. One judge favored Quigg while the other two saw it even 114-114. Quigg kept his title in this first defense and moved his record to 26-0-2 (19). Salinas’ record changed to 20-0-2 (13). 


Quigg fell from fifth to sixth in the SecondsOut super bantamweight rankings. Carl Frampton moved from sixth to fifth. Salinas climbed aboard at number ten. Victor Terrazas exited for the time being. 


At Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, USA, Miguel Cotto devastated Delvin Rodriguez in three rounds of a junior middleweight bout. The time of the stoppage was :18 of the round. Cotto raised his hall of fame record to 38-4 (31). Rodriguez crashed to 28-7-3 (16). 

 

Cotto moved from fifth to fourth among SecondsOut’s top flight junior middleweights. Carlos Molina was bumped from fourth to fifth.  

Also on the card, Terence Crawford won a unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov in a ten round lightweight bout. All three judges saw the contest 100-90. Crawford lifted his dossier to 22-0 (16). Klimov dipped to 16-1 (8).

 

Crawford moved from sixth to fifth among the SecondsOut lightweight elite. Yuriorkis Gamboa fell from fifth to sixth. Klimov exited the top ten for the time being. Paulus Moses climbed back into the top ten at tenth. 

 

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 13:

 

On Friday, October 11:
At Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Jessie Vargas versus Ray Narh in a ten round welterweight bout

 

On Saturday, October 12:
At Polideportivo Gustavo Toro Rodriguez, San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina: Juan Carlos Reveco versus Ricardo Nunez in a twelve round WBA flyweight title bout

At Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Timothy Bradley versus Juan Manuel Marquez in a twelve round WBO welterweight title bout; Orlando Salido versus Orlando Cruz in a twelve round vacant WBO featherweight title bout
 
To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below http://www.digenie.net/sorankings/p_so_world.asp 



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