By Paul Upham: The World Boxing Organization released its July 2001 ratings this week with the following changes of note:
Heavyweight: No changes in the top eight with No.1 Kirk Johnson and No.2 Vitali Klitschko (right) unchanged behind champion Wladimir Klitschko (left). No.3 Lennox Lewis, No.4 Chris Byrd and No.5 Danny Williams make up the top five. Obed Sullivan moves up two places to No.9 and Jameel “Big Time” McCline is a new entry at No.12 after his impressive win over Michael Grant in July. Former No.9 Charles Shufford who lost in his bid against champion Klitschko on July 28 has been removed from the ratings.
Cruiserweight: Italy’s Vincenzo Cantatore is the new No.1 and Alexander Gourov from Russia is the new No.2 both moving up one place. Marcelo Dominguez has fallen eight places to No.9 and has reportedly retired. Louis Azille moves up one place to No.3 and former two-division champion James Toney moves up three places to No.4. Arthur Williams moves up one place to No.7 while former WBA light heavyweight champion Lou Del Valle has been removed from the ratings after fighting for the WBA light heavyweight title.
Light Heavyweight : Australia’s Glenn Kelly is the new No.1 moving up one place, replacing Thomas Ulrich who falls eight places to No.9. “Mr KO” Julian Letterlough who challenges IBF cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov next week, climbs two places to No.2, while Clinton Woods is up three places to No.3. Former IBF champion Reggie Johnson is up one place to No.4, while Antonio Tarver is up three places to No.5. Richard Hall, who was scheduled to face champion Darius Michalczewski on September 15 until the German Pol was injured this week, has made an amazing appearance at No.7 after not being rated the previous month. Glencoffe Johnson is a new entry at No.9 and former WBA 168 lb. champion Bruno Girard has been removed from the ratings after drawing with Lou Del Valle for the WBA light heavyweight belt.
Super Middleweight: No changes in the top 15 with No.1 Freeman Barr and No.2 Omar Sheika behind champion Joe Calzaghe.
Middleweight: Harry Simon is now a two division champion after successfully winning the 160lbs belt and relinquishing his WBO junior middleweight title. Erland Betare is the new No.1 contender after Howard Eastman has been moved to the No.1 slot at 154lbs No.2 Andras Galfi, No.3 Cristian Sanavia, No.4 Hector Velazco and No.5 Tito Mendoza all shuffle up one place. Former WBA champion William Joppy is a new entry at No.8 replacing former champion Hacine Cherifi who drops seven places to No.15. Bert Schenk from Germany moves up three places to No.7.
Junior middleweight : Howard Eastman is the new No.1 contender for the vacant belt in a strange move, coming down from No.1 at middleweight. Roman Karmazin who is likely to face Oscar De La Hoya on December 8 remains unchanged at No.2. No.3 Yory Boy Campas, No.4 Takaloo and No.5 Francisco Mora all move up one place. Fernando Vargas (No.1) and Winky Wright (No. 3) have been removed from the ratings after confirmation of their WBA and IBF world title bouts. No.6 Fathi Missaoui and No.7 Juan Candelo move up one place each while Corey Johnson is a new entry at No.8.
Welterweight : No.2 Michael Trabant and No.3 Cory Spinks have traded places while No.1 Antonio Margarito remains constant behind champion Daniel Santos. Antonio Diaz has moved up seven places to No.4 while Thomas Damgaard falls one place to No.5. Italy’s Michele Piccirillo has been removed from the ratings.
Junior welterweight: No.1 Richard Hatton, No.2 Gianluca Branco and No.3 Randall Bailey remain constant behind champion DeMarcus Corley. No.4 Antonio Mesquita and No.5 Oktay Urkal have swapped places while Wilfredo Vilches moves up three places to No.8. NABO champion Henry Bruseles from Puerto Rico moves up four places to No.10.
Lightweight: Brazil’s Xuxa Do Nascimiento remains at No.1 behind champion Artur Grigorian. Juan Lazcano moves up one place to No.2 switching places with No.3 Juan Gomez. Julio Diaz moves up three places to No.6, with No.7 Stefano Zoff, No.8 Alex Trujillo and No.9 Dennis Holbaek all dropping back one place. Leo Dorin makes his debut at No.14.
Super featherweight: No changes in the top six with NABO champion Daniel Attah at No.1 and No.2 Jesus Chavez behind champion Acelino Freitas. No.7 Antonio Pitalua, No.8 Gary Thornhill and No.9 Luis Tyson Navarro all move up one space with Javier Alvarez falling eight places to No.15. Argentina’s Claudio Marinet is a new entry at No.10. Laszlo Bognar (No.13) and John Brown (No.15) have been removed from the ratings.
Featherweight: No changes in the top two with No.1 Marco Antonio Barrera and No.2 Prince Naseem Hamed behind champion Julio Pablo Chacon. No.3 Philippe Ndou, No.4 Juan Marquez, No.5 Augie Sanchez and No.6 Istvan Kovacs all move up one place with Guty Espadas falling seven places to No.10. William Abelyan from the USA is a new entry at No.7 and NABO champion Victor Santiago moves up six places to No.9. Antonio Diaz (No.9) and Robbie Peden (No.14) have been removed from the ranking’s.
Super-bantamweight: No changes in the top three with No.1 Johnny Tapia, No.2 Israel Vazquez and No.3 Marcos Licona behind champion Agapito Sanchez. NABO champion Joan Guzman from the Dominican Republic moves up seven places to No.4 and former WBA champion Bones Adams is a new entry at No.6. Jose Valbuena drops back one place to No.5 while Mexico’s Nicky Bentz is a new entry at No.9. Hector Avila has fallen eight places to No.15 while Michael Broadie (No.5) and Yobert Ortega (No.9) have been removed from the ranking’s.
Bantamweight: No changes in the top two with No.1 Danny Romero and No.2 Johnny Bredahl behind champion Mauricio Martinez. European champion Alexander Yagupov moves up one place to No.3, Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson moves up three places to No.4 and Pete Frissina moves up three places to No.5. Adan Vargas falls four places to No.7 and Gerardo Espinoza falls five places to No.10. No.8 Noel Wilders and No.9 Dimitri Kirilov both move up one place while Jose Sanjuanelo is a new entry at No.11.
Super flyweight: No.1 Vernie Torres remains in place behind champion Pedro Alcazar while No.2 Martin Castillo and No.3 Jorge Otero both move up one place each. No.4 Diego Morales has fallen two places while Mauricio Pastrana has moved up four places to No.8. Mexico’s Heriberto Ruiz is a new entry at No.9, while Jose Lopez (No.8) has been moved down to No.8 at flyweight.
Flyweight : No changes in the top seven with No.1 Alexander Mahmutov and No.2 Hussein Hussein behind champion Fernando Montiel. No.8 Jose Lopez is new in the division dropping down from junior bantamweight. No.9 David Guerault and No.10 Gilberto Keb have both been moved down two places.
Junior Flyweight : No.2 John Molina and No.3 Jake Matlala have swapped places while No.1 Fahlan Sakkreerin remains constant behind champion Nelson Dieppa. Alex Sanchez (No.8) has been removed from the division down to No.5 at mini-flyweight. No.8 Linglom Tawatchai and No.9 Hugo Cazarez have both moved up one place, while No.10 Melchor Cob Castro is a new entry.
Mini-Flyweight : No.5 Alex Sanchez drops down from junior flyweight in the only change in the top nine. No.1 Khulie Makeba and No.2 Yosam Choi remain constant behind champion Kermin Guardia from Colombia. Yura Dima has fallen five places to No.10.