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On the Move: MaxBoxing World Rankings 7-28-15

Photo © Rich Graessle, Main Events
Photo © Rich Graessle, Main Events

By Derek Bonnett

One of the most consistent aspects of professional boxing is erratic scoring. Not every bad scoring job yields a victory to the wrong fighter, but a controversial winner certainly gets boxing aficionados fired up to critique the work of a judge. This weekend, like so many, saw three judges in unison deliver a poor verdict to the wrong fighter, screwing over a rising prospect. It almost could have been predicted. Prior to his bout with Yuniesky Gonzalez, Jean Pascal was pretty much slated for a rematch with Sergey Kovalev. The two fight a competitive, but not close fight in their ten round affair. Most observers had Gonzalez ahead by four points, but Pascal was awarded the victory by two. So, the official judges saw matters at a six point swing from unofficial judges, writers, and fans, etc.


The outcry was mild, but boxing fans have had to stomach quite a few questionable decisions through seven months of 2015. Few saw light heavyweight contender Cedric Agnew split decision loss to Samuel Clarkson in February, but more than a few who did felt it stunk. The month of March yielded one of the worst when Vyacheslav Glazkov received a unanimous nod over Steve Cunningham in a heavyweight bout. Glazkov has put together a string of lucky performances. In April, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson fought a rather ambiguous twelve rounder which saw Garcia remaining unbeaten by majority decision, but the outcry for this decision was perhaps the biggest of 2015. Similarly, Kazuto Ioka, Robert Guerrero, and Jamie Conlan each won competitive bouts, which fans felt the loser did more. Just last week, of course, Anthony Crolla was held to a draw against Darleys Perez in a bout most felt should have crowned him champion.

Each bout has its following for the year’s Controversial Decision of the Year award, but even the most naive of fans knows that it is only July and boxing fans, the gluttonous lot that we are, have not seen the last of inept scoring for 2015. Not by a country mile!


SecondsOut ranked fighters On the Move:

On Saturday, July 25, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Sergey Kovalev stopped Nadjib Mohammedi in three rounds of a WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight title bout. Kovalev dropped Mohammedi in rounds two and three. The official time of the stoppage was 2:38 of round three. Kovalev defended his unified titles for the second time and lifted his ledger to 28-0-1 (25). Mohammedi crashed to 37-4-0 (23).


Kovalev remained SecondsOut’s number one light heavyweight in the world today.


Also on the card, Jean Pascal received a controversial unanimous decision over Yuniesky Gonzalez in a ten round light heavyweight bout. Pascal won by three scores of 96-94. Pascal upped his dossier to 30-3-1 (17). Gonzalez dipped to 16-1-0 (12).


Pascal fell from seventh to eighth in the SecondsOut light heavyweight rankings and still may possibly rematch Pascal in the fall. Gonzalez entered the SecondsOut rankings at number ten. Eleider Alvarez stepped out of the top ten.


Also on this date, at Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California, USA, Brian Viloria stopped Omar Soto in the first round of a flyweight rematch. Viloria thrice decked Soto in the opening round. Viloria lifted his numbers to 36-4-0 (22). Soto crashed to 23-12-2 (15).


Viloria remained SecondsOut’s number sixth rated flyweight in the world today.


Also On the Move, Yoan Pablo Hernandez fell from fourth to tenth in the SecondsOut cruiserweight rankings due to eleven months of inactivity. Hernandez will be dropped upon reaching one year without a bout. The previous rated fifth through tenth fighters each advanced one ranking.


SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, August 2, 2015:


On Saturday, August 1:

At Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, Danny Garcia versus Paulie Malignaggi in a twelve round welterweight bout; Daniel Jacobs versus Sergio Mora in a twelve round WBA middleweight title bout


For a more in depth look at Derek Bonnett’s MaxBoxing / SecondsOut world rankings:

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