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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings Nov-11-14

Photo © Rich Graessle/ Main-Events
Photo © Rich Graessle/ Main-Events

By Derek Bonnett

Bernard Hopkins lost and he lost badly. However, losing badly two months shy of fifty years of age is still pretty good. Especially when the lopsided unanimous decision scores came against, the new SecondsOut number one rated light heavyweight in the world, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, who is not exactly used to hearing the judges final tallies in his fights. I expected Kovalev to finish Bernard to the body, but the end result confirmed two things. I was right about the victor and I am still guilty of underestimating Hopkins, even if it is just by a little. All that’s left now is for Kovalev, owner of three quarters of the "legitimate" light heavyweight world titles, to meet Adonis Stevenson, who holds the final piece of the pie. Regrettably, we don’t know that fight will happen and instead will have to hope for Kovalev to meet his amateur rival Artur Beterbiev somewhere down the line.


What we should know is this: Bernard Hopkins will fight again.

The only way Hopkins leaves the professional prize ring is on his own terms. Hopkins hasn’t compromised much with his career and putting the final stamp on it will be his and his decision alone. Let’s face it, at worst, he’s the number three light heavyweight in the world in spite of him not winning a single round against Kovalev. There will be those, slightly blinded supporters, who insert him in at number two. Where he rates is unimportant though. The focus here is that Hopkins will fight again. I am so sure of this because Hopkins, like so many other boxers before him, has an addiction. This addiction is to the drug LGRTR or "Let’s Get Ready to Rumble".


The power this drug has over fighters has been keeping faded legends, hall of famers, former champions, fringe contenders, and outright journeyman lacing up the leather for far longer than they should have. Even those who eventually beat the addiction remain addicts for life. Just look at Oscar De La Hoya last night. Seriously, go back to your DVR and re-watch the introduction to Kovalev-Hopkins. Look directly behind Michael Buffer as he gets things started. There you see Oscar loosening his arms. Just before Buffer sends out his calling card, Oscar closes his eyes and is transported back to some prize ring alongside the Ghost of Victories Past. Maybe it was to Barcelona or perhaps one of the nights he defeated Ike Quartey or Fernando Vargas. Wherever it was he wore a huge smile.


From just a small hit of LGRTR, Oscar was wishing he was back in direct competition. So too will Bernard, for he surrounds himself with the sport of boxing and his role with Golden Boy Promotions will keep him around his drug of choice for as long as he inhabits that position. We will see Hopkins in the ring again. Most likely, we will see him victorious post-fifty. Hopefully, that will be enough for The Executioner and Alien to say enough’s enough and leave on his own terms.


SecondsOut rated fighters On the Move:

On Thursday, November 6, in Bangkok, Thailand, Oswaldo Novoa surrendered on his stool after eight rounds with Wanheng Menayothin in a WBC minimumweight title bout. Menayothin claimed his first world title via ninth round retirement. The official time was the 3:00 mark. Menayothin raised his record to 36-0 (12). Novoa, a Cinderella Man former champion, fell to 14-5-1 (9).


Menayothin placed a vise-like grip on his number three ranking among SecondsOut’s top minimumweights. With number two rated Francisco Rodriguez Jr. vacating the IBF title on October 1 (but hanging on to the WBO belt), a rise back up to 108 is likely, but not official. Novoa fell from fifth to seventh. Knockout CP Freshmart and Carlos Buitrago each climbed one ranking.


On Saturday, November 8, at Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany, Robert Stieglitz and Felix Sturm fought to a draw in a twelve round super middleweight bout. One judge saw the bout even while the other two had split scores of 115-113 for each man. Stieglitz saw his record move to 47-4-1 (27). Sturm’s ledger now stands at 39-4-3 (18).


Stieglitz fell from fourth to sixth in the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings. Andre Ward, dropped to tenth last month, has been dropped for one year of inactivity allowing for Sturm to climb aboard in the ten spot.


At Auditorio General Arteaga, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico, Andres Gutierrez won a unanimous decision over Jairo Hernandez in a ten round super bantamweight bout. Gutierrez raised his dossier to 31-0-1 (22). Hernandez plummeted to 10-8 (3).


Gutierrez upheld his number seven SecondsOut rating at super bantamweight.


Also on the card, Ganigan Lope defeated Genaro Rios by third round TKO. Lopez ended the night at 2:28 of the round. Lopez’ record improved to 25-5 (16). Rios fell to a reported 0-2.


Lopez kept on as the number eight ranked light flyweight at SecondsOut.


At Krakow Arena, Krakow, Poland, Tomasz Adamek lost a unanimous decision to Artur Szpilka in a ten round heavyweight bout. Szpilka prevailed by scores of 98-92 and 96-94 twice. Szpilka improved his ledger to 17-1 (12). Adamek fell to 49-4 (29).


Adamek fell out of the SecondsOut heavyweight rankings. Michael Perez took over the ten spot with Szpilka closing in on a top ten rating.


At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Bernard Hopkins was soundly outpointed by Sergey Kovalev in a twelve round WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight unification bout. Kovalev dropped Hopkins in round one and continued to dominate for scores of 120-106 and 120-107 twice. Kovalev unified three quarters of the light heavyweight crown and raised his record to 26-0-1 (23). Hopkins fell to 55-7-2 (32).


Kovalev climbed from third to first in the SecondsOut light heavyweight rankings. Stevenson dipped from first to second. Hopkins fell from second to third.


Also on the card, Vyacheslav Glazkov scored a seventh round TKO of Darnell Wilson in a heavyweight bout. Glazkov climbed to 19-0-1 (12). Wilson stumbled to 25-18-3 (21).


Glazkov held on to his number six ranking in SecondsOut’s heavyweight standings.


At Events Center, Pharr, Texas, USA, Chris Avalos stopped Jose Cen Torres in five rounds of a featherweight contest. Avalos elevated his numbers to 25-2 (18). Torres fell to 13-6 (1).


Avalos retained his number six SecondsOut ranking among the world’s best super bantamweights.


SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, November 16, 2014:


On Thursday, November 13, at Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C., USA, Carlos Cuadras versus Marvin Mabait/Sonny Boy Jaro (mixed reports) in a twelve round WBC super flyweight title bout


On Friday, November 14, at Coliseo Pedrin Zorilla, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, Michael Farenas versus Jose Pedraza in a twelve round super featherweight bout


On Saturday, November 15, at O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko versus Kubrat Pulev in a twelve round WBA/WBO/IBF heavyweight title bout


At Hershey Center, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Youri Kayembre Kalenga versus Denton Daley in a twelve round interim WBA cruiserweight title bout


At Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Yuriorkis Gamboa versus Joel Montes de Oca in a ten round lightweight bout


At Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, Donnie Nietes versus Carlos Velarde in a twelve round WBO light flyweight title bout; Milan Melindo versus Saul Juarez in a twelve round light flyweight bout; Francisco Rodriguez Jr. versus Vergilio Silvano in a ten round light flyweight bout; Merlito Sabillo versus Faris Nenggo in a ten round minimumweight bout


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