Light heavyweight rankings (Boxing) August 2018Written by Leroy Cleveland
Tonight, knockout artist and WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1; 28 KOs) faces Eleider Alvarez (23-0; 11 KOs) in what could be the former's toughest assignment to date sans his Andre Ward showdowns.
Also, surging young star Dmitry Bivol, who owns the WBA version of the light heavyweight title, faces rugged, tough-as-nails Isaac Chilemba.
And in May, of course, WBC Champ Adonis Stevenson drew with Badou Jack.
The division is shaping up as one of the hottest in boxing following the retirement of consensus champion Andre Ward.
Boxing's most protected fighter?
So, what's the biggest match-up in light heavyweight boxing? It's a tough call because Kovalev vs Stevenson is still a beauty but I'll take Kovalev vs Bivol. The latter appears to be something special and the match-up would be intriguing given the fighters' styles and resumes, and Bivol's enhanced luster.
So, what about Adonis Stevenson (29-2, 24 KO)?
Remember when Adonis was the hottest fighter in boxing after knocking out Chad Dawson in 2013? He won in electrifying fashion to become the lineal/RING Magazine light heavyweight champion.
Stevenson wasn't just a belt-holder, he was a 'real and legitimate champion.' Nevertheless, his stock has dropped mightily since then despite the fact he hasn't lost since 2010 and is still the WBC light heavyweight champion. (His RING Magazine lineal title was stripped a while ago).
He continues to win and record KOs but is hardly a topic of conversation these days in comparison to most of his peers in the sport including Canelo, Golovkin, Kovalev, Wilder, Joshua, Lomachenko and more...In fact, he's no longer among the top 2 fighters discussed in his division. In the wake of Andre Ward's retirement, Sergey Kovalev and Dmitry Bivol dominate light heavyweight headlines these days.
Adonis fought only once in 2017 and once in 2016. And since his KO win over Dmitry Sukhotskiy in December 2014, Adonis has had a mere 5 fights.
And since his awesome stoppage of Chad Dawson, Adonis has drawn with Badou Jack and defeated Thomas Williams Jr, Tommy Karpency , Sakio Bika, Dmitry Sukhotskiy, Andrzej Fonfara (twice), Tony Bellew and Tavoris Cloud... All good fighters but none, sans (perhaps) Bellew, were top 4 light heavyweights at the time. Missing from that list are Andre Ward, Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal and Sergey Kovalev, the biggest names in the division since 2011.
To become a powerbroker again in boxing, Adonis must defeat Kovalev, Bivol or IBF king Artur Beterbiev. It's just that simple. At this point, even a win over Badou Jack, who he drew with last May, would certainly restore some lost momentum and credibility.
And to Stevenson's credit, he hadn't shown any signs of slowing down prior to May's draw and has looked sensational, overall, the few times he's fought since 2013. Although Adonis is a "young 40," he must make a move soon because he's not as young as springtime.
Light Heavyweight Belt-holders
- WBO CHAMPION: Sergey Kovalev (Russia)
- WBA CHAMPION: Dmitry Bivol (Russia)
- IBF CHAMPION: Artur Beterbiev (Russia)
- WBC CHAMPION: Adonis Stevenson (Haiti / Canada)
Biggest Fight in Division
Sergey Kovalev vs Dmitry Bivol
RING MAGAZINE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS | August 2018
1.SERGEY KOVALEV - WBO CHAMPION
32-2-1 (28 KOS)
2.DMITRY BIVOL - WBA CHAMPION
13-0-0 (11 KOS)
3.ADONIS STEVENSON - WBC CHAMPION
29-1-1 (24 KOS)
22-1-3 (13 KOS)
23-0-0 (11 KOS)
15-0-0 (12 KOS)
7.ARTUR BETERBIEV - IBF CHAMPION
12-0-0 (12 KOS)
21-2-0 (14 KOS)
21-0-0 (16 KOS)
10.JOE SMITH JR.
24-2-0 (20 KOS)
WBO LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS | July 2018
CHAMPION: SERGEY KOVALEV RUS
1 Anthony Yarde (WBO Europe) (Int-Cont) UK
2 Marcus Browne USA
3 Mike Lee (NABO) USA
4 Sean Monaghan USA
5 Dominic Boesel GER
6 Damien Hooper (International) AUST
7 Robert Parzeczewski POL
8 Eleider Alvarez COL
9 Badou Jack SWD
10 Joe Smith, Jr. USA
Who did Mike Lee defeat to earn that No. 3 ranking?
WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS | August 2018
CHAMPION: ADONIS STEVENSON (HAITI/CANADA)
WON TITLE: June 8, 2013
LAST DEFENSE: May 19, 2018
LAST COMPULSORY: November 30, 2013 (Seriously?)
INTERIM CHAMPION:OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK (UKRAINE)
1 .- Badou Jack (Gambia/Sweden)
2 .- Marcus Browne (US)
3 .- Joe Smith Jr. (US)
4 .- Karo Murat (Germany)
5 .- Igor Mikhalkin (Russia)
6 .- Sean Monaghan (US)
7 .- Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (Ukraine/US)
8 .- Dominic Boesel (Germany) EBU
9 .- Blake Caparello (Australia)
10 .- Doudou Ngumbu (Congo/France) FRANCOPHONE
11 .- Enrico Koelling (Germany)
12 .- Felix Valera (Dom. R.) LATINO
13 .- Sullivan Barrera (Cuba)
14 .- Mehdi Amar (France)
15 .- Damien Hooper (Australia) * CBP/P
WBA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS | July 2018
CHAMPION - DMITRY BIVOL RUS
Won Title 05-21-16
Last Defense 03-03-18
1 BADOU JACK SWE
2 MARCUS BROWNE USA
3 KARO MURAT ARM
4 SULLIVAN BARRERA CUB
5 SHEFAT ISUFI SRB
6 FELIX VALERA LAC DOM
7 JOE SMITH JR USA
8 MIKE LEE USA
9 JUERGEN BRAEHMER GER
10 JEAN PASCAL CAN
11 JOE FOURNIER INT GBR
12 ISAAC CHILEMBA MAW
13 PIERRE DIBOMBE I/C FRA
14 CHARLES FOSTER NABA USA
15 REAGAN DESSAIX OCEANIA
Dmitry Bivol might be rated a Top 5 or 10 pound for pound fighter by August 2019.
You're going to love this...The IBF rankings haven't been updated since June and appear to be in total disarray.
IBF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS | June 2018
CHAMPION: ARTUR BETERBIEV
Title won: Nov 11. 2017
Mandatory: Jan 30. 2017
Defended: Nov 30
1 NOT RATED
2 NOT RATED
3 Karo Murat Germany
4 Dominic Bosel Germany
5 Anthony Yarde England
6 Enrico Koelling Germany
7 Callum Johnson England
8 Sean Monaghan United States
9 Adam Deines Germany
10 Marcus Browne United States
11 Umar Salamov Ukraine
12 Meng Fanlong China
13 Michael Lee United States
14 Sven Fornling Sweden
15 Robert Parzecezewski Poland
What was that?
No Badou Jack? No Sullivan Barrera?
And are slots 1 and 2 open to the highest bidder?
The IBF need to get things in order.