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Ranked fights this week:
- Junior Welterweight: (7) Shohjahon Ergashev vs Dzmitry Miliusha, Nov. 16
- Lightweight: (8) Javier Fortuna vs Antonio Lozada, Nov. 21
- Flyweight: (8) Cristofer Rosales vs Carlos Ariel Farias, Nov. 20
None of these are even very good fights, with Lozada a big underdog but the most likely to potentially cause some waves.
Upcoming Fights: (9) Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa, Dec. 12 … (2) Anthony Joshua vs (7) Kubrat Pulev, Dec. 12 … (5) Alexander Povetkin vs (6) Dillian Whyte, Jan. 30
Upcoming Fights: (9) Michal Cieslak vs Taylor Mabika, Dec. 5 … (2) Krzysztof Glowacki vs (8) Lawrence Okolie, Dec. 12 … (7) Arsen Goulamirian vs Yury Kashinsky, Dec. 13 … (3) Ilunga Makabu vs TBA, Dec. 19 … (5) Kevin Lerena vs Patrick Ferguson, Dec. 19
Upcoming Fights: (7) Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan, Nov. 28 … (8) Gilberto Ramirez vs Alfonso Lopez, Dec. 19 … (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Adam Deines, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (7) Daniel Jacobs vs Gabriel Rosado, Nov. 27 … (5) Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray, Dec. 4
Upcoming Fights: (4) Demetrius Andrade vs TBA [super middleweight], Nov. 27 … (10) Matt Korobov vs Ronald Ellis, Dec. 12 … (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (8) Michel Soro vs Ismail Iliev, Dec. 13 … (3) Brian Castano vs (9) Patrick Teixeira, TBA
Notes: Terence Crawford picked up another win Saturday, blasting Kell Brook in the fourth round to retain the WBO belt. The bigger discussion is what Crawford does now, as it’s no secret anymore that he’s frustrated with his position in terms of available matchmaking, and that his Top Rank deal runs out in a little less than a year, reportedly. He could fight again. He could let the contract expire and not fighting for about a year. If he fights again, Manny Pacquiao’s his biggest option by miles, but Pacquiao may not be interested anymore, with the McGregor thing seeming to be his focus. Listen, if you had Crawford No. 1 last week, you still do. If you had him No. 2 last week, you still do. He looked good against Brook. He’s a fantastic fighter. We’ll see how Errol Spence does in a few weeks before potentially making adjustments.
Upcoming Fights: (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (6) Danny Garcia, Dec. 5
Upcoming Fights: (7) Shohjahon Ergashev vs Dzmitry Miliusha, Nov. 16 … (8) Jack Catterall vs Abderrazak Houya, Nov. 28
Upcoming Fights: (8) Javier Fortuna vs Antonio Lozada, Nov. 21 … (5) Luke Campbell vs (9) Ryan Garcia, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (7) Shakur Stevenson vs Toka Kahn Clary, Dec. 12 … (3) Jamel Herring vs (9) Carl Frampton, TBA … (1) Miguel Berchelt vs (6) Oscar Valdez, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (9) Ryan Walsh vs Jazza Dickens, Dec. 2
Upcoming Fights: TBA
Upcoming Fights: (3) Nonito Donaire vs (6) Emmanuel Rodriguez, Dec. 19 … (8) Takuma Inoue vs Keita Kurihara, Jan. 14
Notes: Moloney re-enters at No. 10, and some shuffling on the back end. The disaster with the Franco-Moloney rematch on Saturday didn’t tell us a ton, sure, because it was only two rounds, but it was two good rounds for Moloney, and maybe he should’ve won a TKO instead of getting a ND. If he had, he’d be back in at No. 7, with Franco at 8, Cintron at 9, and Rodriguez at 10. And that’s what I’ll do if the decision gets overturned, which is still possible. I decided to drop McWilliams Arroyo, who doesn’t have any big advantages over Rodriguez or Cintron or Moloney, and sort of bounces between 112 and 115, anyway. We’ll have Kosei Tanaka in the division by the end of the year (knock on wood); if Tanaka wins, he shoots up into the top four and should be a player for a while.
Upcoming Fights: (4) Kazuto Ioka vs Kosei Tanaka, Dec. 31
Upcoming Fights: (8) Cristofer Rosales vs Carlos Ariel Farias, Nov. 20 … (3) Moruti Mthalane vs Jayson Mama, Dec. 20 … (1) Kosei Tanaka vs Kazuto Ioka, Dec. 31 [junior bantamweight]
Upcoming Fights: TBA
Upcoming Fights: (1) Wanheng Menayothin vs Petchmanee Kokietgym, Nov. 27
Upcoming Fights: (3) Errol Spence Jr vs Danny Garcia, Dec. 5 … (9) Miguel Berchelt vs Oscar Valdez, Dec. 12
Notes: Katie Taylor won another one on Saturday, dominating a very brave but very over-matched Miriam Gutierrez. Nothing changes from that. There are bigger, further defining fights for Taylor to make, and honestly, even if you have Shields No. 1 as I do, Taylor may organically overtake Claressa just because there are better fights going forward for Katie than there are for Shields. That’s not Shields’ fault, but Taylor has more big statement wins she may be able to get, and Shields is running really short already. Once (if) she gets her fight with Marie-Eve Dicaire rescheduled, what more can she do at 154? Shields has Dicaire, Savannah Marshall back at 160, and that’s about it on the radar right now. If she were to beat both of them, there’s very little out there, while Taylor has, like, two or three years worth of good options at least, if she keeps winning. That’s not necessarily forecasting, by the way, just thinking out loud about what could be coming.
Upcoming Fights: (1) Claressa Shields vs Marie-Eve Dicaire, TBA … (5) Jessica McCaskill vs (6) Cecilia Braekhus, TBA