While two boxers in the Boxrec computer rankings were active since my last update, after the Mayweather-Mosley fight, there weren't any changes in the rankings. This month's update will mostly discuss news regarding what's up next for rest of the top ten.
10. Lucian Bute (26-0-0, 21 KO) Super Middleweight
Bute is still searching for his next opponent after annihilating Edison Miranda. What has been decided is that the IBF title fight will take place July 24th in Bute's native Romania.
9. Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO) Lightweight
Marquez will defend his lightweight titles (WBO, WBA Super and Ring) on July 31 against Juan Diaz. The bout is a rematch of their 2009 fight of the year. While Marquez and Diaz have both have lost since then, which takes some of the luster out of the matchup, expect a spirited fight.
8. Shane Mosley (46-6-0, 39 KO) Welterweight
Mosley is still licking his wounds after a decisive loss to Floyd Mayweather last month. There's no word yet on his future plans. Either way, the future hall of famer has earned the right to take his time and do whatever he thinks is best.
7. Paul Williams (39-1-0, 27 KO) Junior Middleweight
"The Punisher" came out on top in his fight with Kermit Cintron recently. The fight, however, was a major disappointment due to the strange circumstances under which it ended. For those who haven't been keeping track, the fight was stopped by the doctor after Cintron fell out of the ring in the fourth round.
Kermit wants a rematch. But considering that the fight wasn't that great for the few rounds it lasted, that may not happen. Williams is looking to move down to welterweight with the hope of landing a big fight with one of the sport's top dogs. Good luck with that...
6. Chad Dawson (29-0-0, 17 KO) Light Heavyweight
Dawson will defend his titles in Quebec against local favorite Jean Pacsal in August. This could finally be the kind of exciting fight that puts Dawson on the map as a big star. That is, of course, if he wins.
5. Vitali Klitschko (40-2-0, 38 KO) Heavyweight
Big brother dominated an over matched challenger in Germany this weekend. Stop me if you have heard that one before. At least this time his victim, Albert Sosnowski, was a game opponent, doing everything he could but still coming up woefully short.
Vitali has stated he plans to retire soon, so expect only a couple more fights out of him. The Russian giant Nikolay Valuez and brash Brit David Haye have been discussed as possible opponents.
4. Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KO) Light Heavyweight
Hopkins insists he wants to continue his career, and he certainly has the right to do so. As much as I would rather see "The Executioner" think of his health and retire, a discussed rematch with Joe Calzaghe (possibly coming out of retirement this year) would at least draw some interest. It certainly couldn't be any worse than his last fight, a dreadfully pathetic affair against Roy Jones Jr.
3. Wladimir Klitschko (54-3-0, 48 KO) Heavyweight
Klitschko has tried to embarrass fellow belt holder David Haye into a fight by insulting Haye's manhood. At last word though, no deal has been made. Haye's people say they are getting low ball offers, Klitschko's say Haye is just afraid. The whole situation is becoming quite tedious, and is not doing the Heavyweight division (always in need of a boost in this era) any favors.
2. Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KO) Welterweight
The fighting Filipino is now also the umm, legislating Filipino? Congrats to Manny on winning his congressional election. In other good news, he and his promoter Bob Arum are doing a fine job of keeping negotiations with Floyd Mayweather out of the media. While it may seem like a long shot to find a compromise on drug testing, at least we haven't had to hear each side go back and forth about it every day.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0, 25 KO) Welterweight
Don't look now, but Mayweather also seems to be keeping pretty quiet about negotiations with Pacquiao. With all the egos involved in this potential super fight, it is a great sign that we aren't hearing them play the blame game.
If the fight doesn't happen, Sergio Martinez seems eager to step in as Mayweather's next opponent. A middleweight title would make Mayweather a six division champion.
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