Reassessing the 140 Pound Division After Alexander-Kotelnik

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Reassessing the 140 Pound Division After Alexander-Kotelnik

Devon Alexander was widely considered the best 140 pound fighter in the world before last night. Does his close call shake up the rankings at 140?

To put it into one word, no. He had a tough fight, but honestly every young fighter has a tough fight early in his career.

So these were my rankings before the fight last night.

1. Timothy Bradley

2. Devon Alexander

3. Amir Khan

4. Marcos Maidana

5. Juan Urango

6. Victor Ortiz

7. Andriy Kotelnik

8. Paulie Malignaggi

9. Lamont Peterson

10. Kaizer Mabuza

The close fight last night barely registered on my rankings. After tonight they look something like this.

1. Timothy Bradley

2. Devon Alexander

3. Amir Khan

4. Marcos Maidana

5. Andriy Kotelnik

6. Juan Urango

7. Victor Ortiz

8. Paulie Malignaggi

9. Lamont Peterson

10. Kaizer Mabuza

The only real difference is Kotelnik jumping up two spots and cracking the top five. I will be the first to admit I hate having Maidana ahead of Kotelnik, but Maidana has been too impressive.

When you look at my top 10, the first four is the exact same as The Ring. The only difference some people will have is Alexander on top, but that top four is pretty standard.

After that my rankings go differently than a lot of others. Urango sits at six due to these two title reigns and opponent opposition, and Ortiz sits at seven because he has faced okay opposition and only has lost (legitimately) to a titleholder.

Malignaggi sits at eight due to my personal fondness for him and the fact he has had title reigns and he fights the best day in and day out.

Peterson has one loss in a tough fight to Bradley, and Mabuza has a solid knockout win over Kendall Holt.

That leaves me to talk about Kotelnik and Alexander. I obviously had him counted out after the loss to Khan, and who could blame me?

He was totally outclassed and lost every round of that fight. Although he was a former titlist he had won the belt against an okay titleholder and defended it against a weak opponent.

Then he beat Maidana legitimately and that stands out as his best win. Khan steamrolled him and he appeared to be done at the top level.

This was before we realized how special Khan may be. Khan may be the future of the division and the loss looks even better now.

That leaves me with Alexander. He is still the number two guy in the division without a doubt.

He ran into a guy who had a perfect game plan and brilliant execution. Alexander didn’t have a good game plan and didn’t adapt.

Alexander fought bravely and won a disputed decision. If you ask me, Kotelnik fought the fight of his li. fe and did it on the biggest stage of his career.

So there you have the reassessing of the 140 pound division. I would love for you to weigh in and tell me who your top 10 is.

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