Updates, 22 April 2014: ***Somewhere out there, the “Ole Mongoose” Archie Moore was cheering fellow-great Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins Saturday night. Hopkins astounded the boxing world again with a one-sided beat-down of sixth-ranked Light Heavyweight Beibut Shumenov. It’s an accomplishment that compares well with Roberto Duran’s last stand against the dangerous Iran Barkley and George Foreman’s jaw-dropping return to the heavyweight throne twenty years after Ali toppled him in 1974. Don’t let middle age get you down! Age and guile, said Moore, defeat youth and speed. Hopkins, not Kovalev, is the number-one ranked contender under the throne, and Adonis Stevenson’s crown is looking twice as unsteady now.
Welterweight Paulie Malignaggi was stopped by Shawn Porter; but he went down standing up. How many fighters would have accepted such a challenge? We salute the Magic Man.
Third-ranked Strawweight Jesus Silvestre made a mistake. He fought unheralded and unranked Eduardo Martinez in an over-the-weight, stay-busy bout, and lost. Martinez has had only three ten-round bouts, and this wasn’t one of them.***
The Champions as recognised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:
|Division||Name||Record - W-L-D (KO)||Nationality|
|Heavyweight||Wladimir Klitschko||61-3-0 (51)||UKR|
|Light Heavyweight||Adonis Stevenson||21-1-0 (18)||HAI|
|Super Middleweight||Andre Ward||27-0-0 (14)||USA|
|Middleweight||Sergio Martinez||50-2-2 (28)||ARG|
|Junior Middleweight||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||45-0-0 (26)||USA|
|Junior Welterweight||Danny Garcia||27-0-0 (16)||USA|
|Junior Featherweight||Guillermo Rigondeaux||12-0-0 (8)||CUB|
|Flyweight||Akira Yaegashi||17-3-0 (9)||JPN|
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OUR MISSION: The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board was formed in October 2012 as a not-for-profit initiative to provide boxing with authoritative top-ten rankings, identify the singular world champion of every division by strict reasoning and common sense, and to insist on the sport’s reform. Board membership includes over thirty respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around the world who are uncompromised by so-called sanctioning bodies and promoters.