Updates, 20 January 2015: *** The main event turned out to be considerably less exciting than the televised opener which saw Jr. welterweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. knocked down four times and Amir Imam down once before stopping his dangerous rival on a dangerous night. “The Young Master” turned heads, old and young. The Transnational Rankings Board has him on the radar.
Second-ranked Jr. Featherweight Leo Santa Cruz served notice with a right hand that Jesus Ruiz would not be going the distance. Santa Cruz stopped Ruiz in round eight and holds on to his ranking. We join boxing fans and expect that Al Haymon will stop stalling and put him in the ring against division king Guillermo Rigondeaux, Carl Frampton, or even Abner Mares at Featherweight –without excu$e$.
Last week we posed the question: “Does Bermane “B WARE” Stiverne deserve his #3 ranking? Should Deontay Wilder be ranked #6… or higher?” The answer is as clear as a ringside bell: Stiverne lost his #3 ranking at Heavyweight after a surprisingly stale effort against the sixth- and now third-ranked “Bronze Bomber.” Wilder tested Stiverne’s chin several times, found it solid, and showed adaptability and maturity in letting go of his 100% KO rate to box him from range. ***
The Champions as recognised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:
|Division||Name||Record - W-L-D (KO)||Nationality|
|Heavyweight||Wladimir Klitschko||63-3-0 (53)||UKR|
|Light Heavyweight||Adonis Stevenson||25-1-0 (21)||CAN|
|Super Middleweight||Andre Ward||27-0-0 (14)||USA|
|Middleweight||Miguel Cotto||39-4-0 (32)||PR|
|Junior Middleweight||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||47-0-0 (26)||USA|
|Junior Welterweight||Danny Garcia||29-0-0 (17)||USA|
|Lightweight||Terence Crawford||25-0-0 (17)||USA|
|Junior Featherweight||Guillermo Rigondeaux||15-0-0 (10)||CUB|
|Flyweight||Roman Gonzalez||41-0-0 (35)||NIC|
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 at least twenty-five respected boxing journalists and record keepers from around the world who are uncompromised by so-called sanctioning bodies and promoters.