After this past weekend's huge card at the Barclays Center and the return of David Haye, it is interesting to note that the Transnational Boxing Rankings only slightly adjusted their positions in the Heavyweight division.
Charles Martin's unsatisfying victory over Vyacheslav Glazkov caused the most change to the ranking after this past weekend. Falling from the Top 10 is American Bryant Jennings who lost to #4 ranked Luis Ortiz this past December. Falling from #8 to #10 is the Ukraine's Glazkov, who tore his knee and had to quit in the third round of his bout with Martin.
Newly crowned IBF World Champion Martin makes his debut in the Top 10 in the number 9 spot, and Britain's undefeated Anthony Joshua moved up a spot to number 8. As for Martin, he has a target on his back, as many heavyweights will be lured by his IBF belt. It was no later than the post-fight press conferences before Britain's Dereck Chisora issued a challenge. Who Martin will fight next may be the biggest question mark in the weight class right now.
Holding steady in the number three spot is WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, who scored a 9th round knock-out of challenger Artur Szpilka. Wilder stopped Szpilka with one punch after an entertaining, close affair, but the performance was not enough to move him up over #2 Alexander Povetkin. Wilder will now likely face Povetkin as the mandatory challenger for the WBC title, a scenario where the champion is actually looking up at his challenger in the rankings.
David Haye did not crack the Top 10, and he is probably not close, but he is a force to be reckoned with in the division. His return after a 3 1-2 year absence aired on “Dave” television in the United Kingdom and attracted more than 4 million viewers at peak. Those are huge numbers, especially when you consider the United Kingdom's population is roughly 1/6 that of the United States. The “Hayemaker” is back, and he is already talking showdown with Anthony Joshua.
The weekend of January 22nd and 23rd saw several Heavyweight fights on the calendar across the globe.
On Friday the 22nd ShoBox The New Generation Feature undefeated Heavyweight Jerrell Miller (15-0-1) taking on Donovan Dennis (12-2) at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. That bout ended when Miller in the 7th round with Miller taking the bout. Dennis weathered a storm as he went down two times in the opening round, but Miller was too much.
Saturday saw Premier Boxing Champions at the Staples Center, and that card featured Heavyweight action as 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (16-0) faced veteran slugger Amir Mansour (22-1-1). This fight was moved from the undercard at the Barclays Center to a week later in LA to get the big boys into the telecast, which aired FOX. Mansour was ahead on the cards when he was unable to answer the bell for the sixth round due to a jaw injury.
Saturday also saw Heavyweight action in far-off Samoa, as New Zealand's Joseph Parker (17-0) fought Jason Bergman (25-11-2). Parker is on the cusp of a top 10 ranking, and he fought this bout as the main event in Samoa, the tiny island country with a population of 200,000 where his family hails from. Parker was too much for Bergman, earning the stop in the 8th round to run his record to 18-0 with 16 knock out victories.
Further along on the calendar, March 5th sees Australia's Lucas Browne (23-0) travel to Chechnya to face Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1) for the WBA World heavyweight title. Browne will attempt to become the first Australian with a piece of a World Heavyweight title.