Vitali Klitschko held at #2 in the SportsRatings Heavyweight Boxing Top 100 for April, 2011 with his easy first round win over formerly undefeated Odlanier Solis. Whether you consider it a 1-punch knockout or stoppage due to knee injury, the result is the same, and Solis falls out of the top 10 all the way to #31. No other fighter in the top seven was active.
Eddie Chambers jumps back into the top 10 with his 2nd career win over Derric Rossy. Chambers' two losses are to #1 Wladimir Klitschko and #3 Alexander Povetkin.
Robert Helenius reaches the top ten for the first time in his career. Now 15-0, Helenius' KO of Sam Peter was highlight-reel worthy, but the rest of the fight against the clearly overweight Peter was uneventful.
Ondrej Pala rounds out the top ten, falling 2 spots despite a win over Alex Mazikin.
|Rated Record||Recent Results|
|2||2||VITALI KLITSCHKO||42.35||24-2-0||KO 1 #9 ODLANIER SOLIS|
|12||8||EDDIE CHAMBERS||19.57||14-2-0||UD 12 #46 DERRICK ROSSY|
|15||9||ROBERT HELENIUS||19.37||7-0-0||KO 9 #38 SAMUEL PETER|
|8||10||ONDREJ PALA||18.88||8-0-0||TKO 7 #241 ALEX MAZIKIN|
Alexander Dimitrenko rejoins the top 20 with his knockout of Albert Sosnowski. He moves ahead of undefeated prospects Kubrat Pulev (11-0) and Neven Pajkic (16-0), who both had less impressive wins.
New on the charts all the way up at #24 is Michael Wallisch, who beat former #23 Yakup Saglam. Saglam was 27-0 before the fight and fell all the way to #61, as only three of his victories were over rated fighters. Wallisch is 7-0 overall; we'll find out if he's for real soon, hopefully.
Other big moves: Vyoch Glazkov beat #67 Denis Bakhtov and jumped from #60 to #32; Much-hyped Tyson Fury leapt from #63 to #38 after handing Marcelo Nascimento his first loss by 5th round KO. Veteran Cedric Boswell jumped from #94 to #47 after beating the even more-veteran Oliver McCall, who exits the Top 100 for the first time since April of 1993. McCall had twice drifted into the 90s but held on to get another comeback win each time. He reached the top 25 again as recently as 2009 after beating Lance Whitaker.
Making Fury look even better was John McDermott, who has twice lost to Fury but knocked out Larry "War Machine" Olubamiwo in the first round. McDermott was fading at #286 before the fight; he re-enters the top 100 at #93, just ahead of Olubamiwo and just behind Josh Harris who lost to unheralded cruiserweight Brad Pitt (no kidding).
Another comeback: Michael Grant had fallen out of the Top 100 after long periods of inactivity and a loss to #6 Tomasz Adamek, but his 3rd round KO of Tye Fields has him back at #78. Fields falls from #83, exiting the Top 100 for the first time in years.
David Price, another of Britain's very tall prospects, finally makes his debut in the top 100 at #57. He beat the fading Osborne Machimana, who has done little but gain weight and lose since stopping Corrie Sanders in a curiously one-sided affair a few years ago. Price was an olympic bronze medalist in 2008.