Monday, March 28, 2011

Rankings Movement (Haye, Gamboa, Broner, Lara)

With a lot of activity this month, it's time to take a look at the rankings.  To me, some slight changes are needed.  I realized that there may need to be more than "5" fighters on the cusp, so the new list will just read "Fighters on the Cusp."  These are fighters that would move to elite status by winning another big fight.  For instance, the winner of Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Juan Manuel Lopez would become elite.  To be "On the Cusp," a titleholder or in some cases a former titleholder needs a recent history of beating top-ten opposition within his division.  For fighters moving up or down in weight classes, they will have needed to beat the same level of opposition in their former divisions. With that, here's the list. 

Elevated:  Yuriorkis Gamboa moves to the On the Cusp list.  He is one big win from joining elite status. 

Elevated:  David Haye joins the SNB 10 Boxers on the Rise list.  With his career momentum finally on track after agreeing to fight a Klitschko, Haye's status ascends.

Demoted: Erislandy Lara falls off the Bubbling Under list after his stinker versus Carlos Molina.  Fighting with a lack of passion and urgency gets you off the list.

Demoted:  Adrien Broner was lucky to escape with a win against Daniel Ponce de Leon.  Clearly he has a lot to learn about fighting under the bright lights.  Maybe he finds his way back on the Bubbling Under list in the not-to-distant future. 

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