Wednesday, November 2, 2011

October 2011 SNB Rankings Update

October featured a number of boxers in action who appear in the SNB Rankings.  All except Omar Narvaez and Bernard Hopkins were victorious.  Narvaez was shut out against SNB Elite Fighter Nonito Donaire.  He exits the SNB Rankings.  Hopkins lost a controversial second-round TKO to Chad Dawson, but the official result might change in December at the next meeting of the California State Athletic Commission. 

Winners in October included Donaire, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Marco Huck, Hernan Marquez, Roman Gonzalez, Toshiaki Nishioka, Nathan Cleverly, Kell Brook and Mikey Garcia.  Of the victors, Huck was the only fighter to move up in the SNB Rankings.  Additionally, Nkosinathi Joyi joins the SNB Rankings for the first time.

Elevated:  Marco Huck  With Steve Cunningham's controversial loss last month to Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Huck, from Germany, is now the top dog at cruiserweight.  As a young fighter (23) in 2007, Huck was stopped by Cunningham in the 12th round.  Since that defeat, Huck has become the class of the division, winning a title in 2009 and defending it eight times.  During his title reign, he has scored excellent wins over Ola Afolabi and Denis Lebedev.  In October, he knocked out Rogelio Rossi in the sixth round.  He moves up the SNB Rankings, now appearing on the Fighters on the Cusp list.  

Elevated: Nkosinathi Joyi  Joyi, a strawweight champion from South Africa, has built an impressive resume in his weight class.  To win his title, he crushed Raul Marquez,  who was a longtime champion at strawweight.  As a professional, Joyi has amassed a sterling record of 21-0 with 15 knockouts.  He has fought only once this year, a no-contest against Katsunari Takayama in January.  He joins the SNB Rankings in the 10 Boxers on the Rise list.  However, Joyi's position in the Rankings may be brief because of his recent inactivity.

Demoted:  Omar Narvaez  Simply losing to Nonito Donaire did not lead to Narvaez's dismissal from the SNB Rankings; Donaire is one of the elite talents in boxing.  However, failing to generate, or even attempt, any type of sustained offense against a fighter in a surrounding weight class demonstrated a lack of competitiveness.  Narvaez, from Argentina, was outsized by Donaire in the fight, but he was also outclassed.  He exits the Fighters on the Cusp list.  

SustainedBernard Hopkins  Despite Hopkins' official loss (for now) to Chad Dawson, SNB will not make any changes to his ranking as an elite fighter.  Dawson's victory was the result of a non-boxing foul (whether it was intentional or inadvertent is irrelevant).  In addition, there was nothing in the brief exchanges of the fight which demonstrated that Hopkins was no longer a top boxer.  He remains on the SNB Elite Fighters list.      

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