Fielding fights for his first title at the venue of his record breaking Prizefighter triumph in when he became the Super Middleweight II champion and the first man to win Prizefighter with three KOs. Hearn: Grab your chance of stardom. Harrison gets chance to shine on big stage. Travis Dickinson, once a decorated amateur, is unbowed as a paid pugilist in 10 fights and recently claimed the Prizefighter Light Heavyweights 2 crown at London's Olympia as well as a healthy cheque for pounds 32, Star Travis aiming for after the rush of glory Taste of the big time in Prizefighter victory; Dickinson reveals how he overcame injury to clinch crown, and his big ambitions for the future under coach Ronnie Rowe.
Partly because of that, Dickinson strongly fancies his chances of claiming the pounds 32, winner's cheque at tonight's Prizefighter cruiserweight contest in Bethnal Green. Dickinson has a fighting chance; Birtley boxer has eyes on the Prize. British, born to Nigerian parents, he was a fighter who trained out of California but came out swinging in places as far flung as Argentina, Russia, and many spots in between.
A chin hewn of titanium and an underrated jab saw him do damage on four different continents. That story began in earnest in when he got his first of four shots at cruiserweight Don Marco Huck and dropped the narrowest of decisions in an excellent fight.
Treading water through the early part of the decade, he was re-matched with Huck in That fight was probably the best of the year and among the best of the decade; Huck-Afolabi II was a heart-fueled war fought tight by two men made of granite. They may have delivered the best twelfth round of the century.
Anything close would have been reasonable but Afolabi earned his share, the best result he would achieve against the Serbian tough in four attempts. That draw and the fact that Afolabi over-achieved away from home is enough to get him to 10 here. It objectively puts him alongside the likes of Tony Bellew and Steve Cunningham who did most of his good work in the decade before so that precious draw with Huck makes Afolabi one of the ten most accomplished cruiserweights of the decade.
His underused right became something of a surprise weapon for him, almost by default. It rescued him against the likes of Danny Green, thousands of miles from home and behind on the scorecards. Diablo had some layers. What he does not have is a deep resume for the decade, his best win a breakdown of Giacobbe Fragomeni in Fragomeni had been the recipient of a gift in the form of a draw the year before and in the rematch the Pole seemed determined to robe the judges of their responsibilities.
In a signature performance he dominated with mobility and jab before introducing hurtful punches which had a terminal cumulative effect. Disciplined and controlled and only allowing himself to fight with more commitment when he had his opponent off balance or out of step, Wlodarczyk stepped up the pain and the pressure in the seventh to earn his stoppage win. He is still active though — and well-handled prospects still give him a wide-berth.
Here then is the first entry from the second era of the decade, Cuban puncher Yuniel Dorticos, although it should be noted that he started boxing professionally way back in He meets Mairis Briedis in March to determine who is the first best cruiser of the new decade in a fight that is not to be missed.
Dorticos graduated against Youri Kalenga, an established fighter and a juddering puncher in his own right. Joyfully, Dorticos confirmed himself as a boxer of direct aggression up against top-line opposition just as he was in dusting journeymen; his work also carries a pragmatists streak, however, and he recognizes advantages and actions them accordingly.
He moved through the gears after Kalenga and Dmitry Kudryashov his next opponent to face Murat Gassiev in what was another wonderful fight but was also a step too far for Dorticos. Gassiev eventually broke the Cuban and sent him spilling through the ropes but not before he had swallowed bomb upon bomb and proven his chin and heart both.
Rebounding since that lost with two wins against fighters ranked in the top five Mateusz Masternak and Andrew Tabiti , Dorticos showed ambition to match that heart and chin. In a lb class stuffed with deluxe brawlers he was, for a time, the best.
He proved it most dramatically by out-thugging Marco Huck, nearing the end, but still venomous in a throwdown, dangerous enough that he held a narrow lead at the opening of the eleventh round. Glowacki, technically unequal to the task of out-fighting Huck, had invested heavily in the body. There seemed a dreamlike inevitability to it which certainly had not existed at the first bell and when Glowacki landed a delightful little short right traveling up and through the head behind a grazing left-hook it made a strange kind of sense.
Huck survived that knockdown — they say the power is the last thing to go, though often it is the heart — but no man would have survived what Glowacki brought behind it. It was a minor upset and a true passing of the torch, from one streetfighter to another. In his very next fight he devastated another old man, burying Steven Cunningham —39 and confusingly matching a fighter who is the very definition of nightmarish for an ageing warrior — under a barrage of knockdowns and picking up a decision, before running afoul of Oleksander Usyk.
There is no shame here but when, after beating number five contender Maksim Vlasov, he was stopped in three rounds by Mairis Briedis in a rough fight, there was a sense that he had found his level — better than most, but not capable of hanging with the very best. That Mairis Briedis is ranked outside the top six is indicative of just how strong this list of ten is. Briedis is iron-hued. A stylish and skillful boxer, he has delivered nineteen knockouts for his twenty-six victories and lost just a single contest, a majority decision where Oleksandr Usyk defeated him by a single point.
That, alone, is enough to get him on the shortlist, but Briedis has done fine work. He landed on the division in earnest in , beating up a fellow prospect who had achieved contender status in the shape of Olanrewaju Durodola. It was a performance that oozed confidence and seemingly belied his limited experience although even as he somewhat controversially closed the show in a hurtful ninth round, Briedis seemed perhaps a little short of gas.
In light of that fact I was a little surprised to see him matched with Marco Huck little less than a year later. Huck was on his way down the rankings, Briedis on his way up, but if ever there was a veteran possessed of the ability to make an inexperienced fighter short of stamina pay it was Huck. Briedis came up short against Usyk of course, barely, but has since dispatched no less a figure than Krzystztof Glowacki in three rounds.
Peak Ranking: Ch. A product of the Cuban amateur system and German professional promotion, he was a strange mix of schooled and staid in style, borrowing from both boxing cultures and his southpaw right jab was a noted punch.
Lineal champion in the first part of the decade, Hernandez suffered badly with injuries and even illness. Plagued by knee and elbow problems he spent the best part of a year sat out and plotting his comeback after a rather flat win over Firat Arslan.
It would be his last. He never returned to the ring. He had been dazzling, however, against Steve Cunningham in with the legitimate cruiserweight title on the line. Still, he was the lineal champion and a very good fighter. It is hard to picture the top five without him.
Denis Lebedev is arguably the definitive cruiserweight puncher for the decade and is certainly the definitive survivor. No man was ranked for more weeks than the Russian, who managed to hang on for nearly nine of the ten years at hand, something both unusual and impressive.
He has been around long enough to have beaten up an injured James Toney and obliterated an out-gunned Roy Jones in but also to have staged a failed comeback attempt against current 8 contender Thabiso Mchunu just last year. In the trunk of his career he lost two fights: in he was unlucky to drop a desperately close split to Marco Huck in his German stronghold.
Lebedev was robbed in neither contest, but I preferred him in both. Huck was given the benefit of the doubt in three close rounds on my scorecard and I saw the result, still, as a draw. Against Gassiev I had it to the older man by a single point despite his being dropped heavily with body punches.
These narrow, narrow losses hurt Lebedev. Had he won both, he would have been unbeaten for the decade, that disastrous comeback aside, and would have a case for making the 1 slot; had he won one or the other, he would rank above the defeated man. On such tiny margins do legacies turn. Still, those close losses speak for him somewhat as do wins over Kalenga, Pawel Kolodziej, Toney, Jones and, best of all, a brutal second round dispatch of Victor Emilio Ramirez.
In honesty though, he needed that decade to build his legacy; Huck has done more than the likes of Briedis but needed twice the time to organize it. His impact in the second part of the decade was very limited. The made men who fell to Huck fell during the first half of the decade when he was in his fearsome prime. And what a prime it was. Patience is a commodity much less valuable since the reduction of the championship distance from fifteen to twelve rounds but Huck, from very early his career, had the smarts and the guts to make it work.
The benefits were many but chief among them were that he carried his power and his workrate late into fights and his sense of when his opponent was beginning to give was as well developed as his strategic timing. With the possible exception of Usyk, nobody ever had Huck completely and finally beat; there was always the chance he might rally and crush a tiring opponent.
The second half of the decade though, overall, was not a success. Glowacki cracked him in eleven rounds, devastating his mystique; a relatively unimpressed Briedis outpointed him by distance; then Usyk put a bitter beating upon him. Huck was my first choice for the second slot but a closer look gave me a feeling, despite his longevity as a contender that he was making up the numbers from around Still, a powerfully impressive first half of the decade secures him the number three slot.
Murat Gassiev was ranked for a fraction of the time that Huck was ranked for, but only once could he have been considered a true underdog. Gassiev was Huck plus, patient in the stalk but both more powerful and precise in the punch. The year after his razor-thin defeat of Lebedev, Gassiev found himself in the ring with another veteran in the shape of Wlodarczyk, still clinging on to a top ten ranking and still respected enough to command a berth in the cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series tournament.
As detailed above, Wlodarczyk, like Lebedev, like Huck, had all the necessary qualities to torture a less experienced foe. Gassiev steam-rolled him. He was thoughtful about it; he felt his man out — but in the end, he just bombed through him. The body punch that ended matters was hard enough to end all resistance but casual enough to strike fear into the hearts of lesser men.
He had turned in two winning performances against two elite cruisers in back-to-back contests and when the match with Usyk was made that summer the boxing world appeared to have the fight it most wanted to see. In fact, it proved a mismatch. Usyk summited to greatness that night and Gassiev found himself scrambling around in the foothills seeking survival rather than victory. Injury has since robbed him of heavyweight riches. Nevertheless, he was a prestigious puncher at the lb limit and seemingly impervious to the violent attentions of elite opposition.
Marco Huck, ranked number three here, made the bad mistake of making things personal with Usyk in the run-up to their September contest. That is the Usyk fight to watch or re-watch if you want to see him at his most vicious. So motivated, he turned the trick more quickly than the brute Glowacki, taking him out in ten, faster than any other fighter. But it is as a boxer, not a puncher, that he has most excelled in the second half of this stacked decade, most of all and in doing so proving his indisputable supremacy over the field in his defeat of decadal number two Gassiev.
Briedis stretched him further with that cultured left-hand and smarts on defense closing the gap but dropped a decision, nonetheless. Throw in wins that had something of a routine feeling over divisional strongmen like Huck and Glowacki and two things become clear: Usyk is clearly the best cruiserweight of the decade and must be named among the very best fighters of the decade. Check out more boxing news on video at The Boxing Channel. A friend inquired if I happened to know the odds on the first Ali-Spinks fight.
Upsets come in two flavors. One flavor is empirical. I have always loved weaving empirical odds into a story because odds cut right to the chase, quantifying the magnitude of an upset. The other kind of upset is subjective. Some upsets are positively mind-blowing among the population at large, but yet somewhat pedestrian among hard-core gamblers who are in action every day.
The bigger the event, the bigger the shock factor when a heavy underdog springs an upset. He had been held to a draw by Minnesota journeyman Scott LeDoux in his first round bout and his effort in his most recent fight with Alfio Righetti was unexceptional. Although he was the younger man by 12 years, the conventional wisdom was that he would fade late because he was still adjusting to the pro game which places a premium on stamina. In an amateur career that reportedly consisted of fights, Leon was never required to fight more than three rounds.
Among those favoring Ali was Rollie Schwartz, the team manager of the U. Olympic team. Schwartz noted that Leon, unlike his younger brother Michael, had discipline issues as an amateur. Despite giving away a few of the early rounds, Ali was clearly in front after 10 frames. But the upstart would prove to have more fuel in his tank. Round 14 was a big round for Spinks. He hurt Ali with a big left hook midway through the stanza and out-punched the worried champion as they exchanged combinations as the round was drawing to a close.
As the boxers awaited the bell for the final round, the tension was thick. Would the great Muhammad Ali summon up some reservoir of strength and pull the fight out of the fire as he had done so often in the past? Or would Spinks maintain his advantage now that the momentum had shifted? The final round was a doozy and almost to a man, everyone in the packed auditorium remained standing as the round played out amidst a great clamor.
With his mother Kay looking on, clutching tight to her Bible, Leon rocked Ali in the final seconds, sending him stumbling back to his corner. All three judges gave Spinks each of the last three rounds and two of them had Spinks the winner. Ali concurred with the majority, conceding that he was fairly beaten. Obviously, it would have improved his final record, but as New York Times scribe Dave Anderson astutely noted, it would not have redounded well to him at all. In previous fights, Ali had won disputed decisions over Ken Norton and Jimmy Young and struggled to put away Earnie Shavers while winning a unanimous decision by scores , , that struck many as too wide.
Had he been given the decision over Spinks, it would have been widely assailed as a heist and brought more scrutiny to those earlier fights plus denying him the opportunity to make history as the first three-time heavyweight champion. Only two hotels on the Strip had sports betting parlors.
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