After Saturday’s Action: Rating The Light-Heavyweights

By James Slater - So now who’s the number-one guy at light-heavyweight?

Due to the bizarre ending to Saturday night’s world light-heavyweight title showdown between defending champ Bernard Hopkins and top challenger Chad Dawson, we have no clear answer when asking who the world’s best 175-pounder is today. Can Dawson really be ranked as such, seeing how he won in such controversial fashion? Can Hopkins still be ranked so high after being TKO’d? (even if the decision may well be overruled for that of a No-Contest/No-Decision)..

Where should former champ Jean Pascal, the only man to have beaten Dawson, be rated? Where do rival alphabelt rulers Tavoris Cloud, Nathan Cleverly and Beibut Shumenov deserve to be rated?

Here is one writer’s opinion when it comes to rating today’s top-ten light-heavies:

Champ: Chad Dawson. Dawson is champion for now, and unless the TKO win he was awarded over Hopkins is overturned, the skilled southpaw must be recognised as the world ruler - whether we like it or not.

1: Bernard Hopkins. B-Hop beat Jean Pascal in his last outing before the Dawson fight, and based on that, the former champ deserves to retain a lofty position in the ratings.

2: Jean Pascal. Beaten at 175 by Hopkins only.

3: Tavoris Cloud. Unbeaten IBF champ.

4: Nathan Cleverly. Unbeaten, still to reach his peak, WBO belt holder.

5: Beibut Shumenov. Once-beaten WBA boss.

6: Zsolt Erdei. Undefeated former WBO king.

7: Adrian Diaconu. Former interim WBC champ, beaten only by Pascal and Dawson.

8: Karo Murat. Beaten only by Cleverly, via somewhat debatable stoppage.

9: Ismayl Sillakh. Undefeated contender.

10: Tony Bellew. Beaten only by Cleverly.

Article posted on 17.10.2011

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