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Andy ruiz will knock out anyone

Posted May 31, 2013 10:46 pm 


Banks was with Emanuel Steward for a decade or more… He knows volumes more than Mitchell knows.

Posted December 24, 2012 3:27 am 


I would not try and rush Mitchell into a fight with Banks right away . Mitchell is giving away to much savy and experience mitchells chin seems suspect also ..Mitchell needs a few tune up fights and more gym time to learn his trade . A rematch right away for mitchell against banks might get him koed again . And then where does mitchell go .from there?

Posted December 23, 2012 12:52 am 


With Tor hamer quiting on his stool . Seth Mitchell being koed. Wilder looks in no way shape or form to take on w klitchko at this time .Same with Jennings . Banks doesnt even want to try. With Wlad banks probally makes more money as his trainer , friend. Arreola fought a brave but futile fight against vitali lost to adamek. Edddie Chambers dropping to cruiserweight.And how the europeans just keep coming . I have given up on the american heavyweights beating them at this time . Boxing has become to international So I would like to see a all american heavyweight tournement and see who comes out on top for now my bet would be arreola Unless Chambers then decided to stay at Heavyweight

Posted December 23, 2012 12:45 am 


You mean guns don’t you? … They bring 2 into the ring. At least Jennings and Mitchell bring two guns. But Seth needs a defense … so he’s trailing the pack at this point.

Posted December 22, 2012 4:30 am 

Fight Aficionado

“HBO should bring back night of Heavyweights. Hanks vs Jennings and Wilder vs Hamer would be sick double header!” – I could think of a better card but do agree — HBO needs to bring back its Night of Young Heavyweights. That idea only happened two times. Why? They were great shows. A USA vs England card would be sick. Price vs Wilder and Fury vs Jennings. The two winners are poised as top contenders by making a huge splash. Do it.

Posted December 21, 2012 5:27 pm 


Hanks will be coming on soon… He beats Adamek, who he has called out on a number of occasions without a response. A lot of maneuvering into a contending position is based on getting the right fights at the right time. Being well funded is a big part of it. No ranking heavyweight wants a risky fight without being paid. I’d love to see Hanks vs Arreola but Chris has stayed away from tough fights and seems to be riding the Malik Scott/David Rodriguez circuit. I guess it’s better than getting punched hard in the face.

Posted December 21, 2012 4:59 pm 


Chris Byrd says Joe Hanks is the best American Heavyweight in the world. Byrd knows a little something about heavyweights.

Posted December 21, 2012 4:28 pm 


Carmack will KO Hanks Feb 2nd…

Posted December 21, 2012 1:45 pm 


Zeddy says:
“HBO should bring back night of Heavyweights. Hanks vs Jennings and Wilder vs Hamer would be sick double header!”

Winners can meet for SICK US HW title LOL

Posted December 21, 2012 12:59 pm 


Mitchell might NOT prove to be the goods but lets get real our current HW Champion was knocked out by a more than one Underdog and he (Wlad) actually had an amateur pedigree… Mitchell should DEFINITELY fight Johnathan Banks again, its not as if Banks is some sort of HW destroyer… Mitchell got clipped and maybe he will again but the reality is that the road to redemption should begin with him going after Banks… This is not Bute thinking twice about facing a World Class fighter like Froch again….

Posted December 21, 2012 11:21 am 


Wilder’s Olumpic medal is a bit deceiving. He only had 25 amateur fights, that’s the reason they’re taking it so slow with. He has also put on a lot of muscle on his frame, which is not necessarily a good thing. He used to be a lot more mobile. Still, he can punch…

Posted December 21, 2012 10:05 am 


What if it turned out to be one of those poisonous frogs though? You’d be in a bad way then. Surely it would be better to start with a pizza and see how that worked out for you.

Posted December 21, 2012 9:29 am 


He’d be a good opponent for Wilder.

Posted December 21, 2012 6:09 am 


agreed. Rematching Banks at this stage is a bad move. Banks knows how to beat him and will repeat it in all likelyhood. Mitchel is an entertaining banger and we need heavyweights like that …. but i seriously doubt he is a future champion. Banks is a good counter-puncher and has a nightmare style for a vulnerable banger like Mitchell.

Posted December 21, 2012 6:08 am 


If I was training Seth Mitchell I wouldn’t go near Banks for 2 years.. Mitchell is a good puncher but has serious skill deficits that need massive development.. He’s a heavyweight Amir Khan with bigger and more extensive problems … Judah was never the next big thing—and neither was Tszyu, who also got knocked out twice.. Tszyu was out 22 months with injuries so Mayweather fought Gatti to get the 140-pound title … Floyd quickly moved up to 147 and then to 154—while Tszyu was getting stopped by the seriously punchable Ricky Hatton … If Judah is a sucker for right hands, so was Tszyu.

Posted December 21, 2012 3:38 am 


HBO should bring back night of Heavyweights. Hanks vs Jennings and Wilder vs Hamer would be sick double header!

Posted December 21, 2012 1:53 am 


wilder due to his size amateur background and athletic ability has the most potential but his resume to date is a total fraud. At least he has fought and blown away another man his size but it is seriously time to step it up. The rest of the guys would get smashed by the brits and eastern euros. Pulev and price are the two most dangerous guys out there next to the great wlad

Posted December 21, 2012 1:04 am 

Layla Ali

True, same with Pacman, he was beating old men and at catch weights, whilst getting owned by Marquez . “He got KTFO”

Posted December 21, 2012 1:00 am 

Layla Ali

Wilder is 6’7″ . Vitali is the same height more or less. Wlad is 6’6″

Posted December 21, 2012 12:57 am 


Tszyu only accomplishment was beat Judah, and after a two year layoff he can back to fight Hatton a energizer bunny with no jab, Whats the use to try to out brawl a guy and come in with your hand down., Hatton was very over rated and it showed becuase he got KTFO

Posted December 21, 2012 12:06 am 


My ranking: 1) Arreola 2) Hanks 3) Jennings 4) Banks 5)Wilder 6) Scott 7) Mitchell 9) S. Scott

Posted December 21, 2012 12:04 am 


Hanks is the best of the bunch. Wilder will get exposed like Mitchell

Posted December 21, 2012 12:01 am 

It’s Me, Ernie

Damn, I was hoping the Tard was gone for at least the rest of the year. Ba humbug.

Posted December 20, 2012 11:34 pm 


lewis is gone and the klitchko are old one of these guys might step up . but honestly none are close to wlad now .and its time to admit the klitchko deserve there credit

Posted December 20, 2012 10:43 pm 


The problem is… Guys get used to being matched with guys they’re certain to beat… But fighting a risky fight means you’ll learn 5 times more than fighting 5 cherry-picks—but it also means you could get beaten… you could get knocked out… you could possibly get hurt… So it’s like eating a live frog. You put it off eating the frog forever and ever, and your progress stagnates. You even go backwards because you never find out what your weaknesses are. You never fight anyone who can exploit your weaknesses and expose them. So as D’Amato said, “At some point, if you’re determined to win a world title, you’re probably going to be beaten. You’re probably going to be knocked out sometime in your career, no matter how good you are. But you have to take that chance and fight that guy you fear—you have to eat that frog. You might surprise yourself and win easily because you prepared for the fight of your life … or you might get humiliated.”

Posted December 20, 2012 10:05 pm 


Semlin! Excellent point!! NONE of these guys should be considered young guns. Malik Scott has been a prospect for the better part of the last 10 years.

Posted December 20, 2012 9:31 pm 


YOUNG guns ??? Wladimir Klitschko for example was WBC international champ at the age of 21 !!! WBO inter-continental champ at the age of 23 !!! EBU european heavyweight champ at the age of 23 too !!! Again WBC international champ still at the age of 23 !!! And finally won his first major heavyweight title (WBO) at the age of 24 !!! Your “young” guns are 27 to 34 (!!!) years old and what are their cumulative achievements until today?

Posted December 20, 2012 9:04 pm 


I agree. I think it’s back to the drawing board for Mitchell, which means facing respectable but less dangerous opponents for a bit.

Posted December 20, 2012 7:44 pm 


Arreola is legit. Jennings is impressive and has potential as does Banks. The rest are BUMS!

Posted December 20, 2012 7:35 pm 


There actually is NOT much to look forward here – NONE of these guys are teenagers or in their early 20’s

Posted December 20, 2012 6:26 pm 


Not much to look forward there!

Posted December 20, 2012 6:04 pm 


Mitchell is a football player through and through! One plays football but does NOT play boxing and Mitchell brutally found that out in his last outing — Arreola has not fought in like 10 months and the few fights he had after really slimming down a couple of years back, was offset by him stepping into the ring at a higher and higher weight for each fight — Wilder’s size, athleticism and big right has never been questioned but after 26 pro fights come on. Wilder is being extremely protected for a reason that has yet to surface but it is obvious that someone out there knows something that many of us don’t. Each and everyone of Wilder’s opponents would have been blown out by a young Tim Witherspoon, Carl Williams Frank Bruno, Tyson, Lewis, Bowe and many others. Please watch the YouTube of a young and very athletic Carl Williams go at it with Mike Weaver. Sure he got clocked BUT prior to that he looked very good against an experienced and dangerous opponent and by far much better than Wilder has looked against far inferior opponents. Wilder fans should also keep in mind that Tyrone Brunson was also a brutal puncher UNTIL he begin fighting guys who actually fought back.

Posted December 20, 2012 6:01 pm 

US HW are crap

Crap, crap and more crap.

Posted December 20, 2012 5:39 pm 


“Tark… This is true. Boxing trainers are on the downslide overall” … D’Amato made his comment about this over 50 years ago—so a shortage of good boxing trainers and coaches isn’t a new development. Poor coaching has always been a problem—in every sport—but North American Boxing had a decided edge in coaching talent for over 100 years. England and Continental Europe have been making a big push and rapidly catching up for the last 30 years—and obviously they’ve pushed well ahead of us in the production of amateur talent and professional heavyweight talent. We’re finally responding to the challenge it seems, but not in particularly spectacular or urgent fashion. I’m interested in seeing how far this new crop of American heavyweights takes it. Jennings, in particular, is a very goal oriented heavyweight with a lot of drive. Guys like Kevin Johnson, who just flap their lips, aren’t going to move us anywhere.

Posted December 20, 2012 5:22 pm 


They are all chit.

Posted December 20, 2012 4:48 pm 

Fight Aficionado

The only guys on this list I can see winning a portion of the heavyweight title are Jennings, Arreola and maybe Wilder if he develops. Never saw this Skipp Scott but at age 34 he’s not likely to make waves. What happened to Rodriguez after his face got slashed by a thug? Nice record and KO power but he’s been on the Wilder circuit a decade longer than Wilder: tomato cans.

Posted December 20, 2012 4:20 pm 

Graeme Barrow

-Welcome back James. I have missed your balanced and thoughtful columns. What strikes me is how old all these “prospects” are.

Posted December 20, 2012 4:15 pm 

Fight Aficionado

“Mitchell and Banks will meet again in February.” – I didn’t know this. Mitchell needs to win the rematch or we can put a fork in him. I still have Jennings as the top US prospect/contender. Arreola’s No 2 but he’s on the tomato can circuit. Wilder has upside but his comp is terrible. Our guys are way behind the offshore contenders.

Posted December 20, 2012 3:59 pm 


Tark…This is true.Boxing trainer are on the downslide overall and its a legit reason why we are not seeing the fighters in the U.S.A. like we use to.Ive worked with some young pro fighters and a old time trainer and they have said that aswell.I think in America this is more of a reason then guys going into other into other sports could be a small part aswell..but lack of old time trainers and gyms closing go hand and hand for a big part of the problem…I.M.O.

Posted December 20, 2012 3:27 pm 


Neil(pomy)…I been saying the same thing for a long time aswell.Guys 29 to 33 still untested young guns unreal.Thats why in this next wave of hvwts. we wont see a Larry Holmes type fighter holding the belt for many years.These guys will get the belt a week before their s.s.

Posted December 20, 2012 3:17 pm 


Mitchell’s problem is: most football players, particularly great defensive players, can be way too aggressive in a boxing ring. They tend to go for the finish with the blood lust of a homicidal maniac. Mitchell’s trainer needs to tamp down his killer instinct and focus on balance, stance, footwork, patience, defensive skills, clinching skills, feinting skills, baiting type decoy punches, quicker, sharper, more effortless jabbing, developing a deep bag of tricks, and just relaxing like somebody who knows what he’s doing in there. It’s more fun to masterfully outbox a highly skilled opponent than it is to smash an unranked, unskilled opponent. Mitchell has had plenty of fun smashing people so it’s time to learn how to box. Cus D’Amato said, “It’s possible to take the long view and be extremely progressive at the same time. It doesn’t take 20 years to learn how to box but it takes that long to learn how to teach …. Most boxing trainers don’t know crap.”

Posted December 20, 2012 3:16 pm 


skipp scott is a big mess falling over his feet. Valuev can dance better than skipp scott. Valuev don’t dance. Malik Scott can box, but hurting in the power department.

Posted December 20, 2012 3:15 pm 


It’s a bad idea for Mitchell to fight Banks again so soon… If Mitchell got nailed by a fluke perfect punch—such as Rahman blasting out Lewis—then go after an immediate rematch ASAP… But in this case Banks made Mitchell look like a neophyte—he had him throwing amateurish telegraphed shots, reaching, lunging, grabbing and clinching like a neophyte, and looking as overanxious as a wild stallion mounting an uncooperative mare.

Posted December 20, 2012 3:14 pm 


Skipp Scott???????????? Did someone accidentally put him in there,when they meant to put in MALIK Scott?

Posted December 20, 2012 3:07 pm 


Any 2 of which combined in the ring at the same time couldnt beat either Klitschko

Posted December 20, 2012 3:06 pm 


The top ten in britain has a much more deeper line up with Price, Haye and Fury in the top three. The european line up is even thicker with the K-bros, Pulev, Adamek, Povetkin, Chagaev, Pianeta, Boytsov and bunch of others . . . America has ways to go.

Posted December 20, 2012 2:52 pm 


Anyone with a solid chin and strong punch will expose wilder. He leaves himself wide open too often.

Posted December 20, 2012 2:32 pm 


wilder vs tub of lard would be nice. This would remove the tub of lard from the boxing community, and could expose a potential fraud in wilder. BTW, TOL is arreola.

Posted December 20, 2012 2:30 pm 


1 banks 2 jennings 3 wilder 4arreola

Posted December 20, 2012 1:55 pm 


Can’t see any coming close to beating David price

Posted December 20, 2012 1:28 pm 


I have to say in all seriousness this is without doubt a poor line up and if they are successful in their endeavors then truthfully heavyweight boxing is in trouble. That said, I am happy to say that due to a few European and a couple of British heavyweights that is unlikely to happen.

Posted December 20, 2012 12:43 pm 

Proud African

I’m with Deontay Wilder to shock the world.

Posted December 20, 2012 12:34 pm 


With the exception of Arreola their records are awful. How can a guy go 12 years without being beaten and not challenge for a major title? Only if he is fighting nobodys. It’s a sorry state of affairs but true of boxing today as they protect the 0 against Z level opponents to land the big Klitschko shot but will get terribly outclassed as they have no decent experience. I say a heavyweight tournament is in order, take the top few off the list, add in David Price, Pulev, Fury and have a super 6 or 8 then in 2 years time the winner either fights Wladamir of he hasn’t quit from boredom or gets the vacant belts, and we have a genuine champion. Is it too much to ask that while they follow the above they also crown 1 champion with all the belts and keep them merged together?

Posted December 20, 2012 12:19 pm 


@Kid Blast… I think Hamer’s getting another loss this weekend so he can drop off this list too!

Posted December 20, 2012 10:52 am 


All we can sat about Wilder right now is that he is a decent, young, untested prospect. I dont know where Malik Scott is going ….. he has been at this level for what seems like a decade. Piss or get off the pot.

Posted December 20, 2012 10:35 am 


It is a strange and unique era we live in when a 30-year-old fighter is considered “young”. Half of them are 30 or over.

Posted December 20, 2012 10:32 am 

Kid Blast


Posted December 20, 2012 10:30 am 


Deontay Wilder is going nowhere. He’s clearly got a bit of power, but he’ll come unstuck for 2 reasons. 1 – He’s got bambi’s legs, which mean he’s getting skittled the first time he takes a punch off a decent heavyweight. 2 – He’s been matched too soft to build up a record. He’s learning nothing fighting the opposition he’s had so far and that will cost him dearly when he finally does step up. Bryant Jennings looks OK, but he’s too small to go all the way.

Posted December 20, 2012 10:07 am 

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