Heavyweight Bouillabaisse

By Ted Sares on April 28, 2015
Heavyweight Bouillabaisse
Here is how I currently rate the top ten but the differences after Klitschko are razor thin.

All of a sudden, Philadelphia’s Bryant “By-By” Jennings has added more spice to an already tasty heavyweight stew…

“I was expecting to get the win, to defend my titles…Unfortunately, I didn’t defend as impressively as I usually do it.”—Wladimir Klitschko

All of a sudden, Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-1), by extending Wladimir Klitschko in Madison Square Garden, has added more spice to an already tasty heavyweight stew.

Not since the 70’s have there been such a large number of competitive super-heavyweights as well as just plain old heavyweights. Names like 6’9” Tyson Fury and 6’7” Deontay Wilder dot the landscape and 6’6” Anthony Joshua, 6’5”, Charles Martin, and 6’4” Joseph Parker may represent the near future. Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev have both fallen to “Dr. Steelhammer,” but they can bounce back just like 6’5” Tony “The Tiger” Thompson did at the expense of 6’9” David Price and Odlanier Solís. Granite-chin Bermane Stiverne remains in the mix as well. And so does Vyacheslav Glazkov and Mike Perez who barely lost to Jennings thanks to last round foul and will be facing Povetkin on May 22 in Moscow.

Moving down but ever-so-slightly, Lucas Browne, Andy Ruiz, Mark de Mori, Ruslan Chagaev (who needs to be more active), exciting Pole Artur Szpilka, hard-luck Steve Cunningham, and Cameroon’s Carlos Takem form a solid second tier.

Chris Arreola (now 36-4) may soon find himself gate keeper to the stars along with Derek Chisora, who took a frightful beating at the hands of Fury last November. Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson has already assumed that role and his iron chin will be tested by Joshua on May 30. A loss to the “Pin” can be a career cul de sac. Russian Denis Boytsov (36-1) might be the best of the rest, but losing to game but limited Alex Leapai did nothing for his stock. Meanwhile, Malik Scott (37-2) is trying to launch a comeback as he beat Leapai in Australia. Amir Mansour is a tough customer and could soon make a statement.

Andrey Fedosov (27-3) seems poised to win the Boxcino Tournament against 6’4” Donovan Dennis (12-1) on May 22 and if he does, he will move up.

Wlad is the Spoon that Stirs the Stew.

Given Jennings’s surprisingly spirited performance against Klitschko, it’s no longer unthinkable to imagine somebody supplanting the Ukrainian, but the end for Klitschko still appears to be far in the distance. It’s simply not logical to argue that Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) is anything less than the top heavyweight in the world as he holds three of the four legitimate belts to prove it. He also has beaten nine opponents (including Jennings) who came in undefeated in title bouts.

As for who comes next, that honor, in my opinion, goes to the other champion, Deontay Wilder (WBC), but then the bouillabaisse gets dicey and requires some expert mixing and matching. Here is how I currently rate the top ten but the differences after Klitschko are razor thin and could be reshuffled to your taste:

1. Wladimir Klitschko
2. Deontay Wilder
3. Alexander Povetkin
4. Tyson Fury
5. Bryant Jennings
6. Bermane Stiverne
7. Mike Perez
8. Kubrat Pulev
9. Vyacheslav Glazkov
10. Tony Thompson

All of a sudden, the heavyweight division in 2015 is as exciting as it has been in recent years.

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  1. Tex Hassler 09:55pm, 05/02/2015

    It was good to see a good close competitive fight. Jennings is a good fighter and might climb to the top of the heap some day soon. Good write up Dr. Sares.

  2. Kid Blast 12:06pm, 04/30/2015

    Big George would have KO’d Tyson who did not like big bully types.

    But for me, Margo would have been interesting at the time.

    I have my bet down with a mate in the UK. Going with Mayweather

  3. John aka L.L. Cool John 11:38am, 04/30/2015

    Ted: You said earlier, “The one I wanted years ago was a prime Margo vs Mayweather.”
    The fight I wanted years ago was Foreman/Tyson. If you recall, that’s the reason Foreman made his comeback. He felt he could beat Mike. That and to raise money for his church. George chopped down those guys that came forward. It would have been an interesting first few rounds if it went that far.
    FYI: I have Mayweather +620 to win by KO. One-hundred dollars will net me $620.

  4. PitBull Petrill 04:55am, 04/30/2015

    Another great article Ted!

  5. Darrell 03:07am, 04/30/2015

    That was alright yeah.  Still for the life of me can’t see Mike Perez as a top contender though…..he’s pretty average for mine.

  6. Kid Blast 05:25pm, 04/29/2015

    Thanks lads

  7. dollarbond 04:39pm, 04/29/2015

    Great attention to detail as usual Ted

  8. bikermike 04:19pm, 04/29/2015

    As always Ted, great read, and very well researched article.

    ‘......if jennings didn’t have a bowling ball for a head…’...Irish Frankie…you crack me up

  9. bikermike 04:15pm, 04/29/2015

    Nice to see some fresh faces, ...and let’s hope we get to see more of these guys ....not have to wait for a ppv to see them.

    Ted and some of you guys have been able to see some of these guys actually fight…..while many of the rest of us must depend on press kits, and win loss reports

    Jennings gave a good show…..but couldn’t get to Klitschko…at all.

    I assume Klitschko will give some of the top ten guys a crack at the Title…or maybe retire…..hell the guy’s got more money than god ffs(and it’s well invested)

  10. Kid Blast 11:49am, 04/29/2015

    I did some earlier stuff on Boxing.com and on another site. Aside from a prediction that likely will be published here along with those of the other writers, I am totally sick of all the hyperbole. Enough is enough. . It just doesn’t fascinate me as much as it does others who depend on clicks and hits for their stipend. I meant if Mayweather farted, it would go viral. Sickening. But I reckon I’m in the minority on this John.

    The one I wanted years ago was a prime Margo vs Mayweather.

  11. John aka L.L. Cool John 09:36am, 04/29/2015

    Great breakdown on the current heavyweight division, Ted. Although it in no way resembles the hwy. division of the early 70s, it nevertheless is very competitive and exciting.
    I’m surprised us readers haven’t heard much from you on Mayweather/Pacquiao. What’s up?

  12. Kid Blast 09:31am, 04/29/2015

    Et tu brute

  13. joe bruno 09:22am, 04/29/2015

    I almost fell asleep during this fight. The longer it went, the more Klitschko was exposed.

  14. Kid Blast 08:49am, 04/29/2015

    Thank you Laurena

  15. Strongman 08:00am, 04/29/2015

    Jennings showed Wlad can be hit from the outside Fury has the longest reach in the heavyweight s .

  16. Laurena 07:55am, 04/29/2015

    Fantastic as always, Ted!

  17. Kid Blast 07:16am, 04/29/2015

    He stopped Chagaev and Lamon Brewster and even blinded him. He sent Samuel Peter to Nigerian Dreamland. He sedated a prime Fast-Eddie Chambers and Calvin Brock. Most of his opponents have come in at their prime. What is missed is that when Wlad fights, it’ an event and the fight is the linchpin around which the event revolves. De La Hoya and Tyson were “event fighters” and so are Pac and Mayweather. Everything from the walk-in to the stare down and the diminutive but oh-so gorgeous Pantiera screaming from her ringside seat. The expectation is a methodical break down by heavy jabs, sneaky hooks, and the fight-ending long right. Once, the Ukrainian and German fans sense it, they begin a half whistle-half buzzing sound not unlike a swarm of locusts and chant “Kleeeetchko, Kleeeetchko, Kleeeetchko,”and then when it comes and the expectation is satisfied, they go ape. Wlad then goes from corner to corner to show his heartfelt appreciation to his adoring fans after which he says something meaningful about the dire situation in the Ukraine. Like I said, the entire deal is an event and is what they enjoy in Eastern Europe. It’s refreshingly different from the sickening posturing that Wilder, Briggs, Joshua, Haye, and Tyson Fury bring to the table. With Klit, what you see is what you get and what you get is 64-3. Jennings was smart enough to use a peek-a-boo defense and superb foot movement to avoid the inevitable, but 30 more seconds and it would have come

  18. Kid Blast 06:45am, 04/29/2015

    Thank you kindly Irish

  19. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:23am, 04/29/2015

    Ted Sares-Great research and report…..I say its all about Wlad, Wilder, and Fury in the short term, though the others should make things interesting. If only Dmitry Kudryashov was 6’6” and 245….that is one cruiserweight who hits as hard as Wlad and Wilder! If Jennings didn’t have a bowling ball for a head he would have been out of there, good effort or not.

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