By Cliff Rold
Bernard Hopkins just doesn’t go away.
There are nights where he finds challenges, past 40, that he can’t overcome. One of them, Joe Calzaghe, is likely headed to the Hall of Fame next summer. Chad Dawson was one of the best Light Heavyweights around for most of five or six years.
Outside of that, Hopkins keeps on winning. Fighters below elite tiers, and even some, who flirt at the fringes, haven’t figured out how to get past the mind and skill of a living legend. It might not be pretty, but Hopkins entered the week the top ranked contender here to World Champion Adonis Stevenson and did nothing to lose his spot.
Also hanging on to a lofty spot was Middleweight Peter Quillin. He was way ahead on two terrible scorecards in a fight that looked like it could be a round or two apart either way. A knockdown and a bad cut saw him exit the victor in a tough luck outing for challenger Gabriel Rosado.
What to do now about Rosado’s rating at 154?
These results, and the rest for the sport, are reflected in this BoxingScene divisional ratings update.
Light Heavyweight: Karo Murat appeared to win more rounds, and gave a more spirited fight, against Hopkins than Tavoris Cloud mustered. That’s enough to keep Murat rated, even if he drops a spot from nine to ten.
Jr. Middleweight: Rosado, after three straight at 160, has to exit the ratings at 154. Former titlist Cornelius Bundrage returns.
Welterweight: Kell Brook was impressive in stopping Vyacheslav Senchenko but there’s just no room to move for him at this moment. That could change by the end of the year as new results come in.
Jr. Bantamweight: An overdue correction is made for the retirement of Yota Sato. Daiki Kameda enters the top ten.
The full results of note and the total impact on the ratings are a click away.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]