Advertisement
Advertisement

No Need To Count: Weekend Review and Ratings Update

by Cliff Rold

The boxing calendar is 365 days, 366 in a leap year.  Boxing can happen on any of them.  A great knockout can come at any time.  In 2011, the last great knockout of the year happened with the clock ticking towards 2012.

The WBA Jr. Lightweight title showdown between Takashi Uchiyama and Jorge Solis was a long time coming.  It was over in an instant.  Reports indicate Uchiyama controlled the bulk of the action through the first ten rounds.  Highlights on YouTube provided only the eleventh round.

What more need really be seen?

It came just twenty seconds into the eleventh round.  Solis jabbed to the chest and stepped back. A slight shoulder feint from Uchiyama’s left side and a mini-move back opened a hole in Solis’s defenses.  Uchiyama exploded forward and through it with a left hook that didn’t look like it moved much more than inches.

Solis went straight back as if shot, laid out beneath the bottom rope as the referee waved the action closed without as count.  Sometimes ten seconds are needed to determine if a man can go on.  Sometimes, it’s just ten more seconds without a doctor peering into the eyes of a fallen warrior.  Solis was down well after the bell sounded to end the night.  It was as cold a knockout as any witnessed this year.

And it was still ‘this’ year.  Was it the best knockout of the year?  It’s hard to say, reacting shortly after it happened, but it merited consideration.  There is a rush each year, after the Christmas season, to start naming the best of for whatever year is closing.  BoxingScene does it too.  Should we?  What would be the harm in waiting until 2011 is actually, like, over?

The answer is none, but it’s seldom a candidate emerges like this on the last day of the year either.  It’s enough to be reminded that haste never stopped a fighter from laying waste on any given day.   

Report Card Picks 2011: 42-18

Ratings Update

Jr. Lightweight: Uchiyama retains the top spot while Solis slips a spot.  Jr. Lightweight has been a division in flux but, with Yuriorkis Gamboa to compete there in 2012, the emergence of Adrien Broner, and the possible rise of Featherweight titlist Celestino Caballero, 130 lbs. has a new lease on life.  Uchiyama’s countryman Takahiro Ao also holds a belt in class.  Given Gamboa’s previous WBA title at Featherweight, could we see him emerge as a mandatory for Uchiyama in the coming year?  Fans should hope so.  It would be a splendid fight.

Featherweight: Caballero retains his slot after a lopsided decision win over Satashi Hosono.  Caballero, as noted, is assumed in some quarters as headed to 130 lbs.  If he chooses to remain at 126, the WBA should enforce a showdown with ‘Super’ champion Chris John.  It would be a serious test for both men and John’s toughest fight since Juan Manuel Marquez years ago.  Marquez lost a highly debatable decision to John in 2006.

Strawweight: Kazuto Ioka made his second defense of the WBC belt but took a big step back in competition after wins over veterans Oleydong Sithsamerchai and Juan Hernandez.  The 22-year old may be Japan’s best young fighter.

The full ratings update is a click away.

>>>>>>Click Here To View BoxingScene's Full Divisional Ratings<<<<<<

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by crold1 on 01-02-2012

One note...forgot to re-add Andre Dirrell at Super Middle. His foe last week stunk but his last win over AA and close one with Froch aren't ignored. He'll be back in (probably at 5) next update.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Photos/Weights: Jarrell Miller vs. Nick Guivas, Dela Torre, More Roach Feels Chavez Jr. - If in Shape - Could Test Gennady Golovkin Errol Spence: Vargas Will Need KO or Beat Brook's Ass To Win in UK Daniel Jacobs-Sergio Mora Rematch on The Horizon? Lucian Bute Reacts To Failed Drug Test, Will Open His B-Sample Bob Arum Offers To Stage Trump vs. Sanders Debate on PPV Cohen Feels Jarrell Miller is The Best Young American Heavyweight Deontay Wilder-Chris Arreola in Play For Summer Showdown Video: Joseph Diaz Discusses His Career, The Future, More Et Tu, Bute? Former Champ in Hot Water After Failing Drug Test Video: Sergio Mora Discusses Golovkin, Canelo, Jacobs, More Frank Warren: Not in a Million Years Does Eubank Jr. Beat Golovkin Phil Lo Greco-Joseph Elegele Tops PBC on Bounce, June 12th Lucian Bute Fails Drug Test, Positive For Ostarine in Jack Draw Gerald Washington: Deontay Wilder Title Fight is 'Very Possible' Abril, Foreman Broadway Boxing Double: Full Card Details Provodnikov's Promoter Not Surprised His Fighter Went To SHO Hedi Taouab, Legendary Matchmaker Passes Away at 68 Manny Pacquiao Declines Opportunity To Fight in Rio Olympics Photos: Wladimir Klitschko Putting in Work for Tyson Fury Rematch Photos: Tony Bellew, Ilunga Makabu Go Face To Face at Presser Roy Jones Jr. Backs Countryman Povetkin, Says He's Not To Blame Willie Limond Hopes To Land Ricky Burns Showdown Tony Bellew: I'll Show Makabu That I'm The Real Cruiserweight Nonito Donaire Headed To Jessie Magdaleno Clash Next? Shields: Canelo Running From Golovkin; Won't Face Jermall Charlo Eubank Jr: Canelo a Mexican Warrior? That Was Embarrassing! David Price Aims To Land Anthony Joshua Shot in The Fall Photos: Casimero, With Tyson and Jones at Ringside, Gets Revenge Di Rocco Warns Ricky Burns That Layoff Made Him 'More Hungry' Groves Plans To Get Martin Murray a Beer After Beating Him Kenny Lemos Inks Promotional Pact With Under Dawgs Boxing Chavez Jr. Advises Canelo To Demand '158' For Golovkin Bout Shakeup: John Riel Casimero Gives Flyweight a Fresh Spark Chris Blaney Inks Promotional Pact With Ricky Hatton Deontay Wilder Wants WBC To Rule on Povetkin Sooner Than Later Gutierrez Vows That Rosado Won't Make it To Chavez Jr. Fight Damon Allen Batters, Stops Danny Montoya in Three Rounds Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Had No Intention To Do The Fight! Mike Tyson: You Can't Call Tyson Fury a Bum After Klitschko Win
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement