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 Last update:  7/11/2012       Read more by Alexey Sukachev         
   
Top 50 Ex-Soviet Fighters, The July 2012 Edition
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By Alexey Sukachev

Boxing politics isn't entirely different to an old-fashioned, traditional politics but rather a part of it.

Further proof of this was found the last week, when the owners of Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, reportedly rejected an offer from Team Klitschko to stage Vitali's next (last?) fight with undefeated Manuel Charr at this huge venue.

No one can find a better place for the homecoming than the arena, home to the 2012 Euro finals. No one can find a sportsman with a greater image than Klitschko. You won’t find a more suitable national hero, with the possible exception of soccer star Andriy Shevchenko.

Unlike "Sheva", Dr. Ironfist is as much of a boxer as he is a politician these days.

Being the third most popular leader – following president Victor Yanukovich and the "Gas Princess" Yuliya Timoshenko - isn't only a gift for an ambitious man like Vitali, but also a big challenge. Thousands of fans, mostly poor Ukrainians, in attendance during one of your most dominant wins of your career – can one find a better place to start your run for a presidency?

The reigning president thought he couldn’t… and Vitali immediately began to experience severe problems with a possible venue, although neither party will ever officially confirm these unfortunate circumstances.

What has Klitschko done about the whole story? He’s chosen to go on with the Charr fight and to move even more eastwards than ever before. He decided to stage it in Moscow, the capital of Russia.

The event is not without more political involvement, though this time limited to boxing politics. Klitschko strode into the enemy’s territory, where his actions and his achievements are often not getting well with local aficionados.

Russia has its own heroes; a number of them are linked to powerful manager Vladimir Hryunov, who is unpredictable whenever polled on the subject of the Klitschkos. Hryunov manages a number of (fairly) prominent Russian fighters, with Alexander Povetkin among the bunch. Povetkin is no trash-talker, but unwillingly finds himself on the opposite of any boxing argument involving the Klitschkos.

The story doesn’t end at this point. Povetkin and Denis Lebedev, another dangerous heavy hitter, are both trained by legendary champion Kostya Tszyu. By associations, the tension between the Klitschkos and Team Povetkin is an instant rivalrly between K2 Promotions (the Klitschkos promotioan company) and Tszyu, who is often hailed the best fighter in Russian history, while K2 is a two-headed wyvern of Ukraine.

Their historical deeds are comparable within the common scale. The main task is to create one. 

A year ago BoxingScene.com issued its first ever list of the best ex-Soviet fighters. Fifty-one fighters from 15 independent states and some expatriates from the former USSR and the Russian Empire were ranked and discussed over a course of six articles.

At the top, Wladimir Klitschko and Kostya Tszyu were separated by less than five points. Vitali was the 6th, and newcomers like Povetkin or Dmitry Pirog were deep down in ranks.

Following the aftermath of Wladimir’s rematch with Tony Thompson, the time has come to re-evaluate the ranks, and to find out who is the leader now, after a year of active fighting.

PREVIOUS RANKS

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

K2 SANDWICHES KT AND DARCHINYAN

The first issue of Top-50 had been issued a couple of months before Wladimir Klitschko had possibly the biggest single fight in his career, a stern (on paper and partially in reality) test by David Haye, his best opponent in years. In a couple of months Vitali clashed against Tomasz Adamek in another fight, which means much on historical scale.

Both pairs weren’t evenly matched and both fights turned to be low-profile entertainment (a stinker and a mismatch) for the fans to a bigger or lesser degree. But the results have been achieved and it reflected in the ranks.

By effectively outpointing Haye, Wladimir earned eleven and a half points for himself (3.5 – for the titles, 4 – for Haye’s previous titles) and surpassed Tszyu by three points instantly. Eight months and four rounds later he added six more caps by knocking out hapless and aging but heralded former cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck. And then added four more last Saturday with a kayo of Thompson in six.

With a huge nine-point advantage over Tszyu, younger Klitschko positioned himself as the best ex-Soviet fighter in history. His standing can be argued of course but his achievements have already surpassed those of Tszyu. No one, not even The Thunder from Down Under, was so completely dominant at his weight class, as both of the Klitschkos at the heavyweight. And Wladimir’s regalia (at least, on paper) is really fascinating: over ten defenses in his second title run, three major belts (WBA/WBO/IBF) and one semi-major belt (IBO) with wins over several champions of the world and three victories in (de-facto) unifications against quality champions Sultan Ibragimov, Ruslan Chagaev and David Haye.

Vitali is a different story. He has made two steps up, overcoming old-timers Benny Bass and Louis Kaplan, after a strange kayo of obese Oldanier Solis and painful desolation of Tomasz Adamek. He is still the fourth, on the other side, losing more than ten points to Vic Darchinyan and more than twenty to Tszyu.

Make no mistake, however. Vitali’s results are very much underachieved because of his forced lay-off in mid-00’s that was initiated by some capital injuries and lasted for four years at the very height of his power. If not this, Klitschko would have been much higher in the ranks. Just assume he would have taken his part in seven fights during his hiatus (which makes up for two in a year) and earned a median of 2 points for each fight.

That’s already 45, two more than Darchinyan has earned and within the reach with Tszyu (given the fact Klitschko could have been more active and a median could have been different).

All in all, the fact is that KT is no longer a leader. This honor now belongs to Wladimir Klitschko, a no-nonsense Hall-of-Famer, and a first-ballot one.

HRYUNOV BOYS ARE GETTING STRONGER

Vladimir Hryunov was enjoying his role of a stalwart of Russian promotional box-biz for a long time since early 00’s. It wasn’t until 2011, however, when Hryunov has finally dominated the local scene with his business activities. And 2012 to this point is all Hryunov’s, as he is staging one big event after another every second month.

In the previous list, Hryunov’s only ranked pupil was Alexander Povetkin (43rd). This year, Hryunov has two guys in top-30 and two more in top-50, a major leap up in quality and quantity for a relatively short amount of time.

The leader is still Povetkin. He is often criticized for both his level of boxing and his team’s approach in a choice of opponents but he has nothing to be ashamed off about his activity and his results. The Russian Vityaz has fought three times in just half a year beating all three counterparts in championship fights, the level he hadn’t been fighting on since early 2008. His victory over Chagaev earned him 2 points as Ruslan was a former WBA champion, a brutal kayo of aging Cedric Boswell gave him 1.5 more and, thanks to Marko Huck and a bit of luck, he got two more for a majority decision over cruiserweight titleholder.

Just four places below is Alexander’s best boxing friend Denis Lebedev. This frighteningly powerful cruiserweight hitter wasn’t on the list the last year but his wins over Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney did the trick even despite a major penalty (-50%), which was imposed for fighting out-of-shape, helpless veterans. It’s to be noted that Lebedev, like Povetkin, holds a piece of the major title, although his trophy is “interim”. It’s a small doubt, on the other hand, that he has honestly earned at least this piece of regalia for his previous deeds against Eliseo Castillo, Enzo Maccarinelli and Ali Ismailov, as well as for his valiant effort in Huck fight. He has also knocked out untested but dangerous Barbadian Shawn Cox in a short but thrilling fight this Apil.

Two more newcomers can be seen here in Alexander Bakhtin (for his win over Nehomar Cermeno) and Khabib Allakhverdiev. The latter is the latest addition to Team Hryunov, and he looked pretty darn impressive over his last three fights. He was outpointing still-capable former champion Nate Campbell at the time of the cut-induced stoppage (that was under Yuri Fedorov’s promotion), and he looked even more impressive against younger kayo artists Nacho Mendoza and Kaizer Mabuza, who he has stopped in blistering fashion. Khabib is rapidly turning into a major player at 140lb. And don’t forget about the game’s veteran Grigory Drozd, whose latest bouts were also placed on Hryunov’s card.

Don’t be surprised if the Russian mixed version of King, Arum and Oscar will be even more powerful at the end of this year.

KAZAKHSTANI ENTER THE MIX

Often forgot and hidden behind Ukrainian and Russian prizefighters are representatives of Kazakhstan. The country of plains, pastures and the Sun is a major power in amateur boxing. At paid ranks its positions are more modest but this situation is changing quickly now. Kazakhstan has previously two champions of the world but only Vasiliy Jirov was a notable figure on the international scale. Two more are following into his footsteps now.

Beibut Shumenov is still 28 but he is just a win or two from getting right to the 12th place. His only success over the last year was getting past already retired Sultan Ibragimov but he earned two and a half points in the process for defending his WBA belt against veterans Danny Santiago and Enrique Ornelas. No disrespect to Shumenov but even after 14 fights as a pro his potential is much bigger. The unification fight against one of the champions (probably Welshman Nathan Cleverly, American Tavoris Cloud or Jean Pascal of Canada) would be a blessing for both him and his fans.

Even more impressive is a former amateur star Gennady Golovkin. Impressed with Carl Froch obliterating poor Lucian Bute? Look at the Kazakhstani star doing seemingly the same in amateurs.

Golovkin was moved carefully under UBP aegis and was put behind in favour of Felix Sturm for several years. But recently things started to change. For the last two years Golovkin is a legitimate world champion with his reputation steadily growing after each kayo win (and he hasn’t got by anybody on points for a long-long time). In 2011 he firstly overcame tough resistance of Kassim Ouma before stopping the former champion in a fan-friendly collision and then blitzed LaJuan Simon within the seconds, a feat nobody had been able to achieve before him.

This year he added another impressive kayo – this time of Japanese no-hoper Makoto Fuchigami, and now he is ready for more. He will get what he is looking for on August 25, when Dmitry Pirog comes his way in a fight that should light up the States.

OTHER MOVES

Speaking about Pirog, his progress wasn’t that impressive as Golovkin’s or Povetkin’s. Dmitry fought just twice in last fifteen months, and he gets just 2.5 points (1.5 – for Gennady Martirosyan, 1 – for Nobuhiro Ishida). Too little but it perfectly describes Dmitry’s level of opposition. Gennady Golovkin will surely be of a very different league and a good chance to prove himself by the highest standards ever possible.

Pirog shares his 29-28 place with another Russian Zaurbek Baysangurov, who has finally become a world champion, at least for a moment. He gets 0.75 – for shamefully incompetent Mike Miranda and one more – for winning against Michel Soro in his first title defense.

Another fighter who has gone a long road up in 2011-2012 is Russia-born Robert (actually Sergey) Stiglietz, WBO super middleweight champion of the world. The German was consistent in his title defenses against young gun Henry Weber and game veteran Nader Hamdan but he earned just two points for them. That’s explainable: neither Weber, nor Hamdan has ever been close enough to win any title at all, though Hamdan had his chances. As for Stieglitz, he will have his chance to prove everybody wrong on the same night with Golovkin versus Pirog – but in Germany, where he is set to be tested by another German import Arthur Abraham. Abraham himself hasn’t experienced any changes in our ratings, just because his win over Oscar Farias and Piotr Wilczewski just weren’t meaningful enough.

Another Armenian – former undisputed super flyweight king Vic Darchinyan – is slowly losing what is left of his fight talent. The Raging Bull looked very sharp against IBO titleholder Evans Mbamba, and we are even going as far as to reward him 0.5 for that, but not more. Darchinyan followed this lopsided win with disappointing losses to Anselmo Moreno and Shinsuke Yamanaka, effectively ending his career at the elite level – at least for a fight or two.

COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY

Russia is still the lead among ex-Soviet republics, making up for roughly half the list. Ukraine is clearly the second, losing very much to Russia – in terms of quantity, not quality. Germany isn’t a part of the USSR but it’s natural to select all the fighters from this state and group them together.

Russia – 25 (including old-Timers)
Ukraine – 9
Germany – 4
Kazakhstan – 4
Armenia – 3
Kyrgyzstan – 2
Uzbekistan – 2
Belarus – 2

AVERAGE POINTS

A unique feature of the Eastern Bloc’s prizefighting is that amateur boxing here stands very strong in comparison with such well-known hotbeds of professional boxing as Japan, Mexico, Argentina, Philippines and (to a certain degree) the States. That all results in an unusual way for many of ex-Soviet fighters, who debut at paid ranks well into their 20’s but rise to top ranks faster than their foreign counterparts (look to Tszyu, Shumenov, Arbachakov and some other fighters as prime samples of this sort).

That suggests a slightly different method of analysis which employs average scoring over career totals to see who of the fighters did more in a shorter period of time.

The results here differ significantly from those, listed above. Firstly, no old-timers will be presented here just as a result of their old-school activity. Secondly, some positions in these ranks are well overturned.

So, evaluating in points-per-fight basis…

1(1). Kostya Tszyu – 1.606
2(3). Wladimir Klitschko – 1.033
3(2). Vic Darchinyan – 0.994
4(6). Beibut Shumenov – 0.839
5(4). Orzubek Nazarov – 0.815
6(5). Yuri Arbachakov – 0.781
7(8). Vitali Klitschko – 0.674
8(7). Artur Grigorian – 0.667
9(9). Arthur Abraham – 0.500
10(10). Wladimir Sidorenko – 0.444

RANKING CRITERIA

It was an interesting yet provocative challenge as a number of deserved candidates by far exceeded a number of places even in the prolonged version of the list. I decided to assess their achievements using a specifically designed formula. To do so, I have limited myself (and fighters correspondingly) only to major and semi-major titles and only to the elite opposition.

TITLES

By semi-major titles I mean top continental trinkets (EBU, NABF, OPBF and USBA) and the IBO title, which has gained a bit of recognition recently. For each victory in a fight, which had any of these belts at stake, a winner got 0.5 points. WBC, WBA and WBO interim belts were also treated as semi-major thus giving corresponding victors 0.5 points for each successful fight. A 0.25 bonus was set for a win by knockout in a semi-major battle.

Four major alphabet titles (WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO) were priced at 1 point each (for a victory) and all belts were set additive. NYSAC and NBA regalia gave their holders 2 points for each victorious fight. The undisputed “World” championship cost 4 points instantly. A win by a knockout in a major title fight gave a 0.5 bonus.

CHAMPIONS

By “champion” (aka “elite opposition”) I recognized every fighter, who had won a piece of world championship at least once in his life. WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titleholders as well as NYSAC/NBA and “World” champions were taken into account. Importantly, interim champions were treated on even terms with “full” champs.

A win is a win but a win over a former (or future) champion is one achievement worth to be taken into account. However, you cannot find two similarly accomplished champions as they differ much through their achievements. A following solution was introduced: for every major title, held by a champion (on separate occasions), his value was increased by a single point. Points gained were divided by two for a win in a non-title fight (regardless were there any “minor” belts at stake or not). A knockout over a titleholder gave its creator 0.5 points in a title fight and 0.25 – in a ranking bout.

Sample:

Kostya Tszyu kayoed Zab Judah in two. Three major titles were at stake (WBA/WBC/IBF – 3 points in total); Judah was (or would be) a four-time world champion with six belts at his disposal (WBO and IBF junior welterweight (twice), WBC/WBA/IBF welterweight) – 6 points; a stoppage win gives Tszyu 0.5 bonus points. Summing up these achievements we get: 3+6+0.5 = 9.5 points – a bonus, got by Tszyu for defeating Zab Judah.

***

As almost every ranking method, this one is rather subjective and can be even called biased. But at the end, its purpose wasn’t to give an ultimate and impeccable list of champions sorted strictly by their accomplishments (which is impossible) but rather to select a group of those fighters, who are worth of being remembered specifically. And as every other list this one is opened for any discussion, ignorance, and acceptance etc.
Contestants

Who have been taken into account? Three groups of fighters were considered by the author; although two sets can be subjects of controversy.

1. Fighters from 15 republics of the former USSR: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan;

2. Fighters, which were born in the Soviet Union, who either retained a considerable connection with its boxing school (maybe via various ex-Soviet trainers) or competed for one of ex-Soviet (or Soviet) national teams in amateurs. Such fighters as Kostya Tszyu, Vic Darchinyan or Robert Stieglitz fall in this category.

3. Fighters, which were born in what was once known as the Russian Empire or in one of future Soviet Republics. Louis “Kid” Kaplan and Benny Bass are two prominent exemplars with David Montrose and Anton Raadik being two other notables, which were mentioned in this research.

While the last two groups are surrounded by controversy to a degree, the author chose to give them a chance – firstly, for completeness, and, secondly, to compare their achievements with those of the present day warriors.

RANKINGS (IN REVERSE ORDER)

48-51(-). Alexander Bakhtin (Russia) – 1.75 points
Weight class: super bantamweight
Record: 29-0, 11 KOs
Years active: 2000-…

48-51(46). Almazbek Rayimkulov (Kyrgyzstan) – 1.75 points
Weight class: lightweight
Record: 27-2-1, 15 KOs
Years active: 2001-2009

48-51(45). Dmitry Kirillov (Russia) – 1.75 points
Weight class: super flyweight
Record: 29-4-1, 9 KOs
Years active: 1998-2008

48-51(44). Vadim Tokarev (Russia) – 1.75 points
Weight class: cruiserweight
Record: 26-1-1, 19 KOs
Years active: 2000-2008

42-47(-). Alexander Dimitrenko (Ukraine/Germany) – 2 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 32-2, 21 KOs
Years active: 2000-…

42-47(-). Denis Shafikov (Russia) – 2 points
Weight class: light welterweight
Record: 29-0-1, 17 KOs
Years active: 2003-…

42-47(42). William Abelyan (Armenia) – 2 points
Weight class: featherweight
Record: 24-6-1, 13 KOs
Years active: 1998-2005

42-47(41). Andrey Shkalikov (Russia) – 2 points
Weight class: super middleweight
Record: 56-7-2, 28 KOs
Years active: 1990-2003

42-47(40). Vitali Tajbert (Kazakhstan/Germany) – 2 points
Weight class: super featherweight
Record: 22-2-0, 6 KOs
Years active: 2005-…

42-47(39). Sergey Liakhovich (Belarus) – 2 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 25-5, 16 KOs
Years active: 1998-…

41(-). Khabib Allakhverdiev (Russia) – 2.25 points
Weight class: light welterweight
Record: 17-0, 8 KOs
Years active: 2007-…

40(37). Dmitry Sartison (Kazakhstan/Germany) – 2.5 points
Weight class: super middleweight
Record: 29-2, 18 KOs
Years active: 2003-…

37-39(34). Oleg Yefimovich (Ukraine) – 3 points
Weight class: featherweight
Record: 22-2, 11 KOs
Years active: 2005-…

37-39(33). Levan Kirakosyan (Russia/Armenia) – 3 points
Weight class: super featherweight
Record: 34-6, 23 KOs
Years active: 1999-…

37-39(31). Sergey Kobozev (Russia) – 3 points
Weight class: cruiserweight
Record: 22-1, 18 KOs
Years active: 1990-1995

36(30). Denis Inkin (Russia) – 3.25 points
Weight class: super middleweight
Record: 34-1, 24 KOs
Years active: 2001-…

35(29). Yuri Romanov (Belarus) – 3.5 points
Weight class: lightweight
Record: 17-2, 11 KOs
Years active: 2002-2004, 2006-2008

34(28). Alexander Gurov (Ukraine) – 3.75 points
Weight class: cruiserweight
Record: 41-6-1, 35 KOs
Years active: 1993-2007

33(27). Alexander Zolkin (Russia) – 4 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 28-3-1, 19 KOs
Years active: 1990-2000

32(26). Boris Sinitsin (Russia) – 4.25 points
Weight class: super featherweight
Record: 46-8-1, 24 KOs
Years active: 1992-2005

30-31(32). Vyacheslav Senchenko (Ukraine) – 4.5 points
Weight class: welterweight
Record: 32-0, 21 KOs
Years active: 2002-…

30-31(25). Alexander Makhmutov (Russia) – 4.5 points
Weight class: flyweight
Record: 42-8-1, 21 KOs
Years active: 1990-2004

28-29(35). Zaurbek Baysangurov (Russia) – 5 points
Weight class: light middleweight
Record: 27-1, 20 KOs
Years active: 2004-…

28-29(36). Dmitry Pirog (Russia) – 5 points
Weight class: middleweight
Record: 20-0, 15 KOs
Years active: 2005-…

27(-). Denis Lebedev (Russia) – 5.25 points
Weight class: light heavyweight
Record: 24-1, 18 KOs
Years active: 2001-…

25-26(24). Andrey Kotelnik (Ukraine) – 5.5 points
Weight class: light welterweight
Record: 31-4-1, 13 KOs
Years active: 2000-…
Titles held: WBA (2008-2009, 2) + minor: WBA I/C (2003-2004, 2; 2005-2007, 2); WBO Asia Pacific (2005-2006, 1); WBO I/C (2006-2007, 1).
Three biggest wins: Muhammad Abdullayev (15-2) – UD 12, 2005; Gavin Rees (27-0) – TKO 12, 2008; Marcos Rene Maidana (25-0) – SD 12

25-26(23). Ruslan Chagaev (Uzbekistan) – 5.5 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 29-2-1, 18 KOs
Years active: 1997; 2001-…
Titles held: WBA (2007-2009, 2) + minor: WBA I/C (2006-2007, 1); WBO Asia Pacific (2006-2007, 0); WBO I/C (2006, 0).
Three biggest wins: Felix Savon – 14-4, 1997; John Ruiz (41-6-1) – SD 12, 2006; Nikolay Valuev (46-0) – MD 12, 2007

24(22). Oleg Maskaev (Russia) – 7.25 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 36-7, 27 KOs
Years active: 1993-???
Titles held: WBC (2006-2008, 1) + minor: WBC Intl. (2005-2006, 0); PABA (1995-1996, 0; 1998-2000; 2).
Three biggest wins: Hasim Rahman (31-1) – KO 8, 1999; Sinan Samil Sam (24-2) – UD 12, 2005; Hasim Rahman (41-5-2) – TKO 12, 2006

23(43). Alexander Povetkin (Russia) – 7.5 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 24-0, 16 KOs
Years active: 2005-…
Titles held: WBA (2011-…, 2).
Three biggest wins: Eddie Chambers (30-0) – UD 12, 2008; Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1) – UD 12, 2011; Marko Huck (34-1) – MD 12, 2012

21-22(20). Akhmed Kotiev (Russia) – 8 points
Weight class: welterweight
Record: 27-2, 15 KOs
Years active: 1991-2000
Titles held: WBO (1998-2000, 4) + minor: WBC Intl. (1995-1996, 0); WBO I/C (1998, 0).
Three biggest wins: Leonard Townsend (29-0) – UD 12, 1998; Santos Cardona (37-7) – UD 12, 1998; Daniel Santos (21-1-1) – SD 1, 1999

21-22(19). Anatoly Alexandrov (Kazakhstan) – 8 points
Weight class: super featherweight
Record: 37-6, 16 KOs
Years active: 1990-2001
Titles held: WBO (1998-1999, 1) + minor: Russian (1992, 0); WBC Intl. (1994-1995, 1); EBU (1995-1999; 5).
Three biggest wins: November Ntshingila (23-2) – PTS 12, 1994; Julien Lorcy (38-0-2) – MD 12, 1998; Arnulfo Castillo (29-0-2) – TKO 8

20(38). Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan) – 8.75 points
Weight class: middleweight
Record: 23-0, 20 KOs
Years active: 2006-…
Titles held: WBA (2010-…, 4) + minor: WBO I/C (2009-2010, 0), IBA (2011-…,1).
Three biggest wins: Ian Gardner (20-3) – UD 8, 2008; Javier Alberto Mamani (35-7-1) – TKO 1, 2009; Kassim Ouma (27-7-1) – TKO 10

19(18). Roman Karmazin (Russia) – 9 points
Weight class: light middleweight / middleweight
Record: 40-4-2, 26 KOs
Years active: 1996-2010
Titles held: IBF light middleweight (2005-2006, 0) + minor: WBB light middleweight (1997-1998, 1); EBU light middleweight (2000-2001, 0; 2003-2004, 2); WBA I/C light middleweight (2007-2008, 0); NABF middleweight (2009-2010, 1).
Three biggest wins: Michael Rask (30-2) – KO 2, 2003; Keith Holmes (39-3) – MD 12, 2005; Kassim Ouma (21-1-1) – UD 12, 2005

18(16). Sultan Ibragimov (Russia) – 9.25 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 22-1-1, 17 KOs
Years active: 2002-2008
Titles held: WBO (2007-2008, 1) + minor: WBO Asia Pacific (2004-2006, 6).
Three biggest wins: Lance Whittaker (31-3-1) – TKO 7, 2005; Shannon Briggs (48-4-1) – UD 12, 2007; Evander Holyfield (42-8-2) – UD 12, 2007

17(21). Robert Stieglitz (Germany/Russia) – 9.5 points
Weight class: super middleweight
Record: 42-2, 23 KOs
Years active: 2001-…
Titles held: WBO (2009-…, 6) + minor: WBC Intl. (2008-2009, 0); IBF I/C (2004-2006, 4); IBF Youth (2002-2004, 4).
Three biggest wins: Alejandro Berrio (23-3) – TKO 11, 2005; Karoly Balzsay (21-0) – TKO 11, 2009; Enrique Ornelas (30-6) – UD 12, 2010

16(17). Beibut Shumenov (Kazakhstan) – 11.75 points
Weight class: light heavyweight
Record: 13-1, 8 KOs
Years active: 2007-…
Titles held: WBA (2010-…, 2) + minor: WBC Asian Boxing Council (2008-2009, 3), PABA (2008-2009, 2), IBA (2009-…, 3) and WBO Asia Pacific (2008-2009, 2).
Three biggest wins: Gabriel Campillo (19-2) – SD 12, 2010; Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0) – UD 12, 2010; Enrique Ornelas (33-7) – UD 12, 2012

15(15). Wladimir Sidorenko (Ukraine) – 12 points
Weight class: bantamweight
Record: 22-3-2, 7 KOs
Years active: 2001-2019
Titles held: WBA (2005-2008, 6) + minor: EBA (2004, 1) and WBC International Silver (2010, 0).
Three biggest wins: Joseph Agbeko (21-0) – MD 12, 2004; Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (24-0) – UD 12, 2006; Nobuto Ikehara (27-1) – UD 12, 2008

13-14(14). Vasily Jirov (Kazakhstan) – 12.5 points
Weight class: cruiserweight/heavyweight
Record: 38-3-1, 32 KOs
Years active: 1997-2007, 2009
Titles held: IBF (1999-2003, 6) + minor: WBC International (1998, 0); WBC Continental Americas (1999, 0); WBO NABO (2003-2004, 0).
Three biggest wins: Arthur Williams (30-4-1) – TKO 7, 1999; Dale Brown (19-0-1) – KO 10, 1999; Jorge Fernando Castro (119-7-3) – UD 12, 2002.

13-14(13). David Montrose aka Newsboy Brown (USA/Russia) – 12.5 points
Weight class: flyweight/bantamweight/featherweight
Record: 66-14-8, 11 KOs
Years active: 1922-1933
Titles held: World Flyweight (California recognized, 1928, 1); California bantamweight (1931-1932, 1); Orient bantamweight (1932, 0).
Three biggest wins: Frankie Genaro (41-4-3) – PTS 10, 1925; Midget Wolgast (65-5-1) – PTS 10, 1930; Panama Al Brown (86-8-8) – PTS 10, 1931

12(12). Sergey Dzinziruk (Ukraine) – 13 points
Weight class: light middleweight
Record: 37-1, 24 KOs
Years active: 1999-…
Titles held: WBO (2005-2011, 6) + minor: WBO I/C (2003-2004, 1); EBU (2004-2005, 2).
Three biggest wins: Daniel Santos (29-2-1) – UD 12, 2005; Lukas Konecny (36-2) – MD 12, 2008; Joel Julio (34-1) – UD 12, 2008

10-11(11). Arthur Abraham (Germany/Armenia) – 18.5 points
Weight class: middleweight / super middleweight
Record: 34-3, 27 KOs
Years active: 2003-…
Titles held: IBF middleweight (2005-2009, 10) + minor: WBA I/C middleweight (2004-2005, 3), WBO European super middleweight (2011-2012, 1).
Three biggest wins: Kingsley Ikeke (23-1) – KO 5, 2005; Edison Miranda (26-0) – UD 12, 2006; Edison Miranda (30-2) – TKO 4, 2008

10-11(10). Nikolay Valuev (Russia) – 18.5 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 50-2, 34 KOs
Years active: 1993-2009
Titles held: WBA (2005-2007, 3; 2008-2009, 1) + minor: Russian (1999-2000, 1; 2002-2003, 0); PABA (2000-2003, 5); WBA I/C (2004-2005, 5); NABA (2007-2008, 0).
Champions defeated: 4 – Marcelo Fabian Dominguez (2004); John Ruiz (2005 and 2008); Sergey Liakhovich (2008); Evander Holyfield (2008).
Three biggest wins: John Ruiz (41-5-1, 2005) – MD 12; Sergey Liakhovich (23-2, 2008) – UD 12; John Ruiz (43-7-1, 2008) – UD 12

9(9). Yuri Arbachakov (Russia) – 18.75 points
Weight class: flyweight
Record: 23-1, 16 KOs
Years active: 1990-1997
Titles held: WBC (1992-1997, 9) + minor: Japanese (1991-1992, 1)
Champions defeated: 4 – Roland Bohol (1990); Muangchai Kittikasem (1992 and 1993); Hugo Rafael Soto (1994) and Chatchai Sasakul (1995)
Three biggest wins: Muangchai Kittikasem (20-1, 1992) – KO 8; Yun Un Chin (27-0, 1992) – UD 12; Chatchai Sasakul (20-0, 1995) – UD 12.

8(8). Orzubek Nazarov (Kyrgyzstan) – 22 points
Weight class: lightweight
Record: 26-1, 19 KOs
Years active: 1990-1998
Titles held: WBA (1993-1998, 6) + minor: Japanese (1991-1992, 2) and OPBF (1992-1993, 5)
Champions defeated: 3 – Dingaan Thobela (1993 and 1994); Joey Gamache (1994) and Leavander Johnson (1997)
Three biggest wins: Dingaan Thobela (29-1-1, 1993) – UD 12; Joey Gamache (36-1, 1994) – TKO 2; Leavander Johnson (26-1-1, 1997) – TKO 7

7(7). Artur Grigorian (Uzbekistan) – 26 points
Weight class: lightweight
Record: 38-1, 22 KOs
Years active: 1994-2004, 2009
Titles held: WBO (1996-2004, 17) + minor: WBO I/C (1995, 1); German International (1994, 0)
Champions defeated: 3 – Antonio Rivera (1996); Raul Horacio Balbi (1997); Stefano Zoff (2002)
Three biggest wins: Antonio Rivera (34-9-2, 1996) – KO 12; Marco Rudolph (13-0, 1998) – TKO 6; Antonio Pitalua (30-1, 2000) – UD 12

6(5). Louis “Kid” Kaplan (USA/Ukraine) – 27.5 points
Weight class: featherweight/lightweight/welterweight
Record: 123-22-16, 28 KOs
Years active: 1918-1933
Titles held: World featherweight title (1925-1926; 3)
Champions defeated: 5 – Steve Sullivan (1922 and 1925); Jackie Fields (1927); Johnny Jadick (1929); Battling Battalino (1930); Sammy Mandell (1931)
Three biggest wins: Danny Kramer (68-13-18, 1925) – TKO 9; Babe Herman (68-18-17, 1925) – UD 15; Sammy Mandell (71-10-7, 1931) – PTS 10

5(4). Benny Bass (USA/Ukraine) – 28.25 points
Weight class: featherweight / junior lightweight / lightweight
Record: 190-41-9, 71 KOs
Years active: 1919-1940
Titles held: NBA featherweight title (1927-1928; 0); World super featherweight title (1929-1931, 3)
Champions defeated: Mike Ballerino (1927); Tod Morgan (1928); Johnny Jadick (1930 and 1934); Bud Taylor (1931); Red Cochrane (1937).
Three biggest wins: Red Chapman (56-14-1, 1927) – UD 10; Harry Blitman (29-0-1, 1928) – KO 6; Tod Morgan (67-14-24, 1929) – KO 2.

4(6). Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine) – 31 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 44-2, 40 KOs
Years active: 1996-2004, 2008-…
Titles held: WBC (2004-2005, 1 and 2008-…; 6) + minor: EBU (1998-1999; 2 and 2000-2001, 0); WBO I/C (1998, 0); WBA I/C (2001-2003; 3)
Champions defeated: 7 – Herbie Hide (1998); Orlin Norris (2001); Corrie Sanders (2004); Samuel Peter (2008); Juan Carlos Gomez (2009), Shannon Briggs (2010) and Tomasz Adamek (2011)
Three biggest wins: Corrie Sanders (39-2, 2004) – TKO 8; Samuel Peter (30-1, 2008) – TKO 8; Chris Arreola (27-0, 2009) – TKO 10

3(3). Vakhtang “Vic” Darchinyan (Armenia/Australia) – 42.75 points
Weight class: flyweight / super flyweight / bantamweight
Record: 37-5-1, 27 KOs
Years active: 2000-…
Titles held: IBF flyweight (2004-2007, 6); IBF super flyweight (2008-2009, 2) and WBA/WBC super flyweight (2008-2010, 3) + minor: IBO flyweight (2005-2007, 5); IBO super flyweight (2007-2008, 0); IBO bantamweight (2010, 0); IBF Australasian super flyweight (2007-2008, 0); IBF Pan Pacific flyweight (2002-2004, 3); OBA bantamweight (2002, 0) and Australian flyweight (2001-2002, 0)
Champions defeated: 7 – Wandee Singwancha (2003 – twice); Irene Pacheco (2003); Victor Burgos (2007); Dmitry Kirillov (2008); Christian Mijares (2008); Jorge Arce (2009); Tomas Rojas (2009).
Three biggest wins: Irene Pacheco (30-0, 2004) – TKO 11; Christian Mijares (36-3-2, 2008) – KO 9; Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 2009) – TKO 11

2(1). Kostya Tszyu (Russia/Australia) – 53 points
Weight class: light welterweight
Record: 31-2, 25 KOs
Years active: 1992-2005
Titles held: IBF (1995-1997, 5; 2001-2005, 3); WBC interim and WBC (1998-2004; 8) and WBA (2001-2004; 4)
Champions defeated: Juan LaPorte (1992); Sammy Fuentes (1992); Livingstone Bramble (1993); Jake Rodriguez (1995); Roger Mayweather (1995); Calvin Grove (1998); Rafael Ruelas (1998); Diosbelys Hurtado (1998); Miguel Angel Gonzalez (1999); Julio Cesar Chavez (2000); Sharmba Mitchell (2001 and 2004); Zab Judah (2001); Jesse James Leija (2003) 
Three biggest wins: Miguel Angel Gonzalez (43-1-1, 1999) – TKO 10; Sharmba Mitchell (47-2, 2001) – TKO 7; Zab Judah (27-0, 2001) – TKO 2

1(2). Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine) – 66 points
Weight class: heavyweight
Record: 57-3, 50 KOs
Years active: 1996-…
Titles held: WBO heavyweight (2000-2003, 5; and 2008-…, 8); IBF heavyweight (2006-…, 12) + IBF heavyweight (2006-…, 12) and WBA heavyweight (2011-…, 2) and minor: IBO (2006-…, 12); NABF (2005-2006, 0); WBO NABO (2005-2006; 0); WBA I/C (1999-2000, 3; and 2003-2004; 1); WBC International (1998, 2; and 2000, 0); EBU (1999-2000, 1).
Champions defeated: 9 – Chris Byrd (2000 and 2006); Ray Mercer (2002); Samuel Peter (2005 and 2010); Lamon Brewster (2007); Sultan Ibragimov (2008); Hasim Rahman (2008); Ruslan Chagaev (2009), David Haye (2011) and Jean-Marc Mormeck (2012).
Three biggest wins: Chris Byrd (31-1, 2000) – UD 12; Ruslan Chagaev (25-0-1, 2009) – TKO 9; David Haye (25-1, 2011) – UD 12

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comment by hyeduk, on 07-11-2012
There are 3 millions in Armenia but 3 armenian boxers are placed in top 10 - Darchinyan, Abraham, and Grigorian.

comment by sako5, on 07-11-2012
[QUOTE=ragingvic]Always good to see Armenia well represented, especially considering what a tiny percentage of the ex-Soviet population is made up of Armenians.[/QUOTE] http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oYIHt8x3Lwg/TXB_dC13MOI/AAAAAAAAAGs/GZmj-qC_LNE/s400/brofist_place_fist_here_bro.jpg It's slowly bec...

comment by ragingvic, on 07-11-2012
Always good to see Armenia well represented, especially considering what a tiny percentage of the ex-Soviet population is made up of Armenians.

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