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Ring Ratings Update: Froch No. 1 at super middleweight



Light heavyweights Tony Bellew (left) and Isaac Chilemba (right) switched places in THE RING’s 175-pound ratings after Bellew scored a unanimous decision over the South Africa-based contender in their return bout under the Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler rematch.


Not much happened this past week that caused significant movement within THE RING’s divisional ratings but there were some results worth noting, mainly Carl Froch’s victory over Mikkel Kessler, which solidified his No. 1 spot at 168 pounds.

At light heavyweight, Tony Bellew, previously THE RING’s No. 8-rated contender, won a unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba, previously the No. 7-rated 175 pounder, in a rematch of their first bout in March, which ended in a draw.

With the loss, Chilemba will switch places with Bellew, now No. 7, and drop to No. 8.

At super middleweight, Froch overcame his previous loss to Kessler by scoring a unanimous decision in their rematch in London. Kessler started slowly then picked up the action in the middle rounds. Froch absorbed some big shots, proving the strength of his solid chin. 

Since Froch is already rated No. 1 in the super middleweight division and Kessler is rated No. 2, their ratings will remain the same. We can’t justify dropping Kessler below Lucian Bute based on their respective performances against Froch. 

At junior middleweight, fringe contender Delvin Rodriguez stopped fellow veteran Freddy Hernandez in the eighth round of a competitive fight. No change in the junior Middleweight ratings although it was a solid win for Rodriguez.

At junior welterweight, Cesar Cuenca outpointed Gustavo Bermundez in a 10 rounder. No ranking in the 140-pound division yet for Cuenca, who is undefeated in 47 fights with only two stoppages.

Also in the 140-pound division, Jason Pagara outpointed Aaron Herrera in the Philippines. 

At bantamweight, undefeated prospect Genesis Servania stopped Isack Junior in the third round. Servania is still a work in progress but worth keeping an eye on. No change.

At junior bantamweight, Omar Narvaez retained his WBO title with a split decision win over the raw power of Felipe Orucuta.  Narvaez remains No. 1 in our ratings.  No. 3-rated contender Suriyan Sor Rungvisai is now fighting at 118 pounds (bantamweight). He will be removed from the junior bantamweight (115-pound) ratings; everyone else will move up one spot and Felipe Orucuta will enter at No. 10. 

At junior flyweight, undefeated WBA beltholder Roman Gonzalez dropped and stopped Ronald Barrera in the fifth round of a non-title fight, which was fought at 116 rounds. Gonzalez looked good in his first fight of 2013.  No movement in the 108-pound rankings



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Chuck Giampa is the Chairman of THE RING Ratings Committee. He can be reached at [email protected]