Fedosov, Thompson gain world rankings following Boxcino wins
If there is a path towards being ranked by a major governing body, entering and winning a Boxcino tournament is a way.
Heavyweight Andrey Fedosov and junior middleweight John Thompson, who won their Boxcino tournament titles on May 22 in Corona, Calif., have been granted top 10 rankings in their respective weight classes this past week.
Fedosov (28-3, 23 KOs), who hails from Russia, stopped Donovan Dennis in the eighth round and is currently ranked No. 7 by the WBO and No. 15 by the WBA.
Thompson, who replaced Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis on the day before the tournament started on Feb. 13, stopped Brandon Adams in the second round. Thompson (17-1, 6 KOs) is now ranked No. 4 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBA.
“John and Andrey both did a great job in the tournament and they have bright futures ahead of them,” said Banner Promotions President Arthur ‘Artie’ Pelullo.
The current WBO and WBA heavyweight titleholder is Wladimir Klitschko, while the junior middleweight belts are respectively held by Demetrius Andrade and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who claimed he would vacate his titles after beating Manny Pacquiao in May but still has yet to officially do so.
Winners of the 2014 Boxcino tournaments have also done very well for themselves. Middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. entered the world rankings and was stopped by Gennady Golovkin in the sixth round on May 15. Lightweight Petr Petrov is ranked No. 2 by the WBA and No. 4 by the WBO.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing