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RING Ratings update: Jamie McDonnell edges up

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Photo by Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

Photo by Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions


This past weekend was the calm before the storm, if that’s what you want to call the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Andre Berto fight on Sept. 12. It’s more like a drizzle if prevailing apathy is an indication.

The biggest card took place on Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas. Only one of the two featured fights, the bantamweight matchup between Jamie McDonnell and Tomoki Kameda, impacted the RING Ratings. And even that fight didn’t shake things up in a significant way.

McDonnell (No. 5 last week) outpointed Kameda (No. 6 last week) for the second consecutive time, this time by wider scores than in their meeting on May 9. The cards on Saturday read: 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110.

The controversial nature of the decision – some experts and fans thought Kameda deserved the nod – complicated our decision-making process.

Do we penalize McDonnell in any way because of conflicting opinions? Do we give Kameda a significant break because of that? Or do we base any adjustments strictly on results?

In the end, because most people agree that awarding McDonnell the victory wasn’t robbery, we more or less used results as our primary criterion.

McDonnell (27-2-1, 12 knockouts) has beaten a very good fighter in Kameda (31-2, 19 KOs) in back-to-back fights, an impressive accomplishment for which he deserves credit. Thus he switches places with Kameda’s brother, Koki Kameda (No. 4 last week).

Now what do we do about Tomoki Kameda, who has dropped two consecutive fights? We believe he showed enough in those fights – both of which were competitive, even if the scores on Saturday indicate otherwise – to remain in the Top 10. And we’re giving him some credit for a solid performance on Saturday.

With that in mind, Kameda drops only one spot to No. 7.

That’s the extent of movement this week. And don’t expect much next week either, at least as it might apply to main event on Saturday on the MGM Grand.

In other divisions:


Juergen Braehmer (No. 4 last week) retained his position with a seventh-round knockout of undistinguished Konni Konrad on Saturday in Germany. A bigger test lies ahead for Braehmer: He fights No. 10-rated Thomas Oosthuizen on Nov. 7 in Monaco.

That’s a significant matchup for Braehmer, who has rarely tangled with an elite opponent or ventured outside the safe confines of his home country. The Oosthuizen fight will mark only the second time he has fought outside Germany.


Anthony Dirrell (No. 7 last week) dominated Marco Antonio Rubio en route to a shutout-decision victory in the main event in Corpus Christi, Dirrell’s first fight since losing his WBC title to Badou Jack in April.

The victory was a step in the right direction but it didn’t mean much. Rubio (59-8-1, 51 KOs) was resilient but appeared to be out of shape and uninspired, which made him little more than a punching bag for Dirrell (28-1-1, 22 KOs).

Thus Dirrell merely retains his position.


A big bantamweight fight is set for Sept. 22 in Tokyo: No. 1-rated Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17 KOs) vs. No. 3 Anselmo Moreno (35-3-1, 12 KOs).

That fight could shake up the top of the 118-pound ratings but it will not be for the RING Championship because Moreno is coming off a technical-decision loss to No. 2 Juan Carlos Payano and is only 2-2 in his last four fights.


Zolani Tete (No. 4 last week) stays put after stopping inexperienced Mexican Diuhl Olguin (unrated) in the eighth round Friday in South Africa, Tete’s home country.

Tete (21-3, 18 KOs) has won five consecutive fights since losing a split decision to Roberto Sosa in 2012. Olguin (11-4-3, 9 KOs) is a journeyman who had never fought outside Mexico.