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Boxing Rankings: Prograis struggles, Tszyu romps, Teofimo retires, more – Bad Left Hook

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Regis Prograis had some struggles, but keeps his top spot at 140. Would he have if Teofimo Lopez weren’t retired?
Rankings go up Mondays. We’ll once again have a two-week break, so no update on July 3. It will also be a pretty lean update on July 10, but it’s significant at 147.
Ranked fights the next two weeks:
Upcoming Fights: (5) Zhilei Zhang vs (9) Joe Joyce, Sept. 2 … (2) Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois, TBA
Upcoming Fights: TBA
Notes: I’m instituting a new rankings rule that if you miss weight just awful bad, just horrendously, don’t even get remotely anywhere near what you needed, whether a fight went on or not, you lose your rankings spot in the division. Firm but fair, I think, and coming on the heels of the Joshua Franco debacle this past weekend.
Retroactively, that means Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez is out for his own “not even close” issue in March, when a fight with Gabriel Rosado got canceled. Now listen, I could have changed my mind on this when Franco retired — which removes him anyway — but I’m sticking to it because I think it’s fair.
In at No. 10 is — my heavens — Michael Eifert, the light-punching German who pretty well dominated Grandpa Jean Pascal in March. I don’t know that Eifert is all that great or all that good, but he is in a mandatory position and he did what was asked of him. The one loss he has on his record was a majority decision against a decent fighter and he evened that score by beating Tom Dzemski in a rematch, also by majority decision.
I think Ali Izmailov might be better, but Izmailov wasn’t exactly great and was pretty easily frustrated in his ShoBox win over Charles Foster on June 9. Past that, this is another division badly in need of new blood. A lot of hang-around veterans were also potential choices: Mathieu Bauderlique, Don King Presents Ahmed Elbiali, Robin Krasniqi, Fanlong Meng, Igor Mikhalkin, and so on. There are other guys like Joe Ward and Steven Nelson and Jerome Pampellone who just don’t have a win like Eifert’s over even a very aged Pascal.
I strongly considered Andre Dirrell, and truth be told, I think the Andre Dirrell we’ve seen in his last two fights would beat about half this list. But the question with Dirrell is how much he’s really “back” vs how much he is “occasionally going to fight for a paycheck.”
But even if it’s short-lived, and even if it’s a case of a jumbled division with two clear top dogs and a bunch of chasers, hey, I think Michael Eifert deserves it right now.
Upcoming Fights: (2) Artur Beterbiev vs (3) Callum Smith, Aug. 19
Notes: I was watching Edgar Berlanga with intent on Saturday. I thought, listen, if he looks really sharp, really impresses, there’s an argument he could make for himself. But I didn’t see that. I thought he won fair and square, and took it with authority in round 12 (he didn’t actually need this on the real cards), but I didn’t see a guy I really strongly believe beats anyone on this list. He might beat some of them — Mbilli is still somewhat unproven, though he looks better than Berlanga has, then there’s Akhmedov, Ryder, Gongora — but he also might beat none of them.
I really do think a Munguia vs Berlanga fight would be good, but Oscar De La Hoya seems totally determined to avoid this and take shots at Hearn. You ever see that 1937 movie Dead End? There’s a new kid in the NYC tenements and the local youth gang kick his ass over three cents, but then he wants to impress them and be their friend. That is De La Hoya trying to join in on the Eddie bashing to impress 917-year-old Bob Arum and Al Haymon.
Upcoming Fights: (5) Christian Mbilli vs Demond Nicholson, Aug. 19 … (1) Canelo Alvarez vs Jermall Charlo, Sept. 16
Notes: Upon watching it later, I thought Carlos Adames’ stoppage of Julian Williams came a bit early, but at the same time I didn’t think Williams looked like he was gonna turn the tide in that fight, so I can’t be that stressed. Lots of worse stoppages and scoring that actually takes something from someone. This one just can’t bug me.
For what it’s worth — which I don’t think is a ton — Adames is right there with Janibek Alimkhanuly for an argument as the best actually active middleweight in the world at the moment.
Upcoming Fights: (5) Erislandy Lara vs Danny Garcia, Aug. 5 … (4) Liam Smith vs (6) Chris Eubank Jr, TBA
Notes: No changes. Tim Tszyu firmly established his spot at No. 2 with his smashing of Carlos Ocampo, and Erickson Lubin sits tight at No. 6 with a win over Luis Arias.
Upcoming Fights: (8) Jesus Ramos vs Sergio Garcia, July 29
Notes: After a year and change of pretty much nothing but stagnation, the welterweight division is about to get hot in July. Finally. I’m also expecting a real sexy Ugas vs Thurman 2023 announcement sooner than later!
Upcoming Fights: (5) Vergil Ortiz Jr vs (6) Eimantas Stanionis, July 8 … (3) Jaron Ennis vs (10) Roiman Villa, July 8 … (1) Errol Spence Jr vs (2) Terence Crawford, July 29
Notes: Well last time out, we talked about Teofimo Lopez, how he was back, how good he was against Josh Taylor, and then he retired and vacated the WBO belt. I could choose to not believe his retirement — which I don’t, really — but whatever. He says he’s done. We’ll respect that.
So out he goes! I’m also taking Josh Taylor out because he’s made clear he’s done at 140 and there’s no reason to leave him sitting here, taking up a spot.
Then we had Regis Prograis with maybe the worst performance I’ve ever seen from Regis Prograis. But listen, styles make fights, and sometimes how that works is the other guy just makes something godawful to watch. I don’t think Zorrilla had any argument for a win over Prograis, so it was more just a disappointing performance, and I’m not budging Regis from the top spot yet. But with his age, hey man, that could be coming sooner than later.
Would I have elevated Teofimo to No. 1 this week if he hadn’t retired? We’ll never know. I don’t mean that to be coy, I honestly don’t know, because by the time Prograis’ fight happened, Teofimo was out. So I was never in the headspace to really think about it the way I might have.
In in the Nos. 9 and 10 spots are Arnold Barboza Jr, the blue collar working man’s contender who just keeps doing what he’s assigned and should really get a shot at that now-vacant WBO belt finally, and Rolando Romero, who I don’t think is very good but gets Rolly privileges. (The WBA belt.)
Other options considered: Richardson Hitchins, who now won’t be fighting Montana Love on July 15; Stevie Spark, who beat Hitchins and had an argument to beat Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela; GGV himself, as he did get that win officially; and Sergey Lipinets, who will have a big chance against Subriel Matis in August.
Upcoming Fights: (8) Sandor Martin vs Arblin Kaba, July 15 … (4) Subriel Matias vs Sergey Lipinets, Aug. 26
Upcoming Fights: (5) Isaac Cruz vs Giovanni Cabrera, July 8 … (7) Frank Martin vs Artem Harutyunyan, July 15 … (6) George Kambosos Jr vs Maxi Hughes, July 22
Upcoming Fights: (3) Oscar Valdez vs (4) Emanuel Navarrete, Aug. 12
Upcoming Fights: (3) Robeisy Ramirez vs Satoshi Shimizu, July 25
Notes: Big win for Sam Goodman over Ra’eese Aleem, and I don’t think Aleem loses much standing once you really look at the rest of this division right now.
Upcoming Fights: (3) Luis Nery vs Froilan Saludar, July 8 … (1) Stephen Fulton Jr vs Naoya Inoue, July 25 … (9) Liam Davies vs Jason Cunningham, July 29
Upcoming Fights: (1) Nonito Donaire vs (9) Alexandro Santiago, July 15 … (2) Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Melvin Lopez, TBA
Notes: Again, Joshua Franco was going to exit the rankings either way on the weight issue from last Friday. Then he lost to Kazuto Ioka, then he announced his retirement. We also have Jade Bornea losing his spot after losing to Fernando Martinez.
Ioka goes back up to No. 2, a good win under tough circumstances. So we had two open spots here. Andrew Moloney is back in; I know he just got dominated and scary KO’d by Junto Nakatani, but there are just not a lot of clear options, either. I went with young David Cuellar at No. 10, what I’ve seen of him, I liked.
But consider those two spots up for grabs, basically. We also don’t know if Wangek (Srisaket) really plans on fighting in this division anymore. There is still great talent here, but the top three guys are 33, 34, and 36, and they’ve been through a lot of hard fights, and all have come up in weight to get here. Nakatani, at 25, is looking like the future. Martinez, at a “young” 31, is a really good part of the present. Tanaka, 28, can fight. But we may soon finally enter a period of shallow depth at 115. Can’t complain much. It’s been a great division for many years, and every division meets lean times at some point.
Upcoming Fights: TBA
Upcoming Fights: (9) Taku Kuwahara vs Wulan Tuolehazi, July 11 … (1) Sunny Edwards vs (2) Jesse Rodriguez, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (5) Sivenathi Nontshinga vs (10) Regie Suganob, TBA
Upcoming Fights: (1) Panya Pradabsri vs Norihito Tanaka, June 28
Upcoming Fights: (10) Savannah Marshall vs Franchon Crews-Dezurn, July 1 … (5) Alycia Baumgardner vs Christina Linardatou, July 15 … (4) Amanda Serrano vs Heather Hardy, Aug. 5
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This week on Last Exit. President XI brings pandas back to the US, war crimes are happening, Congress fights without a cage, and Mike Johnson is a broke boy with no clout.
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Chicago boxer Kenneth Sims Jr. at No. 2 world ranking – CBS News

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By Jori Parys
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Englewood native Kenneth Sims Jr. is making noise in pro boxing.
His latest win last month was his seventh straight, and a WBA super lightweight title eliminator. But as CBS 2’s Jori Parys reported Monday, Sims has fought through obstacles to get where he is – including managing sickle cell.
Sims put on a pair of boxing gloves for the first time at 8 years old.
“My dad forced me to box – and I hated it,” Sims said.
But the young Sims was a natural.
“He picked up things so fast that it was like, ‘Oh, show him this – he has it,” said Sims’ dad, Kenneth Sims Sr.
“He was like, ‘When you learn how to it, you can quit,'” said Sims Jr. “By that point, I didn’t want to quit.”
Sims has fought around the world as a member of the USA Boxing national team, and turned pro in 2014.
He rattled off a 2021 record with seven knockouts since.
But Sims’ latest win raised eyebrows. A 12-round bout against Batyr Akhmedov being ended by majority decision came as no surprise to Sims.
“I seen all the tweets people talk about me seen article people talk about me,” said Sims. “So it was like satisfying to prove them wrong – and satisfying prove people that believed in me right.”
What did Sims prove to himself in that fight?
“Nothing. Nothing,” he said. “I just did what I knew I could do.”
Sims hasn’t lost since a fight since 2018. That was when he noticed something felt off.
“All my energy just went away, and I was just like this – kind of like a zombie before the fight,” said Sims.
Sims was dealing with the side effects of sickle cell – a disease that affects red blood cells’ shape and ability to carry oxygen.
“The first thing they tell you about it is to be careful of strenuous work – so that’s his life,” said Sims’ fiancée, Jailyn Brown. “He has to be sure that he’s taking vitamins; be sure that he’s very hydrated.”
“My mind’s saying do stuff in the ring, but I can’t move, really – my body won’t let me do it. It was a big obstacle for me to overcome,” Sims said. “After I lost, my team, my uncle, my dad – we all was doing research. Went to the doctor got bloodwork stuff done, and I hired nutritionists and stuff. Since I’ve been working with them, I’ve been feeling great.”
Sims ascension to No. 2 in WBA rankings hasn’t come without its challenges but all have led to the present point – preparing with hopes for a world title shot.
“This is where you’re supposed to be. I’ve always said that,” said Sims Sr. “The community we come in you have to figure out how to get through things and that’s always what I’ve preached to him.”
Sims Jr. – a boxer known as “Bossman” – is a true family man with kids of his own, and credits his family as his inspiration. He said it means a lot to be from Chicago, and hopes to one day bring a world title fight to his home city.
Until then, the pro boxer from Englewood will keep working to make his dreams a reality.
“Growing up, I used to watch showtime championship boxing,” said Sims. “Now I’m on it.”
Three fights ago, sims wasn’t ranked. Now he’s No. 2 in world, and will get the first shot to challenge for a world title.
First published on June 19, 2023 / 4:58 PM CDT
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SACRAMENTO COUNTY – Two men died after they were shot outside of a bar in Sacramento County early Sunday morning, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said. 
Deputies responded to Sacto By Night at 7121 Governors Circle at about 1:45 a.m. 
A group of people who were leaving the bar got into a fight outside, leading to a shooting, deputies said. 
The victims, who were two men, died at the scene, deputies said. One of them was the owner of the bar.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office believe a group of gang members who initially refused to leave the nightclub at closing is at the center of the incident. Those gang members apparently got involved in a fight in the parking lot, investigators said, with the suspected shooter being one of those gang members.
Witnesses described a white vehicle that took off from the scene. Deputies said the CHP located a vehicle matching the description and detained four people from that vehicle. 
The people detained have since been identified as being allegedly involved in the shooting. Several guns have been recovered. 
According to the sheriff’s office, the names of the suspects will be released once homicide and related charges are filed.
Brandon comes to CBS13 from Action News Now (KHSL/KNVN) in Chico where he spent two years as the Digital Content Manager.
First published on November 26, 2023 / 3:05 PM PST
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