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September Ratings: Phrank Da Slugger

September Ratings (as of 15 Sep)

There are 3 criteria I use to rate fighters: Quality of Opposition, Performance and Activity. I am ranking the best from 1 to 10; this is to see who deserves a title shot. I rate all 18 divisions, a time-consuming activity to say the least. Therefore, commentary only appears every 3rd month.

Some mistakingly think the Champion in each division is the guy who I think is the best. This is not the case. There are 2 criteria by which I determine Champions: the 1st is lineage (Oscar de la Hoya beat Pernell Whitaker who beat Buddy McGirt who beat Simon Brown); and the 2nd is defeating another fighter also ranked in the top 3 in the division this is how Evander Holyfield is the Champ. There is the exception: Bernard Hopkins is those rare titlists who has reigned a long time and defeated many contenders. He is the dominant fighter in his weight class and has won, mostly via KO, against a number of different contenders. You could say Im rewarding him for long and meritorious service.

Heavyweights (over 195 lbs)
Champion: Evander Holyfield (WBA & IBF)
1. Lennox Lewis (WBC)
2. Ike Ibeabuchi
3. David Tua
4. Hasim Rahman
5. Michael Grant (IBC)
6. Andrew Golota
7. Vitali Klitschko (WBO)
8. Larry Donald
9. Kirk Johnson
10. Maurice Harris

active: Harris (inactive list: Ibeabuchi, Tua)

Crusierweights (195 lbs)
Champion: Fabrice Tiozzo (WBA)
1. Juan Carlos Gomez (WBC)
2. Johnny Nelson (WBO)
3. Vassili Jirov (IBF)
4. Marcelo Dominguez
5. Carl Thompson
6. Arthur Williams
7. James Toney
8. Imamu Mayfield
9. Kenny Keene (IBA)
10. Robert Daniels

active: Dominguez
(inactive list: Thompson, Mayfield)

Lt. Heavyweights (175 lbs)
Champion: Dariusz Michalczewski (WBO)
1. Roy Jones (WBC, WBA & IBF)
2. Michael Nunn
3. Reggie Johnson
4. David Telesco
5. Clinton Woods
6. Derrick Harmon
7. Antonio Tarver
8. Eric Harding
9. Mohammed Siluvangui
10. Montell Griffin

active: Michalczewski, Griffin, Woods, Harmon
(inactive list: Thompson, Mayfield)

Super Middleweights (168 lbs)
Champion: TITLE VACANT
1. Sven Ottke (IBF)
2. Thomas Tate
3. Joe Calzaghe (WBO)
4. Richie Woodhall (WBC)
5. Mads Larsen (IBO & WBF)
6. Byron Mitchell (WBA)
7. Charles Brewer
8. Robin Reid
9. Frank Liles
10. David Starie

active: Ottke, Tate
(inactive list: Reid)

Middleweights (160 lbs)
Champion: Bernard Hopkins (IBF)
1. Keith Holmes (WBC)
2. William Joppy (WBA)
3. Hassine Cherifi
4. Raymond Joval (WBU)
5. Rito Ruvalcaba
6. Jason Matthews (WBO)
7. Antwun Echols
8. Agostino Cardamone
9. Andrew Council
10. Silvio Branco

active: none
(inactive list: Echols)

Jr. Middleweights (154 lbs)
Champion: Javier Castillejo (WBC)
1. Fernando Vargas (IBF)
2. David Reid (WBA)
3. Harry Simon (WBO)
4. Laurent Boudouani
5. Winky Wright
6. Tony Marshall
7. Keith Mullings
8. Bronco McKart (IBA)
9. Luis Ramon Campas
10. Emmett Linton

active: Reid, Mullings, McKart, Castillejo
(inactive list: Boudouani, Campas)

Welterweights (147 lbs)
Champion: Oscar de la Hoya (WBC)
1. Felix Trinidad (IBF)
2. Ike Quartey
3. James Page (WBA)
4. Oba Carr
5. Vernon Forrest
6. Shannon Taylor
7. Pernell Whitaker
8. Jose Luis Lopez
9. Ahmed Kotiev (WBO)
10. Michele Piccirillo (WBU)

active: Forrest
(inactive list: Whitaker, Lopez)

Jr. Welterweights (140 lbs)
Champion: Kostya Tszyu (WBC)
1. Julio Cesar Chavez
2. Antonio Diaz (IBA)
3. Thomas Damgaard
4. Sharmba Mitchell (WBA)
5. Randall Bailey (WBO)
6. Terronn Millett (IBF)
7. Zab Judah
8. Miguel Angel Gonzalez
9. Reggie Green
10. Shea Neary

active: Tszyu, Gonzalez, Damgaard

Lightweights (135 lbs)
Champion: Stevie Johnston (WBC)
1. Paul Spadafora (IBF)
2. Angel Manfredy
3. Ivan Robinson
4. Cesar Bazan
5. Stefano Zoff (WBA)
6. Artur Grigorijan (WBO)
7. Israel Cardona
8. Colin Dunne
9. Julien Lorcy
10. Jean-Baptiste Mendy

active: Johnston, Manfredy, Spadafora, Cardona, Robinson
(inactive list: Dunne)

Jr. Lightweights (130 lbs)
Champion: Floyd Mayweather (WBC)
1. Lakva Sim (WBA)
2. Derrick Gainer
3. Acelino Freitas (WBO)
4. Goyo Vargas
5. Yongsoo Choi
6. Anatoly Alexandrov
7. Saul Duran
8. Dennis Holbaek Pedersen (IBC)
9. Jesus Chavez
10. Joel Casamayor

active: Mayweather, Gainer (twice), Chavez, Casamayor (out: Garcia-inactive)

Featherweights (126 lbs)
Champion: Cesar Soto (WBC)
1. Naseem Hamed (WBO)
2. Luisito Espinosa
3. Fred Norwood (WBA)
4. Juan Manuel Marquez
5. Antonio Cermeno
6. Manuel Medina (IBF)
7. Carlos Rios
8. Angel Vazquez
9. Cassius Baloyi (WBU)
10. Guty Espadas

active: Norwood, Marquez
(inactive list: Rios, Vazquez)

Jr. Featherweights (122 lbs)
Champion: TITLE VACANT
1. Erik Morales (WBC)
2. Marco Antonio Barrera (WBO)
3. Nestor Garza (WBA)
4. Nana Konadu
5. Vuyani Bungu
6. Carlos Navarro
7. Enrique Sanchez
8. Michael Brodie
9. Lehlo Ledwaba (IBF)
10. Marcos Licona

active: none
(inactive list: Bungu, Sanchez, Brodie, Licona)

Bantamweights (118 lbs)
Champion: TITLE VACANT
1. Paul Ayala (WBA)
2. Veeraphol Sahaprom (WBC)
3. Johnny Bredahl (IBC)
4. Johnny Tapia
5. Jorge Julio (WBO)
6. Julio Gamboa (NBA 115#)
7. Tim Austin (IBF)
8. Danny Romero
9. Cuahtemoc Gomez
10. Adan Vargas

active: Sahaprom, Bredahl, Julio, Vargas (out: Tatsuyoshi-retired)
(inactive list: Gamboa, Austin)

Jr. Bantamweights (115 lbs)
Champion: In-Joo Cho (WBC)
1. Mark Johnson (IBF)
2. Samson 3K Battery (WBF)
3. Mauricio Pastrana (IBO)
4. Gerry Penalosa
5. Joel Luna-Zarate
6. Hideki Todaka (WBA)
7. Diego Morales (WBO)
8. Jesus Rojas
9. Eric Morel
10. Jesper Jensen (IBC)

active: Cho, Johnson, 3K Battery, Jensen
(inactive list: Thompson, Mayfield)

Flyweights (112 lbs)
Champion: Manny Pacquiao (WBC)
1. Chartchai Sasakul
2. Jose Antonio Lopez-Bueno (WBO)
3. Alejandro Montiel
4. Sornpichai Kratingdaeng (WBA)
5. David Guerault
6. Ruben Sanchez-Leon
7. Leo Gamez
8. Jose Lopez
9. Raul Juarez
10. Isidro Garcia

active: Kratingdaeng, Gamez, Juarez (out: Bonilla-drew with journeyman, Culshaw-displaced)
(inactive list: Sasakul)

Jr. Flyweights (108 lbs)
Champion: Saman Sorjaturong (WBC)
1. Pichit Chor Siriwat (WBA)
2. Jake Matlala
3. Michael Carbajal (WBO)
4. Melchor Cob-Castro (IBA 112#)
5. Jorge Arce
6. Hawk Makepula (WBU)
7. Joma Gamboa
8. Will Grigsby (IBF)
9. Yeosam Choi
10. Chana Porpaoin

active: Cob-Castro, Makepula, Porpaoin (out: Cordoba-inactive)
(inactive list: Siriwat, Matlala, Gamboa)

Strawweights (105 lbs)
Champion: Ricardo Lopez
1. Wandee Singwancha (WBC)
2. Rosendo Alvarez
3. Zolani Petelo (IBF)
4. Songkram Porpaoin
5. Lindi Memani
6. Kermin Guardia (WBO)
7. Ronnie Magramo
8. Satoru Abe
9. Wolf Tokimitsu
10. Andy Tabanas

active: none
(inactive list: Alvarez, Guardia, Magramo)

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