Aleksandr Usyk cemented his place as the world’s best cruiserweight on Saturday night and proved bookmaker’s who placed him as the pre-World Boxing Super Series favorite correct in their assessment.
The talented Ukrainian, who won gold at the 2012 Olympics, was in fine form as he dismantled ex-number one at the weight, Marco Huck in ten impressive rounds.
Beginning the year at 43, a position some thought was too low at the time, Usyk has now cracked the WBN Top 20 and could be in the shake up for a Fighter of the Year nod come December.
Another big mover and someone who could also be on the shortlist for 2017 voting is Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who knocked out Roman Gonzalez at the StubHub Center to sizeable gasps from the Carson crowd.
Rungvisai had previously out-pointed the Nicaraguan, but this time made lighter work of Gonzalez, who has clearly struggled to come to grips with the higher 115 pound weight limit.
All conquering at 112 pounds, it was thought Gonzalez would easily make the minimal transition as he chased Floyd Mayweather’s record, although it wasn’t to be following two defeats this year.
Gonzalez has dropped at total of 24 places in 2017 ahead of what could soon be a retirement announcement on his part.
Andre Ward continues to reign ahead of possible change as Canelo Alvarez prepares to fight Gennady Golovkin, whilst Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko make up the top five places.