Ring Rating Update: Devin Haney takes the lightweight throne

Devin Haney celebrates after defeating George Kambosos Jr. for the undisputed lightweight championship. Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank Inc by Getty Images

The buzz this week, so far, is the spectacular second-round stop of Naoya Inoue by future celebrity Nonito Donaire on June 7 in Saitama, Japan. Ring Magazine bantamweight champion added Donaire’s WBC title to his WBA and IBF straps with the stunning rematch win, and sparked a Boxing Twitter chat about whether the performance was special enough to move him closer to the No. 1 spot in the pound-for-pound. rankings.

This is a debate that The Ring Ratings Panel will have next Sunday. This Sunday’s discussion revolved around what happened last weekend – Devin Haney outboxing George Kambosos for the undisputed lightweight championship, Stephen Fulton almost shut out Danny Roman, Kenichi Ogawa’s KO-of-the-Year caliber one-hit, David by Joe Cordina. Morrell’s latest stop, and the return of the Moloney twins.

Haney keeps Cambodians at the end of his sting. Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank Inc by Getty Images

Haney and Fulton’s performances were meaningful and impressive enough to deserve a talk about the undefeated Americans joining the pound-for-pound top 10 panelist Anson Wainwright, as usual, the conversation began.

“Devin Haney is worthy of shouting for pound-for-pound consideration after the reign of George Kambosos Jr. to become the undisputed light king,” Wainwright said. “He’s probably next, but I don’t see him jumping (Jermell) Charlo for 10th place. Haney was great, won on the road, and dominated but I think Charlo beating (Brian) Castano was a little more impressive (because) I rate Castano more than Kambosos. Fulton is also worth mentioning for the top 10. The manner of his win over Daniel Roman suggests he has the potential. At present, we have more than 10 fighters who are worthy of top-10 (P4P) status. “

Added panelist Martin Mulcahey: “I was taller than most on Haney, so I had to listen to people tell me how bad / boring he looked in a lot of fights before this win (despite Haney winning almost every round in fights). I think Haney has an obvious talent, but I don’t see him as a P4P after beating a guy (Kambosos) who upset a guy (Teofimo Lopez) who upset a guy (Vasiliy Lomachenko). It’s as if we’re perpetuating a victory (Teofimo over Loma) that put Teofimo in P4P, which should never have made him a P4P participant in the first place. a record of the people he beat. I hope that makes sense. “

It made sense to panelist Michael Montero.

“I like Marty’s opinion on the P4P issue,” Montero said. “Haney is a guy who beat up a guy (Kambosos) who upset a guy (Teo) who upset a guy (Loma) who has proven / established himself at the P4P level for years. To some extent, Teo, George and Devin have all benefited from Loma’s work with one big win. Not exactly P4P … yet. I really think Haney is there in terms of talent, he’s right on the edge. Same with Fulton. “

Joe Cordina put Kenichi Ogawa to sleep. Photo by Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

Wainwright also suggested that Cambodians fall “as low as” No. 5 in the lightweight rankings, while the defeated Ogawa (who lost the IBF-130-pound title to Cordina) dropped to No. 10 in the junior lightweight rankings.

Executive Editor Tom Gray agreed with these suggestions but panelist Adam Abramowitz thought they were a bit harsh.

“I think that’s too steep for Cambodians, who had a clear victory over Teofimo Lopez,” Abramowitz said. “I would have Devin as champion and George at No. 1. And if he lays an egg in the rematch or (other challengers) impress I would consider adjusting at that point.

“I also think this is too steep a drop for Ogawa, who has some solid wins in the division. I would move him to No. 8. ”

Wainwright replied: “My thought behind dropping Cambodians was that he didn’t look good at all. He could not get past the sting and after catching lightning in a bottle moment against Teofimo Lopez, he is clearly looking behind the elite in the division. Lopez goes to 140 pounds, but we won’t rank (them in a new division) until they have officially fought at the weight.

“Ogawa was flattened in two rounds. I did think to get rid of him altogether but held him back because it’s not the strongest of sections.”

Mulcahey, Montero and panelist Diego Morilla agreed with Abramowitz.

UPDATE OF RING STEM (June 4 / June 5):

Pound-for-Pound – No changes.

Super medium weight – David Morrell advances to No. 7 after stopping unrated Calvin Henderson in four rounds.

“I’d like to see Morrell more active,” Wainwright said. “He has been fighting every six months. I would also like to see better opposition. He’s talking about (David) Benavidez, (Caleb) Plant or (Anthony) Dirrell, we’ll see if that happens. “

Mulcahey added: “Love me a little David Morrell, all for him upstairs, but I think Lerrone (Richards) still has a better start. However, it doesn’t separate them much.”

Lightweight – Haney is the new Ring champion. Cambodians fall to number 1.

“I can’t see putting Cambodians under Theofimo despite (the) malformed loss (to Haney), especially since we haven’t seen Theofimo back in the ring yet,” Mulcahey said.

Montero added: “In terms of talent / power, I value Haney, Lopez, Loma, Davis and Garcia above Cambodians. But I can’t do that in real terms. 1 place. “

Junior lightweight – Cordina enters at No. 5. Ogawa falls to No. 8.

“A very impressive victory,” said Wainwright. “I don’t think anyone expected Cordina to win an early one-penalty knockout.”

Junior down weight – Fulton remains No. 1. Roman falls to No. 4.

“Fulton is the number 1 junior down fighter in the world,” Wainwright said. “A novel fall to No. 4. I would say (he should fall) more but I think I would have Roman over Angelo Leo and the guys behind didn’t do enough to be over Roman.”

Bantamweight – Jason Moloney advances to No. 3 after stopping former 115-pound title challenger Aston Palicte in three rounds.

“Nice win,” Wainwright said. “He’s recovered from Inoue’s loss.”

Young bantamweight – Andrew Moloney remains at No. 10 after stopping unrated Alexander Espinoza.

“(Andrew) looks ready to dip his toe back in the deep end of the 115-pound division,” Wainwright said.

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