The Klitschkos are on top, but the contender situation is muddled. Provided Adamek gets past Estrada, his proposed battle with Arreola will provide some answers as to who is the heir apparent to the heavyweight division. Haye will likely half to wait for a ton of WBA bureaucratic nonsense in order to join the real threats in this division, what with fights agisnt ruiz, Valuev, adn Chagaev piling up,. But the Chagaev match is a real one, and it will give fighters like Denis Boystov and Dimitrenko a chance to make some serious moves. Needing to exit: Sam Peter, Juan Carlos Gomez, John Ruiz
Guillermo Jones needs to fight someone, anyone! Cunningham vs. Godfrey will priovide some answers as to the second-best fighter in the division, but Adamek needs to make an announcement based on the Estrada fight, so the rest of the division can move on. I personally believe he should stay, even while competing at heavyweight. However, a look at his recent body frame suggests that is not happening. BJ Flores vs. Jones would be the best move for two "piss or get off the pot" fighters. Speaking of which, Zsolt Erdei is confusing this picture. Maybe a European round-robin tournament between he and the three Germans: Arslan, Huck, and Kraj, will provide one dominant champion... but don't hold your breath. Wlodarczyk may have to come to America like Adamek in order to be taken seriously again... where there appear to be more Polish fans than in Poland! Needing to exit: Maccarinelli, Chris Byrd, Herbie Hide.
Hopkins is holding the division hostage, but a new crop of fighters has replaced him in our minds if not the rankings. Dawson is the leader, with Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal creating the most excitement. The winner of Shumenov - Campillo will have a TV history in the U.S. and should definitely jump straight into unification before the WBA can issue three more belts. It may seem foolish to get in the ring with Cloud now, but he is only gonna get better, and Pascal has the skills to out box him now. He may not be able to do so later. Needing to exit: Glen Johnson, Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins.
With the exit of Jermain Taylor, the two most deserving and forgotten 168lbers now get to enter the Super Six. The winner of Allan Green vs. Sakio Bika will likely lose to Andre Ward, but are still guaranteed one more try with Mikkel Kessler, along the appropriate exposure. This is the only muddled picture that is unfolding perfectly. The odd man out is Lucien Bute, whose recent performances should keep Calzaghe from returning anytime soon. He should take on useless mandatories and weak optional defenses, until a winner emerges in the Super Six. That is one of the few times I will advocate that plan. Needing to exit: Jermain Taylor, and he did, and Antwun Echols (it's getting sad).
Stay tuned for volume two: