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Old 07-06-2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default The world's top amatuer heavyweights, by Karlo

AMATEURSCOUTING by Karlo, who posts here every now and then.

And who are the most interesting amateur heavyweights? The list below is not an objective ranking about who’s the best amateur right now and so on, it’s a highly subjective ranking about potential to be a succesful professional heavyweight. Read it as some kind of amateurdraft if you like, where nr 1 is the one I would choose first (as a promoter) and so on…

(1) Roberto Cammarelle
YOB: 1980
H-W: 6.3-SH
Country: Italy
He took the goldmedal in Beijing and won the WC in both 2007 and 2009, so his merits speaks for itself. Cammarelle is a fantastic boxer who's fast, hits hard and show up good reflexes. But I heard that he’s quite happy with his amateurlife and not so enthusiastic about turning pro, but with the two golds in the pocket, he surely is a hot name for the proscene and people have changed their mind before… Let’s hope that Cammarelle turns pro, cause I’m rather sure that he will be a succesful and an exciting one.

(2) Oleksandr Usyk (!)
YOB: 1987
H-W: 6.3-H
Country: Ukraine
Usyk has transformed from a good middleweight to a very good heavyweight. A technical southpawboxer who relies a lot on speed and reflexes. Lost to Mekhontsev in the semifinal of WC 2009.

(3) Egor Mekhontsev
YOB: 1984
W: 6.2-H
Country: Russia
A fast and powerful southpaw who won the European Championship in 2008 and the World Championship in 2009, where he beat Usyk among others.

(4) Sergey Kuzmin
YOB: 1987
H-W: 6.4-SH
Country: Russia
A skillful pressure fighter from Russia. who won the European Championships in 2010, where he beat Cammarelle on his way.

(5) Ivan Dychko (!)
YOB: 1990
W: 6.7-SH
Country: Kazakhstan
A tall, mobile and rather powerful boxer who went to the final as a heavy in the Youth world championships 2008. He also competed as a super heavy in WC 2009 where he outboxed Russias Sergeev for two rounds but run out of gas and lost a close decision.

(6) Michael Hunter (!)
YOB: 1988
H-W: 6.2-SH
Country: USA
Although Hunter did not even got to the Olympics 2008 and lost to Cammarelle in the 1st round of WC 2009 I rate him as one of the most interesting names for the proscene. Hunter is an unusually fast heavyweight. He is both fast in hands, feet and mind. In addition, he has good reflexes which makes him very hard to hit. He might lack a little in the power department though But Hunter might after all be the biggest american talent in the heavyweight division since Riddick Bowe. Was scheduled to make his prodebut in December, but the show was cancelled and rumours say that he’s still an amateur...

(7) Filip Hrgovic (!)
YOB: 1992
W: 6.5-SH
Country: Croatia
The Junior World Champ in the superheavyweight division in 2010 looks fasthanded. mobile and rather powerful so absolutely one to follow a little closer in the future.

( Zhang Zhilei
YOB: 1983
H-W: 6.8-SH
Country: China
A huge chinese who’s rather mobile and smooth for someone at his size. Took the silver in Beijing, where he lost to Cammarelle in the final and lost in the semifinal against Kapitonenko in WC 2009.

(9) Roman Kapitonenko
YOB: 1981
W: 6.3-SH
Country: Ukraine
A well schooled Ukrainian with an economic style, who behind a tight guard was some kind of surprise in WC 2009, where he took the silver and beat Zhilei and Savon among others on his way.

(10) Leinier Perot (!)
YOB: 1992
H: H
Country: Cuba
A young and very promising heavyweight from Cuba who became the junior World Camp in 2010. He also won the Cuban Olympiad 2010, beating Savon and Acosta during the way.

(11) Erislandy Savon (!)
YOB: 1990
H-W: 6.4-SH
Country: Cuba
Cuban teenager who’s a fast, powerful boxer with fine skills. Became the Youth World Champ in November and won the Cordova Cardin tournament in June at super heavy. Lost to Ukrainian Kapitonenko in WC 2009.

(12) Maxim Babanin
YOB: 1988
H-W: SH
Country: Russia
The best junior super heavy in the world for a couple of years. Was expected to take over the Russian mantle after Timurziev but seems to have stagnated a little lately.

(13) Tony Yoka
YOB: 1992
H-W: 6.5-SH
Country: France
A big and mobile frenchman who became the superheavy silvermedalist in 2010:s Junior World Championship.

(14) Yousef Abed Elghani
YOB: 1988
W: 6.5- SH
Country: Israel
A fast and mobile southpaw who competed in WC 2009 where he lost a rather close fight to Bulgarian Pulev. He also took a bronze medal in EC 2010, where he lost on injury to the eventual winner Kuzmin.

(15) Sandor Abdullayev
YOB: 1988
H-W: 6.5-SH
Country: Uzbekhistan
The silvermedalist from jr WC 2006 is a big man with good skills and has been doing the transiton to the senior level better than most of his “classmates” on the list. He competed in the WC 2009 where he lost to Zhang Zhilei.

(16) Niyaz Fayzullin
YOB: 1984
H-W: 6.2-SH
Country: Russia
A Russian southpaw who has done some success at the international level, in the shadow of Timurziev. He beat the american Hunter in December 2008 and also became the Russian champ in 2009 for exemple.

(17) Viktar Zuyev
YOB: 1983
H-W: 6.1-SH
Country: Belarus
The fast and powerful southpaw who won the silver as a heavy in Athen 2004 and lost in the semifinal against Cammarelle as a super heavy in WC 2009 might be a crowdfavorite as a pro, but a questionable chin might be his downfall at the end.

(1 Joseph Parker
YOB: 1992
W: SH
Country: New Zealand
Seen as the most promising heavyweight/superheavyweight from down under since David Tua. Took a bronze at the Junior WC in 2010, where he beat the Cuban Castro on his way.

(19) Osmay Acosta
YOB: 1985
H-W: 6.2-H
Country: Cuba
A mobile and technical boxer” who took a bronze in Beijing and a silver in WC 2009, but Acosta is not in his predecessor Odlanier Solis class.

(20) Yunier Castro
YOB: 1992
W: SH
Country: Cuba
Only a junior but already top3 in Cuba.

(21) Denis Sergeyev
YOB: 1982
H-W: 6.4-SH
Country: Russia
Russias man in the super heavyweight at the moment. Sergeev is a fairly traditional standup, european boxer who might be a little to “amateurish” at the end.

(22) Evgeny Romanov
YOB: 1985
H-W: 6.2-H
Country: Russia
Hard hitting Russian who became jr world champ among heavyweights in 2004 and knocked out the American Deontay Wilder in a duel in 2008.

(23) Dino Mansour
YOB: 1990
H-W: SH
Country: Croatia
One of the best “juniors” in the super heavyweight division. He won the U-19 European Championships in 2009 for exemple.

(24) Clemente Russo
YOB: 1982
H-W: 5.11-H
Country: Italy
A short “boxer” who’s “slap and dance”-style is tailormmade for the amateurgame. He won the WC in 2007 and took the silver in Beijing. He could probably make life difficult for any of the much bigger Europeans, but realistically is the cruiserweight his division.

(25) Robert Alfonso
YOB: 1986
H-W: 6.5-SH
Country: Cuba
Alfonso is a tall boxer with good skills. Might be a little to defensive minded though. He’s also been stopped twice (against Cammarelle and Ouatah) in 2009, which is not a good sign.

(26) Denis Poyatsika
YOB: 1985
H-W: 6.0-H
Country: Ukraine
A short slugger who won the European title 2006, where he for exemple stopped Roman Romanchuk in the final.

(27) Yasmani Perez
W: SH
Country: Cuba
One of the best (maybe the best) super heavies in Cuba right now.

(2 Razvan Cojanu
YOB: 1987
W: 6.4-SH
Country: Romania
A good body puncher who competed in WC 2009 where he lost a close fight to Roman Kapitonenko

(29) Vasilij Levit
YOB: 1988
H-W: 6.1-H
Country: Kazakstan
A fast powerhitter with a good amateur CV. Competed in WC where he lost a close fight to home fighter Russo.

(30) Lenroy Thompson
YOB: 1988
H-W: 6.2-SH
Country: USA
He became the US future star champ in 2008 and won the Golden Gloves in 2009 with a style that is based on constant movement.

(31) Roberto Morban
YOB: 1985
H-W: 6.3-SH
Country: USA
The National Golden Gloves-champ in 2010, where he beat the awkward Lenroy Thompson in the final

(32) Erik Pfeifer
YOB: 1987
W: 6.4-SH
Country: Germany
A good straight up boxer who did well in WC 2009 where he lost a close fight to the Chinese Zhilei in the 2nd round.

(33) Sergey Kalchugin
YOB: 1987
H-W: H
Country: Russia
Junior world champ in 2006 and the heavyweight dominator class for several years. Has now taken the step up among the seniors.

(34) Didier Bence
YOB: 1987
H-W: 6.1-SH
Country: Canada
Has been wounded a while, which hurted his chances to qualify for Beijing. But he’s got a powerful style who might be well suited for the proring.

(35) Jordan Shimmell
YOB: 1988
H-W: 6.3-H
Country: USA
USA:s top man in the heavyweight division at the moment. Competed in WC 2009 but lost to Frenchman Mbumba in the 1st round.

(36) Steve Geffrard
YOB: 1991
H-W: 6.2-H
Country: USA
A newcomer to the US heavyweight scene who is fast in hands and feet and won the National Golden Gloves in 2010, beating Joshua Temple and Jordan Shimmell during his trip.

(37) Jose Payares
YOB: 1986
H-W: 6.5-SH
Country: Venezuela
He beat( a sick) Michael Hunter and went to Beijing, where he lost to Ouatah in the first round.

(3 Joshua Temple
YOB: 1992
H-W: 6.3-H
Country: USA
Number one among the American heavyweights under 19 and already top5 among the seniors.

(39) Javier Torres
YOB: 1988
H-W: 6.4-SH
Contry: Mexico/USA
A good allroundboxer who have competed for the Mexican national team and went to the final in the US! national championships in 2009.
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Part II

(40) David Arshba

YOB: 1986

H-W: SH

Country: Russia

Russian wonder child as it whispered a lot about a couple of years ago. Arshba has not quite managed the praise, but is still young. He qualified for Beijing under the Azerbaijan flag, but the new passport was not quite clear so … no China for him. But with a reputation as a tough cookie, he can surely become a pro to be reckoned with.



(41) Andrew Tabiti

YOB: 1990

H-W: 6.3-H

Country: USA

A talented newcomer to the US amateur scene, with a fluid style, who went to the semifinal in the National Golden Gloves 2010, only losing a close fight to the eventual winner Steve Geffrard.



(42) Trevor Bryan

YOB: 1989

H-W: 6.6-SH

Country: USA

One of the brightest super heavyweight talents in USA and picked by many as a possible Olympian in 2012.



(43) Erik Brechlin

YOB: 1990

W: SH

Country: Germany

Took the silver in the Youth World Champ 2008.



(44) Istvan Bernath

YOB: 1989

W: 6.3-SH

Country: Hungary

A skilful but rather defensiveminded boxer who lost in the first round to Russias Sergejev in WC 2009.



(45) Benjey Zimmermann

YOB: 1985

W: 6.5-SH

Country: Netherlands Antilles

Not the most technical super heavy in the world, but he sure got power. He competed in the WC 2009, where he did quite well, with only four weeks of “real” boxing training behind him. I got a feelin that he might be an attraction as a pro.



(46) Simon Vallily

YOB: 1986

H-W: SH

Country: UK

Became the ABA champ among the super heavies in 2009. A heavy hitter it says.



(47) John Mbumba

YOB: 1983

H-W: 6.1-H

Country: France

Has been a top-10 fighter for a couple of years without reaching the real top. He beat Jordan Shimmell in 2009



(4 Zhan Kosobutskiy

W: H

Country: Kazahkstan

He outclassed countryman Vasiliy Levit in the final of Kazakh Nationals 2010...



(49) Echlin Alizade

YOB: 1986

W: 6.2-H

Country: Azerbadjan

A good allroundboxer with alot of amateur credentials behind him.



(50) Mohammad Ghosson

YOB: 1989

W: H

Country: Syria

A technical sound boxer who compteted in WC 2009



(51) Keith Tapia

YOB: 1990

H-W: 6.1-H

Country: Purto Rico

Just turned 17, Tapia participated in the World Cup 2007 for Purto Rico. Many believe that he would dominate the amateur scene 2012 if he stayed as an amateur, but both himself and his people around him wants him to go pro sooner rather than later. I think it would be better for him to continue to develop his skills as an amateur a couple of years than to rush into the proscene. Has been inactive for a while now.



(52) Hasim Rahman jr

YOB: 1991

H-W: 6.3-H

Country: USA

The son of the old world champ got a lot of hype for free, but of course is Rahman jr very much speculation at this moment.



(53) Omar Ibanez

YOB: 1990

H-W: 6.0-SH

Country: Cuba

A young Cuban super heavy in the same style as Odlanier Solis and Roberto Balado (short and fast). Won the bronze in junior WC 2008.



(54) Ruslan Myrsatayev

YOB: 1985

H-W: 6.1-SH

Country: Kazakhstan

A stocky fighter with an aggressive style, who went to the quarterfinal in Beijing.



(55) Andrey Volkov

YOB: 1987

H-W: SH

Country: Russia

The best junior in Russin a couple of years ago.



(56) Ivan Bezverkhiy

YOB: 1988?

W: SH

Country: Ukraine

One of the top juniors in the superheavyweight division.



(57) Craig Lewis

YOB: 1985

H-W: 6.4-H

Country: USA

Golden Gloves winner of 2008 who’s a good allroundboxer...



(5 Javonta Charles

YOB: 1984

H-W: 6.5-H

Country: USA

One of the best heavies in USA. Charles is a tall powerful southpaw who won the Ringside World Championships and made it to the semi in Golden Gloves and US Championship in 2009.



(59) Arbi Madayev

YOB: 1990

W: SH

Country: Russia

One of the best young super heavies in Russia



(60) Modo Sallah

YOB: 1983

H-W: 6.4-SH

Country: Sweden

A good technical Swede in the same style as Attila Levin. Has been suspended for a while, but is now back in the mix and might be someone for the proscene IF he can be disciplined enough.
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we have a heavy in Ireland he is only 22 and should be moving up to super heavy soon enough he has the fastest hands ive ever seen for a heavyweight and looks like he has a good chin , he beat russon in an ireland v italy match earlier in the year and was injured for the euros , he will have a good future imo his name is con sheehan
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I will back you up there with con sheehan moroser! Still only a kid for a heavyweight but has the speed and style of a middleweight. He likes to stay on his toes and gets in and out very quickly. He also beat a yank in an international in 2009, I'm not sure but it may have been hunter. Is he also EU champ or did he lose in the final? He probably will fill out to be a super heavy weight and at 6ft 4 he has the hight to do so. One to watch at the next Olympics and with a bit of luck he has the potential to get a medal.
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hey karlo and mendoza could the two finest boxing posters ive ever read

the information i read from karlo the last 5 years kept me so interested in so many european propects. Helped to create mental picturez of the prospects in my mind so as i could watch out for them. always remebered karlo called a few prospects so early half the boxing community thought he had gone insane but not latineg. latineg could tell by the way he wrote. he waz so FACTUAL and FAIR. latineg could tell that that this karlo waz for real.

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needs con sheehan there imo
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we have a heavy in Ireland he is only 22 and should be moving up to super heavy soon enough he has the fastest hands ive ever seen for a heavyweight and looks like he has a good chin , he beat russon in an ireland v italy match earlier in the year and was injured for the euros , he will have a good future imo his name is con sheehan
Spot on kid Con will be serious challange for anyone in the world and the reason I say it is because Con is a close friend we box out of the same club in clonmel and I can assure you hell be back soon he is already training like an animal.
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I will back you up there with con sheehan moroser! Still only a kid for a heavyweight but has the speed and style of a middleweight. He likes to stay on his toes and gets in and out very quickly. He also beat a yank in an international in 2009, I'm not sure but it may have been hunter. Is he also EU champ or did he lose in the final? He probably will fill out to be a super heavy weight and at 6ft 4 he has the hight to do so. One to watch at the next Olympics and with a bit of luck he has the potential to get a medal.

carlos do you think sheehan will go pro at some point I heard he had no intrest in it a while back , didnt realise he was 6,4 he will be a monster when he fills out !
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Will Con be staying am for the Olympics?
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Yes, There were a couple of Americans talking to him few months back but he is staying amateur for London
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