Guys he beat who made The Ring annual in the year before he beat them are as follows: Mike De John, Nino, Machen, Foley, and Patterson x2. I dont see Williams in there until later. Six guys. Off the top of my head, the following guys were Ring rated when Vitali beat them: Sanders, Peter, Johnson, Arreola, Solis, Gomez, Adamek. Not sure about Chisora, who had just been ripped off against Helenius. That's 7 or 8. Povetkin has Perez, Chagaev, and Whyte. I think Chambers was in and Byrd was out.