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Thursday, August 11, 2005
Updated: August 16, 7:11 PM ET
August division-by-division rankings

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Check out my rankings within each boxing division by clicking on the links below. The rankings will be updated on the second Thursday of each month.

Who is the world's best fighter, regardless of weight class? See my pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through Aug. 10:

Heavyweights Lightweights
Cruiserweights Junior Lightweights
Light Heavyweights Featherweights
Super Middleweights Junior Featherweights
Middleweights Bantamweights
Junior Middleweights Junior Bantamweights
Welterweights Flyweights
Junior Welterweights Junior Flyweights/Strawweights

HEAVYWEIGHTS (201 AND UP)
Vitali Klitschko

1. Vitali Klitschko (35-2)


Finally sanity prevailed. There will be no pointless interim fight against a lesser opponent. Instead, the big guy will wait to defend against his mandatory, the winner of Saturday's Hasim Rahman-Monte Barrett bout.
Next: Nov. 19 vs. Rahman or Barrett



2. Chris Byrd (38-2-1)

He hasn't fought in nine months and when he does finally get back in the ring -- the date is still anyone's guess -- he'll have to defend against unworthy mandatory DaVarryl Williamson, probably for short money. And you thought it was glamorous being a heavyweight champion?
Next: TBA

3. James Toney (68-4-2)

With his steroid suspension over, he'll return to the ring on Showtime in a ho-hum fight that won't get much attention anyway because it will be up against the Antonio Tarver-Roy Jones rubber match.
Next: Oct. 1 vs. Dominick Guinn

4. John Ruiz (41-5-1)

Ruiz has nothing scheduled and there are no discussions about an upcoming fight. Oh, happy day!
Next:TBA

5. Hasim Rahman (40-5-1)

When we saw "Rock" at his training camp last month, he already looked in awesome shape. That bodes well for him this weekend when he faces Monte Barrett with a fall title shot at Klitschko at stake.
Next: Saturday vs. Barrett

6. Lamon Brewster (32-2)

Instead of bringing him right back on American TV after his impressive 53-second destruction of Andrew Golota, promoter Don King is doing Brewster wrong by shipping him off to Germany for a mandatory against Luan Krasniqi.
Next: Sept. 28 vs. Krasniqi

7. Monte Barrett (31-3)

Beating Rahman this weekend would be the best victory of his career and propel him into a fall title shot against Klitschko.
Next: Saturday vs. Rahman

8. Calvin Brock (26-0)

A talked about title shot vs. Klitschko didn't materialize but it's just as well because he recently got married and took some well-deserved time off for his honeymoon. He'll get a big fight eventually.
Next: TBA

9. Samuel Peter (24-0)

The most explosive young heavyweight will take a massive step up when he faces Wladimir Klitschko in an eliminator. Kudos to HBO for dipping into next year's budget to make one of the year's most important heavyweight fights possible, one in which Peter could emerge as a new star or be exposed as a pretender.
Next: Sept. 24 vs. W. Klitschko

10. Wladimir Klitschko (44-3)

Beating Peter would be a huge lift to restoring his shattered career. Losing would finish him off as a serious contender.
Next: Sept. 24 vs. Peter