Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20) Champ: None 1) Carlos Molina (20-102-117) Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks Next Fight: 7/19/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith After a couple months of speculation and assurances, Molina-Smith is now officially on for July 19 in Vegas. 2) Saul Alvarez (20-120-135) Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 WW Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months. Now it’s back on, for the exact same date. The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around. There will be a 152-pound catchweight. 3) Austin Trout (17-55-124) Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez Next Fight: Unknown Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez. He certainly deserves it. He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather. 4) Erislandy Lara (17-102-124) Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo Next Fight: Unknown 5) Ishe Smith (17-17-17) Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage Next Fight: Unknown See Molina’s notes, above. 6) Miguel Cotto (7-159-159) Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout Next Fight: Unknown Cotto appears very likely to fight K9 Bundrage on September 28. 7) Cornelius Bundrage (7-150-150) Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown See Cotto’s notes, above. 8) Alfredo Angulo (7-195-195) Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara Next Fight: Unknown Angulo has shared the good news that there are no broken bones in his face after the devastating Lara combination that forced him to submit. On one hand, it demystifies Angulo’s warrior image, but it does give him a better outlook for his career going forward, as well. 9) Gabriel Rosado (7-13-124) Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW) Next Fight: Unknown Apparently satisfied that his arguable loss to J’Leon Love will soon be changed to a no contest due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout. 10) Sergey Rabchenko (7-7-53) Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco. A purse bid has been scheduled for June 18. 11) Delvin Rodriguez (7-101) Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help. 12) Lukas Konecny (7-97) Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW) Next Fight: Unknown 13) Keith Thurman (7-30) Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW) Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW) Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight. The fight will be in San Antonio. 14) Vanes Martirosyan (7-107) Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW) Next Fight: Unknown 15) Yuri Foreman (7-21) Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being. 16) Willie Nelson (3-16) Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR) Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR) Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello. 17) Brian Rose (3-13) Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR) Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) Rose stays busy against Bulgarian journeyman Alexey Ribchev on June 29. 18) Jermell Charlo (2-2) Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Charlo didn’t exactly build his fan base with the Hopkins snoozer, but he satisfied the “win today, look good tomorrow” equation, and earned a ranking for his trouble. 19) Guido Pitto (2-8) Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron. 20) Jack Culcay (2-7) Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR) Next Fight: Unknown Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career. Not I. First, he barely lost it, if at all. Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.
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On the Showtime Extreme undercard for Malignaggi-Broner in Brooklyn, gatekeeper Joachim Alcine looks to spoil the rise of undefeated Philly prospect Julian Williams.