Super Middleweight: 2010, Dec 13-19

Jeff Lacy’s descent is now complete, as he lost on Saturday to a guy in Dhafir Smith that had scarcely ever sniffed contention before.  It wasn’t really that close.  Obviously this is a case of Lacy being a completely shot fighter rather than Smith being anything special.  With luck (ours and his) we’ll never see nor hear of Left Hook in the ring again.  In other action, William Gare of South Africa beat his countryman Roland Francis- a tough journeyman- losing between 2 and 4 rounds depending on the card.  And most importantly, James DeGale of the UK stopped fellow British prospect Paul Smith in the 9th round, getting some major credentials in the process.  Smith probably was no world beater, but was roughly at the top of the heap when it comes to British-class fighters.  DeGale in beating him convincingly has basically gone from a pure prospect to a bona fide European-class fringe contender, and in doing so has earned himself a top-20 ranking.


DeGale’s entrance, as well as a revamped ratings system on Boxrec which gives fewer points to prospects for beating unproven/bad fighters (something I’m all for), has given me occasion to re-examine the records of the last few members of the top 20.  First, #17 Jean Paul Mendy, who has two problems.  First, aside from a first round DQ victory over Sakio Bika in which he was being badly beaten, he has not fought a truly credible opponent since about 3 years ago, and even then it was only a draw against solid fringe contender Anthony Hanshaw.  This division is too deep, upon further reflection, to allow a top-20 rating to be built solely on one draw in 3 years.  Mendy couldn’t help the fact that his recent fight with Bika ended inconclusively due to Bika’s blatant foul, but as a better fighter he could have helped the way Bika was slapping him around the ring prior to the stoppage.  Accordingly, Mendy drops from the rankings.


Now to Daniel Geale.  Geale is a beast at middleweight and will be highly ranked there when I get around to publishing those ratings soon, but his #19 spot in the 168 pound rankings was built solely on a victory over Kariz Kariuki.  Kariuki is still a decent win, but it occurred to me in updating my data that Garth Wood also has a win over a more highly-thought of version of Kariuki a little less than a year ago as well as a win over Victor Oganov from last September.  The two Kariuki wins more or less cancel each other out, and Wood clearly deserves the ranking over Geale at this weight.


So James DeGale will debut with his really nice win at #18.  Garth Wood shoots past Geale and also Peter Quillin (Wood’s two victories are over slightly more accomplished opposition than Quillin’s) to assume the #19 position, and Quillin retains his #20 ranking after Mendy and Geale tumble out.


Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Lucian Bute
3) Carl Froch
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Andre Dirrell
6) Sakio Bika
7) Robert Stieglitz
8) Librado Andrade
9) Glen Johnson
10) Arthur Abraham


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (3-82-82)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #7 Arthur Abraham
2) Carl Froch (3-235-235)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #15 Glen Johnson
3) Lucian Bute (3-244-244)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- KO9 #15 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: Unknown
4) Mikkel Kessler (3-314-314)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Andre Dirrell (24-37-37)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- DQ11 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Robert Stieglitz (24-68-68)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) Arthur Abraham (38-60-60)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L (UD12) vs. #4 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Andre Ward
8) Librado Andrade (26-186-186)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Dimitri Sartison (9-20-24)
Last Fight: 7/31/10- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sakio Bika (9-9-193)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Eduard Gutknecht (9-24)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- RTD9 Michal Bilak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Karoly Balzsay (9-24)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO4 Misa Nikolic (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edison Miranda (9-24)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L (TKO3) vs. Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jesse Brinkley (9-24)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- L (KO9) vs. #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Glen Johnson (6-6)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Thomas Oosthuizen (6-24)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #17 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Isaac Chilemba (9-24)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #15 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
18) James DeGale (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Garth Wood (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO6 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Peter Quillin (6-24)
Last Fight: 2/6/2010- UD10 Fernando Zuniga
Next Fight: 12/18/2010- vs. Martin Desjardins (UNR)


THE WEEK AHEAD: On Saturday, fringe contender Ruben Acosta will move up to light heavyweight for a fight against the terrible Lucas Molina in Argentina, #20 Peter Quillin fights the equally terrible Martin Desjardins in Quebec City, and once-beaten Middleweight prosect Danny Jacobs makes a foray into the 168 pound division against the (you guessed it) terrible Jorge Orta.  Don’t expect any upsets here.

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