Archive for March, 2011

Super Middleweight: 2011, Mar 14-20

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on March 21, 2011 by danboxing
Fringe contenders Andy Lee and Craig McEwan locked up on the Martinez-Dzinziruk undercard, and McEwan- a Freddie Roach fighter- looked like a sure thing to upset the Manny Steward-trained Andy Lee after dominating and nearly stopping the Irishman during the first six rounds.  It was not to be, however, as McEwan began badly fading at that point and simply couldn’t hold on against a late onslaught by the better-conditioned Lee, who knocked him out in the tenth and final round.  During the course of the fight, Lee proved two main points: first, that he’s not the championship-level prospect he was once believed to be before he was dispatched by Bryan Vera, and second, that he’s probably a top-twenty guy at least for the moment.

 

In a fight scheduled less than a week ahead of time, #20 James DeGale stopped sub-.500 journeyman Alpay Kobal in 5 in Glasgow.   Meanwhile, gateekeeper William Joppy (who weighed in at 173) proved that a decent big man beats a decent little man by decisioning fellow gatekeeper Cory Cummings (who weighed 168).

 

Despite the easy win, DeGale loses his spot in the rankings for the time being to Lee, who obviously beat a much much better opponent and accordingly debuts at #19.  Ezequiel Maderna is forced down  to #20 in the transaction.

 

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 (16-95-95)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. #7 Arthur Abraham
It appears that Ward’s fight with Abraham will take place a week before the Froch-Johnson fight.
2) Carl Froch (16-248-248)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #15 Glen Johnson
Froch and Johnson have each confirmed a May 21 date for their semifinal match.  Originally, it appeared the fight would be on the same card as David Haye’s next fight, but that fight is set for England while it turns out the Super Six semifinals must contractually happen in America.
3) Lucian Bute (16-257-257)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- KO9 #15 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Bute recently lost his #1 and then #2 spot because his level of competition has been far inferior to Andre Ward and Carl Froch’s, largely for obvious reasons.  Unfortunately, Brian Magee is an even lesser opponent, meaning that the Super Six final will probably cause me to crown a champion.
4) Mikkel Kessler (16-327-327)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler is now looking for a fight with Lucian Bute- a decent bet considering both are now out of the Super Six and have a deal with Showtime.
5) Andre Dirrell (37-50-50)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- DQ11 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
I don’t particularly believe Dirrell’s claims of neurological problems following the Abraham DQ, and so I have an interesting decision to make on his place in the ratings assuming he doesn’t get a fight signed by the end of March.
6) Robert Stieglitz (37-81-81)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. #9 Dimitri Sartison
Stieglitz appeared to be ducking Mikkel Kessler, but signed a pretty good fight anyway with the underrated Dimitri Sartison in Magdeburg.
7) Arthur Abraham (51-73-73)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- TKO2 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
The easy win over Bozic probably didn’t serve as an adequate tune-up for Abe, since Bozic’s injured hand prevented him from getting any rounds in.
8) Librado Andrade (39-199-199)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It now appears Andrade is unlikely to fight Chad Dawson on the Hopkins-Pascal card, since Adrian Diaconu appears to be the choice for Dawson.  No word on the next move for Andrade.
9) Dimitri Sartison (22-33-37)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. #6 Robert Stieglitz
In a surprise announcement, Sartison will fight Stieglitz in Magdeburg in what should be a good matchup.
10) Sakio Bika (22-22-206)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Expect Bika to take a nice long vacation and then fight a weak opponent or two before stepping back up, if he ever does.
11) Eduard Gutknecht (22-37)
Last Fight: 2/12/2010- UD8 Oleksandr Cherviak (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gutknecht’s place in the 168 pound rankings is on its deathbed, as he’s clearly decided to fight exclusively at 175.
12) Karoly Balzsay (22-37)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO4 Misa Nikolic (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay hasn’t made 168 since early December 2009, but since he missed it by only a pound for his very inconsequential non-title fight with Aziz Daari, he gets an extra six months to fight at 168.
13) Edison Miranda (22-37)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L (TKO3) vs. Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Jesse Brinkley (22-37)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- L (KO9) vs. #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley is rightfully enjoying a nice vacation after a punishing loss to Lucian Bute in October.
15) Glen Johnson (19-19)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Johnson, a former light heavyweight champion, has a real shot at being top dog at 168.  His path is clear: beat Carl Froch in May, Andre Ward later in the year, and then (possibly) clean up the division with Lucian Bute in early 2012.  The odds are long, though, as the Road Warrior is already 42 and must go through perhaps all three of the division’s best fighters.
16) Isaac Chilemba (3-37)
Last Fight: 2/25/2011- UD10 Maxim Vlasov (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Chilemba gets a little credit in the rankings for beating Maxim Vlasov at a low-light heavyweight contract weight simply because both he and Vlasov typically fight at 168.  This victory advances him past Thomas Oosthuizen, with whom he recently drew.  Chilemba is staying busy, fighting a very good journeyman for a regional LHW title in late March.
17) Thomas Oosthuizen (3-37)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #17 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Oosthuizen will take on gatekeeper Ruben Acosta in March- a decent matchup for him.
18) Bryan Vera (6-6)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- SD10 Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera, despite a bit of a roller-coaster career including a couple recent losses, has done more in beating Sebastian Demers and Sergio Mora than have the guys rated below him, at least at this weight.
19) Andy Lee (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO10 Craig McEwan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Ezequiel Maderna (1-2)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD10 Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His win over Ruben Acosta gives him a slightly better resume than DeGale.


THE WEEK AHEAD: This is shaping up as a pretty busy weekend in the division.


Friday: French prospect Hugo Kasperski fights journeyman Milton Nunez in France.  Also, Dhafir Smith- a journeyman save for his recent victory over a badly faded Jeff Lacy- will meet prospect Jesus Gonzalez in Phoenix.


Saturday: On Saturday’s highest-profile card, #3 Lucian Bute continues his recent string of sub-par competition by facing fringe contender Brian Magee in Montreal.  On the same card, fringe contender Renan St. Juste- who was originally scheduled to fight Edison Miranda- now will fight Alejandro Berrio.  Meanwhile, in Argentina, undefeated prospect Pablo Farias fights journeyman Matias Franco.
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Light Heavyweight: 2011, Mar 14-20

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on March 21, 2011 by danboxing
#14 Dmitri Sukhotski stopped decent journeyman Konstantin Piternov (a late replacement for the comparable Jose Clavero) in the 5th round in Russia Friday.  The next night at George Mason University, William Joppy decisioned fellow gatekeeper Cory Cummings over 10 rounds.  I’m not sure whether Joppy came in heavy or whether Cummings came in light, but there was a substantial 5 pound weight difference between 173-pound Joppy and 168-pound Cummings.  Regardless of the reason, Joppy did not earn any serious consideration for the top 20 here, though he did probably improve his gatekeeper credentials a fair amount.  Sukhotski stays put at #14.

 

For comparison, here are the current Ring Magazine Ratings:
Champ: Jean Pascal
1) Bernard Hopkins
2) Tavoris Cloud
3) Chad Dawson
4) Glen Johnson
5) Nathan Cleverly
6) Adrian Diaconu
7) Karo Murat
8 ) Beibut Shumenov
9) Chris Henry
10) Gabriel Campillo

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Jean Pascal (31-91-91)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Looks like Pascal-Hopkins II is a done deal for the title.
1) Bernard Hopkins (13-249-249)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Champ Jean Pascal
He’ll get his shot to avenge the draw in the first fight with Pascal.
2) Chad Dawson (13-250-250)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
It looks like Dawson will likely face Adrian Diaconu in the Pascal-Hopkins co-feature.
3) Tavoris Cloud (13-81-81)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s mandatory is now Yusaf Mack, the winner of an eliminator with Otis Griffin.  This is actually a pretty decent matchup as alphabet contests go.  But according to Zsolt Erdei promoter Lou DiBella, HBO is trying to match Cloud with his guy.  Either bout is fine with me.  This is one hot division.
4) Glen Johnson (31-404-404)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. SMW #3 Carl Froch (at SMW)
If he manages to beat Froch, he will fight for the Super Six Championship, and possibly the legitimate Super Middleweight Championship of the World.  If not, maybe he moves back up to 175.  If he beats Froch, he will most likely forfeit his 175 rating because the Super Six will tie him up beyond the year anniversary of his light heavyweight fight with Cloud.
5) Gabriel Campillo (31-38-38)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: 4/15/2011- vs. #14 Dmitri Sukhotski
Campillo is now scheduled to fight #14 Dmitri Sukhotski on April 15.
6) Nathan Cleverly (26-58-58)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #8 Juergen Braehmer
Cleverly has expressed a desire to fight Cloud if he beats Braehmer, and there are also discussions of an all-Welsh showdown with cruiserweight fringe contender Enzo Maccarinelli at 175.
7) Yusaf Mack (2-2-38)
Last Fight: 3/4/2010- W(SD12) vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
The oft-delayed eliminator with Otis Griffin finally went down, and Mack escaped with a comfortable split decision, if there is such a thing.  Mack is now the mandatory challenger for Cloud’s belt, but may have to wait awhile as HBO is pushing Zsolt Erdei for that honor, instead.
8) Jürgen Brähmer (2-38-38)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #6 Nathan Cleverly
9) Chris Henry (2-44-44)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
There’s still not much buzz about Henry scheduling another fight, even as the year anniversary of his sensational performance against Garay approaches.
10) Beibut Shumenov (2-34-38)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov, an attorney, is suing his promoter, Goosen-Tutor, and attempting to break away.  Hopefully this doesn’t hurt his now-promising career.
11) Roy Jones, Jr. (2-38)
Last Fight: 4/3/2010- L(UD12) vs. Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
He’s reportedly in talks for a suicidal return to cruiserweight to fight #2 Denis Lebedev.
12) Adrian Diaconu (2-201)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It sounds like a fight with Chad Dawson on 5/21 is almost set.
13) Danny McIntosh (8-38)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- TKO11 #14 Thierry Karl
Next Fight: Unknown
McIntosh has a European title with some good challengers in those rankings, and also appears to be the mandatory challenger for a British title held by Tony Bellew.
14) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-20)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/15-2011- vs. #5 Gabriel Campillo
Already scheduled to fight Camillo, just a month and change after his last fight.  It figures to be a tough one, but also maybe a good fight.
15) Ismayl Sillakh (2-9)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- UD10 Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looked real good in outboxing Despaigne.  Probably top 10-bound.
16) Hugo Garay (2-38)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Garay understandably pulled out of his fight on Friday, March 11th due to the death of his mother on the 8th.  I’ll give him an extra month to schedule a fight at 175 before removing him from the rankings.
17) Zsolt Erdei (2-17)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Campillo off the table, an HBO fight with Tavoris Cloud now looks like the most likely route for Erdei.
18) Thierry Karl (2-38)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- L (TKO11) vs. #17 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
Will probably see a long layoff and a few tune-ups after being stopped by McIntosh.  Karl might be done as a major contender.
19) Luis Garcia (2-9)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Garcia’s March 19 fight has disappeared from the schedules.  Not sure why.
20) Otis Griffin (2-9)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- L (SD12) vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown

 

 

The Week Ahead: Undefeated Polish prospect Pawel Glazsewski is set to go against Albanian journeyman Orial Kolaj in Poland in what should not be much of a test.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Mar 14-20

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on March 20, 2011 by danboxing
Friday saw three notable cruisers in action.  Inactive fringe contender Grigory Drozd- who previously last saw the ring in September 2009- shut out really bad journeyman Remigijus Ziausys in Russia.  On the same evening in Poland, #20 Mateusz Masternak stopped gatekeeper Ali Ismailov in the 5th after winning all of the previous rounds.  Finally, French gatekeeper Rachid El Hadak also scored a shutout in France over journeyman Levan Jomardishvili, over 12 rounds.  Drozd would probably be a top 20 contender if it weren’t for his inactivity, but given well over a year out of the ring, this pointless fight does nothing more than get him back into the conversation.  Meanwhile, Masternak’s win places him in a bit safer position in the rankings, supplanting Rogelio Rossi at #19.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Rankings:
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham
2) Marco Huck
3) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
4) Denis Lebedev
5) Troy Ross
6) Danny Green
7) Giacobbe Fragomeni
8) Ola Afolabi
9) Guillermo Jones
10) Yoan Pablo Hernandez


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Steve Cunningham (149*-352-352)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
* Not actually sure how long he’s been rated #1, but it has been at least this number of weeks.
Cunningham defeated Licina, and will likely fight next in Sauerland’s Super Six.
2) Marco Huck (38-223-223)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- SD12 #6 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #9 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Shrwedly signed on to fight Giacobbe Fragomeni in what is probably his last bout before entering the Super Six.  This is probably a good opportunity to bounce back from a win that everyone knows he lost against a well-rated but aged former titlist.
3) Denis Lebedev (13-58-58)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
For those that enjoy public executions, the fight being negotiated between Lebedev and Roy Jones, Jr. will reportedly be headed to pay-per-view.  The target date now appears to be June.  No word on whether the late March date Lebedev once had scheduled will still hold.
4) Ola Afolabi (13-105-105)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD10 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/18/2011- vs. Lubos Suda (UNR)
Afolabi is probably the best fighter not set to fight in the Super Six.    His route to the top 5 was probably quieter than his peers, and he has the wrong promoter (Duva Boxing) for a division that’s now completely dominated by Sauerland.  It might be hard for him to get good fights in the near future.
5) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (5-38-38)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Reports suggest a clash with Guillermo Jones might be next.  So much for his being already in the Super Six, I guess.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (5-299-299)
Last Fight: 9/25/2010- UD12 Jason Robinson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Palacios should be his last fight before he enters Sauerland’s Super Six.  We’ll see how much a broken leg in the lead up to the fight will affect his performance.
7) Guillermo Jones (17-24-24)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly considering fighting Yoan Pablo Hernandez in May.
8) Danny Green (17-67-67)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: Unknown
Green’s promotional firm is promoting a minor card in April, but he still has yet to decide on his fighting future after emergency surgery a couple months ago.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (17-122-122)
Last Fight: 11/5/2010- TKO6 Eduardo Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #2 Marco Huck
Surprised me by signing a fight with Marco Huck this week.  This will likely be a last hurrah for the 41-year-old Italian.
10) Alexander Frenkel (17-17-26)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
Has apparently overcome his hand injury enough to begin training for a possible bout with Silvio Branco, though that fight is not yet signed.
11) B.J. Flores (2-38)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. #9 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Began calling out Lateef Kayode after Kayode’s lackluster win over Nick Iannuzzi.  It looks like Kayode doesn’t want that fight yet, and with good reason.  Flores boxes with a similar style to Iannuzzi, but with much more class.
12) Troy Ross (2-107)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’m finally forced to give Ross more credit for his ill-fated impressive effort against Cunningham, since everyone immediately above him is losing.
13) Steve Herelius (2-37)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(KO7) vs. #6 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s always hard to come back from a knockout loss.  Herelius could become a go-to quality opponent for the guys locked out of the Super Six.
14) Enad Licina (2-38)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Enzo Maccarinelli (2-38)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably all but retired after a vicious knockout loss to Frenkel, but no official announcement yet.
16) Lateef Kayode (2-17)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- UD10 Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Went life and death with Nick Iannuzzi, but any win at that level is better than losses and inactivity, which are mostly what Alexeev and Godfrey have to show for the last 2 years.
17) Alexander Alexeev (2-9)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (KO2) vs. #7 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Alexeev will look to bounce back on April 9 from his stoppage loss to Denis Lebedev last summer.  Don’t expect him to fight anyone dangerous.
18) Matt Godfrey (2-114)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Never the most active fighter, we don’t yet know what Godfrey’s up to next after Marco Huck destroyed him.

19) Mateusz Masternak (1-2)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak easily disposed of the pretty decent Ismailov, prompting his promotion to #19.  He has now defeated 2 gatekeepers a year apart.
20) Rogelio Rossi (1-9)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO5 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: On the Klitschko-Solis card in Cologne, #4 Ola Afolabi meets gatekeeper Lubos Suda in the only meaningful action in the division this week.

Heavyweight: 2011, Mar 14-20

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on March 16, 2011 by danboxing
Recent Adamek opponent Michael Grant knocked out Tye Fields in Vegas on Friday in the 3rd round, a surprisingly easy victory in a fight that looked even on paper.  With the loss, Fields becomes very clearly a journeyman, while Grant positions himself as a very legitimate gatekeeper.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) David Haye
3) Alexander Povetkin
4) Tomasz Adamek
5) Ruslan Chagaev
6) Eddie Chambers
7) Denis Boytsov
8) Alexander Dimitrenko
9) Chris Arreola
10) Odlanier Solis


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (90-303-303)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #2 David Haye
The Champ pulled a real bush league move last week by pulling out of a fight with Dereck Chisora for a second time with the same dubious abdominal injury.  It appears that every time David Haye hints at interest in a fight, Wlad gets hurt.  It would serve the champ right if Haye got “injured” again after the fight is signed.  I don’t think it’s quite official yet, but it looks like Klitschko-Haye is a go for either 6/25 or 7/2.  Chisora deserved better than this.  If Wlad is really injured, he should have rescheduled with the other Brit.
1) Vitali Klitschko (127-127-127)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD12 Shannon Briggs (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #10 Odlanier Solis
Vitali apparently is now the understudy for both of Wlad’s next two fights (Haye and Adamek) in addition to his own scheduled bout with Solis.
2) David Haye (50-104-104)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
With his mandatory with Ruslan Chagaev out of the way due to hepatitis and Wlad’s fight with Chisora apparently contingent on whether the Champ feels like it at any given moment, Haye has once again signed on to fight Wlad.  With the contract signed, the odds of the fight actually happen have increased to about 50-50 in my estimation.
3) Eddie Chambers (5-102-102)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dropped and decisioned Derric Rossy, moving him ahead of Alexander Povetkin, who’s been slumming lately.
4) Alexander Povetkin (5-177-177)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Teddy Atlas expects Povetkin to fight Mormeck for the WBA title being (sorta) vacated by Haye, who is likely being promoted to WBA Super Duper Extra Spectacular World Champion of the Whole Wide World, while promoter Sauerland admits Mormeck is on their short list, but says the fight is not made and that it’s not clear it would be for the nonsensical title.  According to Atlas, the fight would be in early to mid June.
5) Ruslan Chagaev (43-226-226)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
To the extent the WBA rankings matter, Chagaev appears to be getting jobbed.  He is supposed to be the mandatory challenger to Haye, but the likely biased British Board of Control nixed that fight for England, and the idea of fighting elsewhere seems not to have occurred to Haye.  Now that Klitschko-Haye appears on, you would think Chagaev-Povetkin would be next, but Povetkin’s camp appears interested in Mormeck instead, and thinks that would be for the title somehow.
6) Samuel Peter (42-42-42)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- L(KO10) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #15 Robert Helenius
Just signed a big high-value fight with Robert Helenius in Westfalen, Germany.  The winner probably ends up in the top 5.
7) Tomasz Adamek (7-47-47)
Last Fight: 12/9/2010- TKO5 Vinny Maddalone (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2010- vs. Kevin McBride (UNR)
Faced with 3 options: Sam Peter, Hasim Rahman, or…Kevin McBride, Adamek chose the ridiculously easy way out with McBride.  But to be fair, would you want to jeopardize a million-dollar payday if it were you?
8) Tony Thompson (7-42-42)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (7-42-42)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Thompson’s comments above.
10) Odlanier Solis (13-13-42)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- W(DQ10) vs. #14 Ray Austin
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
After a solid win over Austin, Solis gets the chance of a lifetime against Vitali Klitschko.  It’s actually a step up for Vitali, too, after a recent string of no-hopers.
11) Chris Arreola (13-104)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- TKO1 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arreola returns on the Ward-Abraham undercard on May 14.  Opponent to be announced.
12) Denis Boytsov (13-91)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Recently added Golden Boy as an American co-promoter alongside Universum, and is looking to fight stateside in May if his hand holds up.
13) Dereck Chisora (13-26)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: Unknown
The British Boxing Board of Control has ordered purse bids for a British title fight between Chisora and gigantic prospect Tyson Fury.  Should be a real interesting fight if it happens.
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (13-42)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears at least 50-50 that he’ll fight Povetkin next.
15) Robert Helenius (15-42)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- TKO2 Attila Levin (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #6 Samuel Peter
Just made a gutsy move by signing a fight with dangerous and likely underrated Sam Peter.  This is the kind of fight that can either make or break a fighter on his way from prospect to contender.
16) Francesco Pianeta (19-42)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Ray Austin (13-42)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- L(DQ10) vs. #17 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: Unknown
No telling where he goes from here.  He’s getting up there in age, and has probably done about all he’s going to do.  Austin may be a good candidate to retire soon.
18) Kubrat Pulev (15-19)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Timur Ibragimov (19-38)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- L(SD12) vs. #18 Jean Marc Mormeck
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be taking a bit of a break after his considerable momentum was halted by Jean Marc Mormeck.
20) Alexander Dimitrenko (9-9)
Last Fight: 7/30/2010- TKO5 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Hopefully he stays on his feet at least until he gets to the ring this time against Sosnowski.  This should be a good test to see where he’s really at following a couple lackluster years.


THE WEEK AHEAD:  Saturday finds dominant #1 Contender Vitali Klitschko putting his alphabet belt on the line against frequently overweight but undeniably talented Cuban defector Odlanier Solis, the #10 contender that earned his position primarily by making Ray Austin look for a way out late last year (DQ10).  In a lower-level but still pretty interesting contest on Friday, gatekeepers Cedric Boswell and Oliver McCall lock up in Hollywood, Florida on the Friday Night Fights card- though I can’t seem to figure out if it’s making the televised portion or not.  McCall, who had been sparring with Boswell in the lead-up to the fight, is a late replacement for ancient former fringe contender Bert Cooper, who himself was a replacement for Alonzo Butler.  The winner of this fight, despite still being an old has-been, will also probably be a legitimate top-20 contender.  That’s what happens when you fight guys who have beat other guys, I guess…

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Mar 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings on March 10, 2011 by danboxing
It was a very good weekend for junior middleweights released from prison in 2010.  Hard-hitting contender James Kirkland made his return to the ring a short one on Saturday when he disposed of journeyman Ahsandi Gibbs in just seconds, although the fight actually took place over the middleweight limit.  Also, former welterweight contender Giorbis Barthelemy continued the comeback he began in 2010 after being released from prison by shocking Derek “Pooh” Ennis- who I rated #12 at middleweight- slapping him around until referee Steve Smoger was forced to stop the fight on the ropes in round two on Friday.  Maybe I should rate Barthelemy- who came out of nowhere to become relevant again- but this seems fluky and Barthelemy failed to make weight for the fight, coming in at 155.  The Cuban defector unfortunately has made a habit of coming in heavy for his fights over his long career.  He’s effectively torpedoed Ennis’ career, but he probably needs another win and one or two fewer meals before I’ll be comfortable rating him.

 

Also on Friday, French prospect Cedric Vitu beat journeyman Mehdi Nekaies for the French title.  On Saturday, Saul Alvarez headlined a heavily-watched Boxing After Dark card on HBO and battered a game but outgunned Matthew Hatton for the full twelve round distance.  Canelo failed to make the 150 pound catchweight and was fighting a natural welterweight who had never before fought at junior middle, but Hatton was still a semi-credible opponent since he is pretty close to being a top-10 welterweight.  Alvarez’ dominant victory lands him squarely in the top 10, even passing Sergei Dzinziruk- who hasn’t had a really good win since 2008- to settle in at #8.  Gabriel Rosado falls out of the top 10 just a week after winning a meaningless fight.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Kermit Cintron
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Miguel Cotto
4) Ryan Rhodes
5) Sechew Powell
6) Yuri Foreman
7) Vanes Martirosyan
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Saul Alvarez
10) Cornelius Bundrage

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Alfredo Angulo (5-76-76)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC is pushing for a tournament that would include Angulo vs. Ryan Rhodes, with the winner to fight the winner of Paul Williams vs. either Saul Roman or Vanes Martirosyan.  The winner would earn the right to fight for a title held by a guy already less accomplished than 3 of the 5: Saul Alvarez.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (5-31-31)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- TKO5 Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage was in talks for a fight with Erislandy Lara, but those negotiations appear to be at an impasse.
3) Miguel Cotto (16-40-40)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- TKO9 #6 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Cotto could do a lot better than Ricardo Mayorga.  Nobody would even care about this fight if Mayorga didn’t run his mouth non-stop.
4) Paul Williams (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L (KO2) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams has been medically cleared to fight again after being iced by Sergio Martinez.  For details on his possible next move, see Alfredo Angulo’s comments above.
5) Yuri Foreman (5-75-75)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- L (TKO9) vs. WW #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
A ho-hum matchup looms for Foreman this weekend.  Wolak is not a bad opponent, but I doubt this fight will do anything for Foreman’s ranking.
6) Kermit Cintron (5-93-93)
Last Fight: 5/8/2010- L (TD4) vs. MW #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Cintron said last week that he plans to move back to welterweight, and for some reason Jan Zaveck is at the top of his list.
7) Ryan Rhodes (5-72-72)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO2 Rocky Junior (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Angulo’s comments above.
8) Saul Alvarez (1-1-16)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/18/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo looked like a beast for most of his fight with Matthew Hatton, but disappointingly failed to get his guy out of there.  Hatton’s credentials are questionable because he had never fought at junior middle before, but his basic quality was enough to get Alvarez comfortably within the top 10.  Canelo is already tentatively scheduled to fight on June 18 in Mexico.  Austin Trout may be the opponent, as Canelo hinted he wants to revenge his brother Rigoberto, who was beaten by Trout recently.
9) Sergei Dzinziruk (1-43-43)
Last Fight: 5/14/2010- TKO10 Daniel Dawson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Inactivity has been the big killer for Dzinziruk.  He beat a decent prospect in Daniel Dawson on Showtime last spring after more than 18 months off, and then promptly took another 10 months off.  There’s a good chance he will be dropped once again from the rankings after fighting Sergio Martinez, since that fight is at middleweight and he is likely to lose and then not fight again until after May.  The win that, despite his ridiculous inactivity, gets him rated this high, was a November 2008 decision over Joel Julio, who was rated #10 at the time.
10) Sechew Powell (1-51-51)
Last Fight: 3/19/2010- W (MD12) vs. #4 Deandre Latimore
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a bit hard to stomach rating Powell this high.  He basically took a prospect named Deandre Latimore and turned him into a star by getting knocked out by him in a competitive fight, and then edged the same guy to a decision a couple years later after Latimore had inflated himself to a #4 ranking from the Ring.  Still, Latimore’s rating wasn’t entirely Powell’s creation, as many people (including one judge) thought Latimore deserved the nod against Cory Spinks later on, and it’s hard to rate a guy who’s beaten a #4 contender in his last fight any lower than this, regardless of how inflated that rating might have been.
11) Gabriel Rosado (1-5)
Last Fight: 2/26/2011- TKO12 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Manny Pacquiao (1-5)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- UD12 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Never actually weighed in over the welterweight limit, but he fought a guy at a 150 pound catchweight who had established himself as at least a credible fringe contender at 154 in Antonio Margarito, while giving up a whopping 17 pounds on fight night.  He might never fight another junior middleweight, and definitely will return to welter for his next fight, but there is still at least an outside possibility that he’ll fight somebody over 147 in the next year and thus will retain his ranking for now.  Pretty remarkable for a guy that could probably still fight at 135 if that’s where the money was.
13) Cory Spinks (5-5)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- L (TKO5) vs. Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
If Spinks doesn’t need the money, he should probably consider retirement.  He’s already exceeded the accomplishments of his Heavyweight Champion father Leon, and hopefully still has his health intact after being brutalized for a five rounds by the beastly Cornelius Bundrage in August.
14) Sam Webb (5-5)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- KO11 Martin Concepcion (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Webb has had exactly one fight against good opposition- fringe contender Anthony Small last March- and he’s 1 for 1.  He does have one cuts loss against 0-3 welterweight Alexei Stoda from almost 5 years ago, but that was probably an aberration.
15) Shane Mosley (5-5)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- Draw (SD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Most 154-pound fighters wouldn’t mind having a draw with Sergio Mora on their record, but it was quite a disappointing result for Mosley, who was trying to rebound from a pathetically docile effort against Floyd Mayweather.  Still, perhaps most observers thought Mosley deserved the decision above his natural weight, and he’s got some good wins a few years back that would make him a clear top-10 fighter if they were more recent.  His next fight will be at Welterweight.
16) Austin Trout (5-5)
Last Fight: 2/5/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Undefeated American prospect Trout first proved that he was one to watch in September 2009 by beating fellow prospect Nilson Tapia, and then finally stepped up again last week by earning a dominant points victory over fringe contender Rigoberto Alvarez.  Rigoberto’s much better brother Saul “Canelo” Alvarez reportedly wants to revenge his brother in June.
17) Joachim Alcine (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (TKO1) vs. Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
Alcine appears to be on his way down the rankings after being blown out in the first round by Alfredo Angulo, but he’s still only lost to really good fighters like Angulo and Daniel Santos, and still has enough quality wins on the resume to keep him in the rankings.
18) Deandre Latimore (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/24/2010- TKO3 Darien Ford (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Latimore is hard to figure.  He knocked out Sechew Powell and then, in the estimation of some observers, beat Cory Spinks.  But then he looked awful against journeyman Sammy Sparkman in winning a wide decision that should have been within one point either way and lost a close decision to Powell.
19) Erislandy Lara (5-5)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO1 Delray Raines (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/25/2011- vs. Carlos Molina (UNR)
Lara is now set to step up against Carlos Molina, a very solid fringe contender who has been inactive for over 18 months due to promotional problems with Don King.  This is an overdue tough test for Lara, who might be  setting himself up for a title shot later this year.
20) Rigoberto Alvarez (5-5)
Last Fight: 2/5/2011- L (UD12) vs. Austin Trout (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alvarez had a couple losses against pretty good fighters at middleweight and 168, but until recently his only major test at 154 was close win over the very credible Nobuhiro Ishida.  The momentum generated by that win from October was halted when hot but previously untested prospect Austin Trout easily beat him to a 12-round decision.  Still, the Ishida win is a shade better than some of the guys left out (like Alejandro Falliga and Antonio Margarito) can claim.

 

The Week Ahead:

Friday: Gatekeeper Ulises Lopez should have an easy night against journeyman Carlos Vilches, who isn’t all that good and typically fights at 140 or 147.  The two Argentinians will be fighting for the South American title.

 

Saturday: On one overall underwhelming Pay-Per-View card from Vegas, #3 Miguel Cotto fights former legitimate welterweight champ Ricardo Mayorga, who is probably best viewed as a gatekeeper at this stage, while #5 Yuri Foreman meets fringe contending prospect Pawel Wolak of Poland.

Middleweight: 2011, Mar 7-13

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings on March 10, 2011 by danboxing
In a shocking upset, #12 Derek Ennis was stopped in the 2nd round by former welterweight contender Giorbis Barthelemy.  In fairness to Ennis, the fight was contested at 154 but Barthelemy came in over the limit (something he routinely has done in his career), but Ennis is used to fighting middleweights bigger and better than the Cuban.  With a fresh loss to a complete non-entity this fresh on his resume- even in a different weight class- I can’t help but drop Pooh from the rankings.

 

Gatekeeper Tarvis Simms had only a tad bit of trouble outpointing solid journeyman John Mackey Saturday in Newark, while once-beaten prospect Danny Jacobs needed just over half a round to knock out sub-.500 journeyman Robert Kliewer on the Hatton-Alvarez undercard in Anaheim.

 

#2 Kelly Pavlik drops from the ratings this week, as he has scheduled a fight at 168 with Alfonso Lopez for May, which will be over a year since his last Middleweight fight.  I let him keep his ranking until now despite his strong statements that he was moving up, but now that there’s a concrete commitment for him to go inactive at 160, it doesn’t make sense to keep him in until April just to take up space.

 

Marcus Upshaw, whose lone significant win at middleweight was a split decision that was actually much wider over Renan St. Juste, debuts at #19 due to Ennis’ and Pavlik’s departure, as does Peter Manfredo, Jr. at #20 on the strength of his May stoppage of gatekeeper Angel Hernandez.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Sergio Martinez
1) Felix Sturm
2) Sebastian Sylvester
3) Paul Williams
4) Daniel Geale
5) Matthew Macklin
6) Sebastian Zbik
7) Dmitry Pirog
8) David Lopez
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
10) David Lemieux

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (47-47-47)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- KO2 #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. JMW #9 Sergei Dzinziruk
Sergio Martinez is the unquestioned king of the division.  Dzinziruk is an interesting challenge, but certainly not an adequate test ratings-wise.
1) Felix Sturm (87-390-390)
Last Fight: 2/19/2011- TKO7 Ronald Hearns (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There are enough real challenges in  this division for a #1 contender to fight someone better than Ronald Hearns.  He should be trying to fight Martinez.  That’s what it’s all about- the World Championship.
2) Paul Williams (1-100-100)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L(KO2) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC is talking about a four-man tournament at 154 to create a mandatory challenger for Saul Alvarez’ irrelevant title.  But irrelevant or not, the tournament (which also seeks the participation of Alfredo Angulo, Ryan Rhodes, Saul Roman, and Vanes Martirosyan) would create some nice match-ups and be great for the sport, which feels strange to say when referring to the WBC.  Williams would reportedly start by fighting the Roman-Vanes winner.
3) Sebastian Sylvester (1-291-291)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD12 Mahir Oral (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester’s last scheduled fight on January 22 was canceled along with its entire card due to a virus contracted by Sylvester.  He was supposed to fight Mehdi Bouadla, a French gatekeeper.  No word yet on whether that fight will be rescheduled.
4) Daniel Geale (1-90-90)
Last Fight: 10/31/2010- TKO12 #8 Roman Karmazin
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (1-19-19)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD12 Avtandil Khurtsidze
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
N’jikam fights fringe contender Giovanni Lorenzo on April 2.
6) Dmitry Pirog (1-32-32)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- TKO5 Danny Jacobs
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Pirog could have done a better job of capitalizing on his thrilling knockout of Jacobs.  Instead, he will be 8 months inactive when he fights a mediocre prospect in Maciel.  Of course this might just be a tune-up before he tries to get a Martinez or Sturm in the ring, but he can still do better.
7) Garth Wood (1-6-6)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO5 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. #18 Anthony Mundine
We’ll see if Wood’s the real deal when he re-matches Anthony Mundine in April.
8) Matthew Macklin (1-76-76)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Ruben Varon (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. Winky Wright (UNR)
Macklin had a very slow 2010 after a big 2009, but he looks to go back to business in 2011 with an intriguing matchup against former junior middleweight champion Winky Wright, who has been inactive since dropping a convincing decision to Paul Williams in the Spring of 2009.  The winner of the fight will be firmly entrenched in the top 10.  If Macklin wins, it’s probably the end of the line for Wright.
9) Maxim Bursak (1-6-6)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak said in early February he was hoping for a tune-up on the Vitali-Solis card, and was hoping to fight Peter Manfredo after that.  No word on whether either of those wishes are approaching fruition today.
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (1-1-6)
Last Fight: 1/1/2011- TKO8 Wilson Santana (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/8/2011- vs. David Lemieux (UNR)
Rubio’s advancement into the top 10 makes the stakes that much higher for the veteran and his opponent, fast-rising prospect Lemiuex.
11) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-6)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- UD10 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #16 Sebastian Zbik
Chavez will take on one of the biggest challenges of his career in undefeated but thus-far overrated alphabet titlist Sebastian Zbik.
12) Billy Lyell (1-6)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- L(UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Now we know he’s not as good as Chavez, but he owns a win over a better version of John Duddy, which keeps him ranked.
13) Darren Barker (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/9/2010- UD12 Affif Belghecham
Next Fight: 4/30/2011- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR)
Barker is over some injuries that plagued him in 2010, and has a new promoter.  He is now scheduled to fight quality journeyman Domenico Spada for the EBU title on April 30.
14) Pablo Navascues (1-6)
Last Fight: 11/26/2010- MD10 Luis Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Time is running out for the 35-year-old Navascues.  His draw with then-#7 Javier Castillejo should have led to another good fight, but instead he’s fought just twice in the 22 months since, and never against anyone good.  Maybe all the decent fighters are scared off by his near-upset of Castillejo, but he’s got to find someone to fight him soon.
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-6)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- L(UD12) vs. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Mariusz Cendrowski (UNR)
Georgian Khurtsidze recently came up on the wrong side of his fight with Hassan N’Jikam, but he has beaten a pretty decent gatekeeper once a year since 2008.  If he can keep that up in 2011, his place in the rankings will be secure.
16) Sebastian Zbik (1-87)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #11 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Undefeated Zbik will finally step up to the fringe contender level of competition, fighting Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June.
17) Fernando Guerrero (1-6)
Last Fight: 2/18/2011- UD10 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Anthony Mundine (1-6)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- L(KO5) vs. Garth Wood
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. #7 Garth Wood
Possible redemption on tap for April 13.
19) Marcus Upshaw (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- SD10 Renan St. Juste
Next Fight: 3/25/2011- vs. Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Has a pretty tough fight on tap with Osumanu Adama, a solid gatekeeper.
20) Peter Manfredo, Jr. (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- UD10 Daniel Edouard (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
So far, so good on the comeback trail for Manfredo.  #9 Maxim Bursak is interested in fighting him, but no idea if that will happen or not.


The Week Ahead: The World Championship is on the line this week, as the #9 Junior Middleweight Sergei Dzinziruk moves up to challenge Champion Sergio Martinez in Connecticut.  On the HBO-televised undercard of that fight, Andy Lee and Craig McEwan- two fringe contenders who hover between 160 and 168- will meet up in a fight that should jump-start the winner’s career significantly.

 

David Lopez, who is maybe something like #21 right now, will have a pretty easy night Friday against Francisco Villanueva, who probably has roughly average journeyman skill despite a very poor 10-23-2 record.

 

On the Cotto-Mayorga PPV undercard in Vegas Saturday, Russian prospect Matt Korobov fights ubiquitous journeyman Michael Walker, and then #15 Avtandil Khurtsidze takes on very good Polish journeyman Mariusz Cendrowski in Tblisi, Georgia on Sunday.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Mar 7-13

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on March 9, 2011 by danboxing
Finland’s Amin Asikainen was stopped in the 11th round after being dropped twice by Polish prospect/gatekeeper Piotr Wilczewski on Friday in Helsinki.  Asikainen had been a borderline middleweight contender a few years ago until he was stopped by Sebastian Sylvester, and has gone one to lose by stoppage to Khoren Gevor and Matthew Macklin, as well.  He moved up to 168 about a year ago and beat two unproven opponents before stepping up against Wilczewski.  The highlight of his career was probably being included in the Fight Night Round 4 video game a couple years ago.  This latest loss renders him for all intents and purposes a high-profile journeyman.  Wilczewski, who improves his record to 28-1, was stopped early by a hot Curtis Stevens in his only previous test.  This single win is not enough to earn him a rating, though it’s a good first step.

 

In Argentina, undefeated prospect Ezequiel Maderna took on a tough challenge in gatekeeper Ruben Acosta, and passed it by outpointing his older countryman over 10 rounds.  This win is enough for Maderna to debut at #19, pushing James DeGale to #20 since DeGale’s best victim, Paul Smith, was slightly less accomplished than Acosta.  Garth Wood exits, but of course remains highly-rated at middleweight.

 

In Saturday’s other action, Britain’s undefeated George Groves stopped untested Daniel Allotey of Ghana in the 4th, and former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland returned to the ring following his term in prison on a weapon’s beef, and destroyed journeyman Ahsandi Gibbs in about half a minute.  Kirkland figures to return to 154 when he begins training for more serious fights.

 

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 (15-94-94)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. #7 Arthur Abraham
It appears that Ward’s fight with Abraham will take place a week before the Froch-Johnson fight.
2) Carl Froch (15-247-247)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #15 Glen Johnson
Froch and Johnson have each confirmed a May 21 date for their semifinal match.  Originally, it appeared the fight would be on the same card as David Haye’s next fight, but that fight is set for England while it turns out the Super Six semifinals must contractually happen in America.
3) Lucian Bute (15-256-256)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- KO9 #15 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Bute recently lost his #1 and then #2 spot because his level of competition has been far inferior to Andre Ward and Carl Froch’s, largely for obvious reasons.  Unfortunately, Brian Magee is an even lesser opponent, meaning that the Super Six final will probably cause me to crown a champion.
4) Mikkel Kessler (15-326-326)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
His eye problems apparently behind him, Kessler is now pushing for a fight with Robert Stieglitz.  Stieglitz unfortunately does not appear interested.
5) Andre Dirrell (36-49-49)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- DQ11 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
I don’t particularly believe Dirrell’s claims of neurological problems following the Abraham DQ, and so I have an interesting decision to make on his place in the ratings assuming he doesn’t get a fight signed by the end of March.
6) Robert Stieglitz (36-80-80)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. #9 Dimitri Sartison
Stieglitz appeared to be ducking Mikkel Kessler, but signed a pretty good fight anyway with the underrated Dimitri Sartison in Magdeburg.
7) Arthur Abraham (50-72-72)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- TKO2 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
The easy win over Bozic probably didn’t serve as an adequate tune-up for Abe, since Bozic’s injured hand prevented him from getting any rounds in.
8) Librado Andrade (38-198-198)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It now appears Andrade is unlikely to fight Chad Dawson on the Hopkins-Pascal card, since Adrian Diaconu appears to be the choice for Dawson.  No word on the next move for Andrade.
9) Dimitri Sartison (21-32-36)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/9/2011- vs. #6 Robert Stieglitz
In a surprise announcement, Sartison will fight Stieglitz in Magdeburg in what should be a good matchup.
10) Sakio Bika (21-21-205)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Expect Bika to take a nice long vacation and then fight a weak opponent or two before stepping back up, if he ever does.
11) Eduard Gutknecht (21-36)
Last Fight: 2/12/2010- UD8 Oleksandr Cherviak (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gutknecht’s place in the 168 pound rankings is on its deathbed, as he’s clearly decided to fight exclusively at 175.
12) Karoly Balzsay (21-36)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO4 Misa Nikolic (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay hasn’t made 168 since early December 2009, but since he missed it by only a pound for his very inconsequential non-title fight with Aziz Daari, he gets an extra six months to fight at 168.
13) Edison Miranda (21-36)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L (TKO3) vs. Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Miranda is out in favor of Fulgencio Zuniga as Renan St. Juste’s opponent on March 19.  Reportedly Miranda had a problem with the 168 pound limit and wanted the fight at light heavyweight.
14) Jesse Brinkley (21-36)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- L (KO9) vs. #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley is rightfully enjoying a nice vacation after a punishing loss to Lucian Bute in October.
15) Glen Johnson (18-18)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Johnson, a former light heavyweight champion, has a real shot at being top dog at 168.  His path is clear: beat Carl Froch in May, Andre Ward later in the year, and then (possibly) clean up the division with Lucian Bute in early 2012.  The odds are long, though, as the Road Warrior is already 42 and must go through perhaps all three of the division’s best fighters.
16) Isaac Chilemba (2-36)
Last Fight: 2/25/2011- UD10 Maxim Vlasov (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Chilemba gets a little credit in the rankings for beating Maxim Vlasov at a low-light heavyweight contract weight simply because both he and Vlasov typically fight at 168.  This victory advances him past Thomas Oosthuizen, with whom he recently drew.  Chilemba is staying busy, fighting a very good journeyman for a regional LHW title in late March.
17) Thomas Oosthuizen (2-36)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #17 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: 3/26/2011- vs. Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Oosthuizen will take on gatekeeper Ruben Acosta in March- a decent matchup for him.
18) Bryan Vera (5-5)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- SD10 Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera, despite a bit of a roller-coaster career including a couple recent losses, has done more in beating Sebastian Demers and Sergio Mora than have the guys rated below him, at least at this weight.
19) Ezequiel Maderna (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD10 Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His win over Ruben Acosta gives him a slightly better resume than DeGale.
20) James DeGale (1-13)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
DeGale has scheduled a fight for this weekend at the very last minute.  No opponent has been announced, and it surely won’t be anyone good.


THE WEEK AHEAD: #20 James DeGale surprised fans by announcing on Monday that he’ll be fighting in Glasgow on Saturday.  No opponent has been announced and it obviously won’t be anyone worth mentioning.  Gatekeepers William Joppy and Cory Cummings will have a rematch of last year’s draw on the George Mason University campus in Virginia the same day, as well.