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Junior Middleweight: 2011, Feb 28-Mar 6

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings on March 9, 2011 by danboxing
Gatekeeper Harry Joe Yorgey stopped journeyman Donovan Castaneda in the 5th round in Tulsa on Friday.  No big deal there.  On Saturday, Belarussian prospect Sergei Rabchenka stopped journeyman Martin Concepcion in the 2nd in what appears to be a pretty impressive result, but not a real test, either.  And finally, #10-ranked Gabriel Rosado was in way too light given his accomplishments, but still needed all twelve rounds to stop journeyman Jamaal Davis.  In fairness, Davis has been stopped just twice now in twenty fights, including a middleweight clash with current 168 pound fringe contender Peter Quillin and meetings with Joel Julio and gatekeeper Ossie Duran, all of which he survived.

 

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) Cornelius Bundrage
10) Saul Alvarez

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Alfredo Angulo (4-75-75)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a tough call here, since Angulo has been beaten by Kermit Cintron.  But he’s been active and successful since that fight 1 1/2 years ago, including a quick stoppage of top-10 contender Joachim Alcine, plus wins over two fringe contenders and a gatekeeper in Gabriel Rosado who has since risen to be the #10 contender.  Cintron, meanwhile, has done nothing of note since in the division (and only a gift draw before).  The downside for Angulo: his intentions to seek more big fights in the states appear at least temporarily thwarted by visa issues.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (4-30-30)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- TKO5 Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has had his ups and downs- losing to journeyman Grady Brewer and fringe contender Joel Julio in recent years- but is with great trainer Emmanuel Steward now, and absolutely annihilated Cory Spinks in his victim’s hometown after Spinks was dropped for inactivity from the #2 spot in The Ring’s rankings just a week or two before the fight was signed.  Spinks was probably a bit faded, but it was an absolute drubbing, and still has to be viewed as a more impressive win (especially in conjunction with his December 2008 stoppage of fringe contender Zaurbeck Baysangurov) than Miguel Cotto’s stoppage of a gimpy Yuri Foreman a couple months earlier.  The one thing that K9 needs to do (especially at his advanced age) is get more active.  A battle with Alfredo Angulo would not only cause me to crown a champion, but would also probably be a fight of the year candidate.
3) Miguel Cotto (15-39-39)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- TKO9 #6 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Cotto has a nice win over then-6th-rated Yuri Foreman- he would have won the fight going away with or without Foreman’s injury- but ultimately it’s only one fight and can’t match the quality and/or depth of the wins on Bundrage and Angulo’s resume.  His upcoming fight with Ricardo Mayorga is not as enticing.  Mayorga- whose last win at 154 was in 2005- is probably no more than a low-level gatekeeper at this stage.  No reward to that matchup for Cotto, and it’s a pretty lame PPV to boot.
4) Paul Williams (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L (KO2) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
This is definitely a moment of truth in Williams’ career after he was brutally knocked out by Sergio Martinez at middleweight.  Still, even with a paltry record of recent success (he gets no credit for the win over Cintron that should have been a no contest), his overall record at 154 stacks up well against the division’s other elite fighters.  His defining win at this weight was over then-2nd-rated Verno Phillips in November ’08.
5) Yuri Foreman (4-74-74)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- L (TKO9) vs. WW #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Foreman owns wins over inactive former #8 contender Daniel Santos in November ’09, as well as earlier wins over a gatekeeper and two fringe contenders, giving him one of the more well-rounded resumes in the division.  His loss to Miguel Cotto really hurt his standing amongst the elite, though.
6) Kermit Cintron (4-92-92)
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 (4-71-71)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO2 Rocky Junior (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat an overrated #9 contender in Jamie Moore in October 2009, but has done nothing of importance since, slapping around a mediocre journeyman and an untested prospect in his only two fights since.
8) Sergei Dzinziruk (15-42-42)
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.
9) Sechew Powell (4-50-50)
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.
10) Gabriel Rosado (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 2/26/2011- TKO12 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the flashiest name available for the #10 spot, and obviously vulnerable considering he lost to Pooh Ennis this summer at middleweight, but he’s earned a higher rank than Pacquiao at this weight because he beat Saul Roman, a very credible fringe contender that had proven more as a 154-pounder than Margarito and had the advantage of coming in over the junior middle limit.
11) Manny Pacquiao (4-4)
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.
12) Saul Alvarez (4-15)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- UD12 Lovemore N’Dou
Next Fight: 3/5/2011- vs. Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Canelo doesn’t really look as spectacular in the ring as you would think from a guy that gets his level of hype, but he gets the job done and has transitioned from prospect to contender at only 20 years old with his recent victory over fringe contender Lovemore N’Dou.  In his next fight, he’ll drag welterweight fringe contender Matthew Hatton (Ricky’s brother) up to 154 in a fight that could very well see him to the top 10.
13) Cory Spinks (4-4)
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 (4-4)
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 (4-4)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- Draw (SD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #11 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 (4-4)
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.
17) Joachim Alcine (4-4)
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 (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/24/2010- TKO3 Darien Ford (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/15/2011- 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 (4-4)
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 (4-4)
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 last week 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: MW #12 Derek “Pooh” Ennis fights Cuban defector Giorbis Barthelemy, a former welterweight contender that beat future Champ Carlos Baldomir well over a decade ago.  Barthelemy returned to the ring in December after 6 years off, but was obviously on the downside of his career even back then.  On the other side of the Atlantic, once-beaten French prospect Cedric Vitu will fight journeyman Mehdi Nekaies.

 

Saturday- #12 Saul Alvarez headlines HBO’s Boxing After Dark from Anaheim when he takes on welterweight fringe contender Matthew Hatton, and former contender James Kirkland returns to the ring after being released from prison a few months back and fights an untested journeyman named Ahsandi Gibbs on the undercard, though that fight will actually be contested one division and change to the north.
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Middleweight: 2011, Feb 28-Mar 6

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings on March 8, 2011 by danboxing
There wasn’t much to report in the division this week.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (46-46-46)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- KO2 #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. JMW #8 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 (86-389-389)
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) Kelly Pavlik (15-222-222)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. JMW #1 Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik is done with his alcohol rehab and back to training.  Indications are he will move up to 168, but there’s nothing solid yet.
3) Paul Williams (5-99-99)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L(KO2) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows what’s next for Williams after his brutal knockout loss.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (5-290-290)
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.
5) Daniel Geale (18-89-89)
Last Fight: 10/31/2010- TKO12 #8 Roman Karmazin
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea who he might fight next, but a clash with Garth Wood would certainly be a blockbuster in Australia.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (5-18-18)
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.
7) Dmitry Pirog (5-31-31)
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.
8) Garth Wood (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO5 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
We’ll see if Wood’s the real deal when he re-matches Anthony Mundine in April.
9) Matthew Macklin (5-75-75)
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.
10) Maxim Bursak (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak took a huge step up and delivered with a comfortable win over battle-tested Bryan Vera.  No clue what he’s got in mind for an encore.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-5)
Last Fight: 1/1/2011- TKO8 Wilson Santana (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/8/2011- vs. David Lemieux (UNR)
Rubio is staying admirably busy, taking a big risk against highly touted undefeated prospect David Lemieux after fighting last on New Year’s Day.  The winner will likely end up in the top 10.
12) Derek Ennis (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/30/2010- MD12 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Giorbis Barthelemy (UNR) (at JMW)
Pooh’s March 4th opponent will be really underwhelming Cuban Giorbis Barthelemy.
13) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-5)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- UD10 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #18 Sebastian Zbik
Chavez will take on one of the biggest challenges of his career in undefeated but thus-far overrated alphabet titlist Sebastian Zbik.
14) Billy Lyell (5-5)
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.
15) Darren Barker (5-5)
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.
16) Pablo Nevasques (5-5)
Last Fight: 11/26/2010- MD10 Luis Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Time is running out for the 35-year-old Nevascues.  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.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (5-5)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- L(UD12) vs. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
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.
18) Sebastian Zbik (5-86)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #13 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.
19) Fernando Guerrero (5-5)
Last Fight: 2/18/2011- UD10 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (5-5)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- L(KO5) vs. Garth Wood
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. #8 Garth Wood
Possible redemption on tap for April 13.


The Week Ahead: Gatekeeper Tarvis Simms and once-beaten prospect Danny Jacobs are both in action this week.  Simms will be in an 8-rounder with credible journeyman John Mackey in Newark, NJ, while Jacobs fights a lesser one in Robert Kliewer on the Alvarez-Hatton undercard in Anaheim.

 

Also worth noting: #12 Derek “Pooh” Ennis meets former welterweight contender Giorbis Barthelemy- who at 38 has seen better days- on Friday, but that fight will be a division to the south.  Barthelemy really began to fall off the map way back in September 1999 when he lost to undefeated prospect Robert Kamya, and then almost 2 years of inactivity and a subsequent loss to moderately-regarded prospect Gary Jones put him on the career path of (usually) beating ham-and-eggers and losing to prospects.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Feb 28-Mar 6

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on March 7, 2011 by danboxing
#17 Isaac Chilemba was dropped twice by undefeated prospect Maxim Vlasov in the 8th round alone, but on my card- and presumably that of judge Gary Ritter as well- he lost only one more round in the ten round fight.  Vlasov was a credible prospect and with the victory Chilemba proved that he can compete with top 50 fighters from outside South Africa, a big deal considering how insular that country’s fight scene typically is.  Vlasov had not proved to be a real legitimate contender yet, but had done enough to be counted towards a rating for anyone who defeats him.  The fight actually was contested at light heavyweight with both guys between 2 and 3 pounds over 168, and so technically this fight probably shouldn’t even rate here, but as close as Chilemba and #16 Thomas Oosthuizen are in the rankings after their draw, it seems incredible for them not to switch places.  Another thing worth mentioning: Chilemba is already scheduled for another fight, and this one is for a regional light heavyweight title, so perhaps Chilemba’s Super Middleweight career doesn’t have the future I originally expected.

 

In other action, Mexican prospect Marco Antonio Periban came in a pound heavy against fellow undefeated Dion Savage, but probably didn’t need the advantage as he put Savage out in the first round.  Periban appears ready for a step up to top-50 competition.

 

Serbian prospect Nikola Sjekloca won a non-descript unanimous decision over decent journeyman Roberto Santos in Serbia on Friday, and Saturday belonged to Minnesotan prospect Caleb Truax once again had trouble with journeyman Phil Williams, just squeaking by with a majority decision that with one more round scored the other way on one card would have been a second draw.  One would think that Truax was the crowd favorite in both Williams fights, so you have to wonder whether he really lost both of them.  But that’s only speculation.

 

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 (14-93-93)
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 (14-246-246)
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 (14-255-255)
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 (14-325-325)
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 (35-48-48)
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 (35-79-79)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz appears to be ducking Mikkel Kessler at present.
7) Arthur Abraham (49-71-71)
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 (37-197-197)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is apparently on the short list to be Chad Dawson’s next opponent on May 21.  This would mean his exit from the Super Middleweight rankings, as he would have been above 168 for over 18 months.
9) Dimitri Sartison (20-31-35)
Last Fight: 7/31/10- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a date with James DeGale upcoming if British promoter Frank Warren gets his way.
10) Sakio Bika (20-20-204)
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 (20-35)
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 (20-35)
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 (20-35)
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 (20-35)
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 (17-17)
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 (1-35)
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 (1-35)
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 (4-4)
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) James DeGale (4-12)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nothing imminent yet, but DeGale’s promoter appears to be looking for a fight with Dimitri Sartison.
20) Garth Wood (4-12)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO6 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. MW #20 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
An interesting rematch looms for Wood with Anthony Mundine.  The fight will probably go down at Middleweight.


THE WEEK AHEAD: Another pretty busy week at 168 this week.

 

Friday: Former Middleweight contender Amin Asikainen takes on once-beaten prospect Piotr Wilczewski of Poland in Helsinki.  Asikainen would have to be the favorite if only based on his being the home fighter and having the larger international profile, but this figures to be an even match-up.
Saturday: British Prospect George Groves meets up with totally untested but once-beaten Ghanaian prospect Daniel Allotey in England, gatekeeper Ruben Acosta of Argentina locks horns with undefeated countryman Ezequiel Maderna, and James Kirkland returns to the ring fresh from prison- two weight classes above where he left off.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Feb 28-Mar 6

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on March 7, 2011 by danboxing
Former Super Middleweight titlist Alejandro Berrio had no problem stopping totally shot former contender Antwun Echols less than halfway through the third round in Grand Island, Nebraska on Saturday.  Berrio might not have a ton left as his career has been on the downslope for a little while now, but Echols is so hapless in the ring by now- having not beaten anyone with a single win since 2004 en route to winning only one of his last 14 fights- that you’ve got to think he’s seriously damaging his long-term health at this point by continuing to fight.

 

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 (29-89-89)
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 (11-247-247)
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 (11-248-248)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
A victim of circumstance, Dawson will not immediately get his rematch with Pascal, and will have to settle for what might be a dangerous fight on the undercard against a top 15-type opponent.
3) Tavoris Cloud (11-79-79)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Griffin-Mack ever comes off, the winner is supposed to get a shot at Cloud.  Obviously Dawson would be a better matchup, but whichever man doesn’t get Pascal immediately will probably not risk his place in line by fighting someone as tough as Cloud.
4) Glen Johnson (29-402-402)
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 (29-36-36)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo appears likely to fight former Champion and current #16 Zsolt Erdei in April in what would be a very big fight.  The only issue appears to be the location.  Erdei ironically wants the fight in the US, while Campillo- who was blatantly robbed in Nevada last year- wants it at home in Madrid.
6) Nathan Cleverly (24-56-56)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #7 Juergen Braehmer
If Juergen Braehmer’s newfound allergic reaction to fighting can be worked out, he will meet Cleverly in England on April 2.
7) Jürgen Brähmer (24-36-36)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #6 Nathan Cleverly
See Cleverly’s note above.
8) Chris Henry (24-42-42)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
There’s no reason for Henry’s inactivity as far as I can tell.  He was a hot fighter coming off his destruction of Garay last year, and has failed to capitalize.  I know Diaconu wants a fight with him, but we’ll see when and whom he fights next.
9) Beibut Shumenov (24-32-36)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov did the best he could on short notice against Joppy.  His next fight is a mystery.  Presumably he will eventually face the Campillo-Erdei winner if that fight happens, since those two are 1-2 in the WBA rankings, but he very well might fight again in the interim.
10) Roy Jones, Jr. (29-29-36)
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.
11) Adrian Diaconu (29-199)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly is being considered for a fight with #2 Chad Dawson on the Pascal-Hopkins undercard.  This would be both a big opportunity and a huge risk for Diaconu, who hasn’t had a really notable win in years.
12) Yusaf Mack (18-36)
Last Fight: 2/5/2010- L(TKO6) vs. Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Mack’s fight with #18 Otis Griffin has apparently now been moved to California and will take place March 4, with the winner presumably getting a shot at Tavoris Cloud.
13) Danny McIntosh (6-36)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- TKO11 #14 Thierry Karl
Next Fight: Unknown
McIntosh is fresh off an EBU title win over Karl, and has several good options in that organization’s rankings.
14) Dmitri Sukhotski (6-18)
Last Fight: 10/29/2010- TKO6 #16 Alexei Kuziemski
Next Fight: 3/11/2011- vs. Jose Clavero (UNR)
Will be fighting a decent journeyman in early March.
15) Hugo Garay (18-36)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 3/11/2011- vs. Walter Cabral (UNR)
Garay has finally scheduled another fight- against mid-level journeyman Walter Cabral, problem being that Cabral is typically a cruiserweight.  If the fight goes off at cruiserweight, Garay will be removed from the rankings, as he hasn’t fought at 175 since last March.
16) Zsolt Erdei (15-15)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably will fight Gabriel Campillo next in either the US or Madrid, probably in April.
17) Ismayl Sillakh (6-7)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD10 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
A huge even-money fight between hot prospects looms against Despaigne.  I wish there was more of this in boxing.
18) Otis Griffin (6-7)
Last Fight: 8/28/2010- UD8 Billy Bailey (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
Hopefully the 3rd time is the charm for the oft-delayed meeting with Mack.
19) Thierry Karl (6-36)
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.
20) Luis Garcia (7-7)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Garcia is set to fight in Dublin on March 19, with the opponent to be announced.

 

The Week Ahead: This is a pretty big week in the division.  On Friday, two fights with huge top-20 implications lead the way.  In Woodland Hills, California, the long-delayed match between #12 Yusaf Mack and #18 Otis Griffin will finally come off (I think), in what is intended as an eliminator for a shot at Tavoris Cloud.  On the same night in Kissimmee, Florida, #17 Ismail Syllakh takes on his biggest challenge to date in fellow undefeated prospect and fellow amateur standout, Cuban defector Yordanis Despaigne on Friday Night Fights.  Then on Saturday, Polish prospect Dawid Kostecki will participate in a mostly pointless 6-rounder against low-level journeyman Juan Nelongo in Poland.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Feb 28-Mar 6

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on March 7, 2011 by danboxing
Nothing to report this week.

 

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 (147*-350-350)
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 (36-221-221)
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 (11-56-56)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev is tentatively scheduled to fight an unknown opponent on March 27, but is reportedly (and sadly) in talks to fight and destroy Roy Jones a month later in what would figure to be his last bout before the Super Six.
4) Ola Afolabi (11-103-103)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD10 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
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 (3-36-36)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
After a very impressive performance against Steve Herelius, Hernandez is probably now set for a date in Sauerland’s Super Six.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (3-297-297)
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 (15-22-22)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After hinting he might move up to Heavyweight, former welterweight Jones appears set to defend his WBA title at some point instead.  Let’s hope he doesn’t wait 2 years this time.
8) Danny Green (15-65-65)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: Unknown
Might never fight again by his own admission after a misdiagnosis led to surgery to remove an abscess the size of a softball from his abdomen.  Let’s hope he makes a big recovery, because he’s one of the more exciting cruiserweights out there, and recently proved his mettle by outboxing B.J. Flores.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (15-120-120)
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 (15-15-24)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: Unknown
Was scheduled to fight on the 2/12 German megacard, but had to withdraw with a hand injury.
11) Wayne Braithwaite (15-36)
Last Fight: 3/6/2010- TKO1 Adam Harris
Next Fight: Unknown
This is his last week in the rankings if he doesn’t have a fight scheduled by the time I publish the next set.
12) B.J. Flores (3-36)
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.
13) Troy Ross (3-105)
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.
14) Steve Herelius (3-35)
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.
15) Enad Licina (3-36)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Enzo Maccarinelli (7-36)
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.
17) Lateef Kayode (4-15)
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.
18) Alexander Alexeev (4-7)
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.
19) Matt Godfrey (4-112)
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.
20) Rogelio Rossi (7-7)
Last Fight: 1/14/2011- KO5 Cesar Crenz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Undefeated prospect Pawel Kolodziej will fight very good journeyman Felix Cora, Jr. in Poland on Saturday.

Heavyweight: 2011, Feb 28-Mar 6

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on March 7, 2011 by danboxing
James Toney returned to the squared circle against mediocre journeyman Damon Reed and shut him out on all three cards.  I don’t know if, at 42, Toney is seriously planning a return to contention, but this result at least does nothing to prove he can’t.

 

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 ) Nikolai Valuev
9) Alexander Dimitrenko
10) Chris Arreola


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (88-301-301)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 4/30/2011- vs. #13 Dereck Chisora
Wlad also has a date in September with Tomasz Adamek in Poland, assuming he beats Chisora.
1) Vitali Klitschko (125-125-125)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- UD12 Shannon Briggs (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. #10 Odlanier Solis
Vitali is the understudy for the Adamek fight in case he beats Solis but Wlad loses to Chisora.
2) David Haye (48-102-102)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Haye continues to duck and dodge the Klitschkos.  He will likely fight Ruslan Chagaev (a vast improvement, actually) if the Uzbek is approved to fight in the UK despite hepatitis.  Also possible is Alexander Povetkin.
3) Eddie Chambers (3-100-100)
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 (3-175-175)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin’s trainer Teddy Atlas said that a fight with David Haye might be on the table if Povetkin’s broken hand heals quickly enough for an April or May date.  Now there’s a good fight.
5) Ruslan Chagaev (41-224-224)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hepatitis might derail his mandatory shot at David Haye.
6) Samuel Peter (40-40-40)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- L(KO10) vs. Champion Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
With Adamek wanting no part of the Nigerian Nightmare, Peter might fight another “Nightmare,” in Chris Arreola, who is next in line for an IBF eliminator.
7) Tomasz Adamek (5-45-45)
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 (5-40-40)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (5-40-40)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Thompson’s comments above.
10) Odlanier Solis (11-11-40)
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 (11-102)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- TKO1 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pounded hapless Abell into submission.  Maybe Sam Peter next?  Should be a good fight, if so.
12) Denis Boytsov (11-89)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be on track for an eventual fight with Haye if his lingering problems with a broken right hand ever clear up.  He had a second surgery in December and is hoping to be ready for another fight in May.
13) Dereck Chisora (11-24)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: 4/30/2010- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Wlad gets flack for fighting him, but he’s a reasonable choice given the available field.
14) Jean Marc Mormeck (11-40)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Has a habit of barely squeaking by, but has beaten two quality opponents in Ibragimov and Fres Oquendo to prove that he’s at least semi-for-real at Heavyweight.  He’s currently negotiating for a May 12 fight with former Champion Hasim Rahman.
15) Robert Helenius (13-40)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- TKO2 Attila Levin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Has a mandatory obligation for the EU title against undefeated Turkish prospect Yakup Saglam on the horizon, but Saglam already has an April fight scheduled.
16) Francesco Pianeta (17-40)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pianeta now has an opponent for later this week.  He’ll fight Samir Kurtagic, who at 9-1 hasn’t fought anyone at all except Edmund Gerber, who won all 8 rounds of their fight on 2 of 3 cards.
17) Ray Austin (11-40)
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 (13-17)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD8 Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Just signed for a fight in Herning, Denmark on February 12 against journeyman Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, who was recently stopped by Alexander Dimitrenko.
19) Timur Ibragimov (17-36)
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 (7-7)
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:  Undefeated prospect Seth Mitchell of Maryland will fight journeyman Charles Davis on Saturday as part of the Hatton-Alvarez undercard (I don’t think it’s televised).  Despite a losing record, Davis has got to be one of the best two or three opponents Mitchell has bumped into thus far.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Feb 21-27

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings on March 7, 2011 by danboxing
Gatekeeper and former welterweight titlist Carlos Quintana stopped very unaccomplished journeyman Yoryi Estrella in Puerto Rico in a fight that proved absolutely nothing.

 

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) Cornelius Bundrage
10) Saul Alvarez

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Alfredo Angulo (3-74-74)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a tough call here, since Angulo has been beaten by Kermit Cintron.  But he’s been active and successful since that fight 1 1/2 years ago, including a quick stoppage of top-10 contender Joachim Alcine, plus wins over two fringe contenders and a gatekeeper in Gabriel Rosado who has since risen to be the #10 contender.  Cintron, meanwhile, has done nothing of note since in the division (and only a gift draw before).  The downside for Angulo: his intentions to seek more big fights in the states appear at least temporarily thwarted by visa issues.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (3-29-29)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- TKO5 Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has had his ups and downs- losing to journeyman Grady Brewer and fringe contender Joel Julio in recent years- but is with great trainer Emmanuel Steward now, and absolutely annihilated Cory Spinks in his victim’s hometown after Spinks was dropped for inactivity from the #2 spot in The Ring’s rankings just a week or two before the fight was signed.  Spinks was probably a bit faded, but it was an absolute drubbing, and still has to be viewed as a more impressive win (especially in conjunction with his December 2008 stoppage of fringe contender Zaurbeck Baysangurov) than Miguel Cotto’s stoppage of a gimpy Yuri Foreman a couple months earlier.  The one thing that K9 needs to do (especially at his advanced age) is get more active.  A battle with Alfredo Angulo would not only cause me to crown a champion, but would also probably be a fight of the year candidate.
3) Miguel Cotto (14-38-38)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- TKO9 #6 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Cotto has a nice win over then-6th-rated Yuri Foreman- he would have won the fight going away with or without Foreman’s injury- but ultimately it’s only one fight and can’t match the quality and/or depth of the wins on Bundrage and Angulo’s resume.  His upcoming fight with Ricardo Mayorga is not as enticing.  Mayorga- whose last win at 154 was in 2005- is probably no more than a low-level gatekeeper at this stage.  No reward to that matchup for Cotto, and it’s a pretty lame PPV to boot.
4) Paul Williams (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L (KO2) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
This is definitely a moment of truth in Williams’ career after he was brutally knocked out by Sergio Martinez at middleweight.  Still, even with a paltry record of recent success (he gets no credit for the win over Cintron that should have been a no contest), his overall record at 154 stacks up well against the division’s other elite fighters.  His defining win at this weight was over then-2nd-rated Verno Phillips in November ’08.
5) Yuri Foreman (3-73-73)
Last Fight: 6/5/2010- L (TKO9) vs. WW #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Foreman owns wins over inactive former #8 contender Daniel Santos in November ’09, as well as earlier wins over a gatekeeper and two fringe contenders, giving him one of the more well-rounded resumes in the division.  His loss to Miguel Cotto really hurt his standing amongst the elite, though.
6) Kermit Cintron (3-91-91)
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 (3-70-70)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO2 Rocky Junior (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat an overrated #9 contender in Jamie Moore in October 2009, but has done nothing of importance since, slapping around a mediocre journeyman and an untested prospect in his only two fights since.
8) Sergei Dzinziruk (14-41-41)
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.
9) Sechew Powell (3-49-49)
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.
10) Gabriel Rosado (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 12/9/2010- UD8 Jose Medina (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/26/2011- vs. Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Not the flashiest name available for the #10 spot, and obviously vulnerable considering he lost to Pooh Ennis this summer at middleweight, but he’s earned a higher rank than Pacquiao at this weight because he beat Saul Roman, a very credible fringe contender that had proven more as a 154-pounder than Margarito and had the advantage of coming in over the junior middle limit.
11) Manny Pacquiao (3-3)
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.
12) Saul Alvarez (3-14)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- UD12 Lovemore N’Dou
Next Fight: 3/5/2011- vs. Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Canelo doesn’t really look as spectacular in the ring as you would think from a guy that gets his level of hype, but he gets the job done and has transitioned from prospect to contender at only 20 years old with his recent victory over fringe contender Lovemore N’Dou.  In his next fight, he’ll drag welterweight fringe contender Matthew Hatton (Ricky’s brother) up to 154 in a fight that could very well see him to the top 10.
13) Cory Spinks (3-3)
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 (3-3)
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 (3-3)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- Draw (SD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #11 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 (3-3)
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.
17) Joachim Alcine (3-3)
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 (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/24/2010- TKO3 Darien Ford (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/15/2011- 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 (3-3)
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 (3-3)
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 last week 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: A few notables are in action this week.  Friday, gatekeeper Harry Joe Yorgey  takes on very mediocre journeyman Donovan Castaneda on the non-televised portion of the Friday Night Fights card.

 

On Saturday, undefeated Belarussian prospect Sergei Rabchenka fights average journeyman Martin Concepcion in England, while #10 Gabriel Rosado also faces an average journeyman in Jamaal Davis in Atlantic City.

Middleweight: 2011, Feb 21-27

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings on March 7, 2011 by danboxing
#1 Contender Felix Sturm did about as expected by stopping prospect Ronald Hearns in round 7 in Stuttgart.  Hearns was an absolutely awful match for Sturm and by no means deserved a title shot at this stage.  Hopefully Sturm will try to get a fight with Sergio Martinez or a member of the top 5 in the near future, as this kind of win does absolutely nothing for his legacy.  In other action:

 

Monday- Makoto Fuchigami beat fellow gatekeeper Fukutaro Ujiie in Tokyo by TKO, propelling to the top of the heap among Japanese middleweights.  The only problem is that Japan’s fight scene is a rather closed enviornment, allowing resume inflation among guys going around beating each other, all of whom might be mediocre.

 

Wednesday: Prospect Billi Godoy of Argentina knocked out halfway decent journeyman Sergio Sanders in the native country of the former.

 

Friday: On Friday Night Fights, #19 Fernando Guerrero won an easy decision over decent journeyman Derrick Findley in the first main event ever televised live in 3D.

 

No changes in the rankings this week.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (45-45-45)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- KO2 #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. JMW #8 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 (85-388-388)
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) Kelly Pavlik (14-221-221)
Last Fight: 4/17/2010- L(UD12) vs. JMW #1 Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik is done with his alcohol rehab and back to training.  Indications are he will move up to 168, but there’s nothing solid yet.
3) Paul Williams (4-98-98)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L(KO2) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows what’s next for Williams after his brutal knockout loss.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (4-289-289)
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.
5) Daniel Geale (17-88-88)
Last Fight: 10/31/2010- TKO12 #8 Roman Karmazin
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea who he might fight next, but a clash with Garth Wood would certainly be a blockbuster in Australia.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (4-17-17)
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.
7) Dmitry Pirog (4-30-30)
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.
8) Garth Wood (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO5 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
We’ll see if Wood’s the real deal when he re-matches Anthony Mundine in April.
9) Matthew Macklin (4-74-74)
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.
10) Maxim Bursak (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak took a huge step up and delivered with a comfortable win over battle-tested Bryan Vera.  No clue what he’s got in mind for an encore.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-4)
Last Fight: 1/1/2011- TKO8 Wilson Santana (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/8/2011- vs. David Lemieux (UNR)
Rubio is staying admirably busy, taking a big risk against highly touted undefeated prospect David Lemieux after fighting last on New Year’s Day.  The winner will likely end up in the top 10.
12) Derek Ennis (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/30/2010- MD12 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Giorbis Barthelemy (UNR)
Pooh’s March 4th opponent will be really underwhelming Cuban Giorbis Barthelemy.
13) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-4)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- UD10 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez’s wishlist includes Sebastians Zbik and Sylvester as well as junior middleweights Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.
14) Billy Lyell (4-4)
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.
15) Darren Barker (4-4)
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.
16) Pablo Nevasques (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/26/2010- MD10 Luis Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Time is running out for the 35-year-old Nevascues.  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.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (4-4)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- L(UD12) vs. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 3/12/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
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.
18) Sebastian Zbik (4-85)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Zbik is this division’s version of Alexander Dimitrenko and Vyacheslav Uzelkov- a European prospect who is largely unproven and vastly overrated for no apparent reason.  Zbik somehow has an alphabet title, and may prove worthy of one if he ever fights someone beyond gatekeeper level.
19) Fernando Guerrero (4-4)
Last Fight: 2/18/2011- UD10 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (4-4)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- L(KO5) vs. Garth Wood
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. #8 Garth Wood
Possible redemption on tap for April 13.


The Week Ahead: A quiet week in the division.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Feb 21-27

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on March 7, 2011 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Pablo Farias of Argentina stopped journeyman Cleber Alves in the 3rd round in his home country on Saturday.  No changes in the rankings.

 

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 (13-92-92)
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 (13-245-245)
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 (13-254-254)
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 (13-324-324)
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 (34-47-47)
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 (34-78-78)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz appears to be ducking Mikkel Kessler at present.
7) Arthur Abraham (48-70-70)
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 (36-196-196)
Last Fight: 5/28/2010- RTD8 Eric Lucas (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is apparently on the short list to be Chad Dawson’s next opponent on May 21.  This would mean his exit from the Super Middleweight rankings, as he would have been above 168 for over 18 months.
9) Dimitri Sartison (19-30-34)
Last Fight: 7/31/10- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might have a date with James DeGale upcoming if British promoter Frank Warren gets his way.
10) Sakio Bika (19-19-203)
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 (19-34)
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 (19-34)
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 (19-34)
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 (19-34)
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 (16-16)
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) Thomas Oosthuizen (16-34)
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.
17) Isaac Chilemba (19-34)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- D12 with #15 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 2/25/2011- vs. Maxim Vlasov (UNR)
Chilemba has signed for a really intriguing matchup with Maxim Vlasov in what will probably be the co-feature of a Friday Night Fights broadcast from Tulsa later in February.
18) Bryan Vera (3-3)
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) James DeGale (3-11)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- TKO9 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nothing imminent yet, but DeGale’s promoter appears to be looking for a fight with Dimitri Sartison.
20) Garth Wood (3-11)
Last Fight: 12/8/2010- KO6 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/13/2011- vs. MW #20 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
An interesting rematch looms for Wood with Anthony Mundine.  The fight will probably go down at Middleweight.


THE WEEK AHEAD: Several notables in action this week:
Friday: Undefeated Serbian prospect Nikola Sjekloca fights decent journeyman Roberto Santos in Serbia.  In a battle of unbeatens, relatively advanced Mexican prospect Marco Antonio Periban will look to get rid of the “0” of the less experienced Dion Savage of Flint, Michigan.  Finally, a great battle of prospects will be featured on Friday Night Fights, when Russian Maxim Vlasov takes on #17 Isaac Chilemba of Malawi.  Chilemba has a nice resume so far, but he is only now stepping outside the insular South African fight scene that often produces fighters that are overrated at the world level.  Vlasov hasn’t really fought anyone that could serve as an accurate measuring stick for a contender, though either, so this is a very intriguing matchup.

 

Saturday: Caleb Truax- an undefeated prospect from Minnesota that I am very distantly related to- will fight decent journeyman Phil Williams, who managed a draw with Truax in his last fight 10 months ago.  Truax has two wins since then and will have something to prove in the rematch.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Feb 21-27

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on March 6, 2011 by danboxing
No major action in the division this week.

 

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 (28-88-88)
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 (10-246-246)
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 (10-247-247)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
A victim of circumstance, Dawson will not immediately get his rematch with Pascal, and will have to settle for what might be a dangerous fight on the undercard against a top 15-type opponent.
3) Tavoris Cloud (10-78-78)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Griffin-Mack ever comes off, the winner is supposed to get a shot at Cloud.  Obviously Dawson would be a better matchup, but whichever man doesn’t get Pascal immediately will probably not risk his place in line by fighting someone as tough as Cloud.
4) Glen Johnson (28-401-401)
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 (28-35-35)
Last Fight: 5/15/2010- KO1 Luzimar Gonzaga
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo appears likely to fight former Champion and current #16 Zsolt Erdei in April in what would be a very big fight.  The only issue appears to be the location.  Erdei ironically wants the fight in the US, while Campillo- who was blatantly robbed in Nevada last year- wants it at home in Madrid.
6) Nathan Cleverly (23-55-55)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #7 Juergen Braehmer
If Juergen Braehmer’s newfound allergic reaction to fighting can be worked out, he will meet Cleverly in England on April 2.
7) Jürgen Brähmer (23-35-35)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 4/2/2011- vs. #6 Nathan Cleverly
See Cleverly’s note above.
8) Chris Henry (23-41-41)
Last Fight: 3/27/2010- TKO1 Hugo Garay
Next Fight: Unknown
There’s no reason for Henry’s inactivity as far as I can tell.  He was a hot fighter coming off his destruction of Garay last year, and has failed to capitalize.  I know Diaconu wants a fight with him, but we’ll see when and whom he fights next.
9) Beibut Shumenov (23-31-35)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov did the best he could on short notice against Joppy.  His next fight is a mystery.  Presumably he will eventually face the Campillo-Erdei winner if that fight happens, since those two are 1-2 in the WBA rankings, but he very well might fight again in the interim.
10) Roy Jones, Jr. (28-28-35)
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.
11) Adrian Diaconu (28-198)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reportedly is being considered for a fight with #2 Chad Dawson on the Pascal-Hopkins undercard.  This would be both a big opportunity and a huge risk for Diaconu, who hasn’t had a really notable win in years.
12) Yusaf Mack (17-35)
Last Fight: 2/5/2010- L(TKO6) vs. Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 3/6/2011- vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Mack’s fight with #18 Otis Griffin has apparently now been moved to California and will take place March 6, with the winner presumably getting a shot at Tavoris Cloud.
13) Danny McIntosh (5-35)
Last Fight: 1/22/2011- TKO11 #14 Thierry Karl
Next Fight: Unknown
McIntosh is fresh off an EBU title win over Karl, and has several good options in that organization’s rankings.
14) Dmitri Sukhotski (5-17)
Last Fight: 10/29/2010- TKO6 #16 Alexei Kuziemski
Next Fight: 3/11/2011- vs. Jose Clavero (UNR)
Will be fighting a decent journeyman in early March.
15) Hugo Garay (17-35)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- KO1 Marcelo Da Silva (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 3/11/2011- vs. Walter Cabral (UNR)
Garay has finally scheduled another fight- against mid-level journeyman Walter Cabral, problem being that Cabral is typically a cruiserweight.  If the fight goes of at cruiserweight, Garay will be removed from the rankings, as he hasn’t fought at 175 since last March.
16) Zsolt Erdei (14-14)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably will fight Gabriel Campillo next in either the US or Madrid, probably in April.
17) Ismayl Sillakh (5-6)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD10 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/4/2011- vs. Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
A huge even-money fight between hot prospects looms against Despaigne.  I wish there was more of this in boxing.
18) Otis Griffin (5-6)
Last Fight: 8/28/2010- UD8 Billy Bailey (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/6/2011- vs. #12 Yusaf Mack
Hopefully the 3rd time is the charm for the oft-delayed meeting with Mack.
19) Thierry Karl (5-35)
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.
20) Luis Garcia (6-6)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/19/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Garcia is set to fight in Dublin on March 19, with the opponent to be announced.

 

The Week Ahead: Former Super Middleweight titlist Alejandro Berrio meets former contender Antwun Echols on the undercard for Demarco-Sanchez in Nebraska on Saturday.  The fight had originally been scheduled for a canceled card in Oklahoma in January.  Neither fighter is quite competing at the level he once did, although Berrio certainly has much more left at this stage.  Echols has won just once in his last thirteen fights, and hasn’t beaten anyone with even a single win since 2004.