Archive for May, 2011

Middleweight: 2011, May 9-15

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings on May 31, 2011 by danboxing
#4 Daniel Geale of Australia was in enemy territory when he challenged #3 Sebastian Sylvester in Germany on Saturday.  The fight was fought at a respectable pace but was still somewhat tactical.  Geale threw many quick combinations but seldom seemed to be sitting down on any of his punches.  Sylvester caught many of these on the gloves and stalked forward, throwing one or two hard punches at a time, many of them to the body.  The contrast in strategies yielded a ton of very close rounds that were difficult to score.  In the end, all three judges had wide scores.  The American judge Steve Epstein had Geale by 118-110.  Danish judge Berit Andreasen turned in 118-110 Sylvester, and British judge Marcus McDonnell had it 118-112 Geale (two rounds even).  Normally even rounds are frowned upon in boxing, but this fight sure had a few candidates.  That detail aside, two of these judges had very reasonable scorecards, while one of them was attempting to rob the visiting fighter.  I’ll let you guess at who fits what description.  The bottom line is that while there were a good 4 rounds that could legitimately have gone either way, I gave each of these to Sylvester already and still arrived at 115-113 Geale.  This means that, in my considered opinion, anything between 119-109 and 115-113 Geale represents a fair scorecard.  This means that the American judge gave Geale most of the close rounds (he probably slightly prefers quantity of punches over quality in a tight round), the British judge gave one to each man and scored two even, and the Danish judge gave all of them to Sylvester AND gave FIVE clear or fairly clear Geale rounds to Sylvester.  Translation: he is incompetent or corrupt.  Anyway, in the end justice was served as Geale now has the alphabet belt, and more importantly established himself as a very clear #2 contender behind only Champion Martinez and #1 Felix Sturm.  Sylvester drops down one spot to #4.
 

 

 
In lesser news, #15 Billy Lyell destroyed a very bad and much smaller journeyman named Brian Paul on Thursday in Tulsa by first round TKO.
 

 

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


 
Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (56-56-56)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez’ return was pushed back yet again.  He now has an HBO date on October 1.  He has said recently that he might move down to 154 since he can’t get a big-time opponent at 160.  He still seems to be pursuing the Chavez-Zbik winner, though.
1) Felix Sturm (96-399-399)
Last Fight: 2/19/2011- TKO7 Ronald Hearns (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #10 Matthew Macklin
Now officially scheduled to fight #10 Matthew Macklin on June 25 in Cologne, after an original date of July 2 was scrapped.
2) Daniel Geale (1-99-99)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- W(SD12) vs. #3 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
Showed a great motor by soundly outworking the apparently stronger Sylvester to a decision victory in enemy territory.  Has already said he wants Martinez, but unfortunately Martinez hasn’t reciprocated the sentiment.
3) Paul Williams (1-109-109)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L(KO2) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC’s desire to have P-Will fight the Vanes-Roman winner can’t be ruled out, but he is currently looking at Erislandy Lara, DeAndre Latimore, and Nobuhiro Ishida at least while he awaits that result.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (1-300-300)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(SD12) vs. #4 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite what a corrupt Danish judge might say, Sylvester lost in fairly close but clear fashion to Geale.  Still, there’s not a ton of shame in that, and Sylvester remains soundly within the top 5.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (10-28-28)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Controversy aside, he probably deserved the win over Lorenzo and remains a force in the division.
6) Dmitry Pirog (10-41-41)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog is apparently deep in discussions with mandatory challenger Gennady Martirosyan.  He hopes that fight would land on ESPN.
7) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-5-15)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- TKO7 David Lemieux (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is the mandatory for the Chavez-Zbik winner, but would prefer to fight Sergio Martinez.  No word on whether either of those fights is actually likely to come off anytime soon, since Martinez also appears to want Chavez or Zbik.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- KO9 #16 Pablo Navascues
Next Fight: Unknown
Out of nowhere, Proksa is a top-10 contender after knocking out Pablo Navascues, a sturdy fringe contender whose career was inexplicably in neutral since a 2007 draw with contender Javier Castillejo.
9) Anthony Mundine (4-4-15)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- UD10 #7 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine is now hoping to be installed as the #1 contender for the weak WBA title which will be held by the Trout-Lopez winner.
10) Matthew Macklin (4-85-85)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Ruben Varon (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Now scheduled for a match with #1 Contender Felix Sturm in Cologne.  The fight was originally scheduled for 7/2 but was quickly moved up to 6/25.  The winner will become an obvious challenger for Sergio Martinez.
11) Maxim Bursak (4-15)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Scheduled to fight a solid veteran journeyman in Carlos Jerez at the end of the month.
12) Osumanu Adama (4-7)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- TKO4 #19 Marcus Upshaw
Next Fight: Unknown
Displaced by Marco Rubio and company after a 2 week cup of coffee in the top 10.
13) Garth Wood (4-15)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Got dropped twice against Mundine en route to a loss in which he appears to have faded a bit late.  Has a knockout win to his credit over the same opponent, so a trilogy appears appropriate.
14) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-15)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- UD10 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Chavez will take on one of the biggest challenges of his career in undefeated but thus-far overrated alphabet titlist Sebastian Zbik.
15) Billy Lyell (4-15)
Last Fight: 5/5/2011- TKO1 Brian Paul (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (4-5)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida is now being discussed as a possible comeback opponent for Paul Williams in addition to being in the hunt for a shot at Martinez.  Methinks both guys are significantly out of his league.
17) Darren Barker (4-15)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- UD12 Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Won a fairly close decision to defend his European title over Spada.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (4-15)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- UD12 Mariusz Cendrowski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Khurtsidze is back on a winning track and has a regional belt in his possession to boot after taking care of Cendrowski.
19) Sebastian Zbik (4-96)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #14 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.
20) Fernando Guerrero (4-15)
Last Fight: 2/18/2011- UD10 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/17/2011- vs. Michael Medina (UNR)
Guerrero will return to Friday Night Fights on June 17 against journeyman Michael Medina- a top 50 guy until recently.


 
The Week Ahead: Undefeated prospect Billi Godoy of Argentina takes on veteran gatekeeper Claudio Abalos for the Argentine middleweight title on Saturday.  The winner should at the very least end up in the top 25.

Super Middleweight: 2011, May 9-15

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight on May 29, 2011 by danboxing
A couple surprising results in the division this week.  First, Librado Andrade, who arguably knocked out arguably the best fighter in the division a couple years ago, was beaten on Telefutura in what was supposed to be a fairly safe fight to get his career back on track by Aaron Pryor, Jr., who was coming off impressive performances in consecutive fights when he dominated Dyah Davis and was semi-robbed against Edwin Rodriguez.  The fight was very close (I had it a draw).  The most surprising thing is that the judges were so unbiased as to give a close fight to essentially the visiting underdog who is also the less popular, accomplished and well-known fighter.  This kind of fight nearly always tilts toward the crowd favorite.  In retrospect, it shouldn’t be such a surprise that Pryor outboxed Andrade, since the former is pretty decent at using his long jab-right hand combo to control range and the latter literally likes to block punches with his face.  What is perhaps a little surprising is the fact that a seasoned power puncher like Andrade wasn’t able to get it going enough to hurt the stick-like Pryor to either the head or the body to any significant degree in the entire fight.
 

 

 
On the Pacquiao-Mosley undercard, Kelly Pavlik got a tough outing from Alfonso Lopez, his undefeated but untested young opponent.  The former Middleweight Champion got off to a slow start, with Lopez’ jab and movement keeping him off balance and his offense in the barn.  On my card he won his fair share of the middle rounds before dropping three of the last four, though he did win the final round very clearly.  I’m in the minority here, but I gave the fight to Lopez 96-94, though I thought that rounds 4, 5, 7, and 8 were all very close, three of which I scored for Lopez.  I think a reasonable judge could have scored it anywhere between 97-93 for either fighter for this reason.  Adelaide Byrd had the fight a draw, and in my opinion was the only judge that hadn’t already given the fight to Pavlik before it started.  Veteran judge Dick Houck (98-92) must have zoned out for at least one round, while CJ Ross (99-91) was totally out to lunch.  Or maybe a late dinner.
 

 

 
Both fights present a bit of a ratings problem for me.  First, I think the narrow victory Lopez earned on my card ought to be enough to get him ranked.  On the other hand, I’ve got to give at least minimal deference to the fact that Pavlik officially won, a reasonable outcome even if the scores were not.  As a result, if I ranked Lopez I would have to rank Pavlik as well, and a near-draw with a borderline top-50 fighter just doesn’t get you ranked.  Also- mostly unrelated to my decision- the fight was fought at a 170 pound contract weight. 
 

 

 
So for now, both combatants remain without a ranking.  Andrade-Pryor is a different matter, but no easier one to deconstruct.  Andrade was a legitimate top-1o contender- no bones about it.  And when you beat a top-10 contender you’ve generally earned a top 10 spot.  Pryor came a little bit out of nowhere, but it’s not as if he didn’t have the kind of efforts in his recent past (against Davis and Rodriguez) to plant the possibility that he could one day contend seriously.  Therefore it seems to me that, despite the popular perception that this was a mediocre fighter beating a shot fighter, I’m going to treat it as what it is: an unranked fringe contender edging out a favored and accomplished contender.  Now for the other complication.  This fight was also contested at 170 pounds.  Although Pryor came in slightly heavier, he has proven to be capable of fighting at 168, while Andrade hasn’t done so in nearly 18 months.  This schedules Andrade for removal, regardless of his loss, at the end of the month (he got 6 months more than the typical year because he fought within a pound or two over the limit within the original year span).  For this reason I’ve decided to treat this fight as a fight between 168 pounders who just happened to take it easy on themselves for this fight.  Pryor debuts at #9.  New #8 Peter Quillin hasn’t beat anyone as highly-ranked as #7 Andrade, but he beat then-#13 Jesse Brinkley much more emphatically.  #10 Sakio Bika is a tough assignment for anyone in the division, but simply hasn’t done enough fighting and especially winning in the last couple years to stay ahead of Pryor.  Andrade for the moment drops to #15 just behind Thomas Oosthuizen, whose win over Saul Roman and draw with Isaac Chilemba proved that he can compete with and/or beat a level of opponent that had proven a bit more than had the version of Pryor that Andrade narrowly lost against.  #16 Bryan Vera has had more recent success than Andrade, but remains ranked behind him largely because of his losses in the last couple years to Craig McEwan and Isaac Rodrigues, which make it highly questionable as to whether he can consistently win at even his current level.  It should be noted that- barring an inconceivably quick turnaround to his next fight, Andrade will be removed for failing to make 168 for 18 months at the end of May.  For now he remains though, since it’s still technically possible that he could sign a contract before then.   Garth Wood exits again after a 3-week stint 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) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen
 

 

 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (24-103-103)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #10 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
It’s a bit shameful that Ward gets another essentially hometown fight.  He probably doesn’t need it to win, but it was a huge oversight by Showtime to allow it.
2) Carl Froch (24-256-256)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- UD12 #7 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Froch’s fight with Johnson has been bumped back to June 4 from an original date of May 21 primarily due to a venue dispute.  The fight will take place in Atlantic City, much to Froch’s dismay.
3) Lucian Bute (24-265-265)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO10 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had only the slightest trouble dispatching the game but limited Brian Magee.  May finally get a true challenge in Mikkel Kessler sometime in the fall.
4) Mikkel Kessler (24-335-335)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- UD12 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Kessler will fight French journeyman Mehdi Bouadla on June 4 instead of Renan St. Juste, as had been the rumor.  St. Juste is a little better, but on the other hand it’s just good to see the Viking Warrior back in action.  The fight will take place in Copenhagen.
5) Robert Stieglitz (5-89-89)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat the good but somewhat dirty Khoren Gevor thanks to a controversial disqualification, though he appeared on his way to a solid if not overwhelming decision victory, anyway.
6) Arthur Abraham (2-81-81)
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.
7) Dimitri Sartison (1-41-45)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (1-2-2)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO3 #13 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat Brinkley in style to announce his arrival on the scene.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
Big upset against Andrade.  I thought it was a draw, but he still deserves mad props.
10) Sakio Bika (30-30-214)
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) Karoly Balzsay (5-45)
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.
12) Glen Johnson (4-27)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO8 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- 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.
13) Isaac Chilemba (2-45)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Thomas Oosthuizen (2-45)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO9 Evert Bravo (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. William Gare (UNR)
Will now fight fringe contender William Gare in a pretty even match-up in early June.
15) Librado Andrade (1-207)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- L*(MD10) vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade narrowly lost to one opponent in Pryor, though it was close.  He may soon lose much bigger to the calendar.  If Andrade hasn’t scheduled a fight before the ratings period following 5/28, he will be bounced.
16) Bryan Vera (1-14)
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.
17) Andy Lee (1-9)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO10 Craig McEwan (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/18/2011- vs. Alex Bunema (UNR)
Lee will soon fight Alex Bunema, a former fringe contender who last fought in August of 2009 before my very eyes in St. Louis.  Bunema is sure to be rusty, but has a respectable resume that includes a knockout victory over Roman Karmazin, and can’t be looked past.
18) Ezequiel Maderna (1-10)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD10 Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
19) Jesse Brinkley (1-45)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
20) James DeGale (1-5)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO5 Alpay Kobal (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. George Groves (UNR)
Two of Britain’s top young fighters will go head-to-head in May, and when the smoke clears a contender should emerge.
 

 

 
THE WEEK AHEAD:  There are several lower-profile top 50 fighters in action Friday leading up to the main event of Ward-Abraham on Saturday.  Australia-based Cameroonian Serge Yannick fights solid journeyman Shannan Taylor in Flemington, Australia.  Taylor was once a serious contender at welterweight in around the late ’90s, but last won a significant fight about 7 years ago at 154.  French prospect Hugo Kasperski fights mediocre journeyman Misa Nikolic in Clermont, France.  Undefeated Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez  battles experienced but losing journeyman Francisco Villanueva, and finally Uraguayan prospect Noe Gonzalez Alcoba, whose only career loss was back in 2007 to Felix Sturm, meets the 18-2 but totally unproven Ruben Padilla in Montevideo.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, May 9-15

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings on May 28, 2011 by danboxing
Big Important Fights: This week, former Super Middleweight contender Eduard Gutknecht stopped #11 Danny McIntosh in round 8 in what would have been McIntosh’s first European title defense.  The fight was close on the cards at the time.  Also, fringe contender Karo Murat stopped  #17 Otis Griffin- now a loser of his last two fights-  in the 11th round in Germany.  Murat had very strangely already been ranked easily within the top 10 by the Ring.
 
 
Lesser, Somewhat Notable Fights: Gatekeeper Enrique Ornelas fought a no-name journeyman whose name (paradoxically) was Hector Hernandez, in California.  Ornelas was surprisingly dropped in the first round, but went on to sweep the remaining seven on the cards.  Undefeated Russian Sergei Kovalev dispatched journeyman Terrance Woods via 3rd-round knockout on that same card.  Finally, German prospect Dustin Dirks knocked out journeyman Patrick Maxwell in two rounds on the Holyfield-Nielsen undercard.
 
 
Rankings Changes: Gutknecht made a splash with his win, coming from nowhere to claim the #7 slot.  Murat, with lower-ranked competition, still managed to debut at #16.  McIntosh slips down to #15, buoyed by the fact that Thierry Karl was stopped by him recently and the fact that Murat still hasn’t beaten anyone as good as Karl.  Otis Griffin falls from the top 20, losing out in a close call to Marcus Johnson for the final spot.  Last week’s #7-10 fall one position each, including Adrian Diaconu, who exits the top 10 for the first time in four years (including Ring ratings from before I began).  Karl and Luis Garcia each plunge two spots to make room for Murat and Gutknecht, and everyone rated 18 or below last week moves down one, including #20 Tony Bellew, who exits after six weeks in.
 
 
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) Gabriel Campillo
10) Isaac Chilemba
 
 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Jean Pascal (39-99-99)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- Draw (MD12) vs. #3 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
1) Bernard Hopkins (21-257-257)
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 (21-258-258)
Last Fight: 8/14/2010- L (TD11) vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #11 Adrian Diaconu
Dawson-Diaconu has now been confirmed by the promoter for the Pascal-Hopkins undercard.
3) Tavoris Cloud (21-89-89)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #8 Yusaf Mack
Cloud has now signed to fight his mandatory Yusaf Mack on a fairly loaded card outside St. Louis on June 25.
4) Glen Johnson (39-412-412)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- KO8 Allan Green (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. SMW #2 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 (39-46-46)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Since being robbed against Beibut Shumenov to start 2010, Campillo has behaved more like the loser of the fight than the guy who clearly deserved to win it- fighting only two generic journeymen since.  In fairness, this most recent fight was supposed to be against top-15 contender Dmitri Sukhotski until he was left scrambling for a last-minute replacement by Sukhotski’s withdrawal.  No excuses for the Spaniard next time, though.
6) Nathan Cleverly (34-66-66)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #9 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) Eduard Gutknecht (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO8 #11 Danny McIntosh
Next Fight: Unknown
A former 168-lb. contender, Gutknecht looks to have increased his power along with his weight.
8) Yusaf Mack (1-10-46)
Last Fight: 3/4/2010- W(SD12) vs. #18 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Managed to fight off HBO and Zsolt Erdei to land his mandatory shot against Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will happen 6/25 in St. Charles, Missouri on the Alexander-Matthysse HBO card.
9) Jürgen Brähmer (1-46-46)
Last Fight: 4/24/2010- TKO5 Mariano Plotinsky
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #6 Nathan Cleverly
10) Beibut Shumenov (1-42-46)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wants to unify another alphabet belt with his own.  Best chance would probably be the Cleverly-Braehmer winner, and second most likely would be Cloud.  The guy who emerges from the Pascal-Hopkins-Dawson-(Diaconu?) tangle figures to be otherwise engaged for a good little while yet.
11) Adrian Diaconu (1-209)
Last Fight: 10/15/2010- UD10 Omar Sheika (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
The Dawson fight is now set on the Pascal-Hopkins undercard.
12) Dmitri Sukhotski (7-28)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently  was never fully on board for the proposed fight with #5 Campillo.
13) Ismayl Sillakh (7-17)
Last Fight: 3/4/2011- UD10 Yordanis Despaigne (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Hamza Wandera (UNR)
Looked real good in outboxing Despaigne.  Probably top 10-bound.
14) Zsolt Erdei (6-25)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- UD8 Samson Onyango (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Byron Mitchell isn’t exactly Tavoris Cloud, but, well….well….he’s just not Tavoris Cloud.
15) Danny McIntosh (1-46)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Significantly diminished by his loss to Gutknecht, but still has a better win in Thierry Karl than the two guys rated immediately below him: Karo Murat and…well…Thierry Karl.
16) Karo Murat (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
Still hasn’t quite justified his lofty Ring rating, but has finally earned some love on my blog.  He must be ecstatic.
17) Thierry Karl (1-46)
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.
18) Luis Garcia (1-17)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dyah Davis (1-7)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- UD10* Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulled off a bit of an upset in beating hot prospect Marcus Johnson on ShoBox.  Seems to be a magnet for controversial scoring, though, as he’s now been on both the good and bad side of at least debatable scorecards in his last two fights.
20) Marcus Johnson (1-5)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L(UD10*) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s hard to say that a hot prospect could benefit from an upset loss, but in this case he lost to a rateable fighter, and arguably deserved to win.  He gets credit for that here- especially considering the lack of good options in the division.



The Week Ahead: A quiet week in the division this week- perhaps a calm before the storm that will be Hopkins-Pascal and Dawson-Diaconu.

Cruiserweight: 2011, May 9-15

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings on May 26, 2011 by danboxing
#15 Enad Licina destroyed low-level journeyman Michele De Meo in only 2 minutes in the only notable action in the division 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 (157*-360-360)
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 (46-231-231)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Ran Nakash (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Next stop for Huck is probably the Sauerland Super Six.
3) Denis Lebedev (21-66-66)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- L(SD12*) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 5/21/2011- vs. Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
It’s now official.  Denis Lebedev will attempt to retire the unretirable Roy Jones, Jr., who despite a good broadcasting gig insists on scrambling his washed-up brains by picking fights with guys bigger and better than him.  Any yes man who told Jones he should take the fight should be ashamed of himself, and I kinda think Lebedev should be, too.
4) Ola Afolabi (21-113-113)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (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 (13-46-46)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez seems to be fighting on the same night as Guillermo Jones, but across the pond in Germany.
6) Guillermo Jones (6-32-32)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Ryan Coyne (UNR)
It’s now set: Jones-Coyne, with the winner to fight Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
7) Danny Green (6-75-75)
Last Fight: 11/17/2010- UD12 #12 B.J. Flores
Next Fight: 7/20/2011- vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
It’s now official- Green will fight former light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver on July 20.
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (6-307-307)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely escaped with a hometown decision in one of the worst fights in recent memory with Palacios.  His stock has got to be way down among those who saw the fight, but his stoppage win over Fragomeni keeps him well within the top 10.
9) Giacobbe Fragomeni (25-130-130)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- TKO7 Laszlo Hubert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully now that he’s healthy and has another win under his belt, Fragomeni will go back to his original plan of fighting top contenders like Huck.
10) Alexander Frenkel (25-25-34)
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 (10-46)
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) Francisco Palacios (6-6)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L (SD12*) vs. #6 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
In my opinion he did just enough to win one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen against Wlodarczyk, so I’m in no hurry to see him again.  That being said, he performed well against a top 10 guy and deserved the win on that night, so I can’t exactly ignore that.
13) Troy Ross (6-115)
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 (6-45)
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 (6-46)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- KO1 Michele De Meo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy win over an easy opponent.  We’ll see what’s next.
16) Enzo Maccarinelli (6-46)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looking to make his long-since announced debut at 175 in July.  His whole strategy seems to be to fight Cleverly, but no word whether the younger man is interested.
17) Lateef Kayode (6-25)
Last Fight: 2/4/2011- UD10 Nicholas Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/10/2011- vs. #19 Matt Godfrey
Very intriguing matchup looming for Kayode- who needs to look impressive- and Godfrey- who just needs a win.
18) Alexander Alexeev (6-17)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- KO6 DeAndrey Abron (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/11/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Staying busy as he has a fight scheduled in June- no opponent yet.
19) Matt Godfrey (6-122)
Last Fight: 8/21/2010- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 6/10/2011- vs. #17 Lateef Kayode
See Kayode’s comments above.
20) Mateusz Masternak (6-10)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Ali Ismailov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
 
 
THE WEEK AHEAD: Australian gatekeeper Daniel Ammann will attempt to keep the gate against his countryman, the fast-rising 7-0 prospect Brad Pitt (no joke would fail to be resoundingly lame here, so I’ll pass) in their home country on Friday.  If Pitt can win he would potentially be in the discussion for a ranking.

Heavyweight: 2011, May 9-15

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings on May 26, 2011 by danboxing
In a battle of ancient former somebodies, Evander Holyfield stopped Brian Nielsen, a former contender who is basically just as old but less talented and coming off nine years’ inactivity, in the 10th round in Denmark.  In more currently-relevant action on the same card, #19 Kubrat Pulev stopped former Ohio State Linebacker and current gatekeeper Derric Rossy in Round 5.  Also, on the Sylvester-Geale card in Germany, local prospect Edmund Gerber blitzed journeyman Carl Baker to a first round stoppage. 
 
 
Finally, a collection of slightly below-the-radar heavyweights met up in London for a convention known as Prizefighter: International Heavyweights.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Prizefighter series, it’s a little like the contender- a bunch of guys looking to boost their young or stalled careers fight in a tournament and the winner absorbs the collective credibility of the entire group, Highlander-style.  In this case, though, the tournament takes place in just one night, with each fight scheduled for 3 rounds.  The downside of the format can be that the 3-round fights can often be indecisive.  This iteration, however, lacked that issue for the most part.  The participants included Lucian Bot (Romania), Evgeny Orlov (Russia), Kertson Manswell (Trinidad), Michael Sprott (England), Konstantin Airich (Kazakhstan), Gregory Tony (France), Tye Fields (USA), and Mike Perez (Cuba).  Perez left little room to criticize by dropping Manswell en route to a shutout decision and stopping both Tony in the semis and the mammoth Fields in the final within the first minute of the initial round.  Perez at no point during the tournament fought a legitimate top-50 fighter, but certainly proved that he was one himself with his emphatic wins.  The Ireland-based defector is officially a prospect to watch.
 
 
Perez is probably ready for the kind of fight that will get him rated, but he hasn’t earned placement just yet.  Pulev, meanwhile, creeps up a couple places past Ray Austin and Francesco Pianeta to #17.
 
 
For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) David Haye
3) Tomasz Adamek
4) Alexander Povetkin
5) Ruslan Chagaev
6) Eddie Chambers
7) Alexander Dimitrenko
8) Denis Boystov
9) Robert Helenius
10) Chris Arreola


 
Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (98-311-311)
Last Fight: 9/11/2010- KO10 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 7/2/2011- vs. #2 David Haye
Now there’s a definite date and venue for Klitschko-Haye: July 2 in Hamburg.  Now all we have to do is see if Wlad’s “injury” stays healed and if Haye decides to actually show.
1) Vitali Klitschko (135-135-135)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Originally it appeared that Vitali would fight a no hoper in July and act as the understudy for his brother’s fight with Adamek in September, but somewhere along the line he decided to fight Adamek instead.
2) David Haye (58-112-112)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- TKO3 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/2/2011- 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 (13-110-110)
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) Robert Helenius (6-6-50)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Helenius is scheduled to return on June 25, with the most likely opponent being former contender Sergei Liakhovich.
5) Alexander Povetkin (6-185-185)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Povetkin-Chagaev now looks very likely.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (6-234-234)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (15-55-55)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- UD12 Kevin McBride (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Time for Adamek to get serious, as he faces a live opponent for the first time in a long stretch this September.
8) Tony Thompson (15-50-50)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- TKO4 Paul Marinaccio (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/27/2011- vs. Maurice Harris (UNR)
Finally decided to fight someone with a pulse.  We’re probably still not talking about a top-10 worthy fight, but Thompson will reportedly fight fringe contender Maurice Harris on Friday Night Fights in late May.
9) Juan Carlos Gomez (15-50-50)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
10) Odlanier Solis (21-21-50)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
If anyone doubted the legitimacy of Solis’ injury, he is awaiting surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus.  He wants a rematch, which of course seems unlikely- though I’d actually be interested.
11) Alexander Dimitrenko (7-17)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is being targeted by Helenius, but the EBU has ordered a European title match between him and #15 Jean Marc Mormeck.
12) Chris Arreola (7-112)
Last Fight: 1/28/2011- TKO1 Joey Abell (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/14/2011- vs. Nagy Aguilera (UNR)
Arreola returns on the Ward-Abraham undercard on May 14 against Nagy Aguilera, a young fighter who rose to prominence by beating a used-up Oleg Maskaev but then came crashing down to Earth shortly thereafter and now appears to be just a good journeyman.
13) Denis Boytsov (7-99)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Probably safe to say at this point that his plan to fight stateside in May is not coming to fruition.
14) Dereck Chisora (7-34)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- TKO9 #20 Sam Sexton
Next Fight: Unknown
Now that Hasim Rahman bailed on Tyson Fury, the all-British showdown between Chisora and Fury appears back on track.
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (7-50)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Now appears more likely to fight Dimitrenko than Povetkin, for the European title.
16) Samuel Peter (6-50)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- L(KO9) vs. #16 Robert Helenius
Next Fight: Unknown
We’ll have to see if and how Peter rebounds from his latest knockout loss- this one more brutal than the last.  If the relatively young (30) Nigerian decides to forge on, he’ll have to overcome the reality of being treated as a stepping stone at least for tall up-and-comers.
17) Kubrat Pulev (1-26)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO5 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rossy is no longer a great feather in the cap, but he’s still good enough to move Pulev up a couple rungs.
18) Francesco Pianeta (1-50)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- TKO3 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Jens Krull (UNR)
Cancer survivor Pianeta is staying busy, but not against credible opposition.
19) Ray Austin (1-50)
Last Fight: 12/17/2010- L(DQ10) vs. #17 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. Bermane Stiverne (UNR)
Austin will fight Haitian fringe prospect Bermane Stiverne in St. Louis on June 25 in what figures to be a very silly excuse for a title eliminator, even by alphabet standards.
20) Timur Ibragimov (6-45)
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.


 
THE WEEK AHEAD:  America’s top heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell battles Nicaraguan journeyman Evans Quinn on the ShoBox broadcast Friday, and #12 Chris Arreola creeps back up in competition by facing one-time fringe contender Nagy Aguilera on the Ward-Abraham undercard on Saturday.  Not 100% sure whether it’ll be televised by Showtime, though- as that network has a poor record of televising undercard fights for Super Six broadcasts.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, May 2-8

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings on May 24, 2011 by danboxing
#17 Carlos Molina dominated and beat up perceived dangerous puncher Allen Conyers.  Conyers is really just a high-quality and dangerous journeyman and thus won’t benefit Molina’s ranking, but it’s an impressive win and makes Molina one of the busiest ranked fighters around after a long stretch of inactivity.
 
 
For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Kermit Cintron
3) Alfredo Angulo
4) Ryan Rhodes
5) Sechew Powell
6) Vanes Martirosyan
7) Pawel Wolak
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 (13-84-84)
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 (13-39-39)
Last Fight: 8/7/2010- TKO5 Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The buzz is that Bundrage is close to signing for a fight with his mandatory challenger, Sechew Powell, for the Alexander-Matthysse undercard in St. Charles, MO on June 25.
3) Miguel Cotto (24-48-48)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II was originally eyed for July but was pushed back to September due to lingering facial injuries that Margarito sustained against Pacquiao.  The fight has also been moved from Atlantic City to Vegas.
4) Pawel Wolak (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- RTD6 #5 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
The Dzinziruk negotiations proved fruitless, as Wolak will now fight prospect Delvin Rodriguez on Friday Night Fights in late June or early July.
5) Paul Williams (8-13-13)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L (KO2) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Being targeted by Erislandy Lara and Deandre Latimore as he looks to return on HBO this summer.
6) Kermit Cintron (13-101-101)
Last Fight: 5/8/2010- L (TD4) vs. MW #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Cintron will reportedly co-headline the Rios-Antillon card on July 9, which will be televised by Showtime.
7) Ryan Rhodes (13-80-80)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO2 Rocky Junior (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/18/2011- vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Now officially set to fight Alvarez in Mexico on June 18.
8) Saul Alvarez (9-9-24)
Last Fight: 3/5/2011- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/18/2011- vs. #7 Ryan Rhodes
The winner of the June bout with Rhodes could skyrocket to very nearly the top of the division since there is such a large degree of parity at the top level.
9) Sergiy Dzinziruk (9-51-51)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L(TKO9) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Wolak fight has apparently fallen through, and Dzinziruk’s last fight at this weight was nearly a year ago- so you know what that might mean…
10) Sechew Powell (9-59-59)
Last Fight: 3/19/2010- W (MD12) vs. #4 Deandre Latimore
Next Fight: Unknown
Already living on borrowed time based on a scheduled fight being canceled by circumstances beyond his control, I will not remove Powell next week for inactivity because he appears close to signing to fight Tavoris Cloud on 6/25.  This will be a week-to-week matter.  If talks ever appear to have broken down, I will probably remove him at that point.
11) Gabriel Rosado (9-13)
Last Fight: 2/26/2011- TKO12 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Manny Pacquiao (9-13)
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 (13-13)
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 (13-13)
Last Fight: 10/16/2010- KO11 Martin Concepcion (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/13/2011- vs. Prince Arron (UNR)
Webb is set to fight for the British title against gatekeeper Prince Arron in mid-May.
15) Shane Mosley (13-13)
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) Erislandy Lara (6-13)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Carlos Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears to be calling out a new potential opponent every week.  First #2 Cornelius Bundrage, then #14 Middleweight Nobuhiro Ishida, and now #5 Paul Williams.
17) Carlos Molina (6-6)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO7 Allen Conyers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thoroughly dominated Allen Conyers.  Looks like he’s ready for another Lara-level challenge soon.
18) Austin Trout (6-13)
Last Fight: 2/5/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez
Next Fight: 6/11/2011- vs. David Lopez (UNR)
The undefeated Trout will have a road game coming up against Mexican David Lopez in the latter’s home country.  Lopez is strangely ranked by the Ring, but even in reality is so close to the top 20 that he might default his way in if anyone drops out before the fight.
19) Yuri Foreman (6-83)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
What looked like a relatively easy fight turned into a disaster for Foreman as he was battered to a corner stoppage after six rounds with fringe contender/prospect Pawel Wolak.  The stick-and-move boxer may have lost a step to a recurring knee injury, and we’ll see whether or not he’s finished as a serious contender.
20) Joachim Alcine (6-13)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- L (TKO1) vs. Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
At one point months ago there was reportedly a fight in the works with Cory Spinks for April, but that appears to have been a non-starter.  No recent reports on Alcine’s next move.
 


 
The Week Ahead: Borderline fringe contender Roberto Garcia of Mexico will fight an 8-rounder against run-of-the-mill journeyman Calvin Odom in California on Friday.  Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao go at it this week, too, but it will be at 147 and thus probably won’t affect the ratings here.

Middleweight: 2011, May 2-8

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings on May 24, 2011 by danboxing
#17 Darren Barker won a fairly close decision over quality journeyman Domenico Spada on Saturday in London.  No changes to the rankings.
 
 
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) Marco Antonio Rubio


 
Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (55-55-55)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez had originally been rumored for a July return, which was pushed back to August and now appears more likley for September.  Discussed opponents include Manfredo, Rubio, the Chavez-Zbik winner, and now even Nobuhiro Ishida.
1) Felix Sturm (95-398-398)
Last Fight: 2/19/2011- TKO7 Ronald Hearns (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #10 Matthew Macklin
Now officially scheduled to fight #10 Matthew Macklin on June 25 in Cologne, after an original date of July 2 was scrapped.
2) Paul Williams (9-108-108)
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.  This plan would feature Williams fighting the winner of Vanes Martirosyan-Saul Roman.  Deandre Latimore and Erislandy Lara are both trying to get a fight with Williams on HBO, as well.
3) Sebastian Sylvester (9-299-299)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD12 Mahir Oral (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #4 Daniel Geale
Just scheduled a huge fight with Daniel Geale. The fight will take place in Germany, and the winner probably passes up Paul Williams.
4) Daniel Geale (9-98-98)
Last Fight: 10/31/2010- TKO12 #8 Roman Karmazin
Next Fight: 5/7/2011- vs. #3 Sebastian Sylvester
See Sylvester’s comments above.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (9-27-27)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Controversy aside, he probably deserved the win over Lorenzo and remains a force in the division.
6) Dmitry Pirog (9-40-40)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog is apparently deep in discussions with mandatory challenger Gennady Martirosyan.  He hopes that fight would land on ESPN.
7) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-4-14)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- TKO7 David Lemieux (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is the mandatory for the Chavez-Zbik winner, but would prefer to fight Sergio Martinez.  No word on whether either of those fights is actually likely to come off anytime soon, since Martinez also appears to want Chavez or Zbik.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- KO9 #16 Pablo Navascues
Next Fight: Unknown
Out of nowhere, Proksa is a top-10 contender after knocking out Pablo Navascues, a sturdy fringe contender whose career was inexplicably in neutral since a 2007 draw with contender Javier Castillejo.
9) Anthony Mundine (3-3-14)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- UD10 #7 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
Gained a measure of redemption and entered the top 10 by defeating nemesis Garth Wood by decision after being knocked out by him last year.
10) Matthew Macklin (3-84-84)
Last Fight: 12/11/2010- UD12 Ruben Varon (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/25/2011- vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Now scheduled for a match with #1 Contender Felix Sturm in Cologne.  The fight was originally scheduled for 7/2 but was quickly moved up to 6/25.  The winner will become an obvious challenger for Sergio Martinez.
11) Maxim Bursak (3-14)
Last Fight: 9/4/2010- UD12 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Scheduled to fight a solid veteran journeyman in Carlos Jerez at the end of the month.
12) Osumanu Adama (3-6)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- TKO4 #19 Marcus Upshaw
Next Fight: Unknown
Displaced by Marco Rubio and company after a 2 week cup of coffee in the top 10.
13) Garth Wood (3-14)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Got dropped twice against Mundine en route to a loss in which he appears to have faded a bit late.  Has a knockout win to his credit over the same opponent, so a trilogy appears appropriate.
14) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-14)
Last Fight: 1/29/2011- UD10 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Chavez will take on one of the biggest challenges of his career in undefeated but thus-far overrated alphabet titlist Sebastian Zbik.
15) Billy Lyell (3-14)
Last Fight: 5/5/2011- TKO1 Brian Paul (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-4)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida is now being discussed as a possible comeback opponent for Paul Williams in addition to being in the hunt for a shot at Martinez.  Methinks both guys are significantly out of his league.
17) Darren Barker (3-14)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- UD12 Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Won a fairly close decision to defend his European title over Spada.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (3-14)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- UD12 Mariusz Cendrowski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Khurtsidze is back on a winning track and has a regional belt in his possession to boot after taking care of Cendrowski.
19) Sebastian Zbik (3-95)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2011- vs. #14 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.
20) Fernando Guerrero (3-14)
Last Fight: 2/18/2011- UD10 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/17/2011- vs. Michael Medina (UNR)
Guerrero will return to Friday Night Fights on June 17 against journeyman Michael Medina- a top 50 guy until recently.


 
The Week Ahead: Thursday, #15 Billy Lyell fights somewhat under the radar against journeyman Brian Paul in Tulsa.  Then on Saturday, a very big fight goes down in Germany between Australian #4 Contender Daniel Geale and #3 Sebastian Sylvester.