Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 1-7

Gatekeeper Alejandro Falliga was upset Friday by journeyman Sergio Sanders in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the native land of both fighters.  Sanders went down in the 4th round, but rallied to win.  Both fighters have suffered bad losses in their career, and it could be that Sanders is now as overrated as Falliga was prior to the fight.  Falliga had been a journeyman for the majority of his career, but shot to South American prominence by upsetting fringe contender Ulises Lopez (another Argentine) last September.  Chances are that Falliga, Sanders, and Lopez are all really basically journeyman and are merely feeding on one another’s mediocrity.  This phenomenon is common among fringe contenders from the insular fight scenes of Japan and South Africa, for instance.  Still, at least for now, Sanders is probably a top 50 fighter in the division.


Javier Maciel- another Argentine who recently gave middleweight contender Dmitry Pirog a fair amount of trouble- stepped back down in both weight and competition the following night in the same city, and made an early night of it by stopping undefeated but untested prospect Jonata Daniel De Oliveira via knockout in the very first round.


Earlier that same night in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov achieved the same result as Maciel against journeyman Mike Miranda of Brazil.


For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Pawel Wolak
10) Austin Trout


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (7-22-37)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (6-52-52)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He has called out Canelo, Mosley, and Molina, and his promoter Don King is apparently working on a fight with Ricardo Mayorga.
3) Erislandy Lara (4-4-26)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.  Lara has also sought fights with Dzinziruk and Bundrage, neither of whom appear to want the fight.  He also wants Canelo, but believes that Golden Boy will protect their cash cow.
4) Alfredo Angulo (4-97-97)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Joe Gomez (UNR)
Angulo will officially fight journeyman Joe Gomez in Mexico on 8/20.
5) Miguel Cotto (4-61-61)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (4-4-19)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones
7) Prince Arron (3-12-12)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
8) Pawel Wolak (3-21-21)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak will likely fight on the Cotto-Margarito card on December 3, with likely opponents being Delvin Rodriguez and Jesus Soto-Karass.  He has also challenged K9 for that date.  Deandre Latimore has also challenged Wolak, and Wolak says he’d be happy to oblige if a network is interested in the fight.  Wolak also recently fired his manager.
9) Ryan Rhodes (3-93-93)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (8-8-26)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (8-72)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Put forth a solid effort in a losing cause against Bundrage, and still has the bona  fides to hold onto his #11 spot.
12) Gabriel Rosado (8-26)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Keenan Collins (UNR)
Fresh out of jail, Rosado already has a date reserved on September 9 against journeyman Keenan Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (3-26)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (3-26)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
16) Cory Spinks (3-26)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD10 Shakir Ashanti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks said he was considering moving up to 160 to fight Sam Soliman in an eliminator, but then decided that he will stay at 154 and fight another tune-up in September and then chase a long-shot fight with Cotto.
17) Shane Mosley (3-26)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Devon Alexander and K9 are interested in fighting him.
18) Vanes Martirosyan (3-9)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes called out Austin Trout after not being selected as Canelo’s next opponent, and just days later the WBC ordered a match with Angulo.
19) Grady Brewer (3-7)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: Unknown
For a guy that’s often considered a journeyman, Brewer has compiled a nice little resume with the Guerrero win.
20) Yuri Foreman (3-96)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.


The Week Ahead:  Nothing of note occurring this week.

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