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Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 22-28

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by danboxing
#19 Grady Brewer fought undefeated prospect Demetrius Andrade on Friday Night Fights, and was completely outclassed.  He didn’t really look like he was trying to win, even.  Quite a disappointment for Brewer, who recently destroyed another undefeated prospect in Fernando Guerrero.  I originally planned to treat this as a junior middleweight fight even though it was contracted over the limit, but I have changed my mind.  Andrade has no significant wins under the 154 pound limit and fights over it more often than he fights under it.  Grady Brewer does fall out of the rankings because he badly lost a fair fight to a guy who is credibly a junior middleweight, but Andrade won’t be the beneficiary of that in this division, though I have rated him at 160 based on the win.

 

Alfredo Angulo returned to action for the first time in over a year, annihilating journeyman Joe Gomez in the opening round in Mexico.  Angulo’s last opponent, Joachim Alcine, was in action for the first time since their fight, as well, but didn’t meet with as positive a result.  He managed only a split draw with mid-range journeyman Jose Medina.

 

The Alcine draw actually has significant reverberations in the rankings.  Alcine would probably have already been ranked rather than Lukas Konecny had he not been inactive for a year plus two weeks when he scheduled this most recent fight.  So now that Grady Brewer drops out, Alcine certainly stood to benefit now that he’s once again active.  But a draw with a journeyman is no way to move up the list.  Next in line is Deandre Latimore, who is fairly inactive himself.

 

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 (10-25-4o)
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.  He will also likely fight on December 3, most likely on the Cotto-Margarito undercard.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (9-55-55)
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, though the IBF reportedly is not willing to sanction that fight for Bundrage’s title.
3) Erislandy Lara (7-7-29)
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 (7-100-100)
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 (7-64-64)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (7-7-22)
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 (6-15-15)
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 (6-24-24)
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 (6-96-96)
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 (11-11-29)
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 (11-75)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Powell is sparring with Floyd Mayweather to prepare Floyd for the Victor Ortiz fight.
12) Gabriel Rosado (11-29)
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 (6-6)
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 (6-29)
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 (6-29)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter by the end of the year.
16) Shane Mosley (2-29)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mosley’s trainer wants a Berto fight.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (2-12)
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.  Vanes also has called out Felix Sturm.
18) Yuri Foreman (1-99)
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.
19) Lukas Konecny (1-2)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/30/2011- vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk (UNR)
Konecny will fight at home in the Czech Republic against Dzinziruk, who is only unranked because he has not fought under the 154 limit for over a year.  Konecny will likely be a clear underdog in the fight, and rightly so.
20) Deandre Latimore (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore has been seriously inactive (especially against decent opposition) since losing a close decision to Sechew Powell last March.  He technically hasn’t made the JMW limit since last July, but since he missed 154 by only 3/4 pound for his last fight, he gets an extra 6 months to schedule a fight at JMW and make the weight.

 

The Week Ahead:  Nothing scheduled this week.

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Middleweight: 2011, Aug 22-28

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by danboxing
Demetrius Andrade closed out a very compelling season of Friday Night Fights with a dud of a fight, but a seriously impressive performance nonetheless.  Andrade thoroughly dominated the same Grady Brewer that recently knocked out fellow hot prospect Fernando Guerrero.  He fought practically one-handed, jabbing a fairly docile Brewer ad nauseum to what should have been a shutout decision.  

 

Andrade is most likely a 154-pounder when it comes to title fights, but so far has distinguished himself most as a middleweight and is thus rated here.  The fact that his opponent is normally a 154-pounder too must be taken into account, and so he only debuts at #19.  Future title challenger Darren Barker moves to the brink of exclusion, while Billi Godoy is forced out after 14 weeks.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Sergio Martinez
1) Felix Sturm
2) Daniel Geale
3) Matthew Macklin
4) Sebastian Sylvester
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
6) Sebastian Zbik
7) Dmitry Pirog
8) Paul Williams
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 (71-71-71)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #19 Darren Barker
Martinez has reached an agreement to fight Darren Barker.  There’s nothing wrong with Barker, who has gotten through multiple gatekeepers and remains undefeated, but it’s still got to be considered a disappointing matchup for the Middleweight Champ, as Barker isn’t even really that close to being a top 10 fighter.  There are literally probably a dozen or more better choices that would be willing to take the fight.
1) Daniel Geale (9-114-114)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- W(SD12) vs. #3 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 8/31/2011- vs. Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Geale will follow up his huge win over Sylvester by fighting Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert at the end of August.
2) Felix Sturm (9-414-414)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
There is now some serious dispute between the two parties as to whether Sturm has formally offered Macklin his promised rematch or not.  Macklin says the contract has never been received.
3) Matthew Macklin (9-9-100)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
See Sturm’s comments above.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (7-315-315)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(SD12) vs. #4 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
A really good potential crossroads fight on tap with Proksa.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (7-43-43)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that N’Jikam will have a long-anticipated fight with Gennady Golovkin late in the year, in Paris.
6) Dmitry Pirog (7-56-56)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/25/2011- vs. Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Now set to fight Gennady Martirosyan in Krasnadar, Russia on September 25.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (7-12-30)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
Chavez will fight Ronald Hearns, who is really just a real good journeyman at this point.  Hearns recently fought then-#1-ranked Felix Sturm.  Why does he keep getting these big fights?  He’s a pretty darn safe opponent and has a name due to his father, Hall of Famer Tommy Hearns.
8) Marco Antonio Rubio (7-20-30)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO3 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. Akrong Mohammedi (UNR)
Rubio has gotten tired of waiting for a big fight and has signed on to fight a stay-busy bout on September 3.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (7-19-19)
Last Fight: 6/23/2011- TKO2 Peter Vecsei (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Proksa proved himself to be a quality fighter and an up-and-comer by stopping Navascues, but still hasn’t made much of a name for himself on the world scene because Navascues himself was not viewed as highly as he probably deserved.  He will have a chance to change that, though, when he fights recent titleholder #4 Sebastian Sylvester to start off October.
10) Anthony Mundine (7-7-30)
Last Fight: 6/5/2011- TKO7 Xavier Tolliver (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2011- vs. Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Mundine bailed on an anticipated fight with Austin Trout and will now fight smaller gatekeeper Rigoberto Alvarez, older brother of JMW #1 Saul Alvarez.  He’s stated he wants the Trout fight after that, and then Cotto.
11) Maxim Bursak (7-30)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Absolutely dominated Jerez.
12) Osumanu Adama (7-22)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- TKO4 #19 Marcus Upshaw
Next Fight: 10/6/2011- vs. Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Roman Karmazin has been lured out of retirement to fight Adama on October 6.
13) Paul Williams (7-124)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. JMW #15 Erislandy Lara (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara handled him easily despite what the awful judges said, and his poor performance earns him a demotion even though the fight took place at JMW.
14) Garth Wood (12-30)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but has reportedly pulled out of that fight.
15) Billy Lyell (19-30)
Last Fight: 7/1/2011- UD6 vs. Michael Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lyell is curiously underrated, it seems to me.  When a guy like him is relegated to fighting 6-rounders, something’s wrong.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (19-20)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida was looking to fight JC Chavez in September, but Chavez opted for a likely easier fight with the less-accomplished Ronald Hearns.  Ishida seems to be on everyone’s short list, but always loses out on the big fight since beating Kirkland.
17) Gennady Golovkin (10-10)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in October as a tuneup before an anticipated bout with Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam late in the year.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (10-30)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- KO1 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Disposed of Miranda (who nearly beat Roman Karmazin not long ago) in surprisingly short order, moving him past future Martinez challenger Barker for now.
19) Demetrius Andrade (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/19/2011- UD10 JMW #19 Grady Brewer
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade will probably fight as a junior middleweight when it comes time for title fights, but thus far has made his only real splash as a middleweight and has been fighting at that size more often than not, at any rate.
20) Darren Barker (1-30)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- UD12 Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
A couple weeks after announcing a defense of his European title on July 23, Barker has instead signed for a Middleweight Championship shot with Sergio Martinez.

 

The Week Ahead: No action at 160 this week.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Aug 22-28

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by danboxing
No action in the division this week.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
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 (38-117-117)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
We now have a date certain for the Championship fight between Ward and Froch: October 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (38-270-270)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (38-279-279)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Bute passed up Mikkel Kessler for a potentially slightly easier night with #12 Glen Johnson in early November.
4) Mikkel Kessler (38-349-349)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
The Stieglitz bout is now official, and will be in Copenhagen.
5) Robert Stieglitz (19-103-103)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #4 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes above.
6) Arthur Abraham (16-95-95)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham is scheduled to return to the ring on November 5, probably in a catchweight fight between 160 and 168, and probably against a tune-up-type opponent.
7) Dimitri Sartison (15-55-59)
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 (15-16-16)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- TKO5 Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin will likely fight on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard on October 15.  Ishe Smith is a potential opponent.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a good test against #10 Thomas Oosthuizen on September 3.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (11-11-59)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Pryor’s notes, above.
11) Sakio Bika (11-228)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (18-41)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #3 Lucian Bute
With no apparent buzz leading up to the announcement, Johnson suddenly had a fight signed with Bute for November.
13) Isaac Chilemba (16-59)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (11-28)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #15 Andy Lee
Now officially scheduled for a rematch with #15 Andy Lee on October 1, on the Martinez-Barker undercard.  Not sure yet whether that will be a Middleweight or Super Middleweight fight.
15) Andy Lee (11-23)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #14 Bryan Vera
See Vera’s notes, above.
16) Jesus Gonzalez (6-6)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With a fairly comfortable win over a generally solid and much bigger opponent, Gonzalez finds his way easily within the top 20.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (6-24)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- TKO1 Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Jesse Brinkley (6-59)
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.
19) George Groves (6-13)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival  on the strength of the win.
20) James DeGale (6-12)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(MD12*) vs. George Groves (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Set to fight fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in September in a fight that should put one of the two guys very solidly within the top 20.

 

The Week Ahead:  Former contender Karoly Balzsay- whose apparently pointless foray into the 175 pound division cost him his ranking here- will return to 168 on Friday when he fights undefeated but still largely untested Stanislav Kashtanov of the Ukraine in the prospect’s home country.  

 

Saturday, #17 Ezequiel Maderna stays busy against mid-level journeyman Jorge Rodriguez Olivera in Maderna’s native Argentina.  Former contender Librado Andrade- who was severely tarnished by a close loss to current #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr. and exited the rankings due to inactivity under the 168 pound limit- looks to bounce back against journeyman Matt O’Brien in Leon, Mexico.

Light Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 22-28

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by danboxing
Argentine prospect Roberto Feliciano Bolonti took care of journeyman Jose Mazurier in Buenos Aires on Saturday with a 6th-round stoppage.  American prospect Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Massachusetts was in his hometown the same night and made his opponent, inexperienced journeyman Chris Traietti, quit after 2.  Rodriguez needed a good-looking performance after probably deserving a loss or at best a draw in his last fight against the over-achieving Aaron Pryor, Jr.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (14-272-272)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 Champ Jean Pascal
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins will defend the title on October 15 against #2 Chad Dawson, who just a year ago was as close to a legit champion as you could be without having beaten a Champion or #1 contender before he was shockingly upset by Jean Pascal.  The fight will be on PPV.
1) Jean Pascal (14-114-114)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Pascal’s next fight will be against either Cloud or Erdei.  Pascal was ringside at Cloud-Mack.
2) Chad Dawson (36-273-273)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- UD12 #11 Adrian Diaconu
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Dawson will look to finally be crowned as Champion against the man whose refusal to fight him kept him perpetually a step away until recently.
3) Tavoris Cloud (36-104-104)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO8 #8 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud easily handled #8 Mack, but that’s still not enough to move him past Dawson.
4) Gabriel Campillo (3-61-61)
Last Fight: 4/15/2011- TKO5 Sergei Beloshapkin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Reports are that he will likely fight Karo Murat on October 1.
5) Nathan Cleverly (3-81-81)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO4 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bellew will fight his mandatory and then Bellew hopefully by the end of the year.
6) Eduard Gutknecht (3-16-16)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD12 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ho-hum victory over Di Giacomo.  Hopefully he steps back up soon.
7) Beibut Shumenov (3-57-61)
Last Fight: 1/8/2011- KO6 William Joppy (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/29/2011- vs. Danny Santiago (UNR)
After all the talk of unification, it’s a little disappointing that Shumenov is settling for a journeyman coming off a 14-month layoff, but I guess when you consider his promotional issues and opponents failing to show at the last minute, we should be a little grateful he’s fighting at all.
8) Yusaf Mack (3-25-61)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: Unknown
Mack looks a little too small to compete with the top guys at this weight, but still has a good enough resume to avoid dropping too far.
9) Dmitri Sukhotski (3-14-43)
Last Fight: 3/11/2011- TKO5 Konstantin Piternov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Adrian Diaconu (3-3-224)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
11) Ismayl Sillakh (3-32)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO3 Hamza Wandera (UNR) (as CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered a tournament to determine their mandatory challenger to Hopkins, involving Sillakh, Chris Henry, Shumenov, and Erdei.  The only one that appears interested is Sillakh.
12) Zsolt Erdei (3-40)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some buzz at present about a potential fight with Pascal.
13) Danny McIntosh (3-61)
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.
14) Karo Murat (3-16)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- TKO11 #17 Otis Griffin
Next Fight: Unknown
His long-rumored fight with Campillo will reportedly take place on 10/1, though the nothing seems to be official yet.
15) Yordanis Despaigne (3-4)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- W(DQ5) vs. Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk immediately after the Miranda fight of a rematch taking place, but no new news on that.
16) Jesus Gonzales (3-7)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His present and future are probably both at 168, but he beat a good enough light heavyweight to earn this ranking, nevertheless.
17) Thierry Karl (3-61)
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 (3-32)
Last Fight: 11/6/2010- TKO2 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dyah Davis (3-22)
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 (3-3)
Last Fight: 4/8/2011- L*(UD10) vs. #19 Dyah Davis
Next Fight: Unknown
Got bounced for just a week before Glen Johnson kindly excused himself from the ratings.


The Week Ahead:  Gatekeeper Enrique Ornelas fights once again on the same card as his more notable brother Librado Andrade when he takes on .500 journeyman Alfredo Contreras in Leon, Mexico.

Cruiserweight: 2011, Aug 22-28

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by danboxing
A quiet week at 200 this time around, again.

 

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) Antonio Tarver
7) Giacobbe Fragomeni
8) Ola Afolabi
9) Guillermo Jones
10) Danny Green


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Denis Lebedev (5-81-81)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- TKO10 Roy Jones, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev is looking to return in late October or early November.
2) Steve Cunningham (5-375-375)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- UD12 #14 Enad Licina
Next Fight: Unknown
Says he wants Tarver, but he may already have a fight in the works with Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
3) Antonio Tarver (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- RTD9 #7 Danny Green
Next Fight: Unknown
Danny Green has now said he wants a rematch with Tarver.  No word from the Tarver camp on that or anything else.
4) Marco Huck (5-246-246)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- KO10 Hugo Garay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had more trouble with Garay before putting him out than you might have hoped if you’re a Huck fan.
5) Ola Afolabi (5-128-128)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- KO1 Terry Dunstan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After disposing of Dunstan, Afolabi said he wants to get Lebedev in the ring.
6) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (5-61-61)
Last Fight: 2/12/2011- KO7 #12 Steve Herelius
Next Fight: Unknown
May have Steve Cunningham on the horizon.
7) Guillermo Jones (5-47-47)
Last Fight: 10/2/2010- TKO11 Valery Brudov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (21-322-322)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- W(SD12*) vs. Francisco Palacios (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Might be negotiating for a fight with Lebedev.
9) Danny Green (5-90-90)
Last Fight: 7/20/2011- L(RTD9) vs. Antonio Tarver (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thoughts of a Green retirement have now been dispelled, and he is reportedly hoping for a rematch with Tarver.
10) Giacobbe Fragomeni (5-145-145)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD6 Remigijus Ziausys (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Alexander Frenkel (5-49)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- KO7 #12 Enzo Maccarinelli
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. #17 Enad Licina
The Licina fight is now set for late October.
12) B.J. Flores (5-61)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- RTD5 Nick Iannuzzi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
His team wants to fight Tarver, and he has said he intends to fight in Springfield, MO again for his next fight.
13) Francisco Palacios (5-21)
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.
14) Lateef Kayode (5-40)
Last Fight: 6/10/2011- UD10 #19 Matt Godfrey
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Felix Cora, Jr. (UNR)
After Ryan Coyne opted out of a ShoBox date with Kayode, the Nigerian will now take on veteran Felix Cora, Jr..
15) Troy Ross (5-130)
Last Fight: 10/30/2010- UD10 Carl Handy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ross will finally get back to action when he fights gatekeeper Garrett Wilson November 19 in Atlantic City.
16) Steve Herelius (5-60)
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.
17) Enad Licina (5-61)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- KO1 Michele De Meo (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. #11 Alexander Frenkel
Will take on Alexander Frenkel in late October.
18) Enzo Maccarinelli (5-61)
Last Fight: 9/18/2010- L(KO7) vs. Alexander Frenkel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We’re still waiting to hear any significant details about Maccarinelli’s anticipated return at 175.
19) Firat Arslan (5-6)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Lubos Suda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan has finally got his comeback on the right track after the Herelius setback by destroying the decent Suda.
20) Alexander Alexeev (5-32)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- TKO2 Damian Norris (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. Ismail Abdoul (UNR)
Will fight decent journeyman Ismail Abdoul in early September in Germany.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  Light Heavyweight prospect Sergei Kovalev moves up for a cup of tea at Cruiser to fight journeyman Grover Young at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills.

Heavyweight: 2011, Aug 22-28

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by danboxing
Flash back to June, 2001.  Dominick Guinn and Amir Mansour are both 9-0 prospects.  Shortly thereafter, Mansour went to federal prison for drug possession and his career was frozen in time.  Guinn went on to run his record to 24-0- including a career-best stoppage win over Michael Grant in 2003 that vaulted him to contender status- before losing to Monte Barrett in 2003.  Now 36, he has alternated between fringe contender and gatekeeper status ever since.  What an interesting and stark contrast in background and experience, as Mansour chose Guinn for his first real step-up fight since returning to the ring on the same night he was released from a halfway house in 2010.  In fact, this is the first significant challenge that Mansour has taken on in his long but understandably sparse career.  Apparently more fresh and possibly with greater natural talent, Mansour dominated Guinn, losing a round on only one of three cards in Dover, Delaware. 

 

With the victory, Mansour establishes himself as at least in the vicinity of the top 25, but will need at least one more notable win to crack my rankings.

 

For Comparison, here are the Current Ring Magazine Heavyweight Rankings:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1) Vitali Klitschko
2) Tomasz Adamek
3) Alexander Povetkin
4) David Haye
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 (113-326-326)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- UD12 #2 David Haye
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk about a potential fight with prospect Mariusz Wach, but that fight is off.
1) Vitali Klitschko (150-150-150)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO1 #10 Odlanier Solis
Next Fight: 9/10/2011- vs. #7 Tomasz Adamek
Klitschko apparently broke camp for one day to visit the Ukraine, where a political opposition leader was arrested under dubious circumstances.  Vitali is something of a political leader himself, but was back in training just a day later.
2) David Haye (73-127-127)
Last Fight: 7/2/2011- L(UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
As he is still the #2 contender almost by default, Haye appears likely to get a shot at Vitali in late 2011 or early 2012, or at least the Povetkin-Chagaev winner- that is if he is doesn’t retire in October as he has promised repeatedly.
 3) Eddie Chambers (28-125-125)
Last Fight: 2/11/2011- UD12 Derric Rossy (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #9 Tony Thompson
Chambers’ eliminator with Tony Thompson is now set for late October on the Ward-Froch undercard.
4) Robert Helenius (21-21-65)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- KO9 #6 Samuel Peter
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Will get some exposure on EPIX again Liakhovich.
5) Alexander Povetkin (21-200-200)
Last Fight: 12/18/2010- UD8 Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #6 Ruslan Chagaev
The Povetkin-Chagaev fight along with Helenius-Liakhovich will be televised by premium cable network/video on demand service EPIX.
6) Ruslan Chagaev (21-249-249)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- UD8 Travis Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/27/2011- vs. #5 Alexander Povetkin
See Povetkin’s comments above.
7) Tomasz Adamek (30-70-70)
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) Tyson Fury (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- UD12 #14 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Fury is set to return on September 17 in Belfast, but two of his top choices- David Price and Martin Rogan have both already rejected offers to fight him.
9) Tony Thompson (5-65-65)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- TKO3 Maurice Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #3 Eddie Chambers
The Chambers fight is now official for the Ward-Froch undercard in October.
10) Odlanier Solis (36-36-65)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- L (TKO1) vs. #1 Vitali Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
Strange news from Solis.  His promoter, Ahmed Ohner, recently said he would be returning in October against a specific journeyman, but Solis claims he has not received medical clearance after 3 separate knee surgeries, and that he is completely unaware of any specific plans for his return.  The quick return seemed a bit hard to believe given his torn ACL, but one would think Ohner would be a credible source.  I will treat that fight as off until I hear something conclusive.
11) Juan Carlos Gomez (5-65)
Last Fight: 12/4/2010- TKO4 Harold Sconiers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Treading water like nobody’s business.
12) Alexander Dimitrenko (5-32)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- TKO12 Albert Sosnowski (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/24/2011- vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Will fight journeyman Michael Sprott, about a month later than originally planned.
13) Chris Arreola (5-127)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 Friday Ahunanya (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola’s expected 9/15 return appears to be off for unknown reasons, and his promoter is now considering putting him on the Ward-Froch undercard.  Given Showtime’s unfortunate tendency to keep Super Six dates exclusive to Super Six-related fights regardless of any good matches on the undercards, Arreola likely would get no TV time on this date.
14) Denis Boytsov (5-114)
Last Fight: 11/19/2010- KO2 Mike Sheppard (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Jean Marc Mormeck (22-65)
Last Fight: 12/2/2010- SD12 #19 Timur Ibragimov
Next Fight: Unknown
Prospective opponent Dimitrenko is passing on his EBU mandatory defense with Mormeck in favor of a voluntary one with someone else.
16) Bermane Stiverne (9-9)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- TKO10 #20 Ray Austin
Next Fight: Unknown
The only thing impressive about Stiverne’s performance against Austin was his power, but a win is a win.
17) Samuel Peter (9-65)
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.
18) Franklin Lawrence (9-13)
Last Fight:5/27/2011- RTD7 Jason Gavern (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence has signed with Gary Shaw and figures to get a decent fight or two as a result.
19) Kubrat Pulev (9-41)
Last Fight: 7/16/2011- UD8 Maxim Pediura (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev is likely to fight former British titlist Martin Rogan on October 22.
20) Dereck Chisora (5-49)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- L(UD12) vs. Tyson Fury (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chisora recently said that he expects a rematch with Fury.  I’m not sure he’s earned it based on his effort in training and his performance in the ring.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The heavyweight world is centered in Erfurt, Germany this week, where a couple of high-level matchups go down on Saturday.  The huge one finds #5 Alexander Povetkin and #6 Ruslan Chagaev both stepping up after years of weak competition since finding their respective ways to the top echelon of the division.  The winner probably eclipses David Haye as the #2 contender and becomes the obvious challenger for a Klitschko.  A Povetkin win probably bodes a bit better for the division’s future since Chagaev has already failed miserably in his attempt to win the vacant World Championship from Wladimir Klitschko in 2009, while Povetkin had the good sense to bail out when his shot came along at the insistence of trainer Teddy Atlas.  Chagaev’s signature win was a decision over Russian giant Nikolai Valuev back in 2007, but he hasn’t beaten anybody too special since then.  Povetkin counters with an early 2008 decision over current #3 Eddie Chambers when both men were on their way up the ranks. 


The other fight is a showcase-type fight for #4 Robert Helenius, who takes on Sergei Liakhovich who hasn’t fought a worthwhile opponent since 2008.  The Belarussian former contender is getting long in the tooth and probably can’t be considered anything better than a good “name” journeyman at this point in his career.  Helenius, on the other hand, is a Scandanavian knockout artist with the same height as Wladimir Klitschko and probably more concussive power.  He vaulted himself to the top echelon of the division earlier this year when he chillingly knocked out Sam Peter, a fringe contender who had fairly recently been considered the division’s top contender behind Wladimir Klitschko until Vitali came out of retirement to dominate him in 2008 and he subsequently lost a close decision to Eddie Chambers. 

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 15-21

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2011 by danboxing
Fringe Contender Kermit Cintron- who was recently ranked in the top 10 before a bad loss to Carlos Molina- won a decision over gatekeeper Antwone Smith on Friday Night Fights last week.  The judges had it mostly fairly comfortable.  I was sitting at ringside (if you saw a guy with a red shirt and white tie on TV watching intently, that was me). 

 

I personally had Smith winning 96-94 in what was a very close fight that legitimately could have gone either way.  I have no problem with Barbara Madison’s score of 96-94 (she was sitting right in front of me) except that it was a bit different from my own.  I don’t even have a huge quarrel with Jerry Griffin’s 97-93 because if you gave Cintron credit for a lot of his jabs that may have gotten through a little bit but which I saw as blocked, I think you could have fairly swung 3 rounds to Cintron from my card.  But Jackson Harper’s 98-91 card I do have a serious problem with.  For one thing, to arrive at that score, he would have had to give Cintron at least one round that was in my view CLEARLY a Smith round- meaning 4, 6, or 9- in addition to all of the rounds I scored for Cintron (1, 3, 7, and 8) AND all of the close rounds that I scored for Smith (2, 5, and 10).  Not only that, but barring a silly math error it means he also somehow gave Cintron a 10-8 round somewhere along the way.  That’s ridiculous.  This kind of bad scorecard in a very close kind of fight should be, to me, just as subject to investigation and review as a clear robbery, because the upshot of Harper’s indefensible scorecard is that if the fight had been unquestionably won by Smith (ie he had clearly won all of the close rounds), Harper would have still given it to Cintron.  Harper is probably incompetent and definitely biased for one reason or another.  However, in accordance with other fights in which I disagree with the score but could see a reasonable judge scoring it for the official winner, I will treat this fight as essentially a draw, except with a slight edge going to Cintron such that if both men were rated, Smith could not pass Cintron but might still gain ground. 

 

By failing to get a clear win over a lesser-regarded fighter, however, Cintron fails to return to the top 20 even though he entered the night as my unofficial #21 contender.  Obviously my policy does not allow Smith to crack the top 20 either, but he does improve his standing dramatically, at least in my book.

 

In other action, former American Navy serviceman Charlie Ota (real name Charles Bellamy), who has lived in Japan since his days in the service and is the current Japanese champion, defended his title against Akio Shibata, the man he took the title from in Spring 2010 by 8th round TKO.  This time around Ota took care of the top-level journeyman a little quicker and put him down for the count in the 6th round.
 
One thing I noticed belatedly this week is that Cory Spinks’ last fight was actually fought over the 160 limit, and thus he should have been removed from last week’s rankings due to inactivity at 154.  This would have given Kermit Cintron an extra week at #20, and I apologize for not giving Kermit this satisfaction.  However, Cintron’s dubious win last week actually has soured me on him and he is no longer even in the top 25 in my opinion.  Next on my list is Joachim Alcine, who has been inactive for over a year but has a fight scheduled for this weekend.  However, this fight was not announced until a couple weeks after the 1-year anniversary of  Alcine’s last fight, and so I consider him ineligible until he actually makes the weight and returns.  So the next in line is Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic, who just edges out Deandre Latimore based on recent success.  Konecny was ranked for just one week back in June before Vanes Martirosyan forced him out with a win over Saul Roman.

 

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 (9-24-39)
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.  He will also likely fight on December 3, most likely on the Cotto-Margarito undercard.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (8-54-54)
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, though the IBF reportedly is not willing to sanction that fight for Bundrage’s title.
3) Erislandy Lara (6-6-28)
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 (6-99-99)
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 (6-63-63)
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 (6-6-21)
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 (5-14-14)
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 (5-23-23)
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 (5-95-95)
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 (10-10-28)
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 (10-74)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Powell is sparring with Floyd Mayweather to prepare Floyd for the Victor Ortiz fight.
12) Gabriel Rosado (10-28)
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 (5-5)
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 (5-28)
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 (5-28)
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) Shane Mosley (1-28)
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.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (1-11)
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.  Vanes also has called out Felix Sturm.
18) Grady Brewer (1-9)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: 8/19/2011- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Brewer will attempt to upset his second hot prospect in just over 2 months when he meets former US Olympian Demetrius Andrade on August 19’s Friday Night Fights season finale.
19) Yuri Foreman (1-98)
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.
20) Lukas Konecny (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/30/2011- vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk (UNR)
Konecny will fight at home in the Czech Republic against Dzinziruk, who is only unranked because he has not fought under the 154 limit for over a year.  Konecny will likely be a clear underdog in the fight, and rightly so.

 

The Week Ahead:  The most important fight of the week is the main event of the Friday Night Fights season finale on ESPN2, when #18 Grady Brewer takes on undefeated prospect and former Olympian Demetrius Andrade.  The fight will technically be at a contract weight a few pounds over the limit, but I will treat it as a junior middleweight fight because that is the past and future weight of both guys as far as I can tell.  The reason for the extra pounds appears to be the 2 weeks notice that the fighters had going in.  

 

The biggest name fighting this week, however, belongs to #4 Alfredo Angulo, who makes his return after more than a year out of the ring since his last fight- a 1st round KO win over Joachim Alcine.  He fights journeyman Joe Gomez Saturday in Mexico in a fight televised on Telefutura if you’re lucky enough to get that.  Speaking of Alcine- he also returns for the first time since the Angulo fight against journeyman Jose Medina in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Alcine had been rated here, but has been out since late June when he was displaced by the debut of Grady Brewer.