Super Middleweight: 2011, Oct 17-23

Unofficial #21 James DeGale just edged out fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski for the European title on Saturday.  This creates a slight quandry.  On one hand, DeGale has an overall better resume than George Groves.  But on the other hand, Groves owns a win over DeGale quite recently.  But on the other other hand, the fight was very close and I personally believe DeGale deserved to edge that one out, as well.  So on balance, I finally have the excuse to rate DeGale over Groves, and I’m running with it.  Sure, it was a close win over a non-ranked fighter, but Wilczewski was more or less a top-25 guy, so I’m not reaching too far.  DeGale returns to the rankings at #18.  I was originally going to do the natural thing and bounce #20 Groves, but I looked at the matter a little more closely and decided not to.  To stay consistent with my own standards of practice, Groves’ win against DeGale, which I don’t consider an outright robbery despite disagreeing with the verdict, must be treated with minimum deference- essentially similar to a draw.  Looking at the records of the fighters, I have to conclude that even a draw against a 20th-ranked DeGale has to trump an average decision win over gatekeeper Ruben Acosta, which is the only significant outing of Maderna’s career.  I thus move Groves to just behind DeGale at #19 which causes Maderna to slump 2 spots to #20, while Jesse Brinkley- an inaugural member of my rankings 68 weeks ago- ends up being the one bounced.


Prospect Noe Gonzalez Alcoba knocked out the fairly hapless Paul Rodriguez in round two in Los Mochis, Mexico on the same night.


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) Thomas Oosthuizen
10) George Groves


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (47-126-126)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Ward-Froch has been rescheduled for December 17 in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (47-279-279)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (47-288-288)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #13 Glen Johnson
Bute passed up Mikkel Kessler for a potentially slightly easier night with #12 Glen Johnson in early November.
4) Mikkel Kessler (47-358-358)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Kessler had surgery for a broken finger last week, and the Stieglitz bout figures to be postponed for a good long while.
5) Robert Stieglitz (28-112-112)
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) Thomas Oosthuizen (7-20-68)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- UD12 #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 11/23/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Oosthuizen will fight on November 23.  Maxim Vlasov was originally the opponent, but backed out shortly thereafter.
7) Arthur Abraham (7-104-104)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham now expects to fight in December in Germany.
8) Dimitri Sartison (7-64-68)
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.
9) Peter Quillin (7-25-25)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- TKO5 Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Craig McEwan (UNR)
Quillin will fight Craig McEwan on the Angulo-Kirkland undercard in Cancun on November 5.
10) Sakio Bika (7-7-237)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Andy Lee (3-32)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- UD10 #14 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Exorcised whatever demons he had left in his career with the win over Vera, and is now ready to move on like the sure-fire contender he was originally seen as.
12) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (3-24)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- L(UD12) vs. #10 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 12/10/2011- vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Pryor looks to rebound from his momentum-halting loss to Oosthuizen with another tough fight against human highlight reel Adonis Stevenson in October.
13) Glen Johnson (3-50)
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.
14) Isaac Chilemba (3-68)
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.
15) Bryan Vera (3-37)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: Unknown
Totally outclassed by Lee in the rematch of a fight he won last time around.
16) Librado Andrade (8-8)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. Don George (UNR)
Andrade has not been deterred from fighting top prospects after the Pryor loss, and is now scheduled to fight knockout artist Don George in December.
17) Jesus Gonzalez (8-15)
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.
18) James DeGale (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale finally gets a measure of justice after a questionable loss to Groves now that he has another good win under his belt, albeit a close one.  He already appears to have Italian journeyman Cristian Sanavia in line as his next opponent, likely in December.
19) George Groves (1-22)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Paul Smith (UNR)
Groves and Smith were originally scheduled to fight December 17, but perhaps because of a conflict with Ward-Froch, it has been moved up to November 5.
20) Ezequiel Maderna (1-33)
Last Fight: 8/28/2011- TKO3 Jorge Rodriguez Olivera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead:  No notable fights at 168 this week.

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