Middleweight: 2011, Sep 26- Oct 2

#6 Dmitry Pirog of Russia was reportedly quite impressive in comprehensively beating lower-tier top 50 middleweight Gennady Martirosyan of Russia by way of Armenia.  Martirosyan, described as game and gutsy, was stopped by his seconds after the end of the 10th round in Krasnodar, Russia on Sunday.


#19 Demetrius Andrade saw action earlier in the week, dropping Mexican journeyman Saul Duran twice on Wednesday before the fight was stopped between rounds 3 and 4 in Manchester, New Hampshire.


No changes to the rankings, as Pirog’s resume still doesn’t match N’Dam’s. 


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (76-76-76)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #20 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 (14-119-119)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Handled Albert fairly competently, and no doubt is looking toward a bigger fight.
2) Felix Sturm (14-419-419)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 12/2/2012- vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Apparently ducking a rematch with British contender Matthew Macklin, Sturm will instead fight his countryman, undefeated prospect Martin Murray, in Mannheim.
3) Matthew Macklin (14-14-105)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin couldn’t secure a rematch of his borderline robbery loss to Sturm, as the German has opted to fight countryman Martin Murray, instead.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (12-320-320)
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 (12-48-48)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh.
6) Dmitry Pirog (12-61-61)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog announced after beating Martirosyan that he wants Sergio.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (12-17-35)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Next Fight: 11/19/2011- vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Chavez is now claiming a hand injury, and will likely now skip his scheduled fight with Ronald Hearns in September and go straight to his second scheduled fight with Peter Manfredo in November.
8) Marco Antonio Rubio (12-25-35)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC wants Rubio to fight Martinez, with the winner to face Chavez.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (12-24-24)
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 (12-12-35)
Last Fight: 6/5/2011- TKO7 Xavier Tolliver (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2011- 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 (12-35)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Absolutely dominated Jerez.
12) Osumanu Adama (12-27)
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 (12-129)
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 (17-35)
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 pulled out of that fight.
15) Billy Lyell (24-35)
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 (24-25)
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 (15-15)
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.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (15-35)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- KO1 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/3/2012- vs. Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Khurtsidze will stay busy on Monday, October 3, against journeyman Jason LeHoullier.
19) Demetrius Andrade (6-6)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade will stay busy against journeyman Saul Duran in Manchester, New Hampshire on the 21st.
20) Darren Barker (6-35)
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: This is a big week in the division, as both the Championship and a separate spot in the top 5 are at stake.  Champion Sergio Martinez defends his title against huge underdog #20 Darren Barker of England in Atlantic City.  On the undercard, Andy Lee looks to settle the score with Bryan Vera (both are currently ranked at Super Middleweight, though they are both natural middleweights), who stopped him in a shocking 2008 upset.


A few hours earlier, #4 Sebastian Sylvester battles #9 Grzegorz Proksa in a very interesting crossroads-type fight in Germany.

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