Middleweight: 2011, Oct 10-16

In what very well may have been the final fight of Roman Karmazin’s quality career, the Russian took a beating for nine-plus rounds against #12 Osumanu Adama on Friday, prompting his corner to mercifully throw in the towel a minute into round 9. 


The next night in Neuquen, Argentina, Billi Godoy- in seeking to clear up any residual controversy from a riot-inducing technical decision win from the spring- really just treaded water, as the result of this fight- though evidently less controversial- was an even shorter technical decision over just 4 rounds.


Adama surprisingly moves up just one place to #11 due to #10 Anthony Mundine’s impressive resume.  Karmazin, even with the brutal loss, gains a #14 rating due to his return to activity and his past accomplishments.  Max Bursak slips to #12 as a result of Adama’s advancement, and everybody rated #14 or below last week is forced down one.  Darren Barker is forced out after being an inaugural member of my rankings 37 weeks ago.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (78-78-78)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin and Lee both called Sergio out immediately after his less than dominant victory over Barker, as has Pirog- whose offer to fight Sergio in Moscow is reportedly some kind of record.  Sergio expressed interest in the winner of Cotto-Margarito, and also shot down any suggestion of him moving up to 168.  I assume he would still like to fight Chavez, as well.
1) Daniel Geale (16-121-121)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale may be fighting Pirog in early 2012 on HBO, but has also expressed interest in fighting Darren Barker.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (2-26-26)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Felix Sturm (2-421-421)
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.
4) Matthew Macklin (2-16-107)
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.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (14-50-50)
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 (14-63-63)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has made what his team describes as a record offer for Sergio to travel to Moscow for a fight.
7) Sebastian Sylvester (2-322-322)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
8) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-19-37)
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.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-27-37)
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.
10) Anthony Mundine (14-14-37)
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) Osumanu Adama (1-29)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
12) Maxim Bursak (1-37)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Absolutely dominated Jerez.
13) Paul Williams (14-131)
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) Roman Karmazin (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/7/2011- L(TKO9) vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: Unknown
Karmazin very well might choose to retire after his failed comeback fight and being badly beaten therein.  But until then, he belongs in the rankings anyway.
15) Garth Wood (1-37)
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.
16) Billy Lyell (1-37)
Last Fight: 7/1/2011- UD6 vs. Michael Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2012- vs. Dominik Britsch (UNR)
Lyell will fight German prospect Dominik Britsch in Ludwigsburg on October 22.
17) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-27)
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.
18) Gennady Golovkin (1-17)
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.
19) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-37)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Steady as she goes in his stay busy fight with oft-recycled journeyman Jason LeHoullier.
20) Demetrius Andrade (1-8)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: Nothing to report this week.

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