Middleweight: 2011, Oct 24-30

Ludwigsburg, Baden was host to a very close fight between local undefeated prospect Dominik Britsch and #15 Billy Lyell.  The rounds almost uniformly alternated between the two fighters, and I personally had the fight all square at 114-114 when all was said and done.  Britsch took a majority decision- fairly credible with the exception of Arno Pokrandt’s 117-111 card, which was at least a round beyond reason.  As is always the case when I disagree with the ultimate winner but consider his win a reasonable result, I give minimal deference to that result, treating the fight essentially as a draw, with a minimal edge to the official winner.


#12 Max Bursak, meanwhile, came in plenty heavy and used that extra weight (and his superior skill) to thoroughly demolish Uzbek journeyman Abdulaziz Matazimov in the Ukraine, knocking the smaller opponent down 4 times en route to a 3rd round TKO.


These draws or draw-type fights like Britsch-Lyell are always tough to deal with in ranking the fighters involved- particularly when one of the parties is an unknown quantity as was Britsch.  In this case, to make a long story short, I’ve decided that it’s best to split the difference between the level Lyell had established himself at (#15) and the gatekeeper region of the top 50 that Britsch had proven himself ready for by the journeymen he had beaten.  The result is that both men end up just outside the top 20 when the dust settles.  Everyone ranked #16 and below last week receives a modest promotion, and undefeated Argentine prospect Billi Godoy re-joins the party for the first time since he was forced out by Demetrius Andrade in late August.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (80-80-80)
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.  He still wants Chavez, who claims he’d be interested for the right money.  Pacquiao has also been mentioned, but the Filipino superstar would only be interested if Sergio could make 147.
1) Daniel Geale (18-123-123)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says he’s 90% sure he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (4-28-28)
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 (4-423-423)
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 (4-18-109)
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 (16-52-52)
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, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Dmitry Pirog (16-65-65)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says there’s a 90% chance he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
7) Sebastian Sylvester (4-324-324)
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. (4-21-39)
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 (4-29-39)
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 (16-16-39)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
11) Osumanu Adama (3-31)
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) Max Bursak (3-39)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had little trouble with his latest weak opponent.
13) Paul Williams (16-133)
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 (2-39)
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) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-29)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ishida’s ring return is scheduled for late November, with the most likely opponent being journeyman Jose Luis Cruz.
16) Gennady Golovkin (1-19)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/9/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in December.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-39)
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.
18) Demetrius Andrade (1-10)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Darren Barker (1-2)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been receiving interest from Chavez and Geale after his over-performance against Martinez.
20) Billi Godoy (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- W(TD4) vs. Claudio Abalos (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: Undefeated West Coast prospect Brandon Gonzales battles tough Ghanaian veteran gatekeeper Ossie Duran in a ShoBox card from New Jersey on Friday.

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