Middleweight: 2011, Dec 12-18

Devastating puncher and very possibly the future of the division Gennady Golovkin (#16) of Kazakhstan easily brushed aside Philadelphia gatekeeper Lajuan Simon with a first round knockout in Dusseldorf, Germany.


In Montreal on Saturday, it was another major setback in the once can’t-miss career of David Lemieux, as he was outpointed and roughed up a little bit by Joachim Alcine.  Alcine, originally from Haiti, was once a prominent contender at 154, but took a year off following a first round knockout loss to Alfredo Angulo and suffered a draw in his first fight back, after moving up to 160, to a mere journeyman.  So to say he came into the Lemieux fight as a fringe contender is probably being pretty generous.  Nevertheless, he was the boss in the ring in multiple ways.


Lemieux, just like he did against Rubio, came out strong and pounded Alcine in the first two rounds to the point that it looked like an early night.  Alcine, though, came back to nick the next two in my opinion, and won the 5th clearly, with Lemieux looking like his legs and conditioning might not be that strong.  But there was a second wind for the French-Canadian prospect, as he won probably 2 of the next 3 as Alcine’s workrate began to slow.  But down the stretch in the last 4 rounds, it was all Alcine, with Lemieux only able to counterpunch in spurts as he was chased around the ring and repeatedly hurt by the much fresher Hatian.  Although the fight was actually reasonably close in a scoring sense- and legitimately so- the impression was one of domination for Alcine- partly because of his strong finish and partly because of his prevalent showboating.  He threw tons of bolo punches and fake bolo punches (many of which landed), beat his chest, and talked to Lemieux more than a few times.  Lemieux- whether due to an experience gap or because he was tired or hurt- seldom had an answer in these moments.  I did score the fight 116-112- in line with two of the judges, and thought it could have been as close as a draw (the third judge’s score) if you gave Lemieux all the toss-up rounds.  But the overall fight was more-or-less dominated by Alcine.


In other news on Saturday, one-loss Dominican prospect Fernando Guerrero stopped low-level Minnesota journeyman Robert Kliewer in D.C.


Golovkin sneaks up 1 spot past Nobuhiro Ishida to #15.  Alcine’s draw with Medina really holds him back, so he remains out.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (87-87-87)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez is now scheduled to fight on March 17 at Madison Square Garden.  The likely opponent is Matthew Macklin.
1) Daniel Geale (25-130-130)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale-Pirog appears to be on hold at best.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (11-35-35)
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) Matthew Macklin (2-25-116)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin may have parlayed his controversial draw with Sturm into a shot at the title against Martinez, though nothing is official yet.
4) Felix Sturm (2-430-430)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBA has ordered Sturm to fight Golovkin.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (23-59-59)
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) Martin Murray (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray may be a candidate to fight Andy Lee what looks like it might be the Martinez-Macklin undercard at MSG on St. Patrick’s Day.  He also wants a rematch with Sturm, who has a mandatory obligation with Gennady Golovkin.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-28-46)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez will return to the ring on HBO on either January 28 or February 4, but no opponent has yet been announced.  The WBC has ordered him to defend his belt against Martinez.
8) Dmitry Pirog (2-72-72)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Geale fight apparently on hold at best, Pirog has been chasing after Sturm, who reportedly doesn’t want that fight.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (2-331-331)
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.
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-36-46)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/16/2011- vs. Matt Vanda (UNR)
Rubio has substituted unknown journeyman Mohammed Said with a higher quality one in steady veteran Matt Vanda.
11) Anthony Mundine (2-46)
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.
12) Osumanu Adama (2-38)
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.
13) Max Bursak (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Bursak’s opposition has been getting worse and worse since he burst on the scene with a win over Bryan Vera.  He will now fight very weak Ghanaian journeyman Laatekwei Hammond in Kiev soon.
14) Garth Wood (2-46)
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) Gennady Golovkin (1-26)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Following his destruction of Simon, the WBA has made Golovkin the mandatory to Felix Sturm’s alphabet belt.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-36)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some talk of a rematch with Kirkland at the moment.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: 12/18/2011- vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Khurtsidze will fight dangerous gatekeeper Ossie Duran in the Ukraine a week before Christmas.
18) Demetrius Andrade (2-17)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
19) Darren Barker (2-9)
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 (2-8)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: This busy week is kicked off on Monday by a good matchup between Japanese gatekeepers Makoto Fuchigami and Koji Sato- the two top Japanese fighters aside from Ishida.


Friday in Vegas, #10 Marco Antonio Rubio fights veteran journeyman Matt Vanda.


Saturday in Kiev, #13 Max Bursak fights Ghanaian journeyman Laatekwei Hammond.


And finally, #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze battles a significantly better Ghanaian in gatekeeper Ossie Duran in a more obscure Ukrainian city that I won’t try to spell.

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