Middleweight: 2011-2012, Dec 26- Jan 1

No fights of note with Christmas going on and all.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (89-89-89)
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 (27-132-132)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
Geale will fight Osumanu Adama on leap day in Tasmania.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (13-37-37)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa was set to fight Sebastian Zbik, but Felix Sturm’s promotional firm won the bid to promote the fight, and Zbik hates Sturm and pulled out of the fight as a result.
3) Matthew Macklin (4-27-118)
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 (4-432-432)
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 (25-61-61)
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) Martin Murray (4-4-4)
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. (4-30-48)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Chavez gets the toughest test of his career on February 4 when he fights fellow Mexican contender Marco Antonio Rubio in San Antonio.
8) Dmitry Pirog (4-74-74)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has been very active in negotiating with good fighters lately, but things haven’t worked out.  He has a mandatory pending with Max Bursak, but has said he may fight a voluntary first.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (4-333-333)
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 (4-38-48)
Last Fight: 12/16/2011- TKO5 Matt Vanda (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Mexico’s two best middleweights meet in San Antonio in early February as veteran Rubio takes on young gun Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (4-48)
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 (4-40)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama gets a shot at real prominence when he fights the most accomplished Middleweight not named Sergio Martinez on leap day in Tasmania.
13) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-48)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
So far Khurtsidze has beaten all comers among gatekeepers and lost to the lone contender he’s fought.  Maybe a fringe contender should be on the menu next.
14) Max Bursak (2-48)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
15) Garth Wood (2-48)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 2/19/2012- vs. Sam Soliman (UNR)
Wood will fight in Sydney on February 19 against an apparently resurgent Sam Soliman.
16) Gennady Golovkin (2-28)
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.
17) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-38)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some talk of a rematch with Kirkland at the moment.
18) Demetrius Andrade (4-19)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Darren Barker (4-11)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Billi Godoy (4-10)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Former Champ Jermain Taylor fights Baltimore journeyman Jessie Nicklow in California on New Year’s Eve Eve (Friday).  The fight is Taylor’s first at Middleweight since he lost his Championship to Kelly Pavlik in Fall 2007, and also his first in the more than two years since he was knocked out by Arthur Abraham in the closing seconds of their Super Six tournament opener.  Taylor-Nicklow will be televised as the main event of a ShoBox card.

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