Middleweight: 2012, Jan 23-29

Nothing to report from last week again.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (93-93-93)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (31-136-136)
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 (17-41-41)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 3/2/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
The on-again, off-again fight between Proksa and Sebastian Zbik is off again, likely due to ongoing personal issues between Zbik and Felix Sturm, who won the bid to promote the fight.
3) Matthew Macklin (8-31-122)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Felix Sturm (8-436-436)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm is exploring fights in April with Pirog, Geale, and Andy Lee.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-65-65)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rumor has it that he’s started negotiating with Golovkin again, but Golovkin denies these rumors.
6) Martin Murray (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray rejected a fight with Andy Lee, thinking the offer was too low.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-34-52)
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 (8-78-78)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has a mandatory obligation with Bursak, but apparently is interested in fighting Sturm on April 13 first.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (8-337-337)
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 (8-42-52)
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 (8-52)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine has an offer in hand to fight Austin Trout, but also says he’s willing to rematch Geale.
12) Osumanu Adama (8-44)
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 (6-52)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
14) Max Bursak (6-52)
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 (6-52)
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 (6-32)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin is currently Sturm’s mandatory, and has denied rumors that he’s re-opened negotiations with N’Jikam.
17) Nobuhiro Ishida (6-42)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. JMW #15? Paul Williams (at JMW)
Ishida will fight Paul Williams in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 18, apparently at 154.
18) Demetrius Andrade (8-23)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/10/2012- vs. Derek Ennis (UNR)
Andrade will fight Derek Ennis on the February 10 iteration of Friday Night Fights.
19) Darren Barker (8-15)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Billi Godoy (8-14)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: One-loss Mexican prospect Marcos Reyes takes on weak journeyman and fellow Chihuahua native Isaac Mendez.  For those among you that are fans of the show Heroes, let me just say that if Isaac Mendez can paint the future, he has probably already painted a picture of himself losing the fight.  Just three months ago, Mendez made junior welterweight, and was knocked out in just 3 rounds by a mid-range prospect there.

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