Super Middleweight: 2012, Nov 12-18

Khoren Gevor’s run of bad luck continued on Monday, but the source of that bad luck, for once, was his opponent’s hands rather than those of the judges or the referee.  One-loss Russian prospect Maxim Vlasov, by all accounts, comfortably defeated Gevor, controlling range effectively.  I haven’t even seen any evidence of Gevor running amok after the decision, so it must have been legit.

 

Liverpool’s Paul Smith returned to action for the first time since his year-old loss to George Groves, stopping very weak 4-12 opponent Tommy Tolan on Friday.

 

#6 Thomas Oosthuizen dominated Colombian fringe contender Fulgencio Zuniga for a wide decision on Saturday in South Africa. 

 

Meanwhile, fringe contendering Ukranian prospect Stas Kashtanov can barely catch a break, as he is one of few fighters that judges seem totally willing to rob in his own hometown.  Kashtanov won what should have been a comfortable decision- somewhere between 118-110 (my score) and 116-112.  Thai judge Chalerm Prayadsab had it just right at 118-110.  Frenchman Jean-Francois Toupin gave Kashtanov’s opponent, undefeated Server Yemurlayev from the same town, every benefit of the doubt and then some at 116-113 (I hate even rounds).  But taking the cake was Juan Manuel Garcia Reyes, who for some reason is still getting imported from Spain to judge fights despite turning in an atrocious scorecard in Hassan N’Dam vs. Giovanni Lorenzo of 119-109, in a fight that could have gone either way and was defninitely no wider than 116-111 for N’Dam.  He had this fight 115-113 in favor of Yemurlayev.  He should never get to judge again.  Let’s be honest.  He’s just terrible.

 

Oosthuizen fails to advance past #5 Robert Stieglitz.  Although Oosthuizen has done more quality work in the ring over the last couple years, Stieglitz manages to fend him off largely due to his two top-10 wins to Oosthuizen’s one.  Kashtanov and Smith weren’t in against credible enough opposition to enter the rankings, but Vlasov’s win over an always-tough Gevor does propel him, as he debuts at #19, forcing Edwin Rodriguez to #20 and bouncing Dyah Davis after 5 weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (48-182-182)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Both camps comfirm talks for a February 23 HBO fight with Pavlik.
1) Carl Froch (25-335-335)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
After the negotiations initially appeared to have failed, Froch eventually secured a fight with Yusaf Mack, afterall.
2) Arthur Abraham (12-160-160)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (12-414-414)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (12-344-344)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Bute struggled a fair amount in his win over Grachev, and now presumably will have to deal with Froch for a second time.
5) Robert Stieglitz (12-168-168)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (12-76-124)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen missed weight initially but managed to sweat it off to fight Zuniga.  He has reportedly been working on a potential deal to fight Gennady Golovkin since before that fight.
7) Adonis Stevenson (5-49-49)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a fight coming up soon with Yusaf Mack, and a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (5-19-19)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik’s team is currently negotiating a February 23 title shot against Ward on HBO.
9) Sakio Bika (16-48-293)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (16-16-30)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (19-88)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (16-50)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
13) Will Rosinsky (16-22)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (16-53)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. #18 James DeGale
Ndiaye will apparently be fighting James DeGale on December 8 in England.
15) Dimitri Sartison (16-124)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (6-71)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Gonzales will return from 10-month layoff in Calgary this December.  No opponent yet, but since it’s taking place in a nightclub, I can only assume it won’t be anyone spectacular.  The fight has already been bumped back once from a November date.
17) George Groves (5-18)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Glen Johnson (UNR)
Groves’s December 15 opponent turned out to be kind of a surprise: former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson.  Johnson retired just a few months ago, but evidently isn’t ready to keep them hung up yet.  This could be an interesting crossroads fight.
18) James DeGale (5-57)
Last Fight: 10/13/2012- UD12* Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. #14 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
DeGale appears set for a better-than-expected fight on December 8, when he fights #14 Ndiaye.
19) Maxim Vlasov (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD10 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edwin Rodriguez (1-16)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez is now fighting with Andre Ward………for a chance to fight Kelly Pavlik next.  Just keeping you on your toes.

 

The Week Ahead: #1 Carl Froch battles light heavyweight #11 Yusaf Mack in Nottingham in what is supposed to be a set up for the Bute rematch.

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