Middleweight: 2012, Apr 2-8

Gatekeeper Elvin Ayala didn’t look particularly sharp against short-notice replacement opponent Eric Mitchell, but still did plenty enough to win in the Friday Night Fights co-feature with a solid 8-round decision.  Ayala had been scheduled to fight a slightly better journeyman in Hector Camacho, Jr.


No changes to the rankings.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (103-103-103)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chavez vs. Lee, with the winner to fight Sergio appears to be very much in play, while Mayweather apparently still remains on the table.
1) Daniel Geale (41-146-146)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale is looking at possibly fighting Martinez or Pirog next.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (27-51-51)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L*(MD12) vs. Kerry Hope (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa wants a rematch in the worst kind of way, but his cut may keep him out 5-6 months.  Kerry Hope has audaciously suggested that Proksa (who clearly beat him in reality) might need to build to the rematch.
3) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-44-62)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chavez appeared set to fight Martin Murray in June, but visa issued scuttled that matchup.  It now appears that it will be Andy Lee or Vanes Martirosyan in June, instead.  There is also definitely activity toward a September match with Martinez, though negotiations hit a roadblock recently when Chavez refused Olympic drug testing.
4) Matthew Macklin (3-41-132)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin deserves a break after a taxing effort against Martinez.
5) Felix Sturm (9-446-446)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
A few weeks ago, it looked like Sturm would be promoting Zbik’s fight with Proksa.  Now he’s fighting Zbik instead, after Zbik showed his disgust for Sturm by pulling out.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (9-75-75)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2012- vs. #15 Max Bursak
Originally rumored for April 20 in Equatorial Guinea, N’Dam will now fight Bursak in France two weeks later, instead.
7) Martin Murray (9-18-18)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray ran into visa problems (the customs kind, not the credit kind), scuttling a big payday against Chavez.
8) Dmitry Pirog (18-88-88)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
With several options falling through, Pirog now appears to be working on an Ishida fight.
9) Anthony Mundine (5-9-62)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine wants Chavez foremost, but would settle for Trout or Geale.
10) Sam Soliman (5-5-7)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-62)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is reportedly looking at a July fight with Ricardo Mayorga.
12) Osumanu Adama (4-54)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Paul Williams (5-7)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (5-62)
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.
15) Max Bursak (5-62)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2012- vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Bursak will be fighting N’Dam in France on May 4.
16) Gennady Golovkin (5-42)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him, but Sturm has been ordered to defend his belt against him by September.
17) Demetrius Andrade (5-33)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Darren Barker (5-25)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker bowed out of opportunities to fight Murray and Pirog, and now we have a possible reason as he has apparently been injured for a while, needs surgery, and is done until the fall.
19) Billi Godoy (5-24)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Godoy is now set to fight former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir in Neuquen, Argentina on April 13.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (5-5)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. JMW #? Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida might be working on fighting Pirog on May 1.


The Week Ahead: Minnesota’s Andy Kolle – roughly a gatekeeper except that he’s never really kept the gate before- fights busy journeyman Michael Walker in Superior, Wisconsin on Saturday night in the division’s only remotely notable action.

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