Middleweight: 2012, Apr 9-15

Gatekeeper-level Minnesotan Andy Kolle won an 8-round decision against frequently recycled journeyman opponent Michael Walker in Superior, Wisconsin, on Saturday.  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 (104-104-104)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sergio has signed a contract to fight the Chavez-Lee winner, with 9/15 being the tentative date.
1) Daniel Geale (42-147-147)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: Unknown
2) Grzegorz Proksa (28-52-52)
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. (4-45-63)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. SMW #11 Andy Lee
Chavez signed 2 deals in one week.  He will fight Andy Lee on June 16 and, if he wins, will progress to challenge for the title, likely on September 15.
4) Matthew Macklin (4-42-133)
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 (10-447-447)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
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 (10-76-76)
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 (10-19-19)
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 (19-89-89)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Pirog will settle for Ishida on May 1 after several other potential opponents fell through.
9) Anthony Mundine (6-10-63)
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 (6-6-8)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-63)
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 (5-55)
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 (6-8)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams is likely to fight on Showtime on June 30, with Joachim Alcine reportedly interested.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (6-63)
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 (6-63)
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 (6-43)
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 (6-34)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Darren Barker (6-26)
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 (6-25)
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 (6-6)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. JMW #? Paul Williams
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Ishida will look to play spoiler again on May 1 in Moscow.

 

The Week Ahead: A busy one on tap.

 

Monday: Japanese fringe contender Makoto Fuchigami fights Korean journeyman Kyung-Suk Kwak in Tokyo.

 

Friday: Cologne, Germany plays host to an interesting match-up between #5 Felix Sturm and fringe contender Sebastian Zbik.  Zbik doesn’t strike me as someone that belongs at the top 5 level, but frankly, in barely and in some ways corruptly squeaking by an even less proven Martin Murray, neither does Sturm anymore.  If more interest is needed, then let it be said that these guys really don’t like each other.

 

Saturday: In Edinburgh, Scotland, fringe prospect Craig McEwan stays busy with Paul Morby, a mere 6-12 fighter.

 

In Miami, prospect Joey Hernandez is in against Shakir Ashanti, who is best known as a punching bag that Cory Spinks worked on for 10 rounds last June.

 

In Mexico City, gatekeeper Saul Roman fights journeyman Richard Gutierrez, while in Arandas, Mexico, undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez fights another journeyman in Jaime Barboza.

 

Finally, in Neuquen, Argentina, undefeated prospect and #19 contender Billi Godoy battles former welterweight champion and current journeyman Carlos Baldomir.

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