Middleweight: 2012, Mar 26- Apr 1

No fights to report last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (102-102-102)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
The Champ already has September 15 set aside for his next fight.  He’s hoping for Chavez, but is also cultivating Geale as a backup plan.  Mundine, Lee, Kirkland, and Mayweather have all been floated under various scenarios, as well.
1) Daniel Geale (40-145-145)
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 (26-50-50)
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. (2-43-61)
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 (2-40-131)
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 (8-445-445)
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 (8-74-74)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam will probably fight Bursak on April 20 in Equatorial Guinea.
7) Martin Murray (8-17-17)
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 (17-87-87)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bouncing back relatively quickly from a shoulder injury, Pirog has now reserved a May 1 date in Moscow.  Bursak was rumored, but it appears Darren Barker really was the guy, until it was revealed that Barker’s been injured all along.
9) Anthony Mundine (4-8-61)
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 (4-4-6)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-61)
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 (3-53)
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 (4-6)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (4-61)
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 (4-61)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Pirog and N’Dam are competing for a chance to fight him next.  It now looks like N’Dam might be winning those sweepstakes, as a fight with N’Dam is now heavily rumored for April 20 in Equatorial Guinea.
16) Gennady Golovkin (4-41)
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 (4-32)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Darren Barker (4-24)
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 (4-23)
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 (4-4)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. JMW #? Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown

 

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