Middleweight: 2012, Apr 30- May 6

No action in the division last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (107-107-107)
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 (45-150-150)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Geale will fight Pirog in Washington, D.C. in late August.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (31-55-55)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L*(MD12) vs. Kerry Hope (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa and Hope are exploring the possibility of what should be an unnecessary rematch on July 7.
3) Felix Sturm (3-450-450)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With new life in his career, Sturm says now that he’d be open to fighting Pirog next, and that he’s looking to fight again in August.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-48-66)
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.
5) Matthew Macklin (3-45-136)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin deserves a break after a taxing effort against Martinez.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (13-79-79)
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 (13-22-22)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Murray is scheduled for a June 16 return in Manchester.  He was originally scheduled to fight on that very date against Chavez before visa issues scuttled that one.
8) Dmitry Pirog (22-92-92)
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, and he’s already scheduled to fight Geale in August, as well.
9) Anthony Mundine (9-13-66)
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 (9-9-11)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (8-66)
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 (8-58)
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 (9-11)
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 (9-66)
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 (9-66)
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 (9-46)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/12/2012- vs. Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Golovkin, frustrated at the moment in his quest to get big fights, will fight Japanese fringe contender Makoto Fuchigami on May 12 in the Ukraine.
17) Demetrius Andrade (9-37)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
In a late-breaking development, Andrade will fight very mediocre Chicago journeyman Rudy Cisneros as the main event of ESPN2’s dubious answer to Cotto-Mayweather.
18) Darren Barker (9-29)
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 (9-28)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy needs a lot of improvement if he’s going to fight his relative peers in the rankings.  He had more than a little trouble with crude and old Carlos Baldomir.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (9-9)
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 quarter of the top 20 contenders are in action this week in 3 fights.

 

Tuesday, #8 Dmitry Pirog faces off with #20 Nobuhiro Ishida in Moscow. 

 

Friday, #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam battles #15 Max Bursak in France.

 

Saturday, #17 Demetrius Andrade gets a soft touch against journeyman Rudy Cisneros on ESPN2 from the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

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