Middleweight: 2012, Jun 18-24

#4 Julio Cesar Chavez showed extremely heavy hands and tenacity against Super Middleweight #10 Andy Lee, who was game and active, but simply couldn’t keep Chavez off of him.  It was like a bull versus a matador in a ring that was just a bit too small to give the matador a chance.  Lee gave everything he had, but couldn’t hurt his man and got quickly worn down and stopped in the 7th.  Lee made the 160 pound limit for only the 2nd time in the last 4 years, and his major victories are all technically at super middleweight.  As a result, there’s nothing to rate him on here despite his now being active at 160.


Earlier that same night in Manchester, #8 Martin Murray won what looks to have been a pretty average 10 round decision over French journeyman Karim Achour.


In Playa del Carmen, Mexico, undefeated Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez stopped journeyman Isaac Mendez, who was a late replacement for J.C. Candelo, in round 8.  I’m certain that Mendez saw that coming, as we all know from the TV show “Heroes” that he can paint the future.


And finally, and again earlier in the night, Domenico Spada of Rome just managed to edge out Polish journeyman Mariusz Cendrowski for the silly color-coded alphabet belt that Avtandil Khurtsidze appears to have vacated for some reason or another.


Chavez, who I believed at one time not all that long ago was a complete pretender, claws his way up the rankings all the way to #2.  To be honest, he was pretty close to eclipsing Geale, as well.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (114-114-114)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #2 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Looks like there’s no hitch to the negotiations for Martinez-Chavez, and it looks like that fight is going forward on 9/15 in Vegas.
1) Daniel Geale (52-157-157)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Geale’s fight with Sturm is definitely on, but the originally-reported 9/1 date is no longer certain, as they are trying to avoid conflicting with Vitali Klitschko’s next fight.
2) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-55-73)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’ notes, above.
3) Grzegorz Proksa (1-62-62)
Last Fight: 5/10/2012- TKO3 Rudolf Varga (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
After his silly exhibition in Budapest, it’s back to business as he rematches journeyman Kerry Hope in July.
4) Felix Sturm (1-457-457)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (10-52-143)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin says he’d like to return in September for a fight in the US.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (20-86-86)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (7-99-99)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that a fight with Golovkin is 90% done.
8) Martin Murray (7-29-29)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Karim Achour (UNR)
Murray’s June 16 opponent will be French journeyman Karim Achour.
9) Anthony Mundine (16-20-73)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Bronco McKart (UNR)
Mundine will fight 41-year-old journeyman and former contender Bronco McKart on July 14 in Vegas.  The fight will be televised by something named WealthTV.
10) Sam Soliman (16-16-18)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (15-73)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. Jorge Cota (UNR)
Rubio’s fight with Cota was postponed until the end of the month at the last minute.
12) Osumanu Adama (15-65)
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) Gennady Golovkin (4-53)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that a fight with Pirog is 90% done.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (4-73)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (4-73)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (4-44)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (4-36)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Barker will return from hip surgery on September 8 in London.  No opponent yet.
18) Billi Godoy (4-35)
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.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (4-16)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin fought adequately but largely unspectacularly in beating an old, inactive Winky Wright.


The Week Ahead: No action at 160 this week.

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