Middleweight: 2012, Jun 4-10

#20 Peter Quillin won a fairly average decision over former Junior Middleweight Champion Winky Wright on Saturday.  Boxrec’s rating system places Wright squarely in the category of journeyman.  My sense is that Wright is a bit better than that, but the truth is that he has not won a fight in 5 1/2 years, and so it probably would be a mistake to improve Quillin’s rating based on beating him.  Accordingly, no changes this week.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (112-112-112)
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.  Recent news indicates that the contract is non-binding, but would lead to Chavez being stripped of his alphabet title if he dishonors it.  It also provides that if Lee wins, that fight would be in Argentina.
1) Daniel Geale (50-155-155)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #3 Felix Sturm
With the Pirog fight falling through, Geale didn’t ease up a bit, scheduling a fight with #3 Felix Sturm in Germany.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (36-60-60)
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.
3) Felix Sturm (8-455-455)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Sturm will have a chance to gain back his old luster against the division’s #1 contender.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-53-71)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. SMW #11 Andy Lee
See Martinez’ notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (8-50-141)
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 (18-84-84)
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 (5-97-97)
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 (5-27-27)
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 (14-18-71)
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 (14-14-16)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (13-71)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: 6/9/2012- vs. Jorge Cota (UNR)
Rubio is set to fight undefeated prospect Jorge Cota in Mexico on June 9.
12) Osumanu Adama (13-63)
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 (2-51)
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 (2-71)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (2-71)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (2-42)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (2-34)
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.
18) Billi Godoy (2-33)
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 (2-14)
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 (2-2)
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: Several likely one-sided matchups on tap for this weekend.  Friday in Montreal, once heralded prospect David Lemieux once again looks to right the ship against low-level Mexican journeyman Jaudiel Zepeda after losing his last two fights. 


The same night in Culiacan, Mexico, normally junior middleweight fringe contender Saul Roman takes on journeyman Alfredo Contreras.


The action stays south of the border on Saturday, as two notable Mexican fighters see action in Chihuahua.   #11 Marco Antonio Rubio fights somewhat unproven prospect Jorge Cota, while one-loss prospect Marcos Reyes fights journeyman Octavio Castro on the undercard.

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