Middleweight: 2012, May 28- Jun 3

Just 6 days after he officially signed to fight Canelo Alvarez, tragedy struck Paul Williams today.  Williams was in a very serious motorcycle crash, and the initial reports are that he is likely paralyzed for life.  I know I speak for all of my readers when I say that our prayers and support are with him.  It is my sad duty to remove him this week.


Now to less significant matters.  Ghanaian gatekeeper Joshua Okine moved up two divisions from welterweight to fight Uruguayan journeyman Rafael Sosa Pintos in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, more-or-less dominating his visitor. 


David Lopez, the junior middleweight fringe contender from Mexico, moved up to middleweight, as well, in his first fight in nearly a year, winning a 10-round decision over countryman and veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia in La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.


Williams’ injuries and removal cause everyone rated #14 and below last week to advance one place, allowing Peter Quillin to debut at #20 just in time for his fight with Winky Wright this Saturday.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (111-111-111)
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 (49-154-154)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #7 Dmitry Pirog
It’s evidently an open question whether the WBO will sanction Geale-Pirog.  Sturm is Geale’s backup plan if that falls through.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (35-59-59)
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 (7-454-454)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Geale’s notes above.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (7-52-70)
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 (7-49-140)
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 (17-83-83)
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 (4-96-96)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
See N’Dam’s notes, above.  Pirog says he’s willing to fight N’Dam anywhere.
8) Martin Murray (4-26-26)
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 (13-17-70)
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 (13-13-15)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (12-70)
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 (12-62)
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 (1-50)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The explosive Golovkin is climbing the rankings slowly but surely, destroying all that stands in his way.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-70)
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 (1-70)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (1-41)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (1-33)
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 (1-32)
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 (1-13)
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 (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Winky Wright (UNR)
Quillin will fight former Champion at 154 Winky Wright this weekend.


The Week Ahead: Newly-minted #20 contender Peter Quillin takes on heavily inactive former Junior Middleweight Champion Winky Wright in Carson, California on Saturday. 

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