Middleweight: 2012, Jul 16-22

A couple notable fighters won their stay-busy fights on Saturday in Vegas.  #9 Anthony Mundine dropped journeyman Bronco McKart twice in the 7th en route to a stoppage victory in that round.  Meanwhile, blocks away, Dominican fringe contender Fernando Guerrero took a dominant 10-round decision over Mexican journeyman Jose Medina.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (118-118-118)
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 (56-161-161)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Geale-Sturm now has a confirmed date of 9/1.
2) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-59-77)
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 (5-66-66)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO8 Kerry Hope (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa set the record straight by stopping Hope after he was robbed against him in their first meeting.  Moving on.
4) Felix Sturm (5-461-461)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (14-56-147)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Macklin will fight the resurgent Joachim Alcine on the Martinez-Chavez undercard.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (24-90-90)
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 (11-103-103)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Martin Murray (11-33-33)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Anthony Mundine (20-24-77)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine talks a lot, but if TKOing Bronco McKart is how he backs that up, I’m getting ear plugs.
10) Sam Soliman (20-20-22)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (19-77)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 Jorge Cota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is evidently being considered to fight Quillin on 9/8.
12) Osumanu Adama (19-69)
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 (8-57)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin finally got a big name to fight him, but that big name- Dmitry Pirog- quickly came down with a back injury.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (8-77)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (8-77)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. Sergei Melis (UNR)
Bursak will fight Estonian journeyman Sergei Melis this Saturday.  I guess somebody had to.
16) Demetrius Andrade (8-48)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (8-40)
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 (8-39)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy went life and death with solid journeyman Heiland.  He’s going to have to do better than that when he fights legitimate top 50 opposition, or his time in the top 20 will be very short.  Hell of a fight, though.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (8-20)
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 (8-8)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. #11 Marco Antonio Rubio
Quillin is set to return on September 8, and might be fighting Rubio.

 

The Week Ahead: #15 Max Bursak will fight Estonian journeyman Sergei Melis in Odessa, Ukraine.

 

Later that night in Connecticut, gatekeeper Elvin Ayala takes on journeyman John Mackey.

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