Middleweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

Argentine champion, local favorite, and #18 Contender Billi Godoy defended his Argentine title with a see-saw, life and death struggle against solid journeyman Jorge Heiland.  Godoy got off to a fast start dropping Heiland in the first and most likely sweeping the first 4 rounds.  Heiland clearly took the 5th, but Godoy got back to work and nabbed the 6th just as clearly.  But the fight turned on a dime in the 7th, when southpaw Heiland suddenly dropped and badly hurt Godoy with a big straight left hand in the closing seconds.  Godoy then lost the 8th while trying to get himself back together, which he seemed to have accomplished by the 9th, which was a toss-up that I thought Heiland nicked.  Godoy most likely won the 10th as Heiland appeared to be tiring.  He was well on his way to winning the 11th until he got tagged and rocked with a devastating combination that had him wobbling in the center of the ring as the bell rang to end the round.  On my card (and apparently one of the 3 judges, as well) that left Godoy with just a one-point lead going into the final round.  But he took it home.  His desire and conditioning to be able to throw with bad intentions while his opponent was clearly starting to fade was quite impressive, though I’m not sure I can say his overall performance was.  If nothing else, he’s apparently a very entertaining fighter.  I think he may ultimately prove to be out of his depth among his top 20 peers, though.  Time will tell.

 

#3 Grzegorz Proksa stopped Welshman Kerry Hope in the rematch of his robbery loss to Hope from the Spring.  Hopefully Proksa can move on with his career now more or less as if the whole episode hadn’t happened.

 

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 (117-117-117)
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 (55-160-160)
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. (4-58-76)
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 (4-65-65)
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 (4-460-460)
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 (13-55-146)
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 (23-89-89)
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 (10-102-102)
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 (10-32-32)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Anthony Mundine (19-23-76)
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 (19-19-21)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (18-76)
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 (18-68)
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 (7-56)
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 (7-76)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (7-76)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (7-47)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (7-39)
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 (7-38)
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 (7-19)
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 (7-7)
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: Two notables in action on separate cards in Las Vegas this Saturday.  On one- televised by WealthTV if you’re one of the 5 people in America that get that station- #9 Anthony Mundine takes on most likely washed-up former contender Bronco McKart, who is 41 and a journeyman at present.

 

Dominican fringe contender/prospect Fernando Guerrero will battle Mexican journeyman Jose Medina on the other card.

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