Middleweight: 2012, Sep 10-16

One-loss Mexican prospect Marcos Reyes dodged a bullet in Celaya, Mexico Saturday, barely squeaking by veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia by 1 and 2 points on 2 of the cards, and inexplicably by 8 on the other.  There’s no video of the fight I can find, so I’ll have to take it at face value.  This basically renders it a non-event, as Garcia is not a useful feather in the cap of Reyes at this point in Garcia’s career.  #12 Marco Antonio Rubio fought on the same card, but that fight is treated in the Super Middle update.


No change to the rankings.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (126-126-126)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #4 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 (64-169-169)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
The Klitschkos, who promote Golovkin, are trying to make a fight between him and Geale, while Geale appears to be pining for a fight with fellow Australian Sam Soliman, perhaps before Christmas.
2) Felix Sturm (2-469-469)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
His fight with Geale couldn’t have possibly been closer (I had it a draw), and Geale is the division’s top contender.  That’s how #4 goes to #2 after a loss.
3) Gennady Golovkin (2-2-65)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
After the biggest win of his career, Golovkin is aiming right where he should- high- with his targets being #1 Geale and the Martinez-Chavez winner.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-67-85)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’ notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (22-64-155)
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 (32-98-98)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #20 Peter Quillin
He’ll be fighting a very good matchup with Peter Quillin in October.
7) Dmitry Pirog (19-111-111)
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) Grzegorz Proksa (2-74-74)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (2-41-41)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU has ordered a fight between Murray and gatekeeper Julien Marie Sainte for their vacant European title.  Purse bids are due by September 26.
10) Anthony Mundine (2-32-85)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine recently split with his long-time manager.  Maybe he’s upset that he had to waste time fighting Bronco McKart.
11) Sam Soliman (2-30)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.
12) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-85)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 Jorge Cota (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Rubio is now officially fighting Carlos Baldomir this week, and the fight is rather strangely going to be at 168.
13) Osumanu Adama (2-77)
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.

14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (16-85)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (16-85)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lightning-quick knockout in his recent stay busy fight.  No big deal either way.
16) Demetrius Andrade (16-56)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/20/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Andrade will be fighting on September 20 in Manchester, New Hamphire.  No opponent yet.
17) Darren Barker (16-48)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
What a tough year for Barker.  He was scheduled for a tune-up comeback fight after hip surgery on September 8, but had to pull out with an arm tendon injury.  He won’t be able to train for a month at least. 
18) Billi Godoy (16-47)
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 (16-28)
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 (16-16)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
After originally being rumored for a fight September 8, Quillin will instead attempt a star turn against the highly-ranked Hassan N’Dam in mid-October.


The Week Ahead: We’ve got no less than 5 fights of note to…well…note. 

Friday brings us a nice little appetizer from London, as two pretty good undefeated prospects that have more or less established themselves as top 50 fighters- namely Billy Joe Saunders of England and Jarrod Fletcher of Australia. 


In Bamberg, Germany, fringe prospect Dominik Britsch looks to clear his name after he escaped with a draw that very clearly should have been a loss against journeyman Roberto Santos back in February.  On the same card, undefeated Spanish-born Austrian Marcos Nader fights French journeyman Damien Bertu.


The week’s true blockbuster card, of course, is in Las Vegas later that night.  Sergio Martinez- the division’s dynamic ruler for nearly 2 1/2 years now- will take on #4 Julio Cesar Chavez in one of the biggest money fights possible.  If I have to set the stage for this one, then I should probably start by welcoming you to the sport of boxing.  On the undercard, we find another pretty decent tilt in #5 Matthew Macklin’s battle with resurgent fringe contender Joachim Alcine, who recently proved a slippery stepping stone for once hot prospect David Lemieux.

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