Middleweight: 2012, Oct 15-21

In a bit of an upset, untested one-loss prospect Sanosuke Sasaki knocked out gatekeeper Tadashi Yuba in Tokyo to win the Japanese title (though certainly Fuchigami and Ishida would supersede him).  Sasaki has a bad loss early in his career- which incidentally wasn’t all that long ago- a 4-round decision to a 3-3 fighter.


On Friday, former Champion Jermain Taylor fought a short, pudgy journeyman in Raul Munoz that wasn’t even in the vicinity of the ballpark of even a diminished version of Taylor.  Munoz was brutally knocked out in the second round after being dropped twice in the first.  I was ringside, and I must say that Munoz made Jessie Nicklow look like Sergio Martinez.


Also on Friday, the aforementioned Makoto Fuchigami beat Filipino journeyman Marlon Alta for 6 rounds, whereupon Alta surrendered on his stool in Tokyo.    And later in the night, twice-tarnished prospect David Lemieux wasted no time in dismissing a challenge from somewhat credible Mexican prospect Alvaro Gaona in Montreal, putting Gaona down for the count toward the end of the opening round.


Finally, Ghanaian gatekeeper Ossie Duran shut out American journeyman Joshua Snyder in just a 6-round outing.


No changes to the rankings this week.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (131-131-131)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Summary of the latest news: Sergio will have knee surgery on November 12, and hopes to return in April or May.  He is interested in a rematch with Chavez if Chavez takes Olympic-style drug tests, and is also interested in Mayweather and Canelo, but not interested in Golovkin.
1) Daniel Geale (69-174-174)
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 (7-474-474)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin says he’d like to fight Sturm.
3) Gennady Golovkin (7-7-70)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
With Sergio uninterested in a fight with him, Golovkin learned recently that HBO is interested in a 4-man elimination tournament of middleweight contenders to include him, Geale, Macklin, and Pirog. 
4) Matthew Macklin (5-69-160)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s name is among those being mentioned for a possible HBO tournament to include himself, Golovkin, Geale, and Pirog.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-72-90)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez tested positive for marijuana for his fight with Martinez, and is likely to be suspended.  That won’t affect his rating here at all because he lost anyway, and because it’s not a performance enhancer.  The suspension is likely to last about 6 months, and Sergio recently stated that he wants Olympic testing as a precondition to a rematch.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (37-103-103)
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 (24-116-116)
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 (7-79-79)
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 (7-46-46)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Murray will return on 11/24, and will be fighting for an “interim title”  against untested but undefeated prospect Jorge Navarro.
10) Anthony Mundine (7-37-90)
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 (7-35)
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 (7-90)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD4 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Osumanu Adama (7-82)
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 (21-90)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (21-90)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Martin Murray declined the opportunity, the EBU has ordered a fight between Bursak and Julien Marie Sainte for the European title.  I’m not honestly sure what Sainte in particular ever did to deserve that, but oh well.
16) Demetrius Andrade (21-61)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Darren Barker (21-53)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has now been inactive for right at around a year, but he has had multiple apparently legitimate injuries and at least one surgery, so I’ll give him some extra time before removing him.
18) Billi Godoy (21-52)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Godoy fights another domestic showdown with journeyman Sergio Sanders, whom he knocked out last February.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (21-33)
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 (21-21)
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: Two significant middleweight fights on tap for Saturday.

In the biggest one, #20 Peter Quillin- a prized Golden Boy prospect- will look to certify himself as a top contender by challenging #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in what might be the best and most well-matched fight on the Garcia-Morales card.  Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, #18 Billi Godoy of Neuquen takes on local journeyman Sergio Sanders.  The two have met before, with Godoy scoring a 5th round knockout of Sanders last February.

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