Junior Middleweight: 2011, Oct 24-30

#10 Middleweight Anthony Mundine took on Mexican fringe contender Rigoberto Alvarez in Australia this week.  The judges were extremely biased I think, but nowhere near as biased as the Australian commentators.  Mundine backed up and flicked a jab.  His jab was fast, but it wasn’t particularly powerful.  He mixed in a lead right hand about once a round, but did little or no body work.  Alvarez had trouble getting to Mundine due to the extreme gap in athleticism, but he did some thudding body work especially, and was the clear aggressor for just about every round.  To listen to the atrocious commentary on Australia’s Main Event Boxing, you’d think Mundine was giving him the beating of a lifetime in every single round.  The lazy bums scored it 120-108 for Mundine.  In my estimation, fair scores ranged between 116-112 Mundine and 118-110 Alvarez.  One judge- Jean-Francois Toupin, had it at a fairly reasonable 115-113 for Mundine.  The other two- Ray Reed and Tony Maretta- had unfair scores of 117-111 Mundine.  With a Mundine win being wrong but reasonable in my opinion, I give the basic result minimum deference, treating it as a draw with a slight edge to Mundine.

 

Several hours later in New Town, South Dakota, Minnesotan Andy Kolle dropped down from middleweight to destroy low-level journeyman James Wayka in just a half-round.

 

If Mundine had won the fight clean, he probably would have earned a ranking.  As it is, he and Alvarez are both just outside the list.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (19-34-49)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO6 Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Canelo will look to take advantage of apparently shot fringe contender Kermit Cintron on November 26 in Cancun or Merida, Mexico.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (19-64-64)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that K9 may fight Latimore on New Year’s Eve.
3) Erislandy Lara (16-16-38)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
With most of the big names at 154 apparently not all that excited about fighting him, Lara recently challenged Dmitry Pirog at middleweight.  He’s also interested in Austin Trout.
4) Alfredo Angulo (16-109-109)
Last Fight: 8/20/2011- KO1 Joe Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2012- vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
After several weeks of speculation, it’s now set: Angulo will face James Kirkland on November 5 in Cancun, in what appears to be an eliminator for a fight with Canelo.
5) Miguel Cotto (16-73-73)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Antonio Margarito (UNR)
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (16-16-31)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones. 
7) Prince Arron (15-24-24)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Arron takes on one-loss and still relatively untested prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England in early December.
8) Pawel Wolak (15-33-33)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
9) Ryan Rhodes (15-105-105)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a solid resume and remains in the top 10.
10) Austin Trout (20-20-38)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/11/2012- vs. Frank LaPorto (UNR)
Trout was briefly set to fight Yuki Nonaka, but a hand injury has led to the essentially lateral move to another solid journeyman in Australia’s Frank LoPorto.  The fight will be televised on ShoBox.
11) Sechew Powell (20-84)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
After Latimore turned down an eliminator for a Bundrage shot, Powell will instead be taking on Cory Spinks for that honor, it would appear.  The fight may land on the Mares-Agbeko undercard on December 3.
12) Gabriel Rosado (20-38)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (15-15)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #8 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
14) Manny Pacquiao (15-38)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (15-38)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (6-21)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
After turning down Angulo, Vanes is set to fight gatekeeper Richard Gutierrez in Thackerville, OK on October 29.
17) Yuri Foreman (6-108)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
18) Lukas Konecny (6-11)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Dzinziruk sidelined with an injury, the WBO is set to order a fight between Konecny and Zaurbek Baysangurov.
19) Deandre Latimore (6-10)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore may be fighting Bundrage on New Year’s Eve on a Showtime broadcast.
20) Antonio Margarito (6-6)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- L(UD12) vs. #1 WW Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Re-match with Miguel Cotto on the horizon.

 

The Week Ahead:  #16 Vanes Martirosyan fights journeyman Richard Gutierrez in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday.

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