Junior Middleweight: 2011, Oct 31- Nov 6

#16 Vanes Martirosyan won practically a shutout on Saturday over Colombian journeyman Richard Gutierrez.  Gutierrez didn’t give himself a chance to win, as he basically laid back and let Vanes decide when and where to engage for the vast majority of the fight.  Unfortunately for viewers, Martirosyan was all to happy to take breaks by bouncing and dancing around while Gutierrez stood and waiting in the center of the ring.  It wasn’t the most scintillating fight nor the most impressive effort by Martirosyan, but you can’t really argue with the ultimate result.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (20-35-50)
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 (20-65-65)
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 (17-17-39)
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 (17-110-110)
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 (17-74-74)
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 (17-17-32)
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 (16-25-25)
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 (16-34-34)
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 (16-106-106)
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 (21-21-39)
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 (21-85)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
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 was originally rumored for Mares-Agbeko, but looks likely for the Erdei-Cloud New Year’s Eve card, instead.
12) Gabriel Rosado (21-39)
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 (16-16)
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 (16-39)
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 (16-39)
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 (7-22)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo this week, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
17) Yuri Foreman (7-109)
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 (7-12)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
19) Deandre Latimore (7-11)
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 (7-7)
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:  One fight to mention on Friday, and two on Saturday.  One big one.  Friday in Salta, Argentina, fringe contender Luis Abregu tangles with solid journeyman Javier Mamani.

 

Saturday’s headliner features #4 Alfredo Angulo looking to further bury once-unstoppable James Kirkland into the dustbin of history as a failed contender.  Kirkland has fought just two nobodies since his shocking 1st-round stoppage loss to unheralded Nobuhiro Ishida, but will be back with former trainer Ann Wolfe, with whom he enjoyed his greatest success.  If the Ishida fight is any indication, the fight may only last seconds, but it should be fun while it lasts.  That’s from Leon, Mexico.

 

In other Saturday action from Hollywood, Florida, one-loss local prospect Joey Hernandez gets a decent test in borderline top 50 journeyman Elco Garcia.

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