Junior Middleweight: 2011, Nov 21-27

On Friday, veteran journeyman Charles Whitaker won a reasonably comfortable 12 round decision over gatekeeper Giorbis Barthelemy in Miami, with scores of 117-111 (x2) and 116-112.  At nearly 38, and with 52 fights under his belt, Whitaker scored the best win of his career and has positioned himself for a possible alphabet title shot.


Saturday in his hometown of Los Mochis, Mexico, undefeated prospect Jorge Cota (who had literally fought nobody in his 10 wins) took a ridiculously huge step up against 115-fight veteran and current gatekeeper Yori Boy Campas.  He proved to be up to the challenge, stopping Campas late in the 8th round despite Campas’ having come in 1.5 pounds over the divisional limit. 


On the same card, gatekeeper Antwone Smith cruised to an 8-round decision win over weak journeyman Yoryi Estrella. 


Cota and Whitaker’s wins both make them relevant in the division, but neither victory by itself is at a top 20 level.  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 (23-38-53)
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 a Mexico Ciy bull ring.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (23-68-68)
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.  He’s also interested in Kirkland.
3) James Kirkland (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his huge upset win over Angulo, Bundrage, Lara, and Ishida have both expressed interest in fighting him, but Kirkland appears to want Carlos Molina.
4) Erislandy Lara (3-20-42)
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 and James Kirkland.
5) Miguel Cotto (20-77-77)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Antonio Margarito
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (20-20-35)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland wants him.
7) Alfredo Angulo (3-113-113)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
8) Prince Arron (3-28-28)
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.
9) Pawel Wolak (3-37-37)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
10) Ryan Rhodes (3-109-109)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Rhodes will move up to middleweight- at least temporarily- to fight journeyman Sergei Khomitski this week.
11) Austin Trout (3-42)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout outclassed and stopped iron-chinned journeyman LoPorto.
12) Sechew Powell (3-88)
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.
13) Gabriel Rosado (3-42)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (3-19)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #9 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
15) Paul Williams (2-42)
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 (2-25)
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 (2-112)
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 (2-15)
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 (2-14)
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 (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- L (UD12) vs. #1 WW Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Big-time rematch with Cotto on the horizon.


The Week Ahead: In the week’s biggest fight at 154, #1 Saul Alvarez takes on nosediving fringe contender Kermit Cintron in Mexico City.  


A ways South in Buenos Aires, 2-loss Argentine prospect Javier Maciel (best known for troubling Dmitry Pirog at middleweight earlier this year) takes on low-level Uruguayan journeyman Nestor Faccio.


#10 Ryan Rhodes will be in action this weekend against good journeyman Sergei Khomitski, but that fight is expected to be contested at Middleweight.

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