Junior Middleweight: 2011, Dec 12-18

No action to report from last week, but Pawel Wolak announced his retirement following two bruising encounters with Delvin Rodriguez.  With his departure, everybody ranked #14 and below last week advances, and Prince Arron returns to the rankings after just a week out, but he’s still a far cry from the #8 spot he held 2 weeks ago.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (26-41-56)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants to fight Mayweather in May, or may fight Kirkland next.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (26-71-71)
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 and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 1/28/2012- vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland will be fighting Carlos Molina on HBO in late January.
4) Miguel Cotto (2-80-80)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto’s options for his next fight include Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr, Sergio Martinez, Mayweather, and Canelo, but we know he won’t get Sergio until at least the summer.
5) Erislandy Lara (2-23-45)
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, Sergio Martinez, and James Kirkland.
6) Carlos Molina (23-23-38)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 1/28/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
Another big opportunity for Molina, as he gets Kirkland in late January.
7) Alfredo Angulo (6-116-116)
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) Ryan Rhodes (2-112-112)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes wants a shot at Bundrage.
9) Austin Trout (2-2-45)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
10) Sechew Powell (2-2-91)
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.
11) Gabriel Rosado (2-45)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (2-22)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
There appears to be a decent shot that Rodriguez will be fighting Trout next.
13) Paul Williams (1-45)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams will likely fight Ishida in January.
14) Brian Rose (1-2)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: Unknown
Don’t let the SD fool you.  Rose easily beat Arron.  But his prior loss to Max Maxwell keeps him from obtaining too lofty a ranking.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-28)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
16) Yuri Foreman (1-115)
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.
17) Lukas Konecny (1-18)
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.
18) Deandre Latimore (1-17)
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.
19) Antonio Margarito (1-5)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Margarito wants a trilogy fight with Cotto in Mexico City.  Fat chance.  He reportedly has no plans to retire.
20) Prince Arron (1-1)
Last Fight: L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s poor performance against a huge underdog in Rose has left him needing a big comeback to become relevant on the European- let alone world- scene again.


The Week Ahead: A second slow week in a row.

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