Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jan 23-29

#11 Gabriel Rosado put on a hell of a performance in Philadelphia in the co-feature for  the debut of NBC Sports Network’s new “Fight Night” series.  He was fast, powerful, and sharp in general.  Jesus Soto Karass was game and tough as always, but he was badly outgunned, and was stopped in the 5th after a thorough beating in that round and the one before.  I don’t believe it’s possible to look any better over 5 rounds against good competition than Rosado did.


Rosado’s big win- maybe only the 3rd best of his career in terms of level of opposition- bumps him up 2 spots to #9.  He fails to eclipse Ryan Rhodes in a close call because of the fact that Rhodes has beaten a top 10 contender and Rosado has not, as well as the fact that Rosado lost t a low-level opponent in Joshua Onyango nearly 5 years ago.  Austin Trout is forced to #10, while Sechew Powell drops to #11 after 7 weeks in the top 10.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (32-47-62)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo is reportedly considering Kirkland and Shane Mosley for his May 5 date- probably as a co-feature for a Mayweather fight.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (32-77-77)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland, Cotto, and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (8-86-86)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: Unknown
The prevailing rumor is that Cotto will fight Pacquiao in a rematch on June 9 in Vegas, but Cotto maintains that no deal has been reached.
5) Erislandy Lara (8-29-51)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 2/11/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
After challenging a bunch of bigger names, Lara will take a tune-up on February 11 against journeyman Ronald Hearns.
6) Carlos Molina (29-29-44)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Alfredo Angulo (12-122-122)
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 (8-118-118)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenk0 (UNR)
Rhodes will fight undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergei Rabchenko on March 24 in Sheffield, England for a European title.
9) Gabriel Rosado (1-1-51)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado looks like a really strong contender after demolishing a game and durable Soto Karass.  He wants Canelo next.

10) Austin Trout (1-8-51)

Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
11) Sechew Powell (1-97)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 1/28/2012- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Powell will fight Cory Spinks in Springfield, Missouri on January 28.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (8-28)
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 (7-51)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Williams-Ishida is set for February 18 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
14) Brian Rose (7-8)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (7-34)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. Troy Lowry (UNR)
Martirosyan makes another peculiar career move by fighting lower-mid-level journeyman Troy Lowry on the Chavez-Rubio undercard in San Antonio on February 4.
16) Yuri Foreman (7-121)
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 (7-24)
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 (7-23)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/24/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Latimore has signed with Mayweather Promotions, and has a fight set up for February 24 on ShoBox from Vegas.  No opponent yet.
19) Antonio Margarito (7-11)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June.
20) Prince Arron (7-7)
Last Fight: L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/24/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arron is back in action on February 24 in an 8-rounder.


The Week Ahead:  Thursday: Gatekeeper Grady Brewer is right back at it after a not-so-good loss a shade over a month ago.  He’ll take on what should be a weak challenge in mediocre journeyman Edvan Dos Santos Barros of Brazil, in Brewer’s home base of Oklahoma City.


Saturday- #11 Sechew Powell battles Cory Spinks in Springfield, MO for a shot at a Cornelius Bundrage rematch.

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