Junior Middleweight: 2012, Apr 16-22

One-loss prospect Joey Hernandez unexpectedly came in as a super middleweight and made short work of his middleweight opponent in Miami, stopping Shakir Ashanti in just under a round.  No changes.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (4-41-56)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
2) Saul Alvarez (4-59-74)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (4-89-89)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
4) Miguel Cotto (20-98-98)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (20-41-63)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
The Hearns fight has been rescehduled for April 20.  Molina would like a rematch, too.
6) James Kirkland (4-24-24)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even after his unimpressive performance against Molina (or perhaps in part because of it), Lara still wants to fight him.
7) Paul Williams (9-9-63)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (9-134-134)
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.
9) Ryan Rhodes (9-130-130)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
10) Gabriel Rosado (9-13-63)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (9-12)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (9-63)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Two rumors: vs. Dzinziruk on HBO on August 25, and vs. Delvin Rodriguez on 6/2, Showtime.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (9-40)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
See Trout’s notes, above.
14) Brian Rose (19-20)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose expects to be back before Summer.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (19-46)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andy Lee has won the Chavez sweepstakes for 6/16, leaving Vanes looking for another fight.
16) Lukas Konecny (5-36)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Sechew Powell (5-109)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (5-23)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Margarito is looking to return either 6/2 or 9/15.  Roberto Garcia recently called him out.
19) Prince Arron (5-8)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron has a new trainer and says he’s moving up to middleweight.
20) Anthony Mundine (5-5)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The much larger Danny Green is gunning for a rematch.


The Week Ahead: Friday: Gatekeeper Mateo Veron looks to avenge a 2010 loss to journeyman Guido Pitto in San Martin, Argentina.  Meanwhile in Biloxi, Mississippi, #5 Erislandy Lara finally gets his somewhat pointless fight with journeyman Ronald Hearns out of the way.


Saturday, undefeated Polish prospect Damian Jonak takes on mid-range Brazilian journeyman Anderson Clayton in Zabrze, Poland.

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