Junior Middleweight: 2012, May 21-27

Saturday in Isidro Casanova, Argentina, prospect Guido Pitto had his undefeated record stolen from him by robbery against gatekeeper Mateo Veron, in a rematch of Pitto’s 2010 TKO victory.  In the Argentine scoring system, close rounds are scored 10-9.5.  Applying that system, I had it 99.5-93.5 in favor of Pitto, who was the effective aggressor throughout, and had Veron retreating and throwing defensively off the back foot all night.  Even if I flip all of the close rounds to Veron, Pitto still wins 97-96.  Not one of the judges turned in a fair and competent card.  Carlos Villegas was closest at 97-97.  Arturo Villegas had it by a half-point for Veron at 97.5-97.  The worst card belonged to Ramon Cerdan, who had it 96-95 Veron.  His totals would indicate that he only saw two rounds as close enough for the 9.5 treatment.  Fair enough.  But unless my math is all wrong, that means that he thought that Veron won a minimum of 4 rounds clearly.  That’s an insane position to take, in my opinion.  It’s not out of bounds to give him 4 rounds, but if he did win that many, he just barely scratched them out.


The same night in Belgrade, local undefeated prospect Nikola Stevanovic won an average decision against mid-range Tunisian journeyman Ayoub Nefzi, but probably shouldn’t be blamed too hard for the few rounds he lost, as he fought virtually the entire fight with a headbutt-induced cut.  Maybe it was a problem for him and maybe it wasn’t, but might as well be charitable, right?


In a very very deep division, Pitto’s deserved win isn’t enough to get him even into the top 30.  No changes this week.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (3-64-79)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
It’s looking very likely that Canelo’s 9/15 opponent will be Paul Williams instead of James Kirkland.
2) Carlos Molina (3-46-61)
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.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (9-94-94)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 will give Cory Spinks a rematch on July 28.  K9 won by brutal beatdown last time.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Berto/Ortiz have been mentioned.
5) Miguel Cotto (3-103-103)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (3-46-68)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo, but Vanes- true to form- turned it down.  Lara hopes to return in June, and is considering Mundine and Quintana.  He also says he’d meet Victor Ortiz at a 150-pound catchweight on June 23.
7) James Kirkland (3-29-29)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland appeared to be the frontrunner for Canelo’s 9/15 date, but Paul Williams appears to have superseded him in that respect.
8) Paul Williams (3-14-68)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams is very likely to fight Canelo on 9/15 in Vegas.
9) Alfredo Angulo (3-139-139)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
10) Ryan Rhodes (3-135-135)
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.
11) Gabriel Rosado (3-68)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. #20 Sechew Powel
With just less than a month to go before the fight, Sechew Powell has replaced Joel Julio as Rosado’s opponent.
12) Cory Spinks (3-17)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on July 28.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
13) Austin Trout (3-68)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (3-45)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
15) Brian Rose (3-25)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
In fairness, the British light middleweight scene is extremely thin compared to other divisions, but I can’t say that Rose’s title reign is off to a great start.  He’s defending his title against a second consecutive journeyman that could be called mid-level at best.
16) Shane Mosley (3-3)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Everybody but Mosley appears to know he’s done, but he still has the resume to hold a top 20 ranking.  Let’s hope he retires soon, though.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (3-51)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes has become extremely risk averse since his difficult fight with Roman last June, as he has now turned down an eliminator against Lara.
18) Lukas Konecny (3-41)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO is looking to make Konecny-Baysangurov happen, and has set 6/4 as the deadline for an agreement to avoid purse bids.
19) Carlos Quintana (3-3)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana wants Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore.
20) Sechew Powell (3-114)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2012- vs. #11 Gabriel Rosado
Powell is a semi-short notice replacement for Joel Julio in the NBC Sports-televised bout with Gabriel Rosado.


The Week Ahead: Gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass battles rather unproven one-loss prospect Said El Harrak in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday.

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