Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jun 11-17

No action to report this week, but #14 Shane Mosley made effective his somewhat past-due retirement.  Joining him was #18 Antonio Margarito, who very recently said he expected to fight in July.  Both are  therefore removed, and everyone ranked #15 and below last week moves up, including  #s 19 and 20 Powell and Rose, who each move up 2.  Roberto Garcia claims the #19 spot on the strength of his March victory over Antwone Smith, while Anthony Mundine returns at #20 due to his debatable victory over Rigoberto Alvarez from back in October.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (6-67-82)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Kirkland signed and then immediately withdrew from a fight with Canelo.  Lara, K9, Victor Ortiz, and Trout are now being considered.
2) Carlos Molina (6-49-64)
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 (12-97-97)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 has dropped Don King, and is being considered for a fight with Canelo, though he currently still has a date with Cory Spinks.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (6-6-6)
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.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (6-106-106)
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 (6-49-71)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/30/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Lara will fight fringe contender Freddy Hernandez June 30 on Showtime.
7) James Kirkland (6-32-32)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland bailed almost immediately on a fight he signed with Canelo, and says he plans to return in October or November.
8) Austin Trout (2-2-71)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is among those being considered to tangle with Canelo on 9/15.
9) Alfredo Angulo (2-142-142)
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) Gabriel Rosado (3-3-71)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado still wants Canelo, though Canelo isn’t considering him as an option at present.
11) Ryan Rhodes (2-138)
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.

12) Cory Spinks (2-20)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on June 30.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (3-48)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (1-54)
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.
15) Lukas Konecny (1-44)
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.
16) Carlos Quintana (1-6)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Sechew Powell (1-117)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (1-28)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose’s reign as British Champion hasn’t been the greatest- partly due to limited available opposition, and partly due to his own awful performance against Carslaw.
19) Roberto Garcia (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- W* (UD12) vs. Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Bronco McKart (UNR)
Mundine will be fighting long expired contender Bronco McKart in Vegas in July.

 

The Week Ahead: Saturday in Rome, one-loss local prospect Emanuele Della Rosa takes on undefeated but far less tested Brit Nasser Al Harbi.

 

The same night in Manchester, England, #11 Ryan Rhodes returns to the ring against undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergey Rabchenko in a fight of some importance.

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