Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jul 16-22

Nothing to report from last week.
Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (11-72-87)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. WW#? Josesito Lopez
Canelo will presumably be paying well for the privilege of making Josesito Lopez- a natural 140 pounder- move up to 154 after he made his bones at 147 with a shocking upset of would-be Alvarez opponent Victor Ortiz.
2) Carlos Molina (11-54-69)
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 (17-102-102)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
After removing whatever irrational doubt may have existed by dispatching Cory Spinks for a second time, Bundrage is hoping to secure a fight with Canelo.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (11-11-11)
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 Ortiz have been mentioned.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (11-111-111)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto will likely fight at MSG on December 1, and he’s said it may be at 160.
6) Erislandy Lara (11-54-76)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Martirosyan originally turned down a shot at Lara, it now looks like that fight will indeed happen.  Vanes says he’s all-in for it now after Canelo went elsewhere, and a purse bid is scheduled for July 27.  The fight would serve as an eliminator for a Canelo shot.
7) James Kirkland (11-37-37)
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 (7-7-76)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Alfredo Angulo (7-147-147)
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 (8-8-76)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Cory Spinks (5-25)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (5-5)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is likely to defend his European title against France’s Cedric Vitu in his next fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (8-53)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (6-59)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan took the night off after his unworthy opponent Ryan Davis failed the pre-fight physical, and now has agreed to fight Lara- a fight he had previously turned down.  Purse bids are scheduled for 7/27.
15) Lukas Konecny (6-49)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny-Baysangurov will finally happen- October 27 in Kiev.
16) Carlos Quintana (6-11)
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) Ryan Rhodes (5-143)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L (TKO7) vs. Sergey Rabchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes says he has no plans to retire after losing to Rabchenko.
18) Sechew Powell (5-122)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Brian Rose (5-33)
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.
20) Roberto Garcia (5-6)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: Three notable fights to report from around the world this week.  Monday in Baliangao in the Phillipines, local gatekeeper Mark Melligen moves up from welterweight (give or take) against awful opponent Dondon Lapuz.  He may need this kind of break after the beating he took against Argentine Sebastian Lujan last time around.


Speaking of Argentina, two of that countries top 154-pounders square off in the town of Escobar on Friday.  Javier Maciel is best known for moving up to middleweight and often outboxing the very hot Dmitry Pirog in the spring of 2011.  But we have no way of knowing whether that’s a fluke at this point, since he has not stepped up since then, and hadn’t really proven himself before the Pirog fight, either.  Mateo Veron was the undeserving recipient of a majority decision robbery win in his last fight against domestic rival Guido Pitto.  Maciel is a bigger name on the international scene, but neither man has really proven himself beyond the domestic level.  The winner will lay an arguable claim to the status of best Argentine junior middleweight.


Saturday in Tijuana, the sons of two Mexican legends square off, as Jorge Paez, Jr. battles the younger, smaller, and less-proven of Julio Cesar Chavez’s sons, Omar.  Chavez might have the more accomplished father, and has only one loss to Paez’s four.   But Chavez’s lone loss came against none other than Paez, by majority decision back in December.  Paez has also beaten the better competition overall thus far in his career than has Chavez.  The winner of this fight will be a clear top 50 fighter in the division and can begin to step out of his father’s (or father and brother’s, in Chavez’s case) shadow, while the loser will have a long way to go to avoid being thought of as anything more than the mediocre son of a legend.

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