Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jul 23-29

Monday in Ballingao, The Phillipines, gatekeeper Mark Melligen stopped awful journeyman Dondon Lapuz in the first round of a fight that was a total waste of time from the moment it was signed.


Saturday in Tijuana, one-loss prospect Omar Chavez- the youngest son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez- looked for revenge against the only man to beat him.  That man is Jorge Paez, Jr.- the son, of course, of Mexican legend Jorge Paez.  The first 6 rounds could all have gone either way.  It was razor thin.  Paez had the effective aggression and ringe generalship on lock, keeping Chavez’s back to the ropes for the most part.  But Chavez made the judges’ job difficult by often appearing to land the better shots out of that disadvantageous position.  Paez seemed to fade a bit in the last few rounds, as Chavez began backing him up.  I had it 96-94 Chavez.  The judges had it unanimously 96-94 the other way.  I can’t really argue with that score, considering the nature of the first half of the fight.  I am surprised that all the judges reached the same conclusion, though.


For those of you who, like me, secretly thought that Javier Maciel might turn out to be an under-the-radar world-class junior middleweight after giving Dmitry Pirog all kinds of trouble at 160, here’s a bit of evidence to the contrary.  Maciel challenged Mateo Veron for the Argentine title Saturday in Escobar, and while he pulled out an otherwise toss-up fight with a much-needed knockdown in the final round, he was far from impressive given his Argentine/South American-level opponent.  Veron came in with the national title, but should have lost that title in his last fight against Guido Pitto, who clearly beat him.  He was no world-beater.  I had the fight 97-95 (applying the Argentine half-point scoring system).  The official judges all had it in a similar range of between 3 points to a half-point.  Maciel could have won a razor-thin split decision simply by winning the last round, but needed the knockdown to make it unanimous.


Maciel, Chavez, and Paez all managed to put themselves on the map to one extent or another, but none did anywhere near enough to claim a ranking in this tough division. 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (12-73-88)
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 (12-55-70)
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 (18-103-103)
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. (12-12-12)
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 (12-112-112)
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 (12-55-77)
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 (12-38-38)
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 (8-8-77)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Alfredo Angulo (8-148-148)
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 (9-9-77)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Cory Spinks (6-26)
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 (6-6)
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 (9-54)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (7-60)
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 (7-50)
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 (7-12)
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 (6-144)
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 (6-123)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Brian Rose (6-34)
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 (6-7)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: Atlanta plays host to an interesting little fight between Oklahoma gatekeeper Grady Brewer and gatekeeper-like journeyman Giorbis Barthelemy of Miami by way of Cuba.  Both men are getting up there in age, and both are coming off losses in their last significant fights.

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