Junior Middleweight: 2012, Sep 24-30

Friday in Antwerp, adopted Belgian journeyman Jackson Osei Bonsu won the rematch of his prior win over France-based Haitian gatekeeper Jimmy Colas, dominating Colas to a 12-round decision.

 

Later that night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, #10 Gabriel Rosado took care of business against gatekeeper Charles Whittaker, stopping the veteran in the 10th of a scheduled 12. 

 

Saturday in Buenos Aires, gatekeeper Jorge Heiland came on strong late in his fight with journeyman Mateo Veron to edge out a majority decision win over 8 rounds.  Veron appeared to have too much for him early on, beating Heiland to the punch and getting through with the noticeably heavier shots.  But as Veron tired, Heiland came on, apparently limiting the damage (given the half-point Argentine scoring system) in the 4th and 5th, and begginging to dominate in the 6th.  Down a point on my card going into the final round, Heiland suddenly dropped Veron early in that stanza with a short, wicked head shot that left Veron facedown on the canvas for a good 7 seconds, though he didn’t fight like he was that hurt afterwards, giving about as well as he took for the remainder of the fight.  But the knockdown was enough to earn Heiland a victory on 2 of the 3 cards.  I had him winning by a mere half-point.

 

No changes to the rankings.  After losing to Maciel and deserving to lose to Pitto, I didn’t view Veron as a top 50 fighter going into this weekend, and thus Heiland just kinda held serve, himself barely top 50 at the outset.  Both Colas and Bonsu are and/or were just a step above journeymen themselves, so Bonsu will need another good win or two to really get into the mix.  As for Rosado, his ability to advance past #10 at the moment is handicapped substantially by the fact that he has been destroyed by the guy ranked immediately above him in the past.  Angulo’s loss in his last fight and his inactivity make it close, but in the final analysis Rosado would probably need at least a top 15-type win added to his record to make that move.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (21-82-97)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
After some (literally) light work against Lopez, Canelo is considering Kirkland in December, and hoping for Mayweather or Cotto on May 4.
2) Carlos Molina (21-64-79)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (27-112-112)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage may fight Andre Berto on November 24.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (21-21-21)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd may be looking to fight Pacquiao in April.  But we’ve heard this before, and it wouldn’t even be as enticing this time after his so-so performance against Bradley and robbery win over Marquez.
5) Miguel Cotto (21-121-121)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
6) Erislandy Lara (21-64-86)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #14 Vanes Martirosyan
After months of speculation, Lara-Martirosyan is finally on, November 10 in Vegas, with the winner to get a mandatory shot at Canelo.  The fight will be shown on HBO.
7) James Kirkland (21-47-47)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (17-17-86)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (17-157-157)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Raul Casarez (UNR)
After what must have been a nightmarish 8 months in a detention center for very little reason, Angulo has already got a fight scheduled, against journeyman Raul Casarez on November 10.
10) Gabriel Rosado (18-18-86)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Angulo back in action, Rosado may be looking for a rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (15-35)
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 (15-15)
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.  Purse bids are due September 26.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (18-63)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (16-69)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
15) Lukas Konecny (16-59)
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 (16-21)
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 (3-132)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (3-43)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2012- vs. Vivian Harris (UNR)
Rose will fight former junior welterweight contender and current welterweight journeyman Vivian Harris on October 5 in Blackpool.
19) Roberto Garcia (3-16)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: No action to report this week.

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