Junior Middleweight: 2012, Nov 19-25

One-loss Miami prospect Joey Hernandez fought in his hometown against short-notice opponent and low-level journeyman James Winchester on ShoBox, and came away with a comfortable if unimpressive decision.  Winchester managed to win the first and last round, plus one other on a single card (I expect it was probably the third, in which Hernandez also suffered a point deduction for hitting on the break).  Despite coming up with the win, Hernandez proved himself- at least to my eyes- to be a slow and out of shape bar-brawler type.  He also came in 2 pounds over 154, for whatever that’s worth.

 

Two other notables were scheduled to see action this week- #19 Roberto Garcia against Cuban prospect Inocente Fiz, and inactive former contender Yuri Foreman against nobody in particular- but neither fight came off as scheduled.

 

No changes to the rankings 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 (29-90-105)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’ll decide his next opponent in January- an uncharacteristically long layoff for the very active superstar.
2) Carlos Molina (29-72-87)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (35-120-120)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Erislandy Lara (2-72-94)

Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather says his next fight will be in the first half of 2013.
6) Miguel Cotto (2-129-129)
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.
7) James Kirkland (29-55-55)
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 (25-25-94)
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 (25-165-165)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo will likely fight Delvin Rodriguez on December 15.
10) Gabriel Rosado (26-26-94)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Rosado may move up to 160 to challenge human steamroller Gennady Golovkin on January 19.
11) Cory Spinks (23-43)
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 (23-23)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (26-71)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
See Angulo’s notes, above.
14) Lukas Konecny (7-67)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (7-77)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
16) Carlos Quintana (24-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Keith Thurman (UNR)
Quintana will serve as a gatekeeper against typically welterweight top prospect Keith Thurman on November 24.
17) Sechew Powell (11-140)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (11-51)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/13/2012- vs. Sam Webb (UNR)
Rose will fight journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb on December 14.
19) Roberto Garcia (11-24)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (11-11)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.

 

The Week Ahead: A few compelling fights to report this week.  Saturday in Manchester, England, #12 Sergey Rabchenko defends his European title against one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu.

 

Later that night, #16 Carlos Quintana takes on undefeated prospect Keith Thurman in Ontario, California.  Thurman figures as more of a welterweight, but is a vaunted puncher at that weight.  Should be a very telling match-up, one way or the other.

 

And on the non-televised undercard, wonder twin #1 (in terms of achievement) Jermell Charlo gets a showcase against low-level journeyman Dashon Johnson.

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