Archive for May, 2013

Super Middleweight: 2013, May 20-26

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by danboxing
Last week’s #13 James DeGale had a good-looking performance in his North American debut, knocking out local journeyman Sebastian Demers in just 2 rounds in Quebec.

 

As for #19 Hadillah Mohoumadi, his scheduled fight with Giovanni De Carolis was pushed back until June 22.

 

Last week’s #4 Lucian Bute is removed this week, as he has rescheduled his light heavyweight fight with Pascal for a date after the 18-month anniversary of his last fight at 168 (and more than a year after his last fight near 168).  Bute had been in the top ten for 370 weeks straight.  Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye makes his top 10 debut.

 

Sometimes I think Andy Lee wakes up every morning trying to figure out ways to make my rankings difficult.  I spent hours on end choosing and then justifying in writing the guy that would take the #20 vacancy, which ultimately was Don Mouton.  But then when I was about to perform my middleweight update, I noticed that Andy Lee had, as he practically always does, fought slightly above the weight class that he claims.  His otherwise pointless stay-busy fight with Darryl Cunningham (which he won in less than 90 seconds) was contested at a contract weight of 162, it would appear.  While Lee is considered a middleweight contender, he’s never won a significant fight while weighing 160 or under.  But he’s also never done so weighing more than 163.  That’s very awkward, but the truth is they have to count for something somewhere.  Since he’s not technically rateable at 160 at all, that place has to be here.  Honestly, I bent my rules a bit back in February to remove him for inactivity at 168 when he beat a journeyman less than a pound over 160.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have done that, but in any case I can’t help but restore him to the rankings now.  Still, he can’t reasonably get full credit for beating a slew of middleweights a tiny amount over 160.  He therefore returns at #18, between Don George and Hadillah Mohoumadi.  Mouton’s 3-day tenure in the top 20 will have to go down in the books as unofficial.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (75-209-209)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has tossed his “Emeritus” title from the WBC, ostensibly in protest of their laughable decision to pluck his belt and hand it to the winner of a fight between Sakio Bika (whom he beat) and Marco Antonio Periban (a prospect so unproven that he’s not even ranked in the top 20 of this pathetically shallow division).  The other convenient effect of the decision is that he has no reason to have to fight the winner if he doesn’t want to.
1) Carl Froch (52-362-362)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
The deal is done.  Froch will get a rematch with Kessler on May 25 in London.
2) Robert Stieglitz (9-195-195)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
After being blitzed by an uncharacteristically aggressive Stieglitz, Abraham has demanded a trilogy bout, which Stieglitz seems disposed to grant.  Sauerland also seems to be on board.
3) Mikkel Kessler (23-441-441)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
4) Arthur Abraham (1-187-187)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: Unknown
See Stieglitz’s notes above.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (1-103-151)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting highly overrated and nominally “undefeated ” prospect Brandon Gonzales on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard.
6) Adonis Stevenson (1-76-76)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO6 Darnell Boone (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. LHW #1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
After tending to unfinished business with the lowly Boone, Stevenson will now set sites on #1 light heavyweight Chad Dawson, who most outlets still consider the Champ.
7) George Groves (1-23-45)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO2 Baker Barakat (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Groves will fight Uruguayan gatekeeper Noe Gonzalez on the Froch-Kessler undercard.
8) Sakio Bika (1-14-320)
Last Fight: 2/16/2013- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Bika will fight undefeated Mexican Marco Antonio Periban in California on June 22 for the WBC belt that that organization just heisted from Andre Ward.
9) Will Rosinsky (1-3-49)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Rosinsky has been added to the Golovkin-Macklin undercard, but no opponent yet.
10) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-1-80)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (PTS6) vs. Jevgenijs Andrejevs (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Christopher Rebrasse (UNR)
Ndiaye battles French gatekeeper Christopher Rebrasse on June 8 in Italy.
11) Dimitri Sartison (1-151)
Last Fight: 1/27/2013- UD6 Artem Solomko (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison’s fight in St. Petersburg, Russia this week appears to have been canceled.
12) James DeGale (1-84)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- KO2 Sebastian Demers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale turned in a solid performance against journeyman Sebastian Demers, a short-notice opponent who’s seen better days.
13) Maxim Vlasov (1-28)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Edwin Rodriguez (1-18)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- W* (UD10) vs. #15 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #15 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
After getting the benefit of yet another questionable but not totally out-of-bounds decision against Maderna, Rodriguez remains in the mix, but kinda on the periphery of the division’s contenders.  He gets a chance at a million bucks against Grachev, who also arguably deserved to lose his first round fight.
15) Ezequiel Maderna (1-21)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L* (UD10) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna, despite arguably deserving a win against Rodriguez, did himself few favors in dropping the decision, especially considering how ugly the fight was.  I don’t imagine he’ll be getting too many international suitors anytime soon since he seems difficult to look good against.
16) Dyah Davis (1-13)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
Davis said on May 4 via Twitter that “a particular some(one)” called him on May 3 for a fight, and that based on “that performance” he’d better not call again.  That seems like a veiled reference to Anthony Dirrell to me.  He says he’s looking at a return date of July 19, which also fits reasonably well with Dirrell’s post-fight statement that he intends to fight at 168 in roughly two months.  If I’m reading the situation accurately, that would give both guys a good opportunity to prove they are for real after each has suffered significant setbacks in and/or out of the ring since their last significant success.
17) Don George (1-9)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. David Lopez (should be win)
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Caleb Truax (UNR)
Another reasonably decent challenge for George, as he travvels to Caleb Truax’s hometown of Minneapolis for their fight.
18) Andy Lee (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Yes, I know.  Andy Lee is not a Super Middleweight.  The only problem is he almost exclusively fights as one, if only barely.
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (3-12)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- UD10 Cedric Bellais (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Mohoumadi gets a halfway decent outing on June 22 against borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis, for the European Union title.
19) Glen Johnson (3-3)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson should be retired, but instead finds himself clinging to a ranking in a very shallow division.

 

The Week Ahead: Two clashes with top-10 implications are on the docket this week, both on the same card in  London.  #1 Carl Froch takes on #3 Mikkel Kessler in an attempt to revenge his razor-thin 2010 loss to Mikkel Kessler (which I thought he maybe should have won).  A win would transform Froch from the clear best fighter in the division not named Andre Ward to the clear best fighter in the division not named Andre Ward by a mile.  For Kessler, it’s a chance obviously to resume his former spot as the #1 contender and possibly earn himself a rematch with Ward or a fight with another one of the top names at 168 or 175.

 

On the undercard, very busy #7 contender George Groves keeps up his impressive string of activity with a reasonably decent challenge against Uruguayan gatekeeper Noe Gonzalez.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, May 20-26

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by danboxing
An upset alert from Pont-Audemer, France, as local gatekeeper Jonathan Profichet was upended on Friday in his quest for the vacant French title by one-loss fringe prospect Patrick Bois.  It was apparently close and a split decision, but unfortunately I can’t find any video to confirm or refute the result.  Therefore, it will have to stand as a razor thin win for Bois unless and until I can eventually watch the contest.

 

The following night in Marseilles, fringe contender Nadjib Mohammedi had little problem with an overmatched Georgian opponent, Shalva Jomardashvili, knocking out the journeyman- who outweighed Mohammedi by 10 pounds- in the 3rd round.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (37-37-37)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward is looking to return in August, and is reportedly thinking about fighting one of the winners of Kessler-Froch and Pascal-Bute, at least at some point.
1) Chad Dawson (37-364-364)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Dawson will fight Adonis Stevenson (who moves up from 168) on June 8 in Montreal.
2) Bernard Hopkins (37-363-363)
Last Fight: 3/9/2012- UD12 #6 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Karo Murat (UNR)
All the buzz had been revolving around a Hopkins-Cleverly showdown, but with little or no warning, he signed to fight his mandatory, the slightly more proven but inactive Karo Murat, instead.
3) Sergey Kovalev (2-18-18)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO3 #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #8 Cornelius White
Kovalev is back in action against another pretty tough opponent on June 14.
4) Gabriel Campillo (2-152-152)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L(TKO3) vs. Sergey Kovalev (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. #13 Andrzej Fonfara
Campillo will fight Fonfara in an interesting crossroads fight at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
5) Tavoris Cloud (2-195-195)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s manager expects him back in action by the end of the year.  Normally that wouldn’t be saying much, but that would be against type for Cloud.
6) Nathan Cleverly (2-172-172)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD12 Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly has offered a fight to the Froch-Kessler winner.
7) Isaac Chilemba (2-8-68)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- Draw* (SD12) vs. #9 Tony Bellew (should be win)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #9 Tony Bellew
That didn’t take long!  Chilemba will rematch Bellew on the Froch-Kessler undercard in London, less than two months removed from getting borderline robbed the first time around.
8) Cornelius White (2-45-75)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Otis Griffin (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #3 Sergey Kovalev
Moment of truth time for White.  On June 14 we’ll find out if he’s more the guy that beat up Dmitri Sukhotski, or the guy that got sparked out in just seconds by Don George.  If he’s the latter, Kovalev should prove it pretty quickly.
9) Tony Bellew (2-84-84)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- Draw* (SD12) vs. #13 Isaac Chilemba (should be loss)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #7 Isaac Chilemba
See Chilemba’s notes, above.
10) Cedric Agnew (2-2-6)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew may have caught a fading Yusaf Mack at the right time, but he’s clearly a climber, having now beaten both Mack and Otis Griffin.
11) Jürgen Brähmer (2-57)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO2 Tony Averlant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer made an easy first defense of his European belt against Averlant.  He is currently the mandatory for Cleverly’s alphabet strap, as well, though it sounds like the Welshman would prefer bigger fish- or at least fish with bigger belts.
12) Beibut Shumenov (2-152)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
At one point, it appeared that Shumenov might step in to fight Pascal when Bute withdrew, but that appears to have gone nowhere, as the card was canceled.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (2-45)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
Fonfara will get a huge opportunity to launch himself into the top 5 when he takes on Gabriel Campillo in Chicago.
14) Lucian Bute (2-29)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Bute-Pascal has been rescheduled tentatively for December 7 after Bute suffered a hand injury.  They’ve also reserved January 25 as a back-up plan.  Either way, it will be in Montreal.
15) Denis Grachev (2-56)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013– W* (SD10) vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. SMW #14 Edwin Rodriguez
Grachev will be fighting Edwin Rodriguez at a catchweight of 171.5 in Monte Carlo for a million dollar prize.
16) Dmitri Sukhotski (2-134)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2013- vs. Mikhail Krinitsin (UNR)
Sukhotski will fight in Barnaul, Russia on June 4 against low-level Kazakh journeyman Mikhail Krinitsin.
17) Eleider Alvarez (2-17)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO3 Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Allan Green (UNR)
Alvarez will now be fighting Green on the Dawson-Stevenson undercard.
18) Yunieski Gonzalez (2-10)
Last Fight: 3/15/2013- KO8 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzalez took a huge step up in competition and made good, knocking out strong fringe contender Bryant. 
19) Doudou Ngumbu (2-7)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD12 #14 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Glen Johnson (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Strangely, even though Johnson looks completely spent, he is once again ranked (barely) at both 175 and 168.

 

The Week Ahead: Two fights with real potential to impact the division on Saturday.

 

On the London undercard for Froch-Kessler II, we get another important rematch, as #9 Tony Bellew looks for redemption after he got a very generous draw against underdog (but now #7) Isaac Chilemba just a couple months ago.

 

In Buenos Aires, we find still another rematch, as cruiserweight fringe contender Alejandro Valori once again faces prospect Marcos Ahumada.  Their first fight a couple months ago ended controversially, when Valori went down twice in the first round, but was credited with a 4th-round TKO after Ahumada was deemed unable to continue with a cut that clearly appeared to have been caused by a headbutt.  This fight could be at 175, 200, or anywhere in between.

Cruiserweight: 2013: May 20-26

Posted in Cruiserweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2013 by danboxing
A huge fight yielded a huge upset in Moscow on Friday.  #1 Denis Lebedev fought his toughest opponent since being robbed against Marco Huck, meeting inactive 41 year-old former titlist Guillermo Jones.  Jones- despite having once been a welterweight- appeared to be the significantly bigger man in the ring.  Nevertheless, Lebedev was scoring with the cleaner and apparently heavier punches in most of the rounds.  He mixed in a wide assortment of hooks, uppercuts, and left hands, but Jones showed a great chin and seemed unaffected by what looked like very hard shots from a noted puncher.

 

But while Lebedev appeared to be piling up the rounds, Jones was creating a pile of swelling around Lebedev’s right eye.  It was the most grotesque swelling I’ve seen in recent years.  Picture Pawel Wolak against Delvin Rodriguez, and then double it.  By roughly the 4th round or so, there was absolutely no way the Russian could see anything from that side.  Still, he was game, and did more than his share of scoring.  But he was slowly being broken down physically and perhaps mentally.  Down 5 points on my card (but 2 points closer on 2 of the 3 official cards), Jones really began to take over in the 10th, with a flagging Lebedev even resorting to a tackle in an attempt to rest.  The 11th round featured a very tired Jones and an exhausted Lebedev practically stumbling around the ring and tossing potshots out whenever possible.  With about a minute left, Lebedev half walked and half stumbled to the ropes when Jones landed what appeared to be a pretty ordinary jab to the forehead.  About half a second later, Lebedev took a knee and then fell as Jones threw another punch or two late.  The end was a bit odd to me.  Referee Stanley Christodoulou appeared to reach the count of 8 at the time Lebedev stood up, and then waved the fight off without checking to see if Lebedev was willing or able to continue.  The fight has been recorded as a knockout, though, indicating that Christodoulou had reached 10.  If he did so, the last two counts were given within about a quarter of a second, and both after Lebedev was up.  I’m not saying Lebedev should have been allowed to continue- in  fact he turned away from the ref and started walking away after standing- but the procedure struck me as very questionable.

 

Speaking of questionable procedure: we’ve got to talk a bit about Lebedev’s eye and the way it was handled.  First, I need to criticize his corner.  Much like Aaron Snowell and company in Tyson-Douglas in 1990, they lacked an endswell, meaning that they would be automatically fighting a losing battle against any active swelling- slowing its progress at best.  They were slightly more prepared than Tyson’s team in that they at least had ice in a bag, where Snowell had only a latex glove filled with cold water.

 

The ringside doctor was called upon only once as far as I can tell- a matter of seconds before the stoppage.  He took only a quick look and let Lebedev continue.  I decline to pass judgment on him for a couple reasons.  First, he went to school for a lot of years in order to know more than I do about the severity of the injury.  Second, I think it’s very possible that the Russian authorities have tougher standards for stopping a fight, similar to the old-school blood and guts battles you might see in the 1950s.  So while I personally think there’s a really good chance that Lebedev has all kinds of smashed bones around his eye and might never see well out of it again, I really am not qualified to know that.  And if Russia has chosen to allow guys more latitude in putting their own health and safety at risk in the ring than I’m used to, I guess that’s between him, the commission, and his corner.

 

As to the referee Stanley Christodoulou, in addition to the issues I noted earlier, I would have to say that he was clearly derelict.  Lebedev’s eye was buried under about 2-3 inches of swollen flesh, as was his temple.  It looked like he was wearing giant flesh-colored goggles on that side.  The idea that Christodoulou would not even stop the action to consult a doctor until this had been the case for about 7 rounds is unfathomable to me.  Now it’s possible that the doctor had monitored Lebedev in his corner between rounds, but still…

 

There was also a relatively uninspiring installment of the Prizefighter series, as a collection of domestic cruiserweights clashed for a series of 3-rounders in London.  Tony Conquest- one of the favorites- withdrew late, and as a result the field was even weaker than I expected.  I thought that by the second round, there would at least be one top 50 fighter in the field, but with Conquest’s withdrawal and some of the other quality fighters losing close decisions and/or having a weak tournament draw, even the winner- underdog Wadi Camacho- is not ranked in the top 50 by Boxrec at the moment.

 

Guillermo Jones, though he still certainly qualifies as a heavily inactive fighter overall, looks like the best fighter in the division and has proven more than anyone else at the moment.  Yoan Pablo Hernandez is the only other realistic candidate for the #1 spot, and Hernandez frankly deserved to lose to a 20th-ranked Troy Ross in his last fight, and has never beaten a #1 fighter (or cleanly beaten even a #2) as Jones just did.  Therefore, Jones returns to the rankings at no less than the #1 spot.  Lebedev falls to #4.  He has a larger volume of significant wins than does Ola Afolabi, and deserved the win in his fight against a higher-ranked version of Huck, while Afolabi owns a close loss and a fairly-decided draw against him.  Granted, Afolabi has never lost to anyone with as low a ranking as Jones had even before he was removed for inactivity, but Jones’ inactivity was the only reason he was ranked that low, as he had not lost within a relevant period of time, and had beaten a top 5 fighter in Firat Arslan.  Everyone ranked #4-20 last week backtracks one place.  This includes B.J. Flores, who exits the top 10, and Pawel Glazewski, who exits the rankings, each after 14 consecutive weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: None
1) Guillermo Jones (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO11 #1 Denis Lebedev
Next Fight: Unknown
Jones resurrected his career in a big way by beating the best active fighter in the division, in a come-from-behind and headline-grabbing fashion, to boot.
2) Yoan Pablo Hernandez (36-152-152)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #20 Troy Ross
Next Fight: Unknown
Hernandez pulled out of his scheduled 2/2 fight with Eric Fields with a fractured hand.
3) Troy Ross (36-36-68)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez
Next Fight: Unknown
Quote from Ross’s Twitter: “If the right opportunity arises I will fight again.”  That sounds more like a semi-retired fighter than the guy that just outfought the division’s #1 contender.  Here’s hoping he starts hunting for good fights like a starving mountain man any second now.
4) Denis Lebedev (1-172-172)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- L (TKO11) vs. Guillermo Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lebedev no doubt faces a long layoff after his face and will were both broken in a grueling war with Guillermo Jones.

5) Ola Afolabi (1-219-219)

Last Fight: 5/5/2012- Draw* (MD12) vs. #4 Marco Huck
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Marco Huck
Sauerland is now promoting the Huck-Afolabi trilogy match after Don King botched it, and has limited the damage to about a month’s delay, with the fight now set for June 8 in Berlin.
6) Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (1-413-413)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- UD12 #13 Francisco Palacios
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev (UNR)
Apparently an agreement has been reached for Wlodarczyk to fight undefeated and fringe-contending Russian Olympian Rakhim Chakhkiev in Moscow, June 21.  Wlodarczyk will reportedly have a rematch clause in the event he loses.
7) Firat Arslan (1-54-97)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Varol Vekiloglu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arslan easily handled his first opponent under the Sauerland banner, but disappointed a bit in that he failed to stop him.
8) Marco Huck (1-337-337)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- W*(UD12) vs. #10 Firat Arslan (Robbery)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #5 Ola Afolabi
See Afolabi’s notes, above.
9) Lateef Kayode (1-51-131)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. ‘Roided up #3 Antonio Tarver
Next Fight: Unknown
There are indications that Kayode may be fighting Eddie Chambers next, though it’s unclear whether it is being discussed for cruiser or heavy.
10) Danny Green (1-28-181)
Last Fight: 11/21/2012- UD12 Shane Cameron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Green has been helping an Australian UFC fighter prepare for an upcoming fight, but still no word on whether he plans to fight again.
11) B.J. Flores (1-152)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- TKO2 David McNemar (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Nuri Seferi (UNR)
Don King’s embarrassing failure to make the Huck-Afolabi card happen has claimed Flores-Palacios as collateral damage.  Flores instead will be fighting a month later against Albanian gatekeeper Nuri Seferi, in Albania.  Or at least he might be.  The fight has never showed up on Boxrec, and Flores didn’t respond when I asked him about it on Twitter.
12) Giacobbe Fragomeni (1-236)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #13 Silvio Branco
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some speculation that Masternak might try to lure Fragomeni out of his mandatory shot at Wlodarczyk with a higher monetary offer that might put Masternak in the same position with a victory.
13) Silvio Branco (1-62)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Giacobbe Fragomeni
Next Fight: Unknown
Branco can still hang with whippersnappers like 43 year-old countryman Fragomeni, but you’ve gotta think his active days are numbered at 46.
14) Alexander Alekseev (1-123)
Last Fight: 2/22/2013- UD12* Garrett Wilson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alekseev barely squeaked by after building an early lead against Wilson, but it’s still an improvement from his previous fight.
15) Mateusz Masternak (1-60)
Last Fight: 4/13/2013- TKO9 Sean Corbin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Masternak’s scheduled meeting with Jeremy Ouanna gave way to an even less impressive match-up against Sean Corbin, a mediocre Guyana journeyman best known for beating a totally shot Wayne Braithwaite after being inactive for 2 years.
16) Francisco Palacios (1-112)
Last Fight: 9/22/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Next Fight: Unknown
Palacios has been trying to convince Antonio Tarver to fight him.
17) Thabiso Mchunu (1-28)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO5 #20 Danie Venter
Next Fight: Unknown
Mchunu recently called out Eddie Chambers on Twitter.
18) Dmytro Kucher (1-47)
Last Fight: 3/21/2013- UD12 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Ilunga Makabu (UNR)
A clash of good-looking prospects is on tap for July 13, as Kucher will meet Junior Makabu in Monaco.
19) Enad Licina (1-152)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO2 Koeksal Orduhan
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Licina announced a June 15 fight on Twitter, but no opponent yet.
20) Grigory Drozd (1-28)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- UD12 Jean-Marc Monrose (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Drozd will apparently be fighting in an unpronounceable Russian town in early June, but no opponent has been named yet.  That’s assuming his recovery from hand surgery goes according to plan.  But an ominous sign has popped up, as it no longer appears on boxrec.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two fights to mention on Saturday.  In Buenos Aires, Argentine fringe contender Alejandro Valori rematches essentially undefeated prospect and countryman Marcos Ahumada.  In their first fight in March, Valori was awkwardly and incorrectly declared the TKO winner when Ahumada was deemed unable to continue after being cut by a head clash in the 4th round.  By any reasonable measure, it should have been a no contest since 4 rounds had not been completed.  Even in the few jurisdictions that require a decision after the start of the 4th round, it would have been Ahumada coming up with the win, since he knocked Valori down twice in the first round.  The first fight was contested less than two pounds over the light heavyweight limit, and so this fight could, so far as I know, end up being contested at 175, 200, or anywhere in between.

 

The same night in Brazil, undefeated knockout artist William Fernando Souza Bezerra stays busy in Pocas de Caldas against fellow Sao Paolo native and mid-range journeyman Jose Robson Dos Santos.

Heavyweight: 2013, May 20-26

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2013 by danboxing
2-loss fringe prospect Tor Hamer got back on the right track Wednesday in New York, stopping journeyman Maurenzo Smith midway through the 3rd round to claim a victory in his first fight since quitting on his stool against Vyacheslav Glazkov in December.

 

In the week’s biggest fight at the weight, #4 Alexander Povetkin put a beating on weak-chinned Polish stringbean Andrzej Wawrzyk in Moscow, knocking the technically undefeated prospect down 3 times in as many rounds, before referee Russell Mora had seen enough and called a stop to it.  Wawrzyk arguably deserved a loss two fights ago against journeyman Denis Bakhtov, so I’m not even sure he’s a clear top 50 fighter.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (204-417-417)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- TKO6 Francesco Pianeta
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #4 Alexander Povetkin
After original reports had the fight all but set for August 31- a proposition that always seemed a bit far-fetched- it now appears that Klitschko-Povetkin is essentially done for October 5, though there is a sticking point over what organization will handle the drug testing.
1) Vitali Klitschko (241-241-241)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO4 Manuel Charr (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has officially ordered Vitali-Stiverne, and it sounds like it will happen.
2) Tyson Fury (5-96-96)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: Unknown
Fury is now suddenly the most proven heavyweight not named Klitschko, and will likely get a chance to add to his resume against Kubrat Pulev next, as an eliminator for Wlad in the IBF.
3) David Haye (5-45-45)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Manuel Charr (UNR)
Haye had some good fighters willing to fight him- including Eddie Chambers and possibly Kubrat Pulev.  The disappointment I feel at learning that he will instead fight borderline fringe contender Manuel Charr can not be overstated.
4) Alexander Povetkin (45-291-291)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- TKO3 Andrzej Wawryzk (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
After hanging around the top of the rankings for years on end, Povetkin will finally get and accept a shot at the legitimate title on October 5, apparently pending the two sides agreeing on the terms of drug testing.
5) Steve Cunningham (5-22-22)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Only time will tell where Cunningham goes form here.  His hopes for a title shot are dashed at least for awhile.  Perhaps a trilogy with Adamek would make sense at this point.
6Tomasz Adamek (5-161-161)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- W (SD12)* vs. CW #4 Steve Cunningham (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Word is that Adamek will likely be fighting still relatively unproven Newark prospect Joe Hanks on June 14 in that town that they both currently call home.
7) Eddie Chambers (22-49-49)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(UD12) vs. #3 Tomasz Adamek
Next Fight: Unknown
Chambers continues to fish for opponents, but nothing solid yet.
8) Kubrat Pulev (22-55-132)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- KO11 Alexander Ustinov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev and Fury have until May 28 to reach a deal to avoid a purse bid.
9) Dereck Chisora (22-77-140)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO9 Hector Avila (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It was announced by Chisora’s team that he’d be fighting Deontay Wilder on June 15, but that fight was apparently dead before it was born, with Wilder’s camp concerned about his ability to go to England for the fight due to a pending assault charge.  It’s likely that Chisora will still fight on June 15, though.
10) Odlanier Solis (9-9-156)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD12 Leif Larsen (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis’ promoter wants to get him back in the ring within 3 months after the Larsen fight.
11) Johnathon Banks (9-27)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- TKO2 #11 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Seth Mitchell (UNR)
The Mitchell rematch- postponed due to a broken thumb by Banks- has been reset for the Malignaggi-Broner undercard on June 22.
12) Bermane Stiverne (4-12)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne is hoping that Vitali doesn’t retire so that he can try and do the honors himself.  At this point he’d be a pretty credible opponent, too.
13) Tony Thompson (4-156)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- TKO2 David Price (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. David Price (UNR)
After originally saying he’d only fight David Price in a rematch if Price came to the US, Thompson has instead agreed to fight in Price’s Liverpool backyard again.
14) Deontay Wilder (4-4)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO1 Audley Harrison (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wilder may be fighting in Brooklyn on July 13.
15) Robert Helenius (4-156)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
If Helenius’ team was accurate on the severity of his hand injury, it should be healed by about now, although there were immediate rumors that the injury was more serious.
16) Alexander Dimitrenko (4-123)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko’s future is in doubt after he struggled mightily to survive a heavy knockdown and outpoint typically inept journeyman Ivica Perkovic.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (12-22)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. Malik Scott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Glazkov got the benefit of the doubt in every close round from two of the judges against Scott.  It was just about as close to a robbery as you can get without me calling it that. 
18) Malik Scott (12-13)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. #19 Vyacheslav Glazkov
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott is waiting for his next fight after spending several weeks sparring Povetkin and Lebedev in Moscow.
19) Denis Boytsov (4-205)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- UD8 Samir Kurtagic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Boytsov’s 2nd best win- over Robert Hawkins- is now over 5 years old, and he has slipped a few spots as a result.  He’s getting closer to obscurity with each passing month.
20) Franklin Lawrence (12-12)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- Mark Brown (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lawrence reportedly pulled out of a planned (and very good) crossroads fight with prospect Bryant Jennings.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: One-loss Cameroonian prospect Carlos Takam fights in his adopted hometown of Noisy-le-Grand, France against 6’7″ gatekeeper Michael Grant, who hasn’t fought since his November 2011 win over Frans Botha.  The winner will probably gain some degree of prominence in the division, somewhere along the lines of a fringe contender.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Dec 10-16

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Spodek, Poland, undefeated Polish prospect Damian Jonak got a comfortable 12-round decision win over Belgium-based Ghanaian gatekeeper Jackson Osei Bonsu, but came in as a small middleweight at 155, while Bonsu was under 154.  As a result, he still has yet to earn a significant win as a junior middleweight.  He may get some considering for this win in the future, but as of now he’s technically not eligible for consideration.  What a difference a pound makes.

 

Guido Pitto, an Argentine prospect that was robbed in his only loss, stopped less proven one-loss Lebanese prospect Reda Zam Zam in the 8th round in Herning, Denmark on the same night.  The scorecards were in position for a close split draw at the time of the stoppage, but considering Zam Zam is based in Denmark it wouldn’t surprise me if Pitto was winning every round in reality.

 

Roberto Garcia’s fight with Inocente Fiz failed to come off for the second consecutive time at the last minute.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (32-93-108)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’s open to fighting Austin Trout on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, but sadly Golden Boy is more interested in the guy Trout just beat.
2) Carlos Molina (32-75-90)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (38-123-123)
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) Austin Trout (2-28-97)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (2-75-97)
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.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-32-32)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (2-132-132)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
In the aftermath of his defeat, Cotto shrugged off talk of retirement, and may be heartened by news from Golden Boy that Canelo is still intersted in a fight with him.
8) James Kirkland (2-58-58)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (28-168-168)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Jorge Silva (UNR)
Angulo will fight undersized but very tough prospect Jorge Silva on December 15.
10) Gabriel Rosado (29-29-97)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin
Rosado is set to fight intimidating middleweight puncher Gennady Golovkin on January 19 in New York.
11) Cory Spinks (26-46)
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 (26-26)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko survived a scare against Vitu.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (29-74)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez had an opportunity to fight Angulo, but passed for some reason.
14) Lukas Konecny (10-70)
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) Keith Thurman (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows if he’ll fight at this weight again anytime soon, but it sure suited him.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (3-80)
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.
17) Sechew Powell (14-143)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (14-54)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2012- vs. Sam Webb (UNR)
Rose will fight journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb on December 14.
19) Roberto Garcia (14-27)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (14-14)
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: #18 Brian Rose looks to make another defense of his British title against another relatively non-threatening opponent from a thin British scene in former British titlist Sam Webb.  Webb lost his title to Prince Arron, from whom Rose won it in dominant fashion.  That fight is Friday in Blackpool, England.

 

Unbeaten Ecuador-born German prospect Jack Culcay sees his toughest challenge to date when he mixes it up in Nuremberg with high-level French journeyman Jean Michel Hamilcaro on Saturday.

 

Later that night in L.A., #9 Alfredo Angulo continues his comeback against undersized but game Mexican action fighter Jorge Silva, who is really a welterweight, but at least showed some quality at that weight via a clear-cut draw with highly-regarded Japanese prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai in October.

Middleweight: 2013, May 13-19

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher stopped low-level Ghanaian journeyman Philip Kotey in 6, having dropped him in the 3rd and swept every round.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (161-161-161)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (3-76-76)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray absolutely deserves to be Champion, but there is an argument that Sergio deserved a draw, and thus he retains the Championship by the slimmest margin possible.  There’s absolutely no way Murray lost the fight.  I hope (but doubt) that he’ll get a rematch.  Chavez is also trying to get Murray to replace Vera as his August 3 opponent.
2) Daniel Geale (3-204-204)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale hopes to announce his next fight this week.  Darren Barker and a stay-busy fight have both been floated.
3) Felix Sturm (3-504-504)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF has suspended Sam Soliman for 9 months, and will put Sturm in another eliminator for a shot at Geale.
4) Gennady Golovkin (3-37-100)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (3-99-190)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-102-120)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3.  He’s also trying to replace Vera with Martin Murray.
7) Peter Quillin (3-30-51)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.  He’s hoping to fight Geale next.
8) Dmitry Pirog (3-146-146)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (3-109-109)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (11-11-133)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (9-120)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Martinez (for whom he is the mandatory) sidelined until 2014, Rubio may get a shot at Sergio’s alphabet belt against someone else in the interim.  Alternatively, I think he is also in line for Quillin’s belt, as well.
12) Anthony Mundine (9-120)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in late June or July, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He has hinted he may be moving back down to 154, and has recently agitated for fights with Trout and Mayweather- both of whom have bigger/smaller fish to fry, I would think.
13) Osumanu Adama (9-112)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Akio Shibata (2-2)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (2-83)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After apparently losing out to Vera and maybe also to Murray for a shot at Chavez, Barker is now setting his sites on Daniel Geale.
16) Max Bursak (2-120)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Prince Arron (UNR)
Bursak will defend his European belt against fallen former British 154 Champion Prince Arron on July 13.  This will be on the very good Monaco card that night.
17) Demetrius Andrade (2-91)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (2-30)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to August 3, and Chavez appears willing to jump ship for Martin Murray if the opportunity arises.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (4-63)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Jose Miguel Torres (4-4)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- TKO4 Javier Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Torres sneaks into the rankings based on a nearly 18 month old upset win over Patrick Majewski, but considering the awful opposition he has faced since, I’m not particularly happy about it.

 

The Week Ahead: Wednesday in New York, Andy Lee will see action against mid-level journeyman Darryl Cunningham.

 

The next night in Flemington, Australia, fringe contender Garth Wood looks to stay busy against low-level South African journeyman Virgil Kalakoda.

 

Finally, Friday in Moscow, 42 year-old gatekeeper Grady Brewer looks to do to undefeated but somewhat untested prospect Dmitry Chudinov what he did to Fernando Guerrero a couple years ago.  Brewer may still have some gas in the tank, but has been inconsistent- turning in fine performances against Adama and Guerrero, but laying eggs against Michael Medina and Demetrius Andrade.

Super Middleweight: 2013, May 13-19

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by danboxing
No action or changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (74-208-208)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward is said to be planning a return for August.  He has expressed interest in fighting the Froch-Kessler or Bute-Pascal winner at some point.
1) Carl Froch (51-361-361)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
The deal is done.  Froch will get a rematch with Kessler on May 25 in London.
2) Robert Stieglitz (8-194-194)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
After being blitzed by an uncharacteristically aggressive Stieglitz, Abraham has demanded a trilogy bout, which Stieglitz seems disposed to grant.  Sauerland also seems to be on board.
3) Mikkel Kessler (22-440-440)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
4) Lucian Bute (38-370-370)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute hurt his hand in training and withdrew from his May 25 bout with Pascal, though it appears likely that fight will be rescheduled.
5) Arthur Abraham (8-186-186)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: Unknown
See Stieglitz’s notes above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (38-102-150)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting highly overrated and nominally “undefeated ” prospect Brandon Gonzales on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard.
7) Adonis Stevenson (31-75-75)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO6 Darnell Boone (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. LHW #1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
After tending to unfinished business with the lowly Boone, Stevenson will now set sites on #1 light heavyweight Chad Dawson, who most outlets still consider the Champ.
8) George Groves (17-22-44)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO2 Baker Barakat (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Groves will fight Uruguayan gatekeeper Noe Gonzalez on the Froch-Kessler undercard.
9) Sakio Bika (11-13-319)
Last Fight: 2/16/2013- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Bika will fight undefeated Mexican Marco Antonio Periban in California on June 22 for the WBC belt that that organization just heisted from Andre Ward.
10) Will Rosinsky (2-2-48)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosinsky was all but set to fight Brandon Gonzales on Friday Night Fights, but Gonzales withdrew with a bad hamstring.  Sounds like Gonzales is moving on to a higher-reward opportunity with Oosthuizen.
11) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (2-79)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (PTS6) vs. Jevgenijs Andrejevs (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Christopher Rebrasse (UNR)
Ndiaye battles French gatekeeper Christopher Rebrasse on June 8 in Italy.
12) Dimitri Sartison (2-150)
Last Fight: 1/27/2013- UD6 Artem Solomko (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison’s fight in St. Petersburg, Russia this week appears to have been canceled.
13) James DeGale (2-83)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
DeGale will be fighting in Quebec on May 17.  No opponent yet.  He was supposed to fight Alexander Brand before that fight was postponed.  It doesn’t sound like Brand will be his opponent this time, though.
14) Maxim Vlasov (2-27)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Edwin Rodriguez (2-17)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- W* (UD10) vs. #15 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
After getting the benefit of yet another questionable but not totally out-of-bounds decision against Maderna, Rodriguez remains in the mix, but kinda on the periphery of the division’s contenders.  He gets a chance at a million bucks against Grachev, who also arguably deserved to lose his first round fight.
16) Ezequiel Maderna (2-20)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L* (UD10) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna, despite arguably deserving a win against Rodriguez, did himself few favors in dropping the decision, especially considering how ugly the fight was.  I don’t imagine he’ll be getting too many international suitors anytime soon since he seems difficult to look good against.
17) Dyah Davis (2-12)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
Davis said on May 4 via Twitter that “a particular some(one)” called him on May 3 for a fight, and that based on “that performance” he’d better not call again.  That seems like a veiled reference to Anthony Dirrell to me.  He says he’s looking at a return date of July 19, which also fits reasonably well with Dirrell’s post-fight statement that he intends to fight at 168 in roughly two months.  If I’m reading the situation accurately, that would give both guys a good opportunity to prove they are for real after each has suffered significant setbacks in and/or out of the ring since their last significant success.
18) Don George (2-8)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. David Lopez (should be win)
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Caleb Truax (UNR)
Another reasonably decent challenge for George, as he travvels to Caleb Truax’s hometown of Minneapolis for their fight.
19) Hadillah Mohoumadi (2-11)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- UD10 Cedric Bellais (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Mohoumadi gets a halfway decent outing on May 17 against borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis, for the European Union title.
20) Glen Johnson (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson should be retired, but instead finds himself clinging to a ranking in a very shallow division.

 

The Week Ahead: #13 James DeGale is still scheduled to fight in Gatineau, Quebec on Friday, but oddly still seems to be lacking an opponent. 

 

The same night in Rome, #19 Hadillah Mohoumadi takes on local fighter Giovanni De Carolis, a borderline top 50 fighter in his own right.