Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jan 28- Feb 3

Yuri Foreman returned on Wednesday from virtual retirement, shutting out novice Missouri journeyman Brandon Baue over 6 rounds.  This is enough to make Foreman active at 154 again, and his streak of impressive performances from ’08 and ’09 (culminating with a dominant decision over an 8th-ranked Daniel Santos) is enough to regain him a ranking at #17, driving Brian Rose out of his #20 spot after 60 consecutive weeks in the rankings.


Demetrius Andrade was in action against gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on Friday, picking up a nice win on ShoBox by dominating that fight.  The problem?  He missed the contracted weight of 154 by a half-pound, and as such he still has never had a significant win while weighing 154 or less.  He is therefore still technically not eligible for a ranking at this weight.  Unfortunately for him, the fight also has no effect on his 160 ranking, since his opponent did make weight.  This fight will be worth something should he ever get an eligible win, but on its own, it is completely worthless for rankings purposes.


Meanwhile, fellow undefeated Jermell Charlo did manage to get his first significant win at the weight, dropping gatekeeper Harry Joe Yorgey 3 times in dominating and ultimately scoring an 8th-round knockout.


Foreman’s return and the resulting shift is the only change 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 (39-100-115)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo still hasn’t finalized the Trout match-up, but he says he’s got an agreement to fight Floyd on September 14 already.
2) Carlos Molina (39-82-97)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #11 Cory Spinks
Molina finally gets another fight somewhat worthy of his true standing, as he takes on #11 Cory Spinks to open February on Friday Night Fights.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (45-130-130)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (9-35-104)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (9-82-104)
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. (9-39-39)
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 (9-139-139)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto finally appears to have taken a decided back seat to Trout in the Canelo sweepstakes.
8) James Kirkland (9-65-65)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (35-175-175)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (36-36-104)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Cory Spinks (33-53)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #2 Carlos Molina
Spinks will get yet another shot to rise to the top, this time against Carlos Molina on Friday Night Fights on February 1.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (33-33)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (36-81)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 2/15/2013- vs. George Tahdooahnippah (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight undefeated but totally untested Comanche tribesman George Tahdooahnippah on Friday Night Fights in Uncasville, CT in mid-February.
14) Lukas Konecny (17-77)
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 (10-10)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might be in line to fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (10-87)
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) Yuri Foreman (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (1-150)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Roberto Garcia (1-34)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (1-21)
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: The week’s key fight is on Friday in Chicago, where #2 Carlos Molina meets #11 Cory Spinks in a fight that will either reinforce the status quo or cause a major shake-up, depending on who wins.


The ESPN2-televised undercard features former star Jose Luis Castillo- now a welterweight gatekeeper who roughly translates to a borderline top-50 fighter at 154, as well- against gatekeeper Antwone Smith.  To be honest, I’m not 100% sure if this will be contested at 147 or 154, or somewhere in between.  Smith was slated for a fight at 147 in his last fight, but failed to make weight.


On Saturday, Japanese welterweight prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai ventures to a junior middleweight contract weight for his stay-busy fight with low-level Mexican journeyman Jose Alberto Leal in Tokyo. 


#20 Anthony Mundine is also in action, but since he’s in a middleweight fight, I’ll only mention it here to the extent it affects the 154 rankings, if at all.

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