Junior Middleweight: 2013, May 6-12

Before I get to the usual business this week, I must apologize and correct the record.  Back in late February, I noticed that I had missed a fight between Michel Soro and Kris Carslaw, and determined that- with Carslaw having arguably beaten Brian Rose- Soro’s win in that fight amounted to a victory over a solid fringe contender.  That being the case, I reasoned that- combined with a very debatable loss to Baysangurov- Soro deserved to be ranked as of that date.  What I failed to notice at that point was that Carslaw had, between the Rose and Soro fights, lost to a 2-0 fighter in the second round of a Prizefighter tournament, and was thus nowhere near the top 25 fighter I imagined him to be. 


I had made Soro’s erroneous ranking retroactive to the Carslaw fight, though I never physically changed the 6 weeks of rankings between the fight and the week I noticed it.  I now realize that Soro should always have been ranked behind Charlie Ota and thus never would have cracked the rankings.  While I’m again not going to edit the months worth of rankings affected, I will post the rankings in relevant part that SHOULD have existed on those dates, and these should be considered official, the posts themselves notwithstanding. 


For the January 14 to February 18 updates, they should be taken at face value, since they were correct to begin with, and never were edited to reflect the fallacious revisions.  The first incorrect update, as posted, was February 25.  The #19 and #20 contenders should respectively have been Roberto Garcia and Anthony Mundine.  On March 4, Mundine should have been bumped out, with Garcia falling to #20.  Garcia should have remained at #20 until March 25, when he (as well as James Kirkland) was removed for inactivity.  At that point, Mundine should have re-entered at #19, while Brian Rose returned at #20.  The next three updates would have been the same.  On April 22, Mundine would have been removed for inactivity at 154, which should have led to Rose moving up to #19, and Charlie Ota debuting at #20.  Ota’s hidden stint in the top 20 lasted only that one week, as the April 29 update finds Guido Pitto displacing him at #20, bringing us to this week.


In the most significant actual junior middleweight fight of the week, fringe contender Michel Soro won a unanimous 97-93 decision over decent journeyman Frederic Serre to pick up the vacant French title. 


In a complete joke of a fight in Accra, Ghana, local top 50 fighter Joshua Okine beat up on 0-2 bum Alaba Okusote, knocking him down in both the first and the second before Okusote retired between the 2nd and 3rd.  But it wasn’t enough that he was facing a winless opponent.  Okine also came in as a middleweight at 158, giving him an official 9 pound weight advantage over the hapless Okusote, who came in at just 149.


Floyd Mayweather won a decision on Saturday against Robert Guerrero.  Some are inexplicably lauding this effort as Mayweather’s masterpiece.  I didn’t see it as such.  It was a clear win, but it wasn’t even a really solid one as I saw it.  I had it 115-113, though I acknowledge that I gave Guerrero all the toss-up rounds, of which I felt there were 3.


#10 Gabriel Rosado was the victim of a very questionable decision on the undercard, at middleweight against Mayweather protege J’Leon Love.  The only thing that can be said with any certainty is that both guys clearly won 3 rounds at least, that Love was dropped once, and that old judge Herb Santos had no intention of being fair to Rosado.  That being said, 4 of the 10 rounds were toss-ups, and the fight could have gone either way.  Since the fight was not at 154, and since Rosado never has his best outings at 160, combined with the fact that I thought he won the fight anyway, I will not allow the result to affect Rosado’s ranking here.


What does affect the rankings is the fact that as of Sunday, Mayweather has not fought at 154 in a year, and has no fight scheduled. Floyd is therefore removed.  This allows everyone ranked #7 and below last week to move up, which brings about Sergey Rabchenko’s debut in the top 10.  The #20 vacancy is claimed by Jack Culcay of Germany, who recently fought to what very easily could have been a draw against Argentina’s Guido Pitto (now #19), in a fight in which Pitto eked out a victory on 2 of the 3 official cards.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (14-96-111)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt, and has since reported that the fight is almost signed.
2) Saul Alvarez (14-114-129)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants Floyd next.  That fight had already appeared set for September up until a few weeks before he fought Trout.
3) Austin Trout (11-49-118)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.
4) Erislandy Lara (11-96-118)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (1-153-153)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (1-144-144)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
8) Alfredo Angulo (1-189-189)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
9) Gabriel Rosado (1-7-118)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado says he’s up for a rematch with Love.  It’s certainly warranted, though I had Rosado comfortably ahead the first time.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (1-1-47)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (1-95)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/24/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on May 24, on Friday Night Fights.
12) Lukas Konecny (1-91)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (1-24)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on either July 20 or 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (1-101)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
15) Yuri Foreman (1-15)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Sechew Powell (1-164)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Willie Nelson (1-10)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson is set to return on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard on June 29, but no opponent yet.  He was rumored to fight Joshua Clottey, but those rumors appear false.
18) Brian Rose (1-7)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has now stepped out of the moribund British light middleweight scene, and showed pretty well on the international scene against the reasonably credible Alcine.

19) Guido Pitto (1-2)

Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Jack Culcay (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.


The Week Ahead:  Nothing to report in the division this week.

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