Super Middleweight: 2013, Jul 1-7

In the Golovkin-Macklin co-feature on Saturday, #5 Thomas Oosthuizen got all he could handle (and then some) from previously mediocre-looking prospect Brandon Gonzales, who had been dominated not all that long ago by Ossie Duran.  Gonzales won 96-94 on my card, and there’s no way he did worse than a draw despite fading significantly as the fight progressed.  Glenn Feldman botched his job, scoring it 96-94 for Oosthuizen, and allowing the South African to escape with a split draw.  As is my policy in situations where I had it for one guy, and the worst that guy could expect was a draw, I will give Gonzales credit for a victory, while giving Oosthuizen the benefit of the doubt and limiting his damage to that consistent with the official result, a draw.

 

Earlier the same night in Bolton, England, borderline top 50 Englishman Tony Dodson was stopped in 6 by inactive journeyman Paul Smith, who thereby won the vacant British title and vaulted himself to relevance in doing so.

 

#17 Hadillah Mohoumadi got a big win at 175, in a fight which I’ve discussed in more depth at that weight.

 

With what amounts to a close win over the #5 contender, Gonzales debuts at #5.  With what amounts to a draw with an average prospect proven- at best- at the gatekeeper level, Oosthuizen is rather lucky to slump only to #7.  The more crowded top 10 now must exclude Christopher Rebrasse after 3 weeks at #10, as everyone ranked #7 and below last week moves down a notch.  #20 Don George is bumped out just a week after he lost by knockout to his own not-so-proven prospect.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (81-215-215)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has fights on the table with Stevenson and Froch.  He is trying to separate himself from promoter Dan Goossen, though, which might complicate matters.  Goossen has also said Ward wouldn’t take the Froch fight immediately, since he has been laid up with injury for the better part of a year.
1) Carl Froch (58-368-368)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: Unknown
HBO wants Froch to fight either Kessler, Ward, Golovkin, or Chavez.  Froch’s team is taking that under advisement, but would like to add domestic up-and-comers James DeGale and George Groves to the short list.  Froch seems most keen to fight Kessler again out of the group.  As for the IBF, they’ve made Groves the mandatory for Froch’s belt.
2) Robert Stieglitz (15-201-201)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Yuzo Kiyota
Stieglitz’s 7/13 opponent is a disappointing follow-up to his big victory over Abraham, as he’ll be fighting Japanese journeyman Yuzo Kiyota.
3) Mikkel Kessler (29-447-447)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (7-193-193)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Abraham is slated to fight Namibian journeyman Wilbeforce Shihepo on 8/24, and has no struck a deal to keep fighting until at least 2015.
5) Brandon Gonzales (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales at least earned a draw ith Oosthuizen despite fading late.  I had it a win, and I give him credit for that.
6) Adonis Stevenson (7-82-82)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson is now the #1 light heavyweight as well as the #6 Super Middleweight.  His mandatory at 175 is Tony Bellew, and he may or may not still have a mandatory shot at Carl Froch waiting at 168- probably not.  He has tons of options, overall.  He also wants Ward, and Cloud has been proposed as well.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (1-109-157)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen laid a complete, fully-formed goose egg in the first half of his fight with deserved underdog Brandon Gonzales, and was extremely lucky to escape with a draw.
8) George Groves (1-29-51)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves is pressuring Froch to fight him, and now has a mandatory position to bolster his case.
9) Sakio Bika (1-20-326)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika seems to consider an Andre Ward rematch his top priority.  The two fought a very close fight the first time around.
10) James DeGale (1-4-90)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (1-4)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse was so blatantly robbed against Ndiaye that I have to remember to point it out.  It’s so clearly a win that I almost forget the judges world-class crookedness. The EBU has ordered a rematch, as if one were needed.
12) Will Rosinsky (1-55)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosinsky will be removed next week if he hasn’t scheduled a fight at 168 by then.
13) Maxim Vlasov (1-34)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/12/2013- vs. Mark Suarez (UNR)
Vlasov’s opponent for 7/12 is Mark Suarez, who was roughly a welterweight gatekeeper when he was stopped by Kermit Cintron in his last fight, way back in 2006.
14) Edwin Rodriguez (1-24)
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.
15) Ezequiel Maderna (1-27)
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) Andy Lee (1-7)
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.
17) Caleb Truax (1-2)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- KO6 #15 Don George
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax says that his immediate future is at middleweight, though he doesn’t like to lose the extra 2-3 pounds unless necessary.
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-18)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi cancelled his long-scheduled fight with Giovanni De Carolis in favor of an opportunity with Pawel Glazewki at light heavyweight, it would appear.
19) Glen Johnson (1-9)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 8/23/2013- vs. Isiah Thomas (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson is being used as a stepping stone for undefeated Detroit light heavyweight prospect Isiah Thomas in August.
20) Don Mouton (1-7)
Last Fight: 5/3/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mouton deserved to beat Dirrell, whom he also spotted nearly a full weight class.  Mouton was also a short-notice opponent 

The Week Ahead: Nothing doing in the division this week.
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