Super Middleweight: 2013, Jul 8-14

No action to report from last week, but the division’s contraction continues in earnest as Will Rosinsky is removed, having not fought at 168 in a year.  Don George regains a ranking at #20 as a result.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (82-216-216)
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 (59-369-369)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch-Groves appears likely for late 2013 or early 2014.
2) Robert Stieglitz (16-202-202)
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 (30-448-448)
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 (8-194-194)
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 now struck a deal to keep fighting until at least 2015.
5) Brandon Gonzales (2-2-2)
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 (8-83-83)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Purse bids have been ordered for Stevenson to fight Tony Bellew at 175.  That fight may signal the end of Stevenson’s ranking at 168, since his last fight here was in October.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (2-110-158)
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 (2-30-52)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves will likely fight Froch in late 2013 or early 2014.
9) Sakio Bika (2-21-327)
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 (2-5-91)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (2-5)
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) Maxim Vlasov (1-35)
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.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (1-25)
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.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (1-28)
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.
15) Andy Lee (1-8)
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.
16) Caleb Truax (1-3)
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.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-19)
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.
18) Glen Johnson (1-10)
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.
19) Don Mouton (1-8)
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.
20) Don George (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- L (KO6) vs. Caleb Truax (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
George has sworn off near-middleweight catchweights after blaming his dominant knockout loss to Truax on weight drain.

 

The Week Ahead: #12 Maxim Vlasov will be in action this Friday in Ventura, California.  His opponent is an interesting choice: Mark Suarez.  Suarez was roughly a gatekeeper way down at 147 when he last fought- and was stopped by an up-and-coming Kermit Cintron- way back in 2006.

 

Dresden, Germany is the site of a Saturday stay-busy fight for #2 Robert Stieglitz, who will trade with Yuzo Kiyota, a Japanese journeyman totally unworthy of this high-level an opportunity.

 

One light heavyweight fight should be mentioned here as well, since #13 Edwin Rodriguez is one party to that fight, at a 171.5 pound catchweight in Monte Carlo against #16 Light Heavyweight Denis Grachev.
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