Middleweight: 2013, Jul 22-28

One-loss Argentine prospect (who would be undefeated if my scores carried the day) Billi Godoy won a pretty average 12-round decision over gatekeeper and countryman Mateo Veron in Neuquen, Argentina on Friday by margins of 4, 4, and 6 points.  Last week I billed Veron as a journeyman, which is normally my shorthand for a non-top-50 fighter.  I was in error, as Veron had revenged his earlier loss to Jorge Heiland last month in a fight that apparently didn’t make it to boxrec in time to catch my eye, and in doing so earned top 50 status once again.  As such, Godoy’s victory over him gained a level of significance that I hadn’t anticipated.  More on that below.


In last week’s preview, I billed recently-ranked Dmitry Chudinov’s fight with Patrick Mendy as a walkover for the Russian, and called the battle of undefeated prospects between Englishman Billy Joe Saunders and Irishman Gary O’Sullivan as a competitive battle.  It seems I was mistaken yet again.


Saunders pretty much dominated O’Sullivan, losing a total of one round among the three cards.  Meanwhile, on the same card, Chudinov struggled mightily with the lowly Patrick Mendy, a mid-level Gambian journeyman.  With no title at stake, the referee doubled as sole judge as happens in the UK, and he had it dead even at 76-76.  I can’t really criticize that.  I had Chudinov winning 77-75, but it could reasonably have gone anywhere between 79-73 Chudinov and 77-75 Mendy.  A draw is a pretty fair result, and a very unexpected one.  Mendy fought like a pure boxer for the most part, trying to potshot off the back foot.  He threw mostly arm punches, but outworked Chudinov enough to give himself an argument anyhow.  Chudinov came forward and mostly kept Mendy with his back more or less to the ropes, but didn’t cut the distance quickly enough to impose his will consistently or land squarely with any regularity.  He made a strategic error by headhunting way too often, and noticeably faded in the last couple rounds- perhaps as a consequence of so many whiffs.


Godoy’s win pays off for him, as he regains a ranking at #20 for the first time since October.  With that, Nobuhiro Ishida’s 72-week stint as a top-20 middleweight comes to an end.  Chudinov’s draw might end up as a blip on the radar, but for now it moves him back just a couple places further from a ranking that he held just a few weeks ago.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (171-171-171)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez is now making noise to the effect that he intends to fight Gennady Golovkin in 2014, but more recently stated that he wants the Mayweather-Canelo winner.
1) Martin Murray (13-86-86)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray looks like a good bet to fight Golovkin on November 2, in what would be the best matchup at 160 of 2013.
2) Gennady Golovkin (4-47-110)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
See Murray’s notes above.
3) Daniel Geale (4-214-214)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
4) Felix Sturm (4-514-514)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm wants to fight Geale by the end of the year if the Australian gets by Barker.
5) Matthew Macklin (13-109-200)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (13-112-130)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Bob Arum confirms Chavez-Vera, but on a new date of September 7, at Staples Center.  Apparently it will be at a contract weight “a few pounds” over the middleweight limit.  This is potentially problematic for Chavez’s continued ranking here.
7) Peter Quillin (13-40-61)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy intends to put Quillin on an October card in Brooklyn.  There are signs that his opponent might be Danny Jacobs.  If so, that’s a ridiculous match-up.  Jacobs has fought only ham-and-eggers since being knocked out by Pirog in 2010 and winning a fight with cancer.  A fight with Golovkin has been discussed, but that is complicated by the opposing network loyalties of the two fighters.
8) Dmitry Pirog (13-156-156)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
A recent interview with Pirog seemed to reveal underlying doubts as to his ability to return in August as planned and/or hoped for, but he says that return is still possible.  He says he won’t know until he puts a “heavy load” (ie fight camp) on his back if it will respond adequately or not.  If we don’t have positive news, at least, by the end of August, I’ll remove him, as it’s really been too long to keep hoping for a return.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (4-21-143)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (19-130)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Rubio will stay busy against Colombian journeyman Dionisio Miranda on July 27.
12) Anthony Mundine (19-130)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia, likely in October.
13) Osumanu Adama (19-122)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2013- vs. Doel Carasquillo (UNR)
Adama is back in action 7/26 against Puerto Rican journeyman and late replacement Doel Carasquillo.
14) Akio Shibata (12-12)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Darren Barker (12-93)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (12-130)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak may be back in September, and his EBU-mandated opponent will likely be Domenico Spada.
17) Demetrius Andrade (12-101)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gatekeeper and (technically) titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov hurt his back and had to withdraw from the “title defense” against Andrade.  It looks like Andrade might fight for the vacant or interim version against Vanes Martirosyan, all of this being at 154, and likely on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard.
18) Bryan Vera (12-40)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to September 7.
19) Grzegorz Proksa (4-119)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
20) Billi Godoy (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
So Veron is a naturally smaller domestic trial horse.  But Godoy has piled up wins of that kind, and the Argentine scene isn’t half bad overall.  His volume of wins like this are enough in my view to offset his debatable loss to Sanders.


The Week Ahead: Friday in Cicero, Illinois, #13 Osumanu Adama looks to rebound from his nearly disastrous performance in March against Grady Brewer.  He’ll fight low-level Puerto Rican journeyman Doel “Amish Guy” Carasquillo, a late replacement for the somewhat better Elco Garcia.


In Chihuahua, Mexico the following evening, #11 Marco Antonio Rubio stays busy against decent Colombian journeyman Dionisio Miranda. 


On the undercard, Mexican prospect Marcos Reyes looks to avenge the only loss of his career, from 2010, against otherwise unremarkable Argentine journeyman Amilcar Funes.  Funes has incidentally trimmed down since that fight and enters as the naturally smaller man, having contested his last bout at welterweight.


The Minneapolis fight between Derrick Findley and Phil Williams is between two guys who are probably reasonably capable of making 160, so there’s a small possibility- in the absence of specific information on the contract weight- that they might decide to make it a middleweight contest, and I will mention it here if it becomes relevant.

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