Welterweight: 2013, Aug 5-11

Philadelphia journeyman Ray Robinson got the biggest win of his career thus far on Friday in Newark, Delaware, stopping Ghanaian gatekeeper Ray Narh in 7.

 

The same night on Friday Night Fights from Miami, Oklahoma, gatekeeper and former contender Kermit Cintron subjected a national audience to one of the worst fights in history.  It was a hugging match.  It was as badly refereed as it was fought, as Gerald Ritter totally failed to control the fight early, and then started taking points (all from Cintron’s fringe prospect opponent Jonathan Batista) at the very end of the fight, when they theoretically meant the most.  He also scored a knockdown in favor of Cintron that was questionable at best.  That’s a 3 point swing in a fight that could have gone either way.  Speaking of which, the judges were equally incompetent or biased.  Chris Ritter (who pulled off another botch-job in the main event) had it 98-88, David Sutherland had it 98-89, and Jerry Griffin had it the same.  I had it 94-93 for Cintron with all the awful actions by the referee factored in.  All of the judges had at one or two clear Batista rounds- as well as all of the toss-ups- for Cintron.  Even with a good ref, it’s possible to give the fight to Cintron, but all of these judges should be ashamed.  Perhaps it’s better that Cintron got the win in one sense, though.  Batista came in as a nobody, and Cintron didn’t do his career any favors even in victory.  And even though Batista was trying slightly harder to make a fight out of it, his style and effort didn’t exactly deserve a victory in my book either.  So for rankings purposes, the Cintron win means the fight has little or not impact, which is about what it deserves.  That being said, it’s clear that Cintron is finished- especially in TV fights.

 

Finally, 25 year-old gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. won a comfortable decision over low-level journeyman Rodolfo Quintanilla on Saturday in Tijuana, dropping his man in the first round for good measure.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (171-203-203)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (91-91-91)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (91-244-244)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A junior middleweight contest against Anthony Mundine in Australia sounds very likely for the Fall.
4) Devon Alexander (8-76-76)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is reportedly working on a November 9 fight with Broner.  Reportedly it might be a Showtime Pay-per-View.  Broner is nowhere near a PPV attraction for me, so I’m definitely not sure about buying this one, if true, as much as I like Maidana.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (2-2-28)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Soto Karass obviously had a little help from Berto’s bad shoulder, but he was ahead in the fight even before the injury.
7) Robert Guerrero (2-37-54)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero might be on a collision-course with fast-rising prospect Keith Thurman for November 2.
8) Kell Brook (12-119-119)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’s better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (12-61-61)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (9-59-59)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez suffered an injury, and will no longer be fighting on September 6.
11) Andre Berto (2-37)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
If you’d heard before the fight that Berto was going to get stopped by Soto Karass, you’d have probably assumed it was going to end Berto’s career at the elite level.  In reality, perhaps it didn’t, given his brave comeback from a shoulder injury.
12) Keith Thurman (2-22)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Guerrero’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (2-60)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-15)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently the reports that Abregu would be opening up the Chavez-Vera broadcast on September 7 were incorrect.  Instead, Abregu will likely fight either Brad Solomon or Wale Omotoso on one of 3 possible Saturdays in October.
15) Jan Zaveck (2-191)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Selcuk Aydin (2-225)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Timothy Bradley (2-61)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (2-21)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW#? Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Leonard Bundu (2-7)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Jessie Vargas (2-2)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD10 Wale Omotoso (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vargas will look to follow up on his career-best win against Omotoso with an appearance against a TBA opponent on the Marquez-Bradley undercard.

 

The Week Ahead: No fights of note within the division this week.
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