Middleweight: 2013, Sep 30- Oct 6

Two-loss Quebec prospect David Lemieux had a pretty solid showing on Saturday’s Stevenson-Cloud undercard in Montreal against Marcus Upshaw, a lanky young fighter who varies between journeyman and gatekeeper depending on which of his varying personas shows up on a given night.  That is to say he’s fairly talented, but inconsistent.  This was not one of Upshaw’s more inspired performances.  Lemieux was in vintage form, showing heavy-handed power that produced a knockdown in the third round, while mixing his shots well to the head and body.  As for his reputation for fading after strong starts, it certainly didn’t become a problem in this fight, although I’m not sure he necessarily silenced many critics with the 8-round effort.  Even over that distance, he began to get inside on his tall opponent noticeably less frequently later in the fight.  That being said, he seemed to carry his power fairly well into the later rounds (even if his activity fell off somewhat), and neither I nor any of the judges felt he lost a round.  

 

#15 Bryan Vera acquitted himself well against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., but I won’t mention the fight in any greater detail here, as I have already discussed it in both the 175 and 168 updates.

 

Vera certainly didn’t hurt his cause, but it’s hard to give him much credit at 160 for a fight two divisions to the north, even if his opponent was recently ranked here.  If nothing else, though, it justifies his current rank in spite of his abysmal performance against Donatas Bondorovas in March.  Lemieux’s win, while nice, is not at a high enough level to alter his current standing.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (181-181-181)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.  He also said recently that he wants to defend in Argentina.  I would too, if I’d gotten the gift he got last time around.
1) Martin Murray (23-96-96)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Garth Wood (UNR)
Murray is the mandatory challenger for the Golovkin-Stevens winner, and will be fighting Garth Wood in Sydney on November 30.
2) Gennady Golovkin (14-57-120)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #17 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (7-7-103)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.
4) Felix Sturm (14-524-524)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (7-224-224)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  Geale wants to be back in December in any event.
6) Matthew Macklin (7-119-210)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
According to sources close to Willie Nelson, the tall Cleveland fringe contender is in talks to move up to 160 to fight Macklin on HBO in early December.
7) Peter Quillin (23-50-71)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. JMW #9 Gabriel Rosado
Quillin will fight the very solid Rosado on the Hopkins-Murat undercard, though his opponent is clearly much better at 154.
8) Dmitry Pirog (23-166-166)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
If there is no news on Pirog’s next fight by the beginning of next week, I’ll likely remove him at last. I gave him a lot of time due to his back injury, but at some point he’s got to be considered practically retired.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (14-30-153)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (29-140)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Rubio’s mandatory shot at Chavez for an alphabet belt now a pipe dream, Andy Lee is now campaigning for a shot at Rubio for the rather irrelevant vacant strap.
12) Anthony Mundine (29-140)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine is October 23 in Australia.
13) Max Bursak (4-140)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- UD12 Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak got a bit of a scare from underdog Blackwell, and it will be important for him to look strong in his next fight.
14) Caleb Truax (2-2)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax is targeting the big names in the division as he continues to build his resume at the lower levels.
15) Bryan Vera (2-50)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’d say 99% of all people that saw the fight believe Vera beat Chavez, which makes the fact that all three judges saw it the other way very suspicious.  One or two might be an aberration.  All three?  That sounds like the fix was in on some level.  Not that I thought any of the judges besides Gwen Adair were blatantly wrong…but still.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (2-129)
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. 
17) Curtis Stevens (2-9)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
18) Billi Godoy (2-7)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/29/2013- vs. Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Godoy will fight high-level domestic journeyman Jorge Heiland in Neuquen, Argentina on November 29, in a rematch of their July 2012 fight.
19) Danny Jacobs (2-6)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dmitry Chudinov (2-6)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- W (PTS8) vs. Max Maxwell (UNR) (at SMW/LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov weighed in at 174 to fight his already hopeless 162-pound opponent on September 21.  He’s invited a great deal of scrutiny over his weight and discipline in doing so.

 

The Week Ahead: There are two fights on Saturday to report from Mexico.

 

In Chihuahua, one-loss prospect Marcos Reyes battles decent journeyman Rogelio Medina.

 

Meanwhile, in Tijuana, undefeated Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui trades shots with mid-level Mexican journeyman Jesus Nerio in an 8-rounder.
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