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Heavyweight: 2013, Oct 14-20

Posted in Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2013 by danboxing
Nothing of note to discuss from last week.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko (225-438-438)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- UD12 #3 Alexander Povetkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Klitschko made no new fans with his unnecessarily dirty win over Povetkin.
1) Tyson Fury (6-117-117)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- KO7 #3 Steve Cunningham
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #2 David Haye
Fury-Haye has been rescheduled for February 8.
2) David Haye (6-66-66)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO5 #6 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: 2/8/2014- vs. #1 Tyson Fury
See Fury’s notes, above.
3) Alexander Povetkin (6-312-312)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Wladimir Klitschko
Next Fight: Unknown
It feels like Povetkin’s technical qualifications to fight a Klitschko was the only factor that made him remotely interesting within the division.  I’m not sure where he goes from here.
4) Steve Cunningham (6-43-43)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L (KO7) vs. #6 Tyson Fury
Next Fight: Unknown
Cunningham is now sparring with the man that knocked him out in April- Tyson Fury.
5Tomasz Adamek (6-182-182)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- UD10 Dominick Guinn (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- #17 Vyacheslav Glazkov
With the Bryant Jennings proposal falling apart over money, Adamek will now be fighting Glazkov in one of NBC’s mid-afternoon telecasts.
6) Kubrat Pulev (6-76-153)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 #11 Tony Thompson
Next Fight: Unknown
Pulev will now be at least one of Wlad’s mandatories after beating Thompson.  There is serious talk of him fighting Chisora for a European title in the mean time.
7) Dereck Chisora (6-98-161)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO5 Edmund Gerber (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Arnold Gjergjaj (UNR)
Chisora might have a fight with Pulev on the horizon, but for now he’ll be fighting untested Albanian Arnold Gjergjaj on November 30.
8) Odlanier Solis (6-30-177)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO7 Yakup Saglam (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Solis was scheduled to fight Carlos Takam in the WBC World Cup, but that organization once again proved that one old man is bigger than the sport, as Jose Sulaiman’s illness cancelled (or at least delayed) the whole thing.
9) Bermane Stiverne (6-17-33)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12 #15 Chris Arreola
Next Fight: Unknown
Stiverne said after being challenged to a rematch by Chris Arreola that he will wait on Klitschko and will not consider that fight.
10) Chris Arreola (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- TKO1 #12 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Arreola may be a candidate for Wilder, or could fight for a vacant title in a rematch with Stiverne, should Vitali retire.
11) Tony Thompson (17-177)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- L (UD12) vs. #8 Kubrat Pulev
Next Fight: Unknown
Thompson may have come up a bit short against Pulev, but he proved that even at 41, he’s still a challenge for obviously top-10 opposition.
12) Erkan Teper (6-7)
Last Fight: 8/31/2013- TKO1 Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Martin Rogan (UNR)
Irish sources are reporting that Teper will be fighting Rogan in Germany in November.
13) Deontay Wilder (6-25)
Last Fight: 8/9/2013- KO1 Sergei Liakhovich (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Nicolai Firtha (UNR)
Wilder is set to fight Ohio journeyman Nicolai Firtha on the Hopkins-Murat undercard.
14) Robert Helenius (6-177)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W*(UD10) vs. Michael Sprott (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Helenius intends to sit out the rest of his Sauerland contract, which might only last until the end of 2013 (though that issue might be litigated), and is moving back to Finland.  There is also speculation in the air that the long-term prognosis on his hand injury is very poor, and it might very well end his career at anything but a local level.
15) Alexander Dimitrenko (6-144)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Ivica Perkovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dimitrenko is rumored at least to be fighting Sam Sexton in the first round of the WBC World Cup, but that tournament appears to be in limbo for the time being, at least.
16) Seth Mitchell (6-19)
Last Fight: 9/7/2013- L (TKO1) vs. Chris Arreola (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mitchell’s chin is so fragile that he might want to consider calling it a career.
17) Vyacheslav Glazkov (7-43)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- TKO2 Byron Polley (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #5 Tomasz Adamek
Glazkov will go from a non-TV tune-up directly to a NBC-televised afternoon showdown with Adamek.
18) Malik Scott (7-34)
Last Fight: 7/20/2013- L (KO6*) vs. #8 Dereck Chisora
Next Fight: Unknown
Scott was up at 9.5 and ready to go, but Phil Edwards called the fight off in an unfortunate SNAFU.  That being said, Chisora was coming on and I already had him ahead.  Scott probably would have gone on to lose anyway.
19) Johnathon Banks (7-48)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- L (UD12) vs. #20 Seth Mitchell
Next Fight: Unknown
Banks apparently dinged his hands up pretty good in the Mitchell fight- an alternate explanation for those who, like me, thought his inexplicable failure to follow up on his early success was a bit suspicious.  He’s been doing physical therapy, and is about ready to get back in the ring.  He’d like a rematch with Mitchell, but unfortunately a trilogy probably isn’t of much benefit to the fragile young contender at this point.
20) Denis Boytsov (7-226)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- KO3 Alexander Nesterenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. Alex Leapai (UNR)
Boytsov suffered a minor knee injury, pushing his return back to November 23.  He will fight Samoan gatekeeper Alex Leapai.  No world-beater, but his best opponent in a while.


THE WEEK AHEAD: Saturday in Leipzig, Lebanese-born German one-loss prospect Manuel Charr takes on mid-range Russian journeyman Denis Bakhtov on the Stieglitz-Ekpo undercard.


Later that night in Cuajimalpa, Mexico, undefeated prospect Gerald Washington fights weak journeyman Travis Fulton.

Welterweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by danboxing
Two-loss Namibian fringe prospect Bethuel Ushona on Saturday won a clear-cut decision over former 140-pound titlist Kaizer Mabuza (now merely a gatekeeper at 147), dropping the South African once in the process.  Ushona has now become a minor player in the division, settling in right around #30 in the unofficial rankings.


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. (180-212-212)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (100-100-100)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #17 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 (100-253-253)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #4 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 (21-21-21)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #11 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
4) Devon Alexander (17-85-85)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander’s team has set October 7 as a deadline for getting their proposed December 7 fight signed.  That deadline has nearly passed, however, and there are rumors of a November 30 fight in St. Louis, or a December 7 matchup with Luis Collazo, instead.
5) Marcos Maidana (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
After much speculation, Maidana-Broner appears done for December 14 on Showtime PPV.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (11-11-37)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #12 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass will fight Keith Thurman in Brooklyn on December 7.
7) Robert Guerrero (11-46-63)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.
8) Kell Brook (21-128-128)
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’d better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (21-70-70)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bailey says he intends to tune-up on October 26 and is targeting Kevin Bizier after that.
10) Josesito Lopez (18-68-68)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
The Ring’s website has Lopez returning sometime November against fringe prospect Aaron Martinez.
11) Andre Berto (11-46)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
12) Keith Thurman (11-31)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)

Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #6 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (11-69)
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 (11-24)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.
15) Jan Zaveck (11-200)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Zaveck is back in action on the undercard of Stieglitz-Ekpo in Leipzig, against French journeyman Sebastien Allais.
16) Selcuk Aydin (11-234)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- W (RTD4) vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Timothy Bradley (11-70)
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 (11-30)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW #3 Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (4-4)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
20) Leonard Bundu (4-16)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Lee Purdy (UNR)
Bundu will fight British gatekeeper Lee Purdy December 14 in London.


The Week Ahead: Undefeated prospect and fringe contender Jessie Vargas takes on decent journeyman “Sugar Ray” Narh on Friday in Vegas.


The big one is the following night in the same town, as #1 Juan Manuel Marquez battles #17 Timothy Bradley, who is probably a bit better than his ranking, having enjoyed a long reign at or near the top at 140.  This will headline HBO’s PPV event that night.


On the non-televised undercard, undefeated prospect Brad Solomon duels with fairly high-level journeyman Kenny Abril.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by danboxing
#7 Miguel Cotto demolished #11 Delvin Rodriguez in Orlando on Saturday.  In doing so, he looked like the aggressive destroyer of days gone by, and silenced at least some of the critics that have been suggesting he’s on his way to mediocrity to varying degrees essentially since the Margarito loss.  He needed just over 2 rounds to get rid of Rodriguez, who was totally overwhelmed.  Cotto’s devastating body shots re-emerged after roughly a half-decade in mothballs.  Very impressive outing.


Larry Ekundayo was supposed to be fighting earlier that night in London, but the fight fell through.


Friday in Ghent, Belgium, local one-loss prospect Sasha Yengoyan got the best win of his career so far, stopping French gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta in four.  I can’t find a video of the fight anywhere, so I can’t report anything more specific than the result.


Cotto-Rodriguez, perhaps surprisingly, does not produce a shake-up, as the result basically stands in equilibrium with the status quo (too much Latin for one sentence?), and thus both men retain their prior ranking.  Two chanes do occur this week, however, as last week’s #12 Lukas Konecny is removed, since he has moved up to 160 and hasn’t fought at this weight in a year, and #13 Keith Thurman is removed for scheduling a fight at welterweight for after the one year anniversary of his last fight at 154.  This allows the older Charlo twin, Jermall, to debut at #19 on the strength of his August stoppage of Antwone Smith, while Jack Culcay debuts at #20.  Last week’s #14 Vanes Martirosyan moves up two spots to #12.  This major shake-up gives me occasion to re-examine the resume of Yuri Foreman (#15 last week), and since his second-best win is well over 5 years old at this point and his resume in general is decaying, he actually loses ground and slides back to #16.  This allows #16 Willie Nelson to catapult all the way to #13.  Brian Rose and the younger Charlo brother also see the benefit of all these moves, settling in at #14 and 15 respectively.  Pitto and Brook each move up two spots to #17 and 18, as well.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (36-118-133)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina’s team wants to match him against Canelo, a proposition that Mayweather himself blessed in the aftermath of his own fight with Alvarez.  He also has an eye on Cotto, and has drawn interest from Angulo, as well.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather intends to fight twice in 2014: on May 3 and September 13, if all goes to plan.  Amir Khan is the rumored opponent for May 3.
3) Saul Alvarez (4-136-151)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
4) Austin Trout (4-71-140)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout says he would like a rematch with Canelo or Cotto, and it’s also not clear if the prospect of a Lara fight is entirely a thing of the past or not. 
5) Erislandy Lara (4-118-140)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara says he must beat guys like Canelo, Molina, or Trout before deserving a Mayweather shot.  He might be co-headlining a November 30 card in San Antonio.
6) Ishe Smith (4-33-33)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith sounds like he’s open to a variety of options for his next fight.  Anything from a Molina rematch, to Trout, to Angulo or Lara.
7) Miguel Cotto (4-175-175)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto looked beastly against Rodriguez, and despite not getting much of a rankings bump off of it, appears to be back on track for big fights.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (4-166-166)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage might be fighting a re-match with gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov on November 9 in Russia.
9) Alfredo Angulo (4-211-211)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has been in a war of words with his last opponent, Lara, that may or may not lead anywhere, and would like to fight Carlos Molina.  He expects to be back in December.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (23-23-69)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)

Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko is already in camp for his re-match with Cedric Vitu, with the fight set for November in Bulgaria.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (23-117)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
12) Vanes Martirosyan (1-123)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Martirosyan-Andrade has been moved up a week to November 9.
13) Willie Nelson (1-32)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #6 MW Matthew Macklin (at MW)
Nelson’s stay-busy fight with Dante Moore was cancelled on short notice, but he appears poised to move up to 160 to fight proven contender Matthew Macklin at that weight, likely in December.
14) Brian Rose (1-29)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Rose will be back on the Brook-Senchenko undercard in Sheffield, and will be fighting Argentine prospect Javier Maciel- certainly his toughest opponent since capturing the British title.
15) Jermell Charlo (1-18)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/14/2013- vs. Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Charlo will headline a Fox Sports 1 card on October 14 against mid-range journeyman Jose Angel Rodriguez.
16) Yuri Foreman (1-37)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is very slowly stepping up his level of opposition as his comeback gradually picks up steam.
17) Guido Pitto (1-24)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
A Culcay-Pitto rematch was postponed due to headliner Marco Huck’s elbow injury, and will now happen on October 26 in Oldenburg.
18) Kell Brook (1-13)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR) (at WW)
Brook gets Senchenko in late October in Sheffield.  Since it’s a non-title fight, there’s always the chance it could creep up over 147 and thus affect his ranking here.
19) Jermall Charlo (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- TKO7 Rogelio De la Torre (UNR) (as MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20)  Jack Culcay (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. #17 Guido Pitto
See Pitto’s notes, above.


The Week Ahead:  Saturday in Guarulhos, near Sao Paolo, Brazil, local gatekeeper Anderson Clayton looks to follow up on his April victory over serious prospect Sebastien Madani by taking on unproven one-loss Argentine fringe prospect Dario Pucheta.

Middleweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday played host to two Mexican notables in action.


In Chihuahua, one-loss prospect Marcos “Dorado” Reyes overcame a constantly bloody cut over his eye for the last nine rounds of his scheduled twelve with determined journeyman pressure fighter Rogelio “Porky” Medina to control the last half of what was a generally high-action affair.  To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have watched the fight (which was kinda hard to come by in the USA) if I hadn’t seen that it ended up as a majority decision.  It was an excellent fight, but it wasn’t that close.  I had it 118-110 Reyes, and it was certainly between 119-109 and 116-112 (two judges had it 116-112 and 117-111).  So with regard to the judge who scored it badly as a draw, I am not sure whether to be irritated with him for wasting an hour of my time that I could have spent curing cancer or saving the whales, or whether I should thank him for allowing me to see a pretty good fight that I otherwise wouldn’t have.  Either way- not the strongest judging effort.


Meanwhile, in Tijuana, undefeated Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui stopped relatively low-level Mexican journeyman Jesus Nerio in round six of a scheduled eight, in a fight I did ultimately not end up watching.


The only changes this week stem from the simple fact that enough is enough on waiting for Dmitry Pirog’s injury situation to clear up.  His team announced months ago that he was ready to fight again and would be announcing his next fight soon, but that still hasn’t happened.  Pirog hasn’t fought since early May of 2012.  There’s little or no doubt that his injury is a legitimate thing, and I have no doubt he would like to fight again.  The only question is how long one can be out due to injury before he’s effectively retired until further notice.  That line has been crossed as far as I’m concerned.  I’ll try to use this time frame as precedent for similar situations in the future.  Everyone ranked #9-20 last week moves up a spot, allowing Marco Antonio Rubio into the top 10 for the first time since his early February 2012 loss to Chavez.  The vacancy at #20 is filled by Akio Shibata, who has been hanging around that spot since losing to recent Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata in August.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (182-182-182)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez wants to fight Miguel Cotto at 158.
1) Martin Murray (24-97-97)
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 (15-58-121)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #16 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 (8-8-104)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Another excellent middleweight match-up in 2013, as Barker will take on Felix Sturm in Germany on December 7.
4) Felix Sturm (15-525-525)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #3 Darren Barker
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (8-225-225)
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.  March appears to be the current target.
6) Matthew Macklin (8-120-211)
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 (24-51-72)
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) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (1-31-154)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Sergio Mora (1-15-15)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (1-1-141)
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.
11) Anthony Mundine (1-141)
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.
12) Max Bursak (1-141)
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.
13) Caleb Truax (1-3)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports that Truax plans to fight again in January.
14) Bryan Vera (1-51)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks like Vera will get a rematch in December of his borderline-robbery loss to Chavez.  HBO might televise if they can squeeze the money from their budget.  Otherwise, it might be on an independent pay-per-view.
15) Grzegorz Proksa (1-130)
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. 
16) Curtis Stevens (1-10)
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.
17) Billi Godoy (1-8)
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.
18) Danny Jacobs (1-7)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dmitry Chudinov (1-7)
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.
20) Akio Shibata (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Ryoto Murata (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: No action to report for the division this week.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2013 by danboxing
No meaningful action to report from last week.


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (95-229-229)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #12 Edwin Rodriguez
Ward has finally secured an opponent for his November 16 return: two-division fringe contender Edwin Rodriguez.
1) Carl Froch (72-382-382)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #7 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (29-215-215)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (43-461-461)
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 (21-207-207)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Abraham continues to pursue a trilogy with Stieglitz, with both men fighting inferior opposition in the interim.  Abraham is in a little tougher this time around than is Stieglitz, at least on paper.  He faces borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis.  It’s a little sad that that looks good by comparison to Stieglitz’s opponent.
5) Brandon Gonzales (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales says that his team is working on a fight for the Ward-Rodriguez card on November 16.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (2-123-171)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #14 Ezequiel Maderna
Oosthuizen has a significant- albeit risky- opportunity to redeem himself against credible Argentine fringe contender Ezequiel Maderna in South Africa on November 9.
7) George Groves (2-43-65)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
8) Sakio Bika (2-34-340)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika apparently is dealing with a shoulder injury.  He was evidently planning to fight Anthony Dirrell on October 26, but will instead fight him at some undetermined later date.  He’s looking to return in December.
9) James DeGale (2-18-104)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
DeGale will return to action in Bluewater, Kent on November 16, with an opponent to be named.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (2-2-18)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges’ completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
11) Maxim Vlasov (2-48)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov will fight in Krasnodar, Russia this November, on the undercard of a rather silly heavyweight fight between 44 year-old has-been Oleg Maskaev and Corey Sanders (not to be confused with the late Corrie Sanders, who has actually fought more recently).  I don’t have the exact date or opponent yet.
12) Edwin Rodriguez (2-38)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Rodriguez will get a shot at reigning two-division Champion Andre Ward in mid-November, after a drama-filled negotiation.
13) Ezequiel Maderna (2-41)
Last Fight: 9/6/2013- UD10 Arnaldo Alcides Benitez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Maderna will get a big opportunity in South Africa against Oosthuizen, who showed a great deal of vulnerability in his last fight.  That being said, from what I’ve seen of Maderna, his style is night and day different from Brandon Gonzales.
14) Andy Lee (2-21)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee is pushing hard for an interim title fight with Rubio, which he hopes would lead to a shot at the full title against Martinez.
15) Ryoto Murata (2-7)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata joins Lee and Truax as Middleweights who can claim a ranking in this very shallow division by beating an opponent a few pounds or less over 160.  But he comes with a twist…he’s done so in his very first fight.
16) Caleb Truax (2-16)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax has made good on his move back down to 160, knocking out a halfway decent prospect in Ceresso Fort.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (2-32)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi-De Carolis was cancelled on short notice, and I’ve heard nothing of his next move.
18) Glen Johnson (2-23)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson needs to schedule a fight at 168 before mid-December to keep his ranking.
19) Badou Jack (2-12)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- Draw (MD12) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack would like a shot at Sakio Bika next, though Bika appears to be tied up with Dirrell at present.
20) Don Mouton (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/13/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: This is to be a second consecutive quiet week in the division.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2013 by danboxing
Gatekeeper Nadjib Mohammedi won the French title from prospect Patrick Bois with a competitive 10-round decision in Vignes aux Bois, France on Friday, in the week’s only meaningful action.  No changes to the rankings.


Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (57-57-57)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #14 Edwin Rodriguez (at SMW)
After tons of posturing, Ward-Rodriguez is now done for 11/16 in Ontario, California.
1) Adonis Stevenson (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- TKO7 #8 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. #6 Tony Bellew
Stevenson is set to fight Tony Bellew on November 30 in a quick turnaround from his fight two months earlier.
2) Bernard Hopkins (57-383-383)
Last Fight: 3/9/2012- UD12 #6 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Karo Murat (UNR)
Hopkins-Murat has been reset for October 26, with Showtime televising.
3) Sergey Kovalev (17-38-38)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- TKO4 #8 Nathan Cleverly
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev’s mandatory is Braehmer, and Fonfara has been rumored, as well.  Word is HBO is working to put him in a doubleheader with Adonis Stevenson on November 30.
4) Chad Dawson (17-384-384)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L(TKO1) vs. SMW #6 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Dawson may be returning sometime in November.
5) Andrzej Fonfara (8-8-65)
Last Fight: 8/16/2013- KO9 #6 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
See Kovalev’s notes, above.
6) Tony Bellew (8-104-104)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #7 Isaac Chilemba
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Bellew will fight Stevenson on his November 30 birthday.
7) Gabriel Campillo (8-172-172)
Last Fight: 8/16/2013- L (KO9) vs. #14 Andrzej Fonfara
Next Fight: Unknown
Campillo might be on his way to deserved obscurity after being robbed of deserved prominence for so much of his career.  He still has plenty of boxing skill, but his will might be fading just a bit.
8) Tavoris Cloud (8-215-215)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud should probably get himself back in the win column at some point.
9) Nathan Cleverly (8-192-192)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (TKO4) vs. #3 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown
After originally indicating retirement as a possibility, Cleverly has now called for a rematch with Kovalev.  He obviously could stand to rebuild a bit first, though.
10) Isaac Chilemba (8-28-88)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #9 Tony Bellew
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba has recently signed with Main Events, the Northeastern US-based promotional outfit whose NBC affiliation has them solidly in the 2nd tier of American promotional firms, behind Golden Boy and Top Rank.  With the company currently working with HBO in search of a November 30 date for Kovalev, one might wonder if they intend to make Chilemba that opponent.
11) Cornelius White (8-95)
Last Fight: 6/14/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Sergey Kovalev
Next Fight: Unknown
White was blasted out by Kovalev, but at least he has good company in that regard.
12) Jürgen Brähmer (7-77)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Stefano Abatangelo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer is Kovalev’s mandatory, for whatever that’s worth.
13) Cedric Agnew (7-26)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew was approved by HBO as a potential November 30 opponent for Kovalev, but reportedly turned down the opportunity.
14) Edwin Rodriguez (8-13)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
See Ward’s notes, above.
15) Lucian Bute (13-49)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 1/18/2014- vs. Jean Pascal (UNR)
Bute-Pascal has been pushed back to January 18.
16) Hadillah Mohoumadi (13-15)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 CW #20 Pawel Glazewski
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi’s fight with De Carolis was briefly rescheduled, but then appears to have been cancelled entirely.
17) Eleider Alvarez (2-37)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- UD10 Edison Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Enzo Maccarinelli (2-8)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- TKO11 Ovill McKenzie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maccarinelli has revitalized his career to an extent with the gutsy McKenzie win.
19) Denis Grachev (2-76)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- L (TKO1) vs. #13 SMW Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dmitry Sukhotsky (2-154)
Last Fight: 6/4/2013- KO3 Mikhail Krinitsin (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotsky may be sticking around at 168 from now on, but only time will tell.  He has until December to schedule a fight at 175 if he wants to keep his ranking.


The Week Ahead: Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand fringe contender Robert Berridge stays busy with Argentine journeyman Mariano Riva. 


Next door in Parkville, Australia, Aussie one-loss middleweight prospect Jarrod Fletcher is also in a bit light the following evening, in a 6-rounder against Queensland journeyman Tim Kanofski.


And Saturday in Guarulhos, Brazil, local one-loss prospect Jackson Junior battles veteran Argentine journeyman Francisco Mora.