Middleweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

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.

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