Middleweight: 2013, Oct 28- Nov 3

Regarding the week’s biggest fight in the division:
It began as a good fight.  It ended as an inconclusive disappointment.  But sadly, that was probably preferable to the result that was being cooked up in the background, which would have been as atrocious a decision as I’ve ever seen.  #7 Peter Quillin won the first three rounds, and added a knockdown.  On my card, Gabe Rosado came back to win 5 of the last 6, drawing the fight even.  The reasonable range of possible scoring was anywhere from 87-83 for Quillin and 86-84 for Rosado, who had clearly taken over the fight by then.  He was backing Quillin up and outpunching him, and Kid Chocolate was clearly fading.  Unfortunately, Rosado suffered a gruesome cut on his eyelid that was from a punch.  The fight was stopped, and I can’t argue with that result.


But here’s where it gets really disgusting.  Kason Cheeks.  The guy had it 90-80.  A shutout.  Seriously.  Okay, look…I think I’m through speculating about what makes judges do the unthinkable.  And this was unthinkable.  Was he paid off?  Was he drunk?  Was he asleep?  Who knows.  All I know is this: that level of incompetence, corruption, or whatever it actually was, means that this man is never to be trusted judging a fight.  Ever.  It’s not worth trying to rehabilitate him.  There are plenty of 5 year-olds that would do a better job without fail.  He shouldn’t even be allowed to buy ringside seats, on the off chance that he might form an opinion.  I’d have to look back at the long list, but this strikes me as probably the single worst scorecard of the year.  I believe I’ve scored two fights that he judged and which went to the cards.  One he did just fine…but on the other, he turned in an unreasonable shutout scorecard in a close fight between Jonathan Batista and Emmanuel Lartey.  


And his card was so wreakingly bad that it obscures a card from Waleska Roldan that was only marginally less insane at 89-81, and a reasonable but, I think, rather biased 87-83 from Ron McNair.  The overall judging hardly gets worse.  If I’m this exercised about a robbery that didn’t actually get executed, I’m probably kinda glad that it didn’t reach its natural conclusion.


Earlier that night on the undercard of Abraham-De Carolis in Oldenburg, Austrian prospect Marcos Nader looked pretty good against Spanish journeyman Luis Crespo.  But he should have.  Crespo hurt his left arm very early in the fight, and probably wasn’t very good to begin with.  He probably only landed about one or two punches the entire fight, which ended in the corner at the bell to begin the 7th round.


Backtracking to Friday, one-loss local prospect Nick Brinson won every round of his 8-rounder with Cuban journeyman Lester Gonzalez.


The question is what to do with the Quillin-Rosado fight.  Underlying my decisions is the fundamental question, “What has he proved?”  That goes for both the positive and the negative.  So what did Quillin and Rosado prove, respectively?  Quillin proved nothing close to superiority over a guy that hasn’t made any kind of real splash at a high level, except at 154.  Rosado, for his part, would have needed a big finish to have ended the fight with a truly clear victory.  So as I said in the second line of the post, it was inconclusive.  Quillin gets a TKO win and gets to keep his alphabet title with no argument.  That’s all well and good.  But just as Jean Paul Mendy’s disqualification victory over Sakio Bika proved nothing, and Vitali Klitschko’s TKO of Odlanier Solis proved nothing due to the collapse of Solis’ knee, neither does this fight.  To use a cliche, the result is what it is…and it ain’t much.  No changes.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (185-185-185)
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 (27-100-100)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 12/11/2013- vs. Garth Wood (UNR)
Murray-Wood has a new date of December 11 in Sydney.
2) Gennady Golovkin (18-61-124)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #15 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 (11-11-107)
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 (18-528-528)
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 (11-228-228)
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 (11-123-214)
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.  There is also talk of a March bout with Andy Lee.
7) Peter Quillin (27-54-75)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looked like Quillin was on his way to defeat, but it turns out he was on his way to a blatant robbery victory when Rosado’s eyelid gave way to a lucky punch and made it all academic.  Quillin will need to do better than that.
8) Sergio Mora (2-18-18)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Milton Nunez (UNR)
Mora will fight Milton Nunez- best known for nearly knocking out Deandre Latimore a couple years ago- on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-4-144)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Anthony Mundine (2-2-144)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mosley-Mundine is off, due to an apparent monetary breach of the fight contract by Mundine’s side.
11) Max Bursak (2-144)
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.
12) Caleb Truax (2-6)
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.
13) Bryan Vera (2-54)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk of a December rematch with Chavez, but February now looks more likely.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (2-133)
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. 
15) Curtis Stevens (2-13)
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.
16) Billi Godoy (2-11)
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.
17) Danny Jacobs (2-10)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is apparently looking to match Jacobs and Quillin on February 1 in Brooklyn.
18) Dmitry Chudinov (2-10)
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.
19) Akio Shibata (2-4)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Ryoto Murata (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-2)
Last Fight: 8/4/2013- KO2 Elly Pangaribuan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: #2 Gennady Golovkin headlines the week and a Madison Square Garden card against #15 Curtis Stevens on Saturday.

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