Welterweight: 2013, Nov 25- Dec 1

Randall Bailey won on a DQ in Tampa, Florida on Saturday against Humberto Toledo, an experienced Ecuadorian journeyman who was DQ’d in Florida a few years ago for biting an opponent’s neck.  This time he got the same treatment for shoving the referee.  So Bailey got the win, but more importantly, unlike Toledo, he made 147 and thus regained rankability after being removed for inactivity a month ago.


Saturday in Macau, China, #3 Manny Pacquiao more or less dominated top-5 junior welterweight contender Brandon Rios over the 12 round distance.  It was a pretty darned easy fight to score.  Rios clearly won round 3, and Pacquiao clearly won every other round.  Harold Lederman (who always gives Pacquiao a free round or two) and judge Michael Pernick both missed Rios’ performance in the 3rd and had it a shutout.  Manfred Kuechler found an extra round for Rios (perhaps the 8th, which was the only other round that was even seriously competitive), and Lisa Giampa nailed it at 119-109.  Pacquiao was, as is usually the case, very quick with good footwork.  He darted in from angles and kept Rios off balance and off rhythm for virtually the entire fight.  Though Rios has a pretty good chin, I think it’s fair to say that Manny really is not as concussive a puncher as he was a few years ago, but there wasn’t much else to fault in his performance.


When it comes to Jessie Vargas, Randall Bailey giveth, and Randall Bailey taketh away.  When Bailey was removed 5 weeks ago for inactivity, Vargas assumed the #20 spot that he has maintained ever since.  Now that Bailey returns at his familiar #10 perch, Vargas is forced back out.  Everyone ranked #10 and below last week loses ground along with him, including Josesito Lopez, who falls to #11.  Pacquiao simply can’t advance past the guy that clearly beat him and then knocked him out within the past couple years, and so he remains at #3.  Rios still lacks any wins at 147, and is thus ineligible.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (187-219-219)
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) Timothy Bradley (7-7-77)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley says he wants a rematch with Pacquiao, and has also expressed interest in a likely impossible match-up with Mayweather.  
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (7-107-107)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez indicates that he’ll most likely retire if he can’t get a Bradley rematch, but has also been challenged by Provodnikov.
3) Manny Pacquiao (7-260-260)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao’s logical next move after re-establishing himself against Rios would be a rematch against either Bradley or Marquez, since a Mayweather fight is now more impossible than ever before.
4) Shane Mosley (7-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #10 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mundine-Mosley is now back on, having been delayed just over a month by major contractual issues.
5) Devon Alexander (7-92-92)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Alexander’s fight with prospect Shawn Porter has been bumped back from November 30 to December 7, and will now be in Brooklyn instead of San Antonio.
6) Marcos Maidana (7-25-25)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
The Maidana-Broner fight on December 14 will now headline a regular Showtime Championship boxing broadcast, instead of a PPV, as the undercard has suffered significant collapses.
7) Jesus Soto Karass (7-18-44)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass’s fight with Thurman has been moved from the December 7 Malignaggi-Judah undercard in Brooklyn to the following week’s pay-per-view tilt between Broner and Maidana.
8) Robert Guerrero (7-53-70)
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.  He’s also been rumored to be in the mix to fight Khan, though his team has denied it.
9) Kell Brook (7-135-135)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook is now the mandatory for the winner of Alexander-Porter, and has talked about wanting to fight Broner, as well as his domestic rival Khan.
10) Randall Bailey (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (1-75)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 12/13/2013- vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Just days after the fight was announced, Lopez’s December 13 opponent for on an FS1-televised card from Indio, California, Aaron Martinez, withdrew with injury.  He’ll now be fighting veteran Mike Arnaoutis, instead.
12) Andre Berto (1-53)
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.
13) Keith Thurman (1-38)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #7 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
14) Chris van Heerden (1-76)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden is said to be planning a momentous fight in the US in February, but there’s also an effort underway to get him on a South African show in February, as well.
15) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-31)
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.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
16) Jan Zaveck (1-207)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
17) Selcuk Aydin (1-241)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- W (RTD4) vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator between Aydin and Viktor Postol for a shot at Garcia’s Championship at 140.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-37)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Pac or Rios, as well as Juan Manuel Marquez.
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-11)
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 (1-23)
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: On the Stevenson-Bellew undercard Saturday in Quebec City, undefeated local prospect Kevin Bizier takes on gatekeeper Jo Jo Dan of Montreal by way of Romania.  


That same night in Mexicali, Mexico, gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. meets low-level journeyman Ivan Hernandez in a 10-rounder.


Also on Saturday, one-loss Puerto Rican prospect Thomas Dulorme will be in action in Carolina, PR against veteran journeyman Hector Velazquez.


Tuesday in Bangkok, Thailand, undefeated young Thai prospect Teerachai Kratingdaenggym gets what should be an easy night against a total novice in Omar Marabayev.  Why we can’t call Kratingdaenggym by his birth name of Tewa Kiram, I don’t know.


#4 Shane Mosley is also in action, against Anthony Mundine, but that fight will be at 154.

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