Welterweight: 2014, Mar 17-23

Gatekeeper Kermit Cintron got a unanimous 96-94 win over 2-loss fringe prospect Ronald Cruz from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  It didn’t air along with the normal card, but will be featured on Fight Night Future Stars.  If I don’t agree with the cards upon watching it, I’ll update this.  The fight was contested at 148 pounds, and neither guy has a significant win at or under 147 in the last 5 years, so there’s no effect on the rankings possible here.  

 

One change this week anyway, though.  #19 Ruslan Provodnikov is removed, since he’s been campaigning at 140 since the Bradley fight a year ago.  Leonard Bundu moves up to #19, while Jo Jo Dan returns to the rankings at #20 for the first time since he was forced out on December 16.

 

Kell Brook’s fight this weekend was contested at junior middle, and has been discussed there.  It wasn’t at high enough a level to get him past Robert Guerrero, at any rate.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (203-235-235)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Thankfully, it will be the worthy Maidana rather than the likely washed-up Khan that fights Floyd on May 3.
1) Timothy Bradley (23-23-93)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (23-123-123)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Marquez takes on Alvarado near L.A. on May 17.
3) Manny Pacquiao (23-276-276)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (15-41-41)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Maidana will get a shot at the true title on May 3.
5) Keith Thurman (14-14-54)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Thurman is tentatively scheduled to fight on April 26 in Carson, CA as part of a doubleheader with Lucas Matthysse, with an eventual meeting between the two being considered if they both win.
6) Shawn Porter (14-15-15)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Porter-Malignaggi is made, and it will land on the Hopkins-Shumenov undercard on April 19.
7) Robert Guerrero (15-69-86)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero was trying to get a fight with Khan on the Mayweather undercard, but the Brit opted, instead, for Collazo.
8) Kell Brook (15-151-151)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook has been assured of a fight with the Porter-Malignaggi winner by July 19.
9) Devon Alexander (15-108-108)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander’s trainer has named Berto and Judah as guys that would make sense for the St. Louisan’s next fight.
10) Randall Bailey (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (17-91)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/24/2014- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
Lopez will fight journeyman Aaron Martinez in Riverside on April 24.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (14-60)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (14-69)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a July return.  Alexander wants him.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (15-15) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
See Porter’s notes, above.
15) Chris van Heerden (15-92)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Ray Narh says he’s in talks to fight Van Heerden.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (15-47)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Abregu is set to return on April 4 in his hometown of Salta, Argentina against unbeaten but totally untested Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada.
17) Luis Collazo (7-7)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
It appears that Collazo-Khan is on for the Mayweather-Maidana undercard on May 3.
18) Jan Zaveck (7-223)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Leonard Bundu (1-3)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu’s fight with Gianluca Branco, scheduled for April 12, is now off due to a training injury to Branco.  Bundu’s camp is now targeting May as his next appearance, but it’s not known if Branco will still be the opponent or not.
20) Jo Jo Dan (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* SD12 vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead:
Wednesday
Jeff Horn vs. Rivan Cesaire; Broadbeach, Australia; Fox (Australia)
Horn, a very precocious Australian prospect, enters at just 6-0-1, but he’s already a top 50 fighter.  Cesaire is nothing particularly special, and by no means a step up for Horn, as he’s something along the lines of a mid-level journeyman, originally from Cameroon.

 

Friday
Teerachai Kratingdaenggym vs. Behzod Nabiev; Bueng Kan, Thailand; TV Unknown
Teerachai- aka Tewa Kiram- is an undefeated Thai prospect, and he’ll be teeing off on low-level Uzbek prospect Nabiev, who ought to have no hope.

 

Saturday
Jorge Paez, Jr. vs. Vivian Harris; Monterrey, Mexico; Azteca (US)
35-year old Harris is long past his prime, having been knocked out in recent years by the likes of Brian Rose and Ed Paredes, and having won only 2 of his last 9 fights.  Paez, despite 4 losses on his record, feels like a prospect.  If he’s worthy of that title (or even to that of gatekeeper to which he might otherwise be entitled), he should handle Harris comfortably.
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