Welterweight: 2014, Mar 24-30

Undefeated fast-rising Aussie prospect Jeff Horn got a fairly stern test Wednesday from mid-level Cameroonian journeyman Rivan Cesaire in the city of Broadbeach.  Their first fight had ended in the equivalent of a no contest due to a head butt.  This one ended oddly, too.  I had Horn up by 3 points with 4 rounds yet to go when, in the 9th, a blocked punch from Horn apparently dislocated Cesaire’s shoulder.  Cesaire went down in agony, and the referee reached the 10 count to give Horn a quirky knockout win.  If you grant that Horn met expectations, you’d have to conclude that Cesaire exceeded his by winning 2 or 3 rounds.

 

Friday in Thailand, Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (aka Tewa Kiram) stopped low-level Uzbek journeyman Behzod Nabiev in the 7th, in a fight I didn’t manage to see.

 

In a moderate upset Saturday in Monterrey, Mexico, gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. was thoroughly outboxed by former contender Vivian Harris, who hasn’t really been relevant on any level since 2010.  Harris lost at most 1 round between 3 and 10, as Paez looked tired from round 3 or 4 and gassed completely starting in maybe round 7.  The judges turned in bogus cards that were unanimously 96-94, with one even lending that score to Paez.  97-93 or 98-92 was the correct score, no doubt.  I thought I heard Jimmy Lennon say the worst of the judges was named Fernando Vargas, but I probably heard that wrong.

 

Harris’ win is by far the best he’s had since 2007, but there’s no consideration to be given it at this time, since the fight was actually contested 3/4 of a pound over the divisional limit, and since Harris doesn’t have any companion wins of consequence in a relevant time frame.  I’ll certainly factor this fight in if he does add a win at 147 in the future.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (204-236-236)
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 (24-24-94)
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 (24-124-124)
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 (24-277-277)
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 (16-42-42)
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 (15-15-55)
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.  Jo Jo Dan has laid down a challenge.
6) Shawn Porter (15-16-16)
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 (16-70-87)
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 (16-152-152)
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 (16-109-109)
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, while Alexander himself seems to prefer Guerrero or Collazo.
10) Randall Bailey (18-18-18)
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 (18-92)
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 (15-61)
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 (15-70)
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 (16-16) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
See Porter’s notes, above.
15) Chris van Heerden (16-93)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2014- vs. Ray Narh (UNR)
Van Heerden-Narh is made for Santa Monica on April 16.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (16-48)
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 (8-8)
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 (8-224)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Leonard Bundu (2-4)
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, and Frankie Gavin has been installed as his new mandatory.
20) Jo Jo Dan (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* SD12 vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dan wants a shot at Keith Thurman on April 26.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
Antonin Decarie vs. Pablo Munguia; Gatineau, Quebec; PPV (US)
Decarie is a two-loss Quebec prospect who is thought to still have potential.  Munguia is a Mexico City gatekeeper who has done some business at just below the top-50 level.  Decarie represents the most advanced opponent of the Mexican’s career, though, and that doesn’t bode well for a guy that already has 4 losses, including 3 stoppages.

 

Saturday
Frankie Gavin vs. Sacky Shikukutu; Newcastle, England; Boxnation (UK)
The 18-0 Gavin is a fairly proven prospect with a ton of potential.  His opponent is a Namibian journeyman with 2 losses and a draw at a low level of competition.  Should be a cakewalk for the Brit.
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