Middleweight: 2014, Mar 31- Apr 6

Last week was a second consecutive slow one here at 160, but #15 Bryan Vera is removed.  He has nothing scheduled, and has fought at 175 and 168 in his last two fights spanning a full year.  He may very well return to 160, but for now he can’t be considered an active middleweight.  Dmitry Chudinov returns for the first time since being forced out on January 27, at #20.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (207-207-207)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
If there was any lingering doubt, Martinez-Cotto is now on for June 7 at Madison Square Garden.
1) Gennady Golovkin (16-83-146)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight between Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez appears to be nearly done for July 19 at 168.
2) Felix Sturm (16-550-550)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 Sam Soliman (UNR)
Soliman has obfuscated his clear banned stimulant violation to the point that he has perhaps most people thinking he was totally clean.  He wasn’t.  And he didn’t win that fight even if he had been.  Sturm got screwed all the way around, and now he’s forced to rematch the Australian, who deserves the opportunity much less than would Macklin, Murray, or Geale.  But that’s what we’ve got.  May 31 in Krefeld.
3) Daniel Geale (6-250-250)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale cut through Wood like an unsympathetic buzzsaw, and is hoping for a fight with Golovkin, who would also fit that description well.
4) Martin Murray (6-122-122)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 4/23/2014- vs. Ishmail Tetteh (UNR)
Murray will look to shake off some rust in Kempton Park, South Africa on April 23, fighting very low-level Ghanaian journeyman Ishmail Tetteh.
5) Matthew Macklin (11-145-236)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Peter Quillin (11-76-97)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Quillin will fight former 154-pound fringe contender Lukas Konecny, who will be making his first appearance in a meaningful fight at 160 on the Hopkins-Shumenov undercard on April 19 in D.C.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (11-16-16)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
N’Dam will fight in Santa Monica, California on April 16.
8) Sam Soliman (11-16-16)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman cheated with a stimulant, won by ridiculous robbery before being stripped of the victory, and now he gets what I would argue is an undeserved chance at a do-over.
9) Sergio Mora (11-40-40)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Osumanu Adama (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most pleasant entry into the rankings we’ve ever seen, but his resume stacks up pretty well as long as he’s active and on weight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (9-166)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR)
Rubio-Spada is now set for April 5 in Mexico.  It’s for an interim title, if such trifles mean anything to you.
12) Anthony Mundine (9-166)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR) (at JMW)
Mundine confirms that he will be fighting, of all people, the long-forgotten Joshua Clottey on April 2, and then perhaps Erislandy Lara in July if that works out for him.
13) Jarrod Fletcher (9-9)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Fletcher is said to have received 7 serious fight offers after he was given the nod against Bursak, and there has been some talk of a fight with Dmitry Chudinov and a domestic showdown with Geale.
14) Max Bursak (9-166)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L* (UD12) vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
He didn’t get robbed, and it’s hard to feel sorry for him considering how dirty he fought, but I did think Bursak deserved better than a loss against Fletcher.
15) Grzegorz Proksa (1-155)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Matthew Hall (UNR)
Proksa will fight British journeyman Matthew Hall on April 19.
16) Caleb Truax (1-28)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax’s status as a promising prospect has been derailed somewhat by the very tough Ossie Duran.
17) Curtis Stevens (1-35)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- TKO1 Patrick Majewski (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Tureano Johnson (UNR)
Stevens will continue to stay active following his brutal loss to Golovkin, taking on undefeated prospect Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas April 4 on NBC Sports.
18) Andrey Meryasev (1-21)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’ve still yet to see Meryasev in action, but his win over Sanders at this point in his career proves that he’s a real prospect.
19) Daniel Jacobs (1-32)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- TKO1 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy work for Jacobs against Nunez.  He’s looking for a title fight- probably against Quillin- at the earliest opportunity.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There was some serious talk of a fight with Jarrod Fletcher, but the dates being discussed are at or around expiration, with no updates recently.


The Week Ahead: 
Eamonn O’Kane vs. Alvaro Gaona; Belfast, Northern Ireland; BoxNation (UK)
O’Kane is a one-loss North Irish prospect who needs to get busy.  He’s 32 now, and after a pretty solid amateur career, didn’t turn pro until 2011. His lone loss was to a then-unbeaten John Ryder in 2012.  Gaona is a mid-to-high-level journeyman from Mexico, and is roughly on the same level as some of O’Kane’s best career opponents.


#17 Curtis Stevens vs. Tureano Johnson; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; NBC Sports (US)
This fight will most likely be contested a few pounds north of middleweight.  I’ll discuss it primarily in that update if that’s so, and only talk about it here to the extent it affects the rankings here.


John Ryder vs. Jez Wilson; London, England; Sky (UK)
Ryder is a one-loss prospect who has lost only to Billy Joe Saunders, and owns a win over the above-mentioned O’Kane.  Wilson also comes in with only a single loss, but it was at a much lower level, and he also was saddled with a draw against journeyman Max Maxwell.


#11 Marco Antonio Rubio vs. Domenico Spada; Chihuahua, Mexico; 5+ (Mexico)
Rubio continues to hold a fairly prominent spot in the division, but it’s important to note that he last fought a clearly top-50 fighter well over 2 years ago (JCC), and last beat one almost exactly 3 years ago (Lemieux).  Spada’s recent track record is even worse.  He last fought a top 50 fighter nearly 3 years ago in his loss to Darren Barker.  Though he’s had a couple near misses, he’s never beaten a top 50 fighter, himself, and according to boxrec, he’s no longer near that category himself due to poor recent competition.  Not the way to go into a fight with a top 15 contender.


Marcos Reyes vs. Idiozan Matos; Chihuahua, Mexico; 5+ (Mexico)
Reyes is a one-loss prospect who has been stuck pretty much in neutral fighting low or mid-level journeymen for the past 3 1/2 years.  No change this week, as Matos fits that bill, as well.

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