Welterweight: 2014, Apr 7-13

Friday in Salta, Argentina, #16 Luis Carlos Abregu failed to really light the world on fire consistently in his first action in nearly a year following an injury, but was able to impose himself before all was said and done, and scored a TKO victory in round 8 against undefeated and untested Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada.  Prada certainly had his moments, clearly winning the first round, possibly nicking the 6th, and dropping Abregu a few minutes before the stoppage, in round 7.  I actually only had Abregu up by one point at the time of the stoppage, when he caught Prada with a few shots on the ropes and had him reeling.  Referee Hernan Burgos (who it must be noted gave Abregu a 12-second-long 8 count after he was dropped, though it didn’t seem to make a difference) initiated a standing 8-count (Argentina being one of the few major jurisdictions that allows it), and correctly found him wanting in faculties at the conclusion of the count, which brought an end to the fight.


No changes, with Abregu’s opposition being insufficient to make a dent in the division.


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (206-238-238)
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 (26-26-96)
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 (26-126-126)
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 (26-279-279)
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 (18-44-44)
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 (17-17-57)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Julio Diaz (UNR)
Thurman gets tough gatekeeper Julio Diaz on April 26.  If he passes that test, there’s talk of a Matthysse fight after that.
6) Shawn Porter (17-18-18)
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 (18-72-89)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is being called out by Devon Alexander currently, and needs to schedule a fight before early May to avoid removal.
8) Kell Brook (18-154-154)
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 (18-111-111)
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 (20-20-20)
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 (20-94)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/24/2014- vs. Aron Martinez (UNR)
Lopez will fight journeyman Aron Martinez in Riverside on April 24.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (17-63)
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 (17-72)
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 (18-18) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. #6 Shawn Porter
See Porter’s notes, above.
15) Chris van Heerden (18-95)
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 (18-50)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO8 Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu didn’t look particularly great aside from a few seconds at the end of the fight with Prada, but he probably shook off any rust from his injury layoff, and moves forward to resume his place in the division.
17) Luis Collazo (10-10)
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 (10-226)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Leonard Bundu (4-6)
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 (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* SD12 vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead:
#1 Timothy Bradley vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao; Las Vegas, Nevada; HBO PPV (US)
This is about as big as it gets for a non-Championship fight (alphabets aside).  Bradley is the fairly clear #1 contender in the division, having outpointed the guy that put Pacquiao to sleep.  But it’s not quite as easy as that, since a broad consensus exists to the effect that Pacquiao outpointed Bradley before that.  The winner of the fight becomes the clear guy that Mayweather ought to be required to defend his Championship against, but likely never will.  More realistically, it might set up a rematch (the 5th iteration, if it involved Pacquiao) with Marquez.  The winner of that fight would become a #1 contender of almost unheard-of cache.


Silverio Ortiz vs. Ivan Pereyra; Cancun, Mexico; Fox Deportes (US)
Ortiz is a top 25 contender at 140, while Pereyra is a two-loss journeyman who has been stopped in both of his losses, including one to an 0-2 fighter.  This is strictly a stay-busy fight for Ortiz.  The one thing you might say for Pereyra is that he’s naturally the bigger man.  It won’t do him any good.

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