Super Middleweight: 2014, Jun 9-15

Friday from Benavidez, Argentina, middleweight gatekeeper Jorge Sebastian Heiland kept a few extra pounds on and fought Mar Del Plata journeyman Cesar Reynoso in an 8 rounder.  It was a competitive fight early, with Reynoso looking to pressure Heiland, and having his share of moments while working the body effectively.  His chin simply couldn’t stand up to Heiland’s power, though, and he was increasingly hurt and pushed back as the fight progressed.  The game Reynoso never left his feet, but was properly administered a standing eight count in rounds three and five, the latter being just a matter of seconds before the fight was mercifully and reasonably stopped by referee Gustavo Tomas.  

 

The following night in Schwerin, Germany, one-loss prospect Vincent Feigenbutz scored a 3rd-round knockout over fellow one-loss prospect Gheorghe Sabau of Romania.  Sabau looked ready to outclass Feigenbutz after the first round and perhaps the second, but Feigenbutz went into caveman mode about halfway through the 3rd, bullying Sabau around the ring and pinning him in the corner.  It was there that he landed a vicious right while Sabau’s head was already resting on the large padded turnbuckle.  I’ve seen these large- I guess you might say German-style- turnbuckles many times, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen them contribute to a vicious knockout.  It seems fairly dangerous to me, honestly.  Ending aside, Feigenbutz did not shine, and looked like a guy who intends to rely on raw power as opposed to a balance between that and skill.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (130-264-264)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward lost an arbitration with his promoter, but it sounds like the rift between the two is far from solved.  Kessler is the latest guy to renew a stated desire to fight him.
1) Carl Froch (107-417-417)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- KO8 #7 George Groves
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch now says he doesn’t want Ward due to a lack of marketability on the part of the American Champion.  Bika has offered him a unification, but I imagine there would be similar problems with that.  Chavez, Jr. might be the answer, and that fight is lightly rumored.
2) Arthur Abraham (15-242-242)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
While he recovers from a broken hand, Abraham’s promoter is working on a fall bout with English gatekeeper Paul Smith.
3) Robert Stieglitz (15-250-250)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Sauerland prospect Tyron Zeuge has expressed interest in a fight with Stieglitz.
4) James DeGale (2-3-139)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- TKO4* #4 Brandon Gonzales
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale is now set up for a shot at Froch’s title, in a fight that would no doubt do huge numbers in the UK again.  Froch appears cold to the matchup, for his part.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (3-158-206)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. Doudou Ngumbu (UNR) (at LHW)
Oosthuizen and promoter Rodney Berman have patched things up, and the lanky South African will make effective his move to 175 on June 21 against fringe contender Doudou Ngumbu.  He’ll keep his ranking here until after November 9, or until he schedules a clearly light heavyweight fight for after that date.
6) Ezequiel Maderna (3-31-76)
Last Fight: 4/25/2014- TKO3 Richard Vidal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna stayed busy in impressive fashion against Vidal.
7) George Groves (3-78-100)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (KO8) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Some unconfirmed theories suggest Groves might finally rematch DeGale soon, though DeGale is already in line for a shot at Froch.
8) Brandon Gonzales (2-50-50)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (TKO4*) vs. #10 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales deserved a shot to continue, but he certainly didn’t look like an eventual winner under the best of circumstances against DeGale.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-15-15)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #5 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite Froch’s #1 contender being DeGale now, Chavez is getting buzz as a possible next opponent for the world-beating Brit.
10) Bryan Vera (2-15-15)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera is calling out Peter Quillin.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (3-53)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- TKO4 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse now has two dominant wins over what was a top 10 contender the first time around.  He didn’t need the judges to notice the second time.
12) Sakio Bika (3-375)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika is interested in a fight with Froch.
13) Maxim Vlasov (3-83)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD8 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov looked very good against Findley, but he’ll need to schedule a fight at Super Middleweight before May 5 and make weight in order to keep his ranking, since he hasn’t made the divisional limit since November 2012.
14) Edwin Rodriguez (3-73)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez was briefly scheduled to fight Marcus Johnson on May 24, but Johnson withdrew.
15) Gilberto Ramirez (3-19)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- TKO5 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/19/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ramirez will fight in Macau on July 19.  The likely opponent is Junior Talipeau, a relatively high-level Samoan-Australian journeyman.
16) Ryota Murata (3-42)
Last Fight: 5/22/2014- KO6 Jesus Angel Nerio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata set the bar high for himself by beating a fringe contender in his pro debut.  Fights like the Nerio domination are just stay-busy efforts by comparison.
17) Anthony Dirrell (3-27)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (3-67)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Caleb Truax (3-9)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/25/2014- vs. Rogelio Medina (UNR)
Truax fights the very serviceable Porky Medina, who comes off a split decision loss to to Jonathan Gonzalez that could have gone the other way.  He’s on a similar level to Duran, who gave Truax all he could handle.
20) Derek Edwards (3-3)
Last Fight: 2/28/2014- TKO1 #20 Badou Jack
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
Vincent Feigenbutz vs. Peter Orlik; Munich, Germany; TV Unknown
Feigenbutz fights on back-to-back weeks.  Last week, as detailed above, he struggled for two rounds with fellow one-loss prospect Gheorghe Sabau before clubbing him into unconsciousness late in the 3rd.  His opponent this week, 3-2-1 Peter Orlik, is probably not nearly the challenge Sabau was, and fought at a weight of 153 as recently as a month ago.  This one shouldn’t last long.

 

Schiller Hyppolite vs. Mohammed Akrong; Montreal, Quebec; TV Unknown
Hyppolite is a one-loss Haitian prospect who lives in Quebec.  He comes off a quick knockout win over Rafael Sosa.  Akrong is a step down from Sosa, a Ghanaian journeyman with an almost totally empty 20-6 record.  He’s lost quickly by stoppage to a prospect or two on approximately Hyppolite’s level, and I don’t fancy this one to go too long, either.

 

Saturday
Jesse Hart vs. Shujaa El Amin; Atlantic City, New Jersey; UniMas (US)
Hart is an unbeaten Philadelphian who passed a test against Derrick Findley in January and Samuel Clarkson in April, and thus finds himself in the top 50.  El Amin is a Flint, Michigan journeyman roughly at mid-level, but coming off two consecutive losses.
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