Super Middleweight: 2014, Jun 23-29

Super Middleweight was utterly devoid of any action last week.  Devoid, I say!


Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (132-266-266)
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 (109-419-419)
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 (17-244-244)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
September 27 will likely feature a fight with Paul Smith.
3) Robert Stieglitz (17-252-252)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR)
I thnk I read the initial report wrong, as Stieglitz will fight on July 26 instead of June 26.  His opponent will be the dangerously underrated Sergey Khomitsky, who arguably ought to own a win over Martin Murray.
4) James DeGale (4-5-141)
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 (5-160-208)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was scheduled to fight at 175 against Doudou Ngumbu on 6/21, but was replaced by countryman Johnny Muller on short notice.  I still haven’t heard why.
6) Ezequiel Maderna (5-33-78)
Last Fight: 4/25/2014- TKO3 Richard Vidal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna stayed busy in impressive fashion against Vidal.
7) George Groves (5-80-102)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (KO8) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves is rumored to be expected back in September.  Some unconfirmed theories suggest Groves might finally rematch DeGale soon, though DeGale is already in line for a shot at Froch.
8) Brandon Gonzales (4-52-52)
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. (4-17-17)
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 (4-17-17)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #17 JMW Gabriel Rosado (BKB)
In a surprise move, Vera will fight Gabriel Rosado in the main event of a “Big Knockout Boxing” card.  This is not quite the boxing you’re used to, with different rules regarding knockdowns and a circular “pit” replacing the traditional ring.  I haven’t yet decided if I will let it affect the rankings, considering that it will theoretically be a fair fight between two legitimate boxers.  I may have to see it in action before I know how I feel about its applicability to normal boxing.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (5-55)
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 (5-377)
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 (5-85)
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 (5-75)
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 (5-21)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- TKO5 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/19/2014- vs. Junior Talipeau (UNR)
Ramirez will fight in Macau on July 19.  The opponent is Junior Talipeau, a relatively high-level Samoan-Kiwi-Australian journeyman.
16) Ryota Murata (5-44)
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 (5-29)
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 (5-69)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Caleb Truax (5-11)
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 (5-5)
Last Fight: 2/28/2014- TKO1 #20 Badou Jack
Next Fight: Unknown


The Week Ahead: 
Jake Carr vs. Dane Mulivai; Flemington, Australia; FS2 (Australia)
This is an intriguing battle of two young undefeated prospects.  23 year-old Carr is the more advanced of the two in terms of accomplishment, as he’s already a top 50 fighter at just 8-0.  Mulivai is 4-0, and is still a relative novice, especially for a scheduled 10-round fight.


Dominic Wade vs. Nick Brinson; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime (US)
Like the fight above, both guys are prospects.  Wade is undefeated and is the better connected of the two.  He’s coming off an impressively quick stoppage win over the typically tough Marcus Upshaw that represents clearly the best opponent of his career, though maybe not top 50 at that point in his career.  Brinson has just one loss- a 2010 stoppage to Lennox Allen, a prospect that remains undefeated to this day.  He also boasts a clear decision win over Jorge Melendez at middleweight about a year ago, which is roughly equivalent to Wade’s win over Upshaw.  Brinson’s record features the slightly better level of overall competition, as well.  Should be a good fight.


#11 Christopher Rebrasse vs. Cedric Spera; Kinshasa, Congo; TV Unknown
A Belgian vs. a Frenchman in the Congo.  Not sure why they decided to do that, but that’s what the schedule says.  Rebrasse is a contender due to his having twice dominated and once stopped Mohammed Ali Ndiaye, who was a top 10 contender the first time, if a bit under the radar.  Prior to that, Rebrasse had been a high-level journeyman and/or fringe prospect.  I’m not sure it’s quite established which one he’s going to look more like going forward, but he really was impressive in the Ndiaye fights.  Spera was an undefeated but unproven prospect until recently, but he comes off two consecutive losses to not particularly impressive opposition at 154.  Rebrasse should handle him easily, even if he’s not up to his recent performance level.


Fedor Chudinov vs. Emiliano Cayetano; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; TV Unknown
Chudinov is the slightly less advanced younger brother of middleweight prospect Dmitry.  It’s not particularly common to bring a Russian into the Caribbean to fight a big underdog of a local fighter like Cayetano will be, but that’s the scenario here.  Cayetano was an undefeated and eventually aging prospect while feasting on soft opposition in his first 16 fights from 1999-2007, but now nearly 42 years old, he’s just 6-7 since that point, and none of those 6 wins were against anyone even halfway decent.  Chudinov should do what 6 of those 7 victors did, and stop the Dominican journeyman.

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