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Welterweight: 2013, Dec 16-22

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on March 15, 2014 by danboxing
I’ll discuss the events of the past weekend in descending order of magnitude.

 

In the Showtime Championship Boxing main event from San Antonio on Saturday, Marcos Maidana gave, I would hazard, the large majority of boxing fans an early Christmas present by shutting the mouth of the unceasingly loquacious Adrien Broner.  Broner was as likable as ever, simulating a certain act at one point while Maidana’s back was turned that would threaten to lose me the family-friendly status that I hope will allow me to participate in WordPress ads at some point if I were to report on it fully.  Maidana quite literally returned the favor later in the fight.  The difference is, he had already beaten the fight out of Broner by them, while Broner’s actions were bravado entirely of the false variety.  Quite simply, Maidana beat Broner up.  He mugged him.  There were a few competitive rounds, but it wasn’t a competitive fight.  Broner went down in the 2nd and 8th, and deserved another 10-8 in a particularly rocky 9th round.  Maidana lost a point in the 8th for a headbutt, and that’s the only point that he clearly missed out on in the whole fight.  I did give Broner the 12th in a close call, but that was the only round that I thought he had much of an argument for.  118-106 was my card.  The really awful judges (almost a redundant statement for a Texas fight) had it 117-109 (Levi Martinez), 116-109 (Nelson Vazquez), and a patently ridiculous- almost offensive- 115-110 (Stanley Christodoulou).  There was buzz immediately that this might be the upset of the year.  Really?  Maidana was #4 in the division, give or take, by any reasonable measure.  Broner?  True, he is and/or was the legitimate lightweight Champion, but that’s two whole weight classes to the south.  At Welter, he beat Paulie Malignaggi in a rather close decision.  Malignaggi improved his stock dramatically since then by beating Judah, but at the time he could be viewed more as a guy coming off what should have been a dominant loss to Pablo Cesar Cano than anything else.  In short, Broner had earned little or no credibility anywhere north of 135 at more than a fringe contender level.  Those who considered Maidana an underdog of any magnitude whatsoever were speculating at best, or buying into undeserved hype at worst.

 

On the rather stacked undercard, #13 Keith Thurman justified his own hype in a big way.  Thurman- who had to make an adjustment and mix in some boxing to overcome big strong welterweight Diego Chaves in his last fight- applied that adjustment from the opening bell against another big strong welterweight in Mexican brawler, #6 Jesus Soto-Karass.  I’ve seldom seen such plainly visible growth in a young fighter over such a limited span of rounds.  This time, he mixed boxing with power from the start.  He showed the ability to throw and land huge shots from a posture of movement, which is a pretty rare ability.  As for Soto-Karass, he showed big-time heart and plenty of desire, as expected, but ultimately couldn’t handle Thurman’s concussive counter shots.  Up 78-73 on my card, Thurman closed the show with a stoppage of a broken opponent in the 9th.  This fight effectively  the progression of Thurman from a prospect to a contender and star.

 

#11 Josesito Lopez looked, frankly, really bad in his narrow Friday victory over Mike Arnaoutis, who entered the fight with the profile of a shopworn veteran journeyman.  Arnaoutis looked strong and fresh early against Lopez, who was clearly not sharp.  He dropped Lopez in the 3rd after trading the first couple rounds.  Lopez started to get into the fight after the knockdown, though, and won four of the last 5 completed rounds as I saw it.  In the 8th, Arnaoutis suffered a pretty bad cut over his left eye from a head clash.  After the round, Arnaoutis was very adamant that he couldn’t see, though in my decidedly non-expert opinion, it looked like the blood had been stemmed and was flowing entirely to the left of the eye to the extent it was flowing at all at that point.  I personally believe that Arnaoutis could see well enough to continue, and yet knew that his best rounds in the fight were behind him.  His best chance for victory, as he could reasonably have calculated, was to go to the scorecards at that point, since it had very obviously been close to that point.  Now maybe I’m totally wrong and he really couldn’t see.  If that’s the case, he not only did the prudent thing, but did so honorably.  I just didn’t really see any signs with my untrained eye to suggest that he couldn’t see.  He wasn’t blinking abnormally or anything like that.  But I don’t want to belabor the point.  One judge, Thomas Taylor, had it exactly as I did, and the other two (incorrectly, I believe) had it a round wider.  If Arnaoutis was taking a calculated risk to get out of the fight, it didn’t help him win, and so the point is largely moot.  Lopez, for his part, dodged a bullet.  If this was a case of under-preparedness as opposed to a sign of physical decline, then it should serve as a valuable lesson cheaply learned.

 

Returning to Saturday, fringe contender Leonard Bundu of Italy by way of Sierra Leone put on a fine performance against a very gritty and determined English gatekeeper in Lee Purdy, in London.  Purdy came out strong, and took three of the first four rounds as I saw it.  But it was a brisk pace and a tough fight.  Bundu proved physically strong, and showed more classy boxing ability than Purdy as the rounds wore on.  By the 8th round, Purdy had lost his edge completely, and had faded to the point that he was no longer competitive within the rounds.  It was every inch a war of attrition, and Bundu conclusively outlasted his man.  When the dust settled, Bundu had poured about as much punishment into 12 rounds as it’s possible to do, and referee Juergen Langos quite aptly rescued Purdy in the closing seconds.  You might wish that Purdy had gotten a chance to finish the fight with only 10 seconds remaining, but this was an instance where you had to protect a helpless fighter.  10 seconds or not, Purdy was about to get badly hurt.  

 

And in a strictly stay-busy fight on Friday, Mexican champion (well, if you don’t count Marquez, Soto-Karass, Cano, and maybe a few others, anyway) Alvaro Robles stopped sub-.500 journeyman Miguel Angel Lopez at the beginning of 6.

 

Maidana doesn’t really have room to improve in the rankings at the moment, as his loss to Alexander holds him back from having any chance to eclipse Pacquiao at present.  Thurman parks right behind Maidana at #5, pushing Porter back a place.  Soto-Karass falls to #12, while Berto slips back to #13.  Bundu slips back into the rankings at #20, meaning that Jo Jo Dan exits after two weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (190-222-222)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (10-10-80)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley-Pacquiao II is very likely for April 12.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (10-110-110)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
After retirement was mentioned a couple different times, Marquez now says he intends to fight twice in 2014.  He wants a tune-up in Mexico City, followed by a rematch with Bradley.
3) Manny Pacquiao (10-263-263)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (2-28-28)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
After his 12-round beatdown of overhyped Broner, Maidana has set himself up for a big opportunity.  Malignaggi indicated interest in the winner, for starters, and Shawn Porter also seems interested.
5) Keith Thurman (1-1-41)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
After beating Soto-Karass, Thurman issued what amounts to a challenge to the entire division.
6) Shawn Porter (1-2-2)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Porter will fight his mandatory, Kell Brook, next, though he has also indicated interest in Maidana.

7) Robert Guerrero (2-56-73)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.
8) Kell Brook (2-138-138)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (2-95-95)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Randall Bailey (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (4-78)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully his great struggles against Arnaoutis aren’t the result of wear and tear taking their toll on Lopez and his career.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (1-47)
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 (1-56)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (2-2)
 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah
 
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Malignaggi expects a big money fight in the wake of his handy victory over Judah.  He is interested in Maidana.
 
15) Chris van Heerden (2-79)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Amidst conflicting reports variously suggesting he would fight in February in the US or in South Africa, the truth has emerged.  He’s starting a 3-year contract with a US promoter, and supposedly has a fight planned for early in the new year.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-34)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
17) Jan Zaveck (2-210)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (2-40)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Rios or Marquez.  He said he would refuse a fight with Pacquiao, a friend with whom he shares a trainer.
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (2-14)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.

20) Leonard Bundu (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu retains his European title and undefeated record with the impressive effort over Purdy.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
Frankie Gavin vs. Bradley Pryce; Leeds, England; BoxNation (UK)
Promising undefeated British prospect Gavin gets a decent test in serviceable journeyman Bradley Pryce.  Pryce’s record is that of a relatively low-level opponent, but he gets a fair amount of credibility for giving Sergey Rabchenko a good deal of trouble recently.
 

Welterweight: 2013, Dec 9-15

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated Australian Jeff Horn on Friday won what has to be viewed objectively as a bit of an upset in Northbridge, Western Australia against Tunisian-born fellow Aussie Naoufel Ben Rabeh.  Ben Rabeh was a top 50 gatekeeper with a string of 13 straight wins- including a knockout of gatekeeper Isaac Hlatshwayo in 2011- dating back to 2008.  Horn was an untested 5-0 prospect.  It was just a 6-rounder, and frankly I would have to say the effort was workmanlike rather than in any way spectacular.  He basically outworked the older man, and ground out a close but relatively clear points victory.  Despite his record of having stopped essentially all of his previous opponents, I would put him more in the mold of a Daniel Geale sort of high-motor volume puncher than a true power puncher.  Granted that’s based on one single amateur video taken from what looked like the furthest corner of the ceiling in a small-looking venue, but that’s all I’ve got to go on.  He now joins Jake Carr among Australian prospects who successfully took big steps up early in their careers this year.

 

In the Battle of Brooklyn at the Barclay’s Center, fringe contender Paulie Malignaggi surprised me by absolutely dominating top-10 light welter contender Zab Judah over 12 rounds.  The judges had it too close, especially Michael Pernick at 116-111.  I gave Judah two rounds, and that might be on the generous side.  He got a knockdown in round two that was hotly contested by Malignaggi, so you have to give him that one (10-9 by my reckoning).  The only other one he even might have squeaked out, and which I gave him, was round seven.  This result (and the one that follows) set up a troubling set of paradoxes in my rankings that I’ll discuss below.

 

On the undercard, technically undefeated prospect Shawn Porter (he should have at least one loss to Alfonso Gomez) sprung a major upset on #5 Devon Alexander.  I scored this one 118-110, as well.  Porter was first.  He committed to the body.  He was awkward defensively, and perhaps that led to the fact that Alexander tended to wait too long.  Alexander seldom punched until Porter was already in his kitchen, and Alexander’s longer arms were not effective at that range.  I could see one round that I gave to Porter going to Alexander, and so the closest reasonable score I can endorse would be 117-111 for Porter.  But much as he did against Kotelnik, Matthysse, and to a lesser extent against Maidana, Alexander got a bit more than just the benefit of the doubt from the judges.  Waleska Roldan had it one round outside the realm of reality at 116-112, and she was joined by John Stewart.  Julie Lederman was even further off the reservation at 115-113.  Obviously this one won’t go down as a robbery because the right guy still won, but that doesn’t mean we should just forget about the botch-job that it was.

 

Last week’s #4 Shane Mosley announced his retirement on Saturday, prompting his removal from the rankings.

 

So now to the rather confused rankings situation.  Porter debuts at #5.  Alexander falls to #9.  Malignaggi debuts at #14.  Maidana moves up two to #4.   Meanwhile, Van Heerden, Abregu, Zaveck, Provodnikov, Cano, and Dan each fall one spot.  Kevin Bizier is forced out after debuting last week.

 

So why is the above so problematic, as alluded to above?  Start with Maidana.  He passes a guy who beat him in 2012 due to Alexander’s fall.  That’s not usually a result I seek.  In addition, he remains ahead of the guy who beat the guy that beat him.  Also not the most logically sound of possible outcomes.  On the other hand, Maidana is resurgent, having beaten a #4 contender by TKO in his last fight.  As for Porter, there is reason enough to argue that he either had an exceptionally good night, or that Alexander had an exceptionally bad one.  After all, it wasn’t long ago that he was struggling to scratch out a debatable draw with Julio Diaz, and before that he clearly lost to Alfonso Gomez.  The head-to-head comparison versus Alexander doesn’t carry quite as much sway as the weight of the overall resume, and thus Maidana wins out in a close call.  His fight this weekend could go a long way to confirm or alter that state of affairs, however.

 

Next, Malignaggi.  I don’t care what the judges say.  He lost in dominant fashion to Cano.  But now he’s ranked well ahead of the young Mexican.  Ultimately it comes down to this: you have to credit a guy for winning a pretty big fight.  Making the decision a little easier is the fact that Cano did lose a fight in the interim (against Shane Mosley), and also the fact that he came in three quarters of a pound overweight for the fight.

 

The other x-factor is Adrien Broner.  It doesn’t really make sense that he should be unranked after pretty clearly beating the guy that’s now the #14 contender.  That being said, Malignaggi wasn’t at this height when he fought Broner, and I don’t make it a practice of re-ranking a guy based on what his opponent later does.  Is Broner a top 20 welterweight?  Yes.  Can I rank him there without opening up an even bigger quagmire of subjectivity and inconsistency?  I think not.  He’ll have his opportunity to earn that ranking beyond all doubt this Saturday, for what it’s worth.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (189-221-221)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (9-9-79)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley-Pacquiao II is very likely for April 12.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (9-109-109)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
After retirement was mentioned a couple different times, Marquez now says he intends to fight twice in 2014.
3) Manny Pacquiao (9-262-262)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
See Bradley’s notes, above.
 
4) Marcos Maidana (1-27-27)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. LW Champ Adrien Broner
The Maidana-Broner fight on December 14 will now headline a regular Showtime Championship boxing broadcast, instead of a PPV, as the undercard has suffered significant collapses.
5) Shawn Porter (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Porter will fight his mandatory, Kell Brook, next.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (1-20-46)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass’s fight with Thurman has been moved from the December 7 Malignaggi-Judah undercard in Brooklyn to the following week’s pay-per-view tilt between Broner and Maidana.
7) Robert Guerrero (1-55-72)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.  He’s also been rumored to be in the mix to fight Khan, though his team has denied it.
8) Kell Brook (1-137-137)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (1-94-94)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Randall Bailey (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (3-77)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 12/13/2013- vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Just days after the fight was announced, Lopez’s December 13 opponent for on an FS1-televised card from Indio, California, Aaron Martinez, withdrew with injury.  He’ll now be fighting veteran Mike Arnaoutis, instead.
12) Andre Berto (3-55)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
13) Keith Thurman (3-40)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #6 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah
Next Fight: Unknown
Malignaggi expects a big money fight in the wake of his handy victory over Judah.  He is interested in the Maidana-Broner winner.
15) Chris van Heerden (1-78)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Amidst conflicting reports variously suggesting he would fight in February in the US or in South Africa, the truth has emerged.  He’s starting a 3-year contract with a US promoter, and supposedly has a fight planned for early in the new year.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-33)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
17) Jan Zaveck (1-209)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-39)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Rios or Marquez.  He said he would refuse a fight with Pacquiao, a friend with whom he shares a trainer.
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-13)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.

20) Jo Jo Dan (1-2)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dan wants a title shot.  My belief is that he owes Bizier a rematch.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
#11 Josesito Lopez vs. Mike Arnaoutis; Indio, California; Fox Sports 1 (US)
Lopez will mainly looking to keep busy and keep his name out there against shopworn veteran Mike Arnaoutis.  Arnaoutis was once a pretty legitimate gatekeeper, but at 34 he hasn’t kept the gate too effectively of late.

 

Alvaro Robles vs. Miguel Lopez; Mexicali, Mexico; Off TV
Two-loss local prospect Robles will just look to get some easy work in, having been out of the ring since getting the biggest win of his career back in March.  Lopez is sub-par and sub-.500.

 

Saturday
Leonard Bundu vs. Lee Purdy; London, England; Sky (UK)
Just a couple weeks ago, Bundu was in the top 20 and looking to improve his ranking.  Now he’s barely in sight of the top 20 after a flurry of welterweight action recently.  He’ll look to change all that when he takes on Lee Purdy, a serviceable English gatekeeper who gave Devon Alexander a reasonably good scrap earlier this year.

 

#4 Marcos Maidana vs. LW Champ Adrien Broner; San Antonio, Texas; Showtime (US)
If hype is the measure, Broner has got to be the favorite.  Not that he’s all hype.  He does have a lightweight Championship in his pocket, having dominated Antonio DeMarco back in March.  But welterweight is a better division than lightweight, to say nothing for the peril of stepping up in weight.  And Maidana is among its best and hardest-hitting contenders.  Broner looked downright ordinary against Malignaggi, and I daresay Maidana would eat Brooklyn’s finest for lunch.  If Broner can pull off a win this big, he will have earned the hype, to a large extent, at his new weight.  But he’ll need to come prepared for battle to a much greater extent than he did in his last outing.

 

#6 Jesus Soto Karass vs. #13 Keith Thurman; San Antonio, Texas; Showtime (US)
Soto Karass will put his recent string of success to the test against hard-hitting undefeated prospect Keith Thurman.  Thurman, despite his strength and concussive power, was struggling with a big physical Argentine in Diego Chaves last time out, but showed that he’s more than capable of switching styles and boxing a little when plan A doesn’t work.  That might be the difference maker against Soto Karass, who more or less knows just one way to fight.
 
 
 

Welterweight: 2013, Jun 24-30

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2013 by danboxing
Welcome to my first fresh set of divisional rankings in over 2 years!  I had to lay low on expansion until I caught the other divisions (especially 154) up to the present.  First of all, I need to admit that I’m not truly an expert on this division yet.  Unlike the other divisions I’ve been ranking for the past 2 or 3 years, I don’t always go way out of my way to see all the potentially relevant fights.  I still have always watched and scored all the ones that have been carried on US TV, but up to this point I haven’t looked for every fight I can find in Argentina or England or what have you the way I have for the heavier divisions.  So if you see me rank a guy somewhere you don’t agree with, and you’re thinking I maybe gave that guy too much credit for winning a fight the he deserved to lose or not enough credit for being robbed, PLEASE comment and tell me so.  I don’t have time to watch every significant fight in the division for the last 5 years to make sure the results were legit, so I would appreciate the help of my readers in picking and choosing when it comes to fights I haven’t seen.  I WILL change the rankings based on past fights where appropriate.

 

I actually figured these up mostly prior to the weekend of Malignaggi-Broner, so officially last week will start the counting of weeks ranked and such, even though I didn’t publish them separately.  But here they are, for reference (with number of weeks in current position, top 10, and top 20 estimated):

 

Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (164-196-196)
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (84-84-84)
2) Manny Pacquiao (84-237-237)
3) Shane Mosley (5-5-5)
4) Devon Alexander (2-69-69)
5) Marcos Maidana (2-2-2)
6) Robert Guerrero (5-30-47)
7) Andre Berto (5-30-30)
8) Kell Brook (5-112-112)
9) Randall Bailey (5-54-54)
10) Josesito Lopez (2-52-52)
11) Victor Ortiz (2-114)
12) Jesus Soto Karass (5-21)
13) Chris Van Heerden (5-53)
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (5-8)
15) Alfonso Gomez (5-47)
16) Keith Thurman (5-15)
17) Jan Zaveck (5-184)
18) Selcuk Aydin (5-218)
19) Timothy Bradley (5-54)
20) Ruslan Provodnikov (5-14)

 

So with that being the basis, we get to last week’s results.  In Catamarca, Argentina, fringe contender Sebastian Lujan picked up the interim national title with a unanimous decision over mediocre journeyman Victor Velazcuez.

 

Naturally in the biggest fight of the weekend, #1 Lightweight Adrien Broner moved up to take on beltholding fringe contender Paulie Malignaggi in Brooklyn.  Why did I not have Malignaggi ranked going into the fight, you ask?  Simple.  He got dominated by Pablo Cesar Cano.  The mere fact that the judges would have you fine people believe otherwise does not alter that fact.  Malignaggi did have a nice victory over Senchenko before that, but having not won a fight worth winning since 2009, Senchenko was a bit overrated, too.  In all honesty, and with popular perception aside, fringe contender might be on the generous side to describe Paulie in terms of his record at 147.  If my rankings had extended, I would have had him at #26 last week.

 

As for the fight itself, Paulie did well early and won 3 of the first 4 rounds as Broner kind of just laid back for the most part.  Unfortunately, Paulie may or may not have won any more rounds thereafter.  He slapped with almost everything he threw, and Broner was the only one landing with any real authority.  I gave Malignaggi the 12th, but that was it.  116-112 Broner was my score.  Broner did so little work in some of the rounds I gave him that I wouldn’t have argued much with a draw, or with a 117-111 Broner card.  But I will argue with Tom Miller, who at 115-113 Malignaggi gave Paulie every benefit of the doubt, plus a clear Broner round.  Glenn Feldman had it 115-113 in favor of Broner, while Tom Schreck had it 117-111 for Broner.  The post-fight drama, if you are into such things, should be sought elsewhere, since I want no part of it. 

 

You may be surprised to learn that even with the win, Broner fails to earn a ranking.  I know he’s got a belt at 147 now, but there are 21 active welterweights by my estimation that have proven more than him.  The reasonably close nature of the fight against a guy who can’t punch doesn’t help much, either. 

 

But we do get a minor rankings shake-up in the first actually-published iteration, as last week’s #11 Victor Ortiz is removed, having not seen the inside of a ring since having his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez a year ago.  Claiming the #20 vacancy is Sierra Leone’s own Leonard Bundu, an impressive undefeated prospect.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (165-197-197)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (85-85-85)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (85-238-238)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Does his ranking seem a bit high?  Well- he was the division’s champion in 2010, and has only lost to the very cream of the crop since.  His resume still stacks up with anyone that hasn’t personally beaten him, despite the fact that he very well may be back on PEDs, and lays eggs when he’s not.  That’s my personal opinion only, of course.  It sounds like he’ll be fighting Victor Ortiz around the end of the summer.
4) Devon Alexander (2-70-70)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is the subject of speculation regarding a possible fight with Adrien Broner.
6) Robert Guerrero (6-31-48)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero and Shane Mosley currently appear to be the top candidates for a fall fight with Victor Ortiz.
7) Andre Berto (6-31-31)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- L (UD12) vs. #13? Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Berto will look to get back on track against tough measuring stick Jesus Soto Karass.
8) Kell Brook (6-113-113)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- TKO3 Hector Saldivia (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Carson Jones (UNR)
Brook is top of the class among guys that haven’t actually beaten a top 10 contender at any point yet.
9) Randall Bailey (6-55-55)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (3-53-53)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez has had a tough diet to chew on since moving up from 140.
11) Jesus Soto Karass (1-22)
Last Fight: 2/26/2013- MD10 #5 Selcuk Aydin (at 149)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. #7 Andre Berto
Soto Karass will (and practically does) fight anyone and everyone.  Next up: Andre Berto.
12) Chris van Heerden (1-54)
Last Fight: 3/2/2012- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden is expected to fight Ashley Theophane in either New York or the UK later this summer.
13) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-9)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu is currently in business to bust prospects.  And business is good.
14) Alfonso Gomez (1-48)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- L* (UD10) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
It seems Gomez is having trouble getting work after getting heisted against Porter.
15) Keith Thurman (1-16)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? Jan Zaveck
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR)
Thurman is now ranked in two divisions.
16) Jan Zaveck (1-185)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Selcuk Aydin (1-219)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD10 Giuseppe Lauri (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Aaron Herrera (UNR) (at JWW)
Aydin appears to be looking for a new lease on his career at 140. 
18) Timothy Bradley (1-55)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-15)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nothing solid, but there is some talk of an all-action encounter with Mike Alvarado.
20) Leonard Bundu (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: It’s a battle of undefeated prospects in Liverpool on Friday, as Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin collides with Manchester native Denton Vassell.  Gavin has fewer fights, but is more tested, and will be the favorite.