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Middleweight: 2014, Jul 7-13

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday in Tokyo, fringe contender Akio Shibata got a decision win over high-level journeyman Hikaru Nishida to defend his Japanese title.  It was apparently at least a fairly close fight, with one judge having it 7 rounds to 5 at 115-113, another at 116-112, and the third a more comfortable 118-110.  As is often the case with Japanese fights, though, no video is apparently available.  The best summary of the action I can find is here.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Miguel Cotto (5-5-5)
Last Fight: RTD10 Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto is the Champion.  The only question now is whether he will risk that Championship against the dominant #1 contender against whom he probably would have very little chance.  His thoughts seem to be more in the direction of Canelo.
1) Gennady Golovkin (30-97-160)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #5 Daniel Geale
Golovkin-Geale is official for July 26 in New York.
2) Sam Soliman (6-30-30)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- UD12 #2 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
His trainer wants Cotto, but Martin Murray looks more likely.  Soliman himself says he wants the winner of Golovkin-Geale.
3) Sergio Martinez (5-221-221)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- L (RTD10) vs. #8 JMW Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
When assessing Maravilla’s viability as a contender at this point, it really comes down to one question: is his base athletic level and chin as bad as his performance against Cotto, or can it be blamed on a knee or other sort of leg injury?  If the latter, he might stand some chance to come back given enough recuperation time.  If the former, then he’s one of the most obviously finished fighters I’ve ever seen.  His manager ominously said after the fight that his only injury was a broken nose.  That’s incredible, if true, considering how bad his legs looked.  A big soccer fan, he says he’ll determine his future after the World Cup.
4) Felix Sturm (5-564-564)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (UD12) vs. #8 Sam Soliman
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm passed on an eliminator with Curtis Stevens, right after David Lemieux passed on an eliminator with Sturm.  Apparently nobody wants the IBF title.
5) Daniel Geale (5-264-264)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Martin Murray (3-136-136)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray wants Cotto, in what would be his second shot at the lineal Championship.  I thought he won the first one pretty clearly, and I’d favor him in this one.
7) Peter Quillin (3-90-111)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- UD12 Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered Quillin-Korobov.
8) Matthew Macklin (5-159-250)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/30/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Macklin is back on August 30 in Dublin.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (5-30-30)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- UD10 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the first 3 of the first 4 guys offered the shot having turned it down already, the 4th- Curtis Stevens- is now in talks for an IBF eliminator with N’Dam.  The winner would earn a shot at Soliman’s belt.
10) Sergio Mora (5-54-54)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- TKO5 Samuel Rogers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora wants Quillin or Golovkin.
11) Osumanu Adama (5-23)
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.
12) Dmitry Chudinov (5-15)
Last Fight: 6/1/2014- UD12 Patrick Nielsen (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov’s promoter has verbally offered Sam Soliman a fight on August 8.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-180)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- KO10* Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Rubio wants a shot at Cotto.
14) Matt Korobov (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/28/2014- UD10 Jose Uzcategui (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Quillin’s notes, above.
15) Jarrod Fletcher (2-23)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: 8/9/2014- vs. Daniel Jacobs (UNR)
Fletcher will fight fringe contender Daniel Jacobs on August 9 for a trumped up (aka WBA) title.
16) Max Bursak (2-180)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- L (UD12) vs. #7 Martin Murray
Next Fight: Unknown
Monte Carlo isn’t kind to Bursak.  He lost a debatable decision to Jarrod Fletcher there, and then was more or less dominated by Martin Murray.
17) David Lemieux (2-7)
Last Fight: 5/24/2014- KO3 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lemieux’s eye-popping domination of Guerrero has fueled idle speculation of a potential shot at Peter Quillin, who is short on options for high-level opponents due to the ongoing Showtime-HBO feud.  In the meantime, he’s reportedly turned down an eliminator with Sturm.
18) Caleb Truax (5-42)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 7/25/2014- vs. Derek Ennis (UNR)
Truax has a new opponent for 7/25, with a slight downgrade to Derek Ennis.
19) Curtis Stevens (5-49)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO10* Tureano Johnson (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens will likely fight N’Dam for a shot at Soliman’s alphabet belt.
20) Andrey Meryasev (5-35)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Meryasev dominated in pedestrian fashion against the now-retired Baldomir.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
#1 JMW Saul Alvarez vs. #3 JMW Erislandy Lara; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime PPV (US)
This is basically a junior middleweight fight, but will be contested, for no apparent reason, at a 155 pound catchweight.  I’ll mostly consider it at 154, but it could come into play here, as well.

Middleweight: 2014, Jun 30- Jul 6

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, undefeated prospects Jose Uzcategui of Colombia and Matt Korobov of Russia met up in a key showdown.  It was a pretty solid fight, with the 7th round looming large on my card, at least.  Korobov dropped Uzcategui twice in that round to seize control of a fight that I had scored even to that point.  My final score was 96-92, a score judge Denny Nelson agreed with.  Levi Martinez and Jeff Sinnett each had it a round wider at 97-91, which is entirely reasonable.  The lanky Uzcategui simply didn’t maintain control enough on the outside, and his punches became less and less concise as he tired late in the fight.  Korobov, for his part, had some lulls in his activity, but was aggressive just often enough to get the job done.

 

Mark Heffron’s scheduled fight on Saturday didn’t end up happening, so that’s all she wrote for the week.

 

Last week’s #17 Grzegorz Proksa is removed, having no fights scheduled and none on his resume in the past year.  Korobov gets a sudden boost not only from his present win, but also from his impressive knockout of Ossie Duran last year that didn’t qualify to rank him on its own because it was fought at 162, but which is a big factor on his overall resume at this point.  He debuts at #14, forcing Fletcher, Bursak, and Lemieux to recede one position each.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Miguel Cotto (4-4-4)
Last Fight: RTD10 Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto is the Champion.  The only question now is whether he will risk that Championship against the dominant #1 contender against whom he probably would have very little chance.  His thoughts seem to be more in the direction of Canelo.
1) Gennady Golovkin (29-96-159)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #5 Daniel Geale
Golovkin-Geale is official for July 26 in New York.
2) Sam Soliman (5-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- UD12 #2 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman dominated Sturm in the rematch after getting a very fortunate decision the first time before a banned stimulant incident led to a no contest.  So far as we know so far, he was clean this time, too, though he did look extremely energetic. His trainer wants Cotto, but Martin Murray looks more likely.
3) Sergio Martinez (4-220-220)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- L (RTD10) vs. #8 JMW Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
When assessing Maravilla’s viability as a contender at this point, it really comes down to one question: is his base athletic level and chin as bad as his performance against Cotto, or can it be blamed on a knee or other sort of leg injury?  If the latter, he might stand some chance to come back given enough recuperation time.  If the former, then he’s one of the most obviously finished fighters I’ve ever seen.  His manager ominously said after the fight that his only injury was a broken nose.  That’s incredible, if true, considering how bad his legs looked.  A big soccer fan, he says he’ll determine his future after the World Cup.
4) Felix Sturm (4-563-563)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (UD12) vs. #8 Sam Soliman
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm passed on an eliminator with Curtis Stevens, right after David Lemieux passed on an eliminator with Sturm.  Apparently nobody wants the IBF title.
5) Daniel Geale (4-263-263)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Martin Murray (2-135-135)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray wants Cotto, in what would be his second shot at the lineal Championship.  I thought he won the first one pretty clearly, and I’d favor him in this one.
7) Peter Quillin (2-89-110)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- UD12 Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has mandated Quillin to fight British prospect Billy Joe Saunders next.  There continues to be talk of an endlessly-theorized all-Golden Boy showdown with Daniel Jacobs, though, and perhaps a fight with Lemieux after that.  Sergio Mora has also indicated interest.
8) Matthew Macklin (4-158-249)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin is reportedly hoping to fight in Dublin soon.  He’s suggested Soliman and Murray as possible opponents.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (4-29-29)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- UD10 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the first 3 of the first 4 guys offered the shot having turned it down already, the 4th- Curtis Stevens- is now in talks for an IBF eliminator with N’Dam.  The winner would earn a shot at Soliman’s belt.
10) Sergio Mora (4-53-53)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- TKO5 Samuel Rogers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora wants Quillin or Golovkin.
11) Osumanu Adama (4-22)
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.
12) Dmitry Chudinov (4-14)
Last Fight: 6/1/2014- UD12 Patrick Nielsen (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov’s promoter has verbally offered Sam Soliman a fight on August 8.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-179)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- KO10* Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Rubio wants a shot at Cotto.
14) Matt Korobov (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/28/2014- UD10 Jose Uzcategui (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Korobov has finally started to make good on his talent and prior hype, and with his undefeated record still very much intact, the sky is theoretically the limit.  I would assume he’s getting close to a big fight.
15) Jarrod Fletcher (1-22)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: 8/9/2014- vs. Daniel Jacobs (UNR)
Fletcher will fight fringe contender Daniel Jacobs on August 9 for a trumped up (aka WBA) title.
16) Max Bursak (1-179)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- L (UD12) vs. #7 Martin Murray
Next Fight: Unknown
Monte Carlo isn’t kind to Bursak.  He lost a debatable decision to Jarrod Fletcher there, and then was more or less dominated by Martin Murray.
17) David Lemieux (1-6)
Last Fight: 5/24/2014- KO3 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lemieux’s eye-popping domination of Guerrero has fueled idle speculation of a potential shot at Peter Quillin, who is short on options for high-level opponents due to the ongoing Showtime-HBO feud.  In the meantime, he’s reportedly turned down an eliminator with Sturm.
18) Caleb Truax (4-41)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
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.
19) Curtis Stevens (4-48)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO10* Tureano Johnson (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens will likely fight N’Dam for a shot at Soliman’s alphabet belt.
20) Andrey Meryasev (4-34)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Meryasev dominated in pedestrian fashion against the now-retired Baldomir.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Akio Shibata vs. Hikaru Nishida; Tokyo, Japan; TV Unknown
Shibata is a fringe contender  who would certainly be ranked if he hadn’t lost to Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata in Murata’s pro debut.  Nishida is a high-level journeyman.

Middleweight: 2014, Mar 3-9

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by danboxing
I’ll start off with the Friday Night Fights Boxcino tournament and move on to the more regular action.

 

Undefeated but untested American prospect Brandon Adams was very impressive in stopping inactive veteran journeyman Daniel Edouard between the 4th and 5th, at which point I had it 39-36 (Adams scored a knockdown in the 4th).  This fight is not particularly significant, however, as neither guy came in at anywhere near a top 50 fighter.

 

Hard-hitting slugger Ray Gatica demolished paper tiger Sena Agbeko, an undefeated Ghanaian who hadn’t fought anyone with a pulse, stopping Agbeko in the 4th after beating the breaks off of him in the 3rd.  Gatica’s technique was horrible, but he hit every bit as hard as he did against Fernando Guerrero in a narrowly losing effort.  Again, not a significant fight in itself.

 

Undefeated Ukrainian Vitaliy Kopylenko, an undefeated prospect who came in tested at a slightly higher level than Adams and Agbeko, scored the night’s biggest win when he stopped Ceresso Fort- a two loss fringe prospect who existed on the fringes of the top 50- in just two rounds.  Fort was arguably the most proven member of the field, so Kopylenko has quickly become a favorite to win the whole thing.

 

Finally, Donatas Bondas was arguably robbed for a second fight in a row against pure boxer Willie Monroe, Jr.  Bondas was by far the more aggressive and harder hitting fighter between the two, and clearly won anywhere between 2-6 of the 6 rounds.  That is to say, he won the clearest two rounds of the fight in the 3rd and 4th, and the rest were toss-ups, the majority of which I felt very strongly that he carried on his aggression.  Nathan Palmer’s 58-56 for Monroe was maybe a reasonable stretch, but Eric Burris and Gary Merritt’s overwhelmingly stupid 59-55 cards lead me to believe that this fight was likely rigged.  Again, no importance here, except that the wrong guy moves forward in the tournament.

 

Monroe will be fed to Kopylenko next, and Adams and Gatica will battle it out on April 18.

 

Tokyo was host to all of Saturday’s action.  Unfortunately, said action cannot be found on video anywhere on the internet.  In one of these fights, Akio Shibata won an apparently close decision (117-111, 116-113, 115-113) over gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa, mirroring the result of their 2012 ten-rounder.  In the other, gatekeeper Makoto Fuchigami was shockingly upset (also in close fashion) by 9-6-1 journeyman Hikaru Nishida in an 8-rounder by scores of 78-75, 77-75, and 77-76.  I am bound to take these results at face value given the lack of video.

 

Kopylenko has established himself as a clear top 50 fighter, and most likely the favorite to win Boxcino, but that’s all that’s come out of it so far.

 

As for the Japanese results, Shibata has made some progress to overcome the stain of the Murata loss, and now sits squarely within the top 25 (but short of the top 20).  Nakagawa slides back to the mid-30s.  Nishida becomes a legitimate gatekeeper, though his ugly past record holds him back from getting even as high as the mid-30s.  Fuchigami is now clearly in steep decline, and is now on the fringes of the top 50.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (203-203-203)
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 (12-79-142)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin was well on his way to signing for a fight with Andy Lee on April 26, but that fight and the date are off to allow GGG to mourn his father’s death.
2) Felix Sturm (12-546-546)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is the #1 contender for Sturm’s alphabet title, and Murray, Macklin, and Geale are all trying to get rematches with him, as well.  There is also talk of an Arthur Abraham fight on May 31.
3) Daniel Geale (2-246-246)
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 (2-118-118)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray and Hatton promotions have parted ways which, along with nagging injuries, may further delay his rumored title fight.  It looks like he’s close to a deal with Matchroom, though.
5) Matthew Macklin (7-141-232)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a legitimate but very unspectacular win over only moderately proven prospect Lamar Russ, Macklin has joined the chorus of quality middleweights looking for a rematch with Sturm.  He’s also pushing for a fight with Andy Lee (possibly on April 26) and has expressed interest in Quillin.
6) Peter Quillin (7-72-93)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Macklin’s notes, above.  Stevens is also looking for a fight with him, as is Sergio Mora.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (7-12-12)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam totally dominated journeyman Ramallo.  Here’s hoping he gets another worthwhile fight at something near championship-level soon.
8) Sam Soliman (7-12-12)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman has been re-installed as the #1 contender to Sturm’s alphabet strap, and will likely get another shot soon.
9) Sergio Mora (7-36-36)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is reportedly in the mix for a fight with Quillin.
10) Osumanu Adama (5-5-5)
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 (5-162)
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 (5-162)
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 (5-5)
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.  The team behind Dmitry Chudinov, who presumably made one of those offers, says a fight is being discussed, possibly for March or April.  There is also some talk of a domestic showdown with Geale.
14) Max Bursak (5-162)
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) Bryan Vera (5-72)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera’s loss to Chavez at a heavier weight has no effect on his ranking here.  He will need to schedule a fight at 160 by March 29 to avoid removal here, though.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (5-151)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is likely to fight again on April 19 according to Polish news reports.
17) Caleb Truax (5-24)
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.
18) Curtis Stevens (5-31)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- TKO1 Patrick Majewski (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens has his sites set on Peter Quillin.
19) Andrey Meryasev (5-17)
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.
20) Danny Jacobs (5-28)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Jose Uzcategui vs. David Lopez; Nogales, Mexico; Azteca America (US)
Uzcategui is an undefeated Venezuelan prospect who rightly generates some buzz south of the border.  Lopez is a veteran fringe contender who was last seen nearly a year ago getting a gift against Don George.  Even so, Lopez represents Uzcategui’s sternest test to date.

Middleweight: 2014, Feb 24- Mar 2

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2014 by danboxing
Wednesday in Moore Park, Australia, #4 Daniel Geale outclassed gatekeeper Garth Wood, fighting a nearly perfect fight and flashing more power than we’re used to seeing from him.  Wood failed to answer the bell for round 7.  Geale scored 3 official knockdowns- a technical one in the first and one each in the 5th and 6th.  He should have probably been credited with two more.  Referee Charlie Lucas- in one of the worst jobs of reffing I’ve seen since Mares-Agbeko I- took a point from Geale in the second for a phantom low blow which also wiped out what should have been a good knockdown, and also failed to call what looked like another good knockdown at the bell to end round 6.  Lucas was blatantly favoring Wood to such an extent it was embarrassing, and he was flawed in the more technical aspects of his job, as well.  Still, Geale hardly missed a beat.

 

Geale and Murray each put forth similar efforts against Sturm, and so those fights cancel out.  That leaves, for Murray, two relevant fights.  He had what should have been a win over the Champion Martinez, but also a completely unforgivable win that probably should have been a loss against so-so journeyman Sergey Khomitsky.  Even though he probably should be the Champion of the division, that’s no longer a free ticket for Murray given his last performance.  Geale’s only losses are an avenged and aging one against Mundine from 2009 and a very close nail-biter to Darren Barker.  His best win was against 3rd-ranked Sebastian Sylvester, and he adds another top 10 performance against #8 Roman Karmazin, along with wins over #11 Adama and #11 Mundine.  That’s enough to overwhelm the one great performance for Murray.  Since the Sturm-Geale fight could have gone either way very easily, and since Sturm stopped Barker where Geale had been outpointed, Geale can’t eclipse Sturm at this time.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (202-202-202)
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 (11-78-141)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin wants a shot at the Championship against Martineza fight Sergio appears to be interested in after Cotto and there are rumors that Andy Lee is being considered for an April fight, as well.  Daniel Geale has also laid down the gauntlet.
2) Felix Sturm (11-545-545)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is the #1 contender for Sturm’s alphabet title, and Murray, Macklin, and Geale are all trying to get rematches with him, as well.
3) Daniel Geale (1-245-245)
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 (1-117-117)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray and Hatton promotions have parted ways which, along with nagging injuries, may further delay his rumored title fight.
5) Matthew Macklin (6-140-231)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a legitimate but very unspectacular win over only moderately proven prospect Lamar Russ, Macklin has joined the chorus of quality middleweights looking for a rematch with Sturm.  He’s also pushing for a fight with Andy Lee and has expressed interest in Quillin.
6) Peter Quillin (6-71-92)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Macklin’s notes, above.  Stevens is also looking for a fight with him, as is Sergio Mora.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (6-11-11)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam totally dominated journeyman Ramallo.  Here’s hoping he gets another worthwhile fight at something near championship-level soon.
8) Sam Soliman (6-11-11)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman has been re-installed as the #1 contender to Sturm’s alphabet strap, and will likely get another shot soon.
9) Sergio Mora (6-35-35)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is reportedly in the mix for a fight with Quillin.
10) Osumanu Adama (4-4-4)
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 (4-161)
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 (4-161)
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 (4-4)
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.  The team behind Dmitry Chudinov, who presumably made one of those offers, says a fight is being discussed, possibly for March or April.  There is also some talk of a domestic showdown with Geale.
14) Max Bursak (4-161)
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) Bryan Vera (4-71)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera-Chavez is on for March 1 on HBO.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (4-150)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is likely to fight again on April 19 according to Polish news reports.
17) Caleb Truax (4-23)
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.
18) Curtis Stevens (4-30)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- TKO1 Patrick Majewski (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens has his sites set on Peter Quillin.
19) Andrey Meryasev (4-16)
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.
20) Danny Jacobs (4-27)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
ESPN Boxcino Tournament; Laughlin, Nevada; ESPN2 (US)
The middleweight draw, all 6 round bouts:

 

1) Daniel Edouard vs. Brandon Adams.  Edouard topped out at gatekeeper level in about 2004-2006, and was roughly a mid-level journeyman when Peter Manfredo retired him in 2011.  This fight remains a toss-up, though, since Adams’ undefeated record was built against absolutely nobody.  I can’t even tell you how he’s looked in those easy wins, since to the best of my knowledge he’s never been on TV.

 

2) Ray Gatica vs. Sena Agbeko.  Another interesting one.  Gatica is no joke.  He came within a hair’s breadth of stopping and also outpointing the reasonably proven Fernando Guerrero recently, and is a real puncher.  Agbeko is undefeated and has knocked out everyone he’s fought but, to an even greater extent than Adams, he’s never fought anyone with even a hint of a pulse.

 

3) Ceresso Fort vs. Vitaliy Kopylenko. Kopylenko is another undefeated prospect, and hails from the Ukraine.  He’s slightly more tested than Agbeko and Adams, but still not at anything close to this level.  Fort is right around the lower tier of the top 50, give or take, and has been confirmed at that level by wins over Andy Kolle and Marcus Upshaw and losses to Caleb Truax and John Jackson.  

 

4) Donatas Bondas vs. Willie Monroe, Jr.  Bondas doesn’t have the resume to prove it, really, but he’s a very solid fighter.  Depending on who you ask, he was either robbed of or voluntarily gave up an opportunity to be blatantly robbed of a win over Bryan Vera recently.  He was easily winning the fight, but was stopped by the referee after giving unsatisfactory answers to inquiries in the corner regarding a cut.  He says it was a language barrier, but we will never know for sure.  Monroe is a one-loss prospect.  He lost an apparently close fight to his best opponent- Darnell Boone- and has beaten only very weak opposition besides that.

 

Saturday
Akio Shibata vs. Daisuke Nakagawa; Tokyo, Japan; TV Unknown
Shibata is a fringe contender who was effectively the undisputed champion of Japan before rookie Ryota Murata destroyed him in a fight just slightly over the divisional limit.  Nakagawa is a gatekeeper in the division who lost an apparently close decision to Shibata in 2012.

 

Makoto Fuchigami vs. Hikaru Nishida; Tokyo, Japan; TV Unknown
Fuchigami is a veteran gatekeeper who also has a loss on his record against Shibata.  Nishida is a fairly novice 9-6 mid-level journeyman.  Probably not much of a threat.

Middleweight: 2013, Sep 9-15

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated Dane Patrick Nielsen got arguably the toughest test of his career on Saturday in Frederikshavn, Denmark, and passed it with flying colors, winning a wide unanimous decision.  Despite being the highest-rated opponent of Nielsen’s career, it’s not quite enough to qualify him for a ranking, since Majewski had done nothing since being exposed by the mediocre Jose Miguel Torres in 2011, and was not quite in the top 50.

 

Last week’s #13 Osumanu Adama is removed, having not made 160 in 18 months.  This allows everyone #14 and below last week to move up a spot, and gives Akio Shibata the opportunity to reclaim a ranking after he was bounced for a couple weeks by his loss to debuting Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (178-178-178)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.  He also said recently that he wants to defend in Argentina.  I would too, if I’d gotten the gift he got last time around.
1) Martin Murray (20-93-93)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray is the mandatory challenger for the Golovkin-Stevens winner.
2) Gennady Golovkin (11-54-117)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #19 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (4-4-100)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.
4) Felix Sturm (11-521-521)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (4-221-221)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  Geale wants to be back in December in any event.
6) Matthew Macklin (4-116-207)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
7) Peter Quillin (20-47-68)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golden Boy expects to put Quillin on the Hopkins-Murat undercard in late October.  Sergio Mora is apparently dying to be the opponent.
8) Dmitry Pirog (20-163-163)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog says his back injuries have fully healed, and will be meeting with his people in the US soon to determine his next fight.  I’ll probably give him until the end of September to calendar that fight before removing him.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (11-27-150)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
See Quillin’s notes, above.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (26-137)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (26-137)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine is October 23 in Australia.
13) Max Bursak (1-137)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Bursak fights 2-loss English prospect Nick Blackwell on the 21st in the Ukraine.
14) Bryan Vera (1-47)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again, this time to 9/28.
15) Grzegorz Proksa (1-126)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
16) Curtis Stevens (1-6)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
17) Billi Godoy (1-4)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Danny Jacobs (1-3)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Dmitry Chudinov (1-3)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- KO2 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Akio Shibata (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Ryoto Murata (UNR) (at 161)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Gatekeeper Derrick Findley and undefeated prospect Mike Jimenez will face off in Hammond, Indiana on Friday, but it’s not entirely clear if it will be at 160 or 168.  I’ll mention it exclusively in whatever division it occurs in next week.

Middleweight: 2013, Aug 26- Sep 1

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss prospect and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs made a big statement on Monday.  He’s back.  Jacobs made 160 for the first time since his 2010 knockout loss to Pirog, and since beating cancer.  And fighting the first serious opponent since Pirog, he managed to look better than he has since at least the Ishe Smith fight in 2009.  But let’s not overhype it just yet.  Jacobs dances away from his opponent too much for my liking.  When he does so, he crosses the line from boxing into light running.  I actually gave the first to rounds to the more aggressive and solid Lorenzo.  But Jacobs didn’t wait too long to get going, absolutely detonating Lorenzo’s chin in the 3rd.  This was perhaps a bit surprising, since Jacobs had never even knocked down a top 50 opponent before, and Lorenzo had never been stopped despite fighting 3 top-5 contenders, and another top 10.

 

Speaking of quick knockouts, undefeated Russian prospect Dmitry Chudinov moved on a bit from his rather embarrassing draw with Patrick Mendy, knocking out one-loss Venezuelan fringe prospect Jorge Navarro in the 2nd.

 

Gilberto Ramirez, the undefeated Mexican prospect, had been scheduled to take on veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia, but got a short notice replacement in veteran spoiler Derrick Findley.  It’s unfortunate that Findley continues to be put in this type of situation.  We’ve seen that he’s a pretty good fighter when he gets something like a full camp.  He definitely deserved to beat Curtis Stevens in that situation earlier this year.  But against Ramirez, on a few days’ notice, he didn’t win a single round on a single card.  The fight was actually at super middleweight, and perhaps unintentionally makes Ramirez a minor player in that division (at least in my book).

 

And last but certainly not least, Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata made his pro debut on Sunday in Tokyo.  Why am I spending time on a pro debut, you ask?  Afterall, I pretty much only report on match-ups involving top 50 fighters.  Well, simple: Murata’s pro debut came against none other than #14 Akio Shibata, Asia’s best middleweight.  This was a bold and confident move for Murata’s team, and a very high-risk one for Shibata.  It paid off for Murata, as he dropped Shibata in the first and finished him off late in the second.  Unfortunately, the fight was contested at 161, and thus doesn’t establish Murata’s eligibility as a middleweight.  It’s a shame, since that pound almost certainly made little difference in the outcome, and since Murata probably otherwise earned a top-10 spot in his very first fight.  The win will be considered in the future, but only once Murata has achieved the requisite top 50 win while making the 160 limit.

 

Demetrius Andrade (#16 last week) is removed, having scheduled a fight at 154 for November- more than a year after his last fight against an opponent that weighed more than that.  Shibata also falls out, although I give him enough benefit of the doubt as to Murata being a top-quality prospect that he’s still in the neighborhood of a ranking.  This allows Max Bursak to advance from #15 to #14.  Meanwhile, everyone ranked #17-20 last week moves up two places.  Jacobs assumes the #19 spot with his big win.  Chudinov is back in at #20, though I assure you, the fact that he had a  stay-busy win this week had no bearing on his ranking.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (176-176-176)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.
1) Martin Murray (18-91-91)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hatton Promotions, who handle Murray, had an offer on the table to fight Quillin in England.  Golden Boy blames the deal falling through on Hatton’s CEO- Richard Poxon, essentially crying incompetence.  But with no word from Murray’s camp, it’s hard to say whether that’s a fight the should-be Champ wanted or not.
2) Gennady Golovkin (9-52-115)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #19 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (2-2-98)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.
4) Felix Sturm (9-519-519)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (2-219-219)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.
6) Matthew Macklin (2-114-205)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
7) Peter Quillin (18-45-66)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golden Boy expects to put Quillin on the Hopkins-Murat undercard in late October.  Sergio Mora is apparently dying to be the opponent.
8) Dmitry Pirog (18-161-161)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog says his back injuries have fully healed, and will be meeting with his people in the US soon to determine his next fight.  I’ll probably give him until the end of September to calendar that fight before removing him.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (9-26-148)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
See Quillin’s notes, above.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (24-135)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (24-135)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 8/23/2013- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mundine says the fight is signed with Mosley, but no date has been announced yet.
13) Osumanu Adama (24-127)
Last Fight: 7/26/2013- RTD7 Doel Carasquillo (UNR) (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has until September 7 to schedule a middleweight fight to avoid removal, having missed 160 in his last two fights.
14) Max Bursak (1-135)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Bryan Vera (1-45)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again, this time to 9/28.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (1-124)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
17) Curtis Stevens (1-4)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
18) Billi Godoy (1-2)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Danny Jacobs (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dmitry Chudinov (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- KO2 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing going on this week, after a very active last week.

Middleweight: 2013, Aug 19-25

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by danboxing
In what must be viewed as an upset from Atlantic City, #3 Daniel Geale was defeated in a legitimately razor-thin fight on HBO.  Geale, who lacks real power but usually makes up for it with volume, was a bit more cautious than normal, perhaps because Barker seemed to have a pretty fair amount of steam behind his punches to an extent that guys like Sebastian Sylvester and Anthony Mundine may not have.  Maybe even more than Sturm, with whom Geale also had a toss-up kind of fight.  I had it 114-113 for Barker, with the Englishman winning 7 rounds to overcome a devastatingly placed body shot that produced a knockdown and almost a knockout in the 6th.  Half the fight was composed of toss-up rounds, but in my estimation, Barker swept the first 5, came back strong in the 7th, and managed to nick the 10th to seal the victory.

 

In much less significant action, gatekeeper Sergio Sanders knocked out low-level countryman Abel Adriel in 7 from Malvinas, Argentina.

 

Barker revitalizes his injury-plagued career with by far its best win.  He rockets to #3, replacing Geale at that position.  Geale slumps two spots, displaced by Barker and also swapping positions with Sturm, over whom he holds an indecisive win.  Macklin is displaced one spot by Barker, as well.

 

Having re-scheduled his 165 pound catchweight fight with Vera for after the 1-year anniversary of his last middleweight fight, Julio Cesar Chavez (#6 last week) is removed.  Brought into equilibrium by Barker and Chavez, everyone ranked #7-14 last week stays put.  #s 16-20 each move up, and the vacancy at #20 is filled by Billi Godoy, who had been bumped out of that spot on August 5.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (175-175-175)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.
1) Martin Murray (17-90-90)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Golovkin talks having amounted to nothing, Murray is looking for what should be a make-able showdown with Darren Barker.
2) Gennady Golovkin (8-51-114)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #19 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (1-1-97)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.

4) Felix Sturm (8-518-518)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (1-218-218)

Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker

Next Fight: Unknown

Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.
6) Matthew Macklin (1-113-204)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
7) Peter Quillin (17-44-65)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golden Boy expects to put Quillin on the Hopkins-Murat undercard in late October.
8) Dmitry Pirog (17-160-160)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog says his back injuries have fully healed, and will be meeting with his people in the US soon to determine his next fight.  I’ll probably give him until the end of September to calendar that fight before removing him.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (8-25-147)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win, and has signed with a solid promoter in Lou DiBella.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (23-134)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (23-134)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mundine says the fight is signed with Mosley, but no date has been announced yet.
13) Osumanu Adama (23-126)
Last Fight: 7/26/2013- RTD7 Doel Carasquillo (UNR) (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has until September 7 to schedule a middleweight fight to avoid removal, having missed 160 in his last two fights.
14) Akio Shibata (16-16)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Max Bursak (1-134)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #14 JMW Vanes Martirosyan (at JMW)
Andrade-Martirosyan has been postponed along with Chavez-Vera due to Chavez’s cut.  Chances are the new date will lead to his removal, since it will probably be after his 1-year anniversary of his last middleweight fight.  That’s now even more likely with the news that the fight will not be on the same date as Chavez-Vera anymore.
17) Bryan Vera (1-44)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again, this time to 9/28.
18) Grzegorz Proksa (1-123)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
19) Curtis Stevens (1-3)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
20) Billi Godoy (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss prospect and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs will get his stiffest test, by far, since he was knocked out by Pirog back in 2010, when he takes on Dominican gatekeeper Giovanni Lorenzo, a once-promising prospect who still has only lost to top-10 opposition.  That fight will inaugurate Fox Sports 1’s new Monday Night Boxing series.

 

Saturday in Volgograd, Russia, undefeated Russian prospect Dmitry Chudinov- recently ranked in the top 20 before being humbled by a draw to journeyman Patrick Mendy- looks to get back on a winning track against a lesser journeyman in Venezuela’s Jorge Navarro.

 

A battle of Mexicans is brewing in Glendale, California later that night, as undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez takes on veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia.

 

Capping off the week on Sunday is a very intriguing match-up in Tokyo, where #14 Akio Shibata will look to rudely welcome Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata to the pro ranks.  That’s right.  Murata is making his pro debut against the best middleweight in Asia.  No baby steps here.  I hope Shibata is getting paid well, because this is a very high-risk, low-reward kind of fight.  It’s not every day a guy has a chance to be 1-0 and something close to a top-10 fighter.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Oct 15-21

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2013 by danboxing
Monday in Tokyo, gatekeeper and Japanese champion Akio Shibata defended his title against high-level journeyman Yoshihisa Tonimura, winning by unanimous scores of 97-94.  No changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (24-85-100)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
After some (literally) light work against Lopez, Canelo is considering Kirkland in December, and hoping for Mayweather or Cotto on May 4.  The WBC plans to make him fight the Vanes vs. Lara winner in 2013.
2) Carlos Molina (24-67-82)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (30-115-115)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage may fight Andre Berto on November 24.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (24-24-24)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd may be looking to fight Pacquiao in April.  But we’ve heard this before, and it wouldn’t even be as enticing this time after his so-so performance against Bradley and robbery win over Marquez.
5) Miguel Cotto (24-124-124)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
6) Erislandy Lara (24-67-89)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan
After months of speculation, Lara-Martirosyan is finally on, November 10 in Vegas, with the winner to get a mandatory shot at Canelo.  The fight will be shown on HBO.
7) James Kirkland (24-50-50)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (20-20-89)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (20-160-160)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Raul Casarez (UNR)
After what must have been a nightmarish 8 months in a detention center for very little reason, Angulo has already got a fight scheduled, against journeyman Raul Casarez on November 10, and he reportedly may hire Virgil Hunter as trainer.
10) Gabriel Rosado (21-21-89)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Angulo back in action, Rosado may be looking for a rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (18-38)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (18-18)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (21-66)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Lukas Konecny (2-62)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (2-72)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
16) Carlos Quintana (19-24)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Sechew Powell (6-135)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (6-46)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Another very mediocre opponent for Rose, but at least this time he took care of business.
19) Roberto Garcia (6-19)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (6-6)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing to report this week.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Oct 8-14

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2013 by danboxing
#18 Brian Rose came in a pound heavy on Friday, and knocked out smaller journeyman Vivian Harris just over halfway through the 3rd round. 

 

The following night in Kiev, Ukraine, #15 Lukas Konecny dominated but was blatantly robbed in Kiev against heavily propped-up fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov.  Baysangurov incredibly came in as the WBO titlist, having inherited that title via a set of circumstances that I still can’t quite figure out.  Essentially reigning titlist Sergiy Dzinziruk decided to take a couple years off, so they set Baysangurov up with a very mediocre journeyman named Mike Miranda for what somehow qualified as the interim title.  It was basically a coronation, rather than a fight, as Miranda was nowhere close to being a top 100 fighter, even.  But then Baysangurov took almost a year off, himself, and Lukas Konecny similarly was given an interim belt for beating a journeyman.  But somewhere along the way, ZB was awarded the full belt, which he defended with a dubious decision over prospect Michel Soro.  Konecny’s interim belt apparently gave him what amounted to a mandatory shot. 

 

So that gets us to this fight.  What happened?  Well, Konecny came out strong, beating Baysangurov to the punch, backing him up, basically imposing his will, while Baysangurov stood straight up, trying and occasionally succeeding to hold his ground, while slapping away with ridiculously unorthodox arm punches that appeared to have no effect whatsoever on Konecny.  Baysangurov won, at most, 3 rounds.  He only clearly won one.  And yet the disgusting crooks paid by the Ukrainian commission (and likely by someone in Baysangurov’s camp) to judge the fight scored it 117-111 (Matteo Montella), 118-110 (Lahcen Oumghar), and 119-109 (Mickey Vann).  And those are reasonable scores, IF YOU GIVE THEM TO THE RIGHT GUY!  But of course, they all had it backwards.  Honestly, if it wasn’t for the fact that Konecny has a trademark giant garish tattoo covering his back, I’d assume that each judge was confused as to which guy was which. 

 

Montella and Vann are both known offenders.  Vann’s resume can be summarized as follows: Huck-Arslan and Hernandez-Ross.  He had the wrong guy winning both of those.  He also scored Sturm-Soliman for Soliman, which was stretching the bounds of reason, as well.  He’s basically England’s answer to John McKaie and Don Ackerman.  Just awful.  Montella- unless it was a mistake by Boxrec- was going all-out to rob Hakhim Zoulikha against Robert Woge before Woge took matters into his own hands and scored a knockout.  There were 8 clear rounds in the fight, and Montella had apparently gotten 7 of them wrong. 

 

Baysangurov lost the fight.  No doubt.  And what’s become clear is that “Zaurbek Baysangurov, Titlist, Contender,” and virtually every other positive persona you could attach to him, is a fictional character created by the Klitschko brothers, the WBO, and a slew of likely corrupt judges.

 

Konecny advances one spot to #14, displacing Vanes Martirosyan.  Meanwhile, Baysangurov continues to be a titlist despite not being a top 25 fighter in my opinion.  Rose stays where he is.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (23-84-99)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
After some (literally) light work against Lopez, Canelo is considering Kirkland in December, and hoping for Mayweather or Cotto on May 4.  The WBC plans to make him fight the Vanes vs. Lara winner in 2013.
2) Carlos Molina (23-66-81)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (29-114-114)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage may fight Andre Berto on November 24.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (23-23-23)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd may be looking to fight Pacquiao in April.  But we’ve heard this before, and it wouldn’t even be as enticing this time after his so-so performance against Bradley and robbery win over Marquez.
5) Miguel Cotto (23-123-123)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
6) Erislandy Lara (23-66-88)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan
After months of speculation, Lara-Martirosyan is finally on, November 10 in Vegas, with the winner to get a mandatory shot at Canelo.  The fight will be shown on HBO.
7) James Kirkland (23-49-49)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (19-19-88)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (19-159-159)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Raul Casarez (UNR)
After what must have been a nightmarish 8 months in a detention center for very little reason, Angulo has already got a fight scheduled, against journeyman Raul Casarez on November 10, and he reportedly may hire Virgil Hunter as trainer.
10) Gabriel Rosado (20-20-88)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Angulo back in action, Rosado may be looking for a rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (17-37)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (17-17)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (20-65)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Lukas Konecny (1-61)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-71)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
16) Carlos Quintana (18-23)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Sechew Powell (5-134)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (5-45)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Another very mediocre opponent for Rose, but at least this time he took care of business.
19) Roberto Garcia (5-18)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Monday in Tokyo, gatekeeper Akio Shibata defends his Japanese title against high-quality journeyman Yoshihisa Tonimura.

Middleweight: 2013, May 6-12

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by danboxing
Another week of significant fights and significant controversy, though less momentous on both counts.

 

In the week’s most significant fight, the Japanese 154 champion Akio Shibata moved up to challenge #18 Makoto Fuchigami at 160.  Fuchigami, though stripped of the title for fighting international competition, came in as the Japanese champion at 160 for all intents and purposes.  Unfortunately I can’t find a video of the fight so far, nor any decent news report about it in English.  All I can say is that Shibata seems to have beaten Fuchigami pretty convincingly, though by the ever-unsatisfactory way of technical decision.  The fight ended about a minute into the 9th round, with Shibata victorious by scores of 89-81, 89-82, and 87-83.  The scores would indicate the likelihood that either a knockdown or point deduction was scored, though my only real source- Boxrec- doesn’t give any such details at this point.

 

Here’s where the controversy comes in.  On the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard in Vegas, junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado took a big risk (with not a lot of possible reward) in fighting relatively unproven prospect J’Leon Love on a card promoted by Love’s promoter.  It didn’t pay off.  Rosado dropped Love in the closing seconds of round 6, and while about half the fight was composed of toss-up rounds, and was definitely very close overall, I felt that Rosado’s obviously superior power and aggression earned him the win.  I scored it 96-93, and thought anything between 97-92 Rosado and 97-93 Love would be reasonable (since Love was winning round 6 aside from the knockdown, and may have had an argument for only a 10-9).  Two of the judges had scores well within that range, one in each direction.  The third, Herb Santos, didn’t watch the fight.  He had it 97-92 for Love, meaning that he did give Rosado the 10-8, but then gave every other close round and one clear Rosado round to Love.  For the purposes of my rankings, the fight will be treated as something like a draw, with a bare edge to Love in deference to the wrong but mostly reasonable official verdict.

 

Speaking of the rankings, there are some changes.  Shibata debuts at #14 with the win, and he could potentially have gone as high as 12, with Mundine’s difficult resume- which includes a swapping of wins and losses with a contender and a gatekeeper- and Adama’s- which includes a very shaky win over a declining smaller man in Grady Brewer and a couple wins that are comparable to Fuchigami, but are significantly older than Shibata’s triumph.  Fuchigami drops just out of the rankings due to the loss and Shibata’s resulting debut, while everyone ranked #14-17 last week falls back a space.

 

Given both the dubious nature of the result and the fact that Rosado has met with mixed success, at best, while venturing north of 154 in the past, both he and Love remain unranked by a significant margin.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (160-160-160)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (2-75-75)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- draw at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray absolutely deserves to be Champion, but there is an argument that Sergio deserved a draw, and thus he retains the Championship by the slimmest margin possible.  There’s absolutely no way Murray lost the fight.  I hope (but doubt) that he’ll get a rematch.  Chavez is also trying to get Murray to replace Vera as his August 3 opponent.
2) Daniel Geale (2-203-203)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale hopes to have a “keep busy” fight while the IBF (slowly) sorts out his mandatory situation complicated by Soliman’s PED result.  There appear to be talks underway for him to fight Barker, which rather goes against the “keep busy” proposition.
3) Felix Sturm (2-503-503)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF has suspended Sam Soliman for 9 months, and will put Sturm in another eliminator for a shot at Geale.
4) Gennady Golovkin (2-36-99)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (2-98-189)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-101-119)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3He’s also trying to replace Bryan Vera with Martin Murray.
7) Peter Quillin (2-29-50)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (2-145-145)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (2-108-108)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (10-10-132)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (8-119)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Martinez (for whom he is the mandatory) sidelined until 2014, Rubio may get a shot at Sergio’s alphabet belt against someone else in the interim.  Alternatively, I think he is also in line for Quillin’s belt, as well.
12) Anthony Mundine (8-119)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in late June or July, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He has hinted he may be moving back down to 154.
13) Osumanu Adama (8-111)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Akio Shibata (1-1)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unranked
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (1-82)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After apparently losing out to Vera and maybe also to Murray for a shot at Chavez, Barker is now setting his sites on Daniel Geale.
16) Max Bursak (1-119)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak will likely fight Italian gatekeeper Domenico Spada next, as Spada is the mandatory for his European belt.
17) Demetrius Andrade (1-90)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (1-29)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has abeen delayed to August 3, and Chavez appears willing to jump ship for Martin Murray if the opportunity arises.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-62)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Jose Miguel Torres (3-3)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- TKO4 Javier Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Torres sneaks into the rankings based on a nearly 18 month old upset win over Patrick Majewski, but considering the awful opposition he has faced since, I’m not particularly happy about it.

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher gets a soft touch in low-level Ghanaian journeyman Philip Kotey in Brisbane.