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Junior Middleweight: 2014, Mar 10-16

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by danboxing
#4 Canelo Alvarez was too crisp, too heavy-handed, and too good for #10 Alfredo Angulo in the Saturday main event of Showtime’s PPV show from Las Vegas.  Canelo had a lot of zip on his punches, and stayed uncharacteristically active throughout the fight.  Angulo was ready-made for him.  He kept walking into the shots, but just couldn’t get anything behind his own shots.  I narrowly gave Angulo round 8, but that was it.  Canelo was pretty dominant, and Tony Weeks mercifully stopped it in the 10th after Canelo landed yet another hard, flush uppercut to El Perro’s chin.  

 

The overzealous fans and to some extent the Showtime broadcast team created what in my opinion was a fake controversy by acting like the stoppage might in some way be tantamount to a robbery.  Look.  Everybody with eyes or ears knew that Angulo wasn’t going to win the fight, and he was taking a legitimately horrific beating on his way to the loss.  Tony Weeks is there to enforce the rules and ensure a fair fight, but above all, he’s there to protect the safety of the fighters.  Was two rounds of a foregone conclusion really worth risking the life or long-term health of a family man (with no defense) like Angulo?  Not by a long shot.  Angulo is a fighter, so he is naturally going to disagree and maybe even believe irrationally in his ability to win.  But that doesn’t change the unequivocal fact that Weeks did exactly the right thing.

 

The chief support bout for the fight was to be #1 Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo, a highly-touted undefeated prospect.  Unfortunately (and surprisingly to many, including me), it turns out Molina has a checkered past.  I won’t get into it here, but if you want to know the details it’s readily available online.  Apparently he was deported on the basis of these “checkers” several years ago, and so when he was picked up on a warrant from Wisconsin, ICE detained him essentially as an illegal immigrant, and the fight was cancelled.  Molina loses out on a reasonably big fight- and perhaps deservedly so.  Charlo does too, and that is unfortunate for any measure.  Despite being unranked currently, Charlo is legitimately a top prospect, and was far from a no-hoper in this one.

 

It may be due to incompetent googling on my part, but am frequently unable to find video on the many close decisions at the Japanese Championship level, and this Tuesday’s upset of gatekeeper Tadashi Yuba by Takayuki Hosokawa in Tokyo (by close majority decision, no less) was unfortunately no exception.  I’ve been saying this too much lately, but I have to simply take the result at face value.  Scores were 95-95, 96-94, and 97-93.

 

Canelo actually pulled some shenanigans and paid Angulo to raise the contract weight to 155 shortly before the weigh-in.  In this case, I’m still not going to treat it as a middleweight fight.  Neither guy has ever met a serious opponent as a middleweight until now, and I have little doubt that Canelo would have made weight if a title had been at stake, since he only missed it (at the first try) by a pound and came into the ring as the smaller man unofficially.  If I eventually have to remove Canelo from these rankings for moving up, I’ll consider ranking him at 160 based on this fight, but I think it would be rewarding bad behavior to give him a dual ranking just because he’d rather pay a small portion of his large purse than burn off an extra pound.  That being the case, I’m treating it for all intents and purposes as a standard light middleweight contest.

 

This is a messy division to rate.  The easy thing to do would be to leave both Canelo and Angulo where they are.  Angulo, after all, has still been proven on a higher level than Rabchenko, and Floyd got a win over Canelo in their recent fight.  No brainer, right?  Well here’s the thing.  I thought there was truly nothing to separate Floyd and Canelo in the fight, except Floyd’s reputation.  I’m one of a small minority of probably 2 people (the other being unjustly pilloried judge CJ Ross) that believe that, but I believe it just the same.  I’ve never made it a practice to make what other people will think part of my scoring or rankings criteria, and I won’t start now.  Canelo’s win is the small spur he needs, in my book, to overcome the deference I gave to the judges’ decision in the Mayweather fight, especially when coupled with the fact that Floyd’s only other outing at 154 was another close one- and another debatable decision, as I saw it- against Cotto.  Absent an absolute requirement that Floyd be ranked ahead of him, Canelo’s deep resume at 154 completely overwhelms Floyd’s work at that weight, no questions asked.  

 

So then it’s Alvarez vs. Lara.  Lara just dominated a guy that I thought Alvarez all but certainly lost to in Austin Trout.  The stoppage wins over Angulo cancel out, and beyond that, Alvarez’s sheer volume of good wins just crushes Lara’s, especially when you give him some degree of credit for the Mayweather effort, as I do.  So although I see logical problems with it due to Trout, Alvarez wins that head-to-head, as well.  

 

Now it’s Alvarez vs. Molina for the #1 spot.  The Angulo and Spinks wins were roughly equivalent.  Rhodes and Cintron were both ranked #7, and only a month apart.  Canelo vs. #3 Trout was roughly a draw as I treat it, and that roughly cancels out with Molina’s legit but very close and debatable win over #5 Smith.  The Mayweather fight cancels out with Molina’s should-be win over (admittedly overrated) #3 James Kirkland.  Molina’s 2009 win over Danny Perez, let’s say, cancels out with Alvarez’s destruction of Cintron (even though that’s really advantage Alvarez).  That just leaves Molina with a draw against then-#20 Lara.  Canelo answers with dominant wins over welterweight contenders or fringe contenders Josesito Lopez, Shane Mosley, Alfonso Gomez, and Matthew Hatton, as well as fringe contender Lovemore N’Dou and gatekeeper Carlos Baldomir.  I think between all of them, they easily overwhelm the Lara draw, especially as unproven as Lara was at the time relative to today.  

 

So Canelo is the new #1, as Molina, Lara, and Mayweather each drop a place.  Angulo does stay put.  Hosokawa assumes Yuba’s former position as a gatekeeper.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (1-158-173)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a very soupy division, with a lot of action at the top, but a few paradoxes, especially with the way I saw some close fights.  You could make an argument, I think, for Alvarez to be ranked anywhere between #1 and #5.
2) Carlos Molina (1-140-155)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
We found out some pretty bad info about Molina’s past when he was arrested on past warrants and detained for illegal immigration following an apparent deportation from several years ago.  His fight with Jermall Charlo was cancelled, and Molina’s immediate future in the sport is up in the air.
3) Erislandy Lara (1-140-162)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #6 Ishe Smith
Mayweather says that his protege Smith will be fighting Lara on May 2, the day before Mayweather-Maidana.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (1-26-26)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
5) Austin Trout (14-93-162)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (26-55-55)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
7) Anthony Mundine (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/2/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Mundine will be fighting Joshua Clottey on April 2, and wants a fight with Lara after that.
8) Miguel Cotto (15-197-197)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (15-188-188)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 was the mandatory for the Molina-Charlo winner.  With that fight at least postponed, it’s unclear what will happen next.
10Alfredo Angulo (15-233-233)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (15-91)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently reports that Rabchenko had dumped his Euro belt were premature.  His promoter, Ricky Hatton, is saying that he is waiting on a date to fight Italy’s Emanuele Della Rosa for that title.  He’s also ranked #1 by the WBC, so with Mayweather apparently going back down to 147, he hopes to fight for a vacant alphabet belt after that.

12) Javier Maciel (15-20)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
After the blog “A Puro Boxeo” reported that Maciel would be fighting Baysangurov on March 15, there’s been no mention of that fight anywhere else, and it doesn’t appear on Boxrec’s schedule.  I have to assume it’s off, or that the reporting was incorrect to begin with.
13) Demetrius Andrade (15-18)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Brian Rose
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with June 14 now likely.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (15-139)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (15-145)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/21/2014- vs. Mario Lozano (UNR)
Vanes has signed with a new promoter, and will debut under the Goossen-Tutor banner on March 21st’s Friday Night Fights broadcast.  He was initially slated to fight the solid Luciano Cuello, but he’ll settle for mid-level journeyman Mario Lozano after Cuello pulled out over money.
16) Jermell Charlo (7-40)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo let Rosado back into the fight late, but overall was very impressive against a battle-tested opponent.
17) Gabriel Rosado (7-7)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Atrocious judges and a fragile eyelid have helped put Rosado’s career more or less in tatters.
18) Willie Nelson (7-54)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Nelson’s camp says there’s a deal in place to fight Kirkland.  The fight will likely take place on April 26 at MSG.
19) Brian Rose (7-51)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Andrade’s notes, above.
20) Guido Pitto (7-13)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Kell Brook vs. Alvaro Robles; Liverpool, England; Sky Sports 2 (UK)
Brook is mostly a welterweight, but this fight will be fought well above that limit.  I’ve got the unbeaten British prospect ranked just outside the top 20 at the moment, and since Mexico’s Robles is a legit gatekeeper, there’s a good chance the winner could be ranked next week.  

 

Ed Paredes vs. George Sosa; Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Off TV
Paredes is an American gatekeeper who can’t seem to get significant fights, having had his last one in 2010 against Antonio Pitalua.  This will be no exception, as Sosa is a low-level New Jersey journeyman who always destroys abysmal competition, but always loses decisively against those with a pulse.  This will be on the Garcia-Herrera undercard, but no TV for this particular fight.

 

Patrick Teixeira vs. Ignacio Lucero; Sao Paolo, Brazil; TV Unknown
Teixeira is an undefeated Brazilian prospect who was lucky to get the decision the one time I’ve seen him fight on Friday Night Fights against Marcus Willis (I had it a draw).  He’s ridiculously easy to hit- a face-first pressure fighter who never lifts his hands.  Lucero is probably not the guy to expose him, though.  He’s basically a lower-mid-level journeyman from Argentina, though he is coming off a decision win in his last fight against a less advanced undefeated prospect.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, Mar 3-9

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by danboxing
Last week saw no action, for the fourth week in a row.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1Carlos Molina (57-139-154)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Jermall Charlo (UNR)
Molina will put his belt on the line against the lower-ranked Charlo brother on the Canelo-Angulo undercard.
2) Erislandy Lara (13-139-161)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wants Canelo, Mayweather, or now Golovkin.  Meanwhile, he’s being sought out by Ishe Smith and Anthony Mundine.
3) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (13-25-25)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
4) Saul Alvarez (13-157-172)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. #10 Alfredo Angulo
Canelo says he will fight Angulo on March 8.
5) Austin Trout (13-92-161)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (25-54-54)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith and Lara have been exchanging words on Twitter, and there is speculation they might fight on Mayweather’s May 3 undercard.
7) Anthony Mundine (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/2/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Mundine will be fighting Joshua Clottey on April 2, and wants a fight with Lara after that.
8) Miguel Cotto (14-196-196)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (14-187-187)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF rankings are pretty incestuous in the sense that the same lower-profile contenders continue to get repeated bites at the apple.  Bundrage could be one fight away from another shot, even after badly losing to the guy that lost to the current titlist.
10Alfredo Angulo (14-232-232)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Angulo gets a big shot against Canelo on a March 8 PPV.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (14-90)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is in line for an alphabet eliminator at any time, and has apparently relinquished his European belt to pursue that opportunity.

12) Javier Maciel (14-19)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
According to the blog “A Puro Boxeo,” Maciel will fight the ridiculously overrated Zaurbek Baysangurov on March 15 in the Ukraine.
13) Demetrius Andrade (14-17)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Brian Rose
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with June 14 now likely.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (14-138)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (14-144)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/21/2014- vs. Mario Lozano (UNR)
Vanes has signed with a new promoter, and will debut under the Goossen-Tutor banner on March 21st’s Friday Night Fights broadcast.  He was initially slated to fight the solid Luciano Cuello, but he’ll settle for mid-level journeyman Mario Lozano after Cuello pulled out over money.
16) Jermell Charlo (6-39)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo let Rosado back into the fight late, but overall was very impressive against a battle-tested opponent.
17) Gabriel Rosado (6-6)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Atrocious judges and a fragile eyelid have helped put Rosado’s career more or less in tatters.
18) Willie Nelson (6-53)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Nelson’s camp says there’s a deal in place to fight Kirkland.  The fight will likely take place on April 26 at MSG.
19) Brian Rose (6-50)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Andrade’s notes, above.
20) Guido Pitto (6-12)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Tuesday
Tadashi Yuba vs. Takayuki Hosokawa; Tokyo, Japan; TV Unknown
Gatekeeper Yuba is a top 50 fighter, but it should be noted that he twice settled for a split decision over Yoshihasa Tonimura- a journeyman at precisely the same level as Hosokawa- including in his last fight.  Hosokawa might have a shot here, especially considering the unpredictability of Japanese results in general.

 

Saturday
#4 Saul Alvarez vs. #10 Alfredo Angulo; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime PPV (US)
Alvarez did a lot better against Mayweather, I thought, than anyone gave him credit for.  But he’s got a whole different style in front of him on Saturday, in the relentless pressure fighter that is Angulo.  Canelo won’t be able to take minutes and rounds off the way he did against guys like Trout and Gomez.  Canelo would appear to be the crisper puncher and the more technical boxer, but Angulo did give Erislandy Lara very nearly all he could handle in his last fight.  That’s the same Lara that comprehensively dominated Austin Trout, against whom Canelo was very fortunate to escape with a victory.  That being said, styles make fights, and I do have to favor Canelo.

 

#1 Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime PPV (US)
It’s a big step up for Charlo.  The younger Charlo is a promising prospect but, despite a growing resume, he has yet to be tested anywhere near this level.  Golden Boy is banking on him being a special fighter, and he very well may be just that.  Molina is a heavily-underrated Hopkins-like technician who may just have too many veteran tricks in his bag for the youngster.

Year-End Awards: Junior Middleweight, 2013

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2014 by danboxing
Welcome to my 2nd Annual Yearly Awards and Wrap-Up for the Junior Middleweight Division.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Junior Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Erislandy Lara
Lara beat two top 10 contenders on the year in #8 Angulo and #4 Trout, and unlike the competing wins of guys like Mayweather and Canelo, these wins were clear and unambiguous.  The Cuban is dynamic and exciting in almost the same measure as he is skilled, and he may very well be both the present and future of the division.  Floyd is the runner-up based on his close decision win over Canelo.

 

Prospect of the Year: Demetrius Andrade
Andrade dominated gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez and won a very close decision over established fringe contender Vanes Martirosyan.  The latter fight won him an alphabet belt, but that’s pretty silly considering neither competitor was legitimately in the top 10.  In truth, he’s still a prospect, and an excellent one, at that. Javier Maciel is the runner-up.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #4 Erislandy Lara TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
This is the fight among the highest-ranked contenders that ended in a stoppage.  It confirmed Lara’s status in the top 5, showed his guts, and set up his best win to date in his next fight with Trout.  The runner-up would probably be Mundine-Mosley, though it’s hard to quantify since both guys were ranked in other divisions, with Cotto-Rodriguez being another possibility.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: Jermell Charlo TKO8 Harry Joe Yorgey
To be completely honest, this knockout was pretty standard.  Nothing too flashy.  It’s just that, among the several knockouts be inflicted on top 50 fighters this year, most were stopped on their feet, and a few were quick.  For knockouts that resulted directly from a knockdown, we’re really only left with this one, Jermall Charlo over Antwone Smith, and Willie Nelson over Michael Medina.  I discount Jermall’s on account of his opponent clearly not wanting to be there.  It’s really a toss-up between Jermell and Willie Nelson, then, but I give it to Jermell just based on the fact that Yorgey looked a little more hurt (aside from a leg injury suffered by Medina).  Cotto over Rodriguez was probably the best of the type where the ref jumps in.

 

Match-Up of the Year: WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
This fight prompted many over-anxious observers to declare Floyd the Champion at 154, despite Alvarez having gotten extremely lucky in his prior win against Trout.  It was a huge Pay-Per-View event, and the match-up was mostly worth the hype.  Unfortunately, it seems destined to be remembered as a dominating victory for Mayweather, when I saw it as a fight that clearly could have gone either way.  #2 Canelo vs. #3 Trout would have made a great winner in just about any other division or year, and even #4 Trout vs. #5 Lara is worthy of an honorable mention.  This division makes big fights right now, that’s all there is to it.

 

Fight of the Year: #4 Erislandy Lara TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Inherent importance, action, and competitiveness are the criteria for this award, and this one didn’t disappoint in any one of them.  With an average ranking of #6, this was one of the top few high-level match-ups of the year, and the momentum swung wildly throughout the bout, which was extremely competitive.  I had it 85-84 for Lara- but with Angulo coming on after an 8th round knockdown, when Lara grabbed the initiative back and triggered apparently blinding pain and definitely blinding swelling on Angulo’s eye with a vicious 9th-round assault that left the normally courageous Angulo saying no mas to end the night in dramatic- if relatively awkward- fashion.

 

Upset of the Year: Ishe Smith W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Don’t let the MD12 decision fool you (originally reported as a SD until Dave Hess’ card was corrected to a still-atrocious 114-114 a week after the fight).  Smith was closer to completely dominating Bundrage than he was to losing.  It’s not that Smith had ever proven totally unworthy of this level.  He had only ever lost to high-level or undefeated opponents, and his only losses in the last 5 years prior to the Bundrage fight were a fairly close decision to undefeated Danny Jacobs and a decision against Fernando Guerrero that was so close I had it a draw.  Still, he had 5 losses overall, and Bundrage had built himself a bit of a fearsome reputation by twice mauling Cory Spinks.  Smith’s profile was that of a gatekeeper- not a guy you’d instinctively see as a threat to a top-5 contender.  But Bundrage looked slow, disinterested, and appeared to lack any kind of gameplan.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Ishe Smith
Despite ending his year on a low note with a close and forgivable loss to #1 Carlos Molina, Smith brought himself back from- as mentioned above- gatekeeper status, and in doing so was able to capture an alphabet belt.  Though he no longer has that belt, he’s still made himself a clear top 10 contender, and that’s something we could not have possibly seen coming at this time last year.

 

Robbery of the Year: #14 Brian Rose W (SD12) vs. Javier Maciel
It’s not that it wasn’t a close fight.  My own card had it 115-113, and there was even one extra close round that you could have given to Rose.  A draw would have been borderline reasonable.  The problem was that beyond the point of a draw, all of the remaining benefit of the doubt belonged to Rose, who may have lost as few as one round.  As for the judges, Robin Taylor’s card agreed with mine, while Fernando Laguna (save me from Spanish judges!) had it an unbelievable 117-111 for Rose, and homer Dave Parris- who seems to be trying to get a Spanish license by consistently botching his cards- had it 116-113.  Laguna gave Rose a minimum of 3 rounds that were clearly won by Maciel, while Parris gave Rose one extra, and another even round that he clearly lost.  Bah!  The runner-up would be Canelo-Trout, but at least in that one there were enough close rounds for the biased judges to hide behind.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2013 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2013.

 

1) Erislandy Lara
Significant Results: Jun 8- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo.  Dec 7- UD12 #4 Austin Trout.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 24: #5. Feb 25- Sep 15: #4. Sep 16- Dec 8: #5. Dec 9-31: #2.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Significant Results: Sep 14- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 5: #6. May 6- Sep 15: Unranked (Moved Down). Sep 16- Dec 8: #2. Dec 9-31: #3.
3) Saul Alvarez
Significant Results: Apr 20- UD12 Win (should be loss) vs. #3 Austin Trout. Sep 14- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 3: #1. Feb 4- Sep 15: #2. Sep 16- Dec 8: #3. Dec 9-31: #4.
4) Carlos Molina
Significant Results: Feb 1- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks.  Sep 14- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 3: #2. Feb 4- Dec 31: #1.
5) Ishe Smith
Significant Results: Feb 23- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage.  Sep 14- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 24: Unranked. Feb 25- Sep 15: #5. Sep 16- Dec 31: #6.
6) Anthony Mundine
Significant Results: Nov 27- TKO7 #4 WW Shane Mosley.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- 27: #19. Jan 28- Feb 10: #20. Feb 11-24: #19. Feb 25- Mar 3: #20. Mar 4-24: Unranked. Mar 25- Apr 21: #19. Apr 22- Dec 1: Unranked (Moved Up). Dec 2-31: #7.
7) Austin Trout
Significant Results: Apr 20- UD12 L (should be win) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez.  Dec 7- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 24: #4. Feb 25- Sep 15: #3. Sep 16- Dec 8: #4. Dec 9-31: #5.
8) Miguel Cotto
Significant Results: Oct 5- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 5: #7. May 6- Sep 15: #6. Sep 16- Dec 1: #7. Dec 2-31: #8.
9) Demetrius Andrade
Significant Results: Jan 25- UD10 Gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez.  Nov 9- SD12 W (should be Draw) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Nov 10: Ranked only at MW. Nov 11- Dec 1: #12. Dec 2-31: #13.
10) Javier Maciel
Significant Results: Oct 26- Robbery SD12 L (should be win) vs. #14 Brian Rose.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Oct 27: Unranked. Oct 28- Dec 1: #11. Dec 2-31: #12.
11) Jermell Charlo
Significant Results: Jan 26- KO8 Gatekeeper Harry Joe Yorgey.  Jun 8- UD12 Fringe Contender Demetrius Hopkins. 
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 9: Unranked. Jun 10- Oct 6: #18. Oct 7-27: #15. Oct 28- Nov 10: #16. Nov 11- Dec 1: #17. Dec 2-31: #18.
12) Vanes Martirosyan
Significant Results: Nov 9- SD12 L (should be Draw) vs. Undefeated Prospect Demetrius Andrade.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 10: #16. Feb 11-24: #15. Feb 25- Mar 24: #16. Mar 25- May 5: #15. May 6- Oct 6: #14. Oct 7-27: #12. Oct 28- Nov 10: #13. Nov 11- Dec 1: #14. Dec 2-31: #15.
13) Kell Brook
Significant Results: Jul 13- TKO8 Gatekeeper Carson Jones.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jul 14: Ranked only at WW. Jul 15- Oct 6: #20. Oct 7-27: #18. Oct 28- Nov 10: #20. Nov 11- Dec 29: Ranked only at WW. Dec 30-31: #20.
14) Brian Rose
Significant Results: Apr 20- TKO12 Fringe Contender Joachim Alcine.  Oct 26- Robbery SD12 Win (Draw at best) vs. Prospect Javier Maciel.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-27: #20. Jan 28- Feb 10: Unranked. Feb 11-24: #20. Feb 25- Mar 24: Unranked. Mar 25- Apr 21: #20. Apr 22- May 5: #19. May 6- Jun 2: #18. Jun 3- Oct 6: #17. Oct 7-27: #14. Oct 28- Nov 10: #15. Nov 11- Dec 1: #16. Dec 2-31: #17.
15) Willie Nelson

Significant Results: Mar 1- TKO1 Fringe Contender Michael Medina.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 3: Unranked. Mar 4-24: #19. Mar 25- May 5: #18. May 6- Jun 2: #17. Jun 3- Oct 6: #16. Oct 7-27: #13.  Oct 28- Nov 10: #14. Nov 11- Dec 1: #15. Dec 2-31: #16.
16) Jermall Charlo
Significant Results: Aug 9- KO2 Gatekeeper Antwone Smith.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Oct 6: Unranked. Oct 7-27: #19. Oct 28- Dec 31: Unranked.
17) Sasha Yengoyan
Significant Results: Oct 4- TKO4 Gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Guido Pitto
Significant Results: Apr 27- SD12 W (should be Draw) vs. Undefeated Prospect Jack Culcay.  Oct 26- UD10 L (should be Draw) vs. #20 Jack Culcay.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Apr 28: Unranked. Apr 29- May 5: #20. May 6- Jun 2: #19. Jun 3-9: #18. Jun 10- Oct 6: #19. Oct 7-27: #17. Oct 28- Nov 10: #19. Nov 11- Dec 1: #20. Dec 2-15: Unranked. Dec 16-29: #20. Dec 30-31: #19.
19) Omar Chavez
Significant Results: Oct 13- UD10 Gatekeeper Joachim Alcine.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
20) Mateo Veron
Significant Results: Jun 28- W (MD10) vs. Gatekeeper Jorge Heiland.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but were not among the top 20 performers at the weight this year.  Naturally, most of them did not improve their standing as a result:

 

Cornelius Bundrage– Jan 1- Feb 24: #3. Feb 25- Mar 24: #9. Mar 25- May 5: #8. May 6- Sep 15: #7. Sep 16- Dec 1: #8. Dec 2-31: #9.

 

James Kirkland Jan 1- Mar 24: #8. Mar 25- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Alfredo Angulo Jan 1- Feb 24: #9. Feb 25- Mar 24: #10. Mar 25- May 5: #9. May 6- Sep 15: #8. Sep 16- Dec 1: #9. Dec 2-31: #10.

 

Gabriel Rosado– Jan 1- Feb 24: #10. Feb 25- Mar 24: #11. Mar 25- May 5: #10. May 6- Sep 15: #9. Sep 16- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Cory Spinks– Jan 1- Feb 3: #11. Feb 4-10: #12. Feb 11- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).

 

Sergey Rabchenko– Jan 1- Feb 3: #12. Feb 4-24: #11. Feb 25- Mar 24: #12. Mar 25- May 5: #11. May 6- Dec 1: #10. Dec 2-31: #11.

 

Delvin Rodriguez: Jan 1- Feb 10: #13. Feb 11-24: #12. Feb 25- Mar 24: #13. Mar 25- May 5: #12. May 6- Oct 27: #11. Oct 28- Nov 10: #12. Nov 11- Dec 1: #13. Dec 2-31: #14.

 

Lukas Konecny– Jan 1- Feb 10: #14. Feb 11-24: #13. Feb 25- Mar 24: #14. Mar 25- May 5: #13. May 6- Oct 6: #12. Oct 7- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Keith Thurman– Jan 1- Feb 10: #15. Feb 11-24: #14. Feb 25- Mar 24: #15. Mar 25- May 5: #14. May 6- Oct 6: #13. Oct 7- Dec 31: Ranked only at WW (Moved Down).

 

Sechew Powell: Jan 1-27: #17. Jan 28- Feb 10: #18. Feb 11-24: #17. Feb 25- Mar 24: #18. Mar 25- May 5: #17. May 6- Jun 2: #16. Jun 3- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Roberto Garcia– Jan 1- 27: #18. Jan 28- Feb 10: #19. Feb 11-24: #18. Feb 25- Mar 3: #19. Mar 4- 24: #20. Mar 25- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Yuri Foreman: Jan 1- 27: Unranked. Jan 28- Feb 10: #17. Feb 11-24: #16. Feb 25- Mar 24: #17. Mar 25- May 5: #16. May 6- Oct 6: #15. Oct 7-27: #16. Oct 28- Nov 10: #17. Nov 11- Dec 1: #18. Dec 2- Dec 29: #19. Dec 30-31: Unranked.

 

Charlie Ota– Jan 1- Apr 21: Unranked. Apr 22-28: #20. Apr 29- Jun 2: Unranked. Jun 3-9: #20. Jun 10- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Jack Culcay– Jan 1- May 5: Unranked. May 6- Jun 2: #20. Jun 3-9: #19. Jun 10- Jul 14: #20. Jul 15- Oct 6: Unranked. Oct 7- 27: #20. Oct 28- Nov 10: #18. Nov 11- Dec 1: #19. Dec 2-15: #20. Dec 16-31: Unranked.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
There’s a lot of action to cover this week, so I’ll start with the most important and work my way down, more or less.

 

In Showtime’s main event from Carson, California on Saturday, #4 Erislandy Lara won an exciting back-and-forth battle with #8 Alfredo Angulo.  Lara looked far too classy for Angulo in the first couple rounds, but took the third, at which point he had managed to cut the distance consistently and land on the slick Lara.  The apparent turning point came in the 4th, when Angulo tagged, hurt, and dropped Lara to take a narrow lead and all the momentum.  But the well-schooled Cuban was undeterred, and easily won the next 4 rounds, and began to mark up the face of the Mexican warrior.  But the warrior would not surrender, as he again put Lara heavily to the canvas in the 9th.  It looked like it would be a razor-thin decision decided by how effectively Lara could keep Angulo at arm’s length and off balance, although Angulo seemed to be wearing his man down to the point that a stoppage victory seemed entirely possible.  But in the 10th, Lara flipped the script, landing a precise combination to Angulo’s right eye that caused instant out-of-control swelling and caused the proud Mexican to turn his back in agony, fearing a broken orbital bone, at which point Raul Caiz, Sr. promptly and correctly stopped the fight.  In my estimation, it was a fight of the year candidate.

 

On the undercard, undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo prevailed in a very low-action chess match with fringe contender Demetrius Hopkins.  The lack of action led to a lot of close rounds, such that it could have gone either way, though I had it 117-111for Charlo.  The judges were surprisingly unanimous, scoring it 115-113 for Charlo across the board- a credible yet surprising tally in numerical terms.

 

Earlier that evening in Toulon, France, local 2-loss prospect Cedric Vitu outpointed late replacement and sub-.500 journeyman Andreas Reimer in a 6-rounder.

 

The same night in Brindisi, Italy, one-loss Roman prospect Emanuele Della Rosa got an even weaker journeyman opponent in Konstantins Sakara, who was stopped with an injury a little over halfway through the 5th of a scheduled 6.

 

In the ShoBox main event on Friday, very young gatekeeper Jorge Melendez suffered a major setback and his 3rd loss when he was schooled by short-notice opponent Nick Brinson.  Melendez looked very stiff and uncertain early in the fight, and traded that for undisciplined wildness down the stretch.  Brinson was generally precise, and seemed the stronger and more athletic of the two.  He did get careless at times on defense, but only really paid for it once- in a wild 4th round in which most men tasted the canvas.  Melendez won either 1 or 2 rounds, with Wynn Kintz turning in a card that was not only clearly wrong at 96-92, but which also didn’t make sense in terms of the total points involved.  The fight actually happened at 160 as it turned out, but I’ve mentioned it here because neither fighter would actually have qualified as a top 50 middleweight, and thus this is the only place it could be discussed. 

 

Neither Lara nor Angulo has much room to move, given consistent performances.  Angulo still is ranked just ahead of a guy in Rosado that he emphatically defeated.  Lara’s win can be seen as moving him into a virtual tie with Trout, but it’s hard for me to move him past Trout considering the fact that I think Trout defeated Alvarez and should probably be ranked #1 in a perfect world.

 

Charlo’s victory does cause a shakeup, as the prospect has now sufficiently proven himself to earn a ranking at #18.  This forces Pitto and Culcay back to #19 and #20, and bumps Charlie Ota out again, after his second one-week stint as a ranked fighter.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (19-101-116)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 7/19/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
After a couple months of speculation and assurances, Molina-Smith is now officially on for July 19 in Vegas.
2) Saul Alvarez (19-119-134)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 WW Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (16-54-123)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.
4) Erislandy Lara (16-101-123)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (6-158-158)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto appears very likely to fight K9 Bundrage on September 28.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (6-149-149)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (6-194-194)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo’s eye is a potential concern going forward in his career, as it conjures memories of Margarito’s problematic damage from the Pacquiao fight.
9) Gabriel Rosado (6-12-123)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to the fight result barely being credible to begin with, it turns out Love was on a banned diuretic that helped him make weight at 160 (which he managed to do only by the skin of his teeth).  Most likely this will end up as a no-contest, thus adding even more reasons for me to not hold it against Rosado’s ranking at 154.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (6-6-52)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.  A purse bid has been scheduled for June 18.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (6-100)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help.
12) Lukas Konecny (6-96)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (6-29)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (6-106)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Martirosyan will look to rebound from a broken thumb on June 15 against journeyman Ryan Davis, a non-threatening nobody that was dropped from a 2012 date with Vanes due to a failed eye exam or some such thing.
15) Yuri Foreman (6-20)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Willie Nelson (2-15)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
17) Brian Rose (2-12)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has officially vacated his British title.
18) Jermell Charlo (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Guido Pitto (1-7)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Jack Culcay (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.

 

The Week Ahead:  Saturday in Dallas, #14 Vanes Martirosyan keeps busy with low-level St. Louis-area journeyman Ryan Davis.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 3-9

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week, but #16 Sechew Powell is removed for inactivity, since he last fought on June 1 of last year.  Taking the vacancy at #20 is Charlie Ota.  Ota was officially ranked for one week from April 22-28, though I didn’t include him in the rankings for that week until after the fact, when I noticed my error.  Other than that, he’s making his debut.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (18-100-115)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 7/19/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
After a couple months of speculation and assurances, Molina-Smith is now officially on for July 19 in Vegas.
2) Saul Alvarez (18-118-133)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 WW Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (15-53-122)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.
4) Erislandy Lara (15-100-122)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (5-157-157)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto appears very likely to fight K9 Bundrage on September 28.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (5-148-148)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (5-193-193)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
9) Gabriel Rosado (5-11-122)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to the fight result barely being credible to begin with, it turns out Love was on a banned diuretic that helped him make weight at 160 (which he managed to do only by the skin of his teeth).  Most likely this will end up as a no-contest, thus adding even more reasons for me to not hold it against Rosado’s ranking at 154.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (5-5-51)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.  A purse bid has been scheduled for June 18.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (5-99)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help.
12) Lukas Konecny (5-95)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (5-28)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (5-105)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Martirosyan will look to rebound from a broken thumb on June 15 against journeyman Ryan Davis, a non-threatening nobody that was dropped from a 2012 date with Vanes due to a failed eye exam or some such thing.
15) Yuri Foreman (5-19)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Willie Nelson (1-14)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
17) Brian Rose (1-11)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has officially vacated his British title.
18) Guido Pitto (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
19) Jack Culcay (1-5)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.
20) Charlie Ota (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD12 Kyung-Suk Kwak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ota hasn’t done a darned thing in a good long while, but the division has regressed just enough that he finally has a foothold on the top 20.

 

The Week Ahead:  Friday in Verona, New York, young gatekeeper Jorge Melendez takes on top-shelf journeyman Luis Grajeda in the ShoBox main event.

 

The following night in Brindisi, Italy, one-loss Roman prospect Emanuele Della Rosa will be featured against an opponent that has yet to be announced as of Monday.

 

Meanwhile, in Creil, France, still-promising local 2-loss prospect Cedric Vitu- who went life and death with current #10 Sergey Rabchenko in 2012- gets what should be an easier assignment against Hungarian journeyman Jozsef “Shatter Machine” Matolcsi.

 

The biggest fight occurs later that night in Carson, California, where #4 Erislandy Lara collides with #8 Alfredo Angulo in a compelling and interesting style match-up on Showtime.

 

On the undercard, undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo gets the toughest test of his promising career against fringe contender Demetrius Hopkins, the nephew of legend Bernard Hopkins.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Dec 17-23

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2013 by danboxing
I don’t claim to be an authority on the Lonsdale Challenge Belt, but Brian Rose may very well be the weakest fighter to ever capture it.  The Lonsdale belt is a device to keep British titlists defending that title, whereby you get to keep the belt only if you defend it three times.  He first won the belt in impressive fashion, dominating a very heavily favored and top-10 world-ranked Prince Arron.  His first defense was against Max Maxwell, an extremely mediocre journeyman who got the shot only because he had somehow beaten Rose in the past.  The second defense came against possibly even more mediocre Scottish journeyman Kris Carslaw, who nevertheless arguably deserved to beat Rose (I had it for Carslaw, but it was very debatable). 

 

Finally, he capped off his dubiously triumphant reign with another arguable victory, this time over journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb, who needed a blatant robbery against a journeyman in the eliminator to even get the shot.  Rose had the look of the bigger and more athletic guy between the two, but seemed to take rounds off to the extent that I had the aggressive Webb pulling off a draw.  The judges had relatively reasonable scores in Rose’s favor, at 116-112 (x2) and 116-113.  To me, it was within 116-112 either way.  Incidentally, Webb announced his retirement after the fight.

 

The same night in Nuremberg, Germany, hot German prospect Jack Culcay scored his best win to date by stopping very respectable French journeyman Jean Michel Hamilcaro in the 5th of a scheduled 12.  The undefeated Culcay has now easily done enough to be considered a top 50 fighter, but has yet to beat a fellow member of that class (Hamilcaro wasn’t quite there), and thus remains ineligible for rankings consideration here.

 

I must confess that I had Saturday’s fight between Jorge Silva and #9 Alfredo Angulo in the “fun while it lasts” category.  I knew both guys were hard-punching action fighters, but I expected Angulo to overwhelm a game Silva due to his decided size advantage, with Angulo being a full-fledged 154-pounder and Silva a welterweight.  But Silva didn’t quite see it that way.  He came out looking to make a statement in the opening round, and did so.  He got Perro’s respect in a big way, clearly hurting him with a counter off the ropes as Angulo looked to impose his will, and followed up effectively to win round one in rather dominant fashion.  What followed was a pitched battle of rather epic proportions.  Angulo swept the next four rounds, while Silva had his moments and was never remotely out of the fight.  Silva reasserted himself in the 6th, throwing in some boxing and potshots to confound the bigger man.  Angulo appeared to be fading to the point that you had to wonder if he would be willing to hang with the younger and quicker man down the stretch.  But Silva reached his high water mark around the middle of the seventh, hanging on to win a close 7th, but taking some telling blows near the bell.  After that, it was Perro who caught his second win, as he punished a game but flagging Silva for the next two rounds, with the final round being so dominant that a 10-8 wouldn’t have been out of the question.  If the fight had been higher-profile, it would have certainly been in the discussion for fight of the year, and both men were elevated by their effort, as Angulo walked away with a unanimous 97-93 decision that I agreed with completely.  Not that it matters since Silva wasn’t established at 154 anyway, but the fight was contracted at 156.

 

Despite getting the win in both fights, Rose’s shaky and unclear victories over Carslaw and Webb have proven to my satisfaction that the British 154 scene is just extremely weak, and that Rose doesn’t particularly stand out from it.  With two fights against journeymen that I treat as essentially draws, along with the 2010 loss to another in Maxwell to offset his huge win over Prince Arron (who it now appears was extremely overrated), Rose slumps further down the list, now barely hanging on to a ranking at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (33-94-109)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’s open to fighting Austin Trout on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, but sadly Golden Boy is more interested in the guy Trout just beat.
2) Carlos Molina (33-76-91)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (39-124-124)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (3-29-98)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (3-76-98)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (3-33-33)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (3-133-133)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
In the aftermath of his defeat, Cotto shrugged off talk of retirement, and may be heartened by news from Golden Boy that Canelo is still intersted in a fight with him.
8) James Kirkland (3-59-59)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (29-169-169)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (30-30-98)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin
Rosado is set to fight intimidating middleweight puncher Gennady Golovkin on January 19 in New York.
11) Cory Spinks (27-47)
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 (27-27)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko survived a scare against Vitu.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (30-75)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez had an opportunity to fight Angulo, but passed for some reason.
14) Lukas Konecny (11-71)
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) Keith Thurman (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows if he’ll fight at this weight again anytime soon, but it sure suited him.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (4-81)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
17) Sechew Powell (15-144)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Roberto Garcia (1-28)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Anthony Mundine (1-15)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.
20) Brian Rose (1-55)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD12* Sam Webb (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose registered his 3rd defense of his British title, and gets to keep the Lonsdale belt as a result.  But don’t give him too much credit.  The British scene is so moribund that he was able to do so by decisioning 3 journeymen and barely edging two of them.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing big going down at 154 this week.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Dec 10-16

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Spodek, Poland, undefeated Polish prospect Damian Jonak got a comfortable 12-round decision win over Belgium-based Ghanaian gatekeeper Jackson Osei Bonsu, but came in as a small middleweight at 155, while Bonsu was under 154.  As a result, he still has yet to earn a significant win as a junior middleweight.  He may get some considering for this win in the future, but as of now he’s technically not eligible for consideration.  What a difference a pound makes.

 

Guido Pitto, an Argentine prospect that was robbed in his only loss, stopped less proven one-loss Lebanese prospect Reda Zam Zam in the 8th round in Herning, Denmark on the same night.  The scorecards were in position for a close split draw at the time of the stoppage, but considering Zam Zam is based in Denmark it wouldn’t surprise me if Pitto was winning every round in reality.

 

Roberto Garcia’s fight with Inocente Fiz failed to come off for the second consecutive time at the last minute.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (32-93-108)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’s open to fighting Austin Trout on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, but sadly Golden Boy is more interested in the guy Trout just beat.
2) Carlos Molina (32-75-90)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (38-123-123)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Austin Trout (2-28-97)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (2-75-97)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-32-32)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (2-132-132)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
In the aftermath of his defeat, Cotto shrugged off talk of retirement, and may be heartened by news from Golden Boy that Canelo is still intersted in a fight with him.
8) James Kirkland (2-58-58)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (28-168-168)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Jorge Silva (UNR)
Angulo will fight undersized but very tough prospect Jorge Silva on December 15.
10) Gabriel Rosado (29-29-97)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin
Rosado is set to fight intimidating middleweight puncher Gennady Golovkin on January 19 in New York.
11) Cory Spinks (26-46)
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 (26-26)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko survived a scare against Vitu.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (29-74)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez had an opportunity to fight Angulo, but passed for some reason.
14) Lukas Konecny (10-70)
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) Keith Thurman (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows if he’ll fight at this weight again anytime soon, but it sure suited him.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (3-80)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
17) Sechew Powell (14-143)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (14-54)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2012- vs. Sam Webb (UNR)
Rose will fight journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb on December 14.
19) Roberto Garcia (14-27)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (14-14)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.

 

The Week Ahead: #18 Brian Rose looks to make another defense of his British title against another relatively non-threatening opponent from a thin British scene in former British titlist Sam Webb.  Webb lost his title to Prince Arron, from whom Rose won it in dominant fashion.  That fight is Friday in Blackpool, England.

 

Unbeaten Ecuador-born German prospect Jack Culcay sees his toughest challenge to date when he mixes it up in Nuremberg with high-level French journeyman Jean Michel Hamilcaro on Saturday.

 

Later that night in L.A., #9 Alfredo Angulo continues his comeback against undersized but game Mexican action fighter Jorge Silva, who is really a welterweight, but at least showed some quality at that weight via a clear-cut draw with highly-regarded Japanese prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai in October.