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Junior Middleweight: 2013, Aug 5-11

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 9, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (27-109-124)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
September 14 looks like junior middleweight D-Day.  #1 vs. #5 (as of this writing), and it’s probably not even the most important fight in the division on that card.  
2) Saul Alvarez (27-127-142)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. WW Champ 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 (24-62-131)
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.  Rumors of Lara-Trout on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard appear to be false according to Leonard Ellerbe.
4) Erislandy Lara (24-109-131)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
See Trout’s notes, above.
5) Ishe Smith (24-24-24)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 Carlos Molina
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (14-166-166)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #11 Delvin Rodriguez
After a proposed fight with Bundrage was scrapped by the networks, and a brief flirtation with Carlos Molina, Cotto will now be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO on October 5.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (14-157-157)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Alfredo Angulo (14-202-202)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has shared the good news that there are no broken bones in his face after the devastating Lara combination that forced him to submit.  On one hand, it demystifies Angulo’s warrior image, but it does give him a better outlook for his career going forward, as well.
9) Gabriel Rosado (14-20-131)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- NC vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his already-questionable loss to Love overturned due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.  Love wants a rematch after his suspension is over.  While Cotto is otherwise occupied, the last three seem to be realistic possibilities.  
10) Sergey Rabchenko (14-14-60)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After two other mandatories failed to answer the bell for a shot at Rabchenko’s European title, Cedric Vitu is now the guy, with purse bids scheduled for August 20.  This will give the Belorussian an opportunity to answer some questions, as he barely squeaked by Vitu in 2012.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (14-108)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #6 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
12) Lukas Konecny (14-104)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny took care of business against Fhima at 160.  We’ll have to see whether he stays at that weight or not.  My guess would be yes, since he’s fighting for minor titles up there at this point.
13) Keith Thurman (14-37)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is trying to make a fight between Thurman and Robert Guerrero at 147.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (14-114)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #17 MW Demetrius Andrade
Originally discussed for the November Pacquiao-Rios card, Andrade-Vanes has been bumped up to the HBO-televised undercard of Chavez-Vera, even though it will probably be the better fight and match-up of the two.
15) Yuri Foreman (14-28)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is very slowly stepping up his level of opposition as his comeback gradually picks up steam.
16) Willie Nelson (10-23)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Dante Moore (UNR)
When it comes to Nelson’s September 28 opponent, a Cleveland hometown and one-loss record is about all they have in common.  Moore has lost to and drawn with absolute scrubs, and shouldn’t be much of a challenge for Nelson despite a decent-looking 8-1 record.
17) Brian Rose (10-20)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose reportedly overcame a back injury to defeat Ribchev.
18) Jermell Charlo (9-9)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo didn’t exactly build his fan base with the Hopkins snoozer, but he satisfied the “win today, look good tomorrow” equation, and earned a ranking for his trouble.
19) Guido Pitto (9-15)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
A Culcay-Pitto rematch is on tap for September 14, as if I needed more fights to write about in this division for that night.
20) Kell Brook (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR) (at WW?)
Brook gets Senchenko in late October in Sheffield.  Since it’s a non-title fight, there’s always the chance it could creep up over 147 and thus affect his ranking here.

 

The Week Ahead:  Undefeated prospect Jermall Charlo- the older of the Charlo twins, and the less advanced one so far- will take a large step up to fight the toughest opponent of his career in gatekeeper Antwone Smith.  That will be Friday on ShoBox, from Indio, California.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Feb 4-10

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2013 by danboxing
On Friday Night Fights from Chicago, #2 Carlos Molina thoroughly whipped #11 Cory Spinks, winning the fight 119-106 on my card.  It was about as bad a beating as you’ll ever see reach the cards.  Spinks lost a point in the 9th for excessive holding, and was down in the 11th and 12th (the latter being a technical knockdown).

 

On the undercard, gatekeepers Antwone Smith and the naturally smaller Jose Luis Castillo met up, with Smith winning a comfortable 10-round decision.  Not that it would have earned him a ranking anyway, but the fight doesn’t really count toward such a step, since Smith not only came in at over 155, but did so while Castillo weighed in at just 151.75.  It’s one thing if a couple guys agree not to drain as much as normal, but if you’re a middleweight fighting a small junior middleweight that’s normally a welterweight and barely a top 50 fighter to begin with, you’re not going to get much love here.

 

Speaking of guys that are normally welterweights, Japanese prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai knocked out weak Mexican journeymean Jose Alberto Leal in the 2nd, while straying 2 and a half pounds north of his normal weight.

 

Anthony Mundine lost a clear decision to Daniel Geale at 160, but that has no effect here, since Geale is so highly-ranked, and not in this division.

 

Carlos Molina takes over the #1 spot.  Canelo still has the quantity, but Molina has the quality by a wide margin.  Alvarez has defeated just one top-20 contender in 7th-ranked Ryan Rhodes, while Molina has beaten 3, including #3 James Kirkland, #7 Kermit Cintron, and #11 Spinks.  What it adds up to, despite the roughly 5 fringe contenders Canelo can boast of, is the fact that Canelo simply isn’t proven on the same level as Molina.  Even if the Cintron wins cancel out (despite the fact that he was much more prestigious when Molina beat him), the Kirkland win stands out over anything Canelo can counter with.  Spinks, who should probably think of retirement, backtracks to #12, allowing Sergey Rabchenko to pass him.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (1-83-98)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has now beaten 3 top-11 fighters, while Canelo has beaten just 1 ranked in the top 20 (along with a bunch of fringe contenders and smaller guys). 
2) Saul Alvarez (1-101-116)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo still hasn’t finalized the Trout match-up, but he says he’s got an agreement to fight Floyd on September 14 already.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (46-131-131)
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 (10-36-105)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (10-83-105)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes has been stripped of his opportunity for a rematch eliminator with Lara, as he declined the fight.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (10-40-40)
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 (10-140-140)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto finally appears to have taken a decided back seat to Trout in the Canelo sweepstakes.
8) James Kirkland (10-66-66)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (36-176-176)
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 (37-37-105)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (1-34)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
12) Cory Spinks (1-54)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
After getting thumped for 12 rounds by Carlos Molina, Spinks may be retired.  His wife announced it, but I won’t remove him until either he personally or someone responsible for his career confirms it.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (37-82)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 2/15/2013- vs. George Tahdooahnippah (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight undefeated but totally untested Comanche tribesman George Tahdooahnippah on Friday Night Fights in Uncasville, CT in mid-February.
14) Lukas Konecny (18-78)
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 (11-11)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might be in line to fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (11-88)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was given a gift when the WBC ordered a rematch of a draw that he clearly lost against Erislandy Lara.  Vanes threw that gift away by turning down the fight, and is now no longer in position for an eliminator for a Canelo shot.
17) Yuri Foreman (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (2-151)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Roberto Garcia (2-35)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (2-22)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Saturday in Buenos Aires, local prospect/gatekeeper hybrid Javier Maciel takes on low-level Colombian journeyman Emilio Julio.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jan 28- Feb 3

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by danboxing
Yuri Foreman returned on Wednesday from virtual retirement, shutting out novice Missouri journeyman Brandon Baue over 6 rounds.  This is enough to make Foreman active at 154 again, and his streak of impressive performances from ’08 and ’09 (culminating with a dominant decision over an 8th-ranked Daniel Santos) is enough to regain him a ranking at #17, driving Brian Rose out of his #20 spot after 60 consecutive weeks in the rankings.

 

Demetrius Andrade was in action against gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on Friday, picking up a nice win on ShoBox by dominating that fight.  The problem?  He missed the contracted weight of 154 by a half-pound, and as such he still has never had a significant win while weighing 154 or less.  He is therefore still technically not eligible for a ranking at this weight.  Unfortunately for him, the fight also has no effect on his 160 ranking, since his opponent did make weight.  This fight will be worth something should he ever get an eligible win, but on its own, it is completely worthless for rankings purposes.

 

Meanwhile, fellow undefeated Jermell Charlo did manage to get his first significant win at the weight, dropping gatekeeper Harry Joe Yorgey 3 times in dominating and ultimately scoring an 8th-round knockout.

 

Foreman’s return and the resulting shift is the only change 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 (39-100-115)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo still hasn’t finalized the Trout match-up, but he says he’s got an agreement to fight Floyd on September 14 already.
2) Carlos Molina (39-82-97)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #11 Cory Spinks
Molina finally gets another fight somewhat worthy of his true standing, as he takes on #11 Cory Spinks to open February on Friday Night Fights.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (45-130-130)
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 (9-35-104)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (9-82-104)
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. (9-39-39)
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 (9-139-139)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto finally appears to have taken a decided back seat to Trout in the Canelo sweepstakes.
8) James Kirkland (9-65-65)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (35-175-175)
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 (36-36-104)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Cory Spinks (33-53)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #2 Carlos Molina
Spinks will get yet another shot to rise to the top, this time against Carlos Molina on Friday Night Fights on February 1.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (33-33)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (36-81)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 2/15/2013- vs. George Tahdooahnippah (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight undefeated but totally untested Comanche tribesman George Tahdooahnippah on Friday Night Fights in Uncasville, CT in mid-February.
14) Lukas Konecny (17-77)
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 (10-10)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might be in line to fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (10-87)
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) Yuri Foreman (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (1-150)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Roberto Garcia (1-34)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (1-21)
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: The week’s key fight is on Friday in Chicago, where #2 Carlos Molina meets #11 Cory Spinks in a fight that will either reinforce the status quo or cause a major shake-up, depending on who wins.

 

The ESPN2-televised undercard features former star Jose Luis Castillo- now a welterweight gatekeeper who roughly translates to a borderline top-50 fighter at 154, as well- against gatekeeper Antwone Smith.  To be honest, I’m not 100% sure if this will be contested at 147 or 154, or somewhere in between.  Smith was slated for a fight at 147 in his last fight, but failed to make weight.

 

On Saturday, Japanese welterweight prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai ventures to a junior middleweight contract weight for his stay-busy fight with low-level Mexican journeyman Jose Alberto Leal in Tokyo. 

 

#20 Anthony Mundine is also in action, but since he’s in a middleweight fight, I’ll only mention it here to the extent it affects the 154 rankings, if at all.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Mar 26- Apr 1

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
In the week’s most important and outrageous fight, #6 Carlos Molina dominated the first 8 rounds against a very ponderous James Kirkland with brilliant Hopkinsesque tactical boxing.  In round 9, Kirkland came back and probably nicked it.  Round 10 was a see-saw battle.  Kirkland was apparently dropped in the middle of the round, but it was ruled a slip by referee Jon Schorle.  In the closing seconds, however, Molina got his head stuck underneath the top rope and came off those ropes off-balance and with his hands out of position.  As the action continued, Kirkland landed a clean jab and a glancing right hand, and then leaned on Molina’s back as the bell rang.  About a half-second after the bell, Molina went down from a combination of these factors.  He rose by the count of 4, and as the 8-count continued, one of Molina’s cornermen entered the ring at the count of about 6.  Schorle continued the count and then decided to talk to everyone at ringside, some of whom apparently convinced him to DQ Molina.  It was an atrocious call.  I’m not sure of the rules that apply personally, but I do know that under the local Texas rules, the count would have stopped at 4 when Molina was up.  In any case, the bell had rung, Molina was up, and the idea that he would be disqualified while he was justly ahead by 5 points with 2 rounds to go is simply disgusting.   Even if his call was technically acceptable, he should have used his discretion to ensure justice.  Just as bad, notoriously bad judge Gale Van Hoy had the fight scored for Kirkland by a point after 9. 

 

The simple fact is that the fight was stopped prematurely.  Bad call aside, this has negative aspects for both fighters.  Molina was robbed of the essentially insurmountable lead he deserved on the scorecards, while Kirkland was robbed of the opportunity to go for a stoppage in the last 2 rounds.  But these unfortunate premature stoppages do happen in the sport- often due to an accidental headbutt or some such thing.  I will not accept an unjust outcome in my rankings, especially when this outcome blatantly contravenes what the two fighters proved in the ring.  Instead, I will treat this fight as being halted after 10 due to an accidental foul by the referee.  This gives Molina a clear decision.

 

In Pharr, Texas the night before, gatekeepers Antwone Smith and Roberto Garcia clashed on Friday Night Fights, with Garcia using his rhythm and timing to get inside, tenderize the body, and then wear Smith down to the head.  It was a fine performance by any measure, and ended in a clear decision for the Mexican.  Garcia now finds himself in the top 25, though he falls short of an actual ranking.

 

In less important action, undefeated Belorussian Sergei Rabchenko knocked out Ronny Gabel with a body shot about 10 seconds into the fight, which was originally supposed to pit him against Ryan Rhodes.  Grady Brewer’s scheduled fight with Frank Haroche Horta didn’t come off.

 

Molina, after getting credit for the win, has scored the highest-rated win of any currently ranked contender aside from Paul Williams’ fairly old victory over a 2nd-ranked Verno Phillips.  He moves all the way to the top, wresting the #1 post from Saul Alvarez, who has beaten several fringe contenders but never anyone ranked higher than #7.  Kirkland retreats back to Molina’s former #6 position.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (1-38-53)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
2) Saul Alvarez (1-56-71)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (1-86-86)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
4) Miguel Cotto (17-95-95)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (17-38-60)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
The Hearns fight has been rescehduled for April 20.  Molina would like a rematch, too.
6) James Kirkland (1-21-21)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even after his unimpressive performance against Molina (or perhaps in part because of it), Lara still wants to fight him.
7) Paul Williams (6-6-60)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (6-131-131)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (6-127-127)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes pulled out of his fight with Rabchenko, citing a back injury.
10) Gabriel Rosado (6-10-60)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (6-9)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (6-60)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.  A purse bid has been scheduled on 3/29 for the Mundine fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (6-37)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez has confirmed that he’ll be staying at 154.
14) Brian Rose (16-17)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (16-43)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes is one of two choices (along with Andy Lee) to fight JCC, Jr. on June 16.
16) Lukas Konecny (2-33)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2012- vs. Salim Larbi (UNR)
After Baysangurov withdrew with injury, Konecny will go home to the Czech Republic to fight French journeyman Salim Larbi for what is incredibly an interim alphabet title.
17) Sechew Powell (2-106)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (2-20)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Prince Arron (2-5)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
When we last saw Arron in the rankings, it appeared that he was going to fight an 8 rounder on February 24.  That didn’t happen.  No word on his next move.
20) Anthony Mundine (2-2)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A purse bid for a proposed fight with Austin Trout is scheduled for 3/29.

 

The Week Ahead: In the only reasonably significant action of the week, #14 Brian Rose defends his British title against the only man to ever beat him, mediocre but upset-minded journeyman Max Maxwell.  That fight takes place in Blackpool, England on Saturday.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Mar 19-25

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
American expat fringe contender Charlie Ota stopped low-level journeyman Gundrick King at MSG on Saturday, knocking King down in the 6th and 7th, and ending with a four-punch combo later in that round.  It was the first career fight for native New Yorker Ota (whose real name is Charles Bellamy) outside Japan.

 

The British title eliminator between Sam Webb and Matthew Hall did not come off as scheduled, but will likely take place on a new date. 

 

Last week’s #16 Yuri Foreman is removed, as he hasn’t fought or scheduled a fight in over a year.  Everyone ranked #17-20 last week moves up, and Anthony Mundine enters the rankings for (I believe) the first time since I began rating this division, 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 (40-55-70)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (40-85-85)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (20-20-20)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (16-94-94)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (16-37-59)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
The Hearns fight has been rescehduled for April 20.
6) Carlos Molina (37-37-52)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Paul Williams (5-5-59)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (5-130-130)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (5-126-126)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes pulled out of his fight with Rabchenko, citing a back injury.
10) Gabriel Rosado (5-9-59)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (5-8)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (5-59)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.  A purse bid has been scheduled on 3/29 for the Mundine fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (5-36)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez has confirmed that he’ll be staying at 154.
14) Brian Rose (15-16)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (15-42)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We get it, Vanes!  You’re better than a bunch of random journeymen.  How about a test?
16) Lukas Konecny (1-32)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2012- vs. Salim Larbi (UNR)
After Baysangurov withdrew with injury, Konecny will go home to the Czech Republic to fight French journeyman Salim Larbi for what is incredibly an interim alphabet title.
17) Sechew Powell (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (1-19)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June, but the WBC has gone on record saying they would reject that fight for Chavez’ belt.
19) Prince Arron (1-4)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
When we last saw Arron in the rankings, it appeared that he was going to fight an 8 rounder on February 24.  That didn’t happen.  No word on his next move.
20) Anthony Mundine (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A purse bid for a proposed fight with Austin Trout is scheduled for 3/29.

 

The Week Ahead:  Friday: Gatekeepers Antwone Smith and Roberto Garcia square off in Pharr, Texas on Friday Night Fights.

 

Saturday: In Houston, Texas on HBO, a huge fight will go down between #3 James Kirkland and #6 Carlos Molina.  The fight may be determined by which Kirkland shows up.  The version that showed up for the Angulo fight under current trainer Ann Wolfe may be too strong for a supremely crafty but smaller and less physical Molina.  If the passive, mentally weak one that was stopped by Ishida turns up (or anything close to that), he’s got no chance. 

 

In other Saturday action, Belorussian undefeated prospect Sergei Rabchenko fights low-level German journeyman Ronny Gabel in Sheffield, England.  The fight was originally going to pit Rabchenko against Ryan Rhodes, who withdrew due to injury.

 

Finally, gatekeepers Grady Brewer of Oklahoma and Frank Haroche Horta of France square off in Macon, Georgia.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Nov 21-27

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2013 by danboxing
On Friday, veteran journeyman Charles Whitaker won a reasonably comfortable 12 round decision over gatekeeper Giorbis Barthelemy in Miami, with scores of 117-111 (x2) and 116-112.  At nearly 38, and with 52 fights under his belt, Whitaker scored the best win of his career and has positioned himself for a possible alphabet title shot.

 

Saturday in his hometown of Los Mochis, Mexico, undefeated prospect Jorge Cota (who had literally fought nobody in his 10 wins) took a ridiculously huge step up against 115-fight veteran and current gatekeeper Yori Boy Campas.  He proved to be up to the challenge, stopping Campas late in the 8th round despite Campas’ having come in 1.5 pounds over the divisional limit. 

 

On the same card, gatekeeper Antwone Smith cruised to an 8-round decision win over weak journeyman Yoryi Estrella. 

 

Cota and Whitaker’s wins both make them relevant in the division, but neither victory by itself is at a top 20 level.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (23-38-53)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO6 Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Canelo will look to take advantage of apparently shot fringe contender Kermit Cintron on November 26 in a Mexico Ciy bull ring.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (23-68-68)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that K9 may fight Latimore on New Year’s Eve.  He’s also interested in Kirkland.
3) James Kirkland (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his huge upset win over Angulo, Bundrage, Lara, and Ishida have both expressed interest in fighting him, but Kirkland appears to want Carlos Molina.
4) Erislandy Lara (3-20-42)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
With most of the big names at 154 apparently not all that excited about fighting him, Lara recently challenged Dmitry Pirog at middleweight.  He’s also interested in Austin Trout and James Kirkland.
5) Miguel Cotto (20-77-77)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Antonio Margarito
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (20-20-35)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland wants him.
7) Alfredo Angulo (3-113-113)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
8) Prince Arron (3-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Arron takes on one-loss and still relatively untested prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England in early December.
9) Pawel Wolak (3-37-37)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
10) Ryan Rhodes (3-109-109)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Rhodes will move up to middleweight- at least temporarily- to fight journeyman Sergei Khomitski this week.
11) Austin Trout (3-42)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout outclassed and stopped iron-chinned journeyman LoPorto.
12) Sechew Powell (3-88)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
After Latimore turned down an eliminator for a Bundrage shot, Powell will instead be taking on Cory Spinks for that honor, it would appear.  The fight was originally rumored for Mares-Agbeko, but looks likely for the Erdei-Cloud New Year’s Eve card, instead.
13) Gabriel Rosado (3-42)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (3-19)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #9 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
15) Paul Williams (2-42)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (2-25)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo this week, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
17) Yuri Foreman (2-112)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
18) Lukas Konecny (2-15)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
19) Deandre Latimore (2-14)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore may be fighting Bundrage on New Year’s Eve on a Showtime broadcast.
20) Antonio Margarito (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- L (UD12) vs. #1 WW Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Big-time rematch with Cotto on the horizon.

 

The Week Ahead: In the week’s biggest fight at 154, #1 Saul Alvarez takes on nosediving fringe contender Kermit Cintron in Mexico City.  

 

A ways South in Buenos Aires, 2-loss Argentine prospect Javier Maciel (best known for troubling Dmitry Pirog at middleweight earlier this year) takes on low-level Uruguayan journeyman Nestor Faccio.

 

#10 Ryan Rhodes will be in action this weekend against good journeyman Sergei Khomitski, but that fight is expected to be contested at Middleweight.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Nov 14-20

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by danboxing
Argentine gatekeeper Sergio Sanders’ fight with mid-level journeyman Mateo Veron in Lanus, Argentina on Friday ended awkwardly by 3-round technical decision in favor of Veron.  To ensure fairness and consistency, however, I treat any technical decision decided in under 4 complete rounds as a no contest. 

 

#11 Austin Trout outclassed top-level Australian journeyman Frank LoPorto so completely that LoPorto was able to both display a granite chin AND get stopped in 6.  He got hit with every punch imagineable.

 

#15 Manny Pacquiao won by robbery at 147 in his third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.  The fight was 116-112 on my card, though if you gave Pacquiao every benefit of the doubt it could have been a draw.  I won’t spend too much time on it since it was at 147, though.  The main upshot for 154 is that Pacquiao hasn’t fought a junior middleweight since decisioning Antonio Margarito a year ago, and is thus removed.  This makes room, ironically, for Margarito to return at #20 after a week out.  He hasn’t fought since then either, but has a fight scheduled.  No further changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (22-37-52)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO6 Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Canelo will look to take advantage of apparently shot fringe contender Kermit Cintron on November 26 in a Mexico Ciy bull ring.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (22-67-67)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that K9 may fight Latimore on New Year’s Eve.
3) James Kirkland (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his huge upset win over Angulo, Lara and Ishida have both expressed interest in fighting him, but Kirkland appears to want Carlos Molina.
4) Erislandy Lara (2-19-41)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
With most of the big names at 154 apparently not all that excited about fighting him, Lara recently challenged Dmitry Pirog at middleweight.  He’s also interested in Austin Trout and James Kirkland.
5) Miguel Cotto (19-76-76)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Antonio Margarito
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (19-19-34)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland wants him.
7) Alfredo Angulo (2-112-112)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
8) Prince Arron (2-27-27)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Arron takes on one-loss and still relatively untested prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England in early December.
9) Pawel Wolak (2-36-36)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
10) Ryan Rhodes (2-108-108)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a solid resume and remains in the top 10.
11) Austin Trout (2-41)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout outclassed and stopped iron-chinned journeyman LoPorto.
12) Sechew Powell (2-87)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
After Latimore turned down an eliminator for a Bundrage shot, Powell will instead be taking on Cory Spinks for that honor, it would appear.  The fight was originally rumored for Mares-Agbeko, but looks likely for the Erdei-Cloud New Year’s Eve card, instead.
13) Gabriel Rosado (2-41)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (2-18)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #9 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
15) Paul Williams (1-41)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-24)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo this week, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
17) Yuri Foreman (1-111)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
18) Lukas Konecny (1-14)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
19) Deandre Latimore (1-13)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore may be fighting Bundrage on New Year’s Eve on a Showtime broadcast.
20) Antonio Margarito (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- L (UD12) vs. #1 WW Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Big-time rematch with Cotto on the horizon.

 

The Week Ahead: Miami plays host to two notable fights on Friday.  Cuban gatekeeper Giorbis Barthelemy fights solid journeyman Charles Whitaker, and barking gatekeeper Antwone Smith takes on journeyman Yoryi Estrella.

 

Saturday in Los Mochis, Mexico, undefeated but fairly untested Mexican prospect Jorge Cota gets his first test in 115-fight veteran and Mexican gatekeeper Yori Boy Campas.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 15-21

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2011 by danboxing
Fringe Contender Kermit Cintron- who was recently ranked in the top 10 before a bad loss to Carlos Molina- won a decision over gatekeeper Antwone Smith on Friday Night Fights last week.  The judges had it mostly fairly comfortable.  I was sitting at ringside (if you saw a guy with a red shirt and white tie on TV watching intently, that was me). 

 

I personally had Smith winning 96-94 in what was a very close fight that legitimately could have gone either way.  I have no problem with Barbara Madison’s score of 96-94 (she was sitting right in front of me) except that it was a bit different from my own.  I don’t even have a huge quarrel with Jerry Griffin’s 97-93 because if you gave Cintron credit for a lot of his jabs that may have gotten through a little bit but which I saw as blocked, I think you could have fairly swung 3 rounds to Cintron from my card.  But Jackson Harper’s 98-91 card I do have a serious problem with.  For one thing, to arrive at that score, he would have had to give Cintron at least one round that was in my view CLEARLY a Smith round- meaning 4, 6, or 9- in addition to all of the rounds I scored for Cintron (1, 3, 7, and 8) AND all of the close rounds that I scored for Smith (2, 5, and 10).  Not only that, but barring a silly math error it means he also somehow gave Cintron a 10-8 round somewhere along the way.  That’s ridiculous.  This kind of bad scorecard in a very close kind of fight should be, to me, just as subject to investigation and review as a clear robbery, because the upshot of Harper’s indefensible scorecard is that if the fight had been unquestionably won by Smith (ie he had clearly won all of the close rounds), Harper would have still given it to Cintron.  Harper is probably incompetent and definitely biased for one reason or another.  However, in accordance with other fights in which I disagree with the score but could see a reasonable judge scoring it for the official winner, I will treat this fight as essentially a draw, except with a slight edge going to Cintron such that if both men were rated, Smith could not pass Cintron but might still gain ground. 

 

By failing to get a clear win over a lesser-regarded fighter, however, Cintron fails to return to the top 20 even though he entered the night as my unofficial #21 contender.  Obviously my policy does not allow Smith to crack the top 20 either, but he does improve his standing dramatically, at least in my book.

 

In other action, former American Navy serviceman Charlie Ota (real name Charles Bellamy), who has lived in Japan since his days in the service and is the current Japanese champion, defended his title against Akio Shibata, the man he took the title from in Spring 2010 by 8th round TKO.  This time around Ota took care of the top-level journeyman a little quicker and put him down for the count in the 6th round.
 
One thing I noticed belatedly this week is that Cory Spinks’ last fight was actually fought over the 160 limit, and thus he should have been removed from last week’s rankings due to inactivity at 154.  This would have given Kermit Cintron an extra week at #20, and I apologize for not giving Kermit this satisfaction.  However, Cintron’s dubious win last week actually has soured me on him and he is no longer even in the top 25 in my opinion.  Next on my list is Joachim Alcine, who has been inactive for over a year but has a fight scheduled for this weekend.  However, this fight was not announced until a couple weeks after the 1-year anniversary of  Alcine’s last fight, and so I consider him ineligible until he actually makes the weight and returns.  So the next in line is Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic, who just edges out Deandre Latimore based on recent success.  Konecny was ranked for just one week back in June before Vanes Martirosyan forced him out with a win over Saul Roman.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Pawel Wolak
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (9-24-39)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.  He will also likely fight on December 3, most likely on the Cotto-Margarito undercard.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (8-54-54)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He has called out Canelo, Mosley, and Molina, and his promoter Don King is apparently working on a fight with Ricardo Mayorga, though the IBF reportedly is not willing to sanction that fight for Bundrage’s title.
3) Erislandy Lara (6-6-28)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.  Lara has also sought fights with Dzinziruk and Bundrage, neither of whom appear to want the fight.  He also wants Canelo, but believes that Golden Boy will protect their cash cow.
4) Alfredo Angulo (6-99-99)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Joe Gomez (UNR)
Angulo will officially fight journeyman Joe Gomez in Mexico on 8/20.
5) Miguel Cotto (6-63-63)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (6-6-21)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones. 
7) Prince Arron (5-14-14)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
8) Pawel Wolak (5-23-23)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak will likely fight on the Cotto-Margarito card on December 3, with likely opponents being Delvin Rodriguez and Jesus Soto-Karass.  He has also challenged K9 for that date.  Deandre Latimore has also challenged Wolak, and Wolak says he’d be happy to oblige if a network is interested in the fight.  Wolak also recently fired his manager.
9) Ryan Rhodes (5-95-95)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (10-10-28)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (10-74)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Powell is sparring with Floyd Mayweather to prepare Floyd for the Victor Ortiz fight.
12) Gabriel Rosado (10-28)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Keenan Collins (UNR)
Fresh out of jail, Rosado already has a date reserved on September 9 against journeyman Keenan Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (5-28)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (5-28)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
16) Shane Mosley (1-28)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Devon Alexander and K9 are interested in fighting him.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (1-11)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes called out Austin Trout after not being selected as Canelo’s next opponent, and just days later the WBC ordered a match with Angulo.  Vanes also has called out Felix Sturm.
18) Grady Brewer (1-9)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: 8/19/2011- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Brewer will attempt to upset his second hot prospect in just over 2 months when he meets former US Olympian Demetrius Andrade on August 19’s Friday Night Fights season finale.
19) Yuri Foreman (1-98)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
20) Lukas Konecny (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/30/2011- vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk (UNR)
Konecny will fight at home in the Czech Republic against Dzinziruk, who is only unranked because he has not fought under the 154 limit for over a year.  Konecny will likely be a clear underdog in the fight, and rightly so.

 

The Week Ahead:  The most important fight of the week is the main event of the Friday Night Fights season finale on ESPN2, when #18 Grady Brewer takes on undefeated prospect and former Olympian Demetrius Andrade.  The fight will technically be at a contract weight a few pounds over the limit, but I will treat it as a junior middleweight fight because that is the past and future weight of both guys as far as I can tell.  The reason for the extra pounds appears to be the 2 weeks notice that the fighters had going in.  

 

The biggest name fighting this week, however, belongs to #4 Alfredo Angulo, who makes his return after more than a year out of the ring since his last fight- a 1st round KO win over Joachim Alcine.  He fights journeyman Joe Gomez Saturday in Mexico in a fight televised on Telefutura if you’re lucky enough to get that.  Speaking of Alcine- he also returns for the first time since the Angulo fight against journeyman Jose Medina in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Alcine had been rated here, but has been out since late June when he was displaced by the debut of Grady Brewer.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 8-14

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by danboxing
No action at 154 this week.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Pawel Wolak
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (8-23-38)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.  He will also likely fight on December 3, most likely on the Cotto-Margarito undercard.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (7-53-53)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He has called out Canelo, Mosley, and Molina, and his promoter Don King is apparently working on a fight with Ricardo Mayorga, though the IBF reportedly is not willing to sanction that fight for Bundrage’s title.
3) Erislandy Lara (5-5-27)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.  Lara has also sought fights with Dzinziruk and Bundrage, neither of whom appear to want the fight.  He also wants Canelo, but believes that Golden Boy will protect their cash cow.
4) Alfredo Angulo (5-98-98)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Joe Gomez (UNR)
Angulo will officially fight journeyman Joe Gomez in Mexico on 8/20.
5) Miguel Cotto (5-62-62)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (5-5-20)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones. 
7) Prince Arron (4-13-13)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
8) Pawel Wolak (4-22-22)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak will likely fight on the Cotto-Margarito card on December 3, with likely opponents being Delvin Rodriguez and Jesus Soto-Karass.  He has also challenged K9 for that date.  Deandre Latimore has also challenged Wolak, and Wolak says he’d be happy to oblige if a network is interested in the fight.  Wolak also recently fired his manager.
9) Ryan Rhodes (4-94-94)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (9-9-27)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (9-73)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Put forth a solid effort in a losing cause against Bundrage, and still has the bona  fides to hold onto his #11 spot.
12) Gabriel Rosado (9-27)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Keenan Collins (UNR)
Fresh out of jail, Rosado already has a date reserved on September 9 against journeyman Keenan Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (4-27)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (4-27)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
16) Cory Spinks (4-27)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD10 Shakir Ashanti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks said he was considering moving up to 160 to fight Sam Soliman in an eliminator, but then decided that he will stay at 154 and fight another tune-up in September and then chase a long-shot fight with Cotto.
17) Shane Mosley (4-27)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Devon Alexander and K9 are interested in fighting him.
18) Vanes Martirosyan (4-10)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes called out Austin Trout after not being selected as Canelo’s next opponent, and just days later the WBC ordered a match with Angulo.  Vanes also has called out Felix Sturm.
19) Grady Brewer (4-8)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: 8/19/2011- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Brewer will attempt to upset his second hot prospect in just over 2 months when he meets former US Olympian Demetrius Andrade on August 19’s Friday Night Fights season finale.
20) Yuri Foreman (4-97)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.

 

The Week Ahead:  In the week’s appetizer fight on Monday, Charlie Ota (whose real name is Charles Bellamy)- an American fringe contender and current Japanese champion who lived in Japan while serving in the US Navy and stayed there for boxing after a short amateur career out of a Japanese gym- fights Akio Shibata- from whom he lifted the title with an 8th round TKO in March 2010- in a rematch in Tokyo.  Shibata, on a World scale, is probably best thought of as a top-shelf  journeyman.

 

The headliner of the week is in St. Charles, Missouri on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.  Fringe contender Kermit Cintron- who was rated #20 until 3 weeks ago when he was displaced by Delvin Rodriguez’s debut- takes on gatekeeper Antwone Smith of Miami.  I had Cintron rated #6 not at all long ago.  He was at #7 when he was shockingly and dominantly beaten by Carlos Molina on Showtime on July 9.  He’s back in action just over a month later, and a win will likely get him back into the rankings, if not all that highly.  Smith was a rising fringe contender when he was upset by journeyman Lanardo Tyner on Showtime a little over a year ago as a welterweight, and has fought two nobodies since.  This fight will be contested at a contract weight of 150, and might be a prelude to a move down to 147 for Cintron.  Both men could probably make 147, though Cintron is probably the slightly bigger man at this point in his career.  Each man is still looking to rebound from his most recent loss, and both need a win pretty badly at this stage.  By the way, I will be at ringside, and on TV fairly often, from what I understand!  Full report next week.