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Super Middleweight: 2014, Jul 21-27

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on December 13, 2014 by danboxing
In last week’s preview of the Macau undercard fight between #15 Gilberto Ramirez and Junior Talipeau, I opined that Talipeau, a quality journeyman, would provide some resistance for the fast rising Mexican prospect.  I was wrong.  Talipeau got blitzed from the opening bell, and never even managed to get into the fight.  Ramirez caught him on the end of a long uppercut that led to a knockdown, and the fight was functionally over from there.  Ramirez added two more knockdowns in the one and only round before the fight was mercifully stopped. 

 

Talipeau was once a top 50 fighter, but hasn’t deserved such recognition since his 2011 loss to Zac Awad, and so Ramirez gets no opportunity to advance with the victory.  However, last week’s #13 Maxim Vlasov is removed in light of the news that his fight this weekend will be contested at the 175 pound limit.  He hasn’t made 168 in about 20 months, and is thus ineligible for a continued ranking here.  Everyone ranked #14 and below last week moves up a spot, and Don Mouton re-enters for the first time since Gilberto Ramirez knocked him out and out of the rankings at the beginning of February.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (136-270-270)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his lawsuit is not keeping him from fighting, and says he expects a fight by the end of the year, along with 3 in 2015.  Seems optimistic to me.
1) Carl Froch (113-423-423)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- KO8 #7 George Groves
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is reportedly close to reaching a deal to fight DeGale in November or December.
2) Arthur Abraham (21-248-248)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/27/2014- vs. Paul Smith (UNR)
Abraham gets what should be a relatively easy defense on September 27 against gatekeeper Paul Smith of England.
3) Robert Stieglitz (21-256-256)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR)
I thnk I read the initial report wrong, as Stieglitz will fight on July 26 instead of June 26.  His opponent will be the dangerously underrated Sergey Khomitsky, who arguably ought to own a win over Martin Murray.
4) James DeGale (8-9-145)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- TKO4* #4 Brandon Gonzales
Next Fight: Unknown
See Froch’s notes, above.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (9-164-212)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was supposed to fight Doudou Ngumbu on 6/21 and then enter his promoter’s Super 6 Tournament at 175.  Instead, Johnny Muller replaced him and lost, and thus ruined his own chances to fight in that tournament.  Now the word is that Oosthuizen is “in no position” to get in the ring for the tournament.  I wonder if that’s a reference to an injury, or just more weight issues.  Either way, it’s entirely clear that the South African is done at 168.
6) Ezequiel Maderna (9-37-82)
Last Fight: 4/25/2014- TKO3 Richard Vidal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
7) George Groves (9-84-106)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (KO8) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/20/2014- vs. #11 Christopher Rebrasse
Groves is scheduled to fight again on September 20, in an eliminator for a shot at the Bika-Dirrell winner.
8) Brandon Gonzales (8-56-56)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (TKO4*) vs. #10 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales deserved a shot to continue, but he certainly didn’t look like an eventual winner under the best of circumstances against DeGale.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-21-21)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #5 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Froch fight apparently dead, Cotto is now interested in Chavez, whose camp claims he can still make 160 for the fight.
10) Bryan Vera (8-21-21)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #17 JMW Gabriel Rosado (BKB)
In a surprise move, Vera will fight Gabriel Rosado in the main event of a “Big Knockout Boxing” card.  This is not quite the boxing you’re used to, with different rules regarding knockdowns and a circular “pit” replacing the traditional ring.  I haven’t yet decided if I will let it affect the rankings, considering that it will theoretically be a fair fight between two legitimate boxers.  I may have to see it in action before I know how I feel about its applicability to normal boxing.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (9-59)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- TKO4 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/20/2014- vs. #7 George Groves
See Groves’ notes, above.
12) Sakio Bika (9-381)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #16 Anthony Dirrell
Bika will re-match Anthony Dirrell on August 16 in Carson, California.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (1-79)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Gilberto Ramirez (1-25)
Last Fight: 7/19/2014- TKO1 Junior Talipeau (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ramirez confirms that he feels comfortable at 168, and is looking for big fights in his more or less new division.
15) Ryota Murata (1-48)
Last Fight: 5/22/2014- KO6 Jesus Angel Nerio (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata is rumored to be fighting in Singapore in October.
16) Anthony Dirrell (1-33)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: 8/16/2014- vs. #12 Sakio Bika
Dirrell will get a second crack at Bika on August 16.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-73)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Caleb Truax (1-15)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/25/2014- vs. Derek Ennis (UNR)
Truax’s July 25 Friday Night Fights opponent is now Derek Ennis, rather than Porky Medina.  Basically a lateral move, but maybe a bit of a downgrade.
19) Derek Edwards (1-9)
Last Fight: 2/28/2014- TKO1 #20 Badou Jack
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Don Mouton (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- TKO3 William Johnson (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. Larry Smith (UNR) (at MW)
Mouton’s career took a big hit with the Ramirez loss, as you can tell from his last opponent and the one for this week.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Wednesday
Avtandil Khurtsidze vs. Allen Conyers; New York, New York; Off TV
Khurtsidze is a long-time middleweight fringe contender from the Republic of Georgia, who is returning to the ring, a few pounds heavier than usual, for the first time since late 2011.  Conyers is a mid-level journeyman who is said to have some power and can handle himself, but is probably not much of a threat on this level.

 

Saturday
#3 Robert Stieglitz vs. Sergey Khomitsky; Dessau, Germany; RAN (Germany) 
The idea of #3 Stieglitz losing to an unranked guy like Khomitsky- a career journeyman until very recently- sounds far-fetched.  That being said, Khomitsky arguably beat Martin Murray (who I would have considered a better fighter than Stieglitz) this year and then upset British prospect Frank Buglioni.  I don’t know that he should be anything like a favorite against Stieglitz’s long and distinguished overall resume, but I do believe you’re likely to get odds that might justify a bet for the underdog, if you are of a betting mind.  Should be an excellent fight.

 

Juergen Doberstein vs. Matingu Kindele; Kaarst, Germany; Off TV
Doberstein is a one-loss prospect.  I’m not sure he qualifies as a blue-chipper, but he is coming off his career best win, by a mile, in a dominant 12-round decision over the very capable William Gare.  Kindele is basically a novice at just 5-2, and hasn’t proven much of anything to this point.  It shouldn’t be all that competitive.

Middleweight: 2012, Dec 24-30

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2012 by danboxing
Billi Godoy won a solid 10-round decision over a fellow Argentine- journeyman Cristian Rios- Friday in Caleta Olivia, Argentina.  This was Godoy’s first fight since an excruciatingly narrow decision loss to Sergio Sanders- the first of his career. 

 

Saturday’s action focused in Morelia, Mexico.  #13 Marco Antonio Rubio headlined the card, dropping quality Mexican journeyman Michel Rosales in the opening round before putting him down for good in the 11th.  On the same card, prospect Marcos Reyes once again struggled with veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia, and was able to scratch out just a majority decision over 8 rounds.  The pair met up in September, with Reyes winning a very close unanimous decision.  In the most recent installment, Reyes actually went down in the second round, but Garcia gave the point back in round 6, when he was deducted for a headbutt.  I can’t find any video of the fight, so I can’t do anything but accept the close result in Reyes’ favor.

 

#14 Osumanu Adama- inactive since March- was scheduled to fight Derrick Findley in Chicago, but that fight was abruptly canceled at the last minute.
 

The biggest event of the week was really a non-event.  #15 Avtandil Khurtsidze has now been inactive for a year and is thus removed.  This allows everyone rated #16 and below last week to advance one spot each, and makes room for a new #20.  That spot was a tricky call.  The three candidates were Garth Wood, Jose Miguel Torres, and Makoto Fuchigami.  Wood has by far the best win of the 3- a knockout of Anthony Mundine from 2010.  But that win was subsequently avenged by Mundine, and Wood went on to lose to a gatekeeper-level Sam Soliman in his last fight which, by the way, was way back in February.  Torres has an unblemished record at 160, having beat a fringe contending (unofficially 24th-ranked) Patrick Majewski a year ago.  But Torres has some losses at junior middleweight and even welterweight that would call his legitimacy at 160 into question despite that win.  Fuchigami is best known outside Japan as a Golovkin knockout victim, but his mastery of an active if unspectacular Japanese scene has had him in or near the top 25 for a while.  His only significant red ink was entirely expected (Golovkin) or subsequently avenged (a 2009 SD loss to Tetsuya Suzuki, whom he later stopped).  Close call to be sure, but I think Fuchigami’s resume looks like that of the presently higher-quality fighter.  He therefore becomes my new #20 contender.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (141-141-141)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #9 Martin Murray
Martinez will look to come back strong from knee surgery when he takes on Martin Murray in Argentina on April 27.
1) Daniel Geale (79-184-184)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #11 Anthony Mundine
Geale now has a date and location for the Mundine fight: January 30, in Sidney.
2) Felix Sturm (17-484-484)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. #12 Sam Soliman
Sturm will fight Aussie Sam Soliman in Germany in early February.
3) Gennady Golovkin (17-17-80)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. JMW #? Gabriel Rosado
Golovkin fights at Madison Square Garden against junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado.  The fight will be on HBO, and Golovkin’s trainer says the fight will be at a catchweight of perhaps 158.
4) Matthew Macklin (15-79-170)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andy Lee recently called Macklin out.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (15-82-100)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez is expecting to return in May, and then- provided both men win their spring fights- rematch Martinez in September.
6) Peter Quillin (10-10-31)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
After originally being rumored to be working on a fight with Jermain Taylor, Quillin will instead be fighting fringe contending one-loss Dominican Fernando Guerrero on January 19th’s Showtime tripleheader.
7) Dmitry Pirog (34-126-126)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 3/2/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Pirog will return to the ring- and the US- fighting an opponent to be announced March 3 on HBO.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (17-89-89)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (17-56-56)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO6 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Murray will look to prove that he belongs at or above the level he achieved by drawing with Sturm when he fights the Champ in Argentina on April 27.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (10-113-113)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin

Next Fight: Unknown
As it turns out, N’Dam had a rematch clause in his contract with Quillin, but he also has expressed interest in Golovkin, Geale, Martinez, and Chavez.  Quillin has scheduled a fight with Fernando Guerrero, as well.
11) Anthony Mundine (10-100)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
A big opportunity for Mundine in the rematch of his split decision victory over Geale.
12) Sam Soliman (10-45)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman is fighting Sturm all of a sudden.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (10-100)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- KO11 Michel Rosales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Rubio’s win over Rosales, he called out Golovkin, Quillin, Martinez, and the field.
14) Osumanu Adama (10-92)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama’s scheduled return against Derrick Findley was abruptly canceled at the last moment.  I don’t know why, nor when he might be back again.
15) Max Bursak (1-100)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Bursak will be fighting for a European title over what should be a pretty easy opponent in Frenchman Julien Marie Sainte- essentially a journeyman.  The one bit of intrigue is that the fight is taking place in France.
16) Demetrius Andrade (1-71)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
No word on why, but junior middleweight gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez is replacing Javier Maciel in the January 25 fight with Andrade.  The fight will be on ShoBox.
17) Darren Barker (1-63)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO4 Kerry Hope (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker wants Macklin and Murray, although Murray is obviously otherwise occupied for some months to come.
18) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-43)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
19) Bryan Vera (1-10)
Last Fight: 8/11/2012- W (MD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2013- vs. Sergei Dzinziruk (UNR)
Vera will get a big opportunity to establish himself as a contender when he fights once very highly ranked contender Sergei Dzinziruk on Friday Night Fights.
20) Makoto Fuchigami (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- RTD6 Marlon Alta (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fuchigami- the Japanese champion- still has yet to conquer any other shores.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing notable going on in the division this week.

Middleweight: 2011, Dec 19-25

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by danboxing
Japanese gatekeeper Makoto Fuchigami stopped Koji Sato- a fellow Japanese gatekeeper in Tokyo on Monday for the Japanese title for a 9th round TKO victory.  Of course Ishida is the most accomplished Japanese middleweight, but he has been fighting non-Japanese opposition and was at 154 when Fuchigami won the title that he defended last week, and so Fuchigami’s title is more or less legit.

 

Friday in Vegas, #10 Marco Antonio Rubio came in a pound overweight and stopped veteran journeyman Matt Vanda in 5.

 

A couple Ghanaians randomly found themselves in the Ukraine this weekend.  On Saturday, Kiev native and #13 contender Max Bursak  needed just under 2 1/2 rounds to stop low-level journeyman Laatekwei Hammond of Ghana, and Hammond’s countryman- the much more accomplished Ossie Duran- also fought in that country against #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze of the Republic of Georgia.  The crowd was heavily in Khurtsidze’s favor as I expected, and that expectation led me to download a Russian broadcast of the fight when I saw the scores- which indicated a razor-thin majority decision- suspecting that Duran may have done better than he was given credit for.  Quite the contrary, though.  Duran, despite showing a snappy jab and great foot speed, ruined any advantage he may have had talent-wise over the comparatively crude brawling pressure fighter that was Khurtsidze by either flat-out running around the ring to kill the clock or languishing on the inside, where the Georgian was much sharper and more effective.  I scored the fight 116-112 for Khurtsidze, with that score including a 10-9 Duran round that should have been 10-9 Khurtsidze, but which the judges probably scored 10-8 Duran.  Duran threw a wild sweeping uppercut which appeared to glance off the tip of Khurtsidze’s elbow, at which point he appeared to clearly slip.  Referee Daniel Van de Wiele called it a knockdown.  However, even giving Duran the benefit of the doubt, Khurtsidze appeared to carry the round otherwise, which on my card limited the damage to 10-9.  Even if you give Duran a 10-8 and every really close round, he still by all rights came up short.  114-113 Khurtsidze is the closest reasonable card I can imagine, and Olena Pobyvailo went beyond that, scoring the fight a draw. 

 

In the end, Khurtsidze got the win as he should, but it’s a bit troublesome to me that he had to sweat it out as much as he did.  If there’s one thing you can say for the Ukraine, it’s that they don’t generally seem to give hometown decisions.  An actual Ukranian prospect, Stas Kashtanov, was recently completely robbed there in a super middleweight fight with Hungary’s Karoly Balzsay. 

 

For those that haven’t seen Khurtsidze fight and are wondering what he’s like, imagine Rocky Marciano had come out of retirement about 4 or 5 years after hanging them up, with somewhat diminished skills.  If you shrink him down to a middleweight, you’ve got Khurtsidze.  If you squint a bit, they kind of look alike, too.

 

The result of all this are some interesting and tough ratings decisions.  Duran isn’t exactly someone you’d expect to be a game-changer for Khurtsidze’s resume, but to me the Georgian has reached the tipping point where his quantity overwhelms the marginally better quality of some of his peers.    He has now beaten 5 gatekeeper-level guys, and lost only in close fashion to current #5 contender Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.  We’d all like to see Khurtsidze step up a bit, but ultimately in the absence of a bad loss, there has to be a number of gatekeepers that add up to a fringe contender.  I’ve decided that the volume of Khurtsidze’s wins overwhelm the Bryan Vera win on the resume of Max Bursak, so he ends up displacing Bursak at #13.  I couldn’t see fit to supplant Adama at #12, since he beat two guys with top-20 level resumes.  In my estimation, Khurtsidze hasn’t beaten anyone very near that level.  Fuchigami’s win moves him from a mid-30s contender to a mid-20s contender in my book.  It’s worth noting, however, that I do believe he’s surpassed Sebastian Zbik, among others.  That might illustrate how deep this division has gotten.  Without losing any fights that he wasn’t objectively supposed to lose, his resume has slumped from a top 20 document to one that’s not really close.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (88-88-88)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez is now scheduled to fight on March 17 at Madison Square Garden.  The likely opponent is Matthew Macklin.
1) Daniel Geale (26-131-131)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale-Pirog appears to be on hold at best.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (12-36-36)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Matthew Macklin (3-26-117)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin may have parlayed his controversial draw with Sturm into a shot at the title against Martinez, though nothing is official yet.
4) Felix Sturm (3-431-431)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBA has ordered Sturm to fight Golovkin.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (24-60-60)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Martin Murray (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray may be a candidate to fight Andy Lee what looks like it might be the Martinez-Macklin undercard at MSG on St. Patrick’s Day.  He also wants a rematch with Sturm, who has a mandatory obligation with Gennady Golovkin.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-29-47)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Chavez gets the toughest test of his career on February 4 when he fights fellow Mexican contender Marco Antonio Rubio in San Antonio.
8) Dmitry Pirog (3-73-73)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Geale fight apparently on hold at best, Pirog has been chasing after Sturm, who reportedly doesn’t want that fight.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (3-332-332)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-37-47)
Last Fight: 12/16/2011- TKO5 Matt Vanda (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Mexico’s two best middleweights meet in San Antonio in early February as veteran Rubio takes on young gun Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (3-47)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
12) Osumanu Adama (3-39)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
13) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-47)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
So far Khurtsidze has beaten all comers among gatekeepers and lost to the lone contender he’s fought.  Maybe a fringe contender should be on the menu next.
14) Max Bursak (1-47)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak’s opposition has been getting worse and worse since he burst on the scene with a win over Bryan Vera.
15) Garth Wood (1-47)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
16) Gennady Golovkin (1-27)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Following his destruction of Simon, the WBA has made Golovkin the mandatory to Felix Sturm’s alphabet belt.
17) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-37)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some talk of a rematch with Kirkland at the moment.
18) Demetrius Andrade (3-18)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
19) Darren Barker (3-10)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Billi Godoy (3-9)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Merry Christmas!

Middleweight: 2011, Dec 12-18

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2012 by danboxing
Devastating puncher and very possibly the future of the division Gennady Golovkin (#16) of Kazakhstan easily brushed aside Philadelphia gatekeeper Lajuan Simon with a first round knockout in Dusseldorf, Germany.

 

In Montreal on Saturday, it was another major setback in the once can’t-miss career of David Lemieux, as he was outpointed and roughed up a little bit by Joachim Alcine.  Alcine, originally from Haiti, was once a prominent contender at 154, but took a year off following a first round knockout loss to Alfredo Angulo and suffered a draw in his first fight back, after moving up to 160, to a mere journeyman.  So to say he came into the Lemieux fight as a fringe contender is probably being pretty generous.  Nevertheless, he was the boss in the ring in multiple ways.

 

Lemieux, just like he did against Rubio, came out strong and pounded Alcine in the first two rounds to the point that it looked like an early night.  Alcine, though, came back to nick the next two in my opinion, and won the 5th clearly, with Lemieux looking like his legs and conditioning might not be that strong.  But there was a second wind for the French-Canadian prospect, as he won probably 2 of the next 3 as Alcine’s workrate began to slow.  But down the stretch in the last 4 rounds, it was all Alcine, with Lemieux only able to counterpunch in spurts as he was chased around the ring and repeatedly hurt by the much fresher Hatian.  Although the fight was actually reasonably close in a scoring sense- and legitimately so- the impression was one of domination for Alcine- partly because of his strong finish and partly because of his prevalent showboating.  He threw tons of bolo punches and fake bolo punches (many of which landed), beat his chest, and talked to Lemieux more than a few times.  Lemieux- whether due to an experience gap or because he was tired or hurt- seldom had an answer in these moments.  I did score the fight 116-112- in line with two of the judges, and thought it could have been as close as a draw (the third judge’s score) if you gave Lemieux all the toss-up rounds.  But the overall fight was more-or-less dominated by Alcine.

 

In other news on Saturday, one-loss Dominican prospect Fernando Guerrero stopped low-level Minnesota journeyman Robert Kliewer in D.C.

 

Golovkin sneaks up 1 spot past Nobuhiro Ishida to #15.  Alcine’s draw with Medina really holds him back, so he remains out.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (87-87-87)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez is now scheduled to fight on March 17 at Madison Square Garden.  The likely opponent is Matthew Macklin.
1) Daniel Geale (25-130-130)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale-Pirog appears to be on hold at best.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (11-35-35)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Matthew Macklin (2-25-116)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin may have parlayed his controversial draw with Sturm into a shot at the title against Martinez, though nothing is official yet.
4) Felix Sturm (2-430-430)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBA has ordered Sturm to fight Golovkin.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (23-59-59)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Martin Murray (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray may be a candidate to fight Andy Lee what looks like it might be the Martinez-Macklin undercard at MSG on St. Patrick’s Day.  He also wants a rematch with Sturm, who has a mandatory obligation with Gennady Golovkin.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-28-46)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez will return to the ring on HBO on either January 28 or February 4, but no opponent has yet been announced.  The WBC has ordered him to defend his belt against Martinez.
8) Dmitry Pirog (2-72-72)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Geale fight apparently on hold at best, Pirog has been chasing after Sturm, who reportedly doesn’t want that fight.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (2-331-331)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-36-46)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/16/2011- vs. Matt Vanda (UNR)
Rubio has substituted unknown journeyman Mohammed Said with a higher quality one in steady veteran Matt Vanda.
11) Anthony Mundine (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
12) Osumanu Adama (2-38)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
13) Max Bursak (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Bursak’s opposition has been getting worse and worse since he burst on the scene with a win over Bryan Vera.  He will now fight very weak Ghanaian journeyman Laatekwei Hammond in Kiev soon.
14) Garth Wood (2-46)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
15) Gennady Golovkin (1-26)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Following his destruction of Simon, the WBA has made Golovkin the mandatory to Felix Sturm’s alphabet belt.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-36)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some talk of a rematch with Kirkland at the moment.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: 12/18/2011- vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Khurtsidze will fight dangerous gatekeeper Ossie Duran in the Ukraine a week before Christmas.
18) Demetrius Andrade (2-17)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
19) Darren Barker (2-9)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been receiving interest from Chavez and Geale after his over-performance against Martinez.
20) Billi Godoy (2-8)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: This busy week is kicked off on Monday by a good matchup between Japanese gatekeepers Makoto Fuchigami and Koji Sato- the two top Japanese fighters aside from Ishida.

 

Friday in Vegas, #10 Marco Antonio Rubio fights veteran journeyman Matt Vanda.

 

Saturday in Kiev, #13 Max Bursak fights Ghanaian journeyman Laatekwei Hammond.

 

And finally, #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze battles a significantly better Ghanaian in gatekeeper Ossie Duran in a more obscure Ukrainian city that I won’t try to spell.