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Super Middleweight: 2013, Jun 3-9

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report in the division from last week, but #15 Dyah Davis last fought on June 2, 2012, has nothing scheduled, and is therefore removed for inactivity.  Alexander Brand, Stanislav Kashtanov, and Brian Magee are all practically tied for the vacant #20 spot, but I give it to Magee simply because he has two wins of some consequence as opposed to just one for everyone else.  He also has 2 relevant losses, but both of them came against #3 contenders, and thus hardly hurt him for top 20 consideration.  If you needed any more evidence that this division is regressing overall, consider that Dyah Davis was ebbing and flowing in and out of the rankings at one point, and now is being removed from the #15 spot after doing nothing but losing and being inactive since. 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (77-211-211)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
It sounds like both sides are interested in a Froch rematch.  There was no controversy the first time, but the Brit has definitely earned it since.
1) Carl Froch (54-364-364)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: Unknown
See Ward’s notes, above.
2) Robert Stieglitz (11-197-197)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz has signed a TV deal with SAT1, which due to a conflict with Abraham’s ARD contract makes a once-likely trilogy bout appear unlikely for the near future.
3) Mikkel Kessler (25-443-443)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (3-189-189)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham will likely be back on August 24, against an opponent to be determined.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (3-105-153)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting highly overrated and nominally “undefeated ” prospect Brandon Gonzales on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard.
6) Adonis Stevenson (3-78-78)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO6 Darnell Boone (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. LHW #1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
After tending to unfinished business with the lowly Boone, Stevenson will now set sites on #1 light heavyweight Chad Dawson, who most outlets still consider the Champ.
7) George Groves (3-25-47)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves is pressuring Froch to fight him.
8) Sakio Bika (3-16-322)
Last Fight: 2/16/2013- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Bika will fight undefeated Mexican Marco Antonio Periban in California on June 22 for the WBC belt that that organization just heisted from Andre Ward.
9) Will Rosinsky (3-5-51)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Rosinsky has been added to the Golovkin-Macklin undercard, but no opponent yet.
10) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (3-3-82)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (PTS6) vs. Jevgenijs Andrejevs (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Christopher Rebrasse (UNR)
Ndiaye battles French gatekeeper Christopher Rebrasse on June 8 in Italy.
11) James DeGale (3-86)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- KO2 Sebastian Demers (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
DeGale is taking a page from the book of rival George Groves in terms of activity, taking on at least an arguably top 50 opponent just 3 weeks after handling Demers in Canada.
12) Maxim Vlasov (3-30)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edwin Rodriguez (3-20)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- W* (UD10) vs. #15 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #14 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
After getting the benefit of yet another questionable but not totally out-of-bounds decision against Maderna, Rodriguez remains in the mix, but kinda on the periphery of the division’s contenders.  He gets a chance at a million bucks against Grachev, who also arguably deserved to lose his first round fight.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (3-23)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L* (UD10) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna, despite arguably deserving a win against Rodriguez, did himself few favors in dropping the decision, especially considering how ugly the fight was.  I don’t imagine he’ll be getting too many international suitors anytime soon since he seems difficult to look good against.
15) Don George (1-11)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. David Lopez (should be win)
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Caleb Truax (UNR)
Another reasonably decent challenge for George, as he travvels to Caleb Truax’s hometown of Minneapolis for their fight.
16) Andy Lee (1-3)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Yes, I know.  Andy Lee is not a Super Middleweight.  The only problem is he almost exclusively fights as one, if only barely.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-14)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- UD10 Cedric Bellais (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Mohoumadi gets a halfway decent outing on June 22 against borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis, for the European Union title.
18) Glen Johnson (1-5)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson should be retired, but instead finds himself clinging to a ranking in a very shallow division.
19) Don Mouton (1-3)
Last Fight: 5/3/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mouton deserved to beat Dirrell, whom he also spotted nearly a full weight class.  Mouton was also a short-notice opponent.
20) Brian Magee (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. L (TKO3) vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss Philly prospect Farah Ennis gets us started on the Friday Night Fights undercard in Shelton, Washington against journeyman Anthony Hanshaw.

 

Saturday features a couple pretty solid fights, as well.  The first is in Brindisi, Italy, where #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye of Italy by way of Senegal takes on French gatekeeper Christopher Rebrasse for the EBU European belt.

 

The same night in Bluewater, Kent, #11 James DeGale takes on Slovenian-born Croatian borderline journeyman/gatekeeper Stjepan Bozic. 

 

#6 Adonis Stevenson is in action against Chad Dawson, but that is at light heavyweight and will be detailed there.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Dec 10-16

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2012 by danboxing
#18 James DeGale had less trouble than I expected with gatekeeper Fulgencio Zuniga.  I didn’t watch the fight, but the sources I was able to find were unanimous that he won it comfortably, although apparently he still has a bit of a problem with hanging out on the ropes too often.  
 

#3 Mikkel Kessler had even less trouble with fringe contender Brian Magee, knocking the Northern Irishman down three times in just over 2 rounds, all from body shots, and stopping him on the last one. 

 

Both fights have some effect on the rankings.  Kessler was behind Abraham in part due to much of his success being a bit old due to inactivity.  Magee isn’t a ranked fighter, but he is still an estimable fringe contender.  As a result, he gives Kessler the fresh blood he needs to just barely slip past Abraham into the #2 position.  DeGale surpasses the man that questionably beat him in 2011 in George Groves, as well as Jesus Gonzales, whom the year 2012 has not served well.  DeGale therefore settles in at #16, which I believe to be his highest ranking to date.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (52-186-186)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 2/23/2012- vs. #8 Kelly Pavlik
An injury to Ward has caused his January 26 fight with Kelly Pavlik to be postponed to February 23.
1) Carl Froch (29-339-339)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Bute still wants a rematch, but Froch has now started making noise about fighting Kessler suspiciously close to the prospective date for the Bute fight.  Meanwhile, Adonis Stevenson is Froch’s mandatory, but appears to be on the outside looking in at the moment.
2) Mikkel Kessler (1-418-418)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler and Froch are discussing a fight according to Froch, but it’s unclear what effect the contracted Bute rematch will have on those discussions.
3) Arthur Abraham (1-164-164)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
4) Lucian Bute (16-348-348)

Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown

At last check, Bute still wanted the Froch rematch, but Froch has inexplicably begun talking publicly about negotiating another fight.
5) Robert Stieglitz (16-172-172)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (16-80-128)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen missed weight initially but managed to sweat it off to fight Zuniga.
7) Adonis Stevenson (9-53-53)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (9-23-23)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Ward is injured, so his fight with Pavlik is rescheduled for February 23.
9) Sakio Bika (20-52-297)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (20-20-34)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (23-92)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has recently challenged Matthew Macklin to what would likely be a middleweight bout.  No word on whether or not that’s likely to happen.
12) Anthony Dirrell (20-54)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After his motorcycle crash, Anthony Dirrell was said to be out until at least November.  November has come and gone, and not a peep.  Hopefully he gets back in the ring before his woefully inactive twin brother.  As for his ranking, I will now commit to not remove him until at least June 2, 2013 due to his very serious injury situation.
13) Will Rosinsky (20-26)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/19/2012- vs. Otis Griffin (UNR)
Rosinsky will fight former fringe contender Otis Griffin- who recently reversed a losing streak with a win over a weaker journeyman- on December 19 in New York.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (20-57)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. #16 James DeGale
Ndiaye’s fight with DeGale is set for late January instead of December 8 as reported earlier.  DeGale will be fighting a likely lesser opponent on December 8, it appears.
15) Dimitri Sartison (20-128)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) James DeGale (1-61)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. #14 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
After a nice win for DeGale over Zuniga, there is no rest for the wicked, as he’ll be fighting the toughest opponent of his career (or at least highest-ranked) in Ndiaye just 6 weeks later.
17) Jesus Gonzales (1-75)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 1/19/2012- vs. Albert Onolunose (UNR)
Gonzales’ fight at Desperado’s Nightclub in Calgary has been pushed back for a second time- this time to January 19.  But at least he has an opponent now- Nigerian journeyman Albert Onolunose, who is frankly a level or two better than I was expecting Gonzales to fight in such a small-sounding venue.
18) George Groves (1-22)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Glen Johnson (UNR)
Groves’s December 15 opponent turned out to be kind of a surprise: former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson.  Johnson retired just a few months ago, but evidently isn’t ready to keep them hung up yet.  This could be an interesting crossroads fight.
19) Maxim Vlasov (5-5)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD10 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/30/2012- vs. Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Vlasov will fight again on New Year’s Eve Eve against decent Serbian journeyman Geard Ajetovic in Moscow.
20) Edwin Rodriguez (5-20)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
According to Gennady Golovkin’s trainer, Rodriguez turned down a huge offer to fight Golovkin.

 

The Week Ahead: Two major fights in Europe this Saturday.  In Nürnberg, Germany, #3 Arthur Abraham follows the lead of the man who just passed him in the rankings (Mikkel Kessler) by fighting French gatekeeper Mehdi Bouadla. 

 

In London, #18 George Groves fights most likely the toughest opponent of his career in Glen Johnson, who is coming out of a brief retirement for the fight.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Dec 3-9

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by danboxing
Peter Manfredo, Jr. returned to action following a temporary retirement, dominating normally much bigger journeyman Rayco Saunders in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Thursday.  Manfredo still isn’t an active super middleweight, however, since the fight was contested at a contract weight of apparently 169.5 or 170.

 

Argentine prospect Pablo Farias came in ridiculously heavy at 187 in Mexico City, perhaps surprising his journeyman opponent Santiago Ramos, who ended up being outweighed by essentially 10 pounds and only lasted until the 3rd round before getting stopped.

 

Finally, on the Showtime Broadcast on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, one-loss prospect Danny Jacobs of Brooklyn continued his comeback from cancer by getting some work in and, when he appeared to feel like it, eventually stopping Cleveland journeyman Chris Fitzpatrick after the 5th round.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (51-185-185)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 1/26/2012- vs. #8 Kelly Pavlik
Ward will be fighting Pavlik in LA on January 26.
1) Carl Froch (28-338-338)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Lucian Bute
Froch destroyed a passive and weak-looking Mack and is now probably all set for his March or April rematch with Bute.
2) Arthur Abraham (15-163-163)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (15-417-417)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (15-347-347)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Bute struggled a fair amount in his win over Grachev, and now presumably will have to deal with Froch for a second time.
5) Robert Stieglitz (15-171-171)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (15-79-127)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen missed weight initially but managed to sweat it off to fight Zuniga.  He has reportedly been working on a potential deal to fight Gennady Golovkin since before that fight.
7) Adonis Stevenson (8-52-52)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (8-22-22)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Pavlik will get a shot at Ward sooner than expected: January 26, in LA.
9) Sakio Bika (19-51-296)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (19-19-33)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (22-91)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has recently challenged Matthew Macklin to what would likely be a middleweight bout.  No word on whether or not that’s likely to happen.
12) Anthony Dirrell (19-53)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After his motorcycle crash, Anthony Dirrell was said to be out until at least November.  November has come and gone, and not a peep.  Hopefully he gets back in the ring before his woefully inactive twin brother.  As for his ranking, I will now commit to not remove him until at least June 2, 2013 due to his very serious injury situation.
13) Will Rosinsky (19-25)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/19/2012- vs. Otis Griffin (UNR)
Rosinsky will fight former fringe contender Otis Griffin- who recently reversed a losing streak with a win over a weaker journeyman- on December 19 in New York.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (19-56)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. #18 James DeGale
Ndiaye’s fight with DeGale is set for late January instead of December 8 as reported earlier.  DeGale will be fighting a likely lesser opponent on December 8, it appears.
15) Dimitri Sartison (19-127)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (9-74)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 1/19/2012- vs. Albert Onolunose (UNR)
Gonzales’ fight at Desperado’s Nightclub in Calgary has been pushed back for a second time- this time to January 19.  But at least he has an opponent now- Nigerian journeyman Albert Onolunose, who is frankly a level or two better than I was expecting Gonzales to fight in such a small-sounding venue.
17) George Groves (8-21)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Glen Johnson (UNR)
Groves’s December 15 opponent turned out to be kind of a surprise: former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson.  Johnson retired just a few months ago, but evidently isn’t ready to keep them hung up yet.  This could be an interesting crossroads fight.
18) James DeGale (8-60)
Last Fight: 10/13/2012- UD12* Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
DeGale looks to rebound from a very shaky performance against Mohoumadi with a tougher-than-expected outing less than 2 months later against Colombian gatekeeper Fulgencio Zuniga.  If he wins that, he’s back after another 6 weeks, against #14 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye.
19) Maxim Vlasov (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD10 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/30/2012- vs. Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Vlasov will fight again on New Year’s Eve Eve against decent Serbian journeyman Geard Ajetovic in Moscow.
20) Edwin Rodriguez (4-19)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
According to Gennady Golovkin’s trainer, Rodriguez turned down a huge offer to fight Golovkin.

 

The Week Ahead: #3 Mikkel Kessler fights North Irish fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on Saturday.  Meanwhile, in the town of Hull in Yorkshire, #18 James DeGale takes a bit of a dangerous assignment in what originally looked like a stay-busy fight.  His opponent will be Colombian gatekeeper Fulgencio Zuniga.  As you might guess from my calling him a gatekeeper, Zuniga is no world beater, but he’s a steady opponent with some skills.  That is about all you could say about DeGale’s last opponent, Hadillah Mohoumadi, and DeGale needed a bit of a questionable decision to get by in that fight.  If DeGale survives this test, he’ll have an even tougher one coming up in #14 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye, just 6 weeks later.  You’ve got to give DeGale credit for his activity and guts, if nothing else.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Feb 20-26

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by danboxing
It seems we had a bit of everything in the division this weekend.

 

Starting out on Friday, Polish fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski got a better than expected test from Serb journeyman Geard Ajetovic.  Ajetovic was landing, at times, some clean haymakers, though it did not appear that he ever badly hurt Wilczewski.  The real story of the fight, unfortunately, was awful officiating.  Referee Kromka (I won’t even attempt his first name, which appears to be the crazified Polish version of Wladiimir) at took a completely horse crap point from Ajetovic in round two for what appeared to be merely leaning on Wilczewski.  And I’m not talking Bernard Hopkins on Chad Dawson-style leaning.  I’m talking his head and gloves were on Wilczewski’s shoulder trying to get position to do some infighting, and all of a sudden Wilczewski holds his hands up the way you would to show you’re not the guy holding, and the ref randomly takes a point from the guy doing nothing wrong.  At at least one other point in the fight, Kromka broke the action in the middle of an Ajetovic combination to warn him for absolutely nothing.  The guy was awful.  Now to the judges: 2 of the judges had it wide (but I think somewhat reasonable) for “Wilk.”  The other judge, Miroslav Brozio- as Polish as any of them from what I can tell- rather unbelievably had it 77-75 for Ajetovic.  I had it the same score, but for Wilk.  Anything between 79-72 Wilk and 76-75 Wilk works for me, or even 76-76 if you want to give Ajetovic his stolen point back.  The Serb threw a major fit in the ring after the fight, and while I understand his frustration with the ref specifically, it’s hard to argue the cards when one of the judges had his back completely, even in the other guy’s hometown.  He gave a spirited effort, but clearly didn’t do enough to win the fight.

 

Leading off Saturday, North Irish fringe contender Brian Magee knocked out Danish gatekeeper Rudy Markussen in the 5th round.

 

#9 Adonis Stevenson continued his rise in style from Montreal, where he devastated #18 Jesus Gonzales with a freight train left hand after a blinding jab.  Gonzales never saw the punch coming, but it appeared that his head bouncing off the canvas twice may have been what really took him out for good, as the punch really didn’t land as flush as it might have.  Already 34, Stevenson is one of the brightest rising stars in the sport.

 

Finally, gatekeeper Alfonso Lopez- who nearly beat Kelly Pavlik before losing convincingly to Dyah Davis recently- rendered himself fully irrelevant until futher notice by getting pretty much worked in a 6-round swing bout that managed to make the televised Showtime Extreme undercard.  His opponent, Justin Williams, brought just a 3-5-1 record to the ring, but he won probably 5 of the 6 rounds, including a hard knockdown in the 2nd, to thoroughly upset the would be prospect/fringe contender.  Williams was the much smaller man, as he can and does easily make Junior Middle. 

 

Stevenson advances from #9 to #7, surpassing Quillin and Sartison.  Despite the egregious nature of the loss, Gonzales maintains his position due to the quality of his opponent.  Magee’s stock goes up a bit, but he still fails to crack the top 20.  Williams isn’t in the ballpark of a ranking because he has a terrible record against novice competition.  The main effect of that fight is that Lopez will completely disappear from view.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (10-144-144)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a disappointing batch of initial rhetoric coming out of the Ward camp.  While Bute says he is willing to travel to Oakland to fight Ward, Ward himself seems more interested in Kessler.  Normally I wouldn’t knock a Champ-#3 contender matchup, but we’ve already got that one figured out.  He’s also said he’s willing to fight J.C. Chavez in Mexico.
1) Lucian Bute (10-306-306)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bute has said he will fight April 14 with or without Froch, but the word is that Froch-Bute is still not dead.
2) Carl Froch (10-297-297)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that the Bute fight is still possible.  Another possibility is an IBF eliminator with #16 Librado Andrade.
3) Mikkel Kessler (10-376-376)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
Kessler is talking about taking on the Abraham-Wilczewski winner if he beats Stieglitz.
4) Robert Stieglitz (10-130-130)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
Now fully tuned-up, Stieglitz is ready for Kessler in April. 
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (10-38-86)
Last Fight: 11/23/2011- TKO11 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/3/2012- vs. Serge Yannick (UNR)
Oosthuizen is set to fight one-loss fringe contending prospect Serge Yannick of Australia by way of Cameroon in early March.
6) Arthur Abraham (10-122-122)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- KO5 Pablo Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Staying admirably busy, Abraham will fight Polish fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in Kiel at the end of March.
7) Adonis Stevenson (1-11-11)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 #18 Jesus Gonzales
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson is doing a nice job of staying busy, which is a very good idea for a 34-year-old rising contender.  He’ll now face #18 Jesus Gonzales on February 18.
8) Dimitri Sartison (1-82-86)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- W(MD8) vs. Arturs Kulikauskis (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Sartison is taking a step back up to the fringe contender level in April.  If his knee isn’t close to 100% (which it didn’t appear to be against journeyman Kulikauskis), Balzsay is the right level of opponent to capitalize.
9) Peter Quillin (1-43-43)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin may be fighting a comebacking Winky Wright May 5 in Vegas.
10) Sakio Bika (10-10-255)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD3 Alfredo Contreras (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Avoided removal by the skin of his teeth, but he’s going to start plummeting any month now if he doesn’t beat someone decent.
11) Andy Lee (10-50)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- UD10 #14 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: 3/10/2012- vs. Alexis Hloros (UNR)
After chasing after numerous quality opponents hoping to make a fight on St. Patty’s day, Lee is settling for a very weak journeyman- the week before.  That has to be disappointing for the Irishman.  The fight will be in Detroit.
12) Anthony Dirrell (10-12)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Finally stepped up to the fringe contender level against St. Juste.  Verdict: not too shabby.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (10-15)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated and stopped a bona fide fringe contender in Di Luisa, and earned a nice ranking in the process.
14) Glen Johnson (10-68)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
15) Bryan Vera (10-55)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: Unknown
Totally outclassed by Lee in the rematch of a fight he won last time around.
16) Librado Andrade (10-26)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The news that the Don George fight will be rescheduled is starting to look a bit outdated, and now there’s talk of an IBF eliminator with Froch if the Englishman’s clash with Bute can’t be salvaged.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (10-42)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Well, it’s clear that he can’t play with at least one of the big boys.  Every division needs fringe contenders, though, and that looks like Pryor’s lane for the time being.
18) Jesus Gonzales (10-33)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales will travel to Montreal to fight the very dangerous Adonis Stevenson on February 18.
19) James DeGale (10-19)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A flurry of activity for DeGale.  He’s unhappy with promoter Frank Warren and announced he’s splitting from him.  Warren then pointed out that the two have a contract until 2013.  And amidst the chaos, the EBU has ordered a title defense against aging former contender Cristian Sanavia of Spain.
20) George Groves (10-10)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2012- vs. Kenny Anderson (UNR)
Groves is now officially scheduled to fight minor domestic rival Kenny Anderson in a rematch of his 2010 TKO win at Wembley Arena in London on March 16.

 

The Week Ahead: After a flurry of action last week, a respite this time.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Feb 13-19

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by danboxing
Tom Emanski must have gotten ahold of the Super Middleweights and taught them something, because we’ve had back 2 back 2 back slow weeks.  For folks who weren’t watching American TV commercials about 5 years ago or so, sorry for the inside joke.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (9-143-143)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a disappointing batch of initial rhetoric coming out of the Ward camp.  While Bute says he is willing to travel to Oakland to fight Ward, Ward himself seems more interested in Kessler.  Normally I wouldn’t knock a Champ-#3 contender matchup, but we’ve already got that one figured out.  He’s also said he’s willing to fight J.C. Chavez in Mexico.
1) Lucian Bute (9-305-305)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bute has said he will fight April 14 with or without Froch, but the word is that Froch-Bute is still not dead.
2) Carl Froch (9-296-296)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that the Bute fight is still possible.  Another possibility is an IBF eliminator with #16 Librado Andrade.
3) Mikkel Kessler (9-375-375)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
The big fight between Kessler and Stieglitz finally has a date: April 14.
4) Robert Stieglitz (9-129-129)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
Now fully tuned-up, Stieglitz is ready for Kessler in April. 
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (9-37-85)
Last Fight: 11/23/2011- TKO11 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/3/2012- vs. Serge Yannick (UNR)
Oosthuizen is set to fight one-loss fringe contending prospect Serge Yannick of Australia by way of Cameroon in early March.
6) Arthur Abraham (9-121-121)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- KO5 Pablo Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Staying admirably busy, Abraham will fight an opponent to be announced in Kiel at the end of March.
7) Dimitri Sartison (9-81-85)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- W(MD8) vs. Arturs Kulikauskis (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Sartison is taking a step back up to the fringe contender level in April.  If his knee isn’t close to 100% (which it didn’t appear to be against journeyman Kulikauskis), Balzsay is the right level of opponent to capitalize.
8) Peter Quillin (9-42-42)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin may be fighting a comebacking Winky Wright May 5 in Vegas.
9) Adonis Stevenson (9-10-10)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- TKO9 #12 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. #18 Jesus Gonzales
Stevenson is doing a nice job of staying busy, which is a very good idea for a 34-year-old rising contender.  He’ll now face #18 Jesus Gonzales on February 18.
10) Sakio Bika (9-9-254)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD3 Alfredo Contreras (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Avoided removal by the skin of his teeth, but he’s going to start plummeting any month now if he doesn’t beat someone decent.
11) Andy Lee (9-49)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- UD10 #14 Bryan Vera
Next Fight: 3/10/2012- vs. Alexis Hloros (UNR)
After chasing after numerous quality opponents hoping to make a fight on St. Patty’s day, Lee is settling for a very weak journeyman– the week before.  That has to be disappointing for the Irishman.  The fight will be in Detroit.
12) Anthony Dirrell (9-11)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Finally stepped up to the fringe contender level against St. Juste.  Verdict: not too shabby.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (9-14)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated and stopped a bona fide fringe contender in Di Luisa, and earned a nice ranking in the process.
14) Glen Johnson (9-67)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
15) Bryan Vera (9-54)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: Unknown
Totally outclassed by Lee in the rematch of a fight he won last time around.
16) Librado Andrade (9-25)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The news that the Don George fight will be rescheduled is starting to look a bit outdated, and now there’s talk of an IBF eliminator with Froch if the Englishman’s clash with Bute can’t be salvaged.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (9-41)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Well, it’s clear that he can’t play with at least one of the big boys.  Every division needs fringe contenders, though, and that looks like Pryor’s lane for the time being.
18) Jesus Gonzales (9-32)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Gonzales will travel to Montreal to fight the very dangerous Adonis Stevenson on February 18.
19) James DeGale (9-18)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A flurry of activity for DeGale.  He’s unhappy with promoter Frank Warren and announced he’s splitting from him.  Warren then pointed out that the two have a contract until 2013.  And amidst the chaos, the EBU has ordered a title defense against aging former contender Cristian Sanavia of Spain.
20) George Groves (9-9)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2012- vs. Kenny Anderson (UNR)
Groves is now officially scheduled to fight minor domestic rival Kenny Anderson in a rematch of his 2010 TKO win at Wembley Arena in London on March 16.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Poland, local fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski takes on Serbian journeyman Geard Ajetovic.

 

Saturday plays host to a slew of action.  Leading off in Denmark, Northern Irish fringe contender Brian Magee meets Danish gatekeeper Rudy Markussen.  Shifting to North America, #9 Adonis Stevenson looks to keep his string of impressive knockouts rolling as he takes on the capable #18 Jesus Gonzales in Montreal.  Finally, Alfonso Lopez- who recently lost a snoozer to Dyah Davis on ESPN2- should get back in the win column as he faces a guy with both a lack of experience and a losing record named Justin Williams in a 6-rounder on the deep (probably non-televised) Williams-Ishida undercard in Texas.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Aug 1-7

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by danboxing
Junior Talipeau, unfortunately for him, made his fight with Zac Awad a significant one, which could only have happened with a loss.  Awad came into the fight with only one loss, but that was a very bad loss against a 5-6 fighter that’s lost twice more in the year since.  He also hadn’t beaten anybody, with his most significant win arguably being a majority decision over the 14-19 Joel Bourke in his previous fight.  The fight was a split decision, and although neither fighter could really have cracked the top 20 based on the fight, I would have liked to see video of the fight to determine what I thought of the result.  Unfortunately I can’t find such video, and will have to treat it as a close win for Awad

 

Meanwhile, gatekeeper Brian Magee of Northern Ireland oddly traveled to Costa Rica to take on local journeyman Jaime Barboza.  I don’t know if being the visiting fighter was a factor or not, but the scorecards would indicate that Magee had more trouble than expected with Barboza, who won a ful 4 rounds on one card and no less than 2 on any of them.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (36-115-115)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
We now have a date certain for the Championship fight between Ward and Froch: October 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (36-268-268)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (36-277-277)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat up on another mid-level fringe contender.  Hopefully he’ll be ready to step it up when the Super Six is over.
4) Mikkel Kessler (36-347-347)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler has recently  been named the mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’ strap, and Kessler’s promoter has referred to a Stieglitz fight as his primary target.
5) Robert Stieglitz (17-101-101)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
#4 Kessler has been named Stieglitz’ mandatory challenger, and Kessler appears to want that fight.
6) Arthur Abraham (14-93-93)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham is scheduled to return to the ring on November 5, probably in a catchweight fight between 160 and 168, and probably against a tune-up-type opponent.
7) Dimitri Sartison (13-53-57)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (13-14-14)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- TKO5 Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin will likely fight on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard on October 15.  Ishe Smith is a potential opponent.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a good test against #10 Thomas Oosthuizen on September 3.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (9-9-57)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Pryor’s notes, above.
11) Sakio Bika (9-226)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (16-39)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Another close loss for Johnson.  At 42, he could conceivably move back up to 175, stay at 168 (where he looks a little bit drained to me), or retire.  We’ll keep you posted.
13) Isaac Chilemba (14-57)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (9-26)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #15 Andy Lee
Now officially scheduled for a rematch with #15 Andy Lee on October 1, on the Martinez-Barker undercard.  Not sure yet whether that will be a Middleweight or Super Middleweight fight.
15) Andy Lee (9-21)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #14 Bryan Vera
See Vera’s notes, above.
16) Jesus Gonzalez (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With a fairly comfortable win over a generally solid and much bigger opponent, Gonzalez finds his way easily within the top 20.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (4-22)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- TKO1 Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Jesse Brinkley (4-57)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
19) George Groves (4-11)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival  on the strength of the win.
20) James DeGale (4-10)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(MD12*) vs. George Groves (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Set to fight fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in September in a fight that should put one of the two guys very solidly within the top 20.

 

The Week Ahead:  No action in the division this week.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by danboxing
#8 Peter Quillin disposed of journeyman Jason LeHoullier in 5 on the non-televised undercard to Khan-Judah in what was- due to an injury to Quillin’s original opponent Tarvis Simms- a fairly inconsequential fight.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (35-114-114)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
We now have a date certain for the Championship fight between Ward and Froch: October 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (35-267-267)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (35-276-276)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat up on another mid-level fringe contender.  Hopefully he’ll be ready to step it up when the Super Six is over.
4) Mikkel Kessler (35-346-346)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler has recently  been named the mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’ strap, and Kessler’s promoter has referred to a Stieglitz fight as his primary target.
5) Robert Stieglitz (16-100-100)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
#4 Kessler has been named Stieglitz’ mandatory challenger, and Kessler appears to want that fight.
6) Arthur Abraham (13-92-92)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham has confirmed that he plans to begin his move back down to 160 in November, having apparently his his ceiling at 168, though he will do so incrementally with some catchweight fights.
7) Dimitri Sartison (12-52-56)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (12-13-13)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- TKO5 Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gatekeeper Ishe Smith has recently challenged Quillin to fight in the Fall.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
Big upset against Andrade.  I thought it was a draw, but he still deserves mad props.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (8-8-56)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most people thought Chilemba deserved the nod in their 2010 draw, but Oosthuizen has beaten the more accomplished fighters outside that fight and earned a top 10 berth.
11) Sakio Bika (8-225)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (15-38)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Another close loss for Johnson.  At 42, he could conceivably move back up to 175, stay at 168 (where he looks a little bit drained to me), or retire.  We’ll keep you posted.
13) Isaac Chilemba (13-56)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (8-25)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera is talking about giving #15 Andy Lee a rematch in perhaps October.
15) Andy Lee (8-20)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be looking at a rematch with the man who derailed his career over 3 years ago- Bryan Vera.  Target date appears to be in October.
16) Jesus Gonzalez (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With a fairly comfortable win over a generally solid and much bigger opponent, Gonzalez finds his way easily within the top 20.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (3-21)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- TKO1 Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Jesse Brinkley (3-56)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
19) George Groves (3-10)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival  on the strength of the win.
20) James DeGale (3-9)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(MD12*) vs. George Groves (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Set to fight fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in September in a fight that should put one of the two guys very solidly within the top 20.

 

The Week Ahead:  Fringe prospect Junior Talipeau takes on journeyman Zac Awad in Homebush, Australia on Friday.  On Saturday, gatekeeper Brian Magee fights mid-range journeyman Jaime Barboza in Costa Rica.  Barring a major upset, neither fight is likely to be of much consequence.