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Middleweight: 2014, Mar 31- Apr 6

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 27, 2014 by danboxing
Last week was a second consecutive slow one here at 160, but #15 Bryan Vera is removed.  He has nothing scheduled, and has fought at 175 and 168 in his last two fights spanning a full year.  He may very well return to 160, but for now he can’t be considered an active middleweight.  Dmitry Chudinov returns for the first time since being forced out on January 27, at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (207-207-207)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
If there was any lingering doubt, Martinez-Cotto is now on for June 7 at Madison Square Garden.
1) Gennady Golovkin (16-83-146)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight between Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez appears to be nearly done for July 19 at 168.
2) Felix Sturm (16-550-550)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 Sam Soliman (UNR)
Soliman has obfuscated his clear banned stimulant violation to the point that he has perhaps most people thinking he was totally clean.  He wasn’t.  And he didn’t win that fight even if he had been.  Sturm got screwed all the way around, and now he’s forced to rematch the Australian, who deserves the opportunity much less than would Macklin, Murray, or Geale.  But that’s what we’ve got.  May 31 in Krefeld.
3) Daniel Geale (6-250-250)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale cut through Wood like an unsympathetic buzzsaw, and is hoping for a fight with Golovkin, who would also fit that description well.
4) Martin Murray (6-122-122)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 4/23/2014- vs. Ishmail Tetteh (UNR)
Murray will look to shake off some rust in Kempton Park, South Africa on April 23, fighting very low-level Ghanaian journeyman Ishmail Tetteh.
5) Matthew Macklin (11-145-236)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
6) Peter Quillin (11-76-97)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Quillin will fight former 154-pound fringe contender Lukas Konecny, who will be making his first appearance in a meaningful fight at 160 on the Hopkins-Shumenov undercard on April 19 in D.C.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (11-16-16)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
N’Dam will fight in Santa Monica, California on April 16.
8) Sam Soliman (11-16-16)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman cheated with a stimulant, won by ridiculous robbery before being stripped of the victory, and now he gets what I would argue is an undeserved chance at a do-over.
9) Sergio Mora (11-40-40)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Osumanu Adama (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most pleasant entry into the rankings we’ve ever seen, but his resume stacks up pretty well as long as he’s active and on weight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (9-166)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR)
Rubio-Spada is now set for April 5 in Mexico.  It’s for an interim title, if such trifles mean anything to you.
12) Anthony Mundine (9-166)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR) (at JMW)
Mundine confirms that he will be fighting, of all people, the long-forgotten Joshua Clottey on April 2, and then perhaps Erislandy Lara in July if that works out for him.
13) Jarrod Fletcher (9-9)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Fletcher is said to have received 7 serious fight offers after he was given the nod against Bursak, and there has been some talk of a fight with Dmitry Chudinov and a domestic showdown with Geale.
14) Max Bursak (9-166)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L* (UD12) vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
He didn’t get robbed, and it’s hard to feel sorry for him considering how dirty he fought, but I did think Bursak deserved better than a loss against Fletcher.
15) Grzegorz Proksa (1-155)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Matthew Hall (UNR)
Proksa will fight British journeyman Matthew Hall on April 19.
16) Caleb Truax (1-28)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax’s status as a promising prospect has been derailed somewhat by the very tough Ossie Duran.
17) Curtis Stevens (1-35)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- TKO1 Patrick Majewski (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Tureano Johnson (UNR)
Stevens will continue to stay active following his brutal loss to Golovkin, taking on undefeated prospect Tureano Johnson of the Bahamas April 4 on NBC Sports.
18) Andrey Meryasev (1-21)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’ve still yet to see Meryasev in action, but his win over Sanders at this point in his career proves that he’s a real prospect.
19) Daniel Jacobs (1-32)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- TKO1 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy work for Jacobs against Nunez.  He’s looking for a title fight- probably against Quillin- at the earliest opportunity.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There was some serious talk of a fight with Jarrod Fletcher, but the dates being discussed are at or around expiration, with no updates recently.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
Eamonn O’Kane vs. Alvaro Gaona; Belfast, Northern Ireland; BoxNation (UK)
O’Kane is a one-loss North Irish prospect who needs to get busy.  He’s 32 now, and after a pretty solid amateur career, didn’t turn pro until 2011. His lone loss was to a then-unbeaten John Ryder in 2012.  Gaona is a mid-to-high-level journeyman from Mexico, and is roughly on the same level as some of O’Kane’s best career opponents.

 

#17 Curtis Stevens vs. Tureano Johnson; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; NBC Sports (US)
This fight will most likely be contested a few pounds north of middleweight.  I’ll discuss it primarily in that update if that’s so, and only talk about it here to the extent it affects the rankings here.

 

Saturday
John Ryder vs. Jez Wilson; London, England; Sky (UK)
Ryder is a one-loss prospect who has lost only to Billy Joe Saunders, and owns a win over the above-mentioned O’Kane.  Wilson also comes in with only a single loss, but it was at a much lower level, and he also was saddled with a draw against journeyman Max Maxwell.

 

#11 Marco Antonio Rubio vs. Domenico Spada; Chihuahua, Mexico; 5+ (Mexico)
Rubio continues to hold a fairly prominent spot in the division, but it’s important to note that he last fought a clearly top-50 fighter well over 2 years ago (JCC), and last beat one almost exactly 3 years ago (Lemieux).  Spada’s recent track record is even worse.  He last fought a top 50 fighter nearly 3 years ago in his loss to Darren Barker.  Though he’s had a couple near misses, he’s never beaten a top 50 fighter, himself, and according to boxrec, he’s no longer near that category himself due to poor recent competition.  Not the way to go into a fight with a top 15 contender.

 

Marcos Reyes vs. Idiozan Matos; Chihuahua, Mexico; 5+ (Mexico)
Reyes is a one-loss prospect who has been stuck pretty much in neutral fighting low or mid-level journeymen for the past 3 1/2 years.  No change this week, as Matos fits that bill, as well.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Mar 3-9

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2014 by danboxing
It was a stacked week at 168, with something like 8 notable performers in action.  I’ll take it chronologically by card.

 

Friday’s ShoBox broadcast from Verona, New York featured three undefeated prospects on one card.

 

#20 Badou Jack was shockingly upset in a first-round TKO to mid-level journeyman Derek Edwards.  Edwards landed a perfect right hand counter on the button, Jack was caught probably rather cold, and never recovered.  About 20 seconds and two knockdowns later, it was all over, as was Jack’s imminent title shot.

 

J’Leon Love looked unambiguously good for the first time in his much-heralded televised career in the main event of the card, winning every round (most decisively) against busted prospect Vladine Biosse.  It should have been a 100-89 decision for Love, but Benji Estevez took it upon himself to improve Love’s knockout record by randomly stopping the fight in the 10th.  I wouldn’t have necessarily argued much with a stoppage in the 3rd round when Biosse was getting pounded viciously, but the 10th round stoppage was completely unnecessary, as the fight was almost over and Biosse was not even hurt.  Nevertheless, a decent showcase-type win for Love.

 

In another intriguing fight on the unfortunately non-televised undercard, undefeated prospect Luis Arias eeked out a majority decision win over veteran spoiler Dashon Johnson, who is much better than his 15-14 record.  Tom Schreck and Don Ackerman had it 77-75, while Wynn Kintz saw it even at 76-76.  I’m not really a fan of any of those judges’ work, so as far as I’m concerned it’s anyone’s guess as to who actually won the fight.  Sadly, there’s not so much as a Youtube video available for the fight.  I’ll have to take it at face value.

 

Saturday began with the rubber match between #2 Robert Stieglitz and #4 Arthur Abraham, with Abraham looking to rebound from a shockingly dominant 3rd round TKO loss after winning a close decision in their first bout.  Given the most recent result, Stieglitz had to be viewed as a solid favorite this time around, but this fight turned out a lot more like the former, only slightly more in Abraham’s favor.  The Armenian native was very sharp for most of the bout, and while he didn’t necessarily display the same level of power that made him a universally-feared middleweight circa five years ago, he did punctuate the fight with a 12th round knockdown of a flagging Stieglitz.  I had the fight 115-110, with reasonable scores in my opinion ranging from 118-107 Abraham to 114-111 Abraham.  Florida judge Michael Pernick apparently mailed in his scorecard from another fight stateside, because he had it 113-112 for Stieglitz, which is shockingly awful.  Clark Sammartino had it a reasonable 114-111, while Paul Thomas (whose name I don’t even recognize) nailed it at 115-110.  One additional note: referee Geno Rodriguez took an absolutely ridiculous point from Abraham in round 8 for hitting behind the head.  Stieglitz initiated a clinch.  While Abraham tried to punch his way out, Stieglitz turned his head.  It wasn’t even a foul, and certainly not a deductible one.  Especially in light of Stieglitz’ excessive holding, which he at least lost a point for a round later.  With better refereeing, I would have had it 116-110.

 

#9 James DeGale fought injury-free for the first time, by his account, in 18 months.  Overall, he looked pretty good against unbeaten/untested Armenian-born Dutchman Gevorg Khatchikian.  He didn’t have his characteristic spells of hanging out taking shots on the ropes this time around, and scored an 11th-round stoppage.  On the negative side, he did get noticeably hurt and chased around the ring in the 7th round.  On the brighter side, it was the only round I gave Khatchikian and one of only two in which he was even close.  DeGale’s body attack was consistently punishing, and he was the aggressor for virtually the entire fight (7th round aside).  Khatchikian had been looking progressively more ragged ever since his 7th round success, and took a knee on two body shots in quick succession in the 11th.  On the second one, referee Mark Green reached the count of 8 with just 6 seconds remaining in the round.  Khatchikian was standing fully upright without wavering at that point, and I saw nothing in his face that indicated he couldn’t have continued.  Would it ultimately have changed the outcome of the fight?  Probably not.  I mean DeGale would certainly have won in any case, but I’m not certain he would have won by stoppage.  Anyway, it’s a small matter, but I feel it’s a good idea to call out small mistakes as a deterrent to bigger ones later.

 

#15 Middleweight Bryan Vera looked to prove that his robbery loss against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. was no fluke later that night in San Antonio, when he gave the Mexican star a rematch on HBO.  Chavez showed up without weight problems this time, and had apparently actually trained hard.  Chavez was sharper and harder-hitting than Vera throughout, and took a 117-110 win on my card.  Max DeLuca and Ruben Carrion agreed with me, while David Sutherland (apparently having frequent flashbacks to the first fight) turned in an incredible 114-113 for a unanimous decision.  I gave Vera 3 rounds, but two of them were toss-ups.  The other- the 12th- I think should have gone to Chavez via a knockdown for Chavez that was called a slip by Rafael “No one is more professional than I” Ramos, who may have been looking to balance out a ridiculous point deduction on Vera from round 8. 

 

Naturally, we have a fair amount of movement in the rankings.  Abraham grabs the #2 spot with his big win.  Stieglitz falls back to #3, forcing the inactive Kessler to #4.  Chavez makes his debut at 168 with a #9 berth, while Vera returns to the rankings at #10 based on his past wins over Mora and Demers, as well as his highly debatable light heavyweight loss to Chavez.  This forces James DeGale down two spots to #11 and Rebrasse to #12.  They had been in the top 10 for 38 and 15 consecutive weeks, respectively.  Bika falls to #13, Vlasov to #14, Rodriguez to #15, Andy Lee to #16, Gilberto Ramirez to #17, Murata to #18, Anthony Dirrell to #19, and Hadillah Mohoumadi to #20.  Truax slips from the rankings after 36 weeks in, as does Jack- by a long shot- after 32.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (116-250-250)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Carl Froch (93-403-403)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Arthur Abraham (1-228-228)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- W (SD12) vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham is back near the top again after defeating Stieglitz convincingly in  the rubber match.
3) Robert Stieglitz (1-236-236)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s back to the drawing board for Stieglitz, though his resume still compares favorably to the field.
4) Mikkel Kessler (1-482-482)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler is reportedly discussing a return with Sauerland, but there is no obvious opponent available for him at present.
5) Brandon Gonzales (36-36-36)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales was said to have reached a deal to fight Vlasov, but Vlasov has scheduled another fight, and it’s been hard to find any mention of the match since it was reportedly made.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (23-144-192)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (17-17-62)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
I doubt he’ll get much love from the alphabets for his effort, but I think you could make a better case for him winning than losing against Oosthuizen, though I had it a draw personally.
8) George Groves (17-64-86)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #15 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez may have earned some fans back in the Vera rematch, after the loss of said fans was made apparent by the poor gate at the Alamodome that night.
10) Bryan Vera (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even in defeat, Vera has regained a ranking at 168 and is- at least temporarily- ranked in 2 division.
11) James DeGale (1-125)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- TKO11 Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale may now get an immediate shot at Sakio Bika after his tune-up win and eliminator rival Badou Jack’s collapse.
12) Christopher Rebrasse (1-39)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- UD6 George Kandelaki (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse will get a March 22 rematch against Ndiaye that is hardly needed, as Rebrasse dominated the first fight on his way to being robbed.
13) Sakio Bika (1-361)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell wants a rematch, and that’s obviously a worthy endeavor given the legitimate draw the first time around, but with Jack falling out of the eliminator picture, Bika may be ordered to face DeGale next.
14) Maxim Vlasov (1-69)
Last Fight: 12/5/2013- KO4 Maxell Taylor (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Henry Buchanan (UNR)
An IBF eliminator with Brandon Gonzales appears to be on hold, as Vlasov will now fight lower-mid-level journeyman Henry Buchanan on March 15.
15) Edwin Rodriguez (1-59)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
According to his trainer Ronnie Shields, they might be looking to fight a top-15 level light heavyweight, and have absolutely no intention to ever try to make 168 again.  He’ll be on the shelf for a little while due to bone chip-removal surgery on his elbow in December.
 16) Andy Lee (1-42)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013-TKO2 Ferenc Hafner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee was close to a deal to fight Golovkin on April 26, but the Kazakh will no longer be fighting on that date due to his father’s death.
17) Gilberto Ramirez (1-5)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO1 #19 Don Mouton
Next Fight: Unknown
Much like many of his peers in the 168 pound rankings, Ramirez might really be a middleweight, but nevertheless has a solid resume in this division.
18) Ryota Murata (1-28)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bob Arum plans to have Murata in action at Singapore this year according to Dan Rafael, but I don’t have any further details.
19) Anthony Dirrell (1-13)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
20) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-53)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: After a week of action and upheaval, no follow-up this week.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Feb 24- Mar 2

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by danboxing
#16 Ryota Murata again fought just a pound or two over the middleweight limit, and looked very good against competent but overmatched veteran journeyman Carlos Nascimento of Brazil, whom he stopped in four.  Murata showed big power, good timing, nice finishing skills, and even substantially improved defense as opposed to his last fight.  Not bad for a guy in his 3rd fight.  Even so, his best win by far was his pro debut, which got him ranked where he is.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (115-249-249)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Carl Froch (92-402-402)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Robert Stieglitz (49-235-235)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD12 Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
The Abraham-Stieglitz trilogy bout, originally announced for February 1, is now official for March 1, in Stieglitz’s home base of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (63-481-481)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler is reportedly discussing a return with Sauerland, but there is no obvious opponent available for him at present.
4) Arthur Abraham (41-227-227)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
5) Brandon Gonzales (35-35-35)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales was said to have reached a deal to fight Vlasov, but Vlasov has scheduled another fight, and it’s been hard to find any mention of the match since it was reportedly made.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (22-143-191)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (16-16-61)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
I doubt he’ll get much love from the alphabets for his effort, but I think you could make a better case for him winning than losing against Oosthuizen, though I had it a draw personally.
8) George Groves (16-63-85)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) James DeGale (15-38-124)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
DeGale has been ordered to face Badou Jack for a shot at Bika’s alphabet belt.  Before that, he’ll fight undefeated Dutchman Gevorg Khatchikian on March 1 in Bristol.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (15-15-38)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- UD6 George Kandelaki (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse will get a March 22 rematch against Ndiaye that is hardly needed, as Rebrasse dominated the first fight on his way to being robbed.
11) Sakio Bika (15-360)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell wants a rematch, and that’s obviously a worthy endeavor given the legitimate draw the first time around.  In the meantime, machinations are underway for an eliminator between Jack and DeGale, with the winner to become his mandatory.  On Bika’s end, he’d like a unification with Froch.
12) Maxim Vlasov (16-68)
Last Fight: 12/5/2013- KO4 Maxell Taylor (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Henry Buchanan (UNR)
An IBF eliminator with Brandon Gonzales appears to be on hold, as Vlasov will now fight lower-mid-level journeyman Henry Buchanan on March 15.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (16-58)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
According to his trainer Ronnie Shields, they might be looking to fight a top-15 level light heavyweight, and have absolutely no intention to ever try to make 168 again.  He’ll be on the shelf for a little while due to bone chip-removal surgery on his elbow in December.
 14) Andy Lee (22-41)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013-TKO2 Ferenc Hafner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee is reportedly being considered for a shot at Gennady Golovkin on April 26.
15) Gilberto Ramirez (4-4)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO1 #19 Don Mouton
Next Fight: Unknown
Much like many of his peers in the 168 pound rankings, Ramirez might really be a middleweight, but nevertheless has a solid resume in this division.
16) Ryota Murata (4-27)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Anthony Dirrell (4-12)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (4-52)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Caleb Truax (4-36)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax may have been a little lucky to escape with a draw against Duran.  I agree with the decision, but it could only have tilted the other way if it tilted at all.
 20) Badou Jack (4-32)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 Rogelio Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/28/2014- vs. Derek Edwards (UNR)
Jack will be on ShoBox at the end of the month against journeyman Derek Edwards, in what amounts to a tune-up for his eliminator against DeGale.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
J’Leon Love vs. Vladine Biosse; Verona, New York; Showtime (US)
Love is one of Floyd Mayweather’s top promotional prospects.  He’s got a long jab and some slick defensive skills, but in my opinion, he’s vastly overrated.  He deserved losses to both Derrick Findley and Gabriel Rosado, and I had him behind to Lajuan Simon when he scored the stoppage.  He also has been busted for banned diuretics- that in the Rosado fight.  Biosse is a busted prospect, having been stopped in upset fashion by Marcus Upshaw and an unknown version of Denis Grachev.  Even worse, he’s coming off a draw in his last fight against journeyman Richard Gingras.  This is a good scenario for Love- a fairly recognizable name that has little or no chance.

 

#20 Badou Jack vs. Derek Edwards; Verona, New York; Showtime (US)
Jack is another Mayweather prospect, and so far the more impressive of the two I’ve mentioned.  He will be in against veteran journeyman Derek Edwards, who you might describe as mid-level and no great threat.  Edwards was an undefeated prospect at one point, but has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5.

 

Luis Arias vs. Dashon Johnson; Verona, New York; Off TV
This fight won’t make the TV card, but is not the least of the match-ups in terms of competition.  Johnson is deservedly the big underdog, but he made a name for himself- at least for me- with a shocking upset of Canadian prospect Adam Trupish in 2013.  He followed that up later in the year by outpointing once-impressive middleweight Craig McEwan.  He’s got more than his share of losses at that level, too, though.  If nothing else, it’s a good measuring stick for Arias, who has been steadily stepping up his competition.

 

Saturday
#2 Robert Stieglitz vs. #4 Arthur Abraham; Magdeburg, Germany; SAT1 (Germany)
There’s not a lot left to say about this match-up, as this is the third meeting for the two fighters.  Abraham won a close but clear decision in the first iteration, and was shockingly dominated and stopped early in the second.  Stieglitz comes in as the favorite, and the winner will most likely be the number 2 contender next week.

 

#9 James DeGale vs. Gevorg Khatchikian; Bristol, England; Channel 5 (UK)
Khatchikian is an unbeaten Armenian who has made his home in the Netherlands since age 13.  He’s the best super middleweight in Holland, though that’s not saying much.  He’s quite untested, and is the huge underdog against top-10 DeGale.  The Englishman might even be better than that.  He probably deserved the decision against George Groves when the pair fought, and has been struggling with a groin injury possibly ever since.  He finally had surgery to correct the issue, and so the suggestion, at least, is that we’ll see a fully functional DeGale for the first time in a while. 

 

#15 MW Bryan Vera vs. Julio Cesar Chavez; San Antonio, Texas; HBO (US)
Another intriguing re-match.  Vera almost certainly deserved a win in the first fight, but was borderline robbed.  Chavez came in extremely heavy for that fight, and looked sluggish.  If he can motivate himself, this might be a good one.  Vera is no slouch, despite being the naturally much smaller man, and always comes to fight.

Middleweight: 2013, Sep 30- Oct 6

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2013 by danboxing
Two-loss Quebec prospect David Lemieux had a pretty solid showing on Saturday’s Stevenson-Cloud undercard in Montreal against Marcus Upshaw, a lanky young fighter who varies between journeyman and gatekeeper depending on which of his varying personas shows up on a given night.  That is to say he’s fairly talented, but inconsistent.  This was not one of Upshaw’s more inspired performances.  Lemieux was in vintage form, showing heavy-handed power that produced a knockdown in the third round, while mixing his shots well to the head and body.  As for his reputation for fading after strong starts, it certainly didn’t become a problem in this fight, although I’m not sure he necessarily silenced many critics with the 8-round effort.  Even over that distance, he began to get inside on his tall opponent noticeably less frequently later in the fight.  That being said, he seemed to carry his power fairly well into the later rounds (even if his activity fell off somewhat), and neither I nor any of the judges felt he lost a round.  

 

#15 Bryan Vera acquitted himself well against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., but I won’t mention the fight in any greater detail here, as I have already discussed it in both the 175 and 168 updates.

 

Vera certainly didn’t hurt his cause, but it’s hard to give him much credit at 160 for a fight two divisions to the north, even if his opponent was recently ranked here.  If nothing else, though, it justifies his current rank in spite of his abysmal performance against Donatas Bondorovas in March.  Lemieux’s win, while nice, is not at a high enough level to alter his current standing.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (181-181-181)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.  He also said recently that he wants to defend in Argentina.  I would too, if I’d gotten the gift he got last time around.
1) Martin Murray (23-96-96)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Garth Wood (UNR)
Murray is the mandatory challenger for the Golovkin-Stevens winner, and will be fighting Garth Wood in Sydney on November 30.
2) Gennady Golovkin (14-57-120)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #17 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (7-7-103)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.
4) Felix Sturm (14-524-524)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (7-224-224)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  Geale wants to be back in December in any event.
6) Matthew Macklin (7-119-210)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
According to sources close to Willie Nelson, the tall Cleveland fringe contender is in talks to move up to 160 to fight Macklin on HBO in early December.
7) Peter Quillin (23-50-71)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. JMW #9 Gabriel Rosado
Quillin will fight the very solid Rosado on the Hopkins-Murat undercard, though his opponent is clearly much better at 154.
8) Dmitry Pirog (23-166-166)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
If there is no news on Pirog’s next fight by the beginning of next week, I’ll likely remove him at last. I gave him a lot of time due to his back injury, but at some point he’s got to be considered practically retired.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (14-30-153)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (29-140)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Rubio’s mandatory shot at Chavez for an alphabet belt now a pipe dream, Andy Lee is now campaigning for a shot at Rubio for the rather irrelevant vacant strap.
12) Anthony Mundine (29-140)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine is October 23 in Australia.
13) Max Bursak (4-140)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- UD12 Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak got a bit of a scare from underdog Blackwell, and it will be important for him to look strong in his next fight.
14) Caleb Truax (2-2)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax is targeting the big names in the division as he continues to build his resume at the lower levels.
15) Bryan Vera (2-50)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’d say 99% of all people that saw the fight believe Vera beat Chavez, which makes the fact that all three judges saw it the other way very suspicious.  One or two might be an aberration.  All three?  That sounds like the fix was in on some level.  Not that I thought any of the judges besides Gwen Adair were blatantly wrong…but still.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (2-129)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
17) Curtis Stevens (2-9)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
18) Billi Godoy (2-7)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/29/2013- vs. Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Godoy will fight high-level domestic journeyman Jorge Heiland in Neuquen, Argentina on November 29, in a rematch of their July 2012 fight.
19) Danny Jacobs (2-6)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dmitry Chudinov (2-6)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- W (PTS8) vs. Max Maxwell (UNR) (at SMW/LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov weighed in at 174 to fight his already hopeless 162-pound opponent on September 21.  He’s invited a great deal of scrutiny over his weight and discipline in doing so.

 

The Week Ahead: There are two fights on Saturday to report from Mexico.

 

In Chihuahua, one-loss prospect Marcos Reyes battles decent journeyman Rogelio Medina.

 

Meanwhile, in Tijuana, undefeated Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui trades shots with mid-level Mexican journeyman Jesus Nerio in an 8-rounder.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Sep 30- Oct 6

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2013 by danboxing
The Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Bryan Vera contest on Saturday was supposed to have been at a catchweight midway between middleweight and super, but Chavez was grossly overweight and forced a renegotiation to 173.  As a result, neither guy made 168 and thus neither is eligible for a ranking here.  As for the fight itself, Chavez was given a moderate gift by the judges.  I don’t think it’s out of line for someone to think he narrowly won, but I scored it 97-93 for Vera, and it seems that the popular opinion is pretty unanimous that Chavez deserved no better than a draw.

 

Last week’s #6 Adonis Stevenson is removed this week, as he has a defense of his light heavyweight belt scheduled for November 30, which is more than a year after his last fight at 168.  Everyone ranked #7 and below last week moves up one, while Don Mouton returns at #20.  Christopher Rebrasse returns to the top 10 for the first time since the close of June.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (94-228-228)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #12 Edwin Rodriguez
Ward has finally secured an opponent for his November 16 return: two-division fringe contender Edwin Rodriguez.
1) Carl Froch (71-381-381)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #7 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (28-214-214)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (42-460-460)
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 (20-206-206)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Abraham continues to pursue a trilogy with Stieglitz, with both men fighting inferior opposition in the interim.  Abraham is in a little tougher this time around than is Stieglitz, at least on paper.  He faces borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis.  It’s a little sad that that looks good by comparison to Stieglitz’s opponent.
5) Brandon Gonzales (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales says that his team is working on a fight for the Ward-Rodriguez card on November 16.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (1-122-170)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #14 Ezequiel Maderna
Oosthuizen has a significant- albeit risky- opportunity to redeem himself against credible Argentine fringe contender Ezequiel Maderna in South Africa on November 9.
7) George Groves (1-42-64)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
8) Sakio Bika (1-33-339)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika apparently is dealing with a shoulder injury.  He was evidently planning to fight Anthony Dirrell on October 26, but will instead fight him at some undetermined later date.  He’s looking to return in December.
9) James DeGale (1-17-103)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (1-1-17)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges’ completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
11) Maxim Vlasov (1-47)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov will fight in Krasnodar, Russia this November, on the undercard of a rather silly heavyweight fight between 44 year-old has-been Oleg Maskaev and Corey Sanders (not to be confused with the late Corrie Sanders, who has actually fought more recently).  I don’t have the exact date or opponent yet.
12) Edwin Rodriguez (1-37)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Rodriguez will get a shot at reigning two-division Champion Andre Ward in mid-November, after a drama-filled negotiation.
13) Ezequiel Maderna (1-40)
Last Fight: 9/6/2013- UD10 Arnaldo Alcides Benitez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Maderna will get a big opportunity in South Africa against Oosthuizen, who showed a great deal of vulnerability in his last fight.  That being said, from what I’ve seen of Maderna, his style is night and day different from Brandon Gonzales.
14) Andy Lee (1-20)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee was scheduled to fight Domenico Spada on the Haye-Fury undercard, but that card was cancelled.
15) Ryoto Murata (1-6)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata joins Lee and Truax as Middleweights who can claim a ranking in this very shallow division by beating an opponent a few pounds or less over 160.  But he comes with a twist…he’s done so in his very first fight.
16) Caleb Truax (1-15)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax has made good on his move back down to 160, knocking out a halfway decent prospect in Ceresso Fort.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-31)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi-De Carolis was cancelled on short notice, and I’ve heard nothing of his next move.
18) Glen Johnson (1-22)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Badou Jack (1-11)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- Draw (MD12) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack never looks all that bad, but he does struggle at around the fringe contender level.
20) Don Mouton (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/13/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Next Fight: Unknown

 

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

Middleweight: 2013, Sep 23-29

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2013 by danboxing
Australian gatekeeper Les Sherrington dominated low-level Japanese gatekeeper Shigetaka Yonezawa in Southport, Queensland on Friday, taking a 12-round decision by losing just one round among the three cards.

 

Saturday nearly saw a major upset in Kharkov, Ukraine.  After a fairly strong and aggressive first three rounds, #13 Max Bursak was badly hurt and nearly stopped in the 4th by 2-loss British prospect Nick Blackwell.  Bursak came back to hang in there for the next 4 rounds, though he lost the majority of them.  But he closed very strong, winning the last 4 on my card.  Blackwell may have gotten a bit tired down the stretch, probably in part due to his tendency to bounce and waste energy in between engagements.  All in all, though, it was a fairly impressive showing for the rather unheralded Blackwell.  While he now has three losses, they have all been to strong opposition- close affairs against Billy Joe Saunders and now Bursak, and one rather forgivable stoppage against no less than Martin Murray.  Bursak didn’t necessarily do himself any favors in winning (my score of 115-112 agreed with 2 of the judges), but did dodge a bullet, which of course is better than getting hit by same.

 

Speaking of Billy Joe Saunders, he had a close competitive fight of his own on his hands in London, as he ran into a fellow well-schooled, hungry, and undefeated prospect in John Ryder for the British and Commonwealth titles.  Saunders was the more experienced of the two, and more tested at a higher level, and that may have made all the difference in the fight.  It was a very interesting style match-up.  Saunders was the athletic boxer, looking to maintain distance and potshot.  Ryder was the pressure fighter, although he was much more defensively responsible than you would picture from that style.  He would come in with head movement and a shoulder roll as often as with a jab, and it was effective at times.  The only defensive lapse he showed was that even with his head movement, he was mainly coming in the front door, and in doing so squared himself up for Saunders to throw a looping right hand, which found the mark to some effect at various times.  The moderate but constant pressure from Ryder seemed to be getting to Saunders in the end, as Ryder seized the last two rounds- including a very clear 12th.  But in the end, it was a bit too little, too late.  I scored the fight 115-113, and the official judges were essentially in agreement.  I think the fight could reasonably have gone narrowly in Ryder’s favor, but Saunders definitely had the edge.

 

On the Saunders-Ryder undercard, #19 Dmitry Chudinov won 79-73 on the ref’s scorecard against mid-level and sub-.500 British journeyman Max Maxwell, but came in nearly at the light heavyweight limit (174) , while his already overmatched opponent scaled just 162.  I would hope this doesn’t indicate a gross lack of discipline on the part of the young contender, but it’s hard to escape that suspicion.

 

Finally, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 17th-ranked super middleweight Caleb Truax returned to his natural division against Ceresso Fort, a fellow Minnesota prospect who rebounded from his sole loss recently with a win over credible measuring stick Marcus Upshaw.  Truax proved to be at a higher level- as you might suspect after he brutalized Don George- stopping Fort a bit over halfway into round 4. 

 

None of the losers this weekend were proven at quite high enough a level to help the winners advance in these rankings, save for Fort, who had recently acquired suitable status.  Combined with his successes a couple pounds over the limit, as well as his past resume at 160 itself, this win transforms Truax into a two-division ranked contender.  He checks in between Bursak and Vera at #14, forcing last week’s #20 Akio Shibata out after a brief two-week return.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (180-180-180)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.  He also said recently that he wants to defend in Argentina.  I would too, if I’d gotten the gift he got last time around.
1) Martin Murray (22-95-95)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Garth Wood (UNR)
Murray is the mandatory challenger for the Golovkin-Stevens winner, and will be fighting Garth Wood in Sydney on November 30 if he can obtain a visa in time.
2) Gennady Golovkin (13-56-119)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #17 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (6-6-102)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.
4) Felix Sturm (13-523-523)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (6-223-223)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  Geale wants to be back in December in any event.
6) Matthew Macklin (6-118-209)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
7) Peter Quillin (22-49-70)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. JMW #9 Gabriel Rosado
Quillin will fight the very solid Rosado on the Hopkins-Murat undercard, though his opponent is clearly much better at 154.
8) Dmitry Pirog (22-165-165)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog says his back injuries have fully healed, and will be meeting with his people in the US soon to determine his next fight.  I’ll probably give him until the end of September to calendar that fight before removing him.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (13-29-152)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (28-139)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (28-139)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine is October 23 in Australia.
13) Max Bursak (3-139)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- UD12 Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak got a bit of a scare from underdog Blackwell, and it will be important for him to look strong in his next fight.
14) Caleb Truax (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax is targeting the big names in the division as he continues to build his resume at the lower levels.
15) Bryan Vera (1-49)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again, this time to 9/28.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (1-128)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
17) Curtis Stevens (1-8)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
18) Billi Godoy (1-6)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/29/2013- vs. Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Godoy will fight high-level domestic journeyman Jorge Heiland in Neuquen, Argentina on November 29, in a rematch of their July 2012 fight.
19) Danny Jacobs (1-5)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dmitry Chudinov (1-5)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- W (PTS8) vs. Max Maxwell (UNR) (at SMW/LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov weighed in at 174 to fight his already hopeless 162-pound opponent on September 21.  He’s invited a great deal of scrutiny over his weight and discipline in doing so.

 

The Week Ahead: On a very deep card in Montreal, 2-loss prospect David Lemieux takes on high-level American journeyman Marcus Upshaw, who is accustomed to busting prospects.

 

#15 Bryan Vera is also in action, but a division to the north against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Sep 23-29

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2013 by danboxing
Monday in Queens, New York, undefeated prospect Lamar Russ won what appears to have been a pretty average decision over low-level Philadelphia journeyman Latif Mundy about halfway to the divisional limit.

 

#17 Caleb Truax was in action, as well, but that was at Middleweight and will be treated there.

 

#18 Hadillah Mohoumadi was scheduled to fight Giovanni De Carolis in Rome, but that fight was cancelled on short notice.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (93-227-227)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Ward has finally secured an opponent for his November 16 return: two-division fringe contender Edwin Rodriguez.
1) Carl Froch (70-380-380)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (27-213-213)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (41-459-459)
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 (19-205-205)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham is looking to stay active, and will be fighting in Oldenburg on October 26.
5) Brandon Gonzales (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales says that his team is working on a fight for the Ward-Rodriguez card on November 16.
6) Adonis Stevenson (19-94-94)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #8 LHW Tavoris Cloud (at LHW)
Stevenson looks like he’ll be fighting Cloud in Montreal in late September.  After that, he’ll probably get Tony Bellew before the end of the year when he wins.  He’ll probably be removed here in October, since he hasn’t fought at 168 in nearly a year.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (13-121-169)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #14 Ezequiel Maderna
Oosthuizen has a significant- albeit risky- opportunity to redeem himself against credible Argentine fringe contender Ezequiel Maderna in South Africa on November 9.
8) George Groves (13-41-63)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
9) Sakio Bika (13-32-338)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika apparently is dealing with a shoulder injury.  He was evidently planning to fight Anthony Dirrell on October 26, but will instead fight him at some undetermined later date.
10) James DeGale (13-16-102)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (13-16)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges’ completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
12) Maxim Vlasov (12-46)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov will fight in Krasnodar, Russia this November, on the undercard of a rather silly heavyweight fight between 44 year-old has-been Oleg Maskaev and Corey Sanders (not to be confused with the late Corrie Sanders, who has actually fought more recently).  I don’t have the exact date or opponent yet.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (12-36)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Rodriguez will get a shot at reigning two-division Champion Andre Ward in mid-November, after a drama-filled negotiation.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (12-39)
Last Fight: 9/6/2013- UD10 Arnaldo Alcides Benitez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #7 Thomas Oosthuizen
Maderna will get a big opportunity in South Africa against Oosthuizen, who showed a great deal of vulnerability in his last fight.  That being said, from what I’ve seen of Maderna, his style is night and day different from Brandon Gonzales.
15) Andy Lee (12-19)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee was scheduled to fight Domenico Spada on the Haye-Fury undercard, but that card was cancelled.
16) Ryoto Murata (5-5)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata joins Lee and Truax as Middleweights who can claim a ranking in this very shallow division by beating an opponent a few pounds or less over 160.  But he comes with a twist…he’s done so in his very first fight.
17) Caleb Truax (5-14)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax has made good on his move back down to 160, knocking out a halfway decent prospect in Ceresso Fort.
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (5-30)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi-De Carolis was cancelled on short notice, and I’ve heard nothing of his next move.
19) Glen Johnson (5-21)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Johnson’s scheduled fight with Isiah Thomas, which would have been on Friday Night Fights, was canceled.  I don’t know why.
20) Badou Jack (5-10)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- Draw (MD12) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack never looks all that bad, but he does struggle at around the fringe contender level.

 

The Week Ahead: #14 Middleweight Bryan Vera will battle inactive former top 5 middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez at Super Middle, since it is believed he’s grown too large to make 160 in a healthy manner.  Vera is no stranger to 168, either, though.

Middleweight: 2013, Apr 1-7

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by danboxing
I’ve got two very notable fights to discuss.  On Friday, there were some very shady dealings going on in Verona, New York.  #17 Bryan Vera was getting more or less totally dominated by lowly Lithuanian journeyman Donatas Bondorovas (aka Bondas).  He was getting outboxed to the nth degree, and Bondas could not miss him, his defense was so lax.  Vera had only won either one or two of the first 7 rounds, when referee Charlie Fitch abruptly stopped the fight.  Fitch apparently asked Bondas if he could see, due to a bloody cut on the bridge of his nose that may have been an incompletely healed training injury, and got a negative response.  Bondas and his team later plead the case of a misunderstanding due to a language barrier.  I can’t say for sure what was in Bondas’ mind or his eye at that time, but what I can say for sure is that Fitch was REALLY quick to stop the fight under the circumstances.  As commentator Teddy Atlas said, you would think he might take a little time to make sure he understood correctly before waving it off.  It’s also worth noting that this question was asked shortly after the end of the round, before Bondas’ corner could remedy any issue their fighter was having.  Making things appear even more shady, all three of the judges incredibly had the fight scored for Vera.  Don Ackerman- who is perhaps the worst judge in America, to the point that I can’t even begin to list all of the completely unconscionable decisions that I’ve seen him turn in- had it 67-66, meaning he gave at least two clear Bondas rounds to Vera.  John McKaie, who is pretty consistently bad, himself, had the same score.  I’d come to expect better from Glen Feldman, but in this case he really botched it, having Vera up 68-65.  These guys should be embarrassed.

 

I’m honestly not even sure how I should treat this fight.  I see two options.  Either I accept that the TKO was legitimate despite the obvious flaws in the way the decision to stop the fight was reached, rending the fight completely irrelevant to the rankings, or I use the precedent established in Molina-Kirkland and treat the stoppage as an accidental foul by the referee, which would make me go to the cards.  Or in this case, to my card, since the actual cards were an even greater outrage than the stoppage, itself.  Generally I don’t like to overturn the decisions of officials unless those decisions were clearly wrong.  I can’t say for sure that the fight shouldn’t have been stopped, since it’s possible that Bondas’ protestations after the fact could have just been grandstanding.  A cuts stoppage of a fighter who’s clearly winning the fight is never a satisfying outcome, but unfortunately I’m going to have to accept it as just that, even while recognizing that Bondas may have been stopped as much for his command of English as for his cut.

 

In a less fascinating but much more significant battle, #3 Gennady Golovkin simply walked through a game but supremely over-matched #19 Nobuhiro Ishida in Monte Carlo on Saturday.  Golovkin showed better defense and punch selection than usual, and flashed a devastating jab that was often missing in the past.  This all reached a crescendo in the 3rd round, when Golovkin pasted Ishida with a shot so devastating that it sent him flying through the ropes and out cold.  This very well may be the end for Ishida, who is getting a bit long in the tooth at 37, and who has failed to meaningfully follow up on his upset TKO of James Kirkland.  He said before the fight that he’d retire if he lost, but allowing for pre-fight posturing, I’ll wait to remove him until I hear some post-fight confirmation of that intention.

 

Golovkin is unable to advance past Sturm.  This bears a bit of explanation.  Sturm gets credit here for beating Soliman since Soliman tested positive for a PED and still pretty clearly lost in my opinion, and he gets credit (more or less) for a draw with Geale, since that’s how I scored it despite the fact that the judges reasonably had it a loss.  A toss-up fight with the division’s clear #1 contender is still a bit better than Golovkin’s best win, in my opinion.  And that’s even assuming that Sturm’s very impressive prior resume is to some extent rendered irrelevant by his struggles against Macklin and Murray, which is certainly debatable.  Let’s be honest, Sturm’s place in the rankings is very much open to interpretation, since both his performances and the quality of the scoring have been inconsistent in recent years. 

 

Ishida slips to #20.  Now that both he and countryman Fuchigami have lost to Golovkin, Fuchigami’s superior volume of rateable wins at this weight is a bit more of a factor as compared to Ishida’s single slightly more prestigious victory, and Fuchigami therefore slips by him.

 

Since I’ve chosen to view Vera’s TKO win as legitimate, his fight with Bondas is more or less insignificant, since Bondas was by no means a top 50 middleweight at the outset.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (155-155-155)
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.  The fight will be revolutionary in that instant replay will be available to the referee.
1) Daniel Geale (93-198-198)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
With Soliman testing positive for a PED, his expected fight with Geale is probably out.  Perhaps a Sturm rematch is the most obvious follow-up.
2) Felix Sturm (5-498-498)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm says on Twitter that he’s resumed light training, and will soon announce his plans for his next fight, which he describes as a big event.
3) Gennady Golovkin (5-31-94)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida

Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
4) Matthew Macklin (5-93-184)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-96-114)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Lots of Chavez news breaking.  He’s staying with Freddie Roach after it looked like they were splitsville.  It looks likely that Darren Barker is likely his guy for 6/22, and he’s saying that Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin are his top choices for a fall fight, rather than a rematch with Martinez.
6) Peter Quillin (5-24-45)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Quillin’s fight with Guerrero has been postponed from February 9 to April 27 due to an injury to the card’s headliner, Danny Garcia.
7) Dmitry Pirog (5-140-140)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (5-103-103)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
9) Martin Murray (5-70-70)
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 (5-5-127)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown

N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-114)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

Rubio seems to be the mandatory for both the Quillin-Guerrero and the Martinez-Murray winner unless I’ve missed something.
12) Anthony Mundine (3-114)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in June, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.
13) Osumanu Adama (3-106)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Darren Barker (4-77)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker is the leading candidate for a 6/22 fight with Chavez.
15) Max Bursak (4-114)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (4-85)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade has impliedly called out Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, and explicitly challenged Ishe Smith.
17) Bryan Vera (5-24)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera looked like absolute crap against ordinary journeyman Donatas Bondas, getting a potential gift from the referee in a highly questionable 7th round stoppage, which saved him from needing the robbery that the judges were cooking up on the scorecards.
18) Curtis Stevens (5-11)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- KO1 Elvin Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. Derrick Findley (UNR)
Stevens will fight on the Fury-Cunningham undercard at MSG on 4/20 against veteran journeyman Derrick Findley.
19) Makoto Fuchigami (1-5)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- RTD6 Marlon Alta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Akio Shibata (UNR)
Fuchigami has a good domestic-level opportunity on his hands, fighting essentially a peer in junior middleweight fringe contender Akio Shibata.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-57)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher fights significantly smaller Filipino journeyman Randy Suico in Altona, Australia on Friday.

Middleweight: 2013, Mar 25-31

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2013 by danboxing
Thursday in London, undefeated Hertfordshire prospect Billy Joe Saunders won a dominant decision over rugged, solid, but unspectacular journeyman Matthew Hall, losing only a total of one point between the three cards. 

 

On the Abraham-Stieglitz undercard in Magdeburg, fringe contender Lukas Konecny moved up in weight and won a nondescript decision over high-level French journeyman Karim Achour on a technical decision, when the fight was halted in the final round with a Konecny cut suffered in a head clash rendering him unable to continue. 

 

In Uruapan, Mexico later that night, #11 Marco Antonio Rubio avoided an upset against upset specialist Marcus Upshaw, winning a 12-round decision by 7, 7, and 13 points on the three cards.  He somehow won the WBC’s United States title (which I didn’t know existed) despite the fact that he is neither from nor lives in he US, and despite the fight itself being south of the border. 

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (154-154-154)
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 (92-197-197)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
With Soliman testing positive for a PED, his expected fight with Geale is probably out.  Perhaps a Sturm rematch is the most obvious follow-up.
2) Felix Sturm (4-497-497)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm says on Twitter that he’s resumed light training, and will soon announce his plans for his next fight, which he describes as a big event.
3) Gennady Golovkin (4-30-93)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO7 JMW #? Gabriel Rosado

Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Golovkin will headline the Super 4 Light Heavyweight Tourney card in Monaco, fighting Nobuhiro Ishida, who is starting to lose all traces of the luster he gained by beating James Kirkland.
4) Matthew Macklin (4-92-183)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Andy Lee blatantly ducked him, Macklin is hoping to fight JCC, and might be looking at Golovkin for the fall.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-95-113)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 6/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chavez is looking to return on June 22, with Bryan Vera, Matthew Macklin, and Giovanni Lorenzo being considered.
6) Peter Quillin (4-23-44)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Quillin’s fight with Guerrero has been postponed from February 9 to April 27 due to an injury to the card’s headliner, Danny Garcia.
7) Dmitry Pirog (4-139-139)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
It sounds like Pirog has more than a run of the mill back injury.  His promoter calls his situation “spine trauma” he’s been nursing since the Maciel fight, and says that it “doesn’t look particularly good.”  It looks like a foregone conclusion that Pirog will be inactive for well over a year.  My mission between now and his May 1 anniversary will be to determine whether there’s a significant chance of a return in the foreseeable future.  There’s a fine line between giving an injured fighter time to recover and holding a spot for a guy that may not fight again for years, if ever.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (4-102-102)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa’s worthless fight with Szekeres came at a steep price, as he hurt his hand badly enough to scuttle a proposed 3/23 appearance on Friday Night Fights.
9) Martin Murray (4-69-69)
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 (4-4-126)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown

N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-113)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio seems to be the mandatory for both the Quillin-Guerrero and the Martinez-Murray winner unless I’ve missed something.
12) Anthony Mundine (2-113)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in June, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He hopes to know by around the start of April, though.
13) Osumanu Adama (2-105)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Darren Barker (3-76)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker appears to be back from an injury-plagued spell. 
15) Max Bursak (3-113)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (3-84)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade has impliedly called out Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, and explicitly challenged Ishe Smith.
17) Bryan Vera (4-23)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- TKO10 Sergei Dzinziruk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/29/2013- vs. Donatus Bondorovas (UNR)
Vera stays busy on March 29, when he fights Lithuanian journeyman Donatus Bondorovas in New York on a Friday Night Fights card.  He is also being considered for a June 15 fight with JCC, Jr.
18) Curtis Stevens (4-10)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- KO1 Elvin Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. Derrick Findley (UNR)
Stevens will fight on the Fury-Cunningham undercard at MSG on 4/20 against veteran journeyman Derrick Findley.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (4-56)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Ishida is probably about to spend his last remaining bit of currency from the Kirkland win.  He would need an even more shocking upset to survive- much less beat- the rampaging Gennady Golovkin.
20) Makoto Fuchigami (4-4)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- RTD6 Marlon Alta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Akio Shibata (UNR)
Fuchigami has a good domestic-level opportunity on his hands, fighting essentially a peer in junior middleweight fringe contender Akio Shibata.

 

The Week Ahead: Bryan Vera headlines Friday Night Fights with a stay-busy fight against Lithuanian journeyman Donatas Bondorovas in Verona, New York.  

 

The following night in Monte Carlo, Monaco, #3 Gennady Golovkin gets back down to business against decent but relatively non-threatening #19 Nobuhiro Ishida

Middleweight: 2013, Jan 28- Feb 3

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2013 by danboxing
#20 Bryan Vera had little trouble finding the chin of recent contender Sergei Dzinziruk, who was reduced effectively to gatekeeper status when he was soundly defeated but given a draw against Jonathan Gonzales last year.  Vera positively could not miss the slow and stiff Ukrainian with his right hand.  With Dzinziruk’s painfully slow reflexes, Vera worked the right hand to such great effect that it was basically like he was sucker punching his opponent all night.  Dzinziruk went down once in the first after a prior slip was also called a knockdown.  He did have his moments, though, winning the 6th and 9th- scoring a knockdown in the 9th that was called a slip (referee Benjy Estevez did NOT have a good night).  But it was his last hurrah.  In the 10th, he allowed himself to be backed into the corner, where he essentially just stood there eating right hands every few seconds before deciding to take a seat.  He got up, but didn’t want any more. 

 

Vera passes Ishida and Stevens with relative ease.  When it comes to Darren Barker- who has three middleweight wins comparable to Vera’s two relevant ones- it’s a little more complicated.  Barker beat Affif Belghecham, Darren McDermott, and Larry Sharpe in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively.  Vera counters with Dzinziruk and his most recent Mora win (all his others were at Super Middle).  If that was the end of the story, Vera would pass Barker due to the massive difference in time frame, but we have to look at losses, too.  Barker has just one, and it was to the reigning champ.  Vera’s at this weight alone include James Kirkland and Max Bursak.  Neither are embarrassing, but at the very least we know more about Vera’s limitations that Barker’s.  Therefore, Vera advances modestly to #18, forcing down Stevens and Ishida.

 

As a side note, #16 Demetrius Andrade came in a quarter-pound heavy for his scheduled junior middleweight fight with Freddy Hernandez.  Hernandez made 154, so Andrade’s victory will in no way affect his ranking here.  More details to follow in the 154 update.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (146-146-146)
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 (84-189-189)
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 (22-489-489)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #12 Sam Soliman
Sturm will fight Aussie Sam Soliman in Germany in early February.
3) Gennady Golovkin (22-22-85)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO7 JMW #? Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
Another fairly impressive win for GGG.  It will be interesting to learn who he can convince to fight him next.
4) Matthew Macklin (20-84-175)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andy Lee recently called Macklin out.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (20-87-105)
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.  It looks like his next fight will be without trainer Freddie Roach, as he appears set to dump Roach for either Nacho Beristain or Robert Garcia.
6) Peter Quillin (15-15-36)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Quillin’s fight with Guerrero has been postponed from February 9 to April 27 due to an injury to the card’s headliner, Danny Garcia.
7) Dmitry Pirog (39-131-131)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog announced his very specific intention to fight in the US on HBO on March 2, but it’s getting kinda close to that date for there to be no official announcements or further discussion.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (22-94-94)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 2/9/2013- vs. Lee Noble (UNR)
Proksa will look to begin the process of bouncing back from his taxing loss to Golovkin by fighting very poor English journeyman Lee Noble in Belfast on 2/9.
9) Martin Murray (22-61-61)
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 (15-118-118)
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 (15-105)
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 (15-50)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman is fighting Sturm all of a sudden.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (15-105)
Last Fight: 12/22/2012- KO11 Michel Rosales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio appears to be in line for the Quillin-Guerrero winner.
14) Osumanu Adama (15-97)
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 (6-105)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- 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 (6-76)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
On his recent ShoBox appearance, a big deal was made of Andrade’s speculated move up to 160 in the future.  But as his ranking would suggest, he’s already had at least one foot firmly planted in this division for quite some time.
17) Darren Barker (6-68)
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) Bryan Vera (1-15)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- TKO10 Sergei Dzinziruk (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera remains a very real gatekeeper.  Not in the sense I usually use it- which is generally as a gatekeeper to the fringe contender level- but as a gatekeeper to the top 10 region.  Dzinziruk obviously was not up to that challenge.
19) Curtis Stevens (1-2)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- KO1 Elvin Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Years later and 8 pounds lighter, Curtis Stevens is back in the mix.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-48)
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.

 

The Week Ahead: Wednesday in Sydney, Australia (can somebody tell me why big fights so often happen on Wednesday there?), #1 Daniel Geale looks to avenge his close 2009 split decision loss to current #11 Anthony Mundine when the two meet in a rematch. 

 

The #3 Australian middleweight is in action two days later, as #12 Sam Soliman takes on #2 Felix Sturm in Dusseldorf on Friday.

 

Saturday action includes Max Bursak battling French journeyman Julien Marie Sainte for a European belt in France, and once-hyped undefeated Russian Matt Korobov- who has been under the radar recently despite never losing- stepping back up in competition a little bit against journeyman/gatekeeper Dionisio Miranda in McAllen, Texas after fighting generic nobodies for the last 2+ years.