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Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 3-9

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Nov 26- Dec 2

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Manchester, England, there was nearly an upset, as European beltholder and #12 overall Sergey Rabchenko got a scare from one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu.  Unfortunately, I can’t find any video showing more than a few rounds of the fight, and so I can’t weigh in on what could be a significant result.  I have to accept the official verdict, which was a split decision victory for Rabchenko.  The judge that had it for Vitu was Mark Green (115-114), whom I’ve seen several times.  He does at least a solid job about half the time or so.  John Keane (116-113) seems sharper to me, though even he has a couple blips on his radar, having scored Kevin Johnson vs. Albert Sosnowski for Johnson, and having had Andy Lee up by a round on Julio Cesar Chavez when he was stopped.  As for Victor Loughlin (116-113), I’ve yet to see him get the wrong winner, though I did think he was clearly a round off in his score for Hamer-Johnson and had Arron vs. Rose significantly too close.  Given their past performances, I’d have to say that I trust Mark Green the least out of the three, and thus I’d be willing to bet that a close win for Rabchenko is probably the appropriate call. 

 

Later that night in Ontario, California, #16 Carlos Quintana found himself totally overwhelmed by undefeated prospect Keith Thurman (who is probably a welterweight when he starts fighting for titles).  Quintana went down in the 1st, and was getting plastered by thunderous combinations repeatedly when referee Jack Reiss, perhaps a bit belatedly, stopped the fight in the 4th.  Thurman was very disciplined in his approach in addition to the devastating nature of his punches, and he did a great job of finding angles and going to the body.  Look out for this kid.  Quintana retired at the post-fight press conference.

 

Undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo went to work on low-level journeyman Dashon Johnson on the non-televised undercard, and won anywhere between 8 and 10 out of a possible 10 rounds, depending on the judge.  With the fight having not been on TV, I have nothing to add to that info.

 

With his masterful and impressive win, Thurman debuts at #15.  It was a close call with Vanes Martirosyan since Vanes has a much longer resume.  But he has not beaten anyone on Quintana’s level since his 2009 win over Andrey Tsurkan, and he has since deserved to lose to a fighter perceived to be at a lower level in Kassim Ouma.  Quintana’s retirement makes his placement, or rather lack thereof, much easier.  Martirosyan is forced down to #16, with no other changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (30-91-106)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’ll decide his next opponent in January- an uncharacteristically long layoff for the very active superstar.
2) Carlos Molina (30-73-88)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (36-121-121)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Erislandy Lara (3-73-95)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (3-30-30)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather says his next fight will be in the first half of 2013.
6) Miguel Cotto (3-130-130)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
7) James Kirkland (30-56-56)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
8) Austin Trout (26-26-95)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #6 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (26-166-166)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Delvin Rodriguez passed on a potential fight with Angulo, who will instead potentially fight Freddy Hernandez.
10) Gabriel Rosado (27-27-95)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Rosado may move up to 160 to challenge human steamroller Gennady Golovkin on January 19.
11) Cory Spinks (24-44)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (24-24)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko survived a scare against Vitu.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (27-72)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez had an opportunity to fight Angulo, but passed for some reason.
14) Lukas Konecny (8-68)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Keith Thurman (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows if he’ll fight at this weight again anytime soon, but it sure suited him.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-78)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
17) Sechew Powell (12-141)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (12-52)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2012- vs. Sam Webb (UNR)
Rose will fight journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb on December 14.
19) Roberto Garcia (12-25)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (12-12)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.

 

The Week Ahead: Saturday at Madison Square Garden, #6 Miguel Cotto does battle with up-and-coming #8 Austin Trout, in what figures to be a clash of titans.  Cotto is coming off a very good performance in his close loss to Floyd Mayweather, while Trout has been on an upward trajectory from the start, which recently vaulted him into the top 10 with his decision win over Delvin Rodriguez.

 

The undercard features Jorge Melendez, a two-loss 24 year old from Puerto Rico, who despite losses to mediocre competition in the past, remains a top 50 fighter.  His opponent is the very low-level Mexican journeyman Cesar Bazan.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Nov 19-25

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss Miami prospect Joey Hernandez fought in his hometown against short-notice opponent and low-level journeyman James Winchester on ShoBox, and came away with a comfortable if unimpressive decision.  Winchester managed to win the first and last round, plus one other on a single card (I expect it was probably the third, in which Hernandez also suffered a point deduction for hitting on the break).  Despite coming up with the win, Hernandez proved himself- at least to my eyes- to be a slow and out of shape bar-brawler type.  He also came in 2 pounds over 154, for whatever that’s worth.

 

Two other notables were scheduled to see action this week- #19 Roberto Garcia against Cuban prospect Inocente Fiz, and inactive former contender Yuri Foreman against nobody in particular- but neither fight came off as scheduled.

 

No changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (29-90-105)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’ll decide his next opponent in January- an uncharacteristically long layoff for the very active superstar.
2) Carlos Molina (29-72-87)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (35-120-120)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Erislandy Lara (2-72-94)

Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather says his next fight will be in the first half of 2013.
6) Miguel Cotto (2-129-129)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
7) James Kirkland (29-55-55)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (25-25-94)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (25-165-165)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo will likely fight Delvin Rodriguez on December 15.
10) Gabriel Rosado (26-26-94)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Rosado may move up to 160 to challenge human steamroller Gennady Golovkin on January 19.
11) Cory Spinks (23-43)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (23-23)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (26-71)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
See Angulo’s notes, above.
14) Lukas Konecny (7-67)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (7-77)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
16) Carlos Quintana (24-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Keith Thurman (UNR)
Quintana will serve as a gatekeeper against typically welterweight top prospect Keith Thurman on November 24.
17) Sechew Powell (11-140)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (11-51)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/13/2012- vs. Sam Webb (UNR)
Rose will fight journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb on December 14.
19) Roberto Garcia (11-24)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (11-11)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.

 

The Week Ahead: A few compelling fights to report this week.  Saturday in Manchester, England, #12 Sergey Rabchenko defends his European title against one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu.

 

Later that night, #16 Carlos Quintana takes on undefeated prospect Keith Thurman in Ontario, California.  Thurman figures as more of a welterweight, but is a vaunted puncher at that weight.  Should be a very telling match-up, one way or the other.

 

And on the non-televised undercard, wonder twin #1 (in terms of achievement) Jermell Charlo gets a showcase against low-level journeyman Dashon Johnson.