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Junior Middleweight: 2013, Feb 11-17

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2013 by danboxing
Argentine champion and 2-loss prospect Javier Maciel knocked out low-level Colombian journeyman Emilio Julio in round 5 of their Saturday fight in Buenos Aires.

 

Cory Spinks’ manager has confirmed Spinks’ wife’s previous announcement that the former welterweight Champion is now retired, and he is therefore removed.  Brian Rose returns at #20 after being removed 2 weeks ago due to Foreman’s return.
 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (2-84-99)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has now beaten 3 top-11 fighters, while Canelo has beaten just 1 ranked in the top 20 (along with a bunch of fringe contenders and smaller guys). 
2) Saul Alvarez (2-102-117)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo still hasn’t finalized the Trout match-up, but he says he’s got an agreement to fight Floyd on September 14 already.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (47-132-132)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (11-37-106)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (11-84-106)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Vanes bowed out of the WBC eliminator (something Lara already won, truly), the WBC has now ordered a fight with Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa instead, for some reason.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (11-41-41)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (11-141-141)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto finally appears to have taken a decided back seat to Trout in the Canelo sweepstakes.
8) James Kirkland (11-67-67)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (37-177-177)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (38-38-106)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (2-35)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (1-83)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 2/15/2013- vs. George Tahdooahnippah (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight undefeated but totally untested Comanche tribesman George Tahdooahnippah on Friday Night Fights in Uncasville, CT in mid-February.
13) Lukas Konecny (1-79)
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.
14) Keith Thurman (1-12)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman will fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn, at 147.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-89)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
After ducking a rematch of his robbery draw with Lara, Vanes will fight April 6 in Macau, China.  His likely opponent is Argentine Champion Javier Maciel.
16) Yuri Foreman (1-3)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
17) Sechew Powell (1-152)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Roberto Garcia (1-36)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Anthony Mundine (1-23)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Brian Rose (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD12* Sam Webb (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After securing the Lonsdale Challenge belt by (often shakily) defending his British title three times, Rose would now like a shot at Sergey Rabchenko’s European belt.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday night at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, #13 Delvin Rodriguez takes on unproven, aging, but hard-hitting Comanche prospect George Tahdooahnippah.

 

The following evening in Atlantic City, gatekeepers Demetrius Hopkins and Charles Whittaker collide on the non-televised portion of the Broner/Bika showcase card. 

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Feb 4-10

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (1-83-98)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has now beaten 3 top-11 fighters, while Canelo has beaten just 1 ranked in the top 20 (along with a bunch of fringe contenders and smaller guys). 
2) Saul Alvarez (1-101-116)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo still hasn’t finalized the Trout match-up, but he says he’s got an agreement to fight Floyd on September 14 already.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (46-131-131)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (10-36-105)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (10-83-105)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes has been stripped of his opportunity for a rematch eliminator with Lara, as he declined the fight.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (10-40-40)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (10-140-140)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto finally appears to have taken a decided back seat to Trout in the Canelo sweepstakes.
8) James Kirkland (10-66-66)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (36-176-176)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (37-37-105)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (1-34)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
12) Cory Spinks (1-54)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
After getting thumped for 12 rounds by Carlos Molina, Spinks may be retired.  His wife announced it, but I won’t remove him until either he personally or someone responsible for his career confirms it.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (37-82)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 2/15/2013- vs. George Tahdooahnippah (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight undefeated but totally untested Comanche tribesman George Tahdooahnippah on Friday Night Fights in Uncasville, CT in mid-February.
14) Lukas Konecny (18-78)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Keith Thurman (11-11)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might be in line to fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (11-88)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was given a gift when the WBC ordered a rematch of a draw that he clearly lost against Erislandy Lara.  Vanes threw that gift away by turning down the fight, and is now no longer in position for an eliminator for a Canelo shot.
17) Yuri Foreman (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (2-151)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Roberto Garcia (2-35)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (2-22)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

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

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jan 28- Feb 3

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

 

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

 

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

 

Foreman’s return and the resulting shift is the only change this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (39-100-115)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo still hasn’t finalized the Trout match-up, but he says he’s got an agreement to fight Floyd on September 14 already.
2) Carlos Molina (39-82-97)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #11 Cory Spinks
Molina finally gets another fight somewhat worthy of his true standing, as he takes on #11 Cory Spinks to open February on Friday Night Fights.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (45-130-130)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (9-35-104)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (9-82-104)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (9-39-39)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (9-139-139)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto finally appears to have taken a decided back seat to Trout in the Canelo sweepstakes.
8) James Kirkland (9-65-65)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (35-175-175)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (36-36-104)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Cory Spinks (33-53)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #2 Carlos Molina
Spinks will get yet another shot to rise to the top, this time against Carlos Molina on Friday Night Fights on February 1.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (33-33)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (36-81)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 2/15/2013- vs. George Tahdooahnippah (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight undefeated but totally untested Comanche tribesman George Tahdooahnippah on Friday Night Fights in Uncasville, CT in mid-February.
14) Lukas Konecny (17-77)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Keith Thurman (10-10)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might be in line to fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (10-87)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
17) Yuri Foreman (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (1-150)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Roberto Garcia (1-34)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (1-21)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.

 

The Week Ahead: The week’s key fight is on Friday in Chicago, where #2 Carlos Molina meets #11 Cory Spinks in a fight that will either reinforce the status quo or cause a major shake-up, depending on who wins.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by danboxing
#3 Cornelius Bundrage defended his alphabet title with a rematch against #11 Cory Spinks in Indio, California on Saturday.  The fight went mostly according to script.  Spinks held his own with his boxing skill than was the case in their 2010 fight, which was a one-sided beating from start to finish.  He managed to nab a couple rounds against the crude mauling style of Bundrage, but ultimately he lost by TKO in the 7th round for the same reason he lost a couple rounds earlier the first time around.  He simply couldn’t handle the strength and power of Bundrage enough to keep him off and make it a boxing match.  Bundrage closed the show impressively with 3 knockdowns in the final round.

 

On the undercard, #6 Erislandy Lara went the distance with prospect/gatekeeper ‘tweener Freddy Hernandez, mostly dominating the fight.  Hernandez won the 3rd round- which Lara appeared to take off- but clearly lost everything else.  This despite the fact that Lara fought a more amateur style than he did in his most recent notable fight against Williams (or certainly his destruction of Ronald Hearns).  After all, Lara was one hell of an amateur.  Judge Thomas Taylor didn’t notice the round that Hernandez clearly won, only taking off one point, as mandated by the referee for a rather dirty Lara headbutt.  Fritz Werner was dead-on at 98-91, while David Denkin was atrociously and suspendably bad at 95-94.  Both guys were a hair over the junior middleweight limit.  This isn’t a big deal in terms of how the fight will affect the two fighters rankings, except that Lara will not have made said limit for a year as of the end of this week.  In keeping with my established rules, he has bought himself an additional 6 months to make weight by missing it by less than 2 pounds.

 

Despite 2 important fights going down, the fact that both went as expected means in this case that no changes will occur in the rankings.  Spinks risked only his health by rematching Bundrage, since he had already lost to a much more lightly regarded version, and the loss does not change the fact that he still has a better resume than #12 Sergey Rabchenko.  Bundrage’s reinforcement of his earlier win over a more highly-regarded version of Spinks likewise is not sufficient to propel him past Molina, who has defeated or clearly deserved to defeat a #3 and #7 contender in his last two major fights. 

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (9-70-85)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
After Josesito Lopez upset Victor Ortiz, Alvarez is looking for a fourth scheduled opponent for his 9/15 date.  Trout and Quintana are being considered, and it also may be possible that Lopez could be asked to move up 2 weight classes over his natural weight, as well.  There are also rumors of Marcos Maidana, who himself only recently moved up to 147.
2) Carlos Molina (9-52-67)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (15-100-100)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
After removing whatever irrational doubt may have existed by dispatching Cory Spinks for a second time, Bundrage is hoping to secure a fight with Canelo.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Ortiz have been mentioned.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (9-109-109)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto may be back on December 1, and he says it may be at 160.
6) Erislandy Lara (9-52-74)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara dominated Hernandez, and should be looking to follow up his Williams win with other guys on that level.
7) James Kirkland (9-35-35)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland bailed almost immediately on a fight he signed with Canelo, and says he plans to return in October or November.
8) Austin Trout (5-5-74)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is among those being considered to tangle with Canelo on 9/15, but the WBC is trying to shoot down that excellent alphabet unification fight.
9) Alfredo Angulo (5-145-145)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
10) Gabriel Rosado (6-6-74)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado still wants Canelo, though Canelo isn’t considering him as an option at present.
11) Cory Spinks (3-23)
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 (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is likely to defend his European title against France’s Cedric Vitu in his next fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (6-51)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (4-57)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Vanes’ pointless scheduled fight with journeyman Ryan Davis is in doubt, as he now says (against his normal character) that he’d like to go direct to a fight with Canelo.
15) Lukas Konecny (4-47)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny-Baysangurov will finally happen- October 27 in Kiev.
16) Carlos Quintana (4-9)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Ryan Rhodes (3-141)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L (TKO7) vs. Sergey Rabchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes says he has no plans to retire after losing to Rabchenko.
18) Sechew Powell (3-120)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Brian Rose (3-31)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose’s reign as British Champion hasn’t been the greatest- partly due to limited available opposition, and partly due to his own awful performance against Carslaw.
20) Roberto Garcia (3-4)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: #14 Vanes Martirosyan may or may not be fighting journeyman Ryan Davis in Carson, California on Saturday’s Pavlik-Rosinsky undercard.  He has expressed interest in skipping the pointless fight and concentrating on a possible 9/15 challenge of Canelo, who is currently in search of a new opponent.

 

More or less simultaneously and just a half-hour away in Costa Mesa, Jesus Soto Karass gets a showcase opportunity against Dominican journeyman (or more generously, fringe prospect) Euri Gonzalez.  Gonzalez has two losses, but they came against an up-and-coming Saul Alvarez and an undefeated prospect.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss Miami prospect Joey Hernandez came in a bit over the limit and stopped journeyman Brandon Baue in the 4th round in Hollywood, Florida.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (8-69-84)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
After Josesito Lopez upset Victor Ortiz, Alvarez is looking for a fourth scheduled opponent for his 9/15 date.  Trout and Quintana are being considered, and it also may be possible that Lopez could be asked to move up 2 weight classes over his natural weight, as well.
2) Carlos Molina (8-51-66)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (14-99-99)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #11 Cory Spinks
K9 has a date with Cory Spinks.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Ortiz have been mentioned.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (8-108-108)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (8-51-73)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/30/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Lara will fight fringe contender Freddy Hernandez June 30 on Showtime.
7) James Kirkland (8-34-34)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland bailed almost immediately on a fight he signed with Canelo, and says he plans to return in October or November.
8) Austin Trout (4-4-73)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is among those being considered to tangle with Canelo on 9/15.
9) Alfredo Angulo (4-144-144)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
10) Gabriel Rosado (5-5-73)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado still wants Canelo, though Canelo isn’t considering him as an option at present.
11) Cory Spinks (2-22)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage on June 30.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is likely to defend his European title against France’s Cedric Vitu in his next fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (5-50)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (3-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes’ pointless scheduled fight with journeyman Ryan Davis is in doubt, as he now says (against his normal character) that he’d like to go direct to a fight with Canelo.
15) Lukas Konecny (3-46)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny-Baysangurov will finally happen- October 27 in Kiev.
16) Carlos Quintana (3-8)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Ryan Rhodes (2-140)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L (TKO7) vs. Sergey Rabchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes says he has no plans to retire after losing to Rabchenko.
18) Sechew Powell (2-119)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Brian Rose (2-30)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose’s reign as British Champion hasn’t been the greatest- partly due to limited available opposition, and partly due to his own awful performance against Carslaw.
20) Roberto Garcia (2-3)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: In a Saturday doubleheader in Indio, California, #3 Cornelius Bundrage will look to repeat his fantastic and punishing performance against #11 Cory Spinks in a rematch of that pair’s 2010 match.  

 

On the undercard, #6 Erislandy Lara takes on gatekeeper/prospect hybrid Freddy Hernandez in a 10-rounder.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jan 30- Feb 5

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by danboxing
In maybe a bit of a minor upset, inactive fringe contender Cory Spinks suddenly became a resurgent contender by nicking a close but unanimous decision over #11 Sechew Powell on Saturday in Springfield, Missouri.  Powell claims home cooking (the fight was 3 hours from Spinks’ hometown of St. Louis), saying all of the judges should have scored it 116-112 in his favor.  Unfortunately the fight was not on TV, and not even the most amateur of videos seems to exist anywhere.  This is one of the most significant fights in my memory to be so totally devoid of video.  I could have gone and watched the fight, and in fact intended to, but was unable to get off work.  Anyway, in the absence of any reliable evidence to the contrary, I have no choice but to accept it as a close victory for Spinks.

 

In the division’s only other notable fight, gatekeeper Grady Brewer managed to win a decision over lower mid-level Brazilian journeyman Edvan Dos Santos in Oklahoma City, but only won by a unanimous margin of 6 rounds to 2- not what you’d like to see from a guy trying to rebuild at a late stage of his career when fighting against that level of competition.

 

Spinks win takes him from the brink of obscurity to the #10 spot in one fell swoop.  Powell slides all the way back to #18 with the loss.  This illustrates why I like to see all fights that might affect my rankings.  Whether right or wrong, the judges have brought one man back from the dead and badly damaged the career of another- all with no public oversight.  If I’m ever able to locate a video, I will obviously watch the hell out of it. 

 

In the reshuffling, Austin Trout is forced out of the top 10 after an 8-week stint, and Prince Arron is bounced from the rankings after returning for 7 weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (33-48-63)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo is reportedly considering Kirkland and Shane Mosley for his May 5 date- probably as a co-feature for a Mayweather fight.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (33-78-78)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland, Cotto, and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (9-87-87)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: Unknown
The prevailing rumor is that Cotto will fight Pacquiao in a rematch on June 9 in Vegas, but Cotto maintains that no deal has been reached.
5) Erislandy Lara (9-30-52)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 2/11/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
After challenging a bunch of bigger names, Lara will take a tune-up on February 11 against journeyman Ronald Hearns.
6) Carlos Molina (30-30-45)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Alfredo Angulo (13-123-123)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
8) Ryan Rhodes (9-119-119)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenk0 (UNR)
Rhodes will fight undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergei Rabchenko on March 24 in Sheffield, England for a European title.
9) Gabriel Rosado (2-2-52)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado looks like a really strong contender after demolishing a game and durable Soto Karass.  He wants Canelo next.
10) Cory Spinks (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
11) Austin Trout (1-52)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (9-29)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
There appears to be a decent shot that Rodriguez will be fighting Trout next.
13) Paul Williams (8-52)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Williams-Ishida is set for February 18 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
14) Brian Rose (8-9)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (8-35)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. Troy Lowry (UNR)
Martirosyan makes another peculiar career move by fighting lower-mid-level journeyman Troy Lowry on the Chavez-Rubio undercard in San Antonio on February 4.
16) Yuri Foreman (8-122)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
17) Lukas Konecny (8-25)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
18) Sechew Powell (1-98)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 1/28/2012- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
19) Deandre Latimore (1-24)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/24/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Latimore has signed with Mayweather Promotions, and has a fight set up for February 24 on ShoBox from Vegas.  No opponent yet.
20) Antonio Margarito (1-12)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June.

 

The Week Ahead:  Two notables will see action on Saturday.  In Tokyo, 34 year old Daisuke Nakagawa, a two-loss, top 50 fighter that has not lost since 2005, takes on one-loss prospect Yosuke Kirima for the Japanese title recently vacated by American transplant Charlie Ota.  Later that night in San Antonio, #15 Vanes Martirosyan continues to tread water against journeyman Troy Lowry on the Chavez-Rubio undercard.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jan 23-29

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by danboxing
#11 Gabriel Rosado put on a hell of a performance in Philadelphia in the co-feature for  the debut of NBC Sports Network’s new “Fight Night” series.  He was fast, powerful, and sharp in general.  Jesus Soto Karass was game and tough as always, but he was badly outgunned, and was stopped in the 5th after a thorough beating in that round and the one before.  I don’t believe it’s possible to look any better over 5 rounds against good competition than Rosado did.

 

Rosado’s big win- maybe only the 3rd best of his career in terms of level of opposition- bumps him up 2 spots to #9.  He fails to eclipse Ryan Rhodes in a close call because of the fact that Rhodes has beaten a top 10 contender and Rosado has not, as well as the fact that Rosado lost t a low-level opponent in Joshua Onyango nearly 5 years ago.  Austin Trout is forced to #10, while Sechew Powell drops to #11 after 7 weeks in the top 10.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (32-47-62)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo is reportedly considering Kirkland and Shane Mosley for his May 5 date- probably as a co-feature for a Mayweather fight.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (32-77-77)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland, Cotto, and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (8-86-86)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: Unknown
The prevailing rumor is that Cotto will fight Pacquiao in a rematch on June 9 in Vegas, but Cotto maintains that no deal has been reached.
5) Erislandy Lara (8-29-51)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 2/11/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
After challenging a bunch of bigger names, Lara will take a tune-up on February 11 against journeyman Ronald Hearns.
6) Carlos Molina (29-29-44)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Alfredo Angulo (12-122-122)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
8) Ryan Rhodes (8-118-118)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenk0 (UNR)
Rhodes will fight undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergei Rabchenko on March 24 in Sheffield, England for a European title.
9) Gabriel Rosado (1-1-51)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado looks like a really strong contender after demolishing a game and durable Soto Karass.  He wants Canelo next.

10) Austin Trout (1-8-51)

Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
11) Sechew Powell (1-97)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 1/28/2012- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Powell will fight Cory Spinks in Springfield, Missouri on January 28.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (8-28)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
There appears to be a decent shot that Rodriguez will be fighting Trout next.
13) Paul Williams (7-51)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Williams-Ishida is set for February 18 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
14) Brian Rose (7-8)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (7-34)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. Troy Lowry (UNR)
Martirosyan makes another peculiar career move by fighting lower-mid-level journeyman Troy Lowry on the Chavez-Rubio undercard in San Antonio on February 4.
16) Yuri Foreman (7-121)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
17) Lukas Konecny (7-24)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
18) Deandre Latimore (7-23)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/24/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Latimore has signed with Mayweather Promotions, and has a fight set up for February 24 on ShoBox from Vegas.  No opponent yet.
19) Antonio Margarito (7-11)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June.
20) Prince Arron (7-7)
Last Fight: L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/24/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Arron is back in action on February 24 in an 8-rounder.

 

The Week Ahead:  Thursday: Gatekeeper Grady Brewer is right back at it after a not-so-good loss a shade over a month ago.  He’ll take on what should be a weak challenge in mediocre journeyman Edvan Dos Santos Barros of Brazil, in Brewer’s home base of Oklahoma City.

 

Saturday- #11 Sechew Powell battles Cory Spinks in Springfield, MO for a shot at a Cornelius Bundrage rematch.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 15-21

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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