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Middleweight: 2012, Apr 9-15

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by danboxing
Gatekeeper-level Minnesotan Andy Kolle won an 8-round decision against frequently recycled journeyman opponent Michael Walker in Superior, Wisconsin, on Saturday.  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 (104-104-104)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sergio has signed a contract to fight the Chavez-Lee winner, with 9/15 being the tentative date.
1) Daniel Geale (42-147-147)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: Unknown
2) Grzegorz Proksa (28-52-52)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L*(MD12) vs. Kerry Hope (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa wants a rematch in the worst kind of way, but his cut may keep him out 5-6 months.  Kerry Hope has audaciously suggested that Proksa (who clearly beat him in reality) might need to build to the rematch.
3) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-45-63)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. SMW #11 Andy Lee
Chavez signed 2 deals in one week.  He will fight Andy Lee on June 16 and, if he wins, will progress to challenge for the title, likely on September 15.
4) Matthew Macklin (4-42-133)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin deserves a break after a taxing effort against Martinez.
5) Felix Sturm (10-447-447)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
It looked like Sturm would be promoting Zbik’s fight with Proksa.  Now he’s fighting Zbik instead, after Zbik showed his disgust for Sturm by pulling out.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (10-76-76)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2012- vs. #15 Max Bursak
Originally rumored for April 20 in Equatorial Guinea, N’Dam will now fight Bursak in France two weeks later, instead.
7) Martin Murray (10-19-19)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray ran into visa problems (the customs kind, not the credit kind), scuttling a big payday against Chavez.
8) Dmitry Pirog (19-89-89)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Pirog will settle for Ishida on May 1 after several other potential opponents fell through.
9) Anthony Mundine (6-10-63)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine wants Chavez foremost, but would settle for Trout or Geale.
10) Sam Soliman (6-6-8)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-63)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is reportedly looking at a July fight with Ricardo Mayorga.
12) Osumanu Adama (5-55)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Paul Williams (6-8)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams is likely to fight on Showtime on June 30, with Joachim Alcine reportedly interested.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (6-63)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
15) Max Bursak (6-63)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2012- vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Bursak will be fighting N’Dam in France on May 4.
16) Gennady Golovkin (6-43)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him, but Sturm has been ordered to defend his belt against him by September.
17) Demetrius Andrade (6-34)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Darren Barker (6-26)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker bowed out of opportunities to fight Murray and Pirog, and now we have a possible reason as he has apparently been injured for a while, needs surgery, and is done until the fall.
19) Billi Godoy (6-25)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Godoy is now set to fight former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir in Neuquen, Argentina on April 13.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (6-6)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. JMW #? Paul Williams
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Ishida will look to play spoiler again on May 1 in Moscow.

 

The Week Ahead: A busy one on tap.

 

Monday: Japanese fringe contender Makoto Fuchigami fights Korean journeyman Kyung-Suk Kwak in Tokyo.

 

Friday: Cologne, Germany plays host to an interesting match-up between #5 Felix Sturm and fringe contender Sebastian Zbik.  Zbik doesn’t strike me as someone that belongs at the top 5 level, but frankly, in barely and in some ways corruptly squeaking by an even less proven Martin Murray, neither does Sturm anymore.  If more interest is needed, then let it be said that these guys really don’t like each other.

 

Saturday: In Edinburgh, Scotland, fringe prospect Craig McEwan stays busy with Paul Morby, a mere 6-12 fighter.

 

In Miami, prospect Joey Hernandez is in against Shakir Ashanti, who is best known as a punching bag that Cory Spinks worked on for 10 rounds last June.

 

In Mexico City, gatekeeper Saul Roman fights journeyman Richard Gutierrez, while in Arandas, Mexico, undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez fights another journeyman in Jaime Barboza.

 

Finally, in Neuquen, Argentina, undefeated prospect and #19 contender Billi Godoy battles former welterweight champion and current journeyman Carlos Baldomir.

Middleweight: 2011, Nov 7-13

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by danboxing
Here are last week’s notable results, in chronological order:

 

On Friday, fringe contender Sergio Mora beat journeyman and long-forgotten former contender Jose Flores in California, stopping him on the stool after round 7.

 

Saturday at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Polish undefeated prospect and fringe contender Patrick Majewski suffered an upset knockout loss in round 6 at the hands of Colombian gatekeeper Jose Miguel Torres.  Majewski was winning the fight easily on points until Torres turned the lights out on him.  Another scheduled fight on the card between Elvin Ayala and Juan Astorga was canceled.

 

Finally, in Leon, Mexico, Peter Quillin made the middleweight limit for just the fourth time in his career, the first time since 2007, and the first time he’s done so for a significant fight.  His opponent, Craig McEwan, had been leading for much of his fight with Andy Lee back in March, when Lee suddenly turned things around to score a late knockout.  Quillin, or Kid Chocolate as he’s often known, was behind by a point on my card when, in round 6, he grabbed a stoppage win.  I thought the stoppage might have been a little premature, but what are you gonna do?  To be perfectly honest, neither fighter lived up to the expectations I had for them based on their previous outings.

 

In a bit of an upset, there will be no changes to the rankings.  Despite his big name, Quillin’s accomplishments in the division remain fairly thin, and he cannot overtake Godoy.  Torres might have a bit better case, except that his losses at junior middleweight (one of them recently to Yudel Jhonson) and welterweight work against him in earning the benefit of the doubt.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (82-82-82)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
There are simply too many potential challengers for Martinez’ crown to list them all here.
1) Daniel Geale (20-125-125)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says he’s 90% sure he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (6-30-30)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Felix Sturm (6-425-425)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 12/2/2012- vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Apparently ducking a rematch with British contender Matthew Macklin, Sturm will instead fight his countryman, undefeated prospect Martin Murray, in Mannheim.
4) Matthew Macklin (6-20-111)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin couldn’t secure a rematch of his borderline robbery loss to Sturm, as the German has opted to fight countryman Martin Murray, instead.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (18-54-54)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Dmitry Pirog (18-67-67)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says there’s a 90% chance he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
7) Sebastian Sylvester (6-326-326)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
8) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (6-23-41)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Next Fight: 11/19/2011- vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Chavez is now claiming a hand injury, and will likely now skip his scheduled fight with Ronald Hearns in September and go straight to his second scheduled fight with Peter Manfredo in November.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (6-31-41)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC wants Rubio to fight Martinez, with the winner to face Chavez.
10) Anthony Mundine (18-18-41)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
11) Osumanu Adama (5-33)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
12) Max Bursak (5-41)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had little trouble with his latest weak opponent.
13) Paul Williams (18-135)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. JMW #15 Erislandy Lara (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara handled him easily despite what the awful judges said, and his poor performance earns him a demotion even though the fight took place at JMW.
14) Garth Wood (4-41)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
15) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-31)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze
Ishida’s fight with Khurtsidze fell through as suddenly as it had been made, and Ishida will keep his November 26 date, with no opponent yet.
16) Gennady Golovkin (3-21)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/9/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in December.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (3-41)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Khurtsidze suddenly appeared set to fight Ishida in December, and just as suddenly the fight was scrapped.
18) Demetrius Andrade (3-12)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
19) Darren Barker (3-4)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been receiving interest from Chavez and Geale after his over-performance against Martinez.
20) Billi Godoy (3-3)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- W(TD4) vs. Claudio Abalos (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. Luciano Silva (UNR)
Godoy takes on a less than stellar opponent this week.

 

The Week Ahead: In the week’s only significant middleweight action, #20 Billi Godoy takes on Brazilian journeyman Luciano Silva in Viedma, Argentina.

Middleweight: 2011, Oct 31- Nov 6

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by danboxing
Time to call out the posse, because there was an absolute robbery on the ShoBox telecast from New Jersey on Friday.  Undefeated prospect Brandon Gonzales proved to be in WAY over his head against Ghanaian gatekeeper Ossie Duran who, though clearly slower and less athletic than his younger opponent, was able to get potshots in with a good deal of consistency against Gonzales, for whom consistency wasn’t in the vocabulary.  Except that he consistently lost rounds.

 

But that’s where the robbery comes in.  Julie Lederman and John McKaie….it’s really had to believe that judges can be this bad.  And it wasn’t just the one fight.  In the co-feature, Artemio Reyes lost at most 1 round, and yet Lederman gave his opponent 3, and McKaie gave 2.  But Gonzales-Duran was sooo much worse.  Gonzales won between 0-2 of the 8 rounds.  Lederman and McKaie somehow gave him six!!!!  SIX!!!!  I’m no math major, but I’m pretty sure if you flipped a coin, you would have come up with a better card than those two something like 9 of 10 times.  This was literally one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen.  Why are these judges allowed to keep working?  I mean of the six rounds in which there was legitimately a clear winner, the two of them fully botched at least four.  The only sport that we allow that high a failure rate is baseball, among hitters.  This is pathetic.  This wasn’t a close fight, nor a particularly hard one to score.  And the decision was a disgrace.  But God bless George Hill, who had it exactly right at 78-74 Duran.

 

So needless to say, this was a win for Duran in my book.  But Gonzales lacked the resume for the win to do Duran any good for our purposes.  Also, for whatever it’s worth, the fight was contested a pound or so over the divisional limit.  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: Sergio Martinez (81-81-81)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin and Lee both called Sergio out immediately after his less than dominant victory over Barker, as has Pirog- whose offer to fight Sergio in Moscow is reportedly some kind of record.  Sergio expressed interest in the winner of Cotto-Margarito, and also shot down any suggestion of him moving up to 168.  He still wants Chavez, who claims he’d be interested for the right money.  Pacquiao has also been mentioned, but the Filipino superstar would only be interested if Sergio could make 147.  Sergio thinks he could make 150.
1) Daniel Geale (19-124-124)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says he’s 90% sure he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (5-29-29)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Felix Sturm (5-424-424)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 12/2/2012- vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Apparently ducking a rematch with British contender Matthew Macklin, Sturm will instead fight his countryman, undefeated prospect Martin Murray, in Mannheim.
4) Matthew Macklin (5-19-110)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin couldn’t secure a rematch of his borderline robbery loss to Sturm, as the German has opted to fight countryman Martin Murray, instead.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (17-53-53)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Dmitry Pirog (17-66-66)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says there’s a 90% chance he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
7) Sebastian Sylvester (5-325-325)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
8) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-22-40)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Next Fight: 11/19/2011- vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Chavez is now claiming a hand injury, and will likely now skip his scheduled fight with Ronald Hearns in September and go straight to his second scheduled fight with Peter Manfredo in November.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-30-40)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC wants Rubio to fight Martinez, with the winner to face Chavez.
10) Anthony Mundine (17-17-40)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
11) Osumanu Adama (4-32)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
12) Max Bursak (4-40)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had little trouble with his latest weak opponent.
13) Paul Williams (17-134)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. JMW #15 Erislandy Lara (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara handled him easily despite what the awful judges said, and his poor performance earns him a demotion even though the fight took place at JMW.
14) Garth Wood (3-40)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
15) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-30)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze
Ishida is fighting Khurtsidze in the Ukraine a week before Christmas.
16) Gennady Golovkin (2-20)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/9/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in December.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-40)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: 12/17/2011- vs. #15 Nobuhiro Ishida
See Ishida’s notes, above.
18) Demetrius Andrade (2-11)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Darren Barker (2-3)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been receiving interest from Chavez and Geale after his over-performance against Martinez.
20) Billi Godoy (2-2)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- W(TD4) vs. Claudio Abalos (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: A ton of good fights this week:

Friday in Indio, California, fringe contender Sergio Mora takes on Mexican journeyman Jose Flores, who was a contender 10-15 years ago.

 

Saturday in London, American gatekeeper Elvin Ayala and Polish fringe contender Patrick Majewski are both in action against journeyman opponents- Ayala against Mexican Juan Astorga, and Majewski against Colombian Jose Miguel Torres.

 

That same night in Mexico, on the Kirkland-Angulo undercard, Contender Peter Quillin and gatekeeper Craig McEwan meet up in a battle of well-known middleweights that have never actually fought a significant fight under the middleweight limit.  We’ll see what their weights are for this fight.