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Middleweight: 2013, Aug 26- Sep 1

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss prospect and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs made a big statement on Monday.  He’s back.  Jacobs made 160 for the first time since his 2010 knockout loss to Pirog, and since beating cancer.  And fighting the first serious opponent since Pirog, he managed to look better than he has since at least the Ishe Smith fight in 2009.  But let’s not overhype it just yet.  Jacobs dances away from his opponent too much for my liking.  When he does so, he crosses the line from boxing into light running.  I actually gave the first to rounds to the more aggressive and solid Lorenzo.  But Jacobs didn’t wait too long to get going, absolutely detonating Lorenzo’s chin in the 3rd.  This was perhaps a bit surprising, since Jacobs had never even knocked down a top 50 opponent before, and Lorenzo had never been stopped despite fighting 3 top-5 contenders, and another top 10.

 

Speaking of quick knockouts, undefeated Russian prospect Dmitry Chudinov moved on a bit from his rather embarrassing draw with Patrick Mendy, knocking out one-loss Venezuelan fringe prospect Jorge Navarro in the 2nd.

 

Gilberto Ramirez, the undefeated Mexican prospect, had been scheduled to take on veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia, but got a short notice replacement in veteran spoiler Derrick Findley.  It’s unfortunate that Findley continues to be put in this type of situation.  We’ve seen that he’s a pretty good fighter when he gets something like a full camp.  He definitely deserved to beat Curtis Stevens in that situation earlier this year.  But against Ramirez, on a few days’ notice, he didn’t win a single round on a single card.  The fight was actually at super middleweight, and perhaps unintentionally makes Ramirez a minor player in that division (at least in my book).

 

And last but certainly not least, Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata made his pro debut on Sunday in Tokyo.  Why am I spending time on a pro debut, you ask?  Afterall, I pretty much only report on match-ups involving top 50 fighters.  Well, simple: Murata’s pro debut came against none other than #14 Akio Shibata, Asia’s best middleweight.  This was a bold and confident move for Murata’s team, and a very high-risk one for Shibata.  It paid off for Murata, as he dropped Shibata in the first and finished him off late in the second.  Unfortunately, the fight was contested at 161, and thus doesn’t establish Murata’s eligibility as a middleweight.  It’s a shame, since that pound almost certainly made little difference in the outcome, and since Murata probably otherwise earned a top-10 spot in his very first fight.  The win will be considered in the future, but only once Murata has achieved the requisite top 50 win while making the 160 limit.

 

Demetrius Andrade (#16 last week) is removed, having scheduled a fight at 154 for November- more than a year after his last fight against an opponent that weighed more than that.  Shibata also falls out, although I give him enough benefit of the doubt as to Murata being a top-quality prospect that he’s still in the neighborhood of a ranking.  This allows Max Bursak to advance from #15 to #14.  Meanwhile, everyone ranked #17-20 last week moves up two places.  Jacobs assumes the #19 spot with his big win.  Chudinov is back in at #20, though I assure you, the fact that he had a  stay-busy win this week had no bearing on his ranking.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (176-176-176)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.
1) Martin Murray (18-91-91)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Hatton Promotions, who handle Murray, had an offer on the table to fight Quillin in England.  Golden Boy blames the deal falling through on Hatton’s CEO- Richard Poxon, essentially crying incompetence.  But with no word from Murray’s camp, it’s hard to say whether that’s a fight the should-be Champ wanted or not.
2) Gennady Golovkin (9-52-115)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #19 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (2-2-98)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.
4) Felix Sturm (9-519-519)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (2-219-219)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.
6) Matthew Macklin (2-114-205)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
7) Peter Quillin (18-45-66)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golden Boy expects to put Quillin on the Hopkins-Murat undercard in late October.  Sergio Mora is apparently dying to be the opponent.
8) Dmitry Pirog (18-161-161)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog says his back injuries have fully healed, and will be meeting with his people in the US soon to determine his next fight.  I’ll probably give him until the end of September to calendar that fight before removing him.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (9-26-148)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
See Quillin’s notes, above.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (24-135)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (24-135)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 8/23/2013- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mundine says the fight is signed with Mosley, but no date has been announced yet.
13) Osumanu Adama (24-127)
Last Fight: 7/26/2013- RTD7 Doel Carasquillo (UNR) (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has until September 7 to schedule a middleweight fight to avoid removal, having missed 160 in his last two fights.
14) Max Bursak (1-135)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Bryan Vera (1-45)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again, this time to 9/28.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (1-124)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
17) Curtis Stevens (1-4)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
18) Billi Godoy (1-2)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Danny Jacobs (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dmitry Chudinov (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- KO2 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing going on this week, after a very active last week.

Middleweight: 2013, Aug 19-25

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by danboxing
In what must be viewed as an upset from Atlantic City, #3 Daniel Geale was defeated in a legitimately razor-thin fight on HBO.  Geale, who lacks real power but usually makes up for it with volume, was a bit more cautious than normal, perhaps because Barker seemed to have a pretty fair amount of steam behind his punches to an extent that guys like Sebastian Sylvester and Anthony Mundine may not have.  Maybe even more than Sturm, with whom Geale also had a toss-up kind of fight.  I had it 114-113 for Barker, with the Englishman winning 7 rounds to overcome a devastatingly placed body shot that produced a knockdown and almost a knockout in the 6th.  Half the fight was composed of toss-up rounds, but in my estimation, Barker swept the first 5, came back strong in the 7th, and managed to nick the 10th to seal the victory.

 

In much less significant action, gatekeeper Sergio Sanders knocked out low-level countryman Abel Adriel in 7 from Malvinas, Argentina.

 

Barker revitalizes his injury-plagued career with by far its best win.  He rockets to #3, replacing Geale at that position.  Geale slumps two spots, displaced by Barker and also swapping positions with Sturm, over whom he holds an indecisive win.  Macklin is displaced one spot by Barker, as well.

 

Having re-scheduled his 165 pound catchweight fight with Vera for after the 1-year anniversary of his last middleweight fight, Julio Cesar Chavez (#6 last week) is removed.  Brought into equilibrium by Barker and Chavez, everyone ranked #7-14 last week stays put.  #s 16-20 each move up, and the vacancy at #20 is filled by Billi Godoy, who had been bumped out of that spot on August 5.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (175-175-175)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.
1) Martin Murray (17-90-90)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Golovkin talks having amounted to nothing, Murray is looking for what should be a make-able showdown with Darren Barker.
2) Gennady Golovkin (8-51-114)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #19 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (1-1-97)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.

4) Felix Sturm (8-518-518)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (1-218-218)

Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker

Next Fight: Unknown

Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.
6) Matthew Macklin (1-113-204)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
7) Peter Quillin (17-44-65)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golden Boy expects to put Quillin on the Hopkins-Murat undercard in late October.
8) Dmitry Pirog (17-160-160)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog says his back injuries have fully healed, and will be meeting with his people in the US soon to determine his next fight.  I’ll probably give him until the end of September to calendar that fight before removing him.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (8-25-147)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win, and has signed with a solid promoter in Lou DiBella.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (23-134)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (23-134)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mundine says the fight is signed with Mosley, but no date has been announced yet.
13) Osumanu Adama (23-126)
Last Fight: 7/26/2013- RTD7 Doel Carasquillo (UNR) (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has until September 7 to schedule a middleweight fight to avoid removal, having missed 160 in his last two fights.
14) Akio Shibata (16-16)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Max Bursak (1-134)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #14 JMW Vanes Martirosyan (at JMW)
Andrade-Martirosyan has been postponed along with Chavez-Vera due to Chavez’s cut.  Chances are the new date will lead to his removal, since it will probably be after his 1-year anniversary of his last middleweight fight.  That’s now even more likely with the news that the fight will not be on the same date as Chavez-Vera anymore.
17) Bryan Vera (1-44)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again, this time to 9/28.
18) Grzegorz Proksa (1-123)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
19) Curtis Stevens (1-3)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
20) Billi Godoy (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss prospect and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs will get his stiffest test, by far, since he was knocked out by Pirog back in 2010, when he takes on Dominican gatekeeper Giovanni Lorenzo, a once-promising prospect who still has only lost to top-10 opposition.  That fight will inaugurate Fox Sports 1’s new Monday Night Boxing series.

 

Saturday in Volgograd, Russia, undefeated Russian prospect Dmitry Chudinov- recently ranked in the top 20 before being humbled by a draw to journeyman Patrick Mendy- looks to get back on a winning track against a lesser journeyman in Venezuela’s Jorge Navarro.

 

A battle of Mexicans is brewing in Glendale, California later that night, as undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez takes on veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia.

 

Capping off the week on Sunday is a very intriguing match-up in Tokyo, where #14 Akio Shibata will look to rudely welcome Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata to the pro ranks.  That’s right.  Murata is making his pro debut against the best middleweight in Asia.  No baby steps here.  I hope Shibata is getting paid well, because this is a very high-risk, low-reward kind of fight.  It’s not every day a guy has a chance to be 1-0 and something close to a top-10 fighter.

Middleweight: 2013, Apr 29- May 5

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by danboxing
I’ve been afraid of this moment since I first started doing this.  There’s controversy and a cloud over a legitimate championship.  For once in his life, Sergio Martinez got the benefit of unfair officiating, instead of the other way around.  I made reference to Martinez coming off knee surgery and the effect it might have on the fight last week, but that’s not really what it looked like.  To me, it appeared that Sergio wasn’t quite as sharp as usual.  Maybe the knee was a factor, but not to an obvious enough extent that the eyes of this layman could detect.  But mostly, it appeared to me that Murray perfected the approach that Darren Barker used to become the first man to really win rounds and frustrate a championship-level Sergio in 2011 before suffering a very odd knockout.  He concentrated on defense, and tried to throw only when he had the advantage, and only to the extent necessary to win rounds.  This took away the Champion’s huge advantages in reflexes, speed, and timing to a large extent.  In this respect, it could be that Sergio was a victim of his own success, in that he may not have learned a key lesson from the Barker fight due to his flukey knockout win.  If I can play armchair cornerman for a second, I would say that Martinez failed to make an effective adjustment when Murray showed that he was going to make the Champ take the lead.  Sergio responded by standing in front of Murray with his hands down, daring the Englishman to bite on the bait, which he rarely did.  In my opinion, the correct adjustment would have been to get up on his toes and commit to outworking and outboxing his man, preferably with his hands in position to block the odd shot.  Surely he could pile up the points against the passive and comparatively slow Murray with this strategy.  Worst case scenario, he gets caught in an exchange with the bigger man here and there, in which case his handspeed, reflexes, and proven one-punch power would likely serve him well.
Before I get to my assessment of the scoring of the fight, let me immunize myself against any accusation of bias by saying that Martinez is actually my favorite fighter, with only Carl Froch even in the same league.  But Sergio, simply put, did not win this fight.  I scored the fight 114-113 for Murray.  And that’s without acknowledging that referee Massimo Barrovecchio essentially handed Martinez a free point by inexcusably calling a clear Murray knockdown a slip.  I scored rounds 4-6 and 8-10 for Murray.  He added an official knockdown in the 8th, in addition to the stolen one in the 10th.  Only the 9th was close enough that I could see potentially giving it to the Champ.  Murray might have similarly snatched 3 and 11 with no argument from me.  But in most cases, the one swing round would be enough for me to say “could have gone either way” and treat Sergio’s victory with minimal deference.  But in this case, the second knockdown call was so obviously blown by the ref that I feel compelled to disregard that ruling just as surely as if it were a blown round on a scorecard (though I don’t know if I’d have been brave enough to do so if I were an official judge, whom I’ll get to in a second).  So in the final analysis, the absolute best Sergio could have hoped for, given fair and accurate officiating, would have been a draw 113-113.  Since, again, he’s my favorite fighter, I will say in Martinez’s defense that he may apparently re-broke his hand in round 2, and may have also re-injured the knee at some point.

 

How did the three blind mice at ringside have it, you ask?  Almost as if they had agreed upon it beforehand, they had it unanimously 115-112 for Martinez.  That means that the judges uniformly scored each toss-up round, as well as 2 essentially clear Murray rounds, for the local hero and Champion.  Their names, for the purposes of the infamy that should stem from this robbery, are Alejandro Rochin of California, Rey Danseco of the Phillippines, and Nicolas Hidalgo of Venezuela.  Danseco is a real peach.  Just last week he did a poor job in getting the wrong winner in Trout-Canelo, and was fixing to rob Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. against Andy Lee.  I’ve actually only ever see him score one fight decently- Hopkins-Pascal II.  Hidalgo is a virtual unknown, while Rochin is somewhat hit-and-miss, but at least recently hasn’t been involved in any actual robberies I’m aware of.  If I were in charge of judges worldwide, I would see to it that Hidalgo- off to a bad start in his first high-profile assignment- worked his way up from four-rounders and got some training, as he’s young and new enough to potentially be redeemed.  I would consider Rochin on probation, and watch him very carefully.  But I would ban Danseco, who appears to be consistently incompetent.

 

The Argentine commission- in addition to picking or allowing the WBC to pick mediocre to poor officials- embarrassed themselves as an organization even further.  In the pre-fight build-up, much was made of the fact that instant replay would be available in the event of controversial calls in the ring.  Such a situation did arise with Barrovecchio’s mental misfire in the 10th.  But the commissioners made a joke out of the whole thing by actually agreeing with the ref’s call, when there was visual evidence that proved beyond any doubt whatsoever that it was indeed a knockdown.

 

In another rather significant fight on a competing Showtime broadcast, Peter Quillin had his way, more or less, with game but outgunned fringe contending prospect Fernando Guerrero.  Guerrero had no answer for Quillin’s power punching early, with Kid Chocolate scoring 2 knockdowns in the second (the first of which was pretty devastating), and sweeping the first 5 rounds on my card.  But Guerrero was progressively getting into the fight starting in the third, and by the 5th he was giving as well as he got.  He all but dominated the 6th, but Quillin flipped the switch to resume the beating in the 7th, once again landing flush with regularity, blasting Guerrero to the ropes for a technical knockdown, and then sending his weakened opponent down for a 4th time to obligate (excellent) referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight.  Overall a pretty solid win for Quillin.

 

Prospect and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs knocked out journeyman Keenan Collins in 4 on the same card, as well.

 

So now to my conundrum.  The official winner of the championship bout could have hoped for nothing better than a draw, and I scored it for the official loser.  Under normal circumstances, my established practice in these cases is to treat the official winner as if he had salvaged a draw, while treating the proper winner as if he had been correctly awarded the victory.  Normally this would leave the true winner in a good position, while not hurting the fortunate official winner as much as perhaps he deserves.  The presence of a championship (as opposed to a mere ranking) in the balance alters that scheme.  If Sergio gets a draw, he keeps his title.  If Murray gets a win, he wins that same title.  So in keeping with my unstated general principle that benefit of the doubt goes to the official results wherever true doubt exists, I must leave the title with Martinez, though Murray gets the consolation prize of a #1 ranking.  Unfortunately that leaves me in the unenviable position of having a guy that won a championship fight in my rankings as something other than a champion.

 

As for Quillin, his win isn’t enough to get him past Chavez.  Furthermore, with Murray’s promotion, everyone ranked #1 to #8 last week backtracks a spot- Quillin included.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (159-159-159)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (1-74-74)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- draw at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray absolutely deserves to be Champion, but there is an argument that Sergio deserved a draw, and thus he retains the Championship by the slimmest margin possible.  There’s absolutely no way Murray lost the fight.  I hope (but doubt) that he’ll get a rematch.
2) Daniel Geale (1-202-202)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale hopes to have a “keep busy” fight while the IBF (slowly) sorts out his mandatory situation complicated by Soliman’s PED result.
3) Felix Sturm (1-502-502)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF has suspended Sam Soliman for 9 months, and will put Sturm in another eliminator for a shot at Geale.
4) Gennady Golovkin (1-35-98)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida

Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (1-97-188)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-100-118)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #17 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to July 13.
7) Peter Quillin (1-28-49)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (1-144-144)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (1-107-107)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (9-9-131)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown

N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (7-118)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

With Martinez (for whom he is that mandatory) sidelined until 2014, Rubio may get a shot at Sergio’s alphabet belt against someone else in the interim.  Alternatively, I think he is also in line for Quillin’s belt, as well.
12) Anthony Mundine (7-118)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in late June or July, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He has hinted he may be moving back down to 154.
13) Osumanu Adama (7-110)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Darren Barker (8-81)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Barker has lost out to Bryan Vera for an opportunity to fight Chavez.
15) Max Bursak (8-118)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (8-89)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in either Kiev or Odessa in the Ukraine.
17) Bryan Vera (9-28)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
After an absolutely abysmal performance from which he was lucky to escape without a loss against journeyman Donatas Bondas, Vera appears to be the choice to fight JCC on July 13.
18) Makoto Fuchigami (2-9)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- RTD6 Marlon Alta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Akio Shibata (UNR)
Fuchigami has a good domestic-level opportunity on his hands, fighting essentially a peer in junior middleweight fringe contender Akio Shibata.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-61)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Jose Miguel Torres (2-2)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- TKO4 Javier Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Torres sneaks into the rankings based on a nearly 18 month old upset win over Patrick Majewski, but considering the awful opposition he has faced since, I’m not particularly happy about it.

 

The Week Ahead: Two significant fights on Saturday.  In Tokyo, #18 Makoto Fuchigami meets  fringe contender Akio Shibata, who is probably the 3rd-best Japanese middleweight behind himself and Ishida. 

 

And in Vegas, we find a very interesting clash between junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado and fairly unproven but well-promoted and apparently quite skilled undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard.  I hope Rosado is getting paid very well for the fight, because it’s a very high-risk, low-reward kind of fight for a guy who at least ought to be in line for a shot at Ishe Smith’s very winnable title at 154.  But since winning an eliminator over Charles Whitaker in September, he was essentially paid to serve as a sacrificial opponent to apparent world-beater Gennady Golovkin and now, it seems, is getting the same treatment against a prospect who hasn’t even burst into the top 50 yet.  If he wins, it doesn’t give him much benefit at all in my opinion.  If he loses, then it may become very difficult to get quality fights.  He’ll be as dangerous as the top 10 contender he is today, but will offer relatively little credibility to the opponents who hope to make a name off him, since he will be coming off back-to-back losses- something that is very tough to overcome for a modern boxer, whether rightly or wrongly.

Middleweight: 2013, Apr 22-28

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, #18 Curtis Stevens was the beneficiary of a judging debacle on the Cunningham-Fury undercard.  You could probably have seen it coming, sadly, when the judges were announced.  John McKaie is, I feel confident in saying, the single worst judge in America, if not the world.  You can generally pick the true winner of the fight by choosing the guy that McKaie had losing.  It’s like the guy is testing the New York commission to see how many fights a judge can blatantly ruin before they stop hiring him.  Don Trella is very hit and miss, but at least he’s avoided embarrassing himself since his ludicrous Quillin-N’Dam card in October.  I was not particularly familiar with Robin Taylor’s work going into the fight, as he seldom works TV fights.  Naturally NBC’s commentary crew of BJ Flores, Kenny Rice, and silent partner Larry “Rubber Stamp” Hazzard tried to sell the public on the idea that Stevens was winning.  But for those of you that bought their ludicrous commentary, here’s what really happened:

 

Journeyman Derrick Findley came forward, consistently backing Stevens up and landing the better shots- particularly to the body.  Simply put, he was more aggressive, controlled the ring, and landed more and more telling shots.  Round-by-round, he clearly won the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th.  He clearly lost the 1st, 4th, and 6th.  The only difficult round to score was the 8th and final, which I narrowly gave to Findley to earn him a 77-75 edge.  Obviously if you were generous to Stevens, he may have eked out a draw.  But this is where the ringside crooks stepped in.  McKaie and Taylor each had it 78-74 for Stevens, meaning that in a short 8 round fight, they both gave Stevens the lone toss-up, as well as two clear Findley rounds.  That’s just another day at the office for McKaie, at least.  But Don Trella returned to Quillin-N’Dam form, throroughly embarrassing himself by giving Stevens all but one round.  Trella and Taylor need some major intervention and rehabilitation, and in my opinion should not work high-profile fights until they’ve proven themselves competent.  McKaie is a different matter.  He’s a consistent and flagrant offender, and should without any question never be allowed to judge a fight again under any circumstances. 

 

A few hours later in Mexico City, undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez knocked out inexperienced low-level journeyman and late replacement Juan De Angel with a body shot in the latter half of the 3rd round.  Ramirez had been scheduled to fight comparatively top-notch journeyman Dionisio Miranda until that fight fell through.
 
Stevens tumbles from the top 20 with the awful performance, allowing the rather unworthy Jose Miguel Torres to claim the #20 spot on the strength of his upset win over undefeated prospect and fringe contender Patrick Majewski from November 2011.  He’s been slumming since then, and has a spotty prior record at lower weights, both factors which make me regret having to rank him at this stage.  What about Findley, you ask?  Well, two things.  He has a poor record prior to Saturday as a traveling opponent to often unproven or mediocre prospects and other fighters.  Also, he came in at 161 to Stevens’ 159, making it hard to give him full credit for a close win in the middleweight division.  He’s made me want to watch his fights going forward, but I can’t in good conscience consider ranking him.  The Japanese duo of Fuchigami and Ishida move up to 18 and 19, respectively.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (158-158-158)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #9 Martin Murray
Martinez will look to come back strong from knee surgery when he takes on Martin Murray in Argentina on April 27.  The fight will be revolutionary in that instant replay will be available to the referee.
1) Daniel Geale (96-201-201)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
With Soliman testing positive for a PED, his expected fight with Geale is probably out.  Perhaps a Sturm rematch is the most obvious follow-up.  Sergio has also expressed interest in a fight with him after Murray.
2) Felix Sturm (8-501-501)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm says on Twitter that he’s resumed light training, and will soon announce his plans for his next fight, which he describes as a big event.
3) Gennady Golovkin (8-34-97)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida

Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
4) Matthew Macklin (8-96-187)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-99-117)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #17 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to July 13.
6) Peter Quillin (8-27-48)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Quillin’s fight with Guerrero has been postponed from February 9 to April 27 due to an injury to the card’s headliner, Danny Garcia.
7) Dmitry Pirog (8-143-143)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (8-106-106)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
9) Martin Murray (8-73-73)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO6 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Murray will look to prove that he belongs at or above the level he achieved by drawing with Sturm when he fights the Champ in Argentina on April 27.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (8-8-130)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown

N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (6-117)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

Rubio seems to be the mandatory for both the Quillin-Guerrero and the Martinez-Murray winner unless I’ve missed something.
12) Anthony Mundine (6-117)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in late June or July, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He has hinted he may be moving back down to 154.
13) Osumanu Adama (6-109)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Darren Barker (7-80)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Barker has lost out to Bryan Vera for an opportunity to fight Chavez.
15) Max Bursak (7-117)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (7-88)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in either Kiev or Odessa in the Ukraine.
17) Bryan Vera (8-27)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #5 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
After an absolutely abysmal performance from which he was lucky to escape without a loss against journeyman Donatas Bondas, Vera appears to be the choice to fight JCC on July 13.
18) Makoto Fuchigami (1-8)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- RTD6 Marlon Alta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Akio Shibata (UNR)
Fuchigami has a good domestic-level opportunity on his hands, fighting essentially a peer in junior middleweight fringe contender Akio Shibata.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-60)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Jose Miguel Torres (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- TKO4 Javier Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Torres sneaks into the rankings based on a nearly 18 month old upset win over Patrick Majewski, but considering the awful opposition he has faced since, I’m not particularly happy about it.

 

The Week Ahead: Five notable middleweights are in action this week in 3 separate fights.  The big one is the Championship fight between reigning Champ Sergio Martinez and promising Englishman Martin Murray (#9), who is best known for a draw with Felix Sturm that he easily could have won.  That fight will be televised on HBO in the US, and takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Murray is hardly the most daunting opponent Sergio has fought since beating Pavlik for the title, but there’s always a bit of added intrigue when a guy is coming off major knee surgery, especially a fighter that relies on mobility as much as Sergio.

 

In a competing card on Showtime from Brooklyn, #6 Peter Quillin takes on prospect/fringe contender Fernando Guerrero.  Guerrero has won 4 straight against limited opposition since his ill-fated foray into the junior middleweight division that saw him being stopped by Grady Brewer back in 2011.  Quillin fights for the first time since he dropped Hassan N’Dam 6 times and still barely eked out a win last year.

 

On that undercard, prospect Danny Jacobs looks to continue his comeback from cancer, still taking it easy in terms of his competition level.  His opponent is mediocre journeyman Keenan Collins.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Dec 3-9

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Super Middleweight: 2012, Nov 26- Dec 2

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2012 by danboxing
Andrea Di Luisa may have peaked.  Not long ago, he was a fast-rising prospect and my unofficial #21 fighter at this weight.  But then he was dominated by Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye, and now has been stopped in his own backyard by what must be described as a fringe prospect in Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse.  According to local reports, Di Luisa was up a couple points on the cards when he surrendered following the 7th round.  I have no idea if that scoring was legitimate given the location of the fight and the fact I didn’t personally watch it, but ultimately it doesn’t make much difference.  If Google translate served me well, then I understand from an Italian website that the key damage that caused Di Luisa to submit was a punch to the neck from which he was never able to recover.

 

It appears that Tanzanian gatekeeper Francis Cheka’s scheduled fight with a debuting fighter in Oman was canceled, in case you cared about that one.

 

Does Rebrasse earn a ranking?  No.  He basically moves from the dividing line between fringe prospect and journeyman to being much more comfortably the former.  He’s top 50 easily now, but not really close to top 25.  The debacle that was the year 2011 for him ensures that, as he lost to an untested prospect and drew with a complete bum in the first half of that year.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (50-184-184)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 1/26/2012- vs. #8 Kelly Pavlik
Ward will be fighting Pavlik in LA on January 26.
1) Carl Froch (27-337-337)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Lucian Bute
Froch destroyed a passive and weak-looking Mack and is now probably all set for his March or April rematch with Bute.
2) Arthur Abraham (14-162-162)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (14-416-416)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (14-346-346)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Bute struggled a fair amount in his win over Grachev, and now presumably will have to deal with Froch for a second time.
5) Robert Stieglitz (14-170-170)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (14-78-126)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen missed weight initially but managed to sweat it off to fight Zuniga.  He has reportedly been working on a potential deal to fight Gennady Golovkin since before that fight.
7) Adonis Stevenson (7-51-51)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a fight coming up soon with Yusaf Mack, and a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (7-21-21)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Pavlik will get a shot at Ward sooner than expected: January 26, in LA.
9) Sakio Bika (18-50-295)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (18-18-32)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (21-90)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has recently challenged Matthew Macklin to what would likely be a middleweight bout.  No word on whether or not that’s likely to happen.
12) Anthony Dirrell (18-52)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After his motorcycle crash, Anthony Dirrell was said to be out until at least November.  Here we are in late November, and not a peep.  Hopefully he gets back in the ring before his woefully inactive twin brother.  As for his ranking, I will now commit to not remove him until at least June 2, 2013 due to his very serious injury situation.
13) Will Rosinsky (18-24)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/19/2012- vs. Otis Griffin (UNR)
Rosinsky will fight former fringe contender Otis Griffin- who recently reversed a losing streak with a win over a weaker journeyman- on December 19 in New York.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (18-55)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. #18 James DeGale
Ndiaye’s fight with DeGale is set for late January instead of December 8 as reported earlier.  DeGale will be fighting a likely lesser opponent on December 8, it appears.
15) Dimitri Sartison (18-126)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (8-73)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 1/19/2012- vs. Albert Onolunose (UNR)
Gonzales’ fight at Desperado’s Nightclub in Calgary has been pushed back for a second time- this time to January 19.  But at least he has an opponent now- Nigerian journeyman Albert Onolunose, who is frankly a level or two better than I was expecting Gonzales to fight in such a small-sounding venue.
17) George Groves (7-20)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Glen Johnson (UNR)
Groves’s December 15 opponent turned out to be kind of a surprise: former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson.  Johnson retired just a few months ago, but evidently isn’t ready to keep them hung up yet.  This could be an interesting crossroads fight.
18) James DeGale (7-59)
Last Fight: 10/13/2012- UD12* Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
To clarify- DeGale will still apparently be back on December 8, and his fight with Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye is still on, but the December 8 fight will likely be mostly a stay-busy affair, while the important Ndiaye fight will take place on January 26.
19) Maxim Vlasov (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD10 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Edwin Rodriguez (3-18)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
According to Gennady Golovkin’s trainer, Rodriguez turned down a huge offer to fight Golovkin.

 

The Week Ahead: Peter Manfredo Jr. is coming out of a fairly brief retirement, and will fight journeyman Rayco Saunders on Thursday in Lincoln, Rhode Island.  One word of caution- I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if this ends up a light heavyweight fight, since Saunders has never fought below 170 and has been a cruiserweight for the majority of his career.

 

Argentine prospect Pablo Farias visits Mexico City to fight inexperienced Guadalajara journeyman Santiago Ramos on Friday. 

 

And on the Cotto-Trout undercard at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, prospect Danny Jacobs continues his post-cancer comeback against Cleveland journeyman Chris Fitzpatrick.  This fight may happen at 160, but is likely to spill a pound or two over based on recent history.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Oct 22-28

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2012 by danboxing
Friday in Cartagena, Colombia, Bogota native Alexander Brand picked up a breakthrough win in his late-blooming career.  The 35-year old Colombian prospect, whose only loss was a complete toss-up split decision to fellow undefeated Badou Jack, dominated veteran South African gatekeeper William Gare to become a legitimate fringe contender.

 

Danny Jacobs- once the world’s top middleweight prospect- made a splash in his return from life-threatening cancer when he viciously knocked out totally untested Hollywood-based Missouri fringe prospect Josh Luteran in the first round of their Showtime Extreme-televised fight in Brooklyn.  The fight was contested just a couple pounds over the middleweight limit.

 

Also on Saturday, Uruguay’s Noe Gonzalez- a solid fighter whose only losses are to Felix Sturm and Adonis Stevenson- made short work of undefeated/untested Argentine fringe prospect Miguel Cobas, dispatching him by knockout late in the first round in Buenos Aires.

 

Brand is now roughly a top-25 fighter, though the loss (which I had a draw) to Jack complicates matters a bit.  No change to the top 20 this time around.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (45-179-179)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Both camps comfirm talks for a February 23 HBO fight with Pavlik.
1) Carl Froch (22-332-332)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
After the negotiations initially appeared to have failed, Froch eventually secured a fight with Yusaf Mack, afterall.
2) Arthur Abraham (9-157-157)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (9-411-411)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (9-341-341)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. LHW #15 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, but will be fighting an interim fight in November against otherwise mediocre but hard-hitting light heavyweight Denis Grachev.
5) Robert Stieglitz (9-165-165)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (9-73-121)
Last Fight: 8/2/2012- UD12 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Oosthuizen will fight Colombia’s Fulgencio Zuniga in South Africa on November 10.
7) Adonis Stevenson (2-46-46)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a fight coming up soon with Yusaf Mack, and a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (2-16-16)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik’s team is currently negotiating a February 23 title shot against Ward on HBO.
9) Sakio Bika (13-45-290)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (13-13-27)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (16-85)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (13-47)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
13) Will Rosinsky (13-19)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (13-50)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Dimitri Sartison (13-121)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (3-68)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Gonzales will return from 10-month layoff in Calgary this December.  No opponent yet, but since it’s taking place in a nightclub, I can only assume it won’t be anyone spectacular.  The fight has already been bumped back once from a November date.
17) George Groves (2-15)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Glen Johnson (UNR)
Groves’s December 15 opponent turned out to be kind of a surprise: former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson.  Johnson retired just a few months ago, but evidently isn’t ready to keep them hung up yet.  This could be an interesting crossroads fight.
18) James DeGale (2-54)
Last Fight: 10/13/2012- UD12* Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale was very fortunate to walk away from a relatively stay-busy-looking fight with Hadillah Mohoumadi without some sort of blemish being added to his record.  He’s got the talent, but needs to step up the effort.
19) Edwin Rodriguez (3-13)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez is now fighting with Andre Ward………for a chance to fight Kelly Pavlik next.  Just keeping you on your toes.
20) Dyah Davis (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L(TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing going on this week.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Oct 15-21

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by danboxing
#8 Adonis Stevenson stepped into the ring with fringe contender Don George this past Friday in Montreal.  The pair had been scheduled to do battle on Friday Night Fights over the summer before the fight was derailed by a Stevenson injury.  George put up a valiant effort in a pretty decent action fight, but only managed to win one round on my card.  He went down twice in the fifth before coming back to close the round strong, was dropped again in the sixth, and fell another couple times in the twelfth, by which point he looked completely spent.  Referee Marlon B. Wright (of Lucian Bute long-count fame) appropriately stopped the fight immediately upon the second knockdown, as George appeared to just slump to the canvas based on Stevenson’s pressure as opposed to any actual punch. 

 

The following night in England, #18 James DeGale took on fringe-top-50 frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi in England.  Folks, James DeGale can’t seem to do anything conclusively- win or lose.  DeGale is definitely the more talented fighter, but he was much less active, laid on the ropes all night, and let Mohoumadi dictate the fight roughly 90% of the time.  Mohoumadi did tire toward the end, allowing DeGale to climb back into the fight, but I still scored it 115-113 for the underdog Frenchman.  In doing so, I marked 3 rounds- all Mohoumadi rounds- as toss ups.  This means that I could imagine a fair scorecard anywhere between 116-112 DeGale and 115-113 Mohoumadi.  In retrospect, I kinda wish I wouldn’t have called the first two of them toss-ups, because in truth, the clean effective punching in both rounds (4 and 5) was about even, but Mohoumadi was the effective aggressor and ring general by a fairly wide margin in both.  The last of these rounds (round 11) was a true toss-up, in which DeGale earned a narrow edge in clean effective punching but a significant deficit in the other categories.  Mohoumadi clearly won rounds 3, 6, 8, and 9.  DeGale clearly won 1,2,7,10, and 12. Naturally, we saw some shameful judging.  Danish judge Freddy Rafn had it at what, to me, was a slightly biased but mostly reasonable 116-112 for DeGale.  In front of a partisan crowd, I guess that’s what Mohoumadi had to expect.  Italian judge #1 Pierluigi Poppi went a step further and (assuming he otherwise scored things competently) gave DeGale one round that was clearly won by Mohoumadi, at 117-111.  Italian judge #2, whose very name- Franco Criminale (and yes, that’s Italian for criminal)- is hilariously accurate, disgracefully scored the fight 119-109 DeGale.  This guy was either pathetically incompetent, heavily intoxicated, or was getting paid a sizeable stipend per DeGale round.  Even by boxing standards, that’s a notably absurd card.  I don’t think the guy should ever be allowed to judge again in any jurisdiction.  There’s a such thing as a bad night, and then there’s a point at which you realize that a guy’s judgment and/or integrity are so irredeemable that he needs to call it a career whether he likes it or not.  Criminale is in the latter category.

 

Unfortunately, even if I went against my initial instinct and only called the 11th round a toss-up, a draw would still be easily plausible.  So I can’t reverse the decision and give Mohoumadi the win for the purposes of my ratings.  But since I had it for the other guy, I will treat the official result with minimum deference- essentially a draw with a de minimus edge for the official winner, DeGale.

 

Mohoumadi has, at least to me, made himself a bit of a player in the division.  Nevertheless, this is one of few times that a draw or minimum deference decision occurs in which I do not rate the fighters involved back-t0-back.  George Groves does surpass DeGale now, considering his near-stalemate with his rival, and the fact that he recently beat an opponent as good or better than Mohoumadi.  DeGale’s drop is cushioned by Edwin Rodriguez, however, since Rodriguez has a similar record of inconclusive fights with unproven prospects like Aaron Pryor and Will Rosinsky.  Mohoumadi, due largely to his loss to journeyman Cristian Sanavia from 2010, doesn’t quite crack the rankings, though he’s pretty close.  Last week’s #8 Adonis Stevenson switches spots with #7 Kelly Pavlik.  Pavlik has, by a huge margin, the best win between the two, with his early 2008 win over Jermain Taylor, but he was much more recently fortunate not to absorb a loss against the very mediocre Alfonso Lopez.  That, combined with Stevenson’s sheer volume of recent quality wins, makes the difference.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (44-178-178)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Both camps comfirm talks for a February 23 HBO fight with Pavlik.
1) Carl Froch (21-331-331)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
After the negotiations initially appeared to have failed, Froch eventually secured a fight with Yusaf Mack, afterall.
2) Arthur Abraham (8-156-156)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (8-410-410)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (8-340-340)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. LHW #15 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, but will be fighting an interim fight in November against otherwise mediocre but hard-hitting light heavyweight Denis Grachev.
5) Robert Stieglitz (8-164-164)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (8-72-120)
Last Fight: 8/2/2012- UD12 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Oosthuizen will fight Colombia’s Fulgencio Zuniga in South Africa on November 10.
7) Adonis Stevenson (1-45-45)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a fight coming up soon with Yusaf Mack, and a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (1-15-15)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik’s team is currently negotiating a February 23 title shot against Ward on HBO.
9) Sakio Bika (12-44-289)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (12-12-26)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (15-84)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (12-46)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
13) Will Rosinsky (12-18)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (12-49)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Dimitri Sartison (12-120)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (2-67)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 11/9/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Gonzales will return from 9-month layoff in Calgary this November.  No opponent yet, but since it’s taking place in a nightclub, I can only assume it won’t be anyone spectacular.
17) George Groves (1-14)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Groves will be back in the ring on December 15, with opponent TBA.
18) James DeGale (1-53)
Last Fight: 10/13/2012- UD12* Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale was very fortunate to walk away from a relatively stay-busy-looking fight with Hadillah Mohoumadi without some sort of blemish being added to his record.  He’s got the talent, but needs to step up the effort.
19) Edwin Rodriguez (2-12)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez is now fighting with Andre Ward………for a chance to fight Kelly Pavlik next.  Just keeping you on your toes.
20) Dyah Davis (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L(TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Cartagena, Colombia, Bogota’s Alexander Brand- a prospect whose only loss was a complete toss-up of a split decision to fellow undefeated Badou Jack- squares off with veteran South African gatekeeper William Gare.

 

Saturday in Buenos Aires, Uruguayan native Noe Gonzalez- who is somewhere between a prospect and a gatekeeper, having lost twice, but only at the top level- faces an Argentine native in Miguel Cobas that, while undefeated, is untested and has endured 4 four-round draws in his career, including 2 in his last 3 fights.

 

Also on the schedule for Saturday, former middleweight contender Danny Jacobs returns to the ring after 19 months of inactivity and a bout with cancer.  Jacobs will be in against Kansas City native and part-time Hollywood actor Josh Luteran who, while 13-1, has never fought anyone so far.  This fight will be televised on the Showtime Extreme broadcast preceding the main Showtime Championship Boxing telecast.