Archive for Deandre Latimore

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Apr 30- May 6

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by danboxing
2-loss Argentine prospect Javier Maciel- who impressed a bit in losing a closer-than-expected fight with Dmitry Pirog- knocked out Carlos Vilches, a post-prime former junior welterweight contender, in only 50 seconds in Caseros, Argentina.

 

In London, England, Manchester journeyman Matthew Hall was blatantly robbed against London native Sam Webb, and nobody raised much of a stink over it.  The flamboyantly biased commentary no doubt assisted in the crime.  Hall came forward like a tank, pinning Webb on the ropes several times per round.  He pounded the body relentlessly, and landed his share of short power shots to the head as well.  He didn’t take a backward step the whole fight, and controlled the ring (with an iron fist) about 90% of the time.  Save for that 10%, Webb either ran like the slowest Kenyan you’ve ever seen or layed on the ropes taking shots.  When he punched, it was usually sloppy and off the back foot.  He came on a little stronger late, but there’s still no way he came anywhere close to winning the fight.  I had it 117-111, and the 3 rounds I gave Webb were the closest 3 rounds of the fight.  There was a 4th round that I gave Hall fairly clear, but mainly because of effective aggression and ring generalship.  I thought the punching was even in that round.  So even giving more benefit of the doubt than I typically would, 116-112 Hall at a bare minimum.  Dave Parris had it 117-112.  My guess is he saw it like I did, but couldn’t pull the trigger on perhaps that last round I mentioned (the 3rd).  The other judges were just awful.  Perhaps they were hired to judge Dancing with the Stars and switched assignments at the last minute.  Because dancing was the only thing Webb did better than Hall.  Not really even a close fight.  Webb’s ill-gotten gain is a British title shot against Brian Rose.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (6-43-58)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
2) Saul Alvarez (6-61-76)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (6-91-91)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
4) Miguel Cotto (22-100-100)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (22-43-65)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo.
6) James Kirkland (6-26-26)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even after his unimpressive performance against Molina (or perhaps in part because of it), Lara still wants to fight him.
7) Paul Williams (11-11-65)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (11-136-136)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (11-132-132)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
10) Gabriel Rosado (11-15-65)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (11-14)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (11-65)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (11-42)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #12 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
14) Brian Rose (21-22)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
In fairness, the British light middleweight scene is extremely thin compared to other divisions, but I can’t say that Rose’s title reign is off to a great start.  He’s defending his title against a second consecutive journeyman that could be called mid-level at best.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (21-48)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being passed over for a JCC shot, an eliminator for a shot at Canelo has been ordered by the WBC, with the prospective opponent being Erislandy Lara.
16) Lukas Konecny (7-38)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Sechew Powell (7-111)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (7-25)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Abel Perry (UNR)
Margarito will take a soft touch in an attempt to bounce back, taking lower mid-level journeyman Abel Perry on May 26.
19) Prince Arron (7-10)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron has a new trainer and says he’s moving up to middleweight.
20) Anthony Mundine (7-7)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The much larger Danny Green is gunning for a rematch.

 

The Week Ahead: This week features one junior middleweight-heavy pay-per-view card in Vegas on Saturday.  In the main event, top Welterweight Floyd Mayweather looks to begin a conquest of 154 when he takes one of the more dangerous fights of his career against #4 Miguel Cotto.

 

In the co-feature, #2 Saul Alvarez will try to be impressive and hopefully retire the heavily faded former Champion Shane Mosley.

 

And leading off the live broadcast, fringe contender Deandre Latimore- ranked #19 here as recently as February 26, but who was removed for failing to make 154 for 18 months- takes on top level journeyman Carlos Quintana.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Feb 27- Mar 4

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
Last week’s #19 Deandre Latimore survived a scare against unproven Colombian journeyman Milton Nunez.  Latimore went down twice in the last two rounds, both times in the waning seconds.  Referee Joe Cortez may have saved Latimore by knocking him down himself late in round 9.  Nunez caught Latimore running around with his hands down and proceeded to pummel him in the corner and on the ropes for several seconds.  Latimore wrapped one hand around Nunez’s shoulder and back, and for some reason Cortez decided that would be a good time to break the fighters, even though 3 of the 4 hands involved were still free.  When he pushed the two fighters apart, Latimore slumped to the canvas, and Cortez began a count.  By the time the count ended, the round was essentially over and Latimore had essentially weathered the storm.  It appeared to me that Latimore was too hurt to hold effectively, and Cortez helped him out.  Latimore was just one or two solid punches away from being stopped, and something tells me Nunez would have landed that punch or two had he been given a chance.

 

However, aside from the substantial boost a win would have given Nunez’s otherwise unimpressive career, the point may be moot.  Latimore came in at 156, having not made 154 since July of 2010.  He’s therefore removed for inactivity at this weight, even after getting an extra 6 months (or 7, counting the extra time he got for signing the fight) for coming close in April.  Margarito advances to take his place at #19, and Prince Arron returns at #20 for the first time since January 29.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (37-52-67)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (37-82-82)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (13-91-91)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (13-34-56)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
The Hearns fight may be rescheduled for April 14.
6) Carlos Molina (34-34-49)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Paul Williams (2-2-56)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (2-127-127)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (2-123-123)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenk0 (UNR)
Rhodes will fight undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergei Rabchenko on March 24 in Sheffield, England for a European title.
10) Gabriel Rosado (2-6-56)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado looks like a really strong contender after demolishing a game and durable Soto Karass. 
11) Cory Spinks (2-5)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (2-56)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (2-33)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez has confirmed that he’ll be staying at 154.
14) Brian Rose (12-13)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (12-39)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We get it, Vanes!  You’re better than a bunch of random journeymen.  How about a test?
16) Yuri Foreman (12-126)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
17) Lukas Konecny (12-29)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/10/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny had agreed to fight Baysangurov in February, but it now looks like it might be moved to 3/10 in Kiev.
18) Sechew Powell (5-102)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Antonio Margarito (1-16)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June, but the WBC has gone on record saying they would reject that fight for Chavez’ belt.
20) Prince Arron (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
When we last saw Arron in the rankings, it appeared that he was going to fight an 8 rounder on February 24.  That didn’t happen.  No word on his next move.

 

The Week Ahead:  In Veronica, Argentina on Saturday, we find a good high stakes matchup between two gatekeeper type domestic rivals as Alejandro Falliga clashes with Mateo Veron.  The winner moves toward top 25 status internationally, while the loser is reduced to a journeyman.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Feb 20-26

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 5, 2013 by danboxing
In last week’s biggest fight, #13 Paul Williams won a dominant 12 round decision over #17 Middleweight and inactive fringe contender at this weight, Nobuhiro Ishida, in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Both guys are exceptionally tall and rangy, but Williams was vastly better at shortening up and fighting in close.  He capitalized on this advantage by smothering Ishida’s attack while still landing his own shots.  Ishida fought hard, but couldn’t string together enough moments to win any rounds.

 

In other Saturday action, undefeated Polish prospect Damian Jonak stopped mediocre journeyman Sebastian Skrzypczynki in Raciborz, Poland. 

 

Friday night in Santa Ynez, California, gatekeeper Billy Lyell put up a game effort and w0n nearly his share of rounds, but was edged out by the superior size and fundamental technique of undefeated prospect Jonathan Gonzalez.  Gonzalez won’t benefit from this at 154, though, since he came in at the contract weight of 156 compared to Lyell’s 154.

 

Williams went a long way toward atoning for his loss to Lara with this performance, rising all the way to #7.  I had to spend about 20 minutes just staring at the records of William and last week’s #7 Alfredo Angulo to try and determine who would claim that spot.  Williams has by far the single best win, over #2 Verno Phillips back in November ’08.  But his quality wins were interrupted by the relatively recent drubbing he took from Erislandy Lara- ranked only #17 at the time.  Angulo lost to a very down-and-out version of James Kirkland who was effectively coming off a devastating upset loss to Ishida, and also was outboxed by Kermit Cintron.  Williams technically owns a win over Cintron, but it was the result of just over 3 rounds that Cintron arguably won anyway, and which I view as a no contest due to a Cintron injury.  And Angulo has a much larger body of quality work at this weight than does Williams.  What tipped the scales for me was a comparison of each man’s last fight.  Angulo was stopped by the guy that was wiped out by Ishida, albeit an inspired version.  Williams dominated the guy that wiped out the guy that Angulo lost to.  So Williams passes Angulo, but can’t overcome Carlos Molina at #6 due in part to Molina having performed better against Lara than did Williams.  Ishida fails to gain consideration for a re-ranking, as he came in a pound over the divisional limit and thus still hasn’t fought at 154 since 2010.  Everyone ranked #7-12 last week drops a spot, including Cory Spinks, who exits the top 10 after just 3 weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (36-51-66)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (36-81-81)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (12-90-90)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (12-33-55)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
The Hearns fight may be rescheduled for April 14.
6) Carlos Molina (33-33-48)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Paul Williams (1-1-55)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (1-126-126)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (1-122-122)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenk0 (UNR)
Rhodes will fight undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergei Rabchenko on March 24 in Sheffield, England for a European title.
10) Gabriel Rosado (1-5-55)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado looks like a really strong contender after demolishing a game and durable Soto Karass. 
11) Cory Spinks (1-4)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (1-55)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (1-32)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez has confirmed that he’ll be staying at 154.
14) Brian Rose (11-12)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (11-38)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We get it, Vanes!  You’re better than a bunch of random journeymen.  How about a test?
16) Yuri Foreman (11-125)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
17) Lukas Konecny (11-28)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/10/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny had agreed to fight Baysangurov in February, but it now looks like it might be moved to 3/10 in Kiev.
18) Sechew Powell (4-101)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Deandre Latimore (4-27)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/24/2012- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Latimore has signed with Mayweather Promotions, and has a fight set up for February 24 on ShoBox from Vegas.  His opponent will be weak journeyman Ryan Davis.
20) Antonio Margarito (4-15)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June, but the WBC has gone on record saying they would reject that fight for Chavez’ belt.

 

The Week Ahead:  #19 Deandre Latimore will fight low-level journeyman Ryan Davis on ShoBox from Las Vegas on Friday.

Middleweight: 2012, Feb 27- Mar 4

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by danboxing
An interesting ShoBox fight on Friday saw totally unproven journeyman Milton Nunez of Colombia giving junior middleweight fringe contender Deandre Latimore all he could handle in Vegas.  Latimore looked better than he often does in the early going and appeared to be cruising to victory when, in the 9th round of a scheduled 10, he was badly rocked by Nunez.  At a point where Latimore appeared helpless and at which the fight arguably could have been stopped, awful referee Joe Cortez did what he does- he broke the action as if there was a clinch to rescue the favored fighter from getting knocked out.  With Cortez’s help, Latimore survived the round and weathered two knockdowns in the last two rounds to survive for a majority decision win.  Not a good sign for the possibly post-prime Latimore, especially considering Nunez wasn’t ranked in the Boxrec top 400 at the time of the fight.

 

A bit of foul play (as you might expect) was the story of the night in Germany on Saturday, as German undefeated prospect Dominik Britsch took on Spanish journeyman Roberto Santos.  Britsch looked strong early, and was landing impressively to the body in particular.  But as the fight wore on, Santos was able to cut the ring off and crowd Britsch, who despite appearing to have the heavier hands chose to fight as primarily a boxer.  Santos was quite accurate upstairs, as Britsch too often failed to keep his hands up and showed little head movement.  Santos took over the fight increasingly as the rounds wore on, and had visibly taken a toll on the German’s legs by the last couple rounds.  Britsch was pretty badly hurt early in the twelfth, but managed to weather the storm- perhaps with some help from a bad cut on his right eye that got the doctor involved to pause the action.

 

Santos clearly won the fight by any score between 115-113 and 117-111.  Dave Parris was a bit off at 114-114, but I guess understandably so given the crowd’s sympathies and a few fairly close rounds that I guess could be given to Britsch if you were really stretching.  Italy’s Luca Montella had it pretty close to dead-on at 115-113 Santos.  And Croatian clown…er…judge…Zvonko Rukavina made a mockery of proceedings by turning in a pathetic 117-112 card in favor of Britsch.  This draw was a mild robbery, but a robbery nonetheless. 

 

Normally when you best a fighter that I rank #22 (my unofficial current ranking for Britsch), you end up in the top 20.  But this fight fairly clearly says more about what Britsch isn’t than what Santos is.  In his previous fight, Santos lost a unanimous 6-round decision to a complete nobody that had a record of just 6-2.  It’s simply unconscionable to imagine ranking him just two fights later.  Santos has become a guy to pay attention to in his next fight, but that’s about it.  Meanwhile, Britsch would probably be lucky to be considered a top 50 fighter at this point.   Latimore’s close call does no good for him in terms of earning a rating here either, since as I mentioned Nunez was not even rankable in the top 400.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (98-98-98)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (36-141-141)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/7/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
The Adama fight has been moved to a March 7 date.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (22-46-46)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
Proksa will fight English journeyman Kerry Hope in Sheffield, England on March 17.
3) Matthew Macklin (13-36-127)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-39-57)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chavez’s next fight now appears set for June 2, with Martin Murray being the leading candidate.
5) Felix Sturm (4-441-441)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
A few weeks ago, 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 (4-70-70)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Just as he appeared to have a fight lined up with Pirog, the Russian came down with a shoulder injury.
7) Martin Murray (4-13-13)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
After discussing fights with domestic rivals Lee and Barker, it now looks like Murray is a good bet to fight Chavez in early June.
8) Dmitry Pirog (13-83-83)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has injured his shoulder, scuttling a prospective fight with N’Dam.  No word on how bad it is.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (13-342-342)
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.
10) Anthony Mundine (4-4-57)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Sam Soliman (2-2)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
 12) Osumanu Adama (2-49)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/7/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama-Geale- originally scheduled for leap day, will now take place on March 7.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-57)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio renewed his relevance with what was officially an upset over Lemieux, but the more proven Chavez proved to be a prospect too far.
14) Paul Williams (2-2)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-57)
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.
16) Max Bursak (2-57)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
17) Gennady Golovkin (11-37)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him.
18) Demetrius Andrade (13-28)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With original opponent Derek Ennis getting sick 2 days before the fight, Andrade instead dispatched journeyman Angel Hernandez on ESPN2.
19) Darren Barker (13-20)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker turned down an offer to fight Martin Murray.
20) Billi Godoy (13-19)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing to report for the coming week.

Middleweight: 2012, Feb 20-26

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2012 by danboxing
The most important middleweight fight of the weekend was between #15 Garth Wood and fellow Australian Sam Soliman on Sunday.  Soliman won a comfortable decision, and immediately establishes himself near the top 10, settling in at #11.  It was a tricky decision as to whether or not to promote him past Mundine, as well.  Mundine both lost to Wood and beat him, which would seem to be advantage Soliman, but he is literally the only person to beat Daniel Geale, which is a big big tiebreaker.  Wood exits the rankings, as his win over Mundine now appears to be a definite fluke.

 

Domincan prospect Fernando Guerrero smacked up Canadian journeyman Jason Naugler en route to a 4th round TKO, in what actually turned out to be a super middleweight fight.

 

Paul Williams dominated #17 Nobuhiro Ishida in Corpus Christi, Texas on HBO.  It was at 154, but Ishida came in a pound heavy.  I’ll treat the fight in more detail in my 154 update for this week, since the fight was at its core a junior middleweight fight.  It does have significant repercussions here,  as well.  To wit, Ishida is obviously subject to any negative effects of the loss since he was technically a middleweight in the fight.  Williams was something like a mid-teens contender a division to the south after having lost to a #17-ranked Erislandy Lara, and that is enough- in conjunction with the dominant nature of the defeat- to throw Ishida’s good but thin resume into doubt.  In a very crowded field, he slips just out of the rankings.  Williams returns to the rankings here at #14.  This was a hard thing to do.  Williams is still completely inactive at middleweight, but in showing up heavy and holding a middleweight ranking, Ishida gave Williams a foothold again nevertheless.  The precedent is clear: Manny Pacquiao earned a ranking at 154 by beating Antonio Margarito- a credible fringe contender at that weight- despite weighing well under the welterweight limit, himself.  I think in this case, the mere fact that Ishida didn’t make 154 wouldn’t have been enough for me to re-rank Williams, but the fact that he was both technically a middleweight on that night and that he held a middleweight ranking forms the necessary nexus. 

 

As a result of Soliman and Williams’ entry into the rankings, #11 and 12 Osumanu Adama and Marco Antonio Rubio each decline one position.  Khurtsidze and Bursak each fall 2 spots to #15 and #16, respectively.  Golovkin drops back 1 place to #17, while everyone else stands pat.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (97-97-97)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (35-140-140)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
Geale will fight Osumanu Adama on leap day in Tasmania.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (21-45-45)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will fight an as-yet-unannounced opponent in Sheffield, England on March 17.
3) Matthew Macklin (12-35-126)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-38-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez’s team is already working on his next fight, and they have June 16, Texas, and Andy Lee in mind.  Margarito has also been floated, but the WBC is unlikely to approve that fight.
5) Felix Sturm (3-440-440)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
A few weeks ago, 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 (3-69-69)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Just as he appeared to have a fight lined up with Pirog, the Russian came down with a shoulder injury.
7) Martin Murray (3-12-12)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray rejected a fight with Andy Lee, thinking the offer was too low.  Barker then refused an offer from Murray.
8) Dmitry Pirog (12-82-82)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has injured his shoulder, scuttling a prospective fight with N’Dam.  No word on how bad it is.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (12-341-341)
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.
10) Anthony Mundine (3-3-56)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Sam Soliman (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
 12) Osumanu Adama (1-48)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama gets a shot at real prominence when he fights the most accomplished Middleweight not named Sergio Martinez on leap day in Tasmania.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (1-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio renewed his relevance with what was officially an upset over Lemieux, but the more proven Chavez proved to be a prospect too far.
14) Paul Williams (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-56)
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.
16) Max Bursak (1-56)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
17) Gennady Golovkin (10-36)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him.
18) Demetrius Andrade (12-27)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With original opponent Derek Ennis getting sick 2 days before the fight, Andrade instead dispatched journeyman Angel Hernandez on ESPN2.
19) Darren Barker (12-19)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker turned down an offer to fight Martin Murray.
20) Billi Godoy (12-18)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Deandre Latimore, who was removed from the rankings at 154 recently for missing weight for 18 months, will fight on ShoBox this Friday.  Not being a title fight of any kind, the fight will probably be over the junior middleweight limit again, but the fighters could surprise me.  Latimore will be taking on Colombian journeyman Milton Nunez in Vegas.  Nunez is unproven, having never beaten anybody.  He has only lost to good opposition, however, so he may or may not be truly weak.

 

The following night in Stuttgart, fringe contending German undefeated prospect Dominik Britsch fights Spanish journeyman Roberto Santos.  Despite the fact that there are several better options than Britsch and a whole helluva lot of better options than Santos, this is somehow being used to fill the vacant European Union title.