Archive for Delvin Rodriguez

Junior Middleweight: 2014, May 19-25

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by danboxing
Friday in Montreal, #15 Delvin Rodriguez looked to be somewhat the worse for wear after his wipeout loss to Cotto last year.  His opponent this time was former contender and current journeyman Joachim Alcine, who returned to his form of at least a few years ago, it seemed.  Rodriguez started out solidly enough, carrying the first three rounds on my card.  But by the fourth, his work had begun to look a bit ragged.  Alcine swept the middle four rounds in my opinion, and had the lead at 67-66 after 7 complete.  Inexplicably, though, it almost seemed that Alcine’s desire to win the fight waned down the stretch, and he allowed Rodriguez to simply outwork him for each of the last three rounds.  I had Rodriguez eeking out a 96-94 victory.  Judge Benoit Roussel had it a round wider, while Jack Woodburn swung a couple toss-up rounds to Alcine to have him up 96-94.  Paschal Procopio split the difference at 95-95, and the fight was declared a draw.  I can’t argue much with that, even though I did think Rodriguez edged it out.

 

Giving deference to the judges, Alcine moves back to the gatekeeper category and perhaps resurrects his career a little, while Rodriguez exits the top 20, settling in at about the borderline of the top 25 for my money.  

 

This movement allows everyone ranked #16 and below last week to move up a spot, and lets Brian Rose reclaim a spot in the top 20 for the first time since he was forced out on April 14.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (11-168-183)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo (at 155)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (11-150-165)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is out of jail and training in Mexico City.  He will most likely get Cornelius Bundrage next, but has requested an optional defense against Jermall Charlo, with whom he had a fight scheduled before his incarceration.
3) Erislandy Lara (11-150-172)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #1 Saul Alvarez
Lara traded an intended fight with Ishe Smith for a more lucrative and important showdown with Canelo.  The fight might not determine a legitimate champion, but it should at least crown a preeminent top contender.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (11-36-36)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Floyd will be fighting on September 13.  A Maidana rematch remains a possibility.
5) Austin Trout (24-103-172)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (36-65-65)
Last Fight: 5/2/2014- KO2 Ryan Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I know he was a relatively short-notice replacement, but Ryan Davis was a little too hapless even by that standard.
7) Joshua Clottey (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- UD12 #7 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
For those looking for a good way to revitalize a practically evaporated career, you couldn’t do much better than the example Clottey just provided.  He wants to fight Mayweather, but I’d say he’s at least one top 5 win away from having a chance at that.
8) Miguel Cotto (25-207-207)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Anthony Mundine (6-25-25)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not one to be kept down for long, Mundine offered to substitute for Erislandy Lara for Ishe Smith’s May 2 date.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (6-198-198)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bundrage has jumped to the front of the line to challenge for Molina’s belt, and his would-be opponent is now out of jail and training.
11Alfredo Angulo (6-243)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (6-101)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s fight in Rome was cancelled on 3 days’ notice due to Visa issues, and his would-be opponent, journeyman Emanuele Della Rosa, will be fighting undefeated prospect Isaac Real for what had been Rabchenko’s European title.
13) Demetrius Andrade (5-28)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 14.
14) Cesar Sastre Silva (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- Robbery UD10 Loss (should be win) vs. #13 Javier Maciel
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. Brian Castano (UNR)
Sastre Silva dominated a confused-looking Javier Maciel, but got robbed even worse than Maciel had been robbed against Rose in his previous fight.  Now he’ll be in with an undefeated prospect in Brian Castano on June 6.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-155)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was supposed to fight on the Stiverne-Arreola card from what I understood, but that fight quietly disappeared from the schedule at some unknown point in time.  He’s been dropped by Top Rank and signed with Dan Goossen, as well.
16) Jermell Charlo (1-50)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/24/2014- vs. Charlie Ota (UNR)
With the cancellation of Smith-Lara, Charlo has been bumped back to May 24, and will fight fringe contending prospect Charlie Ota.
17) Gabriel Rosado (1-17)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was offered to Ishe Smith as a May 2 replacement, but Smith turned him down.  In turn, Rosado is being challenged by Hassan N’Dam.
18) Zaurbek Baysangurov (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
19) Willie Nelson (1-64)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a big fight fell through for him in May, Nelson’s co-promoter Lou DiBella says the lanky Nelson will be fighting in a main event in August.
20) Brian Rose (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/26/2014- Robbery SD12 W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #13 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
#16 Jermell Charlo vs. Charlie Ota; Montreal, Quebec; Showtime (US)
This is a really nice match-up.  Charlo is a supremely talented undefeated prospect with the full backing of the most powerful promoter in the world.  Ota is a pretty decent prospect in his own right.  A former American serviceman once known as Charlie Bellamy, he has fought his entire career out of Japan.  I’ve got him unofficially ranked in the mid-20s currently.  Charlo handled a proven fringe contender in Rosado, so he’s the clear favorite here.  Still, Ota is no joke, and this should be a worthwhile scrap.

 

Julian Williams vs. Michael Medina; Montreal, Quebec; Showtime Extreme (US)
Williams is a rising 24 year-old Philly prospect.  Medina is a California gatekeeper who comes off more than 14 months’ inactivity following an ankle injury and TKO loss to Willie Nelson in March 2013.  He is roughly on a par with the other 3 or 4 best opponents of Williams’ career.  Williams handled Freddy Hernandez and Dashon Johnson with ease, dominated Hugo Centeno before a cut caused a no contest, and won a hard-fought battle with Joachim Alcine mainly by dropping Alcine 3 times.  Based on that track record, Williams ought to be the big favorite, especially with Medina’s potential for ring rust and physical issues from the injury.

 

Luciano Cuello vs. Martin Rios; La Plata, Argentina; TyC Sports (Argentina)
Cuello, of Argentina, would qualify as a gatekeeper.  Managed by Sergio Martinez, he was a 23-0 prospect when he lost a close decision to a pre-prime Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in 2009.  18 months later, he was stopped in 6 by a young Canelo.  He made his US cable debut in June, when he lost a very very close fight with current #19 Willie Nelson.  Rios is a moderately unproven undefeated prospect, also from Argentina, who has two draws on his record, but comes off a TKO over the best opponent of his career, mid-range journeyman Juan Manuel Bonanni, in February.  Cuello looks like a real international threat to the division, and I don’t think Rios looks like the kind of guy that’s likely to graduate to that level.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, May 12-18

Posted in Rankings, Junior Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2014 by danboxing
No significant action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (10-167-182)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo (at 155)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (10-149-164)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is out of jail and training in Mexico City.  He will most likely get Cornelius Bundrage next.
3) Erislandy Lara (10-149-171)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #1 Saul Alvarez
Lara traded an intended fight with Ishe Smith for a more lucrative and important showdown with Canelo.  The fight might not determine a legitimate champion, but it should at least crown a preeminent top contender.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (10-35-35)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’m not taking anything away from the very impressive Maidana, but it’s been clear to me in recent fights that Floyd is falling back to the pack.  He lost this fight beyond all but the most generous of doubt.
5) Austin Trout (23-102-171)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (35-64-64)
Last Fight: 5/2/2014- KO2 Ryan Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I know he was a relatively short-notice replacement, but Ryan Davis was a little too hapless even by that standard.
7) Joshua Clottey (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- UD12 #7 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
For those looking for a good way to revitalize a practically evaporated career, you couldn’t do much better than the example Clottey just provided.  He wants to fight Mayweather, but I’d say he’s at least one top 5 win away from having a chance at that.
8) Miguel Cotto (24-206-206)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Anthony Mundine (5-24-24)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not one to be kept down for long, Mundine offered to substitute for Erislandy Lara for Ishe Smith’s May 2 date.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (5-197-197)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bundrage has jumped to the front of the line to challenge for Molina’s belt, and his would-be opponent is now out of jail and training.
11Alfredo Angulo (5-242)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (5-100)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Emanuele Della Rosa (UNR)
Rabchenko will defend his European belt in Rome on May 17 against a local prospect, and is hoping for a shot at a vacant alphabet belt after that.
13) Demetrius Andrade (4-27)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 14.
14) Cesar Sastre Silva (4-4)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- Robbery UD10 Loss (should be win) vs. #13 Javier Maciel
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. Brian Castano (UNR)
Sastre Silva dominated a confused-looking Javier Maciel, but got robbed even worse than Maciel had been robbed against Rose in his previous fight.  Now he’ll be in with an undefeated prospect in Brian Castano on June 6.
15) Delvin Rodriguez (5-148)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/16/2014- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Rodriguez looks to get back on track on May 16 against veteran Alcine on Friday Night Fights.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (5-154)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was supposed to fight on the Stiverne-Arreola card from what I understood, but that fight quietly disappeared from the schedule at some unknown point in time.
17) Jermell Charlo (5-49)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/24/2014- vs. Charlie Ota (UNR)
With the cancellation of Smith-Lara, Charlo has been bumped back to May 24, and will fight fringe contending prospect Charlie Ota.
18) Gabriel Rosado (5-16)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was offered to Ishe Smith as a May 2 replacement, but Smith turned him down.  In turn, Rosado is being challenged by Hassan N’Dam.
19) Zaurbek Baysangurov (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
20) Willie Nelson (5-63)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a big fight fell through for him in May, Nelson’s co-promoter Lou DiBella says the lanky Nelson will be fighting in a main event in August.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
#15 Delvin Rodriguez vs. Joachim Alcine; Montreal, Quebec; ESPN2 (US)
Rodriguez is not exactly on a roll, having been flat-out destroyed by Miguel Cotto in October.  This fight is all about getting a win against a respected fighter on his last legs.  Alcine may be just that.  He once held an alphabet title, and more recently upset David Lemieux at the outset of his rebuilding effort, but he lost 5 straight against good opposition after that fight, and has only beaten complete nobodies in his two fights since.  Rodriguez might be on a downward swing, himself, but he ought to still be a level or two above Alcine at the moment.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Oct 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by danboxing
#7 Miguel Cotto demolished #11 Delvin Rodriguez in Orlando on Saturday.  In doing so, he looked like the aggressive destroyer of days gone by, and silenced at least some of the critics that have been suggesting he’s on his way to mediocrity to varying degrees essentially since the Margarito loss.  He needed just over 2 rounds to get rid of Rodriguez, who was totally overwhelmed.  Cotto’s devastating body shots re-emerged after roughly a half-decade in mothballs.  Very impressive outing.

 

Larry Ekundayo was supposed to be fighting earlier that night in London, but the fight fell through.

 

Friday in Ghent, Belgium, local one-loss prospect Sasha Yengoyan got the best win of his career so far, stopping French gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta in four.  I can’t find a video of the fight anywhere, so I can’t report anything more specific than the result.

 

Cotto-Rodriguez, perhaps surprisingly, does not produce a shake-up, as the result basically stands in equilibrium with the status quo (too much Latin for one sentence?), and thus both men retain their prior ranking.  Two chanes do occur this week, however, as last week’s #12 Lukas Konecny is removed, since he has moved up to 160 and hasn’t fought at this weight in a year, and #13 Keith Thurman is removed for scheduling a fight at welterweight for after the one year anniversary of his last fight at 154.  This allows the older Charlo twin, Jermall, to debut at #19 on the strength of his August stoppage of Antwone Smith, while Jack Culcay debuts at #20.  Last week’s #14 Vanes Martirosyan moves up two spots to #12.  This major shake-up gives me occasion to re-examine the resume of Yuri Foreman (#15 last week), and since his second-best win is well over 5 years old at this point and his resume in general is decaying, he actually loses ground and slides back to #16.  This allows #16 Willie Nelson to catapult all the way to #13.  Brian Rose and the younger Charlo brother also see the benefit of all these moves, settling in at #14 and 15 respectively.  Pitto and Brook each move up two spots to #17 and 18, as well.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (36-118-133)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina’s team wants to match him against Canelo, a proposition that Mayweather himself blessed in the aftermath of his own fight with Alvarez.  He also has an eye on Cotto, and has drawn interest from Angulo, as well.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather intends to fight twice in 2014: on May 3 and September 13, if all goes to plan.  Amir Khan is the rumored opponent for May 3.
3) Saul Alvarez (4-136-151)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
4) Austin Trout (4-71-140)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout says he would like a rematch with Canelo or Cotto, and it’s also not clear if the prospect of a Lara fight is entirely a thing of the past or not. 
5) Erislandy Lara (4-118-140)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara says he must beat guys like Canelo, Molina, or Trout before deserving a Mayweather shot.  He might be co-headlining a November 30 card in San Antonio.
6) Ishe Smith (4-33-33)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith sounds like he’s open to a variety of options for his next fight.  Anything from a Molina rematch, to Trout, to Angulo or Lara.
7) Miguel Cotto (4-175-175)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto looked beastly against Rodriguez, and despite not getting much of a rankings bump off of it, appears to be back on track for big fights.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (4-166-166)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage might be fighting a re-match with gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov on November 9 in Russia.
9) Alfredo Angulo (4-211-211)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has been in a war of words with his last opponent, Lara, that may or may not lead anywhere, and would like to fight Carlos Molina.  He expects to be back in December.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (23-23-69)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)

Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko is already in camp for his re-match with Cedric Vitu, with the fight set for November in Bulgaria.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (23-117)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
12) Vanes Martirosyan (1-123)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Martirosyan-Andrade has been moved up a week to November 9.
13) Willie Nelson (1-32)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #6 MW Matthew Macklin (at MW)
Nelson’s stay-busy fight with Dante Moore was cancelled on short notice, but he appears poised to move up to 160 to fight proven contender Matthew Macklin at that weight, likely in December.
14) Brian Rose (1-29)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Rose will be back on the Brook-Senchenko undercard in Sheffield, and will be fighting Argentine prospect Javier Maciel- certainly his toughest opponent since capturing the British title.
15) Jermell Charlo (1-18)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/14/2013- vs. Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Charlo will headline a Fox Sports 1 card on October 14 against mid-range journeyman Jose Angel Rodriguez.
16) Yuri Foreman (1-37)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is very slowly stepping up his level of opposition as his comeback gradually picks up steam.
17) Guido Pitto (1-24)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
A Culcay-Pitto rematch was postponed due to headliner Marco Huck’s elbow injury, and will now happen on October 26 in Oldenburg.
18) Kell Brook (1-13)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR) (at WW)
Brook gets Senchenko in late October in Sheffield.  Since it’s a non-title fight, there’s always the chance it could creep up over 147 and thus affect his ranking here.
19) Jermall Charlo (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- TKO7 Rogelio De la Torre (UNR) (as MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20)  Jack Culcay (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. #17 Guido Pitto
See Pitto’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead:  Saturday in Guarulhos, near Sao Paolo, Brazil, local gatekeeper Anderson Clayton looks to follow up on his April victory over serious prospect Sebastien Madani by taking on unproven one-loss Argentine fringe prospect Dario Pucheta.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Sep 30- Oct 6

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2013 by danboxing
#16 Willie Nelson’s scheduled fight with Dante Moore was indeed cancelled, possibly over the Ohio commission’s concerns regarding its competitiveness.  

 

Two-loss Mexican prospect Daniel Sandoval solidly outpointed veteran Colombian journeyman Richard Gutierrez in an 8-rounder on the Chavez-Vera undercard in Carson, California on Saturday.

 

In the week’s most significant action, undefeated New Jersey prospect Glen Tapia stopped borderline top-50 gatekeeper Elco Garcia in 5 for what might be his best career win.  He’s not eligbile for rankings consideration, however, as the fight was apparently contested at roughly a 156 pound catchweight.  It might bolster his case later, however, if he does achieve a good win at 154 in the future.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (35-117-132)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina’s team wants to match him against Canelo, a proposition that Mayweather himself blessed in the aftermath of his own fight with Alvarez.  He also has an eye on Cotto, and has drawn interest from Angulo, as well.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather intends to fight twice in 2014: on May 3 and September 13, if all goes to plan.  Danny Garcia and a potential Alexander-Khan winner seem like possibilities.  Bernard Hopkins pledges to make 160 for May 3 if Floyd is interested, as well.
3) Saul Alvarez (3-135-150)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
4) Austin Trout (3-70-139)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is suing his former promoter over allegations that the promoter threatened to sue Showtime if they put his ex-fighter on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard, something he had no authority to do since their contract had already expired.
5) Erislandy Lara (3-117-139)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara says he must beat guys like Canelo, Molina, or Trout before deserving a Mayweather shot.
6) Ishe Smith (3-32-32)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
No word on Ishe’s next move after losing his alphabet belt in a close fight.
7) Miguel Cotto (3-174-174)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #11 Delvin Rodriguez
After a proposed fight with Bundrage was scrapped by the networks, and a brief flirtation with Carlos Molina, Cotto will now be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO on October 5.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (3-165-165)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage might be fighting a re-match with gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov on November 9 in Russia.
9) Alfredo Angulo (3-210-210)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has been in a war of words with his last opponent, Lara, that may or may not lead anywhere, and would like to fight Carlos Molina.  He expects to be back in December.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (22-22-68)

Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko is already in camp for his re-match with Cedric Vitu, with the fight set for November in Bulgaria.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (22-116)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
12) Lukas Konecny (22-112)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
This is Konecny’s last week as a ranked junior middleweight unless he schedules something that looks like a fight at this weight by the start of next week.
13) Keith Thurman (22-45)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman expects to fight Jesus Soto Karass next.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (22-122)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Martirosyan-Andrade has been moved up a week to November 9.
15) Yuri Foreman (22-36)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is very slowly stepping up his level of opposition as his comeback gradually picks up steam.
16) Willie Nelson (18-31)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson’s stay-busy fight with Dante Moore was cancelled on short notice, but he appears poised to move up to 160 to fight proven contender Matthew Macklin at that weight, likely in December.
17) Brian Rose (18-28)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Rose will be back on the Brook-Senchenko undercard in Sheffield, and will be fighting Argentine prospect Javier Maciel- certainly his toughest opponent since capturing the British title.
18) Jermell Charlo (17-17)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/14/2013- vs. Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Charlo will headline a Fox Sports 1 card on October 14 against mid-range journeyman Jose Angel Rodriguez.
19) Guido Pitto (17-23)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
A Culcay-Pitto rematch was postponed due to headliner Marco Huck’s elbow injury, and will now happen on October 26 in Oldenburg.
20) Kell Brook (12-12)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR) (at WW)
Brook gets Senchenko in late October in Sheffield.  Since it’s a non-title fight, there’s always the chance it could creep up over 147 and thus affect his ranking here.

 

The Week Ahead:  The most important fight by a mile at 154 this week is #7 Miguel Cotto’s battle with #11 Delvin Rodriguez, which will be from Orlando, Florida and televised domestically by HBO.

 

Earlier in the night, precocious 6-0 Nigerian Larry Ekundayo is scheduled to fight journeyman Glenn Foot in London, though it’s a bit unclear whether it will be at 154 or 147.

 

The prior night in Ghent, Belgium, local hero Sasha Yengoyan battles French gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta in a very tightly-matched contest.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, May 27- Jun 2

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
On Friday Night Fights this week, we saw a fight that simultaneously made me lose all faith in boxing officiating (for the thousandth time), and yet renewed my hope.

 

Gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez came out aggressive and more often than not, completely took the play away from #11 Delvin Rodriguez.  When the fight was called due to a Hernandez cut in the 8th, it was clear that Hernandez had either won 5 rounds to 3 (my scoring), or at worst secured a draw.  Tom Schreck (who had blatantly robbed an undefeated prospect on the undercard) managed to redeem himself a bit by scoring it a reasonable 76-76.  But the other two…ugh.  Tom Carasone- who ironically was the only one that got it anywhere near reasonable in the aforementioned undercard fight- had it 77-75 for Rodriguez, and yet managed not to be the worst.  On a night of bad scorecards, Kevin Morgan took top honors, making a mockery of his profession by scoring it 6 rounds to 2 for the wrong guy.  The guy is a joke.  Thankfully, the scorecards were rendered irrelevant when the Connecticut commission used instant replay to accurately determine that the fight-ending cut was caused by a Rodriguez punch rather than a headbutt.  So rather than an absolutely ridiculous decision win for Rodriguez, it was a correct (if fluky) TKO win for him.  Either way, the officials apparently had his back.

 

So Rodriguez managed to pull one out of the fire, which keeps his ranking from taking a dive.  But even giving full credit to the TKO win despite its less than convincing nature, it’s not enough to get him past Rabchenko and into the top 10.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (17-99-114)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt, and has since reported that the fight is almost signed.
2) Saul Alvarez (17-117-132)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants Floyd next.  That fight had already appeared set for September up until a few weeks before he fought Trout.  Floyd says he wants the fight at 147, which might be a big ask of Alvarez at this point.
3) Austin Trout (14-52-121)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.
4) Erislandy Lara (14-99-121)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (4-156-156)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (4-147-147)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
8) Alfredo Angulo (4-192-192)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
9) Gabriel Rosado (4-10-121)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to the fight result barely being credible to begin with, it turns out Love was on a banned diuretic that helped him make weight at 160 (which he managed to do only by the skin of his teeth).  Most likely this will end up as a no-contest, thus adding even more reasons for me to not hold it against Rosado’s ranking at 154.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (4-4-50)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (4-98)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help.
12) Lukas Konecny (4-94)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (4-27)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on either July 20 or 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (4-104)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
15) Yuri Foreman (4-18)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Sechew Powell (4-167)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Willie Nelson (4-13)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
18) Brian Rose (4-10)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has officially vacated his British title.
19) Guido Pitto (4-5)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Jack Culcay (4-4)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.

 

The Week Ahead:  Nothing going on this week.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, May 20-26

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
Both of the favorites on Saturday came out on top.  In London, undefeated prospect Larry Ekundayo moved to 6-0 against more experienced yet less advanced French prospect Howard Cospolite, winning all but one round in the opinion of the referee and sole judge.
 

Across the pond in Atlantic City, undefeated prospect Shawn Porter looked pretty spectacular against the slow but durable Phil Lo Greco.  His speed, quickness, and footwork are all clearly top-notch.  I gave him every round, plus knockdowns he scored in rounds 8 and 10.  Lo Greco may have nicked round 3, but that’s splitting hairs.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (16-98-113)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt, and has since reported that the fight is almost signed.
2) Saul Alvarez (16-116-131)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants Floyd next.  That fight had already appeared set for September up until a few weeks before he fought Trout.  Floyd says he wants the fight at 147, which might be a big ask of Alvarez at this point.
3) Austin Trout (13-51-120)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.
4) Erislandy Lara (13-98-120)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (3-155-155)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (3-146-146)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
8) Alfredo Angulo (3-191-191)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
9) Gabriel Rosado (3-9-120)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to the fight result barely being credible to begin with, it turns out Love was on a banned diuretic that helped him make weight at 160 (which he managed to do only by the skin of his teeth).  Most likely this will end up as a no-contest, thus adding even more reasons for me to not hold it against Rosado’s ranking at 154.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (3-3-49)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (3-97)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/24/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on May 24, on Friday Night Fights.
12) Lukas Konecny (3-93)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (3-26)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on either July 20 or 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (3-103)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
15) Yuri Foreman (3-17)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Sechew Powell (3-166)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Willie Nelson (3-12)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson is set to return on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard on June 29, but no opponent yet.  He was rumored to fight Joshua Clottey, but those rumors appear false.
18) Brian Rose (3-9)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has officially vacated his British title.
19) Guido Pitto (3-4)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Jack Culcay (3-3)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.

 

The Week Ahead:  #11 Delvin Rodriguez returns on Friday Night Fights this week, taking on gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Feb 18-24

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2013 by danboxing
At the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on Friday (in the Friday Night Fights main event), #12 Delvin Rodriguez took a round to get going against 34 year-old Oklahoma Comanche prospect George Tahdooahnippah, but got going in a big way once he did.  He beat his opponent from pillar to post in the 2nd, and continued to pound the gutsy but outclassed Tahdooahnippah until the fight was mercifully stopped in the 6th.  This fight does not help Rodriguez at all in the rankings, for two reasons.  First, he came in at 156.5 lbs, meaning he doesn’t even get partial credit for staying active at 154, as he would if he’d stayed within two pounds.  Secondly, Tahdooahnippah was totally unproven.

 

 The following night, there was a fight in Atlantic City that did matter, but was not televised.  Gatekeeper Demetrius Hopkins, the nephew of Bernard Hopkins, got his own 6th-round stoppage win, with his opponent and fellow gatekeeper Charles Whittaker retiring before the start of the 7th.

 

Hopkins’ win gets him into the top 30, but not into the top 20.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (3-85-100)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has now beaten 3 top-11 fighters, while Canelo has beaten just 1 ranked in the top 20 (along with a bunch of fringe contenders and smaller guys). 
2) Saul Alvarez (3-103-118)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. #4 Austin Trout
After months of speculation, it’s now official: Canelo’s opponent for May 4 is Austin Trout.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (48-133-133)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (12-38-107)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (12-85-107)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara has been ordered by the WBC to fight Emanuele Della Rosa in an eliminator, but his side says he may fight that fight, take on Sergey Rabchenko, or may even go direct to a Canelo fight.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (12-42-42)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (12-142-142)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
8) James Kirkland (12-68-68)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (38-178-178)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (39-39-107)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (3-36)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (2-84)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not come all that close to making 154 against Tahdooahnippah, Rodriguez will need to schedule a fight at 154 before June 2 to maintain his ranking.
13) Lukas Konecny (2-80)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
14) Keith Thurman (2-13)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman will fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn, at 147.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (2-90)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
After ducking a rematch of his robbery draw with Lara, Vanes will fight April 6 in Macau, China against Argentine Champ Javier Maciel.
16) Yuri Foreman (2-4)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
17) Sechew Powell (2-153)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Roberto Garcia (2-37)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Anthony Mundine (2-24)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Brian Rose (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD12* Sam Webb (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After securing the Lonsdale Challenge belt by (often shakily) defending his British title three times, Rose would now like a shot at Sergey Rabchenko’s European belt.

 

The Week Ahead: Fringe-contending prospect Charlie Ota returns home to New York for the second time in the last 12 months on Thursday, after fighting all of his other fights in Japan since turning pro in 2006.  He faces lower mid-level journeyman Abel Perry.

 

On Saturday in Detroit, #3 Cornelius Bundrage defends his alphabet belt against gatekeeper Ishe Smith.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Feb 11-17

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jun 4-10

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2013 by danboxing
Last week was the most important since the Mayweather-Cotto card shook up the division a month ago. 
Friday in Bethlehem, PA, #19 Sechew Powell made a decent showing for a while, demonstrating some slickness, skill, and experience in winning the first three rounds on my card against #10 Gabriel Rosado.  As the rounds wore on, however, Rosado’s superior conditioning and overall strength began to shine, as he began to wear Powell down and spring some leaks in the veteran’s defense.  Ultimately, Rosado got to show his notable killer instinct as he dropped Powell twice in the 9th, upon the second of which Steve Smoger stopped the fight without a count.

 

The following night on the Las Vegas undercard for Tarver-Kayode, #12 Austin Trout got the biggest win of his young career against #13 Delvin Rodriguez.  Trout wasn’t spectacular by any means, but he generally controlled the action against an uncharacteristically tentative Rodriguez, allowing him to carry most of the rounds.  My overall impression is that if Rodriguez had stepped up his base level of aggression a bit, he might have been able to snatch the win.  As it was, I gave it to Trout 117-111.  Two of the judges saw it similarly to me, while Alejandro Rochin’s shutout scorecard was clearly too wide.

 

Japanese titlist Daisuke Nakagawa could not make good in his first defense against quality journeyman Akio Shibata, who held the title for a few months in 2009-10 before losing it to transplanted American Charlie Ota.  The fight was evidently close, with a total of 3 points separating the two fighters on the two deciding cards, but unfortunately I can’t find a video to verify the accuracy of the result. 

 

Later that night in London, Scotsman Kris Carslaw put up a spirited challenge for Brian Rose’s British title.  So spirited, in fact, that I scored the fight for him 115-113.  I did happen to give Carslaw all the debateable rounds, though, and a case could be made that Rose won as wide as 117-111.  Carslaw was in total control in round two, when he was badly cut by a clash of heads, while Rose was able to hold his own thereafter.

 

Myriad changes in the rankings, of course.  The biggest winner of the week is Austin Trout, who is buoyed from #12 all the way to #8, which forces Alfredo Angulo down to #9.  Gabriel Rosado’s win allows him to retain the #10 spot despite the promotion of Trout.  Ryan Rhodes falls from #9 to #11 due to the shakeup.  Cory Spinks falls one spot to #12.  Brian Rose drops all the way to #20 with his highly debateable win over Carslaw, who was not even at a solid journeyman level after having lost to Matthew Hall.  This allows Delvin Rodriguez to remain at #13 despite his defeat.  Everyone ranked #15-20 last week moves up a spot due to Rose’s decline except Sechew Powell, who swaps places with Antonio Margarito to remain at #19 with the loss.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (5-66-81)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Kirkland signed and then immediately withdrew from a fight with Canelo.  Lara, K9, and Trout are now being considered.
2) Carlos Molina (5-48-63)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (11-96-96)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 has dropped Don King, and is being considered for a fight with Canelo, though he currently still has a date with Cory Spinks.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Berto/Ortiz have been mentioned.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (5-105-105)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (5-48-70)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara is being considered as Alvarez’s next opponent.
7) James Kirkland (5-31-31)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland bailed almost immediately on a fight he signed with Canelo, and says he plans to return in October or November.
8) Austin Trout (1-1-70)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is among those being considered to tangle with Canelo on 9/15.
9) Alfredo Angulo (1-141-141)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
10) Gabriel Rosado (2-2-70)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado still wants Canelo, though Canelo isn’t considering him as an option at present.
11) Ryan Rhodes (1-137)
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.

12) Cory Spinks (1-19)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on July 28.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (2-47)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Shane Mosley (1-5)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Everybody but Mosley appears to know he’s done, but he still has the resume to hold a top 20 ranking.  Let’s hope he retires soon, though.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-53)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes has become extremely risk averse since his difficult fight with Roman last June, as he has now turned down an eliminator against Lara.
16) Lukas Konecny (1-43)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO is looking to make Konecny-Baysangurov happen, and has set 6/4 as the deadline for an agreement to avoid purse bids.
17) Carlos Quintana (1-5)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
18) Antonio Margarito (1-2)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent (at MW)
Margarito is expecting to be back in the ring on July 7 after recovering from an achilles injury, and expects to fight at Middleweight.
19) Sechew Powell (2-116)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Brian Rose (1-27)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose’s reign as British Champion hasn’t been the greatest- partly due to limited available opposition, and partly due to his own awful performance against Carslaw.

 

The Week Ahead: No action worth mentioning in the division this week..

Junior Middleweight: 2012, May 28- Jun 3

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass ground out a split decision win over one-loss prospect Said El Harrak.  I expect to watch this fight and will edit this with a more detailed description after doing so.

 

But the main news in the division this week is very sad.  Just 6 days after signing to fight Canelo on September 15, longtime contender Paul Williams (#8 last week) was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, and is reportedly paralyzed.  It’s my sad duty to remove him from the rankings due to the catastrophic injury.  I expect that I speak for all of my readers when I say we’re praying for him.

 

Everyone ranked #9 and below last week moves up.  Gabriel Rosado reclaims a spot in the top 10, and Antonio Margarito returns at #20, each having been displaced by the 5/5 Mayweather-Cotto card.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (4-65-80)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo signed to fight Paul Williams, but Williams was paralyzed less than a week later. 
2) Carlos Molina (4-47-62)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (10-95-95)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 will give Cory Spinks a rematch on July 28.  K9 won by brutal beatdown last time.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Berto/Ortiz have been mentioned.
5) Miguel Cotto (4-104-104)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (4-47-69)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo, but Vanes- true to form- turned it down.  Lara hopes to return in June, and is considering Mundine and Quintana.  He also says he’d meet Victor Ortiz at a 150-pound catchweight on June 23.
7) James Kirkland (4-30-30)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland appeared to be the frontrunner for Canelo’s 9/15 date before Paul Williams got the nod.  Now that Williams is out of commission, we’ll see if Kirkland steps back up to the plate.
8) Alfredo Angulo (1-140-140)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
9) Ryan Rhodes (1-136-136)
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 (1-1-69)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. #19 Sechew Powel
With just less than a month to go before the fight, Sechew Powell has replaced Joel Julio as Rosado’s opponent.
11) Cory Spinks (1-18)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on July 28.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
12) Austin Trout (1-69)
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 (1-46)
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 (1-26)
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) Shane Mosley (1-4)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Everybody but Mosley appears to know he’s done, but he still has the resume to hold a top 20 ranking.  Let’s hope he retires soon, though.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-52)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes has become extremely risk averse since his difficult fight with Roman last June, as he has now turned down an eliminator against Lara.
17) Lukas Konecny (1-42)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO is looking to make Konecny-Baysangurov happen, and has set 6/4 as the deadline for an agreement to avoid purse bids.
18) Carlos Quintana (1-4)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto, as well.
19) Sechew Powell (1-115)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2012- vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Powell is a semi-short notice replacement for Joel Julio in the NBC Sports-televised bout with Gabriel Rosado.
20) Antonio Margarito (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (TKO10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent (at MW)
Margarito is expecting to be back in the ring on July 7 after recovering from an achilles injury, and expects to fight at Middleweight.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, #10 Gabriel Rosado and #19 Sechew Powell face off on NBC Sports Network.

 

Saturday in Tokyo, gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa fights solid journeyman Akio Shibata for Nakagawa’s Japanese title. 

 

Hours later in Manchester, England, #14 and British Champion Brian Rose makes a title defense against one-loss but still largely untested prospect Kris Karslaw.

 

Finally, even more hours later on the Tarver-Kayode undercard in Vegas, undefeated #12 Austin Trout meets his toughest test yet in #13 Delvin Rodriguez.