Archive for Diego Chaves

Welterweight: 2014, Feb 17-23

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday in Saladillo, Argentina, one-loss prospect Diego Chaves disposed of mid-level journeyman Juan Godoy in 3, forcing a standing 8 count in that round before putting a stop to proceedings 11 seconds before the bell.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (199-231-231)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13.  Amir Khan has long been rumored as the May 3 opponent, but reports suggest Maidana may have supplanted him in that regard.
1) Timothy Bradley (19-19-89)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (19-119-119)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez’s future plans are totally nebulous.  He seems to want Bradley above all, but Porter and Pacquiao also seem to be future possibilities.  He’s hoping to fight again in May against someone.
3) Manny Pacquiao (19-272-272)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (11-37-37)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
Broner has exercised his rematch clause with Maidana, but Floyd Mayweather has given fuel to speculation that Maidana might fight him by suggesting that fans can decide who he fights next between Maidana and Khan.
5) Keith Thurman (10-10-50)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match Thurman with Collazo.  Thurman, for his part, is dreaming of a Mayweather fight.
6) Shawn Porter (10-11-11)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
For the longest time, it looked like Porter would be fighting his mandatory, Kell Brook, but a Thurman or Marquez fight has also been discussed, while Malignaggi has also indicated interest.
7) Robert Guerrero (11-65-82)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is seeking to separate from Golden Boy, and wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.  Meanwhile, his dad has suggested that Mayweather should give him a rematch- even less likely.
8) Kell Brook (11-147-147)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Brook will be back on March 15 in what looks like a stay-busy fight.  After that, he’ll almost certainly fight the winner of Porter’s next fight, as he will be the mandatory.
9) Devon Alexander (11-104-104)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander would like to fight three times in 2014.
10) Randall Bailey (13-13-13)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (13-87)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez appears set to return in mid-to-late March, according to a Boxingscene report.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (10-56)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (10-65)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a summer return.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (11-11) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi says he wants either Porter or Maidana, and Porter in particular seems open to it.
15) Chris van Heerden (11-88)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Van Heerden finally got a fight in, albeit a stay-busy one.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (11-43)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu says his rehab from hand surgery is progressing well, and he is expecting to return in Salta, Argentina in a March tune-up.
17) Luis Collazo (3-3)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match him with Keith Thurman.
18) Jan Zaveck (3-219)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (3-49)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov-Rios is currently picking up a lot of steam as a potential match-up.
20) Pablo Cesar Cano (3-23)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Silverio Ortiz (UNR)
Cano will fight in Mexico on March 1 against fringe contender Silverio Ortiz.  It’s not immediately clear whether the fight will be at 140 or 147, though.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
Ray Robinson vs. Aslanbek Kozaev; Dover, Delaware; Off TV
This is an excellent clash between two legitimate prospects, both of whom are at top 50 level, and yet it’s relegated to the realm of the non-televised.  Quite a shame.  The winner of this fight can be safely called a fringe contender, and- particularly if it’s the undefeated Kozaev- would be considered among the hottest prospects in the division.  Unfortunately, even the most hardcore of fans will be lucky to see it at all due to underexposure.

Welterweight: 2014, Feb 10-16

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by danboxing
#15 Chris Van Heerden finally saw action, making his long-awaited US debut against veteran journeyman Cosme Rivera, who was stopped by the doctor in the corner following round 4.   The fight was in Hollywood, and it oddly disappeared from the Boxrec schedule just long enough for me to awkwardly believe that it was off.  Rivera is nothing special, but the fight does allow Van Heerden to maintain his ranking, which was in jeopardy due to inactivity.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (198-230-230)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13.  Amir Khan has long been rumored as the May 3 opponent, but reports suggest Maidana may have supplanted him in that regard.
1) Timothy Bradley (18-18-88)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (18-118-118)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez’s future plans are totally nebulous.  He seems to want Bradley above all, but Porter and Pacquiao also seem to be future possibilities.  He’s hoping to fight again in May against someone.
3) Manny Pacquiao (18-271-271)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (10-36-36)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
Broner has exercised his rematch clause with Maidana, but Floyd Mayweather has given fuel to speculation that Maidana might fight him by suggesting that fans can decide who he fights next between Maidana and Khan.
5) Keith Thurman (9-9-49)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match Thurman with Collazo.
6) Shawn Porter (9-10-10)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
For the longest time, it looked like Porter would be fighting his mandatory, Kell Brook, but a Thurman or Marquez fight has also been discussed, while Malignaggi has also indicated interest.
7) Robert Guerrero (10-64-81)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is seeking to separate from Golden Boy, and wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.  Meanwhile, his dad has suggested that Mayweather should give him a rematch- even less likely.
8) Kell Brook (10-146-146)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Brook will be back on March 15 in what looks like a stay-busy fight.  After that, he’ll almost certainly fight the winner of Porter’s next fight- likely against Thurman- as he will be the mandatory.
9) Devon Alexander (10-103-103)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander would like to fight three times in 2014.
10) Randall Bailey (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (12-86)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez appears set to return in mid-to-late March, according to a Boxingscene report.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (9-55)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (9-64)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a summer return.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (10-10) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi says he wants either Porter or Maidana.
15) Chris van Heerden (10-87)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Van Heerden finally got a fight in, albeit a stay-busy one.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (10-42)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu says his rehab from hand surgery is progressing well, and he is expecting to return in Salta, Argentina in a March tune-up.
17) Luis Collazo (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match him with Keith Thurman.
18) Jan Zaveck (2-218)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (2-48)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov-Rios is currently picking up a lot of steam as a potential match-up.
20) Pablo Cesar Cano (2-22)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
Diego Chaves vs. Juan Godoy; Saladillo, Argentina; TyC Sports (Argentina)
Chaves is a one-loss Argentine prospect who acquitted himself quite well in an ultimately losing effort against Keith Thurman.  Godoy is a mid-level journeyman, and a veteran of 45 pro fights.

Welterweight: 2013, Jul 29- Aug 4

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by danboxing
#17 Selcuk Aydin knocked out mid-level journeyman Aaron Herrera in the last half of the 8th round of their scheduled 10 in Cuxhaven, Germany.  This was Aydin’s first actual welterweight appearance in a year.

 

#11 Jesus Soto Karass upset #7 Andre Berto on Saturday in San Antonio.  The fight was grueling- especially for Berto, who separated his shoulder just a few rounds deep.  Berto did an admirable job hanging in there with one arm, as he was down only 3 points on my card (could have even been a round closer) before Soto Karass dropped him hard in the 12th to end it.  A crestfallen Berto could only say after the fight that he felt he deserved an 8 count.  I couldn’t agree more.  Pathologically awful referee Jon Schorle (you might remember him as the guy that completely ruined Carlos Molina’s near-masterpiece against James Kirkland) stopped the count at 4, with a wobbly Berto already on his feet.  Why?  Could Berto have continued?  It’s probably less than 50/50, but the guy beat the count by a long shot, and he wasn’t in any extraordinary danger of further injury during the 4 seconds left.  Schorle either doesn’t understand his role, or simply has some subconscious need to be a factor in the fight.  He is a professional embarrassment in the ring, though obviously this is far less earth-shattering than his delayed decision to give Golden Boy anything they asked for in the Kirkland fight.

 

Schorle’s error was minor compared to the judging of at least one official.  All three judges failed massively in that they didn’t recognize round 11 as the obvious 10-9 despite a flash knockdown scored by Berto on what might have been a low blow.  Dr. Cathy Leonard had it 105-103 for Berto at the time of the stoppage, which was absolutely ludicrous.  The other two judges had it somewhat reasonable at 114-114 (Hubert Minn) and 105-103 (Michael Mitchell) besides the 11th round SNAFU.

 

On the undercard, Keith Thurman impressed with his intelligence and mental toughness more than with the physical prowess that has been his trademark to this point.  He actually appeared mildly outgunned in the early going, when both guys were happy to engage in a slugfest.  Thurman had the presence of mind to take a step back and box, at which point he completely took over, winning 5 of the last 6 completed rounds on my card, and dispatching a still game- but in some ways outclassed- Diego Chaves in round 10 with a solid knockout.  Chaves was young, hungry, undefeated, and clearly no joke.  Thurman deserves a ton of credit for the intelligent- almost clinical- fashion in which he fought the latter part of the bout and worked his way to a knockout win.

 

Obviously there’s a lot of movement this week.  There is a case to be made that the Berto-Soto Karass result should be mitigated by the early Berto injury.  But Soto Karass was already ahead in the fight when it happened.  Illogical as it may be, Berto actually fought better after the injury.  Despite the reasonable closeness of the fight before its stoppage, it’s hard to say Berto would have won minus the injury when he hadn’t been winning to that point.  That being the case, I’m basically treating it as a standard win for Soto Karass.  He advances to #6 on the strength of both this and his prior win over a 5th-ranked (by my count) Selcuk Aydin, halted only by Maidana, who beat him recently.  Guerrero slips to #7 in the transaction.  Berto falls to Soto Karass’s former position at #11.  He pretty much has to go below Josesito Lopez when the two meet in the rankings, since Berto lost to Ortiz and Lopez stopped him.  But Berto has still both won and lost at a far higher level than last week’s #12 Chris van Heerden, or even Keith Thurman.

 

Last week’s #14 Alfonso Gomez is removed, having not fought in a year.  There was enough talk of a September fight with Victor Ortiz that I considered leaving him in as late as last week, but the word is that Ortiz won’t be fighting on the card in question at all.

 

Thurman advances to #12 ahead of van Heerden in a close call, with the decisive difference being the South African’s 2010 loss to a gatekeeper at 154.  This forces van Heerden and Abregu down a spot to #13 and #14, respectively.  With Gomez’s exit, everyone ranked #16 and below last week advances one position, allowing undefeated prospect Jessie Vargas to debut at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (170-202-202)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (90-90-90)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (90-243-243)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A junior middleweight contest against Anthony Mundine in Australia sounds very likely for the Fall.
4) Devon Alexander (7-75-75)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is the subject of speculation regarding a possible fight with Adrien Broner in November.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (1-1-27)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Soto Karass obviously had a little help from Berto’s bad shoulder, but he was ahead in the fight even before the injury.
7) Robert Guerrero (1-36-53)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero appears to be the top candidate for a fall fight with Victor Ortiz.
8) Kell Brook (11-118-118)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’s better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (11-60-60)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (8-58-58)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 9/6/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
Lopez will get what amounts to a breather after his murderous schedule of contenders recently, fighting journeyman Aaron Martinez on September 6 in Indio, California.
11) Andre Berto (1-36)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
If you’d heard before the fight that Berto was going to get stopped by Soto Karass, you’d have probably assumed it was going to end Berto’s career at the elite level.  In reality, perhaps it didn’t, given his brave comeback from a shoulder injury.
12) Keith Thurman (1-21)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman has indicated interest in fighting Broner, and hopes to be “on Mayweather’s radar” soon.
13) Chris van Heerden (1-59)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-14)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abregu will kick off the telecast of Chavez-Vera on September 7, with undefeated prospect Brad Solomon being a possible opponent.
15) Jan Zaveck (1-190)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Selcuk Aydin (1-224)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Timothy Bradley (1-60)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-20)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW#? Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Leonard Bundu (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Jessie Vargas (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD10 Wale Omotoso (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vargas will look to follow up on his career-best win against Omotoso with an appearance against a TBA opponent on the Marquez-Bradley undercard.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday features two notable fights in the US.

 

In Newark, Delaware, gatekeeper Ray Narh meets high-level journeyman Ray Robinson in a very well-matched fight. 

 

The same night in Miami, Oklahoma, gatekeeper and former contender Kermit Cintron takes on unproven one-loss Dominican prospect Jonathan Batista in what should be an easy fight if Cintron has anything left.  This will be the Friday Night Fights co-feature on ESPN2.

 

The following evening in Tijuana, young gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. battles low-level journeyman Rodolfo Quintanilla.

Welterweight: 2013, Jul 22-28

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by danboxing
No fights of note to report from last week in the division.
 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (169-201-201)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (89-89-89)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (89-242-242)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A junior middleweight contest against Anthony Mundine in Australia sounds very likely for the Fall.
4) Devon Alexander (6-74-74)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (7-7-7)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is the subject of speculation regarding a possible fight with Adrien Broner in November.
6) Robert Guerrero (10-35-52)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero appears to be the top candidate for a fall fight with Victor Ortiz.
7) Andre Berto (10-35-35)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- L (UD12) vs. #13? Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Berto will look to get back on track against tough measuring stick Jesus Soto Karass.
8) Kell Brook (10-117-117)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook’s promoter plans to get him a significant fight in September.
9) Randall Bailey (10-59-59)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (7-57-57)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez will likely return on September 6 in Carson, California.
11) Jesus Soto Karass (5-26)
Last Fight: 2/26/2013- MD10 #5 Selcuk Aydin (at 149)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. #7 Andre Berto
Soto Karass will (and practically does) fight anyone and everyone.  Next up: Andre Berto.
12) Chris van Heerden (5-58)
Last Fight: 3/2/2012- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
13) Luis Carlos Abregu (5-13)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/2/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abregu will kick off the telecast of Chavez-Vera on September 7, with undefeated prospect Brad Solomon being a possible opponent.  It appears he’ll be fighting in Oklahoma in early August, as well.
14) Alfonso Gomez (5-52)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- L* (UD10) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gomez now sounds like the frontrunner for an early-September fight with Victor Ortiz.  He’s scheduled for removal for inactivity next week, however.  I’ll have to wait to see where the situation sits next week before I will commit to a course of action, though.
15) Keith Thurman (5-20)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? Jan Zaveck
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR)
Thurman is now ranked in two divisions.
16) Jan Zaveck (5-189)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Selcuk Aydin (5-223)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD10 Giuseppe Lauri (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Aaron Herrera (UNR) (at JWW)
Aydin appears to be looking for a new lease on his career at 140. 
18) Timothy Bradley (5-59)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (5-19)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW#? Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
20) Leonard Bundu (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: #17 Selcuk Aydin will be in action Saturday in Cuxhaven, Germany against journeyman Aaron Herrera, in what appears to be a junior welterweight fight.

 

In San Antonio later that night, #7 Andre Berto headlines against #11 Jesus Soto Karass in a fight that obviously has top 10 implications.  Showtime will televise.

 

On the undercard, #15 Keith Thurman faces a stiff test in undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves.