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Middleweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2013 by danboxing
Australian Les Sherrington knocked out Paraguayan journeyman Jorge Gomez in the 2nd round in Toowoomba, Australia on Friday.

 

Roman gatekeeper Domenico Spada stopped very poor Hungarian Norbert Szekeres in 5 in Brindisi, Italy.  Szekeres- best known for losing to Grzegorz Proksa but injuring Proksa’s hand- was a short-notice opponent.

 

On the Dawson-Stevenson card in Montreal, 2-loss fringe prospect David Lemieux completed the weekend of middleweight mismatches by knocking out Polish journeyman Robert Swierzbinski in 2:21 of the first round.

 

For what it’s worth, all of the above were technically super middleweight fights.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (165-165-165)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (7-80-80)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray hopes to fight in the US before 2013 is over, and also would like to fight Carl Froch at some point.
2) Daniel Geale (7-208-208)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
3) Felix Sturm (7-508-508)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Sturm is set to return on July 6 against undefeated/untested Montenegran prospect Predrag Radosevic in Dortmund.  I’m not sure why this match was made.  There’s no payoff for Sturm in terms of resume.
4) Gennady Golovkin (7-41-104)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (7-103-194)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (7-106-124)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3.  Chavez had tried to replace Vera with Murray, but rumor has it that will not happen.
7) Peter Quillin (7-34-55)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (7-150-150)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (7-113-113)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Proksa gets a good showcase opportunity on Friday Night Fights against rather big-name gatekeeper Sergio Mora.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (15-15-137)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (13-124)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio will likely fight for an interim alphabet title against totally undeserving Polish one-loss prospect Patrick Majewski, with July 27 in Mexico being the target.  How Majewski is being considered for this opportunity when his last significant fight was a loss to the otherwise anonymous Jose Miguel Torres is beyond me.
12) Anthony Mundine (13-124)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia later in the year.  This would almost certainly happen at 154 since Mosley is still a natural welterweight.
13) Osumanu Adama (13-116)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Akio Shibata (6-6)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (6-87)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #2 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (6-124)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Prince Arron (UNR)
Bursak will defend his European belt against fallen former British 154 Champion Prince Arron on July 13.  This will be on the very good Monaco card that night.
17) Demetrius Andrade (6-95)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (6-34)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to August 3, and there is some talk from the promoter that September 7 may be more likely.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (8-67)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (4-4)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- RTD3 Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The version of Grady Brewer that Chudinov quickly broke to earn his ranking was clearly not the same guy that knocked out Fernando Guerrero, but still had enough credibility to sneak the young Russian into the rankings.

 

The Week Ahead: Two fights worth mentioning on Saturday.  In Dallas, Texas, undefeated and once highly-touted Russian prospect Matt Korobov steps up in competition at long last, taking on tough gatekeepeer Ossie Duran, who has at least deserved to upset prospects in the recent past- notably Brandon Gonzales.

 

A few hours earlier in Aarhaus, Denmark, undefeated Dane Patrick Nielsen takes on low-level Argentine journeyman Crispulo Andino.
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Middleweight: 2013, Jun 3-9

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2013 by danboxing
Japanese gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa stopped very low-level Indonesian journeyman Elvin Marbun in Tokyo.  No other action worth mentioning from last week.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (164-164-164)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (6-79-79)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray hopes to fight in the US before 2013 is over, and also would like to fight Carl Froch at some point.
2) Daniel Geale (6-207-207)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
3) Felix Sturm (6-507-507)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Sturm is set to return on July 6 against undefeated/untested Montenegran prospect Predrag Radosevic in Dortmund.  I’m not sure why this match was made.  There’s no payoff for Sturm in terms of resume.
4) Gennady Golovkin (6-40-103)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (6-102-193)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (6-105-123)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3.  Chavez had tried to replace Vera with Murray, but rumor has it that will not happen.
7) Peter Quillin (6-33-54)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (6-149-149)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (6-112-112)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Sergio Mora
Proksa gets a good showcase opportunity on Friday Night Fights against rather big-name gatekeeper Sergio Mora.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (14-14-136)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (12-123)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio will likely fight for an interim alphabet title against totally undeserving Polish one-loss prospect Patrick Majewski, with July 27 in Mexico being the target.  How Majewski is being considered for this opportunity when his last significant fight was a loss to the otherwise anonymous Jose Miguel Torres is beyond me.
12) Anthony Mundine (12-123)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosely in Australia later in the year.  This would almost certainly happen at 154 since Mosely is still a natural welterweight.
13) Osumanu Adama (12-115)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Akio Shibata (5-5)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (5-86)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #2 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (5-123)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Prince Arron (UNR)
Bursak will defend his European belt against fallen former British 154 Champion Prince Arron on July 13.  This will be on the very good Monaco card that night.
17) Demetrius Andrade (5-94)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (5-33)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to August 3.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (7-66)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (3-3)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- RTD3 Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The version of Grady Brewer that Chudinov quickly broke to earn his ranking was clearly not the same guy that knocked out Fernando Guerrero, but still had enough credibility to sneak the young Russian into the rankings.

 

The Week Ahead: First let me say that I love Australian city names.  From the same nation that often gives us fights in a place called Wagga Wagga, we get Friday’s contest between Australian Les Sherrington- a top 50 guy that I would normally call a gatekeeper, except that he mainly fights veterans- and 37 year-old Paraguayan journeyman Jorge Gomez.  The location?  Toowoomba.

 

The following evening in Brindisi, Italy, Roman gatekeeper Domenico Spada meets an as-yet-unannounced opponent in what should be a walkover. 

 

Later that night in Montreal, local prospect David Lemieux looks to continue his rebuilding after back-to-back 2011 losses, as he stays busy with low-level Polish journeyman Robert Swierzbinski on the Dawson-Stevenson undercard.

Middleweight: 2012, Nov 12-18

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2012 by danboxing
As I mentioned in last week’s preview, 21 year-old undefeated Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen had an opportunity for a showcase on the Helenius-Williams undercard, but like the main event favorite Helenius, Nielsen failed to impress.  Normally I wouldn’t watch an obscure European fight between a barely top-50 prospect and a non-entity of a journeyman, but I saw that two of the three judges only managed to give it to the favorite by essentially 6-4 margins.  Anytime the guy the promoter is rooting for wins by that small a margin, I feel compelled to seek out the video.  But that was about right.  I had it for Nielsen 97-93.  Half the fight consisted of toss-up rounds, though.  Nielsen started out the fight in complete control and cleanly swept the first 4, but by the time Bakhi won the 5th round, there was little to choose between the two guys going forward.  Anything between 96-94 Bakhi and 99-91 Nielsen would be a reasonable card, and Meronen, Kardyni, and Marota each fit their pro-Nielsen cards in that range, with the latter two giving Nielsen just a 1-round margin.

 

Italian gatekeeper Domenico Spada’s 6-rounder with 12-21 opponent Sandor Ramocsa of Hungary pretty much went according to script.  Spada won, but failed to stop the unskilled but durable Ramocsa, who has been stopped just once in his now 22 losses.

 

Undefeated Mexican Marcos Reyes was supposed to get a decent test in top-notch journeyman Michel Rosales, but that fight did not come off.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (135-135-135)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez has had successful knee surgery, and is planning to return April 27 in Argentina, with two as-yet unnamed opponents being considered for the shot.
1) Daniel Geale (73-178-178)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #11 Anthony Mundine
Geale has reached an agreement to fight Anthony Mundine in a big domestic showdown, with details yet to come.
2) Felix Sturm (11-478-478)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin says he’d like to fight Sturm.
3) Gennady Golovkin (11-11-74)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
With Sergio uninterested in a fight with him, Golovkin learned recently that HBO is interested in a 4-man elimination tournament of middleweight contenders to include him, Geale, Macklin, and Pirog.  He also is reportedly in talks to fight super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen.
4) Matthew Macklin (9-73-164)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s name is among those being mentioned for a possible HBO tournament to include himself, Golovkin, Geale, and Pirog.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (9-76-94)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez tested positive for marijuana for his fight with Martinez, and is likely to be suspended.  That won’t affect his rating here at all because he lost anyway, and because it’s not a performance enhancer.  The suspension is likely to last about 6 months, and Sergio recently stated that he wants Olympic testing as a precondition to a rematch.
6) Peter Quillin (4-4-25)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Quillin will be fighting on January 19 on Showtime.  Jermain Taylor appears to be the likely opponent.  That’s not good for Taylor’s health.
7) Dmitry Pirog (28-120-120)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (11-83-83)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (11-50-50)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Murray will return on 11/24, and will be fighting for an “interim title”  against untested but undefeated prospect Jorge Navarro.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (4-107-107)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin

Next Fight: Unknown
As it turns out, N’Dam had a rematch clause in his contract with Quillin, but he also has expressed interest in Golovkin, Geale, Martinez, and Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (4-94)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Mundine has reportedly agreed to a fight with Geale, though no details yet.
12) Sam Soliman (4-39)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.  However, Geale seems to be occupied with yet another Australian, Anthony Mundine.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-94)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD4 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Osumanu Adama (4-86)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (4-94)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Max Bursak (4-94)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Bursak will be fighting for a European title over what should be a pretty easy opponent in Frenchman Julien Marie Sainte- essentially a journeyman.  The one bit of intrigue is that the fight is taking place in France.
17) Demetrius Andrade (4-65)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Andrade gets an interesting test in January when he fights slick Argentine boxer Javier Maciel, who gave Dmitry Pirog plenty of trouble when the two met in early 2011.
18) Darren Barker (4-57)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
If Barker’s body holds up, he has a date with tough Welsh journeyman Kerry Hope on December 8.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (25-37)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Bryan Vera (4-4)
Last Fight: 8/11/2012- W (MD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Minnesota prospect Caleb Truax- who came close to upsetting Jermain Taylor back in April- takes on journeyman Michael Walker in St. Paul on Saturday.

Middleweight: 2012, Nov 5-11

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2012 by danboxing
Two Spanish-born fighters collided in Austria on Saturday.  Undefeated prospect Marcos Nader- now living in Austria and thus the local favorite- attempted to take the European Union title from Roberto Santos, the former journeyman who rose to relative prominence by wresting the title from undefeated German prospect Dominik Britsch in Britsch’s backyard, with a decision that he should have won but didn’t, followed by a conclusive stoppage win in the rematch.  Nader boxed beautifully in the rematch, working the jab, showing nice movement, and controlling the ring while keeping Santos apparently out of punching range and slightly off balance.  For me, he swept the first 4 rounds.  But then things began to turn.  Nader appeared to slow down just enough to allow Santos to cut him off and stay in position to punch.  I had Santos sweeping the middle 4 rounds, and 7 of the last 8.  Therefore, I thought he did enough to eek out a 115-113 decision.  But he didn’t do quite enough to eek out that decision in front of an unfriendly crowd, it appears.  There were legitimately 2 close rounds that could have gone to Nader that I gave to Santos, and thus the fight was essentially a toss-up.  The judges (none of whom I can argue with outside the annoying fact that one of them decided the fight in favor of Nader due to a 10-10 round) saw it similarly, with the result coming down as a somewhat appropriate majority draw, with only only the one judge giving Nader a 1-point edge.  The result doesn’t really reflect the overall fight, though, as Santos largely controlled that and worked harder for the majority of the contest, and really dominated the last round, at which point Nader appeared unable to block or avoid any punches at all.

 

In other action, fringe contending one-loss Dominican prospect Fernando Guerrero looked very sharp against one-time contender and current aging journeyman J.C. Candelo, who was essentially a sitting duck  throughout the fight.  By the 6th round, Candelo’s legs were completely gone, prompting him to request that the ref stop the fight.

 

Santos’ standing is enhanced just a little bit by showing himself to be at least the equal of a top-50 level undefeated prospect in a 3rd consecutive fight, especially since it dilutes the effect of a inexplicable 6-round decision loss to a complete nobody just under a year ago.  Nader puts himself on the map- albeit in a slightly dubious way- by proving that he can hang with a top 50 fighter at this early stage of his career.  He seems to have reached his ceiling at least for the moment, but that ceiling has at least proven to be among the top 50.  Nevertheless, neither guy has yet proven himself to be a top 25 fringe contender given the totality of their respective records.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (134-134-134)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Summary of the latest news: Sergio will have knee surgery on November 12, and hopes to return in April or May.  He is interested in a rematch with Chavez if Chavez takes Olympic-style drug tests, and is also interested in Mayweather and Canelo, but not interested in Golovkin.
1) Daniel Geale (72-177-177)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #11 Anthony Mundine
Geale has reached an agreement to fight Anthony Mundine in a big domestic showdown, with details yet to come.
2) Felix Sturm (10-477-477)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin says he’d like to fight Sturm.
3) Gennady Golovkin (10-10-73)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
With Sergio uninterested in a fight with him, Golovkin learned recently that HBO is interested in a 4-man elimination tournament of middleweight contenders to include him, Geale, Macklin, and Pirog.  He also is reportedly in talks to fight super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen.
4) Matthew Macklin (8-72-163)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s name is among those being mentioned for a possible HBO tournament to include himself, Golovkin, Geale, and Pirog.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-75-93)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez tested positive for marijuana for his fight with Martinez, and is likely to be suspended.  That won’t affect his rating here at all because he lost anyway, and because it’s not a performance enhancer.  The suspension is likely to last about 6 months, and Sergio recently stated that he wants Olympic testing as a precondition to a rematch.
6) Peter Quillin (3-3-24)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin said recently that he has no interest in fighting Gennady Golovkin.  He’s not alone in that.
7) Dmitry Pirog (27-119-119)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (10-82-82)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (10-49-49)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Murray will return on 11/24, and will be fighting for an “interim title”  against untested but undefeated prospect Jorge Navarro.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (3-106-106)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin

Next Fight: Unknown
As it turns out, N’Dam had a rematch clause in his contract with Quillin, but he also has expressed interest in Golovkin, Geale, Martinez, and Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (3-93)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Mundine has reportedly agreed to a fight with Geale, though no details yet.
12) Sam Soliman (3-38)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.  However, Geale seems to be occupied with yet another Australian, Anthony Mundine.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-93)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD4 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Osumanu Adama (3-85)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (3-93)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Max Bursak (3-93)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Bursak will be fighting for a European title over what should be a pretty easy opponent in Frenchman Julien Marie Sainte- essentially a journeyman.  The one bit of intrigue is that the fight is taking place in France.
17) Demetrius Andrade (3-64)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Andrade gets an interesting test in January when he fights slick Argentine boxer Javier Maciel, who gave Dmitry Pirog plenty of trouble when the two met in early 2011.
18) Darren Barker (3-56)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
If Barker’s body holds up, he has a date with tough Welsh journeyman Kerry Hope on December 8.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (24-36)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Bryan Vera (3-3)
Last Fight: 8/11/2012- W (MD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Three notables are in action this week, all on Saturday.

 

On the Helenius-Williams undercard in Helsinki, Finland, 21 year-old undefeated Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen gets a showcase opportunity against lower mid-level Belgian journeyman Jamel Bakhi.

 

Italian gatekeeper Domenico Spada gets a pretty easy assignment in 12-21 Hungarian Sandor Ramocsa near Rome.  The only real intrigue here is whether Spada is able to stop a man who- despite losing quite regularly- has been stopped just once.

 

Finally, in Ecatepec, Mexico, undefeated prospect Marcos Reyes takes on top-flight journeyman Michel Rosales.

Middleweight: 2012, Jun 18-24

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by danboxing
#4 Julio Cesar Chavez showed extremely heavy hands and tenacity against Super Middleweight #10 Andy Lee, who was game and active, but simply couldn’t keep Chavez off of him.  It was like a bull versus a matador in a ring that was just a bit too small to give the matador a chance.  Lee gave everything he had, but couldn’t hurt his man and got quickly worn down and stopped in the 7th.  Lee made the 160 pound limit for only the 2nd time in the last 4 years, and his major victories are all technically at super middleweight.  As a result, there’s nothing to rate him on here despite his now being active at 160.

 

Earlier that same night in Manchester, #8 Martin Murray won what looks to have been a pretty average 10 round decision over French journeyman Karim Achour.

 

In Playa del Carmen, Mexico, undefeated Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez stopped journeyman Isaac Mendez, who was a late replacement for J.C. Candelo, in round 8.  I’m certain that Mendez saw that coming, as we all know from the TV show “Heroes” that he can paint the future.

 

And finally, and again earlier in the night, Domenico Spada of Rome just managed to edge out Polish journeyman Mariusz Cendrowski for the silly color-coded alphabet belt that Avtandil Khurtsidze appears to have vacated for some reason or another.

 

Chavez, who I believed at one time not all that long ago was a complete pretender, claws his way up the rankings all the way to #2.  To be honest, he was pretty close to eclipsing Geale, as well.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (114-114-114)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #2 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Looks like there’s no hitch to the negotiations for Martinez-Chavez, and it looks like that fight is going forward on 9/15 in Vegas.
1) Daniel Geale (52-157-157)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Geale’s fight with Sturm is definitely on, but the originally-reported 9/1 date is no longer certain, as they are trying to avoid conflicting with Vitali Klitschko’s next fight.
2) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-55-73)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’ notes, above.
3) Grzegorz Proksa (1-62-62)
Last Fight: 5/10/2012- TKO3 Rudolf Varga (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
After his silly exhibition in Budapest, it’s back to business as he rematches journeyman Kerry Hope in July.
4) Felix Sturm (1-457-457)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (10-52-143)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin says he’d like to return in September for a fight in the US.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (20-86-86)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (7-99-99)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that a fight with Golovkin is 90% done.
8) Martin Murray (7-29-29)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Karim Achour (UNR)
Murray’s June 16 opponent will be French journeyman Karim Achour.
9) Anthony Mundine (16-20-73)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Bronco McKart (UNR)
Mundine will fight 41-year-old journeyman and former contender Bronco McKart on July 14 in Vegas.  The fight will be televised by something named WealthTV.
10) Sam Soliman (16-16-18)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (15-73)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. Jorge Cota (UNR)
Rubio’s fight with Cota was postponed until the end of the month at the last minute.
12) Osumanu Adama (15-65)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Gennady Golovkin (4-53)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that a fight with Pirog is 90% done.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (4-73)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (4-73)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (4-44)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (4-36)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Barker will return from hip surgery on September 8 in London.  No opponent yet.
18) Billi Godoy (4-35)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy needs a lot of improvement if he’s going to fight his relative peers in the rankings.  He had more than a little trouble with crude and old Carlos Baldomir.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (4-16)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin fought adequately but largely unspectacularly in beating an old, inactive Winky Wright.

 

The Week Ahead: No action at 160 this week.

Middleweight: 2012, Jun 11-17

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by danboxing
None of last week’s favorites had any particular trouble taking care of business.  David Lemieux got back in the win column with a 2nd-round knockout of Mexican journeyman Jaudiel Zepeda in Montreal on Friday in a fight contested a tad over the divisional limit.  That same night in Culiacan, Mexico, 154-pound fringe contender Saul Roman came away with an identical result over late replacement Martin Avila, knocking the journeyman out with a body shot in the 2nd of a fight that actually ended up as a super middleweight contest by a fair margin.

 

Saturday’s card in Chihuahua was without its headliner, as #11 Marco Antonio Rubio’s scrap with undefeated Jorge Cota was postponed until later in the month, but the card went on as planned, and prospect Marcos Reyes outpointed journeyman Octavio Castro over the 10 round distance.

 

No changes in the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (113-113-113)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sergio has signed a contract to fight the Chavez-Lee winner, with 9/15 being the tentative date.  Recent news indicates that the contract is non-binding, but would lead to Chavez being stripped of his alphabet title if he dishonors it.  It also provides that if Lee wins, that fight would be in Argentina.
1) Daniel Geale (51-156-156)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #3 Felix Sturm
With the Pirog fight falling through, Geale didn’t ease up a bit, scheduling a fight with #3 Felix Sturm in Germany.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (37-61-61)
Last Fight: 5/10/2012- TKO3 Rudolf Varga (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
After his silly exhibition in Budapest, it’s back to business as he rematches journeyman Kerry Hope in July.
3) Felix Sturm (9-456-456)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Sturm will have a chance to gain back his old luster against the division’s #1 contender.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (9-54-72)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. SMW #11 Andy Lee
See Martinez’ notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (9-51-142)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin says he’d like to return in September for a fight in the US.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-85-85)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (6-98-98)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that a fight with Golovkin is 90% done.
8) Martin Murray (6-28-28)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Karim Achour (UNR)
Murray’s June 16 opponent will be French journeyman Karim Achour.
9) Anthony Mundine (15-19-72)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Bronco McKart (UNR)
Mundine will fight 41-year-old journeyman and former contender Bronco McKart on July 14 in Vegas.  The fight will be televised by something named WealthTV.
10) Sam Soliman (15-15-17)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (14-72)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. Jorge Cota (UNR)
Rubio’s fight with Cota was postponed until the end of the month at the last minute.
12) Osumanu Adama (14-64)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Gennady Golovkin (3-52)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that a fight with Pirog is 90% done.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (3-72)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (3-72)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (3-43)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (3-35)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Barker will return from hip surgery on September 8 in London.  No opponent yet.
18) Billi Godoy (3-34)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy needs a lot of improvement if he’s going to fight his relative peers in the rankings.  He had more than a little trouble with crude and old Carlos Baldomir.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-15)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin fought adequately but largely unspectacularly in beating an old, inactive Winky Wright.

 

The Week Ahead:  A busy night for middleweights on Saturday.

 

The headliner is #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Super Middleweight #10 Andy Lee in El Paso, Texas.  The winner gets no less than a shot at the Championship.

 

#8 Martin Murray takes on French journeyman Karim Achour in Manchester.

 

In Playa del Carmen, Mexico, undefeated Mexican Gilberto Ramirez takes on veteran journeyman J.C. Candelo. 

 

And finally, Roman gatekeeper Domenico Spada fights in his hometown against Polish journeyman Mariusz Cendrowski.