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Middleweight: 2012, Feb 27- Mar 4

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (98-98-98)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (36-141-141)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/7/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
The Adama fight has been moved to a March 7 date.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (22-46-46)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
Proksa will fight English journeyman Kerry Hope in Sheffield, England on March 17.
3) Matthew Macklin (13-36-127)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-39-57)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chavez’s next fight now appears set for June 2, with Martin Murray being the leading candidate.
5) Felix Sturm (4-441-441)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
A few weeks ago, it looked like Sturm would be promoting Zbik’s fight with Proksa.  Now he’s fighting Zbik instead, after Zbik showed his disgust for Sturm by pulling out.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (4-70-70)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Just as he appeared to have a fight lined up with Pirog, the Russian came down with a shoulder injury.
7) Martin Murray (4-13-13)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
After discussing fights with domestic rivals Lee and Barker, it now looks like Murray is a good bet to fight Chavez in early June.
8) Dmitry Pirog (13-83-83)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has injured his shoulder, scuttling a prospective fight with N’Dam.  No word on how bad it is.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (13-342-342)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Anthony Mundine (4-4-57)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Sam Soliman (2-2)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
 12) Osumanu Adama (2-49)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/7/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama-Geale- originally scheduled for leap day, will now take place on March 7.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-57)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio renewed his relevance with what was officially an upset over Lemieux, but the more proven Chavez proved to be a prospect too far.
14) Paul Williams (2-2)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-57)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
16) Max Bursak (2-57)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
17) Gennady Golovkin (11-37)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him.
18) Demetrius Andrade (13-28)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With original opponent Derek Ennis getting sick 2 days before the fight, Andrade instead dispatched journeyman Angel Hernandez on ESPN2.
19) Darren Barker (13-20)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker turned down an offer to fight Martin Murray.
20) Billi Godoy (13-19)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing to report for the coming week.
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Middleweight: 2012, Feb 20-26

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (97-97-97)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (35-140-140)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
Geale will fight Osumanu Adama on leap day in Tasmania.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (21-45-45)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will fight an as-yet-unannounced opponent in Sheffield, England on March 17.
3) Matthew Macklin (12-35-126)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-38-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez’s team is already working on his next fight, and they have June 16, Texas, and Andy Lee in mind.  Margarito has also been floated, but the WBC is unlikely to approve that fight.
5) Felix Sturm (3-440-440)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
A few weeks ago, it looked like Sturm would be promoting Zbik’s fight with Proksa.  Now he’s fighting Zbik instead, after Zbik showed his disgust for Sturm by pulling out.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (3-69-69)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Just as he appeared to have a fight lined up with Pirog, the Russian came down with a shoulder injury.
7) Martin Murray (3-12-12)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray rejected a fight with Andy Lee, thinking the offer was too low.  Barker then refused an offer from Murray.
8) Dmitry Pirog (12-82-82)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has injured his shoulder, scuttling a prospective fight with N’Dam.  No word on how bad it is.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (12-341-341)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Anthony Mundine (3-3-56)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Sam Soliman (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
 12) Osumanu Adama (1-48)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama gets a shot at real prominence when he fights the most accomplished Middleweight not named Sergio Martinez on leap day in Tasmania.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (1-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio renewed his relevance with what was officially an upset over Lemieux, but the more proven Chavez proved to be a prospect too far.
14) Paul Williams (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-56)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
16) Max Bursak (1-56)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
17) Gennady Golovkin (10-36)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him.
18) Demetrius Andrade (12-27)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With original opponent Derek Ennis getting sick 2 days before the fight, Andrade instead dispatched journeyman Angel Hernandez on ESPN2.
19) Darren Barker (12-19)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker turned down an offer to fight Martin Murray.
20) Billi Godoy (12-18)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

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

 

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

Middleweight: 2011, Oct 24-30

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by danboxing
Ludwigsburg, Baden was host to a very close fight between local undefeated prospect Dominik Britsch and #15 Billy Lyell.  The rounds almost uniformly alternated between the two fighters, and I personally had the fight all square at 114-114 when all was said and done.  Britsch took a majority decision- fairly credible with the exception of Arno Pokrandt’s 117-111 card, which was at least a round beyond reason.  As is always the case when I disagree with the ultimate winner but consider his win a reasonable result, I give minimal deference to that result, treating the fight essentially as a draw, with a minimal edge to the official winner.

 

#12 Max Bursak, meanwhile, came in plenty heavy and used that extra weight (and his superior skill) to thoroughly demolish Uzbek journeyman Abdulaziz Matazimov in the Ukraine, knocking the smaller opponent down 4 times en route to a 3rd round TKO.

 

These draws or draw-type fights like Britsch-Lyell are always tough to deal with in ranking the fighters involved- particularly when one of the parties is an unknown quantity as was Britsch.  In this case, to make a long story short, I’ve decided that it’s best to split the difference between the level Lyell had established himself at (#15) and the gatekeeper region of the top 50 that Britsch had proven himself ready for by the journeymen he had beaten.  The result is that both men end up just outside the top 20 when the dust settles.  Everyone ranked #16 and below last week receives a modest promotion, and undefeated Argentine prospect Billi Godoy re-joins the party for the first time since he was forced out by Demetrius Andrade in late August.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (80-80-80)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin and Lee both called Sergio out immediately after his less than dominant victory over Barker, as has Pirog- whose offer to fight Sergio in Moscow is reportedly some kind of record.  Sergio expressed interest in the winner of Cotto-Margarito, and also shot down any suggestion of him moving up to 168.  He still wants Chavez, who claims he’d be interested for the right money.  Pacquiao has also been mentioned, but the Filipino superstar would only be interested if Sergio could make 147.
1) Daniel Geale (18-123-123)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says he’s 90% sure he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (4-28-28)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Felix Sturm (4-423-423)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 12/2/2012- vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Apparently ducking a rematch with British contender Matthew Macklin, Sturm will instead fight his countryman, undefeated prospect Martin Murray, in Mannheim.
4) Matthew Macklin (4-18-109)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin couldn’t secure a rematch of his borderline robbery loss to Sturm, as the German has opted to fight countryman Martin Murray, instead.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (16-52-52)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Dmitry Pirog (16-65-65)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale says there’s a 90% chance he’ll be fighting Pirog on New Year’s Eve.
7) Sebastian Sylvester (4-324-324)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
8) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-21-39)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Next Fight: 11/19/2011- vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Chavez is now claiming a hand injury, and will likely now skip his scheduled fight with Ronald Hearns in September and go straight to his second scheduled fight with Peter Manfredo in November.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-29-39)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC wants Rubio to fight Martinez, with the winner to face Chavez.
10) Anthony Mundine (16-16-39)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
11) Osumanu Adama (3-31)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
12) Max Bursak (3-39)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had little trouble with his latest weak opponent.
13) Paul Williams (16-133)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. JMW #15 Erislandy Lara (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara handled him easily despite what the awful judges said, and his poor performance earns him a demotion even though the fight took place at JMW.
14) Garth Wood (2-39)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
15) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-29)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ishida’s ring return is scheduled for late November, with the most likely opponent being journeyman Jose Luis Cruz.
16) Gennady Golovkin (1-19)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/9/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in December.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-39)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Steady as she goes in his stay busy fight with oft-recycled journeyman Jason LeHoullier.
18) Demetrius Andrade (1-10)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Darren Barker (1-2)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been receiving interest from Chavez and Geale after his over-performance against Martinez.
20) Billi Godoy (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- W(TD4) vs. Claudio Abalos (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Undefeated West Coast prospect Brandon Gonzales battles tough Ghanaian veteran gatekeeper Ossie Duran in a ShoBox card from New Jersey on Friday.

Middleweight: 2011, Oct 17-23

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by danboxing
No notable fights last week, but last week’s #14 Roman Karmazin just a week after his beating at the hands of Osumanu Adama.  With Karmazin’s exit, everyone #15 and below last week advances one place, allowing Darren Barker- who had been displaced by Karmazin’s return- back in after a single week away.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (79-79-79)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin and Lee both called Sergio out immediately after his less than dominant victory over Barker, as has Pirog- whose offer to fight Sergio in Moscow is reportedly some kind of record.  Sergio expressed interest in the winner of Cotto-Margarito, and also shot down any suggestion of him moving up to 168.  I assume he would still like to fight Chavez, as well.
1) Daniel Geale (17-122-122)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale may be fighting Pirog in early 2012 on HBO, but has also expressed interest in fighting Darren Barker.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (3-27-27)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Felix Sturm (3-422-422)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 12/2/2012- vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Apparently ducking a rematch with British contender Matthew Macklin, Sturm will instead fight his countryman, undefeated prospect Martin Murray, in Mannheim.
4) Matthew Macklin (3-17-108)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin couldn’t secure a rematch of his borderline robbery loss to Sturm, as the German has opted to fight countryman Martin Murray, instead.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (15-51-51)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh.
6) Dmitry Pirog (15-64-64)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has made what his team describes as a record offer for Sergio to travel to Moscow for a fight, and Erislandy Lara is calling him out as well.
7) Sebastian Sylvester (3-323-323)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
8) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-20-38)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #19 Sebastian Zbik
Next Fight: 11/19/2011- vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Chavez is now claiming a hand injury, and will likely now skip his scheduled fight with Ronald Hearns in September and go straight to his second scheduled fight with Peter Manfredo in November.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-28-38)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC wants Rubio to fight Martinez, with the winner to face Chavez.
10) Anthony Mundine (15-15-38)
Last Fight: 6/5/2011- TKO7 Xavier Tolliver (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2011- vs. Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Mundine bailed on an anticipated fight with Austin Trout and will now fight smaller gatekeeper Rigoberto Alvarez, older brother of JMW #1 Saul Alvarez.  He’s stated he wants the Trout fight after that, and then Cotto.
11) Osumanu Adama (2-30)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
12) Maxim Bursak (2-38)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2011- vs. Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Bursak will take on a second consecutive weak opponent in Matazimov this week.
13) Paul Williams (15-132)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. JMW #15 Erislandy Lara (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara handled him easily despite what the awful judges said, and his poor performance earns him a demotion even though the fight took place at JMW.
14) Garth Wood (1-38)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
15) Billy Lyell (1-38)
Last Fight: 7/1/2011- UD6 vs. Michael Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/22/2012- vs. Dominik Britsch (UNR)
Lyell will fight German prospect Dominik Britsch in Ludwigsburg on October 22.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-28)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida was looking to fight JC Chavez in September, but Chavez opted for a likely easier fight with the less-accomplished Ronald Hearns.  Ishida seems to be on everyone’s short list, but always loses out on the big fight since beating Kirkland.
17) Gennady Golovkin (1-18)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/9/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in December.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-38)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Steady as she goes in his stay busy fight with oft-recycled journeyman Jason LeHoullier.
19) Demetrius Andrade (1-9)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Darren Barker (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been receiving interest from Chavez and Geale after his over-performance against Martinez.

 

The Week Ahead: To fights to mention on Saturday:
#15 Billy Lyell takes on undefeated German prospect Dominik Britsch in Ludwigsburg, Baden.
Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, #12 Max Bursak of that country takes on Uzbek journeyman Abdulaziz Matazimov.