Archive for Don Mouton

Super Middleweight: 2014, Feb 3-9

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez blitzed #19 Don Mouton in the opening round of their scheduled 10 in Laredo, Texas on Saturday,  sending the frequently hard-luck fringe contender down twice in the first 90 seconds of the fight, whereupon referee Rafael Ramos quite prematurely stopped the fight.  Ramirez first maneuvered Mouton to the ropes and hit him with an impressive double right hand to knock his man through the ropes.  Despite being a bit hurt and somewhat entangled in the bottom rope, Mouton managed to gain his feet in time to continue, but Ramirez took advantage of his opponent’s compromised balance to make him take a seat with a heavy-handed straight right just a few seconds later.  Ramos ridiculously stopped it without a count.  Were Mouton’s legs all the way there?  No, they weren’t.  But Ramirez’s right hand was not a knockout blow.  Mouton was not in any danger health-wise, and so even if ultimately the ref might have legitimately determined that the fighter was not fit to continue, he absolutely should have given Mouton the 8 count to recover.  I suspect he’d have been able to continue, if so.

 

Despite that minor controversy, however, you could hardly have asked more of Ramirez’s performance.  With the caveat that Mouton weighed in at under 163 for the fight (Ramirez was 166), this was a win over a proven formidable player in this division, and thus Ramirez can’t help but earn a ranking.  That being said, there’ s a pretty good case to be made that Ramirez projects as a middleweight, which would make him one of four ranked fighters in this division that perhaps don’t really belong here, with Lee, Murata, and Traux being the others.  Perhaps it’s not entirely coincidence, then, that Ramirez debuts just behind Lee and just ahead of Murata at #15.  As for Mouton, he really can’t avoid a demotion, slipping below the guy he unquestionably deserved a win against last year in Anthony Dirrell, and thus out of the rankings.  Dirrell, without being stuck behind Mouton, is able to press a claim to an even higher ranking, since his overall resume- largely on the basis of his draw with Bika- is pretty clearly superior to those of Jack, Truax, and Mohoumadi.  He therefore gets a passive promotion to #17.  In the reshuffling, Murata slips a spot to #17, while Mohoumadi, Truax, and Jack each fall two places.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (112-246-246)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Carl Froch (89-399-399)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: Unknown
In George Groves’ quest for a Froch rematch, he’s found an ally in the IBF, who recently mandated that the fight be staged within 90 days.  The two sides failed to agree to terms, but with bids having been held, Froch will get a whopping 85% of the purse.  Date and venue have still yet to be finalized, though May 31 in London looks like a good bet.
2) Robert Stieglitz (46-232-232)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD12 Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
The Abraham-Stieglitz trilogy bout, originally announced for February 1, is now official for March 1, in Stieglitz’s home base of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (60-478-478)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
After meeting with Kessler, his promoter says he won’t be fighting anytime soon, and Kessler hinted at possible retirement immediately after the Froch fight.  It’s not looking good for Kessler fans, though the Viking Warrior recently said, rather vaguely, that he still wants a big fight.
4) Arthur Abraham (38-224-224)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
5) Brandon Gonzales (32-32-32)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #12 Maxim Vlasov
Gonzales and Vlasov have reached a deal for an eliminator to become Froch’s mandatory, but I haven’t been able to find a date yet.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (19-140-188)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (13-13-58)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
I doubt he’ll get much love from the alphabets for his effort, but I think you could make a better case for him winning than losing against Oosthuizen, though I had it a draw personally.
8) George Groves (13-60-82)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) James DeGale (12-35-121)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
DeGale has been ordered to face Badou Jack for a shot at Bika’s alphabet belt.  Before that, he’ll fight undefeated Dutchman Gevorg Khatchikian on March 1 in Bristol.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (12-12-35)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- UD6 George Kandelaki (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse was apparently involved in a December 6 fight that was so under the radar that I missed it until two weeks after it happened.
11) Sakio Bika (12-357)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell wants a rematch, and that’s obviously a worthy endeavor given the legitimate draw the first time around.  In the meantime, machinations are underway for an eliminator between Jack and DeGale, with the winner to become his mandatory.  On Bika’s end, he’d like a unification with Froch.
12) Maxim Vlasov (13-65)
Last Fight: 12/5/2013- KO4 Maxell Taylor (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #5 Brandon Gonzales
Vlasov appears set for an IBF eliminator against Brandon Gonzales.  A deal has been reached, but no date has been reported.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (13-55)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
According to his trainer Ronnie Shields, they might be looking to fight a top-15 level light heavyweight, and have absolutely no intention to ever try to make 168 again.  He’ll be on the shelf for a little while due to bone chip-removal surgery on his elbow in December.
 14) Andy Lee (19-38)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013-TKO2 Ferenc Hafner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee is reportedly being considered for a shot at Gennady Golovkin on April 26.
15) Gilberto Ramirez (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO1 #19 Don Mouton
Next Fight: Unknown
Much like many of his peers in the 168 pound rankings, Ramirez might really be a middleweight, but nevertheless has a solid resume in this division.
16) Ryota Murata (1-24)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO8 Dave Peterson (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/22/2014- vs. Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Murata is slated for a February 22 card in Macau against mediocre Brazilian journeyman Carlos Nascimento.
17) Anthony Dirrell (1-9)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-49)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Caleb Truax (1-33)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax may have been a little lucky to escape with a draw against Duran.  I agree with the decision, but it could only have tilted the other way if it tilted at all.
 20) Badou Jack (1-29)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 Rogelio Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack has been ordered to face DeGale for a shot at Bika.
 

 

The Week Ahead: The super middleweights take a break to watch the Olympics this week.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Jan 27- Feb 2

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2014 by danboxing
No action to report again this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (111-245-245)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Carl Froch (88-398-398)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: Unknown
In George Groves’ quest for a Froch rematch, he’s found an ally in the IBF, who recently mandated that the fight be staged within 90 days.  There is some speculation that it might happen on May 31.  Still, no agreement.
2) Robert Stieglitz (45-231-231)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD12 Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
The Abraham-Stieglitz trilogy bout, originally announced for February 1, is now official for March 1, in Stieglitz’s home base of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (59-477-477)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
After meeting with Kessler, his promoter says he won’t be fighting anytime soon, and Kessler hinted at possible retirement immediately after the Froch fight.  It’s not looking good for Kessler fans, though the Viking Warrior recently said, rather vaguely, that he still wants a big fight.
4) Arthur Abraham (37-223-223)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
5) Brandon Gonzales (31-31-31)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #12 Maxim Vlasov
Gonzales and Vlasov have reached a deal for an eliminator to become Froch’s mandatory, but I haven’t been able to find a date yet.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (18-139-187)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (12-12-57)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
I doubt he’ll get much love from the alphabets for his effort, but I think you could make a better case for him winning than losing against Oosthuizen, though I had it a draw personally.
8) George Groves (12-59-81)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) James DeGale (11-34-120)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
DeGale has been ordered to face Badou Jack for a shot at Bika’s alphabet belt.  He’s back in action on March 1, but that’s probably too quick a turnaround for that to be the Jack fight.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (11-11-34)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- UD6 George Kandelaki (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse was apparently involved in a December 6 fight that was so under the radar that I missed it until two weeks after it happened.
11) Sakio Bika (11-356)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell wants a rematch, and that’s obviously a worthy endeavor given the legitimate draw the first time around.  In the meantime, machinations are underway for an eliminator between Jack and DeGale, with the winner to become his mandatory.  On Bika’s end, he’d like a unification with Froch.
12) Maxim Vlasov (12-64)
Last Fight: 12/5/2013- KO4 Maxell Taylor (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #5 Brandon Gonzales
Vlasov appears set for an IBF eliminator against Brandon Gonzales.  A deal has been reached, but no date has been reported.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (12-54)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
According to his trainer Ronnie Shields, they might be looking to fight a top-15 level light heavyweight, and have absolutely no intention to ever try to make 168 again.  He’ll be on the shelf for a little while due to bone chip-removal surgery on his elbow in December.
 14) Andy Lee (18-37)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013-TKO2 Ferenc Hafner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has apparently turned down a March 1 fight with Hassan N’Dam.  A Macklin fight might still be in play.
15) Ryota Murata (18-23)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO8 Dave Peterson (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/22/2014- vs. Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Murata is slated for a February 22 card in Macau against mediocre Brazilian journeyman Carlos Nascimento.
16) Hadillah Mohoumadi (4-48)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Caleb Truax (4-32)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax may have been a little lucky to escape with a draw against Duran.  I agree with the decision, but it could only have tilted the other way if it tilted at all.
 18) Badou Jack (8-28)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 Rogelio Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack has been ordered to face DeGale for a shot at Bika.
19) Don Mouton (8-18)
Last Fight: 5/13/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Gilberto Ramirez (UNR)
Mouton-Ramirez has been rescheduled for February 1.
20) Anthony Dirrell (8-8)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
#19 Don Mouton vs. Gilberto Ramirez; Laredo, Texas; UniMas (US)
Mouton is generally considered a mere journeyman, and is severely underrated by that view.  Mouton clearly beat a much larger and top 10-ranked Anthony Dirrell, but was blatantly robbed.  Ramirez, for his part, is an undefeated Mexican prospect, and hasn’t looked half-bad the couple times I’ve seen him.

Year-End Awards: Super Middleweight, 2013

Posted in Super Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2014 by danboxing
Welcome to my 2nd Annual Super Middleweight Year-End Awards and Wrap-Up.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2013 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

It is a year dominated by Carl Froch.  He is the fighter of the year and won both the fight and match-up of the year against Kessler.

 

Super Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Carl Froch
Froch owns this category for a second year in a row.  The only other guy even close is Robert Stieglitz, who grabbed arguably the best single win of the year over #2 Arthur Abraham.  Now was Abraham really better than Froch’s win over #3 Kessler?  Nah, probably not…just a result of timing.  Still, whatever doubt there is as to the relative quality of Froch and Stieglitz’s best wins is rendered irrelevant by Froch’s additional win over #8 George Groves.  Even if you are among the many that question the timing of the stoppage, I think it’s hard to argue that the stoppage wasn’t likely to come at some point, considering Groves’ condition at the time.

 

Prospect of the Year: Ryota Murata
I know, I know.  He’s really a middleweight.  But he didn’t make middleweight for his huge win over Akio Shibata, and thus is ineligible for consideration at that weight, technically-speaking.  He’s certainly the prospect of the year at SOME weight, having proven himself the best fighter in Asia at or near his weight class, and having done so in his pro debut, no less.  Don’t like his winning this at 168 still?  Fine.  Feel free to substitute Caleb Truax, with his upset win over credible super middleweight Don George.  But that was at a catchweight.  Still too much of a middleweight for your tastes?  Fine.  Take Fedor Chudinov, the unbeaten Russian who destroyed a light heavyweight version of Francis Cheka while making 168, himself.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #5 Robert Stieglitz TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
This would also probably qualify as most surprising knockout if I had such a category.  Stieglitz was known for his boxing and considered a fairly light hitter, especially by comparison to Abraham, whose power was- at least as a middleweight- considered rather legendary.  Abraham had won a 2012 meeting by competitive but clear decision, so while I don’t think a Stieglitz decision win would have been too much of an upset, the idea that the 2nd-ranked Abraham could be stopped by Stieglitz was unfathomable.  None of that really bears on the decision to recognize it as the most important of the year, however, since Abraham’s ranking alone makes this a no-brainer.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #7 George Groves TKO5 Noe Gonzalez
This was a close call between Groves-Gonzalez and Caleb Truax’s destruction of Don George.  On one hand, Groves’ victim was able to get to his feet after a few seconds before the referee correctly deemed him unable to continue, which takes away from the sensational knockout credibility quite a bit, while George could only get to his hands and knees before the count of 10 was reached.  On the other hand, Truax put George down with a series of punches while George was trapped on the ropes.  There was no readily-apparent single punch that dropped him, as George appears to have succumbed to the overall onslaught.  As for Groves, he landed a beautiful shot in an exchange that dropped the Uruguayan fringe contender, making it quite picturesque.  

 

Match-Up of the Year: #1 Carl Froch vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
By far the top rankings match-up of the year, with an average ranking of #2.  It wasn’t a half-bad fight, either.  The runner-up was #2 Arthur Abraham vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz, followed by #1 Froch vs. #8 Groves.

 

Fight of the Year: #1 Carl Froch UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
The rematch of the best super middleweight fight of 2010 didn’t truly live up to the great action of its predecessor, but although it was also less competitive than the first meeting, it was still the probably the best action fight and certainly the best match-up of the year.  There were no knockdowns and no stoppage, with Froch taking either 8 or 9 of the 12 rounds beyond much doubt, but even when not lighting the world on fire to the extent they’re capable of, Froch and Kessler still can hardly disappoint.  Froch-Groves very well may have been the runner-up.  If you don’t mind your action a little sloppy, the razor-thin all-out war between Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban would be a worthy choice, as well.

 

Upset of the Year: Don Mouton Robbery Loss vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Technically, the #10 contender here got the win over a journeyman, which makes this an unlikely upset, indeed.  Yet as my long-time readers know, I pay no attention to clear robbery decisions except two categories below.  This was such a robbery.  Dirrell, first of all, showed up as a full-sized light heavyweight at the weigh-in, dwarfing his super middleweight opponent.  This could be seen in one of two ways: either Dirrell had an even greater advantage than his rank and apparent skill alone, or else he was woefully under-prepared.  The course of the fight would suggest the latter.  Dirrell looked lackadaisical throughout much of the fight, and seemed to believe that he could win the fight by hanging out on the ropes and absorbing thudding body shots from an aggressive Mouton.  The fact that he was technically right is of no consequence to any but those that would take the word of a corrupt or incompetent judge, as Dirrell won at most 3 of the 8 rounds.  I gave him only the 2nd, for a score of 79-73 in Mouton’s favor.  It’s not as if Mouton hadn’t done anything of consequence before.  His overall record features a 2009 win over prospect Jerson Ravelo that was of some consequence, for example.  But he had been treated as an opponent of late, losing fights as an underdog, often on short notice.  He had the boxrec rating of a mid-level journeyman coming into this fight, and had no business clearly beating the #10 contender as he did.  Brandon Gonzales’ should-be win over #5 Thomas Oosthuizen would be the runner up, while Christopher Rebrasse’s shocking domination of #10 Mohammed Ali Ndiaye would be the first and second runners-up.  All, sadly, were robbed from the rightful winner.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Don Mouton
I alluded to some of this in the last category.  Mouton had shown himself a more than capable gatekeeper during 2009.  After a close 2008 loss to top prospect Maxim Vlasov, Mouton outpointed gatkeeper Walid Smichet, stopped Ravelo, and went life and death in a debatable losing effort against Curtis Stevens.  But then he went to prison for possession of stolen mail, and didn’t fight at all for well over 3 years.  Upon coming back, he beat 3 unproven guys (one an undefeated prospect) before dropping close decisions to Badou Jack and Brandon Gonzales, leaving him at an apparently low level before his great performance against Dirrell.  Unfortunately, the boxing world largely will not recognize this comeback, because he got saddled with the official loss and wasn’t televised all that widely due to local FSN blackouts all over the place.

 

Robbery of the Year: #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye Draw (SD12) vs. Christopher Rebrasse
As a boxing fan, this is the one category in which you certainly don’t want a lot of options to choose from.  Unfortunately, we’ve got ’em.  Gonzales beat Oosthuizen alllmost beyond all doubt, but received only a draw, which was reasonably possible only if you happen to have given Oosthuizen all of the toss-up rounds.  Ezequiel Maderna was the victim of a loss against Oosthuizen that probably should have been a draw, and a loss to Edwin Rodriguez that, while close, I had as a win.  Don George was saddled with a loss against David Lopez despite being in his hometown and winning anywhere between 5 and 10 of the 10 rounds.  And as mentioned before, Anthony Dirrell clearly lost to Don Mouton by at least a one-round margin, and probably more, but got the win anyway.  The sad fact is, however, that none of these bad to atrocious decisions were even close to eclipsing the winner.  Ndiaye won no rounds on my card…an absolute shutout…and there were only two rounds that were even arguable- the 4th and 11th.  There was only one additional round- the 3rd- that was even kinda close.  The rest were clear-cut Rebrasse rounds, and beyond even an unreasonable doubt.  Now to the clown show known as the judging.  First of all, kudos to Finland’s Anssi Perajoki for his 119-111 scorecard.  He’s a bit enamored with even rounds, it would seem, but otherwise escapes serious criticism by recognizing Ndiaye as the winner of only 1 round.  The others are not so fortunate.  Manuel Oliver Palomo of Spain, it seems, does have the ability to judge competently.  He had a perfect scorecard in a very difficult fight to score between Braehmer and Gutknecht early this year.  But he’s also responsible for the 2011 outrage that was Helenius-Chisora.  This scorecard was maybe even worse.  Even.  114-114.  Yep.  Even worse, if you can believe it, was the other Spanish judge, Francisco Vazquez Marcos, who had it 115-114 FOR NDIAYE (!!!!).  I can’t say I’ve ever scored a fight along with Vazquez, so I have no book on him before this.  What this does seem to suggest is that Spanish judges are a little cheaper to buy than Finnish ones.  Or maybe it was a buy one, get one situation.  I don’t like to jump to conclusions, but this scoring- when combined with Palomo’s prior record- is just too out of bounds to be chalked up to simple incompetence or a bad night.  I would bet a fair amount of money that these guys were paid off, or something of that nature.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2012 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2013.

 

1) Carl Froch
Significant Results: May 25- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler.  Nov 23- TKO9 #8 George Groves.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: #1.
2) Robert Stieglitz
Significant Results: Mar 23- TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 24: #5. Mar 25- Dec 31: #2.
3) Brandon Gonzales
Significant Results: Jun 29- Draw (should be win) vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jun 30: Unranked. Jul 1- Dec 31: #5.
4) Ezequiel Maderna
Significant Results: Mar 30- UD10 L (should be win) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez. Nov 9- MD12 L (should be draw) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-20: #18. Jan 21- Mar 3: #17. Mar 4-10: #16. Mar 11-31: #15. Apr 1- May 5: #17. May 6-19: #16. May 20- Jun 30: #14. Jul 1-7: #15. Jul 8- Sep 29: #14. Sep 30- Nov 10: #13. Nov 11- Dec 31: #7.
5) Christopher Rebrasse
Significant Results: Jun 8- Robbery SD12 Draw (should be win) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 9: Unranked. Jun 10-30: #10. Jul 1- Sep 29: #11. Sep 30- Nov 10: #10. Nov 11-17: #11. Nov 18- Dec 31: #10.
6) Andre Ward
Significant Results: Nov 16- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Champion.
 7) Thomas Oosthuizen
Significant Results: Jun 29- SD10 Draw (should be loss) vs. Prospect Brandon Gonzales. Nov 9- MD12 W (should be draw) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: #6. May 20- Jun 30: #5. Jul 1- Sep 29: #7. Sep 30- Dec 31: #6.
8) James DeGale
Significant Results: Jun 8- RTD4 Gatekeeper Stjepan Bozic. Nov 16- UD12 Fringe Contender Dyah Davis.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-20: #17. Jan 21- Mar 3: #16. Mar 4-10: #15. Mar 11- May 5: #14. May 6-19: #13. May 20- Jun 9: #11. Jun 10-30: #9. Jul 1- Sep 29: #10. Sep 30- Nov 10: #9. Nov 11-17: #10. Nov 18- Dec 30: #9.
9) Sakio Bika
Significant Results: Feb 16- UD12 Gatekeeper Nikola Sjekloca.  Jun 22- W (MD12) vs. Undefeated Prospect Marco Antonio Periban.  Dec 7- Draw (SD12) vs. Prospect Anthony Dirrell.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-20: #12. Jan 21- Feb 17: #11. Feb 18- Mar 3: #10. Mar 4- May 19: #9. May 20- Jun 30: #8. Jul 1- Sep 29: #9. Sep 30- Nov 10: #8. Nov 11-17: #9. Nov 18- Dec 31: #11.
10) Ryota Murata
Significant Results: Aug 25- TKO2 #14 Middleweight Akio Shibata.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Aug 25: Unranked (Amateur). Aug 26- Sep 29: #16. Sep 30- Dec 31: #15.
11) Edwin Rodriguez
Significant Results: Mar 30- UD10 W (should be L) vs. #15 Ezequiel Maderna.  Jul 13- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW). Nov 16- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-20: Unranked. Jan 21- Feb 24: #20. Feb 25-Mar 3: #19. Mar 4-10: #18. Mar 11-31: #17. Apr 1- May 5: #16. May 6-19: #15. May 20-Jun 30: #13. Jul 1-7: #14. Jul 8- Sep 29: #13. Sep 30- Nov 10: #12. Nov 11- Dec 31: #13.
12) Caleb Truax
Significant Results: Jun 21- TKO6 #15 Don George. Sep 21- TKO4 Prospect Ceresso Fort (at 160).
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 23: Unranked.  Jun 24-30: #16. Jul 1-7: #17. Jul 8- Aug 25: #16. Aug 26- Sep 29: #17. Sep 30- Dec 31: #16.
13) George Groves
Significant Results: May 25- TKO5 Prospect/Gatekeeper Noe Gonzalez. Nov 23- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-20: #9.  Jan 21- May 19: #8. May 20- Jun 30: #7. Jul 1- Sep 29: #8. Sep 30- Nov 10: #7. Nov 11- Dec 31: #8.
14) Fedor Chudinov
Significant Results: Dec 21: RTD3 Gatekeeper Francis Cheka.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Callum Smith
Significant Results: Oct 26- KO6 Gatekeeper Ruben Acosta.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Badou Jack

Significant Results: Feb 23- UD8 Quality Journeyman Don Mouton. Jul 19- UD10 Prospect Farah Ennis. Sep 12- MD10 Draw (should be loss) vs. Prospect Marco Antonio Periban.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 21: Unranked. Jul 22- Aug 25: #19. Aug 26- Sep 29: #20. Sep 30- Dec 8: #19. Dec 9-31: #18.
17) Don Mouton
Significant Results: Jan 11- L (UD8) vs. Prospect Brandon Gonzales. Feb 23- L (UD8) vs. Undefeated Prospect Badou Jack. May 3- Robbery L (should be win) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Unranked. May 20- Jun 2: #20. Jun 3-30: #19. Jul 1-7: #20. Jul 8-21: #19. Jul 22- Aug 25: #20. Aug 26- Sep 29: Unranked. Sep 30- Dec 8: #20. Dec 9-31: #19.
18) Anthony Dirrell
Significant Results: May 3- Robbery W (should be loss) vs. Journeyman Don Mouton. Dec 7- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-20: #13. Jan 21- Mar 3: #12. Mar 4-10: #11. Mar 11- May 5: #10. May 6- Dec 8: Unranked. Dec 9-31: #20.
19) Marco Antonio Periban

Significant Results: Jun 22- L (MD12) vs. #8 Sakio Bika. Sep 12- MD10 Draw (should be win) vs. #20 Badou Jack.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
20) Gilberto Ramirez

Significant Results: Aug 24- UD10 Gatekeeper Derrick Findley.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but did nothing at this weight to help their ranking.  Nearly half are no longer around:

 

Arthur Abraham– Jan 1- Mar 24: #2. Mar 25- May 19: #5. May 20- Dec 31: #4.

 

Mikkel Kessler– Jan 1- Dec 31: #3.

 

Lucian Bute– Jan 1-May 19: #4. May 20- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Adonis Stevenson– Jan 1- May 19: #7. May 20- Sep 29: #6. Sep 30- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Kelly Pavlik– Jan 1-20: #8. Jan 21- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).

 

Karoly Balzsay– Jan 1-20: #10. Jan 21- Mar 3: #9. Mar 4- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).

 

Andy Lee– Jan 1-20: #11. Jan 21- Feb 17: #10. Feb 18- Mar 3: #11. Mar 4-10: #10. Mar 11- May 19: Unranked (Moved Down). May 20- Jun 2: #17. Jun 3-23: #16. Jun 24-30: #15. Jul 1-7: #16. Jul 8- Sep 29: #15. Sep 30- Dec 31: #14.

 

Will Rosinsky– Jan 1-20: #14. Jan 21- Mar 3: #13. Mar 4-10: #12. Mar 11- May 5: #11. May 6-19: #10. May 20- Jun 9: #9. Jun 10-30: #11. Jul 1-7: #12. Jul 8- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye– Jan 1-20: #15. Jan 21- Mar 3: #14. Mar 4-10: #13. Mar 11- May 5: #12. May 6-19: #11. May 20- Jun 9: #10. Jun 10- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Dimitri Sartison– Jan 1-20: #16. Jan 21- Mar 3: #15. Mar 4-10: #14. Mar 11- May 5: #13. May 6-19: #12. May 20- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Jesus Gonzales– Jan 1-20: #19. Jan 21- Feb 24: #18. Feb 25- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Maxim Vlasov– Jan 1-20: #20. Jan 21- Feb 24: #19. Feb 25- Mar 3: #18. Mar 4-10: #17. Mar 11-31: #16. Apr 1- May 5: #15. May 6-19: #14. May 20- Jun 30: #12. Jul 1-7: #13. Jul 8- Sep 29: #12. Sep 30- Nov 10: #11. Nov 11- Dec 31: #12.

 

Dyah Davis– Jan 1- Feb 24: Unranked. Feb 25- Mar 3: #20. Mar 4-10: #19. Mar 11- May 5: #18. May 6-19: #17. May 20- Jun 2: #15. Jun 3- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Hadillah Mohoumadi– Jan 1- Mar 3: Unranked. Mar 4-10: #20. Mar 11-24: #19. Mar 25- May 5: #20. May 6-19: #19. May 20- Jun 2: #18. Jun 3-30: #17. Jul 1-7: #18. Jul 8- Aug 25: #17. Aug 26- Sep 29: #18. Sep 30- Dec 31: #17.

 

Glen Johnson– Jan 1- Mar 10: Unranked.  Mar 11-24: #20. Mar 25- May 5: Unranked. May 6-19: #20. May 20- Jun 2: #19. Jun 3-30: #18. Jul 1-7: #19. Jul 8- Aug 25: #18. Aug 26- Sep 29: #19. Sep 30- Dec 8: #18. Dec 9-31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Don George– Jan 1- Mar 24: Unranked. Mar 25- May 5: #19. May 6-19: #18. May 20- Jun 2: #16. Jun 3-23: #15. Jun 24-30: #20. Jul 1-7: Unranked. Jul 8-21: #20. Jul 22- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Brian Magee– Jan 1- Jun 2: Unranked. Jun 3-23: #20. Jun 24- Dec 31: Unranked

Super Middleweight: 2013, Sep 30- Oct 6

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2013 by danboxing
The Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Bryan Vera contest on Saturday was supposed to have been at a catchweight midway between middleweight and super, but Chavez was grossly overweight and forced a renegotiation to 173.  As a result, neither guy made 168 and thus neither is eligible for a ranking here.  As for the fight itself, Chavez was given a moderate gift by the judges.  I don’t think it’s out of line for someone to think he narrowly won, but I scored it 97-93 for Vera, and it seems that the popular opinion is pretty unanimous that Chavez deserved no better than a draw.

 

Last week’s #6 Adonis Stevenson is removed this week, as he has a defense of his light heavyweight belt scheduled for November 30, which is more than a year after his last fight at 168.  Everyone ranked #7 and below last week moves up one, while Don Mouton returns at #20.  Christopher Rebrasse returns to the top 10 for the first time since the close of June.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (94-228-228)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #12 Edwin Rodriguez
Ward has finally secured an opponent for his November 16 return: two-division fringe contender Edwin Rodriguez.
1) Carl Froch (71-381-381)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #7 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (28-214-214)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (42-460-460)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (20-206-206)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Abraham continues to pursue a trilogy with Stieglitz, with both men fighting inferior opposition in the interim.  Abraham is in a little tougher this time around than is Stieglitz, at least on paper.  He faces borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis.  It’s a little sad that that looks good by comparison to Stieglitz’s opponent.
5) Brandon Gonzales (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales says that his team is working on a fight for the Ward-Rodriguez card on November 16.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (1-122-170)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #14 Ezequiel Maderna
Oosthuizen has a significant- albeit risky- opportunity to redeem himself against credible Argentine fringe contender Ezequiel Maderna in South Africa on November 9.
7) George Groves (1-42-64)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
8) Sakio Bika (1-33-339)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika apparently is dealing with a shoulder injury.  He was evidently planning to fight Anthony Dirrell on October 26, but will instead fight him at some undetermined later date.  He’s looking to return in December.
9) James DeGale (1-17-103)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (1-1-17)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges’ completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
11) Maxim Vlasov (1-47)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov will fight in Krasnodar, Russia this November, on the undercard of a rather silly heavyweight fight between 44 year-old has-been Oleg Maskaev and Corey Sanders (not to be confused with the late Corrie Sanders, who has actually fought more recently).  I don’t have the exact date or opponent yet.
12) Edwin Rodriguez (1-37)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Rodriguez will get a shot at reigning two-division Champion Andre Ward in mid-November, after a drama-filled negotiation.
13) Ezequiel Maderna (1-40)
Last Fight: 9/6/2013- UD10 Arnaldo Alcides Benitez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Maderna will get a big opportunity in South Africa against Oosthuizen, who showed a great deal of vulnerability in his last fight.  That being said, from what I’ve seen of Maderna, his style is night and day different from Brandon Gonzales.
14) Andy Lee (1-20)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee was scheduled to fight Domenico Spada on the Haye-Fury undercard, but that card was cancelled.
15) Ryoto Murata (1-6)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata joins Lee and Truax as Middleweights who can claim a ranking in this very shallow division by beating an opponent a few pounds or less over 160.  But he comes with a twist…he’s done so in his very first fight.
16) Caleb Truax (1-15)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax has made good on his move back down to 160, knocking out a halfway decent prospect in Ceresso Fort.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-31)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi-De Carolis was cancelled on short notice, and I’ve heard nothing of his next move.
18) Glen Johnson (1-22)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Badou Jack (1-11)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- Draw (MD12) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack never looks all that bad, but he does struggle at around the fringe contender level.
20) Don Mouton (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/13/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: No notable action scheduled in the division this week.

Super Middleweight: 2013, May 6-12

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by danboxing
The easy night I saw coming in #10 Anthony Dirrell’s comeback fight in Las Vegas turned out to be anything but.  First of all, Dirrell came in at 172.5 to Mouton’s 167.  I am not sure if Mouton came in light for a contracted light heavyweight fight, or whether Dirrell came in heavy.  Despite (or perhaps in part due to) the extra weight, Dirrell looked sluggish and lazy, mostly backing up and spending about half the fight on the ropes, looking to land counters while Mouton unloaded shots.   Dirrell had occasional success with this strategy, but Mouton’s consistent body work, constant aggression, and better command of the ring’s real estate carried the day by my lights.  I gave Dirrell only one round- the second- and didn’t think he had much of an argument for any more than 3.  The judges all disagreed with me.  Herb Santos (who badly botched Rosado-Love the following night) and Al Lefkowitz had it 77-75 (5 rounds to 3) for Dirrell, while Adelaide Byrd had it even a round wider.  To me, this is indicative of a disturbing trend in judging, wherein judges score talent and slickness at the expense of real criteria like clean effective punching and effective aggressiveness, while completely misunderstanding the concept of ring generalship.  I feel like many judges- both official and otherwise- view ring generalship as a stylistic counterpoint to aggressiveness.  These judges, I believe, equate dancing, moving, and sometimes running with ring generalship.  Here’s the problem with that.  If backing up artistically equaled ring generalship, then it would be to the advantage of fighters (particular if they were lighter punchers than their opponents) to simply avoid engagement for the entire fight.  Practically run until they back into their opponents somewhere on the ropes.  A backward step, to me, is only ring generalship if it actually sets up your own offense by keeping the other guy off balance or walking him into a shot.  If he’s the one moving his hands while you move your legs, he’s the general.  He’s the boss, as Teddy Atlas would say.  You can’t control the ring- or your opponent- by backing off from him consistently.  You certainly can’t do so by laying on the ropes, either. 

 

Having needed a robbery to beat an opponent that has lost to unproven and/or average prospects in his last two fights (and a guy that took the fight on less than a week’s notice to boot), despite a 5.5 pound weight advantage, Dirrell can no longer remain in the rankings at this point.  Having tested my opinion of the decision out on a message board, I am fully aware that it is not widely shared, and also acknowledge that the copy of the fight I was able to obtain is something less than HD.  I will re-watch it with a bit better quality if and when FSN or Fuel TV re-airs it, and will adjust Dirrell’s standing accordingly should I change my opinion at that point.  For those of you who have seen the fight and disagree with me vehemently, then please stay with me.  The fact that he came in so heavy for his first fight in nearly a year and a half is, by itself, arguably enough reason to remove him.  He says he plans to be back to 168 and fight again in about 2 months.  I had committed to keeping him in the rankings until June 2 due to his injury situation, and if he either hadn’t announced a fight at 168 by then, or if he came in at all heavy for that fight, he would have been removed for sure less than a month from now.  So what I’m saying is that if you feel strongly that he deserved to win the fight, just think of him as having been removed for being inactive at 168 and/or moving up in weight.

 

On the Showtime-televised undercard for the Mayweather PPV the following night in the same city, undefeated Swedish prospect Badou Jack- who beat Mouton in both men’s previous fight- turned in a fairly impressive performance against so-so Nigerian journeyman Michael Gbenga.  Jack mixed in some telling head shots with his damaging body attack.  Jack won by TKO when, after dropping Gbenga with a vicious body shot in the third round, his opponent refused to continue while trying to convince referee Russell Mora that the punch was low.  Considering how justifiably hard on him I was when he offensively refused to handle Abner Mares’ onslaught of low blows against Joseph Agbeko, I must give Mora credit in this instance.  In real time, it appeared to me that the punch was indeed low, but on the replay, it was clear that Mora correctly ruled it a legal punch.  Given his history of controversy in this area and the tough position Gbenga placed him in by refusing to continue and thus making the outcome of the fight contingent upon Mora’s correctness, Mora deserves a lot of credit in this instance by making the correct call and standing by it.

 

Dirrell’s ouster is pretty disappointing to me, despite it being my own decision.  This division has atrophied to the point that Will Rosinsky now qualifies as a top 10 contender (not that I’m down on Will- he just hasn’t really fully arrived yet), and a completely finished Glen Johnson has now backed into the top 20 yet again.  Naturally, everyone else rated #11-20 last week move up a spot as well.   While Mouton has lost respectably to respectable opposition in his last couple significant fights before Dirrell, those opponents were not proven enough to completely excuse.  As a result, he still falls a little shy of the fringe contender level at this point.  You could make the case that Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye deserves the #10 spot more than Rosinsky now that his lone loss to Lolenga Mock is more than 5 years old, but Rosinsky’s win over Aaron Pryor is at least comparable to Ndiaye’s only other significant fight- the win over Andrea Di Luisa.  It’s also a bit more recent, and I consider his close loss to Edwin Rodriguez to be slightly more of a win than a loss, having scored it for him, and so that helps him a tad, as well.  The only real red ink on his resume is Kelly Pavlik, and that was at a level that neither man has otherwise been tested at, and is thus excusable for the purposes of this comparison.

 

One more quick note.  I noticed while writing this update that #12 Dimitri Sartison’s last fight in January was contested well into the light heavyweight division.  Since his last fight anywhere near the 168 pound division was April 21, 2012, he would have been removed on April 22 if I’d have known or noticed that at the time.  Nevertheless, I’m going to leave him in because he had a fight announced just 3 days later (possibly earlier, but that is the first news report I can find on it), and because frankly the guy who would replace him in the top 20 at this point is David Lopez, who got a gift to even get a draw in his only super middleweight fight against a weight-drained Don George less than halfway to the 168 pound limit, is so unworthy that it’s something of a bad joke.  But if Sartison comes in the slightest bit heavy or if his May 15 fight falls through for any reason, I will do what I would have done a few weeks ago had I been on top of things and remove him.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (73-207-207)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward is said to be planning a return for August.  He has expressed interest in fighting the Froch-Kessler or Bute-Pascal winner at some point.
1) Carl Froch (50-360-360)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
The deal is done.  Froch will get a rematch with Kessler on May 25 in London.
2) Robert Stieglitz (7-193-193)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
After being blitzed by an uncharacteristically aggressive Stieglitz, Abraham has demanded a trilogy bout, which Stieglitz seems disposed to grant.  Sauerland also seems to be on board.
3) Mikkel Kessler (21-439-439)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
4) Lucian Bute (37-369-369)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. LHW #3 Jean Pascal (at LHW)
Bute will be fighting Jean Pascal at light heavyweight in a huge Canadian event in May.  His super middleweight fight with Carl Froch was just a day shy of one year earlier, and thus Bute will probably be removed for inactivity at this weight the week after that fight unless he signs something immediately.
5) Arthur Abraham (7-185-185)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: Unknown
See Stieglitz’s notes above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (37-101-149)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting highly overrated and nominally “undefeated ” prospect Brandon Gonzales on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard.
7) Adonis Stevenson (30-74-74)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO6 Darnell Boone (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. LHW #1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
After tending to unfinished business with the lowly Boone, Stevenson will now set sites on #1 light heavyweight Chad Dawson, who most outlets still consider the Champ.
8) George Groves (16-21-43)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO2 Baker Barakat (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Groves will fight Uruguayan gatekeeper Noe Gonzalez on the Froch-Kessler undercard.
9) Sakio Bika (10-12-318)
Last Fight: 2/16/2013- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Bika will fight undefeated Mexican Marco Antonio Periban in California on June 8 for the WBC belt that that organization just heisted from Andre Ward.
10) Will Rosinsky (1-1-47)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosinsky was all but set to fight Brandon Gonzales on Friday Night Fights, but Gonzales withdrew with a bad hamstring.  Sounds like Gonzales is moving on to a higher-reward opportunity with Oosthuizen.
11) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-78)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (PTS6) vs. Jevgenijs Andrejevs (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ndiaye did nothing other than stay busy against low-level Latvian Andrejevs.  But in fairness, he needed to do that.
12) Dimitri Sartison (1-149)
Last Fight: 1/27/2013- UD6 Artem Solomko (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/15/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sartison returns to action against an unknown opponent in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 15.
13) James DeGale (1-82)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
DeGale will be fighting in Quebec on May 17.  No opponent yet.  He was supposed to fight Alexander Brand before that fight was postponed.  It doesn’t sound like Brand will be his opponent this time, though.
14) Maxim Vlasov (1-26)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Edwin Rodriguez (1-16)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- W* (UD10) vs. #15 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
After getting the benefit of yet another questionable but not totally out-of-bounds decision against Maderna, Rodriguez remains in the mix, but kinda on the periphery of the division’s contenders.  He gets a chance at a million bucks against Grachev, who also arguably deserved to lose his first round fight.
16) Ezequiel Maderna (1-19)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L* (UD10) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna, despite arguably deserving a win against Rodriguez, did himself few favors in dropping the decision, especially considering how ugly the fight was.  I don’t imagine he’ll be getting too many international suitors anytime soon since he seems difficult to look good against.
17) Dyah Davis (1-11)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
Davis said on Saturday morning via Twitter that “a particular some(one)” called him on May 3 for a fight, and that based on “that performance” he’d better not call again.  That seems like a veiled reference to Anthony Dirrell to me.  He says he’s looking at a return date of July 19, which also fits reasonably well with Dirrell’s post-fight statement that he intends to fight at 168 in roughly two months.  If I’m reading the situation accurately, that would give both guys a good opportunity to prove they are for real after each has suffered significant setbacks in and/or out of the ring since their last significant success.
18) Don George (1-7)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- Draw* (SD10) vs. David Lopez (should be win)
Next Fight: 6/21/2013- vs. Caleb Truax (UNR)
Another reasonably decent challenge for George, as he travvels to Caleb Truax’s hometown of Minneapolis for their fight.
19) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-10)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- UD10 Cedric Bellais (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Mohoumadi gets a halfway decent outing on May 17 against borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis, for the European Union title.
20) Glen Johnson (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson should be retired, but instead finds himself clinging to a ranking in a very shallow division.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing doing at 168 this week.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, May 6-12

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2013 by danboxing
#10 Super Middleweight Anthony Dirrell came in at light heavyweight for his fight with super middleweight Don Mouton, and laid an egg.  I’ll treat it in greater detail at 168, since it has more implications at that weight.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (35-35-35)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward is looking to return in August, and is reportedly thinking about fighting one of the winners of Kessler-Froch and Pascal-Bute, at least at some point.
1) Chad Dawson (35-362-362)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. SMW #7 Adonis Stevenson
Dawson will fight Adonis Stevenson (who moves up from 168) on June 8 in Montreal.
2) Bernard Hopkins (35-361-361)
Last Fight: 3/9/2012- UD12 #6 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Karo Murat (UNR)
All the buzz had been revolving around a Hopkins-Cleverly showdown, but with little or no warning, he signed to fight his mandatory, the slightly more proven but inactive Karo Murat, instead.
3) Jean Pascal (35-203-203)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #15 Lucian Bute
Pascal bailed on Dawson for a less internationally compelling fight with Lucian Bute on the same date.
4) Sergey Kovalev (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO3 #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #9 Cornelius White
Kovalev is back in action against another pretty tough opponent on June 14.
5) Gabriel Campillo (16-150-150)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L(TKO3) vs. Sergey Kovalev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Polish sources report that Campillo is working on a deal to fight Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago’s Comiskey Park on August 16.
6) Tavoris Cloud (16-193-193)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Cloud’s manager expects him back in action by the end of the year.  Normally that wouldn’t be saying much, but that would be against type for Cloud.
7) Nathan Cleverly (3-170-170)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- UD12 Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly is hoping to fight Shumenov and then Hopkins, though he also has a mandatory obligation with Juergen Braehmer to take care of at some point, theoretically.
8) Isaac Chilemba (3-6-66)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- Draw* (SD12) vs. #9 Tony Bellew (should be win)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #10 Tony Bellew
That didn’t take long!  Chilemba will rematch Bellew on the Froch-Kessler undercard in London, less than two months removed from getting borderline robbed the first time around.
9) Cornelius White (3-43-73)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD8 Otis Griffin (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2013- vs. #4 Sergey Kovalev
Moment of truth time for White.  On June 14 we’ll find out if he’s more the guy that beat up Dmitri Sukhotski, or the guy that got sparked out in just seconds by Don George.  If he’s the latter, Kovalev should prove it pretty quickly.
10) Tony Bellew (6-82-82)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- Draw* (SD12) vs. #13 Isaac Chilemba (should be loss)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #7 Isaac Chilemba
See Chilemba’s notes, above.
11) Cedric Agnew (4-4)
Last Fight: 4/12/2013- UD12 #14 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: Unknown
Agnew may have caught a fading Yusaf Mack at the right time, but he’s clearly a climber, having now beaten both Mack and Otis Griffin.
12) Jürgen Brähmer (4-55)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO2 Tony Averlant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer made an easy first defense of his European belt against Averlant.  He is currently the mandatory for Cleverly’s alphabet strap, as well, though it sounds like the Welshman would prefer bigger fish- or at least fish with bigger belts.
13) Beibut Shumenov (4-150)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nathan Cleverly has named Shumenov his preferred next opponent.  No word on whether Shumenov has encouraged this stance behind the scenes or not, though.  Shumenov’s mandatory, I believe, is Marcus Oliveira.
14) Andrzej Fonfara (4-43)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Reports out of Poland indicate a deal is being negotiated for Fonfara to fight Gabriel Campillo at Comiskey Park in Chicago on August 16.
15) Lucian Bute (5-27)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Bute will look to prove what I have long believed- that the 168 pound division is much better man-for-man than 175, by fighting his larger peer in Montreal on May 25.
16) Denis Grachev (5-54)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013– W* (SD10) vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. SMW #15 Edwin Rodriguez
Grachev will be fighting Edwin Rodriguez at a catchweight of 171.5 in Monte Carlo for a million dollar prize.
17) Dmitri Sukhotski (5-132)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/4/2013- vs. Mikhail Krinitsin
Sukhotski will fight in Barnaul, Russia on June 4 against low-level Kazakh journeyman Mikhail Krinitsin.
18) Eleider Alvarez (5-15)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- TKO3 Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Allan Green (UNR)
Alvarez takes on dangerous gatekeeper Allan Green on the Bute-Pascal undercard.
19) Yunieski Gonzalez (5-8)
Last Fight: 3/15/2013- KO8 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzalez took a huge step up in competition and made good, knocking out strong fringe contender Bryant. 
20) Doudou Ngumbu (5-5)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD12 #14 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Gatekeeper Lionell Thompson takes on unbeaten Floridian Yathomas Riley on Saturday in Huntington, NY.  Riley was on his way to the top 50 when he was jailed for nearly 2 years for an attempted murder that he did not commit.  The 30 year-old Riley is obviously not in the mood to waste time, as he is stepping right into the mix against a (borderline) top 50 opponent in his first fight in over 3 years.