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Middleweight: 2011, Nov 21-27

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by danboxing
#8 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. crossed paths with borderline fringe contender Peter Manfredo, Jr. of Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday in Houston, Texas.  Chavez scored a 5th round TKO against an opponent that is roughly on par with his other two previous best opponents, Lyell and Zbik.  HBO made it sound like a domination.  It wasn’t.  Chavez started strong, winning the first two rounds on my card, but Manfredo started to assert himself in the third.  He had won two rounds in a row to my eyes and was bullying the larger Chavez a bit when, in the 5th, the Mexican star landed a big shot that hurt the American, and proceeded to go into full windmill mode.  Frequently poor referee Lawrence Cole stepped in and stopped the fight extremely prematurely.  Chavez was very much on the offensive, but Manfredo’s defense remained more than competent at that point, as 3 of every 4 punches Chavez threw failed to land.  To me it was a 50-50 shot that Manfredo could have weathered the storm.  We’ll never know.

 

In another somewhat significant fight, this one in Flemington, Australia, aging Australian Sam Soliman, having just turned 38 and having apparently peaked as a contender 6 years ago, outpointed his contemporary, 37 year old Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert, to become relevant again. 

 

As it stands, Chavez has improved his standing, advancing 2 spots to #6 before running into the brick wall that is N’Dam’s resume.  This forces Dmitry Pirog and Sebastian Sylvester down a spot each.  Paul Williams (#13 last week) exits the rankings due to the fact that he hasn’t fought at middleweight in a year.  This allows everyone rated #14 or below last week to advance one place, and makes room for undefeated German prospect Dominik Britsch to debut at #20.  For what it’s worth, Manfredo (unranked last week) announced his retirement immediately after his loss to Chavez.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (84-84-84)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
There are simply too many potential challengers for Martinez’ crown to list them all here.
1) Daniel Geale (22-127-127)
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 (8-32-32)
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 (8-427-427)
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 (8-22-113)
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 (20-56-56)
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) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-25-43)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his victory over Manfredo, Chavez has expressed interest in the Cotto-Margarito winner.  There is also some talk of a superfight with Canelo, but De La Hoya doesn’t want that fight at any weight over 156, which may be impossible for Chavez, who is a huge middleweight.
7) Dmitry Pirog (1-69-69)
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.
 
8) Sebastian Sylvester (1-328-328)
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.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (8-33-43)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/16/2011- vs. Mohammed Said (UNR)
Rubio is feasting on journeymen at the moment.
10) Anthony Mundine (20-20-43)
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 (7-35)
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 (7-43)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had little trouble with his latest weak opponent.
13) Garth Wood (1-43)
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.
14) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-33)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Jose Luis Cruz (UNR)
Ishida will fight journeyman Jose Luis Cruz in a purely stay-busy fight.
15) Gennady Golovkin (1-23)
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.
16) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-43)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Khurtsidze suddenly appeared set to fight Ishida in December, and just as suddenly the fight was scrapped.
17) Demetrius Andrade (1-14)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
18) Darren Barker (1-6)
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.
19) Billi Godoy (1-5)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Dominik Britsch (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #15 Billy Lyell
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Junior Middleweight contender Ryan Rhodes moves up in weight to fight quality journeyman Sergei Khomitski in Yorkshire on Saturday.  Across the pond in Mexico City, undefeated Mexican Gilberto Ramirez takes on Colombian gatekeeper Samuel Miller, while #14 Nobuhiro Ishida stays busy against journeyman Jose Luis Cruz on the same card, in his first action since he knocked out James Kirkland in the upset of the year.

Middleweight: 2011, Nov 14-20

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by danboxing
#20 Billi Godoy of Argentina unsurprisingly slapped away the challenge of low-level Brazilian journeyman Luciano Silva in Viedma, Argentina on Saturday.  Silva went down twice before he was stopped inside of 2 minutes.  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 (83-83-83)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
There are simply too many potential challengers for Martinez’ crown to list them all here.
1) Daniel Geale (21-126-126)
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 (7-31-31)
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 (7-426-426)
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 (7-21-112)
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 (19-55-55)
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 (19-68-68)
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 (7-327-327)
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. (7-24-42)
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 (7-32-42)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/16/2011- vs. Mohammed Said (UNR)
Rubio is feasting on journeymen at the moment.
10) Anthony Mundine (19-19-42)
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 (6-34)
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 (6-42)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had little trouble with his latest weak opponent.
13) Paul Williams (19-136)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. JMW #15 Erislandy Lara (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams will be removed for inactivity within the division if he doesn’t schedule a middleweight contest during this week.
14) Garth Wood (5-42)
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 (4-32)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- TKO1 James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze
Ishida’s fight with Khurtsidze fell through as suddenly as it had been made, and Ishida will keep his November 26 date, with no opponent yet.
16) Gennady Golovkin (4-22)
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 (4-42)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Khurtsidze suddenly appeared set to fight Ishida in December, and just as suddenly the fight was scrapped.
18) Demetrius Andrade (4-13)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
19) Darren Barker (4-5)
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 (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: The biggest fight of the weekend is in Houston, Texas, where #8 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. battles blue collar fringe contender Peter Manfredo.  The day before, in Flemington, Australia, aging former contender Sam Soliman of Melbourne meets Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert.

Middleweight: 2011, Sep 5-11

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by danboxing
#1 Daniel Geale took on Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert in Tasmania on Wednesday, winning a fairly run-of-the-mill decision.

 

On Saturday, #8 Marco Antonio Rubio stopped low-level Ghanaian journeyman Mohammed Akrong in the 5th round from San Luis Potosi, Mexico.  No surprise there- total stay-busy fight.

 

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 (73-73-73)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #20 Darren Barker
Martinez has reached an agreement to fight Darren Barker.  There’s nothing wrong with Barker, who has gotten through multiple gatekeepers and remains undefeated, but it’s still got to be considered a disappointing matchup for the Middleweight Champ, as Barker isn’t even really that close to being a top 10 fighter.  There are literally probably a dozen or more better choices that would be willing to take the fight.
1) Daniel Geale (11-116-116)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Handled Albert fairly competently, and no doubt is looking toward a bigger fight.
2) Felix Sturm (11-416-416)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
There is now some serious dispute between the two parties as to whether Sturm has formally offered Macklin his promised rematch or not.  Macklin says the contract has never been received.
3) Matthew Macklin (11-11-102)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
See Sturm’s comments above.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (9-317-317)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(SD12) vs. #4 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
A really good potential crossroads fight on tap with Proksa.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (9-45-45)
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 (9-58-58)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/25/2011- vs. Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Now set to fight Gennady Martirosyan in Krasnadar, Russia on September 25.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (9-14-32)
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.
8) Marco Antonio Rubio (9-22-32)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is highly ranked by the WBC and might be in line for a fight with either Chavez or Sergio as a result.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (9-21-21)
Last Fight: 6/23/2011- TKO2 Peter Vecsei (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Proksa proved himself to be a quality fighter and an up-and-comer by stopping Navascues, but still hasn’t made much of a name for himself on the world scene because Navascues himself was not viewed as highly as he probably deserved.  He will have a chance to change that, though, when he fights recent titleholder #4 Sebastian Sylvester to start off October.
10) Anthony Mundine (9-9-32)
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) Maxim Bursak (9-32)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Absolutely dominated Jerez.
12) Osumanu Adama (9-24)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- TKO4 #19 Marcus Upshaw
Next Fight: 10/6/2011- vs. Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Roman Karmazin has been lured out of retirement to fight Adama on October 6.
13) Paul Williams (9-126)
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 (14-32)
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 has reportedly pulled out of that fight.
15) Billy Lyell (21-32)
Last Fight: 7/1/2011- UD6 vs. Michael Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lyell is curiously underrated, it seems to me.  When a guy like him is relegated to fighting 6-rounders, something’s wrong.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (21-22)
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 (12-12)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in October.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (12-32)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- KO1 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Disposed of Miranda (who nearly beat Roman Karmazin not long ago) in surprisingly short order, moving him past future Martinez challenger Barker for now.
19) Demetrius Andrade (3-3)
Last Fight: 8/19/2011- UD10 JMW #19 Grady Brewer
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade will probably fight as a junior middleweight when it comes time for title fights, but thus far has made his only real splash as a middleweight and has been fighting at that size more often than not, at any rate.
20) Darren Barker (3-32)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- UD12 Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
A couple weeks after announcing a defense of his European title on July 23, Barker has instead signed for a Middleweight Championship shot with Sergio Martinez.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing of note going on at 160 this week.

Middleweight: 2011, Aug 29- Sep 4

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by danboxing
A quiet week at 160 this time around.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Sergio Martinez
1) Felix Sturm
2) Daniel Geale
3) Matthew Macklin
4) Sebastian Sylvester
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
6) Sebastian Zbik
7) Dmitry Pirog
8) Paul Williams
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
10) Marco Antonio Rubio


Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (72-72-72)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO9 JMW #9 Sergiy Dzinziruk
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #19 Darren Barker
Martinez has reached an agreement to fight Darren Barker.  There’s nothing wrong with Barker, who has gotten through multiple gatekeepers and remains undefeated, but it’s still got to be considered a disappointing matchup for the Middleweight Champ, as Barker isn’t even really that close to being a top 10 fighter.  There are literally probably a dozen or more better choices that would be willing to take the fight.
1) Daniel Geale (10-115-115)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- W(SD12) vs. #3 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 8/31/2011- vs. Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Geale will follow up his huge win over Sylvester by fighting Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert at the end of August.
2) Felix Sturm (10-415-415)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- W*(SD12) vs. #11 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
There is now some serious dispute between the two parties as to whether Sturm has formally offered Macklin his promised rematch or not.  Macklin says the contract has never been received.
3) Matthew Macklin (10-10-101)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
See Sturm’s comments above.
4) Sebastian Sylvester (8-316-316)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(SD12) vs. #4 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
A really good potential crossroads fight on tap with Proksa.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (8-44-44)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that N’Jikam will have a long-anticipated fight with Gennady Golovkin late in the year, in Paris.
6) Dmitry Pirog (8-57-57)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/25/2011- vs. Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Now set to fight Gennady Martirosyan in Krasnadar, Russia on September 25.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-13-31)
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.
8) Marco Antonio Rubio (8-21-31)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO3 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. Akrong Mohammedi (UNR)
Rubio has gotten tired of waiting for a big fight and has signed on to fight a stay-busy bout on September 3.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (8-20-20)
Last Fight: 6/23/2011- TKO2 Peter Vecsei (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Proksa proved himself to be a quality fighter and an up-and-comer by stopping Navascues, but still hasn’t made much of a name for himself on the world scene because Navascues himself was not viewed as highly as he probably deserved.  He will have a chance to change that, though, when he fights recent titleholder #4 Sebastian Sylvester to start off October.
10) Anthony Mundine (8-8-31)
Last Fight: 6/5/2011- TKO7 Xavier Tolliver (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2011- 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) Maxim Bursak (8-31)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- vs. Carlos Jerez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Absolutely dominated Jerez.
12) Osumanu Adama (8-23)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- TKO4 #19 Marcus Upshaw
Next Fight: 10/6/2011- vs. Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Roman Karmazin has been lured out of retirement to fight Adama on October 6.
13) Paul Williams (8-125)
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 (13-31)
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 has reportedly pulled out of that fight.
15) Billy Lyell (20-31)
Last Fight: 7/1/2011- UD6 vs. Michael Walker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lyell is curiously underrated, it seems to me.  When a guy like him is relegated to fighting 6-rounders, something’s wrong.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (20-21)
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 (11-11)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- KO10 Kassim Ouma (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/15/2011- vs. Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Golovkin is now set to fight journeyman Lajuan Simon in October as a tuneup before an anticipated bout with Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam late in the year.
18) Avtandil Khurtsidze (11-31)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- KO1 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Disposed of Miranda (who nearly beat Roman Karmazin not long ago) in surprisingly short order, moving him past future Martinez challenger Barker for now.
19) Demetrius Andrade (2-2)
Last Fight: 8/19/2011- UD10 JMW #19 Grady Brewer
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade will probably fight as a junior middleweight when it comes time for title fights, but thus far has made his only real splash as a middleweight and has been fighting at that size more often than not, at any rate.
20) Darren Barker (2-31)
Last Fight: 4/30/2011- UD12 Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
A couple weeks after announcing a defense of his European title on July 23, Barker has instead signed for a Middleweight Championship shot with Sergio Martinez.

 

The Week Ahead: Two members of the top 10 see action this week.  #8 Marco Antonio Rubio gets a gimme in African journeyman Mohammed Akrong on Saturday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, while #1 Daniel Geale draws aging Nigerian gatekeeper Eromosele Albert in Australia on Wednesday.