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Middleweight: 2014, May 26- Jun 1

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by danboxing
In a battle of fallen prospects on Saturday, David Lemieux got his career back on the right track by destroying Fernando Guerrero, who went down in every round and twice in the 3rd, for a 3rd-round knockout.  Lemieux reminded us why he has a lot of fans despite his inconsistent results over the past few years, as he was ridiculously explosive in the fight, and walked right through a reasonably decent opponent.  Guerrero simply could not keep the much stronger Lemieux off of him, and it probably didn’t help that he suffered a bad and extremely bloody cut on his eyelid in the 2nd round.  It was a total wipeout, and it gets Lemieux to heights he never (legitimately) reached, even as an undefeated prospect.  

 

Combined with the win over Jose Miguel Torres that he scored a couple pounds over the limit during a period I considered him inactive at 160, Lemieux makes what I’m pretty sure is his debut in any of my rankings, at #14.  This forces everyone ranked #14 and below last week down a spot, including Akio Shibata, who exits the rankings after 6 weeks back in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (215-215-215)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
If there was any lingering doubt, Martinez-Cotto is now on for June 7 at Madison Square Garden.
1) Gennady Golovkin (24-91-154)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golovkin will fight July 26 in New York, and the Chavez fight looks dead.  All signs point to Daniel Geale as the opponent.  He renewed his stated desire to fight the Martinez-Cotto winner after that.
2) Felix Sturm (24-558-558)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 Sam Soliman (UNR)
Soliman has obfuscated his clear banned stimulant violation to the point that he has perhaps most people thinking he was totally clean.  He wasn’t.  And he didn’t win that fight even if he had been.  Sturm got screwed all the way around, and now he’s forced to rematch the Australian, who deserves the opportunity much less than would Macklin, Murray, or Geale.  But that’s what we’ve got.  May 31 in Krefeld.
3) Daniel Geale (14-258-258)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks extremely likely that Geale will get a shot at Golovkin on July 26.
4) Peter Quillin (6-84-105)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- UD12 Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has mandated Quillin to fight British prospect Billy Joe Saunders next.  There continues to be talk of an endlessly-theorized all-Golden Boy showdown with Daniel Jacobs, though, and perhaps a fight with Lemieux after that.  Golovkin also wants a piece of him.
5) Martin Murray (6-130-130)
Last Fight: 4/23/2014- RTD6 Ishmael Tetteh (UNR) at SMW
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. #13 Max Bursak
Murray hasn’t looked at all special since nearly and probably deservedly knocking off the Champ last April, but he’ll need to be in some kind of form in June if he hopes to handle the always tough Max Bursak.
6) Matthew Macklin (6-153-244)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s fight with Geale is off due to an injury on the card, and Geale has bailed on the fight altogether in favor of a shot at GGG.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-24-24)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- UD10 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam says he wants Rosado next, and then Golovkin.
8) Sam Soliman (19-24-24)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman cheated with a stimulant, won by ridiculous robbery before being stripped of the victory, and now he gets what I would argue is an undeserved chance at a do-over.
9) Sergio Mora (19-48-48)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. Samuel Rogers (UNR)
I missed the memo about the date for Mora-Rogers.  I originally read that it was going to be on Arreola-Stiverne II in LA, but at some point it was moved to HBO2’s May 31 card in Vegas.
10) Osumanu Adama (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most pleasant entry into the rankings we’ve ever seen, but his resume stacks up pretty well as long as he’s active and on weight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (17-174)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- KO10* Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Rubio likely will rather embarrassingly take on the still-existing Ricardo Mayorga in late July.  Anytime the early fight hype involves talk of extensive medical tests to ensure fighter safety, you know the fight shouldn’t be happening.
12) Jarrod Fletcher (7-17)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBA randomly ordered Golovkin to fight Fletcher, but then apparently relented in favor of Daniel Geale.
13) Max Bursak (7-174)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L* (UD12) vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. #5 Martin Murray
Bursak will get a big opportunity before Jarrod Fletcher, who outpointed him in a moderately controversial decision in February, as he has been tapped by Martin Murray for a June 21 fight in Monte Carlo.
14) David Lemieux (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/24/2014- KO3 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lemieux’s eye-popping domination of Guerrero has fueled idle speculation of a potential shot at Peter Quillin, who is short on options for high-level opponents due to the ongoing Showtime-HBO feud.
15) Grzegorz Proksa (1-163)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Caleb Truax (1-36)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax’s status as a promising prospect has been derailed somewhat by the very tough Ossie Duran.
17) Curtis Stevens (1-43)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO10* Tureano Johnson (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens’ haplessness for all but the last few seconds of his prematurely-stopped bout with Tureano Johnson has got to raise questions about his ability to rise any higher than he finds himself now.  Johnson has respectfully pushed for a rematch.
18) Andrey Meryasev (1-29)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Meryasev dominated in pedestrian fashion against the now-retired Baldomir.
19) Daniel Jacobs (1-40)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- TKO1 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy work for Jacobs against Nunez.  He’s looking for a title fight- probably against Quillin- at the earliest opportunity.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (1-9)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2014- vs. Patrick Nielsen (UNR)
Chudinov will fight promising Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen in a very interesting clash on June 1 in Moscow.

 

The Week Ahead:  
Saturday
#2 Felix Sturm vs. #8 Sam Soliman; Krefeld, Germany; SAT1 (Germany)
This is a rematch of a fight from last year that Sturm pretty clearly won, but in which he was pretty clearly robbed.  Soliman then tested positive for a banned stimulant, causing the bout to be declared a no contest.  I view it as a Sturm win…I pretty much did all along.  Soliman’s public relations team has done a great job obfuscating the test results.  He tested positive under local commission protocols, and then insisted that his B-sample be opened by an independent lab in the US, but under protocols that expressly do not test for the substance that he tested positive for.  He now claims to have been clean, under the flawed rationale that the substance he tested positive for (which, by the way, he’s never claimed he didn’t take, to my knowledge) was not banned by the alphabet organization whose title he was seeking, nor by the bout contract.  That’s a preposterous strawman argument, though.  It was banned by the local German commission, and if you’re going to fight there, you obviously are bound by their rules.  Maybe the IBF and and the bout contract didn’t include a “no baseball bats” clause either, but I’m pretty sure the German authorities would have had every authority to deny Soliman the use of one, had he brought one with him.  Same principle applies.  The largely weak-minded and uninquisitive boxing media, along with the IBF, has given Soliman a pass and accepted his narrative blindly, by and large.  I will not.  He is a dirty fighter, and the fact that he’s getting this shot is a real shame, especially after Sturm already handled him the first time.  He’s ranked in the top 10 independently of the first meeting, based mostly on a 2012 decision over 15th-ranked Garth Wood, along with three other gatekeeper-level wins for which he did not test dirty.  As for Sturm, he can’t catch a break on the cards lately, after having benefited from biased judging in his favor for years.

 

#9 Sergio Mora vs. Samuel Rogers; Las Vegas, Nevada; Off TV
Mora continues to wait for a big fight after converting on a huge upset against fringe contender, and ultimately shooting star, Grzegorz Proksa back in June.  He comes off a 5th round knockout over low level journeyman Milton Nunez.  Rogers, of the Virgin Islands, comes off a decision loss- the first of his career- against veteran journeyman Carlos Jerez.  I wouldn’t rule him out as a legitimate prospect despite that loss, but it’s a pretty big ask to expect him to be competitive with a top 10 contender after losing to a journeyman.

 

Sunday
#20 Dmitry Chudinov vs. Patrick Nielsen; Mytishchi, Russia; Boytsovskiy Klub (Russia)
This is one of those fights you love to see.  Two blue-chip undefeated prospects on their way up meeting in a high-stakes matchup.  I’ve seen both guys, and both have had occasional struggles with opponents far below this level.  Nielsen seems to be the better technical fighter to me, but still only narrowly outpointed a guy named Jamel Bakhi at one point.  Chudinov had perhaps even greater trouble with journeyman Patrick Mendy not that long ago.  He has apparent power- probably more than Nielsen, but he tends to club with his punches, and has a tendency to headhunt.  I’ve seen him tire himself out from all the heavily-thrown misses.  On neutral ground, I think I’d give a narrow edge to Nielsen, but maybe in Russia you’d have to give Chudinov a slight edge if you were betting, particularly since Nielsen is not much of a knockout threat.

Middleweight: 2014, May 19-25

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by danboxing
Colombian gatekeeper Jose Miguel Torres was scheduled to fight Jhonatan Ricar over the weekend, but that fight fell through.  No action to report, and no changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (214-214-214)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
If there was any lingering doubt, Martinez-Cotto is now on for June 7 at Madison Square Garden.
1) Gennady Golovkin (23-90-153)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golovkin will fight July 26 in New York, and the Chavez fight looks dead.  All signs point to Daniel Geale as the opponent, though the WBA has ordered him to fight Jarrod Fletcher.
2) Felix Sturm (23-557-557)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 Sam Soliman (UNR)
Soliman has obfuscated his clear banned stimulant violation to the point that he has perhaps most people thinking he was totally clean.  He wasn’t.  And he didn’t win that fight even if he had been.  Sturm got screwed all the way around, and now he’s forced to rematch the Australian, who deserves the opportunity much less than would Macklin, Murray, or Geale.  But that’s what we’ve got.  May 31 in Krefeld.
3) Daniel Geale (13-257-257)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks extremely likely that Geale will get a shot at Golovkin on July 26.
4) Peter Quillin (5-83-104)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- UD12 Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has mandated Quillin to fight British prospect Billy Joe Saunders next.
5) Martin Murray (5-129-129)
Last Fight: 4/23/2014- RTD6 Ishmael Tetteh (UNR) at SMW
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. #13 Max Bursak
Murray hasn’t looked at all special since nearly and probably deservedly knocking off the Champ last April, but he’ll need to be in some kind of form in June if he hopes to handle the always tough Max Bursak.
6) Matthew Macklin (5-152-243)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s fight with Geale is off due to an injury on the card, and Geale has bailed on the fight altogether in favor of a shot at GGG.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (18-23-23)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- UD10 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam says he wants Rosado next, and then Golovkin.
8) Sam Soliman (18-23-23)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman cheated with a stimulant, won by ridiculous robbery before being stripped of the victory, and now he gets what I would argue is an undeserved chance at a do-over.
9) Sergio Mora (18-47-47)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. Samuel Rogers (UNR)
I missed the memo about the date for Mora-Rogers.  I originally read that it was going to be on Arreola-Stiverne II in LA, but at some point it was moved to HBO2’s May 31 card in Vegas.
10) Osumanu Adama (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most pleasant entry into the rankings we’ve ever seen, but his resume stacks up pretty well as long as he’s active and on weight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (16-173)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- KO10* Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Rubio likely will rather embarrassingly take on the still-existing Ricardo Mayorga in late July.  Anytime the early fight hype involves talk of extensive medical tests to ensure fighter safety, you know the fight shouldn’t be happening.
12) Jarrod Fletcher (6-16)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBA randomly ordered Golovkin to fight Fletcher, but then apparently relented in favor of Daniel Geale.
13) Max Bursak (6-173)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L* (UD12) vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. #5 Martin Murray
Bursak will get a big opportunity before Jarrod Fletcher, who outpointed him in a moderately controversial decision in February, as he has been tapped by Martin Murray for a June 21 fight in Monte Carlo.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (6-162)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Caleb Truax (6-35)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax’s status as a promising prospect has been derailed somewhat by the very tough Ossie Duran.
16) Curtis Stevens (6-42)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO10* Tureano Johnson (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens’ haplessness for all but the last few seconds of his prematurely-stopped bout with Tureano Johnson has got to raise questions about his ability to rise any higher than he finds himself now.  Johnson has respectfully pushed for a rematch.
17) Andrey Meryasev (6-28)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Meryasev dominated in pedestrian fashion against the now-retired Baldomir.
18) Daniel Jacobs (6-39)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- TKO1 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy work for Jacobs against Nunez.  He’s looking for a title fight- probably against Quillin- at the earliest opportunity.
19) Dmitry Chudinov (6-8)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2014- vs. Patrick Nielsen (UNR)
Chudinov will fight promising Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen in a very interesting clash on June 1 in Moscow.
20) Akio Shibata (6-6)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD12 Daisuke Nakagawa (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/5/2014- vs. Hikaru Nishida (UNR)
Shibata takes on his second consecutive domestic gatekeeper in Hikaru Nishida in early July in Tokyo.

 

The Week Ahead:  
Saturday
David Lemieux vs. Fernando Guerrero; Montreal, Quebec; Showtime (US)
Lemieux is a two-loss prospect who makes fun fights.  Guerrero could be best described as a two-loss fringe prospect.  He’s still probably top 50 despite losses to Grady Brewer and Peter Quillin, but he came dangerously close to becoming a full-on busted prospect when he narrowly outpointed Ray Gatica in life-or-death fashion.  Guerrero’s losses have been narrowly more forgivable (Lemieux’s loss to Alcine was particularly unexpected) perhaps, but Lemieux looks more impressive when he’s winning.  This fight is very much a toss-up based on levels, and both guys really need it to maintain their viability.  I lean toward Lemieux coming out on top.  He’s the home fighter for one, and he’s a power guy.  Guerrero was overwhelmed by power in both of his losses, as well as in the difficult moments of the Gatica fight.  Good style matchup for Lemieux, I think.
 

Middleweight: 2013, Nov 18-24

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2014 by danboxing
2-loss prospect Fernando Guerrero got a tougher than expected battle from one-loss fringe prospect Ray Gatica in San Antonio on Monday.  Guerrero must have known by the end of the first round that he was in for a tough night, as Gatica dropped him hard late in that frame.  The two fighters alternated rounds on my card until round 7, when Guerrero tied it up by becoming the first fighter to win two in a row.  Gatica retook the lead in the 8th by taking the one clearly, but Guerrero edged him out in each of the last two rounds to earn a narrow 1-point edge on my card.  The judges had it a round wider at 96-93.  They probably gave Guerrero round 5, which I had narrowly for Gatica.  Either way, this fight raises the buff-looking Gatica’s stock immensely, and makes you wonder about Guerrero’s future.  On a side note, Guerrero came in 2.5 pounds heavier than Gatica’s 160.  Not sure whether that was bargained for or not.

 

What was mostly a very awkward, sloppy affair in Albertslund, Denmark was ended with a bang when undefeated Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen floored decent Mexican pressure fighting journeyman Jose Pinzon with a perfect looping southpaw left hand, right on the button.  Pinzon scrambled to his feet, but had a bit of a stutter in his step when stepping to the referee, who waved off the fight in what I’d say was about a 50/50 call.

 

In San Luis Potosi, Mexico later that night, undefeated Venezuelan prospect Jose Uzcategui got rid of solid Mexican journeyman Michel Rosales in just 4 rounds, which is 7 rounds faster than Marco Rubio was able to stop him a year ago.

 

Finally, on the Ward-Rodriguez non-televised undercard in Ontario, California, #8 Sergio Mora knocked out low-level Colombian journeyman Milton Nunez in round 5, but didn’t make 160 on his way to the fight.  Nunez was best known for almost stopping Deandre Latimore a couple years ago.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (188-188-188)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez wants to fight Miguel Cotto at 158, and considers Marco Antonio Rubio his fallback plan.
1) Martin Murray (30-103-103)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR)
Murray’s opponent for his short-notice fight this weekend will be Belorussian journeyman Sergey Khomitsky, in a rematch of a 2009 Murray points victory.
2) Gennady Golovkin (21-64-127)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- RTD8 #15 Curtis Stevens
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golovkin returns February 1 in Monte Carlo.  Originally it looked like Murray was the opponent, but that appears to be a no-go.
3) Darren Barker (14-14-110)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Another excellent middleweight match-up in 2013, as Barker will take on Felix Sturm in Germany on December 7.
4) Felix Sturm (21-531-531)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #3 Darren Barker
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (14-231-231)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  March appears to be the current target.
6) Matthew Macklin (14-126-217)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Lamar Russ (UNR)
Macklin’s original 12/7 opponent, Willie Nelson, injured his elbow in sparring, and so far Macklin turned down Matt Korobov and was turned down by Max Bursak.  The new opponent is borderline top 50 undefeated prospect Lamar Russ.
7) Peter Quillin (30-57-78)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is looking to match Quillin with Danny Jacobs in Brooklyn on February 1.  A recent interview indicates he might prefer to fight some of the top contenders, instead.  Unfortunately most of them fight on HBO in this division, while Quillin’s promoter is tied to Showtime.  
8) Sergio Mora (5-21-21)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora will fight Milton Nunez- best known for nearly knocking out Deandre Latimore a couple years ago- on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-7-147)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio looks poised to take on Sergio if Maravilla’s intended fight with Cotto falls through.
10) Anthony Mundine (5-5-147)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #4 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine has been rescheduled for a rather short-noticed date of November 27.
11) Max Bursak (5-147)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- UD12 Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had the opportunity to fill in for Willie Nelson for an HBO date against Matthew Macklin, but turned down that chance.
12) Caleb Truax (5-9)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/3/2014- vs. Derek Ennis (UNR)
Truax’s January 3 fight will likely be the first notable fight of the New Year.  He’ll face Derek Ennis.
13) Bryan Vera (5-57)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera-Chavez II now looks likely for March 1 in either Vegas or Texas, after a proposed February date was abandoned over concerns related to Olympic conflicts.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (5-136)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa had another hand operation in August, but thinks he’ll be ready to go for a proposed February fight in Poland with undefeated prospect Maciej Suleckim.
15) Curtis Stevens (5-16)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L (RTD8) vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens might be back on January 24.
16) Andrey Meryasev (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’ve still yet to see Meryasev in action, but his win over Sanders at this point in his career proves that he’s a real prospect.
17) Billi Godoy (2-14)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/29/2013- vs. Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Godoy will fight high-level domestic journeyman Jorge Heiland in Neuquen, Argentina on November 29, in a rematch of their July 2012 fight.
18) Danny Jacobs (2-13)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is apparently looking to match Jacobs and Quillin on February 1 in Brooklyn.
19) Dmitry Chudinov (2-13)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- W (PTS8) vs. Max Maxwell (UNR) (at SMW/LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov weighed in at 174 to fight his already hopeless 162-pound opponent on September 21.  He’s invited a great deal of scrutiny over his weight and discipline in doing so.
20) Akio Shibata (2-7)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Ryoto Murata (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: No action at this weight to report this week.

Middleweight: 2013, Nov 11-17

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated Russian prospect Andrey Meryasev won what was apparently (no video) a pretty dominant decision over Argentine gatkeeper Sergio Sanders on Monday in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Meryasev’s win is enough to trigger his debut in the rankings, at #16.  Everyone ranked there or lower last week moves down.  Nobuhiro Ishida leaves the rankings again, after a brief 3 week stint.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (187-187-187)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez wants to fight Miguel Cotto at 158, and considers Marco Antonio Rubio his fallback plan.
1) Martin Murray (29-102-102)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 12/11/2013- vs. Garth Wood (UNR)
Murray-Wood was cancelled over concerns regarding its marketability just 2 weeks after the rescheduled Mosley-Mundine date.  Murray will instead make a short-notice appearance on the Froch-Groves undercard in Manchester on the 23rd.  Around the same time as this was unfolding, there were rumors that he would be fighting Golovkin in a massive whale of a match-up on February 1, but it sounds like Golovkin will be fighting someone else on that date, instead.
2) Gennady Golovkin (20-63-126)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- RTD8 #15 Curtis Stevens
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golovkin returns February 1 in Monte Carlo.  Originally it looked like Murray was the opponent, but that appears to be a no-go.
3) Darren Barker (13-13-109)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Another excellent middleweight match-up in 2013, as Barker will take on Felix Sturm in Germany on December 7.
4) Felix Sturm (20-530-530)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #3 Darren Barker
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (13-230-230)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  March appears to be the current target.
6) Matthew Macklin (13-125-216)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Macklin’s original 12/7 opponent, Willie Nelson, injured his elbow in sparring, and so far Macklin turned down Matt Korobov and was turned down by Max Bursak.  No word yet on who might take the slot.
7) Peter Quillin (29-56-77)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is looking to match Quillin with Danny Jacobs in Brooklyn on February 1.  A recent interview indicates he might prefer to fight some of the top contenders, instead.  Unfortunately most of them fight on HBO in this division, while Quillin’s promoter is tied to Showtime.  
8) Sergio Mora (4-20-20)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Milton Nunez (UNR)
Mora will fight Milton Nunez- best known for nearly knocking out Deandre Latimore a couple years ago- on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-6-146)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio looks poised to take on Sergio if Maravilla’s intended fight with Cotto falls through.
10) Anthony Mundine (4-4-146)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #4 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine has been rescheduled for a rather short-noticed date of November 27.
11) Max Bursak (4-146)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- UD12 Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had the opportunity to fill in for Willie Nelson for an HBO date against Matthew Macklin, but turned down that chance.
12) Caleb Truax (4-8)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/3/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Truax’s January 3 fight will likely be the first notable fight of the New Year.
13) Bryan Vera (4-56)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera-Chavez II now looks likely for March 1 in either Vegas or Texas, after a proposed February date was abandoned over concerns related to Olympic conflicts.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (4-135)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa had another hand operation in August, but thinks he’ll be ready to go for a proposed February fight in Poland with undefeated prospect Maciej Suleckim.
15) Curtis Stevens (4-15)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L (RTD8) vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens did nothing close to winning against Golovkin, and far from backed up his trash talk.  Even so, he did better than I think could have reasonably been expected of him.  
16) Andrey Meryasev (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’ve still yet to see Meryasev in action, but his win over Sanders at this point in his career proves that he’s a real prospect.
17) Billi Godoy (1-13)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/29/2013- vs. Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Godoy will fight high-level domestic journeyman Jorge Heiland in Neuquen, Argentina on November 29, in a rematch of their July 2012 fight.
18) Danny Jacobs (1-12)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is apparently looking to match Jacobs and Quillin on February 1 in Brooklyn.
19) Dmitry Chudinov (1-12)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- W (PTS8) vs. Max Maxwell (UNR) (at SMW/LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov weighed in at 174 to fight his already hopeless 162-pound opponent on September 21.  He’s invited a great deal of scrutiny over his weight and discipline in doing so.
20) Akio Shibata (1-6)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Ryoto Murata (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Two-loss prospect Fernando Guerrero, of Maryland by way of the Dominican Republic, takes on one-loss prospect Ray Gatica of Austin, Texas on FS1’s Monday Night Fights from San Antonio.  Gatica has achieved the mid-level journeyman level as a prospect.  His only loss was to a fighter roughly comparable to Guerrero’s level in Mark Melligen, and he lost that by TKO only after fracturing his hand.  Guerrero is looking to bounce back from a pretty comprehensive beating at the hands of Peter Quillin in April.

 

Saturday night is a fairly busy one.  In Albertslund, Denmark, undefeated Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen fights decent Mexican journeyman Jose Pinzon.

 

Speaking of Mexico: in San Luis Potosi, undefeated Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui gets one of his toughest tests to date with solid Mexican journeyman Michel Rosales.  

 

And on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard in Ontario, California, #8 Sergio Mora stays busy with Colombian journeyman Milton Nunez, who is best known for very nearly stopping Deandre Latimore in a losing effort in 2012.  

Middleweight: 2013, Apr 29- May 5

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by danboxing
I’ve been afraid of this moment since I first started doing this.  There’s controversy and a cloud over a legitimate championship.  For once in his life, Sergio Martinez got the benefit of unfair officiating, instead of the other way around.  I made reference to Martinez coming off knee surgery and the effect it might have on the fight last week, but that’s not really what it looked like.  To me, it appeared that Sergio wasn’t quite as sharp as usual.  Maybe the knee was a factor, but not to an obvious enough extent that the eyes of this layman could detect.  But mostly, it appeared to me that Murray perfected the approach that Darren Barker used to become the first man to really win rounds and frustrate a championship-level Sergio in 2011 before suffering a very odd knockout.  He concentrated on defense, and tried to throw only when he had the advantage, and only to the extent necessary to win rounds.  This took away the Champion’s huge advantages in reflexes, speed, and timing to a large extent.  In this respect, it could be that Sergio was a victim of his own success, in that he may not have learned a key lesson from the Barker fight due to his flukey knockout win.  If I can play armchair cornerman for a second, I would say that Martinez failed to make an effective adjustment when Murray showed that he was going to make the Champ take the lead.  Sergio responded by standing in front of Murray with his hands down, daring the Englishman to bite on the bait, which he rarely did.  In my opinion, the correct adjustment would have been to get up on his toes and commit to outworking and outboxing his man, preferably with his hands in position to block the odd shot.  Surely he could pile up the points against the passive and comparatively slow Murray with this strategy.  Worst case scenario, he gets caught in an exchange with the bigger man here and there, in which case his handspeed, reflexes, and proven one-punch power would likely serve him well.
Before I get to my assessment of the scoring of the fight, let me immunize myself against any accusation of bias by saying that Martinez is actually my favorite fighter, with only Carl Froch even in the same league.  But Sergio, simply put, did not win this fight.  I scored the fight 114-113 for Murray.  And that’s without acknowledging that referee Massimo Barrovecchio essentially handed Martinez a free point by inexcusably calling a clear Murray knockdown a slip.  I scored rounds 4-6 and 8-10 for Murray.  He added an official knockdown in the 8th, in addition to the stolen one in the 10th.  Only the 9th was close enough that I could see potentially giving it to the Champ.  Murray might have similarly snatched 3 and 11 with no argument from me.  But in most cases, the one swing round would be enough for me to say “could have gone either way” and treat Sergio’s victory with minimal deference.  But in this case, the second knockdown call was so obviously blown by the ref that I feel compelled to disregard that ruling just as surely as if it were a blown round on a scorecard (though I don’t know if I’d have been brave enough to do so if I were an official judge, whom I’ll get to in a second).  So in the final analysis, the absolute best Sergio could have hoped for, given fair and accurate officiating, would have been a draw 113-113.  Since, again, he’s my favorite fighter, I will say in Martinez’s defense that he may apparently re-broke his hand in round 2, and may have also re-injured the knee at some point.

 

How did the three blind mice at ringside have it, you ask?  Almost as if they had agreed upon it beforehand, they had it unanimously 115-112 for Martinez.  That means that the judges uniformly scored each toss-up round, as well as 2 essentially clear Murray rounds, for the local hero and Champion.  Their names, for the purposes of the infamy that should stem from this robbery, are Alejandro Rochin of California, Rey Danseco of the Phillippines, and Nicolas Hidalgo of Venezuela.  Danseco is a real peach.  Just last week he did a poor job in getting the wrong winner in Trout-Canelo, and was fixing to rob Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. against Andy Lee.  I’ve actually only ever see him score one fight decently- Hopkins-Pascal II.  Hidalgo is a virtual unknown, while Rochin is somewhat hit-and-miss, but at least recently hasn’t been involved in any actual robberies I’m aware of.  If I were in charge of judges worldwide, I would see to it that Hidalgo- off to a bad start in his first high-profile assignment- worked his way up from four-rounders and got some training, as he’s young and new enough to potentially be redeemed.  I would consider Rochin on probation, and watch him very carefully.  But I would ban Danseco, who appears to be consistently incompetent.

 

The Argentine commission- in addition to picking or allowing the WBC to pick mediocre to poor officials- embarrassed themselves as an organization even further.  In the pre-fight build-up, much was made of the fact that instant replay would be available in the event of controversial calls in the ring.  Such a situation did arise with Barrovecchio’s mental misfire in the 10th.  But the commissioners made a joke out of the whole thing by actually agreeing with the ref’s call, when there was visual evidence that proved beyond any doubt whatsoever that it was indeed a knockdown.

 

In another rather significant fight on a competing Showtime broadcast, Peter Quillin had his way, more or less, with game but outgunned fringe contending prospect Fernando Guerrero.  Guerrero had no answer for Quillin’s power punching early, with Kid Chocolate scoring 2 knockdowns in the second (the first of which was pretty devastating), and sweeping the first 5 rounds on my card.  But Guerrero was progressively getting into the fight starting in the third, and by the 5th he was giving as well as he got.  He all but dominated the 6th, but Quillin flipped the switch to resume the beating in the 7th, once again landing flush with regularity, blasting Guerrero to the ropes for a technical knockdown, and then sending his weakened opponent down for a 4th time to obligate (excellent) referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight.  Overall a pretty solid win for Quillin.

 

Prospect and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs knocked out journeyman Keenan Collins in 4 on the same card, as well.

 

So now to my conundrum.  The official winner of the championship bout could have hoped for nothing better than a draw, and I scored it for the official loser.  Under normal circumstances, my established practice in these cases is to treat the official winner as if he had salvaged a draw, while treating the proper winner as if he had been correctly awarded the victory.  Normally this would leave the true winner in a good position, while not hurting the fortunate official winner as much as perhaps he deserves.  The presence of a championship (as opposed to a mere ranking) in the balance alters that scheme.  If Sergio gets a draw, he keeps his title.  If Murray gets a win, he wins that same title.  So in keeping with my unstated general principle that benefit of the doubt goes to the official results wherever true doubt exists, I must leave the title with Martinez, though Murray gets the consolation prize of a #1 ranking.  Unfortunately that leaves me in the unenviable position of having a guy that won a championship fight in my rankings as something other than a champion.

 

As for Quillin, his win isn’t enough to get him past Chavez.  Furthermore, with Murray’s promotion, everyone ranked #1 to #8 last week backtracks a spot- Quillin included.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (159-159-159)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (1-74-74)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- draw at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray absolutely deserves to be Champion, but there is an argument that Sergio deserved a draw, and thus he retains the Championship by the slimmest margin possible.  There’s absolutely no way Murray lost the fight.  I hope (but doubt) that he’ll get a rematch.
2) Daniel Geale (1-202-202)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale hopes to have a “keep busy” fight while the IBF (slowly) sorts out his mandatory situation complicated by Soliman’s PED result.
3) Felix Sturm (1-502-502)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF has suspended Sam Soliman for 9 months, and will put Sturm in another eliminator for a shot at Geale.
4) Gennady Golovkin (1-35-98)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida

Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (1-97-188)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-100-118)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #17 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to July 13.
7) Peter Quillin (1-28-49)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (1-144-144)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (1-107-107)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (9-9-131)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown

N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (7-118)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

With Martinez (for whom he is that mandatory) sidelined until 2014, Rubio may get a shot at Sergio’s alphabet belt against someone else in the interim.  Alternatively, I think he is also in line for Quillin’s belt, as well.
12) Anthony Mundine (7-118)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in late June or July, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He has hinted he may be moving back down to 154.
13) Osumanu Adama (7-110)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Darren Barker (8-81)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Barker has lost out to Bryan Vera for an opportunity to fight Chavez.
15) Max Bursak (8-118)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (8-89)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in either Kiev or Odessa in the Ukraine.
17) Bryan Vera (9-28)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
After an absolutely abysmal performance from which he was lucky to escape without a loss against journeyman Donatas Bondas, Vera appears to be the choice to fight JCC on July 13.
18) Makoto Fuchigami (2-9)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- RTD6 Marlon Alta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Akio Shibata (UNR)
Fuchigami has a good domestic-level opportunity on his hands, fighting essentially a peer in junior middleweight fringe contender Akio Shibata.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-61)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Jose Miguel Torres (2-2)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- TKO4 Javier Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Torres sneaks into the rankings based on a nearly 18 month old upset win over Patrick Majewski, but considering the awful opposition he has faced since, I’m not particularly happy about it.

 

The Week Ahead: Two significant fights on Saturday.  In Tokyo, #18 Makoto Fuchigami meets  fringe contender Akio Shibata, who is probably the 3rd-best Japanese middleweight behind himself and Ishida. 

 

And in Vegas, we find a very interesting clash between junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado and fairly unproven but well-promoted and apparently quite skilled undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard.  I hope Rosado is getting paid very well for the fight, because it’s a very high-risk, low-reward kind of fight for a guy who at least ought to be in line for a shot at Ishe Smith’s very winnable title at 154.  But since winning an eliminator over Charles Whitaker in September, he was essentially paid to serve as a sacrificial opponent to apparent world-beater Gennady Golovkin and now, it seems, is getting the same treatment against a prospect who hasn’t even burst into the top 50 yet.  If he wins, it doesn’t give him much benefit at all in my opinion.  If he loses, then it may become very difficult to get quality fights.  He’ll be as dangerous as the top 10 contender he is today, but will offer relatively little credibility to the opponents who hope to make a name off him, since he will be coming off back-to-back losses- something that is very tough to overcome for a modern boxer, whether rightly or wrongly.

Middleweight: 2013, Apr 22-28

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, #18 Curtis Stevens was the beneficiary of a judging debacle on the Cunningham-Fury undercard.  You could probably have seen it coming, sadly, when the judges were announced.  John McKaie is, I feel confident in saying, the single worst judge in America, if not the world.  You can generally pick the true winner of the fight by choosing the guy that McKaie had losing.  It’s like the guy is testing the New York commission to see how many fights a judge can blatantly ruin before they stop hiring him.  Don Trella is very hit and miss, but at least he’s avoided embarrassing himself since his ludicrous Quillin-N’Dam card in October.  I was not particularly familiar with Robin Taylor’s work going into the fight, as he seldom works TV fights.  Naturally NBC’s commentary crew of BJ Flores, Kenny Rice, and silent partner Larry “Rubber Stamp” Hazzard tried to sell the public on the idea that Stevens was winning.  But for those of you that bought their ludicrous commentary, here’s what really happened:

 

Journeyman Derrick Findley came forward, consistently backing Stevens up and landing the better shots- particularly to the body.  Simply put, he was more aggressive, controlled the ring, and landed more and more telling shots.  Round-by-round, he clearly won the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th.  He clearly lost the 1st, 4th, and 6th.  The only difficult round to score was the 8th and final, which I narrowly gave to Findley to earn him a 77-75 edge.  Obviously if you were generous to Stevens, he may have eked out a draw.  But this is where the ringside crooks stepped in.  McKaie and Taylor each had it 78-74 for Stevens, meaning that in a short 8 round fight, they both gave Stevens the lone toss-up, as well as two clear Findley rounds.  That’s just another day at the office for McKaie, at least.  But Don Trella returned to Quillin-N’Dam form, throroughly embarrassing himself by giving Stevens all but one round.  Trella and Taylor need some major intervention and rehabilitation, and in my opinion should not work high-profile fights until they’ve proven themselves competent.  McKaie is a different matter.  He’s a consistent and flagrant offender, and should without any question never be allowed to judge a fight again under any circumstances. 

 

A few hours later in Mexico City, undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez knocked out inexperienced low-level journeyman and late replacement Juan De Angel with a body shot in the latter half of the 3rd round.  Ramirez had been scheduled to fight comparatively top-notch journeyman Dionisio Miranda until that fight fell through.
 
Stevens tumbles from the top 20 with the awful performance, allowing the rather unworthy Jose Miguel Torres to claim the #20 spot on the strength of his upset win over undefeated prospect and fringe contender Patrick Majewski from November 2011.  He’s been slumming since then, and has a spotty prior record at lower weights, both factors which make me regret having to rank him at this stage.  What about Findley, you ask?  Well, two things.  He has a poor record prior to Saturday as a traveling opponent to often unproven or mediocre prospects and other fighters.  Also, he came in at 161 to Stevens’ 159, making it hard to give him full credit for a close win in the middleweight division.  He’s made me want to watch his fights going forward, but I can’t in good conscience consider ranking him.  The Japanese duo of Fuchigami and Ishida move up to 18 and 19, respectively.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (158-158-158)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #9 Martin Murray
Martinez will look to come back strong from knee surgery when he takes on Martin Murray in Argentina on April 27.  The fight will be revolutionary in that instant replay will be available to the referee.
1) Daniel Geale (96-201-201)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
With Soliman testing positive for a PED, his expected fight with Geale is probably out.  Perhaps a Sturm rematch is the most obvious follow-up.  Sergio has also expressed interest in a fight with him after Murray.
2) Felix Sturm (8-501-501)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm says on Twitter that he’s resumed light training, and will soon announce his plans for his next fight, which he describes as a big event.
3) Gennady Golovkin (8-34-97)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida

Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
4) Matthew Macklin (8-96-187)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-99-117)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #17 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to July 13.
6) Peter Quillin (8-27-48)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Quillin’s fight with Guerrero has been postponed from February 9 to April 27 due to an injury to the card’s headliner, Danny Garcia.
7) Dmitry Pirog (8-143-143)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (8-106-106)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
9) Martin Murray (8-73-73)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO6 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Murray will look to prove that he belongs at or above the level he achieved by drawing with Sturm when he fights the Champ in Argentina on April 27.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (8-8-130)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown

N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (6-117)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

Rubio seems to be the mandatory for both the Quillin-Guerrero and the Martinez-Murray winner unless I’ve missed something.
12) Anthony Mundine (6-117)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in late June or July, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He has hinted he may be moving back down to 154.
13) Osumanu Adama (6-109)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Darren Barker (7-80)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Barker has lost out to Bryan Vera for an opportunity to fight Chavez.
15) Max Bursak (7-117)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (7-88)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in either Kiev or Odessa in the Ukraine.
17) Bryan Vera (8-27)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #5 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
After an absolutely abysmal performance from which he was lucky to escape without a loss against journeyman Donatas Bondas, Vera appears to be the choice to fight JCC on July 13.
18) Makoto Fuchigami (1-8)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- RTD6 Marlon Alta (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Akio Shibata (UNR)
Fuchigami has a good domestic-level opportunity on his hands, fighting essentially a peer in junior middleweight fringe contender Akio Shibata.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-60)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Jose Miguel Torres (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- TKO4 Javier Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Torres sneaks into the rankings based on a nearly 18 month old upset win over Patrick Majewski, but considering the awful opposition he has faced since, I’m not particularly happy about it.

 

The Week Ahead: Five notable middleweights are in action this week in 3 separate fights.  The big one is the Championship fight between reigning Champ Sergio Martinez and promising Englishman Martin Murray (#9), who is best known for a draw with Felix Sturm that he easily could have won.  That fight will be televised on HBO in the US, and takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Murray is hardly the most daunting opponent Sergio has fought since beating Pavlik for the title, but there’s always a bit of added intrigue when a guy is coming off major knee surgery, especially a fighter that relies on mobility as much as Sergio.

 

In a competing card on Showtime from Brooklyn, #6 Peter Quillin takes on prospect/fringe contender Fernando Guerrero.  Guerrero has won 4 straight against limited opposition since his ill-fated foray into the junior middleweight division that saw him being stopped by Grady Brewer back in 2011.  Quillin fights for the first time since he dropped Hassan N’Dam 6 times and still barely eked out a win last year.

 

On that undercard, prospect Danny Jacobs looks to continue his comeback from cancer, still taking it easy in terms of his competition level.  His opponent is mediocre journeyman Keenan Collins.

Middleweight: 2012, Nov 5-11

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Middleweight: 2012, Oct 29- Nov 4

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2012 by danboxing
Once heavily touted Russian undefeated prospect Matt Korobov, who’s been flying somewhat under the radar for a couple years after some mediocre performances, got in the ring for the first time in almost a year on Saturday, winning a shutout 8-round decision over a short notice opponent in Colombian Milton Nunez that nearly stopped Deandre Latimore back in February.  Still, Nunez is just a journeyman, and there are 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 (133-133-133)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Summary of the latest news: Sergio will have knee surgery on November 12, and hopes to return in April or May.  He is interested in a rematch with Chavez if Chavez takes Olympic-style drug tests, and is also interested in Mayweather and Canelo, but not interested in Golovkin.
1) Daniel Geale (71-176-176)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #11 Anthony Mundine
Geale has reached an agreement to fight Anthony Mundine in a big domestic showdown, with details yet to come.
2) Felix Sturm (9-476-476)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin says he’d like to fight Sturm.
3) Gennady Golovkin (9-9-72)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
With Sergio uninterested in a fight with him, Golovkin learned recently that HBO is interested in a 4-man elimination tournament of middleweight contenders to include him, Geale, Macklin, and Pirog. 
4) Matthew Macklin (7-71-162)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s name is among those being mentioned for a possible HBO tournament to include himself, Golovkin, Geale, and Pirog.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (7-74-92)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez tested positive for marijuana for his fight with Martinez, and is likely to be suspended.  That won’t affect his rating here at all because he lost anyway, and because it’s not a performance enhancer.  The suspension is likely to last about 6 months, and Sergio recently stated that he wants Olympic testing as a precondition to a rematch.
6) Peter Quillin (2-2-23)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin said recently that he has no interest in fighting Gennady Golovkin.  He’s not alone in that.
7) Dmitry Pirog (26-118-118)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (9-81-81)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (9-48-48)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Murray will return on 11/24, and will be fighting for an “interim title”  against untested but undefeated prospect Jorge Navarro.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (2-105-105)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin

Next Fight: Unknown
As it turns out, N’Dam had a rematch clause in his contract with Quillin, but he also has expressed interest in Golovkin, Geale, Martinez, and Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (2-92)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Mundine has reportedly agreed to a fight with Geale, though no details yet.
12) Sam Soliman (2-37)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.  However, Geale seems to be occupied with yet another Australian, Anthony Mundine.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-92)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD4 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Osumanu Adama (2-84)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-92)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Max Bursak (2-92)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/26/2013- vs. Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Bursak will be fighting for a European title over what should be a pretty easy opponent in Frenchman Julien Marie Sainte- essentially a journeyman.  The one bit of intrigue is that the fight is taking place in France.
17) Demetrius Andrade (2-63)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Andrade gets an interesting test in January when he fights slick Argentine boxer Javier Maciel, who gave Dmitry Pirog plenty of trouble when the two met in early 2011.
18) Darren Barker (2-55)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
If Barker’s body holds up, he has a date with tough Welsh journeyman Kerry Hope on December 8.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (23-35)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Bryan Vera (2-2)
Last Fight: 8/11/2012- W (MD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday: Two Spanish-born fighters in gatekeeper Roberto Santos and undefeated prospect Marcos Nader meet up in Austria.  This is basically a home fight for Nader, who now lives in Austria.  Still, it’s a tough test for Nader, against a guy in Santos that recently stopped stablemate Dominik Britsch.

 

Saturday: Fringe contending one-loss Dominican prospect Fernando Guerrero takes on veteran journeyman J.C. Candelo, who was a serious contender at junior middle back in ’03-’04, but who hasn’t been viewed as much of a threat since Verno Phillips dominated him in 2006.

Middleweight: 2012, Jul 16-22

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2012 by danboxing
A couple notable fighters won their stay-busy fights on Saturday in Vegas.  #9 Anthony Mundine dropped journeyman Bronco McKart twice in the 7th en route to a stoppage victory in that round.  Meanwhile, blocks away, Dominican fringe contender Fernando Guerrero took a dominant 10-round decision over Mexican journeyman Jose Medina.

 

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 (118-118-118)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #2 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Looks like there’s no hitch to the negotiations for Martinez-Chavez, and it looks like that fight is going forward on 9/15 in Vegas.
1) Daniel Geale (56-161-161)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Geale-Sturm now has a confirmed date of 9/1.
2) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-59-77)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’ notes, above.
3) Grzegorz Proksa (5-66-66)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO8 Kerry Hope (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa set the record straight by stopping Hope after he was robbed against him in their first meeting.  Moving on.
4) Felix Sturm (5-461-461)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (14-56-147)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Macklin will fight the resurgent Joachim Alcine on the Martinez-Chavez undercard.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (24-90-90)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (11-103-103)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Martin Murray (11-33-33)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Anthony Mundine (20-24-77)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine talks a lot, but if TKOing Bronco McKart is how he backs that up, I’m getting ear plugs.
10) Sam Soliman (20-20-22)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (19-77)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 Jorge Cota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is evidently being considered to fight Quillin on 9/8.
12) Osumanu Adama (19-69)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Gennady Golovkin (8-57)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin finally got a big name to fight him, but that big name- Dmitry Pirog- quickly came down with a back injury.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (8-77)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (8-77)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 7/21/2012- vs. Sergei Melis (UNR)
Bursak will fight Estonian journeyman Sergei Melis this Saturday.  I guess somebody had to.
16) Demetrius Andrade (8-48)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (8-40)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Barker will return from hip surgery on September 8 in London.  No opponent yet.
18) Billi Godoy (8-39)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy went life and death with solid journeyman Heiland.  He’s going to have to do better than that when he fights legitimate top 50 opposition, or his time in the top 20 will be very short.  Hell of a fight, though.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (8-20)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (8-8)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. #11 Marco Antonio Rubio
Quillin is set to return on September 8, and might be fighting Rubio.

 

The Week Ahead: #15 Max Bursak will fight Estonian journeyman Sergei Melis in Odessa, Ukraine.

 

Later that night in Connecticut, gatekeeper Elvin Ayala takes on journeyman John Mackey.

Middleweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2012 by danboxing
Argentine champion, local favorite, and #18 Contender Billi Godoy defended his Argentine title with a see-saw, life and death struggle against solid journeyman Jorge Heiland.  Godoy got off to a fast start dropping Heiland in the first and most likely sweeping the first 4 rounds.  Heiland clearly took the 5th, but Godoy got back to work and nabbed the 6th just as clearly.  But the fight turned on a dime in the 7th, when southpaw Heiland suddenly dropped and badly hurt Godoy with a big straight left hand in the closing seconds.  Godoy then lost the 8th while trying to get himself back together, which he seemed to have accomplished by the 9th, which was a toss-up that I thought Heiland nicked.  Godoy most likely won the 10th as Heiland appeared to be tiring.  He was well on his way to winning the 11th until he got tagged and rocked with a devastating combination that had him wobbling in the center of the ring as the bell rang to end the round.  On my card (and apparently one of the 3 judges, as well) that left Godoy with just a one-point lead going into the final round.  But he took it home.  His desire and conditioning to be able to throw with bad intentions while his opponent was clearly starting to fade was quite impressive, though I’m not sure I can say his overall performance was.  If nothing else, he’s apparently a very entertaining fighter.  I think he may ultimately prove to be out of his depth among his top 20 peers, though.  Time will tell.

 

#3 Grzegorz Proksa stopped Welshman Kerry Hope in the rematch of his robbery loss to Hope from the Spring.  Hopefully Proksa can move on with his career now more or less as if the whole episode hadn’t happened.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (117-117-117)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #2 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Looks like there’s no hitch to the negotiations for Martinez-Chavez, and it looks like that fight is going forward on 9/15 in Vegas.
1) Daniel Geale (55-160-160)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Geale-Sturm now has a confirmed date of 9/1.
2) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-58-76)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’ notes, above.
3) Grzegorz Proksa (4-65-65)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO8 Kerry Hope (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa set the record straight by stopping Hope after he was robbed against him in their first meeting.  Moving on.
4) Felix Sturm (4-460-460)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (13-55-146)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Macklin will fight the resurgent Joachim Alcine on the Martinez-Chavez undercard.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (23-89-89)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (10-102-102)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Martin Murray (10-32-32)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
9) Anthony Mundine (19-23-76)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Bronco McKart (UNR)
Mundine will fight 41-year-old journeyman and former contender Bronco McKart on July 14 in Vegas.  The fight will be televised by something named WealthTV.
10) Sam Soliman (19-19-21)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (18-76)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 Jorge Cota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is evidently being considered to fight Quillin on 9/8.
12) Osumanu Adama (18-68)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Gennady Golovkin (7-56)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin finally got a big name to fight him, but that big name- Dmitry Pirog- quickly came down with a back injury.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (7-76)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (7-76)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (7-47)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (7-39)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Barker will return from hip surgery on September 8 in London.  No opponent yet.
18) Billi Godoy (7-38)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy went life and death with solid journeyman Heiland.  He’s going to have to do better than that when he fights legitimate top 50 opposition, or his time in the top 20 will be very short.  Hell of a fight, though.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (7-19)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (7-7)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. #11 Marco Antonio Rubio
Quillin is set to return on September 8, and might be fighting Rubio.

 

The Week Ahead: Two notables in action on separate cards in Las Vegas this Saturday.  On one- televised by WealthTV if you’re one of the 5 people in America that get that station- #9 Anthony Mundine takes on most likely washed-up former contender Bronco McKart, who is 41 and a journeyman at present.

 

Dominican fringe contender/prospect Fernando Guerrero will battle Mexican journeyman Jose Medina on the other card.