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Junior Middleweight: 2012, May 14-20

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by danboxing
Last week featured 3 very good and interesting fights in the 2nd tier of the division.  Leading off in Istres, France was Jimmy Colas vs. Frank Haroche Horta for the French title.  Horta came in as the deserved favorite.  On the international level, he translated to a gatekeeper- on the lower quarter of the top 50.  He is a former French welterweight champion who had been doing fairly well against top French prospects of late.  Haitian born Colas had previously held this very title, and at one point in 2005 and 2006 established himself as a legitimate fringe contender internationally.  But he’s been in steady decline since then, and was quite clearly a journeyman when the bell rang.  But a funny thing happened on the way to a victory for Haroche Horta.  The taller Horta did well in the first round, fighting in an athletic style and establishing an effective rhythm with movement and rather soft but picturesque jabs and straight rights.  But the wheels began to fall off in the 2nd.  Colas cut the distance and began to dig punishing shots to the body, one of which crumbled Horta to the canvas.  The third round was even worse, as Colas broke Horta’s will with two more debilitating left hooks to the body that each dropped him.  Seeing that Horta’s resistance had faded to nothing, the referee stopped the fight, giving Colas a fairly spectacular upset victory.

 

In the ShoBox main event in Vegas, heavily favored top Cuban prospect Yudel Jhonson suffered a major upset of his own.  His opponent was Willie Nelson, an 6′ 3.5″ Ohio based prospect who was best known for getting knocked down 3 times in his last televised fight against prospect Vincent Arroyo, but making a heck of a close fight out of it anyway.  The knocks on him were obviously his chin, as well as being a bit stingy with the jab for how tall he was.  Not on this night.  Nelson used the jab beautifully to control range, mixed in some effective movement to help keep his chin from becoming a concern, and did a great jab of countering to keep Jhonson’s respect.  The previously undefeated Jhonson behaved much like a typical Klitschko opponent, lingering on the outside and taking punishment rather than doing effective work to get in punching range.  For what it’s worth, the fighters traded knockdowns in the first half of the fight, and the scores were all slanted toward Jhonson to some degree, despite being unanimous for Nelson.

 

Finally, in Brovari, Ukraine on Saturday, Russian fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov who- for some reason way beyond my powers to comprehend- is the WBO titlist, defended his silly belt against undefeated French prospect Michel Soro in what turned out to be a close and interesting fight.  By my lights, Soro clearly won each of the first 5 rounds, including a second round knockdown.  Baysangurov, in turn, pretty much dominated the last 5 as Soro faded.  The fight, therefore, was properly decided by the two middle rounds of the fight, which I thought were pretty much toss-ups.  I did score both for Soro, though, and had him up 115-112 with the knockdown figured in (although in fairness he was knocked down himself by what was improperly ruled a low blow later in the fight).  But Baysangurov is a Klitschko-promoted beltholder on a Klitschko-promoted card in the Klitschkos’ home country.  Guess what?  Baysangurov won unanimously, by margins of 3, 5, and 6 points.  This isn’t a robbery, since Baysangurov had an argument to win.  It even feels about right that he should win, considering how much better he was performing down the stretch than Soro.  But it is a hometown decision, and the judges should not be excused, since not one of their cards was fair.  Their names are, from least to most atrocious: Mikael Hook (from Sweden- a country in which boxing is banned), Jose Ignacio Martinez (from Spain), and Zbigniew Lagosz (Poland). 

 

Surprisingly, not one of these fights really comes all that close to affecting the rankings, which just goes to show how deep this division really is.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (2-63-78)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo already has another fight lined up on September 15.  The PPV showdown is still in search of an opponent, though.  Kirkland is a possibility.
2) Carlos Molina (2-45-60)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (8-93-93)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 will give Cory Spinks a rematch on July 28.  K9 won by brutal beatdown last time.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Berto/Ortiz have been mentioned.
5) Miguel Cotto (2-102-102)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (2-45-67)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo, but Vanes- true to form- turned it down.  Lara hopes to return in June, and is considering Mundine and Quintana.
7) James Kirkland (2-28-28)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is reportedly in the running to fight Canelo on 9/15.
8) Paul Williams (2-13-67)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
9) Alfredo Angulo (2-138-138)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
10) Ryan Rhodes (2-134-134)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
11) Gabriel Rosado (2-67)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. #20 Sechew Powel
With just less than a month to go before the fight, Sechew Powell has replaced Joel Julio as Rosado’s opponent.
12) Cory Spinks (2-16)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on July 28.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
13) Austin Trout (2-67)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (2-44)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
15) Brian Rose (2-24)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
In fairness, the British light middleweight scene is extremely thin compared to other divisions, but I can’t say that Rose’s title reign is off to a great start.  He’s defending his title against a second consecutive journeyman that could be called mid-level at best.
16) Shane Mosley (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Everybody but Mosley appears to know he’s done, but he still has the resume to hold a top 20 ranking.  Let’s hope he retires soon, though.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (2-50)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes has become extremely risk averse since his difficult fight with Roman last June, as he has now turned down an eliminator against Lara.
18) Lukas Konecny (2-40)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO is looking to make Konecny-Baysangurov happen, and has set 6/4 as the deadline for an agreement to avoid purse bids.
19) Carlos Quintana (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana wants Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore.
20) Sechew Powell (2-113)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2012- vs. #11 Gabriel Rosado
Powell is a semi-short notice replacement for Joel Julio in the NBC Sports-televised bout with Gabriel Rosado.

 

The Week Ahead: On Saturday, Argentine gatekeeper Mateo Veron gets a rematch with Guido Pitto- the still otherwise fairly unproven undefeated prospect that dominated and stopped him in 2010.

 

Earlier that night in Belgrade, Serbia, local one-loss prospect Nikola Stevanovic takes on Tunisian journeyman Ayoub Nefzi.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, May 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by danboxing
Floyd Mayweather moved up in weight and got one of the toughest fights of his career on Saturday in Vegas.  I’m admittedly heavily in the minority on this, but I actually thought Cotto did enough to just barely earn the decision 115-113.  That being said, I noted no fewer than 6 toss-up rounds, 5 of which I happen to have given to Cotto.  So to me, anything between 116-112 Cotto and 118-110 Mayweather would be reasonable.  All the official scorecards fit in that range, though they were all at least as slanted toward Mayweather as I was to Cotto.  That’s not to say they were unfair.  I believe I was being fair and impartial in giving 5 of 6 tossup rounds to Cotto, and I’ll give the judges the same benefit of the doubt that I’d expect.  Since I do disagree with the official verdict, though, I will treat the decision with minimal deference.  This means Mayweather will be ranked by rule ahead of Cotto, but that it will otherwise be treated similarly to a draw.

 

In the co-feature for Mayweather-Cotto, #2 Saul Alvarez got a nice showcase against badly faded former Champion Shane Mosley.  Canelo won every round save for, perhaps, the 1st.  I gave him all 12.  C.J. Ross dementedly gave Mosley another round.  To give Mosley credit, he did appear to be working harder than he has in recent fights with Mayweather and Pacquiao, but got busted up more for his trouble.  I hope he retires, because he’s not a real contender anymore.

 

And leading off the PPV broadcast was fringe contender Deandre Latimore- removed for never fighting under the 154 limit a few months ago- taking what figured to be a showcase fight against Carlos Quintana, the former welterweight titlist Carlos Quintana.  Quintana is basically a gatekeeper at 154, and had been inactive for 15 months.  True to form, Latimore missed 154 by a half-pound, but he made that inevitable effect on his re-rankability moot by getting soundly thumped by Quintana.  Latimore did just fine in the first round, but clearly lost every round thereafter, leading to a 6th round stoppage as Latimore faded to nothingness.  Quintana came forward and punished Latimore with a steady and impressive offensive attack.  Latimore, by contrast, looked disengaged.  I’d seen him look like this once before in person, when he got a gift against journeyman Sammy Sparkman in a toss-up fight from St. Louis. 

 

Quite a series of changes in the rankings.  The Mosley win is juuuust enough to move Alvarez from #2 to #1.  Molina still has the best single win over Kirkland, but he also has a draw with admittedly underrated but still 20th-ranked Erislandy Lara.  That was a great result for him at the time, but isn’t a lot of help at this level.  Canelo also has a comparitively huge volume of wins at the fringe contender level, to which Mosley only adds another name.

 

Mayweather debuts at #4.  Unfortunately for him, the De La Hoya win (his last fight at 154) occurred exactly 5 years before the Cotto one, and is thus too old to help him out.  Many are going to crown Mayweather #1 by giving him credit for his dominance at 147.  Some have ranked Cotto at #1 at 154 since he beat Foreman.  But that’s not how it works here.  If you want to get to the top of a given division, you have to do better in that division specifically than the other contenders.  Cotto’s resume was only worth a #4 ranking here, and a narrow win over him isn’t enough to justify better than that same ranking for Mayweather.  #3 Bundrage knocked out a guy that would have been ranked #2 if he hadn’t gone inactive just before the fight was signed, and adds a win over a #11 contender for good measure. 

 

Cotto doesn’t suffer too much, especially since- as I said- he had a good argument to win in my estimation.  He is forced down by Mayweather’s arrival, but otherwise loses no ground in settling in at #5.

 

Mosley returns to the rankings (despite being finished) simply for becoming active at 154.  When he was removed for inactivity in September, he was at #16 just ahead of Vanes Martirosyan.  Vanes hasn’t done anything worth doing since then, and coincidentally finds himself in exactly the same position in the rankings now as then.  So Mosley reclaims his old spot at #16, and Vanes is forced back from #15 to #17 by the returns of Mayweather and Mosley.

 

Quintana’s win- his first significant result at 154- is enough to earn him the #19 position.

 

Everyone ranked #4-14 last week is forced back one spot by Mayweather.  This means that last week’s #10 Gabriel Rosado exits the top 10 after 15 consecutive weeks in.  Last week’s  #s 15 and 16 drop two places for both Mayweather and Mosley.  #17 Sechew Powell drops 3 places to accommodate those two plus Quintana.  #18 Antonio Margarito, #19 Prince Arron, and #20 Anthony Mundine all tumble out due to the new blood.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (1-62-77)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo already has another fight lined up on September 15.  The PPV showdown is still in search of an opponent, though.

2) Carlos Molina (1-44-59)

Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (7-92-92)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 will give Cory Spinks a rematch on July 28.  K9 won by brutal beatdown last time.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.
5) Miguel Cotto (1-101-101)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto gave Mayweather what Floyd acknowledges as the toughest fight of his life.
6) Erislandy Lara (1-44-66)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo.
7) James Kirkland (1-27-27)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland reports that his plans are currently on hold due to a shoulder injury.
8) Paul Williams (1-12-66)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
9) Alfredo Angulo (1-137-137)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
10) Ryan Rhodes (1-133-133)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
11) Gabriel Rosado (1-66)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. #20 Sechew Powel
With just less than a month to go before the fight, Sechew Powell has replaced Joel Julio as Rosado’s opponent.
12) Cory Spinks (1-15)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on July 28.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
13) Austin Trout (1-66)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (1-43)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
15) Brian Rose (1-23)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
In fairness, the British light middleweight scene is extremely thin compared to other divisions, but I can’t say that Rose’s title reign is off to a great start.  He’s defending his title against a second consecutive journeyman that could be called mid-level at best.
16) Shane Mosley (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Everybody but Mosley appears to know he’s done, but he still has the resume to hold a top 20 ranking.  Let’s hope he retires soon, though.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (1-49)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being passed over for a JCC shot, an eliminator for a shot at Canelo has been ordered by the WBC, with the prospective opponent being Erislandy Lara.
18) Lukas Konecny (1-39)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Carlos Quintana (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana wants Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore.
20) Sechew Powell (1-112)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2012- vs. #11 Gabriel Rosado
Powell is a semi-short notice replacement for Joel Julio in the NBC Sports-televised bout with Gabriel Rosado.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday: In Istres, France, gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta takes on Haitian-born journeyman Jimmy Colas for the vacant French title.

 

Later that night in Vegas, undefeated Cuban prospect Yudel Jhonson meets perhaps the toughest test of his career in decent and ridiculously tall (6’3 1/2″) one-loss prospect Willie Nelson of Ohio on ShoBox.

 

Saturday: In Brovari, Ukraine, fringe contender (and unbelievably, reigning titlist) Zaurbek Baysangurov battles undefeated French prospect Michel Soro.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Mar 19-25

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
American expat fringe contender Charlie Ota stopped low-level journeyman Gundrick King at MSG on Saturday, knocking King down in the 6th and 7th, and ending with a four-punch combo later in that round.  It was the first career fight for native New Yorker Ota (whose real name is Charles Bellamy) outside Japan.

 

The British title eliminator between Sam Webb and Matthew Hall did not come off as scheduled, but will likely take place on a new date. 

 

Last week’s #16 Yuri Foreman is removed, as he hasn’t fought or scheduled a fight in over a year.  Everyone ranked #17-20 last week moves up, and Anthony Mundine enters the rankings for (I believe) the first time since I began rating this division, at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (40-55-70)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (40-85-85)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (20-20-20)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (16-94-94)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (16-37-59)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
The Hearns fight has been rescehduled for April 20.
6) Carlos Molina (37-37-52)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Paul Williams (5-5-59)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (5-130-130)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (5-126-126)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes pulled out of his fight with Rabchenko, citing a back injury.
10) Gabriel Rosado (5-9-59)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (5-8)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (5-59)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.  A purse bid has been scheduled on 3/29 for the Mundine fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (5-36)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez has confirmed that he’ll be staying at 154.
14) Brian Rose (15-16)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (15-42)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We get it, Vanes!  You’re better than a bunch of random journeymen.  How about a test?
16) Lukas Konecny (1-32)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2012- vs. Salim Larbi (UNR)
After Baysangurov withdrew with injury, Konecny will go home to the Czech Republic to fight French journeyman Salim Larbi for what is incredibly an interim alphabet title.
17) Sechew Powell (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (1-19)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June, but the WBC has gone on record saying they would reject that fight for Chavez’ belt.
19) Prince Arron (1-4)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
When we last saw Arron in the rankings, it appeared that he was going to fight an 8 rounder on February 24.  That didn’t happen.  No word on his next move.
20) Anthony Mundine (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A purse bid for a proposed fight with Austin Trout is scheduled for 3/29.

 

The Week Ahead:  Friday: Gatekeepers Antwone Smith and Roberto Garcia square off in Pharr, Texas on Friday Night Fights.

 

Saturday: In Houston, Texas on HBO, a huge fight will go down between #3 James Kirkland and #6 Carlos Molina.  The fight may be determined by which Kirkland shows up.  The version that showed up for the Angulo fight under current trainer Ann Wolfe may be too strong for a supremely crafty but smaller and less physical Molina.  If the passive, mentally weak one that was stopped by Ishida turns up (or anything close to that), he’s got no chance. 

 

In other Saturday action, Belorussian undefeated prospect Sergei Rabchenko fights low-level German journeyman Ronny Gabel in Sheffield, England.  The fight was originally going to pit Rabchenko against Ryan Rhodes, who withdrew due to injury.

 

Finally, gatekeepers Grady Brewer of Oklahoma and Frank Haroche Horta of France square off in Macon, Georgia.