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Welterweight: 2014, Mar 31- Apr 6

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 1, 2014 by danboxing
Friday in Gatineau, Quebec, 2-loss prospect and Montreal native Antonin Decarie scored a unanimous decision over gatekeeper Pablo Munguia.  This was the headliner of a pay-per-view card.  I made a calculated decision not to buy it on the basis of it being of a quality similar to the average Friday Night Fights card, and assuming I could probably see it online.  But apparently I was not the only person that stayed away.  There’s no video available anywhere, it seems.  Even though one judge had it for Decarie by just a one-round margin in the winner’s hometown (the other two having it 97-93 and 98-92), I have to unfortunately take it at face value.  It’s also extremely worth noting that the fight technically was a light middleweight contest.  Decarie came in at over 149, and Munguia at 147.25.  It doesn’t count here, especially since Decarie has lost both of his top-50-level fights at the 147 limit, and it’s not enough to get the Canadien a ranking at 154.

 

In what turned out to be a surprisingly intriguing contest Saturday in Newcastle, England, undefeated English prospect Frankie Gavin lost 4 of the first 5 rounds on my card, and was knocked down in the 2nd by unheralded Namibian journeyman Sacky Shikukutu.  But he went on to carry each of the last 7 rounds with a dazzling display of pure boxing to take it 115-112 as I saw it.  I could see a judge having it anything between 117-110 and 114-113 for Gavin.  Marcus McDonnell was in range at 117-111, but the normal British bias was in full effect with Phil Edwards and the habitually awful Dave Parris, each of whom saw it 118-109, meaning they gave Shikukutu not one round besides the knockdown frame.  That’s a shame.  It was a good fight overall.  Shikukutu had lost a split decision for the Namibian title to 11-3 journeyman Tommy Hango back in 2012 and was stopped in one by a losing fighter in 2009, along with a draw in a 4-rounder against another losing fighter.  This close fight with a supposedly world-class Gavin has got to leave you questioning the Englishman’s future a little.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (205-237-237)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Thankfully, it will be the worthy Maidana rather than the likely washed-up Khan that fights Floyd on May 3.
1) Timothy Bradley (25-25-95)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (25-125-125)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Marquez takes on Alvarado near L.A. on May 17.
3) Manny Pacquiao (25-278-278)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (17-43-43)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Maidana will get a shot at the true title on May 3.
5) Keith Thurman (16-16-56)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Julio Diaz (UNR)
Thurman gets tough gatekeeper Julio Diaz on April 26.  If he passes that test, there’s talk of a Matthysse fight after that.
6) Shawn Porter (16-17-17)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Porter-Malignaggi is made, and it will land on the Hopkins-Shumenov undercard on April 19.
7) Robert Guerrero (17-71-88)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero was trying to get a fight with Khan on the Mayweather undercard, but the Brit opted, instead, for Collazo.
8) Kell Brook (17-153-153)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook has been assured of a fight with the Porter-Malignaggi winner by July 19.
9) Devon Alexander (17-110-110)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander’s trainer has named Berto and Judah as guys that would make sense for the St. Louisan’s next fight, while Alexander himself seems to prefer Guerrero or Collazo.
10) Randall Bailey (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (19-93)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/24/2014- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
Lopez will fight journeyman Aaron Martinez in Riverside on April 24.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (16-62)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (16-71)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a July return.  Alexander wants him.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (17-17) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. #6 Shawn Porter
See Porter’s notes, above.
15) Chris van Heerden (17-94)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2014- vs. Ray Narh (UNR)
Van Heerden-Narh is made for Santa Monica on April 16.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (17-49)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Abregu is set to return on April 4 in his hometown of Salta, Argentina against unbeaten but totally untested Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada.
17) Luis Collazo (9-9)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
It appears that Collazo-Khan is on for the Mayweather-Maidana undercard on May 3.
18) Jan Zaveck (9-225)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Leonard Bundu (3-5)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu’s fight with Gianluca Branco, scheduled for April 12, is now off due to a training injury to Branco.  Bundu’s camp is now targeting May as his next appearance, and Frankie Gavin has been installed as his new mandatory.
20) Jo Jo Dan (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* SD12 vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
#16 Luis Carlos Abregu vs. Jean Carlos Prada; Salta, Argentina; TyC Sports (Argentina)
The excellent Abregu returns from injury after nearly a year with what will likely end up looking like a tune-up against the unbeaten but completely untested Venezuelan prospect Jean Carlos Prada.

Welterweight: 2014, Mar 24-30

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 22, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated fast-rising Aussie prospect Jeff Horn got a fairly stern test Wednesday from mid-level Cameroonian journeyman Rivan Cesaire in the city of Broadbeach.  Their first fight had ended in the equivalent of a no contest due to a head butt.  This one ended oddly, too.  I had Horn up by 3 points with 4 rounds yet to go when, in the 9th, a blocked punch from Horn apparently dislocated Cesaire’s shoulder.  Cesaire went down in agony, and the referee reached the 10 count to give Horn a quirky knockout win.  If you grant that Horn met expectations, you’d have to conclude that Cesaire exceeded his by winning 2 or 3 rounds.

 

Friday in Thailand, Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (aka Tewa Kiram) stopped low-level Uzbek journeyman Behzod Nabiev in the 7th, in a fight I didn’t manage to see.

 

In a moderate upset Saturday in Monterrey, Mexico, gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. was thoroughly outboxed by former contender Vivian Harris, who hasn’t really been relevant on any level since 2010.  Harris lost at most 1 round between 3 and 10, as Paez looked tired from round 3 or 4 and gassed completely starting in maybe round 7.  The judges turned in bogus cards that were unanimously 96-94, with one even lending that score to Paez.  97-93 or 98-92 was the correct score, no doubt.  I thought I heard Jimmy Lennon say the worst of the judges was named Fernando Vargas, but I probably heard that wrong.

 

Harris’ win is by far the best he’s had since 2007, but there’s no consideration to be given it at this time, since the fight was actually contested 3/4 of a pound over the divisional limit, and since Harris doesn’t have any companion wins of consequence in a relevant time frame.  I’ll certainly factor this fight in if he does add a win at 147 in the future.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (204-236-236)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Thankfully, it will be the worthy Maidana rather than the likely washed-up Khan that fights Floyd on May 3.
1) Timothy Bradley (24-24-94)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (24-124-124)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Marquez takes on Alvarado near L.A. on May 17.
3) Manny Pacquiao (24-277-277)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (16-42-42)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Maidana will get a shot at the true title on May 3.
5) Keith Thurman (15-15-55)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Thurman is tentatively scheduled to fight on April 26 in Carson, CA as part of a doubleheader with Lucas Matthysse, with an eventual meeting between the two being considered if they both win.  Jo Jo Dan has laid down a challenge.
6) Shawn Porter (15-16-16)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Porter-Malignaggi is made, and it will land on the Hopkins-Shumenov undercard on April 19.
7) Robert Guerrero (16-70-87)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero was trying to get a fight with Khan on the Mayweather undercard, but the Brit opted, instead, for Collazo.
8) Kell Brook (16-152-152)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook has been assured of a fight with the Porter-Malignaggi winner by July 19.
9) Devon Alexander (16-109-109)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander’s trainer has named Berto and Judah as guys that would make sense for the St. Louisan’s next fight, while Alexander himself seems to prefer Guerrero or Collazo.
10) Randall Bailey (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (18-92)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/24/2014- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
Lopez will fight journeyman Aaron Martinez in Riverside on April 24.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (15-61)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (15-70)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a July return.  Alexander wants him.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (16-16) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
See Porter’s notes, above.
15) Chris van Heerden (16-93)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2014- vs. Ray Narh (UNR)
Van Heerden-Narh is made for Santa Monica on April 16.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (16-48)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Abregu is set to return on April 4 in his hometown of Salta, Argentina against unbeaten but totally untested Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada.
17) Luis Collazo (8-8)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
It appears that Collazo-Khan is on for the Mayweather-Maidana undercard on May 3.
18) Jan Zaveck (8-224)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Leonard Bundu (2-4)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu’s fight with Gianluca Branco, scheduled for April 12, is now off due to a training injury to Branco.  Bundu’s camp is now targeting May as his next appearance, and Frankie Gavin has been installed as his new mandatory.
20) Jo Jo Dan (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* SD12 vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dan wants a shot at Keith Thurman on April 26.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
Antonin Decarie vs. Pablo Munguia; Gatineau, Quebec; PPV (US)
Decarie is a two-loss Quebec prospect who is thought to still have potential.  Munguia is a Mexico City gatekeeper who has done some business at just below the top-50 level.  Decarie represents the most advanced opponent of the Mexican’s career, though, and that doesn’t bode well for a guy that already has 4 losses, including 3 stoppages.

 

Saturday
Frankie Gavin vs. Sacky Shikukutu; Newcastle, England; Boxnation (UK)
The 18-0 Gavin is a fairly proven prospect with a ton of potential.  His opponent is a Namibian journeyman with 2 losses and a draw at a low level of competition.  Should be a cakewalk for the Brit.

Welterweight: 2013, Dec 23-29

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated British prospect Frankie Gavin put on a boxing clinic for at least the first 8 rounds against Welsh journeyman Bradley Pryce, who fought on roughly even terms with top 10 light middleweight contender Sergey Rabchenko just over a month ago.  Pryce barely laid a glove on Gavin until the 8th, due to the Birmingham prospect’s nearly incomparable reflexes and handspeed.  It should be noted that he showed absolutely no visible power, but I might go so far as to rank him among the most expert pure boxers in the sport, based on how he looked.

 

That all being said, Pryce is still a mid-range journeyman at best, and so the fight had no potential to improve Gavin’s standings ranking-wise.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (191-223-223)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13.  Amir Khan has long been rumored as the May 3 opponent, but reports suggest Maidana may have supplanted him in that regard.
1) Timothy Bradley (11-11-81)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley-Pacquiao II is very likely for April 12, though rumors also have Marquez and Pacquiao renewing their rivalry.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (11-111-111)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
After retirement was mentioned a couple different times, Marquez now says he intends to fight twice in 2014.  He wants a tune-up in Mexico City, followed by a rematch with Bradley.  There are also rumors of a 5th fight with Pacquiao.
3) Manny Pacquiao (11-264-264)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
See Bradley and Marquez’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (3-29-29)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
After his 12-round beatdown of overhyped Broner, Maidana has set himself up for a big opportunity.  Malignaggi indicated interest in the winner, for starters, and Shawn Porter also seems interested.  Even better- Mayweather now says Maidana is in the mix for his May PPV.
5) Keith Thurman (2-2-42)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
After beating Soto-Karass, Thurman issued what amounts to a challenge to the entire division.
6) Shawn Porter (2-3-3)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Porter will fight his mandatory, Kell Brook, next, though he has also indicated interest in Maidana.
7) Robert Guerrero (3-57-74)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.
8) Kell Brook (3-139-139)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (3-96-96)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Randall Bailey (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (5-79)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully his great struggles against Arnaoutis aren’t the result of wear and tear taking their toll on Lopez and his career.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (2-48)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (2-57)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (3-3) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi expects a big money fight in the wake of his handy victory over Judah.  He is interested in Maidana. 
15) Chris van Heerden (3-80)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Amidst conflicting reports variously suggesting he would fight in February in the US or in South Africa, the truth has emerged.  He’s starting a 3-year contract with a US promoter, and supposedly has a fight planned for early in the new year.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (3-35)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
At last check, Abregu was recovering from hand surgery, and the WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
17) Jan Zaveck (3-211)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (3-41)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Rios or Marquez.  He said he would refuse a fight with Pacquiao, a friend with whom he shares a trainer.
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (3-15)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.

20) Leonard Bundu (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu retains his European title and undefeated record with the impressive effort over Purdy.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
Cesar Barrionuevo vs. Ramon de la Cruz; Merlo, Argentina; Tyc Sports (Argentina)
Barrionuevo is a two-loss Argentine fringe prospect, with both of his losses coming to undefeated fighters early in his career.  He enters on a 21-fight winning streak dating back to 2010.  De la Cruz is a mid-level Argentine journeyman.  I’m not sure if the fight was more controversial than it appeared from the unanimous 118-110 scorecards, but this is a rematch of a previous fight between the two from October.  For Barrionuevo, it was his last fight, while de la Cruz won a low-level contest in between.

Welterweight: 2013, Dec 16-22

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on March 15, 2014 by danboxing
I’ll discuss the events of the past weekend in descending order of magnitude.

 

In the Showtime Championship Boxing main event from San Antonio on Saturday, Marcos Maidana gave, I would hazard, the large majority of boxing fans an early Christmas present by shutting the mouth of the unceasingly loquacious Adrien Broner.  Broner was as likable as ever, simulating a certain act at one point while Maidana’s back was turned that would threaten to lose me the family-friendly status that I hope will allow me to participate in WordPress ads at some point if I were to report on it fully.  Maidana quite literally returned the favor later in the fight.  The difference is, he had already beaten the fight out of Broner by them, while Broner’s actions were bravado entirely of the false variety.  Quite simply, Maidana beat Broner up.  He mugged him.  There were a few competitive rounds, but it wasn’t a competitive fight.  Broner went down in the 2nd and 8th, and deserved another 10-8 in a particularly rocky 9th round.  Maidana lost a point in the 8th for a headbutt, and that’s the only point that he clearly missed out on in the whole fight.  I did give Broner the 12th in a close call, but that was the only round that I thought he had much of an argument for.  118-106 was my card.  The really awful judges (almost a redundant statement for a Texas fight) had it 117-109 (Levi Martinez), 116-109 (Nelson Vazquez), and a patently ridiculous- almost offensive- 115-110 (Stanley Christodoulou).  There was buzz immediately that this might be the upset of the year.  Really?  Maidana was #4 in the division, give or take, by any reasonable measure.  Broner?  True, he is and/or was the legitimate lightweight Champion, but that’s two whole weight classes to the south.  At Welter, he beat Paulie Malignaggi in a rather close decision.  Malignaggi improved his stock dramatically since then by beating Judah, but at the time he could be viewed more as a guy coming off what should have been a dominant loss to Pablo Cesar Cano than anything else.  In short, Broner had earned little or no credibility anywhere north of 135 at more than a fringe contender level.  Those who considered Maidana an underdog of any magnitude whatsoever were speculating at best, or buying into undeserved hype at worst.

 

On the rather stacked undercard, #13 Keith Thurman justified his own hype in a big way.  Thurman- who had to make an adjustment and mix in some boxing to overcome big strong welterweight Diego Chaves in his last fight- applied that adjustment from the opening bell against another big strong welterweight in Mexican brawler, #6 Jesus Soto-Karass.  I’ve seldom seen such plainly visible growth in a young fighter over such a limited span of rounds.  This time, he mixed boxing with power from the start.  He showed the ability to throw and land huge shots from a posture of movement, which is a pretty rare ability.  As for Soto-Karass, he showed big-time heart and plenty of desire, as expected, but ultimately couldn’t handle Thurman’s concussive counter shots.  Up 78-73 on my card, Thurman closed the show with a stoppage of a broken opponent in the 9th.  This fight effectively  the progression of Thurman from a prospect to a contender and star.

 

#11 Josesito Lopez looked, frankly, really bad in his narrow Friday victory over Mike Arnaoutis, who entered the fight with the profile of a shopworn veteran journeyman.  Arnaoutis looked strong and fresh early against Lopez, who was clearly not sharp.  He dropped Lopez in the 3rd after trading the first couple rounds.  Lopez started to get into the fight after the knockdown, though, and won four of the last 5 completed rounds as I saw it.  In the 8th, Arnaoutis suffered a pretty bad cut over his left eye from a head clash.  After the round, Arnaoutis was very adamant that he couldn’t see, though in my decidedly non-expert opinion, it looked like the blood had been stemmed and was flowing entirely to the left of the eye to the extent it was flowing at all at that point.  I personally believe that Arnaoutis could see well enough to continue, and yet knew that his best rounds in the fight were behind him.  His best chance for victory, as he could reasonably have calculated, was to go to the scorecards at that point, since it had very obviously been close to that point.  Now maybe I’m totally wrong and he really couldn’t see.  If that’s the case, he not only did the prudent thing, but did so honorably.  I just didn’t really see any signs with my untrained eye to suggest that he couldn’t see.  He wasn’t blinking abnormally or anything like that.  But I don’t want to belabor the point.  One judge, Thomas Taylor, had it exactly as I did, and the other two (incorrectly, I believe) had it a round wider.  If Arnaoutis was taking a calculated risk to get out of the fight, it didn’t help him win, and so the point is largely moot.  Lopez, for his part, dodged a bullet.  If this was a case of under-preparedness as opposed to a sign of physical decline, then it should serve as a valuable lesson cheaply learned.

 

Returning to Saturday, fringe contender Leonard Bundu of Italy by way of Sierra Leone put on a fine performance against a very gritty and determined English gatekeeper in Lee Purdy, in London.  Purdy came out strong, and took three of the first four rounds as I saw it.  But it was a brisk pace and a tough fight.  Bundu proved physically strong, and showed more classy boxing ability than Purdy as the rounds wore on.  By the 8th round, Purdy had lost his edge completely, and had faded to the point that he was no longer competitive within the rounds.  It was every inch a war of attrition, and Bundu conclusively outlasted his man.  When the dust settled, Bundu had poured about as much punishment into 12 rounds as it’s possible to do, and referee Juergen Langos quite aptly rescued Purdy in the closing seconds.  You might wish that Purdy had gotten a chance to finish the fight with only 10 seconds remaining, but this was an instance where you had to protect a helpless fighter.  10 seconds or not, Purdy was about to get badly hurt.  

 

And in a strictly stay-busy fight on Friday, Mexican champion (well, if you don’t count Marquez, Soto-Karass, Cano, and maybe a few others, anyway) Alvaro Robles stopped sub-.500 journeyman Miguel Angel Lopez at the beginning of 6.

 

Maidana doesn’t really have room to improve in the rankings at the moment, as his loss to Alexander holds him back from having any chance to eclipse Pacquiao at present.  Thurman parks right behind Maidana at #5, pushing Porter back a place.  Soto-Karass falls to #12, while Berto slips back to #13.  Bundu slips back into the rankings at #20, meaning that Jo Jo Dan exits after two weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (190-222-222)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (10-10-80)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley-Pacquiao II is very likely for April 12.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (10-110-110)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
After retirement was mentioned a couple different times, Marquez now says he intends to fight twice in 2014.  He wants a tune-up in Mexico City, followed by a rematch with Bradley.
3) Manny Pacquiao (10-263-263)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (2-28-28)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
After his 12-round beatdown of overhyped Broner, Maidana has set himself up for a big opportunity.  Malignaggi indicated interest in the winner, for starters, and Shawn Porter also seems interested.
5) Keith Thurman (1-1-41)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
After beating Soto-Karass, Thurman issued what amounts to a challenge to the entire division.
6) Shawn Porter (1-2-2)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
All indications are that Porter will fight his mandatory, Kell Brook, next, though he has also indicated interest in Maidana.

7) Robert Guerrero (2-56-73)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.
8) Kell Brook (2-138-138)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (2-95-95)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Randall Bailey (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (4-78)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully his great struggles against Arnaoutis aren’t the result of wear and tear taking their toll on Lopez and his career.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (1-47)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (1-56)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (2-2)
 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah
 
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Malignaggi expects a big money fight in the wake of his handy victory over Judah.  He is interested in Maidana.
 
15) Chris van Heerden (2-79)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Amidst conflicting reports variously suggesting he would fight in February in the US or in South Africa, the truth has emerged.  He’s starting a 3-year contract with a US promoter, and supposedly has a fight planned for early in the new year.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-34)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
17) Jan Zaveck (2-210)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (2-40)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Rios or Marquez.  He said he would refuse a fight with Pacquiao, a friend with whom he shares a trainer.
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (2-14)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.

20) Leonard Bundu (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu retains his European title and undefeated record with the impressive effort over Purdy.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
Frankie Gavin vs. Bradley Pryce; Leeds, England; BoxNation (UK)
Promising undefeated British prospect Gavin gets a decent test in serviceable journeyman Bradley Pryce.  Pryce’s record is that of a relatively low-level opponent, but he gets a fair amount of credibility for giving Sergey Rabchenko a good deal of trouble recently.
 

Welterweight: 2013, Sep 23-29

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated Birmingham prospect Frankie Gavin won a pretty average unanimous decision over Manchester journeyman David Barnes in London to capture the Lonsdale Challenge belt (awarded to a British Champion with 3 defenses).  No changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (178-210-210)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Danny Garcia and the potential Alexander-Khan winner as possibilities.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (98-98-98)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (98-251-251)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #4 JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #12 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
4) Devon Alexander (15-83-83)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is reportedly very close to a deal for a Pay-Per-View showdown with lightweight Champion Adrien Broner in Vegas on December 14.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (9-9-35)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Keith Thurman believes Soto Karass will be his next opponent.
7) Robert Guerrero (9-44-61)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.
8) Kell Brook (19-126-126)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’d better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (19-68-68)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bailey says he intends to tune-up on October 26 and is targeting Kevin Bizier after that.
10) Josesito Lopez (16-66-66)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
The Ring’s website has Lopez returning sometime November against fringe prospect Aaron Martinez.
11) Andre Berto (9-44)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
12) Keith Thurman (9-29)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (9-67)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (9-22)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.
15) Jan Zaveck (9-198)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Zaveck is back in action on the undercard of Stieglitz-Ekpo in Leipzig.
16) Selcuk Aydin (9-232)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/27/2013- vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR)
Aydin will move back down to 140 to seek a minor title in Istanbul against gatekeeper Demarcus Corley.
17) Timothy Bradley (9-68)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (9-28)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW #3 Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (2-2)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
20) Leonard Bundu (2-14)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu is apparently set to fight 43 year-old former fringe contender Gianluca Branco for the EBU title, though no official announcement has yet been made.

 

The Week Ahead: #16 Selcuk Aydin will be in action Friday against Demarcus Corley, but at 140. 

 

Two fights to mention from the Stevenson-Cloud undercard on Saturday in Montreal:

 

Fringe contending undefeated prospect Kevin Bizier meets veteran Italian journeyman Giuseppe Lauri in what for some reason is only a 6-rounder.  

 

Also, 2-loss prospect Antonin Decarie meets French journeyman Salim Larbi.

Welterweight: 2013, Sep 16-22

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by danboxing
For a discussion of Mayweather-Canelo, check my Junior Middleweight update.  Mayweather’s Championship at this weight was not at stake.

 

In the Thursday warm-up card in Vegas, Shawn Porter won an ugly fight in a rematch against gatekeeper Julio Diaz that was really a bit of a preview of Molina-Smith in some ways.  Porter took the initiative, such as it was, by constantly lunging in from a low crouch.  This made for a very awkward fight, but managed to disrupt Diaz’s rhythm and gave Porter control of the pace.  I had it 97-93, as did two of the three judges.

 

In the opening bout of the Pay-Per-View itself, prospect Pablo Cesar Cano finally won a significant fight while making the welterweight limit.  He unloaded more than his share of devastating shots on the iron-chinned British gatekeeper Ashley Theophane, but the resilient Englishman fired back and made a heck of a fight of it in the middle rounds before Cano reasserted himself late to win the fight clearly.  I had it 97-93 and can scarcely see how it could be scored otherwise.  Ricardo Ocasio, however, turned in an inexplicable 96-94 card in favor of Theophane, meaning he botched at least 3 clear rounds out of a possible 10.

 

Porter’s win supersedes his earlier deadlock with Diaz, and he perhaps deserves some extra prestige due to the fact that Diaz truly deserved to have beaten Khan in the meantime, but ultimately he’s still a prospect, and in my opinion has not been tested much beyond the top 30 level in a competitive division.  Cano’s win is tempered a bit by what has been a poor last couple years in the career of Theophane, but in my judgement the Brit was still just barely a top 50 player, and even at a 142 pound catchweight, the win gives me the pretext I need to allow the young Mexican to profit from what was by all rights a dominant win over Paulie Malignaggi, which I could not use to rate him due to the fact that he missed weight in that fight by less than a pound.  Giving that result the proper weight, Cano makes his debut at #19.  This forces Leonard Bundu back to #20 and ousts Jessie Vargas (no doubt temporarily) after a 7-week stint.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (177-209-209)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Danny Garcia and the potential Alexander-Khan winner as possibilities.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (97-97-97)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (97-250-250)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #4 JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #12 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
4) Devon Alexander (14-82-82)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is reportedly very close to a deal for a Pay-Per-View showdown with lightweight Champion Adrien Broner in Vegas on December 14.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (8-8-34)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Keith Thurman believes Soto Karass will be his next opponent.
7) Robert Guerrero (8-43-60)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.
8) Kell Brook (18-125-125)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’d better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (18-67-67)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (15-65-65)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
The Ring’s website has Lopez returning sometime November against fringe prospect Aaron Martinez.
11) Andre Berto (8-43)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
12) Keith Thurman (8-28)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (8-66)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (8-21)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.
15) Jan Zaveck (8-197)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Zaveck is back in action on the undercard of Stieglitz-Ekpo in Leipzig.
16) Selcuk Aydin (8-231)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/27/2013- vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR)
Aydin will move back down to 140 to seek a minor title in Istanbul against gatekeeper Demarcus Corley.
17) Timothy Bradley (8-67)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (8-27)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW #3 Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
20) Leonard Bundu (1-13)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu is apparently set to fight 43 year-old former fringe contender Gianluca Branco for the EBU title, though no official announcement has yet been made.

 

The Week Ahead: Undefeated Birmingham prospect Frankie Gavin meets Manchester journeyman David Barnes in London for the British and Commonwealth titles on Saturday, though obviously Kell Brook is the preeminent British welterweight overall.

Welterweight: 2013, Jul 1-7

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated Birmingham prospect Frankie Gavin stopped undefeated Manchester prospect Denton Vassell in Liverpool on Friday, as the doctor determined that Vassell was in no position to continue following the 7th round due to a likely broken jaw.  Vassell was not proven on high enough a level to earn Gavin a ranking, though, so no changes this week.

 

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (166-198-198)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (86-86-86)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (86-239-239)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (7-7-7)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Does his ranking seem a bit high?  Well- he was the division’s champion in 2010, and has only lost to the very cream of the crop since.  His resume still stacks up with anyone that hasn’t personally beaten him, despite the fact that he very well may be back on PEDs, and lays eggs when he’s not.  That’s my personal opinion only, of course.  It sounds like he’ll be fighting Victor Ortiz around the end of the summer.
4) Devon Alexander (3-71-71)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is the subject of speculation regarding a possible fight with Adrien Broner in December.
6) Robert Guerrero (7-32-49)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero and Shane Mosley currently appear to be the top candidates for a fall fight with Victor Ortiz.
7) Andre Berto (7-32-32)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- L (UD12) vs. #13? Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Berto will look to get back on track against tough measuring stick Jesus Soto Karass.
8) Kell Brook (7-114-114)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- TKO3 Hector Saldivia (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Carson Jones (UNR)
Brook is top of the class among guys that haven’t actually beaten a top 10 contender at any point yet.
9) Randall Bailey (7-56-56)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (4-54-54)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez has had a tough diet to chew on since moving up from 140.
11) Jesus Soto Karass (2-23)
Last Fight: 2/26/2013- MD10 #5 Selcuk Aydin (at 149)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. #7 Andre Berto
Soto Karass will (and practically does) fight anyone and everyone.  Next up: Andre Berto.
12) Chris van Heerden (2-55)
Last Fight: 3/2/2012- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden is expected to fight Ashley Theophane in either New York or the UK later this summer.
13) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-10)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu is currently in business to bust prospects.  And business is good.
14) Alfonso Gomez (2-49)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- L* (UD10) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
It seems Gomez is having trouble getting work after getting heisted against Porter.
15) Keith Thurman (2-17)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? Jan Zaveck
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR)
Thurman is now ranked in two divisions.
16) Jan Zaveck (2-186)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Selcuk Aydin (2-220)
Last Fight: 3/22/2013- UD10 Giuseppe Lauri (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Aaron Herrera (UNR) (at JWW)
Aydin appears to be looking for a new lease on his career at 140. 
18) Timothy Bradley (2-56)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (2-16)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nothing solid, but there is some talk of an all-action encounter with Mike Alvarado.
20) Leonard Bundu (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Saturday in Leyton, Utah, Moroccan former contender Said Ouali returns to the ring for the first time since his stoppage loss to Carson Jones in September 2011, fighting an opponent that has yet to be announced.