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Middleweight: 2014, Feb 24- Mar 2

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2014 by danboxing
Wednesday in Moore Park, Australia, #4 Daniel Geale outclassed gatekeeper Garth Wood, fighting a nearly perfect fight and flashing more power than we’re used to seeing from him.  Wood failed to answer the bell for round 7.  Geale scored 3 official knockdowns- a technical one in the first and one each in the 5th and 6th.  He should have probably been credited with two more.  Referee Charlie Lucas- in one of the worst jobs of reffing I’ve seen since Mares-Agbeko I- took a point from Geale in the second for a phantom low blow which also wiped out what should have been a good knockdown, and also failed to call what looked like another good knockdown at the bell to end round 6.  Lucas was blatantly favoring Wood to such an extent it was embarrassing, and he was flawed in the more technical aspects of his job, as well.  Still, Geale hardly missed a beat.

 

Geale and Murray each put forth similar efforts against Sturm, and so those fights cancel out.  That leaves, for Murray, two relevant fights.  He had what should have been a win over the Champion Martinez, but also a completely unforgivable win that probably should have been a loss against so-so journeyman Sergey Khomitsky.  Even though he probably should be the Champion of the division, that’s no longer a free ticket for Murray given his last performance.  Geale’s only losses are an avenged and aging one against Mundine from 2009 and a very close nail-biter to Darren Barker.  His best win was against 3rd-ranked Sebastian Sylvester, and he adds another top 10 performance against #8 Roman Karmazin, along with wins over #11 Adama and #11 Mundine.  That’s enough to overwhelm the one great performance for Murray.  Since the Sturm-Geale fight could have gone either way very easily, and since Sturm stopped Barker where Geale had been outpointed, Geale can’t eclipse Sturm at this time.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (202-202-202)
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 (11-78-141)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin wants a shot at the Championship against Martineza fight Sergio appears to be interested in after Cotto and there are rumors that Andy Lee is being considered for an April fight, as well.  Daniel Geale has also laid down the gauntlet.
2) Felix Sturm (11-545-545)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is the #1 contender for Sturm’s alphabet title, and Murray, Macklin, and Geale are all trying to get rematches with him, as well.
3) Daniel Geale (1-245-245)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale cut through Wood like an unsympathetic buzzsaw, and is hoping for a fight with Golovkin, who would also fit that description well.
4) Martin Murray (1-117-117)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray and Hatton promotions have parted ways which, along with nagging injuries, may further delay his rumored title fight.
5) Matthew Macklin (6-140-231)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a legitimate but very unspectacular win over only moderately proven prospect Lamar Russ, Macklin has joined the chorus of quality middleweights looking for a rematch with Sturm.  He’s also pushing for a fight with Andy Lee and has expressed interest in Quillin.
6) Peter Quillin (6-71-92)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Macklin’s notes, above.  Stevens is also looking for a fight with him, as is Sergio Mora.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (6-11-11)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam totally dominated journeyman Ramallo.  Here’s hoping he gets another worthwhile fight at something near championship-level soon.
8) Sam Soliman (6-11-11)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman has been re-installed as the #1 contender to Sturm’s alphabet strap, and will likely get another shot soon.
9) Sergio Mora (6-35-35)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is reportedly in the mix for a fight with Quillin.
10) Osumanu Adama (4-4-4)
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 (4-161)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2014- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR)
Rubio-Spada is now set for April 5 in Mexico.  It’s for an interim title, if such trifles mean anything to you.
12) Anthony Mundine (4-161)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/2/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR) (at JMW)
Mundine confirms that he will be fighting, of all people, the long-forgotten Joshua Clottey on April 2, and then perhaps Erislandy Lara in July if that works out for him.
13) Jarrod Fletcher (4-4)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Fletcher is said to have received 7 serious fight offers after he was given the nod against Bursak.  The team behind Dmitry Chudinov, who presumably made one of those offers, says a fight is being discussed, possibly for March or April.  There is also some talk of a domestic showdown with Geale.
14) Max Bursak (4-161)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L* (UD12) vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
He didn’t get robbed, and it’s hard to feel sorry for him considering how dirty he fought, but I did think Bursak deserved better than a loss against Fletcher.
15) Bryan Vera (4-71)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera-Chavez is on for March 1 on HBO.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (4-150)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is likely to fight again on April 19 according to Polish news reports.
17) Caleb Truax (4-23)
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.
18) Curtis Stevens (4-30)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- TKO1 Patrick Majewski (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens has his sites set on Peter Quillin.
19) Andrey Meryasev (4-16)
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.
20) Danny Jacobs (4-27)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
ESPN Boxcino Tournament; Laughlin, Nevada; ESPN2 (US)
The middleweight draw, all 6 round bouts:

 

1) Daniel Edouard vs. Brandon Adams.  Edouard topped out at gatekeeper level in about 2004-2006, and was roughly a mid-level journeyman when Peter Manfredo retired him in 2011.  This fight remains a toss-up, though, since Adams’ undefeated record was built against absolutely nobody.  I can’t even tell you how he’s looked in those easy wins, since to the best of my knowledge he’s never been on TV.

 

2) Ray Gatica vs. Sena Agbeko.  Another interesting one.  Gatica is no joke.  He came within a hair’s breadth of stopping and also outpointing the reasonably proven Fernando Guerrero recently, and is a real puncher.  Agbeko is undefeated and has knocked out everyone he’s fought but, to an even greater extent than Adams, he’s never fought anyone with even a hint of a pulse.

 

3) Ceresso Fort vs. Vitaliy Kopylenko. Kopylenko is another undefeated prospect, and hails from the Ukraine.  He’s slightly more tested than Agbeko and Adams, but still not at anything close to this level.  Fort is right around the lower tier of the top 50, give or take, and has been confirmed at that level by wins over Andy Kolle and Marcus Upshaw and losses to Caleb Truax and John Jackson.  

 

4) Donatas Bondas vs. Willie Monroe, Jr.  Bondas doesn’t have the resume to prove it, really, but he’s a very solid fighter.  Depending on who you ask, he was either robbed of or voluntarily gave up an opportunity to be blatantly robbed of a win over Bryan Vera recently.  He was easily winning the fight, but was stopped by the referee after giving unsatisfactory answers to inquiries in the corner regarding a cut.  He says it was a language barrier, but we will never know for sure.  Monroe is a one-loss prospect.  He lost an apparently close fight to his best opponent- Darnell Boone- and has beaten only very weak opposition besides that.

 

Saturday
Akio Shibata vs. Daisuke Nakagawa; Tokyo, Japan; TV Unknown
Shibata is a fringe contender who was effectively the undisputed champion of Japan before rookie Ryota Murata destroyed him in a fight just slightly over the divisional limit.  Nakagawa is a gatekeeper in the division who lost an apparently close decision to Shibata in 2012.

 

Makoto Fuchigami vs. Hikaru Nishida; Tokyo, Japan; TV Unknown
Fuchigami is a veteran gatekeeper who also has a loss on his record against Shibata.  Nishida is a fairly novice 9-6 mid-level journeyman.  Probably not much of a threat.

Middleweight: 2013, May 20-26

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2013 by danboxing
In the weekend’s most important fight Friday in Moscow, undefeated Russian Dmitry Chudinov vaulted to prominence with a fairly short yet dominant performance against gatekeeper Grady Brewer, who at 42 is now rendered a decided journeyman, and will not be mentioned in his own right again until he gets another good win or two under his belt.  As for Chudinov, he isn’t particularly quick and clubs a bit with his punches, but he does have some heavy-handed power, it would appear.  Chudinov had the upper hand throughout what amounted to a glorified sparring session, and after three rounds, Brewer appeared to quit in frustration.  I had no insight into his actual reason for quitting since the broadcast was in Russian, though.

 

Australian fringe contender Garth Wood fought as a middleweight for the first time in 15 months, knocking out low-level journeyman Virgil Kalakoda in the first half of round two in Flemington, Australia.  This win gets him active at middleweight, but he falls short of a ranking.

 

Backing up one more day to Wednesday, Andy Lee had an even shorter night against his own journeyman opponent, dismissing Darryl Cunningham in less than half a round in New York.  That fight was fought at a 162 pound catchweight, and is enough to get Lee a renewed ranking, unsatisfying as it is, at 168.  He still technically has never beaten anyone of note at 160.

 

Chudinov’s easy win over a declining Brewer is enough to sneak him into the rankings at #20, displacing Jose Miguel Torres after 4 weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (162-162-162)
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 (4-77-77)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D 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.  Chavez is also trying to get Murray to replace Vera as his August 3 opponent.
2) Daniel Geale (4-205-205)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
3) Felix Sturm (4-505-505)
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 (4-38-101)
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 (4-100-191)
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. (4-103-121)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3.  He’s also trying to replace Vera with Martin Murray.
7) Peter Quillin (4-31-52)
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 (4-147-147)
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 (4-110-110)
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 (12-12-134)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (10-121)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio will likely fight for an interim alphabet title against totally undeserving Polish one-loss prospect Patrick Majewski, with July 27 in Mexico being the target.  How Majewski is being considered for this opportunity when his last significant fight was a loss to the otherwise anonymous Jose Miguel Torres is beyond me.
12) Anthony Mundine (10-121)
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, and has recently agitated for fights with Trout and Mayweather- both of whom have bigger/smaller fish to fry, I would think.
13) Osumanu Adama (10-113)
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) Akio Shibata (3-3)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (3-84)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #2 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (3-121)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Prince Arron (UNR)
Bursak will defend his European belt against fallen former British 154 Champion Prince Arron on July 13.  This will be on the very good Monaco card that night.
17) Demetrius Andrade (3-92)
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 Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (3-31)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to August 3, and Chavez appears willing to jump ship for Martin Murray if the opportunity arises.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (5-64)
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) Dmitry Chudinov (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- RTD3 Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The version of Grady Brewer that Chudinov quickly broke to earn his ranking was clearly not the same guy that knocked out Fernando Guerrero, but still had enough credibility to sneak the young Russian into the rankings.

 

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

Middleweight: 2013, May 13-19

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher stopped low-level Ghanaian journeyman Philip Kotey in 6, having dropped him in the 3rd and swept every round.  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 (161-161-161)
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 (3-76-76)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D 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.  Chavez is also trying to get Murray to replace Vera as his August 3 opponent.
2) Daniel Geale (3-204-204)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale hopes to announce his next fight this week.  Darren Barker and a stay-busy fight have both been floated.
3) Felix Sturm (3-504-504)
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 (3-37-100)
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 (3-99-190)
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. (3-102-120)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3.  He’s also trying to replace Vera with Martin Murray.
7) Peter Quillin (3-30-51)
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.  He’s hoping to fight Geale next.
8) Dmitry Pirog (3-146-146)
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 (3-109-109)
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 (11-11-133)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (9-120)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Martinez (for whom he is the 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 (9-120)
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, and has recently agitated for fights with Trout and Mayweather- both of whom have bigger/smaller fish to fry, I would think.
13) Osumanu Adama (9-112)
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) Akio Shibata (2-2)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (2-83)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After apparently losing out to Vera and maybe also to Murray for a shot at Chavez, Barker is now setting his sites on Daniel Geale.
16) Max Bursak (2-120)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Prince Arron (UNR)
Bursak will defend his European belt against fallen former British 154 Champion Prince Arron on July 13.  This will be on the very good Monaco card that night.
17) Demetrius Andrade (2-91)
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 Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (2-30)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to August 3, and Chavez appears willing to jump ship for Martin Murray if the opportunity arises.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (4-63)
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 (4-4)
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: Wednesday in New York, Andy Lee will see action against mid-level journeyman Darryl Cunningham.

 

The next night in Flemington, Australia, fringe contender Garth Wood looks to stay busy against low-level South African journeyman Virgil Kalakoda.

 

Finally, Friday in Moscow, 42 year-old gatekeeper Grady Brewer looks to do to undefeated but somewhat untested prospect Dmitry Chudinov what he did to Fernando Guerrero a couple years ago.  Brewer may still have some gas in the tank, but has been inconsistent- turning in fine performances against Adama and Guerrero, but laying eggs against Michael Medina and Demetrius Andrade.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, Feb 18-24

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 25, 2013 by danboxing
Three notables were in action this past week.  Friday in Australia, middleweight fringe contender moved up two weight classes to take on Samoa’s Togasilimai Letoa, an ordinarily ordinary journeyman who sprung an upset on gatekeeper Manny Vlamis last year.  Wood stopped Letoa in the 9th after more or less dominating to that point. 

 

Undefeated South African Ryno Liebenberg took on fairly experienced but low-level Ghanaian journeyman Flash Isaaka on Saturday in Kempton Park, dropping Isaaka in the 3rd before stopping him late in the 4th. 

 

Finally, in Montevideo, Uruguay, 2-loss Argentine prospect Pablo Farias traded knockdowns with late replacement and very mediocre countryman Ramon Garcia, but got the last laugh by stopping the journeyman with his knockdown late in the 2nd round.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (24-24-24)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward’s surgery is complete.  He’s expected to be out until at least Summer.
1) Chad Dawson (24-351-351)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Strange news- apparently Pascal has reached a deal to fight Lucian Bute.  As of now the best information indicates that this would happen after the Dawson fight, but nobody seems certain that Pascal won’t ditch Dawson instead.
2) Bernard Hopkins (24-350-350)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. #6 Tavoris Cloud
Hopkins appeared likely to fight Nathan Cleverly, but instead opted for Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will take place in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (24-192-192)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
As mentioned in Dawson’s notes, there is some intrigue involving a Pascal fight with Bute, either after or instead of the scheduled fight with Dawson.  If Pascal does ditch Dawson and scheduleds the Bute fight for any date after May 25, I believe I will be forced to take the long-overdue step of removing Pascal for inactivity, since he’s been stringing together scheduled fights that either don’t happen or for which he comes in heavy.
4) Sergey Kovalev (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO3 #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev is hoping to return in Moscow in April.
5) Gabriel Campillo (5-139-139)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L(TKO3) vs. Sergey Kovalev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It remains to be seen whether we’ve seen Campillo rapidly decline, have a bad night, or just run into a world-beater.  But he’s still going to be highly ranked because he recently beat the guy ranked right below him.
6) Tavoris Cloud (5-182-182)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Perhaps Cloud’s reasoning for pulling out of the Murat fight had something to do with his apparently better-than-expected chances of landing a much more lucrative Hopkins battle- a fight that now appears set for March.
7) Cornelius White (5-32-62)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
8) Nathan Cleverly (5-159-159)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will be fighting a long-rumored fight with fringe prospect Robin Krasniqi on March 16 in the UK.
9) Tony Bellew (5-71-71)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #13 Isaac Chilemba
A big time opportunity for two up-and-comers on tap for March 30, as Bellew collides with Isaac Chilemba in Liverpool.
10) Jürgen Brähmer (3-3-44)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- UD12 Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer is now has the EBU European title, meaning he’ll probably have a steady stream of fringe contenders available to him.  Gutknecht aside, that’s an upgrade form his last 3 years of activity or lack thereof.
11) Karo Murat (3-94)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murat last made 175 on October 1, 2011.  He’s fought once slightly over the limit since then, giving him until April 1 to schedule a fight here.  This is partly Cloud’s fault for essentially standing him up, but that’s way too little activity to draw sympathy from me.
12) Beibut Shumenov (3-139)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Isaac Chilemba (3-55)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #9 Tony Bellew
Up-and-coming African star Chilemba takes a high-risk, high-reward fight on March 30 in Tony Bellew’s hometown of Liverpool.
14) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (3-55)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Uzelkoff easily dispatched Marosi, in a fight so last-minute that I didn’t even know about it a week in advance.
15) Andrzej Fonfara (3-32)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Fonfara is scheduled to be in action on March 22 in Chicago.  His opponent is Jean Pascal’s brother, journeyman Nicholson Poulard.
16) Yusaf Mack (3-139)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s no shame to lose to Carl Froch, but Mack’s showing was bad enough that you’ve got to wonder if he’s finished.
17) Lucian Bute (5-16)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
It originally appeared that Bute would be fighting Bika for a shot at Ward, but now he seems to have reached a deal to fight the seemingly otherwise-engaged Jean Pascal, instead.  Not sure of the timeline of the latter fight, or how it affects the Bika fight.
18) Denis Grachev (5-43)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR)
Grachev will fight inactive former champ Zsolt Erdei in Monaco on March 30, with the winner to fight there against the winner of Edwin Rodriguez vs. Ezequiel Maderna in July.
19) Dmitri Sukhotski (5-121)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotski was originally rumored for the Monaco tourney, but he is not one of the 4 scheduled.
20) Eleider Alvarez (4-4)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- KO8 Danny McIntosh (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Alvarez will fight in Montreal on March 22.

 

The Week Ahead: Polish prospect and #20 cruiserweight Pawel Glazewski (who by all rights should be undefeated) takes on low-level journeyman Bartlomiej Grafka in Gdansk, Poland on Saturday.

 

The following night in Kampala, Uganda, local gatekeeper Joey Vegas stays busy against truly awful 0-19 countryman Mustapha Noor.

Light Heavyweight: 2013, Feb 11-17

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (23-23-23)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward’s surgery is complete.  He’s expected to be out until at least Summer.
1) Chad Dawson (23-350-350)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Likely in large part due to Pascal’s torn shoulder, Dawson will be fighting Pascal in May rather than March.  In the mean time, Dawson has switched trainers from John Scully back to Eddie Mustafa Muhammed.
2) Bernard Hopkins (23-349-349)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. #6 Tavoris Cloud
Hopkins appeared likely to fight Nathan Cleverly, but instead opted for Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will take place in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (23-191-191)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
This latest delay is really testing my patience on continuing to rate Pascal, who will not have fought for approximately 2 years at 175 when the Dawson fight goes down.  But he keeps staying rateable by constantly having a fight scheduled- even if the fights seldom come off when intended.
4) Sergey Kovalev (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO3 #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown
Kovalev is hoping to return in Moscow in April.
5) Gabriel Campillo (4-138-138)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L(TKO3) vs. Sergey Kovalev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It remains to be seen whether we’ve seen Campillo rapidly decline, have a bad night, or just run into a world-beater.  But he’s still going to be highly ranked because he recently beat the guy ranked right below him.
6) Tavoris Cloud (4-181-181)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Perhaps Cloud’s reasoning for pulling out of the Murat fight had something to do with his apparently better-than-expected chances of landing a much more lucrative Hopkins battle- a fight that now appears set for March.
7) Cornelius White (4-31-61)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
8) Nathan Cleverly (4-158-158)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will be fighting a long-rumored fight with fringe prospect Robin Krasniqi on March 16 in the UK.
9) Tony Bellew (4-70-70)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #13 Isaac Chilemba
A big time opportunity for two up-and-comers on tap for March 30, as Bellew collides with Isaac Chilemba in Liverpool.
10) Jürgen Brähmer (2-2-43)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- UD12 Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Braehmer is now has the EBU European title, meaning he’ll probably have a steady stream of fringe contenders available to him.  Gutknecht aside, that’s an upgrade form his last 3 years of activity or lack thereof.
11) Karo Murat (2-93)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murat last made 175 on October 1, 2011.  He’s fought once slightly over the limit since then, giving him until April 1 to schedule a fight here.  This is partly Cloud’s fault for essentially standing him up, but that’s way too little activity to draw sympathy from me.
12) Beibut Shumenov (2-138)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Isaac Chilemba (2-54)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #9 Tony Bellew
Up-and-coming African star Chilemba takes a high-risk, high-reward fight on March 30 in Tony Bellew’s hometown of Liverpool.
14) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (2-54)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Uzelkoff easily dispatched Marosi, in a fight so last-minute that I didn’t even know about it a week in advance.
15) Andrzej Fonfara (2-31)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Nicholson Poulard (UNR)
Fonfara is scheduled to be in action on March 22 in Chicago.  His opponent is Jean Pascal’s brother, journeyman Nicholson Poulard.
16) Yusaf Mack (2-138)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s no shame to lose to Carl Froch, but Mack’s showing was bad enough that you’ve got to wonder if he’s finished.
17) Lucian Bute (4-15)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bute is tentatively scheduled to fight the Bika/Sjekloca winner on May 25, part of a split-site pay per view broadcast with Froch-Kessler, at 168.
18) Denis Grachev (4-42)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Zsolt Erdei (UNR)
Grachev will fight inactive former champ Zsolt Erdei in Monaco on March 30, with the winner to fight there against the winner of Edwin Rodriguez vs. Ezequiel Maderna in July.
19) Dmitri Sukhotski (4-120)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sukhotski was originally rumored for the Monaco tourney, but he is not one of the 4 scheduled.
20) Eleider Alvarez (3-3)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- KO8 Danny McIntosh (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Alvarez will fight in Montreal on March 22.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday: Middleweight fringe contender Garth Wood- who at one point was a super middleweight fringe contender before that- bloats all the way up to light heavyweight to challenge journeyman Togasilimai Letoa, the Samoan who scored one of the biggest upsets in the division last year by stopping gatekeeper Manny Vlamis in March, for a minor regional title.  After beating Vlamis, Letoa went back to his previous pattern in his next fight, losing a 6-round decision to a less experienced journeyman.

 

Saturday: Undefeated South African prospect Ryno Liebenberg takes on low-level Ghanaian journeyman Flash Issaka in Kempton Park, South Africa. 

 

Half a world away in Montevideo, Uruguay, 2-loss Argentine Pablo Farias will fight his countryman, journeyman Mauricio Caceda.

Middleweight: 2012, Feb 20-26

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2012 by danboxing
The most important middleweight fight of the weekend was between #15 Garth Wood and fellow Australian Sam Soliman on Sunday.  Soliman won a comfortable decision, and immediately establishes himself near the top 10, settling in at #11.  It was a tricky decision as to whether or not to promote him past Mundine, as well.  Mundine both lost to Wood and beat him, which would seem to be advantage Soliman, but he is literally the only person to beat Daniel Geale, which is a big big tiebreaker.  Wood exits the rankings, as his win over Mundine now appears to be a definite fluke.

 

Domincan prospect Fernando Guerrero smacked up Canadian journeyman Jason Naugler en route to a 4th round TKO, in what actually turned out to be a super middleweight fight.

 

Paul Williams dominated #17 Nobuhiro Ishida in Corpus Christi, Texas on HBO.  It was at 154, but Ishida came in a pound heavy.  I’ll treat the fight in more detail in my 154 update for this week, since the fight was at its core a junior middleweight fight.  It does have significant repercussions here,  as well.  To wit, Ishida is obviously subject to any negative effects of the loss since he was technically a middleweight in the fight.  Williams was something like a mid-teens contender a division to the south after having lost to a #17-ranked Erislandy Lara, and that is enough- in conjunction with the dominant nature of the defeat- to throw Ishida’s good but thin resume into doubt.  In a very crowded field, he slips just out of the rankings.  Williams returns to the rankings here at #14.  This was a hard thing to do.  Williams is still completely inactive at middleweight, but in showing up heavy and holding a middleweight ranking, Ishida gave Williams a foothold again nevertheless.  The precedent is clear: Manny Pacquiao earned a ranking at 154 by beating Antonio Margarito- a credible fringe contender at that weight- despite weighing well under the welterweight limit, himself.  I think in this case, the mere fact that Ishida didn’t make 154 wouldn’t have been enough for me to re-rank Williams, but the fact that he was both technically a middleweight on that night and that he held a middleweight ranking forms the necessary nexus. 

 

As a result of Soliman and Williams’ entry into the rankings, #11 and 12 Osumanu Adama and Marco Antonio Rubio each decline one position.  Khurtsidze and Bursak each fall 2 spots to #15 and #16, respectively.  Golovkin drops back 1 place to #17, while everyone else stands pat.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (97-97-97)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (35-140-140)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
Geale will fight Osumanu Adama on leap day in Tasmania.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (21-45-45)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will fight an as-yet-unannounced opponent in Sheffield, England on March 17.
3) Matthew Macklin (12-35-126)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-38-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez’s team is already working on his next fight, and they have June 16, Texas, and Andy Lee in mind.  Margarito has also been floated, but the WBC is unlikely to approve that fight.
5) Felix Sturm (3-440-440)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
A few weeks ago, it looked like Sturm would be promoting Zbik’s fight with Proksa.  Now he’s fighting Zbik instead, after Zbik showed his disgust for Sturm by pulling out.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (3-69-69)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Just as he appeared to have a fight lined up with Pirog, the Russian came down with a shoulder injury.
7) Martin Murray (3-12-12)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray rejected a fight with Andy Lee, thinking the offer was too low.  Barker then refused an offer from Murray.
8) Dmitry Pirog (12-82-82)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog has injured his shoulder, scuttling a prospective fight with N’Dam.  No word on how bad it is.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (12-341-341)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Anthony Mundine (3-3-56)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Sam Soliman (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
 12) Osumanu Adama (1-48)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama gets a shot at real prominence when he fights the most accomplished Middleweight not named Sergio Martinez on leap day in Tasmania.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (1-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio renewed his relevance with what was officially an upset over Lemieux, but the more proven Chavez proved to be a prospect too far.
14) Paul Williams (1-1)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-56)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
16) Max Bursak (1-56)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
17) Gennady Golovkin (10-36)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him.
18) Demetrius Andrade (12-27)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With original opponent Derek Ennis getting sick 2 days before the fight, Andrade instead dispatched journeyman Angel Hernandez on ESPN2.
19) Darren Barker (12-19)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker turned down an offer to fight Martin Murray.
20) Billi Godoy (12-18)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Deandre Latimore, who was removed from the rankings at 154 recently for missing weight for 18 months, will fight on ShoBox this Friday.  Not being a title fight of any kind, the fight will probably be over the junior middleweight limit again, but the fighters could surprise me.  Latimore will be taking on Colombian journeyman Milton Nunez in Vegas.  Nunez is unproven, having never beaten anybody.  He has only lost to good opposition, however, so he may or may not be truly weak.

 

The following night in Stuttgart, fringe contending German undefeated prospect Dominik Britsch fights Spanish journeyman Roberto Santos.  Despite the fact that there are several better options than Britsch and a whole helluva lot of better options than Santos, this is somehow being used to fill the vacant European Union title.

Middleweight: 2012, Feb 13-19

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2012 by danboxing
Top-50 Argentine veteran Claudio Abalos stopped 6-6 journeyman Juan Munoz in 2 rounds in Trelew, Argentina in a fight that was a bit ridiculously billed as being for the South American title. 

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (96-96-96)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Martinez vs. Macklin, St. Patrick’s Day, MSG.
1) Daniel Geale (34-139-139)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #12 Osumanu Adama
Geale will fight Osumanu Adama on leap day in Tasmania.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (20-44-44)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will fight an as-yet-unannounced opponent in Sheffield, England on March 17.
3) Matthew Macklin (11-34-125)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’s notes, above.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-37-55)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez’s team is already working on his next fight, and they have June 16, Texas, and Andy Lee in mind.  Margarito has also been floated, but the WBC is unlikely to approve that fight.
5) Felix Sturm (2-439-439)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
A few weeks ago, it looked like Sturm would be promoting Zbik’s fight with Proksa.  Now he’s fighting Zbik instead, after Zbik showed his disgust for Sturm by pulling out.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (2-68-68)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that he will fight Pirog in Equatorial Guinea of all places on April 6.
7) Martin Murray (2-11-11)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray rejected a fight with Andy Lee, thinking the offer was too low.  Barker then refused an offer from Murray.
8) Dmitry Pirog (11-81-81)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See N’Jikam’s notes, above.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (11-340-340)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Anthony Mundine (2-2-55)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
 11) Osumanu Adama (2-47)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/29/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Adama gets a shot at real prominence when he fights the most accomplished Middleweight not named Sergio Martinez on leap day in Tasmania.
12) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-55)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio renewed his relevance with what was officially an upset over Lemieux, but the more proven Chavez proved to be a prospect too far.
13) Avtandil Khurtsidze (9-55)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
14) Max Bursak (9-55)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is the mandatory contender for whatever title Pirog holds, but Pirog appears to be interested in fighting someone else first.
15) Garth Wood (9-55)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 2/19/2012- vs. Sam Soliman (UNR)
Wood will fight in Sydney on February 19 against an apparently resurgent Sam Soliman.
16) Gennady Golovkin (9-35)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both sides now agree that Golovkin-N’Dam is a no-go.  Golovkin is the current mandatory for Sturm, but Sturm has opted to fight Zbik instead.  Golovkin is a feared puncher, and it’s understandable that nobody’s in a hurry to fight him.
17) Nobuhiro Ishida (9-45)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. JMW #15? Paul Williams (at JMW)
Ishida will fight Paul Williams in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 18, apparently at 154.
18) Demetrius Andrade (11-26)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With original opponent Derek Ennis getting sick 2 days before the fight, Andrade instead dispatched journeyman Angel Hernandez on ESPN2.
19) Darren Barker (11-18)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker turned down an offer to fight Martin Murray.
20) Billi Godoy (11-17)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Three fights worth mentioning, with two on Saturday and another on Sunday.

 

In Cancun, Mexico, one-loss prospect Fernando Guerrero of the Domincan Republic fights low-level Canadian journeyman Jason Naugler.

 

Paul Williams, who appears to have settled in as a junior middleweight for the time being, will fight #17 Nobuhiro Ishida at 154.

 

And in a fight that could definitely affect the rankings, #15 Garth Wood fights resurgent veteran and fellow Australian Sam Soliman in Homebush, Australia.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Jul 11-17

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by danboxing
Fringe contender Francisco Sierra has obviously outgrown this division, as he showed up at a full 175 for a Super Middleweight fight with Jesus Gonzalez in the Friday Night Fights main event.  Gonzalez still won a reasonably comfortable decision despite being outweighed at the weigh-in by 8 pounds, and thus debuts strongly at #16. 

 

Lucian Bute made his Romanian homecoming a happy one on Saturday, dominating and knocking out French fringe contender Jean Paul Mendy in Bucharest in just 4 rounds.  Bute stays put at #3, as he continues to beat up on 2nd and 3rd rate opposition while Ward and Froch fight the division’s best more often than not.

 

In other action, fringe contender Renan St. Juste swept low-level journeyman Jaudiel Zepeda on 2 of 3 judges’ cards on the Bute undercard.

 

Gonzalez’s debut forces out last week’s #20 Garth Wood, who had backed into the #20 position for the last 5 weeks and probably won’t be seen again at 168 anytime soon.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (33-112-112)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Will now fight Carl Froch for the Super Six and World Championships, likely in the Fall.
2) Carl Froch (33-265-265)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Andre Ward
After doing what he needed to do against Johnson, Froch now has a shot at the World Championship when he fights Ward for the Super Six title.
3) Lucian Bute (33-274-274)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Beat up on another mid-level fringe contender.  Hopefully he’ll be ready to step it up when the Super Six is over.
4) Mikkel Kessler (33-344-344)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler has recently  been named the mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’ strap, and Kessler’s promoter has referred to a Stieglitz fight as his primary target.
5) Robert Stieglitz (14-98-98)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
#4 Kessler has been named Stieglitz’ mandatory challenger, and Kessler appears to want that fight.
6) Arthur Abraham (11-90-90)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
After initially dismissing the possibility of returning to Middleweight, Abraham has recently told reporters he’s considering it.
7) Dimitri Sartison (10-50-54)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (10-11-11)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO3 #13 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: 7/23/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Tarvis Simms withdrew from an upcoming fight with Quillin.  As far as I know the date is still on Quillin’s calendar, but no new opponent yet.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
Big upset against Andrade.  I thought it was a draw, but he still deserves mad props.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (6-6-54)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most people thought Chilemba deserved the nod in their 2010 draw, but Oosthuizen has beaten the more accomplished fighters outside that fight and earned a top 10 berth.
11) Sakio Bika (6-223)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (13-36)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Another close loss for Johnson.  At 42, he could conceivably move back up to 175, stay at 168 (where he looks a little bit drained to me), or retire.  We’ll keep you posted.
13) Isaac Chilemba (11-54)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (6-23)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera is talking about giving #15 Andy Lee a rematch in perhaps October.
15) Andy Lee (6-18)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be looking at a rematch with the man who derailed his career over 3 years ago- Bryan Vera.  Target date appears to be in October.
16) Jesus Gonzalez (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With a fairly comfortable win over a generally solid and much bigger opponent, Gonzalez finds his way easily within the top 20.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (1-19)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- TKO1 Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Jesse Brinkley (1-54)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
19) George Groves (1-8)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival  on the strength of the win.
20) James DeGale (1-7)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(MD12*) vs. George Groves (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Set to fight fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in September in a fight that should put one of the two guys very solidly within the top 20.

 

The Week Ahead:  Gatekeeper Khoren Gevor presents a good test for undefeated Montenegro prospect Nikola Sjekloca in Germany on Friday.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Jul 4-10

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by danboxing
The landscape is barren at 168 this week. 

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (32-111-111)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Will now fight Carl Froch for the Super Six and World Championships, likely in the Fall.
2) Carl Froch (32-264-264)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Andre Ward
After doing what he needed to do against Johnson, Froch now has a shot at the World Championship when he fights Ward for the Super Six title.
3) Lucian Bute (32-273-273)
Last Fight: 3/19/2011- TKO10 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Recently signed on for a pretty solid tune-up fight with Jean Paul Mendy to prepare for his prospective fight with Mikkel Kessler in the fall.
4) Mikkel Kessler (32-343-343)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler has recently  been named the mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’ strap, and Kessler’s promoter has referred to a Stieglitz fight as his primary target.
5) Robert Stieglitz (13-97-97)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
#4 Kessler has been named Stieglitz’ mandatory challenger, and Kessler appears to want that fight.
6) Arthur Abraham (10-89-89)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
After initially dismissing the possibility of returning to Middleweight, Abraham has recently told reporters he’s considering it.
7) Dimitri Sartison (9-49-53)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (9-10-10)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO3 #13 Jesse Brinkley
Next Fight: 7/23/2011- vs. Tarvis Simms (UNR)
Quillin will test himself against gatekeeper Tarvis Simms, who would be a prospect if he wasn’t 40, and would be undefeated if not for a questionable loss to Allan Green.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
Big upset against Andrade.  I thought it was a draw, but he still deserves mad props.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (5-5-53)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most people thought Chilemba deserved the nod in their 2010 draw, but Oosthuizen has beaten the more accomplished fighters outside that fight and earned a top 10 berth.
11) Sakio Bika (5-222)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (12-35)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Another close loss for Johnson.  At 42, he could conceivably move back up to 175, stay at 168 (where he looks a little bit drained to me), or retire.  We’ll keep you posted.
13) Isaac Chilemba (10-53)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (5-22)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera is talking about giving #15 Andy Lee a rematch in perhaps October.
15) Andy Lee (5-17)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be looking at a rematch with the man who derailed his career over 3 years ago- Bryan Vera.  Target date appears to be in October.
16) Ezequiel Maderna (5-18)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- TKO1 Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Jesse Brinkley (5-53)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
18) George Groves (5-7)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival  on the strength of the win.
19) James DeGale (5-6)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(MD12*) vs. George Groves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Spent just a week on the outside looking in.  That’s good, because I think he deserved better than the loss he was given by the judges, and also the boot from the ratings he got from me as a necessary consequence.
20) Garth Wood (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L(UD10) vs. MW #20 Anthony Mundine (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood really backs into the #20 spot by default, as both he and his principal competitor, Allan Green, lack any recent good wins at this weight.  Still, they are a cut above some up-and-comers that have yet to reach the same level of achievement.

 

The Week Ahead:  The action picks up this week.  On Friday, fringe contender Francisco Sierra will do battle with prospect Jesus Gonzalez, who is nearly 6 years removed from his only career loss, in the main event of Friday Night Fights.  The next night in Romania, #3 Lucian Bute takes on fringe contender Jean Paul Mendy after fringe contender Renan St. Juste no doubt smacks around journeyman Jaudiel Zepeda on the same card.