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Middleweight: 2014, Jun 30- Jul 6

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, undefeated prospects Jose Uzcategui of Colombia and Matt Korobov of Russia met up in a key showdown.  It was a pretty solid fight, with the 7th round looming large on my card, at least.  Korobov dropped Uzcategui twice in that round to seize control of a fight that I had scored even to that point.  My final score was 96-92, a score judge Denny Nelson agreed with.  Levi Martinez and Jeff Sinnett each had it a round wider at 97-91, which is entirely reasonable.  The lanky Uzcategui simply didn’t maintain control enough on the outside, and his punches became less and less concise as he tired late in the fight.  Korobov, for his part, had some lulls in his activity, but was aggressive just often enough to get the job done.

 

Mark Heffron’s scheduled fight on Saturday didn’t end up happening, so that’s all she wrote for the week.

 

Last week’s #17 Grzegorz Proksa is removed, having no fights scheduled and none on his resume in the past year.  Korobov gets a sudden boost not only from his present win, but also from his impressive knockout of Ossie Duran last year that didn’t qualify to rank him on its own because it was fought at 162, but which is a big factor on his overall resume at this point.  He debuts at #14, forcing Fletcher, Bursak, and Lemieux to recede one position each.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Miguel Cotto (4-4-4)
Last Fight: RTD10 Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto is the Champion.  The only question now is whether he will risk that Championship against the dominant #1 contender against whom he probably would have very little chance.  His thoughts seem to be more in the direction of Canelo.
1) Gennady Golovkin (29-96-159)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #5 Daniel Geale
Golovkin-Geale is official for July 26 in New York.
2) Sam Soliman (5-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- UD12 #2 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman dominated Sturm in the rematch after getting a very fortunate decision the first time before a banned stimulant incident led to a no contest.  So far as we know so far, he was clean this time, too, though he did look extremely energetic. His trainer wants Cotto, but Martin Murray looks more likely.
3) Sergio Martinez (4-220-220)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- L (RTD10) vs. #8 JMW Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
When assessing Maravilla’s viability as a contender at this point, it really comes down to one question: is his base athletic level and chin as bad as his performance against Cotto, or can it be blamed on a knee or other sort of leg injury?  If the latter, he might stand some chance to come back given enough recuperation time.  If the former, then he’s one of the most obviously finished fighters I’ve ever seen.  His manager ominously said after the fight that his only injury was a broken nose.  That’s incredible, if true, considering how bad his legs looked.  A big soccer fan, he says he’ll determine his future after the World Cup.
4) Felix Sturm (4-563-563)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- L (UD12) vs. #8 Sam Soliman
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm passed on an eliminator with Curtis Stevens, right after David Lemieux passed on an eliminator with Sturm.  Apparently nobody wants the IBF title.
5) Daniel Geale (4-263-263)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2014- vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Martin Murray (2-135-135)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray wants Cotto, in what would be his second shot at the lineal Championship.  I thought he won the first one pretty clearly, and I’d favor him in this one.
7) Peter Quillin (2-89-110)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- UD12 Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has mandated Quillin to fight British prospect Billy Joe Saunders next.  There continues to be talk of an endlessly-theorized all-Golden Boy showdown with Daniel Jacobs, though, and perhaps a fight with Lemieux after that.  Sergio Mora has also indicated interest.
8) Matthew Macklin (4-158-249)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin is reportedly hoping to fight in Dublin soon.  He’s suggested Soliman and Murray as possible opponents.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (4-29-29)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- UD10 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the first 3 of the first 4 guys offered the shot having turned it down already, the 4th- Curtis Stevens- is now in talks for an IBF eliminator with N’Dam.  The winner would earn a shot at Soliman’s belt.
10) Sergio Mora (4-53-53)
Last Fight: 5/31/2014- TKO5 Samuel Rogers (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora wants Quillin or Golovkin.
11) Osumanu Adama (4-22)
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.
12) Dmitry Chudinov (4-14)
Last Fight: 6/1/2014- UD12 Patrick Nielsen (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov’s promoter has verbally offered Sam Soliman a fight on August 8.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-179)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- KO10* Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Rubio wants a shot at Cotto.
14) Matt Korobov (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/28/2014- UD10 Jose Uzcategui (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Korobov has finally started to make good on his talent and prior hype, and with his undefeated record still very much intact, the sky is theoretically the limit.  I would assume he’s getting close to a big fight.
15) Jarrod Fletcher (1-22)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: 8/9/2014- vs. Daniel Jacobs (UNR)
Fletcher will fight fringe contender Daniel Jacobs on August 9 for a trumped up (aka WBA) title.
16) Max Bursak (1-179)
Last Fight: 6/21/2014- L (UD12) vs. #7 Martin Murray
Next Fight: Unknown
Monte Carlo isn’t kind to Bursak.  He lost a debatable decision to Jarrod Fletcher there, and then was more or less dominated by Martin Murray.
17) David Lemieux (1-6)
Last Fight: 5/24/2014- KO3 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lemieux’s eye-popping domination of Guerrero has fueled idle speculation of a potential shot at Peter Quillin, who is short on options for high-level opponents due to the ongoing Showtime-HBO feud.  In the meantime, he’s reportedly turned down an eliminator with Sturm.
18) Caleb Truax (4-41)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 7/25/2014- vs. Rogelio Medina (UNR)
Truax fights the very serviceable Porky Medina, who comes off a split decision loss to to Jonathan Gonzalez that could have gone the other way.  He’s on a similar level to Duran, who gave Truax all he could handle.
19) Curtis Stevens (4-48)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO10* Tureano Johnson (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens will likely fight N’Dam for a shot at Soliman’s alphabet belt.
20) Andrey Meryasev (4-34)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Meryasev dominated in pedestrian fashion against the now-retired Baldomir.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Akio Shibata vs. Hikaru Nishida; Tokyo, Japan; TV Unknown
Shibata is a fringe contender  who would certainly be ranked if he hadn’t lost to Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata in Murata’s pro debut.  Nishida is a high-level journeyman.
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Middleweight: 2013, Jul 1-7

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by danboxing
One major fight on Saturday, and another on Friday:

 

Friday in Jacksonville, Florida, #9 Grzegorz Proksa never really could get going in what should have been a showcase opportunity against name gatekeeper Sergio Mora on Friday Night Fights.  Mora was slick, and Proksa simply didn’t go to the body or work enough, which was how a cruder guy like Bryan Vera was able to beat Mora twice.  Proksa was content to lay back and try to box with the boxer, a strategy (if it could be called that) which just fell flat, and led to a clear decision win for the Latin Snake.

 

The following night in Connecticut, #4 Gennady Golovkin walked right through #5 Matthew Macklin, knocking the English/Irishman out with a wide open left to the body in the third after easily taking the first two rounds.  Golovkin’s legend in terms of punching power continues to grow, as does his ranking (discussed below).

 

Naturally, we’ve got a big shake-up on our hands.  Golovkin advances to an all-time high at #2.  Macklin actually stays put at #5.  #9 Proksa moves all the way back to #19, while Mora pops up at #10.  Hassan N’Dam advances to #9, while Nobuhiro Ishida backtracks to #20.  Last week’s #20 Dmitry Chudinov is forced out after 6 weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (168-168-168)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez is now making noise to the effect that he intends to fight Gennady Golovkin in 2014.
1) Martin Murray (10-83-83)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray hopes to fight in the US before 2013 is over, and also would like to fight Carl Froch at some point.
2) Gennady Golovkin (1-44-107)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin is a beast.

3) Daniel Geale (1-211-211)

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.
4) Felix Sturm (1-511-511)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Sturm is set to return on July 6 against undefeated/untested Montenegran prospect Predrag Radosevic in Dortmund.  I’m not sure why this match was made.  There’s no payoff for Sturm in terms of resume.
5) Matthew Macklin (10-106-197)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (10-109-127)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Bob Arum confirms Chavez-Vera, but on a new date of September 7, at Staples Center.  Apparently it will be at a contract weight “a few pounds” over the middleweight limit.  This is potentially problematic for Chavez’s continued ranking here.
7) Peter Quillin (10-37-58)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy intends to put Quillin on an October card in Brooklyn.  There are signs that his opponent might be Danny Jacobs.  If so, that’s a ridiculous match-up.  Jacobs has fought only ham-and-eggers since being knocked out by Pirog in 2010 and winning a fight with cancer.  A fight with Golovkin has been discussed, but that is complicated by the opposing network loyalties of the two fighters.
8) Dmitry Pirog (10-153-153)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
A recent interview with Pirog seemed to reveal underlying doubts as to his ability to return in August as planned and/or hoped for, but he says that return is still possible.  He says he won’t know until he puts a “heavy load” (ie fight camp) on his back if it will respond adequately or not.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (1-18-140)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (16-127)
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 (16-127)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia later in the year.  This would almost certainly happen at 154 since Mosley is still a natural welterweight.
13) Osumanu Adama (16-119)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adama is back in action 7/26.  No opponent yet.
14) Akio Shibata (9-9)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Darren Barker (9-90)
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 (9-127)
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 (9-98)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gatekeeper and (technically) titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov hurt his back and had to withdraw from the “title defense” against Andrade.  It looks like Andrade might fight for the vacant or interim version against Vanes Martirosyan, all of this being at 154.
18) Bryan Vera (9-37)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to September 7.
19) Grzegorz Proksa (1-116)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-70)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 8/4/2013- vs. Elly Pangaribuan (UNR)
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he would retire if the lost.  Having not heard post-fight confirmation, I decided to leave him ranked until I found out he was indeed finished.  Turns out I made the right decision, as Ishida is already scheduled to be back in the ring on August 4 in Osaka, against Indonesian novice Elly Pangaribuan.

 

The Week Ahead: Two fights to mention this Saturday:

 

In Dortmund, Germany, Felix Sturm takes what should amount to a stay-busy fight against undefeated/untested Montenegrin prospect Predrag Radosevic. 

 

The same night in Carlton, Minnesota, local one-loss prospect Ceresso Fort takes a pretty tough fight coming off his only career loss, against gatekeeper Marcus Upshaw.

Middleweight: 2013, June 24-30

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2013 by danboxing
No actual middleweight fights to report this week.  Truax-George was close, but was contested at a catchweight of 162 pounds.  That will potentially count toward his ranking if and when he makes the 160 limit again, but at the moment he has not done so in over 2 years.  He’s ranked at 168 now, however.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (167-167-167)
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 (9-82-82)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray hopes to fight in the US before 2013 is over, and also would like to fight Carl Froch at some point.
2) Daniel Geale (9-210-210)
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 (9-510-510)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Sturm is set to return on July 6 against undefeated/untested Montenegran prospect Predrag Radosevic in Dortmund.  I’m not sure why this match was made.  There’s no payoff for Sturm in terms of resume.
4) Gennady Golovkin (9-43-106)
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 (9-105-196)
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. (9-108-126)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Bob Arum confirms Chavez-Vera, but on a new date of September 7, at Staples Center.  Apparently it will be at a contract weight “a few pounds” over the middleweight limit.  This is potentially problematic for Chavez’s continued ranking here.
7) Peter Quillin (9-36-57)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy intends to put Quillin on an October card in Brooklyn.  There are signs that his opponent might be Danny Jacobs.  If so, that’s a ridiculous match-up.  Jacobs has fought only ham-and-eggers since being knocked out by Pirog in 2010 and winning a fight with cancer.
8) Dmitry Pirog (9-152-152)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
A recent interview with Pirog seemed to reveal underlying doubts as to his ability to return in August as planned and/or hoped for, but he says that return is still possible.  He says he won’t know until he puts a “heavy load” (ie fight camp) on his back if it will respond adequately or not.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (9-115-115)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Proksa gets a good showcase opportunity on Friday Night Fights against rather big-name gatekeeper Sergio Mora.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (17-17-139)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (15-126)
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 (15-126)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia later in the year.  This would almost certainly happen at 154 since Mosley is still a natural welterweight.
13) Osumanu Adama (15-118)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adama is back in action 7/26.  No opponent yet.
14) Akio Shibata (8-8)
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 (8-89)
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 (8-126)
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 (8-97)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gatekeeper and (technically) titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov hurt his back and had to withdraw from the “title defense” against Andrade.  It looks like Andrade might fight for the vacant or interim version against Vanes Martirosyan, all of this being at 154.
18) Bryan Vera (8-36)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to September 7.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (10-69)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 8/4/2013- vs. Elly Pangaribuan (UNR)
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he would retire if the lost.  Having not heard post-fight confirmation, I decided to leave him ranked until I found out he was indeed finished.  Turns out I made the right decision, as Ishida is already scheduled to be back in the ring on August 4 in Osaka, against Indonesian novice Elly Pangaribuan.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (6-6)
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: Friday’s appetizer finds #9 Grzegorz Proksa taking on gatekeeper Sergio Mora in Jacksonville, Florida- the Friday Night Fights main event.

 

The main course comes the following night on HBO, when #4 Gennady Golovkin collides with #5 Matthew Macklin in Mashantucket, Connecticut in what’s bound to be one of the most important fights of the year in any division.

Middleweight: 2013, Feb 11-17

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by danboxing
Friday: Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher won every round before stopping Thai journeyman Kiatchai Singwancha (aka Ice Jellybaby), a former featherweight, in the 7th round near Brisbane, Australia. 

 

Saturday: #9 Grzegorz Proksa won a shutout 6-round points decision over late replacement and awful journeyman Norbert Szekeres in Belfast, but the stay-busy fight backfired a bit on him, as he badly hurt his hand and had to cancel his prospective 3/23 Friday Night Fights bout.  On the same card, Super Middleweight #10 Andy Lee won a suprisingly less-lopsided 8-round verdict against mid-range journeyman Anthony Fitzgerald, losing two rounds on the referee’s card.  Finally, undefeated Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen won an average decision over decent Gambian journeyman Patrick Mendy in Esbjerg, Denmark. 

 

Haitian gatekeeper Joachim Alcine was supposed to be in action too, but his fight was apparently canceled.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (148-148-148)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #10 Martin Murray
Martinez will look to come back strong from knee surgery when he takes on Martin Murray in Argentina on April 27.
1) Daniel Geale (86-191-191)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman claims that there’s an agreement for a Geale fight, while Geale disputes that the deal is done.
2) Gennady Golovkin (2-24-87)

Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO7 JMW #? Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Golovkin will headline the Super 4 Light Heavyweight Tourney card in Monaco, fighting Nobuhiro Ishida, who is starting to lose all traces of the luster he gained by beating James Kirkland.
3) Matthew Macklin (2-86-177)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin reciprocated the calling out he got from Andy Lee, and raised him a specific date and show- challenging Lee to fight him on HBO May 11.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-89-107)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez is expecting to return in May, and then- provided both men win their spring fights- rematch Martinez in September.  It looks like his next fight will be without trainer Freddie Roach, as he appears set to dump Roach for either Nacho Beristain or Robert Garcia.
5) Peter Quillin (2-17-38)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Quillin’s fight with Guerrero has been postponed from February 9 to April 27 due to an injury to the card’s headliner, Danny Garcia.
6) Sam Soliman (2-2-52)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12* #2 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
See Geale’s notes, above.
7) Felix Sturm (2-491-491)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm is considering a move to 168.
8) Dmitry Pirog (2-133-133)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
In case it wasn’t already clear because of silence, we now have confirmation that Pirog’s March return is off, as he is reportedly still having problems with his back.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (2-96-96)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa’s worthless fight with Szekeres came at a steep price, as he hurt his hand badly enough to scuttle a proposed 3/23 appearance on Friday Night Fights.
10) Martin Murray (2-63-63)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO6 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Murray will look to prove that he belongs at or above the level he achieved by drawing with Sturm when he fights the Champ in Argentina on April 27.
11) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (2-120)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin

Next Fight: Unknown
As it turns out, N’Dam had a rematch clause in his contract with Quillin, but he also has expressed interest in Golovkin, Geale, Martinez, and Chavez.  Quillin has scheduled a fight with Fernando Guerrero, as well.
12) Osumanu Adama (2-99)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 3/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adama is scheduled to fight on 3/29- more than a year since his last fight.  No opponent yet.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (17-107)

Last Fight: 12/22/2012- KO11 Michel Rosales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is now part of Robert Garcia’s impressive stable of fighters, and has potential future rematch with Chavez and a likely mandatory against the Quillin-Guerrero winner.
14) Anthony Mundine (2-107)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
A delusional Mundine is crying robbery after being thoroughly defeated by Geale.
15) Max Bursak (8-107)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (8-78)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
On his recent ShoBox appearance, a big deal was made of Andrade’s speculated move up to 160 in the future.  But as his ranking would suggest, he’s already had at least one foot firmly planted in this division for quite some time.
17) Darren Barker (8-70)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO4 Kerry Hope (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been challenged by Andy Lee.
18) Bryan Vera (3-17)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- TKO10 Sergei Dzinziruk (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera remains a very real gatekeeper.  Not in the sense I usually use it- which is generally as a gatekeeper to the fringe contender level- but as a gatekeeper to the top 10 region.  Dzinziruk obviously was not up to that challenge.
19) Curtis Stevens (3-4)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- KO1 Elvin Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Years later and 8 pounds lighter, Curtis Stevens is back in the mix.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-50)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Ishida is probably about to spend his last remaining bit of currency from the Kirkland win.  He would need an even more shocking upset to survive- much less beat- the rampaging Gennady Golovkin.

 

The Week Ahead: Monday in Tokyo, 2012 Middleweight prospect of the year, Sanosuke Sasaki, defends his Japanese title against mid-range journeyman or perhaps fringe prospect Tomohiro Ebisu.

 

In the Friday Night Fights main event from Connecticut, junior middleweight fringe contender Delvin Rodriguez takes on undefeated but untested Oklahoma prospect George Tahdooahnippah in a fight that could happen at either 154 or 160 as far as I know.

 

Saturday in Tijuana, undefeated Russian Matt Korobov meets completely non-threatening local journeyman Arturo Rodriguez, while gatekeeper Rogelio Medina fights undefeated Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui in a fight that could take place anywhere between 160 and 168. 

 

As for the two fights that could happen in here or elsewhere, I will only mention them next week if they are relevant to the division.
 
 

Middleweight: 2013, Feb 4-10

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by danboxing
Chronologically and roughly in order of importance, as well:

 

Wednesday: In Sydney, Australia, #1 Daniel Geale conclusively avenged his close 2009 split decision loss to Anthony Mundine.  He won 119-109 on my card, though the judges tended to give the close rounds to Mundine and had it 116-112 and 117-111(x2).  It was a rare comfortable win for Geale, who is a hard-working volume puncher that does everything competently but doesn’t have any specific flashy skills.  He tends to win very close decisions, but has won enough favor with the judges to remain the top contender in the division for more than 19 months.  Geale fought much as he always does and how he did in the first fight.  Mundine tried to sharpshoot and box from the outside the way he did in 2009, but his speed, reflexes, and general athleticism had noticeably declined.  Instead of controlling the fight with the jab the way he often did the first time around, he was only able to create standoff situations with it.

 

Friday: Big time controversy in Dusseldorf.  #2 Felix Sturm appeared to have done enough to beat #12 Sam Soliman.  I had it 115-112.  The Argentine broadcast I saw had it much wider at 118-109.   Though I feel very strongly that Sturm won the fight, I was somewhat surprised to learn that I marked enough toss-up rounds to allow for the possibility of a narrow Soliman victory at 114-113.  That’s just how judges Mickey Vann and Steve Weisfeld had it.  I’m not calling for their heads because, while I think their cards were biased, I can’t necessarily call them dead wrong in any given round.  Benoit Roussel is a different story.  He scored it 116-111 for Soliman.  Inexcusable.  That’s about 4 rounds worth of benefit of the doubt, plus about 2 more of total incompetence or corruption. 

 

As for the fight’s action, itself, Sturm basically controlled the first half of the fight with sharper and heavier punches, while Soliman tried to dart in and outbox him from angles, but too often left himself off balance.  Sturm even managed to score a flash knockdown in the 2nd.  Soliman did outperform his counterpart in the second half generally speaking as he appeared to be in a bit better condition than the German, but I believe that Sturm’s counter-punching remained sharp enough to poach a round or two even at that late stage.  To lose a decision like that in Germany, on a show promoted by him, against a lesser-known opponent, is frankly perplexing.  It’s like the judges of the world finally had a conference after Sturm got the benefit of the doubt against Macklin and Murray and decided to punish him going forward.  He definitely got no favors against Geale, and even less so against Soliman.

 

Saturday: #15 Max Bursak wasted little time in dispatching top-level French journeyman Julien Marie Sainte to win the EBU title, stopping Sainte in 3.  Matt Korobov had been scheduled to fight Dionisio Miranda in McAllen, Texas, but the fight didn’t come off for some reason.

 

Armageddon in the rankings.  Unfortunately, I have no choice under my existing precedent but to do something I don’t believe in: promote Soliman over Sturm.  The reason I must is that, while I scored it for Sturm, I had enough close rounds marked on my card to make a narrow Soliman victory appear to be something less than completely unreasonable.  So I give minimum deference to the decision by treating it like a draw with a slight edge to Soliman.  Soliman thus re-enters the top 10 in better shape this time around, landing at #6.  Sturm falls much further than he deserves to be, parking at #7.  This rendezvous allows everyone ranked #3-6 last week to advance one spot, while everyone ranked #7-10 and below descends one, including Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, who exits the top 10 after 118 consecutive weeks in.  Last week’s #14 Osumanu Adama leapfrogs Marco Antonio Rubio to claim Soliman’s former #12 spot, as Rubio’s win over Jose Luis Zertuche will be 5 years old this week, which weakens his hand slightly in a tight race.  Rubio therefore stands pat at #13, while Mundine slips from #11 to #14, largely due to that fact that both of his best two wins at this weight- over Geale and Garth Wood- are now over fighters that have also beat him at some point.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (147-147-147)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. #10 Martin Murray
Martinez will look to come back strong from knee surgery when he takes on Martin Murray in Argentina on April 27.
1) Daniel Geale (85-190-190)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale likely has a mandatory against countryman Sam Soliman coming up.  That is, unless the IBF orders a rematch of Sturm-Soliman.
2) Gennady Golovkin (1-23-86)

Last Fight: 1/19/2013- TKO7 JMW #? Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Golovkin will headline the Super 4 Light Heavyweight Tourney card in Monaco, fighting Nobuhiro Ishida, who is starting to lose all traces of the luster he gained by beating James Kirkland.
3) Matthew Macklin (1-85-176)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andy Lee recently called Macklin out.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-88-106)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez is expecting to return in May, and then- provided both men win their spring fights- rematch Martinez in September.  It looks like his next fight will be without trainer Freddie Roach, as he appears set to dump Roach for either Nacho Beristain or Robert Garcia.
5) Peter Quillin (1-16-37)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Quillin’s fight with Guerrero has been postponed from February 9 to April 27 due to an injury to the card’s headliner, Danny Garcia.
6) Sam Soliman (1-1-51)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12* #2 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman fairly clearly lost to Sturm, but in a reverse from what was happening a year or so ago, Sturm was borderline robbed in Germany.  Soliman should have a mandatory shot at Geale next, if all goes to script.
7) Felix Sturm (1-490-490)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman
Next Fight: Unknown
After getting borderline robbed against Soliman, Sturm has already received overtures for a possible June fight with Golovkin.
8) Dmitry Pirog (1-132-132)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog announced his very specific intention to fight in the US on HBO on March 2, but it’s getting kinda close to that date for there to be no official announcements or further discussion.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (1-95-95)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 2/9/2013- vs. Lee Noble (UNR)
Proksa will look to begin the process of bouncing back from his taxing loss to Golovkin by fighting very poor English journeyman Lee Noble in Belfast on 2/9.
10) Martin Murray (1-62-62)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO6 Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2013- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Murray will look to prove that he belongs at or above the level he achieved by drawing with Sturm when he fights the Champ in Argentina on April 27.
11) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (1-119)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin

Next Fight: Unknown
As it turns out, N’Dam had a rematch clause in his contract with Quillin, but he also has expressed interest in Golovkin, Geale, Martinez, and Chavez.  Quillin has scheduled a fight with Fernando Guerrero, as well.
12) Osumanu Adama (1-98)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama’s scheduled return against Derrick Findley was abruptly canceled at the last moment.  I don’t know why, nor when he might be back again.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (16-106)

Last Fight: 12/22/2012- KO11 Michel Rosales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio appears to be in line for the Quillin-Guerrero winner.
14) Anthony Mundine (1-106)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
A delusional Mundine is crying robbery after being thoroughly defeated by Geale.
15) Max Bursak (7-106)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak is now the EBU champion after destroying journeyman Sainte.
16) Demetrius Andrade (7-77)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
On his recent ShoBox appearance, a big deal was made of Andrade’s speculated move up to 160 in the future.  But as his ranking would suggest, he’s already had at least one foot firmly planted in this division for quite some time.
17) Darren Barker (7-69)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO4 Kerry Hope (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker wants Macklin and Murray, although Murray is obviously otherwise occupied for some months to come.
18) Bryan Vera (2-16)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- TKO10 Sergei Dzinziruk (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera remains a very real gatekeeper.  Not in the sense I usually use it- which is generally as a gatekeeper to the fringe contender level- but as a gatekeeper to the top 10 region.  Dzinziruk obviously was not up to that challenge.
19) Curtis Stevens (2-3)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- KO1 Elvin Ayala (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Years later and 8 pounds lighter, Curtis Stevens is back in the mix.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-49)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Ishida is probably about to spend his last remaining bit of currency from the Kirkland win.  He would need an even more shocking upset to survive- much less beat- the rampaging Gennady Golovkin.

 

The Week Ahead: Two fights to mention on Friday, and 3 on Saturday.

 

Friday: One-loss Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher battles veteran Thai journeyman Kiatchai Singwancha in Australia.  Singwancha is a former featherweight whose nickname is apparently “Ice Jellybaby.”  I can’t make this stuff up.  Later on in Montreal, Haitian gatekeeper Joachim Alcine looks to rebound from a quick knockout loss to Matthew Macklin by taking on low-level Dominican journeyman David Toribio. 

 

Saturday: In Esbjerg, Denmark, undefeated Dane Patrick Nielsen gets one of the toughest tests of his young career against UK-based Gambian Patrick Mendy.  And on a single card in Belfast, Super Middleweight #10 Andy Lee fights journeyman Anthony Fitzgerald of Dublin, while #9 Grzegorz Proksa looks for a tune-up against very poor Yorkshire journeyman Lee Noble.

Middleweight: 2012, Sep 3-9

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by danboxing
In one of the most important weeks of the year for middleweights, four of the top 13 fighters went head to head on Saturday.

 

Daniel went into the lion’s den, as #1 Geale met #4 Felix Sturm in Germany.  Usually you need at least a knockout to beat Sturm there.  But much like the original Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Daniel had a bit of a miracle from Heaven on his side.  If I told you that 9 of the 12 rounds would be essentially toss-ups and that Sturm won 2 of the 3 clear rounds, you would have to assume that Sturm would win the decision in front of his home crowd.  This happened in 2 of his last 3 fights, with both of those decisions being much more difficult to give him.  But I would like to congratulate the judges.  I am not saying they scored the fight perfectly.  Naturally I think my 114-114 card is the only perfect one.  But what all three cards represented was complete and total fairness.  If they’d blown it, I’d have done my best to make them famous.  I’ll do the same now, with my compliments: South Africa’s Stanley Christodoulou (116-112 Geale), New Jersey’s Eugene Grant (116-112 Sturm), and London’s Dave Parris (116-112 Geale). 

 

Now for a less-close fight.  #13 Gennady Golovkin walked right through a clever, awkward, and powerful #3 contender in Grzegorz Proksa in Verona, New York.  Proksa darted all around, lunging in from strange positions as he frequently does to great effect.  He managed to pick up the 2nd round with that style, but ultimately it was a high-risk, high-reward tactic against a wrecking ball like Golovkin.  Whatever he hits, he destroys.  Golovkin is an effortlessly destructive natural puncher, who manages to remain calm and accurate while demolishing chins.  Proksa was dropped 3 times before referee Charlie Fitch stopped the fight.  The stoppage was right on time, as it appeared the fight was just about to become an unmitigated slaughter.  I can’t wait to see Golovkin again, preferably against someone like Geale or the Martinez-Chavez winner.

 

Now for the ratings, the shuffling of which wasn’t particularly easy.  In my books, Sturm’s stock actually went up with the loss.  He’s proven that he can fight a literally dead-even fight in every conceivable way with the division’s top contender, which makes him a lot more impressive than a guy that does the same (give or take) with an unproven prospect and a #11 contender.  That, coupled with his unparalleled past resume, gets him past Chavez and allows him to hold off Golovkin, meaning he checks in right behind Geale at #2.  I know, I know.  One guy pummels a #3 while the other technically loses to a #1, and the latter guy stays ahead?  Well, in a word, yes.  Until Golovkin actually performs better than that against the #1, he still hasn’t conclusively proven that he’s better than Sturm (though I’ll admit that appearances strongly suggest that he is), and there is simply no comparison between their overall resumes at the moment.  But as this comparison might indicate, Golovkin does rocket all the way from #13 to #3. 

 

Chavez is forced down from #2 to #4.  Proksa drops 5 places to #8.  Golovkin’s advancement forces everyone ranked #8-12 last week down a spot apeice, including Sam Soliman, who exits the top ten after 26 consecutive weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (125-125-125)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Looks like there’s no hitch to the negotiations for Martinez-Chavez, and it looks like that fight is going forward on 9/15 in Vegas.
1) Daniel Geale (63-168-168)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
The Klitschkos, who promote Golovkin, are trying to make a fight between him and Geale, while Geale appears to be pining for a fight with fellow Australian Sam Soliman, perhaps before Christmas.
2) Felix Sturm (1-468-468)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
His fight with Geale couldn’t have possibly been closer (I had it a draw), and Geale is the division’s top contender.  That’s how #4 goes to #2 after a loss.
3) Gennady Golovkin (1-1-64)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
After the biggest win of his career, Golovkin is aiming right where he should- high- with his targets being #1 Geale and the Martinez-Chavez winner.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-66-84)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’ notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (21-63-154)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Macklin will fight the resurgent Joachim Alcine on the Martinez-Chavez undercard.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (31-97-97)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #20 Peter Quillin
He’ll be fighting a very good matchup with Peter Quillin in October.
7) Dmitry Pirog (18-110-110)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (1-73-73)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Okay.  Proksa has now lost for real.  I still think he’s got a solid future in the division, though.
9) Martin Murray (1-40-40)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The EBU has ordered a fight between Murray and gatekeeper Julien Marie Sainte for their vacant European title.  Purse bids are due by September 26.
10) Anthony Mundine (1-31-84)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine recently split with his long-time manager.  Maybe he’s upset that he had to waste time fighting Bronco McKart.
11) Sam Soliman (1-29)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.
12) Marco Antonio Rubio (1-84)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 Jorge Cota (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Rubio is now officially fighting Carlos Baldomir this week, and the fight is rather strangely going to be at 168.
13) Osumanu Adama (1-76)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.

14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (15-84)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (15-84)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lightning-quick knockout in his recent stay busy fight.  No big deal either way.
16) Demetrius Andrade (15-55)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/20/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Andrade will be fighting on September 20 in Manchester, New Hamphire.  No opponent yet.
17) Darren Barker (15-47)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
What a tough year for Barker.  He was scheduled for a tune-up comeback fight after hip surgery on September 8, but had to pull out with an arm tendon injury.  He won’t be able to train for a month at least. 
18) Billi Godoy (15-46)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy went life and death with solid journeyman Heiland.  He’s going to have to do better than that when he fights legitimate top 50 opposition, or his time in the top 20 will be very short.  Hell of a fight, though.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (15-27)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (15-15)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
After originally being rumored for a fight September 8, Quillin will instead attempt a star turn against the highly-ranked Hassan N’Dam in mid-October.

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss Mexican prospect Marcos Reyes fights veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia in Celaya, Mexico on Saturday in the only significant action in the division this week.  Marco Antonio Rubio is also in action on that card, but a division to the north.

Middleweight: 2012, Aug 27- Sep 2

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by danboxing
#10 Sam Soliman turned in a fairly impressive performance in Geelong, Australia on Friday.  He won a solid decision over tough and likely underrated gatekeeper Giovanni Lorenzo, even managing to drop Lorenzo in the 12th round.  If you like to use fighters like Lorenzo as measuring sticks, then Soliman comes out looking like a real winner.  When Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (currently #6) fought Lorenzo last year, the result was a very close decision that (although N’Dam legtimately won it) could have gone the other way without too much stretching, although two of the judges didn’t actually watch the fight.

 

The following night in Tulum, Mexico, undefeated Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez dominated Colombian journeyman Richard Gutierrez, winning all rounds on all cards.

 

Soliman remains stuck at #10, as #9 Anthony Mundine has still been tested and succeeded at a higher level than Soliman has in recent years, despite his avenged hiccup against Garth Wood.  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 (124-124-124)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. #2 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Looks like there’s no hitch to the negotiations for Martinez-Chavez, and it looks like that fight is going forward on 9/15 in Vegas.
1) Daniel Geale (62-167-167)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Geale-Sturm now has a confirmed date of 9/1.
2) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (11-65-83)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
See Martinez’ notes, above.
3) Grzegorz Proksa (11-72-72)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- TKO8 Kerry Hope (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Proksa is officially braver than most of his peers, as he will take on rising knockout sensation Gennady Golovkin, September 1 on HBO.
4) Felix Sturm (11-467-467)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (20-62-153)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Macklin will fight the resurgent Joachim Alcine on the Martinez-Chavez undercard.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (30-96-96)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (17-109-109)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Martin Murray (17-39-39)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray is currently entertaining the concept of fights with British Isles rivals Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders.
9) Anthony Mundine (26-30-83)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine recently split with his long-time manager.  Maybe he’s upset that he had to waste time fighting Bronco McKart.
10) Sam Soliman (26-26-28)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for the Geale-Sturm winner.  If Geale emerges victorious, that would set up a big-money domestic showdown in Australia.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (25-83)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 Jorge Cota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Rubio will probably be fighting on 9/8 as originally speculated, but his opponent is likely to be Carlos Baldomir instead of Peter Quillin.
12) Osumanu Adama (25-75)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Gennady Golovkin (14-63)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Golovkin will finally get the test he needs to make his ranking match his hype, when he battles dynamic #3 contender Grzegorz Proksa on HBO September 1.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (14-83)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (14-83)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lightning-quick knockout in his recent stay busy fight.  No big deal either way.
16) Demetrius Andrade (14-54)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (14-46)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
What a tough year for Barker.  He was scheduled for a tune-up comeback fight after hip surgery on September 8, but had to pull out with an arm tendon injury.  He won’t be able to train for a month at least. 
18) Billi Godoy (14-45)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy went life and death with solid journeyman Heiland.  He’s going to have to do better than that when he fights legitimate top 50 opposition, or his time in the top 20 will be very short.  Hell of a fight, though.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (14-26)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (14-14)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Quillin is set to return on September 8, but no opponent after Rubio was a no-go.

 

The Week Ahead: It’s a big week at 160.  In Oberhausen, Germany on Saturday, #1 Daniel Geale looks to do the nearly impossible and walk away with a win over #4 Felix Sturm in Germany.  If Sturm’s remaining skill doesn’t get you, the judges probably will.

 

Later that night in Verona, New York, #13 Gennady Golovkin finally gets a chance to prove his intimidating skills against top competition when he steps into the ring with #3 Grzegorz Proksa.  Why did Proksa agree to fight such a dangerous contender?  Well, in the eyes of many, he has a lot more to prove than an average #3 contender, as he officially lost (though he was robbed) against unheralded journeyman Kerry Hope earlier this year.  These guys are both excellent punchers with sensational styles.  Don’t miss this one.