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Junior Middleweight: 2014, Apr 14-20

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by danboxing
Former top 5 welterweight Joshua Clottey more or less shocked the world on Wednesday, coming back from virtual retirement to brutalize #7 Anthony Mundine in unrelenting fashion for 12 cringe-worthy rounds in Newcastle, Australia.  I guess in retrospect it wasn’t completely shocking that Clottey might win the fight.  After all, he did go the distance with Pacquiao at a time when Pacquiao was knocking everyone out, and came close to defeating Cotto, who even as of last week was viewed as probably equal to or better than Mundine.  But that was a long time ago, and it was naturally assumed that Clottey’s competitive edge had likely abated a bit, considering he’d fought just two journeymen in the four years since the one-sided Pacquiao loss.  There’s absolutely no way anyone could have predicted the comprehensive and brutal beating he put on Mundine at this point in his career.  Mundine went down a total of five times by my count, and there’s absolutely no way he lost by any less than 13 points, despite the fact that all of the pathetic judges had it way too close: Pat O’Connor (116-108), Alex Fraser (117-108), and Justin Kennedy at an incredible 115-109.  Honestly, it would bother me not one little bit if none of these guys were ever allowed to work again.

 

Gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov finally looked as good as his alphabet rankings would suggest he is.  He dominated a rather amateurish-looking #20 Guido Pitto for very nearly a full 12 rounds, before finally putting him down and leaving him flopping around like a fish with just seconds to go.  In the first round, it looked like it was well on the way to evolving into a close and competitive affair.  I thought Pitto clearly won that round, and I thought he was just edged out in the 2nd.  But from there, it was total dominance by the Russian, whose calm jab and counterpunch strategy allowed him to conserve energy as compared to the frantic, lunging, volume arm-punching style of Pitto.  As that might suggest, Pitto’s movement and the steam on his punches lessened as the fight went on, allowing Baysangurov to punish him with increasing frequency and ferocity as the fight progressed.  Someone should certainly have stopped it in the 11th, when the Russian had Pitto bouncing from one set of ropes to the other like a pinball, but he was allowed to take a sustained beating with absolutely no hope of victory for at least 3 minutes too long.

 

Clottey makes his debut in the rankings at 154, taking over Mundine’s #7 berth.  Mundine, despite looking like a man several levels below Clottey, still makes enough hay from the Mosley win to remain in the top 10 at #9.  This degrades the standing of everyone ranked #9 to #17 last week, including Alfredo Angulo, who drops from the top 10 after 237 consecutive weeks in.  Baysangurov, despite needing gifts from the judges to achieve victory in consecutive fights with unheralded prospect Michel Soro and fringe contender Lukas Konecny, now has the resume of a top 20 contender, debuting at #19.  This, coupled with Clottey’s debut, forces last week’s #18 Willie nelson down to #20, and kicks out Brian Rose after 55 weeks in the rankings.  Pitto, of course, exits as well, though he didn’t need any help to do so.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (6-163-178)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (6-145-160)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
At last check, Molina remained in a Las Vegas jail.
3) Erislandy Lara (6-145-167)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #1 Saul Alvarez
Lara traded an intended fight with Ishe Smith for a more lucrative and important showdown with Canelo.  The fight might not determine a legitimate champion, but it should at least crown a preeminent top contender.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (6-31-31)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
5) Austin Trout (19-98-167)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (31-60-60)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith was left without an opponent after Lara jumped ship on their May 2 fight to battle Canelo.  Smith had an offer to replace Lara with Gabe Rosado, but passed.  Mundine is reportedly interested, as well.
7) Joshua Clottey (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- UD12 #7 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
For those looking for a good way to revitalize a practically evaporated career, you couldn’t do much better than the example Clottey just provided.
8) Miguel Cotto (20-202-202)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Anthony Mundine (1-20-20)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not one to be kept down for long, Mundine has offered to substitute for Erislandy Lara for Ishe Smith’s May 2 date.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (1-193-193)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bundrage has jumped to the front of the line to challenge for Molina’s belt, though there is uncertainty regarding that bout and Molina’s availability for it.
11Alfredo Angulo (1-238)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (1-96)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Emanuele Della Rosa (UNR)
Rabchenko will defend his European belt in Rome on May 17 against a local prospect, and is hoping for a shot at a vacant alphabet belt after that.
13) Javier Maciel (1-25)

Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Cesar Sastre Silva (UNR)
Maciel will stay busy with a mid-level journeyman on April 19 in Argentina.
14) Demetrius Andrade (1-23)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 14.
15) Delvin Rodriguez (1-144)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/16/2014- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Rodriguez looks to get back on track on May 16 against veteran Alcine on Friday Night Fights.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-150)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vanes successfully stayed busy against Lozano.  I’m not sure what his endgame is, but he’ll be back in action again on May 10 on the Stiverne-Arreola undercard in LA.
17) Jermell Charlo (1-45)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
With the cancellation of Smith-Lara, Charlo’s undercard fight may be in doubt, as well.
18) Gabriel Rosado (1-12)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was offered to Ishe Smith as a May 2 replacement, but Smith turned him down.
19) Zaurbek Baysangurov (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
20) Willie Nelson (1-59)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The once-delayed fight with Kirkland is apparently in the works to headline a May 24 HBO card.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
#13 Javier Maciel vs. Cesar Sastre Silva; Malvinas Argentinas, Argentina; TyC Sports (ARG)
This is a rematch of a 2008 fight that resulted in a close 6-round decision.  At that time, Maciel was a green 8-0 prospect.  Now he’s at a different level.  Sastre Silva, from Uruguay, is roughly a mid-level journeyman.  He’s coming off a close upset win at middleweight over undefeated prospect Carlos Ozan in February.  That was his first fight in over 3 years.  Maciel comes off what should have been a career-best win over 14th-ranked Brian Rose back in October, but he was blatantly robbed in that fight.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, Apr 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by danboxing
140-pound gatekeeper Czar Amonsot won every round before stopping very low-level veteran Thai journeyman Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat in the 4th round in Flemington, Australia on Wednesday, in a fight that was frankly completely inconsequential on every level.  The fight was at a contract weight of about 150, and the only reason I mentioned it here at all is that Amonsot would arguably be a top 50 fighter at 154 if he were to seriously move up here.

 

In a more mentionable fight on the Braehmer-Maccarinelli undercard in Rostock, Germany on Saturday, prospect Jack Culcay avoided embarrassment with a competent, if not awe-inspiring, decision win over mid-range journeyman Salim Larbi of France.  Culcay was clearly the more skilled fighter, and was the clear aggressor throughout, but he was fairly careful with his punch output, which led to a fairly lackluster fight with Larbi, who himself was rather selective and constantly on the back foot.  I’m of the opinion that Culcay is still very wary of the 12-round distance.  He appeared to be completely gassed by round 8 of his second fight with Guido Pitto, arguably giving back the big lead he had built to that point.  He did actually improve late in his fight with Dieudonne Belinga in a fight I thought he lost, but I think that he had saved perhaps a bit too much energy by giving away rounds early on in that one.  So while he certainly didn’t impress to any great degree given the competition, you have to at least give him credit for comfortably winning the fight while still leaving enough in the tank to step on the gas in the last couple rounds.  He seems to be learning the art of pacing by trial and error, but this time, at least, was relatively lacking in error.  I had it 117-111, as did each of the official judges.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (5-162-177)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.  It appears Lara will still fight Ishe Smith in May, which is one hell of a tune-up.
2) Carlos Molina (5-144-159)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
We found out some pretty bad info about Molina’s past when he was arrested on past warrants and detained for illegal immigration following an apparent deportation from several years ago.  His fight with Jermall Charlo was cancelled, and Molina’s immediate future in the sport is up in the air.
3) Erislandy Lara (5-144-166)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #6 Ishe Smith
See Canelo’s notes, above.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (5-30-30)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
5) Austin Trout (18-97-166)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (30-59-59)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Smith now looks like he has a chance to be the ultimate spoiler, as Lara has a victory-contingent fight lined up with Canelo.
7) Anthony Mundine (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/9/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Mundine’s fight with Clottey has been delayed a week, in the finest tradition of Australian last-minute delays.
8) Miguel Cotto (19-201-201)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (19-192-192)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bundrage has jumped to the front of the line to challenge for Molina’s belt, though there is uncertainty regarding that bout and Molina’s availability for it.
10Alfredo Angulo (19-237-237)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (19-95)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Emanuele Della Rosa (UNR)
Rabchenko will defend his European belt in Rome on May 17 against a local prospect, and is hoping for a shot at a vacant alphabet belt after that.
12) Javier Maciel (19-24)

Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Cesar Sastre Silva (UNR)
Maciel will stay busy with a mid-level journeyman on April 19 in Argentina.
13) Demetrius Andrade (19-22)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #19 Brian Rose
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 14.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (19-143)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (19-149)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vanes successfully stayed busy against Lozano.  I’m not sure what his endgame is, but he’ll be back in action again on May 10 on the Stiverne-Arreola undercard in LA.
16) Jermell Charlo (11-44)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Charlo is back on the Lara-Smith undercard in Vegas, apparently in an eliminator.
17) Gabriel Rosado (11-11)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Atrocious judges and a fragile eyelid have helped put Rosado’s career more or less in tatters.
18) Willie Nelson (11-58)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The once-delayed fight with Kirkland is apparently in the works to headline a May 24 HBO card.
19) Brian Rose (11-55)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #13 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.
20) Guido Pitto (11-17)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
The fight was difficult to make due to Ukrainian turmoil and originally involved Javier Maciel, but Pitto is now slated to fight Baysangurov on April 12.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Wednesday
#7 Anthony Mundine vs. Joshua Clottey; Newcastle, Australia; Main Event (Australia)
Mundine has been on a bit of a roll since decisively losing his rematch with Daniel Geale.  He’s looking strong at both 160 and 154, and takes on Joshua Clottey this week.  Mundine is hoping this is more of a tune-up than anything, as he looks to be in good position to get a shot at the estimable Erislandy Lara later this year if he wins.  Clottey was a top 5 welterweight best known for a toss-up fight that he narrowly lost to Miguel Cotto and a passive check-cashing type of performance against Pacquiao.  In those days, he was a top 5 welterweight.  He hasn’t been in with anyone better than a journeyman in the more than 4 years since the demoralizing Pacquiao defeat, and has had just 2 fights overall in that time.  Frankly, he’s been semi-retired.  That’s not necessarily a good footing on which to enter a fight with the relatively active Mundine, who is also the home fighter and the naturally bigger man.

 

Saturday
#20 Guido Pitto vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov; Brovari, Ukraine; Boytsovskiy Klub (Russia)
Baysangurov had an alphabet belt at one point, but even by alphabet standards, that belt was ludicrous at the outset, and downright fraudulent before all was said and done.  He was given the vacant title by beating a journeyman in Mike Miranda who had absolutely no business contending for anything of the sort.  He then clearly lost consecutive fights to Michel Soro and Lukas Konecny, but was gifted decisions in both of those contests.  Some small measure of justice was finally served when he was stripped of one of the most illegitimate world titles in a history of a sport replete with them, by way of inactivity.  This fight is for an arguably less prestigious world belt, but please don’t mistake it for anything close to a legitimate title fight.  Pitto is ranked, but his actual quality depends a great deal on how good Jack Culcay- whose stock has been steadily dropping of late- really is.  Pitto fought the Ecuadorian-German prospect twice, and both times deserved roughly a draw.  He got a close win and a close loss, instead.  Still, I’d say he’s likely the marginally better fighter than Baysangurov, who no doubt enters as the betting favorite anyway.  After all, we know he routinely gets special treatment on the cards, and the fight is a loooong way from Argentina.  My bet is on controversy, and I’m willing to give odds.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Oct 28- Nov 3

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by danboxing
Two fights to discuss from last week:

 

In Oldenburg, Germany, #17 Guido Pitto battled #20 Jack Culcay in a rematch of Pitto’s split decision win from April (which I scored a draw).  The second fight was just as close.  Pitto seemed a bit on the high-strung side early on, flinging ill-considered arm punches far too often, and dropping the first four rounds on my card.  But despite Culcay’s impressive physique, it was the wiry Pitto that showed the better conditioning.  After splitting rounds 5-8 on my card, Pitto swept the last 4 rounds- mostly in close fashion- to even the score.  But the judges saw it a bit differently, with Pawel Kardyni and Jean Francois Toupin each giving Culcay the nod 115-113, and the third judge Erkki Meronen turning in a 117-112 that was maybe a slight reach.  Overall, they were reasonable cards, if a tad bit slanted.  The simple truth is that Pitto and Culcay are just two very evenly-matched fighters in general.

 

In Sheffield, #14 Brian Rose got another gift decision.  The absolute best he could have hoped for in his fight with Francisco Maciel was a draw, and even that may have been asking a lot.  I had it 115-113 Maciel, and even as wide as 119-109 for the Argentine would not have been out of line.  Not to take anything away from Rose’s effort, though.  He was gutsy, and was landing the sharper punches.  It’s just that he was significantly less active.  Maciel, for his part, was all-action.  He was a little wild, but effective overall.  He did appear to gas out a bit in the last round, but by all rights that shouldn’t have made any difference.  Since a draw would have been a somewhat reasonable result, I will treat it as just that when it comes to Rose, while giving Maciel full credit for the win that he truly earned.

 

Kell Brook also got a win, which is inconsequential at 154 and will be discussed fully at welterweight.

 

As a result of these two fights, Maciel ends up debuting at #11.  Rose mostly holds his ground, backtracking just one spot to accommodate his opponent’s arrival on the scene.  Culcay and Pitto’s second inconclusive battle leads me to give minimal deference to the official decision, promoting Culcay to #18, while Pitto drops two places, just behind him at #19.  Everyone ranked #11-16 last week falls off a place.  Kell Brook falls two spots to #20, and Jermall Charlo exits.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (39-121-136)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF refused to sanction Molina’s defense against Victor Ortiz for their title, and the fight has been cancelled as a result.  The PPV it was intended for will now be a regular Showtime broadcast.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (7-7-7)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather intends to fight twice in 2014: on May 3 and September 13, if all goes to plan.  Amir Khan is the rumored opponent for May 3.  Bradley is getting a bit of buzz lately, too, as is Bernard Hopkins, at middleweight.
3) Saul Alvarez (7-139-154)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Alvarez will be back on March 8.  He’s hoping for either Cotto or Sergio.  After that, he expects to fight two additional times in 2014.
4) Austin Trout (7-74-143)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
It looks like Lara-Trout for December 7 is a done deal.
5) Erislandy Lara (7-121-143)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Austin Trout
See Trout’s note, above.
6) Ishe Smith (7-36-36)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith sounds like he’s open to a variety of options for his next fight.  Anything from a Molina rematch, to Trout, to Angulo or Lara.  And even more various than that- he says he wants one UFC fight.  He’s also been in a war of words with Shane Mosley recently.
7) Miguel Cotto (7-178-178)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown 
Cotto is getting a lot of buzz for a fight with Sergio lately, as well as Canelo.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (7-169-169)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has been approved to fight Joey Hernandez in an IBF eliminator.  No date or contract yet, though.
9) Alfredo Angulo (7-214-214)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo-Melendez is off, due to excessive monetary demands by Melendez.  This may arguably be good for boxing fans, though, since combined with the cancellation of Molina-Ortiz, it has moved the Broner-Maidana card from PPV to regular Showtime.  Angulo might return in January, instead.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (26-26-72)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)

Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Rabchenko’s interesting rematch with Cedric Vitu has been replaced by a less-interesting scrap with British journeyman Bradley Pryce…still in Bulgaria.
11) Javier Maciel (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
The one upside to a guy being robbed of a win that should have propelled him very near the top 10 is that it allows me to shine a light on the incompetence and/or corruption that caused the situation by ranking him exactly where he deserves, despite their attempts.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (1-120)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
13) Vanes Martirosyan (1-126)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Martirosyan-Andrade has been moved up a week to November 9.
14) Willie Nelson (1-35)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #6 MW Matthew Macklin (at MW)
Nelson’s stay-busy fight with Dante Moore was cancelled on short notice, but he appears poised to move up to 160 to fight proven contender Matthew Macklin at that weight on December 7.
15) Brian Rose (1-32)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Aside from a “W,” the ill-gotten gain of Rose’s blatant robbery of Maciel will be a shot at a vacant alphabet title.
16) Jermell Charlo (1-21)
Last Fight: 10/14/2013- TKO10 Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a reasonably close first few rounds, Charlo proceeded to lay a beating on Rodriguez.
17) Yuri Foreman (1-40)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Foreman is back on November 12 in Hollywood, Florida.  No opponent yet, but he’s been slowly upgrading his competition since beginning his comeback.
18) Jack Culcay (1-4)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #17 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Culcay barely squeaked by Pitto in a rematch of a fight in which Pitto barely squeaked by.  For my part, I had them both scored a draw.
19) Guido Pitto (1-27)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown
See Culcay’s notes, above.
20) Kell Brook (1-16)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Shenchenko (UNR) (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook is now the mandatory for the winner of the fight between Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter, at welterweight.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Izegem, Belgium, one-loss Belgian prospect Sasha Yengoyan stays busy with low-level Latvian journeyman Sergejs Malcevs.

 

The next evening in Hidalgo, Texas, fringe contender Roberto Garcia gets a similarly easy night against Dallas ham-and-egger Larry Smith.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Oct 21-27

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2013 by danboxing
#15 Jermell Charlo headlined a Golden Boy card in Sunrise, Florida on Monday, and looked pretty good in gradually breaking down mid-level journeyman Jose Rodriguez en route to a 10th round TKO win, with the fight being well-stopped by Sam Burgos after a steadily-increasing load of punishment dished out by the young contender.

 

Friday in Benidorm, Spain, middleweight gatekeeper Roberto Santos moved down to 154 according to boxrec (though I’m a bit suspicious due to the lack of reported weight) to win a foregone conclusion of 3rd-round TKO over outclassed countryman Julio Sanchez.

 

 Saturday in Poland, undefeated but severely untested local prospect Michal Zerominski took a massive step up in class against former contender and current gatekeeper Rafal Jackiewicz, and while he acquitted himself well in many ways, he was unable to match the experience, skill, or conditioning of the veteran.  Jackiewicz took 80-72 nods from two judges (I thought Zerominski clearly won one round), and a 6-2 verdict from the third.

 

Later that night in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, apparently fading gatekeeper Joachim Alcine put up, at times, a spirited effort against the lesser-known of the fighting sons of Julio Cesar Chavez- Omar, taking a clear advantage during the middle rounds as the apparently bigger and stronger Chavez suddenly and severely fatigued.  But Chavez had already banked the first four rounds by then, and caught a timely 2nd wind in the 8th round that carried him through the end of a fight- including a knockdown with vicious body shot in the 10th and final round that put to rest any doubt as to the decision.  The scores were slightly odd.  Judge Orozco scored it 98-92, meaning he scored an even round.  Not too strange.  But Judge Gary Lopez had it 98-89, meaning that he scored two 10-8 rounds in addition to the obvious one for the 10th.  I don’t get it.  It was a good action fight, but nobody was getting beaten that badly at any point.

 

The win was a good one for Chavez.  He may be following a similar trajectory to his older brother Julio Jr., who appeared to be nothing but a pretender, getting gifts against nobodies, etc., before getting his man strength in his mid-20s and emerging as a physical beast.  Mid-fight stamina issues aside, Omar Chavez was a physical force in this fight.  Despite being a recent welterweight, both his appearance and mannerisms were those of the significantly bigger man than Alcine, who has been known to fight significant opponents at 160.  

 

I was nearly convinced by Boxrec’s rather lackluster ranking of Alcine that he had lost so much credibility in his last few fights as to fall from the top 50 and therefore not help Chavez out much.  On the other hand, I already had Chavez on my radar due to what I felt was a draw against Jorge Paez, Jr., and yet I quite intentionally still had Alcine ranked several spots above him.  He has a pair of good wins (only one at this weight, granted), and has only lost to really serious opposition.  He was clearly still a top 50 154-pounder going into this fight, in my opinion.  The win therefore vaults Chavez to very nearly the top 20.  Still, not quite.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (38-120-135)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Out of nowhere, it seems that Molina will be fighting a comebacking Victor Ortiz as the Maidana-Broner co-feature on December 14.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather intends to fight twice in 2014: on May 3 and September 13, if all goes to plan.  Amir Khan is the rumored opponent for May 3.  Bradley is getting a bit of buzz lately, too.
3) Saul Alvarez (6-138-153)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: Unknown
Alvarez says he’ll be back in March.
4) Austin Trout (6-73-142)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
It looks like Lara-Trout for December 7 is a done deal.
5) Erislandy Lara (6-120-142)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Austin Trout
See Trout’s note, above.
6) Ishe Smith (6-35-35)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith sounds like he’s open to a variety of options for his next fight.  Anything from a Molina rematch, to Trout, to Angulo or Lara.  And even more various than that- he says he wants one UFC fight.
7) Miguel Cotto (6-177-177)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto is getting a lot of buzz for a fight with Sergio lately, as well as Canelo.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (6-168-168)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has been approved to fight Joey Hernandez in an IBF eliminator.  No date or contract yet, though.
9) Alfredo Angulo (6-213-213)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Jorge Melendez (UNR)
Angulo looks like he’s got a done deal to fight Puerto Rican gatekeeper Jorge Melendez on the Maidana-Broner undercard.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (25-25-71)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)

Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Rabchenko’s interesting rematch with Cedric Vitu has been replaced by a less-interesting scrap with British journeyman Bradley Pryce…still in Bulgaria.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (25-119)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
12) Vanes Martirosyan (3-125)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Martirosyan-Andrade has been moved up a week to November 9.
13) Willie Nelson (3-34)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #6 MW Matthew Macklin (at MW)
Nelson’s stay-busy fight with Dante Moore was cancelled on short notice, but he appears poised to move up to 160 to fight proven contender Matthew Macklin at that weight on December 7.
14) Brian Rose (3-31)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Rose will be back on the Brook-Senchenko undercard in Sheffield, and will be fighting Argentine prospect Javier Maciel- certainly his toughest opponent since capturing the British title.
15) Jermell Charlo (3-20)
Last Fight: 10/14/2013- TKO10 Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a reasonably close first few rounds, Charlo proceeded to lay a beating on Rodriguez.
16) Yuri Foreman (3-39)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Foreman is back on November 12 in Hollywood, Florida.  No opponent yet, but he’s been slowly upgrading his competition since beginning his comeback.
17) Guido Pitto (3-26)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
A Culcay-Pitto rematch was postponed due to headliner Marco Huck’s elbow injury, and will now happen on October 26 in Oldenburg.
18) Kell Brook (3-15)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR) (at WW)
Brook gets Senchenko in late October in Sheffield.  Since it’s a non-title fight, there’s always the chance it could creep up over 147 and thus affect his ranking here.
19) Jermall Charlo (3-3)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- TKO7 Rogelio De la Torre (UNR) (as MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20)  Jack Culcay (3-3)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. #17 Guido Pitto
See Pitto’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead:  Saturday features two pretty important fights in Europe.

 

On the Abraham-De Carolis undercard in Oldenburg, #17 Guido Pitto of Argentina rematches heavily-hyped German prospect and #20 contender Jack Culcay.  Pitto was brought in as an opponent for their first meeting in April- something I knew might be a mistake considering Pitto’s only loss was a blatant robbery in a fight he dominated against the decent Mateo Veron.  The fight was very close, with Pitto surprisingly taking a close split decision- with an effective margin of one round- in his opponent’s backyard.  For my part, I had the fight a draw.  With both fighters potentially having very bright futures ahead of them, this fight could carry a great deal more importance than its lack of hype internationally might suggest.

 

The same night, on the Brook-Senchenko undercard in Sheffield, #14 Brian Rose gets a very tough assignment against Argentina’s Javier Maciel- a prospect/gatekeeper/fringe contender combination- who is best known for giving middleweight contender Dmitry Pirog a very tough fight fresh off Pirog’s star-making performance against Danny Jacobs.  This is a tough fight to call, since Rose looks very good in most of his major fights- notably against Joachim Alcine and Prince Arron, but also tends to barely escape against comparatively mediocre opponents like Kris Carslaw and Sam Webb.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, May 6-12

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
Before I get to the usual business this week, I must apologize and correct the record.  Back in late February, I noticed that I had missed a fight between Michel Soro and Kris Carslaw, and determined that- with Carslaw having arguably beaten Brian Rose- Soro’s win in that fight amounted to a victory over a solid fringe contender.  That being the case, I reasoned that- combined with a very debatable loss to Baysangurov- Soro deserved to be ranked as of that date.  What I failed to notice at that point was that Carslaw had, between the Rose and Soro fights, lost to a 2-0 fighter in the second round of a Prizefighter tournament, and was thus nowhere near the top 25 fighter I imagined him to be. 

 

I had made Soro’s erroneous ranking retroactive to the Carslaw fight, though I never physically changed the 6 weeks of rankings between the fight and the week I noticed it.  I now realize that Soro should always have been ranked behind Charlie Ota and thus never would have cracked the rankings.  While I’m again not going to edit the months worth of rankings affected, I will post the rankings in relevant part that SHOULD have existed on those dates, and these should be considered official, the posts themselves notwithstanding. 

 

For the January 14 to February 18 updates, they should be taken at face value, since they were correct to begin with, and never were edited to reflect the fallacious revisions.  The first incorrect update, as posted, was February 25.  The #19 and #20 contenders should respectively have been Roberto Garcia and Anthony Mundine.  On March 4, Mundine should have been bumped out, with Garcia falling to #20.  Garcia should have remained at #20 until March 25, when he (as well as James Kirkland) was removed for inactivity.  At that point, Mundine should have re-entered at #19, while Brian Rose returned at #20.  The next three updates would have been the same.  On April 22, Mundine would have been removed for inactivity at 154, which should have led to Rose moving up to #19, and Charlie Ota debuting at #20.  Ota’s hidden stint in the top 20 lasted only that one week, as the April 29 update finds Guido Pitto displacing him at #20, bringing us to this week.

 

In the most significant actual junior middleweight fight of the week, fringe contender Michel Soro won a unanimous 97-93 decision over decent journeyman Frederic Serre to pick up the vacant French title. 

 

In a complete joke of a fight in Accra, Ghana, local top 50 fighter Joshua Okine beat up on 0-2 bum Alaba Okusote, knocking him down in both the first and the second before Okusote retired between the 2nd and 3rd.  But it wasn’t enough that he was facing a winless opponent.  Okine also came in as a middleweight at 158, giving him an official 9 pound weight advantage over the hapless Okusote, who came in at just 149.

 

Floyd Mayweather won a decision on Saturday against Robert Guerrero.  Some are inexplicably lauding this effort as Mayweather’s masterpiece.  I didn’t see it as such.  It was a clear win, but it wasn’t even a really solid one as I saw it.  I had it 115-113, though I acknowledge that I gave Guerrero all the toss-up rounds, of which I felt there were 3.

 

#10 Gabriel Rosado was the victim of a very questionable decision on the undercard, at middleweight against Mayweather protege J’Leon Love.  The only thing that can be said with any certainty is that both guys clearly won 3 rounds at least, that Love was dropped once, and that old judge Herb Santos had no intention of being fair to Rosado.  That being said, 4 of the 10 rounds were toss-ups, and the fight could have gone either way.  Since the fight was not at 154, and since Rosado never has his best outings at 160, combined with the fact that I thought he won the fight anyway, I will not allow the result to affect Rosado’s ranking here.

 

What does affect the rankings is the fact that as of Sunday, Mayweather has not fought at 154 in a year, and has no fight scheduled. Floyd is therefore removed.  This allows everyone ranked #7 and below last week to move up, which brings about Sergey Rabchenko’s debut in the top 10.  The #20 vacancy is claimed by Jack Culcay of Germany, who recently fought to what very easily could have been a draw against Argentina’s Guido Pitto (now #19), in a fight in which Pitto eked out a victory on 2 of the 3 official cards.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (14-96-111)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt, and has since reported that the fight is almost signed.
2) Saul Alvarez (14-114-129)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants Floyd next.  That fight had already appeared set for September up until a few weeks before he fought Trout.
3) Austin Trout (11-49-118)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.
4) Erislandy Lara (11-96-118)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #8 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (1-153-153)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (1-144-144)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
8) Alfredo Angulo (1-189-189)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
9) Gabriel Rosado (1-7-118)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado says he’s up for a rematch with Love.  It’s certainly warranted, though I had Rosado comfortably ahead the first time.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (1-1-47)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (1-95)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/24/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on May 24, on Friday Night Fights.
12) Lukas Konecny (1-91)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (1-24)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on either July 20 or 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (1-101)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
15) Yuri Foreman (1-15)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Sechew Powell (1-164)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Willie Nelson (1-10)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson is set to return on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard on June 29, but no opponent yet.  He was rumored to fight Joshua Clottey, but those rumors appear false.
18) Brian Rose (1-7)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has now stepped out of the moribund British light middleweight scene, and showed pretty well on the international scene against the reasonably credible Alcine.

19) Guido Pitto (1-2)

Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Jack Culcay (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.

 

The Week Ahead:  Nothing to report in the division this week.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Apr 29- May 5

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
In what was only an upset because of where it was fought, fringe contending Argentine prospect Guido Pitto  eked out a split decision win in a 12-rounder in Hamburg over local favorite and undefeated prospect Jack Culcay on Saturday.  The fight was very very close.  I had it a draw, having given Culcay both of the toss-up rounds (9 and 11).  The fight should have been either a draw or a majority decision.  It was a split decision only because judge Ingo Barrabas gave a clear Pitto round to Culcay (my guess would be round 8- the only remotely close one besides the two toss-ups), and had it 115-113 for Culcay.  Howard John Foster and Philippe Verbecke should be given credit for scoring the fight fairly (115-113 and 116-112 Pitto, respectively) despite the setting and the promoter.  Nevertheless, I will treat it as essentially a draw, with the barest edge to Pitto, since I did have it a draw.  No complaints about Pitto getting the decision, though.  If nothing else, he deserved the benefit of the doubt after having his “0” stolen 3 fights earlier in a robbery loss against Mateo Veron.

 

This fight really elevates both guys in my eyes, but both fall just shy of eclipsing #20 Michel Soro to claim a ranking.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (13-95-110)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt, and has since reported that the fight is almost signed.
2) Saul Alvarez (13-113-128)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants Floyd next.  That fight had already appeared set for September up until a few weeks before he fought Trout.
3) Austin Trout (10-48-117)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout probably deserves to be ranked #1 now, but was the victim of some poor judging against Alvarez.
4) Erislandy Lara (10-95-117)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #9 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (22-52-52)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (22-152-152)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.  Canelo wants him in September.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (6-143-143)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
9) Alfredo Angulo (6-188-188)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
10) Gabriel Rosado (6-6-117)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Rosado will fight undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, at 160.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (6-46)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (6-94)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/24/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on May 24, on Friday Night Fights.
13) Lukas Konecny (6-90)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Keith Thurman (6-23)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on either July 20 or 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (6-100)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
16) Yuri Foreman (6-14)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
17) Sechew Powell (6-163)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Willie Nelson (6-9)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson is set to return on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard on June 29, but no opponent yet.  He was rumored to fight Joshua Clottey, but those rumors appear false.
19) Brian Rose (2-2)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has now stepped out of the moribund British light middleweight scene, and showed pretty well on the international scene against the reasonably credible Alcine.
20) Michel Soro (2-16)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
Soro’s fight with Serre for the French title has been postponed to May 4.

 

The Week Ahead:  Friday in Accra, Ghana, top 50 operator Joshua Okine participates in a gross mismatch against 0-2 novice Alaba Okusote.

 

The next night, #20 Michel Soro battles Frederic Serre for the French title in Villeurbanne.

 

Two ranked guys step into the ring later that night, but in different divisions.  #6 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. moves back down to 147 to fight Robert Guerrero in a pay-per-view headliner from Vegas, while #10 Gabriel Rosado fights Mayweather protege and undefeated prospect J’Leon Love at the middleweight limit on the undercard.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Apr 22-28

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
An unsatisfying result marred a huge fight on Saturday.  #2 Saul Alvarez was mostly passive, trying to counter off the ropes while Trout pressed the fight.  He did manage to drop Trout in the 7th, and wasn’t getting blown out by any means, as his superior power and sound defense came close to negating Trout’s punch output and ring generalship.  On my card, though, it fell short of getting the job done.  I had the fight 115-112 for Trout. 

 

There were enough close rounds to where the fight could have somewhat reasonably been scored anywhere between 116-111 Alvarez and 116-112 Trout.  But in each close round I gave Trout, the clean effective punching was close to even, while Trout won ring generalship and effective aggressiveness by a mile.  For that reason, I feel stronger about my opinion that the wrong guy won the fight than I usually do in cases like this.  I honestly view this as a true robbery in my own mind.  Yet in the moment, I did mark those rounds as close.  When I do that, it means I’m willing to defer to an official judge that disagrees with me on that round.  I’m not happy about it, but I can’t be consistent and overturn the result here, even though I think overall that Trout clearly won the fight.  And so consistent with my established practice in cases of a result I don’t agree with but I technically classify as reasonable, I will treat it essentially as a draw, with the slightest edge to the official winner, Canelo. 

 

A clear win for either guy would have gotten that guy past Molina and into the #1 spot.  But as it is, it might actually tighten Molina’s grip on the #1 spot.  When Molina fought #3 contender James Kirkland, he was a clear winner (aside from the fight being prematurely ended by referee error).  When Canelo fought #3 contender Trout, he managed only a very murky decision, and since he was the official winner, I’m obligated to rank him ahead of Trout.  Giving Canelo credit only for a draw, Molina still has two wins as good or better than Canelo’s best, and all have come since Canelo’s best.  The only appropriate solution is for each member of the top 3 to remain in place, as unsatisfying as that is after such a theoretically important match-up.

 

In other Saturday action, fringe contender Brian Rose got his biggest win since winning his British title by stopping fellow fringe contender Joachim Alcine early in the 12th round in Blackpool, England.

 

In the also-also-ran category, gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta stopped weak Polish journeyman Mariusz Biskupski in the 5th of a scheduled 6 in France.

 

Backtracking to Friday, one-loss Virgin Islands prospect John Jackson got the biggest win of his career against undefeated Minnesota prospect Ceresso Fort.  Fort won at most 2 of the 8 rounds (though judge Lynne Carter erroneously found a third to give him), and was getting just plain beat up in the final stanza.  Unfortunately, the fight was contested at a 155 pound contract weight.  Jackson came in just a quarter pound over 154.  Since he was more than 154 and has no other significant wins at the weight, I can’t consider him eligible for a ranking.  Practically speaking that’s not a big deal, since this win wouldn’t have gotten him into the top 20 anyway, and since it will certainly be considered if and when he adds an eligible win to his resume.

 

So in the end, despite there being 3 well-matched fights involving top 50 contenders on the week, the only change is that Brian Rose reclaims a ranking at #19, which pushes Michel Soro back to #20.  Anthony Mundine is forced out (or removed for failing to make 154 in the last 18 months, depending on how you want to look at it) after 4 consecutive weeks. 

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (12-94-109)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt.
2) Saul Alvarez (12-112-127)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants Floyd next.  That fight had already appeared set for September up until a few weeks before he fought Trout.
3) Austin Trout (9-47-116)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
4) Erislandy Lara (9-94-116)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #9 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (21-51-51)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (21-151-151)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.  Canelo wants him in September.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (5-142-142)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
9) Alfredo Angulo (5-187-187)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
10) Gabriel Rosado (5-5-116)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Rosado will fight undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, at 160.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (5-45)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (5-93)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/24/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on May 24, on Friday Night Fights.
13) Lukas Konecny (5-89)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Keith Thurman (5-22)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on either July 20 or 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (5-99)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
16) Yuri Foreman (5-13)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
17) Sechew Powell (5-162)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Willie Nelson (5-8)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson is set to return on the Golovkin-Macklin undercard on June 29, but no opponent yet.  He was rumored to fight Joshua Clottey, but those rumors appear false.
19) Brian Rose (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has now stepped out of the moribund British light middleweight scene, and showed pretty well on the international scene against the reasonably credible Alcine.
20) Michel Soro (1-15)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
Soro’s fight with Serre for the French title has been postponed to May 4.

 

The Week Ahead:  Saturday in Hamburg, we find a battle of top prospects.  The home fighter is Jack Culcay, an undefeated prospect who has, with his overall body of work, positioned himself as the equivalent of a top 25 fighter despite not having any wins that would make him eligble for top 20 consideration here.  The underdog is underrated Argentine Guido Pitto.  Pitto technically has a loss on his record, but it’s only because he was blatantly robbed against countryman Mateo Veron- who is incidentally the best opponent, by far, that either man has fought.  The winner could very well claim a spot in the rankings.