Archive for Jack Culcay

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: 2014, Mar 31- Apr 6

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 27, 2014 by danboxing
One-loss Belgian prospect Sasha Yengoyan appears to have more or less dominated mid-level Tunisian journeyman Ayoub Nefzi on Friday in Gent, but I can’t add much to that, since I can’t find a video.  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) Saul Alvarez (4-161-176)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo-Lara is now being floated for late June, despite Lara having a current agreement to fight Ishe Smith.
2) Carlos Molina (4-143-158)
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 (4-143-165)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #6 Ishe Smith
Mayweather says that his protege Smith will be fighting Lara on May 2, the day before Mayweather-Maidana.  That being said, Canelo appears to have become interested in fighting the Cuban of late.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (4-29-29)
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 (17-96-165)
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 (29-58-58)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
7) Anthony Mundine (18-18-18)
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 (18-200-200)
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 (18-191-191)
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 (18-236-236)
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 (18-94)
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 (18-23)

Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
Maciel wants to fight Billi Godoy or Sebastian Heiland, saying he has no problem moving up to 160.
13) Demetrius Andrade (18-21)
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 (18-142)
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 (18-148)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes successfully stayed busy against Lozano.  I’m not sure what his endgame is.
16) Jermell Charlo (10-43)
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 (10-10)
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 (10-57)
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 (10-54)
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 (10-16)
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: 
Thursday
Czar Amonsot vs. Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat; Flemington, Australia; Fox (Australia)
Both of these guys are really 140-pounders, but this fight is randomly being contested halfway between 147 and 154, with Amonsot’s level in his native weight class being sufficiently high to allow him a mention even 2 divisions to the north.  Sakaorat is a veteran of 44 fights who has won more than twice as often as he’s lost, but the most proven fighter he’s beaten based on boxrec’s computerized system was  5-12 at the time, and had only 8 points on that site.  Oh, and that was back in 2005.  Literally every time he fights someone better than a complete tomato can, he gets knocked out- not that he hasn’t also been knocked out a time or two by that same level of opponent.  This fight is basically a joke, but technically meets my requirements for including it.

 

Saturday
Jack Culcay vs. Salim Larbi; Rostock, Germany; ARD (Germany)
Culcay was once a top prospect, and maybe some still see him that way.  But he had two pick ’em fights with internationally anonymous Argentine Guido Pitto, and then needed help from both the ref and the judges to pull out a debatable and perhaps tainted victory over lightly-regarded French journeyman Dieudonne Belinga in December.  The latter result has me rather low on him.  Larbi is a French journeyman, himself, and at least on paper appears to be equal to or greater than Belinga in terms of the threat he would have appeared to pose at the time of his fight with Culcay.  He’s been in with the likes of Lukas Konecny (who stopped him) and Antonin Decarie (with whom he appears to have held his own in a close 6-round unanimous decision loss).  Culcay, of course, remains the heavy favorite, but after his last performance, you never know.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Dec 16-22

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2014 by danboxing
Friday in a FS1-televised showcase from Indio, California, fringe contending undefeated prospect Jermall Charlo looked sensational in dispatching journeyman Joseph de los Santos in the 5th of a scheduled 8.  He dropped his man 3 times- once in each of the last 3 rounds- along the way.  Charlo was wickedly accurate, and used his world-class jab to great effect.  He also showed a great deal of patience.  I personally think his skills are such that he wil only find his peers among the current top 5 contenders, though he has yet to prove that.

 

On the non-televised undercard, another Golden Boy prospect, the less advanced Hugo Centeno, Jr, stopped Mexican journeyman Angel Osuna in the final round of a scheduled 10, and according to one first-hand account I’ve read, he definitely needed to do so to keep his record intact.  Osuna had knocked Centeno down in the early stages of the bout, and reportedly appeared to be hopelessly up on points when Centeno knocked him out of the ring and sent him out on a stretcher.

 

Saturday in Paranaque City, Philippines, gatekeeper Dennis Laurente knocked out total novice Khomkaew Sithsaithong of Thailand with a body shot just 39 seconds in.

 

But the biggest deal of the week was later that night in Neubrandenburg, Germany, where another over-hyped Sauerland prospect came dangerously close to crashing and burning, as #20 Jack Culcay met French journeyman Dieudonne Belinga in what was to be a 12-round glorified stay-busy fight.  Culcay both started and ended the fight well enough, but struggled mightily in the middle rounds.  The key moment, as it turned out, was the moment that the commission appointed three corrupt or incompetent judges, but what might otherwise have been the key moment occurred in the 5th.  Belinga carried the round clearly, but at one point well into the action, Culcay went down from a kind of cuffing push.  As he went down his legs collided with those of Belinga, which had the effect of a leg sweep.  Belinga went down.  Somehow, the obviously biased ref Mikael Hook decided that Culcay- the only party that received contact anywhere above the knee in the transaction- had slipped, while Belinga had been hit by a punch that was never thrown.  This would have obligated even conscientious judges to score the round 10-9 or worse in favor of Culcay.  As called by the ref, I scored the bout 115-113 for Culcay.  If allowed to score round 5 accurately based on the action that actually occurred, I would certainly have had it even.  With decent refereeing factored in, the range of reasonable scoring would have been 115-113 either way.  If we are to credit Hook’s atrocious call, anything between a draw and 116-112 for Culcay would constitute reasonable scoring.   Spain’s Juan Manuel Garcia Reyes and Berlin’s Oliver Brien were close to reasonable in that sense, but made the all-t00-common mistake of scoring the 5th 10-8, which was not required even had a knockdown indeed occurred, since Belinga had otherwise carried the round clearly.  Of all people, though, the French judge was the most disgusting, as Jean-Louis Legland scored it an absolutely incredible 118-109, before an equally incredible 115-112 in the next fight between Braehmer and Oliveira.  Bottom line: if nothing had been done to obscure the best efforts of the fighters, themselves, it was a draw, give or take.  I will treat it as such.

 

Culcay’s struggles against an opponent that is far from credible at this level buy him a one-way ticket out of the rankings.  The beneficiary of this this is not Belinga, however, as several not-so-forgivable losses hold him back from anything higher than gatekeeper status.  Instead, it’s another recent Culcay foe, Guido Pitto, who takes over the #20 spot.  Pitto was involved in two razor thin fights- one win and then a loss- with Culcay, both of which I scored as draws.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1Carlos Molina (46-128-143)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
I still have my doubts, but Steve Kim reports that Molina is being considered for a March 8 PPV headliner with Canelo.  Angulo is also in the mix as Canelo’s opponent.
2) Erislandy Lara (2-128-150)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wants Canelo next.
3) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-14-14)
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- though Floyd Sr. has said the latter will never happen.
4) Saul Alvarez (2-146-161)
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, though it sounds like those two might fight each other, instead.  Molina and Angulo have been mentioned as possible alternatives.  After that, he expects to fight two additional times in 2014.  Reports indicate the Cotto fight is now imminent.
5) Austin Trout (2-81-150)
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 (14-43-43)
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.  More recently, he’s been rumored as Mundine’s January 29 opponent, though he’s denied this.
7) Anthony Mundine (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #4 WW Shane Mosley
Next Fight: 1/29/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Mundine returns from a mere two months away on January 29 in Brisbane.
8) Miguel Cotto (3-185-185)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown 
Cotto reportedly has a $10 million offer to fight Canelo on the table, and $15 million from Sergio. 
9) Cornelius Bundrage (3-176-176)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/24/2014- vs. Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Bundrage has been approved to fight Joey Hernandez in an IBF eliminator.  Golden Boy won the purse bid at a paltry $11,000, meaning Bundrage will bank just $6,600.  The fight is set for Indio, California on January 24, but incredibly is not a slam dunk to be included on the card’s telecast.
10Alfredo Angulo (3-221-221)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo may be returning in January, and Carlos Molina has been discussed as a possible foe.  He’s also apparently a leading candidate for a March 8 PPV fight with Canelo.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (3-79)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is in line for an alphabet eliminator at any time.  The EBU, meanwhile, has set a date of January 21 for purse bids for his mandatory European title defense against Emanuele Della Rosa.  
12) Javier Maciel (3-8)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: 1/11/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Argentine media reports that Maciel will return in Mar del Plata on January 11.
13) Demetrius Andrade (3-6)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade wants to unify against Carlos Molina, but negotiations are underway for a Brian Rose fight.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (3-127)
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 (3-133)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Willie Nelson (3-42)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson has injured his elbow, and his middleweight fight with Macklin has been cancelled as a result.
17) Brian Rose (3-39)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose will be fighting Andrade for his alphabet title at some point.  Totally undeserved, although the WBO title  at 154 is particularly meaningless already, having been handed to the very mediocre Zaurbek Baysangurov before being contested between two prospects.
18) Jermell Charlo (3-28)
Last Fight: 10/14/2013- TKO10 Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Charlo gets likely his toughest test to date in former junior middleweight contender Gabe Rosado, who has recently been used as an opponent at 160, but with mixed results.
19) Yuri Foreman (3-47)
Last Fight: 11/12/2013- KO1 Javier Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Guido Pitto (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Marcos Reyes vs. Isaac Mendez; Chihuahua, Mexico; Televisa (Mexico)
Reyes is a one-loss local prospect who is established at about the top 40 level of the division.  Mendez is a low-level journeyman from nearby San Buenaventura, and should pose little or no challenge.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Dec 9-15

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday in Brooklyn, #5 Erislandy Lara absolutely dominated a competent but far less dynamic #4 Austin Trout.  Trout, who beat Cotto more comprehensively than Mayweather and almost certainly deserved the nod over Canelo as well, really couldn’t get much going against Lara.  The Cuban put on a master class of boxing, effectively utilizing movement and creating angles, and sustaining an effective rhythm throughout, with the coup de gras of an 11th-round knockdown.  I had it 118-109, which agreed with John McKaie (whose cards I usually have a huge problem with), and was one reasonable round different from the typically excellent John Poturaj and Tom Schreck at 117-110.

 

On the non-televised undercard, undefeated Philly prospect Julian Williams stopped low-level journeyman Orlando Lora in three.

 

In Cordoba, Argentina, John Jackson of the Virgin Islands, and the son of former titlist Julian Jackson, dominated and stopped significantly shorter Jorge Miranda, despite a referee in Victor Correa that would not allow him to punch to the body, for all intents and purposes. 

 

Earlier in the night in Liverpool, undefeated hometown prospect Liam Smith stopped fairly low-level Lancashire journeyman Mark Thompson in four to win the British title vacated by Brian Rose this summer.
 

Lara advances all the way to #2.  I imagine that will be a bit controversial, especially among those who consider Mayweather to be the lineal champion now.  In order to call him the Champion, I think you’d have to give him unequivocal credit for all of his wins at 154 as well as a fair amount of residual credit for his welterweight resume.  Even then, I would find it difficult to have ranked any of his opponents #1 or #2 when he beat them.  Carlos Molina is always overlooked.  In addition, I fit in the tiny minority that supports CJ Ross in her implied proposition that Mayweather’s win over Canelo was not conclusive.  With a direct comparison, Mayweather’s 154 resume consists of wins over an overrated Cotto and over Canelo.  I considered the Cotto win too close to call, as well.  Even if I grant that he clearly deserved the win in both fights, I would propose that Trout beat Cotto by more than Mayweather did, and that he deserved to beat Canelo by a wider margin than Mayweather, as well.  By conquering Trout, Lara has arguably demonstrated superiority over the pound for pound #1 at this weight, albeit indirectly.  Even if you reject that premise, his overall resume supports a better ranking in terms of volume as opposed to Mayweather.  Trout, aside from being passed up by Lara, retains his position.

 

Who would have thought that the early-2011 clash between undefeated prospect Lara and inactive fringe contender Carlos Molina would be a preview of a potential match-up that would, by the end of 2013, constitute a potential battle for the legitimate championship?  Not I.  I thought that Molina was indeed a fringe contender, and that the fight proved that Lara wasn’t as good as we thought.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1Carlos Molina (45-127-142)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is dreaming of a fight with Canelo.  But it’s just a dream.  Molina’s style and low-profile makes him essentially unpromotable, and he would be a serious threat to win that fight.  No chance Golden Boy puts it together.  On a possibly more realistic note, Demetrius Andrade wants him, and Australian sources indicate there are active negotiations for a fight with Mundine.
2) Erislandy Lara (1-127-149)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wants Canelo next.
3) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (1-13-13)
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- though Floyd Sr. has said the latter will never happen.
4) Saul Alvarez (1-145-160)
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.  Reports indicate the Cotto fight is now imminent.
5) Austin Trout (1-80-149)
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.
6) Ishe Smith (13-42-42)
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) Anthony Mundine (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #4 WW Shane Mosley
Next Fight: 1/29/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Mundine returns from a mere two months away on January 29 in Brisbane.
8) Miguel Cotto (2-184-184)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown 
Cotto reportedly has a $10 million offer to fight Canelo on the table, and $15 million from Sergio. 
9) Cornelius Bundrage (2-175-175)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/24/2014- vs. Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Bundrage has been approved to fight Joey Hernandez in an IBF eliminator.  Golden Boy won the purse bid at a paltry $11,000, meaning Bundrage will bank just $6,600.  The fight is set for Indio, California on January 24, but incredibly is not a slam dunk to be included on the card’s telecast.
10Alfredo Angulo (2-220-220)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo may be returning in January, and Carlos Molina has been discussed as a possible foe.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (2-78)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is in line for an alphabet eliminator at any time.
12) Javier Maciel (2-7)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: 1/11/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Argentine media reports that Maciel will return in Mar del Plata on January 11.
13) Demetrius Andrade (2-5)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade wants to unify against Carlos Molina, but negotiations are underway for a Brian Rose fight.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (2-126)
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 (2-132)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Willie Nelson (2-41)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson has injured his elbow, and his middleweight fight with Macklin has been cancelled as a result.
17) Brian Rose (2-38)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose will be fighting Andrade for his alphabet title at some point.  Totally undeserved, although the WBO title  at 154 is particularly meaningless already, having been handed to the very mediocre Zaurbek Baysangurov before being contested between two prospects.
18) Jermell Charlo (2-27)
Last Fight: 10/14/2013- TKO10 Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/25/2014- vs. Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Charlo gets likely his toughest test to date in former junior middleweight contender Gabe Rosado, who has recently been used as an opponent at 160, but with mixed results.
19) Yuri Foreman (2-46)
Last Fight: 11/12/2013- KO1 Javier Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Jack Culcay (2-10)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #17 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Dieudonne Belinga (UNR)
Culcay has been added to the Braehmer-Oliveira undercard on December 14, and will have a new trainer when he takes on mid-level French journeyman Dieudonne Belinga.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
Jermall Charlo vs. Joseph De Los Santos; Indio, California; Fox Sports 1 (US)
Definitely a stay-busy fight for fringe contending undefeated prospect Charlo, as he will fight a low-level Dominican journeyman in Joseph De Los Santos on the Golden Boy card at the Fantasy Springs Casino in California.

 

Hugo Centeno, Jr. vs. Angel Osuna; Indio, California, Off TV
Another, somewhat less advanced undefeated prospect, Hugo Centeno, Jr., will be in action on the non-televised portion of the same card.  Too bad.  The fight is actually marginally better-matched than Charlo’s.  Centeno is from nearby Oxnard, California, and takes on a halfway decent journeyman in Angel Osuna of Culiacan, Mexico.

 

Saturday
Dennis Laurente vs. Khomkaew Sithsaithong; Paranque City, Philippines; Off TV
Veteran Filipino gatekeeper Laurente keeps busy with a total novice from Thailand.

 

#20 Jack Culcay vs. Dieudonne Belinga; Neubrandenburg, Germany; ARD (Germany)
After a debatable loss (the first of his career) and a debatable win in back-to-back fights with Guido Pitto, Culcay will look for a much clearer result against mid-level French journeyman Dieudonne Belinga.

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.