Archive for Jermell Charlo

Junior Middleweight: 2014, May 26- Jun 1

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by danboxing
#16 Jermell Charlo got a really nice win on the Saturday undercard of Stevenson-Fonfara, capturing a unanimous decision over fringe contending prospect Charlie Ota, whose only loss came way back in 2007 in his 7th pro fight.  It wasn’t exactly a blowout.  Ota did score a knockdown in the 3rd round (a round he otherwise lost), and may have won as many as four rounds, which is the number I gave him.  Judge Lapointe had it essentially the same as me, except that at 115-111, he apparently gave Ota an undeserved 10-8 in round 3.  The other two judges, Larry Hazzard and Robert Paolino, apparently gave Charlo every close round, and had it 118-109.  Either way, it was a clear win for Charlo.  My main criticism of him is that he ran a bit too much.  He would have been well-served, both from a fan-friendly perspective and from a competitive one, to punch off movement more consistently, instead of waiting until he gets stuck on the ropes to let his hands go, which is something he did fairly often.  But on the flipside, Ota’s main problem was that he couldn’t cut off the ring very often, and thus allowed the generally passive Charlo to still be first, and to control range.  One side note on the officiating.  French-Canadian ref Jean-Guy Brousseau functionally couldn’t speak English, which makes him an inexcusably poor choice to referee a fight between two English-speaking fighters.  It’s not like they didn’t have other options in Quebec, such as Michael Griffin.  Even aside from the language barrier, Brousseau had a bad moment in the 9th, when he took a point from Charlo for a low blow.  It was only the second low blow I’d seen, and neither was blatant.  Definitely not a warranted deduction, in my opinion.

 

On the deeper, Showtime Extreme-televised undercard, undefeated prospect Julian Williams got the biggest win of his young career with a dominant 8 round TKO win over gatekeeper Michael Medina.  Williams appeared to be both accurate and heavy-handed, although you simultaneously have to question his natural power when you stop to consider that he hit Medina with the proverbial kitchen sink about 10 times before he was finally able to drop him in the 8th.  Even if Williams indeed is not another Golovkin-type puncher, you still have to credit the heart and chin of Medina (though not much else about his performance).  He had no head movement and was practically unable to defend himself really at all for any of the 8 rounds the fight lasted.  Medina’s stock is way down after he had little or nothing to offer in back-to-back fights against Willie Nelson and now Williams.

 

Gatekeeper Luciano Cuello got a little bit of help from the judges in La Plata, Argentina to remain viable internationally, as he took a 12-round decision over undefeated prospect Martin Rios.  I had it 114-113 Rios, and would have had it 115-113 if not for a point deduction by referee Jorge Basile for a backhanded punch that was petty, at best.  There were several close rounds, and I could have seen the fight legitimately going anywhere between 116-111 Rios and 117-110 Cuello, or 117-111 either way without the deduction.  Judges Manuel Veliz (116-111) and Juan Carlos Palmieri (114-112) had it within that range (both for Cuello), while Jorge Gorin apparently had a really good time at happy hour right before the fight, because his 119-108 card was just hideous.  I mean Rios completely dominated the first 2 rounds, as well as the last.  A drunken monkey could have scored those rounds right.  Judging aside, the story of the fight was a blistering fast start from Rios, who came out winging wild shots with his long arms, and having a great deal of success with that, especially on the plethora of occasions on which he had a passive Cuello backed to the ropes.  He appeared to be entirely punched out in the middle rounds, though, as he was forced to throw his whole body into his shots just to deliver them credibly.  This allowed Cuello to block nearly all of them.  Surprisingly, Cuello seemed content most of the time to tap away with the jab at close range, just trying to score points rather than hurt Rios.  This may have contributed to Rios’ ability to catch his second wind late in the fight.  Besides that, Rios simply appeared to want it more.  He hustled and threw his shots with conviction, while Cuello’s workrate was too low to win many of the rounds, while he allowed himself to get smothered on the inside.  Rios deserved better, I think, and Cuello looked nothing like the strong rugged guy that almost upset Willie Nelson not long ago.

 

Williams falls shy of claiming a ranking, though he does unofficially take a spot in the top 25.  Charlo benefits from the extra quality win on his resume, advancing to #13 on Ota’s back.  The Japan-based American, for his part, slumps down into roughly the mid-30s.  Cuello hasn’t beaten any top 50 opponents yet, so he’s not eligible for a ranking, and thus even though Rios would otherwise earn at least token consideration, he’s not eligible either, due to the paradox.  If either guy does have success against a top 50 opponent at some stage, though, this fight will figure into the calculus when determining his rightful place.  With Charlo’s promotion, everyone ranked #13-15 backtracks a spot.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (12-169-184)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo (at 155)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (12-151-166)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is out of jail and training in Mexico City.  He lobbied the IBF to give him an exemption to defend his belt against Jermall Charlo, whom he was supposed to face already before he was jailed, but the alphabet is sticking to its guns and will try to make him fight Bundrage, instead.
3) Erislandy Lara (12-151-173)
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. (12-37-37)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Floyd will be fighting on September 13.  A Maidana rematch remains a possibility.
5) Austin Trout (25-104-173)
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 (37-66-66)
Last Fight: 5/2/2014- KO2 Ryan Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I know he was a relatively short-notice replacement, but Ryan Davis was a little too hapless even by that standard.
7) Joshua Clottey (7-7-7)
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.  He wants to fight Mayweather, but I’d say he’s at least one top 5 win away from having a chance at that.
8) Miguel Cotto (26-208-208)
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 (7-26-26)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine is reportedly in talks to bring the now much larger and also more retired Danny Green into a rematch.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (7-199-199)
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, and his would-be opponent is now out of jail and training.
11Alfredo Angulo (7-244)
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 (7-102)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s fight in Rome was cancelled on 3 days’ notice due to Visa issues, and his would-be opponent, journeyman Emanuele Della Rosa, will be fighting undefeated prospect Isaac Real for what had been Rabchenko’s European title.
13) Jermell Charlo (1-51)
Last Fight: 5/24/2014- UD12 Charlie Ota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the cancellation of Smith-Lara, Charlo has been bumped back to May 24, and will fight fringe contending prospect Charlie Ota.
14) Demetrius Andrade (1-29)
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) Cesar Sastre Silva (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- Robbery UD10 Loss (should be win) vs. #13 Javier Maciel
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. Brian Castano (UNR)
Sastre Silva dominated a confused-looking Javier Maciel, but got robbed even worse than Maciel had been robbed against Rose in his previous fight.  Now he’ll be in with an undefeated prospect in Brian Castano on June 6.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-156)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was supposed to fight on the Stiverne-Arreola card from what I understood, but that fight quietly disappeared from the schedule at some unknown point in time.  He’s been dropped by Top Rank and signed with Dan Goossen, as well.
17) Gabriel Rosado (2-18)
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.  In turn, Rosado is being challenged by Hassan N’Dam.
18) Zaurbek Baysangurov (2-7)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
19) Willie Nelson (2-65)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a big fight fell through for him in May, Nelson’s co-promoter Lou DiBella says the lanky Nelson will be fighting in a main event in August.
20) Brian Rose (2-2)
Last Fight: 10/26/2014- Robbery SD12 W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #13 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing going on this week.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, May 19-25

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by danboxing
Friday in Montreal, #15 Delvin Rodriguez looked to be somewhat the worse for wear after his wipeout loss to Cotto last year.  His opponent this time was former contender and current journeyman Joachim Alcine, who returned to his form of at least a few years ago, it seemed.  Rodriguez started out solidly enough, carrying the first three rounds on my card.  But by the fourth, his work had begun to look a bit ragged.  Alcine swept the middle four rounds in my opinion, and had the lead at 67-66 after 7 complete.  Inexplicably, though, it almost seemed that Alcine’s desire to win the fight waned down the stretch, and he allowed Rodriguez to simply outwork him for each of the last three rounds.  I had Rodriguez eeking out a 96-94 victory.  Judge Benoit Roussel had it a round wider, while Jack Woodburn swung a couple toss-up rounds to Alcine to have him up 96-94.  Paschal Procopio split the difference at 95-95, and the fight was declared a draw.  I can’t argue much with that, even though I did think Rodriguez edged it out.

 

Giving deference to the judges, Alcine moves back to the gatekeeper category and perhaps resurrects his career a little, while Rodriguez exits the top 20, settling in at about the borderline of the top 25 for my money.  

 

This movement allows everyone ranked #16 and below last week to move up a spot, and lets Brian Rose reclaim a spot in the top 20 for the first time since he was forced out on April 14.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (11-168-183)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo (at 155)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (11-150-165)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is out of jail and training in Mexico City.  He will most likely get Cornelius Bundrage next, but has requested an optional defense against Jermall Charlo, with whom he had a fight scheduled before his incarceration.
3) Erislandy Lara (11-150-172)
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. (11-36-36)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Floyd will be fighting on September 13.  A Maidana rematch remains a possibility.
5) Austin Trout (24-103-172)
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 (36-65-65)
Last Fight: 5/2/2014- KO2 Ryan Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I know he was a relatively short-notice replacement, but Ryan Davis was a little too hapless even by that standard.
7) Joshua Clottey (6-6-6)
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.  He wants to fight Mayweather, but I’d say he’s at least one top 5 win away from having a chance at that.
8) Miguel Cotto (25-207-207)
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 (6-25-25)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not one to be kept down for long, Mundine offered to substitute for Erislandy Lara for Ishe Smith’s May 2 date.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (6-198-198)
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, and his would-be opponent is now out of jail and training.
11Alfredo Angulo (6-243)
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 (6-101)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s fight in Rome was cancelled on 3 days’ notice due to Visa issues, and his would-be opponent, journeyman Emanuele Della Rosa, will be fighting undefeated prospect Isaac Real for what had been Rabchenko’s European title.
13) Demetrius Andrade (5-28)
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.
14) Cesar Sastre Silva (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- Robbery UD10 Loss (should be win) vs. #13 Javier Maciel
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. Brian Castano (UNR)
Sastre Silva dominated a confused-looking Javier Maciel, but got robbed even worse than Maciel had been robbed against Rose in his previous fight.  Now he’ll be in with an undefeated prospect in Brian Castano on June 6.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-155)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was supposed to fight on the Stiverne-Arreola card from what I understood, but that fight quietly disappeared from the schedule at some unknown point in time.  He’s been dropped by Top Rank and signed with Dan Goossen, as well.
16) Jermell Charlo (1-50)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/24/2014- vs. Charlie Ota (UNR)
With the cancellation of Smith-Lara, Charlo has been bumped back to May 24, and will fight fringe contending prospect Charlie Ota.
17) Gabriel Rosado (1-17)
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.  In turn, Rosado is being challenged by Hassan N’Dam.
18) Zaurbek Baysangurov (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
19) Willie Nelson (1-64)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a big fight fell through for him in May, Nelson’s co-promoter Lou DiBella says the lanky Nelson will be fighting in a main event in August.
20) Brian Rose (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/26/2014- Robbery SD12 W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #13 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
#16 Jermell Charlo vs. Charlie Ota; Montreal, Quebec; Showtime (US)
This is a really nice match-up.  Charlo is a supremely talented undefeated prospect with the full backing of the most powerful promoter in the world.  Ota is a pretty decent prospect in his own right.  A former American serviceman once known as Charlie Bellamy, he has fought his entire career out of Japan.  I’ve got him unofficially ranked in the mid-20s currently.  Charlo handled a proven fringe contender in Rosado, so he’s the clear favorite here.  Still, Ota is no joke, and this should be a worthwhile scrap.

 

Julian Williams vs. Michael Medina; Montreal, Quebec; Showtime Extreme (US)
Williams is a rising 24 year-old Philly prospect.  Medina is a California gatekeeper who comes off more than 14 months’ inactivity following an ankle injury and TKO loss to Willie Nelson in March 2013.  He is roughly on a par with the other 3 or 4 best opponents of Williams’ career.  Williams handled Freddy Hernandez and Dashon Johnson with ease, dominated Hugo Centeno before a cut caused a no contest, and won a hard-fought battle with Joachim Alcine mainly by dropping Alcine 3 times.  Based on that track record, Williams ought to be the big favorite, especially with Medina’s potential for ring rust and physical issues from the injury.

 

Luciano Cuello vs. Martin Rios; La Plata, Argentina; TyC Sports (Argentina)
Cuello, of Argentina, would qualify as a gatekeeper.  Managed by Sergio Martinez, he was a 23-0 prospect when he lost a close decision to a pre-prime Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in 2009.  18 months later, he was stopped in 6 by a young Canelo.  He made his US cable debut in June, when he lost a very very close fight with current #19 Willie Nelson.  Rios is a moderately unproven undefeated prospect, also from Argentina, who has two draws on his record, but comes off a TKO over the best opponent of his career, mid-range journeyman Juan Manuel Bonanni, in February.  Cuello looks like a real international threat to the division, and I don’t think Rios looks like the kind of guy that’s likely to graduate to that level.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, Jan 27- Feb 2

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2014 by danboxing
#9 Cornelius Bundrage was, on Friday, the victim of very unfortunate boxing politics.  First of all, he made just around $6,000 for the fight- minus managerial and other costs, I assume- meaning they likely didn’t pay him minimum wage if his training time is factored in.  Not only that, but the fight was not even carried on the rather mediocre Golden Boy TV broadcast of the card, on which it would have been far and away the most important fight.  With that being the case, I was unable to find any video of the fight whatsoever.  Luckily for me, it appears there wasn’t much of a controversy about the outcome, as the scores were unanimously 118-110.
 
The following night in the nation’s capital, undefeated #18 Jermell Charlo got the benefit of some ridiculous judging to the extent that his opponent- the very capable Gabe Rosado- got only one round total on the two widest cards (those of Steve Rados and Wayne Smith, who both need to give serious consideration to retiring, in shame, from judging fights).  The fight, as it actually happened, could have been a draw or a narrow win for Rosado, but I do believe the right man won, as I had it 96-94 for Charlo myself.  The undefeated Charlo was very effective in the first half of the fight, boxing effectively and countering Rosado’s aggression with stinging counters.  The valiant Rosado came back strong in the late rounds, but for me it was too little, too late.
 
Bundrage’s win, while nice, does nothing for him in the rankings.  Hernandez wasn’t a bad opponent, but his resume was too mixed and his best win over a borderline top 50 opponent was too long ago (over 2 years) to make him clearly a top 50 fighter.  As for Charlo, his impressive win earns him a promotion from #18 to #16.  Charlo’s return to 154 prompts his return to the rankings, as he checks in at a fairly diminished rank of #17.  This forces down Willie Nelson from #16 to #18, Brian Rose from #17 to #19, and Guido Pitto from #19 to #20.  Kell Brook exits after 4 weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1Carlos Molina (52-134-149)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Jermall Charlo (UNR)
Molina will put his belt on the line against the lower-ranked Charlo brother on the Canelo-Angulo undercard.
2) Erislandy Lara (8-134-156)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wants Canelo next, but has reportedly been ruled out by the Mexican superstar. In the meantime, Ishe Smith is trying to fight him.
3) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (8-20-20)
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.  The new kid on the block is Maidana, who it has been said has moved to the front of the line after his win over Broner.
4) Saul Alvarez (8-152-167)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. #10 Alfredo Angulo
Canelo says he will fight Angulo on March 8.
5) Austin Trout (8-87-156)
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 (20-49-49)
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) Anthony Mundine (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #4 WW Shane Mosley
Next Fight: 1/29/2014- vs. Gunnar Jackson (UNR) (at MW)
Mundine has a new, very mediocre opponent after Carson Jones and then Billy Lyell both fell through.  This fight will be at 160.
8) Miguel Cotto (9-191-191)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto is said to be all but signed for a June 7 superfight with Sergio.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (9-182-182)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
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 on the card’s telecast.
10Alfredo Angulo (9-227-227)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Angulo gets a big shot against Canelo on a March 8 PPV.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (9-85)
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 (9-14)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
Maciel’s scheduled January 17 fight was abruptly cancelled- with no real explanation- on about 2 days’ notice.
13) Demetrius Andrade (9-12)
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, with purse bids set for this week.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (9-133)
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 (9-139)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes recently challenged Austin Trout, which seems like a good but unlikely matchup considering their ties to rival promoters.  
16) Jermell Charlo (1-34)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo let Rosado back into the fight late, but overall was very impressive against a battle-tested opponent.
17) Gabriel Rosado (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- 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 (1-48)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson’s promoter tells me that he’s recovered from the elbow injury that nixed his fight with Matthew Macklin, and that he might be in line for an alphabet title against Sergey Rabchenko if Mayweather chooses to vacate.
19) Brian Rose (1-45)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Andrade’s notes, above.
20) Guido Pitto (1-7)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Dennis Laurente vs. Singdet Nonpitayakom; Paranaque City, Philippines; TV Unknown
Laurente is a top-50 gatekeeper-type from the Philippines.  His opponent has a losing record and is a low-level journeyman, to be charitable.  This fight is such a poor match-up that I’m embarrassed to even be mentioning it.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, Jan 20-26

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2014 by danboxing
#11 Javier Maciel was supposed to be in action against a Brazilian journeyman this week, but the show was cancelled for reasons that weren’t immediately apparent.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1Carlos Molina (51-133-148)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Jermall Charlo (UNR)
Molina will put his belt on the line against the lower-ranked Charlo brother on the Canelo-Angulo undercard.
2) Erislandy Lara (7-133-155)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wants Canelo next, but has reportedly been ruled out by the Mexican superstar. In the meantime, Ishe Smith is trying to fight him.
3) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (7-19-19)
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.  The new kid on the block is Maidana, who it has been said has moved to the front of the line after his win over Broner.
4) Saul Alvarez (7-151-166)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. #10 Alfredo Angulo
Canelo says he will fight Angulo on March 8.
5) Austin Trout (7-86-155)
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 (19-48-48)
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) Anthony Mundine (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #4 WW Shane Mosley
Next Fight: 1/29/2014- vs. Billy Lyell (UNR)
Mundine has replaced Carson Jones with a roughly lateral move of an opponent in Billy Lyell after Jones withdrew with illness.
8) Miguel Cotto (8-190-190)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto is said to be all but signed for a June 7 superfight with Sergio.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (8-181-181)
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 on the card’s telecast.
10Alfredo Angulo (8-226-226)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Angulo gets a big shot against Canelo on a March 8 PPV.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (8-84)
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 (8-13)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
Maciel’s scheduled January 17 fight was abruptly cancelled- with no real explanation- on about 2 days’ notice.
13) Demetrius Andrade (8-11)
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, with purse bids set for this week.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (8-132)
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 (8-138)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes recently challenged Austin Trout, which seems like a good but unlikely matchup considering their ties to rival promoters.  
16) Willie Nelson (8-47)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson’s promoter tells me that he’s recovered from the elbow injury that nixed his fight with Matthew Macklin, and that he might be in line for an alphabet title against Sergey Rabchenko if Mayweather chooses to vacate.
17) Brian Rose (8-44)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Andrade’s notes, above.
18) Jermell Charlo (8-33)
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) Guido Pitto (4-6)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Kell Brook (4-4)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR) (at WW)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Brook will be back on March 15 in what is being tabbed as a stay-busy fight, and is interested in the winner of a proposed fight between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, too.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
#9 Cornelius Bundrage vs. Joey Hernandez; Indio, California; Off TV
In a pathetic decision by Golden Boy and/or FS1, they’re leaving the most important fight of the Indio card off the TV broadcast.  Apparently it wasn’t enough that the two fighters were only going to make $11,000 between them, so the powers that be had to make sure that both quality fighters got no exposure either.  Hopefully some sort of video will pop up afterward, or else the fight will forever be just a line on boxrec.  Bundrage obviously has to be the favorite, but he looked so bad against Smith that Hernandez has to be considered a very live dog.  He’s a one-loss Miami prospect who’s been tested at the gatekeeper level.

 

Saturday
#18 Jermell Charlo vs. Gabriel Rosado; Washington, D.C.; Showtime (US)
This is a heck of a test for the unbeaten Charlo.  Rosado was a bona fide top-10 contender at 154 when various promoters started using him, about a year ago, to test their undefeated fighters at 160.  He’s been put in with J’Leon Love, Gennady Golovkin, and Peter Quillin, and the only one that outfought him was Golovkin.  Golden Boy has every reason to be confident in Charlo’s ability, but I hope they’ve given serious thought to this one.  If they’re putting him in with Rosado, they must feel that he’s potentially about one fight away from Championship-level competition.  Think about it.  Even if Charlo is able to perform as well as #6 Peter Quillin did against Rosado, that’s a 50/50 fight at best.  Quillin was looking like he was going to lose that fight until Rosado’s face fell apart.  If Charlo passes this test, he’s gone beyond a mere prospect and proven himself a Championship-level contender.

Year-End Awards: Junior Middleweight, 2013

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2014 by danboxing
Welcome to my 2nd Annual Yearly Awards and Wrap-Up for the Junior Middleweight Division.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Junior Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Erislandy Lara
Lara beat two top 10 contenders on the year in #8 Angulo and #4 Trout, and unlike the competing wins of guys like Mayweather and Canelo, these wins were clear and unambiguous.  The Cuban is dynamic and exciting in almost the same measure as he is skilled, and he may very well be both the present and future of the division.  Floyd is the runner-up based on his close decision win over Canelo.

 

Prospect of the Year: Demetrius Andrade
Andrade dominated gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez and won a very close decision over established fringe contender Vanes Martirosyan.  The latter fight won him an alphabet belt, but that’s pretty silly considering neither competitor was legitimately in the top 10.  In truth, he’s still a prospect, and an excellent one, at that. Javier Maciel is the runner-up.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #4 Erislandy Lara TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
This is the fight among the highest-ranked contenders that ended in a stoppage.  It confirmed Lara’s status in the top 5, showed his guts, and set up his best win to date in his next fight with Trout.  The runner-up would probably be Mundine-Mosley, though it’s hard to quantify since both guys were ranked in other divisions, with Cotto-Rodriguez being another possibility.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: Jermell Charlo TKO8 Harry Joe Yorgey
To be completely honest, this knockout was pretty standard.  Nothing too flashy.  It’s just that, among the several knockouts be inflicted on top 50 fighters this year, most were stopped on their feet, and a few were quick.  For knockouts that resulted directly from a knockdown, we’re really only left with this one, Jermall Charlo over Antwone Smith, and Willie Nelson over Michael Medina.  I discount Jermall’s on account of his opponent clearly not wanting to be there.  It’s really a toss-up between Jermell and Willie Nelson, then, but I give it to Jermell just based on the fact that Yorgey looked a little more hurt (aside from a leg injury suffered by Medina).  Cotto over Rodriguez was probably the best of the type where the ref jumps in.

 

Match-Up of the Year: WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
This fight prompted many over-anxious observers to declare Floyd the Champion at 154, despite Alvarez having gotten extremely lucky in his prior win against Trout.  It was a huge Pay-Per-View event, and the match-up was mostly worth the hype.  Unfortunately, it seems destined to be remembered as a dominating victory for Mayweather, when I saw it as a fight that clearly could have gone either way.  #2 Canelo vs. #3 Trout would have made a great winner in just about any other division or year, and even #4 Trout vs. #5 Lara is worthy of an honorable mention.  This division makes big fights right now, that’s all there is to it.

 

Fight of the Year: #4 Erislandy Lara TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Inherent importance, action, and competitiveness are the criteria for this award, and this one didn’t disappoint in any one of them.  With an average ranking of #6, this was one of the top few high-level match-ups of the year, and the momentum swung wildly throughout the bout, which was extremely competitive.  I had it 85-84 for Lara- but with Angulo coming on after an 8th round knockdown, when Lara grabbed the initiative back and triggered apparently blinding pain and definitely blinding swelling on Angulo’s eye with a vicious 9th-round assault that left the normally courageous Angulo saying no mas to end the night in dramatic- if relatively awkward- fashion.

 

Upset of the Year: Ishe Smith W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Don’t let the MD12 decision fool you (originally reported as a SD until Dave Hess’ card was corrected to a still-atrocious 114-114 a week after the fight).  Smith was closer to completely dominating Bundrage than he was to losing.  It’s not that Smith had ever proven totally unworthy of this level.  He had only ever lost to high-level or undefeated opponents, and his only losses in the last 5 years prior to the Bundrage fight were a fairly close decision to undefeated Danny Jacobs and a decision against Fernando Guerrero that was so close I had it a draw.  Still, he had 5 losses overall, and Bundrage had built himself a bit of a fearsome reputation by twice mauling Cory Spinks.  Smith’s profile was that of a gatekeeper- not a guy you’d instinctively see as a threat to a top-5 contender.  But Bundrage looked slow, disinterested, and appeared to lack any kind of gameplan.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Ishe Smith
Despite ending his year on a low note with a close and forgivable loss to #1 Carlos Molina, Smith brought himself back from- as mentioned above- gatekeeper status, and in doing so was able to capture an alphabet belt.  Though he no longer has that belt, he’s still made himself a clear top 10 contender, and that’s something we could not have possibly seen coming at this time last year.

 

Robbery of the Year: #14 Brian Rose W (SD12) vs. Javier Maciel
It’s not that it wasn’t a close fight.  My own card had it 115-113, and there was even one extra close round that you could have given to Rose.  A draw would have been borderline reasonable.  The problem was that beyond the point of a draw, all of the remaining benefit of the doubt belonged to Rose, who may have lost as few as one round.  As for the judges, Robin Taylor’s card agreed with mine, while Fernando Laguna (save me from Spanish judges!) had it an unbelievable 117-111 for Rose, and homer Dave Parris- who seems to be trying to get a Spanish license by consistently botching his cards- had it 116-113.  Laguna gave Rose a minimum of 3 rounds that were clearly won by Maciel, while Parris gave Rose one extra, and another even round that he clearly lost.  Bah!  The runner-up would be Canelo-Trout, but at least in that one there were enough close rounds for the biased judges to hide behind.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2013 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2013.

 

1) Erislandy Lara
Significant Results: Jun 8- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo.  Dec 7- UD12 #4 Austin Trout.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 24: #5. Feb 25- Sep 15: #4. Sep 16- Dec 8: #5. Dec 9-31: #2.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Significant Results: Sep 14- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 5: #6. May 6- Sep 15: Unranked (Moved Down). Sep 16- Dec 8: #2. Dec 9-31: #3.
3) Saul Alvarez
Significant Results: Apr 20- UD12 Win (should be loss) vs. #3 Austin Trout. Sep 14- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 3: #1. Feb 4- Sep 15: #2. Sep 16- Dec 8: #3. Dec 9-31: #4.
4) Carlos Molina
Significant Results: Feb 1- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks.  Sep 14- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 3: #2. Feb 4- Dec 31: #1.
5) Ishe Smith
Significant Results: Feb 23- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage.  Sep 14- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 24: Unranked. Feb 25- Sep 15: #5. Sep 16- Dec 31: #6.
6) Anthony Mundine
Significant Results: Nov 27- TKO7 #4 WW Shane Mosley.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- 27: #19. Jan 28- Feb 10: #20. Feb 11-24: #19. Feb 25- Mar 3: #20. Mar 4-24: Unranked. Mar 25- Apr 21: #19. Apr 22- Dec 1: Unranked (Moved Up). Dec 2-31: #7.
7) Austin Trout
Significant Results: Apr 20- UD12 L (should be win) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez.  Dec 7- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 24: #4. Feb 25- Sep 15: #3. Sep 16- Dec 8: #4. Dec 9-31: #5.
8) Miguel Cotto
Significant Results: Oct 5- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 5: #7. May 6- Sep 15: #6. Sep 16- Dec 1: #7. Dec 2-31: #8.
9) Demetrius Andrade
Significant Results: Jan 25- UD10 Gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez.  Nov 9- SD12 W (should be Draw) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Nov 10: Ranked only at MW. Nov 11- Dec 1: #12. Dec 2-31: #13.
10) Javier Maciel
Significant Results: Oct 26- Robbery SD12 L (should be win) vs. #14 Brian Rose.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Oct 27: Unranked. Oct 28- Dec 1: #11. Dec 2-31: #12.
11) Jermell Charlo
Significant Results: Jan 26- KO8 Gatekeeper Harry Joe Yorgey.  Jun 8- UD12 Fringe Contender Demetrius Hopkins. 
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 9: Unranked. Jun 10- Oct 6: #18. Oct 7-27: #15. Oct 28- Nov 10: #16. Nov 11- Dec 1: #17. Dec 2-31: #18.
12) Vanes Martirosyan
Significant Results: Nov 9- SD12 L (should be Draw) vs. Undefeated Prospect Demetrius Andrade.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Feb 10: #16. Feb 11-24: #15. Feb 25- Mar 24: #16. Mar 25- May 5: #15. May 6- Oct 6: #14. Oct 7-27: #12. Oct 28- Nov 10: #13. Nov 11- Dec 1: #14. Dec 2-31: #15.
13) Kell Brook
Significant Results: Jul 13- TKO8 Gatekeeper Carson Jones.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jul 14: Ranked only at WW. Jul 15- Oct 6: #20. Oct 7-27: #18. Oct 28- Nov 10: #20. Nov 11- Dec 29: Ranked only at WW. Dec 30-31: #20.
14) Brian Rose
Significant Results: Apr 20- TKO12 Fringe Contender Joachim Alcine.  Oct 26- Robbery SD12 Win (Draw at best) vs. Prospect Javier Maciel.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1-27: #20. Jan 28- Feb 10: Unranked. Feb 11-24: #20. Feb 25- Mar 24: Unranked. Mar 25- Apr 21: #20. Apr 22- May 5: #19. May 6- Jun 2: #18. Jun 3- Oct 6: #17. Oct 7-27: #14. Oct 28- Nov 10: #15. Nov 11- Dec 1: #16. Dec 2-31: #17.
15) Willie Nelson

Significant Results: Mar 1- TKO1 Fringe Contender Michael Medina.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 3: Unranked. Mar 4-24: #19. Mar 25- May 5: #18. May 6- Jun 2: #17. Jun 3- Oct 6: #16. Oct 7-27: #13.  Oct 28- Nov 10: #14. Nov 11- Dec 1: #15. Dec 2-31: #16.
16) Jermall Charlo
Significant Results: Aug 9- KO2 Gatekeeper Antwone Smith.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Oct 6: Unranked. Oct 7-27: #19. Oct 28- Dec 31: Unranked.
17) Sasha Yengoyan
Significant Results: Oct 4- TKO4 Gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Guido Pitto
Significant Results: Apr 27- SD12 W (should be Draw) vs. Undefeated Prospect Jack Culcay.  Oct 26- UD10 L (should be Draw) vs. #20 Jack Culcay.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Apr 28: Unranked. Apr 29- May 5: #20. May 6- Jun 2: #19. Jun 3-9: #18. Jun 10- Oct 6: #19. Oct 7-27: #17. Oct 28- Nov 10: #19. Nov 11- Dec 1: #20. Dec 2-15: Unranked. Dec 16-29: #20. Dec 30-31: #19.
19) Omar Chavez
Significant Results: Oct 13- UD10 Gatekeeper Joachim Alcine.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
20) Mateo Veron
Significant Results: Jun 28- W (MD10) vs. Gatekeeper Jorge Heiland.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but were not among the top 20 performers at the weight this year.  Naturally, most of them did not improve their standing as a result:

 

Cornelius Bundrage– Jan 1- Feb 24: #3. Feb 25- Mar 24: #9. Mar 25- May 5: #8. May 6- Sep 15: #7. Sep 16- Dec 1: #8. Dec 2-31: #9.

 

James Kirkland Jan 1- Mar 24: #8. Mar 25- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Alfredo Angulo Jan 1- Feb 24: #9. Feb 25- Mar 24: #10. Mar 25- May 5: #9. May 6- Sep 15: #8. Sep 16- Dec 1: #9. Dec 2-31: #10.

 

Gabriel Rosado– Jan 1- Feb 24: #10. Feb 25- Mar 24: #11. Mar 25- May 5: #10. May 6- Sep 15: #9. Sep 16- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Cory Spinks– Jan 1- Feb 3: #11. Feb 4-10: #12. Feb 11- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).

 

Sergey Rabchenko– Jan 1- Feb 3: #12. Feb 4-24: #11. Feb 25- Mar 24: #12. Mar 25- May 5: #11. May 6- Dec 1: #10. Dec 2-31: #11.

 

Delvin Rodriguez: Jan 1- Feb 10: #13. Feb 11-24: #12. Feb 25- Mar 24: #13. Mar 25- May 5: #12. May 6- Oct 27: #11. Oct 28- Nov 10: #12. Nov 11- Dec 1: #13. Dec 2-31: #14.

 

Lukas Konecny– Jan 1- Feb 10: #14. Feb 11-24: #13. Feb 25- Mar 24: #14. Mar 25- May 5: #13. May 6- Oct 6: #12. Oct 7- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved Up).

 

Keith Thurman– Jan 1- Feb 10: #15. Feb 11-24: #14. Feb 25- Mar 24: #15. Mar 25- May 5: #14. May 6- Oct 6: #13. Oct 7- Dec 31: Ranked only at WW (Moved Down).

 

Sechew Powell: Jan 1-27: #17. Jan 28- Feb 10: #18. Feb 11-24: #17. Feb 25- Mar 24: #18. Mar 25- May 5: #17. May 6- Jun 2: #16. Jun 3- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Roberto Garcia– Jan 1- 27: #18. Jan 28- Feb 10: #19. Feb 11-24: #18. Feb 25- Mar 3: #19. Mar 4- 24: #20. Mar 25- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Yuri Foreman: Jan 1- 27: Unranked. Jan 28- Feb 10: #17. Feb 11-24: #16. Feb 25- Mar 24: #17. Mar 25- May 5: #16. May 6- Oct 6: #15. Oct 7-27: #16. Oct 28- Nov 10: #17. Nov 11- Dec 1: #18. Dec 2- Dec 29: #19. Dec 30-31: Unranked.

 

Charlie Ota– Jan 1- Apr 21: Unranked. Apr 22-28: #20. Apr 29- Jun 2: Unranked. Jun 3-9: #20. Jun 10- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Jack Culcay– Jan 1- May 5: Unranked. May 6- Jun 2: #20. Jun 3-9: #19. Jun 10- Jul 14: #20. Jul 15- Oct 6: Unranked. Oct 7- 27: #20. Oct 28- Nov 10: #18. Nov 11- Dec 1: #19. Dec 2-15: #20. Dec 16-31: Unranked.

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, Oct 14-20

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2013 by danboxing
Brazilian gatekeeper Anderson Clayton won a 7-round technical decision over Argentine fringe prospect Dario Pucheta.  I don’t know the exact circumstances, but something strange must have happened, as one judge apparently left ringside and refused to score the 7th round.  

 

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 (37-119-134)
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. (5-5-5)
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 (5-137-152)
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 (5-72-141)
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 (5-119-141)
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 (5-34-34)
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.
7) Miguel Cotto (5-176-176)
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.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (5-167-167)
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 (5-212-212)
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 (24-24-70)
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 (24-118)
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 (2-124)
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 (2-33)
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 (2-30)
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 (2-19)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/14/2013- vs. Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Charlo will headline a Fox Sports 1 card on October 14 against mid-range journeyman Jose Angel Rodriguez.
16) Yuri Foreman (2-38)
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 (2-25)
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 (2-14)
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 (2-2)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- TKO7 Rogelio De la Torre (UNR) (as MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20)  Jack Culcay (2-2)
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:  We’ve got a busy week on our hands.  Monday in Sunrise, Florida, #15 Jermell Charlo fights journeyman Jose Rodriguez in a Fox Sports 1-televised main event.  It should be little more than a stay-busy fight.

 

Friday in Benidorm, Spain, Spanish middleweight gatekeeper Roberto Santos will apparently move down to 154 to fight a terrible opponent in countryman Julio Sanchez.

 

The following night in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, gatekeeper Joachim Alcine and prospect Omar Chavez collide in a good test for both men.  

 

Earlier that same night in Poland, gatekeeper Rafal Jackiewicz takes on undefeated but very untested prospect Michal Zerominski in an 8-rounder.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
There’s a lot of action to cover this week, so I’ll start with the most important and work my way down, more or less.

 

In Showtime’s main event from Carson, California on Saturday, #4 Erislandy Lara won an exciting back-and-forth battle with #8 Alfredo Angulo.  Lara looked far too classy for Angulo in the first couple rounds, but took the third, at which point he had managed to cut the distance consistently and land on the slick Lara.  The apparent turning point came in the 4th, when Angulo tagged, hurt, and dropped Lara to take a narrow lead and all the momentum.  But the well-schooled Cuban was undeterred, and easily won the next 4 rounds, and began to mark up the face of the Mexican warrior.  But the warrior would not surrender, as he again put Lara heavily to the canvas in the 9th.  It looked like it would be a razor-thin decision decided by how effectively Lara could keep Angulo at arm’s length and off balance, although Angulo seemed to be wearing his man down to the point that a stoppage victory seemed entirely possible.  But in the 10th, Lara flipped the script, landing a precise combination to Angulo’s right eye that caused instant out-of-control swelling and caused the proud Mexican to turn his back in agony, fearing a broken orbital bone, at which point Raul Caiz, Sr. promptly and correctly stopped the fight.  In my estimation, it was a fight of the year candidate.

 

On the undercard, undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo prevailed in a very low-action chess match with fringe contender Demetrius Hopkins.  The lack of action led to a lot of close rounds, such that it could have gone either way, though I had it 117-111for Charlo.  The judges were surprisingly unanimous, scoring it 115-113 for Charlo across the board- a credible yet surprising tally in numerical terms.

 

Earlier that evening in Toulon, France, local 2-loss prospect Cedric Vitu outpointed late replacement and sub-.500 journeyman Andreas Reimer in a 6-rounder.

 

The same night in Brindisi, Italy, one-loss Roman prospect Emanuele Della Rosa got an even weaker journeyman opponent in Konstantins Sakara, who was stopped with an injury a little over halfway through the 5th of a scheduled 6.

 

In the ShoBox main event on Friday, very young gatekeeper Jorge Melendez suffered a major setback and his 3rd loss when he was schooled by short-notice opponent Nick Brinson.  Melendez looked very stiff and uncertain early in the fight, and traded that for undisciplined wildness down the stretch.  Brinson was generally precise, and seemed the stronger and more athletic of the two.  He did get careless at times on defense, but only really paid for it once- in a wild 4th round in which most men tasted the canvas.  Melendez won either 1 or 2 rounds, with Wynn Kintz turning in a card that was not only clearly wrong at 96-92, but which also didn’t make sense in terms of the total points involved.  The fight actually happened at 160 as it turned out, but I’ve mentioned it here because neither fighter would actually have qualified as a top 50 middleweight, and thus this is the only place it could be discussed. 

 

Neither Lara nor Angulo has much room to move, given consistent performances.  Angulo still is ranked just ahead of a guy in Rosado that he emphatically defeated.  Lara’s win can be seen as moving him into a virtual tie with Trout, but it’s hard for me to move him past Trout considering the fact that I think Trout defeated Alvarez and should probably be ranked #1 in a perfect world.

 

Charlo’s victory does cause a shakeup, as the prospect has now sufficiently proven himself to earn a ranking at #18.  This forces Pitto and Culcay back to #19 and #20, and bumps Charlie Ota out again, after his second one-week stint as a ranked fighter.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (19-101-116)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 7/19/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
After a couple months of speculation and assurances, Molina-Smith is now officially on for July 19 in Vegas.
2) Saul Alvarez (19-119-134)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 WW Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (16-54-123)
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.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.
4) Erislandy Lara (16-101-123)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (6-158-158)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto appears very likely to fight K9 Bundrage on September 28.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (6-149-149)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (6-194-194)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo’s eye is a potential concern going forward in his career, as it conjures memories of Margarito’s problematic damage from the Pacquiao fight.
9) Gabriel Rosado (6-12-123)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to the fight result barely being credible to begin with, it turns out Love was on a banned diuretic that helped him make weight at 160 (which he managed to do only by the skin of his teeth).  Most likely this will end up as a no-contest, thus adding even more reasons for me to not hold it against Rosado’s ranking at 154.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (6-6-52)
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.  A purse bid has been scheduled for June 18.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (6-100)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help.
12) Lukas Konecny (6-96)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (6-29)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (6-106)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Martirosyan will look to rebound from a broken thumb on June 15 against journeyman Ryan Davis, a non-threatening nobody that was dropped from a 2012 date with Vanes due to a failed eye exam or some such thing.
15) Yuri Foreman (6-20)
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) Willie Nelson (2-15)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
17) Brian Rose (2-12)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has officially vacated his British title.
18) Jermell Charlo (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Guido Pitto (1-7)
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 (1-6)
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:  Saturday in Dallas, #14 Vanes Martirosyan keeps busy with low-level St. Louis-area journeyman Ryan Davis.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 3-9

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week, but #16 Sechew Powell is removed for inactivity, since he last fought on June 1 of last year.  Taking the vacancy at #20 is Charlie Ota.  Ota was officially ranked for one week from April 22-28, though I didn’t include him in the rankings for that week until after the fact, when I noticed my error.  Other than that, he’s making his debut.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (18-100-115)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 7/19/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
After a couple months of speculation and assurances, Molina-Smith is now officially on for July 19 in Vegas.
2) Saul Alvarez (18-118-133)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 WW Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (15-53-122)
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.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.
4) Erislandy Lara (15-100-122)
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 (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (5-157-157)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto appears very likely to fight K9 Bundrage on September 28.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (5-148-148)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (5-193-193)
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 (5-11-122)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to the fight result barely being credible to begin with, it turns out Love was on a banned diuretic that helped him make weight at 160 (which he managed to do only by the skin of his teeth).  Most likely this will end up as a no-contest, thus adding even more reasons for me to not hold it against Rosado’s ranking at 154.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (5-5-51)
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.  A purse bid has been scheduled for June 18.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (5-99)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help.
12) Lukas Konecny (5-95)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (5-28)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (5-105)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Martirosyan will look to rebound from a broken thumb on June 15 against journeyman Ryan Davis, a non-threatening nobody that was dropped from a 2012 date with Vanes due to a failed eye exam or some such thing.
15) Yuri Foreman (5-19)
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) Willie Nelson (1-14)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
17) Brian Rose (1-11)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has officially vacated his British title.
18) Guido Pitto (1-6)
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.
19) Jack Culcay (1-5)
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.
20) Charlie Ota (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD12 Kyung-Suk Kwak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ota hasn’t done a darned thing in a good long while, but the division has regressed just enough that he finally has a foothold on the top 20.

 

The Week Ahead:  Friday in Verona, New York, young gatekeeper Jorge Melendez takes on top-shelf journeyman Luis Grajeda in the ShoBox main event.

 

The following night in Brindisi, Italy, one-loss Roman prospect Emanuele Della Rosa will be featured against an opponent that has yet to be announced as of Monday.

 

Meanwhile, in Creil, France, still-promising local 2-loss prospect Cedric Vitu- who went life and death with current #10 Sergey Rabchenko in 2012- gets what should be an easier assignment against Hungarian journeyman Jozsef “Shatter Machine” Matolcsi.

 

The biggest fight occurs later that night in Carson, California, where #4 Erislandy Lara collides with #8 Alfredo Angulo in a compelling and interesting style match-up on Showtime.

 

On the undercard, undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo gets the toughest test of his promising career against fringe contender Demetrius Hopkins, the nephew of legend Bernard Hopkins.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jan 28- Feb 3

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Yuri Foreman returned on Wednesday from virtual retirement, shutting out novice Missouri journeyman Brandon Baue over 6 rounds.  This is enough to make Foreman active at 154 again, and his streak of impressive performances from ’08 and ’09 (culminating with a dominant decision over an 8th-ranked Daniel Santos) is enough to regain him a ranking at #17, driving Brian Rose out of his #20 spot after 60 consecutive weeks in the rankings.

 

Demetrius Andrade was in action against gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez on Friday, picking up a nice win on ShoBox by dominating that fight.  The problem?  He missed the contracted weight of 154 by a half-pound, and as such he still has never had a significant win while weighing 154 or less.  He is therefore still technically not eligible for a ranking at this weight.  Unfortunately for him, the fight also has no effect on his 160 ranking, since his opponent did make weight.  This fight will be worth something should he ever get an eligible win, but on its own, it is completely worthless for rankings purposes.

 

Meanwhile, fellow undefeated Jermell Charlo did manage to get his first significant win at the weight, dropping gatekeeper Harry Joe Yorgey 3 times in dominating and ultimately scoring an 8th-round knockout.

 

Foreman’s return and the resulting shift is the only change 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 (39-100-115)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo still hasn’t finalized the Trout match-up, but he says he’s got an agreement to fight Floyd on September 14 already.
2) Carlos Molina (39-82-97)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #11 Cory Spinks
Molina finally gets another fight somewhat worthy of his true standing, as he takes on #11 Cory Spinks to open February on Friday Night Fights.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (45-130-130)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (9-35-104)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (9-82-104)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (9-39-39)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (9-139-139)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto finally appears to have taken a decided back seat to Trout in the Canelo sweepstakes.
8) James Kirkland (9-65-65)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (35-175-175)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (36-36-104)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Rosado should stick to 154.
11) Cory Spinks (33-53)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. #2 Carlos Molina
Spinks will get yet another shot to rise to the top, this time against Carlos Molina on Friday Night Fights on February 1.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (33-33)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s next fight may be a combination EBU title defense and WBC eliminator against Emanuele Della Rosa.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (36-81)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 2/15/2013- vs. George Tahdooahnippah (UNR)
Rodriguez will fight undefeated but totally untested Comanche tribesman George Tahdooahnippah on Friday Night Fights in Uncasville, CT in mid-February.
14) Lukas Konecny (17-77)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Keith Thurman (10-10)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might be in line to fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (10-87)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
17) Yuri Foreman (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (1-150)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Roberto Garcia (1-34)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (1-21)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.

 

The Week Ahead: The week’s key fight is on Friday in Chicago, where #2 Carlos Molina meets #11 Cory Spinks in a fight that will either reinforce the status quo or cause a major shake-up, depending on who wins.

 

The ESPN2-televised undercard features former star Jose Luis Castillo- now a welterweight gatekeeper who roughly translates to a borderline top-50 fighter at 154, as well- against gatekeeper Antwone Smith.  To be honest, I’m not 100% sure if this will be contested at 147 or 154, or somewhere in between.  Smith was slated for a fight at 147 in his last fight, but failed to make weight.

 

On Saturday, Japanese welterweight prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai ventures to a junior middleweight contract weight for his stay-busy fight with low-level Mexican journeyman Jose Alberto Leal in Tokyo. 

 

#20 Anthony Mundine is also in action, but since he’s in a middleweight fight, I’ll only mention it here to the extent it affects the 154 rankings, if at all.