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Super Middleweight: 2014, May 5-11

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Jonathan Gonzalez got yet another close and/or controversial result to add to his resume on Thursday in an ESPN2-televised bout from Hialeah, Florida.  Gonzalez, who looked fairly fleshy at super middle, was nevertheless the more effective puncher, shot for shot.  But his opponent- tough Mexican journeyman Rogelio “Porky” Medina (the far less porky of the two, in reality)- vastly outworked the Puerto Rican prospect, though his punches did tend to slap a bit.  I had it 95-95, and I could easily have seen up to two rounds flipping in either direction.  It was about as close as it gets.  All of the judges turned in what I thought were reasonable cards, with the result being a split decision in favor of Gonzalez.  

 

Saturday in Berlin, #2 Arthur Abraham won a decision that was evidently more comfortable on the cards than it was in his own body.  Abraham got a spirited effort early from his fairly unworthy challenger, Montenegro’s Nikola Sjekloca, who put together scattered combinations with enough frequency to grab a few rounds, give or take, from the notoriously slow-starting Armenian.  Abraham said after the fight that his fingers were already damaged at the start of the fight, and that the use of his right hand was limited even in training.  He claims to have broken the hand completely a little more than halfway through the fight.  I didn’t notice a real difference in his use of the right until the 12th, when he clearly only threw it about twice.  Abraham blames the hand for the fight being “so close” (one judge had it 116-113, and another 116-112).  I didn’t think it was all that close, with Abraham actually pulling away effectively down the stretch, despite the hand problems.  My card was 117-111.  I thought the 116-113 card by Andre Van Grootenbruel was a shade too close to be considered fully reasonable, as I think he gave Abraham both of the toss-up rounds and also called a pretty clear Abraham round even.  But the real nasty card of the night was courtesy of Russia’s Viktor Panin, who is apparently as bad a judge as he proved himself to be as a referee in the Avanesyan-Mabuza fight recently.  He had it 119-110, which is just plain out of bounds.

 

J’Leon Love once again had his hands full in the PPV opener for Mayweather-Maidana on Saturday.  He was in with Mexican prospect Marco Antonio Periban, who took Sakio Bika to life-and-death territory in a loss last year.  Love was able to break Periban’s nose about the end of round 1, but was dominated in rounds 3-5, and nearly got stopped in the 5th by taking a barrage on the ropes after being hurt by a Periban right hand, in a round in which he was also dropped.  Perhaps affected by the nose and resulting difficulty breathing, Periban seemed unwilling to press the issue after the 5th, and Love was able to clearly win 4 of the last 5 rounds.  I had it 95-94 for Love, in the end.  That being said, the only round that I found tough to score was the 2nd, which I gave narrowly to Love.  This means that appropriate scores, in my view, could only have ranged between 95-94 Love and 95-94 Periban.  Glen Trowbridge’s card was a clear round too wide at 96-93 Love.  Lisa Giampa’s was a complete joke at 97-92, while David Sutherland’s would have been potentially decent if it had only made numerical sense.  He had it 96-93, which means there was either a math error, or he gave somebody a 10-8 round in addition to that earned by Periban in the 5th- something that would not be remotely defensible.  The judges’ dereliction is nothing but needless controversy in a fight that I did think Love won, narrowly but legitimately.

 

Despite the closeness of his victory, Love’s performance does get him established at about the fringe contender level.  He doesn’t quite have enough steam, when coupled with at best indifferent performances against Rosado and Derrick Findley in the past, to crack the top 20 just yet.  No changes, as there is no quantity of Sjekloca-level wins that would propel Abraham past Froch.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (125-259-259)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward lost an arbitration with his promoter, but it sounds like the rift between the two is far from solved.
1) Carl Froch (102-412-412)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Arthur Abraham (10-237-237)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham might be on the shelf for a little while, after reporting a broken hand against Sjekloca.  When he comes back, he says he would like a rematch with Andre Ward.
3) Robert Stieglitz (10-245-245)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Sauerland prospect Tyron Zeuge has expressed interest in a fight with Stieglitz.
4) Mikkel Kessler (10-491-491)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Sauerland has announced a press conference to make a major announcement regarding Kessler’s future.  Stay tuned for the results next week.
5) Brandon Gonzales (45-45-45)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #11 James DeGale
Gonzales’ elminator with DeGale is finally set, for May 31 in London, on the Froch-Groves undercard.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (32-153-201)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Oosthuizen and his once and future promoter Rodney Berman have mended fences.  His future still appears to lie at light heavyweight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (26-26-71)
Last Fight: 4/25/2014- TKO3 Richard Vidal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna stayed busy in impressive fashion against Vidal.
8) George Groves (26-73-95)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #5 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez has balked at a proposed Top Rank extension, and the delay has left Golovkin- his proposed opponent- looking elsewhere.
10) Bryan Vera (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even in defeat, Vera has regained a ranking at 168 and is- at least temporarily- ranked in 2 divisions.   There are also credible-looking reports to the effect that he broke his left hand early in the fight, for what it’s worth.
11) James DeGale (10-134)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- TKO11 Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #5 Brandon Gonzales
See Gonzales’ notes, above.
12) Christopher Rebrasse (10-48)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- TKO4 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse now has two dominant wins over what was a top 10 contender the first time around.  He didn’t need the judges to notice the second time.
13) Sakio Bika (10-370)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After initially granting Julio Cesar Chavez the spot, the WBC has now made James DeGale the mandatory after it appeared Chavez would likely look at a different opportunity.  That may also have gone by the wayside by now, as DeGale is fighting Brandon Gonzales for a shot at the IBF title.
14) Maxim Vlasov (10-78)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD8 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov looked very good against Findley, but he’ll need to schedule a fight at Super Middleweight before May 5 and make weight in order to keep his ranking, since he hasn’t made the divisional limit since November 2012.
15) Edwin Rodriguez (10-68)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez was briefly scheduled to fight Marcus Johnson on May 24, but Johnson withdrew.
16) Gilberto Ramirez (4-14)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- TKO5 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ramirez is pencilled in to return on the Chavez-Golovkin undercard, assuming that fight is made.
17) Ryota Murata (4-37)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/22/2014- vs. Jesus Angel Nerio (UNR)
Murata will stay busy in Kyoto on May 22 with Mexican journeyman Jesus Angel Nerio.
18) Anthony Dirrell (4-22)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
19) Hadillah Mohoumadi (4-62)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Caleb Truax (4-4)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Vincent Feigenbutz vs. Chris Mafuta; Karlsruhe, Germany; TV Unknown
Feigenbutz is a Karlsruhe native who has won all but one of his fights, and all but one of those via knockout in three rounds or less.  His one loss was a head-scratcher TKO in 2012 against a guy making his pro debut, whose record currently sits at just 3-2-1.  But since then, he’s been destroying legit prospects.  Mafuta is a low or perhaps lower-mid-level journeyman, originally from Congo.  He poses no threat if Feigenbutz is in anything like top form.

 

Maciej Sulecki vs. Nicolas Dion; Brodnica, Poland; Polsat Sport (Poland)
Sulecki is an undefeated Polish prospect with a pretty decent apparent upside.  Dion is a prospect from France who, like Feigenbutz above, had a loss in his 2nd fight in 2012.  Unlike Feigenbutz’s conqueror, however, Dion’s nemesis remains undefeated to this day.  Pretty interesting clash, I must say.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Apr 28- May 4

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by danboxing
#4 Middleweight Martin Murray took his second consecutive stay-busy fight at super middleweight (the first of which he arguably lost), making his debut for his new South African promoter in that country on Wednesday.  Murray didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but most likely won every round in fairly pedestrian fashion against low-level Ghanaian journeyman Ishmael Tetteh, who quit for no apparent reason after 6 rounds.  I’m not sure how much criticism Murray deserves in this instance for not looking sensational against such an easy opponent.  After all, he seldom looks sensational even at his best.  He neutralizes the opposition with a tight guard, and does just enough catch-and-shoot counterpunching to outpoint his man.  That’s more or less what he did to Tetteh.  With Murray failing to really put on a show, we at least got a little bit of comic relief from the quirky Ghanaian, who apparently told the broadcast team that he is better than Azumah Nelson.  Well, Ghanaian Hall of Famer Nelson is almost 56 years old, so I guess it might be close at this point, especially if Nelson spots Tetteh the 24 pound weight difference in Tetteh’s favor, prime for prime.  To put this in perspective, Tetteh currently has a total of 5 boxrec rankings points, which is just over 1% as many as Murray, and his career high number of 23 from back in 2007 is right at about 2% of Nelson’s career high total.  Not only that, but Tetteh appropriated Roy Jones, Jr.’s entire name as his announced ring nickname.  That’s right.  Ishmael “Roy Jones, Jr.” Tetteh.  He should try changing it to “The Identity Thief.”  Or, if he insists on using the full name of another fighter, maybe he could switch to “Victor Ortiz,” considering how easily he gave up in the fight.  Yeah, I know…ouch.

 

One fighter that did look good at 168 this week was #7 Ezequiel Maderna, who used his long arms to devastating effect in a variety of ways in a Friday fight from La Plata, Argentina.  His opponent, Richard Vidal of Uruguay, was roughly comparable in overall quality to Tetteh, but is at least a naturally bigger man than the Ghanaian.  Maderna peppered Vidal with long-range 1-2 combos, whip-like body shots, and the odd uppercut just for good measure.  Maderna has one of the more complete arsenals in the sport, bar none, and is probably among the game’s most underrated contenders.  That being said, he didn’t do anything we wouldn’t expect and possibly demand of him against a guy on Vidal’s level.

 

The same night in a small outdoor venue in Kanasin, Mexico, undefeated #17 middleweight Andrey Meryasev of Russia dominated a flabby, slow, but incredibly durable Carlos Baldomir for 10 rounds.  Baldomir hadn’t been in the ring since September 2012, and it probably should have stayed that way.  Baldomir, it’s incredible to think, was the Welterweight Champion of the World 7 1/2 years ago before Floyd took that title from him.  Since then, his skills and career have been on a steady decline, even as his weight has steadily ballooned.  I do have to give the old man credit on some level.  Not only did he keep himself upright for the full 10 rounds despite being visibly out of shape, but he actually never appeared hurt in the fight, despite being in with a guy with the style of a puncher, and a respectable KO percentage, as well.  Meryasev helped him out a bit in that respect, though, as he seldom put his punches together.  This was actually the first Meryasev fight I’ve seen, and although I’m certain he won every round of a fight in which the scorecards were not announced, I can’t say I’m particularly impressed by his performance.  In case you were keeping track, it appears that Baldomir’s head has actually grown since the days in which he appeared to have merely double the intracranial volume of Mayweather.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (124-258-258)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says he’s asked his promoter for a fight, even as the two hash out a lawsuit.
1) Carl Froch (101-411-411)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Arthur Abraham (9-236-236)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- W (SD12) vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Abraham will have a quick turn-around when he defends his newly-won belt against the mostly fraudulent Nikola Sjekloca on May 3 in Berlin.
3) Robert Stieglitz (9-244-244)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Sauerland prospect Tyron Zeuge has expressed interest in a fight with Stieglitz.
4) Mikkel Kessler (9-490-490)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler is reportedly discussing a return with Sauerland, but there is no obvious opponent available for him at present.
5) Brandon Gonzales (44-44-44)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #11 James DeGale
Gonzales’ elminator with DeGale is finally set, for May 31 in London, on the Froch-Groves undercard.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (31-152-200)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (25-25-70)
Last Fight: 4/25/2014- TKO3 Richard Vidal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna stayed busy in impressive fashion against Vidal.
8) George Groves (25-72-94)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #5 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez is talking like he might not renew his Top Rank contract, which might put a proposed Golovkin fight in jeopardy- especially since he’s reportedly negotiating with the Showtime-friendly Al Haymon.
10) Bryan Vera (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even in defeat, Vera has regained a ranking at 168 and is- at least temporarily- ranked in 2 divisions.   There are also credible-looking reports to the effect that he broke his left hand early in the fight, for what it’s worth.
11) James DeGale (9-133)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- TKO11 Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #5 Brandon Gonzales
See Gonzales’ notes, above.
12) Christopher Rebrasse (9-47)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- TKO4 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse now has two dominant wins over what was a top 10 contender the first time around.  He didn’t need the judges to notice the second time.
13) Sakio Bika (9-369)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After initially granting Julio Cesar Chavez the spot, the WBC has now made James DeGale the mandatory after it appeared Chavez would likely look at a different opportunity.  That may also have gone by the wayside by now, as DeGale is fighting Brandon Gonzales for a shot at the IBF title.
14) Maxim Vlasov (9-77)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD8 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov looked very good against Findley, but he’ll need to schedule a fight at Super Middleweight before May 5 and make weight in order to keep his ranking, since he hasn’t made the divisional limit since November 2012.
15) Edwin Rodriguez (9-67)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez was briefly scheduled to fight Marcus Johnson on May 24, but Johnson withdrew.
16) Gilberto Ramirez (3-13)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- TKO5 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ramirez says he’d like to fight Sakio Bika and Chavez.
17) Ryota Murata (3-36)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/22/2014- vs. Jesus Angel Nerio (UNR)
Murata will stay busy in Kyoto on May 22 with Mexican journeyman Jesus Angel Nerio.
18) Anthony Dirrell (3-21)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
19) Hadillah Mohoumadi (3-61)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Caleb Truax (3-3)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Thursday
Jonathan Gonzalez vs. Rogelio Medina; Hialeah, Florida; ESPN2 (US)
Gonzalez is an undefeated prospect with inconsistent efforts and weight issues in his past.  He gets often dangerous veteran Mexican journeyman Rogelio “Porky” Medina on a Thursday night edition of Friday Night Fights in Miami-adjacent Hialeah, Florida.

 

Saturday
#2 Arthur Abraham vs. Nikola Sjekloca; Berlin, Germany; ARD (Germany)
For a guy that has been publicly discredited as a top contender at least 3 different times, Abraham is sure in a nice position.  He’s obviously not the terrifying puncher he once was, but he has perhaps evolved as a boxer to some extent.  Sjekloca keeps getting bites at the apple despite having fallen short even, some would say, in his only two significant wins.  This shouldn’t be one of Abraham’s tougher fights, but it’s hard to see what good options he has now that the Super Six is long over and he’s being fed essentially European-level opposition.  He’s lost to Ward and Froch already, and has won the trilogy with Stieglitz.  I guess a Kessler fight would be worthy if the Dane decides to renew his career at some stage.

 

Marco Antonio Periban vs. J’Leon Love; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime PPV (US)
An interesting and potentially even match-up on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard.  The winner most likely earns a ranking.  I’d make Periban the favorite, since he’s fought on even terms with the well-proven Bika, while Love has struggled at nearly every turn since he stepped up even to the upper level of non-top-50 journeymen.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Mar 3-9

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2014 by danboxing
It was a stacked week at 168, with something like 8 notable performers in action.  I’ll take it chronologically by card.

 

Friday’s ShoBox broadcast from Verona, New York featured three undefeated prospects on one card.

 

#20 Badou Jack was shockingly upset in a first-round TKO to mid-level journeyman Derek Edwards.  Edwards landed a perfect right hand counter on the button, Jack was caught probably rather cold, and never recovered.  About 20 seconds and two knockdowns later, it was all over, as was Jack’s imminent title shot.

 

J’Leon Love looked unambiguously good for the first time in his much-heralded televised career in the main event of the card, winning every round (most decisively) against busted prospect Vladine Biosse.  It should have been a 100-89 decision for Love, but Benji Estevez took it upon himself to improve Love’s knockout record by randomly stopping the fight in the 10th.  I wouldn’t have necessarily argued much with a stoppage in the 3rd round when Biosse was getting pounded viciously, but the 10th round stoppage was completely unnecessary, as the fight was almost over and Biosse was not even hurt.  Nevertheless, a decent showcase-type win for Love.

 

In another intriguing fight on the unfortunately non-televised undercard, undefeated prospect Luis Arias eeked out a majority decision win over veteran spoiler Dashon Johnson, who is much better than his 15-14 record.  Tom Schreck and Don Ackerman had it 77-75, while Wynn Kintz saw it even at 76-76.  I’m not really a fan of any of those judges’ work, so as far as I’m concerned it’s anyone’s guess as to who actually won the fight.  Sadly, there’s not so much as a Youtube video available for the fight.  I’ll have to take it at face value.

 

Saturday began with the rubber match between #2 Robert Stieglitz and #4 Arthur Abraham, with Abraham looking to rebound from a shockingly dominant 3rd round TKO loss after winning a close decision in their first bout.  Given the most recent result, Stieglitz had to be viewed as a solid favorite this time around, but this fight turned out a lot more like the former, only slightly more in Abraham’s favor.  The Armenian native was very sharp for most of the bout, and while he didn’t necessarily display the same level of power that made him a universally-feared middleweight circa five years ago, he did punctuate the fight with a 12th round knockdown of a flagging Stieglitz.  I had the fight 115-110, with reasonable scores in my opinion ranging from 118-107 Abraham to 114-111 Abraham.  Florida judge Michael Pernick apparently mailed in his scorecard from another fight stateside, because he had it 113-112 for Stieglitz, which is shockingly awful.  Clark Sammartino had it a reasonable 114-111, while Paul Thomas (whose name I don’t even recognize) nailed it at 115-110.  One additional note: referee Geno Rodriguez took an absolutely ridiculous point from Abraham in round 8 for hitting behind the head.  Stieglitz initiated a clinch.  While Abraham tried to punch his way out, Stieglitz turned his head.  It wasn’t even a foul, and certainly not a deductible one.  Especially in light of Stieglitz’ excessive holding, which he at least lost a point for a round later.  With better refereeing, I would have had it 116-110.

 

#9 James DeGale fought injury-free for the first time, by his account, in 18 months.  Overall, he looked pretty good against unbeaten/untested Armenian-born Dutchman Gevorg Khatchikian.  He didn’t have his characteristic spells of hanging out taking shots on the ropes this time around, and scored an 11th-round stoppage.  On the negative side, he did get noticeably hurt and chased around the ring in the 7th round.  On the brighter side, it was the only round I gave Khatchikian and one of only two in which he was even close.  DeGale’s body attack was consistently punishing, and he was the aggressor for virtually the entire fight (7th round aside).  Khatchikian had been looking progressively more ragged ever since his 7th round success, and took a knee on two body shots in quick succession in the 11th.  On the second one, referee Mark Green reached the count of 8 with just 6 seconds remaining in the round.  Khatchikian was standing fully upright without wavering at that point, and I saw nothing in his face that indicated he couldn’t have continued.  Would it ultimately have changed the outcome of the fight?  Probably not.  I mean DeGale would certainly have won in any case, but I’m not certain he would have won by stoppage.  Anyway, it’s a small matter, but I feel it’s a good idea to call out small mistakes as a deterrent to bigger ones later.

 

#15 Middleweight Bryan Vera looked to prove that his robbery loss against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. was no fluke later that night in San Antonio, when he gave the Mexican star a rematch on HBO.  Chavez showed up without weight problems this time, and had apparently actually trained hard.  Chavez was sharper and harder-hitting than Vera throughout, and took a 117-110 win on my card.  Max DeLuca and Ruben Carrion agreed with me, while David Sutherland (apparently having frequent flashbacks to the first fight) turned in an incredible 114-113 for a unanimous decision.  I gave Vera 3 rounds, but two of them were toss-ups.  The other- the 12th- I think should have gone to Chavez via a knockdown for Chavez that was called a slip by Rafael “No one is more professional than I” Ramos, who may have been looking to balance out a ridiculous point deduction on Vera from round 8. 

 

Naturally, we have a fair amount of movement in the rankings.  Abraham grabs the #2 spot with his big win.  Stieglitz falls back to #3, forcing the inactive Kessler to #4.  Chavez makes his debut at 168 with a #9 berth, while Vera returns to the rankings at #10 based on his past wins over Mora and Demers, as well as his highly debatable light heavyweight loss to Chavez.  This forces James DeGale down two spots to #11 and Rebrasse to #12.  They had been in the top 10 for 38 and 15 consecutive weeks, respectively.  Bika falls to #13, Vlasov to #14, Rodriguez to #15, Andy Lee to #16, Gilberto Ramirez to #17, Murata to #18, Anthony Dirrell to #19, and Hadillah Mohoumadi to #20.  Truax slips from the rankings after 36 weeks in, as does Jack- by a long shot- after 32.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (116-250-250)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Carl Froch (93-403-403)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Arthur Abraham (1-228-228)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- W (SD12) vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham is back near the top again after defeating Stieglitz convincingly in  the rubber match.
3) Robert Stieglitz (1-236-236)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s back to the drawing board for Stieglitz, though his resume still compares favorably to the field.
4) Mikkel Kessler (1-482-482)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler is reportedly discussing a return with Sauerland, but there is no obvious opponent available for him at present.
5) Brandon Gonzales (36-36-36)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales was said to have reached a deal to fight Vlasov, but Vlasov has scheduled another fight, and it’s been hard to find any mention of the match since it was reportedly made.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (23-144-192)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (17-17-62)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
I doubt he’ll get much love from the alphabets for his effort, but I think you could make a better case for him winning than losing against Oosthuizen, though I had it a draw personally.
8) George Groves (17-64-86)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #15 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez may have earned some fans back in the Vera rematch, after the loss of said fans was made apparent by the poor gate at the Alamodome that night.
10) Bryan Vera (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even in defeat, Vera has regained a ranking at 168 and is- at least temporarily- ranked in 2 division.
11) James DeGale (1-125)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- TKO11 Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale may now get an immediate shot at Sakio Bika after his tune-up win and eliminator rival Badou Jack’s collapse.
12) Christopher Rebrasse (1-39)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- UD6 George Kandelaki (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse will get a March 22 rematch against Ndiaye that is hardly needed, as Rebrasse dominated the first fight on his way to being robbed.
13) Sakio Bika (1-361)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell wants a rematch, and that’s obviously a worthy endeavor given the legitimate draw the first time around, but with Jack falling out of the eliminator picture, Bika may be ordered to face DeGale next.
14) Maxim Vlasov (1-69)
Last Fight: 12/5/2013- KO4 Maxell Taylor (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Henry Buchanan (UNR)
An IBF eliminator with Brandon Gonzales appears to be on hold, as Vlasov will now fight lower-mid-level journeyman Henry Buchanan on March 15.
15) Edwin Rodriguez (1-59)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
According to his trainer Ronnie Shields, they might be looking to fight a top-15 level light heavyweight, and have absolutely no intention to ever try to make 168 again.  He’ll be on the shelf for a little while due to bone chip-removal surgery on his elbow in December.
 16) Andy Lee (1-42)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013-TKO2 Ferenc Hafner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee was close to a deal to fight Golovkin on April 26, but the Kazakh will no longer be fighting on that date due to his father’s death.
17) Gilberto Ramirez (1-5)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO1 #19 Don Mouton
Next Fight: Unknown
Much like many of his peers in the 168 pound rankings, Ramirez might really be a middleweight, but nevertheless has a solid resume in this division.
18) Ryota Murata (1-28)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bob Arum plans to have Murata in action at Singapore this year according to Dan Rafael, but I don’t have any further details.
19) Anthony Dirrell (1-13)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
20) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-53)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: After a week of action and upheaval, no follow-up this week.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Feb 24- Mar 2

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by danboxing
#16 Ryota Murata again fought just a pound or two over the middleweight limit, and looked very good against competent but overmatched veteran journeyman Carlos Nascimento of Brazil, whom he stopped in four.  Murata showed big power, good timing, nice finishing skills, and even substantially improved defense as opposed to his last fight.  Not bad for a guy in his 3rd fight.  Even so, his best win by far was his pro debut, which got him ranked where he is.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (115-249-249)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says his manager is working on his next fight despite his lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen.  He had indicated interest in Golovkin, but the Kazakh’s own trainer recently said his fighter is not ready for that fight.
1) Carl Froch (92-402-402)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Robert Stieglitz (49-235-235)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD12 Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
The Abraham-Stieglitz trilogy bout, originally announced for February 1, is now official for March 1, in Stieglitz’s home base of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (63-481-481)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler is reportedly discussing a return with Sauerland, but there is no obvious opponent available for him at present.
4) Arthur Abraham (41-227-227)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
5) Brandon Gonzales (35-35-35)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales was said to have reached a deal to fight Vlasov, but Vlasov has scheduled another fight, and it’s been hard to find any mention of the match since it was reportedly made.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (22-143-191)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (16-16-61)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
I doubt he’ll get much love from the alphabets for his effort, but I think you could make a better case for him winning than losing against Oosthuizen, though I had it a draw personally.
8) George Groves (16-63-85)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) James DeGale (15-38-124)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
DeGale has been ordered to face Badou Jack for a shot at Bika’s alphabet belt.  Before that, he’ll fight undefeated Dutchman Gevorg Khatchikian on March 1 in Bristol.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (15-15-38)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- UD6 George Kandelaki (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2014- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse will get a March 22 rematch against Ndiaye that is hardly needed, as Rebrasse dominated the first fight on his way to being robbed.
11) Sakio Bika (15-360)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell wants a rematch, and that’s obviously a worthy endeavor given the legitimate draw the first time around.  In the meantime, machinations are underway for an eliminator between Jack and DeGale, with the winner to become his mandatory.  On Bika’s end, he’d like a unification with Froch.
12) Maxim Vlasov (16-68)
Last Fight: 12/5/2013- KO4 Maxell Taylor (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Henry Buchanan (UNR)
An IBF eliminator with Brandon Gonzales appears to be on hold, as Vlasov will now fight lower-mid-level journeyman Henry Buchanan on March 15.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (16-58)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
According to his trainer Ronnie Shields, they might be looking to fight a top-15 level light heavyweight, and have absolutely no intention to ever try to make 168 again.  He’ll be on the shelf for a little while due to bone chip-removal surgery on his elbow in December.
 14) Andy Lee (22-41)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013-TKO2 Ferenc Hafner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee is reportedly being considered for a shot at Gennady Golovkin on April 26.
15) Gilberto Ramirez (4-4)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO1 #19 Don Mouton
Next Fight: Unknown
Much like many of his peers in the 168 pound rankings, Ramirez might really be a middleweight, but nevertheless has a solid resume in this division.
16) Ryota Murata (4-27)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Anthony Dirrell (4-12)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (4-52)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Caleb Truax (4-36)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax may have been a little lucky to escape with a draw against Duran.  I agree with the decision, but it could only have tilted the other way if it tilted at all.
 20) Badou Jack (4-32)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 Rogelio Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/28/2014- vs. Derek Edwards (UNR)
Jack will be on ShoBox at the end of the month against journeyman Derek Edwards, in what amounts to a tune-up for his eliminator against DeGale.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
J’Leon Love vs. Vladine Biosse; Verona, New York; Showtime (US)
Love is one of Floyd Mayweather’s top promotional prospects.  He’s got a long jab and some slick defensive skills, but in my opinion, he’s vastly overrated.  He deserved losses to both Derrick Findley and Gabriel Rosado, and I had him behind to Lajuan Simon when he scored the stoppage.  He also has been busted for banned diuretics- that in the Rosado fight.  Biosse is a busted prospect, having been stopped in upset fashion by Marcus Upshaw and an unknown version of Denis Grachev.  Even worse, he’s coming off a draw in his last fight against journeyman Richard Gingras.  This is a good scenario for Love- a fairly recognizable name that has little or no chance.

 

#20 Badou Jack vs. Derek Edwards; Verona, New York; Showtime (US)
Jack is another Mayweather prospect, and so far the more impressive of the two I’ve mentioned.  He will be in against veteran journeyman Derek Edwards, who you might describe as mid-level and no great threat.  Edwards was an undefeated prospect at one point, but has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5.

 

Luis Arias vs. Dashon Johnson; Verona, New York; Off TV
This fight won’t make the TV card, but is not the least of the match-ups in terms of competition.  Johnson is deservedly the big underdog, but he made a name for himself- at least for me- with a shocking upset of Canadian prospect Adam Trupish in 2013.  He followed that up later in the year by outpointing once-impressive middleweight Craig McEwan.  He’s got more than his share of losses at that level, too, though.  If nothing else, it’s a good measuring stick for Arias, who has been steadily stepping up his competition.

 

Saturday
#2 Robert Stieglitz vs. #4 Arthur Abraham; Magdeburg, Germany; SAT1 (Germany)
There’s not a lot left to say about this match-up, as this is the third meeting for the two fighters.  Abraham won a close but clear decision in the first iteration, and was shockingly dominated and stopped early in the second.  Stieglitz comes in as the favorite, and the winner will most likely be the number 2 contender next week.

 

#9 James DeGale vs. Gevorg Khatchikian; Bristol, England; Channel 5 (UK)
Khatchikian is an unbeaten Armenian who has made his home in the Netherlands since age 13.  He’s the best super middleweight in Holland, though that’s not saying much.  He’s quite untested, and is the huge underdog against top-10 DeGale.  The Englishman might even be better than that.  He probably deserved the decision against George Groves when the pair fought, and has been struggling with a groin injury possibly ever since.  He finally had surgery to correct the issue, and so the suggestion, at least, is that we’ll see a fully functional DeGale for the first time in a while. 

 

#15 MW Bryan Vera vs. Julio Cesar Chavez; San Antonio, Texas; HBO (US)
Another intriguing re-match.  Vera almost certainly deserved a win in the first fight, but was borderline robbed.  Chavez came in extremely heavy for that fight, and looked sluggish.  If he can motivate himself, this might be a good one.  Vera is no slouch, despite being the naturally much smaller man, and always comes to fight.

Middleweight: 2013, May 6-12

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by danboxing
Another week of significant fights and significant controversy, though less momentous on both counts.

 

In the week’s most significant fight, the Japanese 154 champion Akio Shibata moved up to challenge #18 Makoto Fuchigami at 160.  Fuchigami, though stripped of the title for fighting international competition, came in as the Japanese champion at 160 for all intents and purposes.  Unfortunately I can’t find a video of the fight so far, nor any decent news report about it in English.  All I can say is that Shibata seems to have beaten Fuchigami pretty convincingly, though by the ever-unsatisfactory way of technical decision.  The fight ended about a minute into the 9th round, with Shibata victorious by scores of 89-81, 89-82, and 87-83.  The scores would indicate the likelihood that either a knockdown or point deduction was scored, though my only real source- Boxrec- doesn’t give any such details at this point.

 

Here’s where the controversy comes in.  On the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard in Vegas, junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado took a big risk (with not a lot of possible reward) in fighting relatively unproven prospect J’Leon Love on a card promoted by Love’s promoter.  It didn’t pay off.  Rosado dropped Love in the closing seconds of round 6, and while about half the fight was composed of toss-up rounds, and was definitely very close overall, I felt that Rosado’s obviously superior power and aggression earned him the win.  I scored it 96-93, and thought anything between 97-92 Rosado and 97-93 Love would be reasonable (since Love was winning round 6 aside from the knockdown, and may have had an argument for only a 10-9).  Two of the judges had scores well within that range, one in each direction.  The third, Herb Santos, didn’t watch the fight.  He had it 97-92 for Love, meaning that he did give Rosado the 10-8, but then gave every other close round and one clear Rosado round to Love.  For the purposes of my rankings, the fight will be treated as something like a draw, with a bare edge to Love in deference to the wrong but mostly reasonable official verdict.

 

Speaking of the rankings, there are some changes.  Shibata debuts at #14 with the win, and he could potentially have gone as high as 12, with Mundine’s difficult resume- which includes a swapping of wins and losses with a contender and a gatekeeper- and Adama’s- which includes a very shaky win over a declining smaller man in Grady Brewer and a couple wins that are comparable to Fuchigami, but are significantly older than Shibata’s triumph.  Fuchigami drops just out of the rankings due to the loss and Shibata’s resulting debut, while everyone ranked #14-17 last week falls back a space.

 

Given both the dubious nature of the result and the fact that Rosado has met with mixed success, at best, while venturing north of 154 in the past, both he and Love remain unranked by a significant margin.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (160-160-160)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (2-75-75)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- draw at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray absolutely deserves to be Champion, but there is an argument that Sergio deserved a draw, and thus he retains the Championship by the slimmest margin possible.  There’s absolutely no way Murray lost the fight.  I hope (but doubt) that he’ll get a rematch.  Chavez is also trying to get Murray to replace Vera as his August 3 opponent.
2) Daniel Geale (2-203-203)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale hopes to have a “keep busy” fight while the IBF (slowly) sorts out his mandatory situation complicated by Soliman’s PED result.  There appear to be talks underway for him to fight Barker, which rather goes against the “keep busy” proposition.
3) Felix Sturm (2-503-503)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF has suspended Sam Soliman for 9 months, and will put Sturm in another eliminator for a shot at Geale.
4) Gennady Golovkin (2-36-99)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (2-98-189)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-101-119)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3He’s also trying to replace Bryan Vera with Martin Murray.
7) Peter Quillin (2-29-50)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (2-145-145)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (2-108-108)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Proksa will bounce back from a hand injury and return on June 28 in the US.  No further details yet.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (10-10-132)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam was recently seen sparring at Mayweather’s gym with some of his top prospects.  This has fueled speculation of his possibly signing with Mayweather Promotions, himself.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (8-119)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Martinez (for whom he is the mandatory) sidelined until 2014, Rubio may get a shot at Sergio’s alphabet belt against someone else in the interim.  Alternatively, I think he is also in line for Quillin’s belt, as well.
12) Anthony Mundine (8-119)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine expects to fight again in late June or July, but doesn’t know against whom or in what division yet.  He has hinted he may be moving back down to 154.
13) Osumanu Adama (8-111)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Akio Shibata (1-1)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unranked
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (1-82)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After apparently losing out to Vera and maybe also to Murray for a shot at Chavez, Barker is now setting his sites on Daniel Geale.
16) Max Bursak (1-119)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak will likely fight Italian gatekeeper Domenico Spada next, as Spada is the mandatory for his European belt.
17) Demetrius Andrade (1-90)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (1-29)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has abeen delayed to August 3, and Chavez appears willing to jump ship for Martin Murray if the opportunity arises.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-62)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Jose Miguel Torres (3-3)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- TKO4 Javier Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Torres sneaks into the rankings based on a nearly 18 month old upset win over Patrick Majewski, but considering the awful opposition he has faced since, I’m not particularly happy about it.

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher gets a soft touch in low-level Ghanaian journeyman Philip Kotey in Brisbane.