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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.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Nov 19-25

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss Miami prospect Joey Hernandez fought in his hometown against short-notice opponent and low-level journeyman James Winchester on ShoBox, and came away with a comfortable if unimpressive decision.  Winchester managed to win the first and last round, plus one other on a single card (I expect it was probably the third, in which Hernandez also suffered a point deduction for hitting on the break).  Despite coming up with the win, Hernandez proved himself- at least to my eyes- to be a slow and out of shape bar-brawler type.  He also came in 2 pounds over 154, for whatever that’s worth.

 

Two other notables were scheduled to see action this week- #19 Roberto Garcia against Cuban prospect Inocente Fiz, and inactive former contender Yuri Foreman against nobody in particular- but neither fight came off as scheduled.

 

No changes to the rankings 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 (29-90-105)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’ll decide his next opponent in January- an uncharacteristically long layoff for the very active superstar.
2) Carlos Molina (29-72-87)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (35-120-120)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Erislandy Lara (2-72-94)

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.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather says his next fight will be in the first half of 2013.
6) Miguel Cotto (2-129-129)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
7) James Kirkland (29-55-55)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (25-25-94)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (25-165-165)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo will likely fight Delvin Rodriguez on December 15.
10) Gabriel Rosado (26-26-94)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Rosado may move up to 160 to challenge human steamroller Gennady Golovkin on January 19.
11) Cory Spinks (23-43)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (23-23)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (26-71)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
See Angulo’s notes, above.
14) Lukas Konecny (7-67)
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) Vanes Martirosyan (7-77)
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.
16) Carlos Quintana (24-29)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Keith Thurman (UNR)
Quintana will serve as a gatekeeper against typically welterweight top prospect Keith Thurman on November 24.
17) Sechew Powell (11-140)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (11-51)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/13/2012- vs. Sam Webb (UNR)
Rose will fight journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb on December 14.
19) Roberto Garcia (11-24)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (11-11)
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: A few compelling fights to report this week.  Saturday in Manchester, England, #12 Sergey Rabchenko defends his European title against one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu.

 

Later that night, #16 Carlos Quintana takes on undefeated prospect Keith Thurman in Ontario, California.  Thurman figures as more of a welterweight, but is a vaunted puncher at that weight.  Should be a very telling match-up, one way or the other.

 

And on the non-televised undercard, wonder twin #1 (in terms of achievement) Jermell Charlo gets a showcase against low-level journeyman Dashon Johnson.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Nov 12-18

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by danboxing
In by far the week’s most significant action, #6 Erislandy Lara met #15 Vanes Martirosyan in Vegas, with a mandatory shot at Canelo on the line.  But as is often the case, the judges robbed us of a satisfactory outcome. 

 

Martirosyan received a bad cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads early in the 9th round, causing the fight to go to the cards a bit early.  Lara had won the first round pretty clearly, but Vanes came back and easily carried the next two.  Lara returned the favor in the 4th, edged out 5 and 6 on my card, and then swept the last 3 pretty clearly.  The 9th was a very short round, but easy to score nevertheless, since Lara landed two punches and Vanes landed none.  So the range of reasonable scores was anywhere between 88-83 Lara (my score) and 86-85 Lara.  But as you already know, the judges couldn’t handle that.  Ricardo Ocasio did a respectable job in scoring it 87-84 Lara.  Jerry Roth gave Vanes at least one clear Lara round in addition to every benefit of the doubt, and Dave Moretti basically gave Vanes all the close rounds as well, but also made what I consider a bit of a cowardly decision.  The 9th round, as I mentioned, didn’t have a lot of action.  But the judges are supposed to score the round.  There wasn’t a lot of effective aggressiveness or ring generalship to use in Vanes’ favor, and so Lara’s landed shots make a clear and decisive difference.  Moretti had an obligation to make a call in the round just as surely as if it had been a 3 minute round decided by a similar margin, and yet he chose to cop out (perhaps knowing that it would make the difference in favor of Lara on his already slightly biased scorecard), scoring the round even and thus creating a stalemate on his scorecard, and yielding a draw overall.  But Lara clearly won the fight, and gets credit for it here.

 

That same night in Los Angeles, #9 Alfredo Angulo returned to action for the first time since his loss to Kirkland and subsequent unjust 8-month detention over an expired visa, taking on young .  The fight was looking to be a good, all-action affair, but Angulo put a stop to it before it got too interesting.  Casarez was in the midst of unloading a combination on Angulo, when Angulo caught him with a beautiful left hook that ended the fight, just under a minute deep.  This was essentially a get-busy fight for Angulo, but he deserves credit not only for the result, but also the fact that he came in at the 154 limit.  A lot of guys would have let their weight fluctuate in a non-title fight coming off a year layoff.

 

In lesser action from Friday, 2-loss Argentine prospect Javier Maciel knocked out mid-level Brazilian journeyman Anderson Clayton in Caseros, Argentina, in the 4th round. 

 

I’m sure this will be controversial, but in my book, Lara’s win gets him up to #4, past Cotto and Mayweather.  Mayweather’s only relevant result in the division was a squeaker against Cotto, who was ranked #4 at the time.  Such a squeaker, in fact, that I view it as closer to a draw than an unmitigated win.  Lara has what amounts to a clear win over a #6 in Paul Williams, and so those basically balance out.  The rest is all gravy for Lara, whose arguable worst result was a draw with then-fringe contending Carlos Molina.  But considering what Molina has done since, there’s an argument to be made that the draw is among the better results recorded by any fighter in the division in retrospect.  Lara’s move to #4 pushes Mayweather and Cotto down one spot each, while Martirosyan stays put at #15.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (28-89-104)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’ll decide his next opponent in January- an uncharacteristically long layoff for the very active superstar.
2) Carlos Molina (28-71-86)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (34-119-119)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Erislandy Lara (1-71-93)

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.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (1-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather says his next fight will be in the first half of 2013.
6) Miguel Cotto (1-128-128)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
7) James Kirkland (28-54-54)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (24-24-93)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (24-164-164)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
So far, so good, as Angulo is back in action.
10) Gabriel Rosado (25-25-93)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was briefly scheduled to fight Elvin Ayala on December 8, but quickly withdrew.
11) Cory Spinks (22-42)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (22-22)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (25-70)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Lukas Konecny (6-66)
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) Vanes Martirosyan (6-76)
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.
16) Carlos Quintana (23-28)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Keith Thurman (UNR)
Quintana will serve as a gatekeeper against typically welterweight top prospect Keith Thurman on November 24.
17) Sechew Powell (10-139)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (10-50)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Another very mediocre opponent for Rose, but at least this time he took care of business.
19) Roberto Garcia (10-23)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. Inocente Fiz (UNR)
Garcia will take on unproven Cuban prospect Inocente Fiz this weekend.
20) Anthony Mundine (10-10)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale sometime in January, but no date or venue yet.

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss Miami prospect Joey Hernandez fights an undetermined opponent on ShoBox from Miami on Friday.

 

The following night, inactive former contender Yuri Foreman returns from a layoff of 20 months, also fighting an undetermined opponent in Huntington, New York.

 

Also on Saturday, #19 Roberto Garcia looks to mind the gate against undefeated but highly untested Cuban Inocente Fiz in Las Vegas.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss Miami prospect Joey Hernandez came in a bit over the limit and stopped journeyman Brandon Baue in the 4th round in Hollywood, Florida.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (8-69-84)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
After Josesito Lopez upset Victor Ortiz, Alvarez is looking for a fourth scheduled opponent for his 9/15 date.  Trout and Quintana are being considered, and it also may be possible that Lopez could be asked to move up 2 weight classes over his natural weight, as well.
2) Carlos Molina (8-51-66)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (14-99-99)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #11 Cory Spinks
K9 has a date with Cory Spinks.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Ortiz have been mentioned.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (8-108-108)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (8-51-73)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/30/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Lara will fight fringe contender Freddy Hernandez June 30 on Showtime.
7) James Kirkland (8-34-34)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland bailed almost immediately on a fight he signed with Canelo, and says he plans to return in October or November.
8) Austin Trout (4-4-73)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is among those being considered to tangle with Canelo on 9/15.
9) Alfredo Angulo (4-144-144)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
10) Gabriel Rosado (5-5-73)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado still wants Canelo, though Canelo isn’t considering him as an option at present.
11) Cory Spinks (2-22)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage on June 30.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is likely to defend his European title against France’s Cedric Vitu in his next fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (5-50)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (3-56)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes’ pointless scheduled fight with journeyman Ryan Davis is in doubt, as he now says (against his normal character) that he’d like to go direct to a fight with Canelo.
15) Lukas Konecny (3-46)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny-Baysangurov will finally happen- October 27 in Kiev.
16) Carlos Quintana (3-8)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Ryan Rhodes (2-140)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L (TKO7) vs. Sergey Rabchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes says he has no plans to retire after losing to Rabchenko.
18) Sechew Powell (2-119)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Brian Rose (2-30)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose’s reign as British Champion hasn’t been the greatest- partly due to limited available opposition, and partly due to his own awful performance against Carslaw.
20) Roberto Garcia (2-3)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: In a Saturday doubleheader in Indio, California, #3 Cornelius Bundrage will look to repeat his fantastic and punishing performance against #11 Cory Spinks in a rematch of that pair’s 2010 match.  

 

On the undercard, #6 Erislandy Lara takes on gatekeeper/prospect hybrid Freddy Hernandez in a 10-rounder.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jun 18-24

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by danboxing
The most important action of the week was Ryan Rhodes’ Manchester tilt with undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergey Rabchenko.  Rabchenko fought a very impressive fight.  He was relentlessly aggressive, and yet he came forward in a measured way that kept him at exactly the right distance at virtually all times and left him balanced and ready to deliver hard shots.  Rhodes, despite being a consummate boxer, was never able to get more than a step between himself and his opponent.  It was as if the two were linked by a short tether.  nevertheless, Rhodes did nearly his share of good work.  He landed an absolutely perfect straight right at one point (Rhodes is a southpaw, but both men switched stances frequently) that practically spun Rabchenko’s entire body around, but the younger man was stunned for only a few seconds.  Rhodes’ defense was often impressive, as well, bobbing and weaving effectively to make Rabchenko miss more than his share of shots, even on the ropes.  Nevertheless, it appeared that Rabchenko’s pressure was having an effect by the end of round 6, by which time Rabchenko had probably earned a 2-point lead on the cards.  But the script flipped in round 7, as Rhodes came out like a new man and started to control matters with masterful ring generalship and timing.  He was well on his way to winning the round when, with about 15 seconds remaining, Rabchenko landed a sneaky left hook to the solar plexus that sent Rhodes to a knee, wincing.  Rhodes got up by the count of 8, but the agony on his face convinced Italian referee Adrio Zannoni to wave it off without so much as a question.

 

In other action, British unbeaten but untested prospect Nasser Al Harbi put up a spirited but ultimately inadequate effort against the more proven one-loss Italian Emanuele Della Rosa in Rome.  Al Harbi did look good at times, winning anywhere between 2 and 4 of the 12 rounds.  The only notable moment in which a fighter was hurt, however, was late in the final round when Della Rosa clipped the Brit.

 

Rabchenko debuts at #12.  Normally a win over a #11 contender would get on into the top 10, but that crew is loaded down with good wins, creating a bit of a firewall.  Rhodes falls to #17, over 2 1/2 years removed from his last significant win.  Everyone ranked #17 and below last week is forced back a spot, including Anthony Mundine, who exits after just one week back in the mix.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (7-68-83)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Alvarez will fight Victor Ortiz on a 9/15 Showtime PPV if Ortiz gets by Josesito Lopez.
2) Carlos Molina (7-50-65)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (13-98-98)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #11 Cory Spinks
K9 has a date with Cory Spinks.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (7-7-7)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Ortiz have been mentioned.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (7-107-107)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (7-50-72)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/30/2013- vs. Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Lara will fight fringe contender Freddy Hernandez June 30 on Showtime.
7) James Kirkland (7-33-33)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland bailed almost immediately on a fight he signed with Canelo, and says he plans to return in October or November.
8) Austin Trout (3-3-72)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is among those being considered to tangle with Canelo on 9/15.
9) Alfredo Angulo (3-143-143)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
10) Gabriel Rosado (4-4-72)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado still wants Canelo, though Canelo isn’t considering him as an option at present.
11) Cory Spinks (1-21)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on June 30.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko looks like a real climber after stopping Rhodes.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (4-49)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (2-55)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Same ‘ole, same ‘ole.  Vanes had a shot at Lara, and chose instead to fight Ryan Davis.  He doesn’t sound tough, and he’s not.
15) Lukas Konecny (2-45)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny-Baysangurov will finally happen- October 27 in Kiev.
16) Carlos Quintana (2-7)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Ryan Rhodes (1-139)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L (TKO7) vs. Sergey Rabchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes says he has no plans to retire after losing to Rabchenko.
18) Sechew Powell (1-118)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Brian Rose (1-29)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose’s reign as British Champion hasn’t been the greatest- partly due to limited available opposition, and partly due to his own awful performance against Carslaw.
20) Roberto Garcia (1-2)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss prospect Joey Hernandez fights low-level journeyman Brandon Baue in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Apr 16-22

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
One-loss prospect Joey Hernandez unexpectedly came in as a super middleweight and made short work of his middleweight opponent in Miami, stopping Shakir Ashanti in just under a round.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (4-41-56)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
2) Saul Alvarez (4-59-74)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (4-89-89)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
4) Miguel Cotto (20-98-98)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (20-41-63)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
The Hearns fight has been rescehduled for April 20.  Molina would like a rematch, too.
6) James Kirkland (4-24-24)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even after his unimpressive performance against Molina (or perhaps in part because of it), Lara still wants to fight him.
7) Paul Williams (9-9-63)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (9-134-134)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (9-130-130)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
10) Gabriel Rosado (9-13-63)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (9-12)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (9-63)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Two rumors: vs. Dzinziruk on HBO on August 25, and vs. Delvin Rodriguez on 6/2, Showtime.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (9-40)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
See Trout’s notes, above.
14) Brian Rose (19-20)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose expects to be back before Summer.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (19-46)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andy Lee has won the Chavez sweepstakes for 6/16, leaving Vanes looking for another fight.
16) Lukas Konecny (5-36)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Sechew Powell (5-109)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (5-23)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Margarito is looking to return either 6/2 or 9/15.  Roberto Garcia recently called him out.
19) Prince Arron (5-8)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron has a new trainer and says he’s moving up to middleweight.
20) Anthony Mundine (5-5)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The much larger Danny Green is gunning for a rematch.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday: Gatekeeper Mateo Veron looks to avenge a 2010 loss to journeyman Guido Pitto in San Martin, Argentina.  Meanwhile in Biloxi, Mississippi, #5 Erislandy Lara finally gets his somewhat pointless fight with journeyman Ronald Hearns out of the way.

 

Saturday, undefeated Polish prospect Damian Jonak takes on mid-range Brazilian journeyman Anderson Clayton in Zabrze, Poland.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Apr 9-15

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
#16 Lukas Konecny dominated French journeyman Salim Larbi for 6 rounds on Thursday in the Czech Republic, and then knocked him out with a body shot in the 7th in what was little more than a stay-busy fight that Konecny took after his fight with Zaurbek Baysangurov was canceled by injury.  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 (3-40-55)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
2) Saul Alvarez (3-58-73)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (3-88-88)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
4) Miguel Cotto (19-97-97)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (19-40-62)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
The Hearns fight has been rescehduled for April 20.  Molina would like a rematch, too.
6) James Kirkland (3-23-23)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even after his unimpressive performance against Molina (or perhaps in part because of it), Lara still wants to fight him.
7) Paul Williams (8-8-62)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (8-133-133)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (8-129-129)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
10) Gabriel Rosado (8-12-62)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (8-11)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (8-62)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout will probably fight Dzinziruk on HBO on August 25.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (8-39)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez has confirmed that he’ll be staying at 154.
14) Brian Rose (18-19)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose expects to be back before Summer.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (18-45)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andy Lee has won the Chavez sweepstakes for 6/16, leaving Vanes looking for another fight.
16) Lukas Konecny (4-35)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Sechew Powell (4-108)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (4-22)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Margarito is looking to return either 6/2 or 9/15.  Roberto Garcia recently called him out.
19) Prince Arron (4-7)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron has a new trainer and says he’s moving up to middleweight.
20) Anthony Mundine (4-4)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss prospect Joey Hernandez stays busy against generic journeyman Shakir Ashanti in Miami on Saturday.