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Super Middleweight: 2013, Mar 4-10

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by danboxing
No results to report from last week, but I did find a news article from Germany to the effect that #9 Karoly Balzsay announced his retirement at a press conference in Budapest.  The article was from February 7, and so it appears that the news site I rely on seems to have let me down.  Anyway, Balzsay gets a gold watch and is removed from the rankings.  This allows Andy Lee to somewhat ridiculously move up to #10 a week before he is set to be removed for inactivity in a division he never really belonged to anyway.  Everyone ranked #11 and below last week moves up, and the #20 spot is claimed by Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi, a hard-luck loser in fights with James DeGale and Nikola Sjekloca.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (64-198-198)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward’s done with surgery, and is likely out until at least the Summer.
1) Carl Froch (41-351-351)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
The deal is done.  Froch will get a rematch with Kessler on May 25 in London.
2) Arthur Abraham (12-176-176)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO8 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Abraham will rematch Stieglitz on March 23 in Stieglitz’s hometown of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (12-430-430)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
4) Lucian Bute (28-360-360)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bute appeared to be in line for Bika, and that may still be so, but apparently he has already agreed to fight Jean Pascal.  Both men have good opportunities in front of them already, so we’ll see if this fight will get in the way.
5) Robert Stieglitz (28-184-184)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- #2 Arthur Abraham
See Abraham’s notes, above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (28-92-140)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was supposed to be fighting in February, but no opponent was ever named, and the fight seems to have quietly vacated the schedule.
7) Adonis Stevenson (21-65-65)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Darnell Boone (UNR)
With his hopes of fighting Carl Froch dashed for the moment, Stevenson will tend to some unfinished business when he tries to avenge his 2010 stoppage loss to Darnell Boone on March 22 in Montreal.
8) George Groves (7-12-34)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD12 Glen Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Politics over combat.  Groves’ split- amicable as it was- with promoter Frank Warren deep-sixed his excellent match-up with Ndiaye, and Groves will instead fight a no doubt deeply inferior opponent this Saturday.
9) Sakio Bika (1-3-309)
Last Fight: 2/16/2013- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
Bika did as expected and outclassed Sjekloca, and now has a fight with Bute (possibly) on the horizon, with an upside of a theoretical rematch with Andre Ward, or may just end up fighting Ward.
10) Andy Lee (1-1-104)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- W(PTS10) vs. Anthony Fitzgerald (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee will be removed next week if he doesn’t schedule a plausibly Super Middleweight fight by then.
11) Anthony Dirrell (1-66)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell stated via Twitter on February 20 that he’d be fighting a tune-up in 2 months.  That means roughly mid-April.  It’ll be good to see him back in the ring after coming back from several orthopedic injuries due to a motorcycle crash.
12) Will Rosinsky (1-38)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
According to Rosinsky, he’s got an “unofficially official” date to fight Brandon Gonzales on Friday Night Fights April 12, and is just waiting on Gonzales’ signature.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-69)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves withdrew from their scheduled 3/16 European title fight due to promotional changes.
14) Dimitri Sartison (1-140)
Last Fight: 1/27/2013- UD6 Artem Solomko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison appeared to have a fight scheduled for 3/9, but it’s no longer showing up on boxrec.
15) James DeGale (1-73)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. Pablo Farias (UNR)
DeGale takes on 2-loss Argentine prospect Pablo Farias in Bluewater, England on March 23.
16) Ezequiel Maderna (1-10)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- RTD7 Claudio Abalos
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #18 Edwin Rodriguez
Maderna gets the first real international break of his career on March 30, when he fights fellow up-and-coming prospect Edwin Rodriguez of Massachusetts by way of the Dominican Republic, with the winner to fight the winner of Erdei-Grachev.  I actually can’t find it anywhere, but the fact that Grachev and especially Erdei are light heavyweights typically would seem to indicate that Maderna-Rodriguez might be at that weight, too.
17) Maxim Vlasov (1-17)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Ruben Acosta (UNR)
Vlasov has been keeping busy against basically a good journeyman level of opposition, and continues that trend by taking on Argentina’s Ruben Acosta in Russia.
18) Edwin Rodriguez (1-7)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #16 Ezequiel Maderna
See Maderna’s notes, above.
19) Dyah Davis (1-2)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
Davis backs into the #20 spot, having lost his last fight and not having fought at all since early June.
20) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- UD10 Cedric Bellais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi isn’t maybe the most obvious choice to be ranked, but he arguably beat DeGale (I thought he did better against him than Groves did) and by most accounts may have beaten Sjekloca, as well.

 

The Week Ahead: After canceling his affiliation with promoter Frank Warren and with it his 3/16 European title fight with Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye, George Groves will instead fight on Eddie Hearn’s card this Saturday, though his presently unnamed opponent is bound to be a substantial step down in class from Ndiaye.

Year-End Awards: Super Middleweight, 2012

Posted in Super Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 2013 by danboxing
This is the first time I’ve done this, and I hope you like it.  It’s been a lot of effort.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Super Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Carl Froch
This was a very close call.  You can’t really do better than Ward’s one fight this year- a dominant knockout victory over the light heavyweight champion.  But Froch had a win nearly as impressive- a dominant knockout victory over #1 Super Middleweight contender Lucian Bute.  But he went over the top with his additional dominant knockout victory over #11 light heavyweight Yusaf Mack.

 

Prospect of the Year: Will Rosinsky
Despite an expected loss to Kelly Pavlik, Rosinsky is able to edge out fellow prospects Maderna and Vlasov by becoming the only eligible super middleweight to beat a top 20 opponent in Aaron Pryor, Jr. 

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: Champ Andre Ward TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Anytime the #1 contender in the division gets knocked out by the #2, and that fight is not the most important knockout of the year, you know there was one whale of a championship matchup within the same 12 months.  In this case, it was a battle of legitimate champions, as Light Heavyweight kingpin Chad Dawson dropped down to try and add Ward’s title to his trophy case.  But Ward proved way too good, breaking Dawson down and stopping him in the 10th.  Froch’s destruction of Bute is a close but clear runner-up.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: Adonis Stevenson KO1 Jesus Gonzales
This was a real toss-up.  The most exciting stoppage of the year was actually probably Froch’s pummeling of Bute in the corner that obligated the ref to step in.  It didn’t hurt that the crowd was like pure adrenaline in the background.  But Bute was stopped on his feet.  I feel compelled to give bonus points in this category to one-punch devastating knockdowns that abruptly end the night.  Stevenson’s icing of Gonzales fits that criteria.  Although the knockdown punch itself didn’t appear to land quite flush, it was powerful enough to put Gonzales down, and whatever damage Stevenson’s left hand didn’t do, the canvas picked up the slack, as Gonzales’ head bounced off of it twice in concussive fashion.

 

Match-Up of the Year: Champ Andre Ward vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Though the fight in the ring ended up looking like a bit of a mismatch, this was actually up there with the best rankings match-ups of all time.  Two reigning Champions fighting each other for both Championships?  That’s never happened before.  In alphabet terms, it was only for the 168 title, but logically it was for both.  Froch-Bute is again the very credible runner-up.

 

Fight of the Year: Carl Froch TKO5 Lucian Bute
There weren’t really any good competitive action fights this year.  The closest thing to it was probably Thomas Oosthuizen vs. Marcus Johnson.  Even so, that fight turned out to be pretty forgettable.  The most memorable action fight of the year, by far, was Froch-Bute.  Its importance largely makes up for its one-sidedness, and thus it takes the category. 

 

Upset of the Year: Karoly Balzsay TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Although the writing may have been on the wall a bit given Sartison’s struggles following knee surgery, it’s still difficult to see this as anything but a huge upset.  Balzsay had been soundly beaten by an unproven prospect in his previous fight (only to escape with a ludicrous split decision win) and was barely more than a journeyman coming in.  Though Sartison’s struggles may have been predictable, Balzsay’s excellent performance was not.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Karoly Balzsay
Balzsay had not been particularly relevant since losing back to back fights in 2009 to Stieglitz and Gutknecht.  He became (at least in fairness) less so by getting soundly outboxed by unproven prospect Stas Kashtanov in 2011.  But having walked away with a ludicrous win in that fight, he parlayed it into an undeserved fight with a vulnerable Sartison.  But once in the fight, he did deserve the win, completing an unlikely comeback indeed.  Unfortunately, that has been the last we’ve heard of him, and will likely continue to be for a while longer.  He spent a large chunk of the year with an injured back, and has since been on the shelf due to his bankrupt promotional firm essentially ceasing to function.

 

Robbery of the Year: James DeGale UD12 Hadillah Mohoumadi
The division wasn’t as fraught with robberies as most were this year.  But if you could call any two high-level fights robberies, both would have featured poor Hadillah Mohoumadi on the short end.  I had Mohoumadi beating DeGale 115-113.  It wasn’t a true robbery because it easily could have been at least a draw and theoretically could have gone to DeGale without too much of a stretch.  But two of the judges did turn in absolutely indefensible scorecards- Pierluigi Poppi at 117-111 and Franco Criminale at 119-109.  Disgraceful.  It’s also heavily rumored that Mohoumadi deserved to beat Nikola Sjekloca earlier in the year, but my best efforts to find a video of that fight have been unsuccessful.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2012 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2012.

 

1) Carl Froch
Significant Results: May 26- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute.  Nov 17- KO3 #11 Light Heavyweight Yusaf Mack.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 27: #2.  May 28-Dec 31: #1.
2) Andre Ward
Significant Results: Sep 8- TKO10 Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Champ.
3) Arthur Abraham
Significant Results: Mar 31: UD12 Fringe Contender Piotr Wilczewski.  Aug 25: UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz.  Dec 15: TKO8 Gatekeeper Mehdi Bouadla.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Aug 26: #6.  Aug 27-Dec 9: #2.  Dec 10-16: #3.  Dec 17-31: #2.
4) Karoly Balzsay
Significant Results: Apr 21: TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 22: Unranked.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #11.  Jul 9-29: #12.  Jul 30-Dec 31: #10.
5) Adonis Stevenson
Significant Results: Feb 18: KO1 #18 Jesus Gonzales.  Apr 20: TKO2 Fringe Contender Noe Gonzalez.  Oct 12: TKO12 Fringe Contender Don George.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 19: #9.  Feb 20-Jul 8: #7.  Jul 9-Oct 14: #8.  Oct 15-Dec 31: #7.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen
Significant Results: Mar 3: TKO6 Fringe Contender Serge Yannick.  Apr 27: UD10 Fringe Contender Marcus Johnson (at LHW).  Aug 2: UD10 Prospect Rowland Bryant.  Nov 10: UD12 Fringe Contender Fulgencio Zuniga.

2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Aug 26: #5.  Aug 27-Dec 31: #6.

7) George Groves
Significant Results: Jul 28: TKO6 Fringe Contender Francisco Sierra (at LHW).  Dec 15: UD12 Fringe Contender Glen Johnson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 8: #20.  Jul 9-15: Unranked.  Jul 16-29: #20.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #19.  Oct 8-14: #18.  Oct 15-Dec 9: #17.  Dec 10-16: #18.  Dec 17-31: #9.
8) Kelly Pavlik
Significant Results: Jul 7: UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 8: Unranked.  Jul 9-Oct 14: #7.  Oct 15-Dec 31: #8.
9) Mikkel Kessler
Significant Results: Dec 8: TKO3 Fringe Contender Brian Magee.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 27: #3.  May 28-Aug 26: #2.  Aug 27-Dec 9: #3.  Dec 10-16: #2.  Dec 17-31: #3.
10) Will Rosinsky
Significant Results: Jun 14: UD8 #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr..  Jul 7: L(UD10) vs. Unranked Contender Kelly Pavlik.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jun 17: Unranked.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #12.  Jul 9-29: #14.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #13.  Dec 17-31: #14.
11) Ezequiel Maderna
Significant Results: May 26: UD12 Gatekeeper Ruben Acosta.  Dec 14: RTD7 Gatekeeper Claudio Abalos.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 30: Unranked.  Dec 31: #18.
12) Maxim Vlasov
Significant Results: Nov 5: UD10 Fringe Contender Khoren Gevor.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Nov 11: Unranked.  Nov 12-Dec 30: #19.  Dec 31: #20.
13) Sakio Bika
Significant Results: Jun 2: TKO10 Fringe Contender Dyah Davis.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 22: #10.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #9.  Jul 9-29: #10.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #9.  Dec 17-31: #12.
14) Edwin Rodriguez
Significant Results: Mar 17: UD10 Fringe Contender Don George.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 29: Unranked.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #20.  Oct 8-Nov 11: #19.  Nov 12-Dec 30: #20.  Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Dyah Davis
Significant Results: Jan 6: UD10 Frigne Contender Alfonso Lopez.  Jun 2: L(TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Oct 7: Unranked.  Oct 8-Nov 11: #20.  Nov 12-Dec 31: Unranked.
16) James DeGale

Significant Results: Oct 13: Questionable W (UD12) vs. Prospect Hadillah Mohoumadi.  Dec 8: UD12 Gatekeeper Fulgencio Zuniga.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 8: #19.  Jul 9-15: #20.  Jul 16-29: #19.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #18.  Oct 8-14: #17.  Oct 15-Dec 9: #18.  Dec 10-16: #16.  Dec 17-31: #17.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi
Significant Results: Jul 24: Controversial L (PTS10) vs. Prospect Nikola Sjekloca.  Oct 13: Questionable L (UD12) vs. #18 James DeGale.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Robert Stieglitz
Significant Results: Jan 14: UD12 Prospect Henry Weber.  May 5: UD12 Gatekeeper Nader Hamdan.  Aug 25: L (UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Aug 26: #4.  Aug 27-Dec 31: #5.
19) Marco Antonio Rubio

Significant Results: Sep 8: RTD4 Gatekeeper Carlos Baldomir.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Ranked only at Middleweight.
20) Alexander Brand

Significant Results: May 11: Questionable L (SD8) vs. Prospect Badou Jack.  Oct 19: UD12 Gatekeeper William Gare.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but did nothing at this weight to help their ranking.  Nearly half are no longer around:

 

Lucian Bute– Jan 1-May 27: #1.  May 28-Aug 26: #3.  Aug 27-Dec 31: #4.

 

Dimitri Sartison– Jan 1-Feb 19: #7.  Feb 20-Apr 22: #8.  Apr 23-Jun 17: #15.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #16.  Jul 9-15: #17.  Jul 16-29: #16.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #15.  Dec 17-31: #16.

 

Peter Quillin– Jan 1-Feb 19: #8.  Feb 20-Apr 22: #9.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #8.  Jul 9-29: #9.  Jul 30-Dec 31: Unranked (moved down).

 

Andy Lee– Jan 1-Apr 22: #11.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #10.  Jul 9-Dec 31: #11.

 

Anthony Dirrell– Jan 1-Jun 17: #12.  Jun 18-Jul 29: #13.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #12.  Dec 17-31: #13.

 

Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye– Jan 1-Jun 17: #13.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #14.  Jul 9-29: #15.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #14.  Dec 17-30: #15.

 

Glen Johnson– Jan 1- Jun 17: #14.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #15.  Jul 9-15: #16.  Jul 16-Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).

 

Bryan Vera– Jan 1-Apr 22: #15.  Apr 23-Jun 17: #16.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #17.  Jul 9-15: #18.  Jul 16-29: #17.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #16.  Oct 8-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Librado Andrade– Jan 1- Apr 22: #16.  Apr 23-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Aaron Pryor, Jr.– Jan 1-Jun 17: #17.  Jun 18-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Jesus Gonzales– Jan 1-Jul 8: #18.  Jul 9-15: #19.  Jul 16-29: #18.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #17.  Oct 8-Dec 9: #16.  Dec 10-16: #17.  Dec 17-30: #18.  Dec 31-#19

Super Middleweight: 2012, Apr 23-29

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2012 by danboxing
After 18 long weeks of a stable top 20, we have practical armageddon this week.  In order of the importance of the fights, here we go:

 

In Schwerin, Germany on Saturday, Dimitri Sartison proved my fears justified.  Still hampered, it would seem, by his surgically-repaired knee, he engaged in a close but generally losing fight with a fringe contender in Balzsay who likely is not quite on a healthy Sartison’s level.  Balzsay capped off the fight impressively with a fine display of power punching that led the referee to quite appropriately stop the fight in the final round.  I honestly can’t say that Sartison’s wheels were his most obvious problem, though.  He lacked head movement almost completely, and his punches were noticeable less sharp than were Balzsay’s.

 

#16 Librado Andrade appeared in what was supposed to be a relaxing stay-busy fight at light heavyweight on the Showtime Extreme undercard on Saturday, but was shockingly and emphatically upset by low-profile one-loss prospect Rowland Bryant.  Bryant was more athletic, had better timing, and hit with more power than the faded contender, and took him out in the third round.  The stoppage may have been premature given Andrade’s proven toughness, but he definitely appeared way outgunned, and it seemed like only a matter of time.

 

Friday in Montreal, #7 Adonis Stevenson picked up a 2nd round TKO over one-loss fringe contending prospect Noe Gonzalez.  The stoppage was definitely quick.  Stevenson had definitely started to consistently land his power shots and had definitely hurt Gonzalez, but the Uruguayan fighter was still showing plenty of awareness with which to defend himself.  Definitely a hometown stoppage.  But on the other hand, Stevenson appears nearly unstoppable when he is on the attack, and so I suspect that we were only seconds away from a legitimate and potentially devastating one.

 

In other action on Saturday, #19 James DeGale stopped Spanish contender-turned-journeyman Cristian Sanavia in the 4th round to successfully defend his European title in Denmark, and #15 Bryan Vera won a solid decision over journeyman Taronze Washington in a stay-busy fight in Fort Worth.

 

Balzsay moves from obscurity up to the #11 spot.  Had it not been for what should have been his clear loss to an unproven Stanislas Kashtanov last year, he would have easily cracked the top 10 with this win, even with the very serious questions about Sartison’s fitness for action lingering.  Sartison, despite these questions, falls only to #15 due to his overall resume.  Last week’s #16, Librado Andrade, falls from the rankings for the first time since he resumed activity at Super Middle 34 weeks ago.  In perhaps most cases, a loss a division north of the one in which a fighter is ranked will in no way affect his ranking, but since Bryant had lost to a bad opponent and never beaten a good one prior to fighting Andrade, and considering that he was in general not on the map, it just wouldn’t make sense to rank the rugged Mexican former contender in any division at this time.  Stevenson’s win, while nice, is not at the level required to dislodge the more proven Arthur Abraham.  And none of the other fights could affect the rankings by any stretch of the imagination.  It feels like Stas Kashtanov should get some love now that the guy he was robbed of beating is highly-ranked, but unfortunately Balzsay’s status at that time didn’t warrant it, and it would be a difficult precedent to set to become that retrospective.  Quillin, Bika, and Lee each move up a spot.  Lee enters the top 10 for the first time.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (19-153-153)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a disappointing batch of initial rhetoric coming out of the Ward camp.  While Bute says he is willing to travel to Oakland to fight Ward, Ward himself seems more interested in Kessler.  Normally I wouldn’t knock a Champ-#3 contender matchup, but we’ve already got that one figured out.  He’s also said he’s willing to fight J.C. Chavez in Mexico.
1) Lucian Bute (19-315-315)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Despite Showtime rejecting the fight, Bute will face Froch in Nottingham on May 26.  Epix will likely televise in the US.
2) Carl Froch (19-306-306)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #1 Lucian Bute
See Bute’s notes, above.
3) Mikkel Kessler (19-385-385)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Allan Green (UNR) (at LHW)
I’m still not clear on why Kessler and Stieglitz is off, but Kessler is now set to fight Allan Green at 175 for some reason.  The fight will be in Copenhagen.
4) Robert Stieglitz (19-139-139)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz has now been canceled on twice in a row, as the Kessler fight was deep-sixed for still-unclear reasons, and now George Groves has withdrawn with an injury.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (19-47-95)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO6 Serge Yannick (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2012- vs. Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Prospective opponent Maxim Vlasov was injured in a car accident, and so Oosthuizen will be fighting fringe contender/prospect Marcus Johnson, instead.  April 27, on ShoBox.
6) Arthur Abraham (19-131-131)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham has proven that he’s still above the fringe contender level despite his struggles late in the Super Six.  It might be time for him to start fighting top-10 types again, even if they are carefully chosen.
7) Adonis Stevenson (10-20-20)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 #18 Jesus Gonzales
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Stevenson has worn out every fringe contender he can find, and is now looking to fight Ward or Bute, though he might have an opportunity for a shot at some random vacant title against Anthony Dirrell.
8) Peter Quillin (1-52-52)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW?)
After it originally appeared a no-go, Quillin’s proposed fight with inactive former champ Winky Wright is now on for the Tarver-Kayode undercard on Showtime.
9) Sakio Bika (1-19-264)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD3 Alfredo Contreras (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Avoided removal by the skin of his teeth, but he’s going to start plummeting any month now if he doesn’t beat someone decent.
10) Andy Lee (1-1-59)
Last Fight: 3/10/2012- TKO2 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. MW #? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Lee gets the fight he’s been waiting for, against the best opponent of his career in Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.  The fight will be in El Paso in mid-June.
11) Karoly Balzsay (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Took advantage of a diminished version of Sartison, which leaves him knocking on the door of the top 10 despite being outfought by unproven prospect Kashtanov.
12) Anthony Dirrell (19-21)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell will likely get an opportunity to fight for a belt vacated by Andre Ward- essentially for being too good- against Adonis Stevenson.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (19-24)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ndiaye will be back in action in late May.  No opponent yet.
14) Glen Johnson (19-77)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
15) Dimitri Sartison (1-95)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison is taking a step back up to the fringe contender level in April.  If his knee isn’t close to 100% (which it didn’t appear to be against journeyman Kulikauskis), Balzsay is the right level of opponent to capitalize.
16) Bryan Vera (1-64)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Taronze Washington (UNR)
Vera will fight no-name journeyman Taronze Washignton on April 21.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (19-51)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Well, it’s clear that he can’t play with at least one of the big boys.  Every division needs fringe contenders, though, and that looks like Pryor’s lane for the time being.
18) Jesus Gonzales (19-42)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (19-28)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy pickings for a European defense against the faded Sanavia.
20) George Groves (19-19)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves is starting to earn himself a reputation as an unreliable opponent.  He withdrew from a scheduled fight back in December with injury.  Then he scheduled a fight for March that he withdrew from in order to fight for Robert Stieglitz’s belt.  But now he has withdrawn with that bout with a new injury.

 

The Week Ahead: #5 Thomas Oosthuizen fights prospect/fringe contender Marcus Johnson on ShoBox from Miami, Oklahoma on Friday.  On Sunday, Stanislas Kashtanov- who easily deserved a win over new #11 Karoly Balzsay last summer- fights journeyman Jorge Rodriguez of Uraguay in Kashtanov’s hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Apr 16-22

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by danboxing
Nothing new to report.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (18-152-152)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a disappointing batch of initial rhetoric coming out of the Ward camp.  While Bute says he is willing to travel to Oakland to fight Ward, Ward himself seems more interested in Kessler.  Normally I wouldn’t knock a Champ-#3 contender matchup, but we’ve already got that one figured out.  He’s also said he’s willing to fight J.C. Chavez in Mexico.
1) Lucian Bute (18-314-314)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Despite Showtime rejecting the fight, Bute will face Froch in Nottingham on May 26.  Epix will likely televise in the US.
2) Carl Froch (18-305-305)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #1 Lucian Bute
See Bute’s notes, above.
3) Mikkel Kessler (18-384-384)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Allan Green (UNR) (at LHW)
I’m still not clear on why Kessler and Stieglitz is off, but Kessler is now set to fight Allan Green at 175 for some reason.  The fight will be in Copenhagen.
4) Robert Stieglitz (18-138-138)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz has now been canceled on twice in a row, as the Kessler fight was deep-sixed for still-unclear reasons, and now George Groves has withdrawn with an injury.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (18-46-94)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO6 Serge Yannick (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/27/2012- vs. Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Prospective opponent Maxim Vlasov was injured in a car accident, and so Oosthuizen will be fighting fringe contender/prospect Marcus Johnson, instead.  April 27, on ShoBox.
6) Arthur Abraham (18-130-130)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham has proven that he’s still above the fringe contender level despite his struggles late in the Super Six.  It might be time for him to start fighting top-10 types again, even if they are carefully chosen.
7) Adonis Stevenson (9-19-19)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 #18 Jesus Gonzales
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Stevenson continues his string of fringe contenders as opponents when he battles Uraguayan prospect Noe Gonzalez on Friday Night Fights in mid-May.
8) Dimitri Sartison (9-90-94)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- W(MD8) vs. Arturs Kulikauskis (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Sartison is taking a step back up to the fringe contender level in April.  If his knee isn’t close to 100% (which it didn’t appear to be against journeyman Kulikauskis), Balzsay is the right level of opponent to capitalize.
9) Peter Quillin (9-51-51)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW?)
After it originally appeared a no-go, Quillin’s proposed fight with inactive former champ Winky Wright is now on for the Tarver-Kayode undercard on Showtime.
10) Sakio Bika (18-18-263)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD3 Alfredo Contreras (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Avoided removal by the skin of his teeth, but he’s going to start plummeting any month now if he doesn’t beat someone decent.
11) Andy Lee (18-58)
Last Fight: 3/10/2012- TKO2 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. MW #? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Lee gets the fight he’s been waiting for, against the best opponent of his career in Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.  The fight will be in El Paso in mid-June.
12) Anthony Dirrell (18-20)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Finally stepped up to the fringe contender level against St. Juste.  Verdict: not too shabby.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (18-23)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ndiaye will be back in action in late May.  No opponent yet.
14) Glen Johnson (18-76)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
15) Bryan Vera (18-63)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Taronze Washington (UNR)
Vera will fight no-name journeyman Taronze Washignton on April 21.
16) Librado Andrade (18-34)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Rowland Bryant (UNR) (at LHW)
Andrade has finally got an opponent for his stay-busy date on April 21: journeyman Rowland Bryant.  This will apparently be a light heavyweight fight.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (18-50)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Well, it’s clear that he can’t play with at least one of the big boys.  Every division needs fringe contenders, though, and that looks like Pryor’s lane for the time being.
18) Jesus Gonzales (18-41)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (18-27)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
DeGale will defend his European crown against Spanish journeyman and former contender Cristian Sanavia on April 21 in Denmark, of all places.
20) George Groves (18-18)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves is starting to earn himself a reputation as an unreliable opponent.  He withdrew from a scheduled fight back in December with injury.  Then he scheduled a fight for March that he withdrew from in order to fight for Robert Stieglitz’s belt.  But now he has withdrawn with that bout with a new injury.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday: #7 Adonis Stevenson looks to destroy another fringe contender as he takes on Uruguay’s Noe Gonzalez on Friday Night Fights.

 

Saturday:
Busy night!  The most potentially significant fight is in Schwerin, Germany, where #8 Dimitri Sartison hopes to return to his past form after a bad knee injury when he takes on fringe contender/gatekeeper type Karoly Balzsay.  Considering that Balzsay definitely deserved to lose to an unproven prospect in Stas Kashtanov, this would normally look like a gimme for Sartison.  The intrigue enters the equation due to the fact that Sartison himself barely scraped by with a win over a very weak journeyman in his return bout.  If that’s the best he’s got left after his injury, Balzsay should have a field day.

 

A bit to the north in Fredrikshavn, Denmark, Euro champion #19 James DeGale takes on aging former contender Cristian Sanavia of Spain.

 

Also, two ranked contenders- #15 Bryan Vera (at middleweight) and #16 Librado Andrade (at light heavyweight) will see action in Texas stay-busy fights, apparently in other divisions.  Vera takes on fellow Texan Taronze Washington in Fort Worth, while Andrade fights untested 15-1 prospect Rowland Bryant in El Paso.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Aug 29- Sep 4

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by danboxing
The most significant fight of this week was Friday between untested but undefeated prospect Stanislav Kashtanov and former contender Karoly Balzsay- who spent the last 2 years fighting pointless matchups at light heavyweight since Eddy Gutknecht decisioned him in late 2009.  Kashtanov came in undefeated.  Balzsay did not.  Kashtanov is Ukrainian, and Balzsay is Hungarian.  The fight took place in the Ukraine.  The clear winner of the fight ended up losing a split decision.  With only that information given, the obvious assumption would be that Balzsay was robbed and that Kashtanov won an undeserved decision.  But not so.  Apparently in the Ukraine, a hometown decision means that the hometown kid dominates the fight and still loses the decision.  French judge Jean-Louis Legland’s card was more-or-less dead on at 116-113 (I had it 116-112), and the fight was definitely between 118-110 and 115-113 Kashtanov.  That’s where the other two judges- Pasquale Procopio of Canada and Stefano Carozza of Italy come in.  These two jokers are the sole reason that Stas Kashtanov has a loss in his career.  Accordingly, I treat the fight- a clear robbery- as a win for Kashtanov.  It’s still not enough to get him into the top 20, but he’s around the top 25 range.

 

The next night, #17 Ezequiel Maderna had no trouble in his native Mexico with journeyman Jorge Rodriguez Olivera, whom he dropped in the third before scoring a TKO in the same round.  Librado Andrade- a former top-level contender who has been sliding in the last couple years- had a similar performance against an opponent of similar quality in Matt O’Brien.  The only difference is that Andrade dropped O’Brien twice en route to his own 3rd round stoppage win.  This win would normally be relatively inconsequential, but in this case it does affect the rankings, since Andrade made 168 for the first time since his 2009 fight with Lucian Bute.  Back at the end of May, I removed Andrade from the rankings shortly after he fell precipitously to #15 due to his close loss to Aaron Pryor because of his inactivity at 168.  Now that he’s an active super middleweight again, his overall record gets a fresh look, and even with his recent difficulties and lack of new and significant success, that record is good enough to regain him a ranking, though the 3 months since he was last ranked has dimmed my view of him enough to see him slide below Vera and Lee to settle back in at #16.  Unfortunately I have to drop hard-luck James DeGale again, even though I definitely believe he deserves to be there over George Groves, who beat him by controversial and close decision earlier this year.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (39-118-118)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
We now have a date certain for the Championship fight between Ward and Froch: October 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (39-271-271)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (39-280-280)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Bute passed up Mikkel Kessler for a potentially slightly easier night with #12 Glen Johnson in early November.
4) Mikkel Kessler (39-350-350)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
The Stieglitz bout is now official, and will be in Copenhagen.
5) Robert Stieglitz (20-104-104)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #4 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes above.
6) Arthur Abraham (17-96-96)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham is scheduled to return to the ring on November 5, probably in a catchweight fight between 160 and 168, and probably against a tune-up-type opponent.
7) Dimitri Sartison (16-56-60)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (16-17-17)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- TKO5 Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin turned down an offer to fight Ishe Smith on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard.  He has bigger ambitions, hoping to fight Sergio Martinez or the winner of Vera-Lee.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. #10 Thomas Oosthuizen
Fights Thomas Oosthuizen in a big test for both fighters this week.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (12-12-60)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/3/2011- vs. #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
See Pryor’s notes, above.
11) Sakio Bika (12-229)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (19-42)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #3 Lucian Bute
With no apparent buzz leading up to the announcement, Johnson suddenly had a fight signed with Bute for November.
13) Isaac Chilemba (17-60)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (12-29)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #15 Andy Lee
Now officially scheduled for a rematch with #15 Andy Lee on October 1, on the Martinez-Barker undercard.  Not sure yet whether that will be a Middleweight or Super Middleweight fight.
15) Andy Lee (12-24)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #14 Bryan Vera
See Vera’s notes, above.
16) Librado Andrade (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Still appears to be well on the downside of his career, but with his past success he only needs to stay active and win to stay in the rankings at this point.
17) Jesus Gonzalez (1-7)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With a fairly comfortable win over a generally solid and much bigger opponent, Gonzalez finds his way easily within the top 20.
18) Ezequiel Maderna (1-25)
Last Fight: 8/28/2011- TKO3 Jorge Rodriguez Olivera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Jesse Brinkley (1-60)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
20) George Groves (1-14)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival  on the strength of the win.

 

The Week Ahead: The big fight this week finds #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr. attempting to prove that his success has not been a fluke as he faces off against fellow up-and-comer #10 Thomas Oosthuizen in Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday.  Earlier in the week on Wednesday, one-loss prospect Serge Yannick of Cameroon takes on decent journeyman Jamie Pittman, who was himself an undefeated prospect until he lost to Felix Sturm, and a fair prospect thereafter until his second loss to Joseph Kwadjo last year.

Super Middleweight: 2011, Aug 22-28

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by danboxing
No action in the division this week.

 

Here are The Ring’s top 10 for comparison purposes:
1) Andre Ward
2) Carl Froch
3) Lucian Bute
4) Mikkel Kessler
5) Robert Stieglitz
6) Sakio Bika
7) Glen Johnson
8) Arthur Abraham
9) Dimitri Sartison
10) Thomas Oosthuizen

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: None
1) Andre Ward (38-117-117)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- UD12 #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #2 Carl Froch
We now have a date certain for the Championship fight between Ward and Froch: October 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
2) Carl Froch (38-270-270)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- W(MD12) vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 10/29/2011- vs. #1 Andre Ward
See Ward’s comments above.
3) Lucian Bute (38-279-279)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- KO4 Jean Paul Mendy (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #12 Glen Johnson
Bute passed up Mikkel Kessler for a potentially slightly easier night with #12 Glen Johnson in early November.
4) Mikkel Kessler (38-349-349)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
The Stieglitz bout is now official, and will be in Copenhagen.
5) Robert Stieglitz (19-103-103)
Last Fight: 4/9/2011- W(DQ10) vs. Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #4 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes above.
6) Arthur Abraham (16-95-95)
Last Fight: 5/14/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham is scheduled to return to the ring on November 5, probably in a catchweight fight between 160 and 168, and probably against a tune-up-type opponent.
7) Dimitri Sartison (15-55-59)
Last Fight: 7/31/2010- UD12 Khoren Gevor (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison badly injured his knee in training and will be out until about October.  He will be given adequate time to schedule a fight thereafter without being removed.  I probably won’t even consider removing him until February.
8) Peter Quillin (15-16-16)
Last Fight: 7/23/2011- TKO5 Jason LeHoullier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin will likely fight on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard on October 15.  Ishe Smith is a potential opponent.
9) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 5/6/2011- W*(MD10) vs. #7 Librado Andrade
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk of a good test against #10 Thomas Oosthuizen on September 3.
10) Thomas Oosthuizen (11-11-59)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- UD12 William Gare (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Pryor’s notes, above.
11) Sakio Bika (11-228)
Last Fight: 11/27/2010- L(UD12) vs. #2 Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Too talented to be #11, but inactivity, a key foul, and a tendency to fight (and lose to) elite fighters when he does fight have conspired to make Bika start sliding down the rankings.
12) Glen Johnson (18-41)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- L(MD12) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/5/2011- vs. #3 Lucian Bute
With no apparent buzz leading up to the announcement, Johnson suddenly had a fight signed with Bute for November.
13) Isaac Chilemba (16-59)
Last Fight: 3/26/2011- UD12 Vikapita Meroro (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba seems to be toying with the idea of moving up to 175.  We’ll have to see if he ultimately takes that route or not.
14) Bryan Vera (11-28)
Last Fight: 6/24/2011- KO8 Eloy Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #15 Andy Lee
Now officially scheduled for a rematch with #15 Andy Lee on October 1, on the Martinez-Barker undercard.  Not sure yet whether that will be a Middleweight or Super Middleweight fight.
15) Andy Lee (11-23)
Last Fight: 5/18/2011- UD10 Alex Bunema (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/1/2011- vs. #14 Bryan Vera
See Vera’s notes, above.
16) Jesus Gonzalez (6-6)
Last Fight: 7/8/2011- UD12 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With a fairly comfortable win over a generally solid and much bigger opponent, Gonzalez finds his way easily within the top 20.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (6-24)
Last Fight: 5/28/2011- TKO1 Martin Abel Bruer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Jesse Brinkley (6-59)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- L (TKO3) vs. Peter Quillin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brinkley’s career now appears a shambles after he was destroyed by rising star Peter Quillin.
19) George Groves (6-13)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- W(MD12*) vs. #20 James DeGale
Next Fight: Unknown
Very questionable outcome in his fight with DeGale, but Groves edges out his rival  on the strength of the win.
20) James DeGale (6-12)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(MD12*) vs. George Groves (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Set to fight fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in September in a fight that should put one of the two guys very solidly within the top 20.

 

The Week Ahead:  Former contender Karoly Balzsay- whose apparently pointless foray into the 175 pound division cost him his ranking here- will return to 168 on Friday when he fights undefeated but still largely untested Stanislav Kashtanov of the Ukraine in the prospect’s home country.  

 

Saturday, #17 Ezequiel Maderna stays busy against mid-level journeyman Jorge Rodriguez Olivera in Maderna’s native Argentina.  Former contender Librado Andrade- who was severely tarnished by a close loss to current #9 Aaron Pryor, Jr. and exited the rankings due to inactivity under the 168 pound limit- looks to bounce back against journeyman Matt O’Brien in Leon, Mexico.