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Super Middleweight: 2013, Jan 21-27

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on January 31, 2013 by danboxing
The most important development in the division this week was the surprise retirement of #8 Kelly Pavlik.  Pavlik had been scheduled for a shot at the championship until Champion Andre Ward withdrew with an injury.  Now he’s hung them up.  He cites the fact that he no longer feels like training and has built up enough money to live very comfortably for 10-15 years.  He’s had a fairly rocky last few years personally and professionally, but he is a former undisputed Middleweight Champion, and nobody can ever take that away from him.  Good luck, Ghost.  Stay clean, stay strong.

 

Now for the action in the ring.  The non-televised undercard for the Kovalev-Campillo shocker in Uncasville, CT featured a minor upset of its own.  Marcus Upshaw- who typically fluctuates between journeyman and gatekeeper anywhere between 160 and 175- established himself as a top 20 middleweight back in 2010 by soundly defeating Renan St. Juste, but squandered that by losing to 3 decent middleweights in a row and losing or drawing with 2 unproven prospects at super middleweight.  Vladine Biosse was a bit more respected, having followed up a rocky 2011 with a decent if unspectacular 2012 that landed him back in the top 50.  Upshaw was a decided underdog, but as he’s done at least once before in a similar position, he sprang a trap on Biosse- knocking the one-loss prospect down twice and stopping him with just over 30 seconds left in their 8-rounder.

 

In Elancourt, France earlier in the night, hard-luck fringe contender Hadillah Mohoumadi finally got the judges to see it his way, winning a solid 10-round decision over journeyman Cedric Bellais to defend his French title.

 

Based on the scorecards, it appears that one-loss Minnesota prospect Caleb Truax had a bit of trouble with veteran journeyman Matt Vanda.  Truax, at home, had margins of 7, 4, and 2 points on the three cards.  It’s hard to tell what to think about these cards.  The judge that turned in the median card was John Mariano who turned in such an awful card in Christopher Martin’s fight with Chris Avalos a while back (98-92 Avalos in a fight that was something like a shutout for Martin) that I personally believe we would be better off if he never judged again.  Denny Nelson had it the widest.  He had Campillo-Cloud right, but was doing his best to rob Salido against Juanma until Salido closed the show.  I don’t know much about the judge that only had it by 2, Tim Taggart.  In any case, it’s going to go down as an inconsequential win for Truax as far as the rankings go.

 

Upshaw enters approximately the top 30, but more importantly establishes positive career momentum again.  Pavlik’s departure allows everyone ranked #9 and below last week to move up, including Andy Lee, who re-enters the top 10 for the first time since July 8.  Edwin Rodriguez returns at #20 after 3 weeks out.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (58-192-192)
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 (35-345-345)
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 (6-170-170)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO8 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown date- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
The odd Stieglitz rematch now appears essentially done, with a likely date of either March 30 or April 6.
3) Mikkel Kessler (6-424-424)
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 (22-354-354)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Froch and Pavlik both off the table, it looks possible that Bute will fight the winner of Bika-Sjeklola (ie Bika), for a shot at Andre Ward.
5) Robert Stieglitz (22-178-178)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
See Abraham’s notes, above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (22-86-134)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/2/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Oosthuizen has a fight scheduled in Connecticut on March 2, but no opponent yet.  Adonis Stevenson has been rumored.
7) Adonis Stevenson (15-59-59)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson is petitioning the IBF to allow him to fight either Oosthuizen, Bute, or Edwin Rodriguez for an interim title.  If successful, he would theoretically get the Froch-Kessler winner for the full title.
8) George Groves (1-6-28)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD12 Glen Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. #14 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Ndiaye-Groves now has a date.  March 16, as part of what’s shaping up to be a Frank Warren megacard at Wembley Arena in London.
9) Karoly Balzsay (1-26-40)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay suffered a back injury way back in August, but I don’t know if that remains a factor as to why he hasn’t scheduled a fight since then.  More likely, his ties to practically defunct promotional company Universum are the primary reason.
10) Andy Lee (1-1-98)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/9/2013- vs. Anthony Fitzgerald (UNR)
After the death of his trainer and father figure Emmanuel Steward, Lee is back in the British Isles, training with Adam Booth.  He is scheduled to fight in Belfast for his first fight on the east side of the Atlantic since 2010 on February 9 against decent Irish journeyman Anthony Fitzgerald.  This could turn out to be at 160, which would put his 168 ranking in jeopardy.
11) Sakio Bika (1-303)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)

Next Fight: 2/16/2013- vs. Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Bika will get a very winnable fight with mediocre prospect Sjekloca for an interim title or, in effect, a potential shot at Champion Andre Ward.  Or maybe a shot at Bute for an eventual shot at Ward.
12) Anthony Dirrell (1-60)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After his motorcycle crash, Anthony Dirrell was said to be out until at least November.  November has come and gone, and not a peep.  Hopefully he gets back in the ring before his woefully inactive twin brother.  As for his ranking, I will now commit to not remove him until at least June 2, 2013 due to his very serious injury situation.
13) Will Rosinsky (1-32)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosinsky was cut and also outmuscled for much of his fight with Griffin, but managed to cobble together enough rounds to eek out a decision.  He admitted after the fight that he’s too small for light heavyweight, and pledged to return here or, possibly, even drop down to 160.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-63)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Ndiaye-Groves is set for March 16 in London.
15) Dimitri Sartison (1-134)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/27/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sartison is on the schedule for January 27 in the Netherlands.  With Universum still his promoter at last check, I’ll believe it when I see it.
16) James DeGale (1-67)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale was set to fight the highest-ranked fighter of his career in January, but opted to drop the EBU belt in favor of a third-rate WBC trinket.  In doing so, he appears to have bequeathed the risk and the opportunity of the Ndiaye fight to his domestic rival, George Groves.  DeGale has already tentatively set his return for mid-February, with no opponent yet announced.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (1-4)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- RTD7 Claudio Abalos
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna is back in the rankings for the first time since December 2011 after his under-the-radar win over Abalos.
18) Jesus Gonzales (1-81)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 3/2/2013- vs. Albert Onolunose (UNR)
Gonzales’ fight at Desperado’s Nightclub in Calgary has been pushed back for a third time- this time to March 2.  That puts him over a year from his last fight, so if it falls through, he’s gone.
19) Maxim Vlasov (1-11)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After fighting just once in the first 10 months of 2012, Vlasov closed strong with 2 solid wins in the last 2 months.
20) Edwin Rodriguez (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The last news on Rodriguez’s next fight was that he would be participating in a 4-man tournament in Monaco starting in March, with Zsolt Erdei, Jean Paul Mendy, and Dmitri Sukhotski.  This news surfaced before Christmas, and I’ve heard no more about it.  Stay tuned.

 

The Week Ahead: #15 Dimitri Sartison is scheduled to be in action on Sunday against an as-yet unnamed opponent in Heerlen, Netherlands.  I’m a little doubtful about the fight, since Sartison’s promoter has not been operating as such since filing bankruptcy months ago.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Sep 17-23

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by danboxing
No activity in the division last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (40-174-174)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward set Dawson aside as easily as any of his other recent opponents.  He’s undoubtedly at or near the top of any good pound-for-pound list.
1) Carl Froch (17-327-327)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
After the negotiations initially appeared to have failed, Froch eventually secured a fight with Yusaf Mack, afterall.
2) Arthur Abraham (4-152-152)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abraham is a hot commodity in the division again.  He is already scheduled for a return on December 15, with Mikkel Kessler reportedly interested, and with the winner of Sturm-Geale also being a possibility.
3) Mikkel Kessler (4-406-406)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler will look to return to the division in style when he fights fringe contender Brian Magee before the end of the year.  Date and venue are uncertain.
4) Lucian Bute (4-336-336)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. LHW #15 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, but will be fighting an interim fight in November against otherwise mediocre but hard-hitting light heavyweight Denis Grachev.
5) Robert Stieglitz (4-160-160)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (4-68-116)
Last Fight: 8/2/2012- UD12 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen looked like the frontrunner to fight Froch in April, but didn’t like the offer he was given and turned down the shot.
7) Kelly Pavlik (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Adonis Stevenson (11-41-41)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2012- vs. Don George (UNR)
Stevenson’s ill-fated fight with Don George has been rescheduled for October 12, in Montreal.
9) Sakio Bika (8-40-285)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika has been talking about a willingness to fight Froch, or even to move up and fight Danny Green as high as cruiserweight.
10) Karoly Balzsay (8-8-22)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (11-80)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (8-42)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
13) Will Rosinsky (8-14)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (8-45)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Dimitri Sartison (8-116)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Bryan Vera (8-85)
Last Fight: 8/11/2012- W(MD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera took care of his rematch with Mora, but now only has until October to schedule a fight at 168 before he’s removed here.
17) Jesus Gonzales (8-63)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
18) James DeGale (8-49)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) George Groves (8-10)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves was supposed to headline a fight on September 14 in London, but seemed to have had other ideas almost from the start, as the show will now go on without him.
20) Edwin Rodriguez (8-8)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- UD10 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Jason Escalera (UNR)
Rodriguez will headline a fairly ShoBoxy edition of HBO’s Boxing After Dark on September 29.

 

The Week Ahead: A second slow week in a row.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by danboxing
Kelly Pavlik got back into the rankings mix this weekend, winning a pedestrian but still clear decision over perhaps slightly overrated but very game #12 Will Rosinsky in California.  In conjunction with his 2008 164 pound catchweight decision win over Jermain Taylor, and his arguable win over now-discredited former prospect Alfonso Lopez notwithstanding, Pavlik settles firmly into the top 10 at #7.  Given his solid effort and Pavlik’s residual status as former Middleweight champion, Rosinsky avoids sliding down the list too far, perching at #14 after flip-flopping with currently-injured Anthony Dirrell.  Due to Pavlik’s debut, last weeks #s 7-11 and 14-20 each slip one spot, including Andy Lee, who exits the top 10 after 11 weeks in, and George Groves, who is forced out of the top 20 after clinging to a ranking for 29 weeks in a row.

 

English undefeated prospect Rocky Fielding needed just over 2 minutes to stop Hungarian journeyman Ferenc Hafner in Sheffield, while the all-Tanzania fight between gatekeeper Francis Cheka and journeyman Japhet Kaseba was cancelled at the last minute.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (30-164-164)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (7-317-317)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute is exercising his rematch clause, but not until probably March.  In the interim, Froch will fight in November, and wants Kessler.
2) Mikkel Kessler (7-396-396)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Pavlik and Froch are jonesing for a fight with the Viking Warrior.
3) Lucian Bute (7-326-326)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, and is a possible opponent for Kelly Pavlik in the fall.
4) Robert Stieglitz (30-150-150)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (30-58-106)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/2/2012- vs. Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting in New York against Rowland Bryant, the athletic fighter that put a beating on Librado Andrade in a big upset earlier this year.
6) Arthur Abraham (30-142-142)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Kelly Pavlik (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik will likely return in October, possibly against Bute or Kessler.
8) Adonis Stevenson (1-31-31)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Don George (UNR)
After no fewer than 7 contenders turned him down, Stevenson has finally found an August dance partner in fringe prospect/gatekeeper Don George.
9) Peter Quillin (1-63-63)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin appears likely to fight on September 8, perhaps against Marco Antonio Rubio.  If this fight is announced, Quillin will be removed since he has not fought over the 160 limit since last July.
10) Sakio Bika (1-30-275)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika became the 6th known fighter to turn down a shot at Adonis Stevenson.
11) Andy Lee (1-70)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Karoly Balzsay (1-12)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay had a 7/7 date tentatively set to fight Brian Magee, but he reportedly was still in relaxation mode after his last fight, and hadn’t resumed serious training.  The fight appears to be off for the moment.
13) Anthony Dirrell (4-32)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
14) Will Rosinsky (1-4)
Last Fight: 6/14/2012- UD8 #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Rosinsky and Pavlik are both jumping into the ring after only a few weeks’ break when they do battle on HBO on July 7.
15) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-35)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
16) Glen Johnson (1-88)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13- apparently at Light Heavyweight.
17) Dimitri Sartison (1-106)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
18) Bryan Vera (1-75)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Vera will give Sergio Mora a rematch of their competitive bout from early 2011.  Both of these guys are all over the map with their performances, so this could go either way.  The fight will be at 160.
19) Jesus Gonzales (1-53)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
20) James DeGale (1-39)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.

 

The Week Ahead: Undefeated Mexican prospect Marco Antonio Periban fights Cuban journeyman Lester Gonzalez in Texas on Saturday.  #16 Glen Johnson is also in action, but at 175.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by danboxing
No action to report from last week again.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (29-163-163)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (6-316-316)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is gunning for Kessler, but Kelly Pavlik has been agitating to fight Froch on his scheduled fall date, as well.
2) Mikkel Kessler (6-395-395)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler could fight Carl Froch in mid-October.
3) Lucian Bute (6-325-325)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute appears uncertain as to whether he’ll exercise his right to a home-field rematch against Froch.  It sounds like he’ll fight someone else first, even if so.
4) Robert Stieglitz (29-149-149)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (29-57-105)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/2/2012- vs. Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting in New York against Rowland Bryant, the athletic fighter that put a beating on Librado Andrade in a big upset earlier this year.
6) Arthur Abraham (29-141-141)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Adonis Stevenson (20-30-30)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale, Oosthuizen, Pavlik, Kessler, Bika, and Edwin Rodriguez have all turned down fights with Stevenson.  The fight has now been offered to Andre Dirrell.  Stevenson’s team appears pessimistic about that fight, and they are using Don George as a backup plan.
8) Peter Quillin (11-62-62)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin appears likely to fight on September 8, perhaps against Marco Antonio Rubio.  If this fight is announced, Quillin will be removed since he has not fought over the 160 limit since last July.
9) Sakio Bika (11-29-274)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika just became the 6th known fighter to turn down a shot at Adonis Stevenson.
10) Andy Lee (11-11-69)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
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 (11-11)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay had a 7/7 date tentatively set to fight Brian Magee, but he reportedly was still in relaxation mode after his last fight, and hadn’t resumed serious training.  The fight appears to be off for the moment.
12) Will Rosinsky (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/14/2012- UD8 #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Rosinsky and Pavlik are both jumping into the ring after only a few weeks’ break when they do battle on HBO on July 7.
13) Anthony Dirrell (3-31)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (3-34)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
15) Glen Johnson (3-87)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13- apparently at Light Heavyweight.
16) Dimitri Sartison (3-105)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
17) Bryan Vera (3-74)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Vera will give Sergio Mora a rematch of their competitive bout from early 2011.  Both of these guys are all over the map with their performances, so this could go either way.  The fight will be at 160.
18) Jesus Gonzales (29-52)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (29-38)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.
20) George Groves (29-29)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his mandatory British title defense on hold until probably September due to a problem in securing a venue, it sounds as if Groves may fight in the interim, possibly in the US.

 

The Week Ahead: Three fights of note on Saturday:
Kelly Pavlik looks to become a ranked fighter for the first time in a while when he takes on #12 Will Rosinsky on HBO from Carson, California.

 

Tanzanian gatekeeper Francis Cheka is set to fight his very mediocre and inexperienced countryman Japhet Kaseba in their native land.

 

Undefeated Englishman Rocky Fielding is also scheduled to appear in Sheffield, but no opponent has been announced yet as far as I know.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jun 11-17

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2012 by danboxing
Former Middleweight Champ Kelly Pavlik dominated his tune-up fight with journeyman Scott Sigmon on Friday, clearly winning every round and forcing a stoppage after the 7th round.  Given the result, it’s probably too nitpicky, but to me Pavlik’s punching technique looked fairly sloppy.  I’m still not sold on him going forward, personally.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (26-160-160)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (3-313-313)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The two most likely fights for Froch at this point appear to be the contractually required rematch with Bute (if Bute wants it) or Kessler (if not).  Could a third consecutive #1 vs. #2 matchup in this division be too much to ask for?
2) Mikkel Kessler (3-392-392)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler would have been subject to removal this week, but the fact that he weighed less than 2 pounds over the 168 limit for the Green fight gives him an extra 6 months to schedule a super middleweight fight based on prior precedent.
3) Lucian Bute (3-322-322)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute appears uncertain as to whether he’ll exercise his right to a home-field rematch against Froch.  It sounds like he’ll fight someone else first, even if so.
4) Robert Stieglitz (26-146-146)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (26-54-102)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
In the wake of Oosthuizen’s victory over Johnson, Adonis Stevenson has expressed interest in fighting him.
6) Arthur Abraham (26-138-138)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Adonis Stevenson (17-27-27)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale, Oosthuizen, and Edwin Rodriguez have all turned down fights with Stevenson.  Now Kelly Pavlik is the next in line, and we’re awaiting his answer.
8) Peter Quillin (8-59-59)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
On July 23, it will have been a year since his last fight over the 160 pound limit.
9) Sakio Bika (8-26-271)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika proved against Dyah Davis that he hasn’t lost much during his long period of high-level inactivity.
10) Andy Lee (8-8-66)
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 (8-8)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay has been ordered to defend against fringe contender Brian Magee before the end of July.  Magee’s team won the purse bid, and the fight will likely take place in Belfast as a result.
12) Anthony Dirrell (26-28)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (26-31)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
14) Glen Johnson (26-84)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13- apparently at Light Heavyweight.
15) Dimitri Sartison (8-102)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
16) Bryan Vera (8-71)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (26-58)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2012- vs. Will Rosinsky (UNR)
An intriguing fight on tap for the 14th: a battle of two guys that probably deserved, but did not receive, decision wins over Edwin Rodriguez, as Pryor fights Will Rosinsky in New York.
18) Jesus Gonzales (26-49)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (26-35)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.
20) George Groves (26-26)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves (or in this case, his promoter) has once again scuttled a fight, and for the second time in the last three, the victim is domestic rival Kenny Anderson.

 

The Week Ahead:
Thursday: In a battle of guys who arguably deserved to beat Edwin Rodriguez, Will Rosinsky of New York takes on #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr. of Cincinnati in the former’s hometown.  With a ranked fighter involved and a roughly pick ’em fight, obviously there will be rankings implications involved in this mid-week battle.

 

Friday: Inactive former contender Alejandro Berrio takes on journeyman Evert Bravo in both men’s native Colombia.

 

Saturday: Nothing at 168, but #10 Andy Lee has a big fight on HBO with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. at Middleweight.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jun 4-10

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2012 by danboxing
#9 Sakio Bika was sensational on Saturday, dominating a pretty good fighter in Dyah Davis before stopping the overmatched fringe contender in the 10th and final round.    In other action, fringe contender Francisco Sierra, who got the benefit of a controversial draw with Davis last year, won a 6-round decision over undefeated local prospect Rogelio Ruvalcaba in Tijuana.

 

Bika’s lack of recent success against good competition prior to last week renders him unable to advance, as he stands pat at #9, and there are no changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (25-159-159)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (2-312-312)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The two most likely fights for Froch at this point appear to be the contractually required rematch with Bute (if Bute wants it) or Kessler (if not).  Could a third consecutive #1 vs. #2 matchup in this division be too much to ask for?
2) Mikkel Kessler (2-391-391)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler would have been subject to removal next week, but the fact that he weighed less than 2 pounds over the 168 limit for the Green fight gives him an extra 6 months to schedule a super middleweight fight based on prior precedent.
3) Lucian Bute (2-321-321)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute appears uncertain as to whether he’ll exercise his right to a home-field rematch against Froch.  It sounds like he’ll fight someone else first, even if so.
4) Robert Stieglitz (25-145-145)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (25-53-101)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
In the wake of Oosthuizen’s victory over Johnson, Adonis Stevenson has expressed interest in fighting him.
6) Arthur Abraham (25-137-137)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Adonis Stevenson (16-26-26)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale, Oosthuizen, and Edwin Rodriguez have all turned down fights with Stevenson.  Now Kelly Pavlik is the next in line, and we’re awaiting his answer.
8) Peter Quillin (7-58-58)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
On July 23, it will have been a year since his last fight over the 160 pound limit.
9) Sakio Bika (7-25-270)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika proved against Dyah Davis that he hasn’t lost much during his long period of high-level inactivity.
10) Andy Lee (7-7-65)
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 (7-7)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay has been ordered to defend against fringe contender Brian Magee before the end of July.  Magee’s team won the purse bid, and the fight will likely take place in Belfast as a result.
12) Anthony Dirrell (25-27)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (25-30)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Glen Johnson (25-83)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13- apparently at Light Heavyweight.
15) Dimitri Sartison (7-101)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
16) Bryan Vera (7-70)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (25-57)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2012- vs. Will Rosinsky (UNR)
An intriguing fight on tap for the 14th: a battle of two guys that probably deserved, but did not receive, decision wins over Edwin Rodriguez, as Pryor fights Will Rosinsky in New York.
18) Jesus Gonzales (25-48)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (25-34)
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 (25-25)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves (or in this case, his promoter) has once again scuttled a fight, and for the second time in the last three, the victim is domestic rival Kenny Anderson.

 

The Week Ahead: One fight of note this week: former Middleweight Champ Kelly Pavlik takes on a likely overmatched opponent in journeyman Scott Sigmon in the Friday Night Fights main event from Vegas.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Apr 2-8

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by danboxing
In the week’s biggest fight, #6 Arthur Abraham banged out a solid and workmanlike decision over Polish fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski.  On the same card, mediocre German prospect Henry Weber barely walked away with a win over Italian journeyman Lorenzo Di Giacomo.  Weber looked chubby and probably should be fighting at 154 instead of 168.  He also needs a lot of work, especially on his defense.

 

Finally, Kelly Pavlik fought a complete novice a couple pounds over the 168 pound limit for his first fight in almost 11 months.  He didn’t have much difficulty the way he had with the theoretically better Alfonso Lopez, stopping Aaron Jaco early in the 2nd round.

 

Abraham picked up a fairly significant victory, but it really just more or less cancels out #5 Oosthuizen’s win over Serge Yannick from earlier in the month.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (16-150-150)
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 (16-312-312)
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 (16-303-303)
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 (16-382-382)
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 (16-136-136)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #20 George Groves
Both Stieglitz and Kessler have now moved on from their ill-fated scheduled fight, and Stieglitz now has a date with George Groves May 5 in Erfurt, Germany.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (16-44-92)
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 (16-128-128)
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 (7-17-17)
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 (7-88-92)
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 (7-49-49)
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 (16-16-261)
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 (16-56)
Last Fight: 3/10/2012- TKO2 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has apparently made the finals for a potential shot at Julio Cesar Chavez at 160.  It’s down to him and Vanes Martirosyan, it would appear.
12) Anthony Dirrell (16-18)
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 (16-21)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated and stopped a bona fide fringe contender in Di Luisa, and earned a nice ranking in the process.
14) Glen Johnson (16-74)
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 (16-61)
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 (16-32)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Andrade has scheduled what he’s described as a stay-busy fight for April 21, with the opponent yet to be announced.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (16-48)
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 (16-39)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (16-25)
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 (16-16)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
Groves withdrew at very nearly the last minute from his scheduled rematch with Kenny Anderson.  It may not be a coincidence that the WBO had ordered a fight with Stieglitz 5 days before…

 

The Week Ahead: French gatekeeper Christopher Rebrasse will fight journeyman Hassene Azouz Neffati for the French title on Thursday in the town of Enghien.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Mar 26- Apr 1

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by danboxing
Former hot prospect Curtis Stevens stopped low-level journeyman Romaro Johnson in Brooklyn on Saturday, needing just part of the 1st to do so.  Stevens might be looking at fighting as a middleweight, as he came in at just 162 against his 160 pound opponent.

 

Nikola Sjekloca- the 30-something prospect who is often less than impressive in the ring- went the 6-round distance with the truly awful Nikola Matic in Montenegro earlier in the night, but at least he won each round.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (15-149-149)
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 (15-311-311)
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 (15-302-302)
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 (15-381-381)
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 (15-135-135)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes, above.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (15-43-91)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO6 Serge Yannick (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen might be fighting Maxim Vlasov on the April 27 ShoBox broadcast.
6) Arthur Abraham (15-127-127)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- KO5 Pablo Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Staying admirably busy, Abraham will fight Polish fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in Kiel at the end of March.
7) Adonis Stevenson (6-16-16)
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 (6-87-91)
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 (6-48-48)
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 (15-15-260)
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 (15-55)
Last Fight: 3/10/2012- TKO2 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has apparently made the finals for a potential shot at Julio Cesar Chavez at 160.  It’s down to him and Vanes Martirosyan, it would appear.
12) Anthony Dirrell (15-17)
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 (15-20)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated and stopped a bona fide fringe contender in Di Luisa, and earned a nice ranking in the process.
14) Glen Johnson (15-73)
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 (15-60)
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 (15-31)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Andrade has scheduled what he’s described as a stay-busy fight for April 21, with the opponent yet to be announced.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-47)
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 (15-38)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (15-24)
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 (15-15)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves withdrew at very nearly the last minute from his scheduled rematch with Kenny Anderson.  It may not be a coincidence that the WBO had ordered a fight with Stieglitz 5 days before…

 

The Week Ahead: Three fights to mention on Saturday:
In Kiel, Germany, #6 Arthur Abraham battles Polish journeyman Piotr Wilsczewski, who is fresh off a mediocre performance against journeyman Geard Ajetovic.  On the undercard for that fight, busy but largely unimpressive German prospect Henry Weber and veteran career journeyman Lorenzo Di Giacomo lock up, as well.

 

Later that evening, former Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik- who has battled alcohol issues as well as some disappointing outings in the last couple years- returns for the first time in nearly 11 months when he takes on 15-2 but very untested journeyman Aaron Jaco in San Antonio.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Apr 2-8

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by danboxing
Out of the three significant fights in the division this week, two of them amounted to upsets.  Well…at least they should have.

 

In Australia, gatekeeper Manny Vlamis was battered to a pulp by otherwise completely unimpressive Samoan journeyman Togasilimai Letoa, who came in with a 11-9 record.  The beating was so bad that Vlamis’ corner stopped the fight in the 3rd round.

 

In Germany (yes, get ready for it), French journeyman Tony Averlant clearly beat #12 Eduard Gutknecht anywhere between 115-113 and 116-112, but British judge Ian-John Lewis and Spanish judge Alfredo Garcia Perez botched it, giving it to Gutknecht by close margins.  A close fight, yes, but a clear-cut win for Averlant, and that’s exactly how I shall treat it.  To give credit where credit is due, Belgium’s Philippe Verbeke had it scored exactly right.

 

Avoiding the trend of underwhelming performances was former Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik whose alcoholism has kept him out of the ring for the last 10 months.  It was only his choice of opponent that was underwhelming, as he stopped the completely overmatched Aaron Jaco in the 2nd round.

 

I can’t give more than 2 seconds’ thought to a ranking for Letoa since he was winless in his last 8 fights coming in.  About half of those were against prospects, and about half were against bad fighters.  Vlamis was simply heavily overrated, or else his loss was a complete fluke.  Averlant has a bit of a stronger argument.  For one thing, beating a #12 contender is a lot different than beating a top-50 guy.  Also, his results have been somewhat more acceptable.  He drew with German prospect Artur Hein about a year ago, in Germany.  I’ve got to assume he probably deserved to win that fight.  Also, he avenged it in the next match.  He lost a shutout decision to Pawel Glazewski over 6 rounds, but Glazewski remains an undefeated prospect at present, the fight was in Poland, and Glasewski came in at 177.5 to Averlant’s 171.5.  The hardest one to swallow is his 2-year-old loss to fellow frenchman Abdelkader Benzinia, a roughly .500 fighter at the time who has lost his next three fights against lesser opposition since then. 

 

So how do we make sense of all of this?  Clearly Gutknecht is not as good as the stoppage of McIntosh would suggest.  Averlant is likely better today than he was 2 years ago, and likely has been the victim of hometown judges and weight disadvantages before.  Clearly you could never have imagined him cracking the top 20 before the Gutknecht fight, but it’s hard to keep him out now.  If he had been a blank slate leading up to that fight, he would be a clear member of the top 10 now.  As it is, it’s pretty clear that to avoid embarrassingly confused results in the future when Gutknecht loses to another mediocre fighter, I must put the emphasis on Gutknecht’s loss moreso than Averlant’s win.  But Gutknecht still beat a #11 contender not long ago, and McIntosh has done nothing to re-distinguish himself since then.  Accordingly, Gutknecht takes a healthy tumble down to #18.  Averlant debuts at #17 just ahead of him.  The only reason Gutknecht didn’t fall further is because Danny McIntosh (now #19) caught him on his way down.  Edison Miranda (who himself lost to a guy that is now not considered a top 20 fighter in Despaigne) rounds out the top 20, as last week’s #20 Luis Garcia is once again forced out by Averlant’s arrival.

 

It seems to me that there are two divergent ways to look at this division.  Either it’s a hot division with lots of dangerous young fighters waiting in the wings, or it’s a division with a handful of dominant fighters (arguably ending at Dawson, Campillo, or Cloud) followed by an endless sea of indistinguishably mediocre fighters.  Gutknecht is not singular in his ability to look ordinary against seemingly lesser opposition.  Campillo struggled to a draw with Murat.  Cleverly was lucky to beat Bellew.  One thing’s for sure: I’m going to thing twice before I write off a light heavyweight journeyman fighting one of my contenders again.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (46-304-304)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins and Dawson will square off- hopefully to a conclusion this time- on regular HBO in late April.
1) Jean Pascal (46-146-146)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Pascal plans a tuneup in April or May, followed by a fight with Dawson.
2) Chad Dawson (68-305-305)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC* vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
See Hopkins’ notes, above.
3) Gabriel Campillo (7-93-93)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF unsurprisingly rejected Campillo’s appeal and request for an immediate rematch.  Hopefully Campillo won’t need it since everyone saw him win.
4) Tavoris Cloud (7-136-136)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #6 Karo Murat
With the IBF’s complicity, he’s ducking a rematch with the man who clearly beat him, and will instead fight Karo Murat next.  Kessler is agitating for a fight with him, as well.
5) Nathan Cleverly (25-113-113)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- UD12 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
After originally quite admirably rejecting Cleverly’s proposed title fight with Krasniqi, the WBO folded and gave Cleverly 120 days after the fight to face Dmitri Sukhotski.
6) Karo Murat (27-27-48)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Tavoris Cloud
After a draw with Campillo, he’ll now get a chance to get screwed just as badly against Cloud.
7) Tony Bellew (25-25-25)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #4 Nathan Cleverly
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. #19 Danny McIntosh
Bellew’s fight with McIntosh has been moved from Saturday the 14th to Friday the 13th.
8) Beibut Shumenov (9-89-93)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- TKO9 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov’s attempts to get a fight with Cleverly have apparently failed.  Shumenov wants to unify the alphabet titles, but he appears to be the odd man out in a lot of those fights.  This might be an ideal time for a rematch with Campillo if he can’t get a unification at this point.
9) Yusaf Mack (9-57-93)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: 4/27/2012- vs. Omar Sheika (UNR)
Mack will apparently be fighting journeyman Omar Sheika on April 27 in Atlantic City.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (9-9-75)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO originally demanded that Cleverly fight Sukhotski rather than the mediocre Krasniqi, but then backed down and gave Cleverly an extra 4 months to take the fight.
11) Isaac Chilemba (9-9)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- UD10 #16 Edison Miranda
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba, a former super middleweight, now has the highest ranking of his career at either weight after beating fringe contender Miranda.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkov (1-9)
Last Fight: 3/4/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #8 Eduard Gutknecht
Next Fight: Unknown
Deserved much better than a unanimous decision loss against Gutknecht, and is rewarded for it in my rankings.
13) Adrian Diaconu (1-256)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
14) Ismayl Sillakh (1-64)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- TKO4 Ali Ismailov (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 4/27/2012- vs. Denis Grachev (UNR)
With Pascal ducking him, Sillakh will settle for a fight with undefeated Russian prospect Denis Grachev on Friday Night Fights.
15) Cornelius White (1-16)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD6 #16 Yordanis Despaigne
Next Fight: Unknown
White, who was blown out in one round by prospect Don George at super middleweight early in 2011, may be a fluke.  But at least for one night, he looked a lot better against former top amateur Yordanis Despaigne than did established fringe contender Edison Miranda.
16) Zsolt Erdei (1-72)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had a fight with Pascal lined up, but Showtime couldn’t come up with the money to make it happen.
17) Tony Averlant (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #12 Eduard Gutknecht (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Averlant is probably closer to the journeyman he was on 3/30 than the solid fringe contender he became on 3/31, but a win is a win…even when it’s a loss (in Germany).
18) Eduard Gutknecht (1-48)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- W*(SD12) vs. Tony Averlant (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lost a close but clear fight against Averlant, but got the decision.  That’s two at least questionable verdicts in a row for Gutknecht, both against extremely unranked fighters.
19) Danny McIntosh (1-93)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. #7 Tony Bellew
McIntosh will travel to Liverpool to fight Bellew for the British title.
20) Edison Miranda (1-16)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- L(UD10) vs. Isaac Chilemba (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Miranda was winning the fight with Chilemba before suffering a cut that appeared to really throw him off.  Hopefully he can bounce back from this setback.

 

The Week Ahead: The crap shoot that is the light heavyweight top 50 takes a week off for the Easter holiday.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Mar 26- Apr 1

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by danboxing
Another example of bad judging slapped us in the face this week.  In a very closely-contested fight between ordinarily super middleweight journeyman Jerson Ravelo and fringe prospect Joey Spina, judges John McKaie and especially Tony Perez covered themselves in whatever the opposite of glory is.  Perhaps excrement.  I had the fight a draw, and although he didn’t look great by any stretch of the imagination, you could make the case that Spina won the fight.  There was only one really hard round to score- the 8th and final.  And yet Perez found a way to give Ravelo all but one round in the fight.  There were at least 2 or 3 rounds in which he was being battered and was closer to losing it 10-8 than to winning it.  McKaie was pretty far off, too, but Perez stole the show.  Shafeeq Rashada, the third judge, had it just about exactly right at 77-75 Spina.  For rankings purposes (although the fight will not come close to earning either guy a ranking), I will treat it as a straight-up  draw.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Bernard Hopkins (45-303-303)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Hopkins and Dawson will square off- hopefully to a conclusion this time- on regular HBO in late April.
1) Jean Pascal (45-145-145)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: Unknown
Pascal plans a tuneup in April or May, followed by a fight with Dawson.
2) Chad Dawson (67-304-304)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- NC* vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Champ Bernard Hopkins
See Hopkins’ notes, above.
3) Gabriel Campillo (6-92-92)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
The IBF unsurprisingly rejected Campillo’s appeal and request for an immediate rematch.  Hopefully Campillo won’t need it since everyone saw him win.
4) Tavoris Cloud (6-135-135)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #6 Karo Murat
With the IBF’s complicity, he’s ducking a rematch with the man who clearly beat him, and will instead fight Karo Murat next.  Kessler is agitating for a fight with him, as well.
5) Nathan Cleverly (24-112-112)
Last Fight: 2/25/2012- UD12 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/28/2012- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will fight April 28 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, against Robin Krasniqi, a fringe prospect from Serbia on the fringes of the top 50.  Not exactly a thrilling choice of opponent.  Even the WBO is crying foul, demanding that Cleverly fight Sukhotski next.
6) Karo Murat (26-26-47)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- Draw (SD12) vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #4 Tavoris Cloud
After a draw with Campillo, he’ll now get a chance to get screwed just as badly against Cloud.
7) Tony Bellew (24-24-24)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #4 Nathan Cleverly
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. #18 Danny McIntosh
Bellew’s fight with McIntosh has been moved from Saturday the 14th to Friday the 13th.
8) Beibut Shumenov (8-88-92)
Last Fight: 7/29/2011- TKO9 Danny Santiago (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shumenov’s attempts to get a fight with Cleverly have apparently failed.  Shumenov wants to unify the alphabet titles, but he appears to be the odd man out in a lot of those fights.  This might be an ideal time for a rematch with Campillo if he can’t get a unification at this point.
9) Yusaf Mack (8-56-92)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(TKO8) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud
Next Fight: 4/27/2012- vs. Omar Sheika (UNR)
Mack will apparently be fighting journeyman Omar Sheika on April 27 in Atlantic City.
10) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-8-74)
Last Fight: 10/8/2011- TKO2 Nadjib Mohammedi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cleverly is clearly ducking him at the moment, and the WBO has finally had enough and is demanding a fight between the two.
11) Isaac Chilemba (8-8)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- UD10 #16 Edison Miranda
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba, a former super middleweight, now has the highest ranking of his career at either weight after beating fringe contender Miranda.
12) Eduard Gutknecht (8-47)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12* vs. Vyacheslav Uzelkov (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Tony Averlant (UNR)
Gutknecht will follow up his shaky performance against Uzelkov with what looks like a much easier fight against french journeyman Tony Averlant on the Abraham-Wilczewski undercard.
13) Vyacheslav Uzelkov (8-8)
Last Fight: 3/4/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #8 Eduard Gutknecht
Next Fight: Unknown
Deserved much better than a unanimous decision loss against Gutknecht, and is rewarded for it in my rankings.
14) Adrian Diaconu (8-255)
Last Fight: 5/21/2011- L(UD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
A quality fighter, Diaconu is nevertheless slipping in the rankings simply because he never wins against anyone above the journeyman level.  He ought to try and find some kind of mid-range fringe contender just to get a decent win, because fighting journeymen or top contenders isn’t working out for him.
15) Ismayl Sillakh (8-63)
Last Fight: 11/4/2011- TKO4 Ali Ismailov (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has slated Sillakh for an eliminator against Pascal, but that appears to be dead as Pascal apparently never wanted the fight.
16) Cornelius White (8-15)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD6 #16 Yordanis Despaigne
Next Fight: Unknown
White, who was blown out in one round by prospect Don George at super middleweight early in 2011, may be a fluke.  But at least for one night, he looked a lot better against former top amateur Yordanis Despaigne than did established fringe contender Edison Miranda.
17) Zsolt Erdei (8-71)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- KO6 Byron Mitchell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Had a fight with Pascal lined up, but Showtime couldn’t come up with the money to make it happen.
18) Danny McIntosh (8-92)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(TKO8) vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. #7 Tony Bellew
McIntosh will travel to Liverpool to fight Bellew for the British title.
19) Edison Miranda (8-15)
Last Fight: 2/3/2012- L(UD10) vs. Isaac Chilemba (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Miranda was winning the fight with Chilemba before suffering a cut that appeared to really throw him off.  Hopefully he can bounce back from this setback.
20) Luis Garcia (6-6)
Last Fight- 12/30/2011- UD8 Alexander Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Hopefully 2012 looks a more like 2010 than 2011 for Garcia.  The prospect fought 6 times in the former and only once in the latter.

 

The Week Ahead: Three fights worth a mention this week:
Friday in Australia, local gatekeeper Manny Vlamis takes on low-level journeyman Togasilimai Letoa of Samoa. 

 

Saturday, #12 Eduard Gutknecht fights solid journeyman Tony Averlant of France, in Germany.  Later that night, troubled former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik returns to the ring for the first time in 10 months when he faces low-level fringe prospect Aaron Jaco in San Antonio.