Archive for Kermit Cintron

Welterweight: 2014, Mar 17-23

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by danboxing
Gatekeeper Kermit Cintron got a unanimous 96-94 win over 2-loss fringe prospect Ronald Cruz from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  It didn’t air along with the normal card, but will be featured on Fight Night Future Stars.  If I don’t agree with the cards upon watching it, I’ll update this.  The fight was contested at 148 pounds, and neither guy has a significant win at or under 147 in the last 5 years, so there’s no effect on the rankings possible here.  

 

One change this week anyway, though.  #19 Ruslan Provodnikov is removed, since he’s been campaigning at 140 since the Bradley fight a year ago.  Leonard Bundu moves up to #19, while Jo Jo Dan returns to the rankings at #20 for the first time since he was forced out on December 16.

 

Kell Brook’s fight this weekend was contested at junior middle, and has been discussed there.  It wasn’t at high enough a level to get him past Robert Guerrero, at any rate.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (203-235-235)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Thankfully, it will be the worthy Maidana rather than the likely washed-up Khan that fights Floyd on May 3.
1) Timothy Bradley (23-23-93)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (23-123-123)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Marquez takes on Alvarado near L.A. on May 17.
3) Manny Pacquiao (23-276-276)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (15-41-41)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Maidana will get a shot at the true title on May 3.
5) Keith Thurman (14-14-54)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Thurman is tentatively scheduled to fight on April 26 in Carson, CA as part of a doubleheader with Lucas Matthysse, with an eventual meeting between the two being considered if they both win.
6) Shawn Porter (14-15-15)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Porter-Malignaggi is made, and it will land on the Hopkins-Shumenov undercard on April 19.
7) Robert Guerrero (15-69-86)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero was trying to get a fight with Khan on the Mayweather undercard, but the Brit opted, instead, for Collazo.
8) Kell Brook (15-151-151)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook has been assured of a fight with the Porter-Malignaggi winner by July 19.
9) Devon Alexander (15-108-108)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander’s trainer has named Berto and Judah as guys that would make sense for the St. Louisan’s next fight.
10) Randall Bailey (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (17-91)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/24/2014- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
Lopez will fight journeyman Aaron Martinez in Riverside on April 24.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (14-60)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (14-69)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a July return.  Alexander wants him.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (15-15) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
See Porter’s notes, above.
15) Chris van Heerden (15-92)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Ray Narh says he’s in talks to fight Van Heerden.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (15-47)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Abregu is set to return on April 4 in his hometown of Salta, Argentina against unbeaten but totally untested Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada.
17) Luis Collazo (7-7)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
It appears that Collazo-Khan is on for the Mayweather-Maidana undercard on May 3.
18) Jan Zaveck (7-223)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Leonard Bundu (1-3)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu’s fight with Gianluca Branco, scheduled for April 12, is now off due to a training injury to Branco.  Bundu’s camp is now targeting May as his next appearance, but it’s not known if Branco will still be the opponent or not.
20) Jo Jo Dan (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* SD12 vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead:
Wednesday
Jeff Horn vs. Rivan Cesaire; Broadbeach, Australia; Fox (Australia)
Horn, a very precocious Australian prospect, enters at just 6-0-1, but he’s already a top 50 fighter.  Cesaire is nothing particularly special, and by no means a step up for Horn, as he’s something along the lines of a mid-level journeyman, originally from Cameroon.

 

Friday
Teerachai Kratingdaenggym vs. Behzod Nabiev; Bueng Kan, Thailand; TV Unknown
Teerachai- aka Tewa Kiram- is an undefeated Thai prospect, and he’ll be teeing off on low-level Uzbek prospect Nabiev, who ought to have no hope.

 

Saturday
Jorge Paez, Jr. vs. Vivian Harris; Monterrey, Mexico; Azteca (US)
35-year old Harris is long past his prime, having been knocked out in recent years by the likes of Brian Rose and Ed Paredes, and having won only 2 of his last 9 fights.  Paez, despite 4 losses on his record, feels like a prospect.  If he’s worthy of that title (or even to that of gatekeeper to which he might otherwise be entitled), he should handle Harris comfortably.

Welterweight: 2014, Mar 10-16

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 1, 2014 by danboxing
Rustam Nugaev won a stoppage victory at a 143 pound contract weight over should-be lightweight titlist Marvin Quintero, when Quintero injured his hand and could not continue past the 4th round.  It was a dead even fight to that point, as I saw it.  Nugaev narrowly edged round 1 and clearly won round 4, while Quintero clearly won 2 and 3.  You can’t necessarily tell a lot from a victory like this, given the circumstances, and especially with the catchweight.  Nugaev is not a real threat to be ranked in this tough division, at least not at this point.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (202-234-234)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Thankfully, it will be the worthy Maidana rather than the likely washed-up Khan that fights Floyd on May 3.
1) Timothy Bradley (22-22-92)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (22-122-122)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears Marquez is close to a deal to fight Alvarado on May 17.  He also wants the Pac-Bradley winner.
3) Manny Pacquiao (22-275-275)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (14-40-40)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Maidana will get a shot at the true title on May 3.
5) Keith Thurman (13-13-53)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Thurman is tentatively scheduled to fight on April 26 in Carson, CA as part of a doubleheader with Lucas Matthysse, with an eventual meeting between the two being considered if they both win.
6) Shawn Porter (13-14-14)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
For the longest time, it looked like Porter would be fighting his mandatory, Kell Brook, but a Thurman or Marquez fight has also been discussed, while Malignaggi has also indicated interest, and that fight currently appears to be in the works for April 19.
7) Robert Guerrero (14-68-85)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is in the mix to fight Khan on May 3.
8) Kell Brook (14-150-150)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Brook’s opponent for this weekend will be gatekeeper Alvaro Robles- not a bad guy to find on 10 days’ notice.
9) Devon Alexander (14-107-107)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander’s trainer has named Berto and Judah as guys that would make sense for the St. Louisan’s next fight.
10) Randall Bailey (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (16-90)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez appears set to return in mid-to-late March, according to a Boxingscene report.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (13-59)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (13-68)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a summer return.  Alexander wants him.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (14-14) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi says he wants Porter, and that fight is reportedly in the works for April 19.
15) Chris van Heerden (14-91)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Van Heerden finally got a fight in, albeit a stay-busy one.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (14-46)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Abregu is set to return on April 4 in his hometown of Salta, Argentina against unbeaten but totally untested Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada.
17) Luis Collazo (6-6)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Collazo wants Khan, and there’s some buzz building behind that fight.
18) Jan Zaveck (6-222)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (6-52)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov is looking to defend his title at 140 on June 14, possibly against Antonio Demarco.  If he sets that fight (or any other at 140), he’ll be removed here, as he hasn’t fought at 147 since his March 16 fight with Tim Bradley.  In any case, he’ll be removed on March 17 unless he scheduled a welterweight fight.
20) Leonard Bundu (2-2)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu’s fight with Gianluca Branco, scheduled for April 12, is now off due to a training injury to Branco.  Bundu’s camp is now targeting May as his next appearance, but it’s not known if Branco will still be the opponent or not.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
Kermit Cintron vs. Ronald Cruz; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Off TV
Cintron still qualifies as a gatekeeper despite almost certainly losing to unproven Adrian Granados while being gifted a draw.  Cruz was an undefeated prospect before back-to-back losses to Ray Narh and Antwone Smith.  Still, with Cintron’s precipitous decline in the last few years, I’m not sure I’d want to bet either way on this one.

 

Kell Brook is in action in Liverpool as well against Alvaro Robles, but that’s expected to be a junior middleweight fight.  I might discuss it here as it effects the rankings, but will treat it primarily at 154.

Welterweight: 2013, Aug 5-11

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2013 by danboxing
Philadelphia journeyman Ray Robinson got the biggest win of his career thus far on Friday in Newark, Delaware, stopping Ghanaian gatekeeper Ray Narh in 7.

 

The same night on Friday Night Fights from Miami, Oklahoma, gatekeeper and former contender Kermit Cintron subjected a national audience to one of the worst fights in history.  It was a hugging match.  It was as badly refereed as it was fought, as Gerald Ritter totally failed to control the fight early, and then started taking points (all from Cintron’s fringe prospect opponent Jonathan Batista) at the very end of the fight, when they theoretically meant the most.  He also scored a knockdown in favor of Cintron that was questionable at best.  That’s a 3 point swing in a fight that could have gone either way.  Speaking of which, the judges were equally incompetent or biased.  Chris Ritter (who pulled off another botch-job in the main event) had it 98-88, David Sutherland had it 98-89, and Jerry Griffin had it the same.  I had it 94-93 for Cintron with all the awful actions by the referee factored in.  All of the judges had at one or two clear Batista rounds- as well as all of the toss-ups- for Cintron.  Even with a good ref, it’s possible to give the fight to Cintron, but all of these judges should be ashamed.  Perhaps it’s better that Cintron got the win in one sense, though.  Batista came in as a nobody, and Cintron didn’t do his career any favors even in victory.  And even though Batista was trying slightly harder to make a fight out of it, his style and effort didn’t exactly deserve a victory in my book either.  So for rankings purposes, the Cintron win means the fight has little or not impact, which is about what it deserves.  That being said, it’s clear that Cintron is finished- especially in TV fights.

 

Finally, 25 year-old gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. won a comfortable decision over low-level journeyman Rodolfo Quintanilla on Saturday in Tijuana, dropping his man in the first round for good measure.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (171-203-203)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (91-91-91)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (91-244-244)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A junior middleweight contest against Anthony Mundine in Australia sounds very likely for the Fall.
4) Devon Alexander (8-76-76)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is reportedly working on a November 9 fight with Broner.  Reportedly it might be a Showtime Pay-per-View.  Broner is nowhere near a PPV attraction for me, so I’m definitely not sure about buying this one, if true, as much as I like Maidana.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (2-2-28)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Soto Karass obviously had a little help from Berto’s bad shoulder, but he was ahead in the fight even before the injury.
7) Robert Guerrero (2-37-54)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero might be on a collision-course with fast-rising prospect Keith Thurman for November 2.
8) Kell Brook (12-119-119)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’s better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (12-61-61)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (9-59-59)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez suffered an injury, and will no longer be fighting on September 6.
11) Andre Berto (2-37)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
If you’d heard before the fight that Berto was going to get stopped by Soto Karass, you’d have probably assumed it was going to end Berto’s career at the elite level.  In reality, perhaps it didn’t, given his brave comeback from a shoulder injury.
12) Keith Thurman (2-22)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Guerrero’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (2-60)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-15)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently the reports that Abregu would be opening up the Chavez-Vera broadcast on September 7 were incorrect.  Instead, Abregu will likely fight either Brad Solomon or Wale Omotoso on one of 3 possible Saturdays in October.
15) Jan Zaveck (2-191)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Selcuk Aydin (2-225)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Timothy Bradley (2-61)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (2-21)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW#? Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Leonard Bundu (2-7)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Jessie Vargas (2-2)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD10 Wale Omotoso (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vargas will look to follow up on his career-best win against Omotoso with an appearance against a TBA opponent on the Marquez-Bradley undercard.

 

The Week Ahead: No fights of note within the division this week.

Welterweight: 2013, Jul 29- Aug 4

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by danboxing
#17 Selcuk Aydin knocked out mid-level journeyman Aaron Herrera in the last half of the 8th round of their scheduled 10 in Cuxhaven, Germany.  This was Aydin’s first actual welterweight appearance in a year.

 

#11 Jesus Soto Karass upset #7 Andre Berto on Saturday in San Antonio.  The fight was grueling- especially for Berto, who separated his shoulder just a few rounds deep.  Berto did an admirable job hanging in there with one arm, as he was down only 3 points on my card (could have even been a round closer) before Soto Karass dropped him hard in the 12th to end it.  A crestfallen Berto could only say after the fight that he felt he deserved an 8 count.  I couldn’t agree more.  Pathologically awful referee Jon Schorle (you might remember him as the guy that completely ruined Carlos Molina’s near-masterpiece against James Kirkland) stopped the count at 4, with a wobbly Berto already on his feet.  Why?  Could Berto have continued?  It’s probably less than 50/50, but the guy beat the count by a long shot, and he wasn’t in any extraordinary danger of further injury during the 4 seconds left.  Schorle either doesn’t understand his role, or simply has some subconscious need to be a factor in the fight.  He is a professional embarrassment in the ring, though obviously this is far less earth-shattering than his delayed decision to give Golden Boy anything they asked for in the Kirkland fight.

 

Schorle’s error was minor compared to the judging of at least one official.  All three judges failed massively in that they didn’t recognize round 11 as the obvious 10-9 despite a flash knockdown scored by Berto on what might have been a low blow.  Dr. Cathy Leonard had it 105-103 for Berto at the time of the stoppage, which was absolutely ludicrous.  The other two judges had it somewhat reasonable at 114-114 (Hubert Minn) and 105-103 (Michael Mitchell) besides the 11th round SNAFU.

 

On the undercard, Keith Thurman impressed with his intelligence and mental toughness more than with the physical prowess that has been his trademark to this point.  He actually appeared mildly outgunned in the early going, when both guys were happy to engage in a slugfest.  Thurman had the presence of mind to take a step back and box, at which point he completely took over, winning 5 of the last 6 completed rounds on my card, and dispatching a still game- but in some ways outclassed- Diego Chaves in round 10 with a solid knockout.  Chaves was young, hungry, undefeated, and clearly no joke.  Thurman deserves a ton of credit for the intelligent- almost clinical- fashion in which he fought the latter part of the bout and worked his way to a knockout win.

 

Obviously there’s a lot of movement this week.  There is a case to be made that the Berto-Soto Karass result should be mitigated by the early Berto injury.  But Soto Karass was already ahead in the fight when it happened.  Illogical as it may be, Berto actually fought better after the injury.  Despite the reasonable closeness of the fight before its stoppage, it’s hard to say Berto would have won minus the injury when he hadn’t been winning to that point.  That being the case, I’m basically treating it as a standard win for Soto Karass.  He advances to #6 on the strength of both this and his prior win over a 5th-ranked (by my count) Selcuk Aydin, halted only by Maidana, who beat him recently.  Guerrero slips to #7 in the transaction.  Berto falls to Soto Karass’s former position at #11.  He pretty much has to go below Josesito Lopez when the two meet in the rankings, since Berto lost to Ortiz and Lopez stopped him.  But Berto has still both won and lost at a far higher level than last week’s #12 Chris van Heerden, or even Keith Thurman.

 

Last week’s #14 Alfonso Gomez is removed, having not fought in a year.  There was enough talk of a September fight with Victor Ortiz that I considered leaving him in as late as last week, but the word is that Ortiz won’t be fighting on the card in question at all.

 

Thurman advances to #12 ahead of van Heerden in a close call, with the decisive difference being the South African’s 2010 loss to a gatekeeper at 154.  This forces van Heerden and Abregu down a spot to #13 and #14, respectively.  With Gomez’s exit, everyone ranked #16 and below last week advances one position, allowing undefeated prospect Jessie Vargas to debut at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (170-202-202)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (90-90-90)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (90-243-243)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A junior middleweight contest against Anthony Mundine in Australia sounds very likely for the Fall.
4) Devon Alexander (7-75-75)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is the subject of speculation regarding a possible fight with Adrien Broner in November.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (1-1-27)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Soto Karass obviously had a little help from Berto’s bad shoulder, but he was ahead in the fight even before the injury.
7) Robert Guerrero (1-36-53)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero appears to be the top candidate for a fall fight with Victor Ortiz.
8) Kell Brook (11-118-118)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’s better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (11-60-60)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (8-58-58)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 9/6/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
Lopez will get what amounts to a breather after his murderous schedule of contenders recently, fighting journeyman Aaron Martinez on September 6 in Indio, California.
11) Andre Berto (1-36)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
If you’d heard before the fight that Berto was going to get stopped by Soto Karass, you’d have probably assumed it was going to end Berto’s career at the elite level.  In reality, perhaps it didn’t, given his brave comeback from a shoulder injury.
12) Keith Thurman (1-21)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman has indicated interest in fighting Broner, and hopes to be “on Mayweather’s radar” soon.
13) Chris van Heerden (1-59)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-14)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Abregu will kick off the telecast of Chavez-Vera on September 7, with undefeated prospect Brad Solomon being a possible opponent.
15) Jan Zaveck (1-190)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Selcuk Aydin (1-224)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Timothy Bradley (1-60)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-20)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW#? Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Leonard Bundu (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Jessie Vargas (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD10 Wale Omotoso (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vargas will look to follow up on his career-best win against Omotoso with an appearance against a TBA opponent on the Marquez-Bradley undercard.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday features two notable fights in the US.

 

In Newark, Delaware, gatekeeper Ray Narh meets high-level journeyman Ray Robinson in a very well-matched fight. 

 

The same night in Miami, Oklahoma, gatekeeper and former contender Kermit Cintron takes on unproven one-loss Dominican prospect Jonathan Batista in what should be an easy fight if Cintron has anything left.  This will be the Friday Night Fights co-feature on ESPN2.

 

The following evening in Tijuana, young gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. battles low-level journeyman Rodolfo Quintanilla.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Nov 28- Dec 4

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2013 by danboxing
#1 Saul Alvarez was too much for declining fringe contender Kermit Cintron Saturday in Mexico City.  Alvarez was landing thudding shots consistently, while Cintron tried and failed to outbox Canelo until he decided to make a stand in the 5th round.  His best moments were at the beginning of that round, when he began to sit down on his punches.  But this was his last stand.  He was badly damaged from round 4, and knew he didn’t have much left.  Canelo turned the tables and started thumping a flagging Cintron until the ref quite appropriately stopped the fight with 7 seconds left.

 

Javier Maciel, the 2 loss Argentine prospect and normally a pure boxer, knocked low-level Uruguayan journeyman Nestor Faccio out in just over half a round.

 

#10 Ryan Rhodes’ fight with Sergei Khomitski was contested at middleweight and is discussed in that update.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (24-39-54)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo wants to fight Mayweather in May.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (24-69-69)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that K9 may fight Latimore on New Year’s Eve.  He’s also interested in Kirkland.
3) James Kirkland (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his huge upset win over Angulo, Bundrage, Lara, and Ishida have both expressed interest in fighting him, but Kirkland appears to want Carlos Molina.
4) Erislandy Lara (4-21-43)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
With most of the big names at 154 apparently not all that excited about fighting him, Lara recently challenged Dmitry Pirog at middleweight.  He’s also interested in Austin Trout, Sergio Martinez, and James Kirkland.
5) Miguel Cotto (21-78-78)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Antonio Margarito
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (21-21-36)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland wants him.
7) Alfredo Angulo (4-114-114)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
8) Prince Arron (4-29-29)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Arron takes on one-loss and still relatively untested prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England in early December.
9) Pawel Wolak (4-38-38)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
10) Ryan Rhodes (4-110-110)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes wants a shot at Bundrage.
11) Austin Trout (4-43)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout outclassed and stopped iron-chinned journeyman LoPorto.
12) Sechew Powell (4-89)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
After Latimore turned down an eliminator for a Bundrage shot, Powell will instead be taking on Cory Spinks for that honor, it would appear.  The fight was originally rumored for Mares-Agbeko, but looks likely for the Erdei-Cloud New Year’s Eve card, instead.
13) Gabriel Rosado (4-43)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (4-20)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #9 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
15) Paul Williams (3-43)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (3-26)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo this week, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
17) Yuri Foreman (3-113)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
18) Lukas Konecny (3-16)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
19) Deandre Latimore (3-15)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore may be fighting Bundrage on New Year’s Eve on a Showtime broadcast.
20) Antonio Margarito (3-3)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- L (UD12) vs. #1 WW Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Big-time rematch with Cotto on the horizon.

 

The Week Ahead: Three fights on Saturday worth mentioning this week, with 5 top-20 fighters involved.

 

The biggest occurs at Madison Square Garden in New York.  #5 Miguel Cotto looks for revenge of his now controversial stoppage loss to current #20 Antonio Margarito.  The two clearly hate each other.

 

On the undercard, we get a rematch of a fight of the year candidate from the summer, as #9 Pawel Wolak and #14 Delvin Rodriguez look to settle the score. 

 

And a few hours before these, #8 Prince Arron takes on one-loss but pretty untested British prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Nov 21-27

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2013 by danboxing
On Friday, veteran journeyman Charles Whitaker won a reasonably comfortable 12 round decision over gatekeeper Giorbis Barthelemy in Miami, with scores of 117-111 (x2) and 116-112.  At nearly 38, and with 52 fights under his belt, Whitaker scored the best win of his career and has positioned himself for a possible alphabet title shot.

 

Saturday in his hometown of Los Mochis, Mexico, undefeated prospect Jorge Cota (who had literally fought nobody in his 10 wins) took a ridiculously huge step up against 115-fight veteran and current gatekeeper Yori Boy Campas.  He proved to be up to the challenge, stopping Campas late in the 8th round despite Campas’ having come in 1.5 pounds over the divisional limit. 

 

On the same card, gatekeeper Antwone Smith cruised to an 8-round decision win over weak journeyman Yoryi Estrella. 

 

Cota and Whitaker’s wins both make them relevant in the division, but neither victory by itself is at a top 20 level.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (23-38-53)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO6 Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Canelo will look to take advantage of apparently shot fringe contender Kermit Cintron on November 26 in a Mexico Ciy bull ring.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (23-68-68)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that K9 may fight Latimore on New Year’s Eve.  He’s also interested in Kirkland.
3) James Kirkland (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his huge upset win over Angulo, Bundrage, Lara, and Ishida have both expressed interest in fighting him, but Kirkland appears to want Carlos Molina.
4) Erislandy Lara (3-20-42)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
With most of the big names at 154 apparently not all that excited about fighting him, Lara recently challenged Dmitry Pirog at middleweight.  He’s also interested in Austin Trout and James Kirkland.
5) Miguel Cotto (20-77-77)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Antonio Margarito
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (20-20-35)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland wants him.
7) Alfredo Angulo (3-113-113)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
8) Prince Arron (3-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Arron takes on one-loss and still relatively untested prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England in early December.
9) Pawel Wolak (3-37-37)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
10) Ryan Rhodes (3-109-109)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Rhodes will move up to middleweight- at least temporarily- to fight journeyman Sergei Khomitski this week.
11) Austin Trout (3-42)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout outclassed and stopped iron-chinned journeyman LoPorto.
12) Sechew Powell (3-88)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
After Latimore turned down an eliminator for a Bundrage shot, Powell will instead be taking on Cory Spinks for that honor, it would appear.  The fight was originally rumored for Mares-Agbeko, but looks likely for the Erdei-Cloud New Year’s Eve card, instead.
13) Gabriel Rosado (3-42)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (3-19)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #9 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
15) Paul Williams (2-42)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (2-25)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo this week, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
17) Yuri Foreman (2-112)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
18) Lukas Konecny (2-15)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
19) Deandre Latimore (2-14)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore may be fighting Bundrage on New Year’s Eve on a Showtime broadcast.
20) Antonio Margarito (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- L (UD12) vs. #1 WW Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Big-time rematch with Cotto on the horizon.

 

The Week Ahead: In the week’s biggest fight at 154, #1 Saul Alvarez takes on nosediving fringe contender Kermit Cintron in Mexico City.  

 

A ways South in Buenos Aires, 2-loss Argentine prospect Javier Maciel (best known for troubling Dmitry Pirog at middleweight earlier this year) takes on low-level Uruguayan journeyman Nestor Faccio.

 

#10 Ryan Rhodes will be in action this weekend against good journeyman Sergei Khomitski, but that fight is expected to be contested at Middleweight.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 15-21

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2011 by danboxing
Fringe Contender Kermit Cintron- who was recently ranked in the top 10 before a bad loss to Carlos Molina- won a decision over gatekeeper Antwone Smith on Friday Night Fights last week.  The judges had it mostly fairly comfortable.  I was sitting at ringside (if you saw a guy with a red shirt and white tie on TV watching intently, that was me). 

 

I personally had Smith winning 96-94 in what was a very close fight that legitimately could have gone either way.  I have no problem with Barbara Madison’s score of 96-94 (she was sitting right in front of me) except that it was a bit different from my own.  I don’t even have a huge quarrel with Jerry Griffin’s 97-93 because if you gave Cintron credit for a lot of his jabs that may have gotten through a little bit but which I saw as blocked, I think you could have fairly swung 3 rounds to Cintron from my card.  But Jackson Harper’s 98-91 card I do have a serious problem with.  For one thing, to arrive at that score, he would have had to give Cintron at least one round that was in my view CLEARLY a Smith round- meaning 4, 6, or 9- in addition to all of the rounds I scored for Cintron (1, 3, 7, and 8) AND all of the close rounds that I scored for Smith (2, 5, and 10).  Not only that, but barring a silly math error it means he also somehow gave Cintron a 10-8 round somewhere along the way.  That’s ridiculous.  This kind of bad scorecard in a very close kind of fight should be, to me, just as subject to investigation and review as a clear robbery, because the upshot of Harper’s indefensible scorecard is that if the fight had been unquestionably won by Smith (ie he had clearly won all of the close rounds), Harper would have still given it to Cintron.  Harper is probably incompetent and definitely biased for one reason or another.  However, in accordance with other fights in which I disagree with the score but could see a reasonable judge scoring it for the official winner, I will treat this fight as essentially a draw, except with a slight edge going to Cintron such that if both men were rated, Smith could not pass Cintron but might still gain ground. 

 

By failing to get a clear win over a lesser-regarded fighter, however, Cintron fails to return to the top 20 even though he entered the night as my unofficial #21 contender.  Obviously my policy does not allow Smith to crack the top 20 either, but he does improve his standing dramatically, at least in my book.

 

In other action, former American Navy serviceman Charlie Ota (real name Charles Bellamy), who has lived in Japan since his days in the service and is the current Japanese champion, defended his title against Akio Shibata, the man he took the title from in Spring 2010 by 8th round TKO.  This time around Ota took care of the top-level journeyman a little quicker and put him down for the count in the 6th round.
 
One thing I noticed belatedly this week is that Cory Spinks’ last fight was actually fought over the 160 limit, and thus he should have been removed from last week’s rankings due to inactivity at 154.  This would have given Kermit Cintron an extra week at #20, and I apologize for not giving Kermit this satisfaction.  However, Cintron’s dubious win last week actually has soured me on him and he is no longer even in the top 25 in my opinion.  Next on my list is Joachim Alcine, who has been inactive for over a year but has a fight scheduled for this weekend.  However, this fight was not announced until a couple weeks after the 1-year anniversary of  Alcine’s last fight, and so I consider him ineligible until he actually makes the weight and returns.  So the next in line is Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic, who just edges out Deandre Latimore based on recent success.  Konecny was ranked for just one week back in June before Vanes Martirosyan forced him out with a win over Saul Roman.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Pawel Wolak
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (9-24-39)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.  He will also likely fight on December 3, most likely on the Cotto-Margarito undercard.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (8-54-54)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He has called out Canelo, Mosley, and Molina, and his promoter Don King is apparently working on a fight with Ricardo Mayorga, though the IBF reportedly is not willing to sanction that fight for Bundrage’s title.
3) Erislandy Lara (6-6-28)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.  Lara has also sought fights with Dzinziruk and Bundrage, neither of whom appear to want the fight.  He also wants Canelo, but believes that Golden Boy will protect their cash cow.
4) Alfredo Angulo (6-99-99)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Joe Gomez (UNR)
Angulo will officially fight journeyman Joe Gomez in Mexico on 8/20.
5) Miguel Cotto (6-63-63)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (6-6-21)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones. 
7) Prince Arron (5-14-14)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
8) Pawel Wolak (5-23-23)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak will likely fight on the Cotto-Margarito card on December 3, with likely opponents being Delvin Rodriguez and Jesus Soto-Karass.  He has also challenged K9 for that date.  Deandre Latimore has also challenged Wolak, and Wolak says he’d be happy to oblige if a network is interested in the fight.  Wolak also recently fired his manager.
9) Ryan Rhodes (5-95-95)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (10-10-28)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (10-74)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Powell is sparring with Floyd Mayweather to prepare Floyd for the Victor Ortiz fight.
12) Gabriel Rosado (10-28)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Keenan Collins (UNR)
Fresh out of jail, Rosado already has a date reserved on September 9 against journeyman Keenan Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (5-28)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (5-28)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
16) Shane Mosley (1-28)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Devon Alexander and K9 are interested in fighting him.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (1-11)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes called out Austin Trout after not being selected as Canelo’s next opponent, and just days later the WBC ordered a match with Angulo.  Vanes also has called out Felix Sturm.
18) Grady Brewer (1-9)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: 8/19/2011- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Brewer will attempt to upset his second hot prospect in just over 2 months when he meets former US Olympian Demetrius Andrade on August 19’s Friday Night Fights season finale.
19) Yuri Foreman (1-98)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
20) Lukas Konecny (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/30/2011- vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk (UNR)
Konecny will fight at home in the Czech Republic against Dzinziruk, who is only unranked because he has not fought under the 154 limit for over a year.  Konecny will likely be a clear underdog in the fight, and rightly so.

 

The Week Ahead:  The most important fight of the week is the main event of the Friday Night Fights season finale on ESPN2, when #18 Grady Brewer takes on undefeated prospect and former Olympian Demetrius Andrade.  The fight will technically be at a contract weight a few pounds over the limit, but I will treat it as a junior middleweight fight because that is the past and future weight of both guys as far as I can tell.  The reason for the extra pounds appears to be the 2 weeks notice that the fighters had going in.  

 

The biggest name fighting this week, however, belongs to #4 Alfredo Angulo, who makes his return after more than a year out of the ring since his last fight- a 1st round KO win over Joachim Alcine.  He fights journeyman Joe Gomez Saturday in Mexico in a fight televised on Telefutura if you’re lucky enough to get that.  Speaking of Alcine- he also returns for the first time since the Angulo fight against journeyman Jose Medina in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Alcine had been rated here, but has been out since late June when he was displaced by the debut of Grady Brewer.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 8-14

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by danboxing
No action at 154 this week.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Pawel Wolak
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (8-23-38)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.  He will also likely fight on December 3, most likely on the Cotto-Margarito undercard.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (7-53-53)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He has called out Canelo, Mosley, and Molina, and his promoter Don King is apparently working on a fight with Ricardo Mayorga, though the IBF reportedly is not willing to sanction that fight for Bundrage’s title.
3) Erislandy Lara (5-5-27)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.  Lara has also sought fights with Dzinziruk and Bundrage, neither of whom appear to want the fight.  He also wants Canelo, but believes that Golden Boy will protect their cash cow.
4) Alfredo Angulo (5-98-98)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Joe Gomez (UNR)
Angulo will officially fight journeyman Joe Gomez in Mexico on 8/20.
5) Miguel Cotto (5-62-62)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (5-5-20)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones. 
7) Prince Arron (4-13-13)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
8) Pawel Wolak (4-22-22)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak will likely fight on the Cotto-Margarito card on December 3, with likely opponents being Delvin Rodriguez and Jesus Soto-Karass.  He has also challenged K9 for that date.  Deandre Latimore has also challenged Wolak, and Wolak says he’d be happy to oblige if a network is interested in the fight.  Wolak also recently fired his manager.
9) Ryan Rhodes (4-94-94)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (9-9-27)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (9-73)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Put forth a solid effort in a losing cause against Bundrage, and still has the bona  fides to hold onto his #11 spot.
12) Gabriel Rosado (9-27)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Keenan Collins (UNR)
Fresh out of jail, Rosado already has a date reserved on September 9 against journeyman Keenan Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (4-27)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (4-27)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
16) Cory Spinks (4-27)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD10 Shakir Ashanti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks said he was considering moving up to 160 to fight Sam Soliman in an eliminator, but then decided that he will stay at 154 and fight another tune-up in September and then chase a long-shot fight with Cotto.
17) Shane Mosley (4-27)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Devon Alexander and K9 are interested in fighting him.
18) Vanes Martirosyan (4-10)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes called out Austin Trout after not being selected as Canelo’s next opponent, and just days later the WBC ordered a match with Angulo.  Vanes also has called out Felix Sturm.
19) Grady Brewer (4-8)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: 8/19/2011- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Brewer will attempt to upset his second hot prospect in just over 2 months when he meets former US Olympian Demetrius Andrade on August 19’s Friday Night Fights season finale.
20) Yuri Foreman (4-97)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.

 

The Week Ahead:  In the week’s appetizer fight on Monday, Charlie Ota (whose real name is Charles Bellamy)- an American fringe contender and current Japanese champion who lived in Japan while serving in the US Navy and stayed there for boxing after a short amateur career out of a Japanese gym- fights Akio Shibata- from whom he lifted the title with an 8th round TKO in March 2010- in a rematch in Tokyo.  Shibata, on a World scale, is probably best thought of as a top-shelf  journeyman.

 

The headliner of the week is in St. Charles, Missouri on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.  Fringe contender Kermit Cintron- who was rated #20 until 3 weeks ago when he was displaced by Delvin Rodriguez’s debut- takes on gatekeeper Antwone Smith of Miami.  I had Cintron rated #6 not at all long ago.  He was at #7 when he was shockingly and dominantly beaten by Carlos Molina on Showtime on July 9.  He’s back in action just over a month later, and a win will likely get him back into the rankings, if not all that highly.  Smith was a rising fringe contender when he was upset by journeyman Lanardo Tyner on Showtime a little over a year ago as a welterweight, and has fought two nobodies since.  This fight will be contested at a contract weight of 150, and might be a prelude to a move down to 147 for Cintron.  Both men could probably make 147, though Cintron is probably the slightly bigger man at this point in his career.  Each man is still looking to rebound from his most recent loss, and both need a win pretty badly at this stage.  By the way, I will be at ringside, and on TV fairly often, from what I understand!  Full report next week.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Jul 11-17

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by danboxing
Premium cable subscribers witnessed two rather shocking results at 154.  On Showtime’s co-feature to the Rios-Antillon match, #19 Carlos Molina dominated #7 Kermit Cintron over 10 rounds, winning 8 on all the official cards and all 10 on mine.  A matter of minutes later, #17 Erislandy Lara- who was lucky to escape with a draw against Molina on Friday Night Fights earlier this year- was arguably less dominant but did even more damage in beating up #6 Paul Williams convincingly.  The official judges disagreed with that assessment, but were so obviously corrupt that they will receive no further mention here other than to say that all three will be suspended.

 

Lara is the week’s biggest winner.  His win over Williams places him at #3 ahead of Angulo but still behind Bundrage.  Molina’s big win also places him in solid position as he checks in at #6 just barely behind Cotto and ahead of Wolak.  The week’s losers take a huge tumble.  Williams finds his place among fighters that have big wins in the past but have established recent patterns of bad losses.  Accordingly, he finds himself just ahead of Shane Mosley and Cory Spinks as he nestles in behind Manny Pacquiao at #14.  Cintron plummets even further, barely maintaining a ranking as he slips below Yuri Foreman and into the #20 slot.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Pawel Wolak
9) Sergei Dzinziruk
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (4-19-34)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo will return on 9/17, apparently against either Ricardo Mayorga, Alfonso Gomez, or Vanes Martirosyan.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (3-49-49)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He wants to fight Canelo at some point.
3) Erislandy Lara (1-1-23)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
After originally losing out to Nobuhiro Ishida, Lara will fight Williams after Ishida was bumped by HBO.
4) Alfredo Angulo (1-94-94)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
We finally have a return date for Angulo: August 20.  Opponent to be determined.
5) Miguel Cotto (1-58-58)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (1-1-16)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, and Dzinziruk.
7) Pawel Wolak (1-18-18)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- RTD6 #5 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: 7/15/2011- vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
The Dzinziruk negotiations proved fruitless, as Wolak will now fight prospect Delvin Rodriguez on Friday Night Fights in mid-July.
8) Ryan Rhodes (4-90-90)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
9) Prince Arron (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
10) Austin Trout (5-5-23)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.
11) Sechew Powell (5-69)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Put forth a solid effort in a losing cause against Bundrage, and still has the bona  fides to hold onto his #11 spot.
12) Gabriel Rosado (5-23)
Last Fight: 2/26/2011- TKO12 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/15/2011- vs. Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Allen Conyers pulled out last-minute with an injury, and Ayi Bruce has stepped up as the 3rd scheduled opponent for Friday’s date.  Bruce, a gatekeeper, is actually an improvement on Conyers.
13) Manny Pacquiao (5-23)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
14) Paul Williams (1-23)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
15) Cory Spinks (1-23)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD10 Shakir Ashanti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated sacrificial lamb Ashanti.  We’ll see if he will try to climb the ladder again now that he’s back in the win column.
16) Shane Mosley (1-23)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
My fervent hope is that the used-up Mosley retires well before I have to remove him for inactivity in September.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (1-6)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes is one of three candidates in the running for Canelo’s September return, and is the best of the three.
18) Grady Brewer (4-4)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: Unknown
For a guy that’s often considered a journeyman, Brewer has compiled a nice little resume with the Guerrero win.
19) Yuri Foreman (1-93)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
What looked like a relatively easy fight turned into a disaster for Foreman as he was battered to a corner stoppage after six rounds with fringe contender/prospect Pawel Wolak.  The stick-and-move boxer may have lost a step to a recurring knee injury, and we’ll see whether or not he’s finished as a serious contender.
20) Kermit Cintron (1-111)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L(UD10) vs. #19 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears washed-up after being dominated by fringe contender Molina.

 

The Week Ahead:  Two nice matchups on Friday: in Philly, #12 Gabriel Rosado takes on last-minute replacement opponent (but still decent gatekeeper) Ayi Bruce, while in New York #7 Pawel Wolak battles solid gatekeeper Delvin Rodriguez in the Friday Night Fights main event on ESPN2.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Jul 4-10

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by danboxing
No news to report this week.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Kermit Cintron
3) Alfredo Angulo
4) Saul Alvarez
5) Vanes Martirosyan
6) Cornelius Bundrage
7) Pawel Wolak
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Sechew Powell
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (3-18-33)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: Unknown
In a division with a lot of parity at the top, Canelo’s victory over Rhodes suffices to earn him the top spot.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (2-48-48)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Reclaimed the #2 position after a workmanlike decision over the solid Powell.
3) Alfredo Angulo (2-93-93)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Unknown Opponent
We finally have a return date for Angulo: August 20.  Opponent to be determined.
4) Miguel Cotto (3-57-57)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
5) Pawel Wolak (3-17-17)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- RTD6 #5 Yuri Foreman
Next Fight: 7/15/2011- vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
The Dzinziruk negotiations proved fruitless, as Wolak will now fight prospect Delvin Rodriguez on Friday Night Fights in mid-July.
6) Paul Williams (3-22-22)
Last Fight: 11/20/2010- L (KO2) vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Williams will now take on Erislandy Lara after HBO nixed Ishida.
7) Kermit Cintron (3-110-110)
Last Fight: 5/8/2010- L (TD4) vs. MW #2 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #19 Carlos Molina
Now apparently has an opponent for the 7/9 Showtime card in sturdy #18 Carlos Molina.
8) Ryan Rhodes (3-89-89)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
9) Prince Arron (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
10) Austin Trout (4-4-22)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
An impressive victory over David Lopez in enemy territory has Trout on a steep upward career trajectory.
11) Sechew Powell (4-68)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Put forth a solid effort in a losing cause against Bundrage, and still has the bona  fides to hold onto his #11 spot.
12) Gabriel Rosado (4-22)
Last Fight: 2/26/2011- TKO12 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/15/2011- vs. Allen Conyers (UNR)
Harry Joe Yorgey was injured in training, and recent Carlos Molina victim Allen Conyers has quickly stepped in to take his place.
13) Manny Pacquiao (4-22)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
14) Cory Spinks (4-22)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD10 Shakir Ashanti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated sacrificial lamb Ashanti.  We’ll see if he will try to climb the ladder again now that he’s back in the win column.
15) Shane Mosley (4-22)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
My fervent hope is that the used-up Mosley retires well before I have to remove him for inactivity in September.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (4-5)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I still don’t view him as highly as a lot of people do because he got handled by Kassim Ouma a while back, but he’s earned at least this much respect after displaying his handspeed, power, and resiliency against Roman.
17) Erislandy Lara (4-22)
Last Fight: 3/25/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Carlos Molina (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #6 Paul Williams
After originally losing out to Nobuhiro Ishida, Lara will fight Williams after Ishida was bumped by HBO.
18) Grady Brewer (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: Unknown
For a guy that’s often considered a journeyman, Brewer has compiled a nice little resume with the Guerrero win.
19) Carlos Molina (3-15)
Last Fight: 4/29/2011- TKO7 Allen Conyers (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/9/2011- vs. #7 Kermit Cintron
His busy schedule and near-victory over Erislandy Lara has earned him a big fight with Cintron for the Rios-Antillon undercard.
20) Yuri Foreman (3-92)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
What looked like a relatively easy fight turned into a disaster for Foreman as he was battered to a corner stoppage after six rounds with fringe contender/prospect Pawel Wolak.  The stick-and-move boxer may have lost a step to a recurring knee injury, and we’ll see whether or not he’s finished as a serious contender.

 

The Week Ahead:  Two high-quality fights can be found this week on dueling premium cable broadcasts.  On Showtime, #7 Kermit Cintron battles #19 Carlos Molina as he looks to bounce back from the awkward “loss” to Paul Williams over a year ago.  This will be the co-feature for the Rios-Antillon main event.  Meanwhile on HBO, #6 Paul Williams looks to rebound from his own ugly last fight after being knocked out cold by Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez in November by fighting #17 Erislandy Lara, a Cuban prospect recently diminished somewhat by his loss-leaning draw against, well, Carlos Molina.  Needless to say, the ratings will be different for next week’s update.