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Welterweight: 2014, May 26- Jun 1

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by danboxing
Thursday in Pointe Claire, Quebec, fringe contender Jo Jo Dan got a picturesque but easy win over Polish journeyman Lukasz Janik, in a fight that was contracted at 150.  Dan mainly worked off the jab while dominating from the outside with a high workrate.  At the same time, he didn’t let himself get too jab-heavy, mixing it up well with a diverse arsenal of effective punches.  In the 4th round, when it became apparent from body language that Janik was close to succumbing to an accumulation of shots, Dan started concentrating more on power, and began leading and doubling up with his southpaw right hook, which he used to no mean effect.  In the 5th he got a used-up Janik pinned in the corner and went to work, landing dozens of unanswered shots that caused referee Steve St. Germain to reasonably stop the fight.  Janik was basically on the level of a decent sparring partner, but never really made Dan remotely uncomfortable.

 

On Saturday’s Stevenson-Fonfara undercard in Montreal, another Quebec favorite, prospect Kevin Bizier, also fought at a junior middleweight contract weight, this one at 152 against lower-mid-level Argentine journeyman Carlos Herrera.  In the first round, Bizier allowed himself to be circled consistently by Herrera, who looked to dance and jab from the outside, but still managed to be first and land all of the telling blows.  He began to make the ring a little smaller for Herrera in the 2nd, though I still wouldn’t say he cut the ring off, exactly.  Regardless, he continued to land heavy shots, including a flush uppercut that rocked Herrera about midway through the round.  From there, Bizier’s finishing skills proved formidable, as he quickly scored a knockdown.  After the count he jumped all over Herrera on the ropes, blistering him with a sustained flurry that prompted the Argentine to crouch down on the canvas.  After St. Germain, who apparently had a busy week, reached the count of 8, Herrera’s corner hopped onto the ring apron and waved the towel, yielding a 2nd round TKO win for Bizier.  He’s still got a lot to work on, but the talent is definitely there.

 

No changes this week, since both guys were in light, and technically not even at 147.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (213-245-245)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Mayweather has booked his next fight on September 13.  Let’s hope he gives Maidana a rematch.
1) Marcos Maidana (4-51-51)
Last Fight:5/3/2014- L* (MD12) vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
There are rumors swirling around two possible fights for Maidana- a Mayweather rematch and a showdown with Keith Thurman.
2) Manny Pacquiao (4-286-286)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- UD12 #1 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao signed a 2-year extension with Top Rank, limiting his fight options and potentially killing any forlorn hope fans might still have of a Mayweather fight.
3) Juan Manuel Marquez (4-133-133)
Last Fight: 5/17/2014- UD12 #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez still has plenty in the tank, it would appear, as he fairly comfortably handled a young hungry contender in Alvarado.  He’s not ruling out another Pacquiao fight, it seems.
4) Timothy Bradley (4-33-103)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- L (UD12) vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley says he intends to return in October or November, and says he wants Mayweather.  Good luck, especially coming off a loss.  Bradley’s best options for a next fight, practically-speaking, are limited to re-hashes of previous fights like Marquez and Provodnikov.
5) Keith Thurman (24-24-64)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- RTD3 Julio Diaz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There’s a rumor that has Thurman fighting Maidana on September 13.  He’s also expressed interest in Tim Bradley, a politically difficult proposition.
6) Shawn Porter (24-25-25)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- KO4 #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman wants him and Golden Boy is making noise about him fighting Mayweather, but it’s hard to imagine Porter being able to put off his mandatory with Brook any longer.  That fight is being worked on for July, it’s said.
7) Robert Guerrero (25-79-96)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (UNR)
Guerrero scheduled the Kamegai fight just in time to avoid removal.  It’s not exactly the sexiest possible matchup, though Kamegai does make good fights generally.
8) Kell Brook (25-161-161)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (25-118-118)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #12 Jesus Soto Karass
Boxingscene now reports that Alexander-Soto Karass is done, but not for June 21 as originally reported, but rather on the Canelo-Lara undercard on July 12.
10) Randall Bailey (27-27-27)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. Freddy Lawson (UNR)
Bailey wants Thurman, but it sounds like he’s settling for undefeated but fairly untested Ghanaian prospect Freddy Lawson in Minnesota.
11) Josesito Lopez (27-101)
Last Fight: 4/24/2014- TKO5 Aron Martinez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez is back on the right track, looking at least decent against a likely better fighter than Arnaoutis, whom he almost lost to.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (24-70)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #9 Devon Alexander
See Alexander’s notes, above.
13) Andre Berto (24-79)
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. 
14) Amir Khan (4-4)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 #17 Luis Collazo
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite the fairly impressive win over Collazo, Khan has ruled himself out of a possible Mayweather shot in September, due to Ramadan.  He posits Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, and Robert Guerrero as possible opponents, and has indicated interest in fighting in Dubai.
15) Paulie Malignaggi (4-25) 
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- L (KO4) vs. #6 Shawn Porter
Next Fight: Unknown
Malignaggi confirms he’s considering retirement.
16) Chris van Heerden (4-102)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- W (SD10) vs. Ray Narh (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden’s split decision win over Ray Narh doesn’t look very worthy of a top 15 contender on paper, but I unfortunately am unable to find video, and thus can’t opine on what it might mean for his future.
17) Luis Carlos Abregu (4-57)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO8 Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu offered Brandon Rios a fight, but Rios turned it down.  He is also interested in Thurman.
18) Jan Zaveck (17-233)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There are rumors that Zaveck may soon be positioned for a minor (IBO) title fight.
19) Leonard Bundu (11-13)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/1/2014- vs. Frankie Gavin (UNR)
Bundu will fight unbeaten Brit Frankie Gavin in Wolverhampton, England on August 1 for Bundu’s European belt.

20) Luis Collazo (4-17)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- L (UD12) vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s back to the drawing board for Collazo, whose career momentum was abruptly halted by a sharp Khan.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing big this week.  Borderline gatekeeper Aslanbek Kozaev is in action against a journeyman, but that fight is only arguably significant since Kozaev is only arguably top 50.  It’s only going to be seriously significant if he loses anyway, so I’ll skip it for the sake of efficiency unless that happens.

Welterweight: 2014, May 19-25

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by danboxing
Friday in Oshikoto, Namibia, gatekeeper Bethuel Ushona stopped journeyman Ebenezer Lantei Lamptey in 10, in a fight that was for an alphabet African title, but which was otherwise insignificant.

 

#3 Juan Manuel Marquez showed that he’s still got plenty left after a close decision loss to Tim Bradley, winning a comfortable decision over light welterweight contender Mike Alvarado at a 143-pound catchweight.  Alvarado showed heart as always, but Marquez was simply too sharp and precise with his entire arsenal of shots, especially early in the fight.  Marquez scored a knockdown in the 8th, and was dropped in the very next round, which he otherwise won.  I had it 117-110, and Marquez won it by a minimum of 4 points on any reasonable card.  Judges Max DeLuca and Julie Lederman had it the same as me, except that they gave Alvarado a 10-8 in the 8th round.  Adalaide Byrd scored it 119-108, which I felt was still reasonable.

 

On the undercard, undefeated prospect Brad Solomon won an 8-round decision over low-level journeyman Arman Ovsepyan, by scores of 79-73 (x2) and 78-74.  I didn’t see that fight, but that seems like a bit too close a fight given the relative level of the fighters.

 

No changes this week, as Alvarado isn’t really a match for the level of guys that he and Pacquiao have been fighting of late.  Ultimately the recency of the Pacquiao win over Bradley, who beat Marquez, makes the decisive difference.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (212-244-244)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Mayweather has booked his next fight on September 13.  Let’s hope he gives Maidana a rematch.
1) Marcos Maidana (3-50-50)
Last Fight:5/3/2014- L* (MD12) vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
See Mayweather’s notes, above.
2) Manny Pacquiao (3-285-285)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- UD12 #1 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao is reportedly working on a 5-fight extension with the rotting corpse of Top Rank.
3) Juan Manuel Marquez (3-132-132)
Last Fight: 5/17/2014- UD12 #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez still has plenty in the tank, it would appear, as he fairly comfortably handled a young hungry contender in Alvarado.  He’s not ruling out another Pacquiao fight, it seems.
4) Timothy Bradley (3-32-102)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- L (UD12) vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley says he intends to return in October or November, and says he wants Mayweather.  Good luck, especially coming off a loss.  Bradley’s best options for a next fight, practically-speaking, are limited to re-hashes of previous fights like Marquez and Provodnikov.
5) Keith Thurman (23-23-63)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- RTD3 Julio Diaz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might get a Mayweather shot next, if there’s no Mayweather-Maidana II on the horizon.  He’s also drawing interest from Amir Khan.
6) Shawn Porter (23-24-24)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- KO4 #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman wants him and Golden Boy is making noise about him fighting Mayweather, but it’s hard to imagine Porter being able to put off his mandatory with Brook any longer.  That fight is being worked on for July, it’s said.
7) Robert Guerrero (24-78-95)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (UNR)
Guerrero scheduled the Kamegai fight just in time to avoid removal.  It’s not exactly the sexiest possible matchup, though Kamegai does make good fights generally.
8) Kell Brook (24-160-160)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (24-117-117)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #12 Jesus Soto Karass
Boxingscene now reports that Alexander-Soto Karass is done, but not for June 21 as originally reported, but rather on the Canelo-Lara undercard on July 12.
10) Randall Bailey (26-26-26)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. Freddy Lawson (UNR)
Bailey wants Thurman, but it sounds like he’s settling for undefeated but fairly untested Ghanaian prospect Freddy Lawson in Minnesota.
11) Josesito Lopez (26-100)
Last Fight: 4/24/2014- TKO5 Aron Martinez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez is back on the right track, looking at least decent against a likely better fighter than Arnaoutis, whom he almost lost to.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (23-69)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #9 Devon Alexander
See Alexander’s notes, above.
13) Andre Berto (23-78)
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. 
14) Amir Khan (3-3)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 #17 Luis Collazo
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite the fairly impressive win over Collazo, Khan has ruled himself out of a possible Mayweather shot in September, due to Ramadan.  He posits Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, and Robert Guerrero as possible opponents.
15) Paulie Malignaggi (3-24) 
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- L (KO4) vs. #6 Shawn Porter
Next Fight: Unknown
Malignaggi confirms he’s considering retirement.
16) Chris van Heerden (3-101)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- W (SD10) vs. Ray Narh (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden’s split decision win over Ray Narh doesn’t look very worthy of a top 15 contender on paper, but I unfortunately am unable to find video, and thus can’t opine on what it might mean for his future.
17) Luis Carlos Abregu (3-56)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO8 Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu is interested in fighting Brandon Rios in the US.
18) Jan Zaveck (16-232)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There are rumors that Zaveck may soon be positioned for a minor (IBO) title fight.
19) Leonard Bundu (10-12)
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, and Frankie Gavin has been installed as his new mandatory.

20) Luis Collazo (3-16)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- L (UD12) vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s back to the drawing board for Collazo, whose career momentum was abruptly halted by a sharp Khan.

 

The Week Ahead:
Thursday
Jo Jo Dan vs. Lukasz Janik; Pointe Claire, Quebec; TV Unknown
Fringe contender Dan, of Quebec by way of Romania, will take on low-level Polish journeyman Janik on a small show in that province.  Janik, incidentally, is not to be confused with the fringe contending cruiserweight prospect of the same name.

 

Saturday
Kevin Bizier vs. Carlos Herrera; Montreal, Quebec; Indigo (Canada)
Bizier comes off a highly questionable split decision loss to the aforementioned Dan, a loss that deprived him of his undefeated record.  Even with that blemish, he remains a promising prospect.  His opponent is a lower-mid-level journeyman from Argentina who comes off consecutive stoppage losses to David Avanesyan and Mateo Veron.  He’s also lost to significantly lesser competition in his day, so it’s hard to imagine him even going the distance with Bizier.

Year-End Awards: Welterweight, 2013

Posted in Welterweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2014 by danboxing
Welcome to my first Year-End Awards and Wrap-Up for the Welterweight Division.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2013 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Welterweight Fighter of the Year: Timothy Bradley
Bradley certainly didn’t look destined for fighter of the year honors early in the year when he struggled to what should have been a draw in a slugfest with gatekeeper-level one-loss prospect Ruslan Provodnikov, but he managed to survive that encounter and went on to nick a decision over the clear #1 fighter in the division in Marquez.  Maidana is the runner-up.

 

Prospect of the Year: Kevin Bizier
Bizier technically took a loss on the year- not a typical credential for prospect of the year.  But the loss probably should have been a win, and it came against a top 20-caliber fighter in Jo Jo Dan.  He also threw in a stoppage of a post-prime Nate Campbell for good measure.  The runner up is Leonard Bundu, who would have been a rather old winner, had he won the honor.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #14? Marcos Maidana TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
This is the fight among the highest-ranked contenders that ended in a stoppage. It made Maidana into a real player at welterweight, returning him to a status he had not enjoyed since moving up from 140, and setting up his epic conquest of Adrien Broner later in the year.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #13 Keith Thurman TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto Karass
I generally like to pick one-punch knockouts that leave a guy helpless on the canvas as knockout of the year, but Thurman’s brilliant combination at center ring may very well have accomplished the same result had the ref not caught Soto Karass on his way to the canvas.  For a video of the fight, click on “TKO9” above.  I believe I’d pick Maidana over Lopez as the runner-up.

 

Match-Up of the Year: Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. #4 Robert Guerrero
Ultimately it wasn’t nearly the most memorable fight of the year, but based on where the two fighters were ranked at the outset, it was far and away the highest-ranked fight of the year.  No other fight in the division was even close.

 

Fight of the Year: #17 Timothy Bradley UD12* Ruslan Provodnikov
This was an easy choice, as it was very likely the Fight of the Year in all of boxing.  Provodnikov brutalized Bradley early and late, but was solidly outboxed by the gutsy Bradley in between.  The only thing that could mar the fight just a bit was referee Pat Russell’s mistaken call of a slip on one of Provodnikov’s knockdowns- a call which prevented the correct call of a draw from being reached by the judges.

 

Upset of the Year: Shawn Porter UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
There were several upsets of note this year: Provodnikov’s performance against Bradley, Bradley’s defeat of Marquez…some even consider Maidana’s whipping of Broner an upset, though I certainly don’t.  But this one I really couldn’t see coming.  Porter had clearly lost to Alfonso Gomez in a previous fight, and needed two fights to overcome Julio Diaz.  The idea that he could compete with inconsistent but undeniably skilled Alexander had never occurred to me.  And yet he very nearly dominated the fight.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Timothy Bradley
To pick the same guy for so many categories is probably not the most entertaining method, but I calls ’em like I sees ’em.  Bradley was laid low by the public reaction to his undeserved victory over Pacquiao, nearly got knocked out multiple times in a victory he was lucky to get against an opponent of far inferior rank in Provodnikov, and responded by doing no less than defeating Pacquiao’s conqueror, himself.  Now he sits at the top of the division, subject only to Mayweather.

 

Robbery of the Year: #17 Timothy Bradley UD12 Ruslan Provodnikov
There were four decisions this year that I disagreed with, mostly to a moderate degree.  Amir Khan’s decision victory over Julio Diaz was highly questionable.  I had it 114-112 for Diaz, but I think there’s a case to be made that Khan won an additional round which would make it even, and he was close to salvaging a 10-9 round in the 4th, in which he was knocked down, and while I gave Diaz a 10-8 without a knockdown in the 11th, it was a borderline call.  Therefore, if you were friendly to Khan, he may have edged it out by as much as 115-113.  Another such fight was Adrian Granados’ 10-round draw with Kermit Cintron.  I had it 96-94, and thought it possible that a judge could give Cintron as few as 1 round.  The draw was about the best possible result for Cintron, while judge John McCarthy shamefully scored it 97-93 Cintron.  Another close fight that went the wrong way was Jo Jo Dan vs. Kevin Bizier.  I had it 115-112 for Bizier, but with a lot of close rounds, I thought anything between 117-110 Bizier and 115-112 Dan would be reasonable.  The judges tilted, reasonably, in the direction of Dan to award him the split decision.  This leaves Bradley-Provodnikov.  I actually had it 114-113 for Bradley, as did two of the judges.  How is this a robbery, then?  Well, I only had that score because I restrained myself from going beyond what a real judge would be able to do to set things right.  I had already given Bradley both of the two arguable rounds in the fight, and he should have lost a point due to a knockdown in the 1st that Pat Russell ruled a slip.  Russell must have known he was wrong when Bradley could barely stand afterward, but by then he didn’t see fit to reverse himself.  But it was clearly a knockdown, and should have rendered a draw the closest possible score for Bradley, with reasonable judging.  Judges Marty Denkin and Jerry Cantu admirably provided said reasonable judging, while Raul Caiz, Sr. missed a round and had it 115-112 for Bradley.  Bradley-Provodnikov wins the award for one simple reason- it’s the only result of the year that I not only don’t agree with, but also don’t see as yielding an outcome that is defensible within the realm of reason, and for once the judges, by and large, are not to blame.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2013 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2013.

 

1) Timothy Bradley
Significant Results: Mar 16- UD12 W (should be Draw) vs. Prospect Ruslan Provodnikov.  Oct 12- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #19. Jun 24- Jul 28: #18. Jul 29- Oct 13: #17. Oct 14- Dec 31: #1.
2) Marcos Maidana
Significant Results: Jun 8- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez.  Dec 14- UD12 LW Champion Adrien Broner.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10- Oct 13: #5. Oct 14- Dec 8: #6. Dec 9-31: #4.
3) Keith Thurman
Significant Results: Mar 9- UD12 Fringe Contender Jan Zaveck.  Jul 27- KO10 Undefeated Prospect Diego Chaves.  Dec 14- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto Karass.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #16. Jun 24- Jul 28: #15. Jul 29- Oct 13: #12. Oct 14-20: #13. Oct 21- Nov 24: #12. Nov 25- Dec 15: #13. Dec 16-31: #5.
4) Shawn Porter
Significant Results: Sep 12- UD10 Gatekeeper Julio Diaz.  Dec 7- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 8: Unranked. Dec 9-15: #5. Dec 16-31: #6.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Significant Results: May 4- UD12 #4 Robert Guerrero.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Champion.
6) Jesus Soto Karass
Significant Results: Jan 26- W (MD10) vs. #5 Selcuk Aydin (at 149).  Jul 27- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto.  Dec 14- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #12. Jun 24- Jul 28: #11. Jul 29- Oct 13: #6. Oct 14- Dec 8: #7. Dec 9-15: #6. Dec 16-31: #12.
7) Ruslan Provodnikov
Significant Results: Mar 16- UD12 L (should be draw) vs. Contender Timothy Bradley.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #20. Jun 24- Jul 28: #19. Jul 29- Oct 20: #18. Oct 21- Nov 24: #17. Nov 25- Dec 1: #18. Dec 2-8: #17. Dec 9-31: #18.
8) Manny Pacquiao
Significant Results: Nov 24- UD12 #4 JWW Brandon Rios.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Oct 13: #2. Oct 14- Dec 31: #3.
9) Adrien Broner
Significant Results: Jun 22- W (SD12) vs. Gatekeeper Paulie Malignaggi.  Dec 14- L (UD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana. 
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Ranked only at Lightweight.
10) Paulie Malignaggi
Significant Results: Jun 22- L (SD12) vs. LW Champion Adrien Broner.  Dec 7- UD12 JWW Contender Zab Judah.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 8: Unranked. Dec 9-31: #14.
11) Shane Mosley
Significant Results: May 18- UD12 Fringe Contender Pablo Cesar Cano.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Unranked. May 20- Oct 13: #3. Oct 14- Dec 8: #4. Dec 9-31: Unranked (Retired).
12) Kevin Bizier
Significant Results: Feb 8- RTD8 Gatekeeper Nate Campbell.  Nov 30- SD12 L (should be win) vs. #18* Jo Jo Dan.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 1: Unranked. Dec 2-8: #20. Dec 9-31: Unranked.
13) Leonard Bundu
Significant Results: Apr 6- KO11 Gatekeeper Rafal Jackiewicz.  Dec 14- TKO12 Gatekeeper Lee Purdy.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: Unranked. Jun 24- Jul 28: #20. Jul 29- Sep 15: #19. Sep 16- Oct 20: #20. Oct 21- Nov 24: #19. Nov 25- Dec 1: #20. Dec 2-15: Unranked. Dec 16-31: #20.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu
Significant Results: Apr 27- UD10 Fringe Contender Antonin Decarie.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #14. Jun 24- Jul 28: #13. Jul 29- Oct 13: #14. Oct 14-20: #15. Oct 21- Nov 24: #14. Nov 25- Dec 8: #15. Dec 9-31: #16.
15) Jessie Vargas

Significant Results: Mar 16- UD10 Gatekeeper Wale Omotoso.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jul 28: Unranked. Jul 29- Sep 15: #20. Sep 16- Oct 20: Unranked. Oct 21- Nov 24: #20. Nov 25- Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Kell Brook
Significant Results: Oct 26- TKO4 Gatekeeper Vyacheslav Senchenko.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Oct 13: #8. Oct 14- Dec 8: #9. Dec 9-31: #8.
17) Devon Alexander
Significant Results: May 18- RTD7 Gatekeeper Lee Purdy.  Dec 7- L (UD12) vs. Prospect Shawn Porter.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10- Oct 13: #4. Oct 14- Dec 8: #5. Dec 9-31: #9.
18) Jo Jo Dan
Significant Results: Nov 30- SD12 W (should be loss) vs. Undefeated Prospect Kevin Bizier.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Dec 1: Unranked. Dec 2-8: #19. Dec 9-15: #20. Dec 16-31: Unranked.
19) Adrian Granados
Significant Results: Mar 22- Robbery Draw (should be win) vs. Gatekeeper Kermit Cintron.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
20) Bethuel Ushona
Significant Results: Oct 5- UD12 Gatekeeper Kaizer Mabuza.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but were not among the top 20 performers at the weight this year.  Naturally, most of them did not improve their standing as a result:

 

Juan Manuel Marquez– Jan 1- Oct 13: #1. Oct 14- Dec 31: #2.

 

Robert Guerrero– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jul 28: #6. Jul 29- Oct 13: #7. Oct 14- Dec 8: #8. Dec 9-31: #7.

 

Andre Bert0– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jul 28: #7. Jul 29- Oct 13: #11. Oct 14-20: #12. Oct 21- Nov 24: #11. Nov 25- Dec 15: #12. Dec 16-31: #13.

 

Randall Bailey– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20-Oct 13: #9. Oct 14-20: #10. Oct 21- Nov 24: Unranked (Inactive). Nov 25- Dec 31: #10.

 

Josesito Lopez– Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10- Oct 13: #10. Oct 14-20: #11. Oct 21- Nov 24: #10. Nov 25- Dec 31: #11.

 

Victor Ortiz– Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10-23: #11. Jun 24- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Chris van Heerden– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #13. Jun 24- Jul 28: #12. Jul 29- Oct 13: #13. Oct 14-20: #14. Oct 21- Nov 24: #13. Nov 25- Dec 8: #14. Dec 9-31: #15.

 

Alfonso Gomez– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #15. Jun 24- Jul 28: #14. Jul 29- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Jan Zaveck– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #17. Jun 24- Jul 28: #16. Jul 29- Oct 13: #15. Oct 14-20: #16. Oct 21- Nov 24: #15. Nov 25- Dec 8: #16. Dec 9-31: #17.

 

Selcuk Aydin– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #18. Jun 24- Jul 28: #17. Jul 29- Oct 13: #16. Oct 14-20: #17. Oct 21- Nov 24: #16. Nov 25- Dec 1: #17. Dec 2-31: Unranked.

 

Pablo Cesar Cano– Jan 1- Sep 15: Unranked. Sep 16- Oct 20: #19. Oct 21- Nov 24: #18. Nov 25- Dec 1: #19. Dec 2-8: #18. Dec 9-31: #19.

Welterweight: 2013, Dec 2-8

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2014 by danboxing
In a fight with tons of close rounds, as well as a fair amount of back-and-forth action considering the large amount of holding that accompanied it, Montreal-based Romanian gatekeeper/prospect hybrid Jo Jo Dan grabbed a split decision over undefeated Quebec native Kevin Bizier on the Stevenson-Bellew undercard in Quebec City Saturday.  I disagree with the decision, though only the most extreme Dan judge was out of line, at an incredible 116-111.  Kason Cheeks had it 114-113 for Dan, while Larry Layton had it 117-110, which was about as wide a card in favor of Bizier that I might call reasonable.  I personally had it 115-112 for Bizier.  That’s a tough way to lose your undefeated record, especially against a guy that was holding so much he lost a point for it.  Since I can’t say that a narrow win for Dan is an unreasonable result, I will give minimal deference to the official result, and treat the fight as essentially a draw, with the narrowest of edges to Dan.

 

The same night in Mexicali, Mexico, gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. stopped low-level journeyman Ivan Hernandez in 7.

 

A bit earlier that night in Carolina, Puerto Rico, local one-loss prospect Thomas Dulorme won every round of an 8-round decision over 77-fight veteran and low-level journeyman Hector Velasquez.

 

Backtracking to Tuesday in Bangkok, undefeated Thai prospect Teerachai Kratingdaenggym stopped totally novice 1-1 fighter Omar Marabayev of Kazakhstan in 5 rounds.  I don’t know why I can’t call Kratingdaenggym by Tewa Kiram, which is his birth name according to Boxrec.

 

#4 Shane Mosley was stopped due to a back injury against #10 Middleweight Anthony Mundine at 154.  It certainly diminishes his reputation, but I can’t let a loss to a top 10 middleweight at junior middleweight affect his standing at Welterweight.

 

The Bizier-Dan fight actually had a lot more importance than I originally thought.  To be honest, I didn’t see Dan as much of a player, and thought the fact that he scored essentially a draw with a fringe contending prospect like Bizier was just going to force me to give some analysis to a totally unworthy fighter.  After all, the only time I’d ever seen him before was when he got a total gift against a post-prime Steve Forbes, in a fight he definitely didn’t win and almost certainly deserved to lose.  But when I analyze someone’s record for the rankings, I don’t usually mail it in.  Seeing that Dan had two very close losses on his record against Selcuk Aydin in Turkey, I decided I’d better watch those fights.  Sure enough, Dan easily won both of them, and was blatantly robbed both times.  Since I had Aydin ranked last week, that was a pretty momentous development, even if the most recent of those fights did come over 2 years ago.  Aydin goes from #17 to gatekeeper status, all while sitting on his couch at home.  I’m not going to go back and change history in terms of the rankings, as much as I’d like to, but I would like to note that even with the Forbes debacle, Dan would probably have been ranked going into this week.  I speculate that I might have had him #18 (with Aydin out) if I’d have known then what I know now.  That being the case, he unofficially slips to #19 this week, as Cano slips by him.  Bizier debuts just behind at #20.  This forces out Leonard Bundu after 23 weeks, but he’ll have something to say about that state of affairs next week when he battles Lee Purdy.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (188-220-220)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (8-8-78)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley says he wants a rematch with Pacquiao, and has also expressed interest in a likely impossible match-up with Mayweather.  
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (8-108-108)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez indicates that he’ll most likely retire if he can’t get a Bradley rematch, but has also been challenged by Provodnikov.
3) Manny Pacquiao (8-261-261)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao’s logical next move after re-establishing himself against Rios would be a rematch against either Bradley or Marquez, since a Mayweather fight is now more impossible than ever before.
4) Shane Mosley (8-29-29)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #10 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a pretty spirited mini-comeback from his brief retirement, it might be worth thinking about calling it a career again, as his body may not be able to handle training hard anymore, if the freak back injury against Mundine is any indication.
5) Devon Alexander (8-93-93)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Alexander’s fight with prospect Shawn Porter has been bumped back from November 30 to December 7, and will now be in Brooklyn instead of San Antonio.
6) Marcos Maidana (8-26-26)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
The Maidana-Broner fight on December 14 will now headline a regular Showtime Championship boxing broadcast, instead of a PPV, as the undercard has suffered significant collapses.
7) Jesus Soto Karass (8-19-45)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass’s fight with Thurman has been moved from the December 7 Malignaggi-Judah undercard in Brooklyn to the following week’s pay-per-view tilt between Broner and Maidana.
8) Robert Guerrero (8-54-71)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.  He’s also been rumored to be in the mix to fight Khan, though his team has denied it.
9) Kell Brook (8-136-136)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook is now the mandatory for the winner of Alexander-Porter, and has talked about wanting to fight Broner, as well as his domestic rival Khan.
10) Randall Bailey (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (2-76)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 12/13/2013- vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Just days after the fight was announced, Lopez’s December 13 opponent for on an FS1-televised card from Indio, California, Aaron Martinez, withdrew with injury.  He’ll now be fighting veteran Mike Arnaoutis, instead.
12) Andre Berto (2-54)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
13) Keith Thurman (2-39)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #7 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
14) Chris van Heerden (2-77)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden is said to be planning a momentous fight in the US in February, but there’s also an effort underway to get him on a South African show in February, as well.
15) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-32)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
16) Jan Zaveck (2-208)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
17) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-38)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Rios or Marquez.  He said he would refuse a fight with Pacquiao, a friend with whom he shares a trainer.
18) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-12)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
19) Jo Jo Dan (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
When Dan deserves to win, he loses.  When he deserves to lose, he wins.  Win or lose, he’s doing it mostly at a reasonably high level.
20) Kevin Bizier (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- L* (SD12) vs. unofficial #19 Jo Jo Dan
Next Fight: Unknown
Bizier has nothing to be ashamed of.  Decision notwithstanding, he narrowly outfought a guy that twice outboxed Selcuk Aydin for 12 rounds.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Northbridge, Australia, Tunisian-born local gatekeeper Naoufel Ben Rabeh puts his 13-fight winning streak on the line against undefeated but still fairly green Brisbane prospect Jeff Horn, who enters at just 5-0.  For Horn, it represents a quantum leap in class, though he has stopped all of his opponents except one with whom he had the equivalent of a no contest with after a head clash.

 

The following night in Brooklyn, top 10 contender (at 140) Zab Judah returns to 147 to meet high-profile fringe contender Paulie Malignaggi, as the two men vie for local bragging rights in their mutual hometown.

 

The undercard features an alphabet title defense by #5 Devon Alexander, as he fights his mandatory challenger, Shawn Porter.  Porter is technically undefeated, but needed a clear robbery against Alfonso Gomez and the benefit of the doubt in his first fight with Julio Diaz to stay that way.  His second fight with Diaz, while kind of ugly to watch, probably showed that he’s developing, but I seriously doubt he’s ready for a veteran contender like Alexander.

Welterweight: 2013, Nov 25- Dec 1

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by danboxing
Randall Bailey won on a DQ in Tampa, Florida on Saturday against Humberto Toledo, an experienced Ecuadorian journeyman who was DQ’d in Florida a few years ago for biting an opponent’s neck.  This time he got the same treatment for shoving the referee.  So Bailey got the win, but more importantly, unlike Toledo, he made 147 and thus regained rankability after being removed for inactivity a month ago.

 

Saturday in Macau, China, #3 Manny Pacquiao more or less dominated top-5 junior welterweight contender Brandon Rios over the 12 round distance.  It was a pretty darned easy fight to score.  Rios clearly won round 3, and Pacquiao clearly won every other round.  Harold Lederman (who always gives Pacquiao a free round or two) and judge Michael Pernick both missed Rios’ performance in the 3rd and had it a shutout.  Manfred Kuechler found an extra round for Rios (perhaps the 8th, which was the only other round that was even seriously competitive), and Lisa Giampa nailed it at 119-109.  Pacquiao was, as is usually the case, very quick with good footwork.  He darted in from angles and kept Rios off balance and off rhythm for virtually the entire fight.  Though Rios has a pretty good chin, I think it’s fair to say that Manny really is not as concussive a puncher as he was a few years ago, but there wasn’t much else to fault in his performance.

 

When it comes to Jessie Vargas, Randall Bailey giveth, and Randall Bailey taketh away.  When Bailey was removed 5 weeks ago for inactivity, Vargas assumed the #20 spot that he has maintained ever since.  Now that Bailey returns at his familiar #10 perch, Vargas is forced back out.  Everyone ranked #10 and below last week loses ground along with him, including Josesito Lopez, who falls to #11.  Pacquiao simply can’t advance past the guy that clearly beat him and then knocked him out within the past couple years, and so he remains at #3.  Rios still lacks any wins at 147, and is thus ineligible.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (187-219-219)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (7-7-77)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley says he wants a rematch with Pacquiao, and has also expressed interest in a likely impossible match-up with Mayweather.  
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (7-107-107)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez indicates that he’ll most likely retire if he can’t get a Bradley rematch, but has also been challenged by Provodnikov.
3) Manny Pacquiao (7-260-260)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao’s logical next move after re-establishing himself against Rios would be a rematch against either Bradley or Marquez, since a Mayweather fight is now more impossible than ever before.
4) Shane Mosley (7-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #10 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mundine-Mosley is now back on, having been delayed just over a month by major contractual issues.
5) Devon Alexander (7-92-92)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Alexander’s fight with prospect Shawn Porter has been bumped back from November 30 to December 7, and will now be in Brooklyn instead of San Antonio.
6) Marcos Maidana (7-25-25)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
The Maidana-Broner fight on December 14 will now headline a regular Showtime Championship boxing broadcast, instead of a PPV, as the undercard has suffered significant collapses.
7) Jesus Soto Karass (7-18-44)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass’s fight with Thurman has been moved from the December 7 Malignaggi-Judah undercard in Brooklyn to the following week’s pay-per-view tilt between Broner and Maidana.
8) Robert Guerrero (7-53-70)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.  He’s also been rumored to be in the mix to fight Khan, though his team has denied it.
9) Kell Brook (7-135-135)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook is now the mandatory for the winner of Alexander-Porter, and has talked about wanting to fight Broner, as well as his domestic rival Khan.
10) Randall Bailey (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (1-75)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 12/13/2013- vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Just days after the fight was announced, Lopez’s December 13 opponent for on an FS1-televised card from Indio, California, Aaron Martinez, withdrew with injury.  He’ll now be fighting veteran Mike Arnaoutis, instead.
12) Andre Berto (1-53)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
13) Keith Thurman (1-38)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #7 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
14) Chris van Heerden (1-76)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden is said to be planning a momentous fight in the US in February, but there’s also an effort underway to get him on a South African show in February, as well.
15) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-31)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
16) Jan Zaveck (1-207)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
17) Selcuk Aydin (1-241)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- W (RTD4) vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator between Aydin and Viktor Postol for a shot at Garcia’s Championship at 140.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-37)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Pac or Rios, as well as Juan Manuel Marquez.
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-11)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
20) Leonard Bundu (1-23)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Lee Purdy (UNR)
Bundu will fight British gatekeeper Lee Purdy December 14 in London.

 

The Week Ahead: On the Stevenson-Bellew undercard Saturday in Quebec City, undefeated local prospect Kevin Bizier takes on gatekeeper Jo Jo Dan of Montreal by way of Romania.  

 

That same night in Mexicali, Mexico, gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. meets low-level journeyman Ivan Hernandez in a 10-rounder.

 

Also on Saturday, one-loss Puerto Rican prospect Thomas Dulorme will be in action in Carolina, PR against veteran journeyman Hector Velazquez.

 

Tuesday in Bangkok, Thailand, undefeated young Thai prospect Teerachai Kratingdaenggym gets what should be an easy night against a total novice in Omar Marabayev.  Why we can’t call Kratingdaenggym by his birth name of Tewa Kiram, I don’t know.

 

#4 Shane Mosley is also in action, against Anthony Mundine, but that fight will be at 154.
 
 

Welterweight: 2013, Dec 2-8

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by danboxing
In a fight with tons of close rounds, as well as a fair amount of back-and-forth action considering the large amount of holding that accompanied it, Montreal-based Romanian gatekeeper/prospect hybrid Jo Jo Dan grabbed a split decision over undefeated Quebec native Kevin Bizier on the Stevenson-Bellew undercard in Quebec City Saturday.  I disagree with the decision, though only the most extreme Dan judge was out of line, at an incredible 116-111.  Kason Cheeks had it 114-113 for Dan, while Larry Layton had it 117-110, which was about as wide a card in favor of Bizier that I might call reasonable.  I personally had it 115-112 for Bizier.  That’s a tough way to lose your undefeated record, especially against a guy that was holding so much he lost a point for it.  Since I can’t say that a narrow win for Dan is an unreasonable result, I will give minimal deference to the official result, and treat the fight as essentially a draw, with the narrowest of edges to Dan.

 

The same night in Mexicali, Mexico, gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. stopped low-level journeyman Ivan Hernandez in 7.

 

A bit earlier that night in Carolina, Puerto Rico, local one-loss prospect Thomas Dulorme won every round of an 8-round decision over 77-fight veteran and low-level journeyman Hector Velasquez.

 

Backtracking to Tuesday in Bangkok, undefeated Thai prospect Teerachai Kratingdaenggym stopped totally novice 1-1 fighter Omar Marabayev of Kazakhstan in 5 rounds.  I don’t know why I can’t call Kratingdaenggym by Tewa Kiram, which is his birth name according to Boxrec.

 

#4 Shane Mosley was stopped due to a back injury against #10 Middleweight Anthony Mundine at 154.  It certainly diminishes his reputation, but I can’t let a loss to a top 10 middleweight at junior middleweight affect his standing at Welterweight.

 

The Bizier-Dan fight actually had a lot more importance than I originally thought.  To be honest, I didn’t see Dan as much of a player, and thought the fact that he scored essentially a draw with a fringe contending prospect like Bizier was just going to force me to give some analysis to a totally unworthy fighter.  After all, the only time I’d ever seen him before was when he got a total gift against a post-prime Steve Forbes, in a fight he definitely didn’t win and almost certainly deserved to lose.  But when I analyze someone’s record for the rankings, I don’t usually mail it in.  Seeing that Dan had two very close losses on his record against Selcuk Aydin in Turkey, I decided I’d better watch those fights.  Sure enough, Dan easily won both of them, and was blatantly robbed both times.  Since I had Aydin ranked last week, that was a pretty momentous development, even if the most recent of those fights did come over 2 years ago.  Aydin goes from #17 to gatekeeper status, all while sitting on his couch at home.  I’m not going to go back and change history in terms of the rankings, as much as I’d like to, but I would like to note that even with the Forbes debacle, Dan would probably have been ranked going into this week.  I speculate that I might have had him #18 (with Aydin out) if I’d have known then what I know now.  That being the case, he unofficially slips to #19 this week, as Cano slips by him.  Bizier debuts just behind at #20.  This forces out Leonard Bundu after 23 weeks, but he’ll have something to say about that state of affairs next week when he battles Lee Purdy.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (188-220-220)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (8-8-78)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley says he wants a rematch with Pacquiao, and has also expressed interest in a likely impossible match-up with Mayweather.  
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (8-108-108)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez indicates that he’ll most likely retire if he can’t get a Bradley rematch, but has also been challenged by Provodnikov.
3) Manny Pacquiao (8-261-261)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao’s logical next move after re-establishing himself against Rios would be a rematch against either Bradley or Marquez, since a Mayweather fight is now more impossible than ever before.
4) Shane Mosley (8-29-29)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #10 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a pretty spirited mini-comeback from his brief retirement, it might be worth thinking about calling it a career again, as his body may not be able to handle training hard anymore, if the freak back injury against Mundine is any indication.
5) Devon Alexander (8-93-93)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Alexander’s fight with prospect Shawn Porter has been bumped back from November 30 to December 7, and will now be in Brooklyn instead of San Antonio.
6) Marcos Maidana (8-26-26)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
The Maidana-Broner fight on December 14 will now headline a regular Showtime Championship boxing broadcast, instead of a PPV, as the undercard has suffered significant collapses.
7) Jesus Soto Karass (8-19-45)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass’s fight with Thurman has been moved from the December 7 Malignaggi-Judah undercard in Brooklyn to the following week’s pay-per-view tilt between Broner and Maidana.
8) Robert Guerrero (8-54-71)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.  He’s also been rumored to be in the mix to fight Khan, though his team has denied it.
9) Kell Brook (8-136-136)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook is now the mandatory for the winner of Alexander-Porter, and has talked about wanting to fight Broner, as well as his domestic rival Khan.
10) Randall Bailey (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (2-76)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 12/13/2013- vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Just days after the fight was announced, Lopez’s December 13 opponent for on an FS1-televised card from Indio, California, Aaron Martinez, withdrew with injury.  He’ll now be fighting veteran Mike Arnaoutis, instead.
12) Andre Berto (2-54)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
 
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
13) Keith Thurman (2-39)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #7 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
14) Chris van Heerden (2-77)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden is said to be planning a momentous fight in the US in February, but there’s also an effort underway to get him on a South African show in February, as well.
15) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-32)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
16) Jan Zaveck (2-208)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
17) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-38)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov proved against Alvarado that the Bradley fight was no fluke.  He’s a big-time fighter now.  Mostly it’s all rumor at this point, but there has been speculation of his fighting Rios or Marquez.  He said he would refuse a fight with Pacquiao, a friend with whom he shares a trainer.
18) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-12)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
19) Jo Jo Dan (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
When Dan deserves to win, he loses.  When he deserves to lose, he wins.  Win or lose, he’s doing it mostly at a reasonably high level.
20) Kevin Bizier (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- L* (SD12) vs. unofficial #19 Jo Jo Dan
Next Fight: Unknown
Bizier has nothing to be ashamed of.  Decision notwithstanding, he narrowly outfought a guy that twice outboxed Selcuk Aydin for 12 rounds.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Northbridge, Australia, Tunisian-born local gatekeeper Naoufel Ben Rabeh puts his 13-fight winning streak on the line against undefeated but still fairly green Brisbane prospect Jeff Horn, who enters at just 5-0.  For Horn, it represents a quantum leap in class, though he has stopped all of his opponents except one with whom he had the equivalent of a no contest with after a head clash.

 

The following night in Brooklyn, top 10 contender (at 140) Zab Judah returns to 147 to meet high-profile fringe contender Paulie Malignaggi, as the two men vie for local bragging rights in their mutual hometown. 

 

The undercard features an alphabet title defense by #5 Devon Alexander, as he fights his mandatory challenger, Shawn Porter.  Porter is technically undefeated, but needed a clear robbery against Alfonso Gomez and the benefit of the doubt in his first fight with Julio Diaz to stay that way.  His second fight with Diaz, while kind of ugly to watch, probably showed that he’s developing, but I seriously doubt he’s ready for a veteran contender like Alexander.

Welterweight: 2013, Sep 30- Oct 6

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2013 by danboxing
On the Stevenson-Cloud undercard in Montreal, local undefeated prospect Kevin Bizier easily handled Italian veteran Giuseppe Lauri in a 6-rounder.  Bizier won every round on every card, and apparently scored a knockdown along the way, though the fight was contested at a contract weight about halfway to 154.

 

In another fight that bled over into junior middle, two-loss prospect Antonin Decarie also walked away with a 6-round decision, but in rather close fashion over mid-range journeyman Salim Larbi.

 

#16 Selcuk Aydin picked up a stoppage win when his aging opponent, Demarcus Corley, couldn’t continue with what appeared to be a fairly ambiguous injury after 4 in Istanbul on Friday.  But that fight was at 140, so again, no affect there.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (179-211-211)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Danny Garcia and the potential Alexander-Khan winner as possibilities.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (99-99-99)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #17 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 (99-252-252)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #4 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 (20-20-20)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #12 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
4) Devon Alexander (16-84-84)
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 (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
After much speculation, Maidana-Broner appears done for December 14 on Showtime PPV.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (10-10-36)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Keith Thurman believes Soto Karass will be his next opponent.
7) Robert Guerrero (10-45-62)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.
8) Kell Brook (20-127-127)
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’d better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (20-69-69)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bailey says he intends to tune-up on October 26 and is targeting Kevin Bizier after that.
10) Josesito Lopez (17-67-67)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
The Ring’s website has Lopez returning sometime November against fringe prospect Aaron Martinez.
11) Andre Berto (10-45)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
12) Keith Thurman (10-30)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (10-68)
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 (10-23)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.
15) Jan Zaveck (10-199)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Zaveck is back in action on the undercard of Stieglitz-Ekpo in Leipzig.
16) Selcuk Aydin (10-233)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- W (RTD4) vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Aydin will move back down to 140 to seek a minor title in Istanbul against gatekeeper Demarcus Corley.
17) Timothy Bradley (10-69)
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 (10-29)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW #3 Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (3-3)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
20) Leonard Bundu (3-15)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Lee Purdy (UNR)
Bundu will fight British gatekeeper Lee Purdy December 14 in London.

 

The Week Ahead: Former 140-pound titlist Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa travels to Windhoek, Namibia to fight local two-loss fringe prospect Bethuel Ushona on Saturday.

Welterweight: 2013, Sep 23-29

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated Birmingham prospect Frankie Gavin won a pretty average unanimous decision over Manchester journeyman David Barnes in London to capture the Lonsdale Challenge belt (awarded to a British Champion with 3 defenses).  No changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (178-210-210)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Danny Garcia and the potential Alexander-Khan winner as possibilities.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (98-98-98)
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 (98-251-251)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #4 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 (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #12 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
4) Devon Alexander (15-83-83)
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 (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is reportedly very close to a deal for a Pay-Per-View showdown with lightweight Champion Adrien Broner in Vegas on December 14.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (9-9-35)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Keith Thurman believes Soto Karass will be his next opponent.
7) Robert Guerrero (9-44-61)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.
8) Kell Brook (19-126-126)
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’d better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (19-68-68)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bailey says he intends to tune-up on October 26 and is targeting Kevin Bizier after that.
10) Josesito Lopez (16-66-66)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
The Ring’s website has Lopez returning sometime November against fringe prospect Aaron Martinez.
11) Andre Berto (9-44)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
12) Keith Thurman (9-29)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (9-67)
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 (9-22)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.
15) Jan Zaveck (9-198)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Zaveck is back in action on the undercard of Stieglitz-Ekpo in Leipzig.
16) Selcuk Aydin (9-232)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/27/2013- vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR)
Aydin will move back down to 140 to seek a minor title in Istanbul against gatekeeper Demarcus Corley.
17) Timothy Bradley (9-68)
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 (9-28)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW #3 Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (2-2)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
20) Leonard Bundu (2-14)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu is apparently set to fight 43 year-old former fringe contender Gianluca Branco for the EBU title, though no official announcement has yet been made.

 

The Week Ahead: #16 Selcuk Aydin will be in action Friday against Demarcus Corley, but at 140. 

 

Two fights to mention from the Stevenson-Cloud undercard on Saturday in Montreal:

 

Fringe contending undefeated prospect Kevin Bizier meets veteran Italian journeyman Giuseppe Lauri in what for some reason is only a 6-rounder.  

 

Also, 2-loss prospect Antonin Decarie meets French journeyman Salim Larbi.