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Welterweight: 2014, May 5-11

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by danboxing
#4 Marcos Maidana came out and mugged Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, and got about as close to being flat-out robbed as you can get without me calling it that.  What it was was a bad decision.  Floyd received his usual awed deference from the media, which tended to characterize the fight as a close one, but most agreed with the just plain ignorant position that Floyd won.  Look.  Maidana won the first 6 rounds.  Not the majority of them.  All of them.  1, 3, and 5 were so self-evident that if I need to convince you of that, I simply have no prayer to do so.  2, 4, and 6 were basically toss-ups, but with the punches essentially even, you’ve got to move on to the secondary criteria like effective aggressiveness and ring generalship.  This, I think, is where the ignorant media exposes its ignorance.  Obviously effective aggressiveness goes to Maidana, who was on top of Mayweather and looking to impose his will, while Mayweather’s dearest hope during this time was to try and keep Maidana out of his face.  

 

Scoring flaw #1 on the part of boxing hipsters: assuming that Maidana’s aggressiveness is not effective.  After all, it’s not like he’s landing all of his punches, right?  Come on.  Look.  Maidana was the aggressor, setting effectiveness aside for a moment, beyond all doubt.  Was he effective?  Sure.  Not that Floyd’s defense didn’t limit that aggressiveness somewhat, but you don’t have to be 100% effective 100% of the time to get credit in that category.  Too many fans and media dismiss effective aggressiveness as not applicable in Mayweather fights because of the shoulder roll.  You can be as slick as you want, but if the other guy is coming forward and initiating exchanges, he’s going to win this category.  The only question is how big a factor it becomes.  Let’s say it’s minimal for the sake of argument, even though I think it’s huge.  

 

Now to ring generalship.  Boxing hipsters think they know what this means.  Something along the lines of “using the entire ring” or simply moving can get a fighter the nod among these folks.  Running, then, is unjustly rewarded.  I’m not even accusing Floyd of running in this case necessarily.  I’m simply trying to challenge the all-too-common assumption that he wins ring generalship in a landslide at all times, and practically by default.  Look.  A shoulder roll is not ring generalship.  Backing up per se is far from being ring generalship.  Backing up CAN be part of this category, but only to the extent that, for example, you use it as a tactic to keep an opponent off balance to then spring your own offense off movement, or simply walk the opponent into punches.  My favorite example of the latter is Juan Manuel Marquez against Manny Pacquiao in their third meeting, but he got less than absolute zero credit for that from the awful judges.  By contrast, Mayweather gets the credit merely for being on the back foot.  I’ll never understand why, nor agree to it being justified.  Ask yourself this: if two armies are inflicting equal casualties on one another, but one is moving forward while the other falls back, whose general will tend to receive the most praise?  To me, the single best type of ring generalship is cutting off the ring, and keeping your opponent on or near the ropes.  This, I would wager, is not remotely on most fans’ radar when talking about ring generalship.  Put simply, the judging criteria are not properly or logically understood by very many people- even perhaps most judges- and it makes those with less admirable styles more successful against all reason.  Mayweather is not an undefeated fighter.  He just has the official record of one.  

 

But let’s say you disagree with me about rounds 2, 4, and/or 6, and had Maidana only up by a round or two, or even had it scored a draw after 6.  Maidana didn’t fade nearly as badly as Showtime might have you believe.  He won round 8 easily, and pretty clearly won 12, as well.  I also gave him round 11 for some of the same reasons detailed above.  This wasn’t even that close a fight in my opinion.  Maidana 117-111.  Technically there were enough close rounds to where I’m not 100% furious with you if you had it as far in the other direction as 115-113 Mayweather, but I think you would need to seriously examine your judging criteria and personal biases if you came to something like that.  Much like Canelo’s near-robbery win over Austin Trout, this one was a competitive fight with a lot of close rounds, but for stylistic reasons, those close rounds pretty clearly all should have gone in just one direction, and that direction is to Marcos Maidana.  I only regret that I hadn’t felt more strongly about those close rounds at the time they were happening so that I could give Maidana the Welterweight Championship recognition that is rightfully his.  Unfortunately, since I’m not one to second guess myself in order to second guess others, I will have to give minimal deference to the official result, which means essentially I’ll treat it like a draw, with the barest of edges to Mayweather, who therefore can’t help but retain his Championship.  Maidana, however, is now in the position that Martin Murray found himself in after a somewhat similar raw deal against Sergio Martinez last year- that of a #1 contender who can rightly feel like he beat the Champion.

 

In another nice matchup on the undercard, Amir Khan finally managed to shine, really for the first time since moving up to welterweight.  #17 Luis Collazo, who had to be seen as having a fighting chance coming in based on his dismantling of Victor Ortiz, was largely outclassed against the Manchester star.  Collazo had moments on a sporadic basis, but had a fair amount of trouble getting off his punches.  Part of the reason for this was strategically brilliant clinching on the part of Khan who, even against a mediocre puncher like Collazo, has to be careful to keep his chin well protected.  Neutralizing Collazo’s offense thusly, he was able to, at his pace, flash the handspeed and combination punching that made him a huge international star in the first place.  My score was 116-107, which reflected 3 Khan knockdowns, as well as a point deduction against each fighter in the 8th- one on Collazo for a low blow, and one (perhaps overdue) on Khan for excessive holding.  Judges Jerry Roth (117-106) and especially Cathy Leonard and Adelaide Byrd (119-104) had the fight too wide, with the ladies having it shamefully so.

 

Maidana, as alluded to above, takes over the #1 spot, while Mayweather maintains a hold on the Championship that looks more tenuous than ever before.  Khan, despite appearing to be right in the thick of contention at the top of the division now, objectively is not able to rise past #14, since Collazo was only #17 after beating a diminished Ortiz.  This, of course, is partly due to the fact that his lengthy resume at 140 is no good to him here, as well.  Collazo just does manage to hang onto a ranking in this very stacked division, at #20.  Khan’s arrival forces Jo Jo Dan out after a run of 7 weeks consecutively.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (210-242-242)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather certainly deserved a loss against Maidana in what was clearly his toughest night since the first Castillo fight.  There’s already serious talk of a rematch.
1) Marcos Maidana (1-48-48)
Last Fight:5/3/2014- L* (MD12) vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
See Mayweather’s notes, above.
2) Manny Pacquiao (1-283-283)
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 (1-130-130)
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.
4) Timothy Bradley (1-30-100)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- L (UD12) vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: Unknown
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 (21-21-61)
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.
6) Shawn Porter (21-22-22)
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.
7) Robert Guerrero (22-76-93)
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 (22-158-158)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (22-115-115)
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 (24-24-24)
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 (24-98)
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 (21-67)
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 (21-76)
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) Amir Khan (1-1)
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.
15) Paulie Malignaggi (1-22) 
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- L (KO4) vs. #6 Shawn Porter
Next Fight: Unknown
Malignaggi confirms he’s considering retirement.
16) Chris van Heerden (1-99)
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 (1-54)
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 (14-230)
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 (8-10)
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 (1-14)
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:
Friday
Ray Robinson vs. George Sosa; Dover, Delaware; Off TV
Philadelphia’s Robinson will stay busy, while still effectively getting a breather in this one.  New Jersey native Sosa is nothing more than a run-of-the-mill journeyman, who has only twice beaten fighters with winning records (the two of which totaled only 7 wins).  Robinson, by sharp contrast, comes off back-to-back wins over top 50 fighters in Ray Narh and Aslanbek Kozaev.  

Welterweight: 2014, Apr 28- May 4

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by danboxing
#11 Josesito Lopez looked a lot better on Thursday in Rancho Mirage, California than he did in his previous fight with Mike Arnaoutis, backing his opponent, Mexican journeyman and/or fringe prospect Aron Martinez, to the ropes for virtually the entire fight.  Lopez didn’t always do as much as we’d like to see when he put his guy in that position, but at least he clearly won the fith, ultimately stopping his man when Martinez turned his back in the middle of an onslaught.

 

Two nights later, but not far away in Carson, #5 Keith Thurman got a solid win over fringe contender Julio Diaz, and did so in finer fashion than did rivals Shawn Porter and Amir Khan, both of whom at least arguably deserved a loss to Diaz in recent years.  Diaz was stopped by his corner after three, due to a rib injury, but Thurman had already proven his mettle by clearly winning all three rounds and dropping Diaz in the third.

 

Impressive undefeated Mexican prospect Jose Zepeda- normally a 140-pounder- was in action a couple pounds into this division on Saturday, pounding out a punishing 8-round decision over veteran Denver journeyman Rob Frankel, whose best days as a legit gatekeeper are now long behind him.  Zepeda dropped Frankel from a beautiful body shot in the corner during round 3, and frankly from that point on I was sorta waiting for Frankel’s team to stop the fight, as Zepeda was really busting him up.  The fact that the stoppage never came is probably, despite an impressive knockout record, a testament to Zepeda’s lack of next-level power, since he was scoring very much at will with clean and hard-looking shots.  That being said, Frankel is a real tough guy, having only been stopped in 3 of his 15 losses.  Aside from that, there was really nothing not to like about Zepeda’s performance, as he was dominant in every aspect and in the fight as a whole.

 

No movement in the rankings, as Thurman’s win is nowhere near enough to eclipse Maidana.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (209-241-241)
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) Manny Pacquiao (3-282-282)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- UD12 #1 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
The fight has lost some of its luster over time, but Pacquiao has once again put himself in a position to deserve a shot at Mayweather.  Still, that fight is likely not practically possible at the moment, and as crazy as it sounds after 4 odd fights, another Pacquiao and Marquez fight might help clarify the divisional picture further in the mean time.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (29-129-129)
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) Timothy Bradley (3-29-99)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- L (UD12) vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley’s best options for a next fight, practically-speaking, are limited to re-hashes of previous fights like Marquez and Provodnikov.
4) Marcos Maidana (21-47-47)
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 (20-20-60)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- RTD3 Julio Diaz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
You know you’re a heck of a talent when you make a fight with Julio Diaz seem like a showcase fight. There had been talk of a Matthysse showdown, but Thurman says he wants Shawn Porter.
6) Shawn Porter (20-21-21)
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.
7) Robert Guerrero (21-75-92)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Guerrero will be back on June 21, with TV-friendly Yoshihiro Kamegai being discussed as the opponent.  If that fight isn’t made by next week, Guerrero could be removed for inactivity.
8) Kell Brook (21-157-157)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (21-114-114)
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 (23-23-23)
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 (23-97)
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 (20-66)
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 (20-75)
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 (21-21) 
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- L (KO4) vs. #6 Shawn Porter
Next Fight: Unknown
Malignaggi confirms he’s considering retirement.
15) Chris van Heerden (21-98)
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.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (21-53)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO8 Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu is interested in fighting Brandon Rios in the US.
17) Luis Collazo (13-13)
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 (13-229)
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 (7-9)
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) Jo Jo Dan (7-7)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- W* SD12 vs. Kevin Bizier (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. #4 Marcos Maidana; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime PPV (US)
Mayweather is a heavy favorite in this one, and aside from the fact that he’s at least never technically lost, I can’t really figure out why.  Not that he shouldn’t be a legitimate favorite.  He should.  Just not a prohibitive one.  Anyone who thinks this is just another Mayweather win waiting to happen has never seen Maidana…at least not on a good night.  The Argentine slugger has been confounded by skilled boxers before- most notably Devon Alexander- but he’s also put major hurt on them- most notably Amir Khan and Adrien Broner.  Not only that, but I personally have seen Floyd slipping a little, even though Showtime is too busy falling all over themselves in praise of their cash cow to notice.  

 

#17 Luis Collazo vs. Amir Khan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime PPV (US)
Khan is the favorite and the big name here, but Collazo is the only ranked fighter in the fight.  Why?  Khan was a top contender at 140, but 147 is a fresh start, and frankly he has yet to distinguish himself here.  He went life and death with the same Julio Diaz that Keith Thurman just took out, and that’s really his only serious action.  You would have thought a few months ago that a #17-ranked Collazo would be an ideal stepping stone for Khan, since Khan can’t help getting badly hurt against any puncher he gets in with, and since Collazo is a noted non-puncher.  That’s not the cinch it once appeared to be, since Collazo legitimately hurt and- perhaps with help from Ortiz’s mental fragility- stopped Victor Ortiz in his last fight.  Ortiz is a quitter born, but that wasn’t the whole story.  Collazo dented his chin on his own, and conventional wisdom would be virtually unanimous for the proposition that Ortiz has a better chin than Khan.  We know Khan can outbox just about anyone, but with him there will always be that other big question: can this guy knock him out or hurt him?  Collazo seems like a definite maybe.  My pick: Khan by dominant decision, or Collazo by knockout.

Welterweight: 2014, Feb 3-9

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 22, 2014 by danboxing
In a pretty big upset on the special Thursday Golden Boy card in Brooklyn, gatekeeper Luis Collazo humiliated Victor Ortiz.  Or perhaps more accurately, Ortiz embarrassed himself.  Ortiz’s career has been, with the notable exception of the excellent Berto fight, defined by quitting and mental breakdowns.  He quit in the midst of a roller coaster shootout with Maidana, quit fighting halfway through a fight he was dominating against Lamont Peterson to settle for a draw, lost his composure and got knocked out by Mayweather, quit (this time more understandably) in a tough fight with Lopez after getting his jaw broken, and now he quit simply because he got a little buzzed.  

 

Ortiz clearly carried the first round, but got caught with a nice hook from Collazo in the second that hurt him.  Instead of holding, fighting back, or even running normally, he turned his back and went scampering toward the ropes, as if he could find a place to hide.  While I have little doubt that he was legitimately hurt, there is absolutely no excuse for that fact that he made no attempt to get up.  The dude just simply doesn’t want to be a fighter.  Collazo is not really even a puncher, so the only person that could probably end the fight in a knockout was Ortiz- whether he knocked out Collazo or allowed himself to get knocked out by giving in.  He did the latter, and I think his career- at least as a serious fighter- is probably over.

 

On the Golovkin-Adama undercard on Saturday, undefeated Russian Roman Belaev showed pretty well against solid journeyman Dean Byrne of Ireland.  Byrne showed great heart and a nice chin, but ultimately didn’t have the power or strength to gain Belaev’s respect.  The Russian was heavy-handed and patient, and appeared very advanced as a prospect.  He established a very good jab, and frequently followed it up with a punishing straight right.  The only criticism I might level is that his work began to look noticeably sloppy around the 10th round.  He might need to improve his conditioning as he steps up to the fringe contender level.  I had it 120-108, though it’s conceivable that Byrne may have nicked the 2nd round.  The judges were basically in line with that view, as two of them gave Byrne a single round and the other gave him none.

 

I estimate that had Ortiz not been removed for inactivity last year, he’d probably have equated to a #13 contender as things stood at the start of the week.  That being the case, it’s a bit surprising that Collazo only finds his way to #17, mainly because several guys just have multiple wins at a level just below Ortiz.  Vanishing Victor is technically eligible for a re-ranking, but even with the win over 2nd-ranked Berto, he isn’t really close, since Collazo was not really on the map before this, having never beaten a top 50 opponent, and having lost in recent years to confirmed gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez.  Everyone ranked #17 and below last week backtracks a place, including Leonard Bundu, who is forced out after 7 consecutive ranked weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (197-229-229)
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.  Amir Khan has long been rumored as the May 3 opponent, but reports suggest Maidana may have supplanted him in that regard.
1) Timothy Bradley (17-17-87)
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 (17-117-117)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez’s future plans are totally nebulous.  He seems to want Bradley above all, but he’s also looking at Maidana and Porter, among others.  He thinks he might next fight in May, after a March tune-up had been previously discussed.  He has turned down a challenge from Provodnikov.
3) Manny Pacquiao (17-270-270)
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 (9-35-35)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
Broner has exercised his rematch clause with Maidana, but Floyd Mayweather has given fuel to speculation that Maidana might fight him by suggesting that fans can decide who he fights next between Maidana and Khan.
5) Keith Thurman (8-8-48)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match Thurman with Collazo.
6) Shawn Porter (8-9-9)
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 fight has also been discussed, while Malignaggi has also indicated interest.
7) Robert Guerrero (9-63-80)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is seeking to separate from Golden Boy, and wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.  Meanwhile, his dad has suggested that Mayweather should give him a rematch- even less likely.
8) Kell Brook (9-145-145)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Brook will be back on March 15 in what looks like a stay-busy fight.  After that, he’ll almost certainly fight the winner of Porter’s next fight- likely against Thurman- as he will be the mandatory.
9) Devon Alexander (9-102-102)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander would like to fight three times in 2014.
10) Randall Bailey (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (11-85)
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 (8-54)
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 (8-63)
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.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (9-9) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi says he wants either Porter or Maidana.
15) Chris van Heerden (9-86)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Van Heerden’s February 6 US debut is no longer on the schedule, which puts his ranking in jeopardy if he doesn’t schedule something by March 2.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (9-41)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu says his rehab from hand surgery is progressing well, and he is expecting to return in Salta, Argentina in a March tune-up.
17) Luis Collazo (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match him with Keith Thurman.
18) Jan Zaveck (1-217)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-47)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov has been trying to get Marquez in the ring recently, but the Mexican legend appears completely uninterested.
20) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-21)
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.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing to report.  Enjoy the Olympics.

Welterweight: 2014, Jan 27- Feb 2

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2014 by danboxing
Another week without action at 147 this past week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (196-228-228)
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.  Amir Khan has long been rumored as the May 3 opponent, but reports suggest Maidana may have supplanted him in that regard.
1) Timothy Bradley (16-16-86)
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 (16-116-116)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez’s future plans are totally nebulous.  He seems to want Bradley above all, but he’s also looking at Maidana and Porter, among others.  He thinks he might next fight in May, after a March tune-up had been previously discussed.
3) Manny Pacquiao (16-269-269)
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 (8-34-34)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
Broner has exercised his rematch clause with Maidana.  No word on whether Maidana-Mayweather remains a possibility in light of that news.
5) Keith Thurman (7-7-47)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman is said to be returning in April.  With the news that Maidana-Broner II is likely for that month, the inescapable conclusion is that it will probably be on the same card.  Porter sounds like the likely opponent.
6) Shawn Porter (7-8-8)
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 now all signs are pointing to an April showdown with stablemate Thurman.
7) Robert Guerrero (8-62-79)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is seeking to separate from Golden Boy, and wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.
8) Kell Brook (8-144-144)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Brook will be back on March 15 in what looks like a stay-busy fight.  After that, he’ll almost certainly fight the winner of Porter’s next fight- likely against Thurman- as he will be the mandatory.
9) Devon Alexander (8-101-101)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander would like to fight three times in 2014.
10) Randall Bailey (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Josesito Lopez (10-84)
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 (7-53)
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 (7-62)
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.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (8-8) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi expects a big money fight in the wake of his handy victory over Judah.  He is interested in Maidana. 
15) Chris van Heerden (8-85)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/6/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Van Heerden is finally getting back in the ring, with his return scheduled for February 6 in Hollywood.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (8-40)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu says his rehab from hand surgery is progressing well, and he is expecting to return in Salta, Argentina in a March tune-up.
17) Jan Zaveck (8-216)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (8-46)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov may be in for a May fight with Brandon Rios.
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (8-20)
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 (7-7)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu retains his European title and undefeated record with the impressive effort over Purdy.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Thursday
Victor Ortiz vs. Luis Collazo; Brooklyn, New York; Fox Sports 1 (US)
Ortiz was removed from a #11 berth in June for inactivity.  Collazo has a pretty decent resume overall- especially in terms of the guys he’s fought- but I must say he looked pretty ordinary in his last fight against journeyman Alan Sanchez.

 

Saturday
Roman Belaev vs. Dean Byrne; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Main Event (Australia)
Belaev is an undefeated 23 year-old Russian.  Dublin native Byrne is arguably his best opponent to date, but still ranks no better than a solid journeyman.  For perspective, they have a common opponent in perennial gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta.  Belaev won a dominant 8-round decision over Horta, while Byrne retired in his corner after that round, in a fight that was scheduled for 12.