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Middleweight: 2014, Apr 21-27

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by danboxing
#7 Hassan N’Dam was in action this week, but it turned out to be a super middleweight fight, and so I’ve discussed it there as fully as possible.

 

ESPN’s Boxcino Middleweight tournament featured its first major upset on Friday, as the tournament’s favorite (and only top 50 fighter) Vitaliy Kopylenko was shockingly upended by Willie Monroe, Jr., winning only one round on my card and on two of the three official judges’ (John McKaie had it just one round closer).  Monroe- who frankly didn’t deserve the opportunity after benefitting from a robbery against Donatas Bondas in the previous round- took advantage of said opportunity.  He was very slick, and controlled the distance and pace to such an extent that he made Kopylenko look like his sparring partner.  Kopylenko fought Monroe’s fight the entire way, failing to step in, failing to go to the body, and failing to commit to his punches.  

 

Brandon Adams had a similarly effective performance against Ray Gatica in the other fight, though neither guy was ranked in the top 50 going in.  Gatica gave a better effort than did Kopylenko, and won the first round behind effective subtle pressure, but he was unable to ramp that pressure up as Adams adjusted to it, and his hands were way too slow to match his opponent’s athleticism.  Adams reminded me, personally, of the effective version of Shawn Porter.

 

In the week’s biggest fight in the division, #6 Peter Quillin somehow impressed the hell out of the cheerleaders at Showtime, as well as awful judges Milos Rados, Bill Lerch, and Michael Pernick (120-108, 119-109 x2, respectively), but to me he did just enough to win.  Whether it’s against N’Dam, Rosado, or Konecny (as was the case this time), the dude is allergic to truly impressing, despite plenty of apparent talent.  Late in fights, he seems to either gas out or coast.  In this case, it appeared to be a bit of the latter.  After building up a 59-55 advantage on my card after 6, he spent the last half of the fight running and jabbing defensively, which allowed me to give him just 2 of the last 6- one by a mere hair’s breadth.  I had it for Quillin in the end, 115-113, and although I think a reasonable judge could have scored it a draw, I think I can comfortably join the general consensus to the effect that Quillin did indeed win the fight.  That being said, the idea that he won 11 or 12 rounds is simply preposterous.  Despite the underwhelming effort, however, and despite the sour taste I’m left with due to the biased scorecards being shoved in my face, I can’t be too down on Quillin in this instance.  Frankly, given his monumental struggles with N’Dam and Rosado and the fact that Konecny was underrated due to a robbery loss against Baysangurov, I actually thought it was a 50-50 fight going in, give or take.  So even a close win for the American is worthwhile.

 

In an off-TV stay-busy fight in Orlando, Florida, unbeaten Russian prospect Matt Korobov stopped his low-level Puerto Rican journeyman opponent Emil Gonzalez after the 6th round of a scheduled 8.

 

Quillin’s win, regardless of how he looked, came against a high-quality fighter, and when combined with the fact that one of Macklin’s better wins just became more than 5 years old last month, it allows him to slip past Macklin in the rankings.  Ditto with Martin Murray, who put his entire resume into question with a debateable points win against journeyman Khomitsky recently.  He hits the wall with Geale.  Despite Geale’s last fight at that kind of level being a close loss to Barker, he still has a much deeper overall resume than Quillin.  It’s a little bit of a judgment call, but I’m going to say that Geale is still the more proven guy at the moment.  Konecny remains unranked due to his having no significant wins at 160.  As for Monroe, he’s now beaten a guy that I considered a top 50 fighter, and is thus qualified for rankings consideration.  That being said, I think he falls just outside my top 50, considering the generous judging he needed to get by Bondas recently.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (210-210-210)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
If there was any lingering doubt, Martinez-Cotto is now on for June 7 at Madison Square Garden.
1) Gennady Golovkin (19-86-149)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight between Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez appears to be nearly done for July 19 at 168.
2) Felix Sturm (19-553-553)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 Sam Soliman (UNR)
Soliman has obfuscated his clear banned stimulant violation to the point that he has perhaps most people thinking he was totally clean.  He wasn’t.  And he didn’t win that fight even if he had been.  Sturm got screwed all the way around, and now he’s forced to rematch the Australian, who deserves the opportunity much less than would Macklin, Murray, or Geale.  But that’s what we’ve got.  May 31 in Krefeld.
3) Daniel Geale (9-253-253)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/24/2014- vs. #6 Matthew Macklin
Geale is apparently set to fight Macklin in an intriguing fight on May 24 in the US, on HBO.
4) Peter Quillin (1-79-100)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- UD12 Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin is cobbling together a resume full of unimpressive narrow wins over fringe contenders, mostly, and despite his high ranking, he’ll need to take on at least another N’Dam-level challenge to gain full respect from more discerning observers.
5) Martin Murray (1-125-125)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 4/23/2014- vs. Ishmail Tetteh (UNR)
Murray will look to shake off some rust in Kempton Park, South Africa on April 23, fighting very low-level Ghanaian journeyman Ishmail Tetteh.  Murray will most likely be removed next week, unless he comes within 2 pounds of making 160, since his April 27 fight in 2013 was his last at, or really near, the 160 pound limit.
6) Matthew Macklin (1-148-239)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/24/2014- vs. #3 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (14-19-19)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- UD10 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
N’Dam says he wants Rosado next, and then Golovkin.
8) Sam Soliman (14-19-19)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman cheated with a stimulant, won by ridiculous robbery before being stripped of the victory, and now he gets what I would argue is an undeserved chance at a do-over.
9) Sergio Mora (14-43-43)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. Samuel Rogers (UNR)
Mora will be back on the L.A. undercard of Stiverne-Arreola II against prospect Samuel Rogers who, in addition to being a natural junior middleweight and much less accomplished, is coming off his first career loss.
10) Osumanu Adama (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most pleasant entry into the rankings we’ve ever seen, but his resume stacks up pretty well as long as he’s active and on weight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (12-169)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- KO10* Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Rubio finished a rigged fight against Domenico Spada in style, but he was losing the fight at the time, and may have lost it entirely if Jon Schorle hadn’t yelled “break” every time his opponent landed a punch or got close to Rubio.
12) Jarrod Fletcher (2-12)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Fletcher was among the candidates for a fight with Chudinov on June 1, but the Russian opted for Patrick Nielsen, instead.
13) Max Bursak (2-169)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L* (UD12) vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
He didn’t get robbed, and it’s hard to feel sorry for him considering how dirty he fought, but I did think Bursak deserved better than a loss against Fletcher.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (2-158)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Caleb Truax (2-31)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax’s status as a promising prospect has been derailed somewhat by the very tough Ossie Duran.
16) Curtis Stevens (2-38)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO10* Tureano Johnson (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens’ haplessness for all but the last few seconds of his prematurely-stopped bout with Tureano Johnson has got to raise questions about his ability to rise any higher than he finds himself now.  Johnson has respectfully pushed for a rematch.
17) Andrey Meryasev (2-24)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Meryasev is back in action on April 26- on apparently just over 2 weeks’ notice- against faded veteran Carlos Baldomir in Mexico.  That fight will be at 168.
18) Daniel Jacobs (2-35)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- TKO1 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy work for Jacobs against Nunez.  He’s looking for a title fight- probably against Quillin- at the earliest opportunity.
19) Dmitry Chudinov (2-4)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2014- vs. Patrick Nielsen (UNR)
Chudinov will fight promising Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen in a very interesting clash on June 1 in Moscow.
20) Akio Shibata (2-2)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD12 Daisuke Nakagawa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata’s loss to Murata- an Olympic champion with no pro track record- was a significant setback, but he showed that he’s still viable internationally by beating domestic gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa.

 

The Week Ahead:   
Friday
Arif Magomedov vs. Alex Theran; Moscow, Russia; TV Unknown
Magomedov is an undefeated Russian, who broke into the top 50 with a sensational performance in his last fight.  Theran is at the same level as his previous opponent in terms of what he’s proven, but Theran- a Colombian- adds spice to the matchup by entering as an undefeated young prospect, himself.  I haven’t seen either guy in the ring yet, but you’d think Magomedov will have at least the home field advantage.  Both guys appear to have decent power, though neither is a Golovkin-type puncher.

 

#17 Andrey Meryasev and #5 Martin Murray are also in action this week, but they are at 168, and their fights will be discussed exclusively there unless their rankings here are affected.

Middleweight: 2014, Apr 14-20

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by danboxing
#16 Super Middleweight and long-time middleweight fringe contender Andy Lee turned in a pathetic excuse for a performance on the Skoglund-D’Agata undercard in Esbjerg, Denmark on Saturday against French light middleweight journeyman and occasional gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta.  The smaller Horta bullied Lee around the ring for most of the fight.  When on the inside, his uppercuts in particular were really effective.  Lee, while he clearly won 3 of the first 4 rounds, just didn’t work hardly at all in the last half of the fight, and his defense was atrocious…almost non-existent.  The fight was pretty easy to score, and should pretty clearly have stood at 77-75 for Haroche Horta.  Lee, to put it simply, lost the fight.  It’s the latest and most stark examples of a theme in Lee’s career.  Actual middleweight fights are like kryptonite to him.  When he strays over the weight by even a fraction of a pound, he does fine, even against reasonably decent opposition.  But whether against Chavez or Vera or now against Haroche Horta, he always falls flat when he makes 160.

 

The same night in London, undefeated prospect Chris Eubank, Jr. came in more than 4 pounds heavy, and more than 8 pounds heavier than his opponent, journeyman Sandor Micsko.  It wasn’t much of a fight.  Despite clearly winning a very uneventful first round, Eubank had put in frightfully little work by the time he finally exploded on his overmatched and chinny opponent and knocked him out in the 2nd.  As if he were trying to be a larger British Adrien Broner, he did more talking and posing than he did fighting.  But at least he got the job done.

 

#12 Anthony Mundine lost badly at 154 to Joshua Clottey.  I will discuss that fight in detail at that weight, but the loss does affect Mundine’s standing here, as well.  His only middleweight win at above the gatekeeper level will become over 5 years old next month, so there’s very little left to arrest his nosedive, and at least at this weight class, he’s been zapped all the way down to the gatekeeper level.  Haroche Horta has a bit too checkered a resume to allow his debut here.  Therefore, the vacancy created by Mundine’s ouster is filled by Akio Shibata, who returns to the rankings for the first time since December 9.  Shibata’s status was damaged by his loss to Murata in Murata’s pro debut last year, but he bounced back to prove that it said more about Murata being good than his being bad when he outpointed gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa in March.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (209-209-209)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
If there was any lingering doubt, Martinez-Cotto is now on for June 7 at Madison Square Garden.
1) Gennady Golovkin (18-85-148)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- TKO7 Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight between Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez appears to be nearly done for July 19 at 168.
2) Felix Sturm (18-552-552)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 Sam Soliman (UNR)
Soliman has obfuscated his clear banned stimulant violation to the point that he has perhaps most people thinking he was totally clean.  He wasn’t.  And he didn’t win that fight even if he had been.  Sturm got screwed all the way around, and now he’s forced to rematch the Australian, who deserves the opportunity much less than would Macklin, Murray, or Geale.  But that’s what we’ve got.  May 31 in Krefeld.
3) Daniel Geale (8-252-252)
Last Fight: 2/19/2014- RTD6 Garth Wood (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/24/2014- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Geale is apparently set to fight Macklin in an intriguing fight on May 24 in the US, on HBO.
4) Martin Murray (8-124-124)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: 4/23/2014- vs. Ishmail Tetteh (UNR)
Murray will look to shake off some rust in Kempton Park, South Africa on April 23, fighting very low-level Ghanaian journeyman Ishmail Tetteh.
5) Matthew Macklin (13-147-238)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/24/2014- vs. #3 Daniel Geale
See Geale’s notes, above.
6) Peter Quillin (13-78-99)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Lukas Konecny (UNR)
Quillin will fight former 154-pound fringe contender Lukas Konecny, who will be making his first appearance in a meaningful fight at 160 on the Hopkins-Shumenov undercard on April 19 in D.C.
7) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (13-18-18)
Last Fight: 2/15/2014- TKO4 Ricardo Ramallo (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/16/2014- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
N’Dam has an opponent for this week, and it’s Colombian journeyman Fulgencio Zuniga.
8) Sam Soliman (13-18-18)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #2 Felix Sturm
Soliman cheated with a stimulant, won by ridiculous robbery before being stripped of the victory, and now he gets what I would argue is an undeserved chance at a do-over.
9) Sergio Mora (13-42-42)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. Samuel Rogers (UNR)
Mora will be back on the L.A. undercard of Stiverne-Arreola II against prospect Samuel Rogers who, in addition to being a natural junior middleweight and much less accomplished, is coming off his first career loss.
10) Osumanu Adama (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L (TKO7) vs. #1 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Not the most pleasant entry into the rankings we’ve ever seen, but his resume stacks up pretty well as long as he’s active and on weight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (11-168)
Last Fight: 4/5/2014- KO10* Domenico Spada (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Rubio finished a rigged fight against Domenico Spada in style, but he was losing the fight at the time, and may have lost it entirely if Jon Schorle hadn’t yelled “break” every time his opponent landed a punch or got close to Rubio.
12) Jarrod Fletcher (1-11)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- W* (UD12) vs. #12 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
Fletcher is said to be among those being considered for a June 1 fight with Dmitry Chudinov in Russia.
13) Max Bursak (1-168)
Last Fight: 2/1/2014- L* (UD12) vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
He didn’t get robbed, and it’s hard to feel sorry for him considering how dirty he fought, but I did think Bursak deserved better than a loss against Fletcher.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (1-157)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I can’t find any information on why, but Proksa’s scheduled fight with Matthew Hall this weekend has disappeared from the schedule.
15) Caleb Truax (1-30)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (UD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax’s status as a promising prospect has been derailed somewhat by the very tough Ossie Duran.
16) Curtis Stevens (1-37)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO10* Tureano Johnson (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens’ haplessness for all but the last few seconds of his prematurely-stopped bout with Tureano Johnson has got to raise questions about his ability to rise any higher than he finds himself now.  Johnson has respectfully pushed for a rematch.
17) Andrey Meryasev (1-23)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/26/2014- vs. Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Meryasev is back in action on April 26- on apparently just over 2 weeks’ notice- against faded veteran Carlos Baldomir in Mexico.
18) Daniel Jacobs (1-34)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- TKO1 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy work for Jacobs against Nunez.  He’s looking for a title fight- probably against Quillin- at the earliest opportunity.
19) Dmitry Chudinov (1-3)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Chudinov will return on June 1, and Jarrod Fletcher and Patrick Nielsen- both excellent options- are being considered for the fight.
20) Akio Shibata (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD12 Daisuke Nakagawa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata’s loss to Murata- an Olympic champion with no pro track record- was a significant setback, but he showed that he’s still viable internationally by beating domestic gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Wednesday
#7 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs. Fulgencio Zuniga; Santa Monica, California; Off TV
This is a pretty solid fight on a pretty solid card, but it sadly won’t be on TV.  N’Dam, from France by way of Cameroon, is the big favorite, obviously, and one of the better pure boxers in the sport.  Zuniga is a fairly competent journeyman from Colombia who typically fights at 168 or 175.

 

Friday
ESPN Boxcino Tournament Semi-Finals; Verona, New York; ESPN2
The first semi-final features two guys still looking to prove themselves.  Undefeated Brandon Adams got a nice-looking win against veteran journeyman Daniel Edouard in the first round, but Edouard was a mere shadow of his former self, and was never that great to begin with.  Gatica destroyed an untested undefeated fighter in Ghana’s Sena Agbeko, giving some support to the idea that he is a serious force- an idea which had its roots in his punishing near-victory over battle-tested fringe prospect Fernando Guerrero.  Gatica gets the edge in experience, but Adams did look more than a little talented last time out.  I see it as an interesting fight that’s tough to call.

 

In the second fight, Ukrainian tournament favorite Vitaliy Kopylenko gets what should be an easy path to the finals against Willie Monroe, Jr.  Kopylenko destroyed borderline top-50 fringe prospect Ceresso Fort to begin his tourney campaign, while the light-hitting Monroe was clearly beaten, yet was given a win over rugged journeyman Donatas Bondas.

 

Saturday
#6 Peter Quillin vs. Lukas Konecny; Washington, D.C.; Showtime (US)
I hope Quillin isn’t taking this fight for granted as much as most in the media seem to be.  Konecny was an underrated guy at 154, and was a big enough, strong enough guy at that weight to suggest he might have the strength and power necessary to threaten Quillin, who has given plenty of reason to doubt his chin and his conditioning when it comes to rough physical fights.  Obviously I agree that Quillin should be the favorite, but Konecny is every inch an underrated live dog in this one.

 

Matt Korobov vs. Emil Gonzalez; Orlando, Florida; Off TV
Korobov is a Russian undefeated prospect whose career has essentially plateaued after he appeared to be the next big thing back around 2009.  Korobov did how some signs of life in destroying the extremely competent Ossie Duran nearly a year ago, but he’s actually been stepping down his competition in each fight since.  That trend continues this week, as Emil Gonzalez is a very nondescript Puerto Rican journeyman who is coming off a points loss to Derek Ennis, and has lost to some lesser guys earlier in his career, as well.  It’s a stay-busy fight and not expected to make the UniMas broadcast of the card.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jul 15-21

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by danboxing
In a fight that I listed as a welterweight fight last week, #8 welterweight Kell Brook dominated and stopped gatekeeper Carson Jones in what turned out to be an unambiguously junior middleweight affair, at a 152 contract weight.  Granted, Brook says he wants to stay at 147 going forward, but despite being primarily a welterweight as well, Jones has enough credibility at 154 to earn Brook a dual ranking- just barely.  He checks in at #20, which forces Jack Culcay out for the first time in 3 months.

 

See the middleweight update for information on #12 Lukas Konecny’s fight at that weight.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (24-106-121)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
September 14 looks like junior middleweight D-Day.  #1 vs. #5 (as of this writing), and it’s probably not even the most important fight in the division on that card.  
2) Saul Alvarez (24-124-139)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (21-59-128)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.
4) Erislandy Lara (21-106-128)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (21-21-21)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 Carlos Molina
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (11-163-163)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #11 Delvin Rodriguez
After a proposed fight with Bundrage was scrapped by the networks, and a brief flirtation with Carlos Molina, Cotto will now be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO on October 5.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (11-154-154)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Alfredo Angulo (11-199-199)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has shared the good news that there are no broken bones in his face after the devastating Lara combination that forced him to submit.  On one hand, it demystifies Angulo’s warrior image, but it does give him a better outlook for his career going forward, as well.
9) Gabriel Rosado (11-17-128)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- NC vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his already-questionable loss to Love overturned due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.  Love wants a rematch after his suspension is over.  While Cotto is otherwise occupied, the last three seem to be realistic possibilities.  
10) Sergey Rabchenko (11-11-57)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/16/2013- vs. Gari Abajian (UNR)
Rabchenko has been ordered to fight new EBU mandatory challenger Ruben Varon after it appears Emanuele Della Rosa didn’t want the fight too badly. He’ll keep busy on July 16 against a journeyman in Minsk while waiting for that fight to be finalized.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (11-105)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #6 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
12) Lukas Konecny (11-101)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny took care of business against Fhima at 160.  We’ll have to see whether he stays at that weight or not.  My guess would be yes, since he’s fighting for minor titles up there at this point.
13) Keith Thurman (11-34)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (11-111)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears likely that Martirosyan will fight Demetrius Andrade for a vacant belt on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard in China.
15) Yuri Foreman (11-25)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/24/2013- vs. Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Foreman will be up against a slightly better class of journeyman on July 24 when he meets Jamaal Davis.  Still, he’s apparently not exactly in a hurry to get back in the title picture.
16) Willie Nelson (7-20)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson survived some scares against the rugged Cuello, but managed to stay on his feet and pull out the victory.  He’s back in late September in Ohio.
17) Brian Rose (7-17)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose reportedly overcame a back injury to defeat Ribchev.
18) Jermell Charlo (6-6)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo didn’t exactly build his fan base with the Hopkins snoozer, but he satisfied the “win today, look good tomorrow” equation, and earned a ranking for his trouble.
19) Guido Pitto (6-12)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Kell Brook (0-0)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook says he has no intention of moving up from 147 permanently at this point, but he’ll have this tenuous ranking to hang on to if he changes his mind within the next year.

 

The Week Ahead:  Tuesday in Minsk, #10 Sergey Rabchenko stays busy against weak and aging Georgian Gari Abajian.

Middleweight: 2013, Jul 15-21

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by danboxing
#12 Junior Middleweight Lukas Konecny won a average-to-solid 12-round decision over mid-level Tunisian journeyman Moez Fhima in Dresden on Saturday in his second consecutive fight at middleweight.

 

#16 Max Bursak also saw action on Saturday, easily outpointing a tough, very big-looking, but relatively limited Prince Arron in Monaco.  Arron was once the British champ and a top 10 contender at 154, but has fallen off drastically since losing in dominant decision to unheralded prospect Brian Rose in 2011.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (170-170-170)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez is now making noise to the effect that he intends to fight Gennady Golovkin in 2014.
1) Martin Murray (12-85-85)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray looks like a good bet to fight Golovkin on November 2, in what would be the best matchup at 160 of 2013.
2) Gennady Golovkin (3-46-109)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
See Murray’s notes above.
3) Daniel Geale (3-213-213)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
4) Felix Sturm (3-513-513)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm wants to fight Geale by the end of the year if the Australian gets by Barker.
5) Matthew Macklin (12-108-199)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (12-111-129)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Bob Arum confirms Chavez-Vera, but on a new date of September 7, at Staples Center.  Apparently it will be at a contract weight “a few pounds” over the middleweight limit.  This is potentially problematic for Chavez’s continued ranking here.
7) Peter Quillin (12-39-60)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy intends to put Quillin on an October card in Brooklyn.  There are signs that his opponent might be Danny Jacobs.  If so, that’s a ridiculous match-up.  Jacobs has fought only ham-and-eggers since being knocked out by Pirog in 2010 and winning a fight with cancer.  A fight with Golovkin has been discussed, but that is complicated by the opposing network loyalties of the two fighters.
8) Dmitry Pirog (12-155-155)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
A recent interview with Pirog seemed to reveal underlying doubts as to his ability to return in August as planned and/or hoped for, but he says that return is still possible.  He says he won’t know until he puts a “heavy load” (ie fight camp) on his back if it will respond adequately or not.  If we don’t have positive news, at least, by the end of August, I’ll remove him, as it’s really been too long to keep hoping for a return.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (3-20-142)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (18-129)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Rubio will stay busy against Colombian journeyman Dionisio Miranda on July 27.
12) Anthony Mundine (18-129)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia, likely in October.
13) Osumanu Adama (18-121)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2013- vs. Elco Garcia (UNR)
Adama is back in action 7/26 against Mexican journeyman Elco Garcia.
14) Akio Shibata (11-11)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Darren Barker (11-92)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (11-129)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had a decent night in his first European title defense against Arron.
17) Demetrius Andrade (11-100)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gatekeeper and (technically) titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov hurt his back and had to withdraw from the “title defense” against Andrade.  It looks like Andrade might fight for the vacant or interim version against Vanes Martirosyan, all of this being at 154, and likely on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard.
18) Bryan Vera (11-39)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to September 7.
19) Grzegorz Proksa (3-118)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-72)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 8/4/2013- vs. Elly Pangaribuan (UNR)
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he would retire if the lost.  Having not heard post-fight confirmation, I decided to leave him ranked until I found out he was indeed finished.  Turns out I made the right decision, as Ishida is already scheduled to be back in the ring on August 4 in Osaka, against Indonesian novice Elly Pangaribuan.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Neuquen, Argentina, prospect Billi Godoy and high-level journeyman Mateo Veron do battle.  Godoy always seems to fight to the level of his opposition and produce close entertaining fights, and I have little doubt this will fit that mold.

 

The Chisora-Scott undercard in London features a couple worthwhile middleweight fights.  Recently ousted #20 contender Dmitry Chudinov looks to keep his unbeaten record intact against mid-range Gambian journeyman Patrick Mendy. 

 

The more competitive of the two features England’s Billy Joe Saunders against fellow undefeated prospect Gary O’Sullivan of Ireland in a very interesting rivalry scrap.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jul 8-14

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by danboxing
Omar Chavez, youngest son of Julio Cesar Chavez, got a reasonably close decision over gatekeeper Charlie Navarro at a 150-pound catchweight on Saturday in Tepic, Mexico.  This is Chavez’s best win, while his only 2 losses were very close affairs with Jorge Paez, Jr.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (23-105-120)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina was rumored for an October 5 fight with Cotto, but Cotto opted for Delvin Rodriguez, instead.
2) Saul Alvarez (23-123-138)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (20-58-127)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.
4) Erislandy Lara (20-105-127)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (20-20-20)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (10-162-162)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #11 Delvin Rodriguez
After a proposed fight with Bundrage was scrapped by the networks, and a brief flirtation with Carlos Molina, Cotto will now be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO on October 5.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (10-153-153)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Alfredo Angulo (10-198-198)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has shared the good news that there are no broken bones in his face after the devastating Lara combination that forced him to submit.  On one hand, it demystifies Angulo’s warrior image, but it does give him a better outlook for his career going forward, as well.
9) Gabriel Rosado (10-16-127)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- NC vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his already-questionable loss to Love overturned due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (10-10-56)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/16/2013- vs. Gari Abajian (UNR)
Rabchenko has been ordered to fight new EBU mandatory challenger Ruben Varon after it appears Emanuele Della Rosa didn’t want the fight too badly. He’ll keep busy on July 16 against a journeyman in Minsk while waiting for that fight to be finalized.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (10-104)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #6 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
12) Lukas Konecny (10-100)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Konecny is set to fight Tunisian high-level journeyman and/or fringe prospect Moez Fhima for an alphabet regional middleweight belt on July 13.  Despite his apparent move up in weight, I’ll keep him ranked here until the anniversary of his last fight at 154 (October 6) or until he schedules an obviously middleweight fight for after that date.
13) Keith Thurman (10-33)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (10-110)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears likely that Martirosyan will fight Demetrius Andrade for a vacant belt sometime before the end of the year.
15) Yuri Foreman (10-24)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/24/2013- vs. Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Foreman will be up against a slightly better class of journeyman on July 24 when he meets Jamaal Davis.  Still, he’s apparently not exactly in a hurry to get back in the title picture.
16) Willie Nelson (6-19)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson survived some scares against the rugged Cuello, but managed to stay on his feet and pull out the victory.
17) Brian Rose (6-16)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose reportedly overcame a back injury to defeat Ribchev.
18) Jermell Charlo (5-5)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo didn’t exactly build his fan base with the Hopkins snoozer, but he satisfied the “win today, look good tomorrow” equation, and earned a ranking for his trouble.
19) Guido Pitto (5-11)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Jack Culcay (5-10)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.

 

The Week Ahead:  #12 Lukas Konecny again puts in some work at 160 this week, but that fight will be discussed at that weight.

Middleweight: 2013, Jul 8-14

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by danboxing
#4 Felix Sturm made pretty short work of undefeated but untested Montenegrin prospect Predrag Radosevic in Dortmund on Saturday.  Radosevic was down once in the third and twice in the fourth, before the fight was stopped in that round.

 

One-loss Minnesota prospect Ceresso Fort rebounded strongly from his first career loss with a solid decision in an 8-rounder against inconsistent but credible journeyman Marcus Upshaw, who earlier this year stopped prospect Vladine Biosse.  The fight was in Fort’s back yard of Carlton, Minnesota.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (169-169-169)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez is now making noise to the effect that he intends to fight Gennady Golovkin in 2014.
1) Martin Murray (11-84-84)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray looks like a good bet to fight Golovkin on November 2, in what would be the best matchup at 160 of 2013.
2) Gennady Golovkin (2-45-108)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
See Murray’s notes above.
3) Daniel Geale (2-212-212)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
4) Felix Sturm (2-512-512)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm wants to fight Geale by the end of the year if the Australian gets by Barker.
5) Matthew Macklin (11-107-198)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (11-110-128)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Bob Arum confirms Chavez-Vera, but on a new date of September 7, at Staples Center.  Apparently it will be at a contract weight “a few pounds” over the middleweight limit.  This is potentially problematic for Chavez’s continued ranking here.
7) Peter Quillin (11-38-59)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy intends to put Quillin on an October card in Brooklyn.  There are signs that his opponent might be Danny Jacobs.  If so, that’s a ridiculous match-up.  Jacobs has fought only ham-and-eggers since being knocked out by Pirog in 2010 and winning a fight with cancer.  A fight with Golovkin has been discussed, but that is complicated by the opposing network loyalties of the two fighters.
8) Dmitry Pirog (11-154-154)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
A recent interview with Pirog seemed to reveal underlying doubts as to his ability to return in August as planned and/or hoped for, but he says that return is still possible.  He says he won’t know until he puts a “heavy load” (ie fight camp) on his back if it will respond adequately or not.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (2-19-141)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (17-128)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- UD12 Marcus Upshaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio will likely fight for an interim alphabet title against totally undeserving Polish one-loss prospect Patrick Majewski, with July 27 in Mexico being the target.  How Majewski is being considered for this opportunity when his last significant fight was a loss to the otherwise anonymous Jose Miguel Torres is beyond me.
12) Anthony Mundine (17-128)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia later in the year.  This would almost certainly happen at 154 since Mosley is still a natural welterweight.
13) Osumanu Adama (17-120)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adama is back in action 7/26.  No opponent yet.
14) Akio Shibata (10-10)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Darren Barker (10-91)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #2 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (10-128)
Last Fight: 2/2/2013- TKO3 Julien Marie Sainte (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Prince Arron (UNR)
Bursak will defend his European belt against fallen former British 154 Champion Prince Arron on July 13.  This will be on the very good Monaco card that night.
17) Demetrius Andrade (10-99)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gatekeeper and (technically) titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov hurt his back and had to withdraw from the “title defense” against Andrade.  It looks like Andrade might fight for the vacant or interim version against Vanes Martirosyan, all of this being at 154.
18) Bryan Vera (10-38)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to September 7.
19) Grzegorz Proksa (2-117)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-71)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 8/4/2013- vs. Elly Pangaribuan (UNR)
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he would retire if the lost.  Having not heard post-fight confirmation, I decided to leave him ranked until I found out he was indeed finished.  Turns out I made the right decision, as Ishida is already scheduled to be back in the ring on August 4 in Osaka, against Indonesian novice Elly Pangaribuan.

 

The Week Ahead: #12 junior middleweight Lukas Konecny moves up to fight France-based Tunisian journeyman Moez Fhima for a European alphabet belt on Saturday in Dresden. 

 

The same night in Monte Carlo, Monaco, #16 Max Bursak takes on former British 154-pound champion and current middleweight journeyman Prince Arron.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Mar 25-31

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by danboxing
#14 Lukas Konecny got a win against a mediocre opponent at 160.  I’ve detailed it in my 160 update.

 

The big news in the division this week comes from the inactivity of #8 James Kirkland.  He hasn’t fought in a year, has nothing scheduled, and seems to be shelved for the foreseeable future due to legal wrangling with his entire team.  With his exit, everyone ranked #9 and below last week moves up, including Gabriel Rosado, who resumed a top 10 spot after a month out.  The vacancy at #20 would have been filled by Roberto Garcia, except that he, too, has been out a year as of this week.  That leaves us with Anthony Mundine, who will be removed in about 3 weeks, himself, if he doesn’t schedule something at 154.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (8-90-105)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt.
2) Saul Alvarez (8-108-123)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Austin Trout
Canelo’s fight with Trout has been moved to April 20 after he had a falling out with Floyd over the apparent cancellation of their agreement to fight each other on September 14.  Canelo plans to fight in a September 14 PPV still, but is now looking at Cotto.
3) Austin Trout (5-43-112)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
4) Erislandy Lara (5-90-112)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara has been ordered by the WBC to fight Emanuele Della Rosa in an eliminator, but his side says he may fight that fight, take on Sergey Rabchenko, or may even go direct to a Canelo fight.
5) Ishe Smith (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (17-47-47)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (17-147-147)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.  Canelo wants him in September.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (1-138-138)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
9) Alfredo Angulo (1-183-183)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Gabriel Rosado (1-1-112)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Rosado will fight undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, at 160.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (1-41)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight Tuscan journeyman Adriano Nicchi in Monte Carlo on March 30.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (1-89)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not come all that close to making 154 against Tahdooahnippah, Rodriguez will need to schedule a fight at 154 before June 2 to maintain his ranking.
13) Lukas Konecny (1-85)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Keith Thurman (1-18)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman will return on Showtime in June or July.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-95)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
16) Yuri Foreman (1-9)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Gundrick King (UNR)
Foreman continues his comeback on April 6 in New York against journeyman Gundrick King, in a 6-rounder.
17) Sechew Powell (1-158)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Willie Nelson (1-4)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being dropped multiple times in a close decision with fellow prospect Vincent Arroyo at 147, Nelson has gone on quite a hot streak.
19) Michel Soro (1-11)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
Soro’s fight with Serre for the French title has been postponed, but I don’t know the new date yet.
20) Anthony Mundine (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Ghent, Belgium, locally-based Ghanaian gatekeeper Jackson Osei Bonsu takes on French journeyman Frank Haroche Horta.

 

The following night in Monte Carlo, #11 Sergey Rabchenko defends his European belt against Italian journeyman Adriano Nicchi.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Mar 18-24

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated Canadian Adam Trupish was shockingly upset by 7th round knockout on Friday in Richmond, British Columbia.  Journeyman Dashon Johnson was the one to do it.  The fight was actually contested at middleweight.  Johnson has enough bad losses on his record to ensure that he is nowhere near a ranking in either division, though.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (7-89-104)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt.
2) Saul Alvarez (7-107-122)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Austin Trout
Canelo’s fight with Trout has been moved to April 20 after he had a falling out with Floyd over the apparent cancellation of their agreement to fight each other on September 14.  Canelo plans to fight in a September 14 PPV still, but is now looking at Cotto, Angulo, or Martinez (though Martinez says he would only fight him at 160 on HBO.
3) Austin Trout (4-42-111)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
4) Erislandy Lara (4-89-111)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara has been ordered by the WBC to fight Emanuele Della Rosa in an eliminator, but his side says he may fight that fight, take on Sergey Rabchenko, or may even go direct to a Canelo fight.
5) Ishe Smith (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (16-46-46)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (16-146-146)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.
8) James Kirkland (16-72-72)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is deep in managerial problems, and needs to schedule a fight by Monday to remain ranked.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (4-137-137)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
10) Alfredo Angulo (4-182-182)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Gabriel Rosado (4-111)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado appears likely to fight undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, at 160.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (4-40)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight Tuscan journeyman Adriano Nicchi in Monte Carlo on March 30.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (4-88)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not come all that close to making 154 against Tahdooahnippah, Rodriguez will need to schedule a fight at 154 before June 2 to maintain his ranking.
14) Lukas Konecny (4-84)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Konecny will fight March 23 on the Abraham-Stieglitz undercard in Magdeburg.  The fight will be at 160, against journeyman Karim Achour.
15) Keith Thurman (4-17)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Thurman will fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn, at 147.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (4-94)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
After ducking a rematch of his robbery draw with Lara, Vanes will fight April 6 in Macau, China against Argentine Champ Javier Maciel.
17) Yuri Foreman (4-8)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Foreman continues his comeback on April 6 in New York.
18) Sechew Powell (4-157)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Willie Nelson (3-3)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being dropped multiple times in a close decision with fellow prospect Vincent Arroyo at 147, Nelson has gone on quite a hot streak.
20) Michel Soro (3-10)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
Soro’s fight with Serre for the French title has been postponed, but I don’t know the new date yet.

 

The Week Ahead: No notable action in the division this week at 154, though #14 Lukas Konecny will see action in a stay-busy fight at 160.

Year-End Awards: Junior Middleweight, 2012

Posted in Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2013 by danboxing
This is the first time I’ve done this, and I hope you like it.  It’s been a lot of effort.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Junior Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Carlos Molina
He probably got less press overall than the otherwise anonymous lightweight prospect of the same name who got dragged up in weight to fight a ridiculoulsy doomed mismatch against Amir Khan late in the year.  He also only fought one significant fight on the year, but he made it count.  By all rights, he soundly defeated a #3 contender in James Kirkland (fresh off the Angulo win), which is the best single result of anybody in the division, and outpaces runner-up Austin Trout, who decisioned #6 Miguel Cotto and #13 Delvin Rodriguez.

 

Prospect of the Year: Sergey Rabchenko
My prospect of the year will always be the fighter that had the best year, that has fewer than 3 losses, and who has never been in the top 10.  The clear-cut pick is Sergey Rabchenko, who despite struggling in his November fight with fellow prospect Cedric Vitu, stopped and ultimately retired #11 Ryan Rhodes in June.  The runner-up would be Keith Thurman, who destroyed #16 Carlos Quintana despite really being a welterweight.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #3 Cornelius Bundrage TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
I choose this winner mechanically- basically the fight among the fighters with the highest ranking that ends in a stoppage.  That’s how we get this fight honored, despite the fact that it was a rematch confirming a prior result, and despite the fact that it really didn’t affect either fighter’s ranking.  The runner-up (and really the better choice under different criteria) is Sergey Rabchenko vs. Ryan Rhodes, with Thurman vs. Quintana being significant, as well.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #10 Gabriel Rosado TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
This category was tailor-made for Gabe Rosado this year.  Rosado had three respectable entries into sweepstakes, having gone 3-0 with 3 impressive stoppages on the campaign.  The most exciting came at the end of his good, competitive fight with Sechew Powell, and after he had begun to take over and wear his man out.  I’ll let it speak for itself, for the most part.  If you click on “TKO9” above, it will take you to a video of the full fight.  Seek to about 29:30 and you’ll see the set up and the stoppage.

 

Match-Up of the Year: #4 Miguel Cotto vs. #1 Welterweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
It’s a bit of a close call between Cotto-Mayweather and Molina-Kirkland, since Mayweather’s only ranking at the time was at 147.  But surely he has instant credibility at 154 to the extent that, in combination with the magnitude of the event the fight was, his fight with Cotto was indeed the most important match-up of 2012.  To put this magnitude into perspective, Mayweather-Cotto headlined a major HBO Pay-per-View, while Kirkland-Molina was a mere co-feature on a World Championship Boxing Broadcast.

 

Fight of the Year: #1 Welterweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. #4 Miguel Cotto
Inherent importance, action, and competitiveness.  Those are my criteria for this award, and this fight had it all.  So much competitiveness, in fact, that I managed to see it narrowly for Cotto (I know not many people did, and I’m not all that confident in that, either).  Cotto did what all of Mayweather’s larger opponents should do.  He committed himself to staying close and working, and it paid off to the tune of what even Floyd acknowledged was his toughest fight, and a much more crowd-pleasing outing than we usually see from the pound-for-pound king.

 

Upset of the Year: Carlos Quintana TKO6 Deandre Latimore
Several decent but not overwhelming options were on the table.  Sergey Rabchenko was less-proven than Ryan Rhodes, but Rabchenko was undefeated, while Rhodes appeared to be on the way down.  Jimmy Colas was a mere journeyman when he destroyed gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta, but Horta was an inconsistent operator at the European level anyway, and was probably rated significantly above Colas only due to timing and recent opposition.  Willie Nelson shocked Yudel Jhonson in what has to be at least the runner-up, but Jhonson was still only 12-0, and was at least fighting the best opponent of his career.  Quintana, on the other hand, appeared to be a fading memory.  He seemed like a journeyman, and was brought in as a designated opponent on a PPV opener against house fighter and former top-5 contender Deandre Latimore.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Willie Nelson
There wasn’t a really obvious comeback fighter at 154 this year.  The only two that really struck me as possibilities were Roberto Garcia and Willie Nelson.  That begs two questions: what are they coming back from, and what did they do this year to make that comeback happen?  For Garcia, he’s coming back from a 2010 loss to Antonio Margarito and a rebuilding year in 2011 in which he just fought 2 journeymen.  For Nelson, he’s coming back from a close 2011 loss in which he was nevertheless dropped 3 times against fellow prospect Vincent Arroyo at welterweight- the type of fight that would bust lesser prospects- and rebounded by handing highly-touted undefeated Cuban Yudel Jhonson his first loss in a masterful May performance.  To me, that gives a narrow edge to Nelson.  He is coming back from a taxing loss early in his career, while Garcia is merely coming back from a decision loss in a fight he was supposed to lose by knockout.

 

Robbery of the Year: Zaurbek Baysangurov UD12 #15 Lukas Konecny
Konecny pushed the pace, bullied Baysangurov around the ring for virtually the entire fight, and had a huge advantage in clean effective punching, as Baysangurov flailed away with ridiculous-looking arm punches even at his best.  Granted, this wasn’t a huge fight for the English-speaking media, but it’s still odd to me that I haven’t really come across any outrage over what, to me, was one of the worst robberies since Campillo-Shumenov II.  Konecny won no less than 9 of the 12 rounds, and yet the awful judges had it 119-109 (Mickey Vann), 118-110 (Lahcen Oumghar), and 117-111 (Matteo Montella), proving that they either don’t understand boxing, or else were co-employed by someone other than the Ukrainian commission.

 

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

 

1) Carlos Molina
Significant Results: Mar 24- L (DQ10) (should be TD10 W) vs. #3 James Kirkland.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 25: #6.  Mar 26- May 6: #1.  May 7- Dec 31: #2.
2) Austin Trout
Significant Results: Jun 2- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez.  Dec 1- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-22: #9.  Jan 23-29: #10.  Jan 30- Feb 19: #11.  Feb 20- May 6: #12.  May 7-27: #13.  May 28- Jun 3: #12.  Jun 4- Dec 2: #8.  Dec 3-31: #4.
3) Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Significant Results: May 5- UD12 (should be L) vs. #4 Miguel Cotto.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 6: Ranked only at WW.  May 7- Nov 11: #4.  Nov 12- Dec 2: #5.  Dec 3-31: #6.
4) Miguel Cotto
Significant Results: May 5- L (UD12) (should be W) vs. #1 welterweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr..  Dec 1- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 6: #4.  May 7- Nov 11: #5.  Nov 12- Dec 2: #6.  Dec 3-31: #7.
5) Saul Alvarez
Significant Results: May 5- UD12 fringe contender Shane Mosley.  Sep 15- TKO5 welterweight contender Josesito Lopez.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 25: #1.  Mar 26- May 6: #2.  May 7- Dec 31: #1.
6) Sergey Rabchenko
Significant Results: Jun 16- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes.  Nov 24- W(SD12) vs. prospect Cedric Vitu.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 17: Unranked.  Jun 18- Dec 31: #12.
7) Cornelius Bundrage
Significant Results: Jun 30- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks. 
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 25: #2.  Mar 26- Dec 31: #3.
8) Cory Spinks
Significant Results: Jan 28- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell.  Jun 30- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-29: Unranked.  Jan 30- Feb 19: #10.  Feb 20- May 6: #11.  May 7-27: #12.  May 28- Jun 3: #11.  Jun 4-17: #12.  Jun 18- Dec 31: #11.
9) Erislandy Lara
Significant Results: Jun 30- UD10 gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez.  Nov 10- Robbery Draw (TD9) (should be W) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 6: #5.  May 7- Nov 11: #6.  Nov 12- Dec 2: #4.  Dec 3-31: #5.
10) Gabriel Rosado
Significant Results: Jan 21- TKO5 fringe contender Jesus Soto Karass.  Jun 1- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell.  Sep 21- TKO10 gatekeeper Charles Whittaker.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-22: #11.  Jan 23- Feb 19: #9.  Feb 20- May 6: #10.  May 7-27: #11.  May 28- Dec 31: #10.
11) Keith Thurman
Significant Results: Nov 24- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Nov 25: Unranked.  Nov 26- Dec 31: #15.
12) Lukas Konecny
Significant Results: Oct 6- Robbery L (UD12) (should be W) vs. gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 18: #17.  Mar 19- May 6: #16.  May 7-27: #18.  May 28- Jun 3: #17.  Jun 4-10: #16.  Jun 11- Oct 7: #15.  Oct 8- Dec 31: #14.
13) Roberto Garcia
Significant Results: Mar 23- UD10 fringe contender Antwone Smith.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 10: Unranked.  Jun 11-17: #19.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #20.  Sep 10- Dec 16: #19.  Dec 17-31: #18.
14) Guido Pitto
Significant Results: Robbery L (MD10) (should be W) vs. gatekeeper Mateo Veron.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Willie Nelson

Significant Results: May 11- UD10 undefeated prospect Yudel Jhonson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Akio Shibata
Significant Results: Jun 2- UD10 gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
17) Javier Maciel
Significant Results: Jul 20- UD10 gatekeeper Mateo Veron. 
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Kris Carslaw
Significant Results: Jun 2- L (UD12) (should be win) vs. #14 Brian Rose.  Nov 3- L (UD3) vs. undefeated prospect Larry Ekundayo.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
19) Matthew Hall
Significant Results: Apr 28- Robbery L(SD12) (should be W) vs. gatekeeper Sam Webb.  Jul 14- L (UD12) vs. undefeated prospect Gary O’Sullivan (at MW).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
20) Zaurbek Baysangurov
Significant Results: May 12- UD12 (should be L) undefeated prospect Michel Soro.  Oct 6- Robbery UD12 (should be L) vs. #15 Lukas Konecny.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but either retired, were catastrophically injured, or did nothing at this weight to help their ranking:

 

James Kirkland: Jan 1- Mar 25: #3.  Mar 26- May 6: #6.  May 7- Dec 2: #7.  Dec 3-31: #8.
Alfredo Angulo: Jan 1- Feb 19: #7.  Feb 20- May 6: #8.  May 7-27: #9.  May 28- Jun 3: #8.  Jun 4- Dec 31: #9.
Ryan Rhodes: Jan 1- Feb 19: #8.  Feb 20- May 6: #9.  May 7-27: #10.  May 28- Jun 3: #9.  Jun 4-17: #11.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #17.  Sep 10- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).
Sechew Powell: Jan 1-22: #10.  Jan 23-29: #11.  Jan 30- Mar 18: #18.  Mar 19- May 6: #17.  May 7- 27: #20.  May 28- Jun 10: #19.  Jun 11-17: #17.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #18.  Sep 10- Dec 31: #17.
Delvin Rodriguez: Jan 1- Feb 19: #12.  Feb 20- May 6: #13.  May 7-27: #14.  May 28- Dec 31: #13.
Paul Williams: Jan 1- Feb 19: #13.  Feb 20- May 6: #7.  May 7-27: #8.  May 28- Dec 31: Unranked (Paralyzed).
Brian Rose: Jan 1- May 6: #14.  May 7-27: #15.  May 28- Jun 3: #14.  Jun 4-10: #20.  Jun 11-17: #18.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #19.  Sep 10- Dec 16: #18.  Dec 17-31: #20.
Vanes Martirosyan: Jan 1- May 6: #15.  May 7-27: #17.  May 28- Jun 3: #16.  Jun 4-10: #15.  Jun 11- Oct 7: #14.  Oct 8- Nov 25: #15.  Nov 26- Dec 31: #16.
Yuri Foreman: Jan 1- Mar 18: #16.  Mar 19- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).
Deandre Latimore: Jan 1-29: #18.  Jan 30- Feb 26: #19.  Feb 27- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved up).
Antonio Margarito: Jan 1-29: #19.  Jan 30- Feb 26: #20.  Feb 27- Mar 18: #19.  Mar 19- May 6: #18.  May 7-27: Unranked.  May 28- Jun 3: #20.  Jun 4-10: #18.  Jun 11- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).
Prince Arron: Jan 1-29: #20.  Jan 30- Feb 26: Unranked.  Feb 27- Mar 18: #20.  Mar 19- May 6: #19.  May 7- Dec 31: Unranked.
Anthony Mundine: Jan 1- Mar 18: Unranked.  Mar 19- May 6: #20.  May 7- Jun 10: Unranked.  Jun 11-17: #20.  Jun 18- Sep 9: Unranked.  Sep 10- Dec 16: #20.  Dec 17-31: #19.
Shane Mosley: Jan 1- May 6: Unranked.  May 7-27: #16.  May 28- Jun 3: #15.  Jun 4-10: #14.  Jun 11- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).
Carlos Quintana: Jan 1- May 6: Unranked.  May 7-27: #19.  May 28- Jun 3: #18.  Jun 4-10: #17.  Jun 11- Nov 25: #16.  Nov 26- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Oct 8-14

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2013 by danboxing
#18 Brian Rose came in a pound heavy on Friday, and knocked out smaller journeyman Vivian Harris just over halfway through the 3rd round. 

 

The following night in Kiev, Ukraine, #15 Lukas Konecny dominated but was blatantly robbed in Kiev against heavily propped-up fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov.  Baysangurov incredibly came in as the WBO titlist, having inherited that title via a set of circumstances that I still can’t quite figure out.  Essentially reigning titlist Sergiy Dzinziruk decided to take a couple years off, so they set Baysangurov up with a very mediocre journeyman named Mike Miranda for what somehow qualified as the interim title.  It was basically a coronation, rather than a fight, as Miranda was nowhere close to being a top 100 fighter, even.  But then Baysangurov took almost a year off, himself, and Lukas Konecny similarly was given an interim belt for beating a journeyman.  But somewhere along the way, ZB was awarded the full belt, which he defended with a dubious decision over prospect Michel Soro.  Konecny’s interim belt apparently gave him what amounted to a mandatory shot. 

 

So that gets us to this fight.  What happened?  Well, Konecny came out strong, beating Baysangurov to the punch, backing him up, basically imposing his will, while Baysangurov stood straight up, trying and occasionally succeeding to hold his ground, while slapping away with ridiculously unorthodox arm punches that appeared to have no effect whatsoever on Konecny.  Baysangurov won, at most, 3 rounds.  He only clearly won one.  And yet the disgusting crooks paid by the Ukrainian commission (and likely by someone in Baysangurov’s camp) to judge the fight scored it 117-111 (Matteo Montella), 118-110 (Lahcen Oumghar), and 119-109 (Mickey Vann).  And those are reasonable scores, IF YOU GIVE THEM TO THE RIGHT GUY!  But of course, they all had it backwards.  Honestly, if it wasn’t for the fact that Konecny has a trademark giant garish tattoo covering his back, I’d assume that each judge was confused as to which guy was which. 

 

Montella and Vann are both known offenders.  Vann’s resume can be summarized as follows: Huck-Arslan and Hernandez-Ross.  He had the wrong guy winning both of those.  He also scored Sturm-Soliman for Soliman, which was stretching the bounds of reason, as well.  He’s basically England’s answer to John McKaie and Don Ackerman.  Just awful.  Montella- unless it was a mistake by Boxrec- was going all-out to rob Hakhim Zoulikha against Robert Woge before Woge took matters into his own hands and scored a knockout.  There were 8 clear rounds in the fight, and Montella had apparently gotten 7 of them wrong. 

 

Baysangurov lost the fight.  No doubt.  And what’s become clear is that “Zaurbek Baysangurov, Titlist, Contender,” and virtually every other positive persona you could attach to him, is a fictional character created by the Klitschko brothers, the WBO, and a slew of likely corrupt judges.

 

Konecny advances one spot to #14, displacing Vanes Martirosyan.  Meanwhile, Baysangurov continues to be a titlist despite not being a top 25 fighter in my opinion.  Rose stays where he is.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (23-84-99)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
After some (literally) light work against Lopez, Canelo is considering Kirkland in December, and hoping for Mayweather or Cotto on May 4.  The WBC plans to make him fight the Vanes vs. Lara winner in 2013.
2) Carlos Molina (23-66-81)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (29-114-114)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage may fight Andre Berto on November 24.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (23-23-23)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd may be looking to fight Pacquiao in April.  But we’ve heard this before, and it wouldn’t even be as enticing this time after his so-so performance against Bradley and robbery win over Marquez.
5) Miguel Cotto (23-123-123)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
6) Erislandy Lara (23-66-88)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan
After months of speculation, Lara-Martirosyan is finally on, November 10 in Vegas, with the winner to get a mandatory shot at Canelo.  The fight will be shown on HBO.
7) James Kirkland (23-49-49)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (19-19-88)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (19-159-159)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Raul Casarez (UNR)
After what must have been a nightmarish 8 months in a detention center for very little reason, Angulo has already got a fight scheduled, against journeyman Raul Casarez on November 10, and he reportedly may hire Virgil Hunter as trainer.
10) Gabriel Rosado (20-20-88)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Angulo back in action, Rosado may be looking for a rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (17-37)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (17-17)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (20-65)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Lukas Konecny (1-61)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-71)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
16) Carlos Quintana (18-23)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Sechew Powell (5-134)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (5-45)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Another very mediocre opponent for Rose, but at least this time he took care of business.
19) Roberto Garcia (5-18)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Monday in Tokyo, gatekeeper Akio Shibata defends his Japanese title against high-quality journeyman Yoshihisa Tonimura.