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Super Middleweight: 2014, May 5-11

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Jonathan Gonzalez got yet another close and/or controversial result to add to his resume on Thursday in an ESPN2-televised bout from Hialeah, Florida.  Gonzalez, who looked fairly fleshy at super middle, was nevertheless the more effective puncher, shot for shot.  But his opponent- tough Mexican journeyman Rogelio “Porky” Medina (the far less porky of the two, in reality)- vastly outworked the Puerto Rican prospect, though his punches did tend to slap a bit.  I had it 95-95, and I could easily have seen up to two rounds flipping in either direction.  It was about as close as it gets.  All of the judges turned in what I thought were reasonable cards, with the result being a split decision in favor of Gonzalez.  

 

Saturday in Berlin, #2 Arthur Abraham won a decision that was evidently more comfortable on the cards than it was in his own body.  Abraham got a spirited effort early from his fairly unworthy challenger, Montenegro’s Nikola Sjekloca, who put together scattered combinations with enough frequency to grab a few rounds, give or take, from the notoriously slow-starting Armenian.  Abraham said after the fight that his fingers were already damaged at the start of the fight, and that the use of his right hand was limited even in training.  He claims to have broken the hand completely a little more than halfway through the fight.  I didn’t notice a real difference in his use of the right until the 12th, when he clearly only threw it about twice.  Abraham blames the hand for the fight being “so close” (one judge had it 116-113, and another 116-112).  I didn’t think it was all that close, with Abraham actually pulling away effectively down the stretch, despite the hand problems.  My card was 117-111.  I thought the 116-113 card by Andre Van Grootenbruel was a shade too close to be considered fully reasonable, as I think he gave Abraham both of the toss-up rounds and also called a pretty clear Abraham round even.  But the real nasty card of the night was courtesy of Russia’s Viktor Panin, who is apparently as bad a judge as he proved himself to be as a referee in the Avanesyan-Mabuza fight recently.  He had it 119-110, which is just plain out of bounds.

 

J’Leon Love once again had his hands full in the PPV opener for Mayweather-Maidana on Saturday.  He was in with Mexican prospect Marco Antonio Periban, who took Sakio Bika to life-and-death territory in a loss last year.  Love was able to break Periban’s nose about the end of round 1, but was dominated in rounds 3-5, and nearly got stopped in the 5th by taking a barrage on the ropes after being hurt by a Periban right hand, in a round in which he was also dropped.  Perhaps affected by the nose and resulting difficulty breathing, Periban seemed unwilling to press the issue after the 5th, and Love was able to clearly win 4 of the last 5 rounds.  I had it 95-94 for Love, in the end.  That being said, the only round that I found tough to score was the 2nd, which I gave narrowly to Love.  This means that appropriate scores, in my view, could only have ranged between 95-94 Love and 95-94 Periban.  Glen Trowbridge’s card was a clear round too wide at 96-93 Love.  Lisa Giampa’s was a complete joke at 97-92, while David Sutherland’s would have been potentially decent if it had only made numerical sense.  He had it 96-93, which means there was either a math error, or he gave somebody a 10-8 round in addition to that earned by Periban in the 5th- something that would not be remotely defensible.  The judges’ dereliction is nothing but needless controversy in a fight that I did think Love won, narrowly but legitimately.

 

Despite the closeness of his victory, Love’s performance does get him established at about the fringe contender level.  He doesn’t quite have enough steam, when coupled with at best indifferent performances against Rosado and Derrick Findley in the past, to crack the top 20 just yet.  No changes, as there is no quantity of Sjekloca-level wins that would propel Abraham past Froch.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (125-259-259)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward lost an arbitration with his promoter, but it sounds like the rift between the two is far from solved.
1) Carl Froch (102-412-412)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Arthur Abraham (10-237-237)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham might be on the shelf for a little while, after reporting a broken hand against Sjekloca.  When he comes back, he says he would like a rematch with Andre Ward.
3) Robert Stieglitz (10-245-245)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Sauerland prospect Tyron Zeuge has expressed interest in a fight with Stieglitz.
4) Mikkel Kessler (10-491-491)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Sauerland has announced a press conference to make a major announcement regarding Kessler’s future.  Stay tuned for the results next week.
5) Brandon Gonzales (45-45-45)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #11 James DeGale
Gonzales’ elminator with DeGale is finally set, for May 31 in London, on the Froch-Groves undercard.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (32-153-201)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently Oosthuizen and his once and future promoter Rodney Berman have mended fences.  His future still appears to lie at light heavyweight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (26-26-71)
Last Fight: 4/25/2014- TKO3 Richard Vidal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna stayed busy in impressive fashion against Vidal.
8) George Groves (26-73-95)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #5 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez has balked at a proposed Top Rank extension, and the delay has left Golovkin- his proposed opponent- looking elsewhere.
10) Bryan Vera (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even in defeat, Vera has regained a ranking at 168 and is- at least temporarily- ranked in 2 divisions.   There are also credible-looking reports to the effect that he broke his left hand early in the fight, for what it’s worth.
11) James DeGale (10-134)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- TKO11 Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #5 Brandon Gonzales
See Gonzales’ notes, above.
12) Christopher Rebrasse (10-48)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- TKO4 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse now has two dominant wins over what was a top 10 contender the first time around.  He didn’t need the judges to notice the second time.
13) Sakio Bika (10-370)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After initially granting Julio Cesar Chavez the spot, the WBC has now made James DeGale the mandatory after it appeared Chavez would likely look at a different opportunity.  That may also have gone by the wayside by now, as DeGale is fighting Brandon Gonzales for a shot at the IBF title.
14) Maxim Vlasov (10-78)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD8 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov looked very good against Findley, but he’ll need to schedule a fight at Super Middleweight before May 5 and make weight in order to keep his ranking, since he hasn’t made the divisional limit since November 2012.
15) Edwin Rodriguez (10-68)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez was briefly scheduled to fight Marcus Johnson on May 24, but Johnson withdrew.
16) Gilberto Ramirez (4-14)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- TKO5 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ramirez is pencilled in to return on the Chavez-Golovkin undercard, assuming that fight is made.
17) Ryota Murata (4-37)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/22/2014- vs. Jesus Angel Nerio (UNR)
Murata will stay busy in Kyoto on May 22 with Mexican journeyman Jesus Angel Nerio.
18) Anthony Dirrell (4-22)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
19) Hadillah Mohoumadi (4-62)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Caleb Truax (4-4)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Vincent Feigenbutz vs. Chris Mafuta; Karlsruhe, Germany; TV Unknown
Feigenbutz is a Karlsruhe native who has won all but one of his fights, and all but one of those via knockout in three rounds or less.  His one loss was a head-scratcher TKO in 2012 against a guy making his pro debut, whose record currently sits at just 3-2-1.  But since then, he’s been destroying legit prospects.  Mafuta is a low or perhaps lower-mid-level journeyman, originally from Congo.  He poses no threat if Feigenbutz is in anything like top form.

 

Maciej Sulecki vs. Nicolas Dion; Brodnica, Poland; Polsat Sport (Poland)
Sulecki is an undefeated Polish prospect with a pretty decent apparent upside.  Dion is a prospect from France who, like Feigenbutz above, had a loss in his 2nd fight in 2012.  Unlike Feigenbutz’s conqueror, however, Dion’s nemesis remains undefeated to this day.  Pretty interesting clash, I must say.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Apr 28- May 4

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by danboxing
#4 Middleweight Martin Murray took his second consecutive stay-busy fight at super middleweight (the first of which he arguably lost), making his debut for his new South African promoter in that country on Wednesday.  Murray didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but most likely won every round in fairly pedestrian fashion against low-level Ghanaian journeyman Ishmael Tetteh, who quit for no apparent reason after 6 rounds.  I’m not sure how much criticism Murray deserves in this instance for not looking sensational against such an easy opponent.  After all, he seldom looks sensational even at his best.  He neutralizes the opposition with a tight guard, and does just enough catch-and-shoot counterpunching to outpoint his man.  That’s more or less what he did to Tetteh.  With Murray failing to really put on a show, we at least got a little bit of comic relief from the quirky Ghanaian, who apparently told the broadcast team that he is better than Azumah Nelson.  Well, Ghanaian Hall of Famer Nelson is almost 56 years old, so I guess it might be close at this point, especially if Nelson spots Tetteh the 24 pound weight difference in Tetteh’s favor, prime for prime.  To put this in perspective, Tetteh currently has a total of 5 boxrec rankings points, which is just over 1% as many as Murray, and his career high number of 23 from back in 2007 is right at about 2% of Nelson’s career high total.  Not only that, but Tetteh appropriated Roy Jones, Jr.’s entire name as his announced ring nickname.  That’s right.  Ishmael “Roy Jones, Jr.” Tetteh.  He should try changing it to “The Identity Thief.”  Or, if he insists on using the full name of another fighter, maybe he could switch to “Victor Ortiz,” considering how easily he gave up in the fight.  Yeah, I know…ouch.

 

One fighter that did look good at 168 this week was #7 Ezequiel Maderna, who used his long arms to devastating effect in a variety of ways in a Friday fight from La Plata, Argentina.  His opponent, Richard Vidal of Uruguay, was roughly comparable in overall quality to Tetteh, but is at least a naturally bigger man than the Ghanaian.  Maderna peppered Vidal with long-range 1-2 combos, whip-like body shots, and the odd uppercut just for good measure.  Maderna has one of the more complete arsenals in the sport, bar none, and is probably among the game’s most underrated contenders.  That being said, he didn’t do anything we wouldn’t expect and possibly demand of him against a guy on Vidal’s level.

 

The same night in a small outdoor venue in Kanasin, Mexico, undefeated #17 middleweight Andrey Meryasev of Russia dominated a flabby, slow, but incredibly durable Carlos Baldomir for 10 rounds.  Baldomir hadn’t been in the ring since September 2012, and it probably should have stayed that way.  Baldomir, it’s incredible to think, was the Welterweight Champion of the World 7 1/2 years ago before Floyd took that title from him.  Since then, his skills and career have been on a steady decline, even as his weight has steadily ballooned.  I do have to give the old man credit on some level.  Not only did he keep himself upright for the full 10 rounds despite being visibly out of shape, but he actually never appeared hurt in the fight, despite being in with a guy with the style of a puncher, and a respectable KO percentage, as well.  Meryasev helped him out a bit in that respect, though, as he seldom put his punches together.  This was actually the first Meryasev fight I’ve seen, and although I’m certain he won every round of a fight in which the scorecards were not announced, I can’t say I’m particularly impressed by his performance.  In case you were keeping track, it appears that Baldomir’s head has actually grown since the days in which he appeared to have merely double the intracranial volume of Mayweather.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (124-258-258)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says he’s asked his promoter for a fight, even as the two hash out a lawsuit.
1) Carl Froch (101-411-411)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #8 George Groves
There is talk of a record gate when Froch meets Groves in a highly anticipated rematch in a London soccer stadium at the end of May.
2) Arthur Abraham (9-236-236)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- W (SD12) vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Abraham will have a quick turn-around when he defends his newly-won belt against the mostly fraudulent Nikola Sjekloca on May 3 in Berlin.
3) Robert Stieglitz (9-244-244)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (SD12) vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Sauerland prospect Tyron Zeuge has expressed interest in a fight with Stieglitz.
4) Mikkel Kessler (9-490-490)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler is reportedly discussing a return with Sauerland, but there is no obvious opponent available for him at present.
5) Brandon Gonzales (44-44-44)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #11 James DeGale
Gonzales’ elminator with DeGale is finally set, for May 31 in London, on the Froch-Groves undercard.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (31-152-200)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen was yanked from his intended January 18 fight with Eleider Alvarez and released by his promoter after a bicycle accident and reportedly being hopelessly out of shape about 2 weeks before the fight.
7) Ezequiel Maderna (25-25-70)
Last Fight: 4/25/2014- TKO3 Richard Vidal (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna stayed busy in impressive fashion against Vidal.
8) George Groves (25-72-94)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
9) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- UD10 #5 MW Bryan Vera
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez is talking like he might not renew his Top Rank contract, which might put a proposed Golovkin fight in jeopardy- especially since he’s reportedly negotiating with the Showtime-friendly Al Haymon.
10) Bryan Vera (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- L (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even in defeat, Vera has regained a ranking at 168 and is- at least temporarily- ranked in 2 divisions.   There are also credible-looking reports to the effect that he broke his left hand early in the fight, for what it’s worth.
11) James DeGale (9-133)
Last Fight: 3/1/2014- TKO11 Gevorg Khatchikian (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/31/2014- vs. #5 Brandon Gonzales
See Gonzales’ notes, above.
12) Christopher Rebrasse (9-47)
Last Fight: 3/22/2014- TKO4 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse now has two dominant wins over what was a top 10 contender the first time around.  He didn’t need the judges to notice the second time.
13) Sakio Bika (9-369)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After initially granting Julio Cesar Chavez the spot, the WBC has now made James DeGale the mandatory after it appeared Chavez would likely look at a different opportunity.  That may also have gone by the wayside by now, as DeGale is fighting Brandon Gonzales for a shot at the IBF title.
14) Maxim Vlasov (9-77)
Last Fight: 3/15/2014- UD8 Derrick Findley (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov looked very good against Findley, but he’ll need to schedule a fight at Super Middleweight before May 5 and make weight in order to keep his ranking, since he hasn’t made the divisional limit since November 2012.
15) Edwin Rodriguez (9-67)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez was briefly scheduled to fight Marcus Johnson on May 24, but Johnson withdrew.
16) Gilberto Ramirez (3-13)
Last Fight: 4/11/2014- TKO5 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Ramirez says he’d like to fight Sakio Bika and Chavez.
17) Ryota Murata (3-36)
Last Fight: 2/22/2014- TKO4 Carlos Nascimento (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/22/2014- vs. Jesus Angel Nerio (UNR)
Murata will stay busy in Kyoto on May 22 with Mexican journeyman Jesus Angel Nerio.
18) Anthony Dirrell (3-21)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. #11 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
His hard-fought draw with Sakio Bika gained Dirrell a measure of redemption for what pretty clearly should have been a loss against Don Mouton, and has him back in the hot prospect category.  He’s called for a rematch (good idea) and a fight with Golovkin (bad idea).
19) Hadillah Mohoumadi (3-61)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Caleb Truax (3-3)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD10) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Thursday
Jonathan Gonzalez vs. Rogelio Medina; Hialeah, Florida; ESPN2 (US)
Gonzalez is an undefeated prospect with inconsistent efforts and weight issues in his past.  He gets often dangerous veteran Mexican journeyman Rogelio “Porky” Medina on a Thursday night edition of Friday Night Fights in Miami-adjacent Hialeah, Florida.

 

Saturday
#2 Arthur Abraham vs. Nikola Sjekloca; Berlin, Germany; ARD (Germany)
For a guy that has been publicly discredited as a top contender at least 3 different times, Abraham is sure in a nice position.  He’s obviously not the terrifying puncher he once was, but he has perhaps evolved as a boxer to some extent.  Sjekloca keeps getting bites at the apple despite having fallen short even, some would say, in his only two significant wins.  This shouldn’t be one of Abraham’s tougher fights, but it’s hard to see what good options he has now that the Super Six is long over and he’s being fed essentially European-level opposition.  He’s lost to Ward and Froch already, and has won the trilogy with Stieglitz.  I guess a Kessler fight would be worthy if the Dane decides to renew his career at some stage.

 

Marco Antonio Periban vs. J’Leon Love; Las Vegas, Nevada; Showtime PPV (US)
An interesting and potentially even match-up on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard.  The winner most likely earns a ranking.  I’d make Periban the favorite, since he’s fought on even terms with the well-proven Bika, while Love has struggled at nearly every turn since he stepped up even to the upper level of non-top-50 journeymen.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Aug 26- Sep 1

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2013 by danboxing
#4 Arthur Abraham showed the surest sign yet of his decline Saturday in Schwerin, barely squeaking by against Namibian journeyman Wilbeforce Shihepo.  I had the fight for Abraham 115-113 (or 114-113, if you count the very clear knockdown that was ridiculously called a slip by the Luis Pabon clone of a referee).  With a good ref, I think fair scores could have ranged between 116-111 either way.  Of course Mickey Vann couldn’t be bothered to score it in that range, as he had it 117-111.  He also had a ridiculous score in Thompson-Pulev on the undercard.  He’s quickly laying claim to being one of the worst judges in the world.

 

Dimitri Sartison, who would be ranked here if he had made 168 recently, once again fought a couple pounds over the limit, knocking out journeyman Baker Barakat in 2 from Gladbach, Germany the same night.

 

Aging and overrated one-loss Montenegrin prospect Nikola Sjekloca threw in his own 2nd-round knockout the same night, taking care of low-level Serbian journeyman Misa Nikolic in Budva.

 

Finally, in Donetsk, Ukraine fringe contending should-be undefeated prospect Stas Kashtanov needed 10 rounds to dispose of lower-mid-level Costa Rican journeyman Jaime Barboza, dropping him twice in the process.

 

While subjectively I think Abraham has shown himself to be closer to #15 than #4 by the quality of at least his last two performances, he still has objectively a better resume than #5 Brandon Gonzales, and I deal with subjectivity only on the margins.  No changes this week.

 

This is an edit, as I originally thought this was merely a middleweight fight (I discuss the fight in more detail in that update), but Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata knocked out #14 Junior Middleweight Akio Shibata in his pro debut.  He’s not eligible to be ranked at 160 since the fight was contested at 161.  It’s kinda sad that a large and growing percentage of the contenders in this very shallow division are really just middleweights that didn’t make weight, but Murata joins those ranks.  He checks in between fellow middleweights Andy Lee and Caleb Truax at #16.  This forces Truax and everyone ranked below him down a spot, and bounces #20 Dom Mouton from the rankings after 14 weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (89-223-223)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has fights on the table with Stevenson and Froch.  He is trying to separate himself from promoter Dan Goossen, though, which might complicate matters.  Goossen has also said Ward wouldn’t take the Froch fight immediately, since he has been laid up with injury for the better part of a year.
1) Carl Froch (66-376-376)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (23-209-209)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arthur Abraham badly wants a trilogy.
3) Mikkel Kessler (37-455-455)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (15-201-201)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham is hoping his weak effort against non-entity Shihepo will earn him a mandatory spot for a trilogy with Stieglitz.
5) Brandon Gonzales (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales at least earned a draw with Oosthuizen despite fading late.  I had it a win, and I give him credit for that.
6) Adonis Stevenson (15-90-90)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #7 LHW Tavoris Cloud (at LHW)
Stevenson looks like he’ll be fighting Cloud in Montreal in late September.  After that, he’ll probably get Tony Bellew before the end of the year when he wins.  He’ll probably be removed here in October, since he hasn’t fought at 168 in nearly a year.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (9-117-165)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen laid a complete, fully-formed goose egg in the first half of his fight with deserved underdog Brandon Gonzales, and was extremely lucky to escape with a draw.
8) George Groves (9-37-59)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
9) Sakio Bika (9-28-334)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika seems to consider an Andre Ward rematch his top priority.  The two fought a very close fight the first time around.  He’s also been called out by Chavez, Rodriguez, Badou Jack, and Anthony Dirrell recently.  A guy gets a meaningless alphabet belt, and all of a sudden he goes from one of the most avoided fighters in the sport to a guy everyone wants to fight.
10) James DeGale (9-12-98)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (9-12)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
12) Maxim Vlasov (8-42)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edwin Rodriguez (8-32)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez named Bika as someone he’d like to fight next.  Both are talented fighters who care little about technique as they wing wild punches.  Could be fun if it happens.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (8-35)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L* (UD10) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna, despite arguably deserving a win against Rodriguez, did himself few favors in dropping the decision, especially considering how ugly the fight was.  I don’t imagine he’ll be getting too many international suitors anytime soon since he seems difficult to look good against.
15) Andy Lee (8-15)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR) (at MW)
Lee will be in a rare title fight for him, and will thus most likely make the 160 pound limit for his Haye-Fury undercard fight with Domenico Spada- a rarity for him.
16) Ryoto Murata (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata joins Lee and Truax as Middleweights who can claim a ranking in this very shallow division by beating an opponent a few pounds or less over 160.  But he comes with a twist…he’s done so in his very first fight.
17) Caleb Truax (1-10)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- KO6 #15 Don George
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW?)
Truax will see action in Minneapolis on September 21 against fellow Minnesota prospect Ceresso Fort.
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-26)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi cancelled his long-scheduled fight with Giovanni De Carolis in favor of an opportunity with Pawel Glazewki at light heavyweight, it would appear.
19) Glen Johnson (1-17)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Johnson’s scheduled fight with Isiah Thomas, which would have been on Friday Night Fights, was canceled.  I don’t know why.
20) Badou Jack (1-6)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD10 Farah Ennis (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/12/13- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
No soft touches for Jack.  He will get prospect Marco Antonio Periban- who gave Sakio Bika all he could handle- on the newly rebranded Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV) a couple days before Mayweather-Canelo.

 

The Week Ahead: Two notables will be in action on Friday. 

 

In Homebush, Australia, 2-loss Kiwi prospect Junior Talipeau gets what should be an easy assignment against low-level Argentine journeyman Walter Crucce.

 

Gatekeeper Francis Cheka gets a rare test in his native Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania against Minneapolis gatekeeper Phil Williams, who owns draws with Derrick Findley and Caleb Truax.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Aug 19-25

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (88-222-222)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has fights on the table with Stevenson and Froch.  He is trying to separate himself from promoter Dan Goossen, though, which might complicate matters.  Goossen has also said Ward wouldn’t take the Froch fight immediately, since he has been laid up with injury for the better part of a year.
1) Carl Froch (65-375-375)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (22-208-208)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arthur Abraham badly wants a trilogy.
3) Mikkel Kessler (36-454-454)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (14-200-200)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Abraham is slated to fight Namibian journeyman Wilbeforce Shihepo on 8/24, and has now struck a deal to keep fighting until at least 2015, and continues to push for a trilogy with Stieglitz.
5) Brandon Gonzales (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales at least earned a draw with Oosthuizen despite fading late.  I had it a win, and I give him credit for that.
6) Adonis Stevenson (14-89-89)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #7 LHW Tavoris Cloud (at LHW)
Stevenson looks like he’ll be fighting Cloud in Montreal in late September.  After that, he’ll probably get Tony Bellew before the end of the year when he wins.  He’ll probably be removed here in October, since he hasn’t fought at 168 in nearly a year.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (8-116-164)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen laid a complete, fully-formed goose egg in the first half of his fight with deserved underdog Brandon Gonzales, and was extremely lucky to escape with a draw.
8) George Groves (8-36-58)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
9) Sakio Bika (8-27-333)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika seems to consider an Andre Ward rematch his top priority.  The two fought a very close fight the first time around.  He’s also been called out by Chavez, Rodriguez, Badou Jack, and Anthony Dirrell recently.  A guy gets a meaningless alphabet belt, and all of a sudden he goes from one of the most avoided fighters in the sport to a guy everyone wants to fight.
10) James DeGale (8-11-97)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (8-11)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse was so blatantly robbed against Ndiaye that I have to remember to point it out.  It’s so clearly a win that I almost forget the judges’ world-class crookedness. The EBU has ordered a rematch, as if one were needed.
12) Maxim Vlasov (7-41)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edwin Rodriguez (7-31)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez named Bika as someone he’d like to fight next.  Both are talented fighters who care little about technique as they wing wild punches.  Could be fun if it happens.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (7-34)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L* (UD10) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna, despite arguably deserving a win against Rodriguez, did himself few favors in dropping the decision, especially considering how ugly the fight was.  I don’t imagine he’ll be getting too many international suitors anytime soon since he seems difficult to look good against.
15) Andy Lee (7-14)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR) (at MW)
Lee will be in a rare title fight for him, and will thus most likely make the 160 pound limit for his Haye-Fury undercard fight with Domenico Spada- a rarity for him.
16) Caleb Truax (7-9)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- KO6 #15 Don George
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW?)
Truax will see action in Minneapolis on September 21 against fellow Minnesota prospect Ceresso Fort.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (7-25)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi cancelled his long-scheduled fight with Giovanni De Carolis in favor of an opportunity with Pawel Glazewki at light heavyweight, it would appear.
18) Glen Johnson (7-16)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Johnson’s scheduled fight with Isiah Thomas, which would have been on Friday Night Fights, was canceled.  I don’t know why.
19) Badou Jack (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD10 Farah Ennis (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/12/13- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
No soft touches for Jack.  He will get prospect Marco Antonio Periban- who gave Sakio Bika all he could handle- on the newly rebranded Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV) a couple days before Mayweather-Canelo.
20) Don Mouton (5-14)
Last Fight: 5/3/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mouton deserved to beat Dirrell, whom he also spotted nearly a full weight class.  Mouton was also a short-notice opponent.

 

The Week Ahead: Four notables will see action in separate fights in Europe on Saturday, none against particularly impressive opponents.

 

In Donetsk, Ukraine, fringe contending prospect Stanislav Kashtanov stays busy against mediocre Costa Rican journeyman Jaime Barboza.

 

Aging one-loss Montenegran prospect Nikola Sjekloca will be in against very low-level sub-.500 Serbian journeyman Misa Nikolic in Budva, Montenegro.

 

In Gladbach, Germany, fringe contender Dimitri Sartison takes on mid-level journeyman Baker Barakat.

 

And finally, on the Thompson-Pulev undercard in Schwerin, Germany, #4 Arthur Abraham stays busy against Namibian gatekeeper Wilbeforce Shihepo.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Feb 18-24

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2013 by danboxing
#11 Sakio Bika easily handled game but out-gunned Serbian prospect Nikola Sjekloca on HBO this Saturday.  Bika won every round, though a couple of the judges managed to find a round or two to give Sjekloca.  Bika looked pretty sharp, and in comparison to previous fights seems to have substituted a little bit of discipline in place of a portion of his normal aggression.  Sjekloca actually fared a tad better than I expected despite the lopsided outcome.  That shows what I thought of him, having seen him get a pretty clear gift against Khoren Gevor and having heard that he got one against Hadillah Mohoumadi, as well.  If nothing else, he didn’t back down against the best opponent of his career.

 

The same night in Montevideo, Uraguay, local 2-loss prospect Noe Gonzalez needed less than a minute to dispose of weak Brazilian journeyman Idiozan Matos.

 

Bika’s win is good enough to allow him to swap places with Andy Lee, thus re-entering the top 10 for the first time since mid-December.  Lee has always been a glorified middleweight, with all of his significant victims weighing between 160.5 and 163, making an otherwise difficult call rather easy.  Lee had been back in the top 10 for just 4 weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (62-196-196)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward’s done with surgery, and is likely out until at least the Summer.
1) Carl Froch (39-349-349)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
The deal is done.  Froch will get a rematch with Kessler on May 25 in London.
2) Arthur Abraham (10-174-174)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO8 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Abraham will rematch Stieglitz on March 23 in Stieglitz’s hometown of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (10-428-428)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
4) Lucian Bute (26-358-358)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bute appeared to be in line for Bika, and that may still be so, but apparently he has already agreed to fight Jean Pascal.  Both men have good opportunities in front of them already, so we’ll see if this fight will get in the way.
5) Robert Stieglitz (26-182-182)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- #2 Arthur Abraham
See Abraham’s notes, above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (26-90-138)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/2/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Oosthuizen has a fight scheduled in Connecticut on March 2, but no opponent yet.
7) Adonis Stevenson (19-63-63)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Darnell Boone (UNR)
With his hopes of fighting Carl Froch dashed for the moment, Stevenson will tend to some unfinished business when he tries to avenge his 2010 stoppage loss to Darnell Boone on March 22 in Montreal.
8) George Groves (5-10-32)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD12 Glen Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. #14 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Ndiaye-Groves now has a date.  March 16, as part of what’s shaping up to be a Frank Warren megacard at Wembley Arena in London.
9) Karoly Balzsay (5-30-44)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay suffered a back injury way back in August, but I don’t know if that remains a factor as to why he hasn’t scheduled a fight since then.  More likely, his ties to practically defunct promotional company Universum are the primary reason.
10) Sakio Bika (1-1-307)
Last Fight: 2/16/2013- UD12 Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
Bika did as expected and outclassed Sjekloca, and now has a fight with Bute (possibly) on the horizon, with an upside of a theoretical rematch with Andre Ward.
11) Andy Lee (1-102)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- W(PTS10) vs. Anthony Fitzgerald (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not fought in anything truly resembling a super middleweight fight since March 10, Lee will be subject to removal if he hasn’t scheduled a relevant fight by that date.
12) Anthony Dirrell (5-64)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After his motorcycle crash, Anthony Dirrell was said to be out until at least November.  November has come and gone, and not a peep.  Hopefully he gets back in the ring before his woefully inactive twin brother.  As for his ranking, I will now commit to not remove him until at least June 2, 2013 due to his very serious injury situation.
13) Will Rosinsky (5-36)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosinsky was cut and also outmuscled for much of his fight with Griffin, but managed to cobble together enough rounds to eek out a decision.  He admitted after the fight that he’s too small for light heavyweight, and pledged to return here or, possibly, even drop down to 160.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (5-67)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Ndiaye-Groves is set for March 16 in London.
15) Dimitri Sartison (5-138)
Last Fight: 1/27/2013- UD6 Artem Solomko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison appeared to have a fight scheduled for 3/9, but it’s no longer showing up on boxrec.
16) James DeGale (5-71)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. Pablo Farias (UNR)
DeGale takes on 2-loss Argentine prospect Pablo Farias in Bluewater, England on March 23.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (5-8)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- RTD7 Claudio Abalos
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #20 Edwin Rodriguez
Maderna gets the first real international break of his career on March 30, when he fights fellow up-and-coming prospect Edwin Rodriguez of Massachusetts by way of the Dominican Republic, with the winner to fight the winner of Erdei-Grachev.  I actually can’t find it anywhere, but the fact that Grachev and especially Erdei are light heavyweights typically would seem to indicate that Maderna-Rodriguez might be at that weight, too.
18) Jesus Gonzales (5-85)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
After being thrice-delayed, Gonzales’ fight with Albert Onolunose appears off.  That means that he’ll be removed if he hasn’t scheduled a fight by February 24.
19) Maxim Vlasov (5-15)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After fighting just once in the first 10 months of 2012, Vlasov closed strong with 2 solid wins in the last 2 months.
20) Edwin Rodriguez (5-5)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #17 Ezequiel Maderna
See Maderna’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing to report this week in the ring.  But if Jesus Gonzales doesn’t have a fight scheduled on Monday, he’ll be removed for inactivity.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Feb 11-17

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by danboxing
#10 Andy Lee came in at 160.25 for his fight with 158.75-pound Anthony Fitzgerald in Belfast on Saturday.  I’ll discuss the details of Lee’s points win in my middleweight update, but will discuss the implications of the weigh-in here.  As I’ve mentioned in recent weeks, Lee hadn’t fought over 160 in nearly a year.  I’m left with a dilemma.  Should Lee coming in a quarter-pound over the middleweight limit afford him another year as a ranked super middleweight?  I think not.  If a fighter comes in closer to a lower weight class limit than the one he’s ranked in, it will not count as activity in the higher weight class unless the opponent also weighs more than the lower divisional weight limit.  Lee retains his ranking for now, but will be subject to removal under this precedent if he doesn’t schedule a potentially super middlweight fight before the update following March 10.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (61-195-195)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward’s done with surgery, and is likely out until at least the Summer.
1) Carl Froch (38-348-348)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- KO3 LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
The deal is done.  Froch will get a rematch with Kessler on May 25 in London.
2) Arthur Abraham (9-173-173)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO8 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Abraham will rematch Stieglitz on March 23 in Stieglitz’s hometown of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (9-427-427)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
See Froch’s notes, above.
4) Lucian Bute (25-357-357)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 LHW #16 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 5/25/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bute will reportedly fight the Bika/Sjekloca winner as part of a split-site broadcast with Froch-Kessler on May 25.
5) Robert Stieglitz (25-181-181)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- #2 Arthur Abraham
See Abraham’s notes, above.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (25-89-137)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/2/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Oosthuizen has a fight scheduled in Connecticut on March 2, but no opponent yet.
7) Adonis Stevenson (18-62-62)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Darnell Boone (UNR)
With his hopes of fighting Carl Froch dashed for the moment, Stevenson will tend to some unfinished business when he tries to avenge his 2010 stoppage loss to Darnell Boone on March 22 in Montreal.
8) George Groves (4-9-31)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD12 Glen Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. #14 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Ndiaye-Groves now has a date.  March 16, as part of what’s shaping up to be a Frank Warren megacard at Wembley Arena in London.
9) Karoly Balzsay (4-29-43)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay suffered a back injury way back in August, but I don’t know if that remains a factor as to why he hasn’t scheduled a fight since then.  More likely, his ties to practically defunct promotional company Universum are the primary reason.
10) Andy Lee (4-4-101)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- W(PTS10) vs. Anthony Fitzgerald (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not fought in anything truly resembling a super middleweight fight since March 10, Lee will be subject to removal if he hasn’t scheduled a relevant fight by that date.
11) Sakio Bika (4-306)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)

Next Fight: 2/16/2013- vs. Nikola Sjekloca (UNR)
Bika will get a very winnable fight with mediocre prospect Sjekloca for an interim title or, in effect, a potential shot at Champion Andre Ward.  Or maybe a shot at Bute for an eventual shot at Ward.
12) Anthony Dirrell (4-63)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After his motorcycle crash, Anthony Dirrell was said to be out until at least November.  November has come and gone, and not a peep.  Hopefully he gets back in the ring before his woefully inactive twin brother.  As for his ranking, I will now commit to not remove him until at least June 2, 2013 due to his very serious injury situation.
13) Will Rosinsky (4-35)
Last Fight: 12/19/2012- UD10 Otis Griffin (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosinsky was cut and also outmuscled for much of his fight with Griffin, but managed to cobble together enough rounds to eek out a decision.  He admitted after the fight that he’s too small for light heavyweight, and pledged to return here or, possibly, even drop down to 160.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (4-66)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Ndiaye-Groves is set for March 16 in London.
15) Dimitri Sartison (4-137)
Last Fight: 1/27/2013- UD6 Artem Solomko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sartison is busy again, if nothing else.  After decisioning a weak opponent on 1/27, he’s got another fight scheduled for 3/9 already.
16) James DeGale (4-70)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- UD12 Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
DeGale will be fighting in Bluewater, Kent on March 23.  No opponent yet.
17) Ezequiel Maderna (4-7)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- RTD7 Claudio Abalos
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #20 Edwin Rodriguez
Maderna gets the first real international break of his career on March 30, when he fights fellow up-and-coming prospect Edwin Rodriguez of Massachusetts by way of the Dominican Republic, with the winner to fight the winner of Erdei-Grachev.  I actually can’t find it anywhere, but the fact that Grachev and especially Erdei are light heavyweights typically would seem to indicate that Maderna-Rodriguez might be at that weight, too.
18) Jesus Gonzales (4-84)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
After being thrice-delayed, Gonzales’ fight with Albert Onolunose appears off.  That means that he’ll be removed if he hasn’t scheduled a fight by February 24.
19) Maxim Vlasov (4-14)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After fighting just once in the first 10 months of 2012, Vlasov closed strong with 2 solid wins in the last 2 months.
20) Edwin Rodriguez (4-4)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. #17 Ezequiel Maderna
See Maderna’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead: Three fights to mention, all on Saturday:

 

#11 Sakio Bika gets a shot at overrated fringe contending prospect Nikola Sjekloca (who probably deserved losses to Khoren Gevor and Hadillah Mohoumadi) in Atlantic City, in a fight that should yield a shot at Lucian Bute for a potential shot at a recovering Andre Ward. 

 

In Tijuana, Mexico, Rogelio Medina’s scheduled fight with undefeated Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui could end up being either at 168 or 160 as far as I know.  I’ll only mention it next week in the appropriate division.

 

In Montevideo, Uruguay, local 2-loss prospect Noe Gonzalez gets a fairly easy assignment against Brazilian journeyman Idiozan Matos.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jul 30- Aug 5

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Nikola Sjekloca of Montenegro by way of Serbia met one-loss Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi of France on Tuesday in Sjekloca’s home city of Budva, Montenegro.  From all I’ve been able to learn of the fight, it was very close and could have gone either way.  The official score somewhat reflected that, but not really.  A close result in one fighter’s hometown always makes me want to examine the video for poor scoring, but unfortunately this fight doesn’t appear to be available anywhere online.  Therefore, I’ll have to recognize this as a close win for Sjekloca, even though I’ve witnessed him getting a rather unfair decision over Khoren Gevor in the past under similar circumstances.

 

In Saturday action in San Jose, California, #20 George Groves dispatched fringe contender Francisco Sierra with a  6th round knockdown and TKO when Sierra’s corner threw in the towel.  Groves fought in an uncharacteristic slugging style that on paper should have played into Sierra’s hands, and suffered a bit of adversity himself in the 3rd, when he was cut over the right eye by an apparent clash of heads.

 

Sjekloca has still done nothing more than edge out mid-range guys.  As a result, I still have him just outside the top 25.  I was tempted to promote Groves with his significant win, but the last few spots in the rankings at this weight are very very competitive.  Groves technically has a win over current #19 James DeGale, but I treat that essentially as a draw since I thought DeGale deserved the nod in a close fight.  So if we treat that as pretty close to a wash and move on to other major fights on their respective resumes.  Both men have stoppage wins over Paul Smith.  Groves’ was quicker and almost a year more recent, but Smith was slightly more respected before DeGale handed him his second career loss than he was when he met Groves with that loss on his record.  Call that a wash, as well.  So it comes down to Groves’ performance against Sierra this week against DeGale’s win over Polish fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski.  Groves won by knockout in his fight and did so almost a year more recently, while DeGale squeaked out a decision in a close fight, but ultimately I’m swayed by the quality of the opposition, with Wilczewski being roughly a full class better than Sierra.  Therefore DeGale retains his position by the narrowest of margins.

 

But not to worry.  Groves still gets some breathing room thanks to last week’s #9 Peter Quillin, who has not ventured north of 160 in more than a year now, and is therefore removed.  This allows everyone rated #10 or below last week to move up one place each, with the exception of Andy Lee and Karoly Balzsay.  Despite the completely unjust win over Stas Kashtanov that preceded his upset win over Dimitri Sartison, I’ve decided that Balzsay is still more deserving of the #10 spot than is Andy Lee, who not only lost recently at middleweight, but whose signature wins at this weight have never found him fighting a guy weighing over 163.  That being the case, Balzsay leaps forward 2 places, while Lee stands pat at #11.  Quillin’s departure also makes room for Edwin Rodriguez to debut at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (33-167-167)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (10-320-320)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute is exercising his rematch clause, but not until probably March.  In the interim, Froch will fight in November.  He’s expressed interest in Kessler and Pavlik, although Oosthuizen now looks like the most likley option.
2) Mikkel Kessler (10-399-399)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Pavlik and Froch are jonesing for a fight with the Viking Warrior.
3) Lucian Bute (10-329-329)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. LHW #15 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, but will be fighting an interim fight in November against otherwise mediocre but hard-hitting light heavyweight Denis Grachev.
4) Robert Stieglitz (33-153-153)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (33-61-109)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/2/2012- vs. Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting in New York against Rowland Bryant, the athletic fighter that put a beating on Librado Andrade in a big upset earlier this year.
6) Arthur Abraham (33-145-145)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Kelly Pavlik (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik will likely return in October, possibly against Kessler.
8) Adonis Stevenson (4-34-34)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Don George (UNR)
After no fewer than 7 contenders turned him down, Stevenson has finally found an August dance partner in fringe prospect/gatekeeper Don George.
9) Sakio Bika (1-33-278)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika has been talking about a willingness to fight Froch, or even to move up and fight Danny Green as high as cruiserweight.
10) Karoly Balzsay (1-1-15)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Balzsay’s mandatory defense against Brian Magee has been tentatively rescheduled for September 22.
11) Andy Lee (4-73)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (1-35)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
13) Will Rosinsky (1-7)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-38)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
15) Dimitri Sartison (1-109)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
16) Bryan Vera (1-78)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Vera will give Sergio Mora a rematch of their competitive bout from early 2011.  Both of these guys are all over the map with their performances, so this could go either way.  The fight will be at 160.
17) Jesus Gonzales (1-56)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
18) James DeGale (1-42)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.
19) George Groves (1-3)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Fought Sierra’s type of fight but still came out easily on top. 
20) Edwin Rodriguez (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- UD10 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/29/2012- vs. Jason Escalera (UNR)
Rodriguez will headline a fairly ShoBoxy edition of HBO’s Boxing After Dark on September 29.

 

The Week Ahead: One significant fight on tap despite the Olympics being in full swing:
#5 Thomas Oosthuizen battles Librado Andrade’s conquerer, Rowland Bryant, on Tuesday in New York.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jul 23-29

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2012 by danboxing
Cape Verdean prospect Vladine Biosse (now based in the US) had little problem with journeyman Michael Walchuk on Thursday in Lincoln, Rhode Island, with Biosse stopping Walchuk following the close of the 5th round.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (32-166-166)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (9-319-319)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute is exercising his rematch clause, but not until probably March.  In the interim, Froch will fight in November.  He’s expressed interest in Kessler and Pavlik, although Oosthuizen now looks like the most likley option.
2) Mikkel Kessler (9-398-398)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Pavlik and Froch are jonesing for a fight with the Viking Warrior.
3) Lucian Bute (9-328-328)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, and is a possible opponent for Kelly Pavlik in the fall.
4) Robert Stieglitz (32-152-152)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (32-60-108)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/2/2012- vs. Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting in New York against Rowland Bryant, the athletic fighter that put a beating on Librado Andrade in a big upset earlier this year.
6) Arthur Abraham (32-144-144)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Kelly Pavlik (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik will likely return in October, possibly against Bute or Kessler.
8) Adonis Stevenson (3-33-33)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Don George (UNR)
After no fewer than 7 contenders turned him down, Stevenson has finally found an August dance partner in fringe prospect/gatekeeper Don George.
9) Peter Quillin (3-65-65)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s been a year as of Monday since Quillin last fought as a Super Middleweight (and only barely did so then), so he will be removed next week unless he schedules a super middleweight fight by then.
10) Sakio Bika (3-32-277)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika became the 6th known fighter to turn down a shot at Adonis Stevenson.
11) Andy Lee (3-72)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Karoly Balzsay (3-14)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: 9/22/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Balzsay’s mandatory defense against Brian Magee has been tentatively rescheduled for September 22.
13) Anthony Dirrell (6-34)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
14) Will Rosinsky (3-6)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (3-37)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
16) Dimitri Sartison (2-108)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
17) Bryan Vera (2-77)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Vera will give Sergio Mora a rematch of their competitive bout from early 2011.  Both of these guys are all over the map with their performances, so this could go either way.  The fight will be at 160.
18) Jesus Gonzales (2-55)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (2-41)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.
20) George Groves (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Groves is fighting in San Jose to keep busy for his oft-delayed rematch with Kenny Anderson, but against a fighter that is better than the usual stay-busy opponent in gatekeeper Francisco Sierra.

 

The Week Ahead: Aging but undefeated Serbian prospect Nikola Sjekloca takes on one-loss French prospect Hadillah Mohoumadi in Sjekloca’s adopted hometown of Budva, Montenegro.  #20 George Groves looks to tighten his hold on a spot in the rankings when he fights gatekeeper Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California on Saturday.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Mar 26- Apr 1

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

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (15-149-149)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a disappointing batch of initial rhetoric coming out of the Ward camp.  While Bute says he is willing to travel to Oakland to fight Ward, Ward himself seems more interested in Kessler.  Normally I wouldn’t knock a Champ-#3 contender matchup, but we’ve already got that one figured out.  He’s also said he’s willing to fight J.C. Chavez in Mexico.
1) Lucian Bute (15-311-311)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Despite Showtime rejecting the fight, Bute will face Froch in Nottingham on May 26.  Epix will likely televise in the US.
2) Carl Froch (15-302-302)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #1 Lucian Bute
See Bute’s notes, above.
3) Mikkel Kessler (15-381-381)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Allan Green (UNR) (at LHW)
I’m still not clear on why Kessler and Stieglitz is off, but Kessler is now set to fight Allan Green at 175 for some reason.  The fight will be in Copenhagen.
4) Robert Stieglitz (15-135-135)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes, above.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (15-43-91)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO6 Serge Yannick (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen might be fighting Maxim Vlasov on the April 27 ShoBox broadcast.
6) Arthur Abraham (15-127-127)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- KO5 Pablo Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Staying admirably busy, Abraham will fight Polish fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in Kiel at the end of March.
7) Adonis Stevenson (6-16-16)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 #18 Jesus Gonzales
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Stevenson continues his string of fringe contenders as opponents when he battles Uraguayan prospect Noe Gonzalez on Friday Night Fights in mid-May.
8) Dimitri Sartison (6-87-91)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- W(MD8) vs. Arturs Kulikauskis (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Sartison is taking a step back up to the fringe contender level in April.  If his knee isn’t close to 100% (which it didn’t appear to be against journeyman Kulikauskis), Balzsay is the right level of opponent to capitalize.
9) Peter Quillin (6-48-48)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW?)
After it originally appeared a no-go, Quillin’s proposed fight with inactive former champ Winky Wright is now on for the Tarver-Kayode undercard on Showtime.
10) Sakio Bika (15-15-260)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD3 Alfredo Contreras (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Avoided removal by the skin of his teeth, but he’s going to start plummeting any month now if he doesn’t beat someone decent.
11) Andy Lee (15-55)
Last Fight: 3/10/2012- TKO2 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has apparently made the finals for a potential shot at Julio Cesar Chavez at 160.  It’s down to him and Vanes Martirosyan, it would appear.
12) Anthony Dirrell (15-17)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Finally stepped up to the fringe contender level against St. Juste.  Verdict: not too shabby.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (15-20)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated and stopped a bona fide fringe contender in Di Luisa, and earned a nice ranking in the process.
14) Glen Johnson (15-73)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
15) Bryan Vera (15-60)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Taronze Washington (UNR)
Vera will fight no-name journeyman Taronze Washignton on April 21.
16) Librado Andrade (15-31)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Andrade has scheduled what he’s described as a stay-busy fight for April 21, with the opponent yet to be announced.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-47)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Well, it’s clear that he can’t play with at least one of the big boys.  Every division needs fringe contenders, though, and that looks like Pryor’s lane for the time being.
18) Jesus Gonzales (15-38)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (15-24)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
DeGale will defend his European crown against Spanish journeyman and former contender Cristian Sanavia on April 21 in Denmark, of all places.
20) George Groves (15-15)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves withdrew at very nearly the last minute from his scheduled rematch with Kenny Anderson.  It may not be a coincidence that the WBO had ordered a fight with Stieglitz 5 days before…

 

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

 

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

Super Middleweight: 2012, Mar 19-25

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by danboxing
Edwin Rodriguez finally won non-controversially against a quality opponent.  The Dominican prospect- long-since relocated to Massachusetts- had struggled to debatable wins against Will Rosinsky and Aaron Pryor, against both of whom he was gifted comfortable scorecards.  There was no doubt of his supremacy this time, however, winning 98-92 on my card. 

 

In Russia, one-loss prospect Maxim Vlasov dominated low-level journeyman Bernard Donfack and knocked him down twice for good measure.

 

Rodriguez falls just short of supplanting George Groves for a ranking, as Groves does have a win (agree or not) against a #20 contender, while Don George was nowhere near that proven.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (14-148-148)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
A little bit of a disappointing batch of initial rhetoric coming out of the Ward camp.  While Bute says he is willing to travel to Oakland to fight Ward, Ward himself seems more interested in Kessler.  Normally I wouldn’t knock a Champ-#3 contender matchup, but we’ve already got that one figured out.  He’s also said he’s willing to fight J.C. Chavez in Mexico.
1) Lucian Bute (14-310-310)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Despite Showtime rejecting the fight, Bute will face Froch in Nottingham on May 26.  Epix will likely televise in the US.
2) Carl Froch (14-301-301)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #1 Lucian Bute
See Bute’s notes, above.
3) Mikkel Kessler (14-380-380)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a rescheduling, Kessler-Stieglitz is now off for some unknown reason, and Kessler is apparently considering a fight with Cloud at 175.
4) Robert Stieglitz (14-134-134)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- UD12 Henry Weber (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/14/2012- vs. #3 Mikkel Kessler
See Kessler’s notes, above.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (14-42-90)
Last Fight: 3/3/2012- TKO6 Serge Yannick (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen might be fighting Maxim Vlasov on the April 27 ShoBox broadcast.
6) Arthur Abraham (14-126-126)
Last Fight: 1/14/2012- KO5 Pablo Farias (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Staying admirably busy, Abraham will fight Polish fringe contender Piotr Wilczewski in Kiel at the end of March.
7) Adonis Stevenson (5-15-15)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- KO1 #18 Jesus Gonzales
Next Fight: 4/20/2012- vs. Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Stevenson continues his string of fringe contenders as opponents when he battles Uraguayan prospect Noe Gonzalez on Friday Night Fights in mid-May.
8) Dimitri Sartison (5-86-90)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- W(MD8) vs. Arturs Kulikauskis (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Sartison is taking a step back up to the fringe contender level in April.  If his knee isn’t close to 100% (which it didn’t appear to be against journeyman Kulikauskis), Balzsay is the right level of opponent to capitalize.
9) Peter Quillin (5-47-47)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW?)
After it originally appeared a no-go, Quillin’s proposed fight with inactive former champ Winky Wright is now on for the Tarver-Kayode undercard on Showtime.
10) Sakio Bika (14-14-259)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD3 Alfredo Contreras (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Avoided removal by the skin of his teeth, but he’s going to start plummeting any month now if he doesn’t beat someone decent.
11) Andy Lee (14-54)
Last Fight: 3/10/2012- TKO2 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (14-16)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Finally stepped up to the fringe contender level against St. Juste.  Verdict: not too shabby.
13) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (14-19)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dominated and stopped a bona fide fringe contender in Di Luisa, and earned a nice ranking in the process.
14) Glen Johnson (14-72)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The Bute fight was the only one of Johnson’s recent career that wasn’t really close.  Bute is certainly a top fighter, but it could be that the Road Warrior is starting to wind down a bit.
15) Bryan Vera (14-59)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(UD10) vs. #15 Andy Lee
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Taronze Washington (UNR)
Vera will fight no-name journeyman Taronze Washignton on April 21.
16) Librado Andrade (14-30)
Last Fight: 8/27/2011- TKO3 Matt O’Brien (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Andrade has scheduled what he’s described as a stay-busy fight for April 21, with the opponent yet to be announced.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (14-46)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Well, it’s clear that he can’t play with at least one of the big boys.  Every division needs fringe contenders, though, and that looks like Pryor’s lane for the time being.
18) Jesus Gonzales (14-37)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (14-23)
Last Fight: 10/15/2011- W(MD12) vs. Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/21/2012- vs. Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
DeGale will defend his European crown against Spanish journeyman and former contender Cristian Sanavia on April 21 in Denmark, of all places.
20) George Groves (14-14)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves withdrew at very nearly the last minute from his scheduled rematch with Kenny Anderson.  It may not be a coincidence that the WBO had ordered a fight with Stieglitz 5 days before…

 

The Week Ahead: In the appropriately-named Niksic, Montenegro we find a battle of “Niks,” as aging and mediocre undefeated prospect Nikola Sjekloca battles the completely hapless Nikola Matic.

 

Former hot prospect Curtis Stevens returns to action for the first time in the more than 2 years since he lost in a huge upset to Jesse Brinkley.  He will fight journeyman Romaro Johnson on the likely non-televised portion of the Judah-Paris undercard in Brooklyn.