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Middleweight: 2014, Jan 6-12

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 9, 2014 by danboxing
Caleb Truax fought to a draw with gatekeeper Ossie Duran on Friday at a 163 pound catchweight.  I discussed this fight in its home division at Super Middle in detail and consequently won’t do so here, but it can hardly help but have effects on Truax’s rather high ranking here, as well.  He drops from #14 to #16, allowing Vera and Proksa to move up one spot apiece.  

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (195-195-195)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
According to fighthype.com, citing anonymous sources close to Cotto, there is now no doubt that Cotto-Martinez will happen on June 7 in New York. 
1) Gennady Golovkin (4-71-134)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- RTD8 #15 Curtis Stevens
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Golovkin returns February 1 in Monte Carlo.  Originally it looked like Murray was the opponent, but he will instead fight former borderline top 10 contender Osumanu Adama, who was removed from a #13 berth in September for failing to make 160 for 18 months.
2) Felix Sturm (4-538-538)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is the #1 contender for Sturm’s alphabet title, and Murray, Macklin, and Geale are both trying to get rematches with him, as well.
3) Martin Murray (4-110-110)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Murray gets a shot at a second-rate alphabet title on February 1, against Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher on the Golovkin-Adama undercard.  He says he would like a Sturm rematch after that.
4) Darren Barker (5-21-117)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (TKO2) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker’s body failed him against Sturm, and it’s led to heavy speculation that we may have seen the last of him.  His team has only fueled this speculation further.
5) Daniel Geale (21-238-238)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
There are rumors of Geale-Golovkin for April 26 in New York.
6) Matthew Macklin (21-133-224)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a legitimate but very unspectacular win over only moderately proven prospect Lamar Russ, Macklin has joined the chorus of quality middleweights looking for a rematch with Sturm.  He’s also pushing for a fight with Andy Lee.
7) Peter Quillin (37-64-85)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is looking to match Quillin with Danny Jacobs in Brooklyn on February 1.  A recent interview indicates he might prefer to fight some of the top contenders, instead.  Unfortunately most of them fight on HBO in this division, while Quillin’s promoter is tied to Showtime.
8) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD10 Anthony Fitzgerald (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
After Andy Lee turned down a proposed fight for March 1, N’Dam will be back on February 15 in Ireland against an opponent yet to be named.
9) Sam Soliman (4-4-4)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman has been re-installed as the #1 contender to Sturm’s alphabet strap, and will likely get another shot soon.
10) Sergio Mora (4-28-28)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora had hoped to fight Golovkin on February 1, but says he was never offered the fight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-154)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s not signed yet, but it looks likely that Rubio will fight Domenico Spada in March.
12) Anthony Mundine (4-154)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- TKO7 #4 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Next Fight: 1/29/2014- vs. Carson Jones (at JMW?)
Mundine will be fighting gatekeeper Carson Jones on January 29 in Brisbane.  Jones is a welterweight who sometimes fights at 154, so I’m just assuming the fight will happen at the latter weight.
13) Max Bursak (4-154)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD8 Gari Abajian (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Bryan Vera (1-64)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (UNR)
Vera-Chavez II now looks likely for March 1 in either Vegas or Texas, after a proposed February date was abandoned over concerns related to Olympic conflicts.
15) Grzegorz Proksa (1-143)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa had another hand operation in August, but thinks he’ll be ready to go for a proposed February fight in Poland with undefeated prospect Maciej Suleckim.
16) Caleb Truax (1-16)
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.
17) Curtis Stevens (4-23)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L (RTD8) vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 1/24/2014- vs. Patrick Majewski (UNR)
Stevens will make a surprisingly quick return from a grueling battle with Golovkin.  His January 24 opponent will be one-loss Polish fringe prospect Patrick Majewski.
18) Andrey Meryasev (4-9)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’ve still yet to see Meryasev in action, but his win over Sanders at this point in his career proves that he’s a real prospect.
19) Danny Jacobs (4-20)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is apparently looking to match Jacobs and Quillin on February 1 in Brooklyn.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (4-20)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov is said to be in discussions to fight Ricardo Mayorga (who’s still fighting, apparently…) in April.  He’s also been made the mandatory for Martin Murray’s interim alphabet belt.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing much to talk about for this week.

Super Middleweight: 2014, Jan 6-12

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on April 9, 2014 by danboxing
#16 Caleb Truax got a very tough night on Friday from quintessential gatekeeper Ossie Duran.  I had it 95-95, as did all three judges, even in Truax’s hometown of Minneapolis.  If anybody won it, it was Duran, since I think both myself and the judges happened to have given Truax all of the close rounds, of which there were three by my count.  In the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you that I feel some degree of kinship with Truax, since his surname would indicate likely descent from an Old New York family from which I also descend.  Nevertheless, I think I was and am being fair.

 

Truax falls one spot, swapping places with Hadillah Mohoumadi.  On one hand, Mohoumadi’s best result at this weight was a borderline robbery loss to an 18th-ranked DeGale that I treat as a draw, while Truax owns a win over a #15 contender in George.  That being said, the division was a lot deeper when Mohoumadi fought DeGale, to the extent that #18 then would have been ranked ahead of #15 from a few months ago.  In addition, Mohoumadi owns a significant stoppage win at 175 that, while it doesn’t count to any great extent here, allows us to draw a contrast with the Truax record that features serious success only at catchweights around 163.

 

Duran’s performance- coupled with what should have been a win in 2011 over current #5 Brandon Gonzales- gets him to a place JUST outside the rankings, though he also usually fights around middleweight.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (108-242-242)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 #13 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward says he would fight Golovkin or Hopkins, but seems to doubt that either of them wants to fight him.  In the meantime, he has maybe another fight to deal with that could do more damage to his career than any he has yet met in the ring- a lawsuit against his promoter.  He hopes to be back in March or April, though.  He has expressed interest in both Froch and Groves recently, as well as a potential superfight with Golovkin.
1) Carl Froch (85-395-395)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- TKO9 #8 George Groves
Next Fight: Unknown
After a grueling fight that showed Froch returning to his pre-Super 6 ways by pulling one out of the fire late, Froch has a very credible and vehement rematch challenge in his lap, courtesy of George Groves.  Rumor has it that he intends to refuse, and has also resisted suggestions that he move up to 175 to fight Stevenson.  His current focus seems to be on trying to make a Ward rematch, which the Champion apparently is not ruling out.
2) Robert Stieglitz (42-228-228)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD12 Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
The Abraham-Stieglitz trilogy bout, originally announced for February 1, is now official for March 1, in Stieglitz’s home base of Magdeburg.
3) Mikkel Kessler (56-474-474)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
After meeting with Kessler, his promoter says he won’t be fighting anytime soon, and Kessler hinted at possible retirement immediately after the Froch fight.  It’s not looking good for Kessler fans, though the Viking Warrior recently said, rather vaguely, that he still wants a big fight.
4) Arthur Abraham (34-220-220)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. #2 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
5) Brandon Gonzales (28-28-28)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD10 Jonathan Nelson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales was placed in the position of fighting Vlasov in an alphabet eliminator, but it’s unclear at present if that fight is still on the table or not.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (15-136-184)
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 (9-9-54)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (MD12) vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
I doubt he’ll get much love from the alphabets for his effort, but I think you could make a better case for him winning than losing against Oosthuizen, though I had it a draw personally.
8) George Groves (9-56-78)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
While I think the result of a TKO loss was an inevitable one, I also don’t fault Groves for the ultimatum he recently issued to Froch: rematch or retire.  Obviously he can’t make Froch do that, but I think he earned the rematch, and I think there’s a lot of money in it for both guys.  He’s having to resort to personal attacks to try and get a reluctant Froch to agree, however.  If Froch doesn’t come through with the rematch, Ward might come calling.
9) James DeGale (8-31-117)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Negotiations are underway for an eliminator between DeGale and Periban for a shot at Bika, and promoter Frank Warren is interested in staging a fight between DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders in 2014.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (8-8-31)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- UD6 George Kandelaki (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse was apparently involved in a December 6 fight that was so under the radar that I missed it until two weeks after it happened.
11) Sakio Bika (8-353)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- Draw (SD12) vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell wants a rematch, and that’s obviously a worthy endeavor given the legitimate draw the first time around.  In the meantime, machinations are underway for an eliminator between Periban and DeGale, with the winner to become his mandatory.  On Bika’s end, he’d like a unification with Froch.
12) Maxim Vlasov (9-61)
Last Fight: 12/5/2013- KO4 Maxell Taylor (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vlasov appears set for an IBF eliminator, and Brandon Gonzales and Ndiaye appear to be the possibilities to oppose him.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (9-51)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Andre Ward
Next Fight: Unknown
According to his trainer Ronnie Shields, they might be looking to fight a top-15 level light heavyweight, and have absolutely no intention to ever try to make 168 again.  He’ll be on the shelf for a little while due to bone chip-removal surgery on his elbow in December.
 14) Andy Lee (15-34)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013-TKO2 Ferenc Hafner (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee has apparently turned down a March 1 fight with Hassan N’Dam.  A Macklin fight might still be in play.
15) Ryota Murata (15-20)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO8 Dave Peterson (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/22/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Murata is slated for a February 22 card in Macau.
16) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-45)
Last Fight: 11/30/2013- TKO5 Bartlomiej Grafka (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Caleb Truax (1-29)
Last Fight: 1/3/2014- Draw (MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax may have been a little lucky to escape with a draw against Duran.  I agree with the decision, but it could only have tilted the other way if it tilted at all.
 18) Badou Jack (5-25)
Last Fight: 12/6/2013- TKO6 Rogelio Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack called out the winner of Bika vs. Dirrell after his win over Medina, but might want to restate, since the fight ended in a draw the following night.
19) Don Mouton (5-15)
Last Fight: 5/13/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Next Fight: 2/1/2013- vs. Gilberto Ramirez (UNR)
Mouton-Ramirez has been rescheduled for February 1.
20) Anthony Dirrell (5-5)
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).

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing major this week.

Middleweight: 2013-2014, Dec 30- Jan 5

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2014 by danboxing
Insert filler about lack of boxing action and Christmas here.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (194-194-194)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. # 8 JMW Miguel Cotto
According to fighthype.com, citing anonymous sources close to Cotto, there is now no doubt that Cotto-Martinez will happen on June 7 in New York. 
1) Gennady Golovkin (3-70-133)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- RTD8 #15 Curtis Stevens
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Osumanu Adama (UNR)
Golovkin returns February 1 in Monte Carlo.  Originally it looked like Murray was the opponent, but he will instead fight former borderline top 10 contender Osumanu Adama, who was removed from a #13 berth in September for failing to make 160 for 18 months.
2) Felix Sturm (3-537-537)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- TKO2 #3 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is the #1 contender for Sturm’s alphabet title, and Macklin and Geale are both trying to get rematches with him, as well.
3) Martin Murray (3-109-109)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- W* (PTS8) vs. Sergey Khomitsky (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Jarrod Fletcher (UNR)
Murray gets a shot at a second-rate alphabet title on February 1, against Australian prospect Jarrod Fletcher on the Golovkin-Adama undercard.  He says he would like a Sturm rematch after that.
4) Darren Barker (4-20-116)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (TKO2) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker’s body failed him against Sturm, and it’s led to heavy speculation that we may have seen the last of him.  His team has only fueled this speculation further.
5) Daniel Geale (20-237-237)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
In the wake of Sturm’s victory over the man that beat him, Geale has renewed calls for what would be a very interesting rematch with the German.  On the other hand, he’s got a loose verbal agreement to fight Golovkin, likely toward the end of 2014.
6) Matthew Macklin (20-132-223)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD10 Lamar Russ (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After a legitimate but very unspectacular win over only moderately proven prospect Lamar Russ, Macklin has joined the chorus of quality middleweights looking for a rematch with Sturm.  He’s also pushing for a fight with Andy Lee.
7) Peter Quillin (36-63-84)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is looking to match Quillin with Danny Jacobs in Brooklyn on February 1.  A recent interview indicates he might prefer to fight some of the top contenders, instead.  Unfortunately most of them fight on HBO in this division, while Quillin’s promoter is tied to Showtime.
8) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD10 Anthony Fitzgerald (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious talk of a March 1 fight between N’Dam and Andy Lee in Dublin.
9) Sam Soliman (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 12/11/2013- TKO9 Les Sherrington (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman has been re-installed as the #1 contender to Sturm’s alphabet strap, and will likely get another shot soon.
10) Sergio Mora (3-27-27)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- KO5 Milton Nunez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora had hoped to fight Golovkin on February 1, but says he was never offered the fight.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-153)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio looks poised to take on Sergio if Maravilla’s intended fight with Cotto falls through, though that possibility has begun to look increasingly unlikely.  The WBC has ordered a fight between Rubio and Domenico Spada, as an easy shot at the interim title, for whatever that’s worth.
12) Anthony Mundine (3-153)
Last Fight: 11/27/2013- TKO7 #4 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Next Fight: 1/29/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
In a quick turnaround, Mundine announced that he will headline a January 29 show in Brisbane.  Most likely this will be nothing more than a quick payday, as I’m sure he won’t want to prepare for two big fights that close together.
13) Max Bursak (3-153)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD8 Gari Abajian (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Caleb Truax (3-15)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/3/2014- vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Truax’s January 3 fight will likely be the first notable fight of the New Year.  His opponent was to be Derek Ennis, but he’s been replaced by the marginally better Ossie Duran.
15) Bryan Vera (3-63)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (UNR)
Vera-Chavez II now looks likely for March 1 in either Vegas or Texas, after a proposed February date was abandoned over concerns related to Olympic conflicts.
16) Grzegorz Proksa (3-142)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa had another hand operation in August, but thinks he’ll be ready to go for a proposed February fight in Poland with undefeated prospect Maciej Suleckim.
17) Curtis Stevens (3-22)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L (RTD8) vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 1/24/2014- vs. Patrick Majewski (UNR)
Stevens will make a surprisingly quick return from a grueling battle with Golovkin.  His January 24 opponent will be one-loss Polish fringe prospect Patrick Majewski.
18) Andrey Meryasev (3-8)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’ve still yet to see Meryasev in action, but his win over Sanders at this point in his career proves that he’s a real prospect.
19) Danny Jacobs (3-19)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is apparently looking to match Jacobs and Quillin on February 1 in Brooklyn.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (3-19)
Last Fight: 12/21/2013- TKO6 Juan Camilo Novoa (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov is said to be in discussions to fight Ricardo Mayorga (who’s still fighting, apparently…) in April.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Caleb Truax vs. Ossie Duran; Minneapolis, Minnesota; ESPN2 (US)
Truax has emerged from a hit-and-miss reputation in recent fights, and appears poised to mount a challenge for the top 10.  Duran is no easy mark, though, having clearly beaten current #5 contender Brandon Gonzales on his way up.

Middleweight: 2013, Jun 17-23

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2013 by danboxing
On the non-televised Garcia-Juanma undercard on Saturday in Dallas, undefeated Russian Matt Korobov took a large step up in competition against seasoned veteran Ossie Duran.  Duran had at least deserved to upset one major prospect in recent years- dominating but getting robbed against Brandon Gonzales.  But Korobov proved up to the task.  After a round and a half of close, tactical action, Korobov opened up with a brilliant, quick, and concise 3-punch combo, with one to the body and two follow-ups to the head that sent Duran to his back.  In the following round, Korobov pressed his advantage and chased Duran back to the canvas with a ton of pressure and a well-placed body shot.  Duran looked likely not to reach his feet when, at 7, novice referee Robert Chapa inexplicably stopped the count.  I’m not saying Duran would have gotten up, though he was slowly moving in that direction.  But there was no change that Duran was in any imminent danger, and it was simply nonsensical to shorten the count in that instance.  Still, that should take nothing away from Korobov’s fine performance.  He should be ready to move forward to the contender level now. 

 

Undefeated Dane Patrick Nielsen also saw action, taking one round longer to dispose of Argentine journeyman Crispulo Andino in Aarhaus, Denmark. 

 

At this point, Korobov still technically lacks the win over a top 50 opponent at middleweight he needs to get ranking consideration.  Oh, Duran is plenty credible.  It’s just that Korobov came in at 161.25.  I’ll give the fight some consideration if and when the Russian gets a win after making the divisional limit, but for now it can’t be considered independently.  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 (166-166-166)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (8-81-81)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray hopes to fight in the US before 2013 is over, and also would like to fight Carl Froch at some point.
2) Daniel Geale (8-209-209)
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.
3) Felix Sturm (8-509-509)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Sturm is set to return on July 6 against undefeated/untested Montenegran prospect Predrag Radosevic in Dortmund.  I’m not sure why this match was made.  There’s no payoff for Sturm in terms of resume.
4) Gennady Golovkin (8-42-105)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (8-104-195)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-107-125)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3.  Chavez had tried to replace Vera with Murray, but rumor has it that will not happen.
7) Peter Quillin (8-35-56)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (8-151-151)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (8-114-114)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Proksa gets a good showcase opportunity on Friday Night Fights against rather big-name gatekeeper Sergio Mora.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (16-16-138)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (14-125)
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 (14-125)
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 (14-117)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Adama is back in action 7/13.  No opponent yet.
14) Akio Shibata (7-7)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (7-88)
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 (7-125)
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 (7-96)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (7-35)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to August 3, and there is some talk from the promoter that September 7 may be more likely.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (9-68)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (5-5)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- RTD3 Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The version of Grady Brewer that Chudinov quickly broke to earn his ranking was clearly not the same guy that knocked out Fernando Guerrero, but still had enough credibility to sneak the young Russian into the rankings.

 

The Week Ahead: No fights at the weight that I know of, but it’s entirely possible that either Jorge Cota’s fight against an unknown opponent or the George-Truax fight could stray into 160 territory.  I’ll mention them if it makes sense next week.  Otherwise, I won’t.

Middleweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2013 by danboxing
Australian Les Sherrington knocked out Paraguayan journeyman Jorge Gomez in the 2nd round in Toowoomba, Australia on Friday.

 

Roman gatekeeper Domenico Spada stopped very poor Hungarian Norbert Szekeres in 5 in Brindisi, Italy.  Szekeres- best known for losing to Grzegorz Proksa but injuring Proksa’s hand- was a short-notice opponent.

 

On the Dawson-Stevenson card in Montreal, 2-loss fringe prospect David Lemieux completed the weekend of middleweight mismatches by knocking out Polish journeyman Robert Swierzbinski in 2:21 of the first round.

 

For what it’s worth, all of the above were technically super middleweight fights.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (165-165-165)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to rightfully doing no better than a draw while beating Murray by way of robbery, Martinez has apparently re-injured his hand and possibly his knee, and is expected to be out of action until 2014.  His mandatory for now is Marco Antonio Rubio, though it’s likely the WBC will pull an Andre Ward and take the full title from him before he returns.  He may take that as an opportunity to go for a much more lucrative Chavez rematch, instead.
1) Martin Murray (7-80-80)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray hopes to fight in the US before 2013 is over, and also would like to fight Carl Froch at some point.
2) Daniel Geale (7-208-208)
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.
3) Felix Sturm (7-508-508)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #12 Sam Soliman (on PEDs)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Sturm is set to return on July 6 against undefeated/untested Montenegran prospect Predrag Radosevic in Dortmund.  I’m not sure why this match was made.  There’s no payoff for Sturm in terms of resume.
4) Gennady Golovkin (7-41-104)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO3 #19 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #5 Matthew Macklin
Golovkin-Macklin appears to be on for June 29 on HBO, and that’s huge.
5) Matthew Macklin (7-103-194)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
See Golovkin’s notes, above.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (7-106-124)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera
Chavez has apparently settled on Bryan Vera for his next outing, which has been delayed to August 3.  Chavez had tried to replace Vera with Murray, but rumor has it that will not happen.
7) Peter Quillin (7-34-55)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin looked pretty darned good and as powerful as ever against Guerrero, scoring 4 knockdowns and getting his man out of there.
8) Dmitry Pirog (7-150-150)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After bleak reports of his back injury situation surfaced over recent weeks, finally we get a bit of hopeful news, as Pirog’s US promoter Art Pelullo says that Pirog is hoping to return in late August if all goes well.
9) Grzegorz Proksa (7-113-113)
Last Fight: 2/9/2013- UD6 Norbert Szekeres (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/28/2013- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Proksa gets a good showcase opportunity on Friday Night Fights against rather big-name gatekeeper Sergio Mora.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (15-15-137)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (13-124)
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 (13-124)
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 (13-116)
Last Fight: 3/16/2012- W(SD10) vs. Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came in heavy and nearly lost to 42 year-old Grady Brewer.  The fact that he missed weight by only a half pound gives him the opportunity to schedule a middleweight fight by September 7 to maintain a ranking, though.
14) Akio Shibata (6-6)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: Unknown
Shibata made good on his move up to 160, becoming the clear Japanese champion and the best middleweight in Asia.
15) Darren Barker (6-87)
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 (6-124)
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 (6-95)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/6/2013- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (at JMW)
Andrade will finally have a significant fight at the 154 pound limit, as he challenges for the ridiculous title of Russia’s Zaurbek Baysangurov in Kiev.
18) Bryan Vera (6-34)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to August 3, and there is some talk from the promoter that September 7 may be more likely.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (8-67)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L (KO3) vs. #3 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishida said before the Golovkin fight that he’d retire if he lost.  But that could have just been posturing.  I won’t remove him as a retired fighter until I find some post-fight confirmation of his intentions.
20) Dmitry Chudinov (4-4)
Last Fight: 5/17/2013- RTD3 Grady Brewer (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The version of Grady Brewer that Chudinov quickly broke to earn his ranking was clearly not the same guy that knocked out Fernando Guerrero, but still had enough credibility to sneak the young Russian into the rankings.

 

The Week Ahead: Two fights worth mentioning on Saturday.  In Dallas, Texas, undefeated and once highly-touted Russian prospect Matt Korobov steps up in competition at long last, taking on tough gatekeepeer Ossie Duran, who has at least deserved to upset prospects in the recent past- notably Brandon Gonzales.

 

A few hours earlier in Aarhaus, Denmark, undefeated Dane Patrick Nielsen takes on low-level Argentine journeyman Crispulo Andino.

Middleweight: 2012, Oct 15-21

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by danboxing
In a bit of an upset, untested one-loss prospect Sanosuke Sasaki knocked out gatekeeper Tadashi Yuba in Tokyo to win the Japanese title (though certainly Fuchigami and Ishida would supersede him).  Sasaki has a bad loss early in his career- which incidentally wasn’t all that long ago- a 4-round decision to a 3-3 fighter.

 

On Friday, former Champion Jermain Taylor fought a short, pudgy journeyman in Raul Munoz that wasn’t even in the vicinity of the ballpark of even a diminished version of Taylor.  Munoz was brutally knocked out in the second round after being dropped twice in the first.  I was ringside, and I must say that Munoz made Jessie Nicklow look like Sergio Martinez.

 

Also on Friday, the aforementioned Makoto Fuchigami beat Filipino journeyman Marlon Alta for 6 rounds, whereupon Alta surrendered on his stool in Tokyo.    And later in the night, twice-tarnished prospect David Lemieux wasted no time in dismissing a challenge from somewhat credible Mexican prospect Alvaro Gaona in Montreal, putting Gaona down for the count toward the end of the opening round.

 

Finally, Ghanaian gatekeeper Ossie Duran shut out American journeyman Joshua Snyder in just a 6-round outing.

 

No changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (131-131-131)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Summary of the latest news: Sergio will have knee surgery on November 12, and hopes to return in April or May.  He is interested in a rematch with Chavez if Chavez takes Olympic-style drug tests, and is also interested in Mayweather and Canelo, but not interested in Golovkin.
1) Daniel Geale (69-174-174)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
The Klitschkos, who promote Golovkin, are trying to make a fight between him and Geale, while Geale appears to be pining for a fight with fellow Australian Sam Soliman, perhaps before Christmas.
2) Felix Sturm (7-474-474)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin says he’d like to fight Sturm.
3) Gennady Golovkin (7-7-70)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
With Sergio uninterested in a fight with him, Golovkin learned recently that HBO is interested in a 4-man elimination tournament of middleweight contenders to include him, Geale, Macklin, and Pirog. 
4) Matthew Macklin (5-69-160)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s name is among those being mentioned for a possible HBO tournament to include himself, Golovkin, Geale, and Pirog.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (5-72-90)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez tested positive for marijuana for his fight with Martinez, and is likely to be suspended.  That won’t affect his rating here at all because he lost anyway, and because it’s not a performance enhancer.  The suspension is likely to last about 6 months, and Sergio recently stated that he wants Olympic testing as a precondition to a rematch.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (37-103-103)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #20 Peter Quillin
He’ll be fighting a very good matchup with Peter Quillin in October.
7) Dmitry Pirog (24-116-116)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (7-79-79)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (7-46-46)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Murray will return on 11/24, and will be fighting for an “interim title”  against untested but undefeated prospect Jorge Navarro.
10) Anthony Mundine (7-37-90)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine recently split with his long-time manager.  Maybe he’s upset that he had to waste time fighting Bronco McKart.
11) Sam Soliman (7-35)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.
12) Marco Antonio Rubio (7-90)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD4 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Osumanu Adama (7-82)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (21-90)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (21-90)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Martin Murray declined the opportunity, the EBU has ordered a fight between Bursak and Julien Marie Sainte for the European title.  I’m not honestly sure what Sainte in particular ever did to deserve that, but oh well.
16) Demetrius Andrade (21-61)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Darren Barker (21-53)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has now been inactive for right at around a year, but he has had multiple apparently legitimate injuries and at least one surgery, so I’ll give him some extra time before removing him.
18) Billi Godoy (21-52)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Godoy fights another domestic showdown with journeyman Sergio Sanders, whom he knocked out last February.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (21-33)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (21-21)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
After originally being rumored for a fight September 8, Quillin will instead attempt a star turn against the highly-ranked Hassan N’Dam in mid-October.

 

The Week Ahead: Two significant middleweight fights on tap for Saturday.
 

In the biggest one, #20 Peter Quillin- a prized Golden Boy prospect- will look to certify himself as a top contender by challenging #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in what might be the best and most well-matched fight on the Garcia-Morales card.  Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, #18 Billi Godoy of Neuquen takes on local journeyman Sergio Sanders.  The two have met before, with Godoy scoring a 5th round knockout of Sanders last February.

Middleweight: 2012, Oct 8-14

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by danboxing
No fights to report from last week, for a second week in a row.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (130-130-130)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Summary of the latest news: Sergio may or may not need surgery on his meniscus.  He is interested in a rematch with Chavez if Chavez takes Olympic-style drug tests, and is also interested in Mayweather and Canelo, but not interested in Golovkin.
1) Daniel Geale (68-173-173)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
The Klitschkos, who promote Golovkin, are trying to make a fight between him and Geale, while Geale appears to be pining for a fight with fellow Australian Sam Soliman, perhaps before Christmas.
2) Felix Sturm (6-473-473)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin says he’d like to fight Sturm.
3) Gennady Golovkin (6-6-69)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sergio’s promoter recently said that there’s not enough money in a Golovkin fight to make it worthwhile, but Golovkin remains interested in Sturm at last check.
4) Matthew Macklin (4-68-159)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin wants a rematch with Sergio after fighting on his undercard, but given the buzz and the money attached to another rematch (as well as a number of other options), I have a feeling he’s not at the front of the line.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-71-89)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez tested positive for marijuana for his fight with Martinez, and is likely to be suspended.  That won’t affect his rating here at all because he lost anyway, and because it’s not a performance enhancer.  The suspension is likely to last about 6 months, and Sergio recently stated that he wants Olympic testing as a precondition to a rematch.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (36-102-102)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #20 Peter Quillin
He’ll be fighting a very good matchup with Peter Quillin in October.
7) Dmitry Pirog (23-115-115)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (6-78-78)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (6-45-45)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Murray will return on 11/24, and will be fighting for an “interim title”  against untested but undefeated prospect Jorge Navarro.
10) Anthony Mundine (6-36-89)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine recently split with his long-time manager.  Maybe he’s upset that he had to waste time fighting Bronco McKart.
11) Sam Soliman (6-34)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.
12) Marco Antonio Rubio (6-89)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD4 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Osumanu Adama (6-81)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (20-89)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (20-89)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Martin Murray declined the opportunity, the EBU has ordered a fight between Bursak and Julien Marie Sainte for the European title.  I’m not honestly sure what Sainte in particular ever did to deserve that, but oh well.
16) Demetrius Andrade (20-60)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Darren Barker (20-52)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has now been inactive for right at around a year, but he has had multiple apparently legitimate injuries and at least one surgery, so I’ll give him some extra time before removing him.
18) Billi Godoy (20-51)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD12 Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy went life and death with solid journeyman Heiland.  He’s going to have to do better than that when he fights legitimate top 50 opposition, or his time in the top 20 will be very short.  Hell of a fight, though.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (20-32)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (20-20)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/20/2012- vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
After originally being rumored for a fight September 8, Quillin will instead attempt a star turn against the highly-ranked Hassan N’Dam in mid-October.

 

The Week Ahead: After a brief dry spell, the division swings back into action.

 

Monday: Gatekeeper Tadashi Yuba battles untested one-loss fringe prospect Sanosuke Sasaki in Tokyo for what’s being billed as the Japanese title.

 

Friday: Japanese gatekeeper Makoto Fuchigami- a recent Gennady Golovkin victim- looks to rebound with a relatively easy fight with mid-level Filipino journeyman Marlon Alta, in Tokyo.

 

In Montreal, two-loss fringe prospect David Lemieux steps back up just a tad when he fights halfway decent fellow prospect Alvaro Gaona of Mexico in Montreal.  Goana is essentially at the level of solid journeyman.  Lemieux fought a softy in his last fight, and was upset in each of his two prior outings against Rubio and Alcine.

 

Finally, in St. Charles, Missouri, former champion Jermain Taylor continues his comeback with a very soft fight against very mediocre Mexican journeyman Raul Munoz.  I’ll be ringside for that one.

 

Saturday: Ghanaian gatekeeper Ossie Duran takes on American journeyman Joshua Snyder in Newark, New Jersey.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Oct 8-14

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2012 by danboxing
Two-loss Cameroonian prospect Serge Yannick decisioned high-level Australian journeyman Nader Hamdan over 10 rounds in Ardeer, Australia on Friday.  The fight was technically for the Australian title.  I’m not sure I’m on board with that.  The best two Super Middleweights listed by Boxrec as being Australian are Bika and Yannick, both of whom were born in Cameroon and represented that country in international competition as amateurs.  Maybe they’re both Australian citizens now, but I have trouble calling a guy an Australian fighter when he literally just moved there to further his boxing career.  Bika has even relocated to the US. 

 

Last week’s #16 Bryan Vera is removed this week because he has fought exclusively under the middleweight limit for the past year.  With nobody really knocking on the door too hard, Dyah Davis is able to slip into the rankings at #20.  It’s kind of an interesting phenomenon.  I had rated Davis at light heavyweight at one point due to his tendency to fight at contract weights over the 168 limit, but I was surprised just now to learn that even while he was outfighting Francisco Sierra and dominating Alfonso Lopez, I never managed to fit him into my rankings here.  But now that his prestige has taken a hit with his comprehensive loss to Bika, he manages to back in to the thinning ranks.  Very interesting.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (43-177-177)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has floated Andre Dirrell and Kelly Pavlik as possible opponents.
1) Carl Froch (20-330-330)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
After the negotiations initially appeared to have failed, Froch eventually secured a fight with Yusaf Mack, afterall.
2) Arthur Abraham (7-155-155)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight, since the Kessler fight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (7-409-409)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (7-339-339)
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.
5) Robert Stieglitz (7-163-163)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (7-71-119)
Last Fight: 8/2/2012- UD12 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Oosthuizen will fight Colombia’s Fulgencio Zuniga in South Africa on November 10.
7) Kelly Pavlik (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik at this point appears to be Ward’s most likely next opponent.
8) Adonis Stevenson (14-44-44)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2012- vs. Don George (UNR)
Stevenson’s ill-fated fight with Don George has been rescheduled for October 12, in Montreal.
9) Sakio Bika (11-43-288)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (11-11-25)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (14-83)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (11-45)
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 (11-17)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (11-48)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Dimitri Sartison (11-119)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (1-66)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 11/9/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Gonzales will return from 9-month layoff in Calgary this November.  No opponent yet, but since it’s taking place in a nightclub, I can only assume it won’t be anyone spectacular.
17) James DeGale (1-52)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/13/2012- vs. Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
DeGale will have his first fight under promotion of Mick Hennessey when he takes on 2-loss French fringe prospect Hadillah Mohoumadi in England on October 13.
18) George Groves (1-13)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Groves will be back in the ring on December 15, with opponent TBA.
19) Edwin Rodriguez (1-11)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez is now fighting with Andre Ward………for a chance to fight Kelly Pavlik next.  Just keeping you on your toes.
20) Dyah Davis (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L(TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown
 

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Montreal, #8 Adonis Stevenson returns from injury to face Chicago fringe contender Don George, whom he was supposed to fight originally back in August.  Both guys are known for their one-punch power, so it should be a fun fight.

 

Saturday, #18 James DeGale takes on French gatekeeper Hadillah Mohoumadi in Bluewater, England.  In Newark, New Jersey.  Boxrec has the fight between Ghanaian gatekeeper Ossie Duran and American journeyman Joshua Snyder- both usually middleweights- listed as a super middleweight fight, as well.  It could be that it’s at a contract weight of about 161 or something.  I’ll discuss it here next week only if it seems relevant in retrospect.

Middleweight: 2011, Dec 19-25

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by danboxing
Japanese gatekeeper Makoto Fuchigami stopped Koji Sato- a fellow Japanese gatekeeper in Tokyo on Monday for the Japanese title for a 9th round TKO victory.  Of course Ishida is the most accomplished Japanese middleweight, but he has been fighting non-Japanese opposition and was at 154 when Fuchigami won the title that he defended last week, and so Fuchigami’s title is more or less legit.

 

Friday in Vegas, #10 Marco Antonio Rubio came in a pound overweight and stopped veteran journeyman Matt Vanda in 5.

 

A couple Ghanaians randomly found themselves in the Ukraine this weekend.  On Saturday, Kiev native and #13 contender Max Bursak  needed just under 2 1/2 rounds to stop low-level journeyman Laatekwei Hammond of Ghana, and Hammond’s countryman- the much more accomplished Ossie Duran- also fought in that country against #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze of the Republic of Georgia.  The crowd was heavily in Khurtsidze’s favor as I expected, and that expectation led me to download a Russian broadcast of the fight when I saw the scores- which indicated a razor-thin majority decision- suspecting that Duran may have done better than he was given credit for.  Quite the contrary, though.  Duran, despite showing a snappy jab and great foot speed, ruined any advantage he may have had talent-wise over the comparatively crude brawling pressure fighter that was Khurtsidze by either flat-out running around the ring to kill the clock or languishing on the inside, where the Georgian was much sharper and more effective.  I scored the fight 116-112 for Khurtsidze, with that score including a 10-9 Duran round that should have been 10-9 Khurtsidze, but which the judges probably scored 10-8 Duran.  Duran threw a wild sweeping uppercut which appeared to glance off the tip of Khurtsidze’s elbow, at which point he appeared to clearly slip.  Referee Daniel Van de Wiele called it a knockdown.  However, even giving Duran the benefit of the doubt, Khurtsidze appeared to carry the round otherwise, which on my card limited the damage to 10-9.  Even if you give Duran a 10-8 and every really close round, he still by all rights came up short.  114-113 Khurtsidze is the closest reasonable card I can imagine, and Olena Pobyvailo went beyond that, scoring the fight a draw. 

 

In the end, Khurtsidze got the win as he should, but it’s a bit troublesome to me that he had to sweat it out as much as he did.  If there’s one thing you can say for the Ukraine, it’s that they don’t generally seem to give hometown decisions.  An actual Ukranian prospect, Stas Kashtanov, was recently completely robbed there in a super middleweight fight with Hungary’s Karoly Balzsay. 

 

For those that haven’t seen Khurtsidze fight and are wondering what he’s like, imagine Rocky Marciano had come out of retirement about 4 or 5 years after hanging them up, with somewhat diminished skills.  If you shrink him down to a middleweight, you’ve got Khurtsidze.  If you squint a bit, they kind of look alike, too.

 

The result of all this are some interesting and tough ratings decisions.  Duran isn’t exactly someone you’d expect to be a game-changer for Khurtsidze’s resume, but to me the Georgian has reached the tipping point where his quantity overwhelms the marginally better quality of some of his peers.    He has now beaten 5 gatekeeper-level guys, and lost only in close fashion to current #5 contender Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.  We’d all like to see Khurtsidze step up a bit, but ultimately in the absence of a bad loss, there has to be a number of gatekeepers that add up to a fringe contender.  I’ve decided that the volume of Khurtsidze’s wins overwhelm the Bryan Vera win on the resume of Max Bursak, so he ends up displacing Bursak at #13.  I couldn’t see fit to supplant Adama at #12, since he beat two guys with top-20 level resumes.  In my estimation, Khurtsidze hasn’t beaten anyone very near that level.  Fuchigami’s win moves him from a mid-30s contender to a mid-20s contender in my book.  It’s worth noting, however, that I do believe he’s surpassed Sebastian Zbik, among others.  That might illustrate how deep this division has gotten.  Without losing any fights that he wasn’t objectively supposed to lose, his resume has slumped from a top 20 document to one that’s not really close.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (88-88-88)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez is now scheduled to fight on March 17 at Madison Square Garden.  The likely opponent is Matthew Macklin.
1) Daniel Geale (26-131-131)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale-Pirog appears to be on hold at best.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (12-36-36)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Matthew Macklin (3-26-117)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin may have parlayed his controversial draw with Sturm into a shot at the title against Martinez, though nothing is official yet.
4) Felix Sturm (3-431-431)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBA has ordered Sturm to fight Golovkin.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (24-60-60)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Martin Murray (3-3-3)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray may be a candidate to fight Andy Lee what looks like it might be the Martinez-Macklin undercard at MSG on St. Patrick’s Day.  He also wants a rematch with Sturm, who has a mandatory obligation with Gennady Golovkin.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (3-29-47)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Chavez gets the toughest test of his career on February 4 when he fights fellow Mexican contender Marco Antonio Rubio in San Antonio.
8) Dmitry Pirog (3-73-73)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Geale fight apparently on hold at best, Pirog has been chasing after Sturm, who reportedly doesn’t want that fight.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (3-332-332)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-37-47)
Last Fight: 12/16/2011- TKO5 Matt Vanda (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/4/2012- vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Mexico’s two best middleweights meet in San Antonio in early February as veteran Rubio takes on young gun Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (3-47)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
12) Osumanu Adama (3-39)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
13) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-47)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
So far Khurtsidze has beaten all comers among gatekeepers and lost to the lone contender he’s fought.  Maybe a fringe contender should be on the menu next.
14) Max Bursak (1-47)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak’s opposition has been getting worse and worse since he burst on the scene with a win over Bryan Vera.
15) Garth Wood (1-47)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
16) Gennady Golovkin (1-27)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Following his destruction of Simon, the WBA has made Golovkin the mandatory to Felix Sturm’s alphabet belt.
17) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-37)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some talk of a rematch with Kirkland at the moment.
18) Demetrius Andrade (3-18)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
19) Darren Barker (3-10)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Billi Godoy (3-9)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Merry Christmas!

Middleweight: 2011, Dec 12-18

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2012 by danboxing
Devastating puncher and very possibly the future of the division Gennady Golovkin (#16) of Kazakhstan easily brushed aside Philadelphia gatekeeper Lajuan Simon with a first round knockout in Dusseldorf, Germany.

 

In Montreal on Saturday, it was another major setback in the once can’t-miss career of David Lemieux, as he was outpointed and roughed up a little bit by Joachim Alcine.  Alcine, originally from Haiti, was once a prominent contender at 154, but took a year off following a first round knockout loss to Alfredo Angulo and suffered a draw in his first fight back, after moving up to 160, to a mere journeyman.  So to say he came into the Lemieux fight as a fringe contender is probably being pretty generous.  Nevertheless, he was the boss in the ring in multiple ways.

 

Lemieux, just like he did against Rubio, came out strong and pounded Alcine in the first two rounds to the point that it looked like an early night.  Alcine, though, came back to nick the next two in my opinion, and won the 5th clearly, with Lemieux looking like his legs and conditioning might not be that strong.  But there was a second wind for the French-Canadian prospect, as he won probably 2 of the next 3 as Alcine’s workrate began to slow.  But down the stretch in the last 4 rounds, it was all Alcine, with Lemieux only able to counterpunch in spurts as he was chased around the ring and repeatedly hurt by the much fresher Hatian.  Although the fight was actually reasonably close in a scoring sense- and legitimately so- the impression was one of domination for Alcine- partly because of his strong finish and partly because of his prevalent showboating.  He threw tons of bolo punches and fake bolo punches (many of which landed), beat his chest, and talked to Lemieux more than a few times.  Lemieux- whether due to an experience gap or because he was tired or hurt- seldom had an answer in these moments.  I did score the fight 116-112- in line with two of the judges, and thought it could have been as close as a draw (the third judge’s score) if you gave Lemieux all the toss-up rounds.  But the overall fight was more-or-less dominated by Alcine.

 

In other news on Saturday, one-loss Dominican prospect Fernando Guerrero stopped low-level Minnesota journeyman Robert Kliewer in D.C.

 

Golovkin sneaks up 1 spot past Nobuhiro Ishida to #15.  Alcine’s draw with Medina really holds him back, so he remains out.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (87-87-87)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- KO11 #20 Darren Barker
Next Fight: 3/17/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Martinez is now scheduled to fight on March 17 at Madison Square Garden.  The likely opponent is Matthew Macklin.
1) Daniel Geale (25-130-130)
Last Fight: 8/31/2011- UD12 Eromosele Albert (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale-Pirog appears to be on hold at best.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (11-35-35)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- RTD3 #4 Sebastian Sylvester
Next Fight: Unknown
After destroying Sylvester, Proksa may be in for a fight with fringe contender Sebastian Zbik next.
3) Matthew Macklin (2-25-116)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin may have parlayed his controversial draw with Sturm into a shot at the title against Martinez, though nothing is official yet.
4) Felix Sturm (2-430-430)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBA has ordered Sturm to fight Golovkin.
5) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (23-59-59)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A fight rumored to be in the works with Gennady Golovkin has reportedly been scuttled by N’Dam’s unwillingness to fight the Kazakh, but N’Dam says he wants to fight someone in January.
6) Martin Murray (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray may be a candidate to fight Andy Lee what looks like it might be the Martinez-Macklin undercard at MSG on St. Patrick’s Day.  He also wants a rematch with Sturm, who has a mandatory obligation with Gennady Golovkin.
7) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2-28-46)
Last Fight: 11/19/2011- TKO5 Peter Manfredo, Jr. (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez will return to the ring on HBO on either January 28 or February 4, but no opponent has yet been announced.  The WBC has ordered him to defend his belt against Martinez.
8) Dmitry Pirog (2-72-72)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Geale fight apparently on hold at best, Pirog has been chasing after Sturm, who reportedly doesn’t want that fight.
9) Sebastian Sylvester (2-331-331)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(RTD3) vs. #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Sylvester may be getting long in the tooth after being destroyed by Proksa.
10) Marco Antonio Rubio (2-36-46)
Last Fight: 9/3/2011- TKO5 Mohammed Akrong (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/16/2011- vs. Matt Vanda (UNR)
Rubio has substituted unknown journeyman Mohammed Said with a higher quality one in steady veteran Matt Vanda.
11) Anthony Mundine (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine believes he’s been blacklisted in the US for comments he made in 2001 blaming the US for 9/11 and supporting Al Quaeda.  Well boo-hoo, asshole.  Austin Trout is also trying to make a fight with Mundine.
12) Osumanu Adama (2-38)
Last Fight: 10/6/2011- TKO9 Roman Karmazin (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has now quietly put together a really respectable resume after battering Karmazin.
13) Max Bursak (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/22/2011- TKO3 Abdulaziz Matazimov (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/17/2012- vs. Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Bursak’s opposition has been getting worse and worse since he burst on the scene with a win over Bryan Vera.  He will now fight very weak Ghanaian journeyman Laatekwei Hammond in Kiev soon.
14) Garth Wood (2-46)
Last Fight: 4/13/2011- L (UD10) vs. #20 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
Wood appeared set to fight journyeman Johannes Mwetupunga on the Geale-Albert undercard, but pulled out of that fight.
15) Gennady Golovkin (1-26)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Following his destruction of Simon, the WBA has made Golovkin the mandatory to Felix Sturm’s alphabet belt.
16) Nobuhiro Ishida (1-36)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO1 Edson Espinoza (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is some talk of a rematch with Kirkland at the moment.
17) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-46)
Last Fight: 10/3/2012- TKO2 Jason LeHoullier (at SMW)
Next Fight: 12/18/2011- vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Khurtsidze will fight dangerous gatekeeper Ossie Duran in the Ukraine a week before Christmas.
18) Demetrius Andrade (2-17)
Last Fight: 9/21/2011- RTD3 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade is likely fighting in January.
19) Darren Barker (2-9)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker has been receiving interest from Chavez and Geale after his over-performance against Martinez.
20) Billi Godoy (2-8)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: This busy week is kicked off on Monday by a good matchup between Japanese gatekeepers Makoto Fuchigami and Koji Sato- the two top Japanese fighters aside from Ishida.

 

Friday in Vegas, #10 Marco Antonio Rubio fights veteran journeyman Matt Vanda.

 

Saturday in Kiev, #13 Max Bursak fights Ghanaian journeyman Laatekwei Hammond.

 

And finally, #17 Avtandil Khurtsidze battles a significantly better Ghanaian in gatekeeper Ossie Duran in a more obscure Ukrainian city that I won’t try to spell.