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Welterweight: 2014, Mar 3-9

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday featured a major upset in Naucalpan, Mexico.  #20 Pablo Cesar Cano looked just fine early, walking down Colombian journeyman Fernando Angulo and exerting his greater physical size to control distance and keep his opponent with his back to the ropes.  Cano very clearly swept the first three rounds before he let Angulo get in some nice shots to win round 4 just as clearly.  Cano bounced back in round 5, but that turned out to be his last stand.  With his face starting to bust up, Cano began to noticeably fade.  His work- always more blunt than fast- began to slow and look significantly looser.  Angulo began to come forward, and cut through Cano’s defense like butter with quick, concise shots.  By the end of the 8th, the cards were all even (at least according to myself and Daniel Ponce de Leon, who was scoring the fight for Fox Deportes).  Early in the 9th, a particularly sharp Angulo right hand opened a wide and deep cut between Cano’s eyebrows, and the fight was quickly stopped on the advice of the ringside doctor.  It looked for all the world like Angulo was about to take the lead by winning the instant round, and most likely the final round as well, and so the typically disappointing cuts stoppage need not trouble us in this case.  This was a fully legit upset win for Angulo- the biggest of his career.

 

In other action on the non-televised Chavez-Vera undercard in San Antonio, Jose Zepeda (an undefeated fringe contender at 140) made fairly short work of low-level journeyman Johnnie Edwards, stopping Edwards in the latter half of the 2nd.

 

Cano is naturally bounced from his #20 position, but Angulo’s past record of 4 losses at lightweight and junior welter hold him back from entering, himself.  Claiming the vacancy is Leonard Bundu, who was forced out on February 3.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (201-233-233)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Thankfully, it will be the worthy Maidana rather than the likely washed-up Khan that fights Floyd on May 3.
1) Timothy Bradley (21-21-91)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (21-121-121)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears Marquez is close to a deal to fight Alvarado on May 17.
3) Manny Pacquiao (21-274-274)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (13-39-39)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Maidana will get a shot at the true title on May 3.
5) Keith Thurman (12-12-52)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match Thurman with Collazo.  Thurman, for his part, is dreaming of a Mayweather fight.  He may at least get on the Mayweather undercard, with a blockbuster welterweight showdown with Lucas Matthysse being discussed.
6) Shawn Porter (12-13-13)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
For the longest time, it looked like Porter would be fighting his mandatory, Kell Brook, but a Thurman or Marquez fight has also been discussed, while Malignaggi has also indicated interest, and that fight currently appears to be in the works for April 19.
7) Robert Guerrero (13-67-84)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is seeking to separate from Golden Boy, and wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.  Khan may be in play, though, too.
8) Kell Brook (13-149-149)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Brook will be back on March 15 in what looks like a stay-busy fight.  After that, he’ll almost certainly fight the winner of Porter’s next fight, as he will be the mandatory.  That being said, he’s aggressively seeking a fight with Amir Khan, too.
9) Devon Alexander (13-106-106)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander’s trainer has named Berto and Judah as guys that would make sense for the St. Louisan’s next fight.
10) Randall Bailey (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (15-89)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez appears set to return in mid-to-late March, according to a Boxingscene report.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (12-58)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (12-67)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a summer return.  Alexander wants him.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (13-13) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi says he wants Porter, and that fight is reportedly in the works for April 19.
15) Chris van Heerden (13-90)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Van Heerden finally got a fight in, albeit a stay-busy one.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (13-45)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/4/2014- vs. Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Abregu is set to return on April 4 in his hometown of Salta, Argentina against unbeaten but totally untested Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada.
17) Luis Collazo (5-5)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match him with Keith Thurman.
18) Jan Zaveck (5-221)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (5-51)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov is looking to defend his title at 140 on June 14, possibly against Antonio Demarco.  If he sets that fight (or any other at 140), he’ll be removed here, as he hasn’t fought at 147 since his March 16 fight with Tim Bradley.  In any case, he’ll be removed on March 17 unless he scheduled a welterweight fight.
20) Leonard Bundu (1-1)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Gianluca Branco (UNR)
Bundu will reportedly fight his European mandatory Gianluca Branco of Italy on April 12.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
Rustam Nugaev vs. Marvin Quintero; Pala, California; ESPN2 (US)
Nugaev, of Russia, is a fringe contender at 140, who will be fighting at a contract weight about midway between 140 and 147.  Mexico’s Quintero hasn’t fought since October 2012, and that fight was at lightweight.  That being said, he was robbed of a lightweight title against Miguel Vazquez in that fight, so he’s no joke.

Welterweight: 2014, Feb 24- Mar 2

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 11, 2014 by danboxing
I’m a little furious that I have so little I can report on this fight.  Ray Robinson won what appears to have been a clear decision over undefeated Russian Aslanbek Kozaev- by scores of 118-110 (x2) and 117-111 in Dover, Delaware on Friday.  That’s all I can really tell you about this fight between two top 50 fighters in boxing’s best division because it was inexplicably not carried on any TV station, nor even on Youtube.  

 

Even with the good win, Robinson is still more or less in the gatekeeper category, with the competition in this division proving very stiff indeed.  Kozaev is now decidedly on the fringes of the top 50.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (200-232-232)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Thankfully, it will be the worthy Maidana rather than the likely washed-up Khan that fights Floyd on May 3.
1) Timothy Bradley (20-20-90)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Bradley-Pacquiao II is on, and it’s made all the more intriguing by Bradley’s win over Pac’s nemesis.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (20-120-120)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears Marquez is close to a deal to fight Alvarado on May 17.
3) Manny Pacquiao (20-273-273)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- UD12 #5? JWW Brandon Rios
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. #1 Timothy Bradley
See Bradley’s notes, above. 
4) Marcos Maidana (12-38-38)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Maidana will get a shot at the true title on May 3.
5) Keith Thurman (11-11-51)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto-Karass
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match Thurman with Collazo.  Thurman, for his part, is dreaming of a Mayweather fight.
6) Shawn Porter (11-12-12)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
For the longest time, it looked like Porter would be fighting his mandatory, Kell Brook, but a Thurman or Marquez fight has also been discussed, while Malignaggi has also indicated interest.
7) Robert Guerrero (12-66-83)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero is seeking to separate from Golden Boy, and wants Pacquiao next.  I see his style as potentially problematic for Pacquiao, which probably renders the match-up unlikely at this time, when combined with his lack of a recent win.  Meanwhile, his dad has suggested that Mayweather should give him a rematch- even less likely.
8) Kell Brook (12-148-148)
Last Fight:10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/15/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Brook will be back on March 15 in what looks like a stay-busy fight.  After that, he’ll almost certainly fight the winner of Porter’s next fight, as he will be the mandatory.  That being said, he’s aggressively seeking a fight with Amir Khan, too.
9) Devon Alexander (12-105-105)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alexander would like to fight three times in 2014.
10) Randall Bailey (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bailey said recently in an interview that he’d like to fight Thurman.
11) Josesito Lopez (14-88)
Last Fight: 12/13/2013- W (TD8) vs. Mike Arnaoutis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez appears set to return in mid-to-late March, according to a Boxingscene report.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (11-57)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
His results are now decidedly mixed, but I suspect Soto Karass will continue to get decent TV fights, since his fights are almost always entertaining, and  always a test for his opponent.
13) Andre Berto (11-66)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a summer return.
14) Paulie Malignaggi (12-12) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi says he wants Porter, and Porter seems open to it.
15) Chris van Heerden (12-89)
Last Fight: 2/6/2014- RTD4 Cosme Rivera (UNR)
Next Fight:Unknown
Van Heerden finally got a fight in, albeit a stay-busy one.
16) Luis Carlos Abregu (12-44)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu says his rehab from hand surgery is progressing well, and he is expecting to return in Salta, Argentina in a March tune-up.
17) Luis Collazo (4-4)
Last Fight: 1/30/2014- KO2 Victor Ortiz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy’s CEO wants to match him with Keith Thurman.
18) Jan Zaveck (4-220)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (4-50)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov’s promoter is not high on a potential Rios fight, since he doesn’t think Rios can make 140.
20) Pablo Cesar Cano (4-24)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Fernando Angulo (UNR)
Cano’s opponent for Saturday has been somewhat downgraded from fringe contender Silverio Ortiz to quality journeyman Fernando Angulo.

 

The Week Ahead:
Saturday
#20 Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Fernando Angulo; Naucalpan, Mexico; Fox Deportes (US)
Cano of Mexico is a proven fringe contender and a huge favorite, especially at home.  Colombia’s Angulo is a solid journeyman with 9 losses, but I must say that he did acquit himself quite well in the only fight I’ve actually seen him in against Leo Zappavigna.  Angulo is a late replacement for the more threatening Silverio Ortiz.

 

Jose Zepeda vs. Johnnie Edwards; San Antonio, Texas; Off TV
Zepeda, from California, is an undefeated fringe contending prospect at 140, and is merely staying busy with Edwards, who is a journeyman from the Carolinas.  Edwards would be a big underdog under the best of circumstances, but is even more so due to the fact that he hasn’t won in 5 years, hasn’t fought in well over a year, and has fought only once since 2009.  This is on the Chavez-Vera undercard, but will not make the TV broadcast.

Welterweight: 2013, Sep 16-22

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by danboxing
For a discussion of Mayweather-Canelo, check my Junior Middleweight update.  Mayweather’s Championship at this weight was not at stake.

 

In the Thursday warm-up card in Vegas, Shawn Porter won an ugly fight in a rematch against gatekeeper Julio Diaz that was really a bit of a preview of Molina-Smith in some ways.  Porter took the initiative, such as it was, by constantly lunging in from a low crouch.  This made for a very awkward fight, but managed to disrupt Diaz’s rhythm and gave Porter control of the pace.  I had it 97-93, as did two of the three judges.

 

In the opening bout of the Pay-Per-View itself, prospect Pablo Cesar Cano finally won a significant fight while making the welterweight limit.  He unloaded more than his share of devastating shots on the iron-chinned British gatekeeper Ashley Theophane, but the resilient Englishman fired back and made a heck of a fight of it in the middle rounds before Cano reasserted himself late to win the fight clearly.  I had it 97-93 and can scarcely see how it could be scored otherwise.  Ricardo Ocasio, however, turned in an inexplicable 96-94 card in favor of Theophane, meaning he botched at least 3 clear rounds out of a possible 10.

 

Porter’s win supersedes his earlier deadlock with Diaz, and he perhaps deserves some extra prestige due to the fact that Diaz truly deserved to have beaten Khan in the meantime, but ultimately he’s still a prospect, and in my opinion has not been tested much beyond the top 30 level in a competitive division.  Cano’s win is tempered a bit by what has been a poor last couple years in the career of Theophane, but in my judgement the Brit was still just barely a top 50 player, and even at a 142 pound catchweight, the win gives me the pretext I need to allow the young Mexican to profit from what was by all rights a dominant win over Paulie Malignaggi, which I could not use to rate him due to the fact that he missed weight in that fight by less than a pound.  Giving that result the proper weight, Cano makes his debut at #19.  This forces Leonard Bundu back to #20 and ousts Jessie Vargas (no doubt temporarily) after a 7-week stint.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (177-209-209)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13, with Danny Garcia and the potential Alexander-Khan winner as possibilities.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (97-97-97)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (97-250-250)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #4 JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #12 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
4) Devon Alexander (14-82-82)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maidana is reportedly very close to a deal for a Pay-Per-View showdown with lightweight Champion Adrien Broner in Vegas on December 14.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (8-8-34)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Keith Thurman believes Soto Karass will be his next opponent.
7) Robert Guerrero (8-43-60)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.  Dan Rafael reports that Guerrero might be waiting around to fight the winner of Maidana-Broner.
8) Kell Brook (18-125-125)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’d better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (18-67-67)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (15-65-65)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: 11/?/2013- vs. Aaron Martinez (UNR)
The Ring’s website has Lopez returning sometime November against fringe prospect Aaron Martinez.
11) Andre Berto (8-43)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
12) Keith Thurman (8-28)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (8-66)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (8-21)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.
15) Jan Zaveck (8-197)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Zaveck is back in action on the undercard of Stieglitz-Ekpo in Leipzig.
16) Selcuk Aydin (8-231)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/27/2013- vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR)
Aydin will move back down to 140 to seek a minor title in Istanbul against gatekeeper Demarcus Corley.
17) Timothy Bradley (8-67)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (8-27)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW #3 Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-1)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cano said after the 143-pound catchweight win against Theophane that he intends to seek title contention at 140 now.  I must say I’m surprised by the move, considering he failed to make weight for one of his biggest fights at 147 against Malignaggi.
20) Leonard Bundu (1-13)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu is apparently set to fight 43 year-old former fringe contender Gianluca Branco for the EBU title, though no official announcement has yet been made.

 

The Week Ahead: Undefeated Birmingham prospect Frankie Gavin meets Manchester journeyman David Barnes in London for the British and Commonwealth titles on Saturday, though obviously Kell Brook is the preeminent British welterweight overall.

Welterweight: 2013, Sep 9-15

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Bunbury, Australia, Tunisian-born Australian gatekeeper Naoufel Ben Rabeh stopped low-level Thai journeyman Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit in 2 rounds of their scheduled 8-round fight.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (176-208-208)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
This is the big week for the Champ, as he fights #2 JMW Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on PPV.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (96-96-96)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- KO6 #2 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #18 Timothy Bradley
With Mayweather apparently wanting to stay busy, a hard-earned rematch with the Champ might not be out of the question over the next year or two.  For now, it’s all about Tim Bradley.
2) Manny Pacquiao (96-249-249)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- L (KO6) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #? JWW Brandon Rios (UNR)
Pac Man needs to prove he can still get it done when he tries to rebound from a devastating knockout against former top lightweight Brandon Rios in China.
3) Shane Mosley (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #12 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
4) Devon Alexander (13-81-81)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks likely that Alexander will fight Khan on December 7, but no contract yet.
5) Marcos Maidana (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is reportedly working on a November 9 fight with Broner.  Reportedly it might be a Showtime Pay-per-View.  Broner is nowhere near a PPV attraction for me, so I’m definitely not sure about buying this one, if true, as much as I like Maidana.
6) Jesus Soto Karass (7-7-33)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: Unknown
Soto Karass obviously had a little help from Berto’s bad shoulder, but he was ahead in the fight even before the injury.
7) Robert Guerrero (7-42-59)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero turned down Keith Thurman for a proposed November fight, according to both fighters’ promoter.
8) Kell Brook (17-124-124)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR)
Brook fights Senchenko in late October.  He’d better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (17-66-66)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: Unknown
I haven’t heard any buzz about an upcoming Bailey fight since he was comfortably outpointed by Alexander in October.
10) Josesito Lopez (14-64-64)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez suffered an injury, and will no longer be fighting on September 6.
11) Andre Berto (7-42)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
Berto’s shoulder surgery will keep him out until sometime in 2014.
12) Keith Thurman (7-27)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Guerrero’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (7-65)
Last Fight: 3/2/2013- UD12 Matthew Hatton (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden recently moved his home base to Southern California from his native South Africa in search of better sparring and bigger fights.  He is likley to work with Brandon Rios in the coming months, and hopes to make his US debut in October.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (7-20)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu’s plans for an October fight have been scrapped, as he recently had 2013-ending hand surgery.
15) Jan Zaveck (7-196)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Selcuk Aydin (7-230)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Timothy Bradley (7-66)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- W* (UD12) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (UNR) (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Bradley will look for redemption after very nearly losing to an inconsistent prospect.  It’ll be a tall order.
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (7-26)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #11? Timothy Bradley (should be draw)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. JWW#? Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
19) Leonard Bundu (7-12)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Jessie Vargas (7-7)
Last Fight: 3/16/2013- UD10 Wale Omotoso (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vargas will look to follow up on his career-best win against Omotoso with an appearance against a TBA opponent on the Marquez-Bradley undercard.

 

The Week Ahead: Thursday in Vegas, fringe contenders Shawn Porter and Julio Diaz look to settle their unfinished business from a December 2012 draw.  That fight will headline a very good Thursday card on Fox Sports 2.

 

The Mayweather-Canelo card will open with a showdown between fringe contender Pablo Cesar Cano and borderline top-50 Englishman Ashley Theophane.  Cano impressed against Malignaggi last year, but was robbed in that fight, and was then beaten by Shane Mosley.  Make no mistake, though.  He would be ranked here if he had made 147 against Malignaggi.

 

And of course, the Champion is in action as well, but that fight will be fully treated in its home division, which is Junior Middle.