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Welterweight: 2014, May 12-18

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by danboxing
In the week’s only half-serious welterweight action on Friday, fringe contender Ray Robinson beat up low-level journeyman George Sosa for the better part of 4 rounds, before referee Vic de Wysocki stepped in to stop it.  No video of the fight is known to exist, so that’s all I can report.

 

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. (211-243-243)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather certainly deserved a loss against Maidana in what was clearly his toughest night since the first Castillo fight.  There’s already serious talk of a rematch.
1) Marcos Maidana (2-49-49)
Last Fight:5/3/2014- L* (MD12) vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
See Mayweather’s notes, above.
2) Manny Pacquiao (2-284-284)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- UD12 #1 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao is reportedly working on a 5-fight extension with the rotting corpse of Top Rank.
3) Juan Manuel Marquez (2-131-131)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Marquez takes on Alvarado near L.A. on May 17.
4) Timothy Bradley (2-31-101)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- L (UD12) vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley’s best options for a next fight, practically-speaking, are limited to re-hashes of previous fights like Marquez and Provodnikov.
5) Keith Thurman (22-22-62)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- RTD3 Julio Diaz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might get a Mayweather shot next, if there’s no Mayweather-Maidana II on the horizon.
6) Shawn Porter (22-23-23)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- KO4 #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman wants him and Golden Boy is making noise about him fighting Mayweather, but it’s hard to imagine Porter being able to put off his mandatory with Brook any longer.  That fight is being worked on for July, it’s said.
7) Robert Guerrero (23-77-94)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (UNR)
Guerrero scheduled the Kamegai fight just in time to avoid removal.  It’s not exactly the sexiest possible matchup, though Kamegai does make good fights generally.
8) Kell Brook (23-159-159)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (23-116-116)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #12 Jesus Soto Karass
Boxingscene now reports that Alexander-Soto Karass is done, but not for June 21 as originally reported, but rather on the Canelo-Lara undercard on July 12.
10) Randall Bailey (25-25-25)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. Freddy Lawson (UNR)
Bailey wants Thurman, but it sounds like he’s settling for undefeated but fairly untested Ghanaian prospect Freddy Lawson in Minnesota.
11) Josesito Lopez (25-99)
Last Fight: 4/24/2014- TKO5 Aron Martinez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez is back on the right track, looking at least decent against a likely better fighter than Arnaoutis, whom he almost lost to.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (22-68)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #9 Devon Alexander
See Alexander’s notes, above.
13) Andre Berto (22-77)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a July return. 
14) Amir Khan (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 #17 Luis Collazo
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite the fairly impressive win over Collazo, Khan has ruled himself out of a possible Mayweather shot in September, due to Ramadan.  He posits Shawn Porter and Robert Guerrero as possible opponents.
15) Paulie Malignaggi (2-23) 
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- L (KO4) vs. #6 Shawn Porter
Next Fight: Unknown
Malignaggi confirms he’s considering retirement.
16) Chris van Heerden (2-100)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- W (SD10) vs. Ray Narh (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden’s split decision win over Ray Narh doesn’t look very worthy of a top 15 contender on paper, but I unfortunately am unable to find video, and thus can’t opine on what it might mean for his future.
17) Luis Carlos Abregu (2-55)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO8 Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu is interested in fighting Brandon Rios in the US.
18) Jan Zaveck (15-231)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There are rumors that Zaveck may soon be positioned for a minor (IBO) title fight.
19) Leonard Bundu (9-11)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu’s fight with Gianluca Branco, scheduled for April 12, is now off due to a training injury to Branco.  Bundu’s camp is now targeting May as his next appearance, and Frankie Gavin has been installed as his new mandatory.

20) Luis Collazo (2-15)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- L (UD12) vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s back to the drawing board for Collazo, whose career momentum was abruptly halted by a sharp Khan.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
Bethuel Ushona vs. Ebenezer Lantei Lamptey; Oshikoto, Namibia; TV Unknown
Ushona- roughly a fringe contender since his big win over Kaizer Mabuza last year-  is up against, it would appear, one of those Ghanaians with the fairly impressive but ultimately hollow records that you sometimes see getting cut through like wet paper against a really good international prospect.  Lamptey is even less foreboding than some others, since he has already lost a couple times, once to local competition.  Ushona should have a pretty easy night.

 

Saturday
#3 Juan Manuel Marquez vs. #? JWW Mike Alvarado; Inglewood, California; HBO (US)
What more can be said about Marquez?  He’s dueled with the current Champ and lost, and dueled with fellow pound for pound claimant Pacquiao 4 times, winning between one and four of those meetings, depending whom you ask.  Alvarado has both failed and succeeded on a slightly lower level- chiefly with his own rival, Brandon Rios.  Still, he would figure to be the much younger and fresher guy, and so this one might be tough to pick.

 

Brad Solomon vs. Arman Ovsepyan; Inglewood, California; Off TV
Solomon is a fine undefeated prospect who has so far done a criminally bad job of following up on his huge 2011 triumph over Demetrius Hopkins, having not fought another top 50 fighter since.  This will be no exception, as Ovsepyan, an Armenian who lives in Russia, is a low-level journeyman and poses no threat, nor any reward.

Welterweight: 2014, May 5-11

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (210-242-242)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather certainly deserved a loss against Maidana in what was clearly his toughest night since the first Castillo fight.  There’s already serious talk of a rematch.
1) Marcos Maidana (1-48-48)
Last Fight:5/3/2014- L* (MD12) vs. Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
See Mayweather’s notes, above.
2) Manny Pacquiao (1-283-283)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- UD12 #1 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Pacquiao is reportedly working on a 5-fight extension with the rotting corpse of Top Rank.
3) Juan Manuel Marquez (1-130-130)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. #? JWW Mike Alvarado
Marquez takes on Alvarado near L.A. on May 17.
4) Timothy Bradley (1-30-100)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- L (UD12) vs. #3 Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: Unknown
Bradley’s best options for a next fight, practically-speaking, are limited to re-hashes of previous fights like Marquez and Provodnikov.
5) Keith Thurman (21-21-61)
Last Fight: 4/26/2014- RTD3 Julio Diaz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman might get a Mayweather shot next, if there’s no Mayweather-Maidana II on the horizon.
6) Shawn Porter (21-22-22)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- KO4 #14 Paulie Malignaggi
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman wants him and Golden Boy is making noise about him fighting Mayweather, but it’s hard to imagine Porter being able to put off his mandatory with Brook any longer.
7) Robert Guerrero (22-76-93)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 6/21/2014- vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (UNR)
Guerrero scheduled the Kamegai fight just in time to avoid removal.  It’s not exactly the sexiest possible matchup, though Kamegai does make good fights generally.
8) Kell Brook (22-158-158)
Last Fight:3/15/2014- TKO8 Alvaro Robles (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Porter’s notes, above.
9) Devon Alexander (22-115-115)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #12 Jesus Soto Karass
Boxingscene now reports that Alexander-Soto Karass is done, but not for June 21 as originally reported, but rather on the Canelo-Lara undercard on July 12.
10) Randall Bailey (24-24-24)
Last Fight: 11/23/2013- W (DQ8) vs. Humberto Toledo (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. Freddy Lawson (UNR)
Bailey wants Thurman, but it sounds like he’s settling for undefeated but fairly untested Ghanaian prospect Freddy Lawson in Minnesota.
11) Josesito Lopez (24-98)
Last Fight: 4/24/2014- TKO5 Aron Martinez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lopez is back on the right track, looking at least decent against a likely better fighter than Arnaoutis, whom he almost lost to.
12) Jesus Soto Karass (21-67)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #9 Devon Alexander
See Alexander’s notes, above.
13) Andre Berto (21-76)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass
Next Fight: Unknown 
Berto is now recovered from surgery and is training for a July return.  Alexander wants him.
14) Amir Khan (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- UD12 #17 Luis Collazo
Next Fight: Unknown
Despite the fairly impressive win over Collazo, Khan has ruled himself out of a possible Mayweather shot in September, due to Ramadan.
15) Paulie Malignaggi (1-22) 
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- L (KO4) vs. #6 Shawn Porter
Next Fight: Unknown
Malignaggi confirms he’s considering retirement.
16) Chris van Heerden (1-99)
Last Fight: 4/16/2014- W (SD10) vs. Ray Narh (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Van Heerden’s split decision win over Ray Narh doesn’t look very worthy of a top 15 contender on paper, but I unfortunately am unable to find video, and thus can’t opine on what it might mean for his future.
17) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-54)
Last Fight: 4/4/2014- TKO8 Jean Carlos Prada (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abregu is interested in fighting Brandon Rios in the US.
18) Jan Zaveck (14-230)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There are rumors that Zaveck may soon be positioned for a minor (IBO) title fight.
19) Leonard Bundu (8-10)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- TKO12 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundu’s fight with Gianluca Branco, scheduled for April 12, is now off due to a training injury to Branco.  Bundu’s camp is now targeting May as his next appearance, and Frankie Gavin has been installed as his new mandatory.

20) Luis Collazo (1-14)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- L (UD12) vs. Amir Khan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s back to the drawing board for Collazo, whose career momentum was abruptly halted by a sharp Khan.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
Ray Robinson vs. George Sosa; Dover, Delaware; Off TV
Philadelphia’s Robinson will stay busy, while still effectively getting a breather in this one.  New Jersey native Sosa is nothing more than a run-of-the-mill journeyman, who has only twice beaten fighters with winning records (the two of which totaled only 7 wins).  Robinson, by sharp contrast, comes off back-to-back wins over top 50 fighters in Ray Narh and Aslanbek Kozaev.  

Welterweight: 2014, 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: 2014, Feb 17-23

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday in Saladillo, Argentina, one-loss prospect Diego Chaves disposed of mid-level journeyman Juan Godoy in 3, forcing a standing 8 count in that round before putting a stop to proceedings 11 seconds before the bell.  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. (199-231-231)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd will likely be back on both May 3 and September 13.  Amir Khan has long been rumored as the May 3 opponent, but reports suggest Maidana may have supplanted him in that regard.
1) Timothy Bradley (19-19-89)
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 (19-119-119)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez’s future plans are totally nebulous.  He seems to want Bradley above all, but Porter and Pacquiao also seem to be future possibilities.  He’s hoping to fight again in May against someone.
3) Manny Pacquiao (19-272-272)
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 (11-37-37)
Last Fight: 12/14/2013- UD12 LW Champ Adrien Broner
Next Fight: Unknown
Broner has exercised his rematch clause with Maidana, but Floyd Mayweather has given fuel to speculation that Maidana might fight him by suggesting that fans can decide who he fights next between Maidana and Khan.
5) Keith Thurman (10-10-50)
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 (10-11-11)
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 (11-65-82)
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 (11-147-147)
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.
9) Devon Alexander (11-104-104)
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 (13-13-13)
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 (13-87)
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 (10-56)
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 (10-65)
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 (11-11) 
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #8? JWW Zab Judah 
Next Fight: Unknown 
Malignaggi says he wants either Porter or Maidana, and Porter in particular seems open to it.
15) Chris van Heerden (11-88)
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 (11-43)
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 (3-3)
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 (3-219)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Ruslan Provodnikov (3-49)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Provodnikov-Rios is currently picking up a lot of steam as a potential match-up.
20) Pablo Cesar Cano (3-23)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD10*) vs. Ashley Theophane (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/1/2014- vs. Silverio Ortiz (UNR)
Cano will fight in Mexico on March 1 against fringe contender Silverio Ortiz.  It’s not immediately clear whether the fight will be at 140 or 147, though.

 

The Week Ahead:
Friday
Ray Robinson vs. Aslanbek Kozaev; Dover, Delaware; Off TV
This is an excellent clash between two legitimate prospects, both of whom are at top 50 level, and yet it’s relegated to the realm of the non-televised.  Quite a shame.  The winner of this fight can be safely called a fringe contender, and- particularly if it’s the undefeated Kozaev- would be considered among the hottest prospects in the division.  Unfortunately, even the most hardcore of fans will be lucky to see it at all due to underexposure.

Welterweight: 2013, Aug 5-11

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2013 by danboxing
Philadelphia journeyman Ray Robinson got the biggest win of his career thus far on Friday in Newark, Delaware, stopping Ghanaian gatekeeper Ray Narh in 7.

 

The same night on Friday Night Fights from Miami, Oklahoma, gatekeeper and former contender Kermit Cintron subjected a national audience to one of the worst fights in history.  It was a hugging match.  It was as badly refereed as it was fought, as Gerald Ritter totally failed to control the fight early, and then started taking points (all from Cintron’s fringe prospect opponent Jonathan Batista) at the very end of the fight, when they theoretically meant the most.  He also scored a knockdown in favor of Cintron that was questionable at best.  That’s a 3 point swing in a fight that could have gone either way.  Speaking of which, the judges were equally incompetent or biased.  Chris Ritter (who pulled off another botch-job in the main event) had it 98-88, David Sutherland had it 98-89, and Jerry Griffin had it the same.  I had it 94-93 for Cintron with all the awful actions by the referee factored in.  All of the judges had at one or two clear Batista rounds- as well as all of the toss-ups- for Cintron.  Even with a good ref, it’s possible to give the fight to Cintron, but all of these judges should be ashamed.  Perhaps it’s better that Cintron got the win in one sense, though.  Batista came in as a nobody, and Cintron didn’t do his career any favors even in victory.  And even though Batista was trying slightly harder to make a fight out of it, his style and effort didn’t exactly deserve a victory in my book either.  So for rankings purposes, the Cintron win means the fight has little or not impact, which is about what it deserves.  That being said, it’s clear that Cintron is finished- especially in TV fights.

 

Finally, 25 year-old gatekeeper Jorge Paez, Jr. won a comfortable decision over low-level journeyman Rodolfo Quintanilla on Saturday in Tijuana, dropping his man in the first round for good measure.

 

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. (171-203-203)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- UD12 #6 Robert Guerrero
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #2 JMW Saul Alvarez (at JMW)
Shane Mosley was the legit champ after beating Margarito, and thus Mayweather has been the legit champ since beating him in 2010.
1) Juan Manuel Marquez (91-91-91)
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 (91-244-244)
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 (12-12-12)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A junior middleweight contest against Anthony Mundine in Australia sounds very likely for the Fall.
4) Devon Alexander (8-76-76)
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 (9-9-9)
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 (2-2-28)
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 (2-37-54)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L (UD12) vs. Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Guerrero might be on a collision-course with fast-rising prospect Keith Thurman for November 2.
8) Kell Brook (12-119-119)
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’s better make 147 for the non-title fight if he wants to maintain his ranking here.
9) Randall Bailey (12-61-61)
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 (9-59-59)
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 (2-37)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- L (TKO12) vs. #11 Jesus Soto Karass

Next Fight: Unknown
If you’d heard before the fight that Berto was going to get stopped by Soto Karass, you’d have probably assumed it was going to end Berto’s career at the elite level.  In reality, perhaps it didn’t, given his brave comeback from a shoulder injury.
12) Keith Thurman (2-22)

Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Guerrero’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (2-60)
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 (2-15)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD10 Antonin Decarie (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently the reports that Abregu would be opening up the Chavez-Vera broadcast on September 7 were incorrect.  Instead, Abregu will likely fight either Brad Solomon or Wale Omotoso on one of 3 possible Saturdays in October.
15) Jan Zaveck (2-191)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Selcuk Aydin (2-225)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO8 Aaron Herrera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Timothy Bradley (2-61)
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 (2-21)
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 (2-7)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Jessie Vargas (2-2)
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: No fights of note within the division this week.