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Super Middleweight: 2013, Oct 28- Nov 3

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by danboxing
Arthur Abraham more or less dominated Italian gatekeeper Giovanni De Carolis on Saturday in Oldenburg.  I didn’t manage to find a round for De Carolis, though I saw two that I could have potentially given him.  One judge agreed with me, while two had a single round for the Italian.  The sad thing is, De Carolis was fairly effective when he punched.  He was able to keep Abraham off-balance and effectively handcuffed the Armenian behind a high guard virtually every time he threw a punch.  It’s a pretty big stretch given the way the fight actually played out, but I actually kind of think that De Carolis had the talent and skill necessary to beat Abraham.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to find out, because instead of punching and moving, he largely just ran.  He showed up to survive, and never had any intention to win, or so it appeared.

 

Argentine gatekeeper Ruben Acosta was little different.  In fairness, though, his opponent- undefeated Englishman Callum Smith- did a little more to force the retreat than Abraham had to do.  Smith was every inch the ring general, keeping Acosta’s back scraping the ropes at every second of their fight.  This led to two crushing body shots from the impressive Brit that combined to end the night early in the 6th, as the ref reached the count of 10.

 

Abraham’s win isn’t significant enough to get him past Kessler, and Smith falls a few places short of making the cut for the top 20.  No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (98-232-232)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #12 Edwin Rodriguez
Ward has finally secured an opponent for his November 16 return: two-division fringe contender Edwin Rodriguez.
1) Carl Froch (75-385-385)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #7 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (32-218-218)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD12 Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (46-464-464)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (24-210-210)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- UD12 Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham-Stieglitz III is probably next.
5) Brandon Gonzales (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Gonzales will have what looks like a stay-busy fight on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (5-126-174)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Oosthuizen has a significant- albeit risky- opportunity to redeem himself against credible Argentine fringe contender Ezequiel Maderna in South Africa on November 9.
7) George Groves (5-46-68)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
8) Sakio Bika (5-37-343)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Anthony Dirrell (UNR)
Bika will be fighting Anthony Dirrell on the Malignaggi-Judah undercard on December 7.
9) James DeGale (5-21-107)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Dyah Davis (UNR)
DeGale will return to action in Bluewater, Kent on November 16.  He’ll be up against a good measuring stick in Dyah Davis.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (5-5-21)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse’s unnecessary rematch with Ndiaye appears to have been cancelled. 
11) Maxim Vlasov (5-51)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/4/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vlasov will fight in Krasnodar, Russia this November, on the undercard of a rather silly heavyweight fight between 44 year-old has-been Oleg Maskaev and Corey Sanders (not to be confused with the late Corrie Sanders, who has actually fought more recently).  I don’t have the exact date or opponent yet.
12) Edwin Rodriguez (5-41)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Rodriguez will get a shot at reigning two-division Champion Andre Ward in mid-November, after a drama-filled negotiation.
13) Ezequiel Maderna (5-44)
Last Fight: 9/6/2013- UD10 Arnaldo Alcides Benitez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Maderna will get a big opportunity in South Africa against Oosthuizen, who showed a great deal of vulnerability in his last fight.  That being said, from what I’ve seen of Maderna, his style is night and day different from Brandon Gonzales.
14) Andy Lee (5-24)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee now says he’s in talks to fight Macklin in March.
15) Ryoto Murata (5-10)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. Dave Peterson (UNR)
Murata is back in action on December 6 in Tokyo against unproven Minnesota prospect Dave Peterson.
16) Caleb Truax (5-19)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax has made good on his move back down to 160, knocking out a halfway decent prospect in Ceresso Fort.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (5-35)
Last Fight: 10/17/2013- TKO1 Raimonds Sniedze (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Glen Johnson (5-26)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson needs to schedule a fight at 168 before mid-December to keep his ranking.
19) Badou Jack (5-15)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- Draw (MD12) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Jack will be back in action against an opponent to be announced on a December 6 ShoBox telecast.
20) Don Mouton (5-5)
Last Fight: 5/13/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Cartagena, Colombian fringe contender Alexander Brand gets an easy showcase against low-level Dominican journeyman Wilmer Mejia.

Super Middleweight: 2013, Oct 21-27

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2013 by danboxing
An apparent mismatch in Leipzig yielded a snoozer of a fight.  #2 Robert Stieglitz didn’t take many chances to look good against unproven Nigerian prospect Isaac Ekpo, while Ekpo- given a totally undeserved shot at a major belt- fought a safety-first counterpunching style, and honestly didn’t appear to really try to win to a significant degree at any point.  I had it 118-110 for Stieglitz, which matched two of the judges, with the other having it a round wider.

 

Since Ekpo wasn’t even in the Boxrec top 75, the fight has no effect on the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (97-231-231)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. #12 Edwin Rodriguez
Ward has finally secured an opponent for his November 16 return: two-division fringe contender Edwin Rodriguez.
1) Carl Froch (74-384-384)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #7 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (31-217-217)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD12 Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (45-463-463)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (23-209-209)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Abraham continues to pursue a trilogy with Stieglitz, with both men fighting inferior opposition in the interim.  Abraham is in a little tougher this time around than is Stieglitz, at least on paper.  He faces borderline top 50 Italian Giovanni De Carolis.  It’s a little sad that that looks good by comparison to Stieglitz’s opponent.
5) Brandon Gonzales (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales says that his team is working on a fight for the Ward-Rodriguez card on November 16.  He wants an eliminator against Vlasov, if possible.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (4-125-173)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #13 Ezequiel Maderna
Oosthuizen has a significant- albeit risky- opportunity to redeem himself against credible Argentine fringe contender Ezequiel Maderna in South Africa on November 9.
7) George Groves (4-45-67)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
8) Sakio Bika (4-36-342)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika might be fighting Anthony Dirrell on the Malignaggi-Judah undercard on December 7.
9) James DeGale (4-20-106)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Dyah Davis (UNR)
DeGale will return to action in Bluewater, Kent on November 16.  He’ll be up against a good measuring stick in Dyah Davis.
10) Christopher Rebrasse (4-4-20)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges’ completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
11) Maxim Vlasov (4-50)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/4/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vlasov will fight in Krasnodar, Russia this November, on the undercard of a rather silly heavyweight fight between 44 year-old has-been Oleg Maskaev and Corey Sanders (not to be confused with the late Corrie Sanders, who has actually fought more recently).  I don’t have the exact date or opponent yet.
12) Edwin Rodriguez (4-40)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Champ Andre Ward
Rodriguez will get a shot at reigning two-division Champion Andre Ward in mid-November, after a drama-filled negotiation.
13) Ezequiel Maderna (4-43)
Last Fight: 9/6/2013- UD10 Arnaldo Alcides Benitez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. #6 Thomas Oosthuizen
Maderna will get a big opportunity in South Africa against Oosthuizen, who showed a great deal of vulnerability in his last fight.  That being said, from what I’ve seen of Maderna, his style is night and day different from Brandon Gonzales.
14) Andy Lee (4-23)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee now says he’s in talks to fight Macklin in March.
15) Ryoto Murata (4-9)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: 12/6/2013- vs. Dave Peterson (UNR)
Murata is back in action on December 6 in Tokyo against unproven Minnesota prospect Dave Peterson.
16) Caleb Truax (4-18)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax has made good on his move back down to 160, knocking out a halfway decent prospect in Ceresso Fort.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (4-34)
Last Fight: 10/17/2013- TKO1 Raimonds Sniedze (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Glen Johnson (4-25)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Johnson needs to schedule a fight at 168 before mid-December to keep his ranking.
19) Badou Jack (4-14)
Last Fight: 9/12/2013- Draw (MD12) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Jack would like a shot at Sakio Bika next, though Bika appears to be tied up with Dirrell at present.
20) Don Mouton (4-4)
Last Fight: 5/13/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Arthur Abraham looks to stay in the hunt for a rematch with Stieglitz on Saturday, when he fights Italian gatekeeper Giovanni De Carolis in Oldenburg.  Both guys are fighting non-threatening opponents in preparation for that anticipated trilogy bout, but this round goes to Abraham, since his opponent is at least borderline top 50.

 

Around the same time in Sheffield, England, undefeated Liverpool prospect Callum Smith takes a significant step up in competition against Argentine gatekeeper Ruben Acosta.

Super Middleweight: 2012, May 21-27

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by danboxing
#3 Mikkel Kessler fought at light heavyweight over the weekend against former Super Middleweight contender Allan Green, knocking Green out viciously in the 5th.  I have given this the full treatment in my light heavy update, but just wanted to point out that Kessler must have been reading my inactivity policies.  He was savvy enough to know that by keeping his weight at or under 170, he would earn himself an extra 6 months to schedule a fight at 168 without being removed for inactivity within the division.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (23-157-157)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Lucian Bute (23-319-319)
Last Fight: 11/5/2012- UD12 #13 Glen Johnson
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #2 Carl Froch
Despite Showtime rejecting the fight, Bute will face Froch in Nottingham on May 26.  Epix will likely televise in the US.
2) Carl Froch (23-310-310)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- L(UD12) vs. #1 Andre Ward
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. #1 Lucian Bute
See Bute’s notes, above.
3) Mikkel Kessler (23-389-389)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO6 Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/19/2012- vs. Allan Green (UNR) (at LHW)
After icing Green, Kessler says he’s now looking at the winners of Bute-Froch, Ward-Dawson, and Pascal-Cloud.
4) Robert Stieglitz (23-143-143)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is a really good chance that Stieglitz will be fighting Arthur Abraham on August 25th in either Berlin, Hamburg, or Magdeburg, Germany.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (23-51-99)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
In the wake of Oosthuizen’s victory over Johnson, Adonis Stevenson has expressed interest in fighting him.
6) Arthur Abraham (23-135-135)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Adonis Stevenson (14-24-24)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Anthony Dirrell on the shelf with broken bones following a motorcycle accident, it appears likely that Stevenson will fight mediocre fringe contender Nikola Sjekloca for a silly excuse for a championship supposedly vacated by Andre Ward.
8) Peter Quillin (5-56-56)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 Craig McEwan (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW?)
After it originally appeared a no-go, Quillin’s proposed fight with inactive former champ Winky Wright is now on for the Tarver-Kayode undercard on Showtime.
9) Sakio Bika (5-23-268)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD3 Alfredo Contreras (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Dyah Davis (UNR)
Bika’s manager finally deserves credit.  After spending the last few years fighting either nearly unbeatable world-beaters like Andre Ward and rank journeyman like Alfredo Contreras, Bika finally takes a middle road by signing on to fight steady fringe contender Dyah Davis on the Tarver-Kayode undercard.
10) Andy Lee (5-5-63)
Last Fight: 3/10/2012- TKO2 Saul Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. MW #? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Lee gets the fight he’s been waiting for, against the best opponent of his career in Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.  The fight will be in El Paso in mid-June.
11) Karoly Balzsay (5-5)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay has been ordered to defend against fringe contender Brian Magee before the end of July.  Magee’s team won the purse bid, and the fight will likely take place in Belfast as a result.
12) Anthony Dirrell (23-25)
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) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (23-28)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO12 Andrea Di Luisa (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Ndiaye will fight Spanish journeyman Jose Maria Guerrero on May 26.
14) Glen Johnson (23-81)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13.
15) Dimitri Sartison (5-99)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
16) Bryan Vera (5-68)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera will fight no-name journeyman Taronze Washignton on April 21.
17) Aaron Pryor, Jr. (23-55)
Last Fight: 12/10/2011- L(TKO9) vs. Adonis Stevenson (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Well, it’s clear that he can’t play with at least one of the big boys.  Every division needs fringe contenders, though, and that looks like Pryor’s lane for the time being.
18) Jesus Gonzales (23-46)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (23-32)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Easy pickings for a European defense against the faded Sanavia.
20) George Groves (23-23)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves is starting to earn himself a reputation as an unreliable opponent.  He withdrew from a scheduled fight back in December with injury.  Then he scheduled a fight for March that he withdrew from in order to fight for Robert Stieglitz’s belt.  But now he has withdrawn with that bout with a new injury.

 

The Week Ahead: This week is a very active and important one at 168.

 

The most important fight is #1 Lucian Bute versus #2 Carl Froch on Saturday in Nottingham.  Just to put this in perspective- if Andre Ward unexpectedly announces his retirement this week, this fight will be for the vacant World Championship.  It’s hard enough to get a #1 vs. #2 matchup in a given division given years of matchups.  At super middle, we’ve gotten that kind of matchup twice in less than 6 months.  To further put it in perspective: if there was a sanctioning organization that actually sought to organize the sport for the good of the sport, they would no doubt make the winner of this fight the mandatory challenger to Ward.  Of course if Froch wins, that fight will have lost some of its luster due to Ward’s clear win the last time around.   If Bute walks away with the win, however, he will establish himself as Ward’s arch-rival and as the serious Championship threat many already believe him to be.

 

In other action on Saturday, undefeated prospect Ezequiel Maderna meets gateekeper Ruben Acosta in a rematch of their Argentine title fight from last year.  A bit earlier in the night, in Italy, locally-based #13 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye of Senegal fights Spanish journeyman Jose Maria Guerrero for the European Union title- which apparently is slightly different than James DeGale’s European title.

 

Also in Italy, but the night before, prospect Andrea Di Luisa- who recently lost to Ndiaye- returns for the first time since that loss when he fights journeyman Luciano Lombardi for the Italian title.