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Year-End Awards: Welterweight, 2013

Posted in Welterweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2014 by danboxing
Welcome to my first Year-End Awards and Wrap-Up for the Welterweight Division.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2013 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Welterweight Fighter of the Year: Timothy Bradley
Bradley certainly didn’t look destined for fighter of the year honors early in the year when he struggled to what should have been a draw in a slugfest with gatekeeper-level one-loss prospect Ruslan Provodnikov, but he managed to survive that encounter and went on to nick a decision over the clear #1 fighter in the division in Marquez.  Maidana is the runner-up.

 

Prospect of the Year: Kevin Bizier
Bizier technically took a loss on the year- not a typical credential for prospect of the year.  But the loss probably should have been a win, and it came against a top 20-caliber fighter in Jo Jo Dan.  He also threw in a stoppage of a post-prime Nate Campbell for good measure.  The runner up is Leonard Bundu, who would have been a rather old winner, had he won the honor.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #14? Marcos Maidana TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
This is the fight among the highest-ranked contenders that ended in a stoppage. It made Maidana into a real player at welterweight, returning him to a status he had not enjoyed since moving up from 140, and setting up his epic conquest of Adrien Broner later in the year.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #13 Keith Thurman TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto Karass
I generally like to pick one-punch knockouts that leave a guy helpless on the canvas as knockout of the year, but Thurman’s brilliant combination at center ring may very well have accomplished the same result had the ref not caught Soto Karass on his way to the canvas.  For a video of the fight, click on “TKO9” above.  I believe I’d pick Maidana over Lopez as the runner-up.

 

Match-Up of the Year: Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. #4 Robert Guerrero
Ultimately it wasn’t nearly the most memorable fight of the year, but based on where the two fighters were ranked at the outset, it was far and away the highest-ranked fight of the year.  No other fight in the division was even close.

 

Fight of the Year: #17 Timothy Bradley UD12* Ruslan Provodnikov
This was an easy choice, as it was very likely the Fight of the Year in all of boxing.  Provodnikov brutalized Bradley early and late, but was solidly outboxed by the gutsy Bradley in between.  The only thing that could mar the fight just a bit was referee Pat Russell’s mistaken call of a slip on one of Provodnikov’s knockdowns- a call which prevented the correct call of a draw from being reached by the judges.

 

Upset of the Year: Shawn Porter UD12 #5 Devon Alexander
There were several upsets of note this year: Provodnikov’s performance against Bradley, Bradley’s defeat of Marquez…some even consider Maidana’s whipping of Broner an upset, though I certainly don’t.  But this one I really couldn’t see coming.  Porter had clearly lost to Alfonso Gomez in a previous fight, and needed two fights to overcome Julio Diaz.  The idea that he could compete with inconsistent but undeniably skilled Alexander had never occurred to me.  And yet he very nearly dominated the fight.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Timothy Bradley
To pick the same guy for so many categories is probably not the most entertaining method, but I calls ’em like I sees ’em.  Bradley was laid low by the public reaction to his undeserved victory over Pacquiao, nearly got knocked out multiple times in a victory he was lucky to get against an opponent of far inferior rank in Provodnikov, and responded by doing no less than defeating Pacquiao’s conqueror, himself.  Now he sits at the top of the division, subject only to Mayweather.

 

Robbery of the Year: #17 Timothy Bradley UD12 Ruslan Provodnikov
There were four decisions this year that I disagreed with, mostly to a moderate degree.  Amir Khan’s decision victory over Julio Diaz was highly questionable.  I had it 114-112 for Diaz, but I think there’s a case to be made that Khan won an additional round which would make it even, and he was close to salvaging a 10-9 round in the 4th, in which he was knocked down, and while I gave Diaz a 10-8 without a knockdown in the 11th, it was a borderline call.  Therefore, if you were friendly to Khan, he may have edged it out by as much as 115-113.  Another such fight was Adrian Granados’ 10-round draw with Kermit Cintron.  I had it 96-94, and thought it possible that a judge could give Cintron as few as 1 round.  The draw was about the best possible result for Cintron, while judge John McCarthy shamefully scored it 97-93 Cintron.  Another close fight that went the wrong way was Jo Jo Dan vs. Kevin Bizier.  I had it 115-112 for Bizier, but with a lot of close rounds, I thought anything between 117-110 Bizier and 115-112 Dan would be reasonable.  The judges tilted, reasonably, in the direction of Dan to award him the split decision.  This leaves Bradley-Provodnikov.  I actually had it 114-113 for Bradley, as did two of the judges.  How is this a robbery, then?  Well, I only had that score because I restrained myself from going beyond what a real judge would be able to do to set things right.  I had already given Bradley both of the two arguable rounds in the fight, and he should have lost a point due to a knockdown in the 1st that Pat Russell ruled a slip.  Russell must have known he was wrong when Bradley could barely stand afterward, but by then he didn’t see fit to reverse himself.  But it was clearly a knockdown, and should have rendered a draw the closest possible score for Bradley, with reasonable judging.  Judges Marty Denkin and Jerry Cantu admirably provided said reasonable judging, while Raul Caiz, Sr. missed a round and had it 115-112 for Bradley.  Bradley-Provodnikov wins the award for one simple reason- it’s the only result of the year that I not only don’t agree with, but also don’t see as yielding an outcome that is defensible within the realm of reason, and for once the judges, by and large, are not to blame.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2013 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2013.

 

1) Timothy Bradley
Significant Results: Mar 16- UD12 W (should be Draw) vs. Prospect Ruslan Provodnikov.  Oct 12- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #19. Jun 24- Jul 28: #18. Jul 29- Oct 13: #17. Oct 14- Dec 31: #1.
2) Marcos Maidana
Significant Results: Jun 8- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez.  Dec 14- UD12 LW Champion Adrien Broner.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10- Oct 13: #5. Oct 14- Dec 8: #6. Dec 9-31: #4.
3) Keith Thurman
Significant Results: Mar 9- UD12 Fringe Contender Jan Zaveck.  Jul 27- KO10 Undefeated Prospect Diego Chaves.  Dec 14- TKO9 #6 Jesus Soto Karass.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #16. Jun 24- Jul 28: #15. Jul 29- Oct 13: #12. Oct 14-20: #13. Oct 21- Nov 24: #12. Nov 25- Dec 15: #13. Dec 16-31: #5.
4) Shawn Porter
Significant Results: Sep 12- UD10 Gatekeeper Julio Diaz.  Dec 7- UD12 #5 Devon Alexander.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 8: Unranked. Dec 9-15: #5. Dec 16-31: #6.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Significant Results: May 4- UD12 #4 Robert Guerrero.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Champion.
6) Jesus Soto Karass
Significant Results: Jan 26- W (MD10) vs. #5 Selcuk Aydin (at 149).  Jul 27- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto.  Dec 14- L (TKO9) vs. #13 Keith Thurman.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #12. Jun 24- Jul 28: #11. Jul 29- Oct 13: #6. Oct 14- Dec 8: #7. Dec 9-15: #6. Dec 16-31: #12.
7) Ruslan Provodnikov
Significant Results: Mar 16- UD12 L (should be draw) vs. Contender Timothy Bradley.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #20. Jun 24- Jul 28: #19. Jul 29- Oct 20: #18. Oct 21- Nov 24: #17. Nov 25- Dec 1: #18. Dec 2-8: #17. Dec 9-31: #18.
8) Manny Pacquiao
Significant Results: Nov 24- UD12 #4 JWW Brandon Rios.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Oct 13: #2. Oct 14- Dec 31: #3.
9) Adrien Broner
Significant Results: Jun 22- W (SD12) vs. Gatekeeper Paulie Malignaggi.  Dec 14- L (UD12) vs. #4 Marcos Maidana. 
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Ranked only at Lightweight.
10) Paulie Malignaggi
Significant Results: Jun 22- L (SD12) vs. LW Champion Adrien Broner.  Dec 7- UD12 JWW Contender Zab Judah.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 8: Unranked. Dec 9-31: #14.
11) Shane Mosley
Significant Results: May 18- UD12 Fringe Contender Pablo Cesar Cano.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Unranked. May 20- Oct 13: #3. Oct 14- Dec 8: #4. Dec 9-31: Unranked (Retired).
12) Kevin Bizier
Significant Results: Feb 8- RTD8 Gatekeeper Nate Campbell.  Nov 30- SD12 L (should be win) vs. #18* Jo Jo Dan.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 1: Unranked. Dec 2-8: #20. Dec 9-31: Unranked.
13) Leonard Bundu
Significant Results: Apr 6- KO11 Gatekeeper Rafal Jackiewicz.  Dec 14- TKO12 Gatekeeper Lee Purdy.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: Unranked. Jun 24- Jul 28: #20. Jul 29- Sep 15: #19. Sep 16- Oct 20: #20. Oct 21- Nov 24: #19. Nov 25- Dec 1: #20. Dec 2-15: Unranked. Dec 16-31: #20.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu
Significant Results: Apr 27- UD10 Fringe Contender Antonin Decarie.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #14. Jun 24- Jul 28: #13. Jul 29- Oct 13: #14. Oct 14-20: #15. Oct 21- Nov 24: #14. Nov 25- Dec 8: #15. Dec 9-31: #16.
15) Jessie Vargas

Significant Results: Mar 16- UD10 Gatekeeper Wale Omotoso.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jul 28: Unranked. Jul 29- Sep 15: #20. Sep 16- Oct 20: Unranked. Oct 21- Nov 24: #20. Nov 25- Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Kell Brook
Significant Results: Oct 26- TKO4 Gatekeeper Vyacheslav Senchenko.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Oct 13: #8. Oct 14- Dec 8: #9. Dec 9-31: #8.
17) Devon Alexander
Significant Results: May 18- RTD7 Gatekeeper Lee Purdy.  Dec 7- L (UD12) vs. Prospect Shawn Porter.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10- Oct 13: #4. Oct 14- Dec 8: #5. Dec 9-31: #9.
18) Jo Jo Dan
Significant Results: Nov 30- SD12 W (should be loss) vs. Undefeated Prospect Kevin Bizier.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Dec 1: Unranked. Dec 2-8: #19. Dec 9-15: #20. Dec 16-31: Unranked.
19) Adrian Granados
Significant Results: Mar 22- Robbery Draw (should be win) vs. Gatekeeper Kermit Cintron.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
20) Bethuel Ushona
Significant Results: Oct 5- UD12 Gatekeeper Kaizer Mabuza.
2013 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but were not among the top 20 performers at the weight this year.  Naturally, most of them did not improve their standing as a result:

 

Juan Manuel Marquez– Jan 1- Oct 13: #1. Oct 14- Dec 31: #2.

 

Robert Guerrero– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jul 28: #6. Jul 29- Oct 13: #7. Oct 14- Dec 8: #8. Dec 9-31: #7.

 

Andre Bert0– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jul 28: #7. Jul 29- Oct 13: #11. Oct 14-20: #12. Oct 21- Nov 24: #11. Nov 25- Dec 15: #12. Dec 16-31: #13.

 

Randall Bailey– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20-Oct 13: #9. Oct 14-20: #10. Oct 21- Nov 24: Unranked (Inactive). Nov 25- Dec 31: #10.

 

Josesito Lopez– Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10- Oct 13: #10. Oct 14-20: #11. Oct 21- Nov 24: #10. Nov 25- Dec 31: #11.

 

Victor Ortiz– Jan 1- Jun 9: Uncertain. Jun 10-23: #11. Jun 24- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Chris van Heerden– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #13. Jun 24- Jul 28: #12. Jul 29- Oct 13: #13. Oct 14-20: #14. Oct 21- Nov 24: #13. Nov 25- Dec 8: #14. Dec 9-31: #15.

 

Alfonso Gomez– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #15. Jun 24- Jul 28: #14. Jul 29- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).

 

Jan Zaveck– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #17. Jun 24- Jul 28: #16. Jul 29- Oct 13: #15. Oct 14-20: #16. Oct 21- Nov 24: #15. Nov 25- Dec 8: #16. Dec 9-31: #17.

 

Selcuk Aydin– Jan 1- May 19: Uncertain. May 20- Jun 23: #18. Jun 24- Jul 28: #17. Jul 29- Oct 13: #16. Oct 14-20: #17. Oct 21- Nov 24: #16. Nov 25- Dec 1: #17. Dec 2-31: Unranked.

 

Pablo Cesar Cano– Jan 1- Sep 15: Unranked. Sep 16- Oct 20: #19. Oct 21- Nov 24: #18. Nov 25- Dec 1: #19. Dec 2-8: #18. Dec 9-31: #19.
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Welterweight: 2013, Oct 21-27

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Leipzig, #16 Jan Zaveck dominated an unqualified Sebastien Allais to an 8-round decision.  

 

Since I haven’t yet begun actually publishing my 140 pound rankings, I’ll mention that #18 Welter Ruslan Provodnikov put on a great performance in Denver, breaking down #3 Mike Alvarado in his hometown.   If no later events intervene, I expect that Provodnikov will be #1 or #2 at 140 when I do finally get around to publishing those rankings.

 

#10 Randall Bailey’s expected tune-up this coming weekend appears to be a no-go, so he is removed for inactivity.  This allows Josesito Lopez to reclaim top 10 position after being forced out for just a week, and gets Jessie Vargas back in the mix at #20, as he narrowly edges out Adrien Broner for the spot.  Everybody in between obviously moves up a bit, as well.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (182-214-214)
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 Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (2-2-72)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
In upsetting Marquez, Bradley has set himself up for a deserved shot against Mayweather or, more likely due to his HBO affiliation, a re-match with Pacquiao.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (2-102-102)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Marquez is said to be leaning towards retirement after his upset loss to Bradley.  However, I could still see a scenario in which he is lured into a 5th Pacquiao fight for big money.
3) Manny Pacquiao (2-255-255)
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.
4) Shane Mosley (2-23-23)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mosley apparently wasn’t happy about not getting all of his pay in advance as agreed, and cut out of Australia lickety-split, cancelling the Mundine fight that had been scheduled for 10/23.
5) Devon Alexander (2-87-87)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
With Khan apparently hedging his bets in hopes of a Mayweather payday, Alexander will instead fight prospect Shawn Porter in San Antonio on November 30.
6) Marcos Maidana (2-20-20)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
After much speculation, Maidana-Broner appears done for December 14 on Showtime PPV.
7) Jesus Soto Karass (2-13-39)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #12 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass’s fight with Thurman has been moved from the December 7 Malignaggi-Judah undercard in Brooklyn to the following week’s pay-per-view tilt between Broner and Maidana.
8) Robert Guerrero (2-48-65)
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.  He’s also been rumored to be in the mix to fight Khan, though his team has denied it.
9) Kell Brook (2-130-130)
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.
10) Josesito Lopez (1-1-70)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO6) vs. #11 Marcos Maidana
Next Fight: Unknown
Reports of a November fight between Lopez and Aaron Martinez appear to have been premature, as there’s been no mention of the bout since the Ring first reported it a while ago.
11) Andre Berto (1-48)
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 (1-33)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)

Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #7 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
13) Chris van Heerden (1-71)
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.  Apparently an effort was made to get him on the Froch-Groves undercard against Lee Purdy, but that appears to be a no-go.
14) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-26)
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.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
15) Jan Zaveck (1-202)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- UD8 Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
As expected, Zaveck had little trouble with French journeyman Allais.
16) Selcuk Aydin (1-236)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- W (RTD4) vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Ruslan Provodnikov (1-32)
Last Fight: 10/19/2013- RTD10 #3 JWW Mike Alvarado (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Alvarado-Provodnikov is done for 10/19 in Denver, at 140, with HBO to televise. 
18) Pablo Cesar Cano (1-6)
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.
19) Leonard Bundu (1-18)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Lee Purdy (UNR)
Bundu will fight British gatekeeper Lee Purdy December 14 in London.
20) Jessie Vargas (1-1)
Last Fight: 10/11/2013- UD10 Ray Narh (UNR) (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: #9 Kell Brook headlines a card in Sheffield, taking on Ukranian gatekeeper Vyacheslav Senchenko in the main event.

Welterweight: 2013, Oct 14-20

Posted in Rankings, Welterweight with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2013 by danboxing
Undefeated fringe contender Jessie Vargas won a relatively comfortable 10-round decision over serviceable veteran “Sugar” Ray Narh on Friday in Vegas, but whether by design or failure, arrived for the weigh-in a half-pound over the divisional limit.  The fight was a rare non-televised outing for Vargas, so I can only report the scores of 97-92 and 98-91 (x2). 

 

The next night in the same building, no-doubt underrated #17 Tim Bradley pulled off what I see as a fairly substantial upset, edging out a close split decision over #1 Juan Manuel Marquez.  I agreed with the overall slant of the cards, and thought all were reasonable.  Marquez took the nod from one judge at 115-113, while Bradley got a mirrored verdict from another, as well as a 116-112 triumph on the third.  Bradley fought an extremely smart fight, utilizing effective movement to keep the Mexican legend just a bit off balance.  Marquez, as you might expect from a veteran of his caliber, remained composed despite the difficulty, but perhaps just a bit too much.   A bit of a wild charge here and there might have nicked him another round or two- especially seeing as how Provodnikov recently had success against Bradley with a slightly less disciplined and refined approach.  I honestly didn’t think that Bradley could possibly cope with Marquez’s mix of punching power and savvy.  It’s possible that Pacquiao’s true conqueror is finally starting to show his age, though.  Remember that experts were marveling at his longevity as a little man even more than three years ago when he was whipping younger men like Juan Diaz.

 

On the non-televised undercard, solid prospect Brad Solomon won via near-shutout in an 8-round decision over decent journeyman Kenny Abril.

 

Obviously we get a big shakeup this week.  Though he still carried substantial baggage in the form of his somewhat clear loss to Pacquiao and a win over Provodnikov that by all rights should have been a draw, Bradley’s close but fair win over the man that has twice clearly and once emphatically defeated Pacquiao in this division in recent years plainly establishes him as clearly the new #1 contender to Mayweather’s crown.  His sudden ascent forces everyone ranked #1-16 last week down a spot, including Marquez, who stays ahead of Pacquiao due to a clear head-to-head advantage.  Josesito Lopez exits the top 10 after 68 consecutive weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (181-213-213)
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 Amir Khan being rumored as the May 3 opponent.
1) Timothy Bradley (1-1-71)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- W (SD12) vs. #1 Juan Manuel Marquez
Next Fight: Unknown
In upsetting Marquez, Bradley has set himself up for a deserved shot against Mayweather or, more likely due to his HBO affiliation, a re-match with Pacquiao.
2) Juan Manuel Marquez (1-101-101)
Last Fight: 10/12/2013- L (SD12) vs. #17 Timothy Bradley
Next Fight: Unknown
Couldn’t quite solve Bradley’s movement, and might be getting a bit long in the tooth.
3) Manny Pacquiao (1-254-254)
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.
4) Shane Mosley (1-22-22)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- UD12 Pablo Cesar Cano (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/23/2013- vs. #11 MW Anthony Mundine (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine now has a date of October 23.
5) Devon Alexander (1-86-86)
Last Fight: 5/18/2013- RTD7 Lee Purdy (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/30/2013- vs. Shawn Porter (UNR)
With Khan apparently hedging his bets in hopes of a Mayweather payday, Alexander will instead fight prospect Shawn Porter in San Antonio on November 30.
6) Marcos Maidana (1-19-19)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO6 #4 Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Adrien Broner (UNR)
After much speculation, Maidana-Broner appears done for December 14 on Showtime PPV.
7) Jesus Soto Karass (1-12-38)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- TKO12 #7 Andre Berto
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. #13 Keith Thurman
Soto Karass’s fight with Thurman has been moved from the December 7 Malignaggi-Judah undercard in Brooklyn to the following week’s pay-per-view tilt between Broner and Maidana.
8) Robert Guerrero (1-47-64)
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.
9) Kell Brook (1-129-129)
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.
10) Randall Bailey (1-71-71)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #? Devon Alexander
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Bailey says he intends to tune-up on October 26 and is targeting Kevin Bizier after that.
11) Josesito Lopez (1-69)
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.
12) Andre Berto (1-47)
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.
13) Keith Thurman (1-32)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR)

Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #7 Jesus Soto Karass
See Soto Karass’s notes, above.
14) Chris van Heerden (1-70)
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.  Apparently an effort was made to get him on the Froch-Groves undercard against Lee Purdy, but that appears to be a no-go.
15) Luis Carlos Abregu (1-25)
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.  The WBC is looking to match him with Antonin Decarie when he returns.
16) Jan Zaveck (1-201)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- L (UD12) vs. #15 JMW Keith Thurman
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Sebastien Allais (UNR)
Zaveck is back in action on the undercard of Stieglitz-Ekpo in Leipzig, against French journeyman Sebastien Allais.
17) Selcuk Aydin (1-235)
Last Fight: 9/27/2013- W (RTD4) vs. Demarcus Corley (UNR) (at JWW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Ruslan Provodnikov (12-31)
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 (5-5)
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 (5-17)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/14/2013- vs. Lee Purdy (UNR)
Bundu will fight British gatekeeper Lee Purdy December 14 in London.

 

The Week Ahead: Saturday in Leipzig, #16 Jan Zaveck meets lower-mid-level French journeyman Sebastien Allais on the undercard of Robert Stieglitz’s showcase.

 

#18 Ruslan Provodnikov is in much deeper in Denver against top-5 junior welterweight Mike Alvarado, but that will be for a belt at 140.