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Junior Middleweight: 2012, Dec 17-23

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2013 by danboxing
I don’t claim to be an authority on the Lonsdale Challenge Belt, but Brian Rose may very well be the weakest fighter to ever capture it.  The Lonsdale belt is a device to keep British titlists defending that title, whereby you get to keep the belt only if you defend it three times.  He first won the belt in impressive fashion, dominating a very heavily favored and top-10 world-ranked Prince Arron.  His first defense was against Max Maxwell, an extremely mediocre journeyman who got the shot only because he had somehow beaten Rose in the past.  The second defense came against possibly even more mediocre Scottish journeyman Kris Carslaw, who nevertheless arguably deserved to beat Rose (I had it for Carslaw, but it was very debatable). 

 

Finally, he capped off his dubiously triumphant reign with another arguable victory, this time over journeyman and former British titlist Sam Webb, who needed a blatant robbery against a journeyman in the eliminator to even get the shot.  Rose had the look of the bigger and more athletic guy between the two, but seemed to take rounds off to the extent that I had the aggressive Webb pulling off a draw.  The judges had relatively reasonable scores in Rose’s favor, at 116-112 (x2) and 116-113.  To me, it was within 116-112 either way.  Incidentally, Webb announced his retirement after the fight.

 

The same night in Nuremberg, Germany, hot German prospect Jack Culcay scored his best win to date by stopping very respectable French journeyman Jean Michel Hamilcaro in the 5th of a scheduled 12.  The undefeated Culcay has now easily done enough to be considered a top 50 fighter, but has yet to beat a fellow member of that class (Hamilcaro wasn’t quite there), and thus remains ineligible for rankings consideration here.

 

I must confess that I had Saturday’s fight between Jorge Silva and #9 Alfredo Angulo in the “fun while it lasts” category.  I knew both guys were hard-punching action fighters, but I expected Angulo to overwhelm a game Silva due to his decided size advantage, with Angulo being a full-fledged 154-pounder and Silva a welterweight.  But Silva didn’t quite see it that way.  He came out looking to make a statement in the opening round, and did so.  He got Perro’s respect in a big way, clearly hurting him with a counter off the ropes as Angulo looked to impose his will, and followed up effectively to win round one in rather dominant fashion.  What followed was a pitched battle of rather epic proportions.  Angulo swept the next four rounds, while Silva had his moments and was never remotely out of the fight.  Silva reasserted himself in the 6th, throwing in some boxing and potshots to confound the bigger man.  Angulo appeared to be fading to the point that you had to wonder if he would be willing to hang with the younger and quicker man down the stretch.  But Silva reached his high water mark around the middle of the seventh, hanging on to win a close 7th, but taking some telling blows near the bell.  After that, it was Perro who caught his second win, as he punished a game but flagging Silva for the next two rounds, with the final round being so dominant that a 10-8 wouldn’t have been out of the question.  If the fight had been higher-profile, it would have certainly been in the discussion for fight of the year, and both men were elevated by their effort, as Angulo walked away with a unanimous 97-93 decision that I agreed with completely.  Not that it matters since Silva wasn’t established at 154 anyway, but the fight was contracted at 156.

 

Despite getting the win in both fights, Rose’s shaky and unclear victories over Carslaw and Webb have proven to my satisfaction that the British 154 scene is just extremely weak, and that Rose doesn’t particularly stand out from it.  With two fights against journeymen that I treat as essentially draws, along with the 2010 loss to another in Maxwell to offset his huge win over Prince Arron (who it now appears was extremely overrated), Rose slumps further down the list, now barely hanging on to a ranking at #20.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (33-94-109)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’s open to fighting Austin Trout on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, but sadly Golden Boy is more interested in the guy Trout just beat.
2) Carlos Molina (33-76-91)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (39-124-124)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 2/23/2013- vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
K9 returns to action against gatekeeper Ishe Smith on Showtime, February 23.
4) Austin Trout (3-29-98)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
5) Erislandy Lara (3-76-98)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (3-33-33)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather is in discussions to fight Robert Guerrero at welterweight sometime in the first half of 2013.
7) Miguel Cotto (3-133-133)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
In the aftermath of his defeat, Cotto shrugged off talk of retirement, and may be heartened by news from Golden Boy that Canelo is still intersted in a fight with him.
8) James Kirkland (3-59-59)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Alfredo Angulo (29-169-169)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
10) Gabriel Rosado (30-30-98)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin
Rosado is set to fight intimidating middleweight puncher Gennady Golovkin on January 19 in New York.
11) Cory Spinks (27-47)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (27-27)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko survived a scare against Vitu.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (30-75)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez had an opportunity to fight Angulo, but passed for some reason.
14) Lukas Konecny (11-71)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Keith Thurman (4-4)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: Unknown
Who knows if he’ll fight at this weight again anytime soon, but it sure suited him.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (4-81)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
17) Sechew Powell (15-144)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Roberto Garcia (1-28)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Anthony Mundine (1-15)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: 1/30/2013- vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale (at MW)
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale on January 30, in Sydney.
20) Brian Rose (1-55)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD12* Sam Webb (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose registered his 3rd defense of his British title, and gets to keep the Lonsdale belt as a result.  But don’t give him too much credit.  The British scene is so moribund that he was able to do so by decisioning 3 journeymen and barely edging two of them.

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing big going down at 154 this week.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Apr 30- May 6

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by danboxing
2-loss Argentine prospect Javier Maciel- who impressed a bit in losing a closer-than-expected fight with Dmitry Pirog- knocked out Carlos Vilches, a post-prime former junior welterweight contender, in only 50 seconds in Caseros, Argentina.

 

In London, England, Manchester journeyman Matthew Hall was blatantly robbed against London native Sam Webb, and nobody raised much of a stink over it.  The flamboyantly biased commentary no doubt assisted in the crime.  Hall came forward like a tank, pinning Webb on the ropes several times per round.  He pounded the body relentlessly, and landed his share of short power shots to the head as well.  He didn’t take a backward step the whole fight, and controlled the ring (with an iron fist) about 90% of the time.  Save for that 10%, Webb either ran like the slowest Kenyan you’ve ever seen or layed on the ropes taking shots.  When he punched, it was usually sloppy and off the back foot.  He came on a little stronger late, but there’s still no way he came anywhere close to winning the fight.  I had it 117-111, and the 3 rounds I gave Webb were the closest 3 rounds of the fight.  There was a 4th round that I gave Hall fairly clear, but mainly because of effective aggression and ring generalship.  I thought the punching was even in that round.  So even giving more benefit of the doubt than I typically would, 116-112 Hall at a bare minimum.  Dave Parris had it 117-112.  My guess is he saw it like I did, but couldn’t pull the trigger on perhaps that last round I mentioned (the 3rd).  The other judges were just awful.  Perhaps they were hired to judge Dancing with the Stars and switched assignments at the last minute.  Because dancing was the only thing Webb did better than Hall.  Not really even a close fight.  Webb’s ill-gotten gain is a British title shot against Brian Rose.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (6-43-58)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
2) Saul Alvarez (6-61-76)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (6-91-91)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
4) Miguel Cotto (22-100-100)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (22-43-65)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo.
6) James Kirkland (6-26-26)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even after his unimpressive performance against Molina (or perhaps in part because of it), Lara still wants to fight him.
7) Paul Williams (11-11-65)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (11-136-136)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (11-132-132)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
10) Gabriel Rosado (11-15-65)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (11-14)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (11-65)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (11-42)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #12 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
14) Brian Rose (21-22)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
In fairness, the British light middleweight scene is extremely thin compared to other divisions, but I can’t say that Rose’s title reign is off to a great start.  He’s defending his title against a second consecutive journeyman that could be called mid-level at best.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (21-48)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being passed over for a JCC shot, an eliminator for a shot at Canelo has been ordered by the WBC, with the prospective opponent being Erislandy Lara.
16) Lukas Konecny (7-38)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Sechew Powell (7-111)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (7-25)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/26/2012- vs. Abel Perry (UNR)
Margarito will take a soft touch in an attempt to bounce back, taking lower mid-level journeyman Abel Perry on May 26.
19) Prince Arron (7-10)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron has a new trainer and says he’s moving up to middleweight.
20) Anthony Mundine (7-7)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The much larger Danny Green is gunning for a rematch.

 

The Week Ahead: This week features one junior middleweight-heavy pay-per-view card in Vegas on Saturday.  In the main event, top Welterweight Floyd Mayweather looks to begin a conquest of 154 when he takes one of the more dangerous fights of his career against #4 Miguel Cotto.

 

In the co-feature, #2 Saul Alvarez will try to be impressive and hopefully retire the heavily faded former Champion Shane Mosley.

 

And leading off the live broadcast, fringe contender Deandre Latimore- ranked #19 here as recently as February 26, but who was removed for failing to make 154 for 18 months- takes on top level journeyman Carlos Quintana.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Apr 23-29

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
#5 Erislandy Lara’s fight with Ronald Hearns ended up a middleweight tilt, so I have given that the full treatment there and won’t go into it here.  The other Friday fight didn’t happen at all between Mateo Veron and Guido Pitto.

 

The weekend’s sole survivor at junior middleweight was Polish prospect Damian Jonak’s bout with Brazilian journeyman Anderson Clayton.  Jonak was fairly dominant in winning a 10-round decision.

 

No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (5-42-57)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
2) Saul Alvarez (5-60-75)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (5-90-90)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
4) Miguel Cotto (21-99-99)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (21-42-64)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo.
6) James Kirkland (5-25-25)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Even after his unimpressive performance against Molina (or perhaps in part because of it), Lara still wants to fight him.
7) Paul Williams (10-10-64)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (10-135-135)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (10-131-131)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
10) Gabriel Rosado (10-14-64)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (10-13)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (10-64)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (10-41)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #12 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
14) Brian Rose (20-21)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose expects to be back before Summer.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (20-47)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being passed over for a JCC shot, an eliminator for a shot at Canelo has been ordered by the WBC, with the prospective opponent being Erislandy Lara.
16) Lukas Konecny (6-37)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
17) Sechew Powell (6-110)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Antonio Margarito (6-24)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Margarito is looking to return either 6/2 or 9/15.  Roberto Garcia recently called him out.
19) Prince Arron (6-9)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron has a new trainer and says he’s moving up to middleweight.
20) Anthony Mundine (6-6)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12* Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The much larger Danny Green is gunning for a rematch.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Caseros, Argentina, 2-loss local prospect Javier Maciel (best known for giving Dmitry Pirog trouble) stays busy against mediocre veteran journeyman Carlos Vilches.

 

The following night in London, former British Champion Sam Webb takes on former British (and European) title challenger and current journeyman Matthew Hall for a mandatory shot at Brian Rose’s title.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Mar 12-18

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (39-54-69)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Shane Mosley (UNR)
Canelo will look to retire an over the hill Shane Mosley on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, with the winner reportedly to get a shot at the main event’s winner.  He’s already planning his return for September, too.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (39-84-84)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (15-93-93)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (15-36-58)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
The Hearns fight may be rescheduled for April 14.
6) Carlos Molina (36-36-51)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Paul Williams (4-4-58)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
8) Alfredo Angulo (4-129-129)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
9) Ryan Rhodes (4-125-125)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes pulled out of his fight with Rabchenko, citing a back injury.
10) Gabriel Rosado (4-8-58)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. Joel Julio (UNR)
Rosado will again fight on NBC Sports Network, fighting fringe contender Joel Julio in Bethlehem, PA.
11) Cory Spinks (4-7)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
12) Austin Trout (4-58)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (4-35)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez has confirmed that he’ll be staying at 154.
14) Brian Rose (14-15)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (14-41)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We get it, Vanes!  You’re better than a bunch of random journeymen.  How about a test?
16) Yuri Foreman (14-128)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Unless he schedules a fight by the next update, Foreman will be removed for inactivity.
17) Lukas Konecny (14-31)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/5/2012- vs. Salim Larbi (UNR)
After Baysangurov withdrew with injury, Konecny will go home to the Czech Republic to fight French journeyman Salim Larbi for what is incredibly an interim alphabet title.
18) Sechew Powell (7-104)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Antonio Margarito (3-18)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June, but the WBC has gone on record saying they would reject that fight for Chavez’ belt.
20) Prince Arron (3-3)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (SD12) vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
When we last saw Arron in the rankings, it appeared that he was going to fight an 8 rounder on February 24.  That didn’t happen.  No word on his next move.

 

The Week Ahead:  Friday in London, former British champion Sam Webb fights decent Manchester journeyman Matthew Hall in an eliminator for the right to face Brian Rose for that title.

 

Saturday, American expat fringe contender Charlie Ota (aka Charles Bellamy) returns home from Tokyo to fight low-level journeyman Gundrick King on the Martinez-Macklin undercard at MSG. 

 

In other news, #16 Yuri Foreman has been inactive for a year as of Monday, and will thus be removed from the rankings next week if he doesn’t schedule a fight.