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Middleweight: 2013, Aug 5-11

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 9, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Tokyo represented the first test for Tomohiro Ebisu since he upset my 2012 middleweight prospect of the year (Sanosuke Sasaki) in February.  Ebisu is notable because- coming in with a record of 11-2- he has won all of his wins by stoppage, and lost all of his losses in the same way.  His opponent, Daiske Nakagawa, was essentially a gatekeeper who had recently moved up from 154.  The fight ended with a knockout, as you might expect, but not the way Ebisu was hoping, as Nakagawa put him out for the count in the closing seconds of round 7.

 

Several hours later in Uncasville, Connecticut, Curtis Stevens set the social networks to buzzing with talk of a Gennady Golovkin fight by prevailing in spectacular fashion in a short-lived firefight with Mexican gatekeeper Saul Roman.  Roman was really at exactly the same level as Stevens’ last first round KO victim, Elvin Ayala, but I guess he gets more credit for this one because Roman is seen as a more durable blood and guts kind of fighter.  There’s no denying Stevens’ power, but the result was a foregone conclusion in my view.  Roman clearly had much less power and technique than his opponent, and yet chose to participate in undisciplined trading with Stevens.

 

The week was capped off with a gross mismatch in Osaka, as fringe contender Nobuhiro Ishida assumed the role played by Gennady Golovkin in their recent fight by knocking out the hopelessly outgunned and comically inexperienced Elly Pangaribuan in the second round.

 

Stevens ascends to the #20 position in a very close call over Billi Godoy.  This is despite the dismal performance he put forth against Derrick Findley in his previous fight.  That fight could have been a close loss or a draw, but certainly not the comfortable win he was gifted by the house judges.  That performance is offset by a debatable but still unacceptable loss on Godoy’s ledger to a comparable journeyman in Sergio Sanders, with the main difference being that Stevens’ wins have been more emphatic, and especially that he’s crammed them both in to 2013, while Godoy’s best win is over 2 years old.  Nakagawa’s win gets him to the verge of the top 25 roughly.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (173-173-173)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez is now making noise to the effect that he intends to fight Gennady Golovkin in 2014, but more recently stated that he wants the Mayweather-Canelo winner.
1) Martin Murray (15-88-88)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray looks like a good bet to fight Golovkin on November 2, in what would be the best matchup at 160 of 2013.
2) Gennady Golovkin (6-49-112)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
See Murray’s notes above.
3) Daniel Geale (6-216-216)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
4) Felix Sturm (6-516-516)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm wants to fight Geale by the end of the year if the Australian gets by Barker.
5) Matthew Macklin (15-111-202)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (15-114-132)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Bob Arum confirms Chavez-Vera, but on a new date of September 7, at Staples Center.  Apparently it will be at a contract weight “a few pounds” over the middleweight limit.  This is potentially problematic for Chavez’s continued ranking here- especially since he has stated interest in fighting Sakio Bika next at 168.
7) Peter Quillin (15-42-63)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy intends to put Quillin on an October card in Brooklyn.  There are signs that his opponent might be Danny Jacobs.  If so, that’s a ridiculous match-up.  Jacobs has fought only ham-and-eggers since being knocked out by Pirog in 2010 and winning a fight with cancer.  A fight with Golovkin has been discussed, but that is complicated by the opposing network loyalties of the two fighters.
8) Dmitry Pirog (15-158-158)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
A recent interview with Pirog seemed to reveal underlying doubts as to his ability to return in August as planned and/or hoped for, but he says that return is still possible.  He says he won’t know until he puts a “heavy load” (ie fight camp) on his back if it will respond adequately or not.  If we don’t have positive news, at least, by the end of August, I’ll remove him, as it’s really been too long to keep hoping for a return.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (6-23-145)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win, and has signed with a solid promoter in Lou DiBella.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (21-132)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (21-132)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia, likely in October.
13) Osumanu Adama (21-124)
Last Fight: 7/26/2013- RTD7 Doel Carasquillo (UNR) (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has until September 7 to schedule a middleweight fight to avoid removal, having missed 160 in his last two fights.
14) Akio Shibata (14-14)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Darren Barker (14-95)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (14-132)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak may be back in September, and his EBU-mandated opponent will likely be Domenico Spada.
17) Demetrius Andrade (14-103)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #14 JMW Vanes Martirosyan (at JMW)
The last time Andrade fought an opponent over 154 was just 2 weeks less than a year before his upcoming alphabet title fight with Vanes.  Very unlikely he’ll still be ranked at this weight by the end of September.
18) Bryan Vera (14-42)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to September 7.
19) Grzegorz Proksa (6-121)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
20) Curtis Stevens (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens certainly gets style points for the quick and devastating way he dispatched 2 of this last 3 opponents, but I’m not sure he should really be in the running for Golovkin right now as the hype would suggest.

 

The Week Ahead: No significant fight to report for the division this week.
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Middleweight: 2013, Jul 29- Aug 4

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by danboxing
Cicero, Illinois evidently isn’t an Amish Paradise, as #13 Osumanu Adama handled and stopped Puerto Rican journeyman Doel “Amish Guy” Carasquillo there on Friday, when Carasquillo failed to answer the bell for round 7.  Speaking of failure, Adama once again failed to make 160, coming in a pound over.  The win gets Adama somewhat back on the right track after his nearly disastrous performance in March against Grady Brewer.  Still, his ranking is very much at risk, as he’ll need to schedule a middleweight fight before September 7, or will be subject to removal the following week.

 

The next night in Chihuahua, Mexico, #11 Marco Antonio Rubio took care of business, knocking out Colombian journeyman Dionisio Miranda in just 2 rounds.  Anyone else think Rubio ought to change his nickname to “The Senator?”

 

On the Rubio undercard, one-loss Mexican prospect Marcos Reyes avenged his only career loss- a 2010 decision- by comfortably outpointing journeyman Amilcar Funes in their second 10-round contest.

 

With all the clear favorites prevailing over journeymen, there are no changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (172-172-172)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez is now making noise to the effect that he intends to fight Gennady Golovkin in 2014, but more recently stated that he wants the Mayweather-Canelo winner.
1) Martin Murray (14-87-87)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray looks like a good bet to fight Golovkin on November 2, in what would be the best matchup at 160 of 2013.
2) Gennady Golovkin (5-48-111)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
See Murray’s notes above.
3) Daniel Geale (5-215-215)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- UD12 #11 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #15 Darren Barker
Geale will get back to action on August 17, making his US debut in just his 3rd fight outside Australia when he takes on Darren Barker at the Turning Stone in New York state.
4) Felix Sturm (5-515-515)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sturm wants to fight Geale by the end of the year if the Australian gets by Barker.
5) Matthew Macklin (14-110-201)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin has now suffered his 2nd knockout loss at the top level, but still has plenty of cred against anyone not in the top 5.
6) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (14-113-131)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Bob Arum confirms Chavez-Vera, but on a new date of September 7, at Staples Center.  Apparently it will be at a contract weight “a few pounds” over the middleweight limit.  This is potentially problematic for Chavez’s continued ranking here- especially since he has stated interest in fighting Sakio Bika next at 168.
7) Peter Quillin (14-41-62)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy intends to put Quillin on an October card in Brooklyn.  There are signs that his opponent might be Danny Jacobs.  If so, that’s a ridiculous match-up.  Jacobs has fought only ham-and-eggers since being knocked out by Pirog in 2010 and winning a fight with cancer.  A fight with Golovkin has been discussed, but that is complicated by the opposing network loyalties of the two fighters.
8) Dmitry Pirog (14-157-157)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
A recent interview with Pirog seemed to reveal underlying doubts as to his ability to return in August as planned and/or hoped for, but he says that return is still possible.  He says he won’t know until he puts a “heavy load” (ie fight camp) on his back if it will respond adequately or not.  If we don’t have positive news, at least, by the end of August, I’ll remove him, as it’s really been too long to keep hoping for a return.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (5-22-144)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
Mora is hoping for a shot at Golovkin off the Proksa win, and has signed with a solid promoter in Lou DiBella.
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (20-131)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is theoretically set up for a alphabet title fight with Chavez, but Chavez has to beat Vera and decide to continue campaigning at 160, which seems increasingly unlikely.
12) Anthony Mundine (20-131)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
There is serious discussion of a fight with Shane Mosley in Australia, likely in October.
13) Osumanu Adama (20-123)
Last Fight: 7/26/2013- RTD7 Doel Carasquillo (UNR) (as SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama has until September 7 to schedule a middleweight fight to avoid removal, having missed 160 in his last two fights.
14) Akio Shibata (13-13)
Last Fight: W (TD9) vs. #18 Makoto Fuchigami
Next Fight: 8/25/2013- vs. Ryota Murata (UNR)
This is a bit stunning.  After proving himself the best Asian middleweight against Fuchigami, Shibata will follow up with a high-risk, no reward fight against Ryota Murata, a fighter making his pro debut, but an Olympic Gold Medalist, as well.
15) Darren Barker (13-94)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- RTD4 Simone Rotolo (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/17/2013- vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Barker will get his second big opportunity to rise to the top, as he takes on #2 Daniel Geale in New York state August 17.
16) Max Bursak (13-131)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak may be back in September, and his EBU-mandated opponent will likely be Domenico Spada.
17) Demetrius Andrade (13-102)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #14 JMW Vanes Martirosyan (at JMW)
The last time Andrade fought an opponent over 154 was just 2 weeks less than a year before his upcoming alphabet title fight with Vanes.  Very unlikely he’ll still be ranked at this weight by the end of September.
18) Bryan Vera (13-41)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/7/2013- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed to September 7.
19) Grzegorz Proksa (5-120)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa is an enigma.  He looked like the next big thing against Sylvester, but did practically nothing against Mora. 
20) Billi Godoy (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
So Veron is a naturally smaller domestic trial horse.  But Godoy has piled up wins of that kind, and the Argentine scene isn’t half bad overall.  His volume of wins like this are enough in my view to offset his debatable loss to Sanders.

 

The Week Ahead: Saturday’s action begins in Tokyo, where the Japanese title is on the line between Tomohiro Ebisu- the chinny fringe prospect who shocked the 2012 Middleweight Prospect of the Year back in February- and former Japanese 154 champion Daisuke Nakagawa.  Of course the real king of Japanese middleweights is Akio Shibata, who has a win already over Nakagawa.  The winner would have a real good argument to fight Shibata, though.

 

Later that night in Uncasville, Connecticut, gatekeeper Curtis Stevens- coming off a totally undeserved win against journeyman Derrick Findley- will once again be showcased on NBC Sports Network, against Mexican veteran Saul Roman.  We’ll see if his awful performance against Findley was an aberration or not, as Roman is a solid measuring stick at this level.

 

The following day in Osaka, recently-ranked fringe contender Nobuhiro Ishida will look to hit the reset button after a recent stretch of losses that culminated in a brutal knockout against Gennady Golovkin.  He will face the extremely non-threatening Elly Pangaribuan.

Middleweight: 2012, Jun 11-17

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by danboxing
None of last week’s favorites had any particular trouble taking care of business.  David Lemieux got back in the win column with a 2nd-round knockout of Mexican journeyman Jaudiel Zepeda in Montreal on Friday in a fight contested a tad over the divisional limit.  That same night in Culiacan, Mexico, 154-pound fringe contender Saul Roman came away with an identical result over late replacement Martin Avila, knocking the journeyman out with a body shot in the 2nd of a fight that actually ended up as a super middleweight contest by a fair margin.

 

Saturday’s card in Chihuahua was without its headliner, as #11 Marco Antonio Rubio’s scrap with undefeated Jorge Cota was postponed until later in the month, but the card went on as planned, and prospect Marcos Reyes outpointed journeyman Octavio Castro over the 10 round distance.

 

No changes in the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (113-113-113)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sergio has signed a contract to fight the Chavez-Lee winner, with 9/15 being the tentative date.  Recent news indicates that the contract is non-binding, but would lead to Chavez being stripped of his alphabet title if he dishonors it.  It also provides that if Lee wins, that fight would be in Argentina.
1) Daniel Geale (51-156-156)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #3 Felix Sturm
With the Pirog fight falling through, Geale didn’t ease up a bit, scheduling a fight with #3 Felix Sturm in Germany.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (37-61-61)
Last Fight: 5/10/2012- TKO3 Rudolf Varga (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
After his silly exhibition in Budapest, it’s back to business as he rematches journeyman Kerry Hope in July.
3) Felix Sturm (9-456-456)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Sturm will have a chance to gain back his old luster against the division’s #1 contender.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (9-54-72)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. SMW #11 Andy Lee
See Martinez’ notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (9-51-142)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin says he’d like to return in September for a fight in the US.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-85-85)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (6-98-98)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that a fight with Golovkin is 90% done.
8) Martin Murray (6-28-28)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Karim Achour (UNR)
Murray’s June 16 opponent will be French journeyman Karim Achour.
9) Anthony Mundine (15-19-72)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Bronco McKart (UNR)
Mundine will fight 41-year-old journeyman and former contender Bronco McKart on July 14 in Vegas.  The fight will be televised by something named WealthTV.
10) Sam Soliman (15-15-17)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (14-72)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: 6/30/2012- vs. Jorge Cota (UNR)
Rubio’s fight with Cota was postponed until the end of the month at the last minute.
12) Osumanu Adama (14-64)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Gennady Golovkin (3-52)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that a fight with Pirog is 90% done.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (3-72)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (3-72)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (3-43)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (3-35)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Barker will return from hip surgery on September 8 in London.  No opponent yet.
18) Billi Godoy (3-34)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy needs a lot of improvement if he’s going to fight his relative peers in the rankings.  He had more than a little trouble with crude and old Carlos Baldomir.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-15)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin fought adequately but largely unspectacularly in beating an old, inactive Winky Wright.

 

The Week Ahead:  A busy night for middleweights on Saturday.

 

The headliner is #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Super Middleweight #10 Andy Lee in El Paso, Texas.  The winner gets no less than a shot at the Championship.

 

#8 Martin Murray takes on French journeyman Karim Achour in Manchester.

 

In Playa del Carmen, Mexico, undefeated Mexican Gilberto Ramirez takes on veteran journeyman J.C. Candelo. 

 

And finally, Roman gatekeeper Domenico Spada fights in his hometown against Polish journeyman Mariusz Cendrowski.

Middleweight: 2012, Jun 4-10

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by danboxing
#20 Peter Quillin won a fairly average decision over former Junior Middleweight Champion Winky Wright on Saturday.  Boxrec’s rating system places Wright squarely in the category of journeyman.  My sense is that Wright is a bit better than that, but the truth is that he has not won a fight in 5 1/2 years, and so it probably would be a mistake to improve Quillin’s rating based on beating him.  Accordingly, no changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (112-112-112)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sergio has signed a contract to fight the Chavez-Lee winner, with 9/15 being the tentative date.  Recent news indicates that the contract is non-binding, but would lead to Chavez being stripped of his alphabet title if he dishonors it.  It also provides that if Lee wins, that fight would be in Argentina.
1) Daniel Geale (50-155-155)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #3 Felix Sturm
With the Pirog fight falling through, Geale didn’t ease up a bit, scheduling a fight with #3 Felix Sturm in Germany.
2) Grzegorz Proksa (36-60-60)
Last Fight: 5/10/2012- TKO3 Rudolf Varga (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
After his silly exhibition in Budapest, it’s back to business as he rematches journeyman Kerry Hope in July.
3) Felix Sturm (8-455-455)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- RTD9 Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/1/2012- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Sturm will have a chance to gain back his old luster against the division’s #1 contender.
4) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (8-53-71)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. SMW #11 Andy Lee
See Martinez’ notes, above.
5) Matthew Macklin (8-50-141)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin says he’d like to return in September for a fight in the US.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (18-84-84)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- UD12 #15 Max Bursak
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO has ordered a fight between N’Dam and Pirog.
7) Dmitry Pirog (5-97-97)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
The word is that a fight with Golovkin is 90% done.
8) Martin Murray (5-27-27)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Karim Achour (UNR)
Murray’s June 16 opponent will be French journeyman Karim Achour.
9) Anthony Mundine (14-18-71)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: 7/14/2012- vs. Bronco McKart (UNR)
Mundine will fight 41-year-old journeyman and former contender Bronco McKart on July 14 in Vegas.  The fight will be televised by something named WealthTV.
10) Sam Soliman (14-14-16)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (13-71)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: 6/9/2012- vs. Jorge Cota (UNR)
Rubio is set to fight undefeated prospect Jorge Cota in Mexico on June 9.
12) Osumanu Adama (13-63)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Gennady Golovkin (2-51)
Last Fight: 5/12/2012- TKO3 Makoto Fuchigami (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that a fight with Pirog is 90% done.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (2-71)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Max Bursak (2-71)
Last Fight: 5/4/2012- L (UD12) vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (2-42)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- KO1 Rudy Cisneros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade showed chilling power in destroying easy mark Cisneros.
17) Darren Barker (2-34)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker bowed out of opportunities to fight Murray and Pirog, and now we have a possible reason as he has apparently been injured for a while, needs surgery, and is done until the fall.
18) Billi Godoy (2-33)
Last Fight: 4/13/2012- UD10 Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Godoy needs a lot of improvement if he’s going to fight his relative peers in the rankings.  He had more than a little trouble with crude and old Carlos Baldomir.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (2-14)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- L(UD12) vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Next Fight: Unknown
Barely challenged Pirog at all, but has enough mileage left on the Kirkland upset to remain ranked for the moment.
20) Peter Quillin (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin fought adequately but largely unspectacularly in beating an old, inactive Winky Wright.

 

The Week Ahead: Several likely one-sided matchups on tap for this weekend.  Friday in Montreal, once heralded prospect David Lemieux once again looks to right the ship against low-level Mexican journeyman Jaudiel Zepeda after losing his last two fights. 

 

The same night in Culiacan, Mexico, normally junior middleweight fringe contender Saul Roman takes on journeyman Alfredo Contreras.

 

The action stays south of the border on Saturday, as two notable Mexican fighters see action in Chihuahua.   #11 Marco Antonio Rubio fights somewhat unproven prospect Jorge Cota, while one-loss prospect Marcos Reyes fights journeyman Octavio Castro on the undercard.

Middleweight: 2012, Apr 9-15

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by danboxing
Gatekeeper-level Minnesotan Andy Kolle won an 8-round decision against frequently recycled journeyman opponent Michael Walker in Superior, Wisconsin, on Saturday.  No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (104-104-104)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Sergio has signed a contract to fight the Chavez-Lee winner, with 9/15 being the tentative date.
1) Daniel Geale (42-147-147)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama
Next Fight: Unknown
2) Grzegorz Proksa (28-52-52)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L*(MD12) vs. Kerry Hope (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa wants a rematch in the worst kind of way, but his cut may keep him out 5-6 months.  Kerry Hope has audaciously suggested that Proksa (who clearly beat him in reality) might need to build to the rematch.
3) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (4-45-63)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. SMW #11 Andy Lee
Chavez signed 2 deals in one week.  He will fight Andy Lee on June 16 and, if he wins, will progress to challenge for the title, likely on September 15.
4) Matthew Macklin (4-42-133)
Last Fight: 3/17/2012- L(RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin deserves a break after a taxing effort against Martinez.
5) Felix Sturm (10-447-447)
Last Fight: 12/2/2012- Draw (SD12) vs. Martin Murray (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Sebastian Zbik (UNR)
It looked like Sturm would be promoting Zbik’s fight with Proksa.  Now he’s fighting Zbik instead, after Zbik showed his disgust for Sturm by pulling out.
6) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (10-76-76)
Last Fight: 4/2/2011- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2012- vs. #15 Max Bursak
Originally rumored for April 20 in Equatorial Guinea, N’Dam will now fight Bursak in France two weeks later, instead.
7) Martin Murray (10-19-19)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- Draw(SD12) vs. #3 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown
Murray ran into visa problems (the customs kind, not the credit kind), scuttling a big payday against Chavez.
8) Dmitry Pirog (19-89-89)
Last Fight: 9/25/2011- RTD10 Gennady Martirosyan (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Pirog will settle for Ishida on May 1 after several other potential opponents fell through.
9) Anthony Mundine (6-10-63)
Last Fight: 10/19/2011- UD12 Rigoberto Alvarez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine wants Chavez foremost, but would settle for Trout or Geale.
10) Sam Soliman (6-6-8)
Last Fight: 2/19/2012- UD12 #15 Garth Wood
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Marco Antonio Rubio (5-63)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- L(UD12) vs. #7 Julio Cesar Chavez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio is reportedly looking at a July fight with Ricardo Mayorga.
12) Osumanu Adama (5-55)
Last Fight: 3/7/2012- L(UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Adama came up short against Geale, but has nothing to be ashamed of.  He frequently took the #1 contender out of his game plan and looked entirely in his league at that lofty level.
13) Paul Williams (6-8)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida (as JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams is likely to fight on Showtime on June 30, with Joachim Alcine reportedly interested.
14) Avtandil Khurtsidze (6-63)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered Khurtsidze to defend his new goofy color-coded belt against gatekeeper Domenico Spada.
15) Max Bursak (6-63)
Last Fight: 12/17/2012- TKO3 Laatekwei Hammond (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/4/2012- vs. #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Bursak will be fighting N’Dam in France on May 4.
16) Gennady Golovkin (6-43)
Last Fight: 12/9/2011- KO1 Lajuan Simon (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin can’t get anyone to fight him, but Sturm has been ordered to defend his belt against him by September.
17) Demetrius Andrade (6-34)
Last Fight: 2/10/2012- KO2 Angel Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Darren Barker (6-26)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Barker bowed out of opportunities to fight Murray and Pirog, and now we have a possible reason as he has apparently been injured for a while, needs surgery, and is done until the fall.
19) Billi Godoy (6-25)
Last Fight: 11/12/2011- TKO1 Luciano Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/13/2012- vs. Carlos Baldomir (UNR)
Godoy is now set to fight former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir in Neuquen, Argentina on April 13.
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (6-6)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(UD12) vs. JMW #? Paul Williams
Next Fight: 5/1/2012- vs. #8 Dmitry Pirog
Ishida will look to play spoiler again on May 1 in Moscow.

 

The Week Ahead: A busy one on tap.

 

Monday: Japanese fringe contender Makoto Fuchigami fights Korean journeyman Kyung-Suk Kwak in Tokyo.

 

Friday: Cologne, Germany plays host to an interesting match-up between #5 Felix Sturm and fringe contender Sebastian Zbik.  Zbik doesn’t strike me as someone that belongs at the top 5 level, but frankly, in barely and in some ways corruptly squeaking by an even less proven Martin Murray, neither does Sturm anymore.  If more interest is needed, then let it be said that these guys really don’t like each other.

 

Saturday: In Edinburgh, Scotland, fringe prospect Craig McEwan stays busy with Paul Morby, a mere 6-12 fighter.

 

In Miami, prospect Joey Hernandez is in against Shakir Ashanti, who is best known as a punching bag that Cory Spinks worked on for 10 rounds last June.

 

In Mexico City, gatekeeper Saul Roman fights journeyman Richard Gutierrez, while in Arandas, Mexico, undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez fights another journeyman in Jaime Barboza.

 

Finally, in Neuquen, Argentina, undefeated prospect and #19 contender Billi Godoy battles former welterweight champion and current journeyman Carlos Baldomir.