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Junior Middleweight: 2013, Nov 18-24

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2014 by danboxing
#18 Yuri Foreman- not noted as a puncher- was nevertheless able to get his weak opponent, Javier Gomez, out of there in the first first round by knockout in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday.  

 

The following night in Sao Paolo, undefeated prospect Patrick Teixeira took care of Alejandro Falliga- an Argentine former fringe contender turned journeyman- in 5 rounds via TKO.

 

And Saturday in Bulgaria, #10 Sergey Rabchenko got a tougher than expected test from Welsh journeyman Bradley Pryce.  Rabchenko was his normal consistently aggressive self, but he pretty much always came in the front door, and his defense was lacking enough to give Pryce his moments.  On the bright side, Rabchenko banged away for twelve solid rounds and never appeared to tire much, so you can’t really take much away from him except to say that he couldn’t quite stop a really tough guy.  Pryce was given a standing 8 in the 3rd and appeared done in the corner after that round, but the guy was all guts.  My final score: 116-111.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (42-124-139)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is dreaming of a fight with Canelo.  But it’s just a dream.  Molina’s style and low-profile makes him essentially unpromotable, and he would be a serious threat to win that fight.  No chance Golden Boy puts it together.  On a possibly more realistic note, Demetrius Andrade wants him.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather intends to fight twice in 2014: on May 3 and September 13, if all goes to plan.  Amir Khan is the rumored opponent for May 3.  Bradley is getting a bit of buzz lately, too, as is Bernard Hopkins, at middleweight- though Floyd Sr. has said the latter will never happen.
3) Saul Alvarez (10-142-157)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Alvarez will be back on March 8.  He’s hoping for either Cotto or Sergio.  After that, he expects to fight two additional times in 2014.
4) Austin Trout (10-77-146)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
It looks like Lara-Trout for December 7 is a done deal.
5) Erislandy Lara (10-124-146)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Austin Trout
See Trout’s note, above.
6) Ishe Smith (10-39-39)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith sounds like he’s open to a variety of options for his next fight.  Anything from a Molina rematch, to Trout, to Angulo or Lara.  And even more various than that- he says he wants one UFC fight.  He’s also been in a war of words with Shane Mosley recently.
7) Miguel Cotto (10-181-181)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown 
Cotto reportedly has a $10 million offer to fight Canelo on the table, and is also being courted by Sergio Martinez.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (10-172-172)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has been approved to fight Joey Hernandez in an IBF eliminator.  Golden Boy won the purse bid at a paltry $11,000, meaning Bundrage will bank just $6,600.  
9) Alfredo Angulo (10-217-217)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo may be returning in January, and Carlos Molina has been discussed as a possible foe.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (29-29-75)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is in line for an alphabet eliminator at any time.
11) Javier Maciel (4-4)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
The one upside to a guy being robbed of a win that should have propelled him very near the top 10 is that it allows me to shine a light on the incompetence and/or corruption that caused the situation by ranking him exactly where he deserves, despite their attempts.
12) Demetrius Andrade (2-2)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade wants to unify against Carlos Molina, but negotiations are underway for a Brian Rose fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (2-123)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (2-129)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Willie Nelson (2-38)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson has injured his elbow, and his middleweight fight with Macklin has been cancelled as a result.
16) Brian Rose (2-35)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose will be fighting Andrade for his alphabet title at some point.  Totally undeserved, although the WBO title  at 154 is particularly meaningless already, having been handed to the very mediocre Zaurbek Baysangurov before being contested between two prospects.
17) Jermell Charlo (2-24)
Last Fight: 10/14/2013- TKO10 Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo would like to fight Carlos Molina for an alphabet title, after saying he is above the level of Victor Ortiz, and would not be interested in that fight as a result.
18) Yuri Foreman (2-43)
Last Fight: 11/12/2013- KO1 Javier Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Jack Culcay (2-7)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #17 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Culcay barely squeaked by Pitto in a rematch of a fight in which Pitto barely squeaked by.  For my part, I had them both scored a draw.
20) Guido Pitto (2-30)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown
Pitto wants a 3rd fight with Mateo Veron, whom he pretty much dominated- but still somehow lost to- in 2012.

 

The Week Ahead: Saturday in Poland, unbeaten Polish prospect Damian Jonak tangles with upset-minded Kris Carslaw of Scotland.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Nov 11-17

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 12, 2014 by danboxing
Vanes Martirosyan fighting in Texas.  Could controversy have been any more likely?  In two of Vanes’ biggest career fights- against Lara and Kassim Ouma- he received offensively kind treatment from the judges in order to achieve a draw and a win, respectively.  And I don’t even know where to start on Texas’ long record of officiating outrages.  Here’s the thing: it was actually a really close fight.  I had it 114-114, though in fairness I should say that I happened to have given Vanes all of the close rounds to get to that score.  It might have been as wide as 117-111 in favor of Andrade.  

 

The Texas judges couldn’t let it rest at merely a close fight, though.  They had to throw their own bit of crapiness into the equation, too.  First of all, they all three had round 1 scored 10-8.  Bad call.  Vanes scored a knockdown, but Andrade won the rest of the round by a wide margin, which means Vanes should only have gotten the benefit of a 10-9.  Not even a close call.  Don Griffin’s card was just fine, that mistake aside.  He had it 114-113 for Andrade, which agrees with my card otherwise.  Jesse Reyes scored it 117-110 for Andrade, which means he had one pretty clear Vanes round for Andrade, in addition to all the close rounds.  But the real nutball in the group was Javier Alvarez, who somehow found an extra round to give to Vanes, in addition to all the close rounds that I gave him.  I can understand Reyes’ card a little more, despite being much further from my own numerically.  Why?  Because in addition to the three close rounds I gave Andrade, the next two closest rounds of the fight were also ones I had already scored for Vanes.  So to get Vanes into the win column, it means that after scoring all of the close and knda close rounds for him, Alvarez also found one of the clearest rounds of the fight and just blatantly scored it wrong.  This isn’t one of the greatest judging disasters I’ve chronicled here, to be honest.  I’ve seen guys score at least 4 clear rounds the wrong way before, and the most that any judge blatantly messed up here was 1.  But still…shame on Reyes and especially Alvarez.  This sport deserves better.

 

So now that I’m done talking about bad judging in Texas, it’s time to move on to, unfortunately, bad judging in New York.  Not dispositive bad judging.  Just embarrassing.  I’m talking about the Saturday fight between New York-born, Tokyo-based  fringe contender Charlie Ota (originally Charles Bellamy) and New York-based Puerto Rican Mike Ruiz, who was the crowd favorite by a significant margin.  Ota looked aggressive, powerful, and pretty much dominant.  He cut off the ring pretty well on Ruiz, whose style was essentially shoeshine-and-run.  I had it an 80-72 shutout.  There were three close rounds, which makes Waleska Roldan’s 77-75 scorecard somewhat palatable.  Robin Taylor at 76-76 was totally out of bounds.  Easy win for Ota, plain and simple.

 

Rounding out the week in Reims, France was fringe contender Michel Soro, who outpointed journeyman Jean Michel Hamilcaro over ten to retain the French title.

 

As I mentioned in last week’s preview, Andrade entered last week’s fight as very much a peer to Martirosyan, and was unranked only to technicalities regarding contract weights.  In fact, I calculate that I would have ranked him at #14 right below Vanes, if my rules allowed for it.  As a result, there is very little movement in the rankings based on what was a very slight win for Andrade.  The only movement comes from Andrade’s long-overdue debut, at #12.  Vanes holds his position, except the spot he is bumped back by Andrade, along with everyone else ranked #12 or below last week.  Kell Brook exits in the transaction, after 17 weeks in.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (41-123-138)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is dreaming of a fight with Canelo.  But it’s just a dream.  Molina’s style and low-profile makes him essentially unpromotable, and he would be a serious threat to win that fight.  No chance Golden Boy puts it together.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather intends to fight twice in 2014: on May 3 and September 13, if all goes to plan.  Amir Khan is the rumored opponent for May 3.  Bradley is getting a bit of buzz lately, too, as is Bernard Hopkins, at middleweight- though Floyd Sr. has said the latter will never happen.
3) Saul Alvarez (9-141-156)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather
Next Fight: 3/8/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Alvarez will be back on March 8.  He’s hoping for either Cotto or Sergio.  After that, he expects to fight two additional times in 2014.
4) Austin Trout (9-76-145)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
It looks like Lara-Trout for December 7 is a done deal.
5) Erislandy Lara (9-123-145)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Austin Trout
See Trout’s note, above.
6) Ishe Smith (9-38-38)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith sounds like he’s open to a variety of options for his next fight.  Anything from a Molina rematch, to Trout, to Angulo or Lara.  And even more various than that- he says he wants one UFC fight.  He’s also been in a war of words with Shane Mosley recently.
7) Miguel Cotto (9-180-180)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown 
Cotto reportedly has a $10 million offer to fight Canelo on the table, and is also being courted by Sergio Martinez.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (9-171-171)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has been approved to fight Joey Hernandez in an IBF eliminator.  No date or contract yet, though.
9) Alfredo Angulo (9-216-216)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo may be returning in January, and Carlos Molina has been discussed as a possible foe.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (28-28-74)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)

Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Cedric Vitu has been replaced in Rabchenko’s Saturday fight with comparatively weak Welsh journeyman Bradley Pryce.
11) Javier Maciel (3-3)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
The one upside to a guy being robbed of a win that should have propelled him very near the top 10 is that it allows me to shine a light on the incompetence and/or corruption that caused the situation by ranking him exactly where he deserves, despite their attempts.
12) Demetrius Andrade (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: Unknown
Andrade now holds a major belt, and thus theoretically should start getting a steady stream of good opponents.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (1-122)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (1-128)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Willie Nelson (1-37)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson has injured his elbow, and his middleweight fight with Macklin has been cancelled as a result.
16) Brian Rose (1-34)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose will be fighting Andrade for his alphabet title at some point.  Totally undeserved, although the WBO title  at 154 is particularly meaningless already, having been handed to the very mediocre Zaurbek Baysangurov before being contested between two prospects.
17) Jermell Charlo (1-23)
Last Fight: 10/14/2013- TKO10 Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo would like to fight Carlos Molina for an alphabet title, after saying he is above the level of Victor Ortiz, and would not be interested in that fight as a result.
18) Yuri Foreman (1-42)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2013- vs. Javier Gomez (UNR)
Foreman is back on November 12 in Hollywood, Florida against low-level journeyman Javier Gomez.
19) Jack Culcay (1-6)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #17 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Culcay barely squeaked by Pitto in a rematch of a fight in which Pitto barely squeaked by.  For my part, I had them both scored a draw.
20) Guido Pitto (1-29)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown
Pitto wants a 3rd fight with Mateo Veron, whom he pretty much dominated- but still somehow lost to- in 2012.
 

 

The Week Ahead: Tuesday in Hollywood, Florida, #18 Yuri Foreman keeps busy with low-level journeyman Javier Gomez of Mexico.

 

The next night in Sao Paolo, Brazil, undefeated local prospect Patrick Teixeira meets Argentine journeyman and former fringe contender Alejandro Falliga.

 

Saturday, #10 Sergey Rabchenko takes on a late replacement in Welsh journeyman Bradley Pryce in Vratsa, Bulgaria.  

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jul 22-28

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by danboxing
In a non-title fight on Tuesday in Minsk, #10 Sergey Rabchenko stopped low-level Georgian Gari Abajian in three rounds after coming in a 2.75 pounds over the divisional limit.  No changes to the rankings this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (25-107-122)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
September 14 looks like junior middleweight D-Day.  #1 vs. #5 (as of this writing), and it’s probably not even the most important fight in the division on that card.  
2) Saul Alvarez (25-125-140)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (22-60-129)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.  Rumors of Lara-Trout on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard appear to be false according to Leonard Ellerbe.
4) Erislandy Lara (22-107-129)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
See Trout’s notes, above.
5) Ishe Smith (22-22-22)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 Carlos Molina
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (12-164-164)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #11 Delvin Rodriguez
After a proposed fight with Bundrage was scrapped by the networks, and a brief flirtation with Carlos Molina, Cotto will now be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO on October 5.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (12-155-155)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Alfredo Angulo (12-200-200)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has shared the good news that there are no broken bones in his face after the devastating Lara combination that forced him to submit.  On one hand, it demystifies Angulo’s warrior image, but it does give him a better outlook for his career going forward, as well.
9) Gabriel Rosado (12-18-129)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- NC vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his already-questionable loss to Love overturned due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.  Love wants a rematch after his suspension is over.  While Cotto is otherwise occupied, the last three seem to be realistic possibilities.  
10) Sergey Rabchenko (12-12-58)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After two other mandatories failed to answer the bell for a shot at Rabchenko’s European title, Cedric Vitu is now the guy, with purse bids scheduled for August 20.  This will give the Belorussian an opportunity to answer some questions, as he barely squeaked by Vitu in 2012.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (12-106)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #6 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
12) Lukas Konecny (12-102)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny took care of business against Fhima at 160.  We’ll have to see whether he stays at that weight or not.  My guess would be yes, since he’s fighting for minor titles up there at this point.
13) Keith Thurman (12-35)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (12-112)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears likely that Martirosyan will fight Demetrius Andrade for a vacant belt on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard in China.
15) Yuri Foreman (12-26)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/24/2013- vs. Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Foreman will be up against a slightly better class of journeyman on July 24 when he meets Jamaal Davis.  Still, he’s apparently not exactly in a hurry to get back in the title picture.
16) Willie Nelson (8-21)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson survived some scares against the rugged Cuello, but managed to stay on his feet and pull out the victory.  He’s back in late September in Ohio.
17) Brian Rose (8-18)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose reportedly overcame a back injury to defeat Ribchev.
18) Jermell Charlo (7-7)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo didn’t exactly build his fan base with the Hopkins snoozer, but he satisfied the “win today, look good tomorrow” equation, and earned a ranking for his trouble.
19) Guido Pitto (7-13)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Kell Brook (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook says he has no intention of moving up from 147 permanently at this point, but he’ll have this tenuous ranking to hang on to if he changes his mind within the next year.

 

The Week Ahead:  #15 Yuri Foreman continues his hike on the comeback trail on Wednesday, throwing hands with journeyman Jamaal Davis in NYC.

 

#13 Keith Thurman will also see action this week, as he takes on fellow prospect Diego Chaves in San Antonio, but that fight is expected to happen at 147 and will be discussed there.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jul 15-21

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by danboxing
In a fight that I listed as a welterweight fight last week, #8 welterweight Kell Brook dominated and stopped gatekeeper Carson Jones in what turned out to be an unambiguously junior middleweight affair, at a 152 contract weight.  Granted, Brook says he wants to stay at 147 going forward, but despite being primarily a welterweight as well, Jones has enough credibility at 154 to earn Brook a dual ranking- just barely.  He checks in at #20, which forces Jack Culcay out for the first time in 3 months.

 

See the middleweight update for information on #12 Lukas Konecny’s fight at that weight.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (24-106-121)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
September 14 looks like junior middleweight D-Day.  #1 vs. #5 (as of this writing), and it’s probably not even the most important fight in the division on that card.  
2) Saul Alvarez (24-124-139)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (21-59-128)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants a rematch of his very dubious loss to Alvarez.  He certainly deserves it.  He’ll have to wait until 2014 at the earliest, though, as Canelo is fighting Mayweather.
4) Erislandy Lara (21-106-128)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (21-21-21)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 Carlos Molina
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (11-163-163)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #11 Delvin Rodriguez
After a proposed fight with Bundrage was scrapped by the networks, and a brief flirtation with Carlos Molina, Cotto will now be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO on October 5.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (11-154-154)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
8) Alfredo Angulo (11-199-199)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has shared the good news that there are no broken bones in his face after the devastating Lara combination that forced him to submit.  On one hand, it demystifies Angulo’s warrior image, but it does give him a better outlook for his career going forward, as well.
9) Gabriel Rosado (11-17-128)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- NC vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his already-questionable loss to Love overturned due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.  Love wants a rematch after his suspension is over.  While Cotto is otherwise occupied, the last three seem to be realistic possibilities.  
10) Sergey Rabchenko (11-11-57)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/16/2013- vs. Gari Abajian (UNR)
Rabchenko has been ordered to fight new EBU mandatory challenger Ruben Varon after it appears Emanuele Della Rosa didn’t want the fight too badly. He’ll keep busy on July 16 against a journeyman in Minsk while waiting for that fight to be finalized.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (11-105)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #6 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
12) Lukas Konecny (11-101)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny took care of business against Fhima at 160.  We’ll have to see whether he stays at that weight or not.  My guess would be yes, since he’s fighting for minor titles up there at this point.
13) Keith Thurman (11-34)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: 7/27/2013- vs. Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Thurman will be back on July 27 against undefeated Argentine prospect Diego Chaves, again at Welterweight.  The fight will be in San Antonio.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (11-111)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears likely that Martirosyan will fight Demetrius Andrade for a vacant belt on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard in China.
15) Yuri Foreman (11-25)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/24/2013- vs. Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Foreman will be up against a slightly better class of journeyman on July 24 when he meets Jamaal Davis.  Still, he’s apparently not exactly in a hurry to get back in the title picture.
16) Willie Nelson (7-20)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Nelson survived some scares against the rugged Cuello, but managed to stay on his feet and pull out the victory.  He’s back in late September in Ohio.
17) Brian Rose (7-17)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose reportedly overcame a back injury to defeat Ribchev.
18) Jermell Charlo (6-6)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo didn’t exactly build his fan base with the Hopkins snoozer, but he satisfied the “win today, look good tomorrow” equation, and earned a ranking for his trouble.
19) Guido Pitto (6-12)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It took an “upset” over highly-touted prospect Culcay for Pitto to get the recognition he earned but was denied against Veron.
20) Kell Brook (0-0)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook says he has no intention of moving up from 147 permanently at this point, but he’ll have this tenuous ranking to hang on to if he changes his mind within the next year.

 

The Week Ahead:  Tuesday in Minsk, #10 Sergey Rabchenko stays busy against weak and aging Georgian Gari Abajian.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Apr 1-7

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by danboxing
French journeyman Frank Haroche Horta upset Ghana-born Belgian gatekeeper Jackson Osei Bonsu in Ghent, Belgium on Friday at what appears to have been a 155 pound contract weight.

 

#11 Sergey Rabchenko chalked up an easy defense of his European belt with a 2nd-round KO over Italian journeyman Adriano Nicchi on the Golovkin-Ishida undercard in Monte Carlo.

 

No changes this week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (9-91-106)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt.
2) Saul Alvarez (9-109-124)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Austin Trout
Canelo’s fight with Trout has been moved to April 20 after he had a falling out with Floyd over the apparent cancellation of their agreement to fight each other on September 14.  Canelo plans to fight in a September 14 PPV still, but is now looking at Cotto.
3) Austin Trout (6-44-113)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
4) Erislandy Lara (6-91-113)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #9 Alfredo Angulo
Lara will fight Angulo on Showtime, June 8 in Carson, California.
5) Ishe Smith (6-6-6)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (18-48-48)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (18-148-148)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.  Canelo wants him in September.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (2-139-139)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
9) Alfredo Angulo (2-184-184)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/8/2013- vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
After it looked for awhile that he might fight Rosado next, Angulo will instead battle #4 Lara in Carson, California in early June.
10) Gabriel Rosado (2-2-113)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Rosado will fight undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, at 160.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (2-42)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko got an easy 2nd defense of his European title after barely squeaking by in his first.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (2-90)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not come all that close to making 154 against Tahdooahnippah, Rodriguez will need to schedule a fight at 154 before June 2 to maintain his ranking.
13) Lukas Konecny (2-86)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Keith Thurman (2-19)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman will return on Showtime in June or July.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (2-96)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
16) Yuri Foreman (2-10)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Gundrick King (UNR)
Foreman continues his comeback on April 6 in New York against journeyman Gundrick King, in a 6-rounder.
17) Sechew Powell (2-159)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Willie Nelson (2-5)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being dropped multiple times in a close decision with fellow prospect Vincent Arroyo at 147, Nelson has gone on quite a hot streak.
19) Michel Soro (2-12)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
Soro’s fight with Serre for the French title has been postponed, but I don’t know the new date yet.
20) Anthony Mundine (2-2)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Thursday in New York, Yuri Foreman continues his comeback with a 6-round walk in the park with journeyman Gundrick King.

 

Two nights later in Zama, Japan, fringe contending American ex-pat Charlie Ota stays busy against Korean journeyman Kyung-Suk Kwak.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Mar 25-31

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by danboxing
#14 Lukas Konecny got a win against a mediocre opponent at 160.  I’ve detailed it in my 160 update.

 

The big news in the division this week comes from the inactivity of #8 James Kirkland.  He hasn’t fought in a year, has nothing scheduled, and seems to be shelved for the foreseeable future due to legal wrangling with his entire team.  With his exit, everyone ranked #9 and below last week moves up, including Gabriel Rosado, who resumed a top 10 spot after a month out.  The vacancy at #20 would have been filled by Roberto Garcia, except that he, too, has been out a year as of this week.  That leaves us with Anthony Mundine, who will be removed in about 3 weeks, himself, if he doesn’t schedule something at 154.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (8-90-105)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt.
2) Saul Alvarez (8-108-123)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Austin Trout
Canelo’s fight with Trout has been moved to April 20 after he had a falling out with Floyd over the apparent cancellation of their agreement to fight each other on September 14.  Canelo plans to fight in a September 14 PPV still, but is now looking at Cotto.
3) Austin Trout (5-43-112)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
4) Erislandy Lara (5-90-112)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara has been ordered by the WBC to fight Emanuele Della Rosa in an eliminator, but his side says he may fight that fight, take on Sergey Rabchenko, or may even go direct to a Canelo fight.
5) Ishe Smith (5-5-5)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (17-47-47)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (17-147-147)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.  Canelo wants him in September.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (1-138-138)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
9) Alfredo Angulo (1-183-183)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Gabriel Rosado (1-1-112)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Rosado will fight undefeated prospect J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, at 160.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (1-41)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight Tuscan journeyman Adriano Nicchi in Monte Carlo on March 30.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (1-89)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not come all that close to making 154 against Tahdooahnippah, Rodriguez will need to schedule a fight at 154 before June 2 to maintain his ranking.
13) Lukas Konecny (1-85)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Keith Thurman (1-18)
Last Fight: 3/9/2013- UD12 #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman will return on Showtime in June or July.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-95)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan was set to fight Javier Maciel on April 6 in China, but broke his thumb.
16) Yuri Foreman (1-9)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Gundrick King (UNR)
Foreman continues his comeback on April 6 in New York against journeyman Gundrick King, in a 6-rounder.
17) Sechew Powell (1-158)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Willie Nelson (1-4)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being dropped multiple times in a close decision with fellow prospect Vincent Arroyo at 147, Nelson has gone on quite a hot streak.
19) Michel Soro (1-11)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
Soro’s fight with Serre for the French title has been postponed, but I don’t know the new date yet.
20) Anthony Mundine (1-1)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 MW Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Ghent, Belgium, locally-based Ghanaian gatekeeper Jackson Osei Bonsu takes on French journeyman Frank Haroche Horta.

 

The following night in Monte Carlo, #11 Sergey Rabchenko defends his European belt against Italian journeyman Adriano Nicchi.

Year-End Awards: Junior Middleweight, 2012

Posted in Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2013 by danboxing
This is the first time I’ve done this, and I hope you like it.  It’s been a lot of effort.  First, a list of awards for the division.  Then, a look at the 20 fighters that did the best work in 2012 specifically, followed by a rundown of the year’s rankings history.  Dig in!

 

Junior Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Carlos Molina
He probably got less press overall than the otherwise anonymous lightweight prospect of the same name who got dragged up in weight to fight a ridiculoulsy doomed mismatch against Amir Khan late in the year.  He also only fought one significant fight on the year, but he made it count.  By all rights, he soundly defeated a #3 contender in James Kirkland (fresh off the Angulo win), which is the best single result of anybody in the division, and outpaces runner-up Austin Trout, who decisioned #6 Miguel Cotto and #13 Delvin Rodriguez.

 

Prospect of the Year: Sergey Rabchenko
My prospect of the year will always be the fighter that had the best year, that has fewer than 3 losses, and who has never been in the top 10.  The clear-cut pick is Sergey Rabchenko, who despite struggling in his November fight with fellow prospect Cedric Vitu, stopped and ultimately retired #11 Ryan Rhodes in June.  The runner-up would be Keith Thurman, who destroyed #16 Carlos Quintana despite really being a welterweight.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: #3 Cornelius Bundrage TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
I choose this winner mechanically- basically the fight among the fighters with the highest ranking that ends in a stoppage.  That’s how we get this fight honored, despite the fact that it was a rematch confirming a prior result, and despite the fact that it really didn’t affect either fighter’s ranking.  The runner-up (and really the better choice under different criteria) is Sergey Rabchenko vs. Ryan Rhodes, with Thurman vs. Quintana being significant, as well.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: #10 Gabriel Rosado TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
This category was tailor-made for Gabe Rosado this year.  Rosado had three respectable entries into sweepstakes, having gone 3-0 with 3 impressive stoppages on the campaign.  The most exciting came at the end of his good, competitive fight with Sechew Powell, and after he had begun to take over and wear his man out.  I’ll let it speak for itself, for the most part.  If you click on “TKO9” above, it will take you to a video of the full fight.  Seek to about 29:30 and you’ll see the set up and the stoppage.

 

Match-Up of the Year: #4 Miguel Cotto vs. #1 Welterweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
It’s a bit of a close call between Cotto-Mayweather and Molina-Kirkland, since Mayweather’s only ranking at the time was at 147.  But surely he has instant credibility at 154 to the extent that, in combination with the magnitude of the event the fight was, his fight with Cotto was indeed the most important match-up of 2012.  To put this magnitude into perspective, Mayweather-Cotto headlined a major HBO Pay-per-View, while Kirkland-Molina was a mere co-feature on a World Championship Boxing Broadcast.

 

Fight of the Year: #1 Welterweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. #4 Miguel Cotto
Inherent importance, action, and competitiveness.  Those are my criteria for this award, and this fight had it all.  So much competitiveness, in fact, that I managed to see it narrowly for Cotto (I know not many people did, and I’m not all that confident in that, either).  Cotto did what all of Mayweather’s larger opponents should do.  He committed himself to staying close and working, and it paid off to the tune of what even Floyd acknowledged was his toughest fight, and a much more crowd-pleasing outing than we usually see from the pound-for-pound king.

 

Upset of the Year: Carlos Quintana TKO6 Deandre Latimore
Several decent but not overwhelming options were on the table.  Sergey Rabchenko was less-proven than Ryan Rhodes, but Rabchenko was undefeated, while Rhodes appeared to be on the way down.  Jimmy Colas was a mere journeyman when he destroyed gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta, but Horta was an inconsistent operator at the European level anyway, and was probably rated significantly above Colas only due to timing and recent opposition.  Willie Nelson shocked Yudel Jhonson in what has to be at least the runner-up, but Jhonson was still only 12-0, and was at least fighting the best opponent of his career.  Quintana, on the other hand, appeared to be a fading memory.  He seemed like a journeyman, and was brought in as a designated opponent on a PPV opener against house fighter and former top-5 contender Deandre Latimore.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Willie Nelson
There wasn’t a really obvious comeback fighter at 154 this year.  The only two that really struck me as possibilities were Roberto Garcia and Willie Nelson.  That begs two questions: what are they coming back from, and what did they do this year to make that comeback happen?  For Garcia, he’s coming back from a 2010 loss to Antonio Margarito and a rebuilding year in 2011 in which he just fought 2 journeymen.  For Nelson, he’s coming back from a close 2011 loss in which he was nevertheless dropped 3 times against fellow prospect Vincent Arroyo at welterweight- the type of fight that would bust lesser prospects- and rebounded by handing highly-touted undefeated Cuban Yudel Jhonson his first loss in a masterful May performance.  To me, that gives a narrow edge to Nelson.  He is coming back from a taxing loss early in his career, while Garcia is merely coming back from a decision loss in a fight he was supposed to lose by knockout.

 

Robbery of the Year: Zaurbek Baysangurov UD12 #15 Lukas Konecny
Konecny pushed the pace, bullied Baysangurov around the ring for virtually the entire fight, and had a huge advantage in clean effective punching, as Baysangurov flailed away with ridiculous-looking arm punches even at his best.  Granted, this wasn’t a huge fight for the English-speaking media, but it’s still odd to me that I haven’t really come across any outrage over what, to me, was one of the worst robberies since Campillo-Shumenov II.  Konecny won no less than 9 of the 12 rounds, and yet the awful judges had it 119-109 (Mickey Vann), 118-110 (Lahcen Oumghar), and 117-111 (Matteo Montella), proving that they either don’t understand boxing, or else were co-employed by someone other than the Ukrainian commission.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2012 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 2012.

 

1) Carlos Molina
Significant Results: Mar 24- L (DQ10) (should be TD10 W) vs. #3 James Kirkland.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 25: #6.  Mar 26- May 6: #1.  May 7- Dec 31: #2.
2) Austin Trout
Significant Results: Jun 2- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez.  Dec 1- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-22: #9.  Jan 23-29: #10.  Jan 30- Feb 19: #11.  Feb 20- May 6: #12.  May 7-27: #13.  May 28- Jun 3: #12.  Jun 4- Dec 2: #8.  Dec 3-31: #4.
3) Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Significant Results: May 5- UD12 (should be L) vs. #4 Miguel Cotto.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 6: Ranked only at WW.  May 7- Nov 11: #4.  Nov 12- Dec 2: #5.  Dec 3-31: #6.
4) Miguel Cotto
Significant Results: May 5- L (UD12) (should be W) vs. #1 welterweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr..  Dec 1- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 6: #4.  May 7- Nov 11: #5.  Nov 12- Dec 2: #6.  Dec 3-31: #7.
5) Saul Alvarez
Significant Results: May 5- UD12 fringe contender Shane Mosley.  Sep 15- TKO5 welterweight contender Josesito Lopez.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 25: #1.  Mar 26- May 6: #2.  May 7- Dec 31: #1.
6) Sergey Rabchenko
Significant Results: Jun 16- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes.  Nov 24- W(SD12) vs. prospect Cedric Vitu.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 17: Unranked.  Jun 18- Dec 31: #12.
7) Cornelius Bundrage
Significant Results: Jun 30- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks. 
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 25: #2.  Mar 26- Dec 31: #3.
8) Cory Spinks
Significant Results: Jan 28- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell.  Jun 30- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-29: Unranked.  Jan 30- Feb 19: #10.  Feb 20- May 6: #11.  May 7-27: #12.  May 28- Jun 3: #11.  Jun 4-17: #12.  Jun 18- Dec 31: #11.
9) Erislandy Lara
Significant Results: Jun 30- UD10 gatekeeper Freddy Hernandez.  Nov 10- Robbery Draw (TD9) (should be W) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- May 6: #5.  May 7- Nov 11: #6.  Nov 12- Dec 2: #4.  Dec 3-31: #5.
10) Gabriel Rosado
Significant Results: Jan 21- TKO5 fringe contender Jesus Soto Karass.  Jun 1- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell.  Sep 21- TKO10 gatekeeper Charles Whittaker.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-22: #11.  Jan 23- Feb 19: #9.  Feb 20- May 6: #10.  May 7-27: #11.  May 28- Dec 31: #10.
11) Keith Thurman
Significant Results: Nov 24- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Nov 25: Unranked.  Nov 26- Dec 31: #15.
12) Lukas Konecny
Significant Results: Oct 6- Robbery L (UD12) (should be W) vs. gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 18: #17.  Mar 19- May 6: #16.  May 7-27: #18.  May 28- Jun 3: #17.  Jun 4-10: #16.  Jun 11- Oct 7: #15.  Oct 8- Dec 31: #14.
13) Roberto Garcia
Significant Results: Mar 23- UD10 fringe contender Antwone Smith.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Jun 10: Unranked.  Jun 11-17: #19.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #20.  Sep 10- Dec 16: #19.  Dec 17-31: #18.
14) Guido Pitto
Significant Results: Robbery L (MD10) (should be W) vs. gatekeeper Mateo Veron.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Willie Nelson

Significant Results: May 11- UD10 undefeated prospect Yudel Jhonson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Akio Shibata
Significant Results: Jun 2- UD10 gatekeeper Daisuke Nakagawa.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
17) Javier Maciel
Significant Results: Jul 20- UD10 gatekeeper Mateo Veron. 
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Kris Carslaw
Significant Results: Jun 2- L (UD12) (should be win) vs. #14 Brian Rose.  Nov 3- L (UD3) vs. undefeated prospect Larry Ekundayo.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
19) Matthew Hall
Significant Results: Apr 28- Robbery L(SD12) (should be W) vs. gatekeeper Sam Webb.  Jul 14- L (UD12) vs. undefeated prospect Gary O’Sullivan (at MW).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.
20) Zaurbek Baysangurov
Significant Results: May 12- UD12 (should be L) undefeated prospect Michel Soro.  Oct 6- Robbery UD12 (should be L) vs. #15 Lukas Konecny.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Dec 31: Unranked.

 

The following fighters could be found in the top 20 at various parts of the year, but either retired, were catastrophically injured, or did nothing at this weight to help their ranking:

 

James Kirkland: Jan 1- Mar 25: #3.  Mar 26- May 6: #6.  May 7- Dec 2: #7.  Dec 3-31: #8.
Alfredo Angulo: Jan 1- Feb 19: #7.  Feb 20- May 6: #8.  May 7-27: #9.  May 28- Jun 3: #8.  Jun 4- Dec 31: #9.
Ryan Rhodes: Jan 1- Feb 19: #8.  Feb 20- May 6: #9.  May 7-27: #10.  May 28- Jun 3: #9.  Jun 4-17: #11.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #17.  Sep 10- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).
Sechew Powell: Jan 1-22: #10.  Jan 23-29: #11.  Jan 30- Mar 18: #18.  Mar 19- May 6: #17.  May 7- 27: #20.  May 28- Jun 10: #19.  Jun 11-17: #17.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #18.  Sep 10- Dec 31: #17.
Delvin Rodriguez: Jan 1- Feb 19: #12.  Feb 20- May 6: #13.  May 7-27: #14.  May 28- Dec 31: #13.
Paul Williams: Jan 1- Feb 19: #13.  Feb 20- May 6: #7.  May 7-27: #8.  May 28- Dec 31: Unranked (Paralyzed).
Brian Rose: Jan 1- May 6: #14.  May 7-27: #15.  May 28- Jun 3: #14.  Jun 4-10: #20.  Jun 11-17: #18.  Jun 18- Sep 9: #19.  Sep 10- Dec 16: #18.  Dec 17-31: #20.
Vanes Martirosyan: Jan 1- May 6: #15.  May 7-27: #17.  May 28- Jun 3: #16.  Jun 4-10: #15.  Jun 11- Oct 7: #14.  Oct 8- Nov 25: #15.  Nov 26- Dec 31: #16.
Yuri Foreman: Jan 1- Mar 18: #16.  Mar 19- Dec 31: Unranked (Inactive).
Deandre Latimore: Jan 1-29: #18.  Jan 30- Feb 26: #19.  Feb 27- Dec 31: Unranked (Moved up).
Antonio Margarito: Jan 1-29: #19.  Jan 30- Feb 26: #20.  Feb 27- Mar 18: #19.  Mar 19- May 6: #18.  May 7-27: Unranked.  May 28- Jun 3: #20.  Jun 4-10: #18.  Jun 11- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).
Prince Arron: Jan 1-29: #20.  Jan 30- Feb 26: Unranked.  Feb 27- Mar 18: #20.  Mar 19- May 6: #19.  May 7- Dec 31: Unranked.
Anthony Mundine: Jan 1- Mar 18: Unranked.  Mar 19- May 6: #20.  May 7- Jun 10: Unranked.  Jun 11-17: #20.  Jun 18- Sep 9: Unranked.  Sep 10- Dec 16: #20.  Dec 17-31: #19.
Shane Mosley: Jan 1- May 6: Unranked.  May 7-27: #16.  May 28- Jun 3: #15.  Jun 4-10: #14.  Jun 11- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).
Carlos Quintana: Jan 1- May 6: Unranked.  May 7-27: #19.  May 28- Jun 3: #18.  Jun 4-10: #17.  Jun 11- Nov 25: #16.  Nov 26- Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).