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Middleweight: 2013, Nov 11-17

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated Russian prospect Andrey Meryasev won what was apparently (no video) a pretty dominant decision over Argentine gatkeeper Sergio Sanders on Monday in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Meryasev’s win is enough to trigger his debut in the rankings, at #16.  Everyone ranked there or lower last week moves down.  Nobuhiro Ishida leaves the rankings again, after a brief 3 week stint.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (187-187-187)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez wants to fight Miguel Cotto at 158, and considers Marco Antonio Rubio his fallback plan.
1) Martin Murray (29-102-102)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 12/11/2013- vs. Garth Wood (UNR)
Murray-Wood was cancelled over concerns regarding its marketability just 2 weeks after the rescheduled Mosley-Mundine date.  Murray will instead make a short-notice appearance on the Froch-Groves undercard in Manchester on the 23rd.  Around the same time as this was unfolding, there were rumors that he would be fighting Golovkin in a massive whale of a match-up on February 1, but it sounds like Golovkin will be fighting someone else on that date, instead.
2) Gennady Golovkin (20-63-126)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- RTD8 #15 Curtis Stevens
Next Fight: 2/1/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golovkin returns February 1 in Monte Carlo.  Originally it looked like Murray was the opponent, but that appears to be a no-go.
3) Darren Barker (13-13-109)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Another excellent middleweight match-up in 2013, as Barker will take on Felix Sturm in Germany on December 7.
4) Felix Sturm (20-530-530)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #3 Darren Barker
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (13-230-230)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  March appears to be the current target.
6) Matthew Macklin (13-125-216)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Macklin’s original 12/7 opponent, Willie Nelson, injured his elbow in sparring, and so far Macklin turned down Matt Korobov and was turned down by Max Bursak.  No word yet on who might take the slot.
7) Peter Quillin (29-56-77)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is looking to match Quillin with Danny Jacobs in Brooklyn on February 1.  A recent interview indicates he might prefer to fight some of the top contenders, instead.  Unfortunately most of them fight on HBO in this division, while Quillin’s promoter is tied to Showtime.  
8) Sergio Mora (4-20-20)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Milton Nunez (UNR)
Mora will fight Milton Nunez- best known for nearly knocking out Deandre Latimore a couple years ago- on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (4-6-146)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rubio looks poised to take on Sergio if Maravilla’s intended fight with Cotto falls through.
10) Anthony Mundine (4-4-146)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 11/27/2013- vs. #4 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mosley-Mundine has been rescheduled for a rather short-noticed date of November 27.
11) Max Bursak (4-146)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- UD12 Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak had the opportunity to fill in for Willie Nelson for an HBO date against Matthew Macklin, but turned down that chance.
12) Caleb Truax (4-8)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: 1/3/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Truax’s January 3 fight will likely be the first notable fight of the New Year.
13) Bryan Vera (4-56)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vera-Chavez II now looks likely for March 1 in either Vegas or Texas, after a proposed February date was abandoned over concerns related to Olympic conflicts.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (4-135)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa had another hand operation in August, but thinks he’ll be ready to go for a proposed February fight in Poland with undefeated prospect Maciej Suleckim.
15) Curtis Stevens (4-15)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L (RTD8) vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens did nothing close to winning against Golovkin, and far from backed up his trash talk.  Even so, he did better than I think could have reasonably been expected of him.  
16) Andrey Meryasev (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/4/2013- UD10 Sergio Sanders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I’ve still yet to see Meryasev in action, but his win over Sanders at this point in his career proves that he’s a real prospect.
17) Billi Godoy (1-13)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/29/2013- vs. Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Godoy will fight high-level domestic journeyman Jorge Heiland in Neuquen, Argentina on November 29, in a rematch of their July 2012 fight.
18) Danny Jacobs (1-12)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is apparently looking to match Jacobs and Quillin on February 1 in Brooklyn.
19) Dmitry Chudinov (1-12)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- W (PTS8) vs. Max Maxwell (UNR) (at SMW/LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov weighed in at 174 to fight his already hopeless 162-pound opponent on September 21.  He’s invited a great deal of scrutiny over his weight and discipline in doing so.
20) Akio Shibata (1-6)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Ryoto Murata (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Two-loss prospect Fernando Guerrero, of Maryland by way of the Dominican Republic, takes on one-loss prospect Ray Gatica of Austin, Texas on FS1’s Monday Night Fights from San Antonio.  Gatica has achieved the mid-level journeyman level as a prospect.  His only loss was to a fighter roughly comparable to Guerrero’s level in Mark Melligen, and he lost that by TKO only after fracturing his hand.  Guerrero is looking to bounce back from a pretty comprehensive beating at the hands of Peter Quillin in April.

 

Saturday night is a fairly busy one.  In Albertslund, Denmark, undefeated Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen fights decent Mexican journeyman Jose Pinzon.

 

Speaking of Mexico: in San Luis Potosi, undefeated Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui gets one of his toughest tests to date with solid Mexican journeyman Michel Rosales.  

 

And on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard in Ontario, California, #8 Sergio Mora stays busy with Colombian journeyman Milton Nunez, who is best known for very nearly stopping Deandre Latimore in a losing effort in 2012.  

Middleweight: 2013, Nov 4-10

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by danboxing
#15 Curtis Stevens hung in there admirably- and much tougher than I expected- against bona fide destroyer #2 Gennady Golovkin on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.  Ultimately, though, Golovkin was too powerful and too skilled.  I did give Stevens 3 rounds, making the fight relatively close on my card (not on the official ones, as those rounds were all toss-ups), but the fight was stopped in his corner after the 8th, with the game Stevens broken down and busted up.  

 

There are no changes this week.  The #1 contender pretty clearly beat the Champion, so he’s basically got that spot on lock until he loses or takes the Championship himself.  Stevens’ loss doesn’t hurt him much, since Billi Godoy’s roughly comparable record is a bit older, generally speaking.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (186-186-186)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez wants to fight Miguel Cotto at 158.  Golovkin is now openly challenging him, as well.
1) Martin Murray (28-101-101)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: 12/11/2013- vs. Garth Wood (UNR)
Murray-Wood has a new date of December 11 in Sydney.
2) Gennady Golovkin (19-62-125)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- RTD8 #15 Curtis Stevens
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin continues to roll.  He’s now beaten nine top-50 contenders in less than three years, and they’ve all been stopped.
3) Darren Barker (12-12-108)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Another excellent middleweight match-up in 2013, as Barker will take on Felix Sturm in Germany on December 7.
4) Felix Sturm (19-529-529)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #3 Darren Barker
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (12-229-229)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.  March appears to be the current target.
6) Matthew Macklin (12-124-215)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- L (KO3) vs. #4 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. JMW #14 Willie Nelson
According to sources close to Willie Nelson, the tall Cleveland fringe contender is in talks to move up to 160 to fight Macklin on HBO in early December.  There is also talk of a March bout with Andy Lee.
7) Peter Quillin (28-55-76)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is looking to match Quillin with Danny Jacobs in Brooklyn on February 1.
8) Sergio Mora (3-19-19)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- UD10 #9 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Milton Nunez (UNR)
Mora will fight Milton Nunez- best known for nearly knocking out Deandre Latimore a couple years ago- on the Ward-Rodriguez undercard.
9) Marco Antonio Rubio (3-5-145)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO2 Dionisio Miranda (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Anthony Mundine (3-3-145)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Mosley-Mundine is off, due to an apparent monetary breach of the fight contract by Mundine’s side.
11) Max Bursak (3-145)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- UD12 Nick Blackwell (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bursak got a bit of a scare from underdog Blackwell, and it will be important for him to look strong in his next fight.
12) Caleb Truax (3-7)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- TKO4 Ceresso Fort (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports that Truax plans to fight again in January.
13) Bryan Vera (3-55)
Last Fight: 9/28/2013- L* (UD10) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
There was talk of a December rematch with Chavez, but February now looks more likely.
14) Grzegorz Proksa (3-134)
Last Fight: 6/28/2013- L (UD10) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Proksa had another hand operation in August, but thinks he’ll be ready to go for a proposed February fight in Poland with undefeated prospect Maciej Suleckim.
15) Curtis Stevens (3-14)
Last Fight: 11/2/2013- L (RTD8) vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevens did nothing close to winning against Golovkin, and far from backed up his trash talk.  Even so, he did better than I think could have reasonably been expected of him.  
16) Billi Godoy (3-12)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/29/2013- vs. Jorge Heiland (UNR)
Godoy will fight high-level domestic journeyman Jorge Heiland in Neuquen, Argentina on November 29, in a rematch of their July 2012 fight.
17) Danny Jacobs (3-11)
Last Fight: 8/19/2013- TKO3 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Golden Boy is apparently looking to match Jacobs and Quillin on February 1 in Brooklyn.
18) Dmitry Chudinov (3-11)
Last Fight: 9/21/2013- W (PTS8) vs. Max Maxwell (UNR) (at SMW/LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chudinov weighed in at 174 to fight his already hopeless 162-pound opponent on September 21.  He’s invited a great deal of scrutiny over his weight and discipline in doing so.
19) Akio Shibata (3-5)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- L (TKO2) vs. Ryoto Murata (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Nobuhiro Ishida (3-3)
Last Fight: 8/4/2013- KO2 Elly Pangaribuan (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead:The middleweight week begins and ends on Monday, when undefeated Russian Andrey Meryasev faces by far his toughest test to date in Argentine gatekeeper Sergio Sanders in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Middleweight: 2013, Aug 19-25

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by danboxing
In what must be viewed as an upset from Atlantic City, #3 Daniel Geale was defeated in a legitimately razor-thin fight on HBO.  Geale, who lacks real power but usually makes up for it with volume, was a bit more cautious than normal, perhaps because Barker seemed to have a pretty fair amount of steam behind his punches to an extent that guys like Sebastian Sylvester and Anthony Mundine may not have.  Maybe even more than Sturm, with whom Geale also had a toss-up kind of fight.  I had it 114-113 for Barker, with the Englishman winning 7 rounds to overcome a devastatingly placed body shot that produced a knockdown and almost a knockout in the 6th.  Half the fight was composed of toss-up rounds, but in my estimation, Barker swept the first 5, came back strong in the 7th, and managed to nick the 10th to seal the victory.

 

In much less significant action, gatekeeper Sergio Sanders knocked out low-level countryman Abel Adriel in 7 from Malvinas, Argentina.

 

Barker revitalizes his injury-plagued career with by far its best win.  He rockets to #3, replacing Geale at that position.  Geale slumps two spots, displaced by Barker and also swapping positions with Sturm, over whom he holds an indecisive win.  Macklin is displaced one spot by Barker, as well.

 

Having re-scheduled his 165 pound catchweight fight with Vera for after the 1-year anniversary of his last middleweight fight, Julio Cesar Chavez (#6 last week) is removed.  Brought into equilibrium by Barker and Chavez, everyone ranked #7-14 last week stays put.  #s 16-20 each move up, and the vacancy at #20 is filled by Billi Godoy, who had been bumped out of that spot on August 5.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (175-175-175)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- UD12* #9 Martin Murray (Robbery- draw at best)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martinez should be back in March or April of 2014.  Golovkin has been mentioned, but that would be a bit too much for his first fight back, I would think.
1) Martin Murray (17-90-90)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez (Robbery- D at worst)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the Golovkin talks having amounted to nothing, Murray is looking for what should be a make-able showdown with Darren Barker.
2) Gennady Golovkin (8-51-114)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #19 Curtis Stevens
Apparently 2 gatekeeper-level knockouts, a gift decision over a journeyman, and a ton of undeserved hype will get you a shot at getting demolished by Golovkin.  Curtis Stevens will get just that on November 2.
3) Darren Barker (1-1-97)
Last Fight: 8/17/2013- W (SD12) vs. #3 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Geale wants a rematch, and Martin Murray is knocking, as well.  But more than likely, a mandatory against Sturm is the next move, probably in December.

4) Felix Sturm (8-518-518)
Last Fight: 7/6/2013- TKO4 Predrag Radosevic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Barker’s notes, above.
5) Daniel Geale (1-218-218)

Last Fight: 8/17/2013- L (SD12) vs. #15 Darren Barker

Next Fight: Unknown

Geale wants a rematch, but will probably have to wait until at least 2014, since it appears likely Barker will make a mandatory defense in December against Sturm, instead.
6) Matthew Macklin (1-113-204)
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.
7) Peter Quillin (17-44-65)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golden Boy expects to put Quillin on the Hopkins-Murat undercard in late October.
8) Dmitry Pirog (17-160-160)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog says his back injuries have fully healed, and will be meeting with his people in the US soon to determine his next fight.  I’ll probably give him until the end of September to calendar that fight before removing him.
9) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (8-25-147)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (8-8-8)
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 (23-134)
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 (23-134)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mundine says the fight is signed with Mosley, but no date has been announced yet.
13) Osumanu Adama (23-126)
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 (16-16)
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) Max Bursak (1-134)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Prince Arron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Demetrius Andrade (1-105)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #14 JMW Vanes Martirosyan (at JMW)
Andrade-Martirosyan has been postponed along with Chavez-Vera due to Chavez’s cut.  Chances are the new date will lead to his removal, since it will probably be after his 1-year anniversary of his last middleweight fight.  That’s now even more likely with the news that the fight will not be on the same date as Chavez-Vera anymore.
17) Bryan Vera (1-44)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (UNR) (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again, this time to 9/28.
18) Grzegorz Proksa (1-123)
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. 
19) Curtis Stevens (1-3)
Last Fight: 8/3/2013- KO1 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/2/2013- vs. #2 Gennady Golovkin
Stevens needed a gift to beat journeyman Derrick Findley, and has never beat anything better than a gatekeeper at this weight.  My opinion is that his fight with Golovkin will be akin to an execution.
20) Billi Godoy (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD12 Mateo Veron (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss prospect and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs will get his stiffest test, by far, since he was knocked out by Pirog back in 2010, when he takes on Dominican gatekeeper Giovanni Lorenzo, a once-promising prospect who still has only lost to top-10 opposition.  That fight will inaugurate Fox Sports 1’s new Monday Night Boxing series.

 

Saturday in Volgograd, Russia, undefeated Russian prospect Dmitry Chudinov- recently ranked in the top 20 before being humbled by a draw to journeyman Patrick Mendy- looks to get back on a winning track against a lesser journeyman in Venezuela’s Jorge Navarro.

 

A battle of Mexicans is brewing in Glendale, California later that night, as undefeated prospect Gilberto Ramirez takes on veteran journeyman Julio Cesar Garcia.

 

Capping off the week on Sunday is a very intriguing match-up in Tokyo, where #14 Akio Shibata will look to rudely welcome Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoto Murata to the pro ranks.  That’s right.  Murata is making his pro debut against the best middleweight in Asia.  No baby steps here.  I hope Shibata is getting paid well, because this is a very high-risk, low-reward kind of fight.  It’s not every day a guy has a chance to be 1-0 and something close to a top-10 fighter.

Middleweight: 2013, Aug 12-18

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2013 by danboxing
No action or changes to report this time around.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (174-174-174)
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 (16-89-89)
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 (7-50-113)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- KO3 #5 Matthew Macklin
Next Fight: Unknown
See Murray’s notes above.
3) Daniel Geale (7-217-217)
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 (7-517-517)
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 (16-112-20)
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. (16-115-133)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #18 Bryan Vera (at SMW)
Chavez was cut in sparring, and his fight with Vera is once again being delayed.
7) Peter Quillin (16-43-64)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- TKO7 Fernando Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Golden Boy expects to put Quillin on the Hopkins-Murat undercard in late October.
8) Dmitry Pirog (16-159-159)
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 (7-24-146)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Sergio Mora (7-7-7)
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 (22-133)
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 (22-133)
Last Fight: 1/30/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #3 WW Shane Mosley (at JMW)
Mundine says the fight is signed with Mosley, but no date has been announced yet.
13) Osumanu Adama (22-125)
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 (15-15)
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 (15-96)
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 (15-133)
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 (15-104)
Last Fight: 1/25/2013- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR) (at JMW)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #14 JMW Vanes Martirosyan (at JMW)
Andrade-Martirosyan has been postponed along with Chavez-Vera due to Chavez’s cut.  Chances are the new date will lead to his removal, since it will probably be after his 1-year anniversary of his last middleweight fight.
18) Bryan Vera (15-43)
Last Fight: 3/29/2013- TKO7* Donatas Bondorovas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #6 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at SMW)
Vera’s fight with Chavez has been delayed again.  No new date yet.
19) Grzegorz Proksa (7-122)
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 (2-2)
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: #3 Daniel Geale makes the long trip from Australia to Atlantic City to fight another import- this one from England- in #15 Darren Barker on HBO.

 

Gatekeeper Sergio Sanders fights low-level journeyman Abel Adriel in both men’s native Argentina on Saturday.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Nov 14-20

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by danboxing
Argentine gatekeeper Sergio Sanders’ fight with mid-level journeyman Mateo Veron in Lanus, Argentina on Friday ended awkwardly by 3-round technical decision in favor of Veron.  To ensure fairness and consistency, however, I treat any technical decision decided in under 4 complete rounds as a no contest. 

 

#11 Austin Trout outclassed top-level Australian journeyman Frank LoPorto so completely that LoPorto was able to both display a granite chin AND get stopped in 6.  He got hit with every punch imagineable.

 

#15 Manny Pacquiao won by robbery at 147 in his third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.  The fight was 116-112 on my card, though if you gave Pacquiao every benefit of the doubt it could have been a draw.  I won’t spend too much time on it since it was at 147, though.  The main upshot for 154 is that Pacquiao hasn’t fought a junior middleweight since decisioning Antonio Margarito a year ago, and is thus removed.  This makes room, ironically, for Margarito to return at #20 after a week out.  He hasn’t fought since then either, but has a fight scheduled.  No further changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (22-37-52)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO6 Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Canelo will look to take advantage of apparently shot fringe contender Kermit Cintron on November 26 in a Mexico Ciy bull ring.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (22-67-67)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that K9 may fight Latimore on New Year’s Eve.
3) James Kirkland (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his huge upset win over Angulo, Lara and Ishida have both expressed interest in fighting him, but Kirkland appears to want Carlos Molina.
4) Erislandy Lara (2-19-41)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
With most of the big names at 154 apparently not all that excited about fighting him, Lara recently challenged Dmitry Pirog at middleweight.  He’s also interested in Austin Trout and James Kirkland.
5) Miguel Cotto (19-76-76)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #20 Antonio Margarito
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (19-19-34)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland wants him.
7) Alfredo Angulo (2-112-112)
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.
8) Prince Arron (2-27-27)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Arron takes on one-loss and still relatively untested prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England in early December.
9) Pawel Wolak (2-36-36)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
10) Ryan Rhodes (2-108-108)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a solid resume and remains in the top 10.
11) Austin Trout (2-41)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout outclassed and stopped iron-chinned journeyman LoPorto.
12) Sechew Powell (2-87)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
After Latimore turned down an eliminator for a Bundrage shot, Powell will instead be taking on Cory Spinks for that honor, it would appear.  The fight was originally rumored for Mares-Agbeko, but looks likely for the Erdei-Cloud New Year’s Eve card, instead.
13) Gabriel Rosado (2-41)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (2-18)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #9 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
15) Paul Williams (1-41)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-24)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo this week, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
17) Yuri Foreman (1-111)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
18) Lukas Konecny (1-14)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
19) Deandre Latimore (1-13)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore may be fighting Bundrage on New Year’s Eve on a Showtime broadcast.
20) Antonio Margarito (1-1)
Last Fight: 11/13/2010- L (UD12) vs. #1 WW Manny Pacquiao
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Big-time rematch with Cotto on the horizon.

 

The Week Ahead: Miami plays host to two notable fights on Friday.  Cuban gatekeeper Giorbis Barthelemy fights solid journeyman Charles Whitaker, and barking gatekeeper Antwone Smith takes on journeyman Yoryi Estrella.

 

Saturday in Los Mochis, Mexico, undefeated but fairly untested Mexican prospect Jorge Cota gets his first test in 115-fight veteran and Mexican gatekeeper Yori Boy Campas.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Nov 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by danboxing
When #4 Alfredo Angulo put James Kirkland down in the first round, it looked like Kirkland was  in for another short night.  But this was a different, Ann Wolfe-inspired version of Kirkland, as he bounced back to return the favor late in what has to be the odds-on favorite for round of the year.  In an all-action slugfest, Kirkland went on to gradually wear Angulo down with hard shots, great conditioning, and sheer power of will.  Still game but thoroughly worn down, the action was finally stopped in the 6th for a huge upset TKO for Kirkland.

 

The day before in Salta, Argentina, fringe contender Luis Abregu dropped normally decent journeyman Javier Mamani 3 times, including for the 10 count in the 2nd round. 

 

And in other Saturday action, one-loss Floridian Joey Hernandez traded early-round knockdowns with gatekeeper/journeyman Elco Garcia en route to a close 12-round decision.

 

Kirkland returns to the rankings for the first time since he left the Ring’s version for going to jail, and he’s at #3.  Angulo slips back to #7 with the loss.  The movement bumps Erislandy Lara back to #4, and demotes everyone ranked #7 and below last week, including Austin Trout- who exits the top 10 after 21 weeks- and Antonio Margarito, who bows out of the top 20 after 7 weeks.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (21-36-51)
Last Fight: 9/17/2011- TKO6 Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/26/2011- vs. Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Canelo will look to take advantage of apparently shot fringe contender Kermit Cintron on November 26 in Cancun or Merida, Mexico.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (21-66-66)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
The latest news is that K9 may fight Latimore on New Year’s Eve.
3) James Kirkland (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
In the immediate aftermath of his huge upset win over Angulo, Lara and Ishida have both expressed interest in fighting him.
4) Erislandy Lara (1-18-40)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
With most of the big names at 154 apparently not all that excited about fighting him, Lara recently challenged Dmitry Pirog at middleweight.  He’s also interested in Austin Trout and James Kirkland.
5) Miguel Cotto (18-75-75)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
The Margarito fight will be at a 153-pound catchweight for some reason, and will take place at Madison Square Garden.
6) Carlos Molina (18-18-33)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones. 
7) Alfredo Angulo (1-111-111)
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.
8) Prince Arron (1-26-26)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Arron takes on one-loss and still relatively untested prospect Brian Rose in Wigan, England in early December.
9) Pawel Wolak (1-35-35)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Wolak will fight Rodriguez on the Cotto-Margarito undercard in a rematch of their fight of the year candidate from July.
10) Ryan Rhodes (1-107-107)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a solid resume and remains in the top 10.
11) Austin Trout (1-40)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/11/2012- vs. Frank LaPorto (UNR)
Trout was briefly set to fight Yuki Nonaka, but a hand injury has led to the essentially lateral move to another solid journeyman in Australia’s Frank LoPorto.  The fight will be televised on ShoBox.
12) Sechew Powell (1-86)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
After Latimore turned down an eliminator for a Bundrage shot, Powell will instead be taking on Cory Spinks for that honor, it would appear.  The fight was originally rumored for Mares-Agbeko, but looks likely for the Erdei-Cloud New Year’s Eve card, instead.
13) Gabriel Rosado (1-40)
Last Fight: 9/9/2011- UD10 Keenan Collins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado had little trouble with the low-level challenge of Collins.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (1-17)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. #9 Pawel Wolak
See Wolak’s notes, above.
15) Manny Pacquiao (1-40)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Except in the unlikely event that he schedules a fight at 154 within 24 hours of his fight with Marquez on Saturday, Pac Man will be removed next week for a year’s inactivity at 154.
16) Paul Williams (1-40)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ promoter wants to see him fight an orthodox fighter next, but it’s increasingly likely that won’t be until 2012.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (1-23)
Last Fight: 10/29/2011- UD10 Richard Gutierrez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan could have made a major career move by fighting Angulo this week, but instead opted to tread water against Gutierrez.
18) Yuri Foreman (1-110)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.
19) Lukas Konecny (1-13)
Last Fight: 5/27/2011- UD12 Hussein Bayram (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/?/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny has agreed to fight Baysangurov in February.  The fight will either be in Moscow, Grozny, or Kiev.
20) Deandre Latimore (1-12)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Latimore may be fighting Bundrage on New Year’s Eve on a Showtime broadcast.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Lanus, Argentina, gatekeeper Sergio Sanders does battle with mid-level journeyman Mateo Veron.  That same night, #11 Austin Trout takes on Australian gatekeeper-journeyman ‘tweener Frank LoPorto in El Paso, Texas.

 

Of course on Saturday, #15 Manny Pacquiao fights Juan Manuel Marquez in their 3rd meeting.  This fight will be at Welter, though.  The following day will be the anniversary of Pacquiao’s lone victory over a junior middleweight, and therefore he will be removed next week unless he shocks the world by scheduling a fight at this weight by then.

Year-End Awards: Middleweight, 2012

Posted in Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 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!

 

Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Sergio Martinez
You always know you’re doing pretty well as a reigning Champ when you also win Fighter of the Year.  Martinez’s best win of the year- over #3 Matthew Macklin back in March- matches the best win of runner up Gennady Golovkin, who beat #3 Grzegorz Proksa.  But Sergio’s other win over #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is much much better than Golovkin’s answer- a stoppage of then-unranked Makoto Fuchigami.

 

Prospect of the Year: Sanosuke Sasaki
In what tured out to be a very easy category to win, one-loss fringe prospect Sasaki’s upset KO victory over gatekeeper Tadashi Yuba from October turned out to be all that was required.  The only other real options were Billy Joe Saunders- likely the better fighter but with a slightly less-impressive win- and I guess Marcos Nader if you give him credit for the dubious draw with Roberto Santos.

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: Champ Sergio Martinez RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin
Easy call here- this award is automatic for the fight with the highest-rated fighters that ends in a stoppage.  Champ vs. #3 was the best match-up in the year, and Sergio closed the show.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: Sanosuke Sasaki KO4 Tadashi Yuba
Forget the huge upset involved.  Sasaki’s looping right hand was the only middleweight punch this year that put a top 50 fighter down for the full 10-count.  See the video by clicking on “KO4” above.  The only candidate even close in my view was Gennady Golovkin’s TKO of Grzegorz Proksa, but even in that case Proksa beat the count after a big punch, but was stopped by the referee as unable to continue.

 

Match-Up of the Year: Champ Sergio Martinez vs. #3 Matthew Macklin
If you count the Champion at #0, then this fight featured an average ranking of 1.5.  Only Martinez vs. #4 Chavez and #1 Geale vs. #4 Sturm were even close.

 

Fight of the Year: #20 Peter Quillin UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
This category had a lot of worthy candidates this year.  Martinez-Macklin, Geale-Sturm, Geale-Adama, and Vera-Mora were all competitive bouts with plenty of action.  But how can you go against a fight that featured 6 knockdowns and still should have been a 1-point fight.  The story of the fight: N’Dam wins every round in which he stays on his feet, but still gets edged out because Quillin’s left hook couldn’t help but drop him.  The only negative thing I can say about the event is that if N’Dam had managed to keep his feet one or two more times and thereby earn a draw or a win, the judges were not going to let him have it.

 

Upset of the Year: Sergio Sanders W (SD8) vs. #18 Billi Godoy
There were 3 clear choices this year.  Journeyman Roberto Santos clearly beat German undefeated prospect Dominik Britsch back in February, was robbed by the judges, and then reinforced his superiority by stoppage in September.  Untested one-loss fringe prospect Sanosuke Sasaki stunned veteran gatekeeper Tadashi Yuba by knockout in October.  But taking the cake was journeyman Sergio Sanders’ ever-so-narrow points win over 18th-ranked undefeated prospect Billi Godoy.  You could make a case for any of the 3 fights.  Santos appeared to be a permanent journeyman with 6 losses, including one right before that, to a nobody, in a 6-rounder.  But he had also beaten a reasonably decent journeyman in 2011, and Britsch was coming off a poor performance against Billy Lyell that had cost him a spot in the top 20 already.  Sasaki was the least-proven of any of the fighters and had lost a shutout 4-rounder to a nobody early in his career, but Yuba was the least impressive of the three upset victims, and any time a fighter has only one loss, he has the capacity to surprise you.  Sanders’ win was actually the least clear-cut of the three (I had it a draw), but Godoy was the most prestigious of the three victims despite struggling against mediocre competition even leading up to the fight.  Sanders had won only 3 of his previous 13 fights, and only a handful of those were against truly solid competition.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Felix Sturm
5 different guys struck me initially as possibilities.  Felix Sturm, Sam Soliman, Roberto Santos, Brian Vera, and Sergio Sanders.  I first eliminated Soliman because despite his surprising late-career rise, he’s not really coming back from anything identifiable.  He came into the year on a 5-fight winning streak since his last loss 4.5 years ago to Anthony Mundine.  His only problem has been that he’s gone long stretches without fighting anybody worthwhile.  I then eliminated Sanders and Santos, since the term comeback implies that you were already somewhere to begin with at some point.  Those two were career-long journeymen who are flashing potential for the first time, really.  That leaves Sturm and Vera.  Vera was coming back from a revenge loss to Andy Lee late last year.  But what did he really do to accomplish that comeback?  He beat a no-hoper in April and then narrowly outpointed a decent fighter he’d already beaten once before.  I still don’t see him as having rebounded to the status he enjoyed before the Lee loss.  So that leaves Sturm.  What is Sturm coming back from?  On paper, he’s only coming back from a low top-5 ranking.  But he was buoyed at that level by his past glory.  His 2011 had been all but a disaster, as he squeaked by with an undeserved win over underdog Macklin and managed only a draw with unproven prospect Martin Murray.  Despite his still-decent ranking, he honestly didn’t seem like an obvious top 10 fighter in reality.  To be frank, he looked nearly washed-up.  But 2012 was a true comeback from all that.  First, he handled fringe contender Sebastian Zbik WAY more easily than had Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., and then fought to a true stalemate with #1 contender Daniel Geale.  He lost the decision in that fight- the first time I can remember him potentially getting less than he deserved in Germany- but proved that he’s still viable at the top level.

 

Robbery of the Year: Roberto Santos Draw (SD12) vs. Dominik Britsch
Santos won this fight anywhere between 117-111 and 115-113, but only managed to walk away with a split draw.  One shameful judge- Zvonko Rukavina- somehow saw it 117-112 for Britsch, while Dave Parris cemented the robbery with a 114-114 scorecard.  Santos also suffered a draw against Marcos Nader in a less clear fight that I also thought he won later on.  But luckily, he was able to clear the air by stopping Britsch in a rematch.

 

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.  Only 17 fighters qualified for rankings this year.

 

1) Sergio Martinez
Significant Results: Mar 17- RTD11 #3 Matthew Macklin.  Sep 15- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr..
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Champ.
2) Gennady Golovkin
Significant Results: May 12- TKO3 fringe contender Makoto Fuchigami.  Sep 1- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 19: #16.  Feb 20-Mar 4: #17.  Mar 5-May 13: #16.  May 14-27: #14.  May 28-Sep 2: #13.  Sep 3-Dec 31: #3.
3) Daniel Geale
Significant Results: Mar 7- UD12 #11 Osumanu Adama.  Sep 1- W (SD12) (should be draw) vs. #4 Felix Sturm.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: #1.
4) Felix Sturm
Significant Results: Apr 13- RTD9 Gatekeeper Sebastian Zbik.  Sep 1- L (SD12) (should be draw) vs. #1 Daniel Geale.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #4.  Feb 6-Apr 15: #5.  Apr 16-Jun 17: #3.  Jun 18-Sep 2: #4.  Sep 3-Dec 31: #2.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Significant Results: Feb 4- UD12 #10 Marco Antonio Rubio.  Jun 16- TKO7 SMW #10 Andy Lee.  Sep 15- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #7.  Feb 6-Mar 18: #4.  Mar 19-Apr 15: #3.  Apr 16-Jun 17: #4.  Jun 18-Sep 2: #2.  Sep 3-16: #4.  Sep 17-Dec 31: #5.
6) Peter Quillin
Significant Results: Jun 2- UD10 inactive former JMW Champ Winky Wright.  Oct 20- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 27: Unranked.  May 28-Oct 21: #20.  Oct 22-Dec 31: #6.
7) Sam Soliman
Significant Results: Feb 19- UD12 #15 Garth Wood.  Aug 24- UD12 gatekeeper Giovanni Lorenzo.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 19: Unranked.  Feb 20-Mar 4: #11.  Mar 5-Sep 2: #10.  Sep 3-Oct 21: #11.  Oct 22-Dec 31: #12.
8) Roberto Santos
Significant Results: Feb 25- Robbery Draw (SD12) vs. fringe contender Dominik Britsch.  Sep 15- TKO8 prospect Dominik Britsch.  Nov 2- Draw (MD12) (should be win) vs. undefeated prospect Marcos Nader.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
9) Matthew Macklin
Significant Results: Mar 17- L (RTD11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez.  Sep 15- TKO1 fringe contender Joachim Alcine (.5 over limit).
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Mar 18: #3.  Mar 19-Apr 15: #4.  Apr 16-Sep 16: #5.  Sep17-Dec 31: #4.
10) Dmitry Pirog
Significant Results: May 1- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 6: #8.  May 7-Dec 31: #7.
11) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Significant Results: May 4- UD12 #15 Max Bursak.  Oct 20- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 5: #5.  Feb 6-Oct 21: #6.  Oct 22-Dec 31: #10.
12) Paul Williams
Significant Results: Feb 18- UD12 #17 Nobuhiro Ishida.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 19: Unranked.  Feb 20-Mar 4: #14.  Mar 5-May 27: #13.  May 28-Dec 31: Unranked (paralyzed).
13) Bryan Vera
Significant Results: Aug 11- W (MD12) vs. gatekeeper Sergio Mora.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Oct 21: Unranked.  Oct 22-Dec 23: #20.  Dec 24-31: #19.
14) Sanosuke Sasaki
Significant Results: Oct 8- KO4 gatekeeper Tadashi Yuba.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Billy Joe Saunders
Significant Results: Sep 14- TKO2 undefeated prospect Jarrod Fletcher.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
16) Sergio Sanders

Significant Results: Jan 5- L (TKO8) vs. journeyman Mateo Veron.  Oct 20- W (SD8) vs. #18 Billi Godoy.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
17) Marcos Nader
Significant Results: Nov 2- Draw (MD12) (should be loss) vs. gatekeeper Roberto Santos.
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 did nothing at this weight to help their ranking:

 

Grzegorz Proksa: Jan 1-Jun 17: #2.  Jun 18-Sep 2: #3.  Sep 3-Dec 31: #8.
Martin Murray: Jan 1-Feb 5: #6.  Feb 6-May 6: #7.  May 7-Sep 2: #8.  Sep 3-Dec 31: #9.
Sebastian Sylvester: Jan 1-Mar 4: #9.  Mar 5-Dec 31: Unranked (retired).
Marco Antonio Rubio: Jan 1-Feb 5: #10.  Feb 6-19: #12.  Feb 20-Mar 4: #13.  Mar 5-11: #12.  Mar 12-Sep 2: #11.  Sep 3-Oct 21: #12.  Oct 22-Dec 31: #13.
Anthony Mundine: Jan 1-Feb 5: #11.  Feb 6-Mar 4: #10.  Mar 5-Sep 2: #9.  Sep 3-Oct 21: #10.  Oct 22-Dec 31: #11.
Osumanu Adama: Jan 1-Feb 5: #12.  Feb 6-19: #11.  Feb 20-Mar 4: #12.  Mar 5-11: #11.  Mar 12-Sep 2: #12.  Sep 3-Oct 21: #13.  Oct 22-Dec 31: #14.
Avtandil Khurtsidze: Jan 1-Feb 19: #13.  Feb 20-Mar 4: #15.  Mar 5-May 13: #14.  May 14-27: #15.  May 28-Oct 21: #14.  Oct 22-Dec 23: #15.  Dec 24-31: Unranked (inactive).
Max Bursak: Jan 1-Feb 19: #14.  Feb 20-Mar 4: #16.  Mar 5-May 13: #15.  May 14-27: #16.  May 28-Oct 21: #15.  Oct 22-Dec 23: #16.  Dec 24-31: #15.
Garth Wood: Jan 1-Feb 19: #15.  Feb 20-Dec 31: Unranked.
Nobuhiro Ishida: Jan 1-Feb 19: #17.  Feb 20-Mar 4: Unranked.  Mar 5-May 27: #20.  May 28-Dec 23: #19.  Dec 24-31: #18.
Demetrius Andrade: Jan 1-Mar 4: #18.  Mar 5-May 27: #17.  May 28-Oct 21: #16.  Oct 22-Dec 23: #17.  Dec 24-31: #16.
Darren Barker: Jan 1-Mar 4: #19.  Mar 5-May 27: #18.  May 28-Oct 21: #17.  Oct 22-Dec 23: #18.  Dec 24-31: #17.
Billi Godoy: Jan 1-Mar 4: #20.  Mar 5-May 27: #19.  May 28-Oct 21: #18.  Oct 22-Dec 31: Unranked.
Makoto Fuchigami: Jan 1-Dec 23: Unranked.  Dec 24-31: #20.

Middleweight: 2012, Oct 22-28

Posted in Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 8, 2012 by danboxing
I’m not sure what is more impressive- knocking down your opponent 6 times in one fight, or coming within a hair’s breadth of winning the fight despite getting knocked down 6 times.  The win-loss record would indicate the former, but I think perhaps both the winner and the loser of N’Dam vs. Quillin have at least enhanced their cache with fans. 

 

Quillin’s left hook cut through N’Dam’s chin like a scythe through wheat, felling the French contender nearly every time it landed.  Meanwhile, N’Dam proved himself to be a gutsy and classy boxer, probably winning every round in which he stayed on his feet, but ultimately couldn’t adequately handle Quillin’s power.  On my card, he lost 112-111.  While it ultimately didn’t affect the outcome, I must say that to my eyes, none of the judges Lederman, Stewart, or Trella had a credible card.  Regardless, it was the night’s most compelling fight.

 

Now for the night’s most surprising and potentially controversial one.  In Buenos Aires, Argentina, undefeated #18 Billi Godoy of Neuquen, Argentina traveled to Buenos Aires to fight in his countryman Sergio Sanders’ backyard.  Sanders was a journeyman whom Godoy had knocked out in February 2011.  Godoy has made it a point lately of just barely maintaining his ranking by just managing to squeak by against rather mediocre opposition. 

 

Before I go further, a note of explanation.  Argentina uses a modified version of the 10-point must system that awards half points for toss-up rounds (ie 10-9.5) and gives 10-9 only for clear rounds.  I hope that I understand the finer points of it, and I believe I might because my own score is very compatible with those of the judges. 

 

Applying the local scoring system as best I know how, I had the fight 76.5-76.5- all even- with Godoy closing a 2-point deficit with a fairly dominant 8th and final round in which he knocked Sanders down.  I also examined my card and determined that under the standard system, my score would have been 76-75 Godoy since he got my nod more often in the close rounds.   But in either system, the fight could have gone either way.  In a very reasonable result in which the judges all did a very creditable job, Sanders took a split decision. 

 

Regardless of whether the Sanders fight is best viewed as a loss or something more like a draw, Godoy is bounced from the top 20.  Sanders fails to assume a position by quite a long shot, since he has far too much red ink on his ledger for that.

 

For his part, Quillin soars from #20 all the way to #6.  N’Dam slumps to #10 despite his brave effort.  This forces everybody rated 10 and below last week down a place, including Anthony Mundine, who exits the top 10 for the first time in 38 weeks.  Godoy’s exit allows Bryan Vera to debut (at least at 160) at #20.
 
 
 
Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: Sergio Martinez (132-132-132)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- UD12 #4 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Summary of the latest news: Sergio will have knee surgery on November 12, and hopes to return in April or May.  He is interested in a rematch with Chavez if Chavez takes Olympic-style drug tests, and is also interested in Mayweather and Canelo, but not interested in Golovkin.
1) Daniel Geale (70-175-175)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- W*(SD12) vs. #4 Felix Sturm
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #11 Anthony Mundine
Geale has reached an agreement to fight Anthony Mundine in a big domestic showdown, with details yet to come.
2) Felix Sturm (8-475-475)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L*(SD12) vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Next Fight: Unknown
Golovkin says he’d like to fight Sturm.
3) Gennady Golovkin (8-8-71)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- TKO5 #3 Grzegorz Proksa
Next Fight: Unknown
With Sergio uninterested in a fight with him, Golovkin learned recently that HBO is interested in a 4-man elimination tournament of middleweight contenders to include him, Geale, Macklin, and Pirog. 
4) Matthew Macklin (6-70-161)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO1 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Macklin’s name is among those being mentioned for a possible HBO tournament to include himself, Golovkin, Geale, and Pirog.
5) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (6-73-91)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- L (UD12) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: Unknown
Chavez tested positive for marijuana for his fight with Martinez, and is likely to be suspended.  That won’t affect his rating here at all because he lost anyway, and because it’s not a performance enhancer.  The suspension is likely to last about 6 months, and Sergio recently stated that he wants Olympic testing as a precondition to a rematch.
6) Peter Quillin (1-1-22)
Last Fight: 10/20/2012- UD12 #6 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Next Fight: Unknown
After a fairly long period as a prospect/fringe contender, Quillin is now a full-blown contender.
7) Dmitry Pirog (25-117-117)
Last Fight: 5/1/2012- UD12 #20 Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
Pirog had a short-lived entry on his calendar to fight Golovkin in August, but withdrew very quickly with a back injury.
8) Grzegorz Proksa (8-80-80)
Last Fight: 9/1/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #13 Gennady Golovkin
Next Fight: Unknown
After a taxing TKO loss to Golovkin (and a fairly busy first 3 quarters of the year), Proksa now says he’ll take a rest until at least January.
9) Martin Murray (8-47-47)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- UD10 Karim Achour (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Jorge Navarro (UNR)
Murray will return on 11/24, and will be fighting for an “interim title”  against untested but undefeated prospect Jorge Navarro.
10) Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (1-104-104)

Last Fight: 10/20/2012- L (UD12) vs. #20 Peter Quillin
Next Fight: Unknown
As it turns out, N’Dam had a rematch clause in his contract with Quillin, but he also has expressed interest in Golovkin, Geale, Martinez, and Chavez.
11) Anthony Mundine (1-91)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #1 Daniel Geale
Mundine has reportedly agreed to a fight with Geale, though no details yet.
12) Sam Soliman (1-36)
Last Fight: 8/24/2012- UD12 Giovanni Lorenzo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Soliman is now the mandatory for Geale, which is a potential big-money domestic showdown in Australia.  However, Geale seems to be occupied with yet another Australian, Anthony Mundine.
13) Marco Antonio Rubio (1-91)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- RTD4 Carlos Baldomir (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Osumanu Adama (1-83)
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.
15) Avtandil Khurtsidze (1-91)
Last Fight: 12/18/2011- W(MD12) vs. Ossie Duran (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
16) Max Bursak (1-91)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- KO1 Sergei Melis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After Martin Murray declined the opportunity, the EBU has ordered a fight between Bursak and Julien Marie Sainte for the European title.  I’m not honestly sure what Sainte in particular ever did to deserve that, but oh well.
17) Demetrius Andrade (1-62)
Last Fight: 9/20/2012- TKO2 Alexis Hloros (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Darren Barker (1-54)
Last Fight: 10/1/2011- L(KO11) vs. Champ Sergio Martinez
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Kerry Hope (UNR)
If Barker’s body holds up, he has a date with tough Welsh journeyman Kerry Hope on December 8.
19) Nobuhiro Ishida (22-34)
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) Bryan Vera (1-1)
Last Fight: 8/11/2012- W (MD12) vs. Sergio Mora (UNR)

Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Water-treading undefeated Russian prospect Matt Korobov returns to action for the first time in nearly a year against an opponent to be announced in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 1-7

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2011 by danboxing
Gatekeeper Alejandro Falliga was upset Friday by journeyman Sergio Sanders in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the native land of both fighters.  Sanders went down in the 4th round, but rallied to win.  Both fighters have suffered bad losses in their career, and it could be that Sanders is now as overrated as Falliga was prior to the fight.  Falliga had been a journeyman for the majority of his career, but shot to South American prominence by upsetting fringe contender Ulises Lopez (another Argentine) last September.  Chances are that Falliga, Sanders, and Lopez are all really basically journeyman and are merely feeding on one another’s mediocrity.  This phenomenon is common among fringe contenders from the insular fight scenes of Japan and South Africa, for instance.  Still, at least for now, Sanders is probably a top 50 fighter in the division.

 

Javier Maciel- another Argentine who recently gave middleweight contender Dmitry Pirog a fair amount of trouble- stepped back down in both weight and competition the following night in the same city, and made an early night of it by stopping undefeated but untested prospect Jonata Daniel De Oliveira via knockout in the very first round.

 

Earlier that same night in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov achieved the same result as Maciel against journeyman Mike Miranda of Brazil.

 

For Comparision, here are the current Ring ratings for the division:
Champ: Vacant
1) Miguel Cotto
2) Alfredo Angulo
3) Saul Alvarez
4) Vanes Martirosyan
5) Erislandy Lara
6) Carlos Molina
7) Cornelius Bundrage
8) Sergei Dzinziruk
9) Pawel Wolak
10) Austin Trout

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (7-22-37)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (6-52-52)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He has called out Canelo, Mosley, and Molina, and his promoter Don King is apparently working on a fight with Ricardo Mayorga.
3) Erislandy Lara (4-4-26)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.  Lara has also sought fights with Dzinziruk and Bundrage, neither of whom appear to want the fight.  He also wants Canelo, but believes that Golden Boy will protect their cash cow.
4) Alfredo Angulo (4-97-97)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Joe Gomez (UNR)
Angulo will officially fight journeyman Joe Gomez in Mexico on 8/20.
5) Miguel Cotto (4-61-61)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (4-4-19)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and Mike Jones
7) Prince Arron (3-12-12)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
8) Pawel Wolak (3-21-21)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak will likely fight on the Cotto-Margarito card on December 3, with likely opponents being Delvin Rodriguez and Jesus Soto-Karass.  He has also challenged K9 for that date.  Deandre Latimore has also challenged Wolak, and Wolak says he’d be happy to oblige if a network is interested in the fight.  Wolak also recently fired his manager.
9) Ryan Rhodes (3-93-93)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (8-8-26)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (8-72)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Put forth a solid effort in a losing cause against Bundrage, and still has the bona  fides to hold onto his #11 spot.
12) Gabriel Rosado (8-26)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/9/2011- vs. Keenan Collins (UNR)
Fresh out of jail, Rosado already has a date reserved on September 9 against journeyman Keenan Collins.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (3-3)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (3-26)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (3-26)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
16) Cory Spinks (3-26)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD10 Shakir Ashanti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks said he was considering moving up to 160 to fight Sam Soliman in an eliminator, but then decided that he will stay at 154 and fight another tune-up in September and then chase a long-shot fight with Cotto.
17) Shane Mosley (3-26)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Devon Alexander and K9 are interested in fighting him.
18) Vanes Martirosyan (3-9)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes called out Austin Trout after not being selected as Canelo’s next opponent, and just days later the WBC ordered a match with Angulo.
19) Grady Brewer (3-7)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: Unknown
For a guy that’s often considered a journeyman, Brewer has compiled a nice little resume with the Guerrero win.
20) Yuri Foreman (3-96)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman’s career currently hangs in the balance, and he reportedly is not sure whether or not to continue fighting.

 

The Week Ahead:  Nothing of note occurring this week.