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Junior Middleweight: 2014, Mar 24-30

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2014 by danboxing
Undefeated prospect Julian Williams destroyed name journeyman Freddy Hernandez on Monday in Boston, knocking the veteran down in the first and never giving up his edge.  He won the 2nd clearly without a knockdown, and then caught his opponent with a nice sneaky left hook as Hernandez fell into a clinch in the 3rd to put him down for the count.

 

#15 Vanes Martirosyan won every round on every card (I actually gave him only 9 of the 10) and dropped his opponent in the 2nd round en route to a dominant 10 round decision on Friday Night Fights over Mexican journeyman Alberto Lozano.  Lozano tried hard, but lacked the timing that could have given him an occasional edge on the Armenian fringe contender.  The reason I say that better timing could have been critical is that Vanes looked like kind of a novice, considering his vast experience, by frequently jumping in on his opponent and bouncing excessively on the outside.  A better opponent would have caught him hard and often.

 

Neither favorite was in deep enough to affect his ranking, so 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) Saul Alvarez (3-160-175)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a very soupy division, with a lot of action at the top, but a few paradoxes, especially with the way I saw some close fights.  You could make an argument, I think, for Alvarez to be ranked anywhere between #1 and #5.
2) Carlos Molina (3-142-157)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
We found out some pretty bad info about Molina’s past when he was arrested on past warrants and detained for illegal immigration following an apparent deportation from several years ago.  His fight with Jermall Charlo was cancelled, and Molina’s immediate future in the sport is up in the air.
3) Erislandy Lara (3-142-164)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #6 Ishe Smith
Mayweather says that his protege Smith will be fighting Lara on May 2, the day before Mayweather-Maidana.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (3-28-28)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
5) Austin Trout (16-95-164)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (28-57-57)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
7) Anthony Mundine (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/2/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Mundine will be fighting Joshua Clottey on April 2, and wants a fight with Lara after that.
8) Miguel Cotto (17-199-199)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (17-190-190)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 was the mandatory for the Molina-Charlo winner.  With that fight at least postponed, it’s unclear what will happen next.
10Alfredo Angulo (17-235-235)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (17-93)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Emanuele Della Rosa (UNR)
Rabchenko will defend his European belt in Rome on May 17 against a local prospect, and is hoping for a shot at a vacant alphabet belt after that.
12) Javier Maciel (17-22)

Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
Maciel wants to fight Billi Godoy or Sebastian Heiland, saying he has no problem moving up to 160.
13) Demetrius Andrade (17-20)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/12/2014- vs. #19 Brian Rose
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 12.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (17-141)
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.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (17-147)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes successfully stayed busy against Lozano.  I’m not sure what his endgame is.
16) Jermell Charlo (9-42)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Charlo is back on the Lara-Smith undercard in Vegas, apparently in an eliminator.
17) Gabriel Rosado (9-9)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Atrocious judges and a fragile eyelid have helped put Rosado’s career more or less in tatters.
18) Willie Nelson (9-56)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The once-delayed fight with Kirkland is apparently in the works to headline a May 24 HBO card.
19) Brian Rose (9-53)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/12/2014- vs. #13 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.
20) Guido Pitto (9-15)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
The fight was difficult to make due to Ukrainian turmoil and originally involved Javier Maciel, but Pitto is now slated to fight Baysangurov on April 12.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
Sasha Yengoyan vs. Ayoub Nefzi; Gent, Belgium; TV Unknown
Nefzi, of Tunisia, is a career mid-level journeyman.  Yengoyan is a Belgian native and a one-loss prospect.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, Mar 17-23

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by danboxing
Saturday in Liverpool, Kell Brook put on a bit of a show against Mexican gatekeeper Alvaro Robles.  He never scored a knockdown on the tough brawler, but piled up enough punishment by the 8th round that it forced a Mexican corner to throw in the towel- no easy task.  Robles’ attack was effective in spots, and he did some good sporadic body work, in particular.  He just didn’t have the base skill level to maintain that attack over time against a high-class operator like Brook.

 

Across the pond in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, gatekeeper Ed Paredes easily took care of low-level New Jersey journeyman George Sosa with a second round TKO on the non-televised Garcia-Herrera undercard.

 

The same night in Sao Paolo, Brazil, undefeated local prospect Patrick Teixeira got a knockout win over low-level journeyman Ignacio Lucero.  He didn’t look particularly good to me.  Lucero was backing him up consistently despite appearing significantly smaller.  The knockout punch appeared to be a glancing shot, and yet Lucero would have us believe he was out cold from his reaction.  I’m suspicious of, at least, Lucero’s will to win.

 

No changes, as Brook is still just barely unable to overcome Guido Pitto to claim a ranking.
 
 
 
Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (2-159-174)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s a very soupy division, with a lot of action at the top, but a few paradoxes, especially with the way I saw some close fights.  You could make an argument, I think, for Alvarez to be ranked anywhere between #1 and #5.
2) Carlos Molina (2-141-156)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
We found out some pretty bad info about Molina’s past when he was arrested on past warrants and detained for illegal immigration following an apparent deportation from several years ago.  His fight with Jermall Charlo was cancelled, and Molina’s immediate future in the sport is up in the air.
3) Erislandy Lara (2-141-163)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #6 Ishe Smith
Mayweather says that his protege Smith will be fighting Lara on May 2, the day before Mayweather-Maidana.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-27-27)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
5) Austin Trout (15-94-163)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (27-56-56)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
7) Anthony Mundine (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/2/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Mundine will be fighting Joshua Clottey on April 2, and wants a fight with Lara after that.
8) Miguel Cotto (16-198-198)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (16-189-189)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 was the mandatory for the Molina-Charlo winner.  With that fight at least postponed, it’s unclear what will happen next.
10Alfredo Angulo (16-234-234)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (16-92)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently reports that Rabchenko had dumped his Euro belt were premature.  His promoter, Ricky Hatton, is saying that he is waiting on a date to fight Italy’s Emanuele Della Rosa for that title.  He’s also ranked #1 by the WBC, so with Mayweather apparently going back down to 147, he hopes to fight for a vacant alphabet belt after that.

12) Javier Maciel (16-21)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: Unknown
After the blog “A Puro Boxeo” reported that Maciel would be fighting Baysangurov on March 15, there’s been no mention of that fight anywhere else, and it doesn’t appear on Boxrec’s schedule.  I have to assume it’s off, or that the reporting was incorrect to begin with.
13) Demetrius Andrade (16-19)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. #19 Brian Rose
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with June 14 now likely.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (16-140)
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.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (16-146)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/21/2014- vs. Mario Lozano (UNR)
Vanes has signed with a new promoter, and will debut under the Goossen-Tutor banner on March 21st’s Friday Night Fights broadcast.  He was initially slated to fight the solid Luciano Cuello, but he’ll settle for mid-level journeyman Mario Lozano after Cuello pulled out over money.
16) Jermell Charlo (8-41)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Charlo let Rosado back into the fight late, but overall was very impressive against a battle-tested opponent.
17) Gabriel Rosado (8-8)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Atrocious judges and a fragile eyelid have helped put Rosado’s career more or less in tatters.
18) Willie Nelson (8-55)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Nelson-Kirkland has become a casualty of Gennady Golovkin’s withdrawal from the planned 4/26 HBO main event.  No word on Nelson’s next move.
19) Brian Rose (8-52)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Andrade’s notes, above.
20) Guido Pitto (8-14)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: 
Monday
Julian Williams vs. Freddy Hernandez; Boston, Massachusetts; FS1 (US)
Williams is an undefeated Golden Boy prospect who is already pretty well-established in the division, and might even be rated if he had made 154 for any of his significant wins.  He did so for his recent fight with Hugo Centeno, but Centeno begged out of that fight with a cut before 4 rounds had been complete, after getting his butt handed to him for the first 3 plus.  Hernandez was once a respected gatekeeper, but he’s lost his last 4 and is probably better viewed as a mid-to-upper level journeyman at this point.

 

Friday
Vanes Martirosyan vs. Mario Lozano; Cabazon, California; ESPN2 (US)
Vanes was originally set to fight Argentine tough guy Luciano Cuello, but that fight quickly fell apart.  Martirosyan will instead be headlining the Friday Nights broadcast almost all by himself, as Mexico’s Lozano is a confirmed mid-level journeyman, and very little threat.  His crowning achievement is a 2012 decision over a journeyman brother of Canelo.

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, Nov 4-10

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on January 8, 2014 by danboxing
One-loss Belgian prospect Sasha Yengoyan was in action in Izegem, Belgium on Friday, and had no trouble at all with low-level Latvian journeyman Sergejs Malcevs, knocking him out in the first.

 

Mexican fringe contender Roberto Garcia scored a dominant 6-round decision in what was actually his 2nd fight back from a bout with inactivity, against Dallas ham-and-egger Larry Smith.  Garcia was on the fringes of the rankings when inactivity took its toll, but both of his fights since coming back have been over the 154 limit, and thus he is not eligible for consideration for a fresh ranking.

 

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 (40-122-137)
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. (8-8-8)
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 (8-140-155)
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 (8-75-144)
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 (8-122-144)
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 (8-37-37)
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 (8-179-179)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown 
Cotto is getting a lot of buzz for a fight with Sergio lately, as well as Canelo.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (8-170-170)
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 (8-215-215)
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 (27-27-73)
Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)

Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko rematches tough prospect Cedric Vitu in a rematch of their very close fight of a year earlier.
11) Javier Maciel (2-2)
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) Delvin Rodriguez (2-121)
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.
13) Vanes Martirosyan (2-127)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 11/9/2013- vs. Demetrius Andrade (UNR)
Martirosyan-Andrade has been moved up a week to November 9.
14) Willie Nelson (2-36)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/7/2013- vs. #6 MW Matthew Macklin (at MW)
Nelson’s stay-busy fight with Dante Moore was cancelled on short notice, but he appears poised to move up to 160 to fight proven contender Matthew Macklin at that weight on December 7.
15) Brian Rose (2-33)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Aside from a “W,” the ill-gotten gain of Rose’s blatant robbery of Maciel will be a shot at a vacant alphabet title.
16) Jermell Charlo (2-22)
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.
17) Yuri Foreman (2-41)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/12/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Foreman is back on November 12 in Hollywood, Florida.  No opponent yet, but he’s been slowly upgrading his competition since beginning his comeback.
18) Jack Culcay (2-5)
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.
19) Guido Pitto (2-28)
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.
20) Kell Brook (2-17)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- TKO4 Vyacheslav Shenchenko (UNR) (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Brook is now the mandatory for the winner of the fight between Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter, at welterweight.  He’s also very interested in the Broner-Maidana winner (though he only mentioned Broner) and domestic rival Amir Khan.

 

The Week Ahead: Three notable fights to report this week, all on Saturday:

 

The big one is #13 Vanes Martirosyan taking on undefeated prospect Demetrius Andrade in Corpus Christi, Texas.  In point of fact, Andrade is at least Vanes’ peer.  He’s unranked here only because he hasn’t made 154 for any of his significant wins, and unranked at middleweight only because he hasn’t fought a middleweight in over a year.  Both guys are on the cusp of serious contention, and both have a lot left to prove on their way.  Good match-up.

 

A short time earlier in Brooklyn, fringe contender Charlie Ota once again returns to the home state in which he was born as Charles Bellamy, and fights mid-range Puerto Rican journeyman Mike Ruiz.  

 

A few hours before that in Reims, France, French fringe contender Michel Soro takes on a slightly better journeyman in Jean Michel Hamilcaro for Soro’s French title.
 
 

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 17-23

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
#14 Vanes Martirosyan stopped low-level journeyman Ryan Davis in Dallas on Saturday, needing less than 2 rounds to accomplish the task.  Vanes didn’t quite make 154 for the fight, but he came close enough to buy himself until May of 2014 to schedule one without risking his ranking.  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 (20-102-117)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 7/19/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
After a couple months of speculation and assurances, Molina-Smith is now officially on for July 19 in Vegas.
2) Saul Alvarez (20-120-135)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 WW 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 (17-55-124)
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 (17-102-124)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (17-17-17)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (7-159-159)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto appears very likely to fight K9 Bundrage on September 28.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (7-150-150)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (7-195-195)
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 (7-13-124)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Apparently satisfied that his arguable loss to J’Leon Love will soon be changed to a no contest due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (7-7-53)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.  A purse bid has been scheduled for June 18.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (7-101)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help.
12) Lukas Konecny (7-97)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (7-30)
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 (7-107)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Yuri Foreman (7-21)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Willie Nelson (3-16)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
17) Brian Rose (3-13)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR)
Rose stays busy against Bulgarian journeyman Alexey Ribchev on June 29.
18) Jermell Charlo (2-2)
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 (2-8)
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) Jack Culcay (2-7)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.

 

The Week Ahead:  One-loss Mexican prospect Jorge Cota stays busy with an opponent to be announced on Saturday in Ixtapa, Mexico.

 

On the Showtime Extreme undercard for Malignaggi-Broner in Brooklyn, gatekeeper Joachim Alcine looks to spoil the rise of undefeated Philly prospect Julian Williams.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 10-16

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by danboxing
There’s a lot of action to cover this week, so I’ll start with the most important and work my way down, more or less.

 

In Showtime’s main event from Carson, California on Saturday, #4 Erislandy Lara won an exciting back-and-forth battle with #8 Alfredo Angulo.  Lara looked far too classy for Angulo in the first couple rounds, but took the third, at which point he had managed to cut the distance consistently and land on the slick Lara.  The apparent turning point came in the 4th, when Angulo tagged, hurt, and dropped Lara to take a narrow lead and all the momentum.  But the well-schooled Cuban was undeterred, and easily won the next 4 rounds, and began to mark up the face of the Mexican warrior.  But the warrior would not surrender, as he again put Lara heavily to the canvas in the 9th.  It looked like it would be a razor-thin decision decided by how effectively Lara could keep Angulo at arm’s length and off balance, although Angulo seemed to be wearing his man down to the point that a stoppage victory seemed entirely possible.  But in the 10th, Lara flipped the script, landing a precise combination to Angulo’s right eye that caused instant out-of-control swelling and caused the proud Mexican to turn his back in agony, fearing a broken orbital bone, at which point Raul Caiz, Sr. promptly and correctly stopped the fight.  In my estimation, it was a fight of the year candidate.

 

On the undercard, undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo prevailed in a very low-action chess match with fringe contender Demetrius Hopkins.  The lack of action led to a lot of close rounds, such that it could have gone either way, though I had it 117-111for Charlo.  The judges were surprisingly unanimous, scoring it 115-113 for Charlo across the board- a credible yet surprising tally in numerical terms.

 

Earlier that evening in Toulon, France, local 2-loss prospect Cedric Vitu outpointed late replacement and sub-.500 journeyman Andreas Reimer in a 6-rounder.

 

The same night in Brindisi, Italy, one-loss Roman prospect Emanuele Della Rosa got an even weaker journeyman opponent in Konstantins Sakara, who was stopped with an injury a little over halfway through the 5th of a scheduled 6.

 

In the ShoBox main event on Friday, very young gatekeeper Jorge Melendez suffered a major setback and his 3rd loss when he was schooled by short-notice opponent Nick Brinson.  Melendez looked very stiff and uncertain early in the fight, and traded that for undisciplined wildness down the stretch.  Brinson was generally precise, and seemed the stronger and more athletic of the two.  He did get careless at times on defense, but only really paid for it once- in a wild 4th round in which most men tasted the canvas.  Melendez won either 1 or 2 rounds, with Wynn Kintz turning in a card that was not only clearly wrong at 96-92, but which also didn’t make sense in terms of the total points involved.  The fight actually happened at 160 as it turned out, but I’ve mentioned it here because neither fighter would actually have qualified as a top 50 middleweight, and thus this is the only place it could be discussed. 

 

Neither Lara nor Angulo has much room to move, given consistent performances.  Angulo still is ranked just ahead of a guy in Rosado that he emphatically defeated.  Lara’s win can be seen as moving him into a virtual tie with Trout, but it’s hard for me to move him past Trout considering the fact that I think Trout defeated Alvarez and should probably be ranked #1 in a perfect world.

 

Charlo’s victory does cause a shakeup, as the prospect has now sufficiently proven himself to earn a ranking at #18.  This forces Pitto and Culcay back to #19 and #20, and bumps Charlie Ota out again, after his second one-week stint as a ranked fighter.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (19-101-116)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: 7/19/2013- vs. #5 Ishe Smith
After a couple months of speculation and assurances, Molina-Smith is now officially on for July 19 in Vegas.
2) Saul Alvarez (19-119-134)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. #1 WW 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 (16-54-123)
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 (16-101-123)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (6-158-158)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto appears very likely to fight K9 Bundrage on September 28.
7) Cornelius Bundrage (6-149-149)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (6-194-194)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo’s eye is a potential concern going forward in his career, as it conjures memories of Margarito’s problematic damage from the Pacquiao fight.
9) Gabriel Rosado (6-12-123)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- L* (SD10) vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
In addition to the fight result barely being credible to begin with, it turns out Love was on a banned diuretic that helped him make weight at 160 (which he managed to do only by the skin of his teeth).  Most likely this will end up as a no-contest, thus adding even more reasons for me to not hold it against Rosado’s ranking at 154.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (6-6-52)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko might be fighting Italian prospect Emanuele Della Rosa on July 13 in Monaco.  A purse bid has been scheduled for June 18.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (6-100)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez got a cuts stoppage over a guy that was beating him, but the judges had his back in case he needed their help.
12) Lukas Konecny (6-96)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Keith Thurman (6-29)
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 (6-106)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 6/15/2013- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Martirosyan will look to rebound from a broken thumb on June 15 against journeyman Ryan Davis, a non-threatening nobody that was dropped from a 2012 date with Vanes due to a failed eye exam or some such thing.
15) Yuri Foreman (6-20)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Willie Nelson (2-15)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/29/2013- vs. Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
17) Brian Rose (2-12)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- TKO12 Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose has officially vacated his British title.
18) Jermell Charlo (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Guido Pitto (1-7)
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) Jack Culcay (1-6)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- L* (SD12) vs. Guido Pitto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Most see Culcay’s squeaker of a loss to Pitto to be a major setback in his career.  Not I.  First, he barely lost it, if at all.  Second, he held his own with a true and more proven fringe contender, who was underrated due to a robbery.

 

The Week Ahead:  Saturday in Dallas, #14 Vanes Martirosyan keeps busy with low-level St. Louis-area journeyman Ryan Davis.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Nov 12-18

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by danboxing
In by far the week’s most significant action, #6 Erislandy Lara met #15 Vanes Martirosyan in Vegas, with a mandatory shot at Canelo on the line.  But as is often the case, the judges robbed us of a satisfactory outcome. 

 

Martirosyan received a bad cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads early in the 9th round, causing the fight to go to the cards a bit early.  Lara had won the first round pretty clearly, but Vanes came back and easily carried the next two.  Lara returned the favor in the 4th, edged out 5 and 6 on my card, and then swept the last 3 pretty clearly.  The 9th was a very short round, but easy to score nevertheless, since Lara landed two punches and Vanes landed none.  So the range of reasonable scores was anywhere between 88-83 Lara (my score) and 86-85 Lara.  But as you already know, the judges couldn’t handle that.  Ricardo Ocasio did a respectable job in scoring it 87-84 Lara.  Jerry Roth gave Vanes at least one clear Lara round in addition to every benefit of the doubt, and Dave Moretti basically gave Vanes all the close rounds as well, but also made what I consider a bit of a cowardly decision.  The 9th round, as I mentioned, didn’t have a lot of action.  But the judges are supposed to score the round.  There wasn’t a lot of effective aggressiveness or ring generalship to use in Vanes’ favor, and so Lara’s landed shots make a clear and decisive difference.  Moretti had an obligation to make a call in the round just as surely as if it had been a 3 minute round decided by a similar margin, and yet he chose to cop out (perhaps knowing that it would make the difference in favor of Lara on his already slightly biased scorecard), scoring the round even and thus creating a stalemate on his scorecard, and yielding a draw overall.  But Lara clearly won the fight, and gets credit for it here.

 

That same night in Los Angeles, #9 Alfredo Angulo returned to action for the first time since his loss to Kirkland and subsequent unjust 8-month detention over an expired visa, taking on young .  The fight was looking to be a good, all-action affair, but Angulo put a stop to it before it got too interesting.  Casarez was in the midst of unloading a combination on Angulo, when Angulo caught him with a beautiful left hook that ended the fight, just under a minute deep.  This was essentially a get-busy fight for Angulo, but he deserves credit not only for the result, but also the fact that he came in at the 154 limit.  A lot of guys would have let their weight fluctuate in a non-title fight coming off a year layoff.

 

In lesser action from Friday, 2-loss Argentine prospect Javier Maciel knocked out mid-level Brazilian journeyman Anderson Clayton in Caseros, Argentina, in the 4th round. 

 

I’m sure this will be controversial, but in my book, Lara’s win gets him up to #4, past Cotto and Mayweather.  Mayweather’s only relevant result in the division was a squeaker against Cotto, who was ranked #4 at the time.  Such a squeaker, in fact, that I view it as closer to a draw than an unmitigated win.  Lara has what amounts to a clear win over a #6 in Paul Williams, and so those basically balance out.  The rest is all gravy for Lara, whose arguable worst result was a draw with then-fringe contending Carlos Molina.  But considering what Molina has done since, there’s an argument to be made that the draw is among the better results recorded by any fighter in the division in retrospect.  Lara’s move to #4 pushes Mayweather and Cotto down one spot each, while Martirosyan stays put at #15.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (28-89-104)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
Canelo says he’ll decide his next opponent in January- an uncharacteristically long layoff for the very active superstar.
2) Carlos Molina (28-71-86)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (34-119-119)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Erislandy Lara (1-71-93)

Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC will order a re-match of the robbery draw that Lara clearly won in his eliminator with Vanes.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (1-28-28)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather says his next fight will be in the first half of 2013.
6) Miguel Cotto (1-128-128)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
7) James Kirkland (28-54-54)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (24-24-93)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (24-164-164)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- KO1 Raul Casarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
So far, so good, as Angulo is back in action.
10) Gabriel Rosado (25-25-93)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was briefly scheduled to fight Elvin Ayala on December 8, but quickly withdrew.
11) Cory Spinks (22-42)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (22-22)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (25-70)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Lukas Konecny (6-66)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (6-76)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: Unknown
Martirosyan clearly lost to Lara, but will get a second opportunity thanks to the failure of 2 judges.
16) Carlos Quintana (23-28)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Keith Thurman (UNR)
Quintana will serve as a gatekeeper against typically welterweight top prospect Keith Thurman on November 24.
17) Sechew Powell (10-139)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (10-50)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Another very mediocre opponent for Rose, but at least this time he took care of business.
19) Roberto Garcia (10-23)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. Inocente Fiz (UNR)
Garcia will take on unproven Cuban prospect Inocente Fiz this weekend.
20) Anthony Mundine (10-10)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale sometime in January, but no date or venue yet.

 

The Week Ahead: One-loss Miami prospect Joey Hernandez fights an undetermined opponent on ShoBox from Miami on Friday.

 

The following night, inactive former contender Yuri Foreman returns from a layoff of 20 months, also fighting an undetermined opponent in Huntington, New York.

 

Also on Saturday, #19 Roberto Garcia looks to mind the gate against undefeated but highly untested Cuban Inocente Fiz in Las Vegas.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Nov 5-11

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2013 by danboxing
No action and no changes to report this week.  That’s actually a quote from last week that applies to this week, as well.  And that is actually a quote from last week that applies to this week, as well.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (27-88-103)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has given him permission to fight a voluntary next, and Canelo says he’ll decide his next opponent in January- an uncharacteristically long layoff for the very active superstar.
2) Carlos Molina (27-70-85)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (33-118-118)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has left Don King and signed with Golden Boy, and now says he wants Angulo and Kirkland.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (27-27-27)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Mayweather says his next fight will be in the first half of 2013.
5) Miguel Cotto (27-127-127)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #8 Austin Trout
Cotto fights Austin Trout December 1 at Madison Square Garden.
6) Erislandy Lara (27-70-92)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan
After months of speculation, Lara-Martirosyan is finally on, November 10 in Vegas, with the winner to get a mandatory shot at Canelo.  The fight will be shown on HBO.
7) James Kirkland (27-53-53)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, but may be in position for a Canelo fight in December.
8) Austin Trout (23-23-92)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 12/1/2012- vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
9) Alfredo Angulo (23-163-163)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Raul Casarez (UNR)
After what must have been a nightmarish 8 months in a detention center for very little reason, Angulo has already got a fight scheduled, against journeyman Raul Casarez on November 10, and he reportedly may hire Virgil Hunter as trainer.
10) Gabriel Rosado (24-24-92)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was briefly scheduled to fight Elvin Ayala on December 8, but quickly withdrew.
11) Cory Spinks (21-41)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (21-21)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (24-69)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Lukas Konecny (5-65)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (5-75)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
16) Carlos Quintana (22-27)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Keith Thurman (UNR)
Quintana will serve as a gatekeeper against typically welterweight top prospect Keith Thurman on November 24.
17) Sechew Powell (9-138)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (9-49)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Another very mediocre opponent for Rose, but at least this time he took care of business.
19) Roberto Garcia (9-22)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (9-9)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine’s next fight will be against top Middleweight contender Daniel Geale sometime in January, but no date or venue yet.

 

The Week Ahead: Gatekeeper-prospect hybrid Javier Maciel gets us started in Buenos Aires on Friday, taking on mid-level Brazilian journeyman Anderson Clayton.

 

Alfredo Angulo returns on Saturday after his harrowing ordeal of the past year, as he meets his own mid-level journeyman in Raul Casarez in L.A.

 

The same night in Vegas, #6 Erislandy Lara battles #15 Vanes Martirosyan for a mandatory shot at Canelo.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by danboxing
#3 Cornelius Bundrage defended his alphabet title with a rematch against #11 Cory Spinks in Indio, California on Saturday.  The fight went mostly according to script.  Spinks held his own with his boxing skill than was the case in their 2010 fight, which was a one-sided beating from start to finish.  He managed to nab a couple rounds against the crude mauling style of Bundrage, but ultimately he lost by TKO in the 7th round for the same reason he lost a couple rounds earlier the first time around.  He simply couldn’t handle the strength and power of Bundrage enough to keep him off and make it a boxing match.  Bundrage closed the show impressively with 3 knockdowns in the final round.

 

On the undercard, #6 Erislandy Lara went the distance with prospect/gatekeeper ‘tweener Freddy Hernandez, mostly dominating the fight.  Hernandez won the 3rd round- which Lara appeared to take off- but clearly lost everything else.  This despite the fact that Lara fought a more amateur style than he did in his most recent notable fight against Williams (or certainly his destruction of Ronald Hearns).  After all, Lara was one hell of an amateur.  Judge Thomas Taylor didn’t notice the round that Hernandez clearly won, only taking off one point, as mandated by the referee for a rather dirty Lara headbutt.  Fritz Werner was dead-on at 98-91, while David Denkin was atrociously and suspendably bad at 95-94.  Both guys were a hair over the junior middleweight limit.  This isn’t a big deal in terms of how the fight will affect the two fighters rankings, except that Lara will not have made said limit for a year as of the end of this week.  In keeping with my established rules, he has bought himself an additional 6 months to make weight by missing it by less than 2 pounds.

 

Despite 2 important fights going down, the fact that both went as expected means in this case that no changes will occur in the rankings.  Spinks risked only his health by rematching Bundrage, since he had already lost to a much more lightly regarded version, and the loss does not change the fact that he still has a better resume than #12 Sergey Rabchenko.  Bundrage’s reinforcement of his earlier win over a more highly-regarded version of Spinks likewise is not sufficient to propel him past Molina, who has defeated or clearly deserved to defeat a #3 and #7 contender in his last two major fights. 

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (9-70-85)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
After Josesito Lopez upset Victor Ortiz, Alvarez is looking for a fourth scheduled opponent for his 9/15 date.  Trout and Quintana are being considered, and it also may be possible that Lopez could be asked to move up 2 weight classes over his natural weight, as well.  There are also rumors of Marcos Maidana, who himself only recently moved up to 147.
2) Carlos Molina (9-52-67)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (15-100-100)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
After removing whatever irrational doubt may have existed by dispatching Cory Spinks for a second time, Bundrage is hoping to secure a fight with Canelo.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (9-9-9)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Ortiz have been mentioned.  Of course Floyd is now in jail.
5) Miguel Cotto (9-109-109)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto may be back on December 1, and he says it may be at 160.
6) Erislandy Lara (9-52-74)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara dominated Hernandez, and should be looking to follow up his Williams win with other guys on that level.
7) James Kirkland (9-35-35)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland bailed almost immediately on a fight he signed with Canelo, and says he plans to return in October or November.
8) Austin Trout (5-5-74)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 #13 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is among those being considered to tangle with Canelo on 9/15, but the WBC is trying to shoot down that excellent alphabet unification fight.
9) Alfredo Angulo (5-145-145)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Troubling news.  Angulo has been detained by US authorities since at least January.  Apparently his only crime was being here on an expired Visa.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in favor of enforcing immigration laws, but to lock a guy up for months on end without so much as a trial?  Awful.  We’re rooting for you, Perro.
10) Gabriel Rosado (6-6-74)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado still wants Canelo, though Canelo isn’t considering him as an option at present.
11) Cory Spinks (3-23)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- L (TKO7) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks failed to revenge his ugly 2010 TKO loss to Bundrage, but managed to look a little better and capture a round or two this time.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko is likely to defend his European title against France’s Cedric Vitu in his next fight.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (6-51)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (4-57)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Ryan Davis (UNR)
Vanes’ pointless scheduled fight with journeyman Ryan Davis is in doubt, as he now says (against his normal character) that he’d like to go direct to a fight with Canelo.
15) Lukas Konecny (4-47)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/27/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny-Baysangurov will finally happen- October 27 in Kiev.
16) Carlos Quintana (4-9)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana said he wanted Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore, and has since expressed interest in Cotto and Trout, as well.
17) Ryan Rhodes (3-141)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L (TKO7) vs. Sergey Rabchenko (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes says he has no plans to retire after losing to Rabchenko.
18) Sechew Powell (3-120)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Brian Rose (3-31)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose’s reign as British Champion hasn’t been the greatest- partly due to limited available opposition, and partly due to his own awful performance against Carslaw.
20) Roberto Garcia (3-4)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: #14 Vanes Martirosyan may or may not be fighting journeyman Ryan Davis in Carson, California on Saturday’s Pavlik-Rosinsky undercard.  He has expressed interest in skipping the pointless fight and concentrating on a possible 9/15 challenge of Canelo, who is currently in search of a new opponent.

 

More or less simultaneously and just a half-hour away in Costa Mesa, Jesus Soto Karass gets a showcase opportunity against Dominican journeyman (or more generously, fringe prospect) Euri Gonzalez.  Gonzalez has two losses, but they came against an up-and-coming Saul Alvarez and an undefeated prospect.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Feb 6-12

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Tokyo, Daisuke Nakagawa- a member of the top 50 that defies generic categorization, but who generally finds his peers among guys I tend to call gatekeepers- stopped one-loss and largely untested prospect Yosuke Kirima to win the vacant Japanese title, needing 9 1/3 rounds to get it done. 

 

Later the same night on the San Antonio undercard for Chavez-Rubio, Vanes Martirosyan easily handled generic journeyman Troy Lowry, dropping the Minnesota native in the first before finally stopping him in the 3rd.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (34-49-64)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- TKO5 Kermit Cintron (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo is reportedly considering Kirkland and Shane Mosley for his May 5 date- probably as a co-feature for a Mayweather fight.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (34-79-79)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
K9 is interested in Kirkland, Cotto, Canelo, and Sergio Martinez.
3) James Kirkland (14-14-14)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO6 #4 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 3/24/2012-  vs. #6 Carlos Molina
Kirkland-Molina has a new date of March 24, in Houston.
4) Miguel Cotto (10-88-88)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- RTD10 #20 Antonio Margarito
Next Fight: 5/5/2012- vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
After being heavily rumored for a unnecessary rematch with Pacquiao, Cotto has gone the other way, fighting Floyd at 154 instead.
5) Erislandy Lara (10-31-53)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: 2/11/2012- vs. Ronald Hearns (UNR)
After challenging a bunch of bigger names, Lara will take a tune-up on February 11 against journeyman Ronald Hearns.
6) Carlos Molina (31-31-46)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. #3 James Kirkland
See Kirkland’s notes, above.
7) Alfredo Angulo (14-124-124)
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) Ryan Rhodes (10-120-120)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 3/24/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenk0 (UNR)
Rhodes will fight undefeated Belorussian prospect Sergei Rabchenko on March 24 in Sheffield, England for a European title.
9) Gabriel Rosado (3-3-53)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado looks like a really strong contender after demolishing a game and durable Soto Karass.  He wants Canelo next.
10) Cory Spinks (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
I cannot confirm that the close unanimous decision verdict over Powell was accurate due to lack of video.  So whether for skill or lack of sunlight, Spinks is very much back in the mix.
11) Austin Trout (2-53)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout wants Cotto, Rodriguez, Mundine, and Kirkland, and also has apparently mutual interest in fighting Lara.
12) Delvin Rodriguez (10-30)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
There appears to be a decent shot that Rodriguez will be fighting Trout next.
13) Paul Williams (9-53)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara (Robbery)
Next Fight: 2/18/2012- vs. #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Williams-Ishida is set for February 18 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
14) Brian Rose (9-10)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- W (SD12) vs. #8 Prince Arron
Next Fight: 3/31/2012- vs. Max Maxwell (UNR)
Rose’s first defense of his British title will come in his hometown of Blackpool  against Max Maxwell.  Maxwell is a very mediocre journeyman who just so happens to be the only man to ever beat Rose.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (9-36)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
We get it, Vanes!  You’re better than a bunch of random journeymen.  How about a test?
16) Yuri Foreman (9-123)
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.
17) Lukas Konecny (9-26)
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.
18) Sechew Powell (2-99)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Deandre Latimore (2-25)
Last Fight: 4/16/2011- UD8 Dennis Sharpe (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 2/24/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Latimore has signed with Mayweather Promotions, and has a fight set up for February 24 on ShoBox from Vegas.  No opponent yet.
20) Antonio Margarito (2-13)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- L (RTD10) vs. #5 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
There is talk floating that Margarito might move up to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in June.

 

The Week Ahead:  Undefeated prospect and #18 Middleweight Demetrius Andrade fights mid-range journeyman Angel Hernandez at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.