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Super Middleweight: 2013, Jul 8-14

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by danboxing
No action to report from last week, but the division’s contraction continues in earnest as Will Rosinsky is removed, having not fought at 168 in a year.  Don George regains a ranking at #20 as a result.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (82-216-216)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Ward has fights on the table with Stevenson and Froch.  He is trying to separate himself from promoter Dan Goossen, though, which might complicate matters.  Goossen has also said Ward wouldn’t take the Froch fight immediately, since he has been laid up with injury for the better part of a year.
1) Carl Froch (59-369-369)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch-Groves appears likely for late 2013 or early 2014.
2) Robert Stieglitz (16-202-202)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- TKO3 #2 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Yuzo Kiyota
Stieglitz’s 7/13 opponent is a disappointing follow-up to his big victory over Abraham, as he’ll be fighting Japanese journeyman Yuzo Kiyota.
3) Mikkel Kessler (30-448-448)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- L (UD12) vs. #1 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is interested in a trilogy on neutral ground, perhaps even more so than a Ward rematch.  But it’s not even clear that Kessler will fight again, after saying pre-fight he might retire.
4) Arthur Abraham (8-194-194)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #5 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 8/24/2013- vs. Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Abraham is slated to fight Namibian journeyman Wilbeforce Shihepo on 8/24, and has now struck a deal to keep fighting until at least 2015.
5) Brandon Gonzales (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales at least earned a draw ith Oosthuizen despite fading late.  I had it a win, and I give him credit for that.
6) Adonis Stevenson (8-83-83)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Purse bids have been ordered for Stevenson to fight Tony Bellew at 175.  That fight may signal the end of Stevenson’s ranking at 168, since his last fight here was in October.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (2-110-158)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. Brandon Gonzales (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Oosthuizen laid a complete, fully-formed goose egg in the first half of his fight with deserved underdog Brandon Gonzales, and was extremely lucky to escape with a draw.
8) George Groves (2-30-52)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves will likely fight Froch in late 2013 or early 2014.
9) Sakio Bika (2-21-327)
Last Fight: 6/22/2013- MD12 Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika seems to consider an Andre Ward rematch his top priority.  The two fought a very close fight the first time around.
10) James DeGale (2-5-91)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (2-5)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: Unknown
Rebrasse was so blatantly robbed against Ndiaye that I have to remember to point it out.  It’s so clearly a win that I almost forget the judges world-class crookedness. The EBU has ordered a rematch, as if one were needed.
12) Maxim Vlasov (1-35)
Last Fight: 12/30/2012- RTD7 Geard Ajetovic (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/12/2013- vs. Mark Suarez (UNR)
Vlasov’s opponent for 7/12 is Mark Suarez, who was roughly a welterweight gatekeeper when he was stopped by Kermit Cintron in his last fight, way back in 2006.
13) Edwin Rodriguez (1-25)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- W* (UD10) vs. #15 Ezequiel Maderna
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
After getting the benefit of yet another questionable but not totally out-of-bounds decision against Maderna, Rodriguez remains in the mix, but kinda on the periphery of the division’s contenders.  He gets a chance at a million bucks against Grachev, who also arguably deserved to lose his first round fight.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (1-28)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- L* (UD10) vs. #17 Edwin Rodriguez
Next Fight: Unknown
Maderna, despite arguably deserving a win against Rodriguez, did himself few favors in dropping the decision, especially considering how ugly the fight was.  I don’t imagine he’ll be getting too many international suitors anytime soon since he seems difficult to look good against.
15) Andy Lee (1-8)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Yes, I know.  Andy Lee is not a Super Middleweight.  The only problem is he almost exclusively fights as one, if only barely.
16) Caleb Truax (1-3)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- KO6 #15 Don George
Next Fight: Unknown
Truax says that his immediate future is at middleweight, though he doesn’t like to lose the extra 2-3 pounds unless necessary.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi (1-19)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mohoumadi cancelled his long-scheduled fight with Giovanni De Carolis in favor of an opportunity with Pawel Glazewki at light heavyweight, it would appear.
18) Glen Johnson (1-10)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: 8/23/2013- vs. Isiah Thomas (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson is being used as a stepping stone for undefeated Detroit light heavyweight prospect Isiah Thomas in August.
19) Don Mouton (1-8)
Last Fight: 5/3/2013- L* (UD8) vs. #10 Anthony Dirrell (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mouton deserved to beat Dirrell, whom he also spotted nearly a full weight class.  Mouton was also a short-notice opponent.
20) Don George (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- L (KO6) vs. Caleb Truax (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
George has sworn off near-middleweight catchweights after blaming his dominant knockout loss to Truax on weight drain.

 

The Week Ahead: #12 Maxim Vlasov will be in action this Friday in Ventura, California.  His opponent is an interesting choice: Mark Suarez.  Suarez was roughly a gatekeeper way down at 147 when he last fought- and was stopped by an up-and-coming Kermit Cintron- way back in 2006.

 

Dresden, Germany is the site of a Saturday stay-busy fight for #2 Robert Stieglitz, who will trade with Yuzo Kiyota, a Japanese journeyman totally unworthy of this high-level an opportunity.

 

One light heavyweight fight should be mentioned here as well, since #13 Edwin Rodriguez is one party to that fight, at a 171.5 pound catchweight in Monte Carlo against #16 Light Heavyweight Denis Grachev.
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Year-End Awards: Super Middleweight, 2012

Posted in Super Middleweight, Yearly Awards and Wrap Up with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 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!

 

Super Middleweight Fighter of the Year: Carl Froch
This was a very close call.  You can’t really do better than Ward’s one fight this year- a dominant knockout victory over the light heavyweight champion.  But Froch had a win nearly as impressive- a dominant knockout victory over #1 Super Middleweight contender Lucian Bute.  But he went over the top with his additional dominant knockout victory over #11 light heavyweight Yusaf Mack.

 

Prospect of the Year: Will Rosinsky
Despite an expected loss to Kelly Pavlik, Rosinsky is able to edge out fellow prospects Maderna and Vlasov by becoming the only eligible super middleweight to beat a top 20 opponent in Aaron Pryor, Jr. 

 

Most Important Knockout of the Year: Champ Andre Ward TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Anytime the #1 contender in the division gets knocked out by the #2, and that fight is not the most important knockout of the year, you know there was one whale of a championship matchup within the same 12 months.  In this case, it was a battle of legitimate champions, as Light Heavyweight kingpin Chad Dawson dropped down to try and add Ward’s title to his trophy case.  But Ward proved way too good, breaking Dawson down and stopping him in the 10th.  Froch’s destruction of Bute is a close but clear runner-up.

 

Most Sensational Knockout of the Year: Adonis Stevenson KO1 Jesus Gonzales
This was a real toss-up.  The most exciting stoppage of the year was actually probably Froch’s pummeling of Bute in the corner that obligated the ref to step in.  It didn’t hurt that the crowd was like pure adrenaline in the background.  But Bute was stopped on his feet.  I feel compelled to give bonus points in this category to one-punch devastating knockdowns that abruptly end the night.  Stevenson’s icing of Gonzales fits that criteria.  Although the knockdown punch itself didn’t appear to land quite flush, it was powerful enough to put Gonzales down, and whatever damage Stevenson’s left hand didn’t do, the canvas picked up the slack, as Gonzales’ head bounced off of it twice in concussive fashion.

 

Match-Up of the Year: Champ Andre Ward vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Though the fight in the ring ended up looking like a bit of a mismatch, this was actually up there with the best rankings match-ups of all time.  Two reigning Champions fighting each other for both Championships?  That’s never happened before.  In alphabet terms, it was only for the 168 title, but logically it was for both.  Froch-Bute is again the very credible runner-up.

 

Fight of the Year: Carl Froch TKO5 Lucian Bute
There weren’t really any good competitive action fights this year.  The closest thing to it was probably Thomas Oosthuizen vs. Marcus Johnson.  Even so, that fight turned out to be pretty forgettable.  The most memorable action fight of the year, by far, was Froch-Bute.  Its importance largely makes up for its one-sidedness, and thus it takes the category. 

 

Upset of the Year: Karoly Balzsay TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Although the writing may have been on the wall a bit given Sartison’s struggles following knee surgery, it’s still difficult to see this as anything but a huge upset.  Balzsay had been soundly beaten by an unproven prospect in his previous fight (only to escape with a ludicrous split decision win) and was barely more than a journeyman coming in.  Though Sartison’s struggles may have been predictable, Balzsay’s excellent performance was not.

 

Comeback Fighter of the Year: Karoly Balzsay
Balzsay had not been particularly relevant since losing back to back fights in 2009 to Stieglitz and Gutknecht.  He became (at least in fairness) less so by getting soundly outboxed by unproven prospect Stas Kashtanov in 2011.  But having walked away with a ludicrous win in that fight, he parlayed it into an undeserved fight with a vulnerable Sartison.  But once in the fight, he did deserve the win, completing an unlikely comeback indeed.  Unfortunately, that has been the last we’ve heard of him, and will likely continue to be for a while longer.  He spent a large chunk of the year with an injured back, and has since been on the shelf due to his bankrupt promotional firm essentially ceasing to function.

 

Robbery of the Year: James DeGale UD12 Hadillah Mohoumadi
The division wasn’t as fraught with robberies as most were this year.  But if you could call any two high-level fights robberies, both would have featured poor Hadillah Mohoumadi on the short end.  I had Mohoumadi beating DeGale 115-113.  It wasn’t a true robbery because it easily could have been at least a draw and theoretically could have gone to DeGale without too much of a stretch.  But two of the judges did turn in absolutely indefensible scorecards- Pierluigi Poppi at 117-111 and Franco Criminale at 119-109.  Disgraceful.  It’s also heavily rumored that Mohoumadi deserved to beat Nikola Sjekloca earlier in the year, but my best efforts to find a video of that fight have been unsuccessful.

 

Now, for anyone that cares, I will rank the division based solely on the fighters’ 2012 accomplishments.  I will use the same criteria that I use to rank them overall (with victories, draws, or should-be victories and draws over top 50 opposition making one eligible), but will completely ignore all fights prior to 2012.

 

1) Carl Froch
Significant Results: May 26- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute.  Nov 17- KO3 #11 Light Heavyweight Yusaf Mack.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 27: #2.  May 28-Dec 31: #1.
2) Andre Ward
Significant Results: Sep 8- TKO10 Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Champ.
3) Arthur Abraham
Significant Results: Mar 31: UD12 Fringe Contender Piotr Wilczewski.  Aug 25: UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz.  Dec 15: TKO8 Gatekeeper Mehdi Bouadla.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Aug 26: #6.  Aug 27-Dec 9: #2.  Dec 10-16: #3.  Dec 17-31: #2.
4) Karoly Balzsay
Significant Results: Apr 21: TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 22: Unranked.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #11.  Jul 9-29: #12.  Jul 30-Dec 31: #10.
5) Adonis Stevenson
Significant Results: Feb 18: KO1 #18 Jesus Gonzales.  Apr 20: TKO2 Fringe Contender Noe Gonzalez.  Oct 12: TKO12 Fringe Contender Don George.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Feb 19: #9.  Feb 20-Jul 8: #7.  Jul 9-Oct 14: #8.  Oct 15-Dec 31: #7.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen
Significant Results: Mar 3: TKO6 Fringe Contender Serge Yannick.  Apr 27: UD10 Fringe Contender Marcus Johnson (at LHW).  Aug 2: UD10 Prospect Rowland Bryant.  Nov 10: UD12 Fringe Contender Fulgencio Zuniga.

2012 Rankings History: Jan 1- Aug 26: #5.  Aug 27-Dec 31: #6.

7) George Groves
Significant Results: Jul 28: TKO6 Fringe Contender Francisco Sierra (at LHW).  Dec 15: UD12 Fringe Contender Glen Johnson.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 8: #20.  Jul 9-15: Unranked.  Jul 16-29: #20.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #19.  Oct 8-14: #18.  Oct 15-Dec 9: #17.  Dec 10-16: #18.  Dec 17-31: #9.
8) Kelly Pavlik
Significant Results: Jul 7: UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 8: Unranked.  Jul 9-Oct 14: #7.  Oct 15-Dec 31: #8.
9) Mikkel Kessler
Significant Results: Dec 8: TKO3 Fringe Contender Brian Magee.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-May 27: #3.  May 28-Aug 26: #2.  Aug 27-Dec 9: #3.  Dec 10-16: #2.  Dec 17-31: #3.
10) Will Rosinsky
Significant Results: Jun 14: UD8 #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr..  Jul 7: L(UD10) vs. Unranked Contender Kelly Pavlik.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jun 17: Unranked.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #12.  Jul 9-29: #14.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #13.  Dec 17-31: #14.
11) Ezequiel Maderna
Significant Results: May 26: UD12 Gatekeeper Ruben Acosta.  Dec 14: RTD7 Gatekeeper Claudio Abalos.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 30: Unranked.  Dec 31: #18.
12) Maxim Vlasov
Significant Results: Nov 5: UD10 Fringe Contender Khoren Gevor.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Nov 11: Unranked.  Nov 12-Dec 30: #19.  Dec 31: #20.
13) Sakio Bika
Significant Results: Jun 2: TKO10 Fringe Contender Dyah Davis.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Apr 22: #10.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #9.  Jul 9-29: #10.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #9.  Dec 17-31: #12.
14) Edwin Rodriguez
Significant Results: Mar 17: UD10 Fringe Contender Don George.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 29: Unranked.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #20.  Oct 8-Nov 11: #19.  Nov 12-Dec 30: #20.  Dec 31: Unranked.
15) Dyah Davis
Significant Results: Jan 6: UD10 Frigne Contender Alfonso Lopez.  Jun 2: L(TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Oct 7: Unranked.  Oct 8-Nov 11: #20.  Nov 12-Dec 31: Unranked.
16) James DeGale

Significant Results: Oct 13: Questionable W (UD12) vs. Prospect Hadillah Mohoumadi.  Dec 8: UD12 Gatekeeper Fulgencio Zuniga.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Jul 8: #19.  Jul 9-15: #20.  Jul 16-29: #19.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #18.  Oct 8-14: #17.  Oct 15-Dec 9: #18.  Dec 10-16: #16.  Dec 17-31: #17.
17) Hadillah Mohoumadi
Significant Results: Jul 24: Controversial L (PTS10) vs. Prospect Nikola Sjekloca.  Oct 13: Questionable L (UD12) vs. #18 James DeGale.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Unranked.
18) Robert Stieglitz
Significant Results: Jan 14: UD12 Prospect Henry Weber.  May 5: UD12 Gatekeeper Nader Hamdan.  Aug 25: L (UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Aug 26: #4.  Aug 27-Dec 31: #5.
19) Marco Antonio Rubio

Significant Results: Sep 8: RTD4 Gatekeeper Carlos Baldomir.
2012 Rankings History: Jan 1-Dec 31: Ranked only at Middleweight.
20) Alexander Brand

Significant Results: May 11: Questionable L (SD8) vs. Prospect Badou Jack.  Oct 19: UD12 Gatekeeper William Gare.
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.  Nearly half are no longer around:

 

Lucian Bute– Jan 1-May 27: #1.  May 28-Aug 26: #3.  Aug 27-Dec 31: #4.

 

Dimitri Sartison– Jan 1-Feb 19: #7.  Feb 20-Apr 22: #8.  Apr 23-Jun 17: #15.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #16.  Jul 9-15: #17.  Jul 16-29: #16.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #15.  Dec 17-31: #16.

 

Peter Quillin– Jan 1-Feb 19: #8.  Feb 20-Apr 22: #9.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #8.  Jul 9-29: #9.  Jul 30-Dec 31: Unranked (moved down).

 

Andy Lee– Jan 1-Apr 22: #11.  Apr 23-Jul 8: #10.  Jul 9-Dec 31: #11.

 

Anthony Dirrell– Jan 1-Jun 17: #12.  Jun 18-Jul 29: #13.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #12.  Dec 17-31: #13.

 

Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye– Jan 1-Jun 17: #13.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #14.  Jul 9-29: #15.  Jul 30-Dec 16: #14.  Dec 17-30: #15.

 

Glen Johnson– Jan 1- Jun 17: #14.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #15.  Jul 9-15: #16.  Jul 16-Dec 31: Unranked (Retired).

 

Bryan Vera– Jan 1-Apr 22: #15.  Apr 23-Jun 17: #16.  Jun 18-Jul 8: #17.  Jul 9-15: #18.  Jul 16-29: #17.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #16.  Oct 8-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Librado Andrade– Jan 1- Apr 22: #16.  Apr 23-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Aaron Pryor, Jr.– Jan 1-Jun 17: #17.  Jun 18-Dec 31: Unranked.

 

Jesus Gonzales– Jan 1-Jul 8: #18.  Jul 9-15: #19.  Jul 16-29: #18.  Jul 30-Oct 7: #17.  Oct 8-Dec 9: #16.  Dec 10-16: #17.  Dec 17-30: #18.  Dec 31-#19

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Dec 24-30

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2012 by danboxing
#13 Super Middleweight Will Rosinsky moved up to 175 last week, struggling to scratch out a narrow 10-round unanimous decision in his hometown of New York against veteran journeyman and former fringe contender Otis Griffin.  I can’t find a video of the fight, but the story is that Rosinsky seemed to be trying to snatch rounds with late flurries.  I’m a little suspicious that I might not have scored it the same way if I’d had the chance, but in the absence of visual evidence I’ll have to go with the official result.  Griffin isn’t currently good enough to earn Rosinsky a ranking at this weight, so no changes.  For what it’s worth, Rosinsky says 175 is too big for him, and he’ll go back down to 168, or perhaps even 160.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (16-16-16)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: 2/23/2012- vs. SMW #8 Kelly Pavlik (at SMW)
A Ward injury has postponed his scheduled fight with Kelly Pavlik until February 23.
1) Chad Dawson (16-343-343)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
Jean Pascal tore a shoulder muscle and tendon, but somehow still expects to be good to go against Dawson on March 23.
2) Bernard Hopkins (16-342-342)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. #5 Tavoris Cloud
Hopkins appeared likely to fight Nathan Cleverly, but instead opted for Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will take place in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (16-184-184)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
See Dawson’s notes, above.
4) Gabriel Campillo (16-131-131)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. Sergei Kovalev (UNR)
Campillo will now officially fight hot prospect Sergei Kovalev on January 19, in Bethlehem, PA, on NBC Sports.
5) Tavoris Cloud (16-174-174)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Perhaps Cloud’s reasoning for pulling out of the Murat fight had something to do with his apparently better-than-expected chances of landing a much more lucrative Hopkins battle- a fight that now appears set for March.
6) Cornelius White (16-24-54)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
7) Nathan Cleverly (16-151-151)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will be fighting a long-rumored fight with fringe prospect Robin Krasniqi on March 16 in the UK.
8) Tony Bellew (24-63-63)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew wants Chad Dawson, but Dawson is apparently otherwise occupied with Pascal.
9) Karo Murat (16-65-86)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea what’s next for Murat after Cloud left him at the proverbial altar.
10) Beibut Shumenov (16-127-131)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (6-47)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba came in a bit heavy, but performed as expected, shutting out journeyman Rayco Saunders.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (6-47)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Uzelkoff easily dispatched Marosi, in a fight so last-minute that I didn’t even know about it a week in advance.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (6-24)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Fonfara is scheduled to be in action on March 22 in Chicago.  No opponent yet.
14) Yusaf Mack (6-131)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s no shame to lose to Carl Froch, but Mack’s showing was bad enough that you’ve got to wonder if he’s finished.
15) Jürgen Brähmer (16-36)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Braehmer has reportedly rescheduled his fight with Gutknecht for early February.  We’ll see if he follows through this time- always a big “if” with him.
16) Lucian Bute (8-8)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. SMW #1 Carl Froch (at SMW)
Bute barely beat Grachev, and even more barely did so at light heavyweight, but I’ve still got to rate him. He’ll now fight a rematch with Froch in March or April.
17) Denis Grachev (8-35)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Grachev put forth a valiant effort against a heavy favorite in Bute, even after presumably draining almost all the way to 168.  As a result, his ranking remains mostly intact.
18) Dmitri Sukhotski (8-113)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Mikkel Kessler (8-32)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler dismantled Brian Magee, but that was at 168.  I don’t know if Kessler plans to compete at light heavy again anytime soon.
20) Tony Averlant (8-39)
Last Fight: 11/9/2012- UD6 Lubo Hantak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks like Averlant’s profile hasn’t benefited much from what should have been a victory over a fringe contender from back in March, as he’s back to fighting awful opponents in 6-rounders.

 

The Week Ahead: No fights of note at 175 this week.

Light Heavyweight: 2012, Dec 17-23

Posted in Light Heavyweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on December 22, 2012 by danboxing
#3 Jean Pascal shook off the rust by dominating Alexei Kuziemski in Montreal on Saturday, but his shoulder troubles re-emerged in the process, as he re-injured it in the 4th round.  Nevertheless, he coasted to victory.  Surprisingly to me, the fight was contested several pounds over the 175 pound limit.  Normally this would prompt me to remove Pascal, who hadn’t fought at all since May 2011, but he already has a fight scheduled against Chad Dawson that will definitely be at light heavyweight since it’s for a belt.  If that fight is called off- even if it’s due to Pascal’s legitimate injury- he will be promptly removed.

 

On the same card, Eleider Alvarez and Danny McIntosh also both came in heavy, with Alvarez scoring an impressive 8th round knockout.  Alvarez has an excellent argument for a rating simply based on the import of the win, but there is some case to be made that Averlant’s deserved win over Gutknecht (ranked #12 at the time) supersedes it even despite the Frenchman’s earlier struggles.  That, coupled with the fact that I’ve never given a fighter credit for winning in another division before, keeps Alvarez just on the outside of the top 20 for now.

 

#12 Vyacheslav Uzelkoff was in action, somewhat surprisingly, and easily stopped journeyman Giorgi Marosi in the first round.

 

No changes to the rankings.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (weeks in current position-weeks in top 10 (if applicable)-weeks in top 20)
Champ: Andre Ward (15-15-15)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 Champ Chad Dawson (at SMW)
Next Fight: 2/23/2012- vs. SMW #8 Kelly Pavlik (at SMW)
A Ward injury has postponed his scheduled fight with Kelly Pavlik until February 23.
1) Chad Dawson (15-342-342)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- L(TKO10) vs. SMW Champ Andre Ward (at SMW)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #3 Jean Pascal
According to Gary Shaw, who promotes Dawson, the Pascal deal is done.
2) Bernard Hopkins (15-341-341)
Last Fight: 4/28/2012- L(MD12) vs. #2 Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 3/9/2012- vs. #5 Tavoris Cloud
Hopkins appeared likely to fight Nathan Cleverly, but instead opted for Tavoris Cloud.  The fight will take place in Brooklyn.
3) Jean Pascal (15-183-183)
Last Fight: 12/14/2012- UD10 Alexei Kuziemski (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. #1 Chad Dawson
Pascal is scheduled to re-match #1 Chad Dawson, but his shoulder injury from the Kuziemski fight could be a complication.
4) Gabriel Campillo (15-130-130)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L*(UD12) vs. #3 Tavoris Cloud (Robbery)
Next Fight: 1/19/2013- vs. Sergei Kovalev (UNR)
Campillo will now officially fight hot prospect Sergei Kovalev on January 19, in Bethlehem, PA, on NBC Sports.
5) Tavoris Cloud (15-173-173)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12* vs. #4 Gabriel Campillo (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #2 Bernard Hopkins
Perhaps Cloud’s reasoning for pulling out of the Murat fight had something to do with his apparently better-than-expected chances of landing a much more lucrative Hopkins battle- a fight that now appears set for March.
6) Cornelius White (15-23-53)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- UD12 #10 Dmitri Sukhotski
Next Fight: Unknown
White is on a tear.  Is he really top-5 good?  I wouldn’t think so, but he proves me wrong every time I feel I might be overrating him.
7) Nathan Cleverly (15-150-150)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- TKO8 Shawn Hawk (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/16/2013- vs. Robin Krasniqi (UNR)
Cleverly will be fighting a long-rumored fight with fringe prospect Robin Krasniqi on March 16 in the UK.
8) Tony Bellew (23-62-62)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- UD12 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bellew wants Chad Dawson, but Dawson is apparently otherwise occupied with Pascal.
9) Karo Murat (15-64-85)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO7 Sandro Siproshvili (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
No idea what’s next for Murat after Cloud left him at the proverbial altar.
10) Beibut Shumenov (15-126-130)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD12 Enrique Ornelas (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
11) Isaac Chilemba (5-46)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- UD8 Rayco Saunders (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Chilemba came in a bit heavy, but performed as expected, shutting out journeyman Rayco Saunders.
12) Vyacheslav Uzelkoff (5-46)
Last Fight: 7/21/2012- W(MD12) vs. Mohamed Belkacem (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- TKO1 Giorgi Marosi (UNR)
Uzelkoff easily dispatched Marosi, in a fight so last-minute that I didn’t even know about it a week in advance.
13) Andrzej Fonfara (5-23)
Last Fight: 11/16/2012- TKO7 Tommy Karpency (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/22/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Fonfara is scheduled to be in action on March 22 in Chicago.  No opponent yet.
14) Yusaf Mack (5-130)
Last Fight: 11/17/2012- L(KO3) vs. #1 SMW Carl Froch (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It’s no shame to lose to Carl Froch, but Mack’s showing was bad enough that you’ve got to wonder if he’s finished.
15) Jürgen Brähmer (15-35)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD10 Vikapita Meroro (UNR)
Next Fight: 2/2/2013- vs. Eduard Gutknecht (UNR)
Braehmer has reportedly rescheduled his fight with Gutknecht for early February.  We’ll see if he follows through this time- always a big “if” with him.
16) Lucian Bute (7-7)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- UD12 #16 Denis Grachev
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. SMW #1 Carl Froch (at SMW)
Bute barely beat Grachev, and even more barely did so at light heavyweight, but I’ve still got to rate him. He’ll now fight a rematch with Froch in March or April.
17) Denis Grachev (7-34)
Last Fight: 11/3/2012- L(UD12) vs. SMW #4 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Grachev put forth a valiant effort against a heavy favorite in Bute, even after presumably draining almost all the way to 168.  As a result, his ranking remains mostly intact.
18) Dmitri Sukhotski (7-112)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO1 Vladimir Borovsky (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Mikkel Kessler (7-31)
Last Fight: 12/8/2012- TKO3 Brian Magee (UNR) (at SMW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler dismantled Brian Magee, but that was at 168.  I don’t know if Kessler plans to compete at light heavy again anytime soon.
20) Tony Averlant (7-38)
Last Fight: 11/9/2012- UD6 Lubo Hantak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It looks like Averlant’s profile hasn’t benefited much from what should have been a victory over a fringe contender from back in March, as he’s back to fighting awful opponents in 6-rounders.

 

The Week Ahead: #13 Super Middleweight Will Rosinsky moves up to fight journeyman Otis Griffin, who was ranked as recently as May 2011.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jul 9-15

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by danboxing
Kelly Pavlik got back into the rankings mix this weekend, winning a pedestrian but still clear decision over perhaps slightly overrated but very game #12 Will Rosinsky in California.  In conjunction with his 2008 164 pound catchweight decision win over Jermain Taylor, and his arguable win over now-discredited former prospect Alfonso Lopez notwithstanding, Pavlik settles firmly into the top 10 at #7.  Given his solid effort and Pavlik’s residual status as former Middleweight champion, Rosinsky avoids sliding down the list too far, perching at #14 after flip-flopping with currently-injured Anthony Dirrell.  Due to Pavlik’s debut, last weeks #s 7-11 and 14-20 each slip one spot, including Andy Lee, who exits the top 10 after 11 weeks in, and George Groves, who is forced out of the top 20 after clinging to a ranking for 29 weeks in a row.

 

English undefeated prospect Rocky Fielding needed just over 2 minutes to stop Hungarian journeyman Ferenc Hafner in Sheffield, while the all-Tanzania fight between gatekeeper Francis Cheka and journeyman Japhet Kaseba was cancelled at the last minute.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (30-164-164)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (7-317-317)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute is exercising his rematch clause, but not until probably March.  In the interim, Froch will fight in November, and wants Kessler.
2) Mikkel Kessler (7-396-396)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Both Pavlik and Froch are jonesing for a fight with the Viking Warrior.
3) Lucian Bute (7-326-326)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, and is a possible opponent for Kelly Pavlik in the fall.
4) Robert Stieglitz (30-150-150)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (30-58-106)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/2/2012- vs. Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting in New York against Rowland Bryant, the athletic fighter that put a beating on Librado Andrade in a big upset earlier this year.
6) Arthur Abraham (30-142-142)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Kelly Pavlik (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik will likely return in October, possibly against Bute or Kessler.
8) Adonis Stevenson (1-31-31)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Don George (UNR)
After no fewer than 7 contenders turned him down, Stevenson has finally found an August dance partner in fringe prospect/gatekeeper Don George.
9) Peter Quillin (1-63-63)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin appears likely to fight on September 8, perhaps against Marco Antonio Rubio.  If this fight is announced, Quillin will be removed since he has not fought over the 160 limit since last July.
10) Sakio Bika (1-30-275)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika became the 6th known fighter to turn down a shot at Adonis Stevenson.
11) Andy Lee (1-70)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Karoly Balzsay (1-12)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay had a 7/7 date tentatively set to fight Brian Magee, but he reportedly was still in relaxation mode after his last fight, and hadn’t resumed serious training.  The fight appears to be off for the moment.
13) Anthony Dirrell (4-32)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
14) Will Rosinsky (1-4)
Last Fight: 6/14/2012- UD8 #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Rosinsky and Pavlik are both jumping into the ring after only a few weeks’ break when they do battle on HBO on July 7.
15) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (1-35)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
16) Glen Johnson (1-88)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13- apparently at Light Heavyweight.
17) Dimitri Sartison (1-106)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
18) Bryan Vera (1-75)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Vera will give Sergio Mora a rematch of their competitive bout from early 2011.  Both of these guys are all over the map with their performances, so this could go either way.  The fight will be at 160.
19) Jesus Gonzales (1-53)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
20) James DeGale (1-39)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.

 

The Week Ahead: Undefeated Mexican prospect Marco Antonio Periban fights Cuban journeyman Lester Gonzalez in Texas on Saturday.  #16 Glen Johnson is also in action, but at 175.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jul 2-8

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by danboxing
No action to report from last week again.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (29-163-163)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (6-316-316)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
Froch is gunning for Kessler, but Kelly Pavlik has been agitating to fight Froch on his scheduled fall date, as well.
2) Mikkel Kessler (6-395-395)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler could fight Carl Froch in mid-October.
3) Lucian Bute (6-325-325)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute appears uncertain as to whether he’ll exercise his right to a home-field rematch against Froch.  It sounds like he’ll fight someone else first, even if so.
4) Robert Stieglitz (29-149-149)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (29-57-105)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/2/2012- vs. Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Oosthuizen will be fighting in New York against Rowland Bryant, the athletic fighter that put a beating on Librado Andrade in a big upset earlier this year.
6) Arthur Abraham (29-141-141)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Adonis Stevenson (20-30-30)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale, Oosthuizen, Pavlik, Kessler, Bika, and Edwin Rodriguez have all turned down fights with Stevenson.  The fight has now been offered to Andre Dirrell.  Stevenson’s team appears pessimistic about that fight, and they are using Don George as a backup plan.
8) Peter Quillin (11-62-62)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quillin appears likely to fight on September 8, perhaps against Marco Antonio Rubio.  If this fight is announced, Quillin will be removed since he has not fought over the 160 limit since last July.
9) Sakio Bika (11-29-274)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika just became the 6th known fighter to turn down a shot at Adonis Stevenson.
10) Andy Lee (11-11-69)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee gets the fight he’s been waiting for, against the best opponent of his career in Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.  The fight will be in El Paso in mid-June.
11) Karoly Balzsay (11-11)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay had a 7/7 date tentatively set to fight Brian Magee, but he reportedly was still in relaxation mode after his last fight, and hadn’t resumed serious training.  The fight appears to be off for the moment.
12) Will Rosinsky (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/14/2012- UD8 #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Rosinsky and Pavlik are both jumping into the ring after only a few weeks’ break when they do battle on HBO on July 7.
13) Anthony Dirrell (3-31)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (3-34)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
15) Glen Johnson (3-87)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13- apparently at Light Heavyweight.
16) Dimitri Sartison (3-105)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
17) Bryan Vera (3-74)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Vera will give Sergio Mora a rematch of their competitive bout from early 2011.  Both of these guys are all over the map with their performances, so this could go either way.  The fight will be at 160.
18) Jesus Gonzales (29-52)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (29-38)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.
20) George Groves (29-29)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his mandatory British title defense on hold until probably September due to a problem in securing a venue, it sounds as if Groves may fight in the interim, possibly in the US.

 

The Week Ahead: Three fights of note on Saturday:
Kelly Pavlik looks to become a ranked fighter for the first time in a while when he takes on #12 Will Rosinsky on HBO from Carson, California.

 

Tanzanian gatekeeper Francis Cheka is set to fight his very mediocre and inexperienced countryman Japhet Kaseba in their native land.

 

Undefeated Englishman Rocky Fielding is also scheduled to appear in Sheffield, but no opponent has been announced yet as far as I know.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Jun 25- Jul 1

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by danboxing
No action to report from last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (28-162-162)
Last Fight: 12/17/2011- UD12 #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 9/8/2012- vs. LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Ward and Dawson are now set to make history in September.  As far as I know, this may be the first time in history a reigning champion has challenged for a championship at a lower weight.  Since Dawson and Ward will be fighting at or below both the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight limits, both Championships will be on the line as far as I’m concerned.
1) Carl Froch (5-315-315)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: Unknown
The two most likely fights for Froch at this point appear to be the contractually required rematch with Bute (if Bute wants it) or Kessler (if not).  Could a third consecutive #1 vs. #2 matchup in this division be too much to ask for?
2) Mikkel Kessler (5-394-394)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kessler could fight Carl Froch in mid-October.
3) Lucian Bute (5-324-324)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: Unknown
Bute appears uncertain as to whether he’ll exercise his right to a home-field rematch against Froch.  It sounds like he’ll fight someone else first, even if so.
4) Robert Stieglitz (28-148-148)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Nader Hamdan (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Stieglitz vs. Abraham is official- August 25 in Berlin.
5) Thomas Oosthuizen (28-56-104)
Last Fight: 4/27/2012- UD10 Marcus Johnson (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/3/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
In the wake of Oosthuizen’s victory over Johnson, Adonis Stevenson has expressed interest in fighting him.
6) Arthur Abraham (28-140-140)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Piotr Wilczewski (UNR)
Next Fight: 8/25/2012- vs. #4 Robert Stieglitz
See Stieglitz’s notes, above.
7) Adonis Stevenson (19-29-29)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO2 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale, Oosthuizen, Pavlik, Kessler, and Edwin Rodriguez have all turned down fights with Stevenson.  The fight has now been offered to Sakio Bika.
8) Peter Quillin (10-61-61)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- UD10 Winky Wright (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
On July 23, it will have been a year since his last fight over the 160 pound limit.
9) Sakio Bika (10-28-273)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bika has an offer on the table to fight Adonis Stevenson.  To my knowledge, he’s the 6th fighter to be offered this fight since Stevenson stopped Noe Gonzalez.
10) Andy Lee (10-10-68)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lee gets the fight he’s been waiting for, against the best opponent of his career in Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.  The fight will be in El Paso in mid-June.
11) Karoly Balzsay (10-10)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay had a 7/7 date tentatively set to fight Brian Magee, but he reportedly was still in relaxation mode after his last fight, and hadn’t resumed serious training.  The fight appears to be off for the moment.
12) Will Rosinsky (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/14/2012- UD8 #17 Aaron Pryor, Jr.
Next Fight: 7/7/2012- vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Rosinsky and Pavlik are both jumping into the ring after only a few weeks’ break when they do battle on HBO on July 7.
13) Anthony Dirrell (2-30)
Last Fight: 12/2/2011- TKO4 Renan St. Juste (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Dirrell had been all set for a somewhat goofy vacant title opportunity against the underwhelming Nikola Sjekloca, but Dirrell crashed his motorcycle, breaking an arm and leg.  He’s expected to be out of action until approximately November at the earliest.
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (2-33)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
There is word of negotiations for a potential fight with James DeGale.
15) Glen Johnson (2-86)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 7/13/2012- vs. Andrzej Fonfara (UNR) (at LHW)
Johnson will now be in a clear gatekeeper role for the first time since he knocked out Yusaf Mack in 2009 when he takes on Polish steroid user/prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday Night Fights on July 13- apparently at Light Heavyweight.
16) Dimitri Sartison (2-104)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison unfortunately underwent another knee surgery following his loss to Balzsay, and will be out until at least October.  It’s looking more and more likely that he’ll never be the same fighter.
17) Bryan Vera (2-73)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- UD8 Taronze Washington (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 8/11/2012- vs. Sergio Mora (UNR) (at MW)
Vera will give Sergio Mora a rematch of their competitive bout from early 2011.  Both of these guys are all over the map with their performances, so this could go either way.  The fight will be at 160.
18) Jesus Gonzales (28-51)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: Unknown
19) James DeGale (28-37)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO4 Cristian Sanavia (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
May be up for a very good test against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye next.
20) George Groves (28-28)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- TKO2 Paul Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Groves’ mandatory British title defense against Kenny Anderson was basically done for 6/30, but problems securing a venue has pushed it back until probably September.

 

The Week Ahead: A second consecutive quiet week at 168.