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Super Middleweight: 2013, Sep 9-15

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2013 by danboxing
Saturday in Saarbrucken, Germany, one-loss German prospect Juergen Doberstein scored the first top-50 win of his career against South African trial horse William Gare, dominating on the scorecards, albeit in his own back yard.  Not really a hint of controversy on the scores, though.  Gare was down hard in the 10th, and by all accounts Doberstein won clearly. 

 

One-loss NYC prospect Phillip Jackson Benson took care of business the same night, taking out Virginia journeyman Scott Sigmon in the 6th round of a fight that I thought might be a good upset candidate.

 

In a fight that appeared on the schedule too late to be previewed last week, #14 Ezequiel Maderna dominated mid-level, sub-.500 journeyman Arnaldo Alcides Benitez to a 10-round decision.

 

Doberstein has now made a bit of a name for himself, but is only established somewhere in the top 30-something.  No changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (91-225-225)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ward was looking for a comeback fight on September 28 against Caleb Truax, Dimitri Sartison, or Stas Kashtanov.  HBO rejected all three, and Edwin Rodriguez wanted more time to prepare.  The comeback has now been tentatively moved to November 16, but Ward is still looking for an HBO-friendly opponent after Rodriguez priced himself out with outlandish financial demands.
1) Carl Froch (68-378-378)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (25-211-211)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (39-457-457)
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 (17-203-203)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham is hoping his weak effort against non-entity Shihepo will earn him a mandatory spot for a trilogy with Stieglitz.
5) Brandon Gonzales (11-11-11)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales at least earned a draw with Oosthuizen despite fading late.  I had it a win, and I give him credit for that.
6) Adonis Stevenson (17-92-92)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #8 LHW Tavoris Cloud (at LHW)
Stevenson looks like he’ll be fighting Cloud in Montreal in late September.  After that, he’ll probably get Tony Bellew before the end of the year when he wins.  He’ll probably be removed here in October, since he hasn’t fought at 168 in nearly a year.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (11-119-167)
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 (11-39-61)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
9) Sakio Bika (11-30-336)
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.  He’s also been called out by Chavez, Rodriguez, Badou Jack, and Anthony Dirrell recently.  A guy gets a meaningless alphabet belt, and all of a sudden he goes from one of the most avoided fighters in the sport to a guy everyone wants to fight.
10) James DeGale (11-14-100)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (11-14)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
12) Maxim Vlasov (10-44)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edwin Rodriguez (10-34)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez named Bika as someone he’d like to fight next.  Both are talented fighters who care little about technique as they wing wild punches.  Could be fun if it happens.  Turns out he had two different shots at Andre Ward since the Grachev fight.  He turned down one and priced himself out of the other.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (10-37)
Last Fight: 9/6/2013- UD10 Arnaldo Alcides Benitez (UNR)
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 (10-17)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR) (at MW)
Lee will be in a rare title fight for him, and will thus most likely make the 160 pound limit for his Haye-Fury undercard fight with Domenico Spada.
16) Ryoto Murata (3-3)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata joins Lee and Truax as Middleweights who can claim a ranking in this very shallow division by beating an opponent a few pounds or less over 160.  But he comes with a twist…he’s done so in his very first fight.
17) Caleb Truax (3-12)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- KO6 #15 Don George
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW)
Truax will see action in Minneapolis on September 21 against fellow Minnesota prospect Ceresso Fort.
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (3-28)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- TKO7 #20 CW Pawel Glazewski (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Giovanni De Carolis (UNR)
Mohoumadi is once again scheduled to fight borderline top-50 Italian gatekeeper Giovanni De Carolis.  Let’s hope it’s not another Italian robbery of a Frenchman like Rebrasse-Ndiaye.
19) Glen Johnson (3-19)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Johnson’s scheduled fight with Isiah Thomas, which would have been on Friday Night Fights, was canceled.  I don’t know why.
20) Badou Jack (3-8)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD10 Farah Ennis (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/12/13- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
No soft touches for Jack.  He will get prospect Marco Antonio Periban- who gave Sakio Bika all he could handle- on the newly rebranded Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV) a couple days before Mayweather-Canelo.

 

The Week Ahead: Thursday in the Fox Sports 2-televised appetizer for Mayweather-Canelo from Vegas, #20 Badou Jack throws down with fringe-contending one-loss Mexican prospect Marco Antonio Periban in what should be a very good, very well-matched fight.

 

Friday in Hammond, Indiana, gatekeeper Derrick Findley takes on undefeated Chicago prospect Mike Jimenez in a fight that could be contested at either 160 or 168 (or more likely somewhere in between).
 
 

Super Middleweight: 2013, Sep 2-8

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2013 by danboxing
Friday in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, local favorite Francis Cheka won an average decision over Minneapolis gatekeeper Phil Williams.  No video can be found at present, but I did read one account that said Cheka dropped Williams and won comfortably, which supports the scorecards of 116-113, 117-111, and 119-109.

 

The same night in Homebush, Australia, 2-loss Kiwi prospect Junior Talipeau won a decision over low-level Argentine journeyman Walter Crucce.  It seems like it may not have been as easy as you might think.  Two judges had it 115-110 despite Crucce giving away two points to fouls.  The other judge had it 120-106.

 

Cheka might be approaching a ranking had he not lost earlier this year to a pretty low-level prospect.  As it is, no changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (90-224-224)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Ward was looking for a comeback fight on September 28 against Caleb Truax, Dimitri Sartison, or Stas Kashtanov.  HBO rejected all three, and Edwin Rodriguez wanted more time to prepare.  The comeback has now been tentatively moved to November 16, but Ward is still looking for an HBO-friendly opponent after Rodriguez priced himself out with outlandish financial demands.
1) Carl Froch (67-377-377)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- UD12 #3 Mikkel Kessler
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #8 George Groves
Froch-Groves is set for November 23 in Manchester.
2) Robert Stieglitz (24-210-210)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO10 Yuzo Kiyota (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/19/2013- vs. Isaac Ekpo (UNR)
Stieglitz and Abraham seem to be competing on who can fight the more mediocre opponents before rematching.  Ekpo is the worst yet- a low-level Nigerian prospect.
3) Mikkel Kessler (38-456-456)
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 (16-202-202)
Last Fight: 8/24/2013- UD12 Wilbeforce Shihepo (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Abraham is hoping his weak effort against non-entity Shihepo will earn him a mandatory spot for a trilogy with Stieglitz.
5) Brandon Gonzales (10-10-10)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- D* vs. #5 Thomas Oosthuizen
Next Fight: Unknown
Gonzales at least earned a draw with Oosthuizen despite fading late.  I had it a win, and I give him credit for that.
6) Adonis Stevenson (16-91-91)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO1 LHW#1 Chad Dawson (at LHW)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. #7 LHW Tavoris Cloud (at LHW)
Stevenson looks like he’ll be fighting Cloud in Montreal in late September.  After that, he’ll probably get Tony Bellew before the end of the year when he wins.  He’ll probably be removed here in October, since he hasn’t fought at 168 in nearly a year.
7) Thomas Oosthuizen (10-118-166)
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 (10-38-60)
Last Fight: 5/25/2013- TKO5 Noe Gonzalez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/23/2013- vs. #1 Carl Froch
Groves and Froch will face off on November 23 in Manchester.
9) Sakio Bika (10-29-335)
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.  He’s also been called out by Chavez, Rodriguez, Badou Jack, and Anthony Dirrell recently.  A guy gets a meaningless alphabet belt, and all of a sudden he goes from one of the most avoided fighters in the sport to a guy everyone wants to fight.
10) James DeGale (10-13-99)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- RTD4 Stjepan Bozic (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale badly wants a big-money fight with Froch.
11) Christopher Rebrasse (10-13)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- Robbery Draw (W) vs. #10 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (UNR)
Rebrasse should have no reason to rematch Ndiaye, having beaten him decisively in June, but the judges completely corrupt ripoff has somehow conspired to make Rebrasse waste time and take a risk to confirm a very clear result.
12) Maxim Vlasov (9-43)
Last Fight: 7/12/2013- UD8 Mark Suarez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
13) Edwin Rodriguez (9-33)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO1 #16 LHW Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez named Bika as someone he’d like to fight next.  Both are talented fighters who care little about technique as they wing wild punches.  Could be fun if it happens.  Turns out he had two different shots at Andre Ward since the Grachev fight.  He turned down one and priced himself out of the other.
14) Ezequiel Maderna (9-36)
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 (9-16)
Last Fight: 5/15/2013- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Domenico Spada (UNR) (at MW)
Lee will be in a rare title fight for him, and will thus most likely make the 160 pound limit for his Haye-Fury undercard fight with Domenico Spada- a rarity for him.
16) Ryoto Murata (2-2)
Last Fight: 8/25/2013- TKO2 #14 MW Akio Shibata
Next Fight: Unknown
Murata joins Lee and Truax as Middleweights who can claim a ranking in this very shallow division by beating an opponent a few pounds or less over 160.  But he comes with a twist…he’s done so in his very first fight.
17) Caleb Truax (2-11)
Last Fight: 6/21/2013- KO6 #15 Don George
Next Fight: 9/21/2013- vs. Ceresso Fort (UNR) (at MW?)
Truax will see action in Minneapolis on September 21 against fellow Minnesota prospect Ceresso Fort.
18) Hadillah Mohoumadi (2-27)
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.
19) Glen Johnson (2-18)
Last Fight: 4/19/2013- TKO2 Junior Ramos (UNR) (at CW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Looks like Johnson’s scheduled fight with Isiah Thomas, which would have been on Friday Night Fights, was canceled.  I don’t know why.
20) Badou Jack (2-7)
Last Fight: 7/19/2013- UD10 Farah Ennis (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/12/13- vs. Marco Antonio Periban (UNR)
No soft touches for Jack.  He will get prospect Marco Antonio Periban- who gave Sakio Bika all he could handle- on the newly rebranded Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV) a couple days before Mayweather-Canelo.

 

The Week Ahead: Two fights worth mentioning, both on Saturday:

 

In Saarbrucken, Germany, South African gatekeeper William Gare looks to test German Juergen Doberstein, who has not lost since a 6-round decision nearly 5 years ago.

 

Later that night in Fort Washington, Maryland, one-loss Brooklyn fringe prospect Phillip Jackson Benson takes on Virginia journeyman Scott Sigmon- who is best known as a former stay-busy Kelly Pavlik opponent.  Look out for this one.  Though he’s probably top 50 in a very sad division, Benson has a loss in his career against a winless fighter.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Oct 22-28

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2012 by danboxing
Friday in Cartagena, Colombia, Bogota native Alexander Brand picked up a breakthrough win in his late-blooming career.  The 35-year old Colombian prospect, whose only loss was a complete toss-up split decision to fellow undefeated Badou Jack, dominated veteran South African gatekeeper William Gare to become a legitimate fringe contender.

 

Danny Jacobs- once the world’s top middleweight prospect- made a splash in his return from life-threatening cancer when he viciously knocked out totally untested Hollywood-based Missouri fringe prospect Josh Luteran in the first round of their Showtime Extreme-televised fight in Brooklyn.  The fight was contested just a couple pounds over the middleweight limit.

 

Also on Saturday, Uruguay’s Noe Gonzalez- a solid fighter whose only losses are to Felix Sturm and Adonis Stevenson- made short work of undefeated/untested Argentine fringe prospect Miguel Cobas, dispatching him by knockout late in the first round in Buenos Aires.

 

Brand is now roughly a top-25 fighter, though the loss (which I had a draw) to Jack complicates matters a bit.  No change to the top 20 this time around.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (45-179-179)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Both camps comfirm talks for a February 23 HBO fight with Pavlik.
1) Carl Froch (22-332-332)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
After the negotiations initially appeared to have failed, Froch eventually secured a fight with Yusaf Mack, afterall.
2) Arthur Abraham (9-157-157)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (9-411-411)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (9-341-341)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. LHW #15 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, but will be fighting an interim fight in November against otherwise mediocre but hard-hitting light heavyweight Denis Grachev.
5) Robert Stieglitz (9-165-165)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (9-73-121)
Last Fight: 8/2/2012- UD12 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Oosthuizen will fight Colombia’s Fulgencio Zuniga in South Africa on November 10.
7) Adonis Stevenson (2-46-46)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a fight coming up soon with Yusaf Mack, and a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (2-16-16)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik’s team is currently negotiating a February 23 title shot against Ward on HBO.
9) Sakio Bika (13-45-290)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (13-13-27)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (16-85)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (13-47)
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.
13) Will Rosinsky (13-19)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (13-50)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Dimitri Sartison (13-121)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (3-68)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Gonzales will return from 10-month layoff in Calgary this December.  No opponent yet, but since it’s taking place in a nightclub, I can only assume it won’t be anyone spectacular.  The fight has already been bumped back once from a November date.
17) George Groves (2-15)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Glen Johnson (UNR)
Groves’s December 15 opponent turned out to be kind of a surprise: former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson.  Johnson retired just a few months ago, but evidently isn’t ready to keep them hung up yet.  This could be an interesting crossroads fight.
18) James DeGale (2-54)
Last Fight: 10/13/2012- UD12* Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale was very fortunate to walk away from a relatively stay-busy-looking fight with Hadillah Mohoumadi without some sort of blemish being added to his record.  He’s got the talent, but needs to step up the effort.
19) Edwin Rodriguez (3-13)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez is now fighting with Andre Ward………for a chance to fight Kelly Pavlik next.  Just keeping you on your toes.
20) Dyah Davis (3-3)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L(TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Nothing going on this week.

Super Middleweight: 2012, Oct 15-21

Posted in Rankings, Super Middleweight with tags , , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by danboxing
#8 Adonis Stevenson stepped into the ring with fringe contender Don George this past Friday in Montreal.  The pair had been scheduled to do battle on Friday Night Fights over the summer before the fight was derailed by a Stevenson injury.  George put up a valiant effort in a pretty decent action fight, but only managed to win one round on my card.  He went down twice in the fifth before coming back to close the round strong, was dropped again in the sixth, and fell another couple times in the twelfth, by which point he looked completely spent.  Referee Marlon B. Wright (of Lucian Bute long-count fame) appropriately stopped the fight immediately upon the second knockdown, as George appeared to just slump to the canvas based on Stevenson’s pressure as opposed to any actual punch. 

 

The following night in England, #18 James DeGale took on fringe-top-50 frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi in England.  Folks, James DeGale can’t seem to do anything conclusively- win or lose.  DeGale is definitely the more talented fighter, but he was much less active, laid on the ropes all night, and let Mohoumadi dictate the fight roughly 90% of the time.  Mohoumadi did tire toward the end, allowing DeGale to climb back into the fight, but I still scored it 115-113 for the underdog Frenchman.  In doing so, I marked 3 rounds- all Mohoumadi rounds- as toss ups.  This means that I could imagine a fair scorecard anywhere between 116-112 DeGale and 115-113 Mohoumadi.  In retrospect, I kinda wish I wouldn’t have called the first two of them toss-ups, because in truth, the clean effective punching in both rounds (4 and 5) was about even, but Mohoumadi was the effective aggressor and ring general by a fairly wide margin in both.  The last of these rounds (round 11) was a true toss-up, in which DeGale earned a narrow edge in clean effective punching but a significant deficit in the other categories.  Mohoumadi clearly won rounds 3, 6, 8, and 9.  DeGale clearly won 1,2,7,10, and 12. Naturally, we saw some shameful judging.  Danish judge Freddy Rafn had it at what, to me, was a slightly biased but mostly reasonable 116-112 for DeGale.  In front of a partisan crowd, I guess that’s what Mohoumadi had to expect.  Italian judge #1 Pierluigi Poppi went a step further and (assuming he otherwise scored things competently) gave DeGale one round that was clearly won by Mohoumadi, at 117-111.  Italian judge #2, whose very name- Franco Criminale (and yes, that’s Italian for criminal)- is hilariously accurate, disgracefully scored the fight 119-109 DeGale.  This guy was either pathetically incompetent, heavily intoxicated, or was getting paid a sizeable stipend per DeGale round.  Even by boxing standards, that’s a notably absurd card.  I don’t think the guy should ever be allowed to judge again in any jurisdiction.  There’s a such thing as a bad night, and then there’s a point at which you realize that a guy’s judgment and/or integrity are so irredeemable that he needs to call it a career whether he likes it or not.  Criminale is in the latter category.

 

Unfortunately, even if I went against my initial instinct and only called the 11th round a toss-up, a draw would still be easily plausible.  So I can’t reverse the decision and give Mohoumadi the win for the purposes of my ratings.  But since I had it for the other guy, I will treat the official result with minimum deference- essentially a draw with a de minimus edge for the official winner, DeGale.

 

Mohoumadi has, at least to me, made himself a bit of a player in the division.  Nevertheless, this is one of few times that a draw or minimum deference decision occurs in which I do not rate the fighters involved back-t0-back.  George Groves does surpass DeGale now, considering his near-stalemate with his rival, and the fact that he recently beat an opponent as good or better than Mohoumadi.  DeGale’s drop is cushioned by Edwin Rodriguez, however, since Rodriguez has a similar record of inconclusive fights with unproven prospects like Aaron Pryor and Will Rosinsky.  Mohoumadi, due largely to his loss to journeyman Cristian Sanavia from 2010, doesn’t quite crack the rankings, though he’s pretty close.  Last week’s #8 Adonis Stevenson switches spots with #7 Kelly Pavlik.  Pavlik has, by a huge margin, the best win between the two, with his early 2008 win over Jermain Taylor, but he was much more recently fortunate not to absorb a loss against the very mediocre Alfonso Lopez.  That, combined with Stevenson’s sheer volume of recent quality wins, makes the difference.

 

Dan’s Top 20
Champ: Andre Ward (44-178-178)
Last Fight: 9/8/2012- TKO10 LHW Champ Chad Dawson
Next Fight: Unknown
Both camps comfirm talks for a February 23 HBO fight with Pavlik.
1) Carl Froch (21-331-331)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- TKO5 #1 Lucian Bute
Next Fight: 11/17/2012- vs. LHW #11 Yusaf Mack
After the negotiations initially appeared to have failed, Froch eventually secured a fight with Yusaf Mack, afterall.
2) Arthur Abraham (8-156-156)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- UD12 #4 Robert Stieglitz
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Mehdi Bouadla (UNR)
Abraham will make a fairly weak follow-up to his big win over Stieglitz.  His opponent is Mehdi Bouadla, who made a brave stand against Kessler before getting stopped fairly early in their 2011 fight.  Since then, Bouadla- essentially a journeyman- has been fighting exclusively nobodies, mostly at middleweight.
3) Mikkel Kessler (8-410-410)
Last Fight: 5/19/2012- KO5 Allan Green (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/8/2012- vs. Brian Magee (UNR)
Kessler fights fringe contender Brian Magee in Herning, Denmark on December 8.
4) Lucian Bute (8-340-340)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- L(TKO5) vs. #2 Carl Froch
Next Fight: 11/3/2012- vs. LHW #15 Denis Grachev (at LHW)
Bute will exercise his rematch clause to fight Froch in March, but will be fighting an interim fight in November against otherwise mediocre but hard-hitting light heavyweight Denis Grachev.
5) Robert Stieglitz (8-164-164)
Last Fight: 8/25/2012- L(UD12) vs. #6 Arthur Abraham
Next Fight: Unknown
Stieglitz was somewhat busted up in the tough Abraham fight, and so I expect him to take a few months off at least.
6) Thomas Oosthuizen (8-72-120)
Last Fight: 8/2/2012- UD12 Rowland Bryant (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (UNR)
Oosthuizen will fight Colombia’s Fulgencio Zuniga in South Africa on November 10.
7) Adonis Stevenson (1-45-45)
Last Fight: 10/12/2012- TKO12 Don George (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Stevenson probably has a shot at Carl Froch due to him at some point, as he is the mandatory challenger for Froch’s belt.  But Froch already has a fight coming up soon with Yusaf Mack, and a contracted fight with Bute likely in March.
8) Kelly Pavlik (1-15-15)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- UD10 #12 Will Rosinsky
Next Fight: Unknown
Pavlik’s team is currently negotiating a February 23 title shot against Ward on HBO.
9) Sakio Bika (12-44-289)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- TKO10 Dyah Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
10) Karoly Balzsay (12-12-26)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- TKO12 #8 Dimitri Sartison
Next Fight: Unknown
Balzsay pulled out of a scheduled alphabet title defense with fringe contender Brian Magee with a back injury.
11) Andy Lee (15-84)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- L(TKO7) vs. MW#? Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
12) Anthony Dirrell (12-46)
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.
13) Will Rosinsky (12-18)
Last Fight: 7/7/2012- L(UD10) vs. Kelly Pavlik (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (12-49)
Last Fight: 5/26/2012- RTD9 Jose Maria Guerrero (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
15) Dimitri Sartison (12-120)
Last Fight: 4/21/2012- L(TKO12) vs. Karoly Balzsay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Sartison has been medically cleared following his third knee surgery, and is looking to return in December.
16) Jesus Gonzales (2-67)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- L(KO1) vs. #9 Adonis Stevenson
Next Fight: 11/9/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Gonzales will return from 9-month layoff in Calgary this November.  No opponent yet, but since it’s taking place in a nightclub, I can only assume it won’t be anyone spectacular.
17) George Groves (1-14)
Last Fight: 7/28/2012- TKO6 Francisco Sierra (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Groves will be back in the ring on December 15, with opponent TBA.
18) James DeGale (1-53)
Last Fight: 10/13/2012- UD12* Hadillah Mohoumadi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
DeGale was very fortunate to walk away from a relatively stay-busy-looking fight with Hadillah Mohoumadi without some sort of blemish being added to his record.  He’s got the talent, but needs to step up the effort.
19) Edwin Rodriguez (2-12)
Last Fight: 9/29/2012- TKO8 Jason Escalera (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez is now fighting with Andre Ward………for a chance to fight Kelly Pavlik next.  Just keeping you on your toes.
20) Dyah Davis (2-2)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L(TKO10) vs. #9 Sakio Bika
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Cartagena, Colombia, Bogota’s Alexander Brand- a prospect whose only loss was a complete toss-up of a split decision to fellow undefeated Badou Jack- squares off with veteran South African gatekeeper William Gare.

 

Saturday in Buenos Aires, Uruguayan native Noe Gonzalez- who is somewhere between a prospect and a gatekeeper, having lost twice, but only at the top level- faces an Argentine native in Miguel Cobas that, while undefeated, is untested and has endured 4 four-round draws in his career, including 2 in his last 3 fights.

 

Also on the schedule for Saturday, former middleweight contender Danny Jacobs returns to the ring after 19 months of inactivity and a bout with cancer.  Jacobs will be in against Kansas City native and part-time Hollywood actor Josh Luteran who, while 13-1, has never fought anyone so far.  This fight will be televised on the Showtime Extreme broadcast preceding the main Showtime Championship Boxing telecast.