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Junior Middleweight: 2014, Jun 9-15

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by danboxing
In a shockingly competitive fight in France on Friday, gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta had a tough time beating back the challenge of Kevin Bertogal, who entered with more losses than wins by a 2-1 margin.  He looked significantly better than that, with truly remarkable handspeed, and a rare ability to punch with snap and accuracy while practically on the run.  I can’t go too deeply into how I felt about the results specifically, due to the fact that the only video I found had at least 3 rounds in which at least 30 seconds were missing.  One judge, Ali Oubaali, had it for Bertogal 78-74.  I can say for sure that he was clearly wrong.  Of the 5 rounds I felt I could legitimately score, Haroche Horta clearly won 3.  I gave him the other two, as well, but those were toss-ups.  In any case, it was a fine effort by Bertogal, but ultimately has no bearing on the rankings.

 

Later that night in Benavidez, Argentina, #15 Cesar Sastre Silva fell by stoppage to 6-0 prospect Brian Castano of Isidro Casanova.  Castano looked like a legitimate prospect, and flashed two-handed power typical of high-level Argentine performers, as well as impressive timing and overall balance.  The first two rounds seemed to foreshadow a back-and-forth fight, but Sastre Silva had trouble defending himself after that, as his hands seemed to drop round by round.  Castano scored cleanly with regularity in round 3, and carried that momentum into the 4th, when he dropped Sastre Silva and never looked back, continuing to tag his man, especially with an uncontested right hand.  Having witnessed a large number of unanswered clean shots from Castano, referee Antonio Zaragoza and Sastre Silva’s corner got the same idea around the same time, and appeared to signal the end of the fight independently of one another at about the same moment.  Sastre Silva was probably overrated at #15 based on a isolated really good night against Maciel, but this is still bound to be a great springboard for Castano, at least in my book.

 

In a fight contracted at 149, unbeaten prospect Eddie Gomez got jobbed against more experienced gatekeeper Francisco Santana on ShoBox from Indio, California.  Gomez built up what should have been a big lead early, winning the first 5 rounds clearly, as I saw it.  The fight turned drastically in the 6th, when Santana hurt Gomez so badly and beat him in such a sustained fashion that it could have been scored 10-8 without a knockdown, though I didn’t go quite that far.  The undefeated Gomez righted the ship a little in the 7th, but still lost the round clearly.  The 8th round was much closer, but I think Gomez bounced back to win it in pretty clear fashion anyway.  Santana probably nicked the 9th, though that was the closest round of the fight in my view, and clearly took the 10th.  On my card, Santana narrowly failed to come back enough to win the fight, and I had Gomez the clear winner at 96-94, with reasonable scores ranging between 95-94 and 97-93 Gomez.  None of the judges were reasonable, as it turned out.  Raul Caiz, Sr. saw it 96-94 Santana.  That’s a stretch, but at least if you gave Santana all the rounds identifiable as kinda close, you could kinda see where he was coming from.  Tony Crebs, at 97-93, was not so justifiable.  I literally can’t even begin to imagine what round it was, in addition to the ones that Caiz must have given him, that Crebs thought was remotely close to being scorable in Santana’s favor.  He gave Santana at least one crystal clear Gomez round.  But the most distinguished botch-job of the night belonged to Ray Corona, who only gave the clear winner of the fight two solitary rounds.  I can’t even begin to explain the last two cards, nor would I want to.  Despite fading badly in the 2nd half, there’s no doubt in my mind that Gomez won the fight, and he’ll be treated as such on this site.

 

Moving forward to Saturday, Andy Lee pulled a rabbit out of his hat in the New York opener of HBO’s card.  One-loss prospect John Jackson of the Virgin Islands was dominating the fallen Irish former middleweight contender and beating him up pretty bad, having scored a knockdown in the first.  Lee looked to be on his way to a stoppage loss when, in the 5th, he suddenly caught Jackson with a single counter shot that ended it with a shocking and sudden knockout.  It hadn’t gone as long, but it otherwise reminded me a lot of Randall Bailey’s sudden demolition of a dominant Mike Jones a couple years back.

 

One fight later on the same card, the aforementioned Javier Maciel, who had been ranked near the top 10 before needing a blatant robbery to beat the aforementioned Sastre Silva, got a measure of redemption in his HBO debut at Madison Square Garden, taking a hard-earned 10-round majority decision over gatekeeper-level Puerto Rican Jorge Melendez.  Maciel had taken the fight on just 3 weeks’ notice, and he did seem to tire towards the end as you might expect, but to me he seemed to still have plenty left anyway.  Even when apparently tired, his shots still had more effect than those of Melendez.  Even so, the Puerto Rican gave a very respectable effort, and at least managed to keep most of the rounds close.  Round by round, I had Maciel in a toss-up in the first, Melendez in similar fashion in the 2nd and 3rd, Maciel big in the 4th, including a knockdown and a point deduction on his opponent for low blows, Maciel in a toss-up in the 5th, Melendez by toss-up in the 6th, Maciel clear in the 7th, toss-up in the 8th, and by a close but clear margin in the 9th and 10th.  My final score was 96-92 Maciel, and I thought a range of 95-93 and 99-95 Maciel would encompass reasonable scores.  John Stewart was a little generous to Melendez, I thought, and had it a draw at 94-94. Waleska Roldan saw it identical to my card, while Don Trella reasonably scored one extra round for Maciel at 97-91.  

 

#19 Willie Nelson was on the card’s non-televised deep undercard, blasting journeyman Darryl Cunningham for two knockdowns in the first round before the doctor stopped it.  This turned out to be a middleweight fight, and since Nelson was a full 3 pounds off the divisional limit of 154, he risks being removed for inactivity/moving up if he doesn’t have another plausibly light middleweight fight signed by essentially the end of the month.

 

Miguel Cotto won the Middleweight Championship in the card’s main event, but that has been discussed fully in my 160 update.  That being said, Cotto only scaled 155 for the fight, and my general policy is that a fighter will get full credit in a given division for a performance in which he came within 2 pounds of the divisional limit, assuming he has rankable performances independently of the fight, and assuming his additional weight didn’t afford him an unfair advantage.  In this case, his opponent outweighed him by almost 4 pounds, and he’s already ranked #8 here.  Therefore, the fight will do him a lot of favors here at 154, as well.

 

This division is very soupy at the top, and you could make a case for Cotto to be ranked as high as #1.  On the other hand, he clearly lost to Austin Trout, while Erislandy Lara dominated Trout without having any other serious blemishes on his recent record.  Combined with the likelihood that Sergio, for health reasons, doesn’t really translate to a top-level 154 pounder at present, leaves Cotto at #4.  How is he ahead of Mayweather, you ask?  Well, Mayweather just deserved to lose a fight at a lower weight in his last outing, and I thought his fight with Cotto could have gone either way, anyhow.  Sastre Silva drops from the top 20, and is now best viewed as a gatekeeper. Martirosyan moves up to claim his former spot, while Castano debuts at #16.  Maciel and Lee are both held back from serious consideration by their recent bad performances, and so there are no further changes.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (14-171-186)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo (at 155)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (14-153-168)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is out of jail and training in Mexico City.  He lobbied the IBF to give him an exemption to defend his belt against Jermall Charlo, whom he was supposed to face already before he was jailed, but the alphabet is sticking to its guns and will try to make him fight Bundrage, instead.
3) Erislandy Lara (14-153-175)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #1 Saul Alvarez
Lara traded an intended fight with Ishe Smith for a more lucrative and important showdown with Canelo.  The fight might not determine a legitimate champion, but it should at least crown a preeminent top contender.
4) Miguel Cotto (1-210-210)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- RTD10 MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto is now the Middleweight Champion, so it remains to be seen if he’ll continue to fight at 154 at all.
5) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (1-39-39)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Floyd will be fighting on September 13.  A Maidana rematch remains a possibility.
6) Austin Trout (1-106-175)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: 7/19/2014- vs. Daniel Dawson (UNR)
Trout will look to get back on track with a fairly easy Friday Night Fights main event against upper mid-level Australian journeyman Daniel Dawson, who was once a fringe contender, but not since 2007.
7) Ishe Smith (1-68-68)
Last Fight: 5/2/2014- KO2 Ryan Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I know he was a relatively short-notice replacement, but Ryan Davis was a little too hapless even by that standard.
8) Joshua Clottey (1-9-9)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- UD12 #7 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
For those looking for a good way to revitalize a practically evaporated career, you couldn’t do much better than the example Clottey just provided.  He wants to fight Mayweather, but I’d say he’s at least one top 5 win away from having a chance at that.
9) Anthony Mundine (9-28-28)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine is reportedly in talks to bring the now much larger and also more retired Danny Green into a rematch.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (9-201-201)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bundrage has jumped to the front of the line to challenge for Molina’s belt, and his would-be opponent is now out of jail and training.
11Alfredo Angulo (9-246)
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.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (9-104)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s fight in Rome was cancelled on 3 days’ notice due to Visa issues, and his would-be opponent, journeyman Emanuele Della Rosa, will be fighting undefeated prospect Isaac Real for what had been Rabchenko’s European title.
13) Jermell Charlo (3-53)
Last Fight: 5/24/2014- UD12 Charlie Ota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Demetrius Andrade (3-31)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 14.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-158)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was supposed to fight on the Stiverne-Arreola card from what I understood, but that fight quietly disappeared from the schedule at some unknown point in time.  He’s been dropped by Top Rank and signed with Dan Goossen, as well.
16) Brian Castaño (1-1)
Last Fight: 6/6/2014- TKO4 #15 Cesar Sastre Silva
Next Fight: Unknown
Castano looked like kind of a beast against Sastre Silva.  Only time will tell if he really is a beast, was beating up on an overrated fringe contender, or some combination of those possibilities.
17) Gabriel Rosado (4-20)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was offered to Ishe Smith as a May 2 replacement, but Smith turned him down.  In turn, Rosado is being challenged by Hassan N’Dam.
18) Zaurbek Baysangurov (4-9)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
19) Willie Nelson (4-67)
Last Fight: 6/7/2014- TKO1 Darryl Cunningham (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson just signed with manager Cameron Dunkin, but will need to get a potentially light middleweight fight scheduled by the end of June to maintain his ranking.
20) Brian Rose (4-4)
Last Fight: 10/26/2014- Robbery SD12 W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #14 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
Glen Tapia vs. Keenan Collins; Atlantic City, NJ; Unimas (US)
This is nothing but a hometown tune-up for Tapia, who comes off a brutal loss to James Kirkland back in December.  Collins is a lower-mid-level journeyman originally from Brooklyn.  He comes off a stoppage loss to Daniel Jacobs and over a year of inactivity.

 

#14 Demetrius Andrade vs. #20 Brian Rose; Brooklyn, New York; HBO (US)
As I see it, this is nowhere near as good a matchup as it appears to be on paper.  Andrade is clearly a world-class prospect on his way to at least near the top.  For his part, Rose has at times needed very generous judging in the UK to scrape by with decision wins over the likes of everyone from domestic-level journeymen like Kris Carslaw and Sam Webb to Javier Maciel, who you’d have to call an inconsistent fringe contender or gatekeeper at the moment.  I’m not willing to call a stoppage since Andrade isn’t necessarily that type of fighter, but I don’t see Rose as having much chance to be competitive.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, Jun 2-8

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by danboxing
There was no significant action to report from 154 last week.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (13-170-185)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo (at 155)
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (13-152-167)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina is out of jail and training in Mexico City.  He lobbied the IBF to give him an exemption to defend his belt against Jermall Charlo, whom he was supposed to face already before he was jailed, but the alphabet is sticking to its guns and will try to make him fight Bundrage, instead.
3) Erislandy Lara (13-152-174)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #1 Saul Alvarez
Lara traded an intended fight with Ishe Smith for a more lucrative and important showdown with Canelo.  The fight might not determine a legitimate champion, but it should at least crown a preeminent top contender.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (13-38-38)
Last Fight: 5/3/2014- W* (MD12) vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Next Fight: 9/13/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Floyd will be fighting on September 13.  A Maidana rematch remains a possibility.
5) Austin Trout (26-105-174)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: 7/19/2014- vs. Daniel Dawson (UNR)
Trout will look to get back on track with a fairly easy Friday Night Fights main event against upper mid-level Australian journeyman Daniel Dawson, who was once a fringe contender, but not since 2007.
6) Ishe Smith (38-67-67)
Last Fight: 5/2/2014- KO2 Ryan Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
I know he was a relatively short-notice replacement, but Ryan Davis was a little too hapless even by that standard.
7) Joshua Clottey (8-8-8)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- UD12 #7 Anthony Mundine
Next Fight: Unknown
For those looking for a good way to revitalize a practically evaporated career, you couldn’t do much better than the example Clottey just provided.  He wants to fight Mayweather, but I’d say he’s at least one top 5 win away from having a chance at that.
8) Miguel Cotto (27-209-209)
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) Anthony Mundine (8-27-27)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Mundine is reportedly in talks to bring the now much larger and also more retired Danny Green into a rematch.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (8-200-200)
Last Fight: 1/24/2014- UD12 Joey Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears that Bundrage has jumped to the front of the line to challenge for Molina’s belt, and his would-be opponent is now out of jail and training.
11Alfredo Angulo (8-245)
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.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (8-103)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko’s fight in Rome was cancelled on 3 days’ notice due to Visa issues, and his would-be opponent, journeyman Emanuele Della Rosa, will be fighting undefeated prospect Isaac Real for what had been Rabchenko’s European title.
13) Jermell Charlo (2-52)
Last Fight: 5/24/2014- UD12 Charlie Ota (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With the cancellation of Smith-Lara, Charlo has been bumped back to May 24, and will fight fringe contending prospect Charlie Ota.
14) Demetrius Andrade (2-30)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. Brian Rose (UNR)
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 14.
15) Cesar Sastre Silva (2-7)
Last Fight: 4/19/2014- Robbery UD10 Loss (should be win) vs. #13 Javier Maciel
Next Fight: 6/6/2014- vs. Brian Castano (UNR)
Sastre Silva dominated a confused-looking Javier Maciel, but got robbed even worse than Maciel had been robbed against Rose in his previous fight.  Now he’ll be in with an undefeated prospect in Brian Castano on June 6.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (2-157)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes was supposed to fight on the Stiverne-Arreola card from what I understood, but that fight quietly disappeared from the schedule at some unknown point in time.  He’s been dropped by Top Rank and signed with Dan Goossen, as well.
17) Gabriel Rosado (3-19)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado was offered to Ishe Smith as a May 2 replacement, but Smith turned him down.  In turn, Rosado is being challenged by Hassan N’Dam.
18) Zaurbek Baysangurov (3-8)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
19) Willie Nelson (3-66)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. Darryl Cunningham (UNR)
Nelson gets a fairly easy tune-up after a year of inactivity when he gets in with 39 year-old journeyman Darryl Cunningham Saturday.
20) Brian Rose (3-3)
Last Fight: 10/26/2014- Robbery SD12 W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #14 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Friday
Frank Haroche Horta vs. Unknown Opponent; Levallois-Perret, France; Ma Chaine Sport (France)
Horta comes off  a robbery loss against Andy Lee in April, and will almost certainly get an easier night, as his opponent has not been announced less than a week before fight night.

 

#15 Cesar Sastre Silva vs. Brian Castano; Benavidez, Argentina; TyC Sports (Argentina)
Sastre Silva is about as vulnerable as a top 15 contender gets.  He is ranked based on a loss that clearly should have been a win over #13 Javier Maciel back in April.  He actually benefitted from his own inactivity in earning his ranking, since he had three consecutive losses in 2008, but they are too old to be counted against him.  He only had 4 fairly inconsequential wins between that and the Maciel fight.  He’s not really that good, I don’t think, but caught Maciel on a terrible night.  Castano is an undefeated Argentine prospect, and despite only having 6 pro fights, he’s beaten one pretty highly-ranked (though not top 50) journeyman already.  This is a really interesting matchup, and could serve as a great launching pad for Castano if he can pull off the victory.

 

Eddie Gomez vs. Francisco Santana; Indio, California; Showtime (US)
Gomez is an undefeated Bronx prospect who comes off his best career win against fellow undefeated Daquan Arnett in January.  Santana has 3 losses and a draw on his record, so it’s hard to rate him a prospect, but his only losses were two against Karim Mayfield (once by split decision, the other by stoppage) and one against Jermell Charlo, and his draw was against Julian Williams.  He owns wins over Freddy Hernandez and Joachim Alcine.  All of this illuminates the fact that he’s been in tougher overall, by a long shot.  This is a very intriguing fight.

 

Saturday
Javier Maciel vs. Jorge Melendez; New York, New York; HBO (US)
Maciel was a top 15 contender before he very clearly lost to journeyman Cesar Sastre Silva in his last fight.  Most will still view him as a major player in the division because that fight got zero press, as opposed to his prior fight, which he clearly won against top-20 ranked Brian Rose, but in which HE was the victim of a blatant robbery.  Melendez is a gatekeeper, but he’s never beaten a top 50 fighter, while being saddled with 3 losses and a draw against lesser opposition.  Based on that alone, you’d have to make Maciel the favorite.  If he does pull off the win, Maciel would gain back some of the stock he lost to Sastre Silva.

 

John Jackson vs. Andy Lee; New York, New York; HBO (US)
Another fight on the Martinez-Cotto undercard in which the guy who would have been a heavy favorite just a few months ago looked abysmal in his last fight.  Lee needed a blatant robbery to beat French gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta in April, and Jackson is most likely better than Horta.  For his part, Jackson has had two fights on the top 50 level.  A little over a year ago, he solidly outpointed undefeated prospect Ceresso Fort in an 8-rounder, and in 2012 he dropped a close unanimous decision to current #19 Willie Nelson.  This could be a heck of a match-up.

 

#19 Willie Nelson vs. Darryl Cunningham; New York, New York; Off TV
This will be an easy showcase for Nelson.  Cunningham was once a credible high-level journeyman (though never top 50), but at 39, he’s been in decline, and comes off a 4th round TKO loss to a 4-13 scrub in his last fight back in October.  Nelson might be rusty after nearly a year out of the ring, and in fact he struggled in his last fight, but this should be nothing more than an opportunity to shake off that rust and get some momentum going.

 

On the same card, Miguel Cotto gets a shot at the middleweight title against Sergio Martinez.  I’ll discuss the fight itself at middleweight, and only mention it here to the extent it affects the rankings at 154.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Sep 23-29

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2013 by danboxing
French gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta dispatched Kevin Bertogal- a 3-7 nobody- by TKO in the 8th round.  The only question is why it took so long.  Horta, though no world-beater, has shown good power and won some 50-50 type fights by knockout recently.  But it appears that Bertogal, while hardly a threat to beat anyone worthwhile, might be one of those guys that’s just plain durable.  Criticize Haroche Horta if you must for letting his man hang around, but know when you do so that he’s the first man to ever stop his counterpart.  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 (34-116-131)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina’s team wants to match him against Canelo, a proposition that Mayweather himself blessed in the aftermath of his own fight with Alvarez.  He also has an eye on Cotto, and has drawn interest from Angulo, as well.
2) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-2-2)
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.  Danny Garcia and a potential Alexander-Khan winner seem like possibilities.  Bernard Hopkins pledges to make 160 for May 3 if Floyd is interested, as well.
3) Saul Alvarez (2-134-149)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L* (MD12) vs. WW Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
4) Austin Trout (2-69-138)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout is suing his former promoter over allegations that the promoter threatened to sue Showtime if they put his ex-fighter on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard, something he had no authority to do since their contract had already expired.
5) Erislandy Lara (2-116-138)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
See Trout’s notes, above.
6) Ishe Smith (2-31-31)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
No word on Ishe’s next move after losing his alphabet belt in a close fight.
7) Miguel Cotto (2-173-173)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #11 Delvin Rodriguez
After a proposed fight with Bundrage was scrapped by the networks, and a brief flirtation with Carlos Molina, Cotto will now be fighting Delvin Rodriguez on HBO on October 5.
8) Cornelius Bundrage (2-164-164)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage might be fighting a re-match with gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov on November 9 in Russia.
9) Alfredo Angulo (2-209-209)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has been in a war of words with his last opponent, Lara, that may or may not lead anywhere, and would like to fight Carlos Molina.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (21-21-67)

Last Fight: 7/16/2013- TKO3 Gari Abajian (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/16/2013- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko is already in camp for his re-match with Cedric Vitu, with the fight set for November in Bulgaria.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (21-115)
Last Fight: 5/24/2013- TKO8 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2013- vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
See Cotto’s notes, above.
12) Lukas Konecny (21-111)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- UD12 Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny took care of business against Fhima at 160.  We’ll have to see whether he stays at that weight or not.  My guess would be yes, since he’s fighting for minor titles up there at this point.
13) Keith Thurman (21-44)
Last Fight: 7/27/2013- KO10 Diego Chaves (UNR) (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Thurman and Guerrero appeared destined to fight in November, but according to Golden Boy- which promotes both fighters- Guerrero turned it down.
14) Vanes Martirosyan (21-121)
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.
15) Yuri Foreman (21-35)
Last Fight: 7/24/2013- UD8 Jamaal Davis (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman is very slowly stepping up his level of opposition as his comeback gradually picks up steam.
16) Willie Nelson (17-30)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/28/2013- vs. Dante Moore (UNR)
When it comes to Nelson’s September 28 opponent, a Cleveland hometown and one-loss record is about all they have in common.  Moore has lost to and drawn with absolute scrubs, and shouldn’t be much of a challenge for Nelson despite a decent-looking 8-1 record.
17) Brian Rose (17-27)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Rose will be back on the Brook-Senchenko undercard in Sheffield, and will be fighting Argentine prospect Javier Maciel- certainly his toughest opponent since capturing the British title.
18) Jermell Charlo (16-16)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- UD12 Demetrius Hopkins (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/14/2013- vs. Jose Angel Rodriguez (UNR)
Charlo will headline a Fox Sports 1 card on October 14 against mid-range journeyman Jose Angel Rodriguez.
19) Guido Pitto (16-22)
Last Fight: 4/27/2013- W* (SD12) vs. Jack Culcay (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
A Culcay-Pitto rematch was postponed due to headliner Marco Huck’s elbow injury.  I’m assuming it’ll go down on the rescheduled card in early winter, if not before.
20) Kell Brook (11-11)
Last Fight: 7/13/2013- TKO8 Carson Jones (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/26/2013- vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (UNR) (at WW?)
Brook gets Senchenko in late October in Sheffield.  Since it’s a non-title fight, there’s always the chance it could creep up over 147 and thus affect his ranking here.

 

The Week Ahead:  #16 Willie Nelson was scheduled to fight low-level prospect Dante Moore in Cleveland on Friday, but boxrec is showing the opponent as TBA right now.  I spoke to Nelson’s promoter a few weeks ago about the bout, and he told me the Ohio commission was giving him some trouble regarding the fight being a mismatch.  A mismatch it may be, but you can find about 20 worse ones on any given weekend.  Anyway, we’ll see if Nelson actually ends up fighting or not.

 

On the Chavez-Vera undercard in Carson, California Saturday, two-loss Mexican prospect Daniel Sandoval is scheduled against an opponent to be announced.

 

The same night in Atlantic City, 23 year old undefeated “Jersey boy” Glen Tapia returns to the ring for the first time since his career-best win in July over fellow undefeated Abie Han.  He is in against a possibly even better opponent this time in Mexican borderline top-50 gatekeeper Elco Garcia.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jul 1-7

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by danboxing
Friday in Liverpool, local undefeated prospect Liam Smith won a shutout on points against journeyman Max Maxwell. 

 

A few hours later and across the pond, undefeated Brazilian Patrick Teixeira got the benefit of the doubt in winning a decision against journeyman and fringe prospect Marcus Willis in the Friday Night Fights co-feature from Jacksonville, Florida.  Teddy Atlas and the FNF viewers were apparently in love with Teixeira’s volume, giving Willis just one round, but it was Willis who was countering effectively and often landing the clean and effective work.  I scored it all even.  Two of the judges, while having it for Willis, had it in a reasonable range, while Peter Trematerra went too wide at 98-92, all for the Brazilian.  The fight was contested at a contract weight of 156 or 157, so it won’t affect the rankings here.

 

#17 Brian Rose was also in action at middleweight, winning on points by a 6-point margin against Bulgarian journeyman Alexey Ribchev in Bolton, England.

 

On the Golovkin-Macklin undercard later that night in Connecticut, #16 Willie Nelson got a tough test from 2-loss Argentine prospect Luciano Cuello, who hurt Nelson multiple times in the fight, but couldn’t manage to drop him as Vincent Arroyo had done a couple years ago.  Nelson generally landed more and better punches anytime he wasn’t trying to recover from a hard shot, though, and managed to carry the decision on my card 96-94.  It easily could have gone the other way, though.  Judge Peter Hary had it exactly as I did, while judges Sammartino and Lombardi had it a round too wide in favor of Nelson, as did HBO’s Steve Weisfeld.

 

Still, 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 (22-104-119)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina’s scheduled fight with Ishe Smith is off now due to a Smith cut.
2) Saul Alvarez (22-122-137)
Last Fight: 4/20/2013- W* (UD12) vs. #3 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 9/14/2013- vs. WW Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd-Canelo on September 14 appeared to be made way back in February, but then appeared to be a distant memory for months.  Now it’s back on, for the exact same date.  The only difference is that Floyd got dropped for inactivity because the fight wasn’t signed when his 1-year anniversary at 154 came around.  There will be a 152-pound catchweight.
3) Austin Trout (19-57-126)
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 (19-104-126)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (9-161-161)
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 (9-152-152)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (9-197-197)
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 (9-15-126)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- NC vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his already-questionable loss to Love overturned due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (9-9-55)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko has been ordered to fight new EBU mandatory challenger Ruben Varon after it appears Emanuele Della Rosa didn’t want the fight too badly. 
11) Delvin Rodriguez (9-103)
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 (9-99)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Konecny is set to fight Tunisian high-level journeyman and/or fringe prospect Moez Fhima for an alphabet regional middleweight belt on July 13.  Despite his apparent move up in weight, I’ll keep him ranked here until the anniversary of his last fight at 154 (October 6) or until he schedules an obviously middleweight fight for after that date.
13) Keith Thurman (9-32)
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 (9-109)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears likely that Martirosyan will fight Demetrius Andrade for a vacant belt sometime before the end of the year.
15) Yuri Foreman (9-23)
Last Fight: 4/6/2013- UD6 Gundrick King (UNR)
Next Fight: 7/24/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent
Foreman is keeping his comeback at a very low level for the time being.
16) Willie Nelson (5-18)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Nelson finally has an opponent for 6/29- decent Argentine journeyman Luciano Cuello.
17) Brian Rose (5-15)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- W (PTS10) vs. Alexey Ribchev (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rose reportedly overcame a back injury to defeat Ribchev.
18) Jermell Charlo (4-4)
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 (4-10)
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 (4-9)
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:  Julio Cesar Chavez’s youngest son Omar, whose only two losses were both close calls with Jorge Paez, Jr., will meet up with quality Venezuelan journeyman Charlie Navarro Saturday in Tepic, Mexico, though I’m not sure if it will happen here or at 147.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Jun 24-30

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2013 by danboxing
On the Showtime Extreme-televised Malignaggi-Broner undercard from Brooklyn, undefeated prospect Julian Williams got what should have been a significant win over gatekeeper Joachim Alcine, but came in at 155 and thus still lacks a qualifying win to get him rankings consideration at 154.  It was a lot more difficult a fight than it appeared to be early on.  Alcine was legally dropped 3 times in the first five rounds, and was nearly knocked out by a blatantly late shot during that span, as well.  Referee Steve Willis didn’t even so much as take a point for what was dangerously close to being a legitimately disqualifiable moment.  Despite this adversity, Alcine came on strong in the latter stages of the contest, winning the last 3 of the scheduled 8 on my card- certainly round 8 at the very least.  But it was much too little, much too late.  Williams walked away with a unanimous 77-72 margin, which was exactly how I saw it, as well.  Even John McKaie- who I often criticize- got this one exactly right.

 

One-loss Mexican prospect Jorge Cota got a 4th round knockout over totally untested 4-0 prospect Humberto Flores in Ixtapa, Mexico the same night.  In addition to being inexperienced, Flores took the fight on apparently less than a week’s notice and is probably a natural welterweight at the absolute most.

 

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 (21-103-118)
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 (21-121-136)
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 (18-56-125)
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 (18-103-125)
Last Fight: 6/8/2013- TKO10 #8 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: Unknown
5) Ishe Smith (18-18-18)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Miguel Cotto (8-160-160)
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 (8-151-151)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Cotto’s notes, above.
8) Alfredo Angulo (8-196-196)
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 (8-14-125)
Last Fight: 5/4/2013- NC vs. J’Leon Love (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
With his already-questionable loss to Love overturned due to a positive drug test, Rosado now wants Cotto, Lara, or Trout.
10) Sergey Rabchenko (8-8-54)
Last Fight: 3/30/2013- KO2 Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rabchenko has been ordered to fight new EBU mandatory challenger Ruben Varon after it appears Emanuele Della Rosa didn’t want the fight too badly.  The delay involved has moved the purse bid to July 2, making it fairly unlikely that Rabchenko will be featured on the big card in Monte Carlo 9 days later, as originally planned.
11) Delvin Rodriguez (8-102)
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 (8-98)
Last Fight: 3/23/2013- W (TD12) vs. Karim Achour (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 7/13/2013- vs. Moez Fhima (UNR) (at MW)
Konecny is set to fight Tunisian high-level journeyman and/or fringe prospect Moez Fhima for an alphabet regional middleweight belt on July 13.  Despite his apparent move up in weight, I’ll keep him ranked here until the anniversary of his last fight at 154 (October 6) or until he schedules an obviously middleweight fight for after that date.
13) Keith Thurman (8-31)
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 (8-108)
Last Fight: 6/15/2013- TKO2 Ryan Davis (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
It appears likely that Martirosyan will fight Demetrius Andrade for a vacant belt sometime before the end of the year.
15) Yuri Foreman (8-22)
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 (4-17)
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 (4-14)
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 (3-3)
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 (3-9)
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 (3-8)
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:  Friday in Liverpool, undefeated local prospect Liam Smith takes on an opponent to be determined.

 

Hours later on the Friday Night Fights undercard in Jacksonville, Florida, undefeated Brazilian Patrick Teixeira battles mid-level journeyman/fringe prospect Marcus Willis of Fort Myers. 

 

Saturday kicks off with recently-vacated British titlist #17 Brian Rose, who mixes it up with Bulgarian journeyman Alexey Ribchev in Bolton, England.  This fight might be at 160, since Ribchev hasn’t fought anywhere near 154 since 2010.

 

Opening up the HBO-televised portion of the Golovkin-Macklin undercard in Connecticut, #16 Willie Nelson meets 2-loss Argentine prospect Luciano Cuello.  Cuello lacks any really good wins, but his only losses came against Canelo and JCC, Jr..  Granted, this was a pre-Freddie Roach version of Chavez who was not nearly as skilled or strong as we find him today, but to Cuello’s credit the fight was close on the cards.  Chavez was known to get a large benefit of the doubt in those days, so I wouldn’t even rule out the possibility that he got the better of it.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Mar 4-10

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2013 by danboxing
In the Friday Night Fights main event from Mashantucket, Connecticut, 2-loss prospect Willie Nelson destroyed fringe contender Michael Medina, dropping Medina hard with a single shot, and then finishing him off just seconds later for a 1st round TKO.  Medina appeared to have injured his ankle while falling awkwardly on the first knockdown.

 

Charlie Ota was supposed to fight on the undercard, but the fight fell through- the second consecutive weak that’s happened with Ota.

 

Speaking of fights that didn’t happen, #19 Michel Soro was supposed to take on Frederic Serre for the French title, but that has been postponed.

 

Saturday in Vegas, two-loss Puerto Rican prospect Jorge Melendez knocked out low-level journeyman Ryan Davis in 4 rounds, but the fight was contested at middleweight.  Not that it mattered anyway.

 

What did matter was Nelson’s victory over Medina.  Nelson beat hot prospect Yudel Jhonson in his prior fight, and has now earned a ranking.  He checks in just behind Sechew Powell at #19.  This forces Soro back to #20, and bumps out Roberto Garcia, just a few weeks before he may have been removed for inactivity, anyway.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Carlos Molina (5-87-102)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt.
2) Saul Alvarez (5-105-120)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #3 Austin Trout
Canelo’s fight with Trout has been moved to April 20 after he had a falling out with Floyd over the apparent cancellation of their agreement to fight each other on September 14.
3) Austin Trout (2-40-109)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 4/20/2013- vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
4) Erislandy Lara (2-87-109)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara has been ordered by the WBC to fight Emanuele Della Rosa in an eliminator, but his side says he may fight that fight, take on Sergey Rabchenko, or may even go direct to a Canelo fight.
5) Ishe Smith (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (14-44-44)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (14-144-144)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.
8) James Kirkland (14-70-70)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (2-135-135)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.
10) Alfredo Angulo (2-180-180)
Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo may be fighting Rosado on May 4.
11) Gabriel Rosado (2-109)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
See Angulo’s notes, above.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (2-38)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight Tuscan journeyman Adriano Nicchi in Monte Carlo on March 30.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (2-86)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not come all that close to making 154 against Tahdooahnippah, Rodriguez will need to schedule a fight at 154 before June 2 to maintain his ranking.
14) Lukas Konecny (2-82)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: 3/23/2013- vs. Unknown Opponent (at MW)
Konecny will fight March 23 on the Abraham-Stieglitz undercard in Magdeburg.  The fight will be at 160, against an unknown opponent.
15) Keith Thurman (2-15)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Thurman will fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn, at 147.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (2-92)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
After ducking a rematch of his robbery draw with Lara, Vanes will fight April 6 in Macau, China against Argentine Champ Javier Maciel.
17) Yuri Foreman (2-6)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (2-155)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Willie Nelson (1-1)
Last Fight: 3/1/2013- TKO1 Michael Medina (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being dropped multiple times in a close decision with fellow prospect Vincent Arroyo at 147, Nelson has gone on quite a hot streak.
20) Michel Soro (1-8)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown Date- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
Soro’s fight with Serre for the French title has been postponed, but I don’t know the new date yet.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Indio, California, undefeated California prospect Hugo Centeno, Jr. takes on one-loss and significantly less-proven Alabaman KeAndre Leatherwood on ShoBox.

 

The following night in Madrid, Argentine prospect Guido Pitto takes on awful bum Vasile Surcica, a Romanian who has no wins in his last 10 fights.

 

#15 Keith Thurman is also in action against Jan Zaveck, but at Welterweight.

Junior Middleweight: 2013, Feb 25- Mar 3

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on June 17, 2013 by danboxing
Detroit played host to a huge upset on Saturday, as veteran gatekeeper Ishe Smith got the biggest win of his career by dominantly outboxing #3 Cornelius Bundrage.  Smith swept rounds 3-7 and 9-12 on my card.  Bundrage was never graceful, but this time he looked as lackadaisical as he was musclebound.  He even spent a part of the fight running, which just plain doesn’t make sense.  Frankly, he looked like a mediocre clubfighter.

 

Charlie Ota was supposed to fight on Thursday in New York, but the fight was canceled late for an unknown reason.

 

Smith rockets all the way up to debut at #5.  He’s technically got a better win than Trout and Lara do, but Smith’s only win in the last 5 years that makes any difference here was against a then only somewhat proven Pawel Wolak over 4 years ago, while both Lara and Trout have several solid fringe contenders in a reasonable time frame to add to their respective wins over #6 contenders.  Bundrage falls to #9, just ahead of Alfredo Angulo.  Angulo fell from his high perch with a similarly unexpected loss, and the overall resumes are similar, as well.  Bundrage wins out because Angulo’s loss to Kirkland is obviously much older, and Angulo hasn’t been able to reverse things with a significant win since. 

 

Overall, Trout and Lara move up one.  Everyone ranked #6-8 stay put, while everyone #9-17 and below last week falls back to accommodate Sugar Shay.  The #19 spot is occupied by Frenchman Michel Soro, whose victory over Kris Carslaw somehow escaped my notice.  He should have been ranked for the six weeks prior to this, and without editing previous entries, I’m going to pretend he was.  This forces Brian Rose and Anthony Mundine out.  Likewise, Gabe Rosado drops out of the top 10 after 39 consecutive 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 (4-86-101)
Last Fight: 2/1/2013- UD12 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Ishe Smith says he plans to offer Molina a shot at his alphabet belt.
2) Saul Alvarez (4-104-119)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. #4 Austin Trout
After months of speculation, it’s now official: Canelo’s opponent for May 4 is Austin Trout.

3) Austin Trout (1-39-108)

Last Fight: 12/1/2012- UD12 #6 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
See Alvarez’s notes, above.
4) Erislandy Lara (1-86-108)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan (robbery- should be win)
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara has been ordered by the WBC to fight Emanuele Della Rosa in an eliminator, but his side says he may fight that fight, take on Sergey Rabchenko, or may even go direct to a Canelo fight.
5) Ishe Smith (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- W (MD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
See Molina’s notes, above.
6) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (13-43-43)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/4/2013- vs. WW #? Robert Guerrero (at WW)
Mayweather will officially be fighting Robert Guerrero on Showtime PPV on May 4.  That’s just a day before the 1-year anniversary of his last fight at 154, and since the fight will be at 147, he will likely be removed the following week.
7) Miguel Cotto (13-143-143)
Last Fight: 12/1/2012- L (UD12) vs. #8 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto has laid out the plans for the rest of his career.  He says he’ll fight in October or November, twice in 2014, and then retire.
8) James Kirkland (13-69-69)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (1-134-134)
Last Fight: 2/23/2013- L (MD12) vs. Ishe Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage should probably retire after how awful he looked against Smith.

10) Alfredo Angulo (1-179-179)

Last Fight: 12/15/2012- UD10 Jorge Silva (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo proved he can still go to war after gutting out a tough fight with very hungry prospect Jorge Silva.
11) Gabriel Rosado (1-108)
Last Fight: 1/19/2013- L (TKO7) vs. #3 MW Gennady Golovkin (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado wants Ishe Smith.
12) Sergey Rabchenko (1-37)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- W (SD12) vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/30/2013- vs. Adriano Nicchi (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight Tuscan journeyman Adriano Nicchi in Monte Carlo on March 30.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (1-85)
Last Fight: 2/15/2013- TKO6 George Tahdooahnippah (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
Having not come all that close to making 154 against Tahdooahnippah, Rodriguez will need to schedule a fight at 154 before June 2 to maintain his ranking.
14) Lukas Konecny (1-81)
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) Keith Thurman (1-14)
Last Fight: 11/24/2012- TKO4 #16 Carlos Quintana
Next Fight: 3/9/2013- vs. #? WW Jan Zaveck (at WW)
Thurman will fight welterweight contender Jan Zaveck on HBO March 9 in Brooklyn, at 147.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-91)
Last Fight: 11/10/2012- D* (TD9) vs. #6 Erislandy Lara (robbery- should be L)
Next Fight: 4/6/2013- vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
After ducking a rematch of his robbery draw with Lara, Vanes will fight April 6 in Macau, China against Argentine Champ Javier Maciel.
17) Yuri Foreman (1-5)
Last Fight: 1/23/2013- UD6 Brandon Baue (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Foreman appeared to be retired, but is now back. 
18) Sechew Powell (1-154)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Michel Soro (1-7)
Last Fight: 1/12/2013- UD12 Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 3/2/2013- vs. Frederic Serre (UNR)
I missed Soro’s win over an underrated Carslaw, and missed getting him in the rankings as a result.  He fights Frederic Serre for the French title this weekend.
20) Roberto Garcia (1-38)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Mashantucket, Connecticut, prospect Willie Nelson takes on fringe contender Michael Medina on Friday Night Fights.

 

On the undercard, fringe contending prospect Charlie Ota takes on low-level journeyman Brandon Baue in a stay-busy fight, after his fight last week was canceled late. 

 

Saturday in Villeurbanne, France, #19 Michel Soro battles mid-level journeyman Frederic Serre.

 

Later that night in Vegas, two-loss Puerto Rican prospect Jorge Melendez gets a stay-busy fight against low-level journeyman Ryan Davis.

Year-End Awards: Junior Middleweight, 2012

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Sep 17-23

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by danboxing
In the week’s biggest fight at 154, Saul Alvarez pretty much just imposed his will on welterweight contender Josesito Lopez.  He was just plain too big and strong, knocking Lopez down one time each in rounds 2 through 4, and convincing Joe Cortez to stop the fight in the 5th.  I do have a gripe (as is often the case anytime I have the misfortune to watch Cortez work lately) with the stoppage, as Cortez chose to inject himself at a moment when Lopez was totally in control of his faculties and defense, and appeared to be attempting a rope-a-dope type tactic.

 

One-loss Cleveland prospect Willie Nelson won a narrow unanimous decision over undefeated but less proven prospect John Jackson of the Virgin Islands on the Martinez-Chavez undercard.  Sadly it was not televised, and thus I cannot comment on the performances or the scoring.

 

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 (20-81-96)
Last Fight: 9/15/2012- TKO5 WW#? Josesito Lopez
Next Fight: Unknown
After some (literally) light work against Lopez, Canelo is considering Kirkland in December, and hoping for Mayweather or Cotto on May 4.
2) Carlos Molina (20-63-78)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (26-111-111)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage may fight Andre Berto on November 24.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (20-20-20)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd may be looking to fight Pacquiao in April.  But we’ve heard this before, and it wouldn’t even be as enticing this time after his so-so performance against Bradley and robbery win over Marquez.
5) Miguel Cotto (20-120-120)
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 (20-63-85)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #14 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.
7) James Kirkland (20-46-46)
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 (16-16-85)
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 (16-156-156)
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.
10) Gabriel Rosado (17-17-85)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 9/21/2012- vs. Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Rosado will get gatekeeper Charles Whittaker on September 21 in Bethlehem, PA, and the fight will be televised by NBC Sports.  He’s already expressed interest in an Angulo rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (14-34)
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 (14-14)
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.  Purse bids are due September 26.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (17-62)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (15-68)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
15) Lukas Konecny (15-58)
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 (15-20)
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) Sechew Powell (2-131)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (2-42)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2012- vs. Vivian Harris (UNR)
Rose will fight former junior welterweight contender and current welterweight journeyman Vivian Harris on October 5 in Blackpool.
19) Roberto Garcia (2-15)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Friday in Antwerp, Belgium, we find a rematch between Haitian gatekeeper Jimmy Colas and good Ghanaian journeyman Jackson Osei Bonsu.  Bonsu won a close 8-round decision in the first meeting in November 2011 when both fighters were squarely in the journeyman category.  Colas has progressed since then, while Bonsu has basically tread water.  Still, the winner will likely end up as something close to a fringe contender.

 

Later that night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, #10 Gabriel Rosado takes on gatekeeper Charles Whittaker in an NBC Sports-televised tilt. 

 

Finally, Saturday in Buenos Aires, gatekeeper Jorge Heiland takes on journeyman Mateo Veron, who is currently overrated due to his robbery win against Guido Pitto, with boxrec ranking him in the top 50 despite his recent loss to Javier Maciel.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Sep 10-16

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by danboxing
No in-ring action to report this week, but one major development affecting the rankings.  Veteran British contender Ryan Rhodes (#17) reversed course and decided to retire after being stopped in June by prospect Sergey Rabchenko.  His departure allows everyone ranked #18 and below to move up a spot, and makes room for Anthony Mundine to return at #20 on the strength of his debateable win over Rigoberto Alvarez from nearly a year ago.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (19-80-95)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. WW#? Josesito Lopez
Canelo will presumably be paying well for the privilege of making Josesito Lopez- a natural 140 pounder- move up to 154 after he made his bones at 147 with a shocking upset of would-be Alvarez opponent Victor Ortiz.  He is also planning a possible subsequent bout for December 8 already.
2) Carlos Molina (19-62-77)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (25-110-110)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage has replaced Manny Steward as his manager (but not trainer), but has to return to the drawing board on his next fight, as the two guys he was looking to fight or who were looking to fight him opted instead to fight each other- Trout and Cotto.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd may be looking to fight Pacquiao in April.  But we’ve heard this before, and it wouldn’t even be as enticing this time after his so-so performance against Bradley and robbery win over Marquez.
5) Miguel Cotto (19-119-119)
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 (19-62-84)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #14 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.
7) James Kirkland (19-45-45)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is apparently having managerial problems, and he has no upcoming fights in the works of any kind, it would appear.
8) Austin Trout (15-15-84)
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 (15-155-155)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo has finally been released from detention by US immigration authorities after 7 months of chargeless detention for the heinous crime of overstaying his visa.  Absolutely unacceptable.  On the bright side, he’s planning to be back in the ring by the end of the year, and says he would be interested in a Kirkland rematch.
10) Gabriel Rosado (16-16-84)
Last Fight: 6/1/2013- TKO9 #19 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 9/21/2012- vs. Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Rosado will get gatekeeper Charles Whittaker on September 21 in Bethlehem, PA, and the fight will be televised by NBC Sports.  He’s already expressed interest in an Angulo rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (13-33)
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 (13-13)
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.  Purse bids are due September 26.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (16-61)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (14-67)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
15) Lukas Konecny (14-57)
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 (14-19)
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) Sechew Powell (1-130)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (1-41)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- W* (UD12) vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/5/2012- vs. Vivian Harris (UNR)
Rose will fight former junior welterweight contender and current welterweight journeyman Vivian Harris on October 5 in Blackpool.
19) Roberto Garcia (1-14)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (1-1)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Two notable fights in the division this week.  Headlining Showtime’s Vegas card on Saturday, #1 Canelo Alvarez takes on natural 140-pounder in Josesito Lopez who qualified for the fight by breaking the jaw of and thereby stopping the fight’s presumptive B-side in Victor Ortiz.  Lopez was barely big enough to handle Ortiz at 147, and I highly doubt he’s going to be able to make it through the fight against a somewhat better p4p fighter 7 pounds heavier.

 

On the competing Vegas card of HBO the same night (or the non-televised undercard of it, anyway), promising and freakishly tall one-loss Cleveland prospect Willie Nelson- who made his name by beating can’t-miss Cuban Yudel Jhonson- fights undefeated but rather unproven prospect John Jackson.