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Junior Middleweight: 2014, Apr 14-20

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by danboxing
Former top 5 welterweight Joshua Clottey more or less shocked the world on Wednesday, coming back from virtual retirement to brutalize #7 Anthony Mundine in unrelenting fashion for 12 cringe-worthy rounds in Newcastle, Australia.  I guess in retrospect it wasn’t completely shocking that Clottey might win the fight.  After all, he did go the distance with Pacquiao at a time when Pacquiao was knocking everyone out, and came close to defeating Cotto, who even as of last week was viewed as probably equal to or better than Mundine.  But that was a long time ago, and it was naturally assumed that Clottey’s competitive edge had likely abated a bit, considering he’d fought just two journeymen in the four years since the one-sided Pacquiao loss.  There’s absolutely no way anyone could have predicted the comprehensive and brutal beating he put on Mundine at this point in his career.  Mundine went down a total of five times by my count, and there’s absolutely no way he lost by any less than 13 points, despite the fact that all of the pathetic judges had it way too close: Pat O’Connor (116-108), Alex Fraser (117-108), and Justin Kennedy at an incredible 115-109.  Honestly, it would bother me not one little bit if none of these guys were ever allowed to work again.

 

Gatekeeper Zaurbek Baysangurov finally looked as good as his alphabet rankings would suggest he is.  He dominated a rather amateurish-looking #20 Guido Pitto for very nearly a full 12 rounds, before finally putting him down and leaving him flopping around like a fish with just seconds to go.  In the first round, it looked like it was well on the way to evolving into a close and competitive affair.  I thought Pitto clearly won that round, and I thought he was just edged out in the 2nd.  But from there, it was total dominance by the Russian, whose calm jab and counterpunch strategy allowed him to conserve energy as compared to the frantic, lunging, volume arm-punching style of Pitto.  As that might suggest, Pitto’s movement and the steam on his punches lessened as the fight went on, allowing Baysangurov to punish him with increasing frequency and ferocity as the fight progressed.  Someone should certainly have stopped it in the 11th, when the Russian had Pitto bouncing from one set of ropes to the other like a pinball, but he was allowed to take a sustained beating with absolutely no hope of victory for at least 3 minutes too long.

 

Clottey makes his debut in the rankings at 154, taking over Mundine’s #7 berth.  Mundine, despite looking like a man several levels below Clottey, still makes enough hay from the Mosley win to remain in the top 10 at #9.  This degrades the standing of everyone ranked #9 to #17 last week, including Alfredo Angulo, who drops from the top 10 after 237 consecutive weeks in.  Baysangurov, despite needing gifts from the judges to achieve victory in consecutive fights with unheralded prospect Michel Soro and fringe contender Lukas Konecny, now has the resume of a top 20 contender, debuting at #19.  This, coupled with Clottey’s debut, forces last week’s #18 Willie nelson down to #20, and kicks out Brian Rose after 55 weeks in the rankings.  Pitto, of course, exits as well, though he didn’t need any help to do so.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (6-163-178)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.
2) Carlos Molina (6-145-160)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
At last check, Molina remained in a Las Vegas jail.
3) Erislandy Lara (6-145-167)
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. (6-31-31)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
5) Austin Trout (19-98-167)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (31-60-60)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: Unknown
Smith was left without an opponent after Lara jumped ship on their May 2 fight to battle Canelo.  Smith had an offer to replace Lara with Gabe Rosado, but passed.  Mundine is reportedly interested, as well.
7) Joshua Clottey (1-1-1)
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.
8) Miguel Cotto (20-202-202)
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 (1-20-20)
Last Fight: 4/9/2014- L (UD12) vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Not one to be kept down for long, Mundine has offered to substitute for Erislandy Lara for Ishe Smith’s May 2 date.
10) Cornelius Bundrage (1-193-193)
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, though there is uncertainty regarding that bout and Molina’s availability for it.
11Alfredo Angulo (1-238)
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 (1-96)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Emanuele Della Rosa (UNR)
Rabchenko will defend his European belt in Rome on May 17 against a local prospect, and is hoping for a shot at a vacant alphabet belt after that.
13) Javier Maciel (1-25)

Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Cesar Sastre Silva (UNR)
Maciel will stay busy with a mid-level journeyman on April 19 in Argentina.
14) Demetrius Andrade (1-23)
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) Delvin Rodriguez (1-144)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: 5/16/2014- vs. Joachim Alcine (UNR)
Rodriguez looks to get back on track on May 16 against veteran Alcine on Friday Night Fights.
16) Vanes Martirosyan (1-150)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vanes successfully stayed busy against Lozano.  I’m not sure what his endgame is, but he’ll be back in action again on May 10 on the Stiverne-Arreola undercard in LA.
17) Jermell Charlo (1-45)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
With the cancellation of Smith-Lara, Charlo’s undercard fight may be in doubt, as well.
18) Gabriel Rosado (1-12)
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.
19) Zaurbek Baysangurov (1-1)
Last Fight: 4/12/2014- TKO12 #20 Guido Pitto
Next Fight: Unknown
Baysangurov looked the best I’ve seen him, by far, against Pitto.
20) Willie Nelson (1-59)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The once-delayed fight with Kirkland is apparently in the works to headline a May 24 HBO card.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Saturday
#13 Javier Maciel vs. Cesar Sastre Silva; Malvinas Argentinas, Argentina; TyC Sports (ARG)
This is a rematch of a 2008 fight that resulted in a close 6-round decision.  At that time, Maciel was a green 8-0 prospect.  Now he’s at a different level.  Sastre Silva, from Uruguay, is roughly a mid-level journeyman.  He’s coming off a close upset win at middleweight over undefeated prospect Carlos Ozan in February.  That was his first fight in over 3 years.  Maciel comes off what should have been a career-best win over 14th-ranked Brian Rose back in October, but he was blatantly robbed in that fight.

Junior Middleweight: 2014, Apr 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by danboxing
140-pound gatekeeper Czar Amonsot won every round before stopping very low-level veteran Thai journeyman Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat in the 4th round in Flemington, Australia on Wednesday, in a fight that was frankly completely inconsequential on every level.  The fight was at a contract weight of about 150, and the only reason I mentioned it here at all is that Amonsot would arguably be a top 50 fighter at 154 if he were to seriously move up here.

 

In a more mentionable fight on the Braehmer-Maccarinelli undercard in Rostock, Germany on Saturday, prospect Jack Culcay avoided embarrassment with a competent, if not awe-inspiring, decision win over mid-range journeyman Salim Larbi of France.  Culcay was clearly the more skilled fighter, and was the clear aggressor throughout, but he was fairly careful with his punch output, which led to a fairly lackluster fight with Larbi, who himself was rather selective and constantly on the back foot.  I’m of the opinion that Culcay is still very wary of the 12-round distance.  He appeared to be completely gassed by round 8 of his second fight with Guido Pitto, arguably giving back the big lead he had built to that point.  He did actually improve late in his fight with Dieudonne Belinga in a fight I thought he lost, but I think that he had saved perhaps a bit too much energy by giving away rounds early on in that one.  So while he certainly didn’t impress to any great degree given the competition, you have to at least give him credit for comfortably winning the fight while still leaving enough in the tank to step on the gas in the last couple rounds.  He seems to be learning the art of pacing by trial and error, but this time, at least, was relatively lacking in error.  I had it 117-111, as did each of the official judges.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (5-162-177)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- TKO10 #10 Alfredo Angulo
Next Fight: 7/12/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Canelo came knocking, and Lara answered the door.  It appears Lara will still fight Ishe Smith in May, which is one hell of a tune-up.
2) Carlos Molina (5-144-159)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W (SD12) vs. #5 Ishe Smith
Next Fight: Unknown
We found out some pretty bad info about Molina’s past when he was arrested on past warrants and detained for illegal immigration following an apparent deportation from several years ago.  His fight with Jermall Charlo was cancelled, and Molina’s immediate future in the sport is up in the air.
3) Erislandy Lara (5-144-166)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- UD12 #4 Austin Trout
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #6 Ishe Smith
See Canelo’s notes, above.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (5-30-30)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- W* (MD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: 5/3/2014- vs. #4 WW Marcos Maidana (at WW)
Floyd will fight Maidana rather than Khan.  Thank goodness.
5) Austin Trout (18-97-166)
Last Fight: 12/7/2013- L (UD12) vs. #5 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Trout might be getting to that unfortunate position of having a record underwhelming enough to be low-reward, while still being easily skilled enough to be high-risk.  He says essentially that he wants worthwhile fights in 2014, rather than a soft diet for rebuilding purposes.
6) Ishe Smith (30-59-59)
Last Fight: 9/14/2013- L (SD12) vs. #1 Carlos Molina
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. #3 Erislandy Lara
Smith now looks like he has a chance to be the ultimate spoiler, as Lara has a victory-contingent fight lined up with Canelo.
7) Anthony Mundine (19-19-19)
Last Fight: 1/29/2014- UD10 Gunnar Jackson (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 4/9/2014- vs. Joshua Clottey (UNR)
Mundine’s fight with Clottey has been delayed a week, in the finest tradition of Australian last-minute delays.
8) Miguel Cotto (19-201-201)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- TKO3 #11 Delvin Rodriguez
Next Fight: 6/7/2014- vs. MW Champ Sergio Martinez (at MW)
Cotto and Martinez have now officially agreed to a Middleweight Championship fight on June 7 at MSG.
9) Cornelius Bundrage (19-192-192)
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, though there is uncertainty regarding that bout and Molina’s availability for it.
10Alfredo Angulo (19-237-237)
Last Fight: 3/8/2014- L (TKO10) vs. #4 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo could probably use a fight with a gatekeeper or low level fringe contender just to get his career momentum going.
11) Sergey Rabchenko (19-95)
Last Fight: 11/16/2013- UD12 Bradley Pryce (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/17/2014- vs. Emanuele Della Rosa (UNR)
Rabchenko will defend his European belt in Rome on May 17 against a local prospect, and is hoping for a shot at a vacant alphabet belt after that.
12) Javier Maciel (19-24)

Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery L (SD12) vs. #14 Brian Rose
Next Fight: 4/19/2014- vs. Cesar Sastre Silva (UNR)
Maciel will stay busy with a mid-level journeyman on April 19 in Argentina.
13) Demetrius Andrade (19-22)
Last Fight: 11/9/2013- W* (SD12) vs. #13 Vanes Martirosyan
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #19 Brian Rose
Andrade and Rose have agreed to fight in the US, with a date of June 14.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (19-143)
Last Fight: 10/5/2013- L (TKO3) vs. #7 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez appears to be solid against borderline top-10 types (see Wolak), but completely out of his depth at just a tad higher level.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (19-149)
Last Fight: 3/21/2014- UD10 Mario Lozano (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/10/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Vanes successfully stayed busy against Lozano.  I’m not sure what his endgame is, but he’ll be back in action again on May 10 on the Stiverne-Arreola undercard in LA.
16) Jermell Charlo (11-44)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- UD10 Gabriel Rosado (UNR)
Next Fight: 5/2/2014- vs. Unknown Opponent
Charlo is back on the Lara-Smith undercard in Vegas, apparently in an eliminator.
17) Gabriel Rosado (11-11)
Last Fight: 1/25/2014- L (UD10) vs. #18 Jermell Charlo
Next Fight: Unknown
Atrocious judges and a fragile eyelid have helped put Rosado’s career more or less in tatters.
18) Willie Nelson (11-58)
Last Fight: 6/29/2013- UD10 Luciano Cuello (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The once-delayed fight with Kirkland is apparently in the works to headline a May 24 HBO card.
19) Brian Rose (11-55)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- Robbery W (Draw at best) vs. Javier Maciel (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/14/2014- vs. #13 Demetrius Andrade
See Andrade’s notes, above.
20) Guido Pitto (11-17)
Last Fight: 10/26/2013- L* (UD12) vs. #20 Jack Culcay
Next Fight: 4/12/2014- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
The fight was difficult to make due to Ukrainian turmoil and originally involved Javier Maciel, but Pitto is now slated to fight Baysangurov on April 12.

 

The Week Ahead: 
Wednesday
#7 Anthony Mundine vs. Joshua Clottey; Newcastle, Australia; Main Event (Australia)
Mundine has been on a bit of a roll since decisively losing his rematch with Daniel Geale.  He’s looking strong at both 160 and 154, and takes on Joshua Clottey this week.  Mundine is hoping this is more of a tune-up than anything, as he looks to be in good position to get a shot at the estimable Erislandy Lara later this year if he wins.  Clottey was a top 5 welterweight best known for a toss-up fight that he narrowly lost to Miguel Cotto and a passive check-cashing type of performance against Pacquiao.  In those days, he was a top 5 welterweight.  He hasn’t been in with anyone better than a journeyman in the more than 4 years since the demoralizing Pacquiao defeat, and has had just 2 fights overall in that time.  Frankly, he’s been semi-retired.  That’s not necessarily a good footing on which to enter a fight with the relatively active Mundine, who is also the home fighter and the naturally bigger man.

 

Saturday
#20 Guido Pitto vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov; Brovari, Ukraine; Boytsovskiy Klub (Russia)
Baysangurov had an alphabet belt at one point, but even by alphabet standards, that belt was ludicrous at the outset, and downright fraudulent before all was said and done.  He was given the vacant title by beating a journeyman in Mike Miranda who had absolutely no business contending for anything of the sort.  He then clearly lost consecutive fights to Michel Soro and Lukas Konecny, but was gifted decisions in both of those contests.  Some small measure of justice was finally served when he was stripped of one of the most illegitimate world titles in a history of a sport replete with them, by way of inactivity.  This fight is for an arguably less prestigious world belt, but please don’t mistake it for anything close to a legitimate title fight.  Pitto is ranked, but his actual quality depends a great deal on how good Jack Culcay- whose stock has been steadily dropping of late- really is.  Pitto fought the Ecuadorian-German prospect twice, and both times deserved roughly a draw.  He got a close win and a close loss, instead.  Still, I’d say he’s likely the marginally better fighter than Baysangurov, who no doubt enters as the betting favorite anyway.  After all, we know he routinely gets special treatment on the cards, and the fight is a loooong way from Argentina.  My bet is on controversy, and I’m willing to give odds.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Oct 8-14

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2013 by danboxing
#18 Brian Rose came in a pound heavy on Friday, and knocked out smaller journeyman Vivian Harris just over halfway through the 3rd round. 

 

The following night in Kiev, Ukraine, #15 Lukas Konecny dominated but was blatantly robbed in Kiev against heavily propped-up fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov.  Baysangurov incredibly came in as the WBO titlist, having inherited that title via a set of circumstances that I still can’t quite figure out.  Essentially reigning titlist Sergiy Dzinziruk decided to take a couple years off, so they set Baysangurov up with a very mediocre journeyman named Mike Miranda for what somehow qualified as the interim title.  It was basically a coronation, rather than a fight, as Miranda was nowhere close to being a top 100 fighter, even.  But then Baysangurov took almost a year off, himself, and Lukas Konecny similarly was given an interim belt for beating a journeyman.  But somewhere along the way, ZB was awarded the full belt, which he defended with a dubious decision over prospect Michel Soro.  Konecny’s interim belt apparently gave him what amounted to a mandatory shot. 

 

So that gets us to this fight.  What happened?  Well, Konecny came out strong, beating Baysangurov to the punch, backing him up, basically imposing his will, while Baysangurov stood straight up, trying and occasionally succeeding to hold his ground, while slapping away with ridiculously unorthodox arm punches that appeared to have no effect whatsoever on Konecny.  Baysangurov won, at most, 3 rounds.  He only clearly won one.  And yet the disgusting crooks paid by the Ukrainian commission (and likely by someone in Baysangurov’s camp) to judge the fight scored it 117-111 (Matteo Montella), 118-110 (Lahcen Oumghar), and 119-109 (Mickey Vann).  And those are reasonable scores, IF YOU GIVE THEM TO THE RIGHT GUY!  But of course, they all had it backwards.  Honestly, if it wasn’t for the fact that Konecny has a trademark giant garish tattoo covering his back, I’d assume that each judge was confused as to which guy was which. 

 

Montella and Vann are both known offenders.  Vann’s resume can be summarized as follows: Huck-Arslan and Hernandez-Ross.  He had the wrong guy winning both of those.  He also scored Sturm-Soliman for Soliman, which was stretching the bounds of reason, as well.  He’s basically England’s answer to John McKaie and Don Ackerman.  Just awful.  Montella- unless it was a mistake by Boxrec- was going all-out to rob Hakhim Zoulikha against Robert Woge before Woge took matters into his own hands and scored a knockout.  There were 8 clear rounds in the fight, and Montella had apparently gotten 7 of them wrong. 

 

Baysangurov lost the fight.  No doubt.  And what’s become clear is that “Zaurbek Baysangurov, Titlist, Contender,” and virtually every other positive persona you could attach to him, is a fictional character created by the Klitschko brothers, the WBO, and a slew of likely corrupt judges.

 

Konecny advances one spot to #14, displacing Vanes Martirosyan.  Meanwhile, Baysangurov continues to be a titlist despite not being a top 25 fighter in my opinion.  Rose stays where he is.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (23-84-99)
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.  The WBC plans to make him fight the Vanes vs. Lara winner in 2013.
2) Carlos Molina (23-66-81)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (29-114-114)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage may fight Andre Berto on November 24.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (23-23-23)
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 (23-123-123)
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 (23-66-88)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- UD10 Freddy Hernandez (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #15 Vanes Martirosyan
After months of speculation, Lara-Martirosyan is finally on, November 10 in Vegas, with the winner to get a mandatory shot at Canelo.  The fight will be shown on HBO.
7) James Kirkland (23-49-49)
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 (19-19-88)
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 (19-159-159)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Raul Casarez (UNR)
After what must have been a nightmarish 8 months in a detention center for very little reason, Angulo has already got a fight scheduled, against journeyman Raul Casarez on November 10, and he reportedly may hire Virgil Hunter as trainer.
10) Gabriel Rosado (20-20-88)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Angulo back in action, Rosado may be looking for a rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (17-37)
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 (17-17)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (20-65)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Lukas Konecny (1-61)
Last Fight: 10/6/2012- L* (UD12) vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR) (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Konecny all but dominated Baysangurov, but walked away with one of the worst robbery losses I’ve ever seen.
15) Vanes Martirosyan (1-71)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. #6 Erislandy Lara
See Lara’s notes, above.
16) Carlos Quintana (18-23)
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 (5-134)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (5-45)
Last Fight: 10/5/2012- KO3 Vivian Harris (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Another very mediocre opponent for Rose, but at least this time he took care of business.
19) Roberto Garcia (5-18)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (5-5)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: Monday in Tokyo, gatekeeper Akio Shibata defends his Japanese title against high-quality journeyman Yoshihisa Tonimura.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, Oct 1-7

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2013 by danboxing
No action from last week to report.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (22-83-98)
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.  The WBC plans to make him fight the Vanes vs. Lara winner in 2013.
2) Carlos Molina (22-65-80)
Last Fight: 8/17/2012- UD10 Damian Frias (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
3) Cornelius Bundrage (28-113-113)
Last Fight: 6/30/2012- TKO7 #11 Cory Spinks
Next Fight: Unknown
Bundrage may fight Andre Berto on November 24.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (22-22-22)
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 (22-122-122)
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 (22-65-87)
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.  The fight will be shown on HBO.
7) James Kirkland (22-48-48)
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 (18-18-87)
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 (18-158-158)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: 11/10/2012- vs. Raul Casarez (UNR)
After what must have been a nightmarish 8 months in a detention center for very little reason, Angulo has already got a fight scheduled, against journeyman Raul Casarez on November 10, and he reportedly may hire Virgil Hunter as trainer.
10) Gabriel Rosado (19-19-87)
Last Fight: 9/21/2012- TKO10 Charles Whittaker (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
With Angulo back in action, Rosado may be looking for a rematch.
11) Cory Spinks (16-36)
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 (16-16)
Last Fight: 6/16/2012- TKO7 #11 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 11/24/2012- vs. Cedric Vitu (UNR)
Rabchenko will fight one-loss French prospect Cedric Vitu on November 24 in Manchester, England.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (19-64)
Last Fight: 6/2/2012- L (UD12) vs. #12 Austin Trout
Next Fight: Unknown
14) Vanes Martirosyan (17-70)
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 (17-60)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: 10/6/2012- vs. Zaurbek Baysangurov (UNR)
Konecny-Baysangurov will finally happen- October 6 in Kiev.
16) Carlos Quintana (17-22)
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 (4-133)
Last Fight: 6/1/2012- L (TKO9) vs. #10 Gabriel Rosado
Next Fight: Unknown
18) Brian Rose (4-44)
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 (4-17)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- UD10 Antwone Smith (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
20) Anthony Mundine (4-4)
Last Fight: 7/14/2012- TKO7 Bronco McKart (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown

 

The Week Ahead: #18 Brian Rose meets welterweight journeyman and former 140-pound contender Vivian Harris in Blackpool, England on Friday.

 

The following night in Kiev, #15 Lukas Konecny takes on fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov, who somehow has a major title.  Baysangurov was last seen in May, being handed an undeserved decision over unbeaten prospect Michel Soro.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, May 14-20

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by danboxing
Last week featured 3 very good and interesting fights in the 2nd tier of the division.  Leading off in Istres, France was Jimmy Colas vs. Frank Haroche Horta for the French title.  Horta came in as the deserved favorite.  On the international level, he translated to a gatekeeper- on the lower quarter of the top 50.  He is a former French welterweight champion who had been doing fairly well against top French prospects of late.  Haitian born Colas had previously held this very title, and at one point in 2005 and 2006 established himself as a legitimate fringe contender internationally.  But he’s been in steady decline since then, and was quite clearly a journeyman when the bell rang.  But a funny thing happened on the way to a victory for Haroche Horta.  The taller Horta did well in the first round, fighting in an athletic style and establishing an effective rhythm with movement and rather soft but picturesque jabs and straight rights.  But the wheels began to fall off in the 2nd.  Colas cut the distance and began to dig punishing shots to the body, one of which crumbled Horta to the canvas.  The third round was even worse, as Colas broke Horta’s will with two more debilitating left hooks to the body that each dropped him.  Seeing that Horta’s resistance had faded to nothing, the referee stopped the fight, giving Colas a fairly spectacular upset victory.

 

In the ShoBox main event in Vegas, heavily favored top Cuban prospect Yudel Jhonson suffered a major upset of his own.  His opponent was Willie Nelson, an 6′ 3.5″ Ohio based prospect who was best known for getting knocked down 3 times in his last televised fight against prospect Vincent Arroyo, but making a heck of a close fight out of it anyway.  The knocks on him were obviously his chin, as well as being a bit stingy with the jab for how tall he was.  Not on this night.  Nelson used the jab beautifully to control range, mixed in some effective movement to help keep his chin from becoming a concern, and did a great jab of countering to keep Jhonson’s respect.  The previously undefeated Jhonson behaved much like a typical Klitschko opponent, lingering on the outside and taking punishment rather than doing effective work to get in punching range.  For what it’s worth, the fighters traded knockdowns in the first half of the fight, and the scores were all slanted toward Jhonson to some degree, despite being unanimous for Nelson.

 

Finally, in Brovari, Ukraine on Saturday, Russian fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov who- for some reason way beyond my powers to comprehend- is the WBO titlist, defended his silly belt against undefeated French prospect Michel Soro in what turned out to be a close and interesting fight.  By my lights, Soro clearly won each of the first 5 rounds, including a second round knockdown.  Baysangurov, in turn, pretty much dominated the last 5 as Soro faded.  The fight, therefore, was properly decided by the two middle rounds of the fight, which I thought were pretty much toss-ups.  I did score both for Soro, though, and had him up 115-112 with the knockdown figured in (although in fairness he was knocked down himself by what was improperly ruled a low blow later in the fight).  But Baysangurov is a Klitschko-promoted beltholder on a Klitschko-promoted card in the Klitschkos’ home country.  Guess what?  Baysangurov won unanimously, by margins of 3, 5, and 6 points.  This isn’t a robbery, since Baysangurov had an argument to win.  It even feels about right that he should win, considering how much better he was performing down the stretch than Soro.  But it is a hometown decision, and the judges should not be excused, since not one of their cards was fair.  Their names are, from least to most atrocious: Mikael Hook (from Sweden- a country in which boxing is banned), Jose Ignacio Martinez (from Spain), and Zbigniew Lagosz (Poland). 

 

Surprisingly, not one of these fights really comes all that close to affecting the rankings, which just goes to show how deep this division really is.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (2-63-78)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo already has another fight lined up on September 15.  The PPV showdown is still in search of an opponent, though.  Kirkland is a possibility.
2) Carlos Molina (2-45-60)
Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (8-93-93)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 will give Cory Spinks a rematch on July 28.  K9 won by brutal beatdown last time.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (2-2-2)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.  But more recently, future fights against Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Cotto, Guerrero, and Berto/Ortiz have been mentioned.
5) Miguel Cotto (2-102-102)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto plans to return by the end of the year, and continue fighting for 2 or 3 more years.  Rematches with both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be possibilities at some point.
6) Erislandy Lara (2-45-67)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo, but Vanes- true to form- turned it down.  Lara hopes to return in June, and is considering Mundine and Quintana.
7) James Kirkland (2-28-28)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland is reportedly in the running to fight Canelo on 9/15.
8) Paul Williams (2-13-67)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
9) Alfredo Angulo (2-138-138)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
10) Ryan Rhodes (2-134-134)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
11) Gabriel Rosado (2-67)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. #20 Sechew Powel
With just less than a month to go before the fight, Sechew Powell has replaced Joel Julio as Rosado’s opponent.
12) Cory Spinks (2-16)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on July 28.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
13) Austin Trout (2-67)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (2-44)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
15) Brian Rose (2-24)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
In fairness, the British light middleweight scene is extremely thin compared to other divisions, but I can’t say that Rose’s title reign is off to a great start.  He’s defending his title against a second consecutive journeyman that could be called mid-level at best.
16) Shane Mosley (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Everybody but Mosley appears to know he’s done, but he still has the resume to hold a top 20 ranking.  Let’s hope he retires soon, though.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (2-50)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes has become extremely risk averse since his difficult fight with Roman last June, as he has now turned down an eliminator against Lara.
18) Lukas Konecny (2-40)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBO is looking to make Konecny-Baysangurov happen, and has set 6/4 as the deadline for an agreement to avoid purse bids.
19) Carlos Quintana (2-2)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana wants Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore.
20) Sechew Powell (2-113)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2012- vs. #11 Gabriel Rosado
Powell is a semi-short notice replacement for Joel Julio in the NBC Sports-televised bout with Gabriel Rosado.

 

The Week Ahead: On Saturday, Argentine gatekeeper Mateo Veron gets a rematch with Guido Pitto- the still otherwise fairly unproven undefeated prospect that dominated and stopped him in 2010.

 

Earlier that night in Belgrade, Serbia, local one-loss prospect Nikola Stevanovic takes on Tunisian journeyman Ayoub Nefzi.

Junior Middleweight: 2012, May 7-13

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by danboxing
Floyd Mayweather moved up in weight and got one of the toughest fights of his career on Saturday in Vegas.  I’m admittedly heavily in the minority on this, but I actually thought Cotto did enough to just barely earn the decision 115-113.  That being said, I noted no fewer than 6 toss-up rounds, 5 of which I happen to have given to Cotto.  So to me, anything between 116-112 Cotto and 118-110 Mayweather would be reasonable.  All the official scorecards fit in that range, though they were all at least as slanted toward Mayweather as I was to Cotto.  That’s not to say they were unfair.  I believe I was being fair and impartial in giving 5 of 6 tossup rounds to Cotto, and I’ll give the judges the same benefit of the doubt that I’d expect.  Since I do disagree with the official verdict, though, I will treat the decision with minimal deference.  This means Mayweather will be ranked by rule ahead of Cotto, but that it will otherwise be treated similarly to a draw.

 

In the co-feature for Mayweather-Cotto, #2 Saul Alvarez got a nice showcase against badly faded former Champion Shane Mosley.  Canelo won every round save for, perhaps, the 1st.  I gave him all 12.  C.J. Ross dementedly gave Mosley another round.  To give Mosley credit, he did appear to be working harder than he has in recent fights with Mayweather and Pacquiao, but got busted up more for his trouble.  I hope he retires, because he’s not a real contender anymore.

 

And leading off the PPV broadcast was fringe contender Deandre Latimore- removed for never fighting under the 154 limit a few months ago- taking what figured to be a showcase fight against Carlos Quintana, the former welterweight titlist Carlos Quintana.  Quintana is basically a gatekeeper at 154, and had been inactive for 15 months.  True to form, Latimore missed 154 by a half-pound, but he made that inevitable effect on his re-rankability moot by getting soundly thumped by Quintana.  Latimore did just fine in the first round, but clearly lost every round thereafter, leading to a 6th round stoppage as Latimore faded to nothingness.  Quintana came forward and punished Latimore with a steady and impressive offensive attack.  Latimore, by contrast, looked disengaged.  I’d seen him look like this once before in person, when he got a gift against journeyman Sammy Sparkman in a toss-up fight from St. Louis. 

 

Quite a series of changes in the rankings.  The Mosley win is juuuust enough to move Alvarez from #2 to #1.  Molina still has the best single win over Kirkland, but he also has a draw with admittedly underrated but still 20th-ranked Erislandy Lara.  That was a great result for him at the time, but isn’t a lot of help at this level.  Canelo also has a comparitively huge volume of wins at the fringe contender level, to which Mosley only adds another name.

 

Mayweather debuts at #4.  Unfortunately for him, the De La Hoya win (his last fight at 154) occurred exactly 5 years before the Cotto one, and is thus too old to help him out.  Many are going to crown Mayweather #1 by giving him credit for his dominance at 147.  Some have ranked Cotto at #1 at 154 since he beat Foreman.  But that’s not how it works here.  If you want to get to the top of a given division, you have to do better in that division specifically than the other contenders.  Cotto’s resume was only worth a #4 ranking here, and a narrow win over him isn’t enough to justify better than that same ranking for Mayweather.  #3 Bundrage knocked out a guy that would have been ranked #2 if he hadn’t gone inactive just before the fight was signed, and adds a win over a #11 contender for good measure. 

 

Cotto doesn’t suffer too much, especially since- as I said- he had a good argument to win in my estimation.  He is forced down by Mayweather’s arrival, but otherwise loses no ground in settling in at #5.

 

Mosley returns to the rankings (despite being finished) simply for becoming active at 154.  When he was removed for inactivity in September, he was at #16 just ahead of Vanes Martirosyan.  Vanes hasn’t done anything worth doing since then, and coincidentally finds himself in exactly the same position in the rankings now as then.  So Mosley reclaims his old spot at #16, and Vanes is forced back from #15 to #17 by the returns of Mayweather and Mosley.

 

Quintana’s win- his first significant result at 154- is enough to earn him the #19 position.

 

Everyone ranked #4-14 last week is forced back one spot by Mayweather.  This means that last week’s #10 Gabriel Rosado exits the top 10 after 15 consecutive weeks in.  Last week’s  #s 15 and 16 drop two places for both Mayweather and Mosley.  #17 Sechew Powell drops 3 places to accommodate those two plus Quintana.  #18 Antonio Margarito, #19 Prince Arron, and #20 Anthony Mundine all tumble out due to the new blood.

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (1-62-77)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12 Shane Mosley (UNR)
Next Fight: 9/15/2012- vs. Unknown Opponent
Canelo already has another fight lined up on September 15.  The PPV showdown is still in search of an opponent, though.

2) Carlos Molina (1-44-59)

Last Fight: 3/23/2012- L*(DQ10) vs. #3 James Kirkland (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Molina has said he’ll appeal his DQ against Kirkland.  I wish him luck, but of course he doesn’t have to appeal to me.  He’s #1.
3) Cornelius Bundrage (7-92-92)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #12 Cory Spinks
K9 will give Cory Spinks a rematch on July 28.  K9 won by brutal beatdown last time.
4) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (1-1-1)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- UD12* #4 Miguel Cotto
Next Fight: Unknown
Floyd says he’s considering retirement after a tough fight with Cotto.
5) Miguel Cotto (1-101-101)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L* (UD12) vs. WW #1 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Next Fight: Unknown
Cotto gave Mayweather what Floyd acknowledges as the toughest fight of his life.
6) Erislandy Lara (1-44-66)
Last Fight: 4/20/2012- TKO1 Ronald Hearns (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: Unknown
The WBC has ordered an eliminator between Lara and Vanes for a shot at Canelo.
7) James Kirkland (1-27-27)
Last Fight: 3/24/2012- W*(DQ10) vs. #6 Carlos Molina (Robbery)
Next Fight: Unknown
Kirkland reports that his plans are currently on hold due to a shoulder injury.
8) Paul Williams (1-12-66)
Last Fight: 2/18/2012- UD12 #17 MW Nobuhiro Ishida
Next Fight: Unknown
After Williams beat Ishida, he said he does not want a Lara rematch, but instead wants one with Sergio.
9) Alfredo Angulo (1-137-137)
Last Fight: 11/5/2011- L (TKO6) vs. James Kirkland (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Angulo had no shortage of guts, but appeared a bit physically overmatched against a beastly incarnation of Kirkland.
10) Ryan Rhodes (1-133-133)
Last Fight: 11/26/2011- W (PTS8) vs. Sergei Khomitski (UNR) (at MW)
Next Fight: 6/16/2012- vs. Sergei Rabchenko (UNR)
After suffering a back injury, Rhodes has rescheduled his fight with Rabchenko for June 16 in Manchester.
11) Gabriel Rosado (1-66)
Last Fight: 1/21/2012- TKO5 Jesus Soto Karass (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2013- vs. #20 Sechew Powel
With just less than a month to go before the fight, Sechew Powell has replaced Joel Julio as Rosado’s opponent.
12) Cory Spinks (1-15)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: 7/28/2012- vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Spinks will have a rematch with #3 K9 Bundrage in San Jose on July 28.  He’s brave for taking it, considering the beating he took last time.
13) Austin Trout (1-66)
Last Fight: 11/11/2011- TKO6 Frank LoPorto (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #14 Delvin Rodriguez
Trout-Rodriguez is now official for June 2 on Showtime.
14) Delvin Rodriguez (1-43)
Last Fight: 12/3/2011- UD10* #9 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. #13 Austin Trout
See Trout’s notes, above.
15) Brian Rose (1-23)
Last Fight: 3/31/2012- UD12 Max Maxwell (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/2/2012- vs. Kris Carslaw (UNR)
In fairness, the British light middleweight scene is extremely thin compared to other divisions, but I can’t say that Rose’s title reign is off to a great start.  He’s defending his title against a second consecutive journeyman that could be called mid-level at best.
16) Shane Mosley (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- L (UD12) vs. #2 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Everybody but Mosley appears to know he’s done, but he still has the resume to hold a top 20 ranking.  Let’s hope he retires soon, though.
17) Vanes Martirosyan (1-49)
Last Fight: 2/4/2012- TKO3 Troy Lowry (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
After being passed over for a JCC shot, an eliminator for a shot at Canelo has been ordered by the WBC, with the prospective opponent being Erislandy Lara.
18) Lukas Konecny (1-39)
Last Fight: 4/5/2012- TKO7 Salim Larbi (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
19) Carlos Quintana (1-1)
Last Fight: 5/5/2012- TKO6 Deandre Latimore (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Quintana wants Canelo in the immediate aftermath of his upset TKO of Deandre Latimore.
20) Sechew Powell (1-112)
Last Fight: 1/28/2012- L(UD12) vs. Cory Spinks (UNR)
Next Fight: 6/1/2012- vs. #11 Gabriel Rosado
Powell is a semi-short notice replacement for Joel Julio in the NBC Sports-televised bout with Gabriel Rosado.

 

The Week Ahead: Friday: In Istres, France, gatekeeper Frank Haroche Horta takes on Haitian-born journeyman Jimmy Colas for the vacant French title.

 

Later that night in Vegas, undefeated Cuban prospect Yudel Jhonson meets perhaps the toughest test of his career in decent and ridiculously tall (6’3 1/2″) one-loss prospect Willie Nelson of Ohio on ShoBox.

 

Saturday: In Brovari, Ukraine, fringe contender (and unbelievably, reigning titlist) Zaurbek Baysangurov battles undefeated French prospect Michel Soro.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Aug 1-7

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Week Ahead:  Nothing of note occurring this week.

Junior Middleweight: 2011, Jul 25-31

Posted in Junior Middleweight, Rankings with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by danboxing
Sergei Rabchenko and his awful opponent Kevin McCauley both came in as middleweights on Saturday, and Rabchenko, the smaller of the two, dropped McCauley twice and stopped him in the first.  Nobody was surprised.

 

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

 

Dan’s Top 20 (Weeks in Current Position-Weeks in Top 10 if applicable-Weeks in Top 20)
Champ: None
1) Saul Alvarez (6-21-36)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- UD12 #7 Ryan Rhodes
Next Fight: 9/17/2011- vs. Alfonso Gomez (UNR)
Canelo will return on 9/17, and his opponent has now been confirmed as Alfonso Gomez.  This will likely be the co-feature for the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV.
2) Cornelius Bundrage (5-51-51)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD12 #11 Sechew Powell
Next Fight: Unknown
DeAndre Latimore is K9’s mandatory, but K9 appears to prefer a voluntary next.  He wants to fight Canelo at some point, but has also called out Mosley and Molina.
3) Erislandy Lara (3-3-25)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- L*(MD12) vs. #6 Paul Williams
Next Fight: Unknown
Lara wrote an open letter offering Williams a rematch, but no word from Paul yet.
4) Alfredo Angulo (3-96-96)
Last Fight: 7/17/2010- TKO1 #8 Joachim Alcine
Next Fight: 8/20/2011- vs. Joe Gomez (UNR)
Angulo will officially fight journeyman Joe Gomez in Mexico on 8/20.
5) Miguel Cotto (3-60-60)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- TKO12 Ricardo Mayorga (UNR)
Next Fight: 12/3/2011- vs. Antonio Margarito (UNR)
Cotto-Margarito II now appears to be set again, this time for December 3.
6) Carlos Molina (3-3-18)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- UD10 #7 Kermit Cintron
Next Fight: Unknown
Had absolutely no trouble with the highly-ranked Cintron, and now he or his promoter have challenged basically everybody: Lara, Cotto, Canelo, Trout, K9, and Dzinziruk.
7) Prince Arron (2-11-11)
Last Fight: 5/13/2011- TKO12 #14 Sam Webb
Next Fight: Unknown
Arron’s dramatic upset victory earned him the British title and a place in the top 10.
8) Pawel Wolak (2-20-20)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. Delvin Rodriguez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Wolak will likely fight on the Cotto-Margarito card on December 3, with likely opponents being Delvin Rodriguez and Jesus Soto-Karass.  Deandre Latimore has also challenged Wolak, and Wolak says he’d be happy to oblige if a network is interested in the fight.
9) Ryan Rhodes (2-92-92)
Last Fight: 6/18/2011- L(UD12) vs. #8 Saul Alvarez
Next Fight: Unknown
Rhodes’ stock is significantly diminished after being dominated by Alvarez, but he still has a noticeably more complete resume than #9 Arron and thus only slides one position after the defeat.
10) Austin Trout (7-7-25)
Last Fight: 6/11/2011- UD12 David Lopez (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Appears all but set to fight MW #10 Anthony Mundine, but Mundine has yet to sign.  Vanes Martirosyan is trying to cut in, as well.
11) Sechew Powell (7-71)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- L(UD12) vs. #3 Cornelius Bundrage
Next Fight: Unknown
Put forth a solid effort in a losing cause against Bundrage, and still has the bona  fides to hold onto his #11 spot.
12) Gabriel Rosado (7-25)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- TKO5 Ayi Bruce (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Rosado’s bail was greatly reduced and he is now a free man, but still facing serious charges of assaulting a police officer.
13) Delvin Rodriguez (2-2)
Last Fight: 7/15/2011- Draw (MD10) vs. #7 Pawel Wolak
Next Fight: Unknown
Rodriguez outworked and busted up Pawel Wolak, but only managed a draw on the cards.  His effort and the result have earned him a pretty solid debut in the rankings, though.
14) Manny Pacquiao (2-25)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- UD12 #15 Shane Mosley (at WW)
Next Fight: 11/12/2011- vs. LW Champ Juan Manuel Marquez (at WW)
Pacquiao had already nearly finished signing a fight with lightweight champion and rival Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mosley debacle even went down.  Unfortunately the talk is that the fight will be at a 144-pound catchweight.  This fight is a natural for 140 pounds, but Pacquiao wants to drag Marquez up because he has the proven ability to carry the weight better than the lightweight.  It’s a damn shame, because this could have been a good challenge at the right weight.
15) Paul Williams (2-25)
Last Fight: 7/9/2011- W*(MD12) vs. #17 Erislandy Lara
Next Fight: Unknown
Williams’ robbery over Lara was so blatant and so ridiculous that even the most jaded people in boxing are laughing it off.  Williams took a beating, and has got to think seriously about his next move.
16) Cory Spinks (2-25)
Last Fight: 6/25/2011- UD10 Shakir Ashanti (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Spinks said he was considering moving up to 160 to fight Sam Soliman in an eliminator, but then decided that he will stay at 154 and fight another tune-up in September and then chase a long-shot fight with Cotto.
17) Shane Mosley (2-25)
Last Fight: 5/7/2011- L(UD12) vs. #12 Manny Pacquiao (at WW)
Next Fight: Unknown
My fervent hope is that the used-up Mosley retires well before I have to remove him for inactivity in September.
18) Vanes Martirosyan (2-8)
Last Fight: 6/4/2011- TKO7 Saul Roman (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
Vanes called out Austin Trout after not being selected as Canelo’s next opponent, and just days later the WBC ordered a match with Angulo.
19) Grady Brewer (2-6)
Last Fight: 6/17/2011- TKO4 JMW #20 Fernando Guerrero
Next Fight: Unknown
For a guy that’s often considered a journeyman, Brewer has compiled a nice little resume with the Guerrero win.
20) Yuri Foreman (2-95)
Last Fight: 3/12/2011- L (RTD6) vs. Pawel Wolak (UNR)
Next Fight: Unknown
What looked like a relatively easy fight turned into a disaster for Foreman as he was battered to a corner stoppage after six rounds with fringe contender/prospect Pawel Wolak.  The stick-and-move boxer may have lost a step to a recurring knee injury, and we’ll see whether or not he’s finished as a serious contender.

 

The Week Ahead:  Gatekeeper Alejandro Falliga takes on journeyman Sergio Jose Sanders in both men’s native Argentina on Friday.  In the same city the following night, fringe prospect Javier Maciel, who gave Dmitry Pirog fits in their recent fight, will meet unbeaten but untested Jonata Daniel De Oliveira.  And earlier that night from Odessa in the Ukraine, fringe contender Zaurbek Baysangurov battles journeyman Mike Miranda.