Chuck Giampa

Ring Ratings Update: Big weekend, but no movement

Boxing fans were treated to a good weekend of boxing last week but it was a quiet weekend in terms of movement in THE RING’s divisional ratings.

In the super middleweight division, THE RING’s No. 6-rated contender Robert Stieglitz scored a third-round KO over Michal Nieroda in preparation for his March 23 rematch Arthur Abraham. It was just a stay-busy fight against a 10-2 opponent that did no change Stieglitz’s status in the ratings.

In the middleweight division, Brian Vera scored a 10th-round stoppage over former 154-pound beltholder Sergei Dzindziruk. It was a good win for the unrated gatekeeper but not good enough to break into the 160-pound ratings.

Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade had a solid win over Freddy Hernandez, dropping the rugged veteran en route to a one-sided 10-round decision, but it was not enough to earn the 2008 U.S. Olympian a rating in THE RING 154-pound top 10.

Another undefeated junior middleweight prospect, Jermell Charlo, was in action over the weekend. The sharp-shooting Houstonian dominated Harry Joe Yorgey, dropping the tough club fighter en route to an eighth-round stoppage. Charlo has better than average power and an impressive jab. He also showed that elusive excitement factor but his opponent did not merit his inclusion the ratings yet.

In the welterweight division, Selcuk Aydin was a disappointment in his loss to Jesus Soto Karass. The former contender had a chance to make a real statement but was caught between styles for most of the fight, which ultimately led to Soto Karass – a tough but limited gatekeeper – outworking  him en route to a 10-round majority decision.

Aydin, who is known for his punch, back peddled most of the fight instead of pressing Soto Karass more. It was a great win for Soto Karass but not enough to get the Mexican veteran into the top 10 of the welterweight ratings.

At junior welterweight, there was no room for movement in the ratings for Lucas Matthysse, who is already our No. 1-rated 140 pounder. He did what was expected against Mike Dallas Jr., but still the manner of the finish – a first-round KO – was very impressive.

Vincente Mosquera beat Francisco Contreras by DQ in the sixth round. It was a nice win for former 130-pound beltholder, who has now won eight consecutive bouts since doing four years in prison after being stopped in 10 rounds by the late Edwin Valero in 2006.

Mosquera is a steady fighter who can be considered for the junior welterweight ratings when someone drops out of the top 10, but that win was not enough to push someone out.

At junior featherweight Hugo Cazares scored a razor-then 12-round decision over Rey Perez in a tough fight but it was not enough to earn the former RING junior flyweight and 115-pound beltholder a top 10 rating at 122 pounds.

At junior bantamweight, Fellipe Orucuta scored an impressive first-round KO over Fernando Lumacad. Orucuta also has a KO win over former flyweight beltholder Julio Cesar Miranda. Orucuta, who has scored nine straight knockouts since dropping a close decision to unbeaten prospect Daniel Rojas in 2010, is close to being rated in our top 10.

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