Julio Cesar Chavez Jr still doesn't crack the middleweight top ten, but he's gradually making his case. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Rankings usually go up on Monday, but sometimes it slips my mind. So here they are on Tuesday morning!
Anyway, enough exclamation marks.
Victor Terrazas is in at No. 8, which will be No. 7 next week as Jorge Arce is headed back down to bantamweight on Saturday. Fernando Montiel drops from 8 to 9 after losing to Terrazas. This is still a strong division, one of the more competitive 1-9 in the sport. I could see anyone losing to anyone else in that top nine.
OK, let's talk about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. His last two performances on HBO have drawn some mildly positive reaction, but that's just not enough. Even though middleweight is still a fairly weak division, Chavez's best wins (Zbik, Manfredo, Duddy) still aren't much. But styles make fights, so how would he do against the top ten guys?
To be perfectly honest, I'd give Chavez a shot to beat any of the top ten except for Sergio Martinez. I would solidly favor a lot of them, but a Chavez upset wouldn't shock me, either. In other words, he's creeping toward the top ten, and if you had him back end over someone like Darren Barker, then I couldn't really argue.
Ranked Fighters in Action This Week
Super Middleweight: No. 10 Thomas Oosthuizen (16-0-1, 11 KO) vs Francisco Sierra (24-4-1, 22 KO)
Junior Middleweight: No. 5 Canelo Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KO) vs Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KO)
Super Featherweight: No. 6 Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KO) vs Vicente Rodriguez (34-2-1, 19 KO)
Bantamweight: No. 5 super bantamweight Jorge Arce (58-6-2, 45 KO) vs Angky Angkotta (25-5, 14 KO)
Super Flyweight: No. 4 Juan Alberto Rosas (35-6, 27 KO) vs Zolani Tete (15-1, 13 KO)
Junior Flyweight: No. 8 Masayuki Kuroda (20-3, 13 KO) vs Hayato Yamaguchi (7-2-1, 0 KO)
Also: At-large junior welterweight Humberto Soto (56-7-2, 33 KO) takes another lousy fight in Mexico against Adailton De Jesus (29-6, 23 KO). You may recall De Jesus from his awful showing against old Marco Antonio Barrera in 2010. Soto keeps one of the worst schedules of any good fighter in boxing. It's pathetic.