Very little changes this week coming off of the slow June 10/11 weekend, but there are a couple of new entrants.
Austin "No Doubt" Trout (23-0, 13 KO) is in at No. 9, which knocks Pawel Wolak out of the top 10. Wolak is a good fighter and I like him, but Trout's win over David Lopez in Mexico by wide scores had to move him in, plus I think Trout has the sort of package that would just beat Wolak head-to-head. Vanes Martirosyan slips to No. 10 and is starting to become one of the saddest cases in boxing -- he fights, he isn't really boring, he's got the right promoter, got the right trainer, everyone says he's overrated, and yet he can't get a really good fight to save his life. He's not hiding. Vanes holds the WBC's "silver" title and just won a "semifinal eliminator." The WBC belt at 154 is held by Saul Alvarez, so he's likely not every close to getting a shot. Who knows? Maybe something will open up. As for Trout, he holds a trinket and he's earned his way in. It's too bad for Wolak getting bumped without doing anything wrong, but this is kind of an interesting division -- you could rank any of about 15 or so guys in a top ten very easily, and the talent level from No. 1 to No. 15 isn't too far apart in most cases. The most talented fighter in the division is Miguel Cotto, but he's fighting small at the weight. Paul Williams will be back here soon, too. I like this division.
Juan Carlos Reveco went up to 112 officially, but I didn't put him into the flyweight rankings just yet. That's a strong division. Coming in at No. 10 here is Japanese champ Masayuki Kuroda (19-3, 13 KO).
In Action This Weekend
Middleweight: No. 5 Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KO) vs Kassim Ouma (27-7-1, 17 KO)
Junior Middleweight: No. 6 Ryan Rhodes (45-4, 31 KO) vs No. 8 Saul Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KO)
Lightweight: No. 5 Miguel Vazquez (28-3, 12 KO) vs Marlon Aguilar (25-10-1, 18 KO)
Super Featherweight: No. 7 Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KO) vs No. 10 Adrien Broner (20-0, 16 KO)
Featherweight: No. 6 Celestino Caballero (34-3, 23 KO) vs No. 10 Jonathan Victor Barros (32-1-1, 18 KO)
Bantamweight: No. 4 Anselmo Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KO) vs Lorenzo Parra (31-2-1, 18 KO)