Daniel Geale staked his claim as the No. 2 middleweight in the world with his win over Felix Sturm. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The middleweight division is getting a whole new look, and that started this past Saturday, as Daniel Geale and Gennady Golovkin made serious statements about their standing at 160 pounds.
Daniel Geale moves up to No. 2 in the division following his split decision win over Felix Sturm in Germany. Geale was ranked No. 3 last week, with Sturm No. 2, so this is a fairly obvious move, at least for the time being. There are fighters below Geale I'd pick to beat him, but he's flat-out earned the spot more than they have.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, ranked No. 5 last week, is up to No. 3, and Gennady Golovkin's destruction of Grzegorz Proksa moves him from No. 7 to No. 4. Sturm drops down to No. 5, followed by Matthew Macklin, Dmitry Pirog, Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, Martin Murray, and Peter Quillin.
Right now, this is a very talented, fairly deep division, and with Chavez Jr vs Martinez and Quillin vs N'Jikam coming up, we've got more top-notch matchups on the way, too. It's actually shaking out here -- we're going to separate the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, and all that BS.
Mario Rodriguez scored a shocking KO-7 upset of top-rated Nkosinathi Joyi on Saturday, and has moved up from No. 10 to No. 3, behind Kazuto Ioka and Moises Fuentes. Joyi drops to No. 4.
This Week's Ranked Fighters in Action
Heavyweight: No. 2 Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) vs Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO)
Heavyweight: No. 4 Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KO) vs Travis Walker (39-7-1, 31 KO)
Super Middleweight: No. 1 Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO) vs No. 1 light heavyweight Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KO)
Junior Welterweight: No. 3 Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO) vs No. 7 Ajose Olusegun (30-0, 14 KO)
Lightweight: No. 2 Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KO) vs No. 9 John Molina (24-1, 19 KO)