NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10: Summer of slump

NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10: Summer of slump
September 6, 2013, 1:15 pm
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HBO would like to match Andre Ward with Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), and even offered a $3.15 million license fee to split among the fighters. (AP)


"The Ghost” turned down a Nov. 2 title challenge against WBA interim welterweight titlist Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs), according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The summer of discontent continues for the local boxing scene, as not a single fighter in CSNBayArea.com’s NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 has recorded a victory since May, when No. 5 Ava Knight outpointed Linda Soto.

Since our last poll in July, No. 8 Carina Moreno and No. 9 Ana Julaton both incurred decision losses, further contributing to a dismal 2013 where No. 2 Nonito Donaire, No. 3 Robert Guerrero, and No. 10 Vicente Escobedo have already tasted defeat.

This tally doesn’t even include No. 6 Brandon Gonzales, who was robbed by the judges of a win in June against Thomas Oosthiuzen and had to settle for a draw.

Perhaps No. 4 Karim Mayfield can stop the slump on September 28, when the San Franciscan faces Pavel Miranda in a bout that he is expected to win. With Guerrero, Donaire, and No. 1 Andre Ward also scheduled to fight in the upcoming months, some measure of equilibrium should be attained by year’s end.

Until then, Alejandro Perez has usurped Moreno in the 8th spot. The North Salinas slugger stretched his winning streak to three after overwhelming Edgar Riovalle on UniMás in July. The currently inactive Vicente Escobedo rises one notch to No. 9, while Moreno drops to the final slot on the poll, bumping Julaton out.

Let’s take a look at the latest news on the NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 for September.

NOTE: To be eligible for the NorCal P4P Poll, a fighter must officially call Northern California home, with Monterey considered the southernmost point of the region.

1. Andre Ward, Oakland, super middleweight (26-0, 14 KOs)
LAST POLL: 1st
POINTS: 120
BIRTHDATE: 2/23/1984 (age 29)
TITLES HELD: WBA (world), RING (world)
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: WBC super middleweight
LAST FIGHT: Won by TKO10 over Chad Dawson for WBA/WBC/RING super middleweight titles (Sept. 8, 2012)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Goossen Tutor/Antonio Leonard
THE LATEST: “S.O.G.” has resolved his differences with Goossen Tutor CEO Dan Goossen, but must now wait until Nov. 16 to make his return. HBO would like to match Ward with Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), and even offered a $3.15 million license fee to split among the fighters. At the moment, Ward has balked at Rodriguez’s insistence on receiving more than his proposed $800,000 slice of the pie.

[RELATED: Ward still shopping for return foe]

2. Nonito Donaire, San Leandro, junior featherweight (31-2, 20 KOs)
LAST POLL: 2nd
POINTS: 108
BIRTHDATE: 11/16/1982 (age 30)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: IBF flyweight, WBA interim jr. bantamweight, WBC/WBO bantamweight, IBF/WBO/RING jr. featherweight
LAST FIGHT: Lost by UD12 vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux for WBO/WBA/RING jr. featherweight titles (Apr. 13, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Top Rank
THE LATEST: “The Filipino Flash” appears set to make his featherweight debut on Nov. 9 in Texas against Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs), whom Donaire crushed six years ago when the two fighters were flyweights. The question still remains whether the East Bay star will relocate his camp from San Carlos to Oxnard, where his trainer Robert Garcia is regularly based.

3. Robert Guerrero, Gilroy, welterweight (31-2-1, 18 KOs)
LAST POLL: 3rd
POINTS: 96
BIRTHDAY: 3/27/1983 (age 30)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: IBF featherweight (twice), IBF jr. lightweight, WBA/WBO interim lightweight, WBC interim welterweight
LAST FIGHT: Lost by UD12 to Floyd Mayweather for WBC welterweight title (May 4, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Golden Boy
THE LATEST: “The Ghost” turned down a Nov. 2 title challenge against WBA interim welterweight titlist Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs), according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer. Guerrero might instead be targeting Jesus Soto-Karass (27-9-3, 18 KOs), who impressively stopped Andre Berto in July.

4. Karim Mayfield, San Francisco, junior welterweight (17-0-1, 10 KOs)
LAST POLL: 4th
POINTS: 79
BIRTHDATE: 12/14/1980 (age 32)
TITLES HELD: NABO (regional)
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: None
LAST FIGHT: Won by UD10 over Mauricio Herrera for NABO jr. welterweight title (Oct. 27, 2012)
NEXT FIGHT: Sept. 28 vs. Pavel Miranda for NABO jr. welterweight title
PROMOTER: Top Rank
THE LATEST: Fillmore’s “Hard Hitta” makes his Top Rank debut at Carson’s StubHub Center against Miranda (19-10-1, 9 KOs), a veteran slugger who will come forward and afford Mayfield the opportunity to showcase his skills.

5. Ava Knight, Chico, flyweight (11-1-3, 5 KOs)
LAST POLL: 5th
POINTS: 70
BIRTHDATE: 8/15/1988 (age 25)
TITLES HELD: WBC Silver (world)
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: WBC (world), IBF (world)
LAST FIGHT: Won by UD10 over Linda Soto (May 11, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: HG Boxing
THE LATEST: “The Lady of Boxing” is the last member of the poll to have won a fight, and she continues to wait for the next one. A unification bout with No. 7 Melissa McMorrow would be a worthy challenge, but it’s looking doubtful the fight can be made at this juncture due to their respective promoters’ differences.

6. Brandon Gonzales, Sacramento, super middleweight (17-0-1, 10 KOs)
LAST POLL: 6th
POINTS: 63
BIRTHDATE: 5/24/1984 (age 29)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: None
LAST FIGHT: Draw-10 with Thomas Oosthuizen (June 29, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Goossen Tutor/Antonio Leonard
THE LATEST: “Flawless” has yet to capitalize on his solid outing on HBO against Oosthuizen (21-0-2, 13 KOs). Though a rematch seems unlikely, Gonzales proved he could hold his own with a legitimate top 10 super middleweight in the world.

7. Melissa McMorrow, San Francisco, flyweight (9-3-3, 1 KO)
LAST POLL: 7th
POINTS: 41
BIRTHDATE: 6/19/1981 (age 32)
TITLES HELD: WBO (world)
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: None
LAST FIGHT: Won by SD10 over Nadia Raoui for WBO flyweight title (Mar. 23, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: SES
THE LATEST: “Mighty” appeared with Knight at last weekend’s Beautiful Brawlers all-female amateur card in Redwood City, and again, though a fight between them would be the next logical move, such an impactful clash is not in the cards right now.

8. Alejandro Perez, North Salinas, junior lightweight (18-3-1, 12 KOs)
LAST POLL: NR
POINTS: 21
BIRTHDATE: 5/3/1986 (age 27)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: None
LAST FIGHT: Won by KO7 over Edgar Riovalle (July 13, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Top Rank
THE LATEST: “El Alacrán (The Scorpion)” makes his debut in the top 10 after a blistering stoppage of Edgar Riovalle (36-15-2, 25 KOs) on UniMás. The power puncher has a daring style that will land him another TV date in his next fight.

9. Vicente Escobedo, Woodland, junior lightweight (26-4, 15 KOs)
LAST POLL: 10th
POINTS: 16
BIRTHDATE: 11/6/1981 (age 31)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: None
LAST FIGHT: Lost by TKO6 to Edner Cherry (Feb. 16, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Golden Boy
THE LATEST: “Chente” has recently worked with top trainer Joel Diaz Jr., but as of late was seen plying his trade in Hollywood at the Wild Card Boxing Club. No word yet on his next fight.

10. Carina Moreno, Watsonville, flyweight (23-6, 6 KOs)
LAST POLL: 8th
POINTS: 15
BIRTHDATE: 10/9/1981 (age 31)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: WBC strawweight, WBC interim jr. flyweight, WBA flyweight
LAST FIGHT: Lost to Susi Kentikian by UD10 for WBA flyweight title (July 6, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Zeferino Entertainment
THE LATEST: “La Reina (The Queen)” lost her rematch and WBA crown in Germany to Kentikian (31-2, 16 KOs), but she has no plans on retiring and is reportedly back at the gym.

ALSO RECEIVED VOTES:
Ana Julaton, Daly City, junior featherweight (12-4-1, 2 KOs); 10 points
Stan Martyniouk, Antelope, junior lightweight (13-1, 2 KOs); 6 points
Manuel Avila, Fairfield, junior featherweight (12-0, 4 KOs); 4 points
Paul Mendez, Salinas, middleweight (13-2-1, 5 KOs); 4 points
Alan Sanchez, Fairfield, welterweight (12-3-1, 6 KOs); 3 points
Bruno Escalante, San Carlos, junior bantamweight (9-1-1, 5 KOs); 3 points
Guy Robb, Sacramento, featherweight (12-1, 5 KOs); 1 point

VOTERS:
Ramon Aranda, 3MoreRounds.com; Mario Cabrera, BeatTheCount.com; Truth Esguerra, Philippine News; Jerry Hoffman, ESPN Radio Central Coast; Ryan Maquiñana, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area/BoxingScene.com; Ray Markarian, TheSweetScience.com; Kim Francesca Martinez, BoxingScene.com; John Raspanti, DoghouseBoxing.com; Colin Seymour, San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner.com; Alexis Terrazas, San Francisco Examiner; Richie Tomassini, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Darren Velasco, FightDomain.net.