NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10: May 2013

Guerrero on next fight: 'Whoever they bring I'll be ready for him

NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10: May 2013
May 23, 2013, 10:15 am
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Robert Guerrero held the No. 3 spot after a tough defeat to Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) three weeks ago. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Northern California Pound-for-Pound poll saw minimal movement in May, as the voters felt Robert Guerrero’s body of work was sufficient to keep him in the third spot despite his decision loss to welterweight boss Floyd Mayweather.

Andre Ward may have relinquished his standing as WBC champion emeritus, but he remains both the universally recognized super middleweight world champion and our reigning NorCal Top 10 king.

[RELATED: Ward vacates ‘champion emeritus’ status]

Flyweight titleholder Carina Moreno continues to curry favor with the panel, having inched her way into a tie with Ana Julaton in eighth.

Here’s a look at the latest news on the CSNBayArea.com NorCal Pound-for-Pound top 10 for May.

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: 140 (14 first-place votes)
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 pushed his target return date to September, with the opponent to be determined.  However, he mentioned to Ring Magazine’s Lem Satterfield his twin desires to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and fight in the U.K. one day, though not necessarily in that order.

2. Nonito Donaire, San Leandro, junior featherweight (31-2, 20 KOs)
LAST POLL: 2nd
POINTS: 125
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” was in Gilroy last Saturday to sign autographs for fans at Robert Guerrero Day.  Donaire’s promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, expressed his goal to bring the East Bay star back in late October, possibly against titlist Victor Terrazas (37-2-1, 21 KOs) or former nemesis Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs).

3. Robert Guerrero, Gilroy, welterweight (31-2-1, 18 KOs)
LAST POLL: 3rd
POINTS: 113
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: Following a tough defeat to Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) three weeks ago, “The Ghost” received some good news in the form of having gun charges in New York against him dismissed.  He then received a hero’s welcome in Gilroy last Saturday for Robert Guerrero Day, signing autographs nonstop for six (!) hours.

[RELATED: Next step for Guerrero, Mayweather]

4. Karim Mayfield, San Francisco, junior welterweight (17-0-1, 10 KOs)
LAST POLL: 4th
POINTS: 94
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: TBA
PROMOTER: Prize Fight/Gary Shaw (option on next fight)
THE LATEST: Fillmore’s “Hard Hitta” made some waves at the Mayweather-Guerrero postfight press conference by confronting WBA/RING 140-pound champ Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) in hopes of luring him into a title fight. Mayfield then hit L.A. to spar Paul Malignaggi, who is preparing to face Adrien Broner.

5. Ava Knight, Chico, flyweight (11-1-3, 5 KOs)
LAST POLL: 5th  
POINTS: 82
BIRTHDATE: 8/15/1988 (age 24)
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” pounded out a points win over Soto (5-3, 3 KOs) in what might be her swan song at flyweight.  Knight is pondering a move up to the 115-pound junior bantamweight division if there are no worthy foes left.

6. Brandon Gonzales, Sacramento, super middleweight (17-0, 10 KOs)
LAST POLL: 6th
POINTS: 67
BIRTHDATE: 5/24/1984 (age 28)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: None
LAST FIGHT: Won by UD8 over Don Mouton (Jan. 11, 2013)
NEXT FIGHT: June 29 vs. Thomas Oosthuizen for IBO world title (HBO)
PROMOTER: Goossen Tutor/Antonio Leonard
THE LATEST: “Flawless” has begun training camp for Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13 KOs) in Hayward with trainer Virgil Hunter. Gonzales’s manager, James Prince, revealed that he would like to see his fighter contend for a major title in 2013.

7. Melissa McMorrow, San Francisco, flyweight (9-3-3, 1 KO)
LAST POLL: 7th
POINTS: 43
BIRTHDATE: 6/19/1981 (age 31)
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” and her manager/trainer Eddie Croft are waiting on their next assignment, which will likely take place in Germany due to their affiliation with new promoter SES.

T8. Ana Julaton, Daly City, junior featherweight (12-3-1, 2 KOs)
LAST POLL: 8th  
POINTS: 26
BIRTHDATE: 7/5/1980 (age 32)
TITLES HELD: None
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: WBO jr. featherweight (twice)
LAST FIGHT: Won by TKO1 over Abigail Ramos (Aug. 3, 2012)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Orion Sports
THE LATEST: “The Hurricane” is looking at a couple options for a 2013 debut in the summer after a February date fell through, according to adviser Angelo Reyes.

T8. Carina Moreno, Watsonville, flyweight (23-5, 6 KOs)
LAST POLL: 9th  
POINTS: 26
BIRTHDATE: 10/9/1981 (age 31)
TITLES HELD: WBA (world)
PREVIOUS WORLD TITLES: WBC strawweight, WBC interim jr. flyweight  
LAST FIGHT: Won by SD10 over Susi Kentikian for WBA flyweight title (Dec. 1, 2012)
NEXT FIGHT: TBA
PROMOTER: Zeferino Entertainment
THE LATEST: “La Reina (The Queen)” is staying in shape for her next title defense, having run a 10K in Watsonville recently.

10. Vicente Escobedo, Woodland, junior lightweight (26-4, 15 KOs)
LAST POLL: 10th
POINTS: 23
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” is in Southern California with his wife and baby girl Milana mulling over his next move, according to his manager, Rolando Arellano.

ALSO RECEIVED VOTES:
Alejandro Perez, North Salinas, junior lightweight (17-3-1, 11 KOs); 13 points
Alan Sanchez, Fairfield, welterweight (12-2-1, 6 KOs); 7 points
Manuel Avila, Fairfield, junior featherweight (10-0, 3 KOs); 4 points
Bruno Escalante, junior bantamweight, San Carlos (7-1-1, 3 KOs); 1 point
Paul Mendez, middleweight, Salinas (11-2-1, 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; Champ Ross, BeatTheCount.com; Colin Seymour, San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner.com; Alexis Terrazas, San Francisco Examiner; Richie Tomassini, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Darren Velasco, FightDomain.net; Henry Wofford, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.