1.) Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs)
Buzz: Sergio needs to seriously consider fighting only in Nevada because if he’s going to keep getting paid to be screwed, he may as well do it where it’s legal.
He lost a close, controversial majority decision to Paul Williams on Dec. 5 in one of the best fights of the year. This followed a fight in which he got hosed hard by the judges in a draw with Kermit Cintron in February.
His only other loss is by seventh-round TKO to Antonio Margarito in 2000.
Style: Martinez is a slick, left-handed boxer with very good technical skills. He has excellent hand speed and uses a lot of lateral movement
2.) Sergiy Dzindziruk (36-0, 22 KOs)
Buzz: Dzindziruk hasn’t fought since Nov. 2008 due to a legal dispute with his promoter, Universum. The latest word is that Dzindziruk is planning to buy himself out of that contract.
He has decision wins over Daniel Santos, Joel Julio and Lukas Konecny.
Style: He is a southpaw who employs frequent lateral movement. He is well skilled all-around. He will sometimes box and move and other times mix it up on the inside.
3.) Kermit Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs)
Buzz: Kermit fought three times in 2009—a decision over highly regarded Alfredo Angulo in May, a gift draw against Sergio Martinez in February, and an October TKO in five against Juliano Ramos.
His two losses are both stoppages at the questionable hands of Antonio Margarito.
Style: Cintron is a boxer puncher with very good power and good boxing skills who uses his jab effectively. He likes to maintain a distance that allows him room to throw. He is not overly evasive.
4.) Alfredo Angulo (17-1, 14 KOs)
Buzz: Angulo got medieval on Harry Joe Yorgey in November, torturing the holmes with everything but a pair of pliers and a blowtorch before stone-cold icing him in round number three.
Alfredo’s first pro loss came in May when he was outboxed by Kermit Cintron over 12 rounds.
Style: He is a heavy-handed boxer puncher who likes to mix it up. He is not overly impressive defensively.
Next: Joel Julio on April 24
5.) Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs)
Buzz: Yuri easily decisioned a less than stellar looking Daniel Santos in November, in what otherwise would have been his first test against a true top-level opponent.
The latest chatter has the rabbinical-studying New Yorker possibly fighting Miguel Cotto in New York on the night before the Big Apple’s Puerto Rican Day parade on June 12.
Style: Foreman is a slick, fast-handed boxer with a good jab who moves well—and often—on his feet. He has very little power. He keeps his hands low and relies on his foot and upper body movement for his defense.
6.) Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs)
Buzz: If he becomes any less active, they’ll be changing his nickname to “the Sphinx.” In what is becoming somewhat of an annual pilgrimage to the ring, Spinks won a split-decision over Deandre Latimore in April. In his last six fights dating to 2004, he is 3-3.
The latest reports have him too out of shape to be ready for his fight on March 6.
Style: He is a quick, left-handed pure boxer who moves well and has a good defense but lacks power. His dedication to the sport has been questioned.
Next: Cornelius Bundrage on March 6
7.) Carlos Quintana (27-2, 21 KOs)
Buzz: After more than a year of inactivity, he stopped Jessie Feliciano in three rounds due to a nasty eyelid gash. Quintana suffered a flash knockdown in round two.
Carlos dealt Paul Williams his only loss—an impressive decision in 2008. Williams KO’d him in the rematch later that year. Quintana was also stopped by Miguel Cotto in five in 2006.
Style: Quintana is a solidly skilled boxer who is slick and awkward. He is a good counter-puncher and has good power.
8.) Daniel Santos (32-4, 23 KOs)
Buzz: Santos attempted to convert Yuri Foreman to Christianity with an early Christmas gift by showing up looking like Kris Kringle for their fight in November. He weighed in 19 pounds over the junior middleweight limit. Foreman boxed the eyebrows off of him, taking his WBA title in the process.
Style: He is a tall, strong left-handed boxer puncher. He uses his jab effectively and is an accurate counter-puncher.
9.) Deandre Latimore (20-2, 16 KOs)
Buzz: After losing a split decision to Cory Spinks in April, Latimore easily decisioned junkyard dog Sammy Sparkman (21-20-1, 10 KOs) in his most recent fight in August.
He TKOd Sechew Powell in 2008 and the two are headed for a rematch, probably in March.
Style: Latimore is a determined southpaw boxer puncher with good power. He is not polished and tends to be wild with his punches.
Next: Sechew Powell still TBD
10.) Joachim Alcine (32-1, 19 KOs)
Buzz: Alcine Rockyfied the face of Christophe Canclaux in a tough 12 round decision win in December. He is on a two-fight mini-roll since getting rolled himself via KO by Daniel Santos in 2008.
Style: He is a boxer puncher who maintains his distance using a good jab. He has about the widest stance you will ever see. His chin is questionable.