A few of our NYC P4P Top 20 were in action this weekend, and all exited the ring with Ws.
The most highly rated boxer in our ranking, Joan Guzman (No. 4 NYC P4P), wasn't in with an upper-crusty foe, but his bout was still meaningful, because he proved he could keep the fridge door closed, and make weight. Guzman went to 31-0-1 with a KO1 win over Florencio Castellano (17-5; from Colombia) in the Dominican Republic on Friday night. The tussle, capped by a brain-rattling uppercut by Guzman, was for a minor welterweight bout, but the DR native wants a title shot at junior welter.
Our No. 5, Argenis Mendez, also got it done Friday, on the Guzman card in Santo Domingo. The Dominican super feather contender fought a stay-busy fight against 23-42-4 Cuban Alex Perez and stopped the foe in round two. The victor rose to 19-2.
The No. 6, Joshua Clottey, also had his hand raised. He fought on Saturday, in Texas on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Peter Manfredo card in Houston. He also scored a stoppage win, stopping Calvin Green (now 21-7-1; has lost three of his last four) in round two. A Clottey left hook hurt Green to the extent he couldn't continue. He says he wants the winner of the Dec. 3 Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito bout. That could happen, as he is promoted by Top Rank, which prefers to set intra-promotional fights.
Amanda Serrano, our No. 19, also got it done on the Guzman card. She had too much of everything for Dominican Grecia Nova (now 8-15-4) and the plug was pulled after the third.
None of the opponents were of the caliber that these wins demand elevation for the victors, so our eyes will be on the Dec. 3 bout pitting our No. 1, Joseph Agbeko, against Abner Mares for a contest that could well impact our standings. Agbeko is trailed by No. 2 Paulie Malignaggi, No. 3 Peter Quillin, No. 4 Guzman and No. 5 Mendez. I have zero doubt all them will be chewing their nails in anticipation of an NYC P4P shakeup.