Agbeko out, so who's No. 1 on the NY P4P Top 5?

December, 5, 2011
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Gentlemen and ladies, it's time for an update to our NY P4P list. We shuffled the top of the deck, with a new power player grabbing the top spot after last month's No. 1 tasted from the bitter chalice of defeat Saturday night. Here is the beginning-of-the month Top 5.

After the Top 5, things are pretty static, with most of the crew waiting on fights. So we'll let some action play out, and take a look at the Top 20 at the end of the month.

5) Argenis Mendez (same ranking last month): The Brooklyn resident stayed busy with a TKO2 win over journeyman Alex Perez on the same show Nov. 18 headlined by No. 4 Joan Guzman. He will be in the market for a meaningful bout shortly after the new year. The super feather is now 19-2 with 10 KOs. Promoter Lou Dibella wanted to put him in against Adrien Broner, who holds the WBO super feather strap, but he got no traction on that. The WBC has a convention in Vegas next week, so the promoter will likely lobby for Mendez at that, and try to get something cooking.

4) Joan Guzman (same last month): The Dominican-born hitter is seeking one final run at relevancy. He shed some rust on Nov. 18 against Florencio Castellano in the DR. I've watched Guzman's "KO" in round one 30 times, and I still don't see his right uppercut, the one which dropped and stopped his foe, landing. But maybe I just needed another camera angle...The dubious nature of that victory aside, Guzman has to be happy that he succeeded at the scale. Weight woes have dragged him down, but he made 140 for this scrap, so that final run could play out.

3) Joseph Agbeko (last month No. 1): The Bronx-based Ghanian got handled definitively by Abner Mares in their rematch in Anaheim on Saturday night. Low blows did him in last time, but this time around, Mares' right hand, delivered to the head, gave Agbeko fits. He came on in rounds eight, nine and ten, but the judges didn't see enough from the 31 year-old. He dropped a UD by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 118-110. His record slips to 28-4. After, he said he got jobbed. “If I win I deserve to win. Right now, I don’t have anything to protest. I don’t feel like a loser. I think this decision is unfair. You shouldn’t have to knock out your opponent to win in California. I thought I fought better tonight than the last fight.”

2) Peter Quillin (last month No. 3): The New Yorker lives much of the time in Cali, to get that solid work at Freddie Roach's Wild Card, but with his personality and style, NYC still claims him. He's in the city till the new year, and he's been sparring Carl Froch, the WBC super middle champ who fights WBA 168 pound champ Andre Ward Dec. 17 in AC."I'm feeling good, I'm focused and ready, so 2012 I will be ready for anybody to establish myself as best middleweight in the world. I'm the best in the country now. My second step is to be one of the elite few out there." Quillin, age 26, has seen Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee, the Irish middles who live in NYC and Michigan, in the last few days, and told each that they might get it on. Quillin (26-0 with 20 KOs; beat Craig McEwan TKO 6 on Nov. 5) told us that promoter Golden Boy will figure out the next bout by the end of the year. "I'm not a sparring partner but it's good work," Quillin said. "I don't usually do this but in this case, it's my home home gym (Trinity Gym, downtown). I'm 172, ready to go now. Give me a fight like the animal I am!"

Drumroll, please. Let's hear it for our new No. 1,

1) Paulie Malignaggi (last month No. 2): Tweet this. The Twitter King is No. 1. With Joseph Agbeko's loss to Abner Mares, Paulie Malignaggi owns the top slot. The pride of Bensonhurst, who has called LA home this year, is hunting down his next ring outing. There's a good chance he'll glove up next against WBA world welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko, a 34-year-old Ukrainian with a 32-0 (21 KOs) mark. When told that he'd supplanted Agbeko, Malignaggi texted, "Nice!!! Thanks!! We are trying to bring Senchenko to the US. Him vs me in the new Barclays Arena would be a good sell with the Ukrainian population in NYC. I think he's solid but I like my chances." Malignaggi manager Anthony Catanzaro is working on making that bout happen. "We are pushing for the Senchenko fight," he said. "We are his mandatory and like our chances." And we like the chances of this Top 5 list trending some solid numbers, because no boxer works the social networking angle better than Paulie. He couldn't network his way to a clash with Marcos Maidana but you know he won't signal Tweet defeat, and give up hope.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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