By: The Mad Boxing Genius
Did we just see a bunch of year end award winners for 2013 this last Saturday night?
From all out action to a surprise breakout performance to a hellacious knockout, Saturday night was not the night you wanted to miss if you were a boxing fan.
Fight of the Year
Let’s start with the fight we all wanted to see… AGAIN! And we did see it… AGAIN!
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado picked-up right where they left off last October, throwing bombs and showing the world of combat why boxing is truly the sport of kings. Both were showing some adjustments since the last fight with Rios’ defense being a little tighter while Alvarado was using his legs and boxing skills a little more as well. It didn’t take long before they fell back into their natural brawling ways that made viewers say with excitement, “Here we go again”.
Unlike the first fight, this one went the distance and I think I can safely speak for every boxing fan out there that we’re glad it did. After the Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov and now Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado 2, if the next three quarters of the year is anything like we saw in the last few weeks, I think we are in for a hell of good time. Will Rios vs. Alvarado 2 be the Fight of the Year? Who knows it’s still early but it’ll be hard to top.
Round of the Year
Did Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado pull off Round of the Year as well? If they did the only question we have is which one? They were all pretty insane weren’t they?
Knockout of the Year
If you didn’t see the knockout Gennady Golvokin unleashed against Nobuhiro Ishida then go find it because it was PAINFUL!!! You know what, just click this link (or copy it into your browser) and save yourself some time.
On paper, there are a lot of options for GGG that would make some sick fights. Obviously there is Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (whenever he comes back). Although I like Gennady Golovkin’s style and momentum, I’m not completely sold on him. He certainly needs to step up the competition but one thing we know for sure is that the dude can punch and punch he did on Saturday night, right through Nobuhiro Ishida’s face!
Prospect of the Year
After taking the fight on two weeks’ notice, Terence Crawford from Omaha, Nebraska (of all places), made the most of his opportunity on HBO by outboxing and beating up Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott.
This kid warrants at least a “keep your eye on him” type of recognition as he showed skill and toughness against the more experience and better known Breidis Prescott. Sure, Prescott may be passed his prime nor does he have the momentum he once did but he still has his punch which was evident when he landed some good blows only to have them returned by Crawford almost instantly.
I like the way this kid handled himself in a short-notice big stage type of fight. He showed poise, textbook skill, athleticism and toughness. A couple of more good showings this year and he could be the Prospect of the Year.
I think if there were any MMA fans that had to “lower” themselves for whatever reason and caught Saturday’s fights, I’d like to see them make another argument on how boring boxing is.
What were your thoughts on Saturday night? What are your thoughts with the fights coming up? Let’s hear your opinions right here on Boxing IQ