Bay Area Boxing: It’s the Take Over
Leading the charge out of the Bay Area would be 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward who won a very grueling (as he would say) Super Six Tournament last year defeating Carl Froch with one good hand. Shortly after the tournament in 2011, Andre Ward received Fighter of the Year and deservingly so.
This year it’s without a doubt in my mind that another Bay Area native WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire will receive the Fighter of the Year award upon winning his fourth fight this year against Jorge Arce on Saturday December 15th at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
These days you are lucky to get a fighter to fight twice in one year let alone 3 times, but Donaire is breaking that concept stabilizing his fan friendly style as a top fighter taking on his fourth assignment. Another name to mention is WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero who proved he is a legitimate contender at the Welterweight division by beating down Andre Berto. This victory catapults Guerrero’s chances at a shot with P4P King Floyd Mayweather and if it happens, fight fans will be excited to watch. While Amir Khan is not a Bay Area native he is now fighting out of the Bay Area, recently firing Freddie Roach and hiring Virgil Hunter, Andre Wards trainer, as his own.
Amir Khan fights this upcoming Saturday as well and I expect that he has a great showing in route to becoming one of the best P4P fighters once again.
If you scroll through any ones top 10 P4P list you better believe at the very least two of the names mentioned above are on it and to some Andre Ward is considered #1 because of his incredible accomplishments in the ring and long list of top credible opponents defeated at his hands. Each one of these fighters are very much capable of winning 2013’s fighter of the year award and they will more than likely move higher in the rankings. Bay Area boxing is on top of the world, and there are no signs that it will fall off any time soon.