Predictions: 2014 Could Be The Year Of The Upset
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chester Rivers: We are barely 2 months into 2014 and the boxing scene is already heating up. With 4 high profile fights already set for the first half of the year 2014 could be the year of the upset.
The first upset will come on March 8 when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. I believe this fight will tell the tale of Alvarez. This is the biggest puncher Canelo has ever faced. After the first clean body shot the corner of Canelo will go into panic mode much like the corner of Adrien Broner. Many have forgotten that Angulo was touted as the next great Mexican superstar before his legal battles with U.S. Immigration. For some strange reason I get the feeling this is the wrong fight for a young Canelo coming off his first loss.
April 12, Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: After watching the first fight, who knows what the outcome will be. To me Pacquiao clearly defeated Bradley but I’m not an official judge. Bradley has proven in his last two fights that he can take a pretty good punch while Manny has shown he doesn’t possess the power he once displayed. Bradley has the more upside to the future and that’s why I think he upsets Manny once again. Bradley has proven before that all he need to do to win is finish the fight on his feet.
July 7, Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez: This is my most anticipated fight. I believe Martinez is ripe for the picking. Cotto has a history of fighting above his ability while Martinez fights below his ability. If Martinez shows any signs of ring rust or age then it will be a long night that will end in disappointment. Cotto has just enough power to make Martinez respect him plus the weight won’t be an issue. I think Cotto wins a close unanimous decision.
Who do you think will win? What is the fight you want to see? Feel free to drop a line and let your opinion be known. Hope you enjoy the fights!