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Predicting Which Fighters Will Make Strong Push for 2013 Boxer of the Year Award
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Handicapping an award like Fighter of the Year in the middle of February is a little bit of a fool's errand. There are just too many potential dark horses in the field. 

How many people this time last year would have predicted Juan Manuel Marquez would take the award in 2012? Similarly, I don't think a lot of people would have predicted Glen Johnson was going to win it headed into 2004, or that James Toney would snag the honors in 2003. 

Still, in most years, the potential favorites are clear going in. We always know which fighters are in the position to win the two or three major fights necessary to separate themselves from their peers. 

What follows are my eight favorites, taking into account what has happened in the year to date, what has already been scheduled, and what can be realistically foreseen. I have given heavy preference to young fighters who have a track record of staying busy (and successful) against high level competition. 

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