Ranking the Top Candidates for 2013 Fighter of the Year

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Ranking the Top Candidates for 2013 Fighter of the Year
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Summer isn't even officially over, so it's still too early to talk seriously about Fighter of the Year candidates. Too many big names still have fights on the schedule or the potential to add them.

But with two-thirds of the year behind us now, the field is definitely taking shape.

And this year, unlike other recent years, there is no clear-cut leader as we head into the final turn. Barring some sort of major upset, I doubt the choice will be completely obvious even when we are making our holiday toasts at the end of December.

Last year we had Nonito Donaire going 4-0 with one-sided victories over a quartet of world-class champions. In 2011 Andre Ward wrapped up the final chapter of his dominant march through the Showtime Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament.

Nobody has such an obvious case this year. But even if the boxing calender ended now, there would be worthy candidates to consider.

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