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Saul Alvarez, Adrien Broner and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. all came into 2013 being proclaimed the future of the sport by their promoters. After the past 12 months, estimations will need to be revised.
Alvarez and Broner both spent much of the year ranked in the pound-for-pound top 10 by The Ring, a publication owned by their promoter, Golden Boy. Alvarez recorded a big win over fellow undefeated star Austin Trout in April, but he hardly looked like a pound-for-pound star when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in September.
Broner barely survived with a split decision against light-hitting Paulie Malignaggi in June and then got pounded by Marcos Maidana in December.
Broner and Alvarez are both talented and young, and it would be a mistake to write off either, simply because they failed to be as great as they were advertised. Top Rank has less reason to be optimistic over Chavez.
After sitting out the first part of the year for a suspension for testing positive for marijuana, Chavez returned to action against Brian Vera in September. Chavez's team had to renegotiate the weight limit multiple times.
During the fight, Chavez appeared to be in poor physical condition and was thoroughly out-hustled by Vera. He was remarkably lucky to escape with a unanimous decision.