Adonis Stevenson makes this list despite having not fought yet in 2014.
But he’s here anyway—not for what he did outside of the ring, but for what he did once he had done it.
Stevenson recently signed with boxing's biggest power broker, the famous/infamous—depending on your perspective—Al Haymon, moving from HBO to Showtime for his next fight. In the process, he left HBO and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in the lurch.
But Main Events, which promotes Kovalev, isn't willing to let the matter go, claiming, per Lem Satterfield of The Ring Magazine, that it has a deal with Stevenson to face the "Krusher" in September, and the promotion is planning on doing everything within its legal rights to enforce it.
That saga is for another day.
But Stevenson is here for one thing and one thing only, and that's trash talk.
Trash talk you say? Isn't that normal in the world of boxing?
Of course, but it's one thing to talk smack before a fight or after one gets made. But it's another to do it once a fight doesn't get made—especially, when you're the guy who—right or wrong—walked from the table.
After Kovalev knocked out the overmatched Cedric Agnew last week in Atlantic City, he had something particularly nasty to say about the man he was supposed to face in the fall, calling him a "piece of s—."
Stevenson, not to be outdone, took to his Twitter account to say all of the things about Kovalev that he refused to say when a fight was still a possibility. He called him a bum that would be easy work and told Main Events to get on the phone with Haymon if they wanted to give him an easy payday.
And then he referred to Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events and a veteran boxing promoter of 30 years, as "mama" in reference to her visiting Kovalev in the hospital, should the fight take place.
Now, again, nobody should fault Stevenson for taking the better deal, if that's indeed what happened here. His job is to fight and make as much money doing it as possible.
But taunting a fighter, whom you had the chance to face, looks bad once the fight has been scrapped. Stevenson is behaving like the child who steals your toy, runs into his parent’s car and makes faces at you from the back window as they drive away.
That's why he's on this list.