Boxing Stars Failing to Make the Most of 2014

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Boxing Stars Failing to Make the Most of 2014
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The stock and opinion on boxers can fall rapidly.

Losing two games in a row in baseball, basketball or even football wouldn't be considered a big deal, but in boxing, that could signify the start of a free fall.

Ducking fights, losing fights, inactivity or even winning fights but not doing so impressively can all cause things to turn sour on a boxer.

However, this isn't a stock-watch article; rather, it's a look at the boxers who have underwhelmed or have been disappointing so far through 2014 for one of the reasons I mentioned above.

Please note that saying a boxer on this list has had a bad year is not the same as saying that boxer as a whole has been bad. Most of the guys on this list are still very much at or near the top of their division and thought of as great boxers, but for one reason or another they have come up short so far this year.

One man you won't see on this list is Sergio Martinez.

You could argue he should have been considering his blowout stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto back in June, but factoring in his physical condition and age at the time of the fight, I'm going to give him somewhat of a pass.

Had Martinez been 100 percent and didn't show signs of being past his prime, he'd be an obvious choice for the list.

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