2011 has been the year of the upset in boxing and there were many worthy candidates for Upset of the Mid-Year. Ishida's win over Kirkland is clearly a possibility and Salido's victory over Juan Manual Lopez has to be considered. Both were large upsets and probably higher profile, in both cases, than our winner of Grady Brewer over Fernando Guerrero. However, hype isn't everything and Guerrero's loss was probably the most surprising, given the opponent.
Until this fight, Guerrero was a rising star in the 154 pound division. With 16 KOs in 21 fights against increasingly strong competition, Guerrero looked like a future contender with star potential. His fight with Brewer was supposed to be a "resume fight" - a fight with a "name" opponent who wouldn't give him too much trouble but would look good on his record. Fights like this are part of the sport and promoters love to find easy fights against name opponents to pad their fighters resumes.
For Brewer, this was supposed to be a nice payday at the tail end of a journeyman's career. At the age of 40, with a pedestrian 27-12 career record, Brewer was not supposed to be a real threat to the 24-year old Guerrero. He was there to pick up a paycheck and a loss, just like Kent State will when they visit Alabama in football this year.
This fight though, ended up being more like Appalachian State's 34-32 win over Michigan in 2007. It wasn't supposed to happen but it did. Until the fourth round, it looked like the fight was following the expected script. Brewer was game but outclassed. In the fourth, though, Brewer rocked the unbeaten Guerrero with a right and took control of the fight, ending it with a TKO in the same round.