Year of the Upset Strikes Again: Could the Upset of Mayweather Be Next?

Henry Martin@KFZ001Senior Analyst ISeptember 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28:  Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz face off at a press conference about their upcoming fight on June 28, 2011 at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.  (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
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So, for some of you people that might not already know, I've been screaming year of the upset for quite some time now. I went ballistic when my boy, Nobuhiro Ishida, pulled of the improbable by knocking out James Kirkland in the first round.

Some time has passed now since a significant upset occurred, the last one that I remember being Grady Brewer over Fernando Guerrero. 

I began to lose faith and thought that maybe that was about all the upsets we'd see for this year. All of that quickly changed last week though.

This upset went by relatively unnoticed because of the weight division that it was in. I was actually waiting it off for a while to see if anybody would write about what happened, but alas nothing on the fight came up. Nevertheless though, it's still a big upset that deserves recognition and props.

Hugo Cazares was the number one rated junior bantamweight boxer in the world. He was also the reining WBA champion.

His opponent, Tomonobu Shimizu was unrated by the Ring Magazine. He has never won a title fight in his career going 0-2. To be fair though, he fought two of the best flyweights in the world (Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Daisuke Naito).

The challenger got off to a fast start and began to outwork the champion. Cazares seemed slow and sluggish, but picked up in the middle rounds and seemed to be taking the fight into his own hands. During the eighth though, it looked like he ran out of gas. This allowed Shimizu to mount a comeback and shock the best junior bantamweight in the world with a SD win.

Now, with this in mind I feel that it's the year of the upset again. Will it happen? You never know! I personally like Victor Ortiz and want him to win, but my prediction to win has been Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a while. Now, I feel like maybe Ortiz will pull it off and maybe win on Saturday.