Boxing's Five Leading Candidates for Fight of the Year

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Boxing's Five Leading Candidates for Fight of the Year
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This rematch has serious potential, but some major question marks too.

As we wind down to the last two months of the boxing season, several front-runners have emerged for the Fight of the Year. We all knew Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson was not going to be in the running and it certainly lived up to its' feeble expectations. The best recent fight was Antonio DeMarco's thrilling stoppage win over Jorge Linares and that sits somewhere outside the top five on the year, for me anyway. So before I list my five picks for the leading candidates to date, here's a quick run-down of the five worst fights of the year:

5) Wladimir Klitschko UD David Haye

4) Nonito Donaire UD Omar Narvaez

3) Amir Khan TD Paul McCloskey

2) Tim Bradley TD Devon Alexander

1) Bernard Hopkins ?? Chad Dawson (I refuse to call that a Dawson win)

Five upcoming fights with the most potential to join those stinkers:

5) Vanes Martirosyan vs. Richard Guttierez 10/29

4) Sergio Mora vs. Jose Flores 11/4

3) Gary Russell Jr. vs. To Be Announced 11/26

2) Roy Jones vs. Max Alexander 12/10

1) Timothy Bradley vs. Joel Cassamayor 11/12

Five upcoming fights with potential to join the Fight of the Year discussion

5) Delvin Rodriguez vs. Pawel Wolak 12/3

4) Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson 11/5

3) Tyson Marquez vs. Luis Concepcion 10/29

2) Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland 11/5

1) Michael Katsidis vs. Ricky Burns 11/5

And on to the five best fights of the year so far:

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