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Psycho, have a cigar

Posted December 31, 2013 12:13 pm 


One of the very worse articles in ESB history

Posted December 31, 2013 11:28 am 


>I’d like to see Jennings vs Perez after Jennings CRUSHES this next guy.

Then you might be in for a surprise. Szpilka is a good match for Bryant and may well take his 0 from the record.

They are at the same stage in their careers, both hungry, similar record, they even share the same opponent in David Williams (TKOed in 2nd by BJ and K(TF)Oed by Artur in 1st).

Expect a good fight.

Posted December 31, 2013 6:08 am 

big head

i think karl durgan and mickey bey can be on the list to and baha madadjonov watch out for him he going to be a sleeper at 135

Posted December 31, 2013 4:41 am 

third world

posting too quickly? what is that?

Posted December 31, 2013 4:37 am 

third world

kovalev, gradovich the mexiacan russian, ggg, provodikov, and lomanchenko. enough said.

Posted December 31, 2013 4:33 am 


I’d like to see Jennings vs Perez after Jennings CRUSHES this next guy.

Posted December 31, 2013 12:27 am 

old guy

why is Kovalev not on this list? He is the biggest story in boxing right now.

Posted December 30, 2013 11:52 pm 


While not a total upset Stiverne’s win against Arreola was surprising. Arreola will do much better this time and my money is on him.

Posted December 30, 2013 9:06 pm 

big head

yeah u right now that i think about it i guess i said that cause i saw arthur box before and not fight angry but in this fight he might fight angry and try to knock jennings head off a angry szpilka can be a dangerous one or it can work against him to but if he come with that approach then we going to have a hell of a fight on our hands if it going to be a dog fight cause i dont think jennings will back down from it either

Posted December 30, 2013 7:45 pm 


sorry, that was my comment below

Posted December 30, 2013 7:05 pm 


nice analysis big head.

I agree with most of your points although I can hardly see this as a thinking men’s fight knowing how Artur goes all hot dog when very motivated and when someone gets under his skin.

And frankly I’m not sure which is better in that case: confident, motivated but wild Artur who goes out there to eat his opponent or paced, boxing, cautious but too respectful and back-pedalling Artur.

Since Artur is very excited and pissed already by some of Bryant’s comments I believe it will get very wild at times and a lot will depend on how much progress Artur made with his defence.

Posted December 30, 2013 7:02 pm 

big head

but i also think szpilka got to proably get close to jennings from the outside jennings got the longer reach i think jennings needs to use that jab and throw that right to the body or chest szpilka got pretty good head movement i think jennings got to focus on the body jennings best punch the uppercut it might be hard for him to land that shot against szpilka but if jennings lands his jabs and straight right hands and go to the body he will win i think jennings stamina is better to but i see jennings wiining tho by ko around the 8th round in a hard fight

Posted December 30, 2013 6:23 pm 

big head

i think arthur szpilka going to be a hard test for jennings cause of his style he a southpaw and arkward with power in that left hand he got underrated hand speed and footwork he just got that style that going to cause problems but jennings aint no mike mollo and past prime jameel mccline i think this going to be one of these fights when both fighters going to have respect for each other so it going to be a thinking man fight cause both can punch it going to take jennings a couple of rounds to get use to szpilka style tho and adjust to it i think jennings is stronger better inside fighter

Posted December 30, 2013 6:14 pm 


Groves is a smasher framptons fought nobody yet

Posted December 30, 2013 5:44 pm 


Excellent piece

Posted December 30, 2013 5:43 pm 


Id pick frampton over brook as one to watch

Posted December 30, 2013 4:53 pm 


The Jackal Frampton will be World Champion in 2014.

Posted December 30, 2013 2:18 pm 


> I stopped reading when he said Canelo was a pretender…..

So give it a shot, later it gets better ;-)

Posted December 30, 2013 1:57 pm 


I stopped reading when he said Canelo was a pretender…..

Posted December 30, 2013 1:53 pm 

I see Good

Typical CRAP Mayweather cherrypicking 2 fights in 2014.. Why NO mention GGG. The MOST avoided man in BOXING.. Oh I forgot hes Not american. New faces in the heavy weight division FINALLY the USA might get part of the jewel. No mention of VLAD going after it. Hes the REAL champ the rest are PRETENDERS. Who ever gets the belt it wont be long before its around Vlads waiste. Hopefully a heavy weight wins the belt from another country NOT the USA

Posted December 30, 2013 1:52 pm 


>Szpilka that is funny as he hardly got by Mccline who got destroyed by Mago

En route that destruction he got floored himself in 1st round. Szpilka fought a smart and cautious fight pressured by his coach who wanted him to pace himself and box for several rounds for the first time instead KTFOing as he did with 7 previous opponents.

At this point Perez might be too much for him but he should get past Jennings easier than expected.

Posted December 30, 2013 1:36 pm 


Mike Perez is the most exciting fighter around now hands down and 2014 will be his year. Szpilka that is funny as he hardly got by Mccline who got destroyed by Mago. Anyone who knowns boxiing knows that Mike Perez fight with Mago was the best HW fight of the year 2013.

Posted December 30, 2013 1:01 pm 


I would put Artur Szpilka among others to look out for. Watch him on HBO Jan 25th against Bryant Jennings.

Posted December 30, 2013 11:01 am 


How can you overlook Golovkin? Is it because he can not get a so called elite MW to fight him?

Posted December 30, 2013 10:58 am 


I don’t think it’s fair to call Canello a ‘pretender’.

Posted December 30, 2013 10:54 am 


“Dubbed by Max Kellerman as the best lightweight in the world today,” Wow! That means a lot.

Posted December 30, 2013 9:49 am 


Another nice article Jazz, thanks. I hope you are wrong about Crawford though.

Posted December 30, 2013 9:27 am 


Hi all. Few points, I confused Crawford with Karl Dargan, which is why I wrote he is from Philadelphia. My apologies, I’ve asked the editor to correct this.

Also, this post isn’t about up and coming boxers. It is about those that will have a big 2014, outside of the big name stars. It is just an opinion.
Finally, If you don’t like what I wrote just give your own opinion as to who will have a big 2014 or just don’t read it!


Posted December 30, 2013 8:03 am 


This article is sh’it! This is what you come up with guy? For god sakes man, your writing for a well known boxing site.

Posted December 30, 2013 7:24 am 

the voice of reason

PRIDE@ – bermane stiverne slow??? did you watch the arreola fight? stiverne is one of those guys who fights to his opponents level – austin wasnt doing much and stiverne fought accordingly for awhile – but when an opponent comes at him like arreola did the man can shift up gear very rapidly. He has a ponderous look about him i agree, but when he wants to, he moves at lightning speed, especially with the left hook that he throws out of nowhere – and that right hand man! – that punch that broke arreolas nose was one of the most horrific punches ive ever seen. Arreolas bombs didnt seem to trouble stiverne in the slightest either which says a lot for his chin too – put all this together and stiverne looks very hard to beat to me

Posted December 30, 2013 6:36 am 


Maidana vs Thurman-BRING IT ON!!!

Posted December 30, 2013 6:18 am 


gshok, Thurman was wobbled by Karass,that doesnt bode well for him, I think Chino would KO his ^ss.

Posted December 30, 2013 6:17 am 


the Jackal Frampton is the man to watch for northern ireland and for the uk

Posted December 30, 2013 6:08 am 

big head

errol spence jr for sure should of been on this list and jesse hart

Posted December 30, 2013 3:42 am 

big head

i think argenis mendez should of been on this list to he got a tough fight ahead tho next week against rance barthmely and caleb truax to should be on the list to since he lost to jermaine taylor he improved a lil bit seem like he fighting with more confidence now since that taylor fight been winning ever since not saying he going to be a champion but i can see him being a contender look out for him gary russell jr should be on the list whenever he steps up and yeah terrence crawford is the real deal but he still untested but he fighting ricky burns which i think he will win but it really should be crawford and ray beltran for the belt since beltran got robbed against burns

Posted December 30, 2013 3:36 am 

Fight Aficionado

I’d like to see Lomachenko but it looks like they’ll bury him on PPV underdards so few will get to see his talent. Whatever happened to Matt Korobov? He had a lot of hype in 2009 but every time but once I saw him he slumbered to decision wins against pedestrian comp.

Posted December 30, 2013 1:09 am 


I agree – Porter is one to watch, Andy Ruiz Jr. is my favorite HW, Yunier Dorticos out of Miami is going to have a breakout year as well as Hughie Fury attempting to break Mike Tyson’s record for youngest Champ.

Posted December 30, 2013 12:58 am 


Bryant Jennings should be on this list.

Posted December 29, 2013 11:34 pm 


Noone will fight Lara in 2014 that matters

Posted December 29, 2013 11:10 pm 

el chapo

Felix Verdejo is definitely up and coming.

Posted December 29, 2013 10:56 pm 


Stiverne is the most sloth like HW I have ever seen. Yes, he hits you flush, you’re out, but he has to be slowest, more boring KO artist in the history of the division. Just watch the first nine rounds of his fight with Ray Austin as proof. Groves and Lara are something special though, just both have shown they will get screwed over by officiating when they’re winning, sadly.

Posted December 29, 2013 10:21 pm 

Hec Dog

Not impressed by Andrade or Thurman. Terence Crawford is the real deal. He’s going to make a lot of noise and stand out.

Posted December 29, 2013 9:47 pm 

big head

demetrius andrade should of been on this list as well but none of the fighters on this list are champions tho but they all will be fighting for a belt next year

Posted December 29, 2013 9:26 pm 


Seriously, a list titled “ones to watch” should be about up and coming fighters. EVERY SINGLE FIGHTER on this list will be fighting for a world title in their very next fight, 2 of them already have. I will be watching them, everyone will because that’s what boxing fans do. Please try harder.

Posted December 29, 2013 9:08 pm 


keith thurman first came to mind when reading the title of this article ……… cant believe he not on this list

Posted December 29, 2013 9:01 pm 


As time passes I have less and less interest in this so called sport. I’ve become disappointed by the blind posters on this site. I’ve become numb by the bias post… even my own. The Pac fans, the Fraud fans etc…and all the nonsense. Sad year in boxing… I know many followers that have as of some time back given up trying to follow matches that take ridiculous amounts of time to make… Fading away and glad…

Posted December 29, 2013 8:46 pm 

Ray Ray

Groves? Wont b a big yr 4 him if he fights Ward than Froch sgain. Froch took him lightly and still won. 2 losses there in 2014. Danny and Mikey Garcia have some big fights in 2014?

Posted December 29, 2013 8:07 pm 

Jay rock

This a racist writer no latin boxers?

Posted December 29, 2013 8:02 pm 

the voice of reason

Nice to see some recognition for bermane stiverne who is without doubt a very serious proposition – also mike perez who looked truly awesome against abdusalamov. Add fighters like deontay wilder, bryant jennings and andy ruiz into the equation, and 2014 looks like very exciting times in the heavyweight division. But dont forget, wlad, the main man, is still out there!

Posted December 29, 2013 7:27 pm 

Kofi Langton

Terrence Crawford is from Omaha Nebraska moron.

Posted December 29, 2013 7:08 pm 


You forgot Shawn porter new belt holder 147# IBF. Floyd biggest challenge in a year. Watch……..

Posted December 29, 2013 6:18 pm 

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