Following Danny Garcia's upset TKO victory over Amir Khan Saturday night, here's a look at five other top fighters primed for an upset:
The IBF light heavyweight titlist should've already fallen victim to an upset. However, Gabriel Campillo was denied his rightful victory when February's bout was given to Cloud via split decision. Cloud is set defend his belt on August 11 against former champ, Jean Pascal, in Pascal's adopted hometown of Montreal. The defending champ is coming off three consecutive lackluster performances and, even if he should get by Pascal, is primed for an upset.
Weight issues and technical lapses may be starting to catch up to the former lightweight world champ. Last April, Rios should've been upset by spoiler, Richard Abril, but was somehow awarded a split decision victory. Still, the underlying problems remain and with Rios moving up to the loaded junior welterweight division, "Bam Bam" may be in for a nasty surprise.
Has the blueprint been created for beating "The Mandingo Warrior?" Underdog, Carlos Molina, frustrated and negated Kirkland's vaunted power for nearly ten full rounds before a technicality following a knockdown led to a fluke disqualification win for Kirkland. With his chin becoming increasingly vulnerable and the Molina plan laid out, it could be just a matter of time before Kirkland is removed from his spot near the top of the junior middleweight division.
WBC lightweight titlist, DeMarco, took the vacant title by stopping the inconsistent Jorge Linares in a bout he was actually losing solidly at the time. A tough guy with a solid punch, the Tijuana native may be more overachiever than elite, world class champion. In September, DeMarco defends his title against equally tough John Molina, who also has respectable power. DeMarco could very well drop his title to Molina, but even if he doesn't, he remains a vulnerable titlist.
Pavlik is on the comeback trail after personal demons and physical frailties cost him his status as consensus middleweight champ. "The Ghost" is four fights into his comeback and has yet to truly look impressive, even against clearly inferior opposition. It's not much of a stretch to envision a scenario where some inspired club fighter manages to upset the former champ.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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