WBN’s seventeen fights of 2013: Did they happen?

WBN’s annual list of seventeen fights compiled in the hope that they come to fruition has produced a slight improvement on 2012 when just two of the list actually made it to the ring.

This year, the group of potential match-ups saw a trio of bouts take place, with the most high-profile of those being September’s 154lb clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul Alvarez.

There is no doubt that the contest was the most anticipated fight of the year and saw Mayweather elevate his standing in the sport even further (if that was possible) by dominating the Mexican superstar over twelve rounds at the MGM Grand.

At super-middleweight, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler did indeed battle it out for a second time, whilst Nonito Doniare was stunned by Cuban former amateur superstar Guillermo Rigondeaux in the spring.

Some of the fights that sadly didn’t make it where the likes of Sergio Martinez v Gennday Golovkin and a fifth encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Here is last year’s list in full.

Heavyweight (200lbs+)
Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury

Cruiserweight (176-200lbs)
Marco Huck v Denis Lebedev

Light-heavyweight (169-176lbs)
Chad Dawson v Nathan Cleverly

Super-middleweight (161-168lbs)
Mikkel Kessler v Carl Froch II – May 25, 2013 @ O2 Arena, London, UK

Middleweight (155-160lbs)
Sergio Martinez v Gennady Golovkin

Light-middleweight (148-154lbs)
Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez – September 14th, 2013 @ MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA

Welterweight (141-147lbs)
Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez 5

Light-welterweight (136-140lbs)
Danny Garcia v Brandon Rios

Lightweight (131-135lbs)
Adrien Broner v Ricky Burns

Super-featherweight (127-130lbs)
Yuriorkis Gamboa v Sergio Thompson

Featherweight (123-126lbs)
Chris John v Billy Dib

Super-bantamweight (119-122lbs)
Nonito Donaire v Guillermo Rigondeaux – April 13th, 2013 @ Radio City Music Hall, New York, USA

Bantamweight (116-118lbs)
Leo Santa Cruz v Julio Ceja

Super-flyweight (113-115lbs)
Omar Narvaez v Carlos Cuadras

Flyweight (109-112lbs)
Brian Viloria v Hernan Marquez II

Light-flyweight (106-108lbs)
Roman Gonzalez v Kazuto Ioka

Minimumweight (up to 105lbs)
Ryo Miyazaki v Wanheng Menayothin

The 2014 fights will be published in the New Year.

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