HBO and Top Rank produced a pair of instant classic fights in March, with Timothy Bradley surviving Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16, and last night, Mike Alvarado avenging his 2012 loss to Brandon Rios in another 12-round war.
So what's the early leader for Fight of the Year? Some are saying Rios-Alvarado II, some insist that the arguably more dramatic Bradley-Provodnikov still holds the top spot.
Bradley himself thinks that his fight was topped:
"I think this one by far topped my performance against Provodnikov," Bradley said. "It was a war, a bloody war, and both fighters put their lives on the line."
That, of course, doesn't mean that you have to agree, and without question, both of these fights were truly great, and really could have been the Fight of the Year last year, too, and 2012 had plenty of really good and great fights.
So what's your early 2013 leader? Is it the surprising brutality of Bradley-Provodnikov, or the predictably excellent Rios-Alvarado II?