February 24th, 2013 By Kevin Perry


The upset causes a huge shake up in the heavyweight division and boxing as a whole. The 6’8′ Price was being primed as a potential serious challenge to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. One thing is for sure if you are a top prospect you don’t want to be named Dan Rafael of ESPN’s prospect of the year. It appears to be a curse. Of the last 12, only one lived up to the potential, 2002’s Miguel Cotto. 2003’s Jermain Taylor did manage to win the undisputed middleweight crown. However 2001 winner Francisco Bojoado(18-3, 12 KOs) was a disappointment as was 2008’s Victor Ortiz, 2005’s Joel Julio, 2006’s Andre Berto, and 2007’s Amir Khan. 2010’s Canelo Alvarez has had carefully selected opposition and 2011’s Gary Russell has yet to face a quality prospect or contender. If ESPN handed me the award I would just decline and hand it back!


  1. Dan Rafael doesn’t know boxing …. he knows people in boxing. I’m guessing that he is speaking to the wrong people when naming his prospects of the year, but then again, I doubt he listens to anyone and refers to other websites for his information. Shame….Top sports network and they can’t hire knowledge.

    alberto on February 25th, 2013 at 2:04 PM
  2. I agree. I believe he got the jib because he was referred by someone who know him from USA today. The biggest problem with ESPN is the network doesn’t care much for boxing, thats why you have guys like Rafael as the senior writer, and vets like Nigel Collins working under him. Not big fan of big Dan, and not a fan of his nut riding of the K brothers. He’s just another guy with a big job who isn’t really qualified. Now he’s started to be known in the realm of broadcasting. No charisma, not much of a personality and he’s just a smart ass in his chats. Very condescending. Just thought of how he’s been totally off on his predictions and decided I’d write about them in this column. However some of his prospects were thought of highly by a lot of people besides him, however a lot of prospects are fed stiffs and people wonder why when they step up in class they are unprepared. I hope that isn’t Gary Russells fate because he appears to have loads of talent, just worried about his progress. At least Broners first fight on HBO was against De Leon. Not a super talented guy, but at least durable and credible.

    KP on February 25th, 2013 at 4:23 PM
  3. Thompson is much better than he is given credit for. Just because he was no challenge to Wlad, that just speaks to how good Wlad is. Thompson lost to Wlad and then went and won five straight and earned a second match. He pays his dues. None of this sense of entitlement like Haye who puts in a poor effort against Wlad and then expects an immediate Vitali payday doing nothing in between. Price can come back but forget about fighting Wlad for now.

    Guest on February 25th, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  4. So I guess the American heavyweights aint that far behind the Europeans…I think everyone else is just that FAR BEHIND the Klitschkos!

    1200 Techs on February 25th, 2013 at 9:18 PM

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