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FOY race to get can't-miss contender

Updated: October 18, 2013, 8:35 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

It has been a banner year thus far for fans of action-packed fights. There have been several memorable brawls so far.

Welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. survived a battering to eke out a decision against Ruslan Provodnikov in March in a stunningly violent fight. Two weeks later, junior welterweight Mike Alvarado exacted revenge in a rematch with Brandon Rios, winning a decision and a vacant interim belt in a barnburner that was every bit as great as their 2012 fight of the year candidate.

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