2013 Kissing The Canvas Prospect of the Year
The prospect of the year came down to two fighters who had really good cases. They both have a great skill set, took on better opposition, and were very active.
The final decision was a tough one but when it came down to it a draw was the difference. Morgan Fitch had a great 2013 and took a big step up against veteran spoiler Darnell Boone.
Boone has been in with the best and has given them trouble beating lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson by a second round TKO, losing a split decision to hard hitting Sergey Kovalev, and dropping Andre Ward in a loss.
A win would of announced Fitch on the super middleweight scene but it wasn't meant to be as Fitch hit the canvas and showed tremendous heart getting back up and battling to a draw.
The draw showed a lot about Fitch but it took him out of the running as the Kissing The Canvas Prospect of the Year.
That left one man, Sammy Vasquez, as the best prospect in the city. Vasquez went 5-0 and started the year off with a bang in Las Vegas against 16-2-1 Leandro Damian Albornoz. It also gave Vasquez a chance to fight in front of Golden Boy Promotions.
The fight went just about perfect for Vasquez and he won with a stoppage in the second round. Vasquez didn't waste anytime getting back into the ring and fought just 28 days later.
He beat Hector Orozco by unanimous decision over six rounds. This was the first time that Vasquez had fought in a six round fight and he looked right at home.
Vasquez then won his next three bouts, one by decision and two by TKO, but he was still disappointed with how the year ended. He was looking to take on former IBA champion Ayi Bruce.
The fight was scheduled but Bruce pulled out of the fight two days before. This would of been the best win in the career of Vasquez.
Even though he didn't get the fight against Bruce he had a great 2013 and that's why he is the Kissing The Canvas Prospect of the Year.