4. Danny Garcia and Adonis Stevenson take steps back
Since their star-making performances last year, the careers of both Garcia and Stevenson haven’t progressed in 2014. In March, Garcia fought Mauricio Herrera, and barely escaped with a decision; he followed that up by knocking out—as he should’ve—an undersized, and overmatched Rod Salka. It was such a bad matchup that even the corrupt sanctioning bodies refused a fee and made it a non-title bout. Coming off of a year in which he stopped Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud, Stevenson could’ve claimed his rightful spot as the best 175 pounder in the world. Instead, he jumped from HBO to Showtime, in what appears to be a move to avoid WBO champion Sergey Kovalev, and fight 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins. But, in a move no one saw coming, Hopkins signed to fight Kovalev on HBO, leaving Stevenson out in the cold. He’s only fought once this year, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Andrzej Fonfara in May, and has no future bout scheduled.