If you’ve gotten to this point and aren’t happy, that’s too bad.

You should have seen it coming.

In keeping with tradition in this Tuesday morning space, we greet the New Year with a preview of stories other boxing scribes will be reacting to about 12 months from now.

Of course, if you recall December’s piece, 2021 was a forecasting year to ignore… if not forget.

But hope springs eternal, so – in the recurring quest to match the glory of a spot-on pick of an unheralded Andre Ward as 2011’s fighter of the year – we’re giving it another go 11 years later.

Unlike football, baseball or their ilk, there are no master schedules from which to pluck events to predict. And even if I was prescient enough to know now which fights would be made between which guys, say, next October, there's always a chance that three people sitting on the ring's perimeter would pound my forecasting into dust with their definition of what constitutes a “boxing lesson.”

But those are excuses and gripes for another day.

Tuesday is a day of forward thinking, and with that, here’s an advance look at what everyone else will be looking back on while taking down the tree after Christmas 2022.

And hey, if even some of this stuff really does happen… it’ll be a good year for all of us.

UPSET OF THE YEAR: George Kambosos Jr. UD 12 Devin Haney

No, I didn’t think he’d beat Teofimo Lopez.

But once George Kambosos dropped his brash lightweight foe in the first round and seemed to have an answer for every competitive question that a then-reigning champion posed, I was quickly sold.

So if Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn manages to get he and Devin Haney in a ring together to finally settle the debate over who deserves top billing at 135 pounds, it won’t surprise me if he does it again.

Haney’s done everything that’s been asked of him in winning four title bouts and 27 fights of all sorts since he turned pro in late 2015, but there’s still something about him that screams “vulnerable.”

Regardless, he’ll probably go into this one as at least a 2-to-1 favorite, which will make it a pretty significant upset when Kambosos does a similar number on him that he did to Lopez.

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR: Deontay Wilder KO 6 Anthony Joshua

Sorry, Anthony. This hurts me more than it hurts you.

Well, maybe not if it actually happens. But you get the idea.

Make no mistake, I’m as big an AJ fan as there is. I thought he was terrific in winning a title from pretender Charles Martin, brave in fending off the challenge of a determined Wlad Klitschko and compelling in returning from oblivion to avenge a loss to surprise nemesis Andy Ruiz.

But now that he’s been dethroned again by Oleksandr Usyk, the bloom is off the rose.

Come to think of it, that’s a pretty apt description for post-Tyson Fury Deontay Wilder, too.

This one would have been a monumental event had it been made 24 months ago, but these days it’ll simply be two big, flawed heavyweights hoping not to be voted off Relevance Island.

Joshua is more fundamentally sound than his Alabama rival, but I’ve not seen anything to convince me he’d hold up to Wilder’s shots as well as Fury did – particularly if Wilder gets up when Joshua hits him, or never falls down in the first place. So, when he’s behind, exhausted and out of ideas, don’t be surprised if the “Bronze Bomber” vaporizes him with a cringe-worthy right that we’ll all remember.

Except for AJ himself, that is.

FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Gervonta Davis KO 8 Ryan Garcia

It’s a fight Ryan Garcia has been angling toward for a while… with his mouth.

Now that he’s climbed to the elite level – thanks to a thrilling vanquish of former two-time title challenger Luke Campbell last January – it’s finally one that he’s earned with his fists.

And in its aftermath, nearly everyone will hope it happens at least once or twice more.

The brash Californian has long claimed he’ll be capable of bullying the Mayweather-groomed Baltimore product, and I can see him backing up the promises early on – perhaps even dropping a lunging Davis with a quick hook in the early going.

Problem is, it’ll trigger a ferocity the multi-weight “Tank” is comfortable unleashing.

Don’t be surprised if Davis responds with a knockdown of his own in a subsequent round and begins taking over exchanges with sharper, thudding shots. Garcia will be bloodied and reeling by the end of the seventh, before finding himself rescued by his own corner team sometime in Round 8.

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Terence Crawford

It’s never an easy pick. 

Incumbent champions defend and unify titles. Hyped prospects fulfill championship-level promise. And legit superstars maintain their status atop the sport.

But when a guy begins a year in one place and finishes in another, he separates from the pack.

Such is the 2022 case for Terence Crawford.

The Nebraska-based welterweight has been one of the world’s best fighters for several years across multiple weight classes, but arrives to yet another new year without a signature win.

Beating Shawn Porter was nice, sure. But if you’re claiming the status that Crawford has claimed for all this time, you’re supposed to beat guys like Shawn Porter.

Errol Spence Jr., though, is another matter.

Though the fight may still turn into this generation’s Mayweather-Pacquiao if they go another 12 months without getting it done, my sense this year – now that Crawford calls his own promotional shots – is that they’ll finally dot the I’s and cross the T’s by the time the calendar turns to 2023.

Once “Bud” dispenses with his 147-pound contemporary – let’s call it a surprisingly one-sided bout before a Round 10 finish – and regains majority status atop pound-for-pound lists, the front-runner status in the Fighter of the Year race becomes a slam dunk proposition to close out 2022.

And who knows, maybe Warren Buffett might just make a couple bucks on it, too.

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This week’s title-fight schedule:

WBO light heavyweight title – Verona, New York

Joe Smith Jr. (champion/No. 3 IWBR) vs. Steve Geffrard (No. 15 WBO/No. 31 IWBR)

Smith (27-3, 21 KO): First title defense; Lost WBA title shot in only fight at venue (0-1)

Geffrard (18-2, 12 KO): First title fight; Eighteen straight wins since 0-2 career start

Fitzbitz says: It’s got the potential to be one of those “only in boxing” stories where a late sub strikes gold. And Smith isn’t impenetrable. But it seems too much an ask for Geffrard. Smith in 6 (90/10)

Last week's picks: None

2021 picks record: 53-17 (75.7 percent)

Overall picks record: 1,209-392 (75.5 percent)

NOTE: Fights previewed are only those involving a sanctioning body's full-fledged title-holder – no interim, diamond, silver, etc. Fights for WBA "world championships" are only included if no "super champion" exists in the weight class.

Lyle Fitzsimmons has covered professional boxing since 1995 and written a weekly column for Boxing Scene since 2008. He is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Reach him at fitzbitz@msn.com or follow him on Twitter – @fitzbitz.