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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2016

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2016 in the five major categories, and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2016. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Vasyl Lomachenko

Roman Martinez (KO 5)

June 11, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Madison Square Garden, New York

Nicholas Walters (RTD 7)

November 26, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

*** Runner Up: Carl Frampton

Scott Quigg (SD 12)

February 27, 2016 / IBF and WBA Featherweight Championship

Manchester Arena, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Leo Santa Cruz (MD 12)

July 30, 2016 / WBA Featherweight Championship

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2015

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2015 in the five major categories and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2015. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

 

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:  Gennady Golovkin

WBA Super World  / WBC interim / IBF middleweight champion (34-0 / 31 by KO)

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Three successful title defenses and unification win: Martin Murray (KO 11) February 21, Willie Monroe (KO 6) May 16, David Lemieux (KO 8) October 17

*** Runner Up – Canelo Alvarez

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2014

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past last year 2014 in the five major categories and “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2014.  Picks are solely my opinion, as I respect and welcome the opinions of others.

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Terence Crawford

WBO lightweight champion (25-0 / 17 by KO)

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three successful wins: Ricky Burns (UD 12) 3-1-14, Yuriorkis Gamboa (KO 9) 6-28-14, Raymundo Beltran (UD 12) 11-29-14

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***  Runner Up’s (in order) : Sergy Kovalev, Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Wladimir Klitschko, Carl Froch

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2013

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past last year 2013 in the five major categories. Picks are solely my opinion, as I respect and welcome opinions of others.

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Floyd Mayweather Jr.

WBA welterweight champion and WBC junior middleweight champion

Showing no signs of aging in the ring, Floyd won both of his bouts in 2013 in dominating fashion over two highly touted opponents Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez.

He remains the best “pound for pound” in the sport and I for see that not to change anytime in the near future.

Runner Up:  Timothy Bradley

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2012

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

 

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Juan Manuel Marquez

The Mexican warrior wins mega fight IV vs. Manny Pacquiao in December by a spectacular knockout. The result gives Marquez his first definitive victory in his epic four-fight series against arguably one of the best in boxing today.  Marquez also recorded a one-sided win over Sergey Fedchenko in April to win the vacant interim junior welterweight title.

Runner Ups (in order): Nonito Donaire; Danny Garcia.

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Year in Review / Best in Boxing 2011

My personal top choices in boxing for the year 2011 in the major categories
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Andre Ward

With two impressive one sided wins against Arthur Abraham ( May 14) and Carl Froch (Dec 17), Ward wins the coveted Super-Six Super Middleweight tournament. He stays undefeated (25-0) and is the regaining WBA / WBC Super Middleweight champion.

Runner Up: Jorge Arce

FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz (April 16)

Berto down in round one, Ortiz down in round two and both fighters down in round six … Ortiz wins WBC Welterweight title over previously unbeaten Berto by unanimous 12 round decision in a high energy paced fight.

Runners Up: Akira Yaegashi vs. Pornsawan Porpramook … Luis Concepcion vs. Hernan Marquez

ROUND OF THE YEAR: Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland / Round 1 (November 5)

This fight starts off right from the opening bell in non-stop action. Just thirty seconds into the round Angulo drops Kirkland with a counter right hand , as it appears Kirkland is done, he survives and as the round nears the end he delivers his own punch that drops Angulo – in a round for the ages.

Runners Up: Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon / Round 1… Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz / Round 6

Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2010


By David Martinez, Boxing Historian

I have assembled personal choices in boxing for THE BEST OF 2010 in the major categories, and they are:

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Sergio Martinez

On April 17, Sergio scored an impressive upset victory over Kelly Pavlik to win the WBC / WBO Middleweight Championship. Then on November 20, he avenged a previous loss to Paul Williams with a spectacular second round knockout to retain his middleweight belts.

FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Humberto Soto vs. Urbano Antillon (Dec 14)

This was 12 rounds of toe-to-toe non-stop action and a fight fans dream fight. Soto retained his WBC Lightweight Championship by a close, unanimous decision in this fight for the ages.

Runners Up: Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana … Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis … Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler

ROUND OF THE YEAR: Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana / Round 10 (Dec 11)

This fight started off with Khan registering a first round knockdown over Maidana. With Khan ahead on all scorecards going into the 10th round, a desperate Maidana landed a huge right hand to Khan’s jaw. THis buckled Khan’s legs and it appeared he would be knocked out. A vicious right hand followed by a left literally had Khan out on his feet. He weathered the storm to retain his WBA Junior Welterweight title with a unanimous, but close, 12 round decision.

Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2009


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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for THE BEST OF 2009 in the major categories, which are:

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:
Manny Pacquiao, who won his two “super” fights in 2009, Ricky Hatton (May 2) and Miguel Cotto (Nov 14). Pacquiao was my pick last year and no different this year and by far boxings best “pound for pound” boxer.

FIGHT OF THE YEAR:
Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz (Feb 28) WBA / WBO Lightweight Championship. The fight was anybody’s heading into the ninth round, with one scorecard even and each fighter by two points on one of the others, before Marquez wins by knockout in that round.
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