(Winter 2018 Edition)
As we head into 2018, I want to wish everybody the best of health and a prosperous New Year!
As your website publisher, I will continue to give you my best in boxing with honesty and credibility as my top priorities.
A small group of people that help make this website a success and I would sincerely like to acknowledge them here: Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Lead Assistant), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Historian), Steve Corbo (Guest Posts and Proof Reader), Harold Lederman HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), and in memory of Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) who was the first contributor to my website upon its beginning in July 2007, may his soul rest peacefully in heaven with Lord.
Last week on January 1, 2018 I posted my annual Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2017 and I was amazed at how many responses I received regarding picks. Thank you all for taking the time to comment and for your opinions.
In the Fighter of the Year category, I chose Vasyl Lomachenko. Due to his three successful title defenses, winning every round in each fight and making all three of his opponents quit, he secured my spot as 2017’s Fighter of the Year. My Runner Up’s were Terence Crawford and Andre Ward. Many have asked who else I considered for the top spot. They included Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Gennady Golovkin, rounding out my top five.
In 2017 we saw some major fights (with one I simply just call a spectacle – Mayweather vs. McGregor). They were Ward vs. Kovalev, Rungvisai vs. Gonzalez, Joshua vs. Klitschko, Thurman vs. Garcia, Golovkin vs. Canelo to being the top five of the crop.
I am looking forward to 2018 in boxing, and here are just a few upcoming fights that I am especially looking forward to: Mairis Briedis vs. Oleksandri Usyk (Jan 27); Sergey Lipinets vs. Mikey Garcia (Feb 10); George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr. (Feb 17); Wisaksil Wangek vs. Juan Francisco Estrada (Feb 24); Dmitry Bivol vs. Sullivan Barrera (Mar 3); Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz (Mar 3); and Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez (May 5).
Many readers have commented on how much they enjoyed my recent postings on the old time boxers of the past such as: George Dixon, Terry McGovern, Battling Ski, Owen Moran, Jimmy Berry, Young Corbett III and George “KO” Chaney. I will repost those feature articles on my FLASHBACK category for viewing. Due to an overwhelming favorable response from my readers, during the upcoming year I plan to dip more into the rich history of boxing and write more on the great fighters of yesteryear.
This year marks the start of dmboxing.com’s 11th year and I look for 2018 to be our best year yet … thank you for your support, your comments and requests, which I do my best to accommodate.
Here’s my top (12) dozen “pound for pound” ranking:
(As of January 1, 2018)
1 – Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1 / 33 by KO)
2 – Terence Crawford (32-0 / 23 by KO)
3 – Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1 / 8 by KO)
4 – Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2 / 34 by KO)
5 – Mickey Garcia (37-0 / 30 by KO)
6 – Errol Spence Jr. (22-0 / 19 by KO)
7 – Naoya Inoue (15-0 / 13 by KO)
8 – Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1 / 27 by KO)
9 – Keith Thurman (28-0 / 22 by KO)
10 – Wisaksil Wangek (44-4-1 / 40 by KO)
11 – Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2 / 25 by KO)
12 – Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1 / 19 by KO)
Honorable Mention: Daniel Jacobs (33-2 / 29 by KO); Donnie Nietes (40-1-4 / 22 by KO); Anthony Joshua (20-0 / 20 by KO); Oleksandr Usyk (13-0 / 11 by KO).