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
KNOCKOUT OF THE YAER: NONITO DONAIRE VS. FERNANDO MONTIEL (February 19)A picture perfect left hook by Donaire. The KO punch came early and unexpectedly in the second round. Donaire wins the WBC / WBO Bantamweight belts with spectacular knockout.
UPSET OF THE YEAR: Fernando Guerrero vs. Grady Brewer (June 17)
Forty year old Brewer (27-12) scores 4th round knockout over the younger 24 year old undefeated Guerrero (21-0) in their NABF junior middleweight title fight.
Runners Up: James Kirkland vs. Nobuhiro Ishida … Orlando Salido vs. Juan Manuel Lopez
Starting the new year 2012, my dynamite dozen “pound for pound” boxers are:
1.) Floyd Mayweather – Welterweight
2.) Manny Pacquiao – Welterweight
3.) Sergio Martinez – Middleweight
4.) Andre Ward – Super Middleweight
5.) Nonito Donaire – Bantamweight
6.) Juan Manuel Marquez – Lightweight
7.) Lucian Bute – Super Middleweight
8.) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam – Flyweight
9.) Timothy Bradley – Junior Welterweight
10.) Yuriorkis Gamboa – Featherweight
11.) Wladimir Klitschko – Heavyweight
12.) Miguel Cotto – Junior Middleweight