Looking back over what’s been a great year for boxing. Today were giving out our mid-season awards…..
- Fight of the year – Joshua Vs Klitschko (Heavyweight) –
This fight pitted the young pretender to the crown against the old veteran. It didnt disapoint. Klitschko looked agil and as good as he has for a long time, opting to come in light and go for speed to nullify Joshua’s power. This fight had everything, knockdowns, Thunderous hooks, ebbs and flows, with Klitschko looking like he was only 1 or 2 punches away from ending the fight, until Joshua got a 2nd wind and went for the finish in a thrilling round 11. By far the best heavyweight fight iv seen in a long time. Bring on the rematch!
- KO of the year – Ray Beltran Vs Jonathan Maicelo ( KO round 2 )
Beltran had more then just a title fight on the line against Maicelo. Beltran (33-7-1) had been told by immigration experts ahead of the bout that climbing into mandatory challenger position for the IBF lightweight title would likely prove to be the decisive factor in his long fight to become a green card holder after entering the United States as an illegal immigrant from Mexico as a teenager. And he certainly didn’t leave anything to chance. Already fighting with a cut over his left eye, he landed a thunderous left hook, one that Smokin Joe would have been proud of, and left Maicelo out cold.
- Round of the year – Round 12 DeGale Vs Badou Jack
After 11 rounds of toe to toe back and forth action, you couldn’t blame these two for taking a foot off the gas in the final round. But Jack had other ideas. Knowing that he needed a big finish to secure the win, he went all out and dropped DeGale for the 1st time in his career, and looked like he might stop DeGale, who did his best to survive the round. An excellent finish and a brilliant fight from 2 top class operators.
- Trainer of the year – Dave Coldwell
This might come as a bit of a surprise to some people, but Dave has turned Tony Bellew from a fringe contender to a legit world champion at cruiserweight. In the past year alone he has overseen victories against – David Haye at heavyweight, Ilunga Makuba & Bj Flores at cruiserweight. He seems adept at getting his tactics spot on and implementing a solid strategy. He also now trains former team GB star Anthony Fowler.
- Fighter of the year – Vasyl Lomachenko
- The 2 time Olympic gold medalist has taken to the pro ranks like a true veteran. After only 9 fights he’s now a 2 weight world champion. And in the past year he has beaten – Roman Martinez, Nicholas Walters & Jason Sosa, all legit champions and contenders. All in world title fights and he’s looked a different class in the process. Even at this early stage people are asking – Is there anyone out there who can beat him??