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My Boxing Awards 2018

Fight of the Year: Canelo-Golovkin II

The Canelo-Golovkin rematch was the biggest fight of the year in my opinion. Often rematches fail to live up to the hype but tis fight was even better than the first bout. After the Mexican star failed a drugs test, the fight was pushed back until September. Golovkin was angered by the failed test but the fight went ahead. The pair produced 12 rounds filled with phenomenal intensity, character and huge punches. Canelo gained the decision and in the eyes of many is now the biggest star in boxing.

 

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Canelo lands a right hook on Gennady Golovkin in what was an epic rematch. Photo By: Al Bello’Getty Images.

 

Fighter of the Year: Oleksandr Usyk

The Ukrainian boxer enjoyed a sensational 2018 as he became unified Cruiserweight champion of the world. He defeated Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev in the World Boxing Super Series to win the WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, the Ring and lineal Cruiserweight title alongside the WBO title he already held. For the first time in British boxing history, all four cruiserweight titles were on the line. Usyk’s  knock out win against Bellew as he won all three of his fights in his opponent’s back yard. He is planning to move to heavyweight and add some extra spice to the division. Other contenders included Naoya Inoue, Mikey Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez.

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Oleksandr Usyk enjoyed a stellar 2018. Photo By: WBSS

Knockout of the Year: Whyte-Browne

This was a tough category to pick a winner but the devastating knockout that Dillian Whyte inflicted on outclassed Lucas Browne gets my nod. The Brit dominated his opponent before a sensational left hook ended the Aussie’s night. Other contenders for this award were Alexander Povetkin’s knockout of David Price, Usyk’s finish of Tony Bellew while Naoya Inoue’s KO of Juan Carlos Payano was very close to winning the award.

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Dillian Whyte celebrates his victory against Dereck Chisora. Photo By: Getty.

Comeback of the Year: Tyson Fury

This was a relatively simple category to pick a winner as Tyson Fury came back from over two years of inactivity and mental health difficulties to challenge Deontay Wilder in a heavyweight classic. Fury shed 10 stone and won two comeback fights. He fought the Bronze Bomber for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World in what was an epic contest. The Gypsy King looked to be knocked out in the 12th round but he defied the odds to get up just as he proved the doubters wrong by coming back from the lowest point of his life. A deserving winner.

Round of the Year: Fury v Wilder Round 12

The final round of the Fury-Wilder contest is my pick for the best round of the year. The Bronze Bomber landed a devastating three punch combination to knock Fury down. Wilder celebrated as he thought he had won his 41st fight with 40 knockouts. Instead Fury somehow got to his feet and survived the onslaught from the heaviest puncher in boxing today. It looks as if we will get a rematch in what should be another epic contest.

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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder produced an epic fight and an exhilarating twelfth round. Photo By: Showtime Boxing.

2018 was an excellent year for boxing with some epic fight staking place. Next year promises to be exciting with plenty of big fights taking place. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and feel free to comment on your suggestions for winners in the above categories. I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!!

 

 

 

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The Weekend of Boxing – Warrington wins an epic, Whyte earns a title shot and Edwards pulls off an upset

Warrington finally getting the recognition he deserves

Josh Warrington entered his fight with Carl “The Jackal” Frampton as an underdog. The Leeds Warrior was defending his IBF featherweight title after his surprise victory against Lee Selby earlier in the year. He applied constant pressure to the three time world champion throughout this classic contest. Warrington is now getting the recognition he deserves and there are few British fighters who have enjoyed a better year. He is looking to unify the division and there are plenty of exciting fights to be made.

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Josh Warrington defeated Carl Frampton to defend his IBF World Featherweight belt. Photo By: Getty

The end of the road for Frampton?

Carl Frampton has enjoyed a remarkable career and is one of if not the best fighter to ever be produced on the island of Ireland. The Belfast native was a two weight world champion and has held three different world championship belts during his career. The Jackal contributed greatly to an epic contest but as in his loss to Leo Santa Cruz, a slow start proved his downfall. He says that he will take time to make a decision on retirement but no matter his decision, he has done himself proud.

Dillian Whyte deserves his shot

With all the talk surrounding Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, it is easy to forget Dillian Whyte. The Body Snatcher knocked out Dereck Chisora in another brutal slugfest. He called out Joshua after the fight with the champion not impressed by Whyte’s actions. Whyte has enjoyed an excellent 2018 as he defeated Joseph Parker, Lucas Browne and Chisora. He has responded to his only defeat, which was inflicted by AJ in 2015. With Wilder and Fury set for a rematch, Whyte should finally get a world title shot.

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Anthony Joshua. Source via: Sky Sports.

Whyte’s boxing skills improving

Whyte-Chisora II was an all action fight but Dillian Whyte’s boxing skills improved greatly from the first fight. Chisora tried to apply incessant pressure but Whyte’s jab and boxing IQ helped him to wear his fellow Brit down. Chisora was winning on two of the three judges’ scorecards at the time of the knockdown but Whyte was turning the screw. The Body Snatcher has an excellent jab and will need all his artillery to claim a world title.

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Dillian Whyte celebrates his victory against Dereck Chisora. Photo By: Getty.

Edwards pulls off a shock

On the Whyte-Chisora undercard, Charlie Edwards surprised Cristofer Rosalesto claim the WBC World Flyweight title. Edwards boxed superbly to win all three judges scorecards: 118-110 117-111, 116-112. In 2016, he lost to Johnriel Casimero for the IBF flyweight tile but this was his sixth victory on the bounce. The images of him presenting his mother with his belt is heartwarming and he has an exciting future ahead. He may defend his title against Lee Selby in what would be an exciting British fight. Edwards should savour this victory as 2019 will be a busy year for him.

 

 

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Boxing Greats that fought past their prime Part 2

Érik Morales (52-9)

Érik Morales is a Mexican former professional boxer who was the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four weight classes. He won titles in the super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and bantamweight divisions. He was a warrior who beat 15 world champions throughout his career. After losing his second fight to Marco Antonio Barrera, he lost 7 of his last 12 fights. A true warrior.

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Mexican warrior Érik Morales. Photo By: Getty Images

Julio César Chávez (107-6-2)

Julio Cesar Chavez is considered by many to be the greatest Mexican boxer of all time and one of the all time great boxers. He fought from 1998 to 2005. He was 89-0-1 when he suffered his first defeat although the cracks began to appear against Meldrick Taylor and Pernell Whitaker. He lost his light welterweight title to Oscar De La Hoya in 1996 and he was never able to reclaim a major belt afterwards.

Julio Cesar Chavez prepares for battle. Photo by: Richard Mackson/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Sugar Ray Leonard (36-3-1)

Leonard retired multiple times during his stellar career. He initially retired after suffering from a detached retina but returned to beat Marvin Hagler and become welterweight champion. He retired after that fight but came back to defeat Danny Lalonde while drawing with Thomas Hearns and beating Roberto Duran. He lost his last two fights and suffered a TKO to Hector Camacho as he should have retired before that.

Sugar Ray Robinson (173-19-6)

Sugar Ray Robinson competed from 1940 to 1965 and is widely considered the greatest pound for pound fighter of all time. He went 91 fights unbeaten in the middle of his career, the third longest in history while he won the middleweight title 5 times, becoming the only person to ever do so. He was unable to win a wold title in his last five years as a professional, losing five of his last 11 fights and he wasn’t the same fighter after coming back from retirement.

Mike Tyson (50-6)

Mike Tyson is one of the most recognisable boxers on the planet. The aptly nicknamed “Baddest Man on the Planet” became heavyweight champion of the world at aged 20. The death of trainer Cus D’Amato impacted on Tyson as he suffered a shock loss to buster Douglas in 1990. He was sent to prison in 1992 and although he returned to the ring, he lost twice to Evander Holyfield, suffering a DQ in the second fight while he lost three of his last four fights as he became slow and weary.

Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest ever heavyweight world champion at the age of 20. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I completed part one a month earlier. Keep an eye out for more boxing content and for other sports also. Thanks for reading.

 

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Boxing Greats who fought past their prime

Boxing is a cut throat sport but sometimes boxers continue to fight even though they are well past their prime. This can lead to great fighters accumulating more losses than they deserve.  Here I pick fighters who have too many losses on their record due to not knowing when to call it quits.

Roy Jones Jr (65-9) 

Some people argue that Roy Jones Jr is the greatest boxer of all time. His dazzling footwork and lightning quick hands saw him rocket to top of the Pound For Pound list. He is a six time world champion in four weight classes, having won titles in middleweight, super-middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

Roy Jones Jr

Roy Jones Jr. was one of the all time great fighters. Photo By: Getty Images.

James “Lights Out” Toney (77-10-3)

Toney was one of the great middleweights and was a world champion in three weight divisions. He was lineal middleweight champion from 1991 to 1993, while he won super middleweight and cruiserweight world titles. He was twice voted Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year. His defense was excellent and he never lost by stoppage. He fought well past his prime as he became a slow heavy fighter and lost 6 of his last 15 fights.

Shane Mosley (49-10-1)

Mosley is a former four time world champion in three weight classes having won the IBF Lightweight title, the WBA (Super) and WBC and Ring Magazine light middleweight title. He was 38-0 before losing to Vernon Forrest. He was not the same fighter after that loss as he slumped to 39-4. He lost to Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquaio and Canelo Alvarez as his career winded down. Mosley retired multiple times and he decided to step away from the ring in August 2017. He fought on well past his prime and one hopes that he stays away for his own wellbeing.

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Shane Mosley lands a jab on Floyd Mayweather. Photo By: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield fought from 1984 to 2011 as he became a legend in the sport of boxing. He is the only person in history to be the unified cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion. He is also the only four time heavyweight champion of the world and he is famous for his trilogy with Riddick Bowe and beating Mike Tyson twice. Holyfield fought until the age of 49 as he was unable to gain a fight with either of the Klitschko brothers. He was a wonderful champion who lost to fighters near the end of his career who he would have beaten years earlier.

Muhammad Ali (56-5)

Simply regarded as “The Greatest,” Ali was heavyweight champion of the world three times in a career that saw him fight in some of the greatest boxing fights in history. He fought in brutal slugfests that undoubtedly contributed to him acquiring Parkinson’s Disease. He lost three of his last four fights as he came out of retirement to fight Larry Holmes where he absorbed a great deal of punishment before losing to Trevor Berbick in his final fight. Ali’s speech had become slurred but he insisted on returning to the ring. He was a true champion and is the most famous boxer in history.

Trevor Berbick (left) lands a jab against Muhammad Ali (right) in Ali’s last fight. Photo by: John Iacono/Getty Images.

Thanks for reading this blog post. I may do a part 2 on this in the future. I hope you enjoyed this blog.