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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez (R) reacts after his knockout to Amir Khan during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Don’t look now, but half of 2016 is already in the books. Dunzo. Gone. Finito.

But don’t fret, that just means we get to look back and recap the first six months of boxing–this is where you’re supposed to jump for joy, or not.

So what’s happened thus far in 2016?

Deontay Wilder started off the year with a huge knockout, but was unable to continue that momentum when his May fight against Alexander Povetkin fell apart due to Povetkin’s positive test for meldonium.

There have been some pretty big upsets so far, but many have been off of American television, thus not catching the eye of mainstream fans in the states.

While the greats of yesteryear–Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao–are still hanging around, they are technically retired. Their retirements have naturally posed a lot of questions about the sports future.

Who will take over as the next fan favorite and cash cow? Gennady Golovkin has made a strong push to take over both of those titles, but his one fight against an unworthy opponent in 2016 has been a disappointment to say the least.

Canelo Alvarez, anointed by many as the sports new leading man, has seemingly wrestled away the Danny Garcia Troll Hatred Award for continuously avoiding a fight with Golovkin.

And, although we’re not voting on best midyear photos, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Round By Round Boxing‘s own Marilyn Paulino won a BWAA award for this incredible photo.

Though things aren’t solidified by any means, the first half of 2016 has left a lot to be desired in terms of quality boxing matchups.

Regardless, the staff at RBRBoxing has saddled up once again and decided to try our hand at some midyear awards for the categories of Fight of the Midyear, Upset of the Midyear, KO of the Midyear, Who Is Winning the TV Battle and Fighter of the Midyear.

Whether you agree or disagree with our selections, make sure to leave a comment with your picks below and make sure to vote on each category below the nominees on each page.

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