Well folks, another year of boxing is pretty much in the books and I must say that 2015 was pretty damn good.
Of course, there were crappy matchups, suspect decisions and fights that just didn’t live up to the hype–but I’d venture to say that the good definitely outweighed the bad.
Mayweather has–supposedly–retired and Pacquiao is inching closer to announcing his final opponent for April 2016. So is boxing in trouble? Not by a long shot.
With the two biggest stars of the past decade moving on, boxing is now looking at a new crop of fighters to take over. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin both staked their claim as boxing’s best as did a little known Nicaraguan named “Chocolatito.”
There were plenty of surprises, like Andrzej Fonfara’s early-year upset over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tyson Fury ending Wladimir Klitschko‘s heavyweight reign, as well as prospects that stood out like Felix Verdejo, Jarrett Hurd and Errol Spence.
Scroll through the poll below to see the results of the fan votes for categories including the knockout of the year, fighter of the year, prospect of the year, fight of the year and much more!
*The fan awards were voted on by 635 people.*
Biggest Upset of the Year
Winner: Tyson Fury over Wladimir Klitschko – 48%
KO of the Year
Winner: Canelo Alvarez KO James Kirkland – 30%
Worst Decision/Biggest Robbery
Winner: Lamont Peterson vs. Felix Diaz – 51%
Prospect of the Year
Winner: Jarrett Hurd – 69%
Fight of the Year
Winner: Rocky Martinez vs. Orlando Salido 1 – 36%
Fighter of the Year
Winner: Floyd Mayweather – 60%
Matchup Fans Want to See Most in 2016
Winner: Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin – 41%
Most One-Sided Beat Down
Winner: Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto – 74%
Fighter That Should Hang ‘Em Up
Winner: Roy Jones Jr. – 54%
Ring Girl of the Year
Winner: Stephanie Ann Cook – 38%
Female Boxer of the Year
Winner: Heather Hardy – 58%
Trainer of the Year
Winner: Freddie Roach – 63%
Who Won the TV Battle?
Winner: Showtime – 70%
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