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RBRBoxing’s 2016 Boxing Awards: Fan Vote Results



Go ahead and let out a big sigh of relief–boxing in 2016 is almost over.

What a horrendous year for the sport. Half the year was spent talking about a retired boxer potentially fighting a guy who doesn’t even box, while the other half was spent salivating over a Middleweight clash that never came close to happening.

Okay, there was more than that, but it wasn’t much to write home about.

Yes folks, this is boxing.

While 2016 produced some certifiable instant classics such as Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido and Jamie Conlan vs. Anthony Nelson, the year also gave us some head scratchers like Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan and Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook.

We won’t even get into Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora 2.

As usual, there were fights that never happened, suspect decisions and fights that just didn’t live up to the hype, but I suppose if we look hard enough, we can find more than a few bright spots as well.

There were plenty of surprises in 2016, like Jezreel Corrales’ early-year upset over Takashi Uchiyama and the fact that Tyson Fury never stepped into the ring.

After a week of open polls, over 300 fans voted and decided on the winners for 2016.

Check out the winners for each category below!

Fights that are already scheduled for 2017 were not included in the potential matchups section.

2016 RBRBoxing Fan Award Winners:


1. Knockout of the Year:

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Rocky Martinez MVP RBRBoxing (6)
Photo by Marilyn Paulino/RBRBoxing

Winner: Vasyl Lomachenko KOs Roman Martinez

2. Upset of the Year:

Photo by Julio Sanchez/RBRBoxing

Winner: Joe Smith Jr. Defeats Bernard Hopkins

3. Worst Decision:

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Winner: Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward

4. Fight of the Year:

Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter - MVP RBRBoxing (23)
Photo by Marilyn Paulino/RBRBoxing

Winner: Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter

5. Fighter of the Year:

Lomachenko vs. Martinez - MVP RBRBoxing4
Photo by Marilyn Paulino/RBRBoxing

Winner: Vasyl Lomachenko

6. Rising Star:

Photo by Julio Sanchez/RBRBoxing

Winner: Oleksandr Usyk

7. Matchup You Most Want to See in 2017:

Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez
Fight edit by Liam Brady/RBRBoxing

Winner: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez

8. Most One-Sided Beat Down:

Golovkin Wade - Will Hart8
Photo by Will Hart

Winner: Gennady Golovkin vs. Dominic Wade

9. What Fighter Should Hang ‘Em Up:

Roy Jones Jr. - Gabriel Bouys AFP Getty Images
Photo by AFP/Getty Images

Winner: Roy Jones Jr.

10. Ring Girl of the Year:

Chelsea Lee/Instagram
Photo courtesy of Instagram

Winner: Chelsea Lee

11. Female Fighter of the Year:

Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent - MVP RBRBoxing (29)
Photo by Marilyn Paulino/RBRBoxing

Winner: Heather Hardy

12. Trainer of the Year:

Freddie Roach - Jonathan Moore - Getty Images
Photo by Getty Images

Winner: Freddie Roach

13. Promoter of the Year:

Photo by Hogan Photos

Winner: Golden Boy Promotions

14. Who Won the Television Battle?

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Winner: Premier Boxing Champions (All Networks)


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