FirstClassBoxing Awards 2016: Fight of the Year

This year has given us a number of ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates. So have a look who the FirstClassBoxing team have picked for their ‘Fight of the Year’.

Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)

There were a number of contenders for fight of the year – Frampton/Santa Cruz, Thurman/Porter and Gonzalez/Cuadras to name a few. However, I had to go with Orlando Salido against Francisco Vargas. The best way to describe the fight is a violent war between two Mexican warriors. Being in the discussion for fight of the year is nothing new for both Salido and Vargas and a rematch in 2017 is a must for fans and the fighters.

Fight of the Year – Orlando Salido Vs. Francisco Vargas

Salido and Vargas

Salido and Vargas

Jerome Souza (@Jerome510)

My 2016 Fight of the Year was Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward. Easily the biggest fight of the year and most anticipated. The two best in the division and two of the best in the sport both finished two tune-fights before for putting their undefeated records on the line on November 19, 2016. It wasn’t a slugfest like most FOTY candidates, but it was definitely a skill-fest. Kovalev did what does best and used power jabs and blazing right hand to send Ward to the canvas. Ward used his boxing skills and defense to shake off the knockdown and box his way to a decision. Ward was awarded 7 rounds by the judged but many official scores gave Kovalev 7-8 rounds. The rounds were close and so was the punchstats. The action picked up as the rounds went on and the decision clear-cut once the bell sounded at the end of the 12th round. There have been talks of an immediate rematch but nothing has progressed. Hopefully they come to terms so we can see these two meet again.

Fight of the Year – Sergey Kovalev Vs. Andre Ward

Pound For Pound Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward 11-19-2016 T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Sergey Kovalev Chelyabinsk, Russia 30-0, 26 KO's vs Andre Ward San Francisco, CA 30-0, 15 KO's

Ward and Kovalev

Dallas Orysiuk (@Chargers204)

Surprisingly, 2016 has been a quiet but entertaining year in boxing. There have been a number of FOTY caliber fights, but for me the fight of the year has to be Orlando Salido vs. Francisco Vargas. The fight went the way everyone expected it to and was a slugfest, showcasing two warriors with tremendous heart going toe to toe. The war was a back and forth affair with both fighters being rocked on occasions. Both fighters showed what everyone knew, that they are blood and guts warriors, combining to throw well over 2000 punches and landing a combined 714, the majority being power shots. It was back and forth and rightfully so the fight ended in a draw. Since the final bell fans have been clamoring for a rematch and it’s a fight we all hope to see again in 2017.

Fight of the Year – Orlando Salido Vs. Francisco Vargas

Jake Collins (@MelancholyFolly)

We had some great fights this year – great for various reasons. Santa Cruz – Frampton had a lot of action and world class skill. Whyte – Chisora lacked skill, but had a slugfest that even hipster purists would have enjoyed. For me however, Conlan – Nelson was fight of the year. No one expected Nelson to prove such a solid test and rarely is Conlan in a dull fight. If you haven’t seen it – just watch it and enjoy quality action packed boxing for the beautifully ugly spectacle it is.

Fight of the Year – Jamie Conlan Vs. Anthony Nelson

Tony McLean (@Tony_McLean92)

As fight fans we all love to see a good punch-for-punch, toe-to-toe bust up. Especially when it is accompanied by such a strong rivalry. When asked what my FOTY 2016 was I instantly thought of the recent 12 round war between bitter rivals Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte. Not often are us fight fans treated to a fight that lives up to the hype, however this clash certainly exceeded our expectations and the pre-fight drama. More often than not when there is so much bad blood between two opponents we are left dissatisfied and deflated after being subjected to a 12 round snooze fest or a one sided schooling. Thankfully Whyte Chisora turned out to be a 12 round all out war where both combatants gave their fare share of big blows – don’t get me wrong – all boxing finesse was clearly left at home. No fancy footwork or beautifully flowing combinations were to be seen, just a pure slug fest. We did not get the pleasure to see either fighter hit the canvas but they both certainly gave it a good go by catching there opponent with arguably each other’s biggest blows. Dillian Whyte edged the contest by split decision (honestly thought it could have gone either way and I was surprised there were no draws on the judges cards). Fingers crossed we are all treated to a rematch in 2017 as both fighters have said they are willing to share the ring again.

Fight of the Year – Dillian Whyte Vs. Dereck Chisora


Whyte and Chisora

Alex Beard (@alex_beard17)

For me the Fight of the Year has to be a bout that encapsulates the joy of boxing. It has to be a contest that is evenly matched and one that shows as much heart and desire as it does skill. Fitting the bill perfectly is Dillian Whyte’s points win over Dereck Chisora earlier this month. Both men (at opposite ends of their careers) puteverything on the line in a blood and guts war which could’ve been awarded to either fighter. Whyte shaded it on the judges scorecards, and this fight shades Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz for my Fight of the Year.

Fight of the Year – Dillian Whyte Vs. Dereck Chisora

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