2013 Boxing Awards
By Chester Rivers: 2013 has been one of the most exciting years for boxing in recent years. We saw the veterans regain past glory and some of the young guns get exposed. We had a super fight get out performed by a bout on the undercard and several fights that should have been walks in the park become fight of the year nominees.
The following is my list of who I think should receive the 2013 boxing awards.
Prospect of The Year: Deontay Wilder – All 31 of Wilder’s fights have ended by knock out. Wilder should step up his competition even more in 2014. With the lack of a dominant American heavyweight, Wilder should become the face of heavyweight boxing in the U.S.
Upset of The Year: Jhonny Gonzalez over Abner Mares- Let’s be fair, Maidana was supposed to be a much tougher test for Broner than Gonzalez for Mares. This fight was over before it began. A quick Gonzalez left hook in the first minute of the first round was the beginning of the end for Mares. The ref would step in and call a halt to the action moments later after a second knock down.
Fight of The Year: Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov – This fight wins hands down.This was one of those fights that was suppose to be a walk in the park for Bradley but quickly turned into a jog through hell. The back and forth action had viewers, corners and a elderly promoter on the edge of their seats throughout the entire fight. Bradley would inch out a much deserved victory and in his post fight interview diagnosed himself as having a concussion.
Trainer of The Year: Angel Garcia – Angel,in my opinion, edged out Floyd Sr.for this award. Angel had to prepare his son Danny for two contrasting styles. The left handed speed of Zab Judah and the power punching of Lucas Matthysse proved no match for the technical boxer/puncher style of Garcia. Danny was prepared both physically and mentally thanks to dad and trainer Angel Garcia.
Fighter of The Year: Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Was there any doubt who would win this award. Floyd claimed two more titles this year by defeating two of the best fighters in their respective divisions. Mayweather defeated Robert Guerrero for the welterweight title and Saul Alvarez for the junior middleweight title. Between the two fights Floyd won approximately 19 of the 24 rounds. Both opponents stated in post fight interviews that they were frustrated by Floyd’s speed and movement.
2013 has been one knock out of a year. We can only hope that 2014 don’t disappoint. Chime in and let us know who you think should win a particular award. See ya next year!