2014 Boxingnews24 Awards
By Gerardo Granados: Another year comes to an end and just as the last five years “the fight” that fights fans want to see failed to come to fruition; not the less we were able to enjoy many good fights. It is true that this year we got to see many mismatches but we also received good news like the Cold War end. As always I want to thank all those anonymous fighters who at all the corners of the world put up great fights to please the crowd.
A lackluster award but a necessary one the “Robbery of the Year” goes to: Tyson Cave vs Oscar Escandon. The official scores were 115-113 Cave and 115-113 / 117-111 Escandon. Cave clearly dominated the full fight imposing the distance and tempo, his defense and ring generalship was superior; outworked, out-punched and out landed his limited opponent, edging clean and hard punching with ease and his effective aggression was superior.
The best round for Escandon was the fifth but even in that round Cave was better. I had it 120-108 for the victim of this atrocious ruling.
Odd award but simply needed this year, the “Worst Fight of the Year” goes to: Miguel Titere Vazquez vs Mickey Bey. In the most horrible title fight ever the contender was able to win without doing nothing much in the fight. The punch stats were unbelievably low for the lightweight division, if the reader didn’t saw the fight then it is better to avoid search for it unless you are trying to understand how it is possible that a fight judge score it 109-119 for Bey.
“Mismatch of the year” goes to: Danny Garcia vs Rod Salka, an unknown but brave Salka moved up to the light welter division to fight against a boxer who simply edged him on everything and the result was no surprise or impressive.
“Trainer of the year” goes to: Abel Sanchez.
“Upset of the year” goes to: Chris Algieri vs Ruslan Provodnikov. Although the inexperienced light hitting Algieri received a beating thru twelve rounds, he was able to out point Ruslan to win on the score cards. I bet not many took advantage of the betting odds for this one.
“Knockout of the year” goes to: Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters vs Nonito Donaire. Just a couple of years ago Donaire won the award for his formidable KO of Fernando Montiel, but now he was the victim of a vicious Walter´s big right hand that knocked him out all the way back to the super bantam division.
“Fight of the year” goes to: Francisco Rodriguez vs Katsunari Takayama. The work rate, the skills showed and the determination to win were simply impressive. If the readers missed this bout then you should seriously consider searching for it to decide if it deserves the award.
“Fighter of the year” goes to: Sergey Kovalev the unified light heavyweight champion.
Congratulations to the 2014 Boxingnews24 Awards winners and also wish to the reader a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.