Carl Froch and Juan Manuel Marquez lead the list of the winners in the BoxRec News Awards for 2012 with each man having success in two categories.
Nottingham’s super-middleweight world champion was voted by BoxRec News writers to be our Boxer of the Year and his demolition of Lucian Bute won the International Fight of the Year (involving a Brit). Froch swept the Fighter of the Year category whilst his win over Bute only just pipped Lee Haskins thrilling loss to Stephane Jamoye by a single vote.
Marquez was a convincing winner in the International Boxer of the Year category. ‘Dinamita’ proved true to his nickname, detonating a perfectly brutal short right hand on to the chin of advancing nemesis Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth contest earlier this month. This contest was also voted International Fight of the Year by a considerable margin.
Derry Mathews’ pulsating sixth round stoppage win over Anthony Crolla in April won the Domestic Fight of the Year category. A betting outsider trying to snatch Crolla’s British title, the Scouser fought out of his skin to halt the classy Mancunian, knocking him down in the third and cutting him in the fourth en route to a surprise win. This match squeaked home by a single vote in the poll over an absolute slugfest which was Dale Miles’ fifth round victory over BoxRec poster Curtis Woodhouse.
Birmingham bantamweight Khalid Yafai was voted Young Boxer of the Year. Boxers must be 23 or under on 31st December of the year of voting. This was a hard-fought category with the Matchroom starlet beating off competition from Chris Eubank Jr, Billy Joe Saunders and Kid Galahad. Yafai won all six of his contests in his debut year, stopping five of his opponents on the way.
Amir Khan’s fourth round knockout loss to Danny Garcia was voted Upset of the Year (involving a Brit). Khan was expected to beat Garcia and was boxing well before once again becoming reckless and walking on to a huge left hook in the third. This match beat Darren Hamilton’s points win over Ashley Theophane for the British light-welterweight title by just one vote.
BoxRec News created a special category of Best GB Olympian in this memorable year for our amateur sport. Even old hacks seem to have been won over by the smile and performances of Leeds’ Nicola Adams who etched herself into the history books by becoming the first-ever winner of an Olympic Gold in Women’s Boxing.
Full shortlists (winners in bold)
Boxer of the Year
Domestic Fight of the Year
Anthony Crolla v Derry Mathews
Erick Ochieng v Nick Quigley
Anthony Crolla v Kieran Farrell
Chris Evangelou v Danny Connor
Dereck Chisora v David Haye
Dale Miles v Curtis Woodhouse
Eamonn O'Kane v Terry Carruthers
Kreshnik Qato v Matt Hainy
Gavin Rees v Derry Mathews II
International Fight of the Year (involving a Brit)
Carl Froch v Lucian Bute
Kell Brook v Carson Jones
Marco Huck v Ola Afolabi
Martin Murray v Felix Sturm
Matthew Macklin v Sergio Gabriel Martinez
Lee Haskins v Stephane Jamoye
Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora
Amir Khan v Danny Garcia
International Fight of the Year
Marco Huck v Alexander Povetkin
Manny Pac v Juan Manuel Marquez IV
Floyd Mayweather v Miguel Cotto
Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr v Sergio Martinez
Brandon Rios v Mike Alvarado
Roman Martinez v Miguel Beltran Jr
Marcos Rene Maidana v Jesus Soto Karass
Josesito Lopez v Victor Ortiz
Brian Viloria v Hernan Marquez
Roberto Guerrero v Andre Berto
Peter Quillin v Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
Young Boxer of the Year (must be 23 or under on 31/12/12)
Chris Eubank Jnr
Billy Joe Saunders
Upset of the Year (involving a Brit)
Danny Garcia TKO4 Amir Khan
Darren Hamilton UD12 Ashley Theophane
Curtis Valentine TKO2 Ryan Aston
Michael Sprott MD10 Edmund Gerber
DeMarcus Corley TKO10 Paul McCloskey
International Boxer of the Year
Juan Manuel Marquez
Special Award - Best GB Olympian