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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report 2013 Year End Boxing Awards

By. BrotherJR

December 31, 2013

With boxing coming to an end for the year and within the midst of the holiday season, I’m actual in a pretty good mood. 2013 was a terrific year for “The Sweet Science” with plenty of good fights and fighters on the verge of super-stardom. Besides, this year I started this blog as well Pound 4 Pound Boxing podcast/YouTube show. And thank to all of those that supported both the podcast and blog, the Pound 4 Pound Blog won a 2013 Black Weblog Award for Best Sports Blog.

So with all that’s happened this year, why not end the year with my Year End Awards for the year 2013. Of course these opinions are mine and mine only. I’m sure they will be challenged (as they should be because I’m not arrogant enough to think I’m the ultimate authority on the sport) and quite frankly should be challenged. However this is ultimately a fun boxing post and shouldn’t be taken as so seriously. So without further ado, let’s this year’s Pound 4 Pound Boxing Awards begin!

Fighter of the Year:  Timothy Bradley – I know others will say Gennady Golovkin or Sergey Kovalev. Shoot, Yahoo Sports recently named Floyd Mayweather as their fighter of the year. However, coming off of a 2012 in which Bradley was scorned coming off his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao that had an obvious effect on him mentally, Bradley rebounded back strong. His win over Ruslan Provodnikov this past March was a corker that’s still being talked about and will be talked about for years to come. Then “The Desert Storm” followed that up with a terrific win over Juan Manuel Marquez in September. Given the quality of wins, the excitement of the Provodnikov war and high level in which he performed in defeating Marquez, my choice for fighter of the year is Timothy Bradley.

Fight of the Year:  Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov – To me there can be no other choice. Not only did Bradley show what heart he truly had (hell, he fought through most of the fight suffering from a concussion), but the fight help put Ruslan Provodnikov on the boxing map. These two went toe to toe for all twelve rounds with no let up. If anybody doubts that Bradley – Provodnikov is the fight of the year in 2013, please watch the fight.

Knockout of the Year:  Gennady Golovkin KO3 Matthew Macklin – Some will say Adonis Stevenson’s knockout of Chad Dawson was better. However lets face it, Dawson was coming off of being beat up by Andre Ward in his previous fight and Dawson is known for being a bit chinny. Macklin is known for being a pretty tough cat and the left hook to the body that GGG put on Macklin to end the fight was perfect, a masterpiece of a punch that broke Macklin’s rib. Macklin went down and stayed down. You want to know the definition of a perfect body-punch, it’s the left hook to the body that Gennady Golovkin landed to knock out Matthew Macklin.

Performance of the Year:  Guillermo Rigondeaux W12 Nonito Donaire – This is different from fight of the year. This category represents an outstanding performance by a single fighter in a single fight. I give this award to Rigondeaux who exposed the previously highly regarded Donaire and destroyed the myth of Nonito. Rigondeaux also spoiled the plans and upset the suits of HBO who had big plans for Donaire. Guillermo Rigondeaux’s win over Nonito Donaire (despite the shade of many “fans” throughout twitter and others) was a masterful display of boxing in it’s purest form.

Upset of the Year:  Jhonny Gonzalez KO1 Abner Mares – I know plenty of folks will ask “what about Maidana’s win over Adrien Broner?” Well, closer inspection and you’ll see that Broner underestimated and didn’t respect Broner. Dude also was doing way too much out of the ring. Bottom line, Broner was cruising for a bruising and that’s what he got and deserved so you could see it coming. Nobody saw what Jhonny Gonzalez did to Abner Mares. Mares was an undefeated, 3-time and 3-division world champ who had just defeated Daniel Ponce De Leon, the man who had decisively defeated Gonzalez. Jhonny Gonzalez was though to have seen his best days. However, Gonzalez turned back the clock and annihilated Mares in a way that sent shock-waves through the boxing world and had social media buzzing.

Round of the Year:  Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov Round 12 – Thrilling, frenetic, brutal, and savage AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. Both Bradley and Provodnikov hurt each other. Bradley went down with 12 seconds to go in the round and was lucky that time out or else he may have been stopped. As Max Kellerman said at ring side, “that was the Rocky Movie, that was Rocky!”

Trainer of the Year:  Robert Garcia – Aside from the Brandon Rios loss to Manny Pacquiao, Garcia has done an outstanding job with Mikey Garcia and Evgeny Gradovich. He also is the guy gave Marcos Maidana the blueprint that lead to his win over Adrien Broner.

Robbery of the Year: Ricky Burns W12 Ray Beltran – Let’s be clear, this was a hometown decision and everybody who saw the fight knows it. Even Burns promoter, Eddie Hearn, had Beltran winning this fight. Not only did Beltran out-box the defending WBO Lightweight champion Burns by a substantial margin, Beltran broke Burns jaw. Bottom line, Ray Beltran was robbed!

Rising Prospect of the Year:  Jermell Charlo – The Houston, TX  Jr. Middleweight had a terrific 2013. I think he has real potential and can be a contender for a world title shot this time next year.

Contender of the Year:  Keith Thurman and Kell Brook (tie) – Both reside in the Welterweight divisions and I believe these two are world champions in waiting.

Lightning Rod of the Year:  Adrien Broner – When this dude wasn’t being arrogant and extra flashy entering the ring and during a fight, he was doing way too much in between fights (his excessive brushing of his hair reminded me of the character “Chicago” from Poetic Justice, enough with that Adrien). Whether it was him uploading YouTube videos showing him and all of his excess while on a rap music tour, his tweets which were at times just outright ratchet, or video of him doing extra things (and I’ll just leave it at that) with a stripper in a club, could it really be any doubt about this award. Broner won hands down!

Overrated Fighter of the Year: Ricky Burns – WBO Lightweight champion Burns was exposed in 2013 by “Chelo” Gonzalez and Ray Beltran.

Underrated Fighter of the Year:  Erislandy Lara – Quite possibly the best Jr. Middleweight in the world.

Best Unknown Fighter of the Year:  Shinsuke Yamanaka – WBC Bantamweight champion from Japan is the best in the division and damn good.

Well there you have it, my opinion/picks for what went down this year. As we go into a new year, lets hope that 2014 will be just as good of a year for boxing as 2013 was. Here’s wishing everybody a Happy and safe New Year!

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