SIGNORELLA AND HIS YEAR END BOXING AWARDS

December 26th, 2013 By John Signorella

"Money May" (right)  beating on Canelo (left)

“Money May” (right) beating on Canelo (left)

New York, NY- What a year for Boxing! Whether it be a “household name” or an “average Joe”; most combatants gave it their all in the ring and didn’t disappoint. Simply put: 2013 was the most electrifying action packed fistic year of carnage the sport has seen since the economy was prosperous. I could spew more out adjectives mentioning all the great moments, rounds, fights, and great warriors involved in this savage year and go on for days. As much as I’d like to pay tribute to all of the maniacs who participated in madness that has transpired, the summary (of such) would suggest that I’d go on for weeks! Instead, here are my awards for 2013 followed by a look at the most intriguing divisions and the elite pugs within them:

Fight:

Timothy Bradley UD 12 Ruslan Provodnikov

Honarable mentions:

Ruslan Provodnikov TKO 10 Mike Alvarado


James Kirkland TKO 6 Glen Tapia

Knockout:

Lucas Matthysee KO 1 Mike Dallas

Honarable Mention:

Gennady Golovkin KO 3 Nobuhiro Ishida

Round:

John Molina TKO 10 Mikey Bey

Fighter:

Timothy Bradley

Honorable mention:

Danny Garcia

Trainer:

Virgil Hill

Upset:

Marcos Maidana UD 12 Adrien Broner

Most Impressive Performance:

Danny Garcia UD 12 Lucas Matthysee

Future Mega Star:

Gennady Golovkin

Up & Coming Prospect:

Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KOs) Heavyweight

Comeback:

Manny Pacquiao

Network:

Showtime

Commentator:

Paulie Malignaggi (Showtime)

Promoter:

Golden Boy Promotions

Event:

Mayweather vs Canelo

Worst Decision:

Julio Caeser Chavez Jr. UD 10 Brian Vera

Biggest fight on the horizon for 2014:

Mayweather vs Maidana

THE “DIRTY DOZEN”

Top 12 “pound for Pound” rankings (as of January 1st 2014)

Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs)

Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs)

Timothy Bradley
(31-0, 12 KOs)

Guillermo Rigendeaux
(13-0, 8 KOs)

Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs)

Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs)

Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs)

Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs)

Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs)

Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs)

Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs)

Saul Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs)

HAVING EVALUTED ALL THAT, HERE’S WHAT’S UP

Below is a look at who I feel are gonna keep the “buzz” going in 2014. Let’s start with the strongest division and take it from there.

Note: This is NOT a “top ten list” of each division. This is a list of notable competitors that are worth mentioning among their respective ranks and my opinion of the best possible match up within them. Enjoy and share your thoughts.

Jr. Middleweight (154)

Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs)

Saul Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs)

Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs)

Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs)

Keith Thurman
(22-0, 20 KOs)

James Kirkland
(32-1, 28 KOs)

Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs)

Best possible match up: Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto II

Welterweight (147)

Timothy Bradley
(31-0, 12 KOs)

Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs)

Juan Manuel Marquez
(55-7-1, 40 KOs)

Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs)

Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs)

Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs)

Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs)

Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KOs)

Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs)

Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18 KOs)

Luis Abregu (35-1, 28 KOs)

Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs)

Best fight: Bradley vs Pacquiao II

Jr. Welterweight (140)

Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs)

Rulsan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs)

Lucas Matthysee (34-3, 32 KOs)

Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs)

Amir Khan (28-3, 20 KOs)

Best possible match up: Garcia vs. Provodnikov

Middleweight (160)

Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs)

Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs)

Peter Quillin (23-0, 22 KOs)

Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KOs)

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
(47-1-1, 32 KOs)

Best possible match up: Sergio Martinez vs. Gennady Golovkin

Light Heavyweight (175)

Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs)

Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 21 KOs)

Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs)

Best possible match up: Stevenson v Kovalev

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

LAST CALL

In consideration of all the aforementioned information provided above, (whether you agree with me or not); we can all agree that things have gotten very interesting in the world of pugilism. People are talking about boxing again and you are one of them. You are reading this article and are obviously interested in the subject. Hence, you have your own thoughts, so please feel free to share them. But after all the “he said, she said bullshit”; we can all agree that it’s been an amazing year for the sport and us fans are the winners. So let’s celebrate the great effort put forth by these gladiators who went through Hell just to thrill us. In the meantime: enjoy the holidays and look forward to another year of greatness. Let’s just hope that we get more excitement from the heavyweights and that the lighter weight divisions (135 & below) get a bit more entertaining. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Thank you for reading. Respect.

John Signorella

COMMENTS

  1. Up n coming prospect DW???? How about Mike Perez.

    one eye on December 26th, 2013 at 2:37 AM
  2. Mike Perez is the stuff! Abel Sanchez told me a few weeks ago on “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show, 29+ years, in history, that in two or three fights he will put Perez in with anybody. The problem with Cuban fighters SOME are headcases and lack discipline. There was a reason they were skinny in Cuba, no McDonalds, High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc. When some Cubans come here they are like young kids in a candy store and they can’t stop eating or drinking!

    Pedro Fernandez on December 26th, 2013 at 2:53 AM
  3. Good read, except for any mention of Cotto. Cotto is done in my view. There is no way he should rate pound for pound and no way he should be ahead of Lara at 154. Lara or Kirlkland against Floyd would be good challenges, other than those two no one beats him. Golovkin should fight Chavez JR.

    KP on December 26th, 2013 at 8:25 AM
  4. Lara vs Mayweather wow ,thats quality fight.Floyd dont think will want THAT fight,cos Lara has the moves and style to upset and even make Floyd look ‘Lost’in the ring.Id pick Lara to win on pts.JCC not allowed to fight any ‘dangerous’ opponents ,hes need ‘protection’ cos hes J Sulaiman godson.Hes nick name should be ‘rubbers’.

    one eye on December 26th, 2013 at 5:24 PM
  5. one eye, Lara would get eaten alive by Mayweather. If Vanes Martirosyan, a slow, feet in the molasse type of guy can give him problems, imagine what Floyd would do to him. Lara’s got moves, Floyd’s got better moves. However that fight will not happen, Lara has no fan base, there’s no money to be made.

    todaline on December 27th, 2013 at 10:47 AM
  6. Nice article. Thanks. Happy Holidays to all.

    Uppercut on December 27th, 2013 at 4:14 PM
  7. todaline is taht you, fraud?

    garfios on December 27th, 2013 at 10:07 PM
  8. Wilder is 30-0, 30 KOs.

    Da UnKnown Comic on December 27th, 2013 at 10:10 PM
  9. Good article

    My take on Floyd-Lara is Mayweather beats him comfortably. Lara is not active enough which is what has cost him in several fights. He is a good boxer who would beat a lot of fighters at 154, but Floyd isn’t one of them

    Zak on December 27th, 2013 at 11:22 PM
  10. Trainer-Virgil Hill? Could it be you meant Virgil Hunter? I make the same mistake.

    I think Terrence Crawford will make a splash this year. He’s solid fundamentally and is really the whole package from what I can see. In fact he fights in a way that reminds me of why I took to boxing in the first place.

    Nick Bellafatto on December 29th, 2013 at 9:41 PM
  11. Virgil Hill trains fighters.

    Pedro Fernandez on December 30th, 2013 at 12:48 AM
  12. Virgil Hunter if your talking about the trainer of Angulo, Khan, and Andre Ward…

    1200 Techs on December 30th, 2013 at 7:54 PM

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