SIGNORELLA: YEAR END BOXING AWARDS!

December 28th, 2012 By John Signorella

Juan Marquez-Manny Pacquiao

New York, NY- What a year! Weither it be a “household name” or an “average Joe”, most combatants gave it their all and didn’t dissapoint. 2012 was one of the most electifying year’s the sport of boxing has seen in recent memory. I could spue 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 particapted in madness that transpired, the summary (of such) would suggest that I’d go on for weeks! Instead, here are my awards for 2012 followed by a look at the most intriguing divisions and the elite pugs within them.
Fight:
Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez 4 (Marquez KO 6)
Honarable mentions:
Brandon Rios v Mike Alvarado (Rios TKO 7)
Orlando Salido v Jaun Manuel Lopez II (Salido TKO 10)
Roberto Guerrero v Andre Berto (W UD 12 Guerrero)
Knockout:
Juan Manuel Marquez KO 6 Manny Pacquaio (rare to see a brutal knockout of that magnitude in a “megafight”)

People Got K.T.F.O. This Year

Honarable mentions:
Danny Garcia KO 4 Erik Morales
Randell Bailey KO 9 Mike Jones
Round:
Orlando Salido v Juan Manuel Lopez (RD 9)
Honarable mention:
Sergio Martinez v Julio Cesar Chavez jr. (RD 12)
Fighter:
Juan Manuel Marquez
Honorable mentions:
Danny Garcia
Andre Ward
Trainer:
Nacho Brienstien
Upset:
Juan Manuel Marquez KO 6 Manny Pacquiao
Future star:
Adrien Broner (Mayweather 2.0?)
Up & coming prospect:
Keith Thurman (Unbeaten, exciting, and charismatic young pug scored 4 KO’s in 2012)
Honorable mention:
Gennady Golovkin
Comeback:
Daniel Jacobs (returned to capture 2 stunning KO’s after beating cancer)
Network:
HBO
Promoter:
Golden Boy Promotions
Event:
Sergio Martinez v Julio Cesar Chavez (W Martinez UD 12, crowd was insane from the opening bell)
Biggest fight on the horizon for 2013:
Mayweather v Alvarez (let’s finally put Mayweather v Pacquiao to bed)

Mayweather (left) still at top of food chain

THE “DIRTY DOZEN”
Top 12 “pound for Pound” ranking (as of January 1st 2013)
Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs)
Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs)
Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs)
Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs)
Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs)
Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs)
Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs)
Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs)
Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs)
Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs)
Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs)
Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 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 2013. 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 on the best possible match up within them. Enjoy and share your thoughts.
Jr. Middleweight (154)
Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs)
Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs)
Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs)
Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs)
Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs)
Vanes Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs)
Cornelius Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs)
Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KOs)
James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs)
Alfredo Angulo (21-2, 18 KOs)
Best possible match up: Mayweather vs. Alvarez
Welterweight (147)
Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs)
Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs)
Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs)
Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs)
Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs)
Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs)
Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs)
Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs)
Marcos Maidana (32-3, 29 KOs)
Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs)
Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs)
Best possible match up: Marquez v Guerrero
Jr. Welterweight (140)
Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs)
Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs)
Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs)
Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KOs)
Lucas Matthysee (32-2, 30 KOs)
Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs)
Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KOs)
Serhiy Fedchenko (31-2, 14 KOs)
Karim Mayfield (17-0-1, 10 KOs)
Best possible match up: Garcia vs. Rios

Sergio Martinez (left) had another dynamite year

Middleweight

(160)
Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs)
Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs)
Peter Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs)
Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs)
Felix Strum (37-3-2, 16 KOs)

Best possible match up: Martinez vs. Golovkin
Featherweight (126)
Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs)
Mikey Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs)
Chris John (48-0-2, 22 KOs)
Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs)
Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs)
Gary Russell Jr. (21-0, 13 KOs)
Juan Manuel Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs)
Best possible match up: Salido vs. Garcia
Jr. Featherweight (122)
Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs)
Guillermo Rigondeanx (11-0, 8 KOs)
Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs)
Vic Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs)
Best possible match up: Donaire vs. Rigondeanx
Super Middleweight (168)
Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs)
Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs)
Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 39 KOs)
Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs)
Best possible match up: Froch vs. Kessler II
Heavyweight
Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs)
Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs)
Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs)
David Price (14-0, 12 KOs)
Jonathan Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs)
David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs)
Bryant Jennings (16-0, 8 KOs)
Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KOs)
Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs)
Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KOs)
Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs)
Best possible match up: W. Klitschko vs. Povetkin
Flyweight (112)
Brian Viloria (32-3, 19 KOs)
Hernan Marquez (34-3, 25 KOs)
Best possible match up: Viloria vs. Marquez II
Light Heavyweight (175)
Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs)
Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs)
Best possible match up: Dawson vs. Cloud
Lightweight (135)
Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs)
Best possible match up: Broner moving up and challening any top 140 pounder

LAST CALL
In consideration of all the information provided above (weither 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 obvisouly are interested in the subject. Hence, you have your own thoughts. Please feel free to share them. But after all the “he said, she said bull$hit”; 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. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Thank you for reading. Respect.
John Signorella

COMMENTS

  1. Looks like WK and Povetkin may FINALLY get it on in 2013! Time to put up or shut up, Teddy (Atlas)!

    El Coyote on December 28th, 2012 at 5:59 PM
  2. Nickolas Walters, a Jamaican featherweight with the WBA crown. The fact that he’s Jamaican and a prizefighter is reason enough to take notice. We put out some great athletes and not enough boxers. Haven’t seen him fight yet, but he’s someone to look at. Many great Jamaican boxers in history.

    KP on December 29th, 2012 at 1:51 AM
  3. Looks like Walters handlers have based him in Panama to get world class sparring. He may need to relocate to Los Angeles or Las Vegas to get to the next level. Other JA fighters all came up in the US or UK ranks, McCallum, Simon Brown, Lennox Lewis, Junior Witter, David Haye, Trevor Berbick, Glen Johnson etc.

    Mike on January 1st, 2013 at 12:25 PM
  4. Why is Chris John not fighting any of those listed besides him?

    PeterTier on January 1st, 2013 at 10:04 PM
  5. I think Gabriel Campillo deserves a mention. While I can see a possibility of Cloud possibly pulling it out in their bout because of the two knockdowns in the first, he really put a clinic on Cloud and may be the best at the weight. I think Campillo would give Ward or anyone from 168 to 175 fits. He’s totally overlooked. Sucks to be in his shoes because he’s been robbed in just about all of his big fights.

    KP on January 3rd, 2013 at 1:33 PM
  6. Nonito Donaire not even an honorable mention for FOY and only 9th P4P? Seems to me like he’s being disrespected.

    O-Ren Ishii on January 3rd, 2013 at 6:24 PM
  7. good but I’d like to see Pulev on there.

    terrible ted on January 5th, 2013 at 7:51 PM

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