2013 Year End Awards

With 2013 coming to a close, Team Title Fight took the time to make our Year-End Picks. The results are in:

 

 

Fighter of the Year- Timothy Bradley

After a long hiatus and rough year prior, Tim not only showed he has a big heart, but also boxing ability he is seldom given credit for. In the bout vs Ruslan Provodnikov, Bradley went out on his shield in a risky attempt at winning a fan-base that was hard to win over.  Following this war, he switched gears and displayed an incredible skillset by out-boxing Juan Manuel Marquez which few saw coming. Bradley proved he is an elite fighter capable of acclimating to any competitor in the ring. Expect an even bigger 2014 for Bradley.

 

 

Fight of the Year- Mayweather vs Canelo

In a bout that raked in over 2.2 million buys, 200 million in gross revenue and a press tour that made the buildup to the fight unprecedented, Mayweather vs Canelo takes top billing. Although the main event was a one-sided clinic at the hands of Mayweather, the impact made on fighters who made the cut to be on the card and the sport itself was surreal. This was just another indication that big fights can be made in a sport that is well alive and the public will support it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLSDe2Kizf4

 

 

Round of the Year- Round 3, Figueroa vs Arakawa

It hurts just remembering the carnage that ensued between these two. If you have not watched it yet, we won’t spoil the joy of what took place. #PressPlay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys1E8lWEru0

 

 

Breakout Star- Adonis Stevenson

Starting out the year avenging his lone career loss by Darnell Boone via TKO, shocking the world with a one-punch KO of then, WBC champion Chad Dawson, handing Tavoris Cloud a one sided beat down and then closing out 2013 with a TKO of Tony Bellew proved Adonis Stevenson was a force to be reckoned with. None of his victims made it beyond seven rounds and the world witnessed another Kronk fighter with the tools to greatness. The only blemish that could follow Stevenson into 2014 is if he avoids the biggest fight in his division versus Sergey Kovalev. As it now stands, Stevenson does not appear to be too eager to test the waters just yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU5ARBzZgCg

 

 

Worst Fight of the Year- Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Joseph Abeko

Several things landed this bout to the top of the list for “Worst Fight”. Rigondeaux has been the recipient of a plethora of criticism for his style of fighting, despite his ability to dismantle top tier opposition. This bout posed more of the same problems for Rigondeaux as he treaded danger lightly against an opponent that refused to engage at all. The fight was so void of action that the crowd actually began leaving during the HBO televised bout.

 

 

Most Disappointing Fighter of the Year – Gary Russell Jr.

We think Gary is a highly skilled fighter. The problem is he only fights twice a year and against guys we have to Google to find out who they are. He seems unwilling to step up in competition and in the only fight that would have given him some validation among all the hype he was receiving by taking on Daniel Ponce De Leon, he turned down. Until he fights somebody we know and fights more frequently, Gary Russell will continue to be a disappointment. In simpler terms, he appears to be more concerned with making a pay check and padding his record than establishing dominion in his division (which he may be capable of doing).

 

 

Promoter of the Year- Golden Boy Promotions

Maybe the biggest no brainer of all the Year-End Awards; they win this on the simple fact of money. Over $200 million brought in from “The One” alone. Sports Illustrated also named Golden Boy’s CEO Richard Schaefer Promoter of the Year not to mention they went above and beyond ensuring their fight cards were stacked from top to bottom. Thanks HBO for helping Showtime raise the standards.

 

 

“He’s Gotta Go” (Fighter who needs to retire)- Zab Judah

Zab has not been the same since 2005. This year was proof that Zab can no longer hang with the top the class of his class in 140-147lbs anymore. His age is now showing as his power has diminished, defense is lacking and has lost two straight fights in disappointing fashion. Judah has a wealth of knowledge that he could pass on to others in a capacity outside of lacing them up himself. Hopefully 2013 brings a close to this chapter in his book.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE5Yr0AcbJ0

 

 

Sound-bite of the Year (Who said the best line of the year, pre or post fight)- Adrien Broner

Broner giving himself the number three, four & five spot on top five pound for pound was a bit more than even he himself could chew. Maidana quickly deflated that ego and set the record straight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1jOfdtUQqw

 

 

Dream Match-Up for 2014- Sergey Kovalev vs Adonis Stevenson

These two are on a collision course should excuses be placed aside. Our hopes are for these two monsters to light up 2014 with a bang.

ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue Premieres

The record-setting showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez lasted exactly 36 minutes. But those 12 suspenseful rounds only tell a portion of drama that unfolded in the historic SHOWTIME PPV® event. Tune into ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue premiering tonight/Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME® for an intimate glimpse inside the ropes on fight night and into the rarely seen, uncelebrated aftermath of world championship boxing.

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