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Boxing Awards 2014 – The Year So Far


Fighter of the year so far – Terence Crawford

Honourable mentions must go to both Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto who defeated opponents rated in the top ten P4P with relative ease. Perhaps Sergio Martinez was too injured to offer resistance but having Cotto back at the top-level is welcome.

Another shout must be given to James DeGale who is now mandatory for the IBF belt that Carl Froch owns (more on him later) having won two fights in six months and one against a potential trick opponent in Brandon Gonzales.

There is one stand out candidate though and that is Terence Crawford.

Having dismantled Ricky Burns to wrestle the WBA title from him in his home country after seeing Raymundo Beltran lose a terrible decision he backed that up by beating Yuriokas Gamboa.

I have said it before, but Terence Crawford is the nearest thing we will get to Floyd once he leaves.

The stage now looks set for him to unify the belts or move up to junior welterweight.

Fight of the year so far – Lucas Matthysse vs John Molina Jr

It might not have been the most technical display but who cares.  If you have any spare time then watch the highlights video here and enjoy a back and forth slugfest for the ages that ended with an inevitable stoppage.

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Upset of the year so far – Chris Algieri beating Ruslan Provodnikov

We probably should be talking about how Mauricio Herrera beat Danny Garcia back in March but he never got the nod in a close fight that he probably edged.

Instead it has to be Chris Algieri beating Ruslan Provodnikov.

Now the defeat itself wasn’t altogether shocking, no one really knew how good Algieri was and Ruslan had already tasted defeat twice before this bout but it was the manner of the fight.

Algieri found the canvas twice in the first round and his right eye was practically shut early in the fight.

Further to that he outboxed Ruslan but you still felt wouldn’t get the nod by the judges but prevailed none the less.

A super fight for Ruslan seems a long way off now and we have a new potential star in the very likeable Algieri.

KO of the year so far – Carl Froch v George Groves 2

Event of the year so far – Carl Froch v George Groves 2

Eddie Hearn should get enormous credit, Carl Froch and George Groves should get enormous credit and an undercard that saw all of Anthony Joshua, Jamie Mcdonnel, Kevin Mitchell and James Degale win by KO should get enormous credit but one man and one alone deserves the credit for the event of the year. Referee Howard Foster.

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Carl Froch knocked out George Groves in the rematch with no doubts remaining
Carl Froch knocked out George Groves in the rematch with no doubts remaining

If this man had not have stopped the first Carl Froch and George Groves fight when he did we never would have got a rematch and a truly amazing spectacle at Wembley stadium.

At the time we all hated him but in retrospect it was his slightly early stoppage that gave birth to 80,000 screaming fans in London.

Bust of the year so far – Luis Collazo

There was some really disappointing performances so far this year, two involving Luis Collazo. Victor Ortiz seemed to give up when rocked with a big shot from Collazo back and then on the back of that Collazo got a shot at Amir Khan on the Mayweather Maidana undercard.

Collazo basically gave up after realising he didn’t have much to trouble Khan but Amir has always been susceptible in the past, especially to strong finishers but Collazo never tried and was crying out to be KO’d.

It really stuck in my neck this fight because I was really impressed with Khan but Collazo had returned from the wilderness and got a big chance to re-establish himself where he belongs at world level. Maybe he can fight Ortiz again in a mental asylum.

Freddie Roach
Freddie Roach

Trainer of the year so far – Freddie Roach

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First off a shout out for Kenny Porter for getting his son Shawn a good follow-up victory against Paulie Malignaggi stopping him. They had already bullied Devon Alexander out of a world title but Paulie is a tricky customer.

Porter had no respect for him and walked right through everything he had before pulverising him in 4 rounds. If the Porter team can follow this up with a win against Kell Brook then he could be very close to a fight against one of the elite fighters at 147.

The winner probably has to be Freddie though. He has managed to get Manny back on track and won quite handily over Timothy Bradley as well as reinvigorate Miguel Cotto with two victories.

The Cotto victory over Martinez showed the best of Freddie though. Cotto was much more on the offensive than in previous fights and his footwork was excellent. Good old Freddie.

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