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The Annual Boxing Rant of 2016 by BoxingBrain

Updated on April 17, 2017

The Best Boxers in 2016

Carl Frampton had a breakout year by beating Scott Quigg and then winning an excellent showdown against Leo Santa Cruz.
Carl Frampton had a breakout year by beating Scott Quigg and then winning an excellent showdown against Leo Santa Cruz. | Source
Andre Ward defended the super middleweight championship by knocking out Chad Dawson.
Andre Ward defended the super middleweight championship by knocking out Chad Dawson. | Source

R.I.P. Champ

1960 Gold Medal winner and 3-time heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali was much more than an athlete and another thing,,,He will be sorely missed by millions.
1960 Gold Medal winner and 3-time heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali was much more than an athlete and another thing,,,He will be sorely missed by millions. | Source

Let's Get Ready to Ramble

My biggest gripe for 2016 would be the bouts that did not happen which is bad for the sport that I hold dearly. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin is a perfect example. And although Danny Garcia will finally challenge himself against Kieth Thurman in 2017, he spent 2016 fighting tune up bouts. Carl Frampton, who gets my nod for Fighter of the Year, truly took on all comers by beating Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz in back to back fights.

The Greatest heavyweight ever, Muhammad Ali passed away and will never be forgotten in the sports world or the world in general for that matter. Ali won the light heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Olympics. Ali then went pro and ended up winning the heavyweight crown 3 times in his career. If anybody doubts Ali's credentials then here is a list of some of the top boxers he defeated. Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Kenny Norton (twice), Ron Lile, Ernie Shavers, Floyd Patterson (twice), Jerry Quarry, Leon Spinks and Oscar Bonavena. Ali is the number 1 heavyweight who ever lived, nuff said. R.I.P. Champ

My Favorite 5

Evander Holyfield
Mike Tyson
James Toney
Julio Cesar Chavez
Felix Trinidad
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is my personal top 5 favorite boxers. Keep in mind that I am not calling these guys the best but just my favorite.

Deontay Wilder vs Artur Szpilka

"The Bronze Bomber" defended the heavyweight title by knocking out Poland's Artur Szpilka and sending him out of the ring on a stretcher.
"The Bronze Bomber" defended the heavyweight title by knocking out Poland's Artur Szpilka and sending him out of the ring on a stretcher. | Source

Heavyweight Situation

The heavyweight division experienced a major shakeup when Vladimir Klitschko, the long time and slightly faded champion, lost a decision and his titles to undefeated Tyson Fury. Also, Undefeated knockout artist Deontay Wilder proved himself to a degree by winning the WBC title vs Bermane Steverne and defending it 4 times so far. You also have undefeated IBF Champ Anthony Joshua and the real king kong Tito Ortiz.

I believe Klitschko and Tyson Fury are done for. Vladimir Klitschko is past his prime and Fury is overrated. Tito Ortiz would get exposed and lose against Wilder and Joshua.

Who is It?

Who is your favorite boxer of all time?

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Andre Ward W12 Sergey Kovalev

Andre Ward survived a knockdown and heavy pressure to comeback and win a razor close 12 round decision over light heavyweight king Krusher Kovalev to claim the crown.
Andre Ward survived a knockdown and heavy pressure to comeback and win a razor close 12 round decision over light heavyweight king Krusher Kovalev to claim the crown. | Source

Top 5 Boxers Pound for Pound 2016

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Gennady Golovkin

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

Top 20 Boxing Highlights 2016 (Video)

Money vs Pacman

Money Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the largest grossing PPV in boxing history.
Money Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the largest grossing PPV in boxing history. | Source

Mayweather Retires

Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired sporting a remarkable resume reading: 49-0 with 26 knockouts. A defensive specialist who won championships in 5 weight classes while beating opponents such as Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton along the way. While not a knockout artist, Mayweather still had fast, accurate punches and he will be remembered as an All-Time Great in my opinion.

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Boxing Politics

As usual boxing stays ridd;ed with bad decisions by judges and refs who mar a bout. But I will not dwell on those two things because we all know they will always be a problem.

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Premier Boxing Champions (PBC)

The PBC is a boxing league formed by Al Haymon which brings boxing back to cable TV.
The PBC is a boxing league formed by Al Haymon which brings boxing back to cable TV. | Source

Al Hamon vs Everybody

Al Haymon came out with Premiere Boxing Champions which was a great idea to bring boxing back to the masses. Boxing was no longer stuck on just HBO, Showtime and ESPN. The problem is Haymon rarely allows his big roster of prizefighters to box outside his stable unless the upside is too great to resist.

Teddy Atlas: Unguarded Moment (Video)

Errol Spence vs Chris Algeri

Errol Spence proved to have power to go along with his skills when he stopped Chris Algeri in a welterweight match.
Errol Spence proved to have power to go along with his skills when he stopped Chris Algeri in a welterweight match. | Source

Future Star Errol Spence is The Truth

Errol Spence is called "The Truth" and he might just be. So far he has shown speed, power and skills on offense and speed, technique and skills on defense. While Errol Spence has yet to fight a true welterweight contender he has destroyed top 15 level boxers with pure ease including Chris Algeri.

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Kieth Thurman vs Shawn Porter

Two of the best 147 pounders in the world. Kieth Thurman remained undefeated and champion by winning a clear but ultra close 12 round decision over Showtime Shawn Porter. It was a fair decision but I would love to see a rematch. Porter showed solid aggression and punching in sots but Thurman landed more shots and the more telling blows in large areas of the bout.

Boxer Ranking

Cast your vote for "Big" George Foreman

Triple G vs Special K

Gennady Golovkin scored a TKO in his fight with Welterweight titlist Kell Brook in defense of his middleweight championship.
Gennady Golovkin scored a TKO in his fight with Welterweight titlist Kell Brook in defense of his middleweight championship. | Source

Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook

Triple G is the man at 160 pounds, hands down. Kell Brook, who is a welterweight champion, had a bunch of guts to leap two weight classes and risk his health and undefeated record. The bout was entertaining but ultimately Golovkin's power proved to be too much. Brook had to quit with a serious eye injury. Whether you like him or do not care for him at all, the fact is, Gennady Golovkin is the real deal. Brook needs to either return to welterweight or maybe invade the junior middleweight division.

Gennady Golovkin Highlights (Video)

Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev

Ward and Kovalev put on a terrific bout that Andre Ward won via close unanimous decision.
Ward and Kovalev put on a terrific bout that Andre Ward won via close unanimous decision. | Source

S.O.G. vs Krusher

Undefeated former super middleweight king Andre Ward met Undefeated light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev for 175 pound supremacy. The bout was close no matter who you thought deserved the decision. Ward was floored and wobbled early but came back to take most of the late rounds. At least 2 of the elite faced off in their prime. This one begs for a rematch.

© 2016 Buster Johnson

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