The Annual Boxing Rant of 2016 by BoxingBrain
The Best Boxers in 2016
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
Julio Cesar Chavez
Deontay Wilder vs Artur Szpilka
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?
Andre Ward W12 Sergey Kovalev
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
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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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)
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.
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Errol Spence vs Chris Algeri
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.
Triple G vs Special K
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
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.
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