2012 Boxing Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules' annual year-end awards, continuing throughout the week. Here's how we do it around these parts:

The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from Trainer of the Year to more frivolous topics.

For each category, I give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info. You tell me if my finalists and honorable mentions are lacking, and give your vote on who you think should win. Maybe you sway me to adjust the list, and maybe you sway me on the eventual winner. On the second day after a category is introduced, I give that winner and explain why. (There are virtually no major fights left in 2012, but we reserve the right to change our category winners if something crazy happens.)

Previously: Knockout of the Year candidates; Round of the Year candidates; Knockout of the Year. On deck: Round of the Year; Fight of the Year candidates; Fighter of the Year candidates.

THE FINALISTS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

(Full fights where possible. Where not, partial clips that lead to the rest of the fight. Highlights where no other options.)

Orlando Salido – Juan Manuel Lopez II

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=oqhLErw4mGA?feature=player_detailpage

The fight might've been one-sided, except a surprise knockdown by Lopez of Salido. But the action was two-way all the way.

Josesito Lopez – Victor Ortiz

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7OFPGQ59dCM?feature=player_embedded

A perfunctory audition against a smaller man for a payday vs. Saul Alvarez instead developed into a war, as Ortiz's broken jaw would attest.

Brandon Rios – Mike Alvarado

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DVL_dKC-Uyk?feature=player_detailpage

This was the easiest matchmaking of 2012: Take two boxers who regularly appear in Fight of the Year candidates, put them in the ring together and watch them clobber to their hearts' content.

Robert Guerrero – Andre Berto

 
Andre Berto vs Robert Guerrero 2012-11-24 by tiguidou421

With all the mauling at the beginning, a Fight of the Year candidate didn't seem in the cards. But Berto dug deep after some knockdowns and a bad eye, making Guerrero dig deep too.

Juan Manuel Marquez – Manny Pacquiao IV

 
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez IV (Full… by WBarooshian

Would anyone have guessed that at their ages, Marquez-Pacquiao 4 would equal or even surpass the first two classic fights?

THE HONORABLE MENTIONS (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

Floyd Mayweather – Miguel Cotto

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=W34nQ8z89nE?feature=player_detailpage

Mike Alvarado – Mauricio Herrera

 
Mike Alvarado vs Mauricio Herrera by JFKConspiracy

Kell Brook – Carson Jones

 
2012-07-07 Kell Brook vs Carson Jones by sweetboxing

Alexander Povetkin – Marco Huck

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HcJQsYw2Xq0?feature=player_detailpage

Kazuto Ioka – Akira Yaegashi

 
Akira Yaegashi vs Kazuto Ioka 2012-06-20 by tiguidou421

Derry Matthews – Anthony Crolla

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=3XN2zxkUuT0?feature=player_detailpage

Roman Gonzalez – Juan Estrada

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sCyhK5jopJQ?feature=player_detailpage

Brian Viloria – Hernan Marquez

 
Brian Viloria vs. Tyson Marquez by matthew100780

Roman Martinez – Miguel Beltran, Jr.

 
2012-09-15 Roman Martinez vs Miguel Beltran Jr by sweetboxing3

Lee Haskins – Stephane Jamoye

 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pJwXEgeJkW4?feature=player_detailpage

Marcos Maidana – Jesus Soto Karass (no clip available)

(Alex McClintock contributed to this post.)

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a staff writer for CQ Roll Call.

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