2014 Boxing Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end awards, starting today and continuing into next 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, which will finish next week, is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from Trainer of the Year to more frivolous topics.

For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info. You tell us if our finalists and honorable mentions are lacking, and give your vote on who you think should win. Maybe you sway us to adjust the list, and maybe you sway us on the eventual winner. On the second day after a category is introduced, we’ll give that winner and explain why.

So, up first: Knockout of the Year candidates. On deck: Round of the Year candidates and Knockout of the Year.


Marvin Sonsona-Akifume Shimoda

In a year with several great uppercut knockouts, this one was the most kinetic.

Nicholas Walters-Vic Darchinyan

Walters put his stamp on 2014 twice with big KOs, the first delivered via a pneumatic left.

Carl Froch-George Groves II

The heated rivalry ended with one shot that turned Groves into a knotted-up garden hose.

Andy Lee-John Jackson

So long as Lee’s right hand is connected to his body, no fight is over.

Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale

How many times have you seen someone score a knockout punch WHILE being punched, and off-balance?


David Lemieux-Fernando Guerrero

Tomoki Kameda-Pungluang Sor Singyu

Nicholas Walters-Nonito Donaire

Danny Garcia-Rod Salka

Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa

Viktor Postol-Selcuk Aydin

Jorge Sebastian Heiland-Matthew Macklin

Rey Loreto-Nkosinathi Joyi

Amir Mansour-Fred Kassi

Felix Verdejo-Sergio Villanueva

Wladimir Klitschko-Kubrat Pulev

Alexander Povetkin-Manuel Charr

Hugo Centeno-James De La Rosa

Marco Antonio Rubio-Domenico Spada

Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio

Jesus Cuellar-Juan Manuel Lopez

Alexander Povetkin-Carlos Takam

Frank Galarza-John Thompson

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. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.