2015 Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing this 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 after, 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 you the winner and explain why.

So, up now: 2015 Knockout of the Year candidates. Previously: 2015 Fight of the Year candidates; 2015 Round of the Year candidates; 2015 Fight of the Year winner. On deck: 2015 Round of the Year.


Zolani Tete-Paul Butler

That’s an uppercut straight from hell.

Mitchell Smith-Antonio Horvatic

Not the world’s most meaningful fight, but the flying mouthpiece and the shots landed on the way down push it into the top five.

James Kirkland-Canelo Alvarez

Anytime you can send someone flying halfway across the ring, you landed a good shot.

Mairis Briedis-Manuel Charr

Manuel Charr got shot twice in 2015 — once by an actual gun, once by that combination.

Gabriel Bracero-Danny O’Connor

Prediction no one offered ever: “When Danny O’Connor and Gabriel Bracero fight, the winner will deliver a Fight of the Year candidate.”


Yenifel Vicente-Juan Dominguez

Claudio Marrero-Rico Ramos

Artur Beterbiev-Gabriel Campillo

Felix Verdejo-Josenilson Dos Santos

Takashi Uchiyama-Jomthong Chuwatana

Randall Bailey-Shusaku Fujinaka

Daniel Rosario-Alphonso Black

Amir Imam-Fernando Angulo

Ola Afolabi-Rakhim Chakhkiev

Anthony Joshua-Dillian Whyte

Krzysztof Glowacki-Marco Huck

Dmitry Kudryashov-Francisco Palacios

Erkan Teper-David Price

Luis Ortiz-Matias Vidondo

Alexander Povetkin-Mike Perez

Courtney Blocker-Dominic Goode

Enzo Maccarinelli-Roy Jones

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.