2017 Fight of the Year Nominees

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

The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. 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.

Previously: 2016 Knockout of the Year nominees. On deck: Knockout of the Year winner and Fighter of the Year nominees.


Roman Gonzalez vs Srisaket Sor Rungvisai I (highlights)

Several things got marred here: Roman Gonzalez’s face, his unbeaten record, the scorecards and the pound-for-pound king’s reign.

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko (highlights)

It breathed new, exhilarating life into the heavyweight division.

Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras (highlights)

The best part of the best card of the year.

Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin

We finally got it, and it was worth the wait.

Miguel Roman vs Orlando Salido

So long as Orlando Salido is fighting, he’s going to be in a Fight of the Year candidate, apparently.


Badou Jack vs James DeGale (highlights)

Leo Santa Cruz vs Carl Frampton II (highlights)

Immanuwel Aleem vs Ievgen Khytrov (highlights)

Miguel Berchelt vs Francisco Vargas (highlights)

Luis Collazo vs Sammy Vasquez, Jr. (highlights)

Dominic Breazeale vs Izuagbe Ugonoh

John Molina vs Ivan Redkach

Jarrett Hurd vs Tony Harrison (highlights)

Gennady Golovkin vs Danny Jacobs

Kell Brook vs Errol Spence, Jr.

Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev II (link)

Adrien Broner vs Adrian Granados

Ivan Baranchyk vs Abel Ramos

Tony Bellew vs David Haye

David Benavidez vs Rogelio Medina

Sadam Ali vs Miguel Cotto (highlights)

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.