2018 Boxing 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.  On the second day after a category is introduced, we’ll give you the winner and explain why.

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


Oscar Valdez vs Scott Quigg

The tally of misery is incredible: a broken jaw, a broken nose and before it even started, a broken foot. This one was pure offensive acumen.

Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz (recap video)

Wilder’s clumsy power-punching routine won out over Ortiz’s more focused attack, but only in the final round did the American leave no doubt.

Jarrett Hurd vs Erislandy Lara (highlights)

It’s still hard to believe that the classical Cuban craftsman ended up in such a war, but he clearly made a conscious decision to buck the “boring” label against a guy whose style is anything but.

Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin 2 

Is it better than the first? Maybe, which is saying plenty. The late rounds are undeniably sensational by any standard.

Kosei Tanaka vs Sho Kimura

It may have flown under your radar. You have no excuse now. These two started at a ridiculous pace and never let up.


Alex Saucedo vs Lenny Zappavigna

Srisaket sor Rungvisai vs Juan Francisco Estrada

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares

Murat Gassiev vs Yunier Dorticos

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder (highlights)

John Molina vs Ivan Redkach

Oleksandr Usyk vs Mairis Breidis

Miguel Berchelt vs Miguel Roman

Jessie Magdaleno vs Isaac Dogboe

Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack

Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Adonis Stevenson

Shawn Porter vs Danny Garcia

Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora 2



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.