2020 Boxing Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout the 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. Now: Fight of the Year nominees. On deck: Fight of the Year winner and Fighter of the Year nominees.


Roman Gonzalez vs Khalid Yafai

The official return of the king. One-time pound-for-pound master Gonzalez turned back the clock in a toe-to-toe war against the undefeated Yafai.

Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 

The ending is plenty good enough, but consider that Povetkin had been down twice in round 4 before knocking out the KO artist himself.

Jose Zepeda vs Ivan Baranchyk 

Let’s face it, in most years this is a competitive category. Zepeda vs Baranchyk is just in its own league.

Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras 2


These two know how to deliver drama in the ring against each other. Estrada got off the canvas to stop the gritty Cuadras for the first time.

Masayoshi Nakatani vs Felix Verdejo 


If you didn’t know the outcome and watched the first five rounds you might have assumed Verdejo was going to be the sure winner. Nakatani had other plans.

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.