Best fights of 2016

2016 was another bumper year for boxing, so what better way to kick off 2017 then to look back at some of the best fights of last year.

10.  Charle Martin V Anthony Joshua 9th April 2016

Now I know what you’re thinking how this fight can make it onto the fight of the year list, it didn’t go past the 2nd round. Ok I’ll agree the fight wasn’t the longest in the world, but in had a massive impact on the world of boxing and took Joshua from prospect to superstar over night.

9. Anthony Crolla V Ismael Barroso 7th May 2016

It’s never easy for Anthony Crolla after beating Darley Perez to win the world title at the end of 2015, he was ordered to take on his mandatory challenger for his first defence. It was a hard fought fight for 7 rounds before Crolla knocked him out with a body shot.

8. Dillian Whyte V Dereck Chisora 10th December 2016

Now I have to admit after all the bad blood and incidents in the build up I thought it was going to be another one of those fights that was never going to live up to the hype. Oh how I was wrong it was an all out war for 12 rounds, both men giving everything they had. In the end Whyte won a close split decision, this is a fight I would love to see a rematch of in 2017.

7. Scott Quigg V Carl Frampton 2nd February 2016

This was a fight that the world had been waiting for two rivals going at it to see who’s the best. This fight was a bit slow to get going, but when it did it was an all out war. I was in the arena that night and it was a difficult fight to score I had it a draw on my card, with Frampton winning the early rounds and Quigg coming on strong in the middle to late rounds. Frampton won a close split decision. The fight left Quigg with his jaw broken in two places. This is another fight I would love to see a rematch of but that is unlikely.

 

6. Sam Eggington V Frankie Gavin 22nd October 2016

This fight had it all a local rivalry, a world title shot on the line and a great fight. It was a toe to toe war from start to finish and the 6th round I don’t know about fight of the year but it would win round of the year! Eggington got the win in the 8th round with a stunning knockout.

5. Tony Bellew V Iiungu Makabu 29th May 2016

This fight was Tony Bellew’s dream fighting for a world title at the home of his beloved Everton. However the dream very nearly turned into a nightmare when he was put down hard in the first round. He came back strong in the 2nd and knocked out  Makabu in the 3rd to fulfil his dream.

4. Gennady Golovkin V Kell Brook 10th September 2016

A lot of people saw this fight as a miss match but it turned out to be far from it.  Brook started the fight well landing some good shots on Golovkin. However disaster struck when an eye injury forced Brook’s corner to pull him out in the 7th, it turned out that Brook had broken his eye socket in two places.  However I believe if the fight had of continued there was a very good chance of Brook been the first man to beat Golovkin, as he was up on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

 3. Andre Ward V Sergey Kovalev 19th November 2016

This fight was one of the best fights of the year, but also one of the most controversial. Many people had Kovalev winning the fight, but Ward having come off the canvas in the 2nd round won a unanimous decision by 1 point.

2. Keith Thurman V Shawn Porter 25th June 2016

In this fight Thurman out boxed Porter for most of the fight. However Porter came back strong toward the end of the fight but it was to little to late, as Thurman won a unanimous decision.  This is another one of those fights that I think all boxing fans would love to see again in 2017 as it was an enthralling fight to watch.

1. Terence Crawford V Viktor Postol 23 July 2016

Terence Crawford out thought and fought Viktor Postol knocking him down twice in the 5th before winning a wide unanimous decision. It was a great fight to watch and in my opinion the best fight of 2016

So that’s my top 10 fights of 2016 sorry if I missed your favourite, I don’t no about you but I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring. Comment below and let me know what you think and what fights would make your list.

Fight Night Review 22nd October 2016

On Saturday night the Barclaycard arena Birmingham hosted a big night of boxing here’s my review of all the action.

Sam Eggington V Frankie Gavin

Sam Eggington wins bragging rights with 8th round stoppage.

Eggington walked to the ring looking very focused. Gavin walked to the ring also looking focused the arena seem to be split on who they wanted to win.

The 1st round was very cagey there seem to be a mutual respect between the two. Towards the end of the round Eggington did land some good shots with Gavin on the ropes. In the 2nd both men seemed happy to let their hands go and the better quality punches were coming from Eggington but there wasn’t much in it. At the start of the 3rd Gavin hit the canvas off a well timed right hand, and for the rest of the round Eggington tried to get him out of there but he was smothering his work and getting caught with shots. At the start of the 4th it looked like Eggington had gone back to his boxing but now knowing he could hurt Gavin.  Gavin was throwing a lot but they were missing or been blocked. The 5th was just a good round of boxing with both men having success.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Eggington up by 2. Gavin looked like he was been out boxed. In the 6th Eggington could just tee off at will and Gavin had no answer, I think the fight should have been stopped. The 7th started well for Gavin but he didn’t have the power to hurt Eggington. Eggington could still tag Gavin whenever he wanted. The 8th started slower Gavin was trying to take control but his punches were missing. Eggington back Gavin into the ropes again and the referee had no choice but to stop the fight.

Craig Cunningham V Anthony Ogogo

Joy for Cunningham after an 8th round stoppage.

Cunningham walked to the ring looking focused with the whole arena behind him. Ogogo walked to the ring  looking very confident the crowd didn’t seem to bother him.

In the 1st round both men came out on the front foot looking to take the centre of the ring. It was a close round with Cunningham throwing but they were been blocked. The 2nd started the same it looked like Ogogo couldn’t find his range. Midway through the round Cunningham rocked Ogogo more then once, toward the end of the round Ogogo hit the canvas. The 3rd started slowly but Cunningham was still having the better of it a lot of Ogogo’s punches were falling short. Toward the end of the round Ogogo did land but Cunningham answered back, this was shaping up to be a good one.  At the start of the 4th Ogogo did land some good shots. It was probably his best round so far.

Going into the second half of the fight I had Cunningham up by 2 but I could see Ogogo getting back into it. At the start of the 5th Cunningham came out swinging but missing. He did shake Ogogo but only for a second, by the end of the round Ogogo was starting to land shots.  Ogogo came out at the start of the 6th looking to throw shots and he was having success. However he was still been rocked by Cunningham. Ogogo started fast again in the 7th but he still couldn’t land clean on Cunningham. In the 8th both men were starting to look tired and then out of nowhere Ogogo’s corner pulled him out with what looked like an eye injury.

Sean Davis V Paul Economides 

Sean Davis wins a unanimous decision but what fight were the judges watching.

Economides walked to the ring looking confident. Davies looked like he was enjoying having the home crowd behind him.

In the 1st round both men came out on the front foot looking to throw shots Economides just had the better of it. The 2nd round started much the same, Davis was missing a lot and getting tagged on the way in.  The better shots were coming from Economides but Davis had the higher work rate.  The 3rd was another fairly even round with both men having success.  Davis had a good start to the 4th rocking Economides, it looked like he’d found his range. However Economides came back well landing some good shots of his own

Going into the second half of the fight it was tight but I had Economides 1 up. Economides had the better of the 5th landing some good shots.  The 6th was another close round but the better quality punches were still coming from Economides. In the 7th Economides was landing some good shots at will , and was pushing Davis on to the back foot. In the 8th Economides came out throwing shots and Davis seemed to have no answer, Davis looked like he didn’t have much left in the tank. The  9th was the same as much of the fight Davis seemed to have no answer to Economides punches. Going into the final round the only way Davis was going to win was by knockout, and that didn’t looked likely. By the final bell I had it by 4 to Economides.

Also on the bill:

Kal Yafai

Wiped out an overmatched opponent in the 3rd round to take his record to 20-0, and move one step closer to world honours.

Brian Rose

Wins a wide points decision.

Cori Gibbs

Wins on points and remains undefeated.

Joe Sheriff

Knocked out an overmatched opponent in the 5th round to remain undefeated.

Ryan Kelly

Knocked out a game opponent in the 3rd round to take his record to 7-0.

Don Boadhurtst

Wins a tight split decision to remain undefeated  and win the English title. This would be a good fight over 12 rounds.

Sam Bowen

Knocked out an overmatched opponent in the 2nd round to take his record to 8-0.

Comment below and let me know what you thought of the night

 

Fight Night Preview 22nd October 2016

It’s that time of the week again, this week the Barclaycard arena Birmingham is hosting a packed night of boxing all the action is live on Skysports 2 from 8pm.

Sam Eggington V Frankie Gavin 

There is only one place to start and thats with the big local derby fight,ok there’s no title on the line but what is on the line is bragging rights.

Sam Eggington comes in to the fight with a record of 18-3 with 10 knockouts. He is still rebuilding his career after he lost the British and Commonwealth titles to Bradley Skeete in March this year.  However he has won 5 out of his 6, 4 of them by knockout.  In his last fight he beat Daza Usher with a 1st round knockout.

Frankie Gavin comes into this fight with a record of 23-2 with 14 knockouts he is also rebuilding his career after failing in is world title challenge against Kell Brook in May this year. He has won 4 out of his last 6, but only 1 by knockout. In his last fight he beat Ivo Gogosevic with a 6th round knockout.

So who’s going to win this one you would have to say Gavin has fought at a much higher level, but I believe that Eggington is the better fighter.  Whoever wins it will probably be on points.

Craig Cunningham V Anthony Ogogo

Craig Cunningham comes into this fight with a record of 16-1 with 3 knockouts. He has won 5 out of his last 6, but only one of them by knockout. In his last fight he beat Jason Wellborn on points.

Anthony Ogogo comes into this fight undefeated with a record of 11-0 with 7 knockouts. He has won all of his last 6, 5 of them by knockout. In his last fight he beat Bronislav Kubin with a 2nd round knockout.

I think Anthony will win this by knockout because he has fought at a much higher level against better opponents.

Sean Davis V Paul Economides 

Sean Davis comes into this fight undefeated with a record of 10-0 with no Knockouts. He has won all of his last 6 but none of them by knockout. In his last fight he beat Krzysztof Rogowski on points.

Paul Economides comes into this fight with a record of 20-5 with 4 knockouts. He has won all of his last 6, 3 of them by knockout in his last fight he beat Elvis Guillen on points.

I think this one could be a tough fight it will probably go the distance, or Paul might get a late stoppage.

Also on the bill:

Kal Yafai will be in an 8 rounder but at the time of writing this post his opponent had not been confirmed

Enjoy the night and comment below and let me know your predictions