By Rudy Mondragon
2013 was one of the best years of boxing that I have ever experienced. Boxing is a diverse community made up of fans who love technical fights, wars, brawls, knockouts, and fights that go the distance. From Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov’s war in March to Floyd Mayweather’s clinical win over Saul Alvarez, 2013 had a little bit of everything. This year gave it’s fans something to hold onto as we move into 2014. With the fights that were manifested in 2013 also come the dream fights that can be made as a result. Before those are announced however, here are the 2013 Best of Boxing Awards brought to you by Blood Money Boxing.
Pound for Pound of 2013
- Floyd Mayweather
- Timothy Bradley
- Andre Ward
- Guillermo Rigondeaux
Fighter of the Year
Adonis Stevenson and Floyd Mayweather
Knockout of the Year
Adonis Stevenson KO over Chad Dawson
Fight of the Year
Ruslan Provodnikov VS. Timothy Bradley
Warrior of the Year
Upset of the Year
Marcos Maidana VS. Adrien Broner
Trainer of the Year
Robert Garcia and Joel Diaz
Boxing Fail of the Year
Julio Cesar Chavez Decision Win over Brian Vera
2014 Dream Fights
- Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
- Marcos Maidana vs Floyd Mayweather
- Marcos Maidana vs Ruslan Provodnikov
- Danny Garcia vs Adrien Broner
- Saul Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin
- Mikey Garcia vs Yuriorkis Gamboa
- Adonis Stevenson vs Sergy Kovalev
- Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Leo Santa Cruz
As we transition to 2014, my biggest hope is that the promoters that have ultimate power in boxing will lessen some of that power and privilege and think of the fans for once. May Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions settle their differences and team up to make fights like Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux or best of all, can the fans finally get Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao? As long as Oscar De La Hoya stays out of the mix and lets Richard Schaefer and Bernard Hopkins do their thing for the company, I believe big things will take place in 2014. Schaefer has proven himself to be the one who makes things happen for GBPs. It might be a good idea to have Manny Pacquiao and his peoples in a room with Schaefer and his peoples. Only a dream thought, but the idea of that happening looks more promosing that continuing to sit and negotiate with Bob Arum and his peoples. Out with the old and in with the new. If Top Rank doesn’t begin to be more flexible, they might be walking into their worst year of boxing in 2014 as their stable has not been as strong as years past.
As we leave 2013, let us also remember those who lost their live’s this year: Ken Norton, Tommy Morrison, Emile Griffith, and Frankie Leal. May they rest in power.
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Se acaba el año y tenemos que dar los premios a los mejor del boxeo. Estos premios son dados por Blood Money Boxing, el blog de nuestro especialista de box, Rudy Mondragón.