This year instead of individual picks I decided to put all categories out to vote, giving our writers the chance to mull over them to make a decision. I listed over five in each category and asked which they would choose, without further ado here are the results:
Taking near 40% of the votes, Vasyl ‘Hi-Tec’ Lomachenko was the standout pick for the fighter of the year category, Up against the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Wisaksil Wangek, Andre Ward and Terence Crawford. Vasyl’s wins over Jason Sosa, Miguel Marriaga and Guillermo Rigondeaux was adjudged to be enough to get the nod from the TopClass team.
- Vasyl Lomachenko – 38.46%
- Gennady Golovkin – 23.08%
- Terence Crawford – 23.08%
- Wisaksil Wangek – 11.54%
- Andre Ward – 3.85%
It didn’t come as much of a surprise to see Josh Taylor’s rise through the ranks, four big victories in 2017 led to him being an outright winner of 50% of the votes in the category for Prospect of the year.
A simmering domestic affair with Ohara Davies led to the latter being stopped within the distance before ending the year with a knockout win over former world champion Miguel Vasquez.
Cyclone Promotions have him on a steady incline to the top, 2018 is sure to be another busy year for the Tartan Tornado.
- Josh Taylor – 50.00%
- Ryan Garcia – 16.67%
- Shakur Stevenson – 16.67%
- Marcus Browne – 8.33%
- Michael Conlon – 4.16%
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas – 4.17%
Following his extended absence from the ring due to promotional issues, Mikey Garcia sought to make an impact in 2017, starting with WBC Lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin.
The entirety of the contest only lasted three rounds, ‘Mikey’ underlining the result with an uppercut which had Zlaticanin out on his feet before a follow up right hook against the ropes left the champion on his back in a clear winner for knockout of the year.
- Mikey Garcia Over Dejan Zlaticanin – 44%
- Jermell Charlo Over Erickson Lubin – 16%
- David Lemieux Over Curtis Stevens – 16%
- Zolani Tete Over Siboniso Gonya – 12%
- David Benavidez Over Rogelino Medina – 8%
- Hugo Centeno Jr Over Immanuwel Aleem – 4%
Due to his showing against Tyson Fury, fight fans were quick to condemn Wladimir Klitschko to a similar feat at the hands of Anthony Joshua, the only bone of contention was how long the fight would last, so it came as quite a surprise to see the former dominant king of the heavyweight division match the young lion stride for stride even shocking some by knocking down Joshua before he eventually succumbed to defeat in this years best.
- Anthony Joshua Vs. Wladimir Klitschko – 50.00%
- Roman Gonzalez Vs. Wisaksil Wangek 23.08%
- Miguel Blechelt Vs. Fernando Vargas – 7.69%
- Juan Francisco Estrada Vs. Carlos Cuadras 7.69%
- James DeGale Vs. Badou Jack – 7.69%
- Oscar Valdez Vs. Miguel Marriaga – 3.85%
Caleb Truax was selected to give the champion of the time a hard nights work but never thought of being a risk for James DeGale’s IBF title. DeGale was making his comeback from a shoulder injury so his team sought out a lower risk option in Truax which ultimately came back to bite them.
DeGale was never allowed to dominate as we have seen him do in the past, instead, he was swept away with the constant pressure of Truax, losing out to a majority decision loss, much to the gasp of the on looking crowd.
- Caleb Truax Vs. James DeGale – 61.54%
- Jeff Horn Vs. Manny Pacquiao – 38.46%
This wraps up our end of year awards. A special thank you to all who contributed in this feature as we look forward to another big year of boxing.
I would like to extend my gratitude to all of our writers and readers as we continue to grow as a TopClass Family.
Happy New Year One and All