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TOPCLASS END OF YEAR AWARDS 2018

The past year as continued it’s trend of providing us with thrills aplenty, month on month it seemed to throw up an eagerly anticipated match up with enough to keep even the most cynical of fight fans entertained.

As was the case last year, we decided again to let the winner of each category be voted for by the ones that matter, the fight fans who choose via a poll that was posted via our social media avenues, throwing up the following results:

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
OLEKSANDR USYK

This was possibly the easiest of the bunch to select, starting in Riga, Latvia, Oleksandr Usyk took the opportunity to nail his name to the mast as the main man at Cruiserweight, decisioning Mairis Bredis in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series, but not only did he hand defeat to the WBC cruiserweight champion he jumped aboard another flight to Moscow to replicate the success against the fearsome puncher Murat Gassiev before adding a cherry to the top of an already spectaclular 2018 cake by stopping Tony Bellew in the UK.

  • Oleksandr Usyk – 70%
  • Vasyl Lomachenko – 17%
  • Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – 9%
  • Naoya Inoue – 4%

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
KATIE TAYLOR

From the small town of Bray in Ireland, Katie Taylor has taken the form that blazed a trail on her way to amateur success to its transition of one of the most exciting professional stars in the world. twelve fights in, Katie has looked sensational both home and abroad in search of more World titles in 2019.

  • Katie Taylor – 81%
  • Claressa Shields – 14%
  • Cecilia Braekus – 5%

PROSPECT OF THE YEAR
JOSH KELLY

This wouldnt have been my personal pick but the voters won through on this particular instance with Josh Kelly pipping Teofimo Lopez to our Prospect of the year honours. A win over Carlos Molina early in the year was coupled with stoppage wins over credible opposition in Kris George and Walter Fabien Castillo.

  • Josh Kelly  – 48%
  • Teofimo Lopez – 46%
  • Shakur Stevenson – 6%

FIGHT OF THE YEAR
VASYL LOMACHENKO VS. JORGE LINARES

Vasyl Lomachenko continues to surpass every expectation that I initially ever had of him which doesnt need me to state was at a high stadard to begin with. We allow ourselves into thinking that a Lomachenko victory is a foregone conclussion but on this very rare occasion we actually got to see a competitive encounter, well at least for a few rounds anyway. Jorge Linares the naturally bigger man of the two dropped Lomachenko early in the bout which only served to ramp up the offence of ‘Loma’ who got his stoppage late on with another sterling peformance.

  • Lomachenko v Linares – 22%
  • Wilder v Fury – 19%
  • Golovkin v Canelo 2 – 19%
  • Berchelt vs Roman – 15%
  • Kimura v Tanaka – 8%
  • Saucedo v Zappavigna – 4%
  • Other – 13%

UPSET OF THE YEAR
FRANCESCO PATERA SD12 LEWIS RITSON

Before coming unstuck, Lewis Ritson was tentatively being talked up in some circles as Newcastle’s version of Triple G such was the aggression and power he exhibited, one thing was omitted, unlike the Kazakh, he was unable to show the same granite whiskers as he was dropped in his eighteenth professional encounter on route to losing his unbeaten streak and the European title in the process against in a stirring performance from the away fighter Francesco Patera, the fact that the judges rendered a split decision was another bad decision as the prospect was soundly beaten on the night.

  • Patera v Ritson – 36%
  • Naverrete v Dogboe – 27%
  • Alvarez v Kovalev – 18%
  • Donaire v Burnett – 9%
  • Other – 10%

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR
NAOYA INOUE KO1 JUAN CARLOS PAYANO

Naoya Inoue continues to astound me, regularly leaving me in awe at the way he harnesses his incredible power even in the advancing weight classes he transitions into. Payano had never been stopped previous but was left on his back with no intentions on making the count following a solid right hand from the Japanese fighter. It was the latest in a highlight reel of viciousness unseen for a long time in the lesser weight classes.

  • Inoue v Payano – 56%
  • Harlem Eubank v Alexandrov – 44%

TRAINER OF THE YEAR
ANATOLY LOMACHENKO

The pick for trainer of the year was a relatively straightforward one, something that usually happens when you train a son as gifted as Vasyl. This pick is partly because of the success of his son but also the success that comes with training another of his countrymen who just so happens to also stand at the top of their respective division in Oleksandr Usyk, thats right the fighter who is our Fighter of the Year.

  • Anatoly Lomachenko – 63%
  • Ben Davison – 25%
  • Robert Garcia – 12%

Individual picks from a few of our writers:

CategoriesAnthony
Ritchie
Richard
Lewis
Ben
Thomsett
FighterOleksandr
Usyk
Oleksandr
Usyk
Oleksandr
Usyk
Prospect Josh
Kelly
Josh
Taylor
Sadriddin
Akhmedov
FightWelborn
v Langford
Lomachenko
v Linares
Fury
v Wilder
KOInoue KO1
Payano
Chisora TKO8
Takem
Wilder TKO10
Ortiz
UpsetPatera SD12
Ritson
Warrington SD12
Selby
Ali UD12
Cotto
TrainerJamie
Moore
Anatoly
Lomachenko
Freddie
Roach

This wraps up this years End of Year awards, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the incredible support, whether it be sharing a particular article, commentating or simply liking, it allows us to guage the quality of our work and to always strive for better.

I know I don’t talk for myself in wishing you all the very best for the Year to come

Faithfully

Your #TopClassFamily

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