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#1 crold1

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

BoxingScene’s 2011 Year-End Awards: Fight of The Year

by Cliff Rold

What was it like before YouTube and social media? How many classics never got their full regard when the world was smaller?

Would something like Hall of Famer Jung Koo Chang’s valiant last, losing stand against Muangchai Kittikasem have been remembered differently in 1991 had their been broader outlets to see it? What if Ring Magazine had looked outside New York more often in the 1960’s? Would it have been enough to generate sentiment to name Chartchai Chionoi’s epic 1968 Flyweight win over Efren Torres as Fight of the Year over Dick Tiger’s battle with Frankie DePaula?

It’s hard to say.

This much is clear. In 2006, YouTube meant the world got to see Somsak Sithchatchawal’s 122 lb. title win over Mahyar Monshipour, contested in France and surely too obscure for global notice just a decade before. It meant Ring, ESPN, and the Boxing Writer’s Association of America (BWAA) gave the nod to the rightful Fight of the Year.

In 2011, it’s happening again. Slowly but surely the votes are coming together. ESPN has selected it for the honors. Eric Raskin and Michael Woods at The Sweet Science have made it their choice. Steve Kim of Maxboxing, whose Twitter feed was the source of much early buzz, has made it his selection as well. His proclamation on the social media tool of a Gatti-Ward-esque brawl peaked plenty of interest. It was an apt comparison.

So far, it appears some of the folks not making it their choice for Fight of the Year haven’t seen it. They should. The BWAA vote is coming. It would be unfair, at best, not to give it a full look. It would be unwise, for any fight lover, not to give two brave 105 lb. warriors the short investment of their time the fight demands.

It’s that good.

At one vote shy of a unanimous decision, it is the BoxingScene staff choice for 2011 Fight of the Year.

Fight of the Year: Akira Yaegashi TKO10 Pornsawan Porpramook

Read more at: http://www.boxingsce....ht-year--48078

#2 Clubber Lang

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:17 PM

I give you credit for mentioning Porpramook vs Hernandez in your article.  A lot of writers don't even mention that fight since it was so late in the year.  Hell of a fight.  Actually, it was a hell of a year for 112, 108, and 105.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:29 PM

Yeah, Maidana/Morales was probably my fave fight of the year. Berto/Ortiz was a very close second followed by Khan/Peterson. Round 1 of Kirkland/Angulo and round 6 of Berto/Ortiz were my rounds.

Didn't see a lot of small market/foreign fights this year so can't comment on those.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:47 PM

Erik v maidana for me too i think.

Erik  v danny garcia is going to deliver as well. Garcia can take a punch, erik is going to have to war again. He'l study garcia for a few rds, then hopefully he will dig in and break him down. I think garcia is up for the challenge though, he looks good and mighty tough himself.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:52 AM

As much as I dislike the two assholes, best fight I witnessed (haven't seen them all, sorry job sucks, lots of hours) was Berto-Ortiz. Ortiz is still a mental midget and Berto makes me wish Al Haymon could talk to my boss for me sometimes...

God versus Maidana was good, but I was drunken that night and all I REALLY remember is El Terrible doing much better than expected. Kind of like Hopkins versus Pavlik. Wasn't especially entertaining, but special because of the expectations at the time of the fight.

Please don't misunderstand, I'm not comparing the entertaining qualities of Hopkins versus Morales. That is a no-contest of the highest order. G v. M was MUCH more entertaining than Hop v. Drunkard-Kurt-Cobain-Should-Shoot-Himself-and-Just-End-It, just not 100% on FOTY or not.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:52 AM

Its Tyson Marquez v Concepcion I or Ortiz - Berto for me.

The Japanese dude v the Thai -- maybe it was my Youtube connection, but it seemed like the Thai was throwing arm punches the whole fight.  Bad stance = no power, so less compelling.  And it seemed a bit like he was just following the better boxer and getting battered for it.

OTOH, the same following around, bad form and getting battered because of it was in Marquez - Concepcion, but these dudes were throwing haymakers.

Not a particularly strong year.

and I agree w Kyle that Morales - Chino was better than expected, but not FOTY

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:29 PM

View PostKyle97, on 06 January 2012 - 12:52 AM, said:

As much as I dislike the two assholes, best fight I witnessed (haven't seen them all, sorry job sucks, lots of hours) was Berto-Ortiz. Ortiz is still a mental midget and Berto makes me wish Al Haymon could talk to my boss for me sometimes...

God versus Maidana was good, but I was drunken that night and all I REALLY remember is El Terrible doing much better than expected. Kind of like Hopkins versus Pavlik. Wasn't especially entertaining, but special because of the expectations at the time of the fight.

Please don't misunderstand, I'm not comparing the entertaining qualities of Hopkins versus Morales. That is a no-contest of the highest order. G v. M was MUCH more entertaining than Hop v. Drunkard-Kurt-Cobain-Should-Shoot-Himself-and-Just-End-It, just not 100% on FOTY or not.

Morales/Maidana was a war, nothing to do with expectations. At least not for me, it went exactly how I thought it would. One of the best fights Erik has ever been in.

Edited by YellowLorrySlow, 06 January 2012 - 12:30 PM.


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:13 PM

It's a shame hbo didn't include it in the 2011's best. I was hoping to see it again on the "big screen."



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