Matt Hamilton on Boxing at 2012 Annual Awards

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2012 Annual Awards

The following represent my selection of the very finest the sport of boxing had to offer its hardcore fan base during an eventful & in diverging ways fatefully historic year. 2012 was a hell of ride! So in the eternal words of Eazy-E – “Let’s take a trip!” Stay tuned for the forthcoming #Hamilton’s Hundred Moments That Defined 2012 in Boxing set for release later on today.

Fighter of the Year

Juan Manuel Márquez

Runner Up:

Nonito Donaire

Fight of the Year

Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado

Runner Up:

Juan Manuel Márquez KO 6  Manny Pacquiao

Round of the Year

Round 12. Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 

Runner Up:

Round 9Orlando Salido v. Juan Manuel Lopez II.

Knockout of the Year  

Juan Manuel Márquez KO 6  Manny Pacquiao

Runner Up:

Not even going to bother – nothing came close to the historic, dramatically violent & era punctuating winner. But were I forced to..

Danny Garcia KO4 Erik Morales

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Danny Garcia

Runner Up:

Adrien Broner

Prospect of the Year 

Keith Thurman

Whenever someone is ready to let Keith Thurman eat, I’m ready to grab that belt. That’s my way of making a statement. We have options right now. When I make it up to that point, whoever is holding a belt is on my list.” Keith Thurman

Runner Up:

Bryant Jennings

Upset of the Year 

Josesito Lopez vs. Victor Ortiz

Runner Up:

Danny Garcia vs. Amir Khan

Event of the Year

Juan Manuel Márquez KO 6  Manny Pacquiao

Runner Up:

Sergio Martinez vs Julio Chavez Junior

Trainer of the Year

Robert Garcia

Promoter/Manager/Matchmaker/Powerbroker of the Year

Al Haymon

Outside The Ropes Event of the Year

End of the Mayweather-50 Cent Bro-mance & Twitter beef. SMS Audio diverges from over-priced headphones to boxing promotion – reserving judgement I’m skeptical as to 50’s patience to stay the course but let’s see what 2013 & beyond brings for the Rap superstar turned boxing promoter.

Runner Up:

Floyd Mayweather goes to the slammer.

Black Eye on the Sport Event of the Year

PED’s become an unwanted regular event. Berto. Peterson. Morales… Next? Universal Olympic style drug testing will become required to maintain the integrity of the sport going forward as boxers are given millions of reasons to attempt to load the dice…

Lloyd Christmas Award

Jointly won by Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao for blowing the biggest payday in the history of professional sports.

Matt Hamilton, for wishing you & yours a badass 2013.

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