2011: Schizophrenic Year +1’d to Boxing History

Review of the Helter-Skelter Year that was in Boxing


  • 29 – Timothy Bradley defeats Devon Alexander by a tenth round technical decision. With the win, Bradley unified the light welterweight titles by defending his WBO title and winning Alexander’s WBC title.


  • 4 – Sergio Mora bests Brian Vera by controversial split decision.
  • 15 – Manny Pacquiao visited Washington to have meetings with President Barack Obama and Nevada Senator Harry Reid.
  • 19 – Nonito Donaire defeats Fernando Montiel by technical knockout in the second round to unify the WBO and WBC bantamweight titles. Win also sees Donaire climb several pound-for-pound listings rapidly.
  • 26 – Brandon Rios knocks out Miguel Acosta in the tenth round, to win the WBA world lightweight title. #FOTY Candidate #1.


  • 5 – Saúl Álvarez beats Ricky’s brother Matthew Hatton by unanimous decision to win the WBC light middleweight championship.
  • 12 – Sergio Martínez knocks out formerly undefeated Sergiy Dzindziruk in round eight to take the vacant WBC middleweight diamond belt.
  • 12 – Miguel Cotto knocks out Ricardo Mayorga in the twelfth round to retained his WBA world light middleweight title.
  • 12 – Yuri Foreman is knocked out by Paweł Wolak at the end of the sixth round.
  • 19 – Vitali Klitschko knocks out Odlanier Solís in the first round to retain his WBC heavyweight title for the sixth time. The knockout came as a surprise after Solís appeared to sustain a serious knee injury. (Big Fight BS Count #1)

  • 19 – Lucian Bute knocks out Brian Magee in the tenth round to defend his IBF supper middleweight title for the seventh time.
  • 26 – Yuriorkis Gamboa knocks out Jorge Solis in the fourth round for the IBF and WBA world featherweight titles.


  • 2 – Giovanni Segura knocks out Iván Calderón in the third round in a repeat of 2010’s fight of the year.
  • 8 – Marco Antonio Rubio upsets highly touted prospect David Lemieux by 7th Round TKO.
  • 9 – Marcos Maidana defeats Erik Morales by majority decision to take the interim WBA light welterweight champion again. (FOTY Candidate #2)
  • 9 – Robert Guerrero defeats Michael Katsidis by unanimous decision. Guerrero wins the interim WBO and WBA world lightweight titles.
  • 16 – Amir Khan defeats Paul McCloskey by technical decision in round 6.
  • 16 – Victor Ortiz defeats Andre Berto, by unanimous decision, to win the WBC Welterweight title and end Berto’s undefeated record. (#FOTY Candidate #3).
  • 16 – Orlando Salido defeats Juan Manuel Lopez by 8th Round TKO.
  • 23 – Vic Darchinyan defeats Yonnhy Perez.


  • 1 – Henry Cooper dies at the age of 76.
  • 4 – Matt Hamilton joins ESNewsReporting.com.
  • 7 – Manny Pacquiao beats Shane Mosley by lop-sided unanimous decision to keep his WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao’s performance is universally deemed as flat & sluggish.
  • 7 – Kelly Pavlik defeats Alfonso López via majority decision. Pavlik’s first fight at 168lbs.
  • 7 – Evander Holyfield knocks out Brian Nielsen in round 10. But let’s not dwell on the current when the past was so glorious…
  • 7 – Daniel Geale upsets Sebastian Sylvester by split decision.
  • 8 – Lionel Rose dies at the age of 62.
  • 14 – Andre Ward beats Arthur Abraham by unanimous decision to retain the WBA World Super Middleweight title. The win takes him to the Finals of the Super Six World Boxing.
  • 21 – Bernard Hopkins defeats Jean Pascal. Hopkins, 46, becomes the oldest man in the history of boxing to win a major world title.
  • 21 – Chad Dawson defeats Adrian Diaconu. Dawson’s first fight under Emanuel Steward.
  • 21 – Denis Lebedev knocks out Roy Jones, Jr. in the 10th round. The brutal nature of the loss to a modestly regarded fighter by the former Pound-for-Pound king leads to widespread calls for Jones’ retirement. This is not how we want to remember you Roy:
This is how we would like to remember you, as an all-time great who graced us with a uniquely magical talent:


  • 4 – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defeats Sebastian Zbik by controversial majority decision to take the WBC Middleweight title. First Mexican to win a major title in the middleweight division.
  • 4 – Carl Froch defeats Glen Johnson by majority decision to retain his WBC Super Middleweight title and progress to a showdown with Andre Ward in the Super Six final.
  • 18 – Canelo Alvarez defeats Ryan Rhodes by 12th round TKO.
  • 25 – Felix Sturm defeats Matthew Macklin in an extremely controversial split decision to retain his WBA super world middleweight title. (Big Fight BS Count #2)
  • 25 – Devon Alexander defeats Lucas Matthysse on a highly controversial split decision. (Big Fight BS Count #3)
  • 25 – Tavoris Cloud knocks out Yusaf Mack at the end of the eighth round to move to 22-0 defending his IBF light heavyweight title for the third time.
  • 25 – Cornelius Bundrage upsets Sechew Powell by unanimous decision.


  • 2 – Wladimir Klitschko defeats David Haye by unanimous decision. Klitschko adds Haye’s WBA title to his collection. One of the most pathetic excuses for a heavyweight unification bout in history is inflicted on the boxing public. (Crimes Against Boxing Indictment #1)
What a joke…
  • 2 – Celestino Caballero loses another split decision this time to Jonathan Victor Barros.
  • 9 – Brandon Ríos knocks out Urbano Antillón in Round 3.
  • 9 – Paul Williams defeats Erislandy Lara in a highly disputed (read laughable) decision. (Big Fight BS Count #4)
  • 16 – John Murray is knocked out by Kevin Mitchell in round 8.
  • 20 – Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver stops Danny Green in the ninth round to win the lightly regarded IBO cruiserweight title.
  • 23 – Amir Khan knocks out Zab Judah in the fifth round. Allegations of a low blow are muffled by the dominating nature of Khan’s performance.


  • 13 – Abner Mares wins a highly disputed majority decision over Joseph Agbeko who is now touch & go to father children in the future after several blows to the groin. (Big Fight BS Count #5)
  • 13 – Kimbo Slice makes his professional boxing debut with a 17-second knockout of no one you’d have heard of unless you were related to them.
  • 27 – Alexander Povetkin defeats Ruslan Chagaev by decision. The fight between two of the six top heavyweights passes by almost unnoticed as the era of the excitement free heavyweight division continues unabated.


  • 3 – Andre Berto stops Dejan Zavec in fifth round on medical stoppage after Zavec’s right eye closed & seriously cut.
  • 10 – Vitali Klitschko knocks out Tomasz Adamek in tenth. The fight is a box office smash – in Poland; & only in Poland.
  • 10 – Yuriorkis Gamboa dominant as he wins a technical decision over Daniel Ponce de Leon.
  • 17 – Saul Alvarez knocks out Alfonso Gomez in the 6th round.
  • 17 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocks out Victor Ortiz in what many deemed a sucker punch in the fourth round to move to 42-0. Fight’s PPV success adds further embarrassment to a sport in no immediate need of it.  (Crimes Against Boxing Indictment #2)


  • 1 – Sergio Martinez knocks out Darren Barker in the 11th round. Martinez looks off tempo in long patches & those clambering for his promotion in the Pound-4-Pound Rankings are largely silenced.
  • 15 – In what is later changed to a No Contest, Bernard Hopkins is unable to continue after injuring his shoulder in Round 2 of his light heavyweight fight with Chad Dawson. (Big Fight BS Count #6)
  • 22 – Nonito Donaire wins a one-sided decision over Omar Andres Narvaez. Donaire also looks sub-par & as with Martinez 3 weeks prior sees his meteoric rise up the Pound-For-Pound elite stymied somewhat.
  • 22 – Miguel Acosta drops a decision against Richard Abril in a significant upset.
  • 29 – Hernan Marquez knocks out Luis Concepcion in the opening round to defend the WBA belt.


  • 4 – Denis Lebedev wins a lopsided decision over James Toney who appeared injury for much of the bout. Rumors continue to swirl around Moskow that Lebedev is ready to fight a young hungry lion – aged as low as 41 in the coming year.
  • 5 – Ricky Burns wins a decision over Australia’s Michael Katsidis.
  • 5 – James Kirkland wins a major upset victory by knocking out Alfredo Angulo in the sixth round of a real barn burner fan friendly throw-down that promised & delivered.. & boy did it!. #FOTY Candidate #4.
  • 5 – Lucian Bute wins a one-sided decision over veteran Glen Johnson.
  • 7 – Joe Frazier dies from liver cancer.
  • 12 – Manny Pacquiao is awarded another highly debatable decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez. Widespread outrage at the decision follows.


  • 10 – Amir Khan loses a highly disputed split decision & his junior welterweight strap to Lamont Peterson in Washington, DC’s first big boxing promotion in many years.
  • 17 – Andre Ward puts in a virtuoso performance to win the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Atlantic City against England’s Carl “The Cobra” Froch.

Pound-for-Pound 23 December 2011


2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Floyd Mayweather

4. Juan Manuel Marquez

5. Sergio Martinez

6. Nonito Donaire

7. Andre Ward

8. Lucian Bute

9. Bernard Hopkins

10. Miguel Cotto


Coming soon, Matt Hamilton on Boxing @ ESNewsReporting 2011 Annual Awards:

Fighter of the Year

Young Fighter of the Year

KO of the Year

Round of the Year

Fight of the Year

Comeback of the Year

Breakout Fighter of the Year

Trainer of the Year

Lloyd Christmas Award for Worst Officiating

Event of the Year

Quote of the Year

Matt Hamilton, for ESNews Reporting!

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