December 31, 2016
December 31, 2016
Carl Frampton

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WHO has had a more spectacular year than Carl Frampton? He took on long standing rival Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena and defeated him to unify super-bantamweight world titles. Then Frampton stepped up a division to take on the best at featherweight, overcoming WBA titlist Leo Santa Cruz in a thrilling fight in New York to become a two weight world champion.

An overwhelming 58% of Boxing News Online readers voted for Belfast’s Carl Frampton as fighter of the year.

Anthony Joshua had a good year, he won the IBF heavyweight title and defended it twice, selling out arenas to be become one of Britain’s most popular stars. 28% voted for him as UK fighter of the year.

4% voted for Anthony Crolla and Tony Bellew. 3% voted for Kal Yafai and 2% voted for Ricky Burns.

Video: Premier Boxing Champions

The Boxing News awards are in this week’s special edition of the magazine