Ringside pass – John Dennen
Best fight you’ve seen
Kevin Mitchell versus Jorge Linares. It had all the ingredients for a great fight, ascendancy swung from one to the other and, though he was doomed to lose, seeing Mitchell fight his way out of a corner with a huge swelling over one eye will stay with me.
Best fighter you’ve seen
Floyd Mayweather. I was fortunate enough to be ringside to see his fight with Manny Pacquiao. The mastery with which he controlled his closest rival can’t be denied.
It’s hard think of a more thunderous blow than the uppercut Anthony Joshua used to smash Dillian Whyte through the ropes and out of their British title fight.
The shows at the O2 this year had a tremendous atmosphere but the Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings fight was the first time I’d been to see boxing at Madison Square Garden. The Ukrainian diaspora had turned out in force and the whole evening was mesmerising. With hindsight it could be Klitschko’s last victory.
Vasyl Lomachenko versus Romulo Koasicha wasn’t the worst fight ever it’s just a shame a talent like Lomachenko finished such a low key year with such a low key opponent. Tony Jeter wilting near instantaneously against Chris Eubank Jnr was a lowlight.
Most memorable moment
I’ll remember Manny Pacquiao bursting into life, slugging Floyd Mayweather with a left in the fourth round to get himself into the contest.