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Fight of the year

fight of the year
Sky-high quality, unrivalled drama and intense action – ranking the 10 best bouts of 2019, in the world and the UK

1. Naoya Inoue w pts 12 Nonito Donaire
THE World Boxing Super Series delivered again as the bantamweight finalists put on a bedazzling showcase of boxing at its finest in Japan, with a unanimous triumph leaving Inoue as the WBA and IBF king.

2. Josh Taylor w pts 12 Regis Prograis
TAYLOR took home the WBSS 140lb trophy, as well as the WBA and IBF belts, after overcoming Prograis on a majority decision in a brutal and pulsating bout in Greenwich.

3. Andy Ruiz Jnr w rsf 7 Anthony Joshua
ONE of the biggest upsets in sporting history saw Ruiz get up from the deck to floor Joshua four times and become the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion in New York.

4. Errol Spence Jnr w pts 12 Shawn Porter
NEITHER welterweight took a backward step in this thrilling unification contest, ending with Spence as the WBC and IBF ruler following a split verdict victory in Los Angeles.

5. Gennady Golovkin w pts 12 Sergiy Derevyanchenko
BOTH had their moments in a gruelling and stirring encounter, but the judges in New York favoured Golovkin unanimously, leading to him being awarded the vacant IBF 160lb prize.

Gennady Golovkin
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6. Jose Ramirez w rsf 6 Maurice Hooker
RAMIREZ added the WBO super-lightweight title to his WBC crown by spectacularly stopping Hooker in a breathtaking, all-action affair in Arlington, Texas that swung to and fro.

7. Steven Ward w td 8 Liam Conroy
THE warring light-heavies combined to produce a see-sawing bloodbath of a battle, with Ward having to rise from the canvas to claim a razor-thin technical decision in Belfast.

8. Artur Beterbiev w rsf 10 Oleksandr Gvozdyk
IN an excellent exhibition of technique and strength in Philadelphia, Beterbiev’s power ultimately came to the fore as he unified the WBC and IBF light-heavyweight belts.

9. Julian Williams w pts 12 Jarrett Hurd
IN a fiercely contested fight in Fairfax, Virginia, the skill and grit of Williams saw him pick up a unanimous verdict, as well as the WBA and IBF super-welterweight straps.

10. Robert Talarek w RSF 5 Patryk Szymanski
THE yo-yoing middleweights swapped an astonishing 10 knockdowns in Poland, with Talarek hitting the mat four times and Szymanski going over on six occasions before the referee called it off.

British fight of the year 2019:

  1. Taylor-Prograis
  2. Ward-Conroy
  3. Ritson-Davies
  4. McGregor-Farooq
  5. Fitzgerald-Fowler
  6. Taylor-Baranchyk
  7. Cheeseman-Conway
  8. Pitters-Spelman II
  9. Dilmaghani-Fonseca
  10. Seymour-Windle

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  • I agree with the top 3 – imo this year has been a very good year for fights and the WBSS Super Lightweight and Bantamweight tournaments reminded us of what boxing could be like when the best fight the best. One fight that seems to have been forgotten about is Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon which was the best woman’s fight I’ve ever seen and may have been deserving of being in the top 10.

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