Opinion | Dec 27 2015

The 15 biggest boxing events of 2015

We examine which shows generated the most interest over the course of the year
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WE were curious as to what fights had the greatest public impact this year, so we looked at the scale of interest in our online coverage over the last 12 months to see which were the most anticipated, most popular or most intriguing fights of 2015. This chart isn’t about ticket sales or pay per view buys, we wanted to look at which shows generated the most interest. Popularity is hard to gauge but we’ve looked at our most read live blogs and major web stories to see which fights or which shows were the biggest, in terms of fan attention, as they happened. Some of the results might just surprise you. Click below to read on.

  1. Andy Lee versus Billy Joe Saunders

In the second half of 2015 middleweight took over from welterweight as the sport’s hottest division. Billy Joe Saunders became the third man, along with Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, to hold a middleweight world title after dramatically dropping Lee and winning the decision.

  1. Amir Khan versus Chris Algieri

A sign of Amir Khan’s popularity, this fight may have been a low key affair against Chris Algieri but still generated interest, especially as Algieri was more combative than expected.

  1. Andy Lee versus Peter Quillin