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30 OCTOBER 2014

 

SecondsOut 2013 Divisional Superlatives




By Derek Bonnett: As another fruitful year of professional fisticuffs wraps up, SecondsOut honored boxing’s greatest practitioners and non-participants with such accolades as Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Service to Boxing, etc. However, among the 170 ranked SecondsOut fighters and beyond, a multitude of fighters go unrecognized for their less obvious contributions to the sport inside of a single division. Each fighter brings something special into the ring and honors their weight class with unique qualities.

 

The following is a divisional breakdown of boxers and the various superlatives I would award them with. There can only be one Fighter of the Year, but here I can honor seventeen separate fighters for being the Best Boxer or Best Puncher in their respective class. I can alert SecondsOut fans of various fighters On the Rise across the divisions, who one day may be featured in my weekly column On the Move. Most of these superlatives are obvious, but some require explanation. For example, the Is He Still Around? award acknowledges fighters for lengthy careers regardless of their success or someone who has fallen off the radar. The Deserves a Title Shot nod refers to a fighter who deserves a chance at SecondsOut’s currently ranked number one fighter in the division in 2013, even if he already holds a title.

 

These superlatives reflect my own thoughts and were comprised entirely for fun and in the interest of sparking boxing discussion and debate. As usual, for further boxing discourse, contact Derek DBO Bonnett on Facebook.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Heavyweight

Best Puncher: Deontay Wilder

Best Boxer: Wladimir Klitschko

Most Protected: Deontay Wilder

Is He Still Around?: Ruslan Chagaev

Matchmaker’s Dream: Tyson Fury vs Tomasz Adamek

On the Rise: Mike Perez

Deserves a Title Shot: Kubrat Pulev

Most Fun to Watch: Tyson Fury

On Their Way Out: Seth Mitchell

Underrated: Dereck Chisora

 

Cruiserweight

Best Puncher: Guillermo Jones

Best Boxer: Marco Huck

Most Protected: Brad Pitt

Is He Still Around?: Silvio Branco

Matchmaker’s Dream: Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs Krzysztof Wlodarczyk

On the Rise: Thabiso Mchunu

Deserves a Title Shot: Grigory Drozd

Most Fun to Watch: Rakhim Chakhkiev

On Their Way Out: Eddie Chambers

Underrated: Ilunga Makabu

 

Light Heavyweight

Best Puncher: Sergey Kovalev

Best Boxer: Bernard Hopkins

Most Protected: Blake Caparello

Is He Still Around?: Allan Green

Matchmaker’s Dream: Sergey Kovalev vs Adonis Stevenson

On the Rise: Cedric Agnew

Deserves a Title Shot: Jean Pascal

Most Fun to Watch: Adonis Stevenson

On Their Way Out: Gabriel Campillo

Underrated: Andrzej Fonfara

 

Super Middleweight

Best Puncher: Carl Froch

Best Boxer: Andre Ward

Most Protected: Maxim Vlasov

Is He Still Around?: Brian Magee

Matchmaker’s Dream: Carl Froch vs George Groves II

On the Rise: James Degale

Deserves a Title Shot: Edwin Rodriguez

Most Fun to Watch: Carl Froch

On Their Way Out: Arthur Abraham

Underrated: Sakio Bika

 

Middleweight

Best Puncher: Gennady Golovkin

Best Boxer: Martin Murray

Most Protected: Matt Korobov

Is He Still Around?: Sergio Mora

Matchmaker’s Dream: Gennady Golovkin vs Sergio Martinez

On the Rise: Eamonn O’Kane

Deserves a Title Shot: Daniel Geale

Most Fun to Watch: Sergio Martinez

On Their Way Out: Nobuhiro Ishida

Underrated: Brian Vera

 

Junior Middleweight

Best Puncher: James Kirkland

Best Boxer: Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Most Protected: Sergey Rabchenko

Is He Still Around?: Yuri Foreman

Matchmaker’s Dream: Miguel Cotto vs James Kirkland

On the Rise: Jermell Charlo

Deserves a Title Shot: Erislandy Lara

Most Fun to Watch: Alfredo Angulo

On Their Way Out: Delvin Rodriguez

Underrated: Demetrius Andrade

 

Welterweight

Best Puncher: Marcos Rene Maidana

Best Boxer: Timothy Bradley

Most Protected: Leonard Bundu

Is He Still Around?: Luis Collazo

Matchmaker’s Dream: Luis Carlos Abregu vs Marcos Rene Maidana

On the Rise: Kevin Bizier

Deserves a Title Shot: Keith Thurman

Most Fun to Watch: Jesus Soto Karass

On Their Way Out: Josesito Lopez

Underrated: Jessie Vargas

 

Junior Welterweight

Best Puncher: Lucas Martin Matthysse

Best Boxer: Danny Garcia

Most Protected: Cesar Rene Cuenca

Is He Still Around?: Ricardo Williams Jr.

Matchmaker’s Dream: Lucas Martin Matthysse vs Ruslan Provodnikov

On the Rise: Viktor Postol

Deserves a Title Shot: Karim Mayfield

Most Fun to Watch: Ruslan Provodnikov

On Their Way Out: Mike Dallas Jr.

Underrated: Mauricio Herrera

 

Lightweight

Best Puncher: John Molina

Best Boxer: Terrence Crawford

Most Protected: Edis Tatli

Is He Still Around?: Luis Ramos Jr.

Matchmaker’s Dream: Rustam Nagaev vs Omar Figueroa

On the Rise: Terry Flannigan

Deserves a Title Shot: Raymundo Beltran

Most Fun to Watch: Rustam Nagaev

 

On Their Way Out: Miguel Acosta

Underrated: Paulus Moses

 

Junior Lightweight

Best Puncher: Takashi Uchiyama

Best Boxer: Mikey Garcia

Most Protected: Jose Felix Jr.

Is He Still Around?: Mzonke Fana

Matchmaker’s Dream: Mikey Garcia vs Takashi Uchiyama

On the Rise: Will Tomlinson

Deserves a Title Shot: Javier Fortuna

Most Fun to Watch: Alejandro Perez

On Their Way Out: Gamaliel Diaz

Underrated: Arash Usmanee


Will Wilder's punch be enough?
Will Wilder's punch be enough?
Provodnikov is a can't miss action fighter.
Provodnikov is a can't miss action fighter.
Featherweight
Best Puncher: Jhonny Gonzalez
Best Boxer: Abner Mares
Most Protected: Nicholas Walters
Is He Still Around?: Hozumi Hasegawa
Matchmaker’s Dream: Orlando Salido vs Evgeny Gradovich
On the Rise: Lee Selby
Deserves a Title Shot: Robinson Castellanos
Most Fun to Watch: Orlando Salido
On Their Way Out: Juan Manuel Lopez
Underrated: Alexander Miskirtchian
 
Junior Featherweight
Best Puncher: Kiko Martinez
Best Boxer: Guillermo Rigondeaux
Most Protected: Andres Gutierrez
Is He Still Around?: Fernando Montiel
Matchmaker’s Dream: Carl Frampton vs Vic Darchinyan
On the Rise: Daniel Rosas
Deserves a Title Shot: Carl Frampton
Most Fun to Watch: Leo Santa Cruz
On Their Way Out: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Underrated: Chris Avalos
 
Bantamweight
Best Puncher: Shinsuke Yamanaka
Best Boxer: Anselmo Moreno
Most Protected: Rolly Lunas
Is He Still Around?: Tomas Rojas
Matchmaker’s Dream: Anselmo Moreno vs Shinsuke Yamanaka
On the Rise: Tomoki Kameda
Deserves a Title Shot: Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
Most Fun to Watch: Shinsuke Yamanaka
On Their Way Out: Julio Cesar Miranda
Underrated: Jamie McDonnell
 
Junior Bantamweight
Best Puncher: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Best Boxer: Omar Andres Narvaez
Most Protected: Teiru Kinoshita
Is He Still Around?: Nobou Nashiro
Matchmaker’s Dream: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Omar Andres Narvaez
On the Rise: Arthur Villanueva
Deserves a Title Shot: Oleydong Sithsamerchai
Most Fun to Watch: Liborio Solis
On Their Way Out: Hiroyuki Hisataka
Underrated: Carlos Cuadras
 
Flyweight
Best Puncher: Giovani Segura
Best Boxer: Roman Gonzalez
Most Protected: Froilan Saludar
Is He Still Around?:  Carlos Tamara
Matchmaker’s Dream: Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Francisco Estrada II
On the Rise: Rey Migreno
Deserves a Title Shot: Giovani Segura
Most Fun to Watch: Akira Yaegashi
On Their Way Out: Ulises Solis
Underrated: Moruti Mthalane
 
Junior Flyweight
Best Puncher: Kazuto Ioka
Best Boxer: Adrian Hernandez
Most Protected: Alberto Rossel
Is He Still Around?: Florante Condes
Matchmaker’s Dream: Kazuto Ioka vs Adrian Hernandez
On the Rise: Naoya Inoue
Deserves a Title Shot: Pedro Guevara
Most Fun to Watch: Kazuto Ioka
On Their Way Out: Ivan Meneses
Underrated: Moises Fuentes
 
Strawweight
Best Puncher: Denver Cuello
Best Boxer: Hekkie Budler
Most Protected: Ali Raymi
Matchmaker’s Dream: Hekkie Budler vs Xiong Zhou Zhong
On the Rise: Ryugi Hara
Deserves a Title Shot: Hekkie Budler
Most Fun to Watch: Xiong Zhou Zhong
Underrated: Ganigan Lopez
 
 January 6, 2013
Lee Selby is going up, up, up.
Lee Selby is going up, up, up.
Roman Gonzalez can be the next Ricardo Lopez.
Roman Gonzalez can be the next Ricardo Lopez.


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