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SecondsOut 2011 Divisional Superlatives




By Derek Bonnett: As another fruitful year of professional fisticuffs wraps up, SecondsOut will honor 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 division 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. Most of these superlatives are obvious, but some require explanation. For example, the Is He Still Around? award acknowledges fighters for lengthy career regardless of their success or some 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 2012, 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 or a mabfan@comcast.net.


Happy Holidays!


Heavyweight

Best Puncher: Robert Helenius

Best Boxer: Wladimir Klitschko

Most Protected: Denis Boytsov

Is He Still Around?: Maurice Harris

Matchmaker’s Dream: Klitschko vs. Klitschko

On the Rise: Mike Perez

Deserves a Title Shot: Robert Helenius

Most Fun to Watch: Chris Arreola

On Their Way Out: Ruslan Chagaev

Underrated: Dereck Chisora


Cruiserweight

Best Puncher: Denis Lebedev

Best Boxer: Antonio Tarver

Most Protected: Mateusz Masternak

Is He Still Around?: Roy Jones Jr.

Matchmaker’s Dream: G. Jones-Hernandez

On the Rise: Pawel Kolodziej

Deserves a Title Shot: Denis Lebedev

Most Fun to Watch: Guillermo Jones

On Their Way Out: Danny Green

Underrated: Ola Afolabi



Light Heavyweight

Best Puncher: Ismayl Sillakh

Best Boxer: Bernard Hopkins

Most Protected: Dawid Kostecki

Is He Still Around?: Byron Mitchell

Matchmaker’s Dream: Dawson-Hopkins II

On the Rise: Luis Garcia

Deserves a Title Shot: Tavoris Cloud

Most Fun to Watch: Jean Pascal

On Their Way Out: Yusaf Mack

Underrated: Beibut Shumenov



Super Middleweight

Best Puncher: Lucian Bute

Best Boxer: Andre Ward

Most Protected: Edwin Rodriguez

Is He Still Around?: Sakio Bika

Matchmaker’s Dream: Froch-Bute

On the Rise: Marco Antonio Periban

Deserves a Title Shot: Lucian Bute

Most Fun to Watch: Carl Froch

On Their Way Out: Glencoffe Johnson

Underrated: Anthony Dirrell



Middleweight

Best Puncher: Sergio Martinez

Best Boxer: Sergio Martinez

Most Protected: Gennady Golovkin

Is He Still Around?: Sam Soliman

Matchmaker’s Dream: Pirog-Martinez

On the Rise: Grzegorz Proksa

Deserves a Title Shot: Marco Antonio Rubio

Most Fun to Watch: Andy Lee

On Their Way Out: Sergio Mora

Underrated: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.



Junior Middleweight

Best Puncher: James Kirkland

Best Boxer: Miguel Cotto

Most Protected: Charlie Ota

Is He Still Around?: Saul Roman

Matchmaker’s Dream: Alvarez-Cotto

On the Rise: Austin Trout

Deserves a Title Shot: Carlos Molina

Most Fun to Watch: James Kirkland

On Their Way Out: Antonio Margarito

Underrated: Delvin Rodriguez



Welterweight

Best Puncher: Randall Bailey

Best Boxer: Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Most Protected: Viacheslav Senchenko

Is He Still Around?: Joshua Clottey

Matchmaker’s Dream: Pacquiao-Mayweather

On the Rise: Thomas Dulorme

Deserves a Title Shot: Mike Jones

Most Fun to Watch: Manny Pacquiao

On Their Way Out: Rafal Jackiewicz

Underrated: Jan Zaveck




Junior Welterweight

Best Puncher: Rene Marcos Maidana

Best Boxer: Timothy Bradley

Most Protected: Ajose Olusegun

Is He Still Around?: Kaiser Mabuza

Matchmaker’s Dream: Khan-Peterson II

On the Rise: Mauricio Herrera

Deserves a Title Shot: Danny Garcia

Most Fun to Watch: Erik Morales

On Their Way Out: Breidis Prescott

Underrated: Josesito Lopez



Lightweight

Best Puncher: Brandon Rios

Best Boxer: Miguel Vazquez

Most Protected: Sharif Bogere

Is He Still Around?: Edner Cherry

Matchmaker’s Dream: Rios-Guerrero

On the Rise: Darley Perez

Deserves a Title Shot: Richard Abril

Most Fun to Watch: Brandon Rios

On Their Way Out: Michael Katsidis

Underrated: Henry Lundy



Junior Lightweight

Best Puncher: Adrien Broner

Best Boxer: Adrien Broner

Most Protected: Logan McGuinness

Is He Still Around?: Cristobal Cruz

Matchmaker’s Dream: Broner-Uchiyama

On the Rise: Diego Magdaleno

Deserves a Title Shot: Juan Carlos Burgos

Most Fun to Watch: Gary Russell Jr.

On Their Way Out: Heriberto Ruiz

Underrated: Terdsak Kokietgym



Featherweight

Best Puncher: Yuriorkis Gamboa

Best Boxer: Elio Rojas

Most Protected: Viorel Simion

Is He Still Around?: Rogers Mtagwa

Matchmaker’s Dream: John-Gamboa

On the Rise: Nicholas Walters

Deserves a Title Shot: Miguel Angel Garcia

Most Fun to Watch: Jhonny Gonzalez

On Their Way Out: Jorge Lacierva

Underrated: Billy Dib



Junior Featherweight

Best Puncher: Toshiaki Nishioka

Best Boxer: Rico Ramos

Most Protected: Scott Quigg

Is He Still Around?: Rafael Marquez

Matchmaker’s Dream: Donaire-Nishioka

On the Rise: Victor Terrazas

Deserves a Title Shot: Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym

Most Fun to Watch: Toshiaki Nishioka

On Their Way Out: Steve Molitor

Underrated: Rendall Munroe



Bantamweight

Best Puncher: Abner Mares

Best Boxer: Anselmo Moreno

Most Protected: Oscar Escandon

Is He Still Around?: Eric Morel

Matchmaker’s Dream: Moreno-Mares

On the Rise: Hugo Ruiz

Deserves a Title Shot: Jorge Arce

Most Fun to Watch: Vic Darchinyan

On Their Way Out: Alexander Munoz

Underrated: Drian Francisco



Junior Bantamweight

Best Puncher: Leo Santa Cruz

Best Boxer: Omar Andres Narvaez

Most Protected: Carlos Cuadras

Is He Still Around?: Jose Lopez

Matchmaker’s Dream: Rungvisai-Narvaez

On the Rise: Rodrigo Guerrero

Deserves a Title Shot: Tepparith Kokietgym

Most Fun to Watch: Tomas Rojas

On Their Way Out: Nobou Nashiro

Underrated: Sylvester Lopez



Flyweight

Best Puncher: Hernan Marquez

Best Boxer: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

Most Protected: Juan Carlos Reveco

Is He Still Around?: Andrea Sarritzu

Matchmaker’s Dream: Viloria-Wonjongkam

On the Rise: Toshiyuki Igarashi

Deserves a Title Shot: Milan Melindo

Most Fun to Watch: Brian Viloria

On Their Way Out: Carlos Tamara

Underrated: Rocky Fuentes



Junior Flyweight

Best Puncher: Roman Gonzalez

Best Boxer: Roman Gonzalez

Most Protected: Ryo Miyazaki

Is He Still Around?: Gilberto Keb Baas

Matchmaker’s Dream: Hernandez-Solis

On the Rise: Jose Alfredo Rodriguez

Deserves a Title Shot: Donnie Nietes

Most Fun to Watch: Roman Gonzalez

On Their Way Out: Sony Boy Jaro

Underrated: Armando Torres



Strawweight

Best Puncher: Kazuto Ioka

Best Boxer: Nkosinathi Joyi

Most Protected: Merlito Sabillo

Is He Still Around?: Muhammad Rachman

Matchmaker’s Dream: Ioka-Joyi

On the Rise: Carlos Buitrago

Deserves a Title Shot: Denver Cuello

Most Fun to Watch: Denver Cuello

On Their Way Out: Ivan Calderon

Underrated: Ganigan Lopez



December 14, 2011


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