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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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SecondsOut 2012 Divisional Superlatives

Wladimir is the top heavyweight boxer
Wladimir is the top heavyweight boxer

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 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 Under the Radar 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 or a


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Best Puncher: Wladimir Klitschko

Best Boxer: Wladimir Klitschko

Most Protected: Bermaine Stiverne

Is He Still Around?: Juan Carlos Gomez

Matchmaker’s Dream: Tomasz Adamek vs David Haye

On the Rise: David Price

Deserves a Title Shot: Kubrat Pulev

Most Fun to Watch: Tyson Fury

On Their Way Out: Dereck Chisora

Underrated: Johnathon Banks




Best Puncher: Rahkim Chakhkiev

Best Boxer: Marco Huck

Most Protected: Pawel Kolodziej

Is He Still Around?: Jean Marc Mormeck

Matchmaker’s Dream: Marco Huck vs Yoan Pablo Hernandez

On the Rise: Mateusz Masternak

Deserves a Title Shot: Francisco Palacios

Most Fun to Watch: Yoan Pablo Hernandez

On Their Way Out: Enad Licina

Underrated: Francisco Palacios


Light Heavyweight

Best Puncher: Lucian Bute

Best Boxer: Chad Dawson

Most Protected: Beibut Shumenov

Is He Still Around?: Luis Garcia

Matchmaker’s Dream: Jean Pascal vs Tavoris Cloud

On the Rise: Andrzej Fonfara

Deserves a Title Shot: Nathan Cleverly

Most Fun to Watch: Gabriel Campillo

On Their Way Out: Bernard Hopkins

Underrated: Isaac Chilemba


Super Middleweight

Best Puncher: Adonis Stevenson

Best Boxer: Andre Ward

Most Protected: Marco Antonio Periban

Is He Still Around?: Peter Manfredo Jr.

Matchmaker’s Dream: Mikkel Kessler vs Carl Froch II

On the Rise: Thomas Oosthuizen

Deserves a Title Shot: Mikkel Kessler

Most Fun to Watch: George Groves

On Their Way Out: Don George

Underrated: Edwin Rodriguez



Best Puncher: Gennady Golovkin

Best Boxer: Sergio Martinez

Most Protected: Gilberto Romero Sanchez

Is He Still Around?: Anthony Mundine

Matchmaker’s Dream: Gennady Golovkin vs Sergio Martinez

On the Rise: Peter Quillin

Deserves a Title Shot: Gennady Golovkin

Most Fun to Watch: Sergio Martinez

On Their Way Out: Joachim Alcine

Underrated: Darren Barker


Junior Middleweight

Best Puncher: James Kirkland

Best Boxer: Austin Trout

Most Protected: Demetrius Andrade

Is He Still Around?: Demetrius Hopkins

Matchmaker’s Dream: Saul Alvarez vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.

On the Rise: Keith Thurman

Deserves a Title Shot: Erislandy Lara

Most Fun to Watch: Alfredo Angulo

On Their Way Out: Miguel Cotto

Underrated: Carlos Molina



Best Puncher: Juan Manuel Marquez

Best Boxer: Timothy Bradley

Most Protected: Charlie Ota (Two Years Running)

Is He Still Around?: Nate Campbell

Matchmaker’s Dream: Juan Manuel Marquez vs Timothy Bradley

On the Rise: Jessie Vargas

Deserves a Title Shot: Kell Brook

Most Fun to Watch: Andre Berto

On Their Way Out: Victor Ortiz

Underrated: Antonin Decarie


Junior Welterweight

Best Puncher: Lucas Martin Matthysse

Best Boxer: Amir Khan

Most Protected: Cesar Rene Cuenca

Is He Still Around?: Anthony and Lamont Peterson

Matchmaker’s Dream: Brandon Rios vs Danny Garcia

On the Rise: Khabib Allakhverdiev

Deserves a Title Shot: Brandon Rios

Most Fun to Watch: Mike Alvarado

On Their Way Out: Paul McCloskey

Underrated: Karim Mayfield




Best Puncher: Adrien Broner

Best Boxer: Adrien Broner

Most Protected: Darly Perez

Is He Still Around?: Jason Litzau

Matchmaker’s Dream: Ricky Burns vs Adrien Broner

On the Rise: Raymundo Beltran

Deserves a Title Shot: Richard Abril

Most Fun to Watch: Antonio Demarco

On Their Way Out: Jorge Linares

Underrated: Sharif Bogere



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Mijares is still winning.
Mijares is still winning.

Super Featherweight

Best Puncher: Takashi Uchiyama

Best Boxer: Argenis Mendez

Most Protected: Logan McGuinness (Two Years Running)

Is He Still Around?: Rocky Juarez

Matchmaker’s Dream: Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Takashi Uchiyama

On the Rise: Gamaliel Diaz

Deserves a Title Shot: Sergio Thompson

Most Fun to Watch: Yuriorkis Gamboa

On Their Way Out: Antonio Escalante

Underrated: Diego Magdaleno



Best Puncher: Orlando Salido

Best Boxer: Miguel Angel Garcia

Most Protected: Viorel Simion (Two Years Running)

Is He Still Around?: Cristian Mijares

Matchmaker’s Dream: Miguel Angel Garcia vs Orlando Salido

On the Rise: Javier Fortuna

Deserves a Title Shot: Miguel Angel Garcia

Most Fun to Watch: Orlando Salido

On Their Way Out: Rafael Marquez

Underrated: Billy Dib


Junior Featherweight

Best Puncher: Nonito Donaire

Best Boxer: Guillermo Rigondeaux

Most Protected: Alexander Bakhtin

Is He Still Around?: Michael Domingo

Matchmaker’s Dream: Abner Mares vs Nonito Donaire

On the Rise: Carl Frampton

Deserves a Title Shot: Scott Quigg

Most Fun to Watch: Abner Mares

On Their Way Out: Takalani Ndlovu

Underrated: Victor Terrazas



Best Puncher: Shinsuke Yamanaka

Best Boxer: Anselmo Moreno

Most Protected: Paulus Ambunda

Is He Still Around?: Malcolm Tunacao

Matchmaker’s Dream: Leo Santa Cruz vs Shinsuke Yamanaka

On the Rise: Julio Ceja

Deserves a Title Shot: Hugo Ruiz (Rematch!)

Most Fun to Watch: Leo Santa Cruz

On Their Way Out: Tomas Rojas

Underrated: Suriyan Sor Rungvisai


Junior Bantamweight

Best Puncher: Carlos Cuadras

Best Boxer: Tepparith Kokietgym

Most Protected: Marco Demecillo

Is He Still Around?: Evans Mbamba

Matchmaker’s Dream: Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. vs Tepparith Kokietgym

On the Rise: McJoe Arroyo

Deserves a Title Shot: Juan Jose Montes

Most Fun to Watch: Yota Sato

On Their Way Out: Rodel Mayol

Underrated: Oleydong Sithsamerchai



Best Puncher: Brian Viloria

Best Boxer: Milan Melindo

Most Protected: Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym

Is He Still Around?:  Giovanni Segura

Matchmaker’s Dream: Roman Gonzalez vs Brian Viloria

On the Rise: Toshiyuki Igarashi

Deserves a Title Shot: Milan Melindo

Most Fun to Watch: Brian Viloria

On Their Way Out: Omar Nino Romero

Underrated: Moruti Mthalane


Junior Flyweight

Best Puncher: Roman Gonzalez

Best Boxer: Roman Gonzalez

Most Protected: Paiphrob Kokietgym

Is He Still Around?: Juan Palacios

Matchmaker’s Dream: Kazuto Ioka vs Roman Gonzalez

On the Rise: Johnriel Casimero

Deserves a Title Shot: Donnie Nietes

Most Fun to Watch: Roman Gonzalez

On Their Way Out: Ramon Garcia Hirales

Underrated: Juan Francisco Estrada



Best Puncher: Denver Cuello

Best Boxer: Wanheng Menayothin

Most Protected: Merlito Sabillo

Is He Still Around?: Florante Condes

Matchmaker’s Dream: Mario Rodriguez vs Denver Cuello

On the Rise: Carlos Buitrago

Deserves a Title Shot: Denver Cuello

Most Fun to Watch: Denver Cuello

On Their Way Out: Katsunari Takayama

Underrated: Juan Hernandez


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