Ted the Bull’s Annual Boxing Awards for 2016

By Ted Sares on December 23, 2016
Ted the Bull’s Annual Boxing Awards for 2016
They continued to club one another with power punches that had the large crowd roaring.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, Ali said, “As a man who never sold out his people…if that’s too much, then just a good boxer…”

This is Ted Sares’ eleventh consecutive edition of Ted the Bull’s Annual Boxing Awards. He always issues them in December risking the embarrassment of a late fight or incident that should have warranted inclusion.

Event of the Year

“Go for what you want. If you dream it, you can achieve it.”—Ali

Muhammad Ali, the iconic three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on June 3, 2016, in a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, he said, “As a man who never sold out his people…if that’s too much, then just a good boxer…I won’t even mind if you don’t mention how pretty I was.”

The eulogies were spiritual, beautiful and came from different quarters. Ali would have been proud of them.

Boxing Personality of the Year

Tyson Fury. For the second year in a row, Fury steals the headlines but this time it’s because he vacated his heavyweight belts to focus on medical treatment and recovery after battling depression, admitting to taking cocaine, and getting overweight.  Described as “medically unfit to fight,” Fury said, “I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.” Whether he comes back is anyone’s guess, but if achieving the heights made him the Personality of the Year in 2015, his rapid fall from grace makes him “Personality of the Year in 2016.”

Venue of the Year

Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK (December 10) promoted by Eddie Hearn and featuring:

Frank Buglioni vs. Hosea Burton
Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora
Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina
Callum Smith vs. Luke Blackledge
Katie Taylor vs. Viviane Obenauf
Khalid Yafai vs. Luis Concepcion
Scott Quigg vs. Jose Cayetano

Promoter of the Year

Eddie Hearn

Fighter of the Year

Terence Crawford (30-0)

Two TKO wins over Henry Lundy and John Molina Jr. and a UD over Viktor Postol (28-0 coming in) puts “Bud “at the top of the heap as he continues to dominate as the WBC and WBO World super lightweight champion.

Runner-up: Muscular Anthony Joshua (18-0) stopped three limited opponents in 2016 but the “limited opponent” part ends when he fights Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.

Fight of the Year

Dereck Chisora vs. Dillian Whyte: after the pair’s pre-fight taunts, they did not disappoint in a bruising 12-round heavyweight war that easily was the highlight of a big venue card in Manchester. Both men were wobbled, exhausted and bleeding from the mouth but continued to club one another with power punches that had the large crowd up and roaring. In the end, Whyte won the thriller with scores of 115-113 and 115-114. The third judge had it 115-114 for Chisora. Clearly, this non-stop brawl could have gone the other way as both men reached down deep and gave their all—and both embraced at the end as they had earned the respect of one another. Did it steal the show at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom? Manifestly. Was it the Fight of the Year? Quite possibly. Was it something special? Absolutely.

Runner-up: Orlando Salido vs. Francisco Vargas in an all-out war without a winner. Salido specializes in these.

Round of the Year

Round five: Chisora vs. Whyte

Each took turns hurting the other in a round that was as explosive as any seen in recent years. Chisora stunned Whyte early with a right and then followed up by drilling a savage hook to the body. He then got Dillian back onto the ropes and launched a huge right and left hook combo. But Whyte responded with combinations of his own as the fight literally exploded with the crowd roaring its approval. At the end, Whyte pinned Chisora on the ropes as he teed off with some withering shots. It was a spine-tingler in all respects, and in terms of back and forth, as close to the Korean War as you could get.

Knockout of the Year

Deontay Wilder’s KO of Artur “The Pin” Szpilka on January 16 in Brooklyn. It was a devastating right hand shot that landed flush and caused The Pin to be stretchered out.  He has not fought since.

Others:  Also scary was Canelo Alvarez’s KO of Amir Khan. Canelo was concerned for Khan’s well-being as was everyone else.

Mason Menard KO of Eudy Bernardo in April was equally noteworthy and equally frightening: See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCbdnCKH5wA

Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam’s first round chilling of Alfonso Blanco on December 17 was late in the year and might go unnoticed but not here. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7e8mPEGcBM

Joe Smith Jr.’s heavy-handed stoppage of Bernard Hopkins was stunning and shocking.

Trainer of the Year

Shane McGuigan was a promising amateur but switched his attention to training the talented and disciplined Carl “The Jackal” Frampton whom he has led to the IBF super bantamweight world title. McGuigan also recently started training high-profile David Haye (taking over duties from Adam Booth who had been in Haye’s corner for 17 years), and George Groves (for his thus far highly successful comeback).

Anatoly Lomachenko has had a significant impact on Ukrainian boxing that warrants mention.

Upset of the Year

Panama’s Jezreel Corrales stopped Takashi “KO Dynamite” Uchiyama’s and ended his six-year reign as a WBA super featherweight champion. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT745OI4GxY

Joe Smith Jr.’s blowout TKO in the first round over Andrzej Fonfara was a very close second.

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Errol Spence Jr. (21-0)

With brutal wins over Chris Algieri and Leonard Bundu, this southpaw welterweight with the impeccable amateur credential is now a force to be reckoned with. When the bell rings, Spence waste little time in initiating the stalk, stun, and close scenario. And like Terence Crawford, he also fights “mean.”

Female Fighter of the Year

On October 1, Cecilia “First Lady” Brækhus (born in Colombia but raised in Norway) stopped Anne Sophie Mathis in the second round in Oslo, Norway (where the boxing ban was lifted in 2014) to retain her WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO World female welterweight titles and remain a dominant champion—as well as a huge media and fan darling in Norway. A former amateur kick-box World and European champion, Brækhus switched to boxing and after a successful amateur career during which she won 75 of 80 fights, she turned professional in 2007. In 2008, she became the first and only women ever to get a professional contract with Team Sauerland, Europe’s biggest boxing promoters. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ3dQPW6Cr0

Runner-up: Belgium’s Delfine Persoon (37-1, 16 KO’s) extended her winning streak to 28 and successfully defended her WBC World female lightweight title for the fifth time. The former WIBF/WBF/WIBA belt holder hasn’t lost in six years. Also Layla McCarter warrants strong mention as she continues to be a major force.

Worst Decision

The draw between Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker and Colombia’s Darleys Perez on November 19 was a terrible miscarriage of justice for Perez who schooled Hooker throughout. One judge inexplicably had it 97-93, for Hooker. “Mighty Mo” was exposed; Perez was stiffed.

A close second involved Marcus Browne’s win over previously unbeaten Radivoje Kalajdzic. The final judges’ scores were 76-74 and 76-75 for Browne, and 76-74 for Kalajdzic. Browne was given credit for a 1st round knockdown in which he didn’t land a punch. Kalajdzic slipped to the canvas without being hit. To add insult to injury, Browne hit Kalajdzic with a shot while he was down. Kalajdzic did more than enough to deserve the victory.

Ill-Advised Comeback of the Year

Samuel Peter: Watching him lose to Pulev was a Nigerian Nightmare

Best Comeback of the Year

George Groves has gone 4-0 in 2016 and will fight for a title for the fourth time.

Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several world and North American records. He enjoys writing about boxing.

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  1. TED 08:19am, 01/31/2017

    Seems so

  2. Tex Hassler 09:01pm, 01/30/2017

    Crawford seems to be one headed to the top.

  3. Thresher 12:55pm, 01/18/2017

    MR. T aka Tumbo aka Te Trump. Eh amiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigo.  How did you get back on here.? Thought you were banned?

  4. Kid 12:52pm, 01/18/2017

    Your Name, AJ’s year in 2016 has positioned for a monster payday against Klit before 80,000 plus fans.

  5. Your Name 10:36am, 01/18/2017

    Anthony Joshua a nod for fighter of the year against 3 limited opponents no wayhe should get a nod. Lomanchenko over Crawford and Crawford getting a nod Joshua has no business on fighter if the year list.

  6. MR T 10:28am, 01/18/2017

    I definitely disagree on Sares’ pick for “Fight of The Year”. Chisora vs Whyte was not even close to the action and overall significance of Salido vs Vargas.  By far and away a much better fight than Chisora and Whyte.

  7. thresher 02:45pm, 01/09/2017

    I sure hope this one makes it

  8. Kid 11:14am, 01/07/2017

    I cannot seem to be able to post on here without going through the name and email every time. Can this be fixed?

    Thank you

  9. EZ E 06:31pm, 01/02/2017

    Thresher, ahhh… “Smoger= teflon referee” ???!! LOLOL!!

  10. The Thresher 06:30pm, 01/02/2017

    De nada bueno amigo. Buena’s Noches por ahora.

  11. EZ E 06:28pm, 01/02/2017

    Uncle Thresh, too kind my buen amigo, too kind indeed. Gracias!

  12. EZ E 06:25pm, 01/02/2017

    L.L. Cool John Gracias for that, especially from a class knowledgeable fan as yourself!

  13. The Thresher 06:23pm, 01/02/2017

    Smoger = Teflon Referee

  14. EZ E 06:21pm, 01/02/2017

    Hazzard was VERY on the alert when it came to a fighters safety and emphasized on it during his tenure. I think he kind’a got screwed at the end. “anti-Smoger”?? hmmm.. That was an authentic and cool way of putting it! LOL And pretty pretty much on the mark, too.

  15. The Thresher 06:15pm, 01/02/2017

    EZ E was a pretty good boxer as well. He holds a 10-round UD over Alfredo Escalera. Not bad. EZ E arguably is one of the most respected posters in the history of ESB. Nobody doesn’t like him.

  16. John aka L.L. Cool John 06:11pm, 01/02/2017

    A boxing referee has a hell of a tough job. Many times they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
    FYI: I watched Rousey / Nunes on Friday night. In that “sport” a ref definitely has to be on his / her toes. Boxing is brutal—the UFC is barbaric!
    EZ E: I remember you from way back in the ESB days (2006?). Great posts! Very knowledgeable re boxing.

  17. The Thresher 05:40pm, 01/02/2017

    EZ E, I think Steele followed the Larry Hazzard school of refereeing where they tended to be somewhat more intrusive than needed. But Hazzard was always concerned for the welfare of the fighter and I really respected him for that. He was the anti-Smoger in that regard.

  18. EZ E 04:59pm, 01/02/2017

    THRESHER, Pabon is a fine choice. I remember when he started officiating amateur contest as both a judge and ref. He was always very competent and never known to waver. Back then it was said that he was going to be a top pro ref and that he is.

  19. EZ E 04:52pm, 01/02/2017

    L.L. Cool, I tend to agree a with your comment on Steele. Not an incompetent ref but yes, he did seem to ‘over-officiate’ a bit too often.

  20. EZ E 04:47pm, 01/02/2017

    Thresher Ted, yep, Adolf was one very fine & special official. He seemed to know exactly when to step in and never got much of an argument from a fighter’s cornermen after a stoppage. That alone adds to the quality of his officiating. I got to share opinions with Adolf, many times on your past articles. Always a gent and willing to share or set the record straight. I had major respect for him. He left us too suddenly and too soon.

  21. John aka L.L. Cool John 04:22pm, 01/01/2017

    I never cared much for Richard Steele and NOT just because of the Chavez / Taylor fight. In my opinion, he over officiated. He was always in the picture breaking up the inside action. Mills Lane let the fighters fight.

  22. The Thresher 11:55am, 01/01/2017

    My favorite was Elmo Rudolph, I chatted with him the day before he suddenly passed away. That shook me up big time. Elmo ruled the southern states when it came to boxing. He was a very nice man and I learned a lot from him. Ron Lipton was very good before they screwed him out of big assignments. He was steady and very professional. For me, consistency is the biggest factor.

  23. John aka L.L. Cool John 11:45am, 01/01/2017

    I agree re Tony Weeks—great ref!
    My all-time favorite was Mitch Halpern. I spoke to him briefly after the Sharmba Mitchell / Stevie Johnson fight which he officiated. He was a very intense no nonsense guy.

  24. The Thresher 11:27am, 01/01/2017

    Damm, I knew someone was going to ask that. For consistency, I’d have to go with Luis Pabon out of Puerto Rico. He is a hard worker and often get’s big assignments outside of Puerto Rico.

    Tony Weeks is another I like for his consistency,  and knowledge as to when to step in and save a fighter from himself.

    My thing has always been that Las Vegas has the best referees and New York has the best Judges. I’d say Las Vegas judges are absolutely the very worse. New York refs are ok, but just ok for the most part. as the assignments made in NY are very strange ones.

  25. John aka L.L. Cool John 11:16am, 01/01/2017

    How about referee of the year?

  26. The Thresher 10:21am, 01/01/2017

    EZ-E, thanks good buddy and grande amigo. If anyone knows what goes on, it would be you.  The decision on Herrera and Jose Benavidez was so bad that I went after the judges. Lost several good Facebook friends in doing so, but that one still makes me want to vomit. Harold Lederman said early on that he had a strange feeling about how that one was going to be scored. He was right. They went for the young guy at the expense of Mauricio. Did the same thing to him when he “beat” Danny Garcia.. That’s why my relationship to boxing is one of love and hate.

  27. EZ E 10:13am, 01/01/2017

    Teddy Happy New 2017 and all years to come! As for cornermen, yes, Russ Anber is almost automatic. Look like he’s everywhere. And i’ll second your opinion on Hooker vs Perez. Don’t see these deplorable practices ending anytime soon. My experiences along with exchanging ‘behind closed doors’ knowledge with fight game insiders have led me to believe that in many cases the commissions themselves “quietly” condone such deplorable practices, failing/refusing to investigate/admonish officials they themselves handpicked after Hooker/Perez-type controversies.We aware fans know that some officials have their own criteria for judging. Some favor aggression, others impressed fine boxing and others are a bit swayed by defensive skills.. or whatever. They’ve been known to “inconspicuously” pick officials that favor the particular style of a certain fighters for various reasons/interest. Truth is that most all fans are TOTALLY unaware that it was done.

  28. The Thresher 09:25am, 01/01/2017

    The Hooker/Perez decision also incensed me because it was a classic example of preserving a prospect’s record at the expense of a veteran. Mauricio Herrera has been the victim of this sickening scenario on more than one occasion.  Now, I can usually see it coming and that makes it even worse.

  29. The Thresher 08:37am, 01/01/2017

    Thank you Darrell and Bikermike. Much appreciated.

  30. Darrell 07:44pm, 12/31/2016

    Hard to argue with any of those choices.

    Fight of the year for mine was Frampton vs LS-C…...a lot more skill on display, particularly from Frampton, though White /Chisora was a boomer, no doubts. Not going to the trenches over that one though.

    The Hooker/Perez decision incensed me…..Ward/Kovalev less so, though I still think it was shitty.

    Roll on GGG/Jacobs!

  31. bikermike 02:38pm, 12/31/2016

    Great read , Ted…...all the best in 2017….KEEP ‘em coming !!

    Sad to see how it ended for Bernard Hopkins…...but he’ll always be known as a great fighter

  32. The Thresher 02:12pm, 12/27/2016

    Just saw this bro. Easy one. Russ Anber hands down. He is in more elite corners than anyone I know. He is also a great guy.

    Stich Duran is a very fine cut man.

  33. Dollar bond 11:41am, 12/27/2016

    How about cornermen of the year or cutman?

  34. L.L. Cool John 11:54am, 12/26/2016

    It was a very well written one-on-one with Christy Martin.

  35. The Thresher 11:22am, 12/26/2016

    Thanks Jill, So are yours and that one on Christy was A+

  36. Jill Diamond 10:38am, 12/26/2016

    Ted, your articles are always unique and delightful. I look forward to them. Politics aside, I would’ve liked to see the Clean Boxing Program in accomplishments. I think it’s an important step. I agree about the Ali Memorial, and the Muslim one, not televised, was also moving. Keep the words flowing. A that punch! Wilder! Ouch! Thank you!

  37. The Thresher 10:08am, 12/26/2016

    Thanks EZE. Loma is just about my favorite fighter these days.

  38. EZ E 11:43pm, 12/25/2016

    Fine job Teddy. Not easy putting up a list such a these. I might’ve had Loma the year’s top fighter but Crawford was good a choice. The Whyte vs Chosora fight was the best Brit heavyweight going as far back as I can recall of hand. Good choices all around, definitely. Greeting to all.

  39. The Thresher 07:14pm, 12/24/2016

    Freak show stuff. Don’t care for it at all. Just a way for the UFC thug to make a killing (no pun intended.).


    I don’t know most of the new writers. I think I’m one of the few who engages with the posters, Clarence George does that as well. I just think it makes for more fun. I have been doing that since 2003 back in the Wild West of ESB. Those were the days. ESB has changed for the better these days and has a great format. I still post on there. I also post on here and on Saddo using alias of course.. You can get a lot of good ideas for article that way. And you can learn things because some of the posters are very knowledgeable.

  40. L.L. Cool John 06:55pm, 12/24/2016

    I know this sounds insane, but I’d pay to see Mayweather / McGregor fight in the Octagon (where McGregor wins easily - no contest!) or in a boxing ring (where Mayweather wins handily).
    The fight has a certain allure.

  41. L.L. Cool John 06:45pm, 12/24/2016

    I don’t recognize any of these new writers on this site. Where did all the old guys go?

  42. Dollar bond 10:48am, 12/24/2016

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Ted the Bull and may 2017 be a year of octogenarian weight lifting records.

  43. The Thresher 07:13pm, 12/23/2016

    Dereck Chisora vs Dillian Whyte Full Official Fight video - 10-12-2016
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ra96nyaHJ4

    Enjoy

  44. The Thresher 07:07pm, 12/23/2016

    Well put Bruce, well put. I agree 100%

  45. Bruce Kielty 07:00pm, 12/23/2016

    2016 should be remembered as the year that incompetent and/or corrupt judges chased many more away from our sport, all supported by the malignancies known as sanctioning bodies.

  46. The Thresher 06:58pm, 12/23/2016

    Same to you Dan and to yours as well. Great to see you here

  47. Dan Adams 06:55pm, 12/23/2016

    Good choices, Ted!  Congrats on another interesting read.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

  48. The Thresher 06:44pm, 12/23/2016

    Yes, some had clinical depression and some had social depression. Many more had it. At its worse, it can lead to suicide such as in the case of Daz Southerland and Alexis Arguello—.


    “Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain”. -—Unknown source

    And the collateral damage is horrific. Simply horrific.

  49. L.L. Cool John 06:31pm, 12/23/2016

    Jermain Taylor, Oliver McCall, Johnny Tapia, Edwin Valero, Frank Bruno, et al. all suffered from some form of depression or mental illness.

  50. The Thresher 06:16pm, 12/23/2016

    John, Chisoa.Whyte reminded me of the Korean War (of which I am somewhat of an expert) without the Inchon Landing. Back and forth—all the way down to the end of the Peninsulas and then all the way up AND WAY BEYOND THE 38TH Parallel. First one ++came on, but then the other came storming back. If ever a fight should have been a draw, this was the one.

    from a military standpoint, it he Korean War was an incredible seesaw of action that was analogous to a boxing match featuring ebb and flow action. It can be divided into four segments, though many of the individual battles could be told as stories in their own right.

  51. The Thresher 06:00pm, 12/23/2016

    Me too. Any one of us can get hit with a bout of depression out of the blue. The anxiety that comes with it has terrible collateral implications. Some recover fast; others not so fast. But it’s nothing to sneeze at. I would love to see the big guy get well and fight again. At 6’9”, it’s rare to see someone so relaxed and comfortable in the ring as Fury.

  52. Moon-man 05:56pm, 12/23/2016

    Thresher….Fury taint the best fighter of all-time, that’s a given, but the guy seems like a decent bloke. Hard to imagine someone so big can be so fragile, but hey, life gets to us all sometimes. Rooting for the big feller to beat depression.

  53. L.L. Cool John 05:51pm, 12/23/2016

    Franklin Dallas: Chisora / Whyte reminded me of the 1997 fight between Ike Ibeabuchi / David Tua with Chisora being Tua. Great action fight—good ebb and flow.

  54. The Thresher 05:50pm, 12/23/2016

    On the Hopkins thing, I give him the benefit of the doubt because starey-eyed Max interviewed him while he (Hopkins) was still on Mars. Naturally he is going to say strange things. It reminded me of when Jim Gray interviewed Juanma after he had just been concussed and waxed by Salido. That crap needs to stop. Leave the guy alone until the next day. Then, if he repeats dumb excuses, he is free game.

  55. The Thresher 05:46pm, 12/23/2016

    L.L. Kool John. No, I doubt it. We did have a lot of fun with it. It also had a good run on BLH.

  56. L.L. Cool John 05:41pm, 12/23/2016

    Ted: I miss the old “Scotch and Cigar Club” series from way back in the Eastside Boxing days.
    Any chance of that coming back?

  57. The Thresher 05:33pm, 12/23/2016

    Moon-man. He just might fool off of us and become “Personality of the Year for 2017. I for one hope he comes back.

  58. The Thresher 05:31pm, 12/23/2016

    Thanks et tetas tumbo. Very nice of you to say that. Might not be the best, but it’s the first. to prevent “experts” from saying I copied them. lol

  59. The Thresher 05:29pm, 12/23/2016

    LL Kool, First I did my list and then I looked at it and wrote the narrative around it. The UK just seemed to role out there.  Take McGuigan, I’ll bet you most “experts” don’t even know who he is. I also could have included Frampton. This just was the year when the UK ruled boxing.

  60. Moon-man 02:54pm, 12/23/2016

    Koolz…Lets hope that Fury doesn’t allow himself to be castrated. Puppets out there will sell their souls to the Devil for a damn job, fame, or some other silly bullshit. You could pay a lot of these fools to walk backwards, kick their dog, anything you ask, just don’t take away their paycheck. Ali was willing to forfeit the biggest title in the world at the time and even go to jail for his beliefs. This tells me that he was truly being true to himself.
    “Men believe in the truth of all that is seen to be strongly believed in.” Truthspeakers are as rare as a winning Powerball Ticket in this day and age.

  61. The real tetas tumbo 02:53pm, 12/23/2016

    That’s because USA boxing sucks dude.

  62. L.L. Cool John 02:37pm, 12/23/2016

    Ted: I’m curious: Why so many UK fighters on this list?

  63. et tetas tumbo 02:04pm, 12/23/2016

    I love these year end awards and Sares nails them better than anyone.

    Fight of the year indeed was Chisora / Whyte. Pure brutality.

    Nice one Sir Ted. Enjoyed this one.

    Ps despite my disputed Mexican heritage. Felix Tito Trinidad will
    Always be king.

  64. The Thresher 12:59pm, 12/23/2016

    Moon Man, I always have stayed away from the Ali draft thing based on the fact that I don’ t like to be judgmental on such a complex issue.  Most guys I knew back in the day did their duty and simply moved on without making a big fuss. John Kerry was an exception, of course, but again, that was his shtick.

  65. The Thresher 12:46pm, 12/23/2016

    Thanks L.L. Cool John

  66. L.L. Cool John 12:39pm, 12/23/2016

    Great list and I agree completely.

  67. Koolz 11:06am, 12/23/2016

    I see Ali and Fury being very close in terms of Psychology.

    I told Fury you have to be like Steal in the mind.

    Ali stayed stead fast in his beliefs no matter what.  Fury well…who knows what he believes now.  Glad he is training again.  Hope he wasn’t neutered.

    Hell Yea Lomachenko is special, crazy foot work of a dancer while he unleashes violence across the ring.

    Speaking of Symphony they just had the World Premier of Stravinsky’s Funeral Song in Russia.  A new work that sounds a lot like his mentor he wrote it for Korsakov.

  68. Moon-man 10:45am, 12/23/2016

    Didn’t agree with everything Ali did or say, but his courage was admirable. Perhaps one of the most memorable Ali interviews was on the Mike Douglas show back in the mid-70’s. Sly Stone was the guest host with Mike Douglas. One of the guests was U.S. Rep. Wayne Hayes from Ohio. Hayes would later be involved in a sex scandal involving a secretary named, Elizabeth Ray, who didn’t type or file. hehe. Ali gets into it with host, Douglas, Hayes, Stone, and the audience as well. More entertaining than the Ali-Frazier tussle or his appearance on the Joe Namath show. The champ was never dull.

  69. The Thresher 07:57am, 12/23/2016

    Hi Bill. No. This was a one-off. Boxing.com was very gracious to run it for me. Most of the sites do a consensus end-of-the-year list.

  70. Dollar bond 07:54am, 12/23/2016

    Are you back writing for boxing.com Ted?

  71. The Thresher 07:44am, 12/23/2016

    Ade, point taken.

    Of course, Lomo could have been in any number of the categories. He is very special,

  72. Adeyinka Makinde 07:41am, 12/23/2016

    If one award is missing, I would have had the Bull’s take on most disappointing fight of the year. In my view, such dubious accolade would go to the bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters, albeit that all credit to Lomachenko for frustrating Walters to the extent that Walters did a ‘No Mas.’

  73. The Thresher 07:24am, 12/23/2016

    AkT , thanks lad. Glad to see you agree with my FOTY. My picks had a distinct UK flavor. It just came out that way. And if I had gone with Frampton, it would have been even more so.

  74. The Thresher 07:16am, 12/23/2016

    Koolz, come on mate. I never have an agenda lol

  75. The Thresher 07:16am, 12/23/2016

    Thanks Irish, Very nice of you to say that.

  76. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:59am, 12/23/2016

    Ted Sares-As far as boxing writers go….you’re the melody from a symphony by Strauss!

  77. Moon-man 06:37am, 12/23/2016

    Moon-man’s annual, SPIDER RICO, IS HE STILL AROUND AWARD for 2016 goes to Roy Jones Jr, with honorable mentions to Manny Pacquiao & Bernard Hopkins.

  78. Moon-man 06:05am, 12/23/2016

    Hard to believe how many of those 70’s heavyweights are no longer with us. Ali, Frazier, Lyle, Norton, LeDoux, Ellis, Quarry, Patterson, Bonavena, etc. No one can ever question the level of opposition that Ali fought. No other heavyweight ever faced such talented opposition, not even close. Greatest heavyweight of all time. Here’s hoping for a return of Mr. Fury.

  79. Koolz 06:01am, 12/23/2016

    fighter of the year I don’t think so!! Lomachenko is fighter of the year!

    Now that silly crawford that runs around saying i should be fighter of the year.
    do you have some sort of Agenda?

    you are right on fight of the year, Chisora and Whyte was something else!

    Worst Decision was Ward (fraud) and Kovalev.  Ward did not win seven rounds after round five!

    I agree that boxing was for the most part in 2016 all about Eddie Hearn and the UK.

  80. AkT 05:30am, 12/23/2016

    Great analysis Ted!

    Totally with you especially on the Dereck Chisora/Dillian Whyte fight. I really wish it was a draw. No one deserved to lose that night.

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