The Ring Names Fury Fighter of the Year

By Robert Ecksel on January 11, 2016
The Ring Names Fury Fighter of the Year
Klitschko had grown stale. At 39 he was starting to slide, as aging fighters always do.

Despite the time devoted to making the right year-end selections, the awards usually end up validating the consensus choice…

“You always say I’ll quit when I start to slide, and then one morning you wake up and you’ve done slid.”—Sugar Ray Robinson

There are rarely any surprises when it comes to year-end awards. Despite the time devoted to what we believe is the right year-end selection, the awards usually end up validating the consensus choice. A notable exception was when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the Oscar for Best Picture to the ordinary “Ordinary People” instead of the triumphant “Raging Bull,” as it did in 1981.

In this year’s contest for Fighter of the Year, it looked like it was between Gennady Golovkin (’s choice), Canelo Alvarez, Roman Gonzalez, and Floyd Mayweather, the sentimental favorite who has just retired.

Few gave the nod to Tyson Fury, despite his having upset heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on November 28 in Dusseldorf, Germany. But among those few, The Ring, neither known as the Bible of Boxing nor much of a risk-taker nowadays, stuck its neck out by naming Fury Fighter of the Year for having “breathed energy into a lifeless division.”

That he did.

Klitschko hadn’t lost a fight in over a decade. He was being mentioned in the same breath as Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, and even Joe Louis. And he exuded class, both in and out of the ring.

But Klitschko, for all his attributes, had grown stale. At 39 he was starting to slide, as aging fighters always do.

And along came Tyson Fury.

He is big. He is brash. And while he might not have fought his heart out to win the title, it wasn’t necessary, since Klitschko did next to nothing.

“With his victory,” writes The Ring, “Fury also turned boxing’s traditional glamour division upside down. The heavyweights had become largely an afterthought because of the Klitschko brothers’ dominance. Now rising big men like Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Luis Ortiz—combined with Fury and a beatable Klitschko—have made the division interesting again.

“The other finalists for the award were Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. They all accomplished big things in 2015, but none shook up the sport like Fury did.”

Based on that criterion, maybe The Ring should have awarded Fury Shakeup of the Year, but that’s for another contest in another year in a category that does not yet exist.

The Ring’s other awards for 2015 are:

Fight of the Year: Francisco Vargas vs. Takashi Miura
Knockout of the Year: Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland
Round of the Year: Amir Imam vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr. (Round 3)
Upset of the Year: Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Comeback of the Year: Badou Jack
Trainer of the Year: Joe Gallagher
Prospect of the Year: Takuma Inoue
Event of the Year: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (ahem)
Most Inspirational: Anthony Crolla

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  1. bikermike 06:57pm, 01/14/2016

    Ok…Ok…we’ll have to deal with this….for as long as we choose to spend our girlfriends’ money…..

    Four…so far….World Heavyweight Champions of the World….(sounds like the only four guys on my hockey team who didn’t have the crabs) claim to be the tuffest sob in the valley….and would welcome any and all challangers…blah blah…
    press continues to measure dicks… hard he hits the bag…how far lightning shoots out of his ass…etc…etc….but ..

    THe real check is put this superlative gift of Boxing , trained ..coached..and everything else in the standard iron plate press kits…..up against the guys who deserve a shot…and make match making less of a back room ...pre determined practise….aka…pbf….and like that

  2. Арт-М 11:57am, 01/14/2016

    He is GOOD ! I was in Esprit Arena !

  3. Aztec Warrior 03:43pm, 01/12/2016

    My Ring magazine subscription ended the month prior to the Rhonda Rousey issue. So glad I didn’t renew it. Also, speaking of “starting to slide” I see Yory Boy Campas is scheduled to fight again. The guy is a proven warrior in the ring. I just hope he doesn’t get hurt. He deserves better.

  4. Koolz 12:09pm, 01/12/2016

    Ring Magazine is it all Politics now?

    Should have recognized Golovkin!

  5. No10Count 12:01pm, 01/12/2016

    Another nail in the coffin that was Ring Magazine.
    Is GBP trying to get in good with Fury to get him over here for a heavy weight fight?
    Why else would you put him on a magazine except those showing arrest pictures? (you know it’s going to happen)

  6. tuxtucis 03:54am, 01/12/2016

    Except event of the year, I disagree totally.  Klitschko is not a better win for Fury than Pacquiao is for Mayweather, and if Berto is not a great fighter, Hammer is even worse. I think it would have been better to recognize finally Golovkin or Gonzales.

  7. Mike Casey 02:59am, 01/12/2016

    The Ring has occupied its own little planet for some time now.

  8. nicolas 11:23pm, 01/11/2016

    Can’t agree with their fighter of the year, or even upset of the year. I guess the second one because I felt that Fury, unless he was a real fraud, would beat Klitschko. Wlad did not look good in beating Jennings. His knockout power seemed to have diminished. For the upset of the year, I guess that would be in the light flyweight division when Kimora beat Gevarra by split decision.

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