Pound4poundireland’s 2018 Fighter of the Year

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Fighter of the Year

1. Oleksandr Usyk

2. Josh Warrington

3. Vasyl Lomachenko

It was a slam dunk choice this year.

Oleksandr Usyk fulfilled every ounce of his vast potential in 2018: unifying belts by beating Mairis Breidis in his back yard in a thriller, becoming undisputed champion by dominating Murat Gassiev in Russia in the World Boxing Super Series final, and, finally, knocking out Tony Bellew away from home in a final title defence.

He is the modern day road warrior, a worthy heir to Evander Holyfield at cruiserweight, and the boxing world waits to see if he can replicate the Real Deal’s heavyweight exploits, starting next year.

Warrington claims second place on the strength of two upset wins against longtime rival Lee Selby, and then Carl Frampton, to improbably establish himself among the featherweight elite.

Usyk’s friend and stablemate Lomachenko continues his ascent in weight to have another impressive year, knocking out Jorge Linares in a back and forth technical masterclass to win a belt at 135, then unifying post surgery by defeating Jose Pedraza.

Pound4poundireland’s 2014 Fight, Knockout, Round, Prospect, Upset and Trainer of the Year

Fight of the Year

1. Tommy Coyle-Daniel Brizuela

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/full-fight-video-tommy-coyle-vs-daniel-brizuela-fight-of-the-year-candidate/

2. Travis Dickinson-Matty Clarkson

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/full-fight-video-travis-dickinson-vs-matty-clarkson-fight-of-the-year-candidate/

3. Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/full-fight-video-terence-crawford-vs-yuriorkis-gamboa/

Knockout of the Year

1. Andy Lee ko5 John Jackson

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/video-ko-of-the-year-candidate-andy-lee-ko5-john-jackson/

2. Marvin Sonsona ko3 Akifumi Shimoda

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/full-fight-video-akifumi-shimoda-vs-marvin-sonsona-knockout-of-the-year-candidate/

3. Felix Verdejo ko1 Lauro Alcantar

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/full-fight-video-felix-verdejo-vs-lauro-alcantar-knockout-of-the-year-candidate/

Round of the Year

1. Travis Dickinson-Matty Clarkson Round 5

2. Isaac Real-Emanuele Della Rosa Round 2

3. Koki Eto-Ardin Diale Round 8

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/video-koki-eto-vs-ardin-diale-round-8-unbelievable-round-of-the-year-candidate/

Prospect of the Year

1. Felix Verdejo

2. Errol Spence

3. Oleksandr Usyk

Upset of the Year

1. Tommy Karpency SD10 Chad Dawson

2. Rogelio Medina ko3 J’Leon Love

3. Chris Algieri SD12 Ruslan Provodnikov

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/full-fight-video-ruslan-provodnikov-vs-chris-algieri/

Trainer of the Year

John David Jackson – for his work with Sergey Kovalev