Once the clock had struck midnight for the final time in 2014 – it was time to start drawing up those lists which open your personality and opinion to criticism. That moment of the year to look back and reflect upon a full year of boxing; the highs and lows, the emphatic knockouts, unscrupulous controversy and shock decisions. Time to lay it all out there accompanied by opinion, belief and brief nostalgia. Its time for InstantBoxing.com‘s end of year awards 2014.
Writer’s Fight of the Year 2014
2014 Award goes to Lucas Matthysse’s victory over John Molina for the WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title at the StubHub Center, April 2014.
Orlando Salido vs Terdsak Kokietgym. Seven knock downs and a sensational knock out at the end, no further comment required.
Billy Joe Saunders v Chris Eubank Jr. It may not have been a classic from a technical sense, especially in rounds 1-5 when Eubank seemed content to to wang in corkscrew uppercuts from range that generally missed by several feet, but the second half of the fight was really intriguing. It was a contest in which I was genuinely unsure who would win before hand and it provided answers and further questions about both fighters, leaving me hoping they meet again at some point in the future.
Lucas Matthysse versus John Molina. This fight had it all; knockdowns, pendulum swings, brutal exchanges, guts and glory. A real edge of the seat fight from start to finish and what’s more, nobody expected it as Molina was supposed to be a warm up/tune up fight for Matthysse to get back in to title contention
Lucas Matthysse versus John Molina – The fights that stick in your mind are the ones which are completely unexpected. Had only seen John Molina at lightweight to this point with his victory over Mickey Bey Jr and didn’t believe he would bring anything to the table that could trouble Matthysse. How wrong I was. Although Molina has been beaten since I always look forward to seeing him fight as he gives 100% from start to the final bell. Both fighters fought as if they were fighting for the world title when in actual fact it was just for a sanctioning body bauble to increase their ranking. Knock downs galore.
Katsunari Takayama versus Francisco Rodriguez Jr – WHAT. A. FIGHT.
Terrence Crawford versus Yuriorkis Gamboa. This fight literally had everything! All that split the fighters was size and punching power. Crawford is huge and will likely end up as a junior welterweight this year.