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 Prospect of the Year 2014
The 2014 Award goes to heavyweight Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10KO’s).
Antonio “Relentless” Orozco, dominated a still slick and very tough Steve Forbes and has faced solid opposition.
I’m not sure if he still qualifies as a ‘prospect’, after his KO of Tavoris Cloud and already being world ranked by several governing bodies, but Artur Beterbiev (7-0) looks to be the only Light heavy who could give Kovalev a run for his money, apparently beating him twice as an amateur. The 29 year old Russian looks an awesome talent and should be in world title contention by the end of 2015.
Joshua has made gradual but expected strides in 2014 however, the relaxed manner, power demonstrated and the fighters he has dispatched have impressed me. No real big names but solid British level fighters have been taken care off in a timely fashion and I think 2015 will see further development with Kevin Johnson being the biggest test he has faced to date
For relative fight experience (8 fights) and age (21) in a real world you would have to pick Naoya Inoue. But this isn’t a real world – not where the Japanese starlet is concerned. He is already a dual weight world champion in under ten fights, hence making him exempt of prospect status. Therefore the next man on the list to tick all the boxes has to be the reigning Olympic Gold medalist Anthony Joshua. Ten fights, have resulted in ten knock outs. A little perspective shows that David Price had beaten Matt Skelton after 15 fights, whereas AJ managed the feat in just 7 fights. Tyson Fury was still facing that sort of level of opposition (Martin Rogan) right up to his 18th fight. Kevin Johnson has never been stopped, we will see come January 31.
Anthony Joshua. Destructive. 10 wins, 10 knock outs.