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 Boxing Event of the Year 2014
2014 Award goes to Carl Froch versus George Groves for the IBF/WBA regular super middleweight titles at Wembley Stadium, UK. Fans packed 80,000 into the English national stadium and were treated to a stellar knock out by the reigning champion.
Hard to pick over Carl Froch versus George Groves at Wembley. Just a huge event. Honorable mention is GGG vs Marco Antonio Rubio at the Stubhub; over a thousand seats were added in a stellar marketing effort that culminated into the best event on the west coast in 2014.
I guess it has to be Carl Froch versus George Groves again. Packing out Wembley Stadium and getting the whole British nation talking about a fight doesn’t happen that often.
The anticipation of the rematch was massive. After the ending of their first encounter was cut short by referee Howard Foster, Carl Froch versus George Groves has to be my pick of the year.
Carl Froch – George Groves II. Being at the fight and drinking in the atmosphere was something special. The country was divided, the hype and anticipation gripped everybody. The fight transcended the sport and hit front page newspapers – quite shocking as boxing normally only commands a few column inches every other day at the back of most rags.
The Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley rematch. Being at the fight was an unreal experience for me. I realise the pick is way out of left field but it is all about opinions and whilst out in Las Vegas this fight felt massive! It was make or break for Pacquiao and Bradley had just come off a dominating victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, many felt Bradley would win convincingly this time.
Carl Froch versus George Groves the rematch. It was a huge unprecedented event in the UK.