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 Upset of the Year 2014
2014 Award goes to Chris Algieri’s split decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO light welterweight title at the Barclays Center, June 2014.
Robinson Castellanos knock out over Ronny Rios. After featuring Ronny in part of my “Under the Hand Wraps” series (http://instantboxing.com/hand-wraps-ronny-rios/) I really thought the 24 year old super featherweight would go on and dominate the fight himself.
Chris Algieri v Ruslan Provodnikov. I’m not a boxing writer who tries to pretend they know everything about everyone and I don’t tend to follow the US scene as closely as the British. The truth is I had honestly never heard of Chris Algieri before this fight and when I saw a bit of the pre-fight build-up thought he looked like a lamb to the slaughter – Provodnikov is one tough dude. The two early knockdowns convinced me that my preconceptions were correct, but Algieri really battled back. I know opinions are divided over the scorecards, but still didn’t expect Algieri to be able to give the Siberian Rocky such a difficult night, picking up the WBO title in the process.
Chris Algeri v Ruslan Provodnikov. Algieri was set up to become the next lamb-to-the-slaughter. He obviously didn’t read the script expected and managed to pull out the shock of the year.
Everything was in place to see Ruslan Provodnikov wrap up this routine voluntary defence against little known Chris Algieri and set up a big fight in Macau against Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank were literally left wrong footed at the outcome of the contest which scuppered their plan and left them turning to Star Boxing’s Chris Algieri to fill the void left by the out-boxed Siberian Rocky. Despite two early knock downs, Algieri showed a massive heart and above expected boxing technique to take a split decision against his 140 pound counter-part.
Nicholas Walters versus Nonito Donaire.
Tommy Karpency over Chad Dawson. “Bad” Chad was coming off the back of two defeats in three at the hands of Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson during 2012-2013, only split by a cruiserweight victory over lightly regarded George Blades in June 2014. Karpency had been beaten soundly by former champion Nathan Cleverly and was set up to be Dawson’s fall guy. This was a massive victory for Karpency and showed just how far Dawson had slipped.