INSTANTBOXING.COM’S FIGHT OF THE YEAR 2016

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InstantBoxing.com’s Fight of the Year goes to….Jamie Conlan vs. Anthony Nelson. Read below for what the InstantBoxing.com team had to say.

GARY MUSHROW
Fight of the Year: Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora

Although not a fight of any great meaning, with neither fighter about to make an impact upon the world heavyweight scene anytime soon – this was damn entertaining. All skill and any tactics went straight out the window here. Watch round five, bombs away.

ALBERT BAKER
Fight of the Year: Francisco Vargas vs Orlando Salido

Do yourself a favor and watch it. For the second straight year Vargas gets himself into the Fight of the Year by gunning for the kind of matchmaking
that creates a fan base and eschews any kind of p4p lists. This was blood, guts and everything violent your parents told you not to watch. Ending in a draw made the match that much more satisfying because the brutality of sacrifice from both men deserved to be ended on an even keel.

MARK TURLEY
Fight of the Year: Anthony Crolla v Ismael Barroso

Crolla surprised me by turning it on against the feared Venezuelan.

LUKE MADEIRA
Fight of the Year: Jamie Conlan vs Anthony Nelson.

Both men hit the floor during the fight, with Conlan winning the fight via stoppage in the eighth round. The fight was a barnstormer and a rematch would be equally as entertaining.

ELLIOT FOSTER
Fight of the Year: Jamie Conlan vs. Anthony Nelson

Wow. Yes, wow. A superlative –– and not the only one –– to describe this fight. But if you were to use as many superlatives as thinkable to describe this fight you’d run out pretty quickly.

It was up, it was down. They were up, then they were down. About 54,000 times. Two lads with maximum heart, minimum fear and two sets of cojones.
Conlan won the day, though, and returns to the ring on February 18 at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.

After that Titanic battle (no pun intended, I promise), Nelson has yet to come back but is scheduled to box again in March in Newcastle.

Hat-tips must go to Sam Eggington vs. Frankie Gavin, Frank Buglioni vs. Hosea Burton, which is the best fight I’ve ever seen live, and the heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora on the domestic scene.

Internationally, my vote would have to go to the clash between Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido. It had everything –– and ended a draw.

JULIAN BRADSHAW
Fight of the Year: Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora

On the 10th of December 2016 Dillian ‘Bodysnatcher’ Whyte and Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora went into battle in a WBC World Heavyweight Title Eliminator, that also had the WBC International Championship on the line.

But this fight was much more than that for these two men, this was a fight seven years in the making, and the bitterness of the rivalry between them boiled over on more than one occasion during the build up. As well as the requisite name calling, we had the glass of water incident during the Sky Sports The Gloves Are Off recording which brought the show to a premature end, and of course the Dereck Chisora table throw at the final press conference (for which he received a two year suspended ban).

By the time fight night finally arrived we, along with the capacity crowd at the Manchester Arena, were expecting fireworks. Unusually for a fight that has this level of hype surrounding it through the build up, It didn’t disappoint.

Chisora came out throwing bombs, and it was clear that when he landed he was causing Whyte some problems, but Del Boys own problem was that he was unable to sustain his attacks. Every time he threw a combination that looked to be having an impact, he would retreat and take a breather to recover. This invariably gave Whyte his cue to come forward and retaliate with his own big shots.

This was a fight that ebbed and flowed, with both fighters landing and taking shots that would have ended other fights.

Somehow both men made it to the final bell, and they had given us one of the great heavyweight fights of recent years (a period where we have been crying out for some true great heavyweight fights).

In the end Whyte claimed a split decision (The final scorecards read 115-114 Chisora, 115-113 Whyte, and 115-114 Whyte), and although I scored in favour of Chisora by a round, there were so many close rounds that a case could be made for either fighter to have been awarded the victory (or even for the draw).

Whyte won the fight, but heavyweight boxing and boxing in general won on the night, and some of the reputation damage done during the build up was repaired…and I for one would love to see a rematch in 2017.

About Luke Madeira 59 Articles
Luke Madeira currently writes for InstantBoxing.com and is the creator and author of the series 'Under the Radar' which focuses on up and coming British prospects that may not be getting the media attention their talent so richly deserves. Contact Luke on Twitter: @lukemadeira15

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