Knockoutpunch’s 2016 fighter of the year

In years gone by, you could spend hours or even days debating who deserves the accolade of ‘fighter of the year’. Not so in 2016. In a dire year for the sport, there was a consensus among journalists and fans over who should get the nod for their efforts in the last 12 months.

Poll: Who should Manny Pacquiao fight next?

The Filipino legend enjoyed a stellar 2016, with quality wins over Timothy Bradley Jr in April and the unbeaten Jesse Vargas in November to regain a portion of the welterweight world title. But who should the 38-year-old fight next time he steps inside the square circle? Have your say in our poll.

David Haye and Tony Bellew clash at a presser in London

Can Bellew take Haye into deep waters?

In an age of catchweight clashes, boxing fans have become accustomed to fighters jumping weight classes to take on bigger foes for larger pay cheques. But when it becomes apparent that the smaller fighter has little chance of bridging the gap in size and power, the paying public can be left feeling a bit shortchanged.