Let’s face it, 2016 has hardly been a vintage year for boxing. Fight fans have been left frustrated over the past 12 months as promotional spats, poor matchmaking and blatant ducking has prevented the best from facing the best. But it hasn’t been all bad. Here is our top three tear-ups 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.
After claiming a super-featherweight belt last June in a thrilling points win over Puerto Rico’s Roman Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KOs), Scotland’s Ricky Burns was accused in some quarters of milking his WBO strap against less than stellar opposition.
Former British super-featherweight champion Kevin Mitchell returns to the ring on 9 July hoping to put a torrid 12 months behind him and erase the memories of that crushing defeat to Michael Katsidis in his native East London last May.