RingObserver.com's First Annual Awards
We are proud to present the First Annual RingObserver.com's Awards for 2013...
Gennady Golovkin: Power, technique, pressure, precision...watch this middleweight monster for just a minute and you know he's an all time special talent.
Sergei Kovalev: The Charismatic "Krusher" is an unstoppable knockout machine at light heavy. Even Bernard Hopkins is hiding behind Showtime for protection from Kovalev.
Adonis Stevenson: Electrifying, colorful, charismatic...the Haitian Canadian knockout artist has emerged as a superstar in the last year with sensational performances. Superman vs. Krusher is a natural but Stevenson seems curiously reluctant to the idea.
Manny Pacquiao: Even boxing historian Mike Tyson crowed about how "sensational" and "brilliant" Pacquiao performed against Brandon Rios. The speed, accuracy and ten punch combinations are still there though the power may be slightly declining.
Keith Thurman: Florida welterweight has all the qualities you look for in a super champion, power, speed, skills, relentlessness, smarts, charisma. He's ready for anyone right now. The problem is his advisor Al Haymon prioritizes Floyd Mayweather and Adrien Broner ahead of "One Tiime" and it's delaying his ascent to stardom.
Ruslan Provodnikov: Just an amazingly exciting fighter who is ready for anyone in the welterweight range.
James Kirkland: Relentless. Pressure. Never stops coming. Never stops throwing punches. Tough as nails. Lefty. Kirkland would be a network star fighter and a household name if he were around in the 80s.
Miguel Cotto: Likely in the home stretch of his illustrious career, the beloved Puerto Rican is guaranteed to deliver action, class and quality performance. Cotto is one of the most universally beloved fighters of this modern era.
AWARD WINNER for "Most Exciting Fighter' IS...Gennady Golovkin. Each of GGG's fights are exciting events. And they are staged around the globe. Golovkin's next fight is in Monte Carlo.
Manny Pacquiao: Quiet and humble outside the ring, Pacquiao never fails to deliver excitement, awe or drama inside the squared circle. He has become more compelling since losing by KO to Marquez.
Danny Garcia: After a decent amateur career where Naziim Richardson told me he endured some horrific beatings, the Philadelphian has matured into a rising star in the pro ranks. Swift is beyond the "showcase" stage and now ready to partake in major fights.
Keith Thurman: Can Mayweather and Pacquiao withstand Thurman's explosive offensive onslaughts.
Vitali Klitschko: One last farewell fight vs. David Haye, Bermane Stiverne or Deontay Wilder would have been interesting to see before the Dr. Iron Fist challenges for the Presidential throne of Ukraine. But Klitschko has apparently retired from boxing for the last time, leaving brother Wladimir on his own.
Guillermo Rigondeaux: One of the most talented craftsmen in ring history but also one of the least charismatic. The mysterious Cuban makes boxing look as easy as a cat dominating a mouse. You wonder how someone so talented and great can be so colorless?
Mike Tyson: The reinvented former champ is a transcendant star now, enjoying major success in film, TV and most recently his new book 'Undisputed Truth.' Tyson is making all the right moves and is poised to become a George Foreman type figure. Who knows, maybe Iron Mike will evolve into a Governor or President someday.
Paulie Malignaggi: Superb work as TV analyst for Showtime. Keen observer of live ring action and instantly articulates in understandable terms what is happening inside the ring. Listening to Malignaggi you feel like a student learning from a professor. Also is an amazing boxer who despite lacking punch power, is still able to thrive on the world class level into his 30s because of his smarts and toughness. A remarkable overachiever.
AWARD WINNER for "Most Intriguing Fighter' IS...Manny Pacquiao. Still at the top of his game at 35, still hunting Floyd Mayweather for what would be the biggest money fight in ring history. Incomparable generosity, political and tax problems will also keep him in the news.
Floyd Mayweather: Four years of excuses to duck Manny Pacquiao has reached a point far beyond pathetic and ridiculousness. And it's a crying shame that Showtime, Golden Boy and much of the boxing media continue to support this massive fraud. At least Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Oscar De La Hoya are calling on Floyd, though in diplomatic terms (for the time being), to just shut up and face Pacquiao.
Deontay Wilder: The former bronze medalist has shown he can KO mediocre and faded opposition but he resists stepping up in class. His protector Al Haymon deserves most all the blame for this. Rumor has it Wilder was dropped by a Wladimir Klitschko jab in sparring.
Adrien Broner: Talented young boxer but he has a personality and attitude which is just plain disgusting. Broner brings shame, embarrassment and subhuman foulness to the noble sport graced by classy and honorable champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Felix Trinidad, Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns. Shame on Showtime and Golden Boy and Al Haymon for promoting this filth.
Nonito Donaire: Was on the verge of superstardom but a series of okay performances and then the loss to Rigondeaux suggest the Filippino veteran may be on the downslide.
Andre Ward: Has been outstanding as an HBO commentator but his ring activity post Super Six has been more dull than sensational. Signing to fight Golovkin, Stevenson or Kovalev would completely change the perception of Ward though. Needs to put himself into a superfight ASAP.
Juan Manuel Marquez: His annoying excuse making and willingness to work with the shamed PED expert Heredia are slight blemishes on the illustrious and grand career of this future Hall of Famer.
AWARD WINNER for "Most Disappointing Fighter' IS...Floyd Mayweather. Never has a fighter talked the talk but chickened out of walking the walk like this cowardly American bulljive artist. By perpetually ducking Pacquiao, Mayweather may represent the ultimate symbol of cowardice in the history of humanity.