Ten years of boxing, boiled down to the “best of” in four categories: Round of the Decade, Knockout of the Decade, Fight of the Decade and Fighter of the Decade.
Today: Round of the Decade candidates now, plus Knockout of the Decade candidates later. Monday: Round of the Decade and Knockout of the Decade winners, plus Fight of the Decade candidates. Tuesday: Fight of the Decade winner, plus Fighter of the Decade top 10. Wednesday: Fighter of the Decade top 10 and an awards-season Open Thread.
Here are the Rounds of the Year according to Ring magazine through 2008, in chronological order. I’ve also thrown in The Queensberry Rules’ 2008 and 2009 winners. Who you got?
2000: Erik Morales-Marco Antonio Barrera I, Round 5
2001: Bernard Hopkins-Felix Trinidad, Round 10
2002: Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti I, Round 9
2003: Acelino Freitas-Jorge Barrios, Round 11
2004: Marco Antonio Barrera-Erik Morales III, Round 11
2005: Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo I, Round 10
2006: Somsak Sitchchatchawal-Mahyar Monshipour, Round 10
2007: Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez II, Round 3
2008: Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez III, Round 4
2008: Kendall Holt-Ricardo Torres II, Round 1 (TQBR winner)
2009: Marcos Maidana-Victor Ortiz, Round 1 (TQBR winner)
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