2016 Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, beginning this week. Here’s how we do it around these parts:

The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg, which will finish after, is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from Trainer of the Year to more frivolous topics.

For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info. You tell us if our finalists and honorable mentions are lacking, and give your vote on who you think should win. Maybe you sway us to adjust the list, and maybe you sway us on the eventual winner. On the second day after a category is introduced, we’ll give you the winner and explain why.

So, up now: 2016 Knockout of the Year candidates. On deck: 2016 Round of the Year candidates and Knockout of the Year winner.


Deontay Wilder vs Artur Szpilka

Whatever ill you can say of Deontay Wilder, this isn’t on the list: “Dude can’t punch.”

Mason Menard vs Eudy Bernardo

Ah, the dichotomy of how sudden Menard’s punch was and how slowly Bernardo fell.

Murat Gassiev vs Jordan Shimmel

Jordan Shimmel probably felt like he was doing his thing. Then Gassiev did his.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Roman Martinez

Suppose we can put to rest any questions about whether Lomachenko’s power would carry up to 130 pounds.

Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan

It wasn’t a fair fight. It ended as it should’ve, but it still was pretty “whoa.”


Hasan N’dam vs Alfonso Blanco

Thomas Williams vs Edwin Rodriguez

Adonis Stevenson vs Thomas Williams

Rashidi Ellis vs Eddie Gomez

Julius Indongo vs Eduard Troyanovsky

Alexander Povetkin vs Johann Duhaupas

Johann Duhaupas vs Robert Helenius

Justin DeLoach vs Dillion Cook

Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith

Errol Spence vs Leonard Bundu

Jason Sosa vs Javier Fortuna

Tom Doran vs Luke Keeler

Callum Smith vs Nick Blackledge

Joe Murray vs Rashid Kaseem

Jorge Lara vs Fernando Montiel

Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Nadjib Mohammedi

Eric Molina vs Tomasz Adamek

Anthony Joshua vs Charles Martin

Daniel Perez vs Gustavo Molina

Tomoki Kameda vs Edgar Alfredo Martinez

Tony Bellew vs Ilunga Makabu

Joe Smith vs Andrzej Fonfara

Callum Johnson vs Willbeforce Shihepo

JJ McDonagh vs Jake Ball

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.