EAST SIDE BOXING’s 2018 AWARDS: Complete List of Winners, Nominees, More!

By Paul R. Jones! – Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

This year, we’ve crunched the numbers, made our list, and checked it twice.

Here is our complete list of winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions for 2018:

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Winners & Nominees 2018

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR, MALE

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • OLEKSANDER USYK, Cruiserweight, 🇺🇦 Ukraine 🏆 WINNER
  • Vasyl Lomachenko, Lightweight, 🇺🇦 Ukraine RUNNER-UP
  • Terence Crawford, Welterweight, 🇺🇸 USA NOMINEE
  • Mikey Garcia, Lightweight, 🇺🇸 USA NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION (alphabetical): Saúl ‘Canelo’ ÁlvarezMiguel Berchelt Tyson Fury • Jarrett Hurd • Naoya InoueDaniel JacobsAnthony JoshuaWanheng MenayothinnJaime MunguiaRegis PrograisSrisaket Sor RungvisaiCallum SmithJosh WarringtonDillian WhyteDeontay Wilder

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR, FEMALE

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

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  • Katie Taylor, Lightweight, 🇮🇪 Ireland 🏆 WINNER
  • Claressa Shields, Middleweight, 🇺🇸 USA RUNNER-UP
  • Cecilia Brækhus, Welterweight, 🇳🇴 Norway NOMINEE
  • Mariana Juárez, Bantamweight, 🇲🇽 Mexico NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Rose Volante • Marie Eve Dicaire • Heather Hardy • Alicia Napoleon • Ewa Piątkowska

COMEBACK FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

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  • Tyson Fury, Heavyweight, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom 🏆 WINNER
  • Beibut Shumenov, Cruiserweight, 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan RUNNER-UP
  • Tevin Farmer, Junior Lightweight, 🇺🇸 USA NOMINEE
  • Kell Brook, Super Welterweight, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Devon Alexander • Rob Brant • Nonito Donaire • Kazuto Ioka

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• Jesús Soto Karass Manny Pacquiao • Cristofer Rosales

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • Anatoly Lomachenko, 🇺🇦 Ukraine 🏆 WINNER
  • Derrick James, 🇺🇸 USA RUNNER-UP
  • Ben Davison, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom NOMINEE
  • Shingo Inoue, 🇯🇵 Japan NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Teddy Atlas • Dave Coldwell • Buboy Fernandez • Roberto Garcia • Shingo Inoue • Robert McCracken • Brian McIntyre • Eddy Reynoso

WORST DECISION OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • Thomas Mattice sd8 Zhora Hamazaryan 🏆 WINNER
  • Devon Alexander D12 Victor Ortiz RUNNER-UP
  • Donnie Nietes D12 Aston Palicte NOMINEE
  • Deontay Wilder D12 Tyson Fury NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez MD12 Gennady Golovkin • Tony Harrison UD12 Jermell Charlo • Travis Kauffman MD10 Scott Alexander

BLUE-CHIP PROSPECT OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • Teófimo López, Lightweight, 🇺🇸 USA 🏆 WINNER
  • Filip Hrgovic, Heavyweight, 🇭🇷 Croatia RUNNER-UP
  • Jaron Ennis, Welterweight, 🇺🇸 USA NOMINEE
  • Shakur Stevenson, Super Featherweight, 🇺🇸 USA NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Efe Ajagba • Murodjon Akhmadaliev • Conor Benn Joshua Buatsi • Souleymane Cissokho • Robson Conceicao • Michael Conlan • Daniel Dubois • Luis Feliciano • Ryan Garcia • Joshua Greer Jr • Joe Joyce • Josh Kelly • Vergil Ortiz Jr. • Jason Quigley • Lewis Ritson • Lamont Roach Jr. • Evgeny Romanov • Anthony Sims Jr. • Tony Yoka

BREAKOUT FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • Jaime Munguia, Junior Middleweight, 🇲🇽 Mexico 🏆 WINNER
  • Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Light Heavyweight, 🇺🇦 Ukraine RUNNER-UP
  • José Carlos Ramírez, Super Lightweight, 🇺🇸 USA NOMINEE
  • Josh Taylor, Super Lightweight, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Ivan Baranchyk • David Benavidez • Isaac Dogboe • Charlie Edwards • Reymart Gaballo • Devin Haney • Maurice Hooker • Jarrell Miller • José Uzcátegui • Anthony Yarde

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

HONORABLE MENTION: • Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter • Sho Kimura vs. Kosei Tanaka • Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares • Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada • Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg • Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury

MOST IMPROVED FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • Maurice Hooker, Junior Welterweight, 🇺🇸 USA 🏆 WINNER
  • Tevin Farmer, Super Featherweight, 🇺🇸 USA RUNNER-UP
  • Josh Warrington, Featherweight, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom NOMINEE
  • Dillian Whyte, Heavyweight, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom\🇯🇲 Jamaica NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: David Allen • Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez • Rob Brant • Dominic Breazeale • Richard Commey • Ohara Davies • Charlie Edwards • Tony Harrison • Jamel Herring • Jarrett Hurd • Bryant Jennings • Shawn Porter • Liam Williams

UPSET OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • ELEIDER ÁLVAREZ KO7 SERGEY KOVALEV 🏆 WINNER
  • Cristofer Rosales TKO9 Daigo Higa RUNNER-UP
  • Rob Brant UD12 Ryota Murata NOMINEE
  • Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez MD12 Gennady Golovkin NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Oleksandr Gvozdyk KO11 Adonis Stevenson • Tony Harrison UD12 Jermell Charlo • Maurice Hooker SD12 Terry Flanagan • Emanuel Navarrete UD12 Isaac Dogboe • Callum Smith KO7 George Groves • Josh Warrington SD12 Lee Selby

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • Naoya Inoue KO1 Juan Carlos Payano 🏆 WINNER
  • Dillian Whyte KO6 Lucas Browne RUNNER-UP
  • Dillian Whyte KO5 Derek Chisora-II NOMINEE
  • Aleksandr Usyk TKO8 Tony Bellew NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Efe Ajagba KO1 Dell Long • David Allen KO Nick Webb • Dominic Breazeale KO9 Carlos Negron • Jermall Charlo KO2 Hugo Centeno Jr • Derek Chisora KO Carlos Takam • Murat Gassiev KO12 Yunier Dorticos • Román González TKO5 Moises Fuentes • Oleksandr Gvozdyk KO11 Adonis Stevenson • David Lemieux KO1 Gary O’Sullivan • Teófimo López KO1 Mason Menard • Luis Ortiz KO2 Razvan Cojanu Alexander Povetkin KO5 David Price • Jason Quigley KO6 Daniel Rosario Cruz • Michel Soro TKO2 Greg Vendetti • Deontay Wilder KO Luis Ortiz

ROUND OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • ALEX SAUCEDO vs. Lenny Zappavigna, RD4 🏆 WINNER
  • Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury, RD12RUNNER-UP
  • Jarrett Hurd vs. Erislandy Lara, RD12 NOMINEE
  • Sho Kimura vs. Kosei Tanaka, RD2 NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada RD12 • Gary Russell Jr. vs. Joseph Diaz, Jr. RD12 • Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez-II, RD9 • Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos, RD12 • Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares-II, RD12 • Travis Kauffman vs. Scott Alexander, RD1 • Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Jr., RD9 • Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg, RD12

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • Kalle Sauerland/Richard Schaefer (Sauerland promotion/Ringstar Sports/ Comosa AG) 🏆 WINNER
  • Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing) RUNNER-UP
  • Haymon Boxing (Premier Boxing Champions) NOMINEE
  • TOP RANK NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Sean Gibbons (Knucklehead Boxing Inc.) • GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS • Frank Warren (Queensberry Promotions)

GUTSIEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

  • OSCAR VALDEZ (SUFFERS BROKEN JAW AND LOSES TEETH IN WIN OVER SCOTT QUIGG), Featherweight, 🇲🇽 Mexico 🏆 WINNER
  • George groves (dislocates shoulder in win over Chris Eubank Jr.), Super Middleweight, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom RUNNER-UP
  • Leonardo Zappavigna (Fought valiantly, with one eye swollen shut and cuts, in a loss to Alex Saucedo in a fight of the year candidate), Heavyweight, 🇦🇺 Australia NOMINEE
  • Scott Quigg (sustained facial lacerations and grotesque swelling in loss to Oscar Valdez), Featherweight, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom NOMINEE

HONORABLE MENTION: Sam Hyde (fought with horrendous swelling on his left eye before being stopped by Richard Riakporhe) • Beibut Shumenov (reclaims WBA world title despite fighting with career-threatening eye injury) • Deontay Wilder (beats Luis Ortiz despite being “Sick as a dog”)

BEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

HONORABLE MENTION: Devon Alexander floats idea of a Congressional run in 2020 on social media • CECILIA BRÆKHUS is awarded first pound-for-pound, number 1 ranking for a female fighter by The Ring Magazine • DAZN launches global sports streaming service • Tony Harrison teaches at-risk kids boxing in DetroitWanheng Menayothinn moves to 52-0 • TYSON FURY goes public in trying to “smash the stigma” associated with mental health problems

#WTF MOMENT OF THE YEAR

- By Paul R. Jones! - Each year, East Side Boxing releases the names of its annual award winners, given to the world’s best fighters, fights, and moments in the sport of boxing.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Benavidez tests positive for cocaineADRIEN BRONER/Tekashi 6ix9ine create FAKE BEEF • Adrien Broner reportedly sued over sexual battery incident in an Atlanta mall • Omar Figueroa Jr. allegedly faces DUI charge in California • Billy Joe (Saunders) BEHAVING BADLY: tests positive for oxilofrine, a banned stimulant; starts “chicken-gate” (A Hot Mess) and reportedly hurls half-a-chicken at Deontay Wilder at a Nando’s restaurant; urges suspected drug addict to engage in questionable behavior <

Justin Jones contributed to this report.

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Editor’s Note: Most selections were made by Paul R. Jones! and Justin Jones on behalf of EASTSIDEBOXING. *FIGHT OF THE YEAR selection was made by James Slater

About Paul R. Jones!

Paul R. Jones! is a boxing writer and ringside photographer for EASTSIDEBOXING. He joined ESB in 2011. A scientist by day, and disruptive boxing wonk by night, Paul covers the humorous, offbeat, and absurd from the sport of boxing. Paul’s articles have appeared in PEDIATRICS, Race and Social Problems, and Motivation and Emotion, and he’s covered boxing online for BOXINGINSIDER, TheFightJournal, BOXINGNEWS24, and WRAPSONTV. Follow him on Twitter here: @boxingepicenter. Or e-mail him at prjones1@hotmail.com.

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