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WBC News: 2007 What A Great Year For Boxing

By Jose Sulaiman: What a great year it has been for boxing! On behalf of all the members of the WBC, I would like to congratulate all those involved in this great sport. All the boxers, from 4 rounders, to world champions, all promoters, managers, trainers, TV network, sanctioning organizations, media and specially the boxing fans around the world. This year boxing broke all existing records in pay per view, paid attendance and great shows in many countries, and most importantly network television is coming back to cover the sport in many countries of the world. Following you will find the candidates for the WBC best of 2007:

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

· Floyd Mayweather, Jr., USA. Unquestionable unanimous decision due to his historic battles in 2007, defeating Oscar de la Hoya to win the WBC superwelterweight title and knocking out previously undefeated Ricky Hatton in a WBC welterweight title defense. Floyd Mayweather has won 5 WBC belts in 5 different divisions and is, without a doubt the proudest WBC champion in the world. Floyd has become the super star of boxing and has found his well-deserved place in history.


FIGHTER OF THE YEAR HONORARY MENTION

· Cristian Mijares, Mexico, who defended 5 times his WBC superflyweight title defeating Kawashima in Japan, defeating former champion Travieso Arce and made 3 other title defenses.

· Chad Dawson, USA. Conquered the Lt. Heavyweight WBC green belt by defeating Thomasz Adamek and defended his title in 2 occasions.

· Kelly Pavlik, USA, who won a semi final elimination then defeated in a war in a final elimination Edison Miranda and conquered the WBC middleweight championship knocking out the great Jermain Taylor.

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

· Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez – I and II - These two warriors battled each other in March and then in August giving boxing fans around the world 13 dramatic rounds in which both fighters were constantly hurt, cut and came back to win one fight each.

· Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor. Jermain Taylor making his WBC mandatory defense had Pavlik down and almost out in the second round and after several rounds of great action and drama Kelly Pavlik knocked out former champion Taylor in the 8th round.

· Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton. Mayweather defended his WBC welterweight belt against mandatory contender and undefeated Ricky Hatton in an arena that was filled with British fans, which makes that fight one of the greatest atmospheres in boxing ever, after 9 rounds of great courage and ability by both fighters, Mayweather knocked out Hatton in the 10th round.

MOST DRAMATIC FIGHT

· Erik Morales vs. David Diaz. Diaz defeated former 3-time world champion Erik Morales by split decision after being knocked down in the first round and finished with a closed eye in a dramatic fight.

· Samuel Peter vs. Jameel McCline. Peter defended his WBC interim heavyweight championship in a dramatic fashion coming back from 3 knockdowns to win a unanimous decision.

· Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez – I and II – Please see description in fight of the year.

· Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor. Please see description in fight of the year.

· Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton. Please see description in fight of the year.


KNOCK OUT OF THE YEAR

· Jorge Linares vs. Gamaliel Diaz. A tremendous one-punch knock out in Cancun, Mexico.

· Mayweather vs. Hatton. A dramatic knock out in one of the greatest promotions of the year.

· Haye vs. Mormeck. A formidable knock to former champion Mormeck, after visiting the canvas.

· Pavlik vs. Taylor. Impressive knock out power vs. an undefeated super star.

· Witter vs. Harris. Impressive knock out by superlightweight champion in England.

EVENT OF THE YEAR.

· Mayweather vs. De la Hoya. A fight for the WBC superwelterweight championship, which broke all existing records of pay per view and live gate, built as “The World Awaits”.

· Calzague vs. Kessler. A great unification fight between two European world champions, putting in the line their championship belts and their undefeated records in front of 60,000 fans in Wales, UK.

· Fists of Iron in Cancun, Mexico. A great promotion held in paradisiacal Cancun, where Jorge Linares and Edwin Valero defended their titles with the presence of many of today’s promoter and media in Cancun.

EMERGING STAR OF THE YEAR-WORLD CHAMPION

· Jorge Linares, from Venezuela, conquered the WBC featherweight title defeating long time former champion Oscar Larios and defended his title against number 1 contender Gamaliel Diaz.

· Kelly Pavlik, USA, who won a semi final elimination then defeated in a war in a final elimination Edison Miranda - who was undefeated - and conquered the WBC middleweight championship knocking out the great Jermain Taylor.

· Chad Dawson, USA. Conquered the Lt. Heavyweight WBC green belt by defeating Thomasz Adamek and defended his title in 2 occasions.

· Edgar Sosa, Mexico. Conquered the WBC light flyweight title defeating former champion Brian Viloria and defended his championship 3 times during 2007.

PRELIMINARY STAR OF THE YEAR-

· Julio César Chávez Jr., Mexico, Solidifying himself as a real contender following his great father foot steps.

· Cristóbal Arreola, Mexico, Has become a major contender in heavyweight division.

· André Berto, from USA, Has become recently in the top in the welterweight division and has created a great expectation in the fans around the world.

· Takahiro Aho, Japón. Has become one of the most recognized fighters in the Orient with a great style, similar to Floyd Mayweather.


The results of the voting will be announced during the first week of January 2008.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you during this holydays season peace, harmony and happiness, hoping that 2008 will bring health and many great boxing matches.

Your friend,

Jose Sulaiman Ch.

Article posted on 21.12.2007



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