World Boxing Council The Best Of 2004 Awards
27.01.05 - ‘Fight of the Year’: Barrera-Morales III, 27 votes. A sensational fight written with golden letters in the pages of boxing history. A fight full of drama where two great warriors put their hearts to the limit. November 27, 2004, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada -- Runner up: Gatti-Branco 3 votes / Wright-Mosley no votes
Article posted on 27.01.2005
‘Fighter of the Year’
Vitali Klitschko 16 votes, brought a fresh and revitalized image to the heavyweight division. After competing in the Best Fight of 2003 with Lennox Lewis, won the vacant WBC title in a dramatic fight against Corrie Sanders. He also made his first world title defense impressively knocking out Danny Williams who had knocked out Mike Tyson a few months ago.
Runner up: Bernard Hopkins 12 votes
Ronald “Winky” Wright 2 votes.
‘KO of the Year’
Antonio Tarver- Roy Jones with 26 votes. Antonio Tarver re-conquered his WBC title in a mandated rematch against Roy Jones. The left hand that landed in the second round gave Antonio Tarver the WBC championship knocking out one of the greatest fighters Roy Jones.
May 15, 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada
Runner up: Kawashima-Tokuyama 3 votes
Gatti-Dorin 1 vote.
‘The Most Active Champion’
Jorge 'Travieso' Arce 30 votes. ‘Travieso’ Arce, who became a celebrity after his participation in the TV reality show Big Brother – VIP, made 4 title defenses of his lt. flyweight championship, including his mandatory defense against Juanito Rubillar in a sensational war in Tijuana, Mexico.
Veeraphol Nakhonluang 25 votes. Veeraphol conquered the WBC bantamweight title on December 29, 1998 and has defended it on 14 occasions. Veeraphol is a national hero in Thailand and represents his country and the WBC in a formidable way inside and outside the ring.
Oscar de la Hoya vs. Bernard Hopkins. This fight represents the Super Bowl or the World Series of boxing; the eyes of the world were set in Las Vegas, Nevada, where two of the greatest fighters of boxing met in a highly anticipated fight, which resulted in records setting gates, Pay Per View sales and in a dramatic unprecedented knock out of the Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya, and Bernard Hopkins retaining his title for the 19th occasion, a record of the division surpassing the great Carlos Monzon.
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