BIGGEST BOXING MOMENTS OF 2014
By Marc Gorman
This year boxing has served up some real treats for fight fans around the world. Here’s my best boxing bits of 2014.
A RIGHT HAND FROM THE GODS
Carl Froch produced arguably the best punch of his career in May in his rematch with George Groves. Their first encounter while it ended in a controversial Froch TKO, he was dropped and out boxed by Groves. An immediate rematch saw Froch use a better game plan to nullify (some) of Groves’ right hands. He caught Groves with a beautifully timed hook/cross which halted the bout in the 8th round.
TIGERS BAY GETS JUST DESERTS
One of my favourite fighters Carl Frampton realised his dream this year when he won the IBF super bantamweight belt in a second fight with Spain’s Kiko Martinez. Frampton won by a UD after dropping Martinez in the 5th round. 16000 people turned out in Belfast to see the local hero win his first world title. (Video – BoxNation)
MONEY CASHES IN
Floyd Mayweather gave value for money fighting Argentina’s Marcos Maidana this May, the fight was arguably Mayweather’s toughest fight in years with Maidana having a lot of success on the ropes in his trademark “come forward” style, Mayweather came away with a majority decision while some argued that it was a loss or a draw. The rematch in September saw a UD for Money as El Chino failed to find his target as much at their first encounter. (Video – Shosports)
Sheffield’s Kell Brook realised his potential in August by travelling to the States and taking the IBF 147 lb belt off Shawn Porter. An underdog going into the fight as this was Kell’s first foray into the elite level and having only fought once previously in America. Porter was coming off the back of a demolition job on the skilled veteran Paulie Mallignaggi. The bout was both tactical and intriguing with Brook using his silky boxing skills to render Porter’s bulldozing right hand useless at times. (Video – Sky Sports)
BACK FROM THE BRINK
With his career in danger of becoming almost irrelevant, Andy Lee produced a stunning KO victory over Matt Korobov on December 13th to become the new WBO Middleweight champion. Lee was the protégé of the late Manny Steward who brought him to Detroit as a young pro. Once described as looking “10 million dollars” by HBO’s Larry Merchant, Lee seemed to get lost in a talent rich 160lb division after Steward passed away. Lee found himself under the guidance of the superbly talented trainer Adam Booth and that partnership produced a memorable night for Lee. (Video – HBO Boxing)
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