Sometimes it’s difficult to select a Fighter of the Year. That wasn’t the case in 2011.
Andre Ward came of age last year, easily beating Carl Froch to win the RING super middleweight championship and Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, and remove any doubt as to whether he’s one of the best fighters in the world.
As a result, THE RING has named Ward its Fighter of the Year in the May 2012 issue of the magazine, which is on newsstands now.
THE RING also names winners in 10 more categories: Fight of the Year, KO of the Year, Round of the Year, Upset of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Event of the Year, Prospect of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Manager of the Year and Most-Inspirational Figure of the Year.
Check out the magazine to find out who the other winners were.
The May issue also includes our annual Best Fighter Poll, in which we ask 10 experts worldwide to select their No. 1 fighter pound for pound.
When the votes were tallied, Floyd Mayweather Jr. had narrowly claimed the top spot from Manny Pacquiao. That gives Mayweather his fourth No. 1 finish and ends Pacquiao’s reign at No. 1 at three consecutive years.
And, as part of the year-end package, Don Stradley gives you our Highly Unofficial Awards, a quirky look back at those who stood out – for good or bad – in 2011.
Also in the May issue, Bernard Fernandez looks back on the remarkable career and life of the late Angelo Dundee, the trainer of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Leonard, who died in February. We also devote this month’s Best I’ve Faced to Dundee, who spoke to THE RING in 2010.
The boxing world also lost Goody Petronelli, the trainer of Marvin Hagler. Ron Borges gives us an idea of why Petronelli was special.
Joseph Santoliquito introduces you to the new boss at Showtime, Stephen Espinoza, in an in-depth Q&A.
Norm Frauenheim wrote in his Out of the Norm column that Seth Mitchell is the latest American heayvweight hope. Mitchell, confident and diligent, has the mindset to succeed. Whether he has the ability remains to be seen.
And, inspired by the inability to put together a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Stradley reaches into the past to give you five Fights that Should’ve Happened … But Didn’t.
Among other features in this issue:
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