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Boxer Of The Year
Duan: Carl Froch
After a disappointing loss in the final of last year’s Super Six, Froch came back hungrier and better and than ever before at 35. Froch is a rare sort in Boxing. He’s been facing the best consistently for years now without complaint and putting on these great wars. He’s not going to be around the sport forever, so we should really start to appreciate him while he’s still here.
Big D: Andre Ward
After smashing Froch last year, he smashed Chad Dawson this year, and will smash Kelly Pavlick in 2013 (if they fight).
Jake: Nonito Donaire
Nonito Donaire is a clear-cut choice for Boxer of the Year. He moved up to the Super Bantamweight division, immediately captured a title belt, unified it, took out a top-15 pound for pound fighter and longtime champion in Toshiaki Nishioka, and then got the type of spectacular performance we knew we’d get from him against Jorge Arce. And simply fighting four times — what a treat for a high level guy to be so active against good competition. The first but maybe not the last time he gets this honor.
GG: Nonito Donaire
The Filipino Flash went 4-0 in 2012, scoring two knockout victories over Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka and retired Jorge Arce to end the year. Maybe more importantly is his stance against performance enhancing drugs. If you want to face Nonito, you better be ready to face some extensive drug testing.