The 2012 boxing year came to an unofficial close on Saturday, December 22, when heavyweight contenders Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham battled to a hotly-contested split decision verdict in Adamek's favor.
It was the sort of fight guaranteed to have fight fans grumbling in the aftermath, cursing the way poor or corrupt judging is ruining the sweet science. I had Cunningham winning 115-113 myself, as did my buddy and even my wife.
But it was one of those fights close enough to break either way. And the point that shouldn't be lost here is a significant one: As 2012 was drawing to a close, boxing was back on network television on a weekend afternoon.
During the last-minute shopping weekend, millions of Americans around the country were ducking into sports bars to grab a quick one and finding our beloved sport once more where it has always belonged: front and center on the small screen.
Kids around the country easing into their holiday break were flipping through the channels and finding boxing programmed a a live event
Boxing as a sport has been a big winner in 2012.