2013 was one heck of a year.
And while that phrase can admittedly be interchanged with any opening sentence of any 12-month sport recap, for boxing in 2013, it actually applies.
In fact, while most years have a fight or two—or at least a news item or two—that fans will remember once the page turns from December to January, this year had a torrent of matchups, fighters, upsets and events that seem bound to be recalled frequently even when 2013 is a year, a decade or a generation in the rearview mirror.
Of course, as sports writers, we’re chronically compelled to rank everything we see.
So, toward that end, the members of the Bleacher Report boxing team—namely Kelsey McCarson, Kevin McRae, Briggs Seekins, Jonathan Snowden and yours truly—locked ourselves into a cyber-room with the agreement that none of us would reach for the virtual door until we had reached a consensus.
I’m happy to announce here that it’s finally been accomplished. White smoke is billowing from the B/R chimney, and the five of us have emerged as a cohesive unit. We are ready to endorse and defend the final selections as if they were the ones we’d had upon entering.
Click through to see our choices for 2013’s premier card, knockout, upset, promoter, bust, breakout, fight and fighter. And upon digesting our work, feel free to drop a line or two in the comments section with your own suggestions.
Enjoy...and, of course, Happy New Year.