As 2011 comes to a close, we end one of the best years of boxing in recent memory. Many young fighters broke out of the pack this year and seemed to grab hold of their inevitable stardom. Others were not so lucky, and many highly-touted fighters suffered shocking losses that injected the sport with much-needed excitement and unpredictability.
While 2011 was a surprising and exciting year due to the high number of upsets we witnessed, the year left us without one unquestionable pick for Fighter of the Year.
Sergio Martinez’s incredible run last year and Manny Pacquiao’s accomplishments in 2009 made them the clear choice. 2011 had breakout stars, comebacks and victorious underdogs, but it was hardly driven by a single force.
Below are some of the stronger candidates for the Boxing Writers' Association of America’s Fighter of the Year award for 2011, but don’t be surprised if the victor is chosen from left field, it would be on par with the course of this bizarre and shocking year.