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    By David A. Avila

    The Canelo-Golovkin rematch or Wilder-Fury? Both held the boxing world in awe, but only one featured two of the top pound for pound boxers in the world. On Sept. 15, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin by majority decision in their second middleweight clash in Las Vegas and that event is our TSS Fight of the Year.

    The first time Alvarez and Golovkin met in September 2017, the pair produced a thrilling 12 round fight filled with drama and expectation but ended in a draw. After 12 rounds both felt they won and Golovkin’s team accused Mexico’s Alvarez of not fighting like a Mexican.

    That hurt Alvarez more than any of Golovkin’s blows.

    When they met again this past September, Alvarez and Golovkin stood inches apart and traded blows that would fell a heavyweight. The concussion of their punches left the audience in awe. Watching in person is the only way to see a prize fight of this magnitude. Television doesn’t do justice to what Alvarez and Golovkin provided to the fans.

    At T-Mobile Arena, Alvarez stunned Golovkin with body blows that would collapse a rogue elephant. Golovkin exploded punches on Alvarez’s skull that would have shattered bullet proof glass. But after 12 concussive rounds, both stood looking at each other eye to eye knowing that they had given their best. This time Alvarez was deemed the winner in a razor close decision.

    No other fight in 2018 featured a more exciting and action-packed fight with more punches connected than Alvarez and Golovkin 2.

    Runner Up

    Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury

    Though very few punches were actually landed in this match between gargantuan heavyweights it was the “spectacle of the year.”

    Fans in Los Angeles were lucky to witness this rare heavyweight world championship fight that produced drama, knockdowns and come-from-behind effort seldom seen in any world championship fight.

    Though the fight ended in a draw fans knew they had witnessed something special. A heavyweight fight like this is rare.

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  • #2
    Fight of the Year: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, not because of the technical purity of their performances as much as because hey were willing to go at each other for all the marbles in an action-packed draw.

    Ty Brunson vs. Kermit Cintron was a close second with Brunson down twice in the fourth and Cintron down 3 times in the fifth before succumbing.

    We put the heavyweight division on notice and we did it like champions. Because we’re the best in the division- Deontay Wilder


    • #3
      In my opinion, the clear fight of the year in 2018 was Kosei Tanaka-Sho Kimora. This was a flyweight world title bout that took place in Japan on 09/24.

      The bout featured plenty of back and forth action. Several rounds, including round 2, should be getting round of the year consideration. This was a special fight between two really good well matched fighters. Though it was streamed online, it didn't get much attention from many who cover the sport on the US and hence has gotten a little lost in the shuffle. But no doubt in my mind that this was the 2018 fight of the year.

      Runner up in my view is Saucedo-Zappavigna.


      • Kid Blast
        Kid Blast commented
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        Saucedo-Zappavigna. was a dandy

    • #4
      Fury-Wilder was barely a fight at all.

      Canelo-Golovkin was good but just not great.

      Saucedo-Zappavigna had some great action.