December 22, 2021

The Final Bell 2021 Professional Boxing wrap up

Rob Warren
Sports & Travel Blogger
Photo By:David Becker

Canelo made a fight town out of Miami which is not a traditional fight city. 

I will give you my fighter of the year, fight of the year, prospect of the year and knock out of the year.  I’ll also give you the fights that I’d like to see in 2022.

Fighter of the year – Canelo Alvarez – Canelo had a showcase mandatory defense earlier in the year against an opponent that shouldn’t have been picked as a mandatory, But he made up for that by beating Billy Joe Saunders, and Caleb Plant and unifying the entire 168-pound division and did it without breaking a sweat. 

Canelo made a fight town out of Miami which is not a traditional fight city.  He also put 70,000 plus into AT&T Stadium to see his fight against Billy Joe Saunders, which was a record for boxing in that stadium, as someone that attended that fight, I can personally attest to the crowd being very loud and rowdy and 100% there to see Canelo. 

So, the undisputed world Champion at 168 and face of boxing and number 1 pound for pound fighter gets my fighter of the year.

Fight of the year – I have co-fights of the year. One was Fury vs Wilder 3.  It was a big stage with the WBC and Lineal Heavyweight titles on the line.  It was the end of trilogy.  There were five knock downs, two by Wilder, and three including the final definitive knockout by Tyson Fury.  Great drama, and finality with big stakes.  

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 09: Deontay Wilder (R) is knocked out by Tyson Fury in the 11th round during their WBC heavyweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on October 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

So that’s fight one.  Fight two had a lot of less on the line and was on a smaller stage but it was still a barn burner, nonetheless.  It was Jaime Mungia and Gabe Rosado.  Two come forward warriors, slugging it out and going toe to toe for 12 rounds.  Jaime Mungia being a young lion that’s still trying to prove he’s the real deal. 

Gabe Rosado who is a tough luck long time pro that’s been through wars but who had won a fight to put him in position for one last substantial paycheck opportunity with Mungia, and he made the most of it even though he came up short.  Fantastic fight, no losers in that bout in my eyes.

Prospect of the year – It came down between Xander Zayas and Edward Berlanga.  Berlanga was knocked down in his last fight, and Xander Zayas the pride of San Juan Puerto Rico, is 12-0 with 9 KOs, looked spectacular in his last fight with a TKO.  Expect him to make noise in the 154-pound division within the next two years.

Knockout of the year

Co-winners here too.  Oscar Valdez knocking out champion and boogie man at 130 pounds, Miguel Berchelt.  The second knockout probably got the most media attention even though it occurred in a fight between two guys that are not legit boxers.  Jake Paul blasted out former UFC champion Tyron Woodley with a spectacular one punch knockout.  Enjoyed both that occurred at different levels of the boxing game, but they were both worthy of our attention.

Fights I’d like to see in 2022

George Kambosos vs Vasily Lomachenko or Devin Haney.  High level stuff in front of 80k in Australia either way.

Terrance Crawford vs Errol Spence – We’ve wanted this one for a while, it’s time to stop letting it marinate and to get it done.

A fight to unify the Heavyweight division whether it’s Fury vs AJ or Fury vs Usyk.  I’m all for seeing one Heavyweight champion.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury, and Bob Arum at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

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