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The writers of Team Left Jab have spoken and have made their picks in the 2015-year end edition. This year in boxing was huge year for the sport as two things occurred that at the beginning of the year we may have thought would have never taken place. The fight for the best fighter of the era took place this past May as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally stepped in the ring against one another. Boxing on the PBC platform finally made its way back to terrestrial television. These two events may not have turned out as great as many fans would have hoped, but hopefully we will see some positives in 2016 coming from these events taking place.

Here are what each writer had to say in the chosen categories.

Sarah Gruber


Best Fight- Francisco Vargas Vs Taskashi Miura
Best Event- Cotto Vs Canelo HBO PPV
Best Fighter- Gennady Golovkin
Best KO- Canelo Alvarez Vs. James Kirkland
Best PPV- Cotto Vs Canelo HBO PPV
Best Comeback- Francisco Vargas Vs Taskashi Miura
Best Announce Team- HBO Boxing
Best Prospect- Errol Spence Jr.
Best Promoter- Bob Arum
Best Announcer: Paulie Malignaggi

Tom Mauriello

tom mauriello

Best fight – Francisco Vargas – Takashi Miura
Best event – Danny Jacobs – Peter Quillin
Best fighter – Canelo Alvarez
Best ko – Gabriel Tito Bracero KO1 over Danny O’Connor
Best ppv – Gennady Golovkin – David Lemiuex
Best comeback – Shawn Porter
Best announce team – HBO
Best prospect – Errol Spence JR
Best promoter – Premier Boxing Champions
Best Announcer: Paulie Malignaggi


Dr Uppercut


Best fight: Huck vs Glowacki
Best event:GGG Lemieux
Best fighter: GGG
Best ko: Canelo-Kirkland
Best ppv: Cotto Canelo
Best comeback: Vargas over Miura
Best announce team: Kevin Harlan, Virgil Hunter, Paul Malignaggi
Best prospect: Felix Verdejo
Best promoter: Golden Boy
Best Announcer: Paulie Malignaggi


Odhran Crumley


Best fight: Vargas Vs Muira on the Canelo Cotto undercard
Best event: May-Pac
Best fighter: Gennady Golovkin
Best ko: Canelo Vs Kirkland
Best ppv: Matchroom and Hearn’s May 02 card, three world title fights
Best comeback: Andy Lee to draw with Quillan
Best announce team: HBO
Best prospect: Jason Quigley
Best Promoter: Eddie Hearn
Best Announcer: Paulie Malignaggi

Hector Franco


Best Fight: Nonito Donaire vs. Cesar Juarez
Best Event: Golovkin vs. Lemieux
Best Fighter: Vacant, Not one fighter stood above the rest this year
Best KO: Canelo KO 3 Kirkland
Best PPV: Cotto-Canelo
Best Comeback: Oscar De La Hoya, coming back as a promoter to take over his company.
Best Announce team: TruTv team
Best Prospect: Sammy Vazquez Jr.
Best Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Best Announcer: Al Bernstein
*All Categories where there wasn’t a consensus was left alone.

Best fight:

Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas

Best fighter:

Gennady Golovkin

Best KO:

Canelo Alvarez KO 3 James Kirkland

Best Announce Team:

HBO Boxing

Best Announcer:

Paulie Malignaggi

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  Dr Uppercut’s 5 Punch Combo


1. Anthony Joshua continues his March to Stardom
In a step up bout, Anthony Joshua took on Dillon Whyte and finally was tested and faced some adversity in the pro ranks. Joshua, with his chiseled muscular frame, seems to be destined for the top of the division. I think this was a great step up for him as Whyte was able to rough him up and make things uncomfortable for the British standout before Joshua took over and got the KO. One thing that is worrisome about Joshua is he looks stiff at times and I think his kryptonite will be a fluid boxer who uses movement well. Fortunately for Joshua that is very rare amongst the current crop of heavyweights. Although it is his calling card, I worry that his muscular frame is hard to carry for 12 rounds and decreases flexibility. Maybe he can get Kovalev’s pilates coach to work with him! I still think Joshua is the future of the heavyweight division as he has the talent and personality to be a champion and a draw.
2. Jennings vs Ortiz
Speaking of fluid heavyweights that use movement Bryant Jennings suffered a KO loss to a finally tested Luis Ortiz. Ortiz had looked great against low level competition thus far, and had served a steroid suspension, leading him to have his first high level bout at the age of 36, and did he deliver! Showing devastating power he dispatched a man who just went 12 rounds with Wladimir Klitschko. After a back and forth beginning to the fight, Ortiz displayed the calling card of the heavyweight division…power. After a brutal first knockdown, which was an amazing punch and even more amazing that Jennings got up, Ortiz scored a 7th round TKO which announced to a heavyweight division there is a new player to be reckoned with. In the last month, the heavyweights have gone from being a lackluster division to one holding some of the most exciting possible matchups in boxing. We can only hope that Fury, Wilder, Ortiz, Povetkin, and Joshua fight each other and return the weight class to its former glory.
3. PBC On Spike
The best thing about the PBC experiment has been the programming it has provided Spike. This week was no different as Rances Barthelemy and Denis Shafikov squared off in a bout that was much closer than the judges scored it. In a close fight Barthelemy eschewed his reach advantage and the two moved inside to trade shots for 12 rounds. The only bad thing about this fight was the judging which woefully ignored Shafikov’s effort and turned in a lopsided scorecards in favor of Barthelemy. On the undercard there was a solid prospect bout as Chris Pearson suffered his first loss to Eric Walker in an exciting slugfest that featured plenty of back and forth action. Walker rightfully got the decision in this 8 round bout, but Pearson has nothing to be ashamed of. I think his career will be better served by taking this tough matchup and in spite of the loss he is better off testing himself now rather than padding his record with soft touches. This card joins other notable Spike t.v. bouts such as Dirrel~Jack, Rodriguez~Seals, Kono~Kameda, Cleverly~Fonfara, and of course Glowacki~Huck. Right now Spike t.v. is the best part of PBC.
4. Lee vs Saunders
Other than a rough and tumble 3rd round this was a tentative fight fight marred by mutual respect. With both men wary of the other’s power this fight slowed to a crawl and became a lackluster affair with many slow rounds that could of gone either way. I thought Saunders best chance would be to catch and counter Lee yet he seemed to do better when he lead the action and was first with the jab. But he seemed to be content with scoring with the jab and rarely used it to set up power punches. Saunders double jab worked well but that was about it as, excepting the third round, he was never able to land his cross or hook to really batter Lee. Lee was tentative at well and never seemed to force the right hook that he is so renowned for. After suffering 2 knockdowns in the third he was fierce for the rest of the round, controlled the fourth round and then his intensity fizzled. He seemed content to trade jabs with the defensively responsible Saunders and never really pressed the issue and imposed his style of fight on the challenger. The result was a lackluster performance in an ever evolving middleweight division.
5.  2015
How would you rate 2015 as a whole? I have mixed feelings and I go back and forth. This is the year that finally gave us Mayweather~Pacquiao, as well as Cotto~Canelo, Klitschko~Fury, Matthysse~Provodnikov, Mares~Santa Cruz, Hopkins~Kovalev, GGG~Lemieux, and Broner~Porter. But it also seemed to be a year in which many young stars had their careers stagnate. Fighters such as Keith Thurman(don’t tell me Robert Guerrero in 2015 is a good win), Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Andre Ward, and Terence Crawford didn’t have a meaningful match that tested or displayed their skills and ability. Many others such as Porter and Santa Cruz got big wins and failed to capitalize on the momentum at all. Santa Cruz~Mares was at the end of August and we haven’t heard anything for the future for either guy. These layoffs in the prime of their careers are what’s preventing boxers from becoming big stars. So while 2015 had it’s share of great matches, it also featured some of the reasons boxing is struggling to capture mainstream attention. But as a hardcore boxing fan I’ll take what I can get and look forward to 2016.
Parting shot
It seems Al Haymon is an avid reader of the 5 Punch Combo because Porter Thurman is rumored to be happening in February 2016…Al, make it happen!
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Killa Shawn Cameron joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to talk about his recent win which was his first fight with Dibella Entertainment as well as his next fight on April 10 at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.We also get Cameron’s thoughts on Mayweather vs Pacquiao now that it’s official.We also get Shawn’s predictions on this weekends big NBC fights..Broner vs Molina & Thurman vs Guerrero as well as the card in Brooklyn April 11 headlined by Danny Garcia taking on Lamont Peterson.

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