In January this year Danny Garcia beat Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC World Welterweight Title and become a two weight world champion. As lovely as that must be for Garcia, his remaining 11 months were shambolic at best.
Garcia spent the remaining few months after picking up his belt very quite, apparently hoping to tempt Floyd Mayweather out of retirement for a big payday, instead he called out a list of fighters, and faced Samuel Vargas, an opponent that Errol Spence Jr had obliterated earlier on in the year. Whilst this was in the mix, the guy he beat for the vacant WBC belt Robert Guerrero, had just been beaten by a local taxi driver.
Prior to his bought with Samuel Vargas, he reached out to Eddie Hearn and asked him if 23 year old Sam Etherington would fancy coming across the pond for the chance to fight him. Brilliant opportunity for Etherington, pointless for Garcia in facing a youngster with already 2 or 3 losses on his record. Words cant really explain the year Garcia had, however he now has the nickname from the rest of the boxing world as “the cherry picker”.
Another person to suffer numerous blows this year has to be Frank Warren and his promotional company Boxnation. They have just signed a £100,000,000 deal with BT Sport, the lifeline they were starving hungry for. Prior to this their year had been a shocker as they have three world title holders in their stable, one lost his belt, one hasn’t fought since 2015, and their other title holder fought a 40 year old bloke and another nearlyman.
Despite this, they have had more pullouts than a twenty year old Mike Tyson. Scheduled to host the rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko was going to be their big money maker as they had introduced their first pay per view event. This fight was cancelled, after being put back once already. Ovill McKenzie was due to fight Marco Huck but that fight was postponed, and in turn McKenzie retired from boxing .
Billy Joe Saunders had two fights that had been cancelled and after calling out Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, he ended up fighting Russian fighter Artur Akavov. Saunders’ arch enemy Chris Eubank Jr also pulled out of a Boxnation event, scheduled to headline the bill in his first defence of his British Middleweight title against undefeated fighter Tommy Langford.
2015 ended on the perfect year for the Fury family. Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko in his back yard after being unbeaten in 10 years to claim the most prestigious title in sport, the unified heavyweight champion of the world. It couldn’t get much better, but 2016 plummeted into disaster.
Fury’s rematch with Wlad had been scheduled for the Manchester Arena, but that had been pushed back due to Fury having an injury, although seeing him out on the lash at the Euro’s didn’t give the fans the greatest confidence. Question of whether this was a cover up due to the lack of ticket sales and Boxnation not being able to cover the purses of each fighter, it got set back to a later date.
The second scheduled attempt at the rematch was then set to take place however Fury was absent to the press conference, later revealed he was suffering from depression and using cocaine to deal with his problems. Sparking media speculation, the British Boxing Board of Control intervened and disqualified Fury’s boxing licence and stripping him of his titles.
Whilst this saga was going on, Him and undefeated young prospect cousin, Hughie Fury both failed a drugs test. Later overruled for Hughie as it was said he was using this as medication for his skin disease. And after spending a year of complaining that they were treated badly because they were Gypsies and were being attacked by the media vultures because of their lifestyle, Tyson’s trainer Peter Fury then took to twitter last week to publicly humiliate Orlando Cruz, boxing’s only openly gay fighter. Photo Credit – (@gallaghersgym)
2015 saw Mancunian trainer Joe Gallagher receive the ring magazines trainer of the year award, entering the year with 3 world champions and another expected 3, Gallagher’s gym are leaving year with zero world champions, and two failed attempts.
Gallagher had champions in WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Scott Quigg, WBA Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla and WBO Light Middleweight Champion Liam Williams. Quigg lost a convincing points decision against enemy Carl Frampton, Anthony Crolla lost another convincing points decision against Jorge Linares and Liam Smith was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez.
Gallagher has often been criticized about his plan A, soaking up as much damage as you can in the first half of the fight, wait for your opponents gas tank to run out and put the heat on. This attempt failed earlier on in the year for Steven Smith against Jose Pedraza, and failed again this month against Jason Sosa. Gallagher never really seems to have a plan B, an awful year for the trainer.
Canelo has had another year quite like Danny Garcia. He picked up a world title belt against the easiest champion of the division and had no shame. Canelo has been scrutinized about his choice of opponent, and after ducking Gennady Golovkin, his profile as a fighter has been damaged.
Yes Canelo is the biggest draw in boxing, however at the start of the year he didn’t fight anyone in his own division, so he bought up Welterweight Brit Amir Khan up two weight divisions to face him at 160lbs. After sparking Khan out in impressive fashion, GGG joined him into the ring and Canelo said the day after they will get in contact and start negotiations for a mega fight between the two, and how he is scared of nobody.
After offering a purse to Golovkin that was an easy get out knowing GGG wasn’t going to accept, he also said he wouldn’t fight him unless he came down to 155lbs. This is the from the fighter who was the 160lbs WBC and Lineal Champion, the same fighter what balloons up to 170+ after dehydrating the day of the fight. He also opted to fight Liam Smith in Dallas, one of the only states that didn’t have drug testing. Ending the year with the nickname ‘CONelo’.