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TBear
03-31-2010, 12:51 AM
Just thought you might want to see the list

Fighters of the Year by decade

1920s

1922 – Harry Greb
1923 – Jack Dempsey
1924 – Harry Greb (2)
1925 – Paul Berlenbach
1926 – Gene Tunney
1927 – Mickey Walker
1928 – Gene Tunney (2)
1929 – Tommy Loughran

1930s

1930 – Max Schmeling
1931 – Tommy Loughran (2)
1932 – Jack Sharkey
1933 – no award was given
1934 – Tony Canzoneri and Barney Ross
1935 – Barney Ross (2)
1936 – Joe Louis
1937 – Henry Armstrong
1938 – Joe Louis (2)
1939 – Joe Louis (3)

1940s

1940 – Billy Conn
1941 – Joe Louis (4)
1942 – Sugar Ray Robinson
1943 – Fred Apostoli
1944 – Beau Jack
1945 – Willie Pep
1946 – Tony Zale
1947 – Gus Lesnevich
1948 – Ike Williams
1949 – Ezzard Charles

1950s

1950 – Ezzard Charles (2)
1951 – Sugar Ray Robinson (2)
1952 – Rocky Marciano
1953 – Bobo Olson
1954 – Rocky Marciano (2)
1955 – Rocky Marciano (3)
1956 – Floyd Patterson
1957 – Carmen Basilio
1958 – Ingemar Johansson
1959 – Ingemar Johansson (2)

1960s

1960 – Floyd Patterson (2)
1961 – Joe Brown
1962 – Dick Tiger
1963 – Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)
1964 – Emile Griffith
1965 – Dick Tiger (2)
1966 – no award was given
1967 – Joe Frazier
1968 – Nino Benvenuti
1969 – Josι Nαpoles

1970s

1970 – Joe Frazier (2)
1971 – Joe Frazier (3)
1972 – Muhammad Ali (2) and Carlos Monzσn
1973 – George Foreman
1974 – Muhammad Ali (3)
1975 – Muhammad Ali (4)
1976 – George Foreman (2)
1977 – Carlos Zarate
1978 – Muhammad Ali (5)
1979 – Sugar Ray Leonard

1980s

1980 – Thomas Hearns
1981 – Sugar Ray Leonard (2) and Salvador Sαnchez
1982 – Larry Holmes
1983 – Marvin Hagler
1984 – Thomas Hearns (2)
1985 – Marvin Hagler (2) and Donald Curry
1986 – Mike Tyson
1987 – Evander Holyfield
1988 – Mike Tyson (2)
1989 – Pernell Whitaker

1990s

1990 – Julio Cιsar Chαvez
1991 – James Toney
1992 – Riddick Bowe
1993 – Michael Carbajal
1994 – Roy Jones Jr.
1995 – Oscar De La Hoya
1996 – Evander Holyfield (2)
1997 – Evander Holyfield (3)
1998 – Floyd Mayweather Jr.
1999 – Paulie Ayala

2000s

2000 – Fιlix Trinidad
2001 – Bernard Hopkins
2002 – Vernon Forrest
2003 – James Toney (2)
2004 – Glen Johnson
2005 – Ricky Hatton
2006 – Manny Pacquiao
2007 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2)
2008 – Manny Pacquiao (2)
2009 – Manny Pacquiao (3)

1SILVA
03-31-2010, 01:10 AM
Just thought you might want to see the list

Fighters of the Year by decade

1920s

1922 – Harry Greb
1923 – Jack Dempsey
1924 – Harry Greb (2)
1925 – Paul Berlenbach
1926 – Gene Tunney
1927 – Mickey Walker
1928 – Gene Tunney (2)
1929 – Tommy Loughran

1930s

1930 – Max Schmeling
1931 – Tommy Loughran (2)
1932 – Jack Sharkey
1933 – no award was given
1934 – Tony Canzoneri and Barney Ross
1935 – Barney Ross (2)
1936 – Joe Louis
1937 – Henry Armstrong
1938 – Joe Louis (2)
1939 – Joe Louis (3)

1940s

1940 – Billy Conn
1941 – Joe Louis (4)
1942 – Sugar Ray Robinson
1943 – Fred Apostoli
1944 – Beau Jack
1945 – Willie Pep
1946 – Tony Zale
1947 – Gus Lesnevich
1948 – Ike Williams
1949 – Ezzard Charles

1950s

1950 – Ezzard Charles (2)
1951 – Sugar Ray Robinson (2)
1952 – Rocky Marciano
1953 – Bobo Olson
1954 – Rocky Marciano (2)
1955 – Rocky Marciano (3)
1956 – Floyd Patterson
1957 – Carmen Basilio
1958 – Ingemar Johansson
1959 – Ingemar Johansson (2)

1960s

1960 – Floyd Patterson (2)
1961 – Joe Brown
1962 – Dick Tiger
1963 – Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)
1964 – Emile Griffith
1965 – Dick Tiger (2)
1966 – no award was given
1967 – Joe Frazier
1968 – Nino Benvenuti
1969 – Josι Nαpoles

1970s

1970 – Joe Frazier (2)
1971 – Joe Frazier (3)
1972 – Muhammad Ali (2) and Carlos Monzσn
1973 – George Foreman
1974 – Muhammad Ali (3)
1975 – Muhammad Ali (4)
1976 – George Foreman (2)
1977 – Carlos Zarate
1978 – Muhammad Ali (5)
1979 – Sugar Ray Leonard

1980s

1980 – Thomas Hearns
1981 – Sugar Ray Leonard (2) and Salvador Sαnchez
1982 – Larry Holmes
1983 – Marvin Hagler
1984 – Thomas Hearns (2)
1985 – Marvin Hagler (2) and Donald Curry
1986 – Mike Tyson
1987 – Evander Holyfield
1988 – Mike Tyson (2)
1989 – Pernell Whitaker

1990s

1990 – Julio Cιsar Chαvez
1991 – James Toney
1992 – Riddick Bowe
1993 – Michael Carbajal
1994 – Roy Jones Jr.
1995 – Oscar De La Hoya
1996 – Evander Holyfield (2)
1997 – Evander Holyfield (3)
1998 – Floyd Mayweather Jr.
1999 – Paulie Ayala

2000s

2000 – Fιlix Trinidad
2001 – Bernard Hopkins
2002 – Vernon Forrest
2003 – James Toney (2)
2004 – Glen Johnson
2005 – Ricky Hatton
2006 – Manny Pacquiao
2007 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2)
2008 – Manny Pacquiao (2)
2009 – Manny Pacquiao (3)

Ali should have 6. In 1966, instead of awarding Ali its Fighter of the Year, Ring Magazine protested Ali's protest of the Vietnam War by refusing to award him Fighter of the Year. Instead of awarding a less deserving fighter, they left the award vacant.

sonnyboyx2
03-31-2010, 05:00 AM
Ricky Hatton?... he never deserved or belongs in there

Thread Stealer
03-31-2010, 05:20 AM
Ali should have 6. In 1966, instead of awarding Ali its Fighter of the Year, Ring Magazine protested Ali's protest of the Vietnam War by refusing to award him Fighter of the Year. Instead of awarding a less deserving fighter, they left the award vacant.

Ali shouldn't have won in 1978 though. They awarded it to him for making history by being a 3 time HW champ, but in doing so he had to lose a fight, to a guy with half a dozen pro fights. Roberto Duran and Wilfredo Gomez were much more deserving.

aliceodds
03-31-2010, 05:22 AM
I must completely agree with sonnyboyx2. It is very amazing that Ricky Hatton is on this list. He is a pretty talented boxer - but not the best one for sure. I am also surprised that Roy Jones Jr. appears only once.

Thread Stealer
03-31-2010, 05:31 AM
Hatton had a great 2005 though. I've heard people say Lorenzo Parra deserved Fighter of the Year in 2005, but admittedly I'm not too good at following that division.

One more round
03-31-2010, 05:43 AM
Hatton really did break through in 05

tanibanana
03-31-2010, 05:58 AM
Ring FOY awards, has always been awarded to the most deserving, and so far there have not been any controversial winner.. Stop the hate.

al22tec
03-31-2010, 06:34 AM
Top 3 with the most number of FOY:

1. Ali - 5x
2. Louis- 4x
3. Frazier- 3x
Pacquiao- 3x tie

Great company!

cooper5
03-31-2010, 07:20 AM
Great list, I forgot alot of those guys won this honor.

Thread Stealer
03-31-2010, 07:38 AM
Ring FOY awards, has always been awarded to the most deserving, and so far there have not been any controversial winner.. Stop the hate.

No, they are not always given to the most deserving. Ali did not deserve it in 1978. He went 1-1 against a guy with less than 10 pro fights.

Wilfredo Gomez went 5-0 in world title fights in 1978, including a knockout of Carlos Zarate, who was 52-0 at the time. Larry Holmes dominated Earnie Shavers, beat Ken Norton, and then made a title defense. Roberto Duran unified the lightweight title and then moved up and took apart a top rated contender in Monroe Brooks.

1SILVA
03-31-2010, 12:06 PM
No, they are not always given to the most deserving. Ali did not deserve it in 1978. He went 1-1 against a guy with less than 10 pro fights.

Wilfredo Gomez went 5-0 in world title fights in 1978, including a knockout of Carlos Zarate, who was 52-0 at the time. Larry Holmes dominated Earnie Shavers, beat Ken Norton, and then made a title defense. Roberto Duran unified the lightweight title and then moved up and took apart a top rated contender in Monroe Brooks.

I have to agree with you about 1978. Gomez deserved that award for destroying Zarate, who was felt to be indestructable at that time. Ali should still have 5 FOTY's as he was not given the 1966 honor he so rightly deserved.

pgolf
03-31-2010, 12:20 PM
I was admiring that list until i got to 1978. That was a shocker. Ironically, I started watching boxing in '78 with my pops, when it was still on network tv. The Greatest was on the decline in '78.

At the time I couldn't comprehend why my pops loved Ali. I saw of him as an old man who fought in spurts who i watched lose 3 times. It took a few years and lots of fight re-runs that I began to appreciate his genius.

BTW, I miss ABC Wild World of Sports.

tanibanana
03-31-2010, 11:39 PM
No, they are not always given to the most deserving. Ali did not deserve it in 1978. He went 1-1 against a guy with less than 10 pro fights.

Wilfredo Gomez went 5-0 in world title fights in 1978, including a knockout of Carlos Zarate, who was 52-0 at the time. Larry Holmes dominated Earnie Shavers, beat Ken Norton, and then made a title defense. Roberto Duran unified the lightweight title and then moved up and took apart a top rated contender in Monroe Brooks.

great share buddy. well, at least we can say that approximately 95% of the time, the deserving fighter gets it.. Other than 1978, what year/s do you see as similar to it..

Thread Stealer
04-01-2010, 05:55 AM
great share buddy. well, at least we can say that approximately 95% of the time, the deserving fighter gets it.. Other than 1978, what year/s do you see as similar to it..

There's not really any others I strongly disagree with. There are some that I could see going to someone else, but not a case like 1978 where the winner clearly was less deserving than other fighters. Either Michael Carbajal or Pernell Whitaker was fine for 1993. IIRC, KO Magazine gave it to Whitaker while Ring gave it to Carbajal. I thought 2003 could have gone to Manny Pacquiao, mainly for his win over Marco Antonio Barrera. I'm not really sure who deserved it in 2006. Pacquiao beat Morales twice and Larios, but all were coming off of defeats (and Morales looked awful against Raheem). That was rather a weak year for candidates I guess. And 2007 could've gone to Kelly Pavlik for his 3 KO wins, one over a rated contender in Edison Miranda and another over the MW champ in Jermain Taylor.

I'd say all of those were fairly tough picks to make. There's more Fight of the Year winners from The Ring that I disagree with than Fighter of the Year winners.

The Beatles
04-01-2010, 06:38 AM
Ali should have 6. In 1966, instead of awarding Ali its Fighter of the Year, Ring Magazine protested Ali's protest of the Vietnam War by refusing to award him Fighter of the Year. Instead of awarding a less deserving fighter, they left the award vacant.
Ali should have 6 definitely........but the Ring were just rolling along with the Muhammad Ali hate in America.....

rocky_balboa23
04-01-2010, 06:51 AM
No, they are not always given to the most deserving. Ali did not deserve it in 1978. He went 1-1 against a guy with less than 10 pro fights.

Wilfredo Gomez went 5-0 in world title fights in 1978, including a knockout of Carlos Zarate, who was 52-0 at the time. Larry Holmes dominated Earnie Shavers, beat Ken Norton, and then made a title defense. Roberto Duran unified the lightweight title and then moved up and took apart a top rated contender in Monroe Brooks.

Now this guy knows boxing. Thanks for giving us this information. Not yet born at that time. green K given :boxing: