Antonio Tarver Gives His Picks For 2011 Award Winners

By Phil D. Jay

After a great comeback year by 'The Magic Man,' WBN caught up with IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver to get his selections on the best of the best in 2011 ahead of the upcoming BoxingScene and WBN Awards.

Fighter of the Year: Andre Ward - Unified WBA/WBC titles at 168-pounds. Overall winner of the Super Six tournament with tourney wins over Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Arthur Abraham and Carl froch.

Fight of the Year: Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto - April 2011, both fighters down and Ortiz winning twelve round decision to capture the WBC welterweight title.

Knockout of 2011: Nonito Donaire vs. Fernando Montiel - February 2011, Donaire unifies bantamweight titles with crushing one punch knockout of Montiel.

Trainer of the Year: Virgil Hunter (Andre Ward's trainer)

Comeback of 2011: Antonio Tarver (of course) and he gave recognition to junior middleweight James Kirkland for getting his career on track after a shocking first round knockout loss to Nobuhiro Ishida. Kirkland returned to stop highly regarded Alfredo Angulo.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by apunchnotseen on 12-23-2011

not bad picks, but sorry Antonio but Brian Viloria has comeback of the year in his back pocket,has a case for fighter of the year but id lean towards Ward

Comment by CAMPER on 12-22-2011

Wow Tarver might actually have it right on this one! Although, Donaire didn't get the KO for that initial left hook. I'd give the award to Marquez for his KO of Likar Ramos.....Bwahaha jk jk, Marquez is my dude but…

Comment by b morph on 12-22-2011

yea, sorry tarver, but i dont think anyone was really paying attention to u at all this year although im sure he was joking. umm fighter of the year, how about HOPKINS???? HELLO??? come on man, he broke george foreman's…

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