2022 provided unforgettable fights, dramatic knockouts and colossal upsets, so we tasked our resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt to pick his stand-out in-ring moments.
Honourable mentions for the unbeaten lightweight contender Frank Martin, who picked up three superb wins over the calendar year, and Martin Bakole, who stunned Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka in his own backyard back in May, but which fighter tops the bill in the ‘Surprise Package of the Year’ category?
We saw some devastating finishes in 2022 including Caleb Plant’s thumping show-stopper against Anthony Dirrell, Naoya Inoue’s demolition finish against Nonito Donaire and Leigh Wood’s pulsating last-gasp KO in the final round of his humdinger with Michael Conlan, but do any of those make Rob Tebbutt’s ‘Top Three’ list?
Rob Tebbutt sieves through an endless list of pulsating 2022 bouts to deliver the three fights that will live longest in his memory. Katie Taylor’s sensational victory over Amanda Serrano makes the cut, as does the slugfest between Sebastian Fundora and Erickson Lubin… but which fight does our boxing expert feels tops them both?
There are plenty of worthwhile contenders for this crown that don’t even make the list, including Tasha Jonas, who claimed world titles in each of her three fights throughout 2023 to establish herself as the dominant force within the female junior-middleweight division. It’s three men at the top of Rob Tebbutt’s pile in this category however, with one in particular being his clear winner!
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