Gennady Golovkin retains WBN Fighter of the Year crown for 2014

Phil D Jay 04/01/2015

Formidable middleweight force Gennady Golovkin has once again been voted WBN Fighter of the Year by the readers of World Boxing News keeping his title for a further twelve months.

Victories over Osumanu Adama, in particular Daniel Geale and Marco Rubio saw GGG reclaim the accolade with a whopping 73% to cement his place as one of the top 160lb operators in the division.

Undefeated Golovkin, 32, defends his WBA ‘super’ and IBO belts against Briton Martin Murray on February 21 in Monte Carlo, before a possible clash with WBC champion Miguel Cotto later in the Year.

Editor’s choice went to welterweight contender Amir Khan for his impressive wins over Luiz Collazo and Devon Alexander following the ex-140lb world title holder’s move up to welterweight, whilst the Young Fighter honour went to Naoya Inoue of Japan.

The 21 year-old knocked out veteran champion Omar Narvaez at the end of 2014 to become a two-weight world title holder in just his eighth professional contest to live up to his ‘Monster’ nickname and make huge moves in the P4P Top 50.

Lucas Matthysse enjoyed a top comeback year following his loss to Danny Garcia in 2013 by defeating John Molina and Roberto Ortiz to set up a possible world title shot this year, with the Argentinian’s first fight of 2014 also earning him the Fight of the Year. In a bruising battle, Mattysse shared four knockdowns with Molina at the StubHub Center in Carson, Califorina before eventually coming through via an eleventh round stoppage.

KO of the Year went to hard-hitting heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko for his demolition job on undefeated challenger Kubrat Pulev, whilst Pound for Pound Breakthrough went to Sergey Kovalev for his dominant triumph against Bernard Hopkins.

Freddie Roach was named WBN Trainer of the Year for the first time since 2010 for his work with Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto respectively as Keith Thurman picked up the nod to become a full world title holder in the coming year.

WBN Awards 2014:

WBN Readers’ Fighter of the Year: Gennady Golovkin (73%)

Editors choice: Amir Khan

WBN Fight of the Year: Lucas Matthysse v John Molina (April)

WBN Young Fighter of the Year (23 under): Naoya Inoue (super-flyweight)

Pound for pound breakthrough: Sergey Kovalev

Stoppage of 2013: Wladimir Klitschko v Kubrat Pulev

Trainer of the Year: Freddie Roach

Comeback of 2013: Lucas Matthysse

World title prospect of 2014: Keith Thurman

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