WBN Awards 2017 – The Winners
On the back of Gennady Golovkin winning Fighter of the Year with 48% of the month-long vote last week, all of this year’s winners can now be revealed.
The nominations for WBN’s annual awards were revealed as the poll opened for the Fighter of the Year trophy, which ended with ‘GGG’ taking the crown for the fourth time in five years.
Golovkin beat Vasyl Lomachenko into second place, with Anthony Joshua, Terence Crawford, Ryan Burnett and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai making up the top six of a twelve-strong field.
Here are the rest of 2017’s victors:
Editor’s choice – Fighter of the Year: Gennady Golovkin
A stellar year for Golovkin who successfully defended his clutch of middleweight belts against the number two and three in the division. A tough decision between Golovkin, Lomachenko and Crawford, although the Kazakh was deserved in the end and takes the Editor’s choice award for the first time his career.
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WBN Fight of the Year: Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko
There’s no doubt that for drama, the event of 2017 was the massive Wembley scrap between Joshua and Klitschko. Two powerful forces clashed in one memorable night, which ended with Joshua picking himself up off the floor to stop Klitschko late on in a passing of the torch affair.
WBN Young Fighter of the Year (23 under): Daigo Higa
At just 22, Higa won all three of his bouts via knockout to keep his 100% KO record intact, picking up the WBC flyweight title and successfully defending it in the process.
Pound for Pound Breakthrough: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Rungvisai was many-a-pick for Fighter of the Year due to his double triumph over Roman Gonzalez but does take the P4P Breakthrough nod for gatecrashing into the Top 10 from nowhere.
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Stoppage of 2017: Deontay Wilder (v Bermane Stiverne II – November)
Wilder’s astonishing blitzkrieg of Stiverne (a man he’d previously gone the distance with) in just one round was hard to beat given what was on the line that night. Months of frustration were exercised by Wilder, who kept himself in the running for a multi-million dollar fight with Anthony Joshua in 2018 or 2019.
Trainer of the Year: Anatoly Lomachenko
The father of pound for pound star Vasyl, Anatoly Lomachenko has worked wonders with his son recently. To be fair to Olympic hero Vasyl though, the WBO super-featherweight ruler has plenty of tools to work with.
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Comeback of 2017: Floyd Mayweather
Taking on UFC’s top star and making almost half a billion dollars in one night is hard to beat in the comeback stakes. No sooner had he returned, Mayweather was gone again with a pocket full of cash.
World title prospect of 2018: Nicola Adams
The first female to make it on the WBN Awards list, Adams is a certainty to lift a version of the world title in 2018.