Similar to the fighter of the year, there was no clear winner for fight of the year. 2015 did have some great fights, but none that stood out as classics or that could stand against fights from earlier in the decade. This is not to say that there were no good fights in 2015, but simply with the amount of boxing this year on television it was surprising that one did not emerge as a clear winner. This list is not in any order, but one to highlight the 8 best fights this year.
JORGE LINARES VS. KEVIN MITCHELL
May 30, 2015 – 02 Arena, London, England – WBC Lightweight Championship
Jorge Linares while not being considered one of the pound for pound best in the world is still one of the most aesthetically pleasing fighters to watch in the world. When you put him in the ring with a fighter who will keep coming forward to create an action bout, you’ll get a must see match up. One of the most underrated fights to take place this year.
ORLANDO SALIDO VS. ROCKY MARTINEZ 1 & 2
April 11, 2015 – Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum San Juan, Puerto Rico – WBO Super Featherweight Championship
September 12, 2015 – MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada – WBO Super Featherweight Championship
Both of these fights that these two men produced this year were some of the best in 2015. The first bout took place in Puerto Rico and in a bit of an upset Martinez scored two knockdowns to win a clear decision over Salido. In the rematch on the Mayweather – Berto under-card, Salido seemed to outwork Martinez most of the night while landing the cleaner punches. Salido had to settle for a draw as he awaits a rubber match in 2016.
JAMES DEGALE VS. LUCIEN BUTE
November 28, 2015 – Centre Videotron Quebec City, Canada – IBF Super Middleweight Championship
A great between two fighters representing two different eras in the super middleweight division. Degale was the new champion coming into the old champion’s hometown. Together they produced a exciting fight that raised the stock of both fighters.
ANDREJZ FONFARA VS. NATHAN CLEVERLY
October 16, 2015 – UIC Pavilion Chicago, Illonois
These two men set a record for most punches thrown and landed in a light heavyweight contest recorded by Compubox. An unexpected great fight in front of a crowd that hung on every punch landed.
LUCAS MATTHYSSE VS. RUSLAN PROVODINIKOV
April 18, 2015 – Turning Stone Resort & Casino Verona, New York.
In one of the more highly anticipated fights this year, Matthysse and Provodnikov squared off in a bout that for many didn’t live up to expectations. Many were expecting a complete war the likes of Arguello vs. Pryor, but Matthysse decided that a complete war was not the right move with Provodnikov. Nonetheless the fight was still exciting and was a close, but clear win for Matthysse. It may not have been the complete war that many wanted, but it was a excellent fight.
NONITO DONAIRE VS. CESAR JUAREZ
December 11, 2015 – Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico – WBO Super Featherweight Championship
This was supposed to be a lay up for Donaire. An easy victory that would allow him to pick up another title and ease him back into contention to face the best in the division. Cesar Juarez didn’t read that script and after a rough start where he was knocked down twice by Donaire and counter-punched almost to death, he made a comeback in the second half of the fight & unloaded on Donaire anytime he was on the ropes. It was one of the biggest surprises of 2015 and put Donaire back in the conversation as one of the most exciting fighters in the world.
MARCO HUCK VS. KRZYSTOF GLOWACKI
August 14, 2015 – Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey – WBO Cruiserweight Championship
The best fight this year that took place on the PBC platform. A wonderful back & forth bout that had one of the best endings in the sport this year. Glowacki was down in the sixth round only to comeback and stop Huck in dramatic fashion in the 11th round.
TAKASHI MIURA VS FRANCISCO VARGAS
November 21, 2015 – Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada – WBC Super featherweight championship
On the under-card of the Cotto – Canelo middleweight championship, fans were treated to most likely the consensus fight of the year. A dramatic back and forth bout that was at first dominated by Vargas until a knockdown in the fourth round by Miura. Miura seemed on his way to stopping Vargas until a dramatic turn around in the ninth where Vargas knocked down Miura and forced referee Tony Weeks to stop the bout. As far as under-card PPV bouts are concerned it doesn’t get much better than this.
Honorable Mention: Edwin Rodriguez vs. Michael Seals