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2015 RING Awards: Finalists for Fight of the Year

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Krzysztof Glowacki (R) scores the 11th-round punch that would knock then-WBO cruiserweight champ Marco Huck to the canvas. Huck got up but was knocked out moments later. Photo by Naoki Fukuda.

Krzysztof Glowacki (R) scores the 11th-round punch that would knock then-WBO cruiserweight champ Marco Huck to the canvas. Huck got up but was knocked out moments later. Photo by Naoki Fukuda.

The past year was packed with drama in and out of the ring, including some memorable fights, big surprises and important milestones.

Who and what stood out the most?

Find out when THE RING reveals its annual year-end awards for 2015 in January. The categories: Fighter, Fight, Knockout, Trainer, Upset, Event, Comeback, Round, Prospect and Most Inspirational.

Leading up to the announcement, we will give you the five finalists in one category each day. Day 9: Fight of the Year



The finalists (in chronological order) are.

KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI KO 11 MARCO HUCK

It was supposed to be a glorious night for Huck, who was looking to set a record by successfully defending his cruiserweight title for the 14th time in a row. His chances were looking good after Glowacki went down in a thrilling sixth but the inexperienced Pole scored a major upset when he sent Huck through the ropes in Round 11.

ROMAN MARTINEZ D 12 ORLANDO SALIDO

Martinez was the better boxer but Salido was even more relentless than in the 12 rough-house rounds of their first fight (also deserving of a nomination). The unyielding Martinez retained his belt with a draw but most thought Salido had done enough to win.

LUCAS MATTHYSSE MD 12 RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV

Matthysse’s heavy hands were sharp and he drew blood early but Provodnikov once again proved that the strength of his chin is trumped only by the size of his heart. “The Machine” vs. “The Siberian Rocky” explained both monikers with brutal clarity.

ANDRZEJ FONFARA UD 12 NATHAN CLEVERLY

The back-and-forth opening round set the tone for this all-action light heavyweight grudge match. Cleverly’s combinations were utterly malicious and his overall output was incredible but it was the grinning Fonfara who inflicted more damage with his punches.

FRANCISCO VARGAS TKO 9 TAKASHI MIURA

Vargas looks dominant until Miura sends him down heavily with a vicious straight left at the end of the fourth. Both men land crunching blows for the remainder of the contest which sees a blood soaked, one-eyed, Vargas pull off a comeback for the ages.

The Fight of the Year category was unquestionably the most difficult to select. Honorable mentions must be made to Jorge Linares TKO10 Kevin Mitchell, Masao Nakamura SD10 Daiki Kaneko, Amir Imam TKO5 Fidel Maldonado Jr. and David Lemieux UD12 Hassan N’Dam

Tomorrow: Fighter of the Year finalists.

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