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It was a significant year for boxing as the sport captured the attention of the public particularly in the UK, and here are five of the most memorable moments.
Mayweather breaks silence, calls out Pacquiao on May 2
It’s a fight that fans have been waiting for for years, and the general sense within boxing circles is that Mayweather vs Pacquiao can genuinely happen in 2015.
Mayweather broke his silence to reveal further details as to why the fight has not yet happened, but he threw down the gauntlet on live TV by calling out Pac-Man to face him on May 2 next year. Here’s to hoping the fight does finally get made.
Golovkin knockout machine
2014 was a huge year for Gennady Golovkin as he emerged as one of the most feared fighters in boxing with a string of sensational stoppages.
While the criticism is that the top fighters in the division are looking to avoid him, Daniel Geale went toe-to-toe with him with the expected result. Golovkin’s power is scary, and while he will first look to clean up the middleweight division, he has stated that he will be interested in moving up a division after.
Matthysse vs Molina all-out war
For many, this was the Fight of the Year as Matthysse and Molina engaged in an all-out war back in April. Both men showed great stamina and composure to hold themselves together despite being hit with countless punches, but ultimately, it was Matthysse who came through in a brutal contest.
Kell Brook conquers California and wins IBF title
After years of heartbreak and disappointment, Brook finally got his world title shot in August but he had to travel to California and take on Shawn Porter.
Porter arrived off the back of two devastating wins against Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi, and his power and bullying tactics were thought to be too tough for Brook to overcome.
However, the Sheffield-born fighter outboxed his rival and claimed a memorable points win to lift the IBF title in what promoter Eddie Hearn described as one of his favourite moments of 2014. Thousands of fans in the UK stayed up until the early hours to hear those three sweet words; “And the new….”.
Froch’s right hand meets Groves’ chin
After Froch claimed a controversial stoppage in their first bout, Groves had won over numerous fans with his impressive performance after knocking down the Cobra in the first round as he promised.
The pair met again at Wembley in front of 80,000 fans back in May and many were siding with the challenger to end Froch’s time at the top of the division.
While the gameplan was working for Groves through the opening rounds, a lapse in concentration in the 8th round led to one of the most iconic pictures of 2014. Froch connected with a huge right hand on Groves chin and the Londoner collapsed with his knee buckled underneath him.
Fortunately he was able to recover quickly, but not quick enough as the referee waved the fight off and Froch put their rivalry to bed.