Even with all the controversies that took place during the year, 2011 certainly had its share of entertaining boxing matches. Here are the 5 most entertaining fights that took place during the year:
1. Victor Ortiz versus Andre Berto
Definitely the most entertaining slugfest of the year, Ortiz and Berto landed a combined 381 power punches during the fight. Knockdowns were abundant throughout the fight, and Ortiz answered questions about his heart, while handing Berto the first loss of his professional career (also becoming the WBC welterweight champion in the process).
2. Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez
The third fight between the two boxers exceeded expectations, with Marquez putting on a performance that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Marquez frustrated Pacquiao with his footwork and crisp counter-punching skills, giving the Filipino boxer his toughest test in years. Unfortunately for Marquez, the ringside judges ended up giving Pacquiao the majority decision.
3. Hernan Marquez versus Luis Concepcion I
Marquez took Concepcion’s WBA flyweight title in impressive fashion, trading knockdowns with the Panama native, in one of the most entertaining fights of the year. Conception was determined to go the entire duration of the bout, but the ring-side doctor decided to stop the fight in the eleventh round.
4. Amir Khan versus Lamont Peterson
Peterson put on the performance of this life when he faced the WBA/IBF light welterweight champion on Dec. 10. Khan got the better of the exchanges early in the bout, but Peterson made the necessary adjustments as the fight progressed. Khan resulted to pushing when things started getting hot, and the resulting point deductions ended up making the difference on the judges’ scorecards.
5. Alfredo Angulo versus James Kirkland
Both men went straight to work in this entertaining six round slugfest, sending one another to the canvas in the first round. Kirkland turned the heat up in the sixth round, forcing referee Johnny Callas to stop the fight.