- Fight(s) Of The Year Dereck Chisora vs Dillian Whyte - I wasn't even paying full attention throughout all of it due to typing stuff out for the forum after Badr vs Rico, but from start to finish this was back and forth action. Too bad Chisora screwed himself into a ban with his pre-fight antics.
- Fighter(s) Of The Year Vasyl Lomachenko, Gennady Golovkin - I think it's pretty self explanatory: Both guys are great and showed just more of what they can do in 2016.
- Breakout Fighter(s) Of The Year I don't know if there was one clear standout, but out of the names that are on their way to stardom you can pretty much pick any of the following fighters: Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder.
- Knockout(s) Of The Year Deontay Wilder VS Artur Szpilka
Wilder had some trouble with Szpilka, but he managed to finish it with a beautiful KO.
Bernard Hopkins VS Joe Smith Jr
It wasn't a proper knockout per se, but short of being put to sleep this ringout TKO was probably the clearest signal Hopkins could have gotten to tell him he should really retire now.
- Comeback(s) Of The Year Manny Pacquiao - After his loss to Mayweather in 2015 it was quiet around Pac Man for a while, but he came back with two solid wins over Timothy Bradley Jr and Jessie Vargas.
- Controversy(s) Of The Year Tyson Fury - It started relatively harmless when his rematch with Klitschko was postponed due to Fury sustaining an ankle injury. In September Fury tested positive for Cocaine and the fight was off indefinitely. Then - in one of the most recent pieces of news - it was revealed that Fury is forfeiting his titles and will go into treatment for substance abuse and psychological issues.
Alexander Povetkin testing positive for PEDs and having his scheduled fight with Bermane Stiverne cancelled because of it. Povetkin ended up knocking out a late replacement in Johann Duhaupas.
- Story(s) Of The Year Not so much a story as a development throughout the year, but arguably starting with Klitschko's defeat at the hands of Fury in 2015, heavyweight boxing actually has started to become interesting again.
Just like in kickboxing, I don't want to give this its own category because the idea makes me feel uncomfortable, but a thread like this has no reason to exist if we're not paying tribute to those we lost. And in 2016 we lost none other than Muhammad Ali. This goes out to all those that we lost.
Furthermore you might notice a couple of picks missing, but I couldn't really think of any upsets or events of the year.
So these are my picks for 2016. Out of our (staff) members, TheMagi can probably do a way better and more complete writeup as I am more of an occasional boxing fan and in no way a boxing aficionado.