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JARON ENNIS IS
THE "ONE TO WATCH"

In 2021, Jaron "Boots" Ennis galvanized his reputation as the hottest potential future champion around. During the year, he dispatched two strong opponents to stay on track for his first world title opportunity, which should come in 2022. In April, Ennis knocked out former IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets in six rounds, scoring knockdowns in rounds four and six.  Then in October, he rolled over former title challenger Thomas Dulorme in one round. Both knockouts, each broadcast live on Showtime, solidified Jaron's contention for the welterweight crown. Neither of these wins were upsets, but still both made fans and experts certain Ennis looked like a future champion. It was the complete domination of both opponents and display of skill... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

2021 PHILLY FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Despite the ongoing Covid pandemic, nineteen fight cards took place within the Philadelphia City limits in 2021. In total, these cards offered 128 individual bouts. Of all those matches, the best fight of the year was not the most hyped event. It didn't involve the biggest names of the sport, or even top names from the local scene. The fight wasn't the most eagerly awaited match of the year either. In fact, this battle wasn't really anticipated at all. From the fans' perspective, it kind of came out of nowhere. The bout was just a good pairing of two lesser-known, hard-working local fighters. And that truly paid off for the 1,100 boxing fans who saw it. Much credit goes to the matchmakers, but more than anything else, this great fight was made by the boxers. They fought for it and they alone made this the "Fight of the Year".  (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CYCLONE HART
TO RECEIVE
"LIVING LEGEND"
BRISCOE AWARD

Eugene "Cyclone" Hart was one of Philly's greatest punchers and most exciting fighters ever. A murderous puncher and free-swinger in the ring, he scored 19 straight knockouts to start his career. Included in that streak were KO wins over Kitten Hayward, Leroy Roberts, Art Kettles, and Freddie Martinovich. Hart posted an overall career record of 30-9-1, with 28 KOs and 1 No Contest. That one draw was a Philly classic against Bennie Briscoe in their first match at the Spectrum. It was a fight that Cyclone once told me was his proudest moment and best fight of his career.

He also faced Marvelous Marvin Hagler... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

NAHIR ALBRIGHT IS THE
"2021 BREAKOUT FIGHTER OF THE YEAR"

After four years as a pro, lightweight Nahir Albright started 2021 with a record of 8-1. That's nine fights in four years. However during 2021, promoter Rodney Rice kept him very busy, and Albright made six starts in the year. He fought in February, March, April, May, July, and September, posting six wins, five of them by knockout. His year started with a couple of warm up fights against modest-record fighters, but by fight three, Albright began knocking off boxers with pretty records and in most cases... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

SHINARD BUNCH NAMED "2021 PROSPECT OF THE YEAR"

In 2021, welterweight Shinard Bunch managed to stay active, fighting eight times during the year, while Covid restrictions still hampered much of the boxing world. Although he faced a few easy foes, Bunch also stepped up against a number of more experienced fighters. Shinard won seven times and was saddled with a draw in a high-profile, nationally televised match with undefeated prospect Janelson Bocachica (then 17-0) in his first 10-rounder. Bocachica was the stiffest test of Bunch's career and given that everyone but two of the official judges thought he won, Shinard clearly passed... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

OBERLTON IS BRISCOE'S
"ROOKIE OF
THE YEAR"

Light heavyweight southpaw Atif Oberlton turned professional last January and zipped through his four 2021 opponents, scoring knockouts over all of them. In his debut, he KO'd Nathan Davis Sharp in three rounds. Larry Pryor was next in May (KO3), followed by Jasper McCargo in June (TKO5). Oberlton closed out his year in November with his first fight at home, stopping Brent Oren at the 2300 Arena in round two. "Lord... (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

MARTIN UPSET
EARNS BRISCOE AWARD

Philly's James "No Games" Martin faced popular, rising prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. on April 17th in Los Angeles. The fight was part of a nationally televised PBC on FOX broadcast. Martin was brought in as an opponent for then-undefeated Mielnicki (8-0, 5 KOs), but after eight close rounds, the Philadelphian scored the biggest win of his young career. Using his strong jab and aggressive style, Martin took the majority decision on the official cards to improve his record to 7-2. The result was a total surprise and the biggest upset... (MORE)

   





 
                 
 
 
   

ROSADO SCORES 
2021 KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR

The knockout that Gabriel Rosado scored over Bektemir Melikuziev (Bek) on June 19th was the type of KO for which we created the Briscoe Award for "Knockout of the Year". First, the knockout was of the picture-perfect-one-punch variety. Second, it turned the fight in an instant. Third, the fight itself was of consequence. Both important both men were fighting for their future - the rising Bek wanted to prove he was for real and veteran Rosado needed to prove that he was still relevant. And finally, Rosado's punch kept his career alive and earned him an even bigger fight later in the year (with Jaime Munguia). That knockout had career impact!

Rosado has won two Briscoe Awards before... (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

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