PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - January 07, 2022  
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Story by John DiSanto
Photos by Stacey M. Snyder & Sye Williams



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 - both for the "Philly Fight of the Year" (2010 & 2019), but this award - like his knockout punch - was the one we'll always remember. Congratulations to Gaby and thank you for another classic moment of boxing history.

The runner up for this award was the spectacular first-round knockout by Jaron "Boots" Ennis over Thomas Dulorme in November. Durlorme was perhaps Jaron's most seasoned foe to date. Still most picked the undefeated Philadelphian to win the fight. But how does the most impressive rising local fighter make his statement? He knocks out Dulorme in one brutal round. The speedy display of speed and power brought Boots comparisons to legend Roy Jones Jr. Not too shabby. In any other year, this knockout would win the Briscoe Medal for KO of the year. However, when it came to 2021 knockouts, this was Gaby's year. Congratulations to Jaron!

More Briscoe Award winners will be announced over the next several days. The Briscoe Awards event will be held in the Spring, location and date to be announced in the near future. 




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - January 07, 2022