Oscar Valdez earns KO of the Year honor

The Possibility of the Year is a young fighter who has the most possible to end up being a star in boxing. To think about a fighter a possibility, she or he needs to be 25 or under, have less than 20 expert battles and have actually never ever defended a world title.

There are 2 considerable options this year who satisfy that requirements: unbeaten extremely welterweight Sebastian Fundora and unbeaten heavyweight Jared Anderson.

Fundora is 23 with an 18-0 record and 12 KOs. At almost 6-6 with an 80-inch reach, he’s a match headache, though I think he’ll be an incredibly middleweight or perhaps a light heavyweight when he strikes his peak. He’ll still be extremely big for his department.

Fundora, however, isn’t simply a huge person. He can combat and comprehends range and timing well, and has an excellent punch.

As excellent as Fundora can be, he is my runner-up as the 2021 Possibility of the Year. Elite heavyweights are a rarity, and Jared “Big Baby” Anderson reveals all the indications of being an elite heavyweight.

He has the physical size needed to be successful in today’s super-sized heavyweight world. He’s 6-4, 245 pounds with a 79-inch reach, and he has genuine dynamite in his hands.

Anderson has one-punch power in both hands, however he’s likewise athletic and understands how to box and relocation. Provided his vibrant character, he might be a megastar in the not-too-distant future if he satisfies his capacity.

Reynoso a shoo-in for Fitness instructor of the Year

Eddy Reynoso is, for my cash, the very best fitness instructor in boxing. He comprehends the video game at a granular level and takes what his fighter has and makes it much better. When it comes to Canelo Alvarez, it’s the leading fighter on the planet. When it comes to Frank Sanchez, it’s a man who possibly might win a heavyweight belt some day.

Reynoso is fantastic at game-planning, makes wise in-fight modifications and is an incentive when need be. His fighters had actually a banner year in 2021 and if Ryan Garcia had battled more than when, Reynoso would have lapped the field.

He’s the only reasonable option for Yahoo Sports 2021 Boxing Fitness instructor of the year.

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez exchange punches during their fight for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Miguel Berchelt entered into his bout with Oscar Valdez as a heavy favorite, however was knocked out cold in Round 10. (Picture by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc through Getty Images)

Valdez secured KO of the Year early

There were 3 KOs that stood apart in 2021, however Oscar Valdez’s not just brought one of the most significance, it was likewise the most terrible.

Valdez knocked out Miguel Berchelt in a crucial bout for the WBC extremely featherweight title in a sensational surface.

That edges out Gabe Rosado’s squashing right-hand man KO of Bektemir Melikuziev.

The other competitor was Brandun Lee’s third-round KO of Sam Teah. Teah tossed a punch and left his chin in the air. Lee didn’t miss it with a right-hand that was a one-hitter quitter.

Broadcast awards

For the very first time, I’m going to provide awards to boxing broadcaster. My option for what I’ll call the Yahoo Sports Jim Lampley Award for the very best general boxing broadcaster goes to ESPN’s Andre Ward. Ward is best as an expert (though his scoring is another matter). He’s willing to speak up when needed, and is fantastic at breaking down why one fighter is being successful or another is stopping working. There’s actually nobody near him in the video game.

The very best general team in my viewpoint is DAZN’s threesome of Todd Grisham, Sergio Mora and Chris Mannix. Grisham keeps up with the action, doesn’t play favorites and understands how to include his partners. Mora utilizes his experience as a previous world champ to break down the action well, though I might do without the jokes about Mannix. Mannix is constantly well-prepared, includes informative remarks and does exceptional in-ring interviews.

The very best studio host is Showtime’s Brian Custer. He understands the video game and the fighters and sets the phase well. In in between battles, he does an excellent job talking to fighters and pulling nuggets out of them.

And the leading ring commentator for 2021 goes to David Diamante, whose baritone voice and remarkable timing produce a lot of drama both prior to the battle, when he’s presenting the contenders, and after, when he’s reading the choice.

Diamante was just recently associated with a severe bike mishap in which he was seriously hurt. The diagnosis is excellent, however prayers go to to him for a complete healing and a fast go back to work.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.