1 Dmitry Bivol

Not content with beating just just one Mexican star in 2022, Russia’s Dmitry Bivol managed to follow up a breakout effectiveness towards Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Might with an equally convincing thrashing of Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez in November. In fact, irrespective of what some of the scorecards may perhaps have reported, Bivol lost really handful of of the 24 rounds he used in the firm of each Alvarez or Ramirez and primarily taught two fighters fuelled by extended unbeaten runs a boxing lesson. He also hit the brakes on the development of not only the sport’s existing quantity 1 Mexican celebrity but also a male who was being tipped to have that mantle in the potential.

2 Jesse Rodriguez

Nowhere near a list like this in 2021, this calendar year occurred to be the calendar year Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez transitioned from incredibly hot prospect to winner in one huge leap, having a struggle at limited recognize in an unnatural pounds course to bang down the doorway and let his voice be listened to. This approach paid off in spades back again in February, when he stepped up to super-flyweight to dethrone Carlos Cuadras, and he was then just as impressive when stopping Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in 8 rounds in June. He completed the calendar year with a 12-spherical decision get towards Israel Gonzalez, when, at the tender age of 22, Rodriguez performed the main assist role to Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin III in Las Vegas.

3 Shakur Stevenson

Right after very first producing a splash as a featherweight, 2022 was the year Shakur Stevenson certainly announced himself at tremendous-featherweight, making on a 2021 gain versus Jamel Herring to commonly outpoint key rivals Oscar Valdez and Robson Conceicao. Both of those individuals opponents seemed well-matched with Stevenson on paper, but the American has, at just 25, already made a knack for producing the supposedly hard look quick.

4 Jack Catterall

As peculiar as it may feel to attribute on this list a fighter who didn’t officially “win” a struggle in 2022, these types of was the good quality of Jack Catterall’s overall performance in a February tremendous-lightweight title fight towards Josh Taylor, and so heinous have been the eventual scorecards, he extra than deserves his put. From round one to 12 that night in Glasgow, Catterall boxed very fantastically, even dropping Taylor, the winner, in the eighth spherical, and would have, in any other activity, been rewarded for his brilliance with a properly-deserved, vocation-defining victory. But, alas, this is boxing.

5 Oleksandr Usyk

Whilst on the deal with of it Usyk’s 2022 appears no distinctive than his 2021, it is important to retain in thoughts the context and duress under which he done, and to also emphasise the great importance of getting rid of all doubt by beating Anthony Joshua a second time in August. To do so in the 12 months in which Ukraine, his dwelling country, went to war with Russia is a testomony to not only Usyk’s mental fortitude but his willingness to move up, back himself, and disregard any and all likely excuses.

6 Devin Haney

Handful of will be eager to rewatch the two fights anytime quickly, still Haney’s again-to-back victories about George Kambosos in Australia this calendar year are worthy of recognition and regard. Pitching a a single-sided boxing lesson in both equally (just one in June, the other in Oct), he tamed a man in Kambosos who not only had the backing of residence aid but had just beaten Teofimo Lopez in a vocation-greatest efficiency.

7 Jai Opetaia

Australian southpaw Opetaia was unproven and fairly unfamiliar prior to his title challenge towards cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis in July. On the other hand, just after 12 scintillating rounds on the Gold Coastline, the 27-12 months-aged experienced perfectly and genuinely confirmed himself as both equally a warrior and the new selection a person at 200 pounds.

8 Jermell Charlo

After the disappointment of a break up attract with Brian Castano in 2021, Charlo was adamant he would make the gulf in between them considerably clearer in 2022. And this he did, as well, participating in his section in 1 of the very best fights of the 12 months just before, in spherical 10, knocking Castano out to affirm as soon as and for all his supremacy at super-welterweight.

9 Naoya Inoue

“Monster” Inoue finished the year with a regimen and rather disappointing 11th round stoppage of an overmatched Paul Butler, still started the year with a much a lot more thrilling and significant second-round dismissal of old rival Nonito Donaire. That was a fight many assumed would be aggressive, primarily based on their titanic initially fight in 2019, but Inoue had other tips, exploiting his opponent’s advancing age with the quickest and scariest of begins.

10 Kenshiro Teraji

WBA and WBC super-flyweight belt-holder Teraji rebounded from a tough 2021, a calendar year in which he experienced his initial pro loss, to both of those actual revenge on his conqueror and also get a “Fight of the Year” contender in 2022. He commenced the calendar year by stopping Masamichi Yabuki in three rounds in March, avenging his 2021 decline to Yabuki, and then waged a thrilling war with Hiroto Kyoguchi, sooner or later prevailing in the seventh-spherical of a mini common.

British Fighter of the Year

1 Jack Catterall

2 Tyson Fury

3 Joe Joyce

4 Leigh Wooden

5 Joe Cordina

6 Chris Billam-Smith

7 Sunny Edwards

8 John Ryder

9 Dan Azeez

10 Maxi Hughes