Fighter of the Year 2016
2nd January, 2017
Despite only fighting twice this year, in my opinion no other fighter has accomplished more than the man from Belfast. In February, Frampton added the WBA Super Bantamweight to his IBF title by outpointing the previously undefeated Scott Quigg in Manchester. In that fight, he built up an early lead and weathered a mid-rounds rally from Quigg before closing the 12th in impressive fashion. In July, Frampton traveled both in weight as well as across the Atlantic to dethrone Super World WBA Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz. In one of the contenders for fight of the year, Frampton, the pre-fight underdog, put on a career-best display, hurting, and often leaving Santa Cruz looking befuddled en-route to a unanimous decision victory.
By winning titles in two weight divisions and handing two accomplished world-class fighters their first career losses, Carl Frampton is Fight Scores' pick for Fighter of the Year 2016.
Other Potential Candidates
- Joe Smith Jr. - Wins over Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins put Smith Jr well and truly on the map in 2016.
- Manny Pacquiao - Winning the rubber match with Tim Bradley and handily beating Jessie Vargas ensured Pacquiao bounced back well after a disappointing 2015.
- Vasyl Lomachenko - Two perfect performances against Rocky Martinez and the previously undefeated Nicolas Walters helped Lomachenko scale many a pound for pound list.