As 2016 comes to an end, we look back at some of the fighters who stood above the rest this year. One could make a case for many fighters being fighter of the year, however there are two fighters that are neck and neck in my book.
Vasyl Lomachenko and Carl Frampton both had excellent performances in 2016.
Frampton, won two world titles in two different weight classes. With wins over Scott Quigg in February, for the WBA super-bantamweight title and Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA Super featherweight title, its easy to see why he’s a candidate. There is a catch though, both fights were won by decisions (SD against Quigg and MD against Santa Cruz).
Now on the other hand you have Lomachenko, the two time gold medalist who’s 8 fight record does no justice for the kind of great fighter he is. This year Lomachenko won the WBO Junior lightweight Title with a 5th round KO over Roman Martinez which was also a candidate for KO of the year. Then in November, Lomachenko made light work of Knockout artist Nicholas Walters, forcing him not wanting to continue after the 7th round.
Both have great cases but after talking with friends and co workers, I think Lomachenko edges out Frampton, simply because of the dominate stoppages he has. Check out their highlights courtesy of youtube and let me know who you think was the fighter of the year.