We’re doing the Fight Game Media Awards a little differently this year. We’re breaking up the awards into multiple posts. Our boxing writers Carlos Toro and Robert Silva are the panel for boxing. They also host the Pound 4 Pound podcast on the Fight Game Media Network.
What was the best fight of 2021?
Fight of the Year
Carlos Toro: Juan Francisco Estrada Vs. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez 2 (3/13/21)
This fight had an unreal amount of expectations heading in. Estrada was coming off an instant classic against Carlos Cuadras the year prior and Gonzalez was in the middle of a phenomenal career resurgence. Their first bout back in 2012 was phenomenal with Gonzalez coming out on top. Nine years later, these provided an all-time classic that featured non-stop action and incredible drama round-by-round. Viewers were skeptical that the two of them could continue their torrid punching rate and that they could stay standing after twelve rounds. As it turned out, they were able to provide even more firepower as the fight progressed and both of them refused to go down, resulting in more than 2,500 punches thrown between them. The only negative about this fight was the controversial scorecards that ended with Estrada on top. Despite the questionable judging, demand for a rubber match was sky high and with a third fight likely taking place next in the first half of 2022, these two could put a stamp on what has become a now-legendary rivalry.
Robert Silva: Tyson Fury Vs. Deontay Wilder 3 (10/9/21)
One of the the greatest fights in modern heavyweight history. Wilder showed immense heart after almost killing Fury with a right cross that also broke his hand in the process. Every time Fury looked like he was about to put Wilder out to pasture, Wilder would land a booming right hand despite it being damaged that would momentarily stun Fury. The type of fight that will have long lasting damage for both men.