Deontay Wilder's 10th-round knockout of Luiz Ortiz has been nominated for the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier Fight of the Year award, part of the Boxing Writers Association of America's 2018 Awards ballot.
American Wilder, who recently fought Tyson Fury in Los Angeles, a title clash which was controversially deemed a draw, defeated Ortiz back in March.
Following the fight at the start of the year, the 33-year-old Alabama-native was pleased with the outcome
He said: “It was a great fight. I had to earn this win. I knew Ortiz would be a great opponent with the skill set that he has. I wanted to prove to myself and to the world that I am the best.
“This is a fight I took with great risk so that I could prove to the world that I’m the best. We each put on a great performance and I think the fans were happy they were here. I always give the fans in Brooklyn a great fight.
“I wanted to burn him out. When you get a southpaw you know it’s going to take a little time. I didn’t want to rush in. I tried to set him up and it took a little longer than I wanted, but a true champion knows how to adjust.”
Other nominees in the category see Jarrett Hurd's split-decision win against Erislandy Lara in the junior middleweight bout back in April.
Vasyl Lomachenko's 10th-round knockout of Jorge Linares' in the lightweight world title in May, Saucedo's seventh-round stoppage of Lenny Zappavigna in a junior welterweight fight in June.
The final fight to be nominated for the award is Canalo Alvarez's defeat of Gennady Golovkin in their September rematch, with the Mexican earning the win on a majority split decision.
Of course, that was their second encounter, after their original bout was deemed a draw, much to the shock of the boxing faithful.News Now - Sport News