Boxing Writers Association of America finalise 2018 nominees for Fight of the Year

Deontay Wilder Media Workout

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.

Jorge Linares v Vasiliy Lomachenko

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.

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