LIONHEARTS of the year
Boxing News correspondent Andy Whittle valiantly carrying on reporting from ringside in Sheffield, even after being hit on the head by a chair that had been thrown by an idiotic spectator, leaving a nasty gash; Oscar Valdez and Scott Quigg both being left bloody and battered following their punishing clash;
Stephen Mcafee and Colin O’donovan engaging in a blood-spattered phonebooth war; Chris Eubank Jnr battling George Groves despite being cut badly by his right eye in the third; James Degale ignoring a deep wound over his right eye – sustained in the third round – to outpoint Caleb Truax over 12; Jessie Magdaleno staying in for as long as he could against Isaac Dogboe, despite shipping some serious punishment, especially late on; Never-say-die warriors Tommy
Langford and Jason Welborn taking part in a heroic first battle; Chris Jenkins bravely trying to take the fight to Akeem Ennis-brown, despite sporting a terrible wound above his right eye; Lee Selby battling on against Josh Warrington despite bleeding heavily from cuts by both eyes; Michael Horabin putting forth an exceptionally courageous effort against Fuaad Husseen; Dave Allen travelling to 2016 Olympic champion Tony Yoka’s Paris backyard at short notice and putting in a brave showing, while very nearly lasting the course; Liam Smith enhancing his reputation in defeat away from home by taking Jaime Munguia the distance and posing him some questions along the way; TJ Doheny overcoming lacerations to both eyes to upset local favourite Ryosuke Iwasa on away turf in Japan; Walter Kautondokwa stepping in as a late-substitute opponent against Demetrius Andrade in a world title fight, just two weeks after burying his late mother; Anthony Yigit fighting on for as long as he could – until the end of the seventh round – with a grotesque swelling on his left eye, effectively rendering him one-eyed against Ivan Baranchyk; Tyson
Fury rising from a heavy knockdown in the 12th and final round against Deontay Wilder, before finishing the fight in the ascendancy;
Ibrar Riyaz going ahead with his fight against Kaash Buttery, despite a family bereavement;
Charlie Edwards dedicating his world title victory to his seriously ill mother.