Friday, January 8, 2016

The 2015 Boxing Glove Awards: Puncher of the Year: Anthony Joshua & Jamie Cox

The Boxing Glove Awards 2015
Puncher of the Year
Jamie Cox & Anthony Joshua

Big punchers always hold a special fascination for boxing fans.  A fighter who can regularly render his opponents unconscious with a few punches has the makings of being a star, as long as he can take it, as well as dish it out.

Super-middleweight Jamie Cox returned from over 2 years of inactivity to score 3 spectacular 1st round knockouts, and capture the WBO European super-middleweight title in 2015.  What was most impressive about Cox’s victories was not so much ‘who’ he beat, but ‘how’ he beat them.  He is a quick-fisted fighter who looks to have dynamite in both hands.  There will definitely be bigger tests for Cox in 2016, but he has already shown himself to be one of the fighters to look out for in the coming year.

Anthony Joshua has ploughed through his opponents since turning professional in late 2013.  He is a fighter who seems to be able to hurt his opponents with just about every punch he throws.  In December, Joshua had his 15th professional contest, and was tested as never before by unbeaten rival, Dillian Whyte, who hurt him early and then took him past the 3rd round for the first time in his career.  But, Joshua caught up with Whyte in the 7th round, kncoking him senseless with a brutal uppercut.  Theres nothing the fans like more than a heavyweight that can punch.  Joshua showed signs against Whyte that he has the tools to go all the way.  He is still raw and inexperienced, but his punching power is world class.

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