UK Fighter Of The Year 2015

Boxing Monthly
31/12/2015 6:42am

Boxing Monthly’s online team select their picks for the ‘UK Fighter Of The Year’ in the finale of our 2015 awards. And the winner by unanimous decision is…..

Tyson Fury. Fury’s divisive personality and comments have obscured what was a huge win over an opponent who had spent years dominating his division whilst handicapping his foes wherever and whenever possible.

Fury is no media darling, that is for sure, but many members of the national press fall into the same binary code thinking that was applied to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao when judging him, seeing the world in strict “bad guy” and “good guy” terms. They vilify Fury whilst praising Muhammad Ali without showing a shred of insight, irony or historical balance.

Do I agree with his views as they were reported? No. Does he have a right to express them? Yes. Especially if it leads to a moral backlash from the British press, a section of our society that seems to think it has a moral backbone when history teaches us that it is actually comprised of guttersnipes.

Klitschko’s ability to speak a few languages, not to mention his suave and sophisticated demeanour, was a stark contrast to the brash approaches adopted by David Haye and Fury in the build-up to their fights, but it should not be used to mask the fact that he tried to sway things in his favour by over-padding the ring.

The fact he wrapped his hands without supervision and had to rewrap them was also overlooked by some. If he was, say, Mexican, had the surname Margarito plus devilish facial whiskers the boxing and general sporting world would have been up in arms. 

As it stands, the sporting press overlooked his transgressions, in the main, due to a desperation to portray Wlad as whiter than white when he clearly isn’t. Sports journalists are hardly the sharpest tools in the box; however, they like to imagine that they can think and talk about wider issues with rationality and sense. They can’t, most of them are closer to Chevy Chase’s character in Funny Farm than A.J. Liebling. They also lacked balance when looking at the fight itself.

The fight was absorbing, with a performance from Fury that was more than good enough to earn him U.K. fighter of the year. The general maxim seems to be: “You have a right to say what you like, as long as the majority agrees with it’, so Fury will continue to accrue negative publicity outside the ring. Inside it, he has done everything asked of him and beat someone who tried to load all the dice in his favour. - Terry Dooley.

Tyson Fury. What the likes of James DeGale and Jamie McDonnell did on their travels this year can't be overlooked, nor will it be forgotten but Tyson Fury beat the main man. He dethroned a king in his own castle, a man so dominant that some opponents were beat when they stepped off the plane in Germany. A magnificent accomplishment by Fury and his team. One for the grandkids. - Shaun Brown.

Tyson Fury. Unlike certain other British heavyweights who talked loads of trash to Wladimir Klitschko only to get in the ring and run for 12 rounds (boy that pinky toe must've hurt), Tyson Fury backed it all up inside the ropes.  His victory over one of the most dominant heavyweight champions ever shook up the entire division and the world will be watching when they rematch next year. - Michael Montero.

Tyson Fury didn’t just win a world title this year, he changed the entire sport. The heavyweight champion of the world is known the world over but despite - or maybe because of - his dominance, Wladimir Klitschko had drained the life out of the division. The unpredictable Fury turned in a career best performance and ushered in an exciting new era for the big men. - John Evans. 

Tyson Fury only won 2 bouts and the first is very forgettable - but it was his victory in dethroning one of boxing's longest-ever reigning and dominant champions which gets him the nod, as well as the manner in which did it being the icing on the cake..... no it wasn't a great fight, but it was a great accomplishment and makes him a worthy winner.  How could anyone else be UK fighter of the year for 2015 (closest to him in my book was Frampton, although he fell short by some way)? – Colin Harris.

Tyson Fury. He went into the dragon's den as an underdog, beat WK behind a distanced jab, great lateral movement and a very strong mental attitude. In essence, he gave Wlad a boxing lesson, which is not something I thought I'd ever be writing - not so much about Tyson, but about Wlad! - Paul Zanon.

Tyson Fury shocked the world when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko. While other fighters like Kell Brook really showed themselves well on the world stage, the heavyweight championship is still the most prestigious title in sports, leaving no choice but to pick Fury. – Shawn Smith. 

Tyson Fury. It’s a measure of the strength in depth of British boxing that several fighters who might have been a shoo-in for this award in other years (Jamie McDonnell and James DeGale to name but two) come up short - that’s because the only possible winner is Tyson Fury. Not only did Fury dethrone a long-reigning and formidable champion in his own backyard, but he is only the third British-born heavyweight who has won the right to be considered the bona fide champion of what is still - and will always be - the sport’s blue riband division. Aside from Fury, McDonnell and DeGale, Anthony Crolla also deserves a mention for providing us with the undisputed feel-good story of the boxing year. - Luke Williams.

Tyson Fury. While much has been made of Tyson Fury's comments both before and after his win over Wladimir Klitschko, sadly his performance has been overlooked. Despite a postponement, a debate over gloves and finally an excessive amount of foam used to pad the ring - Tyson Fury remained calm and focussed to dethrone the dominant Ukrainian. The manner in which Fury took away the champion's jab - and as a result his right hand - is something he simply hasn't received enough credit for. - John. A MacDonald.

Tyson Fury. The world was watching when Fury butchered Klitschko (and Aerosmith) in his own backyard and silenced the doubters with a scrappy but effective performance that appeared to neutralise all of the long-reigning champion’s best weapons. This fighter still has a lot of growing up to do—both in the ring and out of it—but his classic underdog story and outspokenness added some freshness to a division that badly needed to be shaken, not stirred. - Jessi Jackalope. 

Tyson Fury. There was only one real choice for this award, Fury defeating the long reigning champion in Wlad Klitschko is a feat that can not get enough praise. Not only did he beat Klitschko but dominated him and left no doubt in the result when the cards were read out. Honorable mention goes to Terry Flanagan who established himself as the premier 135lber in the UK despite not having Sky's backing or influence. - Callum Rudge.

Tyson Fury. Beating a longstanding, arguably top 15 heavyweight of all time away from home when pretty much the whole boxing world thought you would lose doesn't just eclipse the achievement's of any other British fighter in 2015, it pretty much renders them irrelevant.  Jamie McDonnell was my pick up for British fighter of the year until big Tyson shocked the world and changed the heavyweight landscape in 36 minutes of brilliance! - Danny Winterbottom.

Tyson Fury. It wasn't a great fight, and I'm not sure he'll have a long reign, but if he'd lost to Wlad Klitschko the boxing world would've shrugged shoulders and moved on. By going on the road and taking the belts, Fury has made the glamour division seem competitive and interesting again. - TKO Radio.

Tyson Fury. Fury became Britain’s third legitimate heavyweight champion in history with his astonishing victory over Wladimir Klitschko – enough to earn him a knighthood if he’d been as lovable as Henry Cooper or Frank Bruno (which he is, really, at the bottom of him). In a year when British fighters picked up more world title belts than any other year in history, Fury was the only one who finished the year as a legitimate champion. That doesn’t happen very often. It was victory of nerve and gumption, chutzpah and derring-do. Could anyone other than Fury have pulled that off? - Andrew Harrison. ‘UK Fighter Of The Year 2015.’ – Tyson Fury.