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We Asked, You Voted: Your British Boxer of 2012

04 Jan 2013

Earlier this week, we opened the voting on our Facebook page to find out who was your British boxer of the year.

The results are in, and your top three British boxers of 2012 are:

3. David Price

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The 6ft 8in Liverpudlian enjoyed a whirlwind 2012, setting himself up perfectly for a 2013 world title shot. It started in on January 21st when he dismantled John McDermott to win the English Heavyweight title with a first round KO.

Price then made short work of Sam Sexton with a fourth round stoppage in May to win the British and Commonwealth titles and add belts two and three to the year.

October saw the world title contender appear on BoxNation for the first time as he faced the veteran Audley Harrison. Price took a powerhouse first round TKO to retain his British and Commonwealth crowns.

The popular Merseysider then finished the year in style, again on BoxNation, as he blew away the experienced Matt Skelton in two rounds to set himself up perfectly for 2013.


2. Ricky Burns

Burns V Moses

Scottish hero Ricky Burns proved himself at the elite level in the lightweight division in 2012. The Bellshill-born, Coatbridge-based 28-year-old was upgraded from interim to full WBO World Lightweight champion in January after Juan Manuel Marquez vacated.

"Rickster" then defended his WBO crown for the first time against tough Namibian Paulus Moses in March live on BoxNation, taking a confident unanimous decision at a packed-out Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

The Scotsman followed this with arguably his most impressive career win as he stopped his good friend Kevin Mitchell in the fourth round at the Glasgow SECC, also shown live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Burns was due to fight a third title defence of the year in December, but had both his original opponent Liam Walsh, and stand-in Jose Ocampo, withdraw from fights.

Now 29, Burns will look to unify the lightweight division in 2013, with a mouthwatering potential clash with Adrien Broner a possibility.


1. Carl Froch

Froch V Bute

This time last year, many were writing off the then 34-year-old following his late 2011 reversal against Andre Ward, where he lost his WBC World Super-Middleweight title.

Froch replied in fine style, however, with a breathtaking win over the previously unbeaten Romanian Lucian Bute to silence his critics.

The popular Nottingham super-middleweight then returned in November to crush Yusaf Mack with a third round KO to retain the IBF strap he won from Bute in May.

2013 will be an interesting year for Froch, who turns 36 in July. Currently placed number one super-middleweight in the Ring Magazine rankings, Froch will look to fight Danish legend Mikkel Kessler.

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