Donaire KO of Montiel Named ‘Knockout of the Year’ by Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated named Nonito Donaire's second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel last February 20 as the Knockout of the Year.

This is what Sports Illustrated said about Donaire’s Knock Out moment:

Yes, Montiel got up from the crushing overhand left that nearly caved in half his face. But he only lasted a few more seconds before the referee stepped in to save him. Couple that with the significance of the matchup — both Donaire and Montiel were pound-for-pound guys going at it in a highly anticipated super bantamweight fight — and Donaire’s savage knockout becomes that much more impressive.

Other winners in’s Boxing Awards include:

Fighter of the Year:
Andre Ward

Fight of the Year:
Pawel Wolak vs. Delvin Rodriguez I

Comeback Fighter of the Year:
Antonio Tarver

Prospect of the Year:
Gary Russell Jr.

Upset of the Year:
Nobuhiro Ishida KO1 James Kirkland

Round of the Year:
James Kirkland vs. Alfredo Angulo, Round 1

Trainer of the Year:
Robert Garcia

Photo Credit: AP

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