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 SI.com’s Boxing Awards include:
Fighter of the Year:
Fight of the Year:
Pawel Wolak vs. Delvin Rodriguez I
Comeback Fighter of the Year:
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:
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