Year-End Awards: 2020 Prospect of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Worst Scorecards and more

The Boxing News Awards for 2020 Prospect of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Worst scorecards, Most Improved, Journeymen of the Year and more


Vergil Ortiz Jnr [above]– The 22-year-old Texan extended his perfect record by knocking out Samuel Vargas in seven rounds. All 16 of the exciting welterweight’s victories have come inside the distance.

Daniyar Yeleussinov; Chris Colbert; Edgar Berlanga; Tim Tszyu; Filip Hrgovic; Israil Madrimov; Michel Rivera; Tony Yoka; Conor Benn; Ali Izmailov; Sebastian Fundora; Richardson Hitchins; Charles Conwell; Carlos Gongora.


Errol Spence Jnr
Spence returned from a horrific car accident in October 2019 – which initially left him in intensive care – to successfully defend his WBC and IBF welterweight titles with a thoroughly deserved unanimous decision over former two-weight world champion Danny Garcia.

Another worryingly long list, just like last year

James Kinney ludicrously scoring Jesse Hart as a 95-94 victor over Joe Smith Jnr; Rudy Barragan (100-89), Max DeLuca (99-90) and Chris Migliore (97-92) making Alexis Rocha a far-too-wide winner over Brad Solomon; Dave Moretti marking the Joshua Greer Jnr-Mike Plania bout as a 94-94 draw, when Plania seemed to win clearly; Giovani Santillan looking fortunate to pip Antonio DeMarco to a majority decision thanks to two scores of 96-94 from Tim Cheatham and Steve Weisfeld; Zak Chelli, despite seeming to be a comfortable victor over Jack Cullen, having to settle for a split draw due to the cards of Victor Loughlin (96-95 to Cullen) and Ian John-Lewis (95-95); Jack Culcay appearing lucky to get the split nod over Abass Baraou owing to the tallies of Iko Bebic (115-114) and Peter Milord (115-113); Lou Moret’s consternation-causing 117-111 scorecard in favour of Abel Ramos over Yordenis Ugas; Don Trella somehow having Cobia Breedy a 115-111 winner against Tugstsogt Nyambayar; John Hedges receiving a fortunate 39-37 victory from Ian John-Lewis over Jan Ardon; Rudy Barragan posting a much-too-wide 100-90 tab in favour of Mark Magsayo against Rigoberto Hermosillo; Julie Lederman scoring Teofimo Lopez an overly wide 119-109 victor against Vasiliy Lomachenko; Lewis Ritson being gifted a split verdict win over Miguel Vazquez, with Michael Alexander tallying 115-113 and Terry O’Connor handing in an inexplicable 117-111 card [above]; Fernando Villarreal adjudging Elwin Soto as an excessively wide 119-109 winner against Carlos Buitrago; Marlen Esparza being awarded a pair of too-generous 80-72 scores from Rudy Barragan and Lou Moret in her fight with Sulem Urbina; Ian John-Lewis inexplicably notching a shambolic 117-111 scorecard in favour of Anthony Yarde against Lyndon Arthur; Florian Marku having to make do with a 76-76 draw (from Marcus McDonnell) against Jamie Stewart, despite knocking his opponent down and looking like the winner; Don Ackerman strangely scoring the Richardson Hitchins-Argenis Mendez fight for Mendez by 97-93; John Rupert marking John Ryder a too-close 96-94 victor over Mike Guy; Don Trella (116-112) and John McKaie (115-113) posting baffling cards in favour of Reymart Gaballo against Emmanuel Rodriguez, resulting in a controversial split decision win for Gaballo.


Joe Smith Jnr; Maxi Hughes [below]; Ionut Baluta; Petros Ananyan; Vladimir Hernandez; Robeisy Ramirez; Brad Foster; Joseph Diaz; Joshua Franco; Robin Krasniqi; Conor Benn; Umar Sadiq; Isaac Avelar; Germaine Brown; Rylan Charlton; Craig Richards; Jordan Gill; Sam Maxwell; Lewis Crocker; Katelynn Phelan; Isaac Cruz Gonzalez; Arslan Magomedov; Rachel Ball; Denzel Bentley; Fabio Wardley; Liam Davies; Petchmanee CP Freshmart; Lourdes Juarez; Gamal Yafai; Chris Bourke; Sebastian Fundora; Tomoko Okuda; Damian Bonelli.

Maxi Hughes


Ed Harrison; Stu Greener; Nathan Hardy; Alexander Zeledon; Chris Jenkinson.


Jay Harris, face bloodied and swollen, putting in a valiant effort on foreign soil against Julio Cesar Martinez in his first step up to world class; The marked-up Dec Spelman, gutsy in the extreme, plundering forward against Lyndon Arthur, despite having his head regularly clumped backwards; Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon going to war once again in their rematch and once again suffering significant facial damage; Samir Ziani and Alex Dilmaghani participating in a gruelling encounter brimming with courage, determination and non-stop action; Jose Zepeda and Ivan Baranchyk sharing eight knockdowns (four apiece) in their five-round barnburner; Juan Francisco Estrada and Carlos Cuadras putting it all on the line in a bruising, back-and-forth thriller; Miriam Gutierrez bravely soaking up sustained punishment from Katie Taylor to make it through the full 10 rounds.


Claressa Shields becoming a three-weight world champion in just 10 fights – quicker than any other male or female fighter in history; Various figures raising money towards the Ringside Rest and Care Home for ex-boxers; Boxing paramedic Ged Carroll being on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic; Joseph Parker providing some much-needed comic relief during the COVID-19-enforced lockdown with his humorous social media videos; Viddal Riley engaging in impressive work with the Teenage Cancer Trust; Vince McNally being awarded an MBE for services to the community in Hereford; Colin Jones being awarded an MBE for services to boxing in Wales; Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club and Empire Fighting Chance carrying out valuable community work.


Alexander Besputin; Yves Ngabu; Alejandra Jimenez; Jarrell Miller.


Scott Cardle; Frankie Gavin; Thomas Stalker; Tommy Coyle; William Warburton; Lee Haskins; Scott Quigg; Johnny Garton; Oleksandr Gvozdyk; Danny Williams; Jeff Thomas; Juan Manuel Lopez; Dave Allen; Tom Little; Francisco Santana; Ashley Theophane.

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