2013 Round Awards

Kevork Djansezian

Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov had the most "Round of the Year" candidates of any fight in 2013, but did it have the best one?

Above you should find a video collection of 26 of the best rounds of 2013. Below you'll find the order in which they appear in the videos. So, as was the case with the 2013 Knockout Awards, enjoy that first. Then we'll chat later.

Video 1
2013-01-30 Kimbo Slice vs Shane Tilyard - Round 1
2013-03-09 Jon Hill vs Greg Maynard - Round 1
2013-03-16 Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov - Highlights of Rounds 2, 6 & 12
2013-03-19 Denkaosan Kaovichit vs Eiji Tsutsumi - Round 10
2013-03-30 Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado II - Round 2
2013-05-11 Ricky Burns vs Jose A Gonzalez - Round 7
2013-05-17 Denis Lebedev vs Guillermo Jones - Round 7
2013-05-25 Carl Froch vs Mikkel Kessler II - Round 12
2013-06-07 Nick Brinson vs Jorge Melendez - Round 4
2013-06-08 Marcos Maidana vs Josesito Lopez - Round 3
2013-06-22 Sakio Bika vs Marco Antonio Periban - Round 12
2013-07-13 Mariana Juarez vs Riyo Togo II - Round 10 (Female ROTY winner)
2013-07-19 Mickey Bey vs John Molina - Round 10

Video 2
2013-07-27 Omar Figueroa vs Nihito Arakawa - Round 3
2013-08-01 Kompayak Porpramook vs Koki Eto - Round 9
2013-08-15 Tyson Maher vs Josue Rivera - Round 1
2013-08-16 Adrian Granados vs Mark Salser - Round 5
2013-08-17 Daniel Geale vs Darren Barker - Round 6
2013-08-17 Takashi Miura vs Sergio Thompson - Round 8
2013-08-23 Claudio Marrero vs Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar - Round 7
2013-08-29 Brent Elliott vs Waylon Law I - Round 8
2013-09-07 Walter Gabriel Sequeira vs Bruno Igor Hong - Round 1 (also KOTY candidate)
2013-11-02 Giovani Segura vs Hernan Marquez - Round 5
2013-11-23 Carl Froch vs George Groves - Round 6
2013-11-30 Marc Pagcaliwangan vs Octavio Hernandez - Round 5
2013-12-07 James Kirkland vs Glen Tapia - Round 3

2013 had a lot of great rounds but only so many of them were able to make the listed videos. Highlights of 3 different rounds were chosen from Bradley-Provodnikov because people are conflicted about which was the best. If you're thinking of rounds that didn't make the cut, the following were also considered:

Rounds where both fighters hit the deck
2013-01-19 Isa Akberbayev vs Anthony Ferrante - Round 1
2013-01-30 Alejandro Solis vs Eduardo De La Cruz - Round 1
2013-02-01 Artur Szpilka vs Mike Mollo I - Round 4
2013-02-02 Teresa Perozzi vs Tori Nelson II - Round 3
2013-02-22 Raul Lopez vs DeWayne Wisdom - Round 2
2013-06-02 Yuji Hasegawa vs Yuki Tsuge - Round 2 (double knockdown)
2013-06-14 Jerome Rodriguez vs Treysean Wiggins - Round 1
2013-07-27 Genesis Servania vs Konosuke Tomiyama - Round 1 (Servania down twice)
2013-08-22 Pete Reyes vs Juan Zapata
2013-09-06 Ibrahim Kamal vs Sebastien Benito - Round 4

Brinson-Melendez 4, Maher-Rivera 1, and Sequeira-Hong 1 were selected as the best rounds in the "both down" category.

Rounds where one guy hit the deck
2013-02-01 Artur Szpilka vs Mike Mollo I - Round 4
2012-02-22 Lamont Peterson vs Kendall Holt - Round 4
2013-04-12 Landon Horseman vs Ray Lampkin - Round 2
2013-06-08 Erislandy Lara vs Alfredo Angulo - Rounds 4 & 9
2013-06-21 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs Rakhim Chakhkiev - Round 7
2013-06-29 Tony Dodson vs Paul Smith II - Round 3
2013-08-01 Kompayak Porpramook vs Koki Eto - Round 12
2013-08-10 Dante Jardon vs Gamaliel Diaz - Round 4
2013-08-16 Artur Szpilka vs Mike Mollo II - Round 3
2013-08-17 Takashi Miura vs Sergio Thompson - Round 6
2013-09-14 Danny Garcia vs Lucas Matthysse - Round 11
2013-09-21 Max Bursak vs Nick Blackwell - Round 4
2013-10-05 Jayson Velez vs Dat Nguyen - Round 2
2013-10-19 Mike Alvarado vs Ruslan Provodnikov - Round 8 (Alvarado down twice)
2013-11-30 Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr vs Zolani Tete - Round 6
2013-12-31 Takashi Uchiyama vs Daiki Kaneko - Round 10

Hill-Maynard 1, Bradley-Provodnikov 12, Granados-Salser 5, Geale-Barker 6, and Miura-Thompson 8 made the compilation videos as the best "one down" rounds, but Porpramook-Eto 12 was as good as any of those. So why isn't it featured in a video? Porpramook-Eto 9 was simply that great (without knockdowns).

Other fun rounds
2013-01-25 Serhiy Dzinziruk vs Brian Vera - Round 8
2013-01-29 Kenji Kubo vs Rey Megrino - Round 2
2013-02-23 Andrew Golota vs Przemyslaw Saleta - Round 5
2013-02-23 Jhonny Gonzalez vs Eusebio Osejo - Round 9
2013-02-23 Patrick Bois vs Serhiy Demchenko - Round 10
2013-03-02 Paulus Ambunda vs Pungluang Sor Singyu - Rounds 5 & 12
2013-03-30 Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado II - Round 3
2013-03-30 Mario Rodriguez vs Katsunari Takayama - Rounds 4 & 11
2013-04-21 Min-Wook Kim vs Shinya Iwabuchi - Round 10
2013-04-27 Danny Garcia vs Zab Judah - Round 10
2013-05-25 Carl Froch vs Mikkel Kessler II - Round 11
2013-06-13 Matthew Wood vs Colin Lane - Round 1 (dwarves)
2013-09-13 Hasan Young vs Julio De Jesus - Round 5
2013-12-07 James Kirkland vs Glen Tapia - Round 2
2013-12-07 Matt Korobov vs Derek Edwards - Round 1
2013-12-07 Sakio Bika vs Anthony Dirrell - Round 6
2013-12-18 Dimash Niyazov vs Rapahel Luna - Round 4
2013-12-31 Kazuto Ioka vs Felix Alvarado - Round 11
2013-12-31 Takashi Uchiyama vs Daiki Kaneko - Round 11

And that should cover most of the great rounds of 2013 (you may suggest more). One man can only see so many fights, even if these lists are more comprehensive than what "panels of experts" submit...

Be that as it may, BLH once again needs user input to help choose a winner. The most serious ROTY candidates include Bradley-Provodnikov 2, Kaovichit-Tsutsumi 10, Rios-Alvarado II-2, Brinson-Melendez 4, Bika-Periban 12, Figueroa-Arakawa 3, Porpramook-Eto 9, and Kirkland-Tapia 3. No "scientific process" was used to isolate those; they just passed the eyeball test after multiple viewings.

But feel free to vote for whichever round you like best, whether it's listed or not. Submit picks in the comments section. A winner will not be chosen until the "2013 Male Fighter Awards" article which will come out in February. You may also continue to submit picks for the KOTY (choices here).

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Ryan Bivins is a staff writer for Bad Left Hook. You can contact him on twitter (@sweetboxing) or through email (rgbivins@gmail.com).


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