Last week several media outlets, including ESPN, announced that Keith Thurman won Fighter of the Year for Al Haymon's new PBC series. But now, thanks to one of our loyal readers, it has been brought to my attention that Daniel Jacobs has actually won the honors, as noted by the PBC's own website. And I've got to say, this mix-up might be the biggest debacle since Steve Harvey crowned the wrong Miss Universe!
The whole thing is pretty bizarre, but as it turns out, the the editors of premierboxingchampions.com named Daniel Jacobs as the Fighter of the Year while the PBC's broadcast team named Thurman as their choice. Why different entities of the same organization both get to make selections is beyond me. But one thing I think most of us can agree upon is that no one really puts much stock in this particular award (or awards), which is sort of a nice way of saying that most fans probably don't take this seriously enough to even care who really won -- even if it's both guys in some weird way.
PBC editors credited Jacobs with this award for his three TKO performances this year. Jacobs ended 2015 with a bang by promptly halting Peter Quillin in one round just a couple of weeks ago. Prior to that, Jacobs stopped Caleb Truax in the 12th round back in April, and then wiped out Sergio Mora in two rounds in August.