Best Boxer - 2013
It was a banner year for Bay Area boxing. Andre Ward beat the bigger Chad Dawson to establish himself as one of the three best fighters in the world. Robert Guerrero won a vicious brawl with Andre Berto to earn a mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. And boxing writers named Virgil Hunter the 2012 Trainer of the Year. It was Nonito Donaire, though, who put together the most impressive stretch. Over 10 months, the Filipino Flash ripped through four of the best fighters in the 126-pound division, capping it off with a one-punch knockout of Jorge Arce in December. He took home the 2012 Fighter of the Year award. Though he lost a unanimous decision to the talented Guillermo Rigondeaux in April, Donaire's career trajectory remains on the incline. And his left hook remains one of the most feared punches in the fight game.