Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year

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Sugar Ray Robinson's 1951 Fighter of the Year Award

The Ring was founded in 1922 and has presented the Fighter of the Year award since 1928. Nat Fleischer, the magazine's founder, said the award would go to the boxer who had earned the esteem of the sports public by his conduct and fighting qualities. Originally, the four points which a boxer had to meet to receive the award were:

  1. He must be foremost in his contribution to the skill and the science of boxing and he need not be a champion.
  2. The recipient must combine with his high place in the ranking of fighters a similar position as a sportsman.
  3. He must associate with the abilities as a fighter good public relations and a reputation for clean and moral living.
  4. The boxer receiving the award must be recognized as an example to the growing American youth.

The Ring has twice chosen not to present the award because of their choice's out-of-the-ring activities. The publication said Primo Carnera should have received the award for 1933, but they chose not to give it to him because of his ties to organized crime. In 1966, the magazine said Muhammad Ali should have been the recipient, but he didn't get it because of his membership in the Nation of Islam and his objection to the U.S. military draft.

The recipient of the award use to receive a gold and silver medal. Later awards included a belt and a plaque.


1920s
1930s
1940s

1928: Gene Tunney
1929: Tommy Loughran

1930: Max Schmeling
1931: Tommy Loughran (2)
1932: Jack Sharkey
1933: No Award
1934: Tony Canzoneri / Barney Ross
1935: Barney Ross (2)
1936: Joe Louis
1937: Henry Armstrong
1938: Joe Louis (2)
1939: Joe Louis (3)

1940: Billy Conn
1941: Joe Louis (4)
1942: Sugar Ray Robinson
1943: Fred Apostoli
1944: Beau Jack
1945: Willie Pep
1946: Tony Zale
1947: Gus Lesnevich
1948: Ike Williams
1949: Ezzard Charles

1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s

1950: Ezzard Charles (2)
1951: Sugar Ray Robinson (2)
1952: Rocky Marciano
1953: Carl (Bobo) Olson
1954: Rocky Marciano (2)
1955: Rocky Marciano (3)
1956: Floyd Patterson
1957: Carmen Basilio
1958: Ingemar Johansson
1959: Ingemar Johansson (2)

1960: Floyd Patterson (2)
1961: Joe Brown
1962: Dick Tiger
1963: Cassius Clay
1964: Emile Griffith
1965: Dick Tiger (2)
1966: No Award
1967: Joe Frazier
1968: Nino Benvenuti
1969: Jose Napoles

1970: Joe Frazier (2)
1971: Joe Frazier (3)
1972: Muhammad Ali (2)/ Carlos Monzon
1973: George Foreman
1974: Muhammad Ali (3)
1975: Muhammad Ali (4)
1976: George Foreman (2)
1977: Carlos Zarate
1978: Muhammad Ali (5)
1979: Sugar Ray Leonard

1980: Thomas Hearns
1981: Sugar Ray Leonard (2)/ Salvador Sanchez
1982: Larry Holmes
1983: Marvin Hagler
1984: Thomas Hearns (2)
1985: Marvin Hagler (2)/ Donald Curry
1986: Mike Tyson
1987: Evander Holyfield
1988: Mike Tyson (2)
1989: Pernell Whitaker

1990: Julio Cesar Chavez
1991: James Toney
1992: Riddick Bowe
1993: Michael Carbajal
1994: Roy Jones Jr.
1995: Oscar De La Hoya
1996: Evander Holyfield (2)
1997: Evander Holyfield (3)
1998: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
1999: Paulie Ayala

2000s
2010s

2000: Felix Trinidad
2001: Bernard Hopkins
2002: Vernon Forrest
2003: James Toney (2)
2004: Glen Johnson
2005: Ricky Hatton
2006: Manny Pacquiao
2007: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2)
2008: Manny Pacquiao (2)
2009: Manny Pacquiao (3)

2010: Sergio Gabriel Martinez
2011: Andre Ward
2012: Juan Manuel Marquez
2013: Adonis Stevenson
2014: Sergey Kovalev