Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year

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The Ring magazine's "Fighter of the Year" Award is a gold and silver medal given to the boxer, who, during the year previous, has by his conduct and fighting qualities "earned the esteem of the sports public." The four points which originally governed 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.

Fighter of the Year Award
1920s
1930s
1940s

1928: Gene Tunney
1929: Tommy Loughran

1930: Max Schmeling
1931: Tommy Loughran
1932: Jack Sharkey
1933: NO AWARD
1934: Tony Canzoneri / Barney Ross
1935: Barney Ross
1936: Joe Louis
1937: Henry Armstrong
1938: Joe Louis
1939: Joe Louis

1940: Billy Conn
1941: Joe Louis
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

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

1960: Floyd Patterson
1961: Joe Brown
1962: Dick Tiger
1963: Cassius Clay
1964: Emile Griffith
1965: Dick Tiger
1966: NO AWARD
1967: Joe Frazier
1968: Nino Benvenuti
1969: Jose Napoles

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

1980s
1990s
2000s

1980: Thomas Hearns
1981: Sugar Ray Leonard / Salvador Sanchez
1982: Larry Holmes
1983: Marvin Hagler
1984: Thomas Hearns
1985: Marvin Hagler / Donald Curry
1986: Mike Tyson
1987: Evander Holyfield
1988: Mike Tyson
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
1997: Evander Holyfield
1998: Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
1999: Paulie Ayala

2000: Felix Trinidad
2001: Bernard Hopkins
2002: Vernon Forrest
2003: James Toney
2004: Glen Johnson
2005: Ricky Hatton
2006: Manny Pacquiao