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USA Today is a large circulation, Monday through Friday, newspaper that is sold throughout the United States. In the spring of 2000, the newspaper hired Dan Rafael to be its boxing writer. Since his hiring, Rafael has greatly expanded coverage of boxing in the publication, and has instituted his own Top 10 ratings, which he features the first Friday of every month. He has also handed out his own awards since 2000, which are shown below:

USA Today Fighter of the Year

  • 2000 Felix Trinidad
  • 2001 Bernard Hopkins
  • 2002 Vernon Forrest
  • 2003 James Toney
  • 2004 Glen Johnson
  • 2005 Jermain Taylor
  • 2007 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

USA Today Fight of the Year

  • 2000 Felix Trinidad TKO 12 Fernando Vargas
  • 2001 Micky Ward W 10 Emmanuel Burton
  • 2002 Micky Ward W 10 Arturo Gatti (1st fight)
  • 2003 Arturo Gatti W 10 Micky Ward (3rd fight)
  • 2004 Marco Antonio Barrera W 12 Erik Morales
  • 2005 Diego Corrales TKO 10 Jose Luis Castillo
  • 2007 Kelly Pavlik TKO 7 Jermain Taylor

USA Today Knockout of the Year

  • 2000 Lennox Lewis TKO 2 Frans Botha
  • 2001 Lennox Lewis KO 4 Hasim Rahman
  • 2002 Roy Jones KO 7 Glenn Kelly
  • 2003 Rocky Juarez KO 10 Antonio "Chelo" Diaz
  • 2004 Antonio Tarver KO 2 Roy Jones

USA Today Prospect of the Year

  • 2000 Julio Diaz
  • 2001 Francisco Bojado
  • 2002 Miguel Cotto
  • 2003 Jermain Taylor
  • 2004 Samuel Peter

USA Today Round of the Year

  • 2000 Erik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera (5)
  • 2001 Micky Ward vs. Emmanuel Burton (9)
  • 2002 Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti (1st fight) (9)
  • 2003 Acelino Freitas vs. Jorge Barrios (11)
  • 2004 Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Erik Morales (11)


External Links

USA Today Boxing Page