Wins: Roman Gonzalez (2) This can only go one way for me. Entering the year, the debate was between Andre Ward and Roman Gonzalez for pound for pound number one. Neither man is in that conversation now. Ward retired, while Gonzalez was beaten twice by the same man.
Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs): The two-time Olympic gold medalist from the Ukraine had one of the best years of anybody in boxing, spectacularly knocking out durable Roman Martinez and then forcing Nicholas Walters to quit in their high-profile matchup.
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