As we continue our 2015 review, we focus on boxing which will be remembered as one sport that brought glitz and glamour especially to its fans around the world.
Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI takes a look at five memorable boxing moments, both local and international, in the outgoing year…
FURY ENDS KLITSCHKO'S REIGN
Englishman Tyson Fury inflicted Wladimir Klitschko's first defeat since 2004 to win the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles.
In Dusseldorf, Germany, the adopted homeland of Klitschko, the 27-year-old Mancunian dominate the Ukrainian for most of the fight, managing to nullify Klitschko’s renowned jab from the start.
The 50,000 crowd at the Esprit Arena were virtually dumbstruck as Klitschko never managed to fathom the British challenger. He struggled to work him out, suffered damage around both eyes and at the end accepted the loss of his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
MAYWEATHER SEES OFF PACQUIAO IN FIGHT OF THE CENTURY
Floyd Mayweather Jnr turned in a vintage performance as he outboxed Manny Pacquiao to win a unanimous decision in one of the biggest fights in boxing history before a sold-out and star-studded crowd of 16,507 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The massively hyped fight, more than five years in the making, became a global event. While it was not the drama-filled battle many had hoped for, it will go down as the richest. It generated a live gate of approximately $74 million, and the pay-per-view television audience — at about $100 per buy — shattered the pay-per-view buy record (2.48 million) and pay-per-view revenue record ($150 million) set by previous Mayweather fights.
MAYWEATHER CALLS TIME ON BOXING CAREER
After 49 career professional fights, Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired from the sport that brought him fame and fortune.
Following his unanimous-decision victory over Andre Berto, Mayweather told boxing fans around the world that he doesn't plan on returning to the ring.
The 38-year-old legend retires as a former five-division world champion while arguably still being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Although there is little doubt Mayweather could still put on great fights and draw tons of money, his retirement has been over a year in the making. Prior to his second fight against Marcos Maidana in September 2013, Mayweather announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of his deal with Showtime and CBS.
NIGERIA'S LANRE DURODOLA WINS WBC TITLE
Nigeria professional boxer Lanre Durodola became the first boxer in history to win the World Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title.
Durodola who won the WBC Continentals Americas Cruiser Weight Championship title in 2013, achieved this feat by defeating Russia's Dmitry Kudryashov via technical knockout in round two of their 12 round contest.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic boxer who turned professional in 2011, is billed to go into the ring in 2016 as he aims to land the WBC Cruiserweight title.
NIGERIA BOXERS LAND FOUR GOLD MEDALS AT AAG IN CONGO BRAZZAVILLE
Nigerian boxing team at the 11th African Games in Congo Brazzaville picked up four gold medals to finish second behind Algeria in the overall standing.
The feat was an improvement from the 2011 edition in Maputo where they won three silver and a bronze medals to place sixth.
Olufemi Oyeleye, Efe Ajagba, Edith Ogu-Ogoke and Kehinde Obareh won the gold medals for Nigeria, while Caroline Linus and Efe Apochi claimed silver medals.
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