Firstly let me just say thank you to everyone. From those that are visiting for the first time to those who have been with us for the last few years, those have sent us information and links to those who have retweeted and shared our stories and articles we want to thank you all.
As well as thank “you lot” we would also like to take a moment to thank the people we write about, the fighters, managers, trainers and others in the boxing world. With out those folk this site wouldn't exist, we'd have nothing to write about and would obviously have to find something else to do with our time, perhaps play games or go into the terrifying outdoors.
We would also like to say another thank you to the people around us, including the awfully patient other halves who have put up with the long hours, weird schedules and sometimes early mornings that have allowed this site to become what it is.
Now that we've said thanks to pretty much everyone we would like to look back at the year, and what a long and brilliant year it has been.
We've had upsets, wars, shining stars, retirements, disappointment and a lot of fun. Over the coming week or so we will be hoping to put up a number of feature articles regarding those. Ahead of that however there are a few things that we would like to list as high points.
Jonathan Taconing Vs Ramon Garcia Hirales-Prior to this year many fight fans didn't really know who Taconing was, unless they saw his controversial loss to Kompayak Porpramook back in 2012. This year however he scored a statement win, in Mexico, against former world champion Garcia Hirales. The win helped the world wake up toe Taconing's ability and style and hopefully 2016 will see him fight for a world title.
Kosei Tanaka Vs Julian Yedras-We have been Tanaka since before his debut and it made us feel really happy when the then 19 year old won the WBO Minimumweight title in just his 5th bout. The youngster's rise to the top really was special, and hopefully he will go on to achieve the amazing things that this type of start deserves.
Iwan Zoda Vs Petchchorhae Kokietgym II-Last year we were tipped off about Zoda, who was being described as a wonder kid from Indonesia. There was fears that he would get lost and forgotten about at home though his rematch with Petchchorhae saw him break out and become a name worth following, with fans around the world slowly making a note about him
Hinata Maruta Vs Jason Canoy-We had been following Maruta since before his pro-test bout back in 2014 and had waited (and waited) for his debut which came against Canoy. It was a tricky assignment for the youngster but the performance was excellent and it showed that Maruta was as good as hyped, and may well be the best of the emerging Japanese talents.
Akira Yaegashi Vs Javier Mendoza-It's almost impossible not to like Yaegashi. The guy is the type of fighter who will always give his all, always put on a performance and always give fans their money's worth. He did that again against Mendoza to become a 3-weight world champion and prove us wrong for writing him off.
Of course things have upset and disappointed us, but on the whole the year has been on of highs and excitement and we're glad that you guys have joined us for the ride! Hopefully 2016 will just as good, if not better!
Again, thank you from the whole team!