Ring magazine Fighter of the Year

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The Ring was established in 1922. Since 1928, it has named a fighter as Fighter of the Year, based on the magazine's writers' criteria. This 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:

  • He must be foremost in his contribution to the skill and the science of boxing and he need not be a champion.
  • The recipient must combine with his high place in the ranking of fighters a similar position as a sportsman.
  • He must associate with the abilities as a fighter good public relations and a reputation for clean and moral living.
  • The boxer receiving the award must be recognized as an example to the growing youth.

Here is a list of Ring magazine's Fighters of the Year:

Fighters of the Year by decade[edit]






Muhammad Ali, who was named 'fighter of the year' more times than any other fighter. Was not awarded the honor in 1966 due to draft controversy. Ali won the award five times in total.





eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao was named "fighter of the year" in the 2000s for three times.


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