PROFESSIONAL boxing remains a multi-million dollar industry that offers lucrative careers to the champions.

At least 106 “world” title fights, adding up to vast amounts of prize money, television rights and gate takings, took place in 2014.

Floyd Mayweather, who earned more money than any other sportsman in the world during the year, collected at least US $32 million for his rematch with Marcos Maidana.

The 37-year-old, undefeated American is more than halfway through a $200-million six-fight contract that has pushed his career earnings to well over $400 million. If he fights Manny Pacquiao in 2015, the two will share the biggest purse ever paid to two boxers.

Pacquiao, who has held “world” titles in eight divisions, has become one of the wealthiest people in the Philippines during his years as a professional boxer.

About 80,000 spectators attended the super-middleweight title bout between Carl Froch and George Groves at Wembley in London, and millions watched it on television, confirming that boxing is still a popular sport.

Only three heavyweight title bouts took place in 2014. Wladimir Klitschko won two of them and remains the most successful, and wealthiest, boxer in what used to be the most lucrative division in the sport.

Most of the title fights held under the auspices of the four leading sanctioning organisations were in the lightest divisions. Nine bantamweight and nine featherweight title fights took place.

South African Hekkie Budler, the WBA and IBO minimumweight champion, won each of his three title fights and is set to earn a tidy amount for his next defence.

In addition to the three heavyweight title bouts, the 2014 list included five cruiserweight and seven light-heavyweight title fights. There were five for super-middleweight and seven for middleweight belts, three for junior middleweight titles and five each in the welterweight and junior welterweight divisions.

There were eight fights for lightweight titles, six for junior lightweight belts and nine each in the featherweight and bantamweight classes. Junior featherweights fought in six title bouts and those in the junior bantamweight, flyweight, junior flyweight and minimumweight divisions in seven.

 

RESULTS OF ALL ‘WORLD’ TITLE FIGHTS IN 2014

(All points results in bouts over 12 rounds)

 

Heavyweight

April 26 – Wladimir Klitschko bt Alex Leapai, tko 5, Oberhausen, Germany – IBF, WBA, WBO

May 10 – Bermane Stiverne bt Chris Arreola, tko 6, Los Angeles, WBC

November 15 – Wladimir Klitschko bt Kubrat Pulev, KO 5, Hamburg, Germany – IBF, WBA, WBO

 

Cruiserweight

January 25 – Marco Huck bt Firat Arslan, tko 6, Stuttgart, WBO

August 16 – Yoan Pablo Hernandez bt Firat Arslan on points, Erfurt, Germany, IBF

August 30 – Marco Huck bt Mirko Larghetti on points, Halle, Germany, WBO

September 27 – Denis Lebedev bt Pawel Kolodziej, KO 2, Moscow, WBA

September 27 – Grigory Drozd bt Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on points, Moscow, WBC

 

Light-heavyweight

March 29 – Sergey Kovalev bt Cedric Agnew, KO 7, Atlantic City, WBO

April 19 – Bernard Hopkins bt Beibut Shumenov on points, Washington, WBA, IBF

May 24 – Adonis Stevenson bt Andrzej Fonfara on points, Montreal, WBC

August 2 – Sergey Kovalev bt Blake Caparello, tko 2, Atlantic City, WBO

November 18 – Sergey Kovalev bt Bernard Hopkins on points, Atlantic City, WBA, IBF, WBO

December 6 – Jürgen Brähmer bt Pawel Gazewski, tko 1, Oldenberg, Germany, WBA “regular”

December 19 – Adonis Stevenson bt Dmitry Sukhotsky, KO 5, Quebec

 

Super-middleweight

March 1 – Arthur Abraham bt Robert Stieglitz on points, Magdeburg, Germany, WBO

May 3 – Arthur Abraham bt Nikola Sjekloca on points, Berlin, WBO

May 31 – Carl Froch bt George Groves, tko 8, London, IBF

August 16 – Anthony Dirrell bt Sakio Bika on points, Carson, California, WBC

September 27 – Arthur Abraham bt Paul Smith on points, Kiel, Germany, WBO

 

Middleweight

February 1 – Gennady Golovkin bt Osumanu Adama, tko 7, Monaco, WBA

April 19 – Peter Quillin bt Lukas Konecny on points, Washington, WBO

May 31 – Sam Soliman bt Felix Sturm on points, Krefeld, Germany, IBF

June 7 – Miguel Cotto bt Sergio Martinez, tko 9 New York, WBC

July 26 – Gennady Golovkin bt Daniel Geale, tko 3, New York, WBA

October 8 – Jermain Taylor bt Sam Soliman on points, Biloxi, Mississippi, IBF

December 13 – Andy Lee bt Matt Korobov, tko 6 Las Vegas, WBO

 

Junior middleweight

June 14 – Demetrius Andrade bt Brian Rose, tko 7, New York, WBO

September 13 – Floyd Mayweather bt Marcos Maidana on points, Las Vegas, WBC, WBA

October 11 – Cornelius Bundrage bt Carlos Molina on points, Cancun, Mexico, IBF

 

Welterweight

April 12 – Manny Pacquiao bt Timothy Bradley on points, Las Vegas, WBO

April 19 – Shawn Porter bt Paul Malignaggi, tko 4 Washington, IBF

May 3 – Floyd Mayweather bt Marcos Maidana on points, Las Vegas, WBA, WBC

August 16 – Kell Brook bt 12 Shawn Porter on points, Carson, California, IBF

November 22 – Manny Pacquiao bt Chris Algieri on points, Macau, WBO

 

Junior welterweight

January 25 – Lamont Peterson bt Dierry Jean on points, Washington, IBF

March 15 – Danny Garcia bt Mauricio Herrera on points, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, WBA, WBC

June 14 – Chris Algieri bt Ruslan Provodnikov on points, New York, WBO

August 9 – Lamont Peterson bt Edgar Santana, tko 10, New York

November 22 – Jessie Vargas bt Antonio DeMarco on points, Macau, WBA regular

 

Lightweight

February 22 – Miguel Vazquez bt Denis Shafikov on points, Macau, IBF

March 1 – Terence Crawford bt Ricky Burns on points, Glasgow, WBO

April 26 – Omar Figueroa bt Jerry Belmontes on points, Carson, WBC

June 28 – Terence Crawford bt Yuriorkis Gamboa, KO 9, Omaha, Nebraska, WBO

August 16 – Omar Figueroa bt Daniel Estrada, tko 9, Carson, California, WBC

September 13 – Mickey Bey bt Miguel Vazquez on points, Las Vegas, IBF

September 20 – Richard Abril bt Edis Tatli on points, Helsinki, IBF

November 29 – Terence Crawford bt Raymundo Beltran on points, Omaha, WBO

 

Junior lightweight

January 3 – Argenis Mendez and Rances Barthelemy, no contest 2, Minneapolis, IBF

January 25 – Mikey Garcia bt Juan Carlos Burgos on points, New York, WBO.

 

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