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Brian Mendoza Fighter of the Year

Boxingnewmexico.com 2024 awards are in, we will be announcing throughout the week. We would like to thank the fans who voted and our media panel below.


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Men’s Fighter of the Year- Brian Mendoza


Boxingnewmexico.com’s Fighter of the Year in 2023 is Brian Mendoza. Mendoza stunned Sebastian Fundora in April to win the WBC interm Jr. Middleweight title. Mendoza 22-3 with 16ko’s, showed he belonged with the elite in the 154lb division, with his win it propeled him to a title fight for the WBO title against Tim Tszyu in this past October.


Mendoza would travlel down under to take on Tzsyu in Australia. Mendoza did well early in the fight, but Tzsyu came on strong in the latter rounds to win a unanimous decsion. The loss didn’t hinder what Mendoza did the whole year. He brought pride and excitment to New Mexico fan’s, he also set himsef up for bigger fights in the future.

Congradulations Brian on great 2023.


Runner’s up




Abraham Perez


Perez went 3-0 in 2023, along the way he captured the IBA flyweight world title.  Perez, defeated Jeronill Borres, Gilberto Mendoza and Luis Villa Padilla. Perez stopped all three opponents within the scheduled distance.


All three opponents gave Perez praise, saying he was the best opponent they had faced in their careers. The  humble Perez 9-0, 5kos, looks to make it a bigger 2024, with bigger fights on the horizon.


Jose Luis Sanchez




Guero, as he is known had a great 2023, he went 3-0, captured the WBC/NABF welterweight title, he defeated 2 unbeaten fighters in Rashad Shahid and Eric Tudor, Tudor was Golden Boy Promotions A side fighter when Sanchez took the fight, this didn't matter to Sanchez, as he shocked Tudor.


Sanchez, 14-3-1, has won a 3 fight deal with Golden Boy and will get to shine more in 2024.


Honrable mention Josh Torres 2-0 in 2023

Matthew Griego 2-0 in 2023

Christian Cabral 2-0 in 2023





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