Carl Froch a role model, says Glenn McCrory, but jury still out on Kell Brook's quality
Glenn McCrory says Carl Froch should have won SPOTY and David Price will become a world champion.
Last Updated: 27/12/12 9:39am
I love Bradley Wiggins to death for his humour, character and what he achieved this year, while Jessica Ennis also had a fantastic 2012, but what Carl has accomplished over the last 12 months has been phenomenal.
The Cobra, a three-time world champion, went 12 rounds with Andre Ward, the greatest fighter on the planet, in December 2011 and then in May of this year destroyed a 30-fight unbeaten world champion in Lucian Bute.
Carl is a great role model, too, and proved how steely-strong his heart and temperament is when he got over the disappointment of losing to Ward on points to rip the IBF super-middleweight title from Bute in his home town of Nottingham.
I have been around the fight game since Methuselah was alive and Carl is one of the most mentally-tough fighters I have seen, and I think it is a travesty that he was not selected as one of the final 12 nominees for SPOTY.
Still, if he can show his talents again against Mikkel Kessler and Ward in 2013, maybe he will get it next year...
David Price may win the award one day, though, because I have no doubt in my mind that he will, eventually, become heavyweight champion of the world.
I believe the Liverpudlian is the most improved fighter of 2012; he began it by flattening John McDermott inside a minute and ended it as one of the most promising fighters in his division.
Price is big, athletic, always willing to learn and impresses me more with every fight, while he is a diamond kid, too; he doesn't spout on about what he is going to do - unlike domestic rival Tyson Fury - and just steps into the ring and wins.
I think Kell Brook is destined for a world title as well, and he will get his big chance when he faces Devon Alexander in Detroit early next year for the IBF welterweight strap - but the Sheffield fighter has something to prove.
Brook was given a stiff test by Carson Jones during their fight in July and was dominated in the second half of it, so at the time it seemed like Kell had done well to come through.
But just a few weeks ago, we saw Jones put look mediocre as he limped to an eight-round draw with Ireland's Dean Byrne, so even though Brook made light work of Hector Saldivia a couple of months ago, perhaps he needs to improve more than we thought.
There are hints of greatness in Kell, but there are also hints of disappointment, so hopefully 2013 will give us a clear indication of how good he can be.
Juan Manuel Marquez's fight with Manny Pacquiao may only have happened a few weeks ago but I still think it was the best, and most intriguing, bout of 2012.
Everyone will remember the sixth-round knockout that Pacquiao suffered but there was more to the fight than that.
Pacquiao and Marquez were facing each other for the fourth time and usually when opponents have multiple fights the later bouts are never as good as the first - like in Muhammad Ali's series with Ken Norton - but these two bring entertainment every time.
I don't think Pacquiao gave Marquez quite the respect that he deserved but the Filipino still boxed well in the fight; he attacked, looked sharp and proved he is not on his last legs yet and it was not as if Marquez was boxing a shadow.
Marquez, who works so hard, is one of my favourite fighters and typifies that gritty Mexican style that we have also seen from Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales.
He has limitations and is never going to beat Floyd Mayweather but he knew he could beat Pacquiao, and proved that with self-belief and hard graft you can do something special.