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A look back at boxing's wretched year

From scandals to ring deaths to De La Hoya to Golota, 2000 was not a great year for the Sweet Science.

Updated: December 29, 2000, 4:33 PM ET
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

Ask a fan if 2000 was a good year for boxing, and chances are he will say yes.

That reply would be an honest mistake. After all, many fans still are caught up in the euphoria of the great Dec. 2 bout between Felix Trinidad and Fernando Vargas. Aside from that war and a handful of other exciting fights, however, this was a wretched year for boxing.

The IBF -- and the whole sport, for that matter -- went on trial. Some of the sport's most alluring names (Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd ...

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From scandals to ring deaths to De La Hoya to Golota, 2000 was not a great year for the Sweet Science.