The 87th BWAA AWARDS DINNER
Wednesday, June 6
268 West 47th Street
New York, NY
cocktails 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Awards 7:30
Sugar Ray Robinson Award
Fighter of the Year
DELVIN RODRIGUEZ –
|VITALI KLITSCHKO & WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
James A. Farley Award – Honesty & Integrity in Boxing
GEORGE PLIMPTON (posthumous)
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Andre Ward is BWAA Fighter of the Year
Wolak – Rodriguez I Named Top Fight
Virgil Hunter, Al Bernstein, Elbaum & Bozella also to be honored
Andre Ward has won an Olympic gold medal, professional world titles, and Showtime’s Super Six super-middleweight tournament. Now the Boxing Writers Association of America has named Ward its Fighter of the Year for 2011, bestowing its Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year award. Ward was chosen over nominees Nonito Donaire, Wladimir Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao.
For all winners, see our Boxing Awards page.
Klitschko Brothers, Bernard Hopkins to be Honored at BWAA Dinner
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have been chosen to receive the BWAA’s James A. Farley Award for “Honesty and Integrity in Boxing.” Vitali and Wladimir are known not only for their ring achievements butalso for their civic and charitable activities. For more than 15 years they have been using their popularity to raise money and promote health for children in Ukraine andaround the globe. Vitali will attend the 87th annual BWAA Awards Dinner to be held June 6 at the Copacabana in New York City. Bernard Hopkins will be presented with a special recognition of his 2011 feat of becoing the oldest boxer to win a major world title.
BWAA Co-Sponsors Bill Gallo Bust
The Boxing Writers Association of America, along with the Veteran Boxers Association of New York/Ring 8 and the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation, co-sponsored the creation of a bust of Bill Gallo, the late New York Daily News cartoonist and writer. Gallo was a longtime BWAA member and 1999 Liebling Award winner. The bronze bust, created by sculptor Carl LeVotch (far right, with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and BWAA President Jack Hirsch), will be displayed permanently at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in Manhattan, a Gallo favorite.
BARNEYS WRITING AND PHOTO AWARDS
In perhaps the most diverse voting results to date, judges for the 11th annual Boxing Writers Association of America writing contest, known as the “Barneys” in honor of the late BWAA president Barney Nagler, have tabbed different first-place winners in each of the six categories. Taking top Barneys honors are Michael Rosenthal, of RINGTV.com, for Event Coverage; Bernard Fernandez, of the Philadelphia Daily News, for Column; Lee Groves, of RINGTV.com, for News Story; Tom Gerbasi, of Boxingscene.com, for Feature Under 1,750 words; Ron Borges, of Boxing Monthly, for Feature Over 1,750 Words, and Springs Toledo, of Thesweetscience.com, for Investigative Reporting. Judging was done on a blind basis, with all entries submitted without bylines or other identifying marks.
In photography, Naoki Fukuda of RINGTV.com took first place in Action and second in Feature photography. Will Hart of HBO had the first-place Feature photo. Chris Cozzone placed second in Action (the above photo showing Mike Lee versus Pablo Gomez) and third in Feature. Tom Casino of Showtime placed third in the Action category.
Full contest results and links to the winning articles are here. All winners will be recognized at the 87th annual BWAA Awards Dinner to be held June 6 at the Copacabana in New York City.
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