BWAA President's Statement on Borges Plagiarism
The Boxing Writers Association of America
takes seriously charges of plagiarism against
any of our members. I was deeply troubled
by the allegations that were levied recently
against Boston Globe writer Ron Borges, who serves as one of
the BWAA's four vice presidents.
The Boston Globe last week suspended Borges for two months
without pay and prohibited him from making
broadcast appearances. The paper found that
a March 4 NFL notes column written by Borges
"contained verbatim passages" from
a story that ran on February 25 in the Tacoma
Many within the BWAA and in the boxing
have inquired with regard to how the
will address this matter. Plagiarism
high journalistic offense. When I ran
office, one of my top priorities was
guidelines for ethical conduct among
of our members, but I feel BWAA officers
should be held to an even higher standard.
Making a correct and fair decision
important than making a swift decision.
Boston Newspaper Guild is appealing
of Ron Borges on his behalf and challenging
the characterization of his conduct
The BWAA has chosen to allow that process
to run its course before acting.
The Boston Globe has suspended Ron Borges
for two months without pay, and he has been
prohibited by the paper from making broadcast
appearances, following an internal investigation
into a plagiarism charge. Borges, a 24-year
veteran at the Globe, is a vice president
of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
The plagiarism allegation arose over an NFL
notes column published in the March 4 edition
of the Boston Globe. The paper determined
the column "contained verbatim passages
from a story previously published [Feb. 25]
by The News Tribune" of Tacoma, Wash.
"The Globe does not tolerate plagiarism,"
Globe editor Martin Baron said in a statement.
"Extensive passages written by the Tacoma
reporter were used verbatim in the column
by Borges, and that is prohibited."
The Globe quoted News Tribune deputy managing
editor Dale Phelps as saying, "It's
unfortunate that this happened, but from
our point of view there's no anger or dismay.
You have to take care of your house, and
we have to take care of ours."
|2006 BWAA AWARDS
Pacquiao, Roach team up for top 2006
Sithchatchawal-Monshipour brawl named the
The Boxing Writers Association of America has selected super
featherweight Manny Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and the breathtaking brawl between Somsak Sithchatchawal and Mahyar Monshipour as its best of 2006. They will be honored
at the 82nd annual BWAA Awards Dinner on
June 8 in New York.
photos: Pacquiao, Roach, Merchant courtesy
of HBO; Albert courtesy of Showtime.
Pacquiao will receive the Edward J.
Trophy as fighter of the year for going
including two knockout victories over
Morales, in 2006.
Roach, who was in Pacquiao's corner for all
three fights and also worked with James Toney,
Peter Manfredo Jr., Robert Guerrero and Neil
Trophy nominee Israel Vazquez, was chosen
for his second Futch-Condon Award as trainer
of the year. He won his first Futch-Condon
award in 2003.
The mind-blowing bout between Sithchatchawal
and Monshipour on March 18 in France became
a cult classic among boxing fans thanks to
internet video site YouTube. ESPN.com columnist
Dan Rafael called it "raw, unvarnished,
jaw-dropping brutality," writing the
bout featured "more head-snapping uppercuts
landed than in all six Rocky movies put together." Sithchatchawal
stopped Monshipour in the 10th round.
Longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant will be given the James J. Walker Award for long and meritorious
service. The straight-shooting commentator
is a former columnist for the Philadelphia
Daily News and New York Post whose broadcast
contributions were recognized by the BWAA
Top Rank public relations tandem Lee Samuels and Ricardo Jimenez will share the Marvin Kohn Good Guy Award.
Samuels and Jimenez combine to form one of
the most efficient and multi-faceted publicity
departments in boxing.
Steve Albert, in his 20th year calling fights with Showtime,
will receive the Sam Taub Award for excellence
in broadcast journalism. He previously worked
for ESPN and SportsChannel and has handled
NBA play-by-play for over two decades.
Muhammad Ali will be honored with the Pat Putnam Award
for Perseverance. The legendary heavyweight
went toe-to-toe with the political establishment
in the turbulent 1960s, changing his name
from Cassius Clay and refusing induction
into the army. Ali's recent years have been
spent coping with Parkinson's syndrome, but
his indefatigable charisma has only solidified
his status as one of the most inspirational
BWAA members voted not to bestow a 2006 Al
Buck Award for manager of the year.
A full list of the year's nominees is available
STALLONE GIVEN LIFETIME BOXING FILM AWARD
Sylvester Stallone accepted the BWAA's first Lifetime Cinematic Achievement in Boxing award at the association's annual awards
dinner on May 5, 2006. Rocky won three Academy Awards for 1976, including
Best Picture, and was nominimated for seven
others. Its unknown lead actor became the
toast of Hollywood, and a franchise was born.
What should serious boxing journalists avoid
-- and embrace? How are the Internet
other media forces changing the profession?
How did some of the top boxing writers
Get advice and opinions from BWAA members
in BWAA.org's new feature.
BWAA RE-ELECTS VICE PRESIDENTS BORGES, FARHOOD, HAUSER, HIRSCH
Boxing Writers Association of America members
have re-elected all four incumbent vice presidents.
Ron Borges, Steve Farhood, Thomas Hauser
and Jack Hirsch each will serve another one-year
term. BWAA president Tim Graham also retained
Mr. Farhood as the organization's first vice
In other BWAA business, Michael Woods has
been appointed to the board of directors
to replace outgoing board member Robert Mladinich.
The BWAA also regretfully announces Mr. Farhood
has stepped down from the oft-thankless role
of membership committee chairman. In handling
countless applications and upgrade requests,
he has performed a tremendous service to
the organization. Mr. Hauser will take over
as membership committee chairman.
PLEASE UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBER DIRECTORY
In this technological age, some of us change
our e-mail addresses and cell phone
often. And many of you have moved in recent years. That's why the BWAA
is asking you to update your contact
so that when our new membership directory
goes to press it will be as accurate
Membership cards, International Boxing Hall
of Fame ballots and bylaw ballots have been
returned to us in recent months because of
insufficient addresses. Updates on organizational
business bounce back because e-mail addresses
are obsolete. Calls for corrections often
are fruitless because phone listings are
If you're not sure if the BWAA has your proper
info, please take two minutes to update your
name, affiliation, address, phone numbers
and e-mail address. The more people stay in touch with the BWAA,
the more accommodating we can be. Send information
to Tim Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.