December 16, 2019

Fellow members of the BWAA, any writers’ organization exists for several purposes, but high on all such lists, and the Boxing Writers Association of America is no different, is the imperative to acknowledge and reward the best work done by its members in a particular calendar year. The following rules and categories should be familiar to most of you, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat the obvious.

The 2019 writing contest consists of six categories, all of which are numbered (no identifying names or bylines seen by the judges), and must have appeared in print or online from January 1 through December 31. An independent panel of judges, as always, has the tas...

He came into the world as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Ky., the son of Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., a handsome, loquacious sign painter, and his wife, Odessa Grady Clay, a church-going woman who tried to instill into her two sons the virtues of hard work, humility and respect for their elders.

 

He departed this mortal coil in a Phoenix hospital on Friday as Muhammad Ali, 74, arguably the foremost heavyweight champion ever, and the most widely known human being in the second half of the 20th century.  And while the self-proclaimed GOAT (“Greatest of All Time”) retained some of the traits of his birth parents – the good looks...

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