The Boxing Writers Association of America is proud to announce Purdue University history professor Randy Roberts as the 32nd winner of the A.J. Liebling Award for Outstanding Boxing Writing.

Roberts becomes the first Liebling Award winner since Joyce Carol Oates was named in 2015.

Roberts has co-written more than 20 books, which includes Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler, Papa Jack: Jack Johnson and the Era of White Hopes. That was followed by Heavy Justice: The State of Indiana vs. Michael G. Tyson (co-authored with prosecutor Greg Garrison), Joe Louis: Hard Times Man, and Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (co-a...

Floyd Mayweather was the most dominant fighter over the last decade, and that supremacy has been rewarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the first Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade recipient by going 10-0 (2 KOs) through 2010-2019.

Mayweather (50-0, 27 knockouts) beat out Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao for the honor, two fighters he defeated in the last 10 years. The list of nominees also included Andre Ward and Wladimir Klitschko.

In addition to Alvarez and Pacquiao, Mayweather defeated Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana (twice), Andre Berto and UFC star Conor McGregor, in a fight “Money” hardly t...

If there was any doubt as to who the face of boxing was in 2019, Canelo Alvarez answered it. The 29-year-old Mexican beat two quality opponents last year, outpointing Daniel Jacobs to unify middleweight titles in May, then jumped two weight classes to stop WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev in November.

So naturally, Alvarez was the overwhelming choice of the Boxing Writers Association of America as the 2019 Fighter of the Year, joining Ring, ESPN, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated in that selection.

This is the first time Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) is the BWAA’s Fighter of the Year. It also marks the first time in 32 years that a Mexican fight...

Words and pictures go together like, I don’t know, lyrics and melodies. The one serves to elevate and enhance the other, and vice versa.

Although photographers are not required to be members of the Boxing Writers Association of America, and very seldom are, your contributions to the sport and to the BWAA are invaluable and much appreciated. That is why the BWAA Photo Contest exists, and why so many of you at one time or another have been acknowledged by the judges for taking the shot that tells a story just as much as the text that might accompany that photo.

Photos must have been taken within the 2019 calendar year. As always, you are limited to one pho...

December 18, 2019

Twice a year, in June and December, the BWAA announces its women's top 10 pound-for-pound list, selected on a point system.

It’s been an amazing year for Katie Taylor. The 33-year-old from Bray, Ireland, earlier this week was chosen as the BWAA’s 2019 Female Fighter of the Year, and she closes 2019 as the BWAA’s pound-for-pound best, unseating Claressa Shields, the BWAA 2018 Female Fighter of the Year.

In other movement, Cecilia Braekhus goes from No. 1 to No. 2, switching places with Shields, while Amanda Serrano maintains her place at No. 4.

Belgium’s Delfine Persoon retains her ranking at No. 5, Yesica Yolanda Bopp stays at No. 6, while Daniela Bermude...

Canelo Alvarez broke the seven-poll streak of Vasiliy Lomachenko as the BWAA’s pound-for-pound king in the most recent December 2019 poll. In the tightest BWAA pound-for-pound poll yet, Alvarez beat out Lomachenko by a point, based on his brilliant November stoppage of Sergey Kovalev, while bumping down Terence Crawford, who held the No. 2 position behind Lomachenko for over a year.

The BWAA’s pound-for-pound polls are selected by BWAA members from respected news outlets and is broken down based on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving nine points and so on. Ties go to the fighter with the...

The Boxing Writers Association of America is proud to announce that Katie Taylor is the 2019 Female Fighter of the Year.

In 2019, Taylor extended her unbeaten record to 15-0 (with 6 knockouts), successfully defended three lightweight titles in March, unified all lightweight titles with a majority-decision victory in June over fellow pound-for-pound list member Delfine Persoon, then followed that up with a 140-pound title in November, making her a two division champion.

Taylor, 33, from Bray, Ireland, becomes the third recipient of the BWAA’s Christy Martin award, following Cecilia Braekhus (2017) and Claressa Shields (2018).

The Christy Martin award is ch...

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...

The Boxing Writers Association of America would like to announce its nominees for its annual year-end awards for 2019.

In nomination meetings in Las Vegas and over last weekend in New York, the BWAA determined the top candidates from 2019 for Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Manager of the Year, Most Courageous, Long and Meritorious, the Taub, for excellence in broadcast journalism and the Good Guy award.

Because it’s the end of the decade, the BWAA will also be selecting the first-ever Joe Louis of the Decade award (which in the past had no title).

All full BWAA members are eligible to vote, if their dues are paid for 2020. Vo...

Award-winning BWAA members Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser have been inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame, the IBHOF announced on Wednesday in a press release introducing its 2020 Hall of Fame class.

Joining Fernandez and Hauser in the modern boxing category are Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2, 32 KOs), Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) and Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs). All are first-ballot Hall of Famers and all are multi-divisional champions. Additional members of the class will be Barbara Buttrick in the women’s Trailblazer category and “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” Christy Martin and “The Dutch Destroyer” Lucia Rijker in the women’s Modern...

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