The Boxing Writers Association of America is proud to announce that its Sugar Ray Robinson 2018 Fighter of the Year is Oleksandr Usyk, who becomes the second Ukrainian to earn that distinction in the 81-year history of the award, following 2017’s winner, Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko. 

Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) went 3-0 in 2018 in becoming the first unified cruiserweight champion in the four-belt era. What’s more, Usyk did it by winning each of his fights on the road. In January 2017, Usyk beat Mairis Briedis, in Riga, Latvia, Briedis’ hometown, by majority decision. In July, he beat Murat Gassiev in Moscow to unify all four title belts, by unanimous deci...

Boxing Writers Association of America is honored to name Thom Loverro, the lead sports columnist for The Washington Times, as the 46th winner of the Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism. The voting of past winners determines the honoree.

Loverro is a long-time member of the BWAA and has won numerous writing awards for his boxing coverage, including in 2014 when he revealed, through the Freedom of Information Act, that the FBI believed the first Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay fight was fixed. He also received an award from the Associated Press Sports Editors association for this story.

He had been a sportswriter at The Washington Times since...

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.

As always, there is a nominal $15 entry fee to defray from the cost of the awards and judges’ fe...

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