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...

In a pivotal year for women’s boxing that saw the sport reach more people than ever before, two-time United States Olympic gold medal winner Claressa Shields continued to soar, as she successfully defended her two world middleweight titles, then added three super middleweight belts before the end of a campaign that earned her the 2018 Christy Marin Award, which is given to the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Female Fighter of the Year.

“I am thrilled and honored to receive the Fighter of the Year award from the Boxing Writers Association of America. It is a dream come true, and it furthers my goal to lift women’s boxing to new levels,” Shields s...

The Boxing Writers Association of America has an obligation to boxing, so we would like to announce “THE BWAA OFFICIALS WATCH LIST,” a quarterly list that the BWAA will post in March, June, September and December here on the BWAA website. Much thought went into this decision, including the valued opinions from a combined group of over 30 BWAA members, general media, broadcast media, state commission and officials associated with professional boxing—who were in favor of this move.

The BWAA OFFICIALS WATCH LIST will begin each time with the preamble seen below explaining our protocol, followed by the formatted list, naming the judge, judges or referee, th...

During the times her parents thought she was in her bedroom, 14-year-old Cecilia Braekhus would creep towards her window, silently climb out and shimmy down the high fire escape on the side of the house to go training. Each time she wasn’t thinking about making history. She just didn’t want her parents to find out. She wanted to immerse herself into something that caught her attention on a TV commercial. A brief 30-second spot that launched a 10-year boxing career, changed a nation’s attitude toward professional boxing and continues to make history.

Today, the Boxing Writers Association of America is proud to announce that Cecilia Braekhus, the undefeat...

November 17, 2017

BWAA Christy Martin Female Fighter of the Year Award

NEW YORK – Throughout boxing history, women have made a significant contribution to the sport, both in and out of the ring. These contributions have often been met with little recognition from the media and the public at large, including those within the boxing world.

But today, the Boxing Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that beginning with the 2017 award season, the organization will present a Female Fighter of the Year award, to be presented each year at the BWAA’s annual dinner.

“With the recent influx of talent from the amateur ranks, the beginning of network television support...

The Boxing Writers Association of America will be listing on a bi-monthly basis its top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Terence Crawford tops our first officially voted-on list of boxing’s pound-for-pound best, which is 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 highest submitted ranking, then the one with the most votes at that ranking.

All BWAA members, full and auxiliary, can send their top-10 pound-for-pound votes in by the first Monday of each eve...

August 17, 2017

The Boxing Writers Association of America will be listing on a bi-monthly basis its top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Our first listing is a compilation of pound-for-pound listings from respected news outlets and was 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 went to the fighter with the highest submitted ranking, then the one with the most votes at that ranking.

All BWAA members, full and auxiliary, can send their top-10 pound-for-pound votes in by the first Monday of each even month to JSantoliquitoBWAA@yahoo...

January 27, 2017

The Boxing Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that its Sugar Ray Robinson 2016 Fighter of the Year is Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, who made history by becoming the first Irish fighter in the long, prestigious 79-year history of the award.

Frampton enjoyed a stellar 2016 campaign in defeating a pair of previously unbeaten fighters, Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz, making national boxing history in the process by becoming the first fighter from North Ireland to win titles in two weight classes.

“I’m very honored by this,” Frampton said. “It was a great year, 2016. I started by beating long-time rival Scott Quigg at the start of the year. A...

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