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

For the first time, Claressa Shields, the BWAA 2018 Female Fighter of the Year, tops the list, unseating Cecilia Braekhus, who drops from No. 1 to No. 3. Ireland’s Katie Taylor, based on her two impressive wins, moves from No. 5 to No. 2, while Amanda Serrano stays at No. 4.

Belgium’s Delfine Persoon enters the rankings at No. 5, based on her majority-decision loss to Taylor in what was a classic, on the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua undercard on June 1. Yesica Yolanda Bopp stays at No. 6, while Layla McCarter falls from No. 3 to No....

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...

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