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....

Springs Toledo and Mark Kriegel scored highest among individual entrants, while Boxing News/BoxingNewsOnline.com topped the overall sweepstakes in the 18th annual Boxing Writers Association of America writing contest. Those who placed in the contest, which drew a record 147 submissions from a record 49 media representatives who cover the sport, will be recognized at the 94th annual BWAA Awards Ceremony, to be held May 31 at the Copacabana in New York City.

Toledo, a Boston native and frequent honoree in the BWAA writing contest, led all entrants with 14 points on a scoring system of five points for a first place, three for second, two for third and one...

April 18, 2018

As the son of noted author Leonard Kriegel, Mark Kriegel knows a thing or two about the multifaceted aspects of the father-son dynamic. Maybe that’s why he is so good in detailing such relationships, and especially those in the insulated world of his favorite sport, boxing.

Now an analyst for ESPN’s boxing telecasts, Kriegel still considers himself primarily a writer, and rightly so. He emerged as the leading light of the 17th annual Boxing Writers Association of America writing contest, the only entrant to take two first places, in the Feature Over 1,500 Words and Feature Under 1,500 Words categories. But the piece that most resonated with the judges w...

March 7, 2017

The Boxing Writers Association of America is very proud to announce the winners of its 2016 Bernie Awards, the 16th annual writing contest named after former BWAA President Bernard Fernandez.

This year’s big winner is Thomas Hauser, who won firsts in Over-1,500 words (“The Long, Sad Goodbye,” Pegasus, June 8, 2016) and for Investigative Reporting (“The New York State Athletic Commission Under Fire,” The Ring, February 1, 2016 – December 20, 2016).

Other multiple winners included the Boston Herald's Ron Borges, who hit for the Bernie cycle, getting a first in News coverage (“Seriously?,” Boxing Monthly, August 2016), second in Column (“Muhammad Ali Was Fi...

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