January 20, 2016


Lou DiBella, the 17th recipient of the Boxing Writers Association of America’s James A. Farley Award, acknowledges that an award presented for “honesty and integrity in boxing” must sound like an oxymoron to the average fight fan. And it’s true, the Farley is not given to just anyone, or even given every year, candidates needing to keep their reputations unsullied for a long enough period to rise above the bull---.


And if there’s one thing DiBella, the grandson of Italian immigrants, hates, it’s b.s.


“I don’t like it, and it seems to be everywhere,” said the blunt-speaking and always-direct DiBella, who went from 11 distinguished years as the senior v...

January 19, 2016

Fellow members of the BWAA,


It is now early January, which means that all of you should be looking to assemble your entries for the BWAA writing contest, the period for which extends from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015. Entries are to be sent to: BWAA Writing Contest, P.O. Box 1082, Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026. The box number in Drexel Hill used for last year’s BWAA contest, P.O. Box 1081, has been replaced by Box 1082, which was used for all previous contests and again was made available to us. Make sure your mailed entries reflect the switch back to the former box number.


As always, I appreciate everyone who at least makes an attempt to get their entries su...

April 9, 2015

Naoki Fukuda, shooting for, and Getty Images’ Al Bello took top honors in the Boxing Writers Association of America photo contest and will be recognized at the 90th annual BWAA Awards Dinner, to be held April 24 at Capitale in New York City, the night before the Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings heavyweight championship bout in Madison Square Garden.


Brooklyn Nets announcer David Diamante will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which has been hailed as the “Academy Awards of boxing.”


Fukuda’s winning shot in the Action category was of welterweight Robert Guerrero rearranging Yoshihiro Kamegai’s facial features en route to posting...

April 6, 2015

Boxing essayist Springs Toledo, a regular contributor to, was the top winner in the 14th annual Boxing Writers Association of America writing contest, which drew a near-record number of entries and entrants.


Toledo took first places in Feature (Over 1,500 Words) and in Investigative Reporting, as well as seconds in Column and Feature (Under 1,500 Words). His four-award haul upped his total number in the BWAA writing competition to 20.


He and other BWAA writing contest winners, as well as in boxing photography (the results of which not yet been announced), will be recognized at the 90th annual BWAA Awards Dinner, which will be held A...

February 26, 2015

Robert Downey Sr. is an actor and filmmaker, best known as the father of his Academy Award-nominated son and namesake, Robert Downey Jr. What is not as widely known is that the elder Downey is a former Golden Gloves boxer, and an insatiable reader of good sports stories and, especially, good stories about boxing.





So when Downey asked longtime New York Times sports columnist Ira Berkow if he had done enough boxing columns to publish the sort of retrospectives he had previously done on football, baseball and basketball, Berkow agreed that it might be a project worth undertaking. The result was Counter Punch: Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber and O...

February 25, 2015

 Livvy, Kennedy and Steve Cunningham


Imagine being a parent, trying to stay strong, while holding your 9-year-old daughter’s tiny hand as she lies there on a gurney in a pre-op ward awaiting a heart transplant. Imagine battling the fears that it might be the last time you’ll see her alive.


Now imagine trying to balance all of that while getting ready to engage some monster who wants to take your head off.

                   Livvy, Kennedy & Steve Cunningham


You have a good dose of what heavyweight Steve Cunningham and his wife Livvy endured on December 5, 2014, when they sto...

February 21, 2015

With three impressive victories against highly credible opponents in 2014, Omaha, Neb., native Terence “Bud” Crawford served notice that he has arrived as one of boxing’s newest and most exciting stars. But perhaps his most significant victory for the year just past comes nearly two months into 2015, with the announcement that the WBO lightweight champion has been named the winner of the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America.


Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), who is expected to relinquish his WBO l...

January 2, 2015

It’s has been nearly 28 years since one of America’s best sports columnists, Mark Whicker, left Philadelphia and resettled in sunny southern California, but the 10 years he spent in one of the true hotbeds of boxing left an indelible impression.


“That when and where it really started for me,” Whicker, the 41st winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism, said of his time spent at the now-defunct Philadelphia Evening Bulletin (1978-82) and Philadelphia Daily News (’82-87). “Bob Wright was the boxing writer for the Bulletin, and when I became a columnist I started going to fights with him.


August 13, 2013

Dear Members — Rather than try to invent a new code of ethics just for boxing journalism, we’re embracing the popular Code of Ethics created by the Society of Professional Journalists. The code is here As the SPJ explains:


"The SPJ Code of Ethics is voluntarily embraced by thousands of journalists, regardless of place or platform, and is widely used in newsrooms and classrooms as a guide for ethical behavior. The code is intended not as a set of “rules” but as a resource for ethical decision-making."


Why do we want a “Code of Ethics”? Writing is a tough business; so is boxing. The BWAA’s purpose is to support its membe...

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