January 28, 2016

William Gildea had been at the Washington Post nearly 23 years when in March of 1987 his sports editor, George Solomon, asked him to cover a boxing match in Las Vegas, where Gildea had never been to, “to get a feel for the place.”


The fight Gildea covered – heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s 12-round unanimous decision over James “Bonecrusher” Smith, who, Gildea notes, “ran all night” – wasn’t particularly exciting or memorable, but Gildea’s coverage of the event must have made an indelible impression on his boss. Gildea would return to Vegas, he estimates, another 35 to 40 times to cover big fights for the Post, in the process establishing himself as o...

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 The box number in Drexel Hill used for last year’s BWAA contest, P.O. Box 1081, has been replaced by Box 1082, which was used for all previous contests and again was made available to us.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...

January 11, 2016

The BWAA has obtained the services of attorney, Keith M. Sullivan, Esq. as a legal consultant. Mr. Sullivan’s services will come at no cost to the BWAA or our members who reach out to him. Mr. Sullivan is a partner in the law firm Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP of New York City.  At present, he serves as a distinguished member on the board of directors of the Atlas Foundation and Ring 8 of N.Y.  Mr. Sullivan is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law and lecturer for Kaplan-PMBR (a course that prepares law school graduates for taking the multi-state portion of the Bar exam).


Mr. Sullivan can help the BWAA with a number of issues that...

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