My photographer colleagues,

There is still time enough for all of you to begin looking over the boxing photos you shot in 2017 and cull some of those you consider your best for possible entry in the Boxing Writers Association of America photo contest.

As always, the contest chairman – that would be me – requests that you submit your entries in an expeditious manner. All the rules are the same as in the past: photos must have been shot in the 2017 calendar year; one entry per photographer in both the Action and Feature categories; please include info on who is in the photo and other pertinent information. If you choose to include for what publication or w...

The Boxing Writers Association of America is proud to announce that its Sugar Ray Robinson 2017 Fighter of the Year is Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko, who made history in becoming the first Ukrainian to earn that distinction in the 80-year history of the award. 

Lomachenko (10-1, 8 knockouts) earned the BWAA’s coveted prize by beating solid contenders Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga in 2017, then closing the year by making two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux quit after six rounds.

“Hi-Tech” won out over Terence Crawford, Anthony Joshua, Mikey Garcia and Thailand star Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

Lomachenko’s selection is the crowning moment for Te...

January 7, 2018

Michael Rosenthal’s first boxing story was one he would rather not have written.

Rosenthal was a recent hire at the Los Angeles Daily News when the great Sugar Ray Robinson died on April 12, 1989. The rookie reporter’s boss, aware of Rosenthal’s love of boxing, asked him to write Robinson’s obituary and he did the job.

“I remember my boss liked the obituary, as if I had passed a test. That was my start as a boxing writer,” Rosenthal said.

The obit led to assignments covering hundreds of local and then out-of-town fight cards, a weekly column that ran for 10 years in the Daily News and most recently a six-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of The Ring Magazine.


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...

January 2, 2018


Fellow members of the BWAA,

It is now early January, which means that all of you should be thinking about going through your best work for selection as possible entries in the BWAA writing contest, the period for which extends from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. The deadline for BWAA dues is Friday, January 19, 2018.

► A more expeditious and efficient method to submit entries is via email to 


► Entries can also be mailed to:

BWAA Writing Contest

P.O. Box 1082

Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026,

► include your name, the publication or web site for which it appeared, the date of its publication or posting, and the proper...

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