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December 18, 2019

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

It’s been an amazing year for Katie Taylor. The 33-year-old from Bray, Ireland, earlier this week was chosen as the BWAA’s 2019 Female Fighter of the Year, and she closes 2019 as the BWAA’s pound-for-pound best, unseating Claressa Shields, the BWAA 2018 Female Fighter of the Year.

In other movement, Cecilia Braekhus goes from No. 1 to No. 2, switching places with Shields, while Amanda Serrano maintains her place at No. 4.

Belgium’s Delfine Persoon retains her ranking at No. 5, Yesica Yolanda Bopp stays at No. 6, while Daniela Bermude...

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....

The Boxing Writers Association of America is proud to announce that its Sugar Ray Robinson 2018 Fighter of the Year is Oleksandr Usyk, who becomes the second Ukrainian to earn that distinction in the 81-year history of the award, following 2017’s winner, Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko. 

Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) went 3-0 in 2018 in becoming the first unified cruiserweight champion in the four-belt era. What’s more, Usyk did it by winning each of his fights on the road. In January 2017, Usyk beat Mairis Briedis, in Riga, Latvia, Briedis’ hometown, by majority decision. In July, he beat Murat Gassiev in Moscow to unify all four title belts, by unanimous deci...

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 second-straight time, Cecilia Braekhus tops the list, but there is a push coming from Claressa Shields, who was selected as the BWAA’s 2018 Female Fighter of the Year and moves from No. 4 on the previous list in June to No. 2. Braekhus and Shields are followed by Layla McCarter, Amanda Serrano and Ireland's Katie Taylor, who makes her debut at No. 5. Yesica Yolanda Bopp, Daniela Bermudez and Mariana Juarez fell into a sixth-place tie, while Naoko Fujioka and debuting Canadian Marie Eve Dicaire round out the top 10.

Delfine P...

In a pivotal year for women’s boxing that saw the sport reach more people than ever before, two-time United States Olympic gold medal winner Claressa Shields continued to soar, as she successfully defended her two world middleweight titles, then added three super middleweight belts before the end of a campaign that earned her the 2018 Christy Marin Award, which is given to the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Female Fighter of the Year.

“I am thrilled and honored to receive the Fighter of the Year award from the Boxing Writers Association of America. It is a dream come true, and it furthers my goal to lift women’s boxing to new levels,” Shields s...

The BWAA is proud to announce its first women's top 10 pound-for-pound list, selected on a point system. Twice a year, in June and December, the BWAA will go public with its listings.

Topping the first list is Cecilia Braekhus, who already made history earlier this year by being named the first BWAA Female Fighter of the Year. Braekhus is followed by Amanda Serrano, Layla McCarter, Claressa Shields, Yesica Yolanda Bopp, Jelena Mrdjenovich, Delfine Persoon, Kenia Enriquez, Mariana Juarez, Daniela Bermudez and Naoko Fujioka.

Fighters from seven different countries are represented, with the United States leading the way with three fighters li...

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