Boxing Writers Association of America is honored to name Thom Loverro, the lead sports columnist for The Washington Times, as the 46th winner of the Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism. The voting of past winners determines the honoree.
Loverro is a long-time member of the BWAA and has won numerous writing awards for his boxing coverage, including in 2014 when he revealed, through the Freedom of Information Act, that the FBI believed the first Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay fight was fixed. He also received an award from the Associated Press Sports Editors association for this story.
He had been a sportswriter at The Washington Times since...
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.