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    Thursday, December 15, 2005

    It's Awards Time for the Boxing Writers Association of America 

    The Boxing Writers Association of America has contacted its members (of which I am one) that is has opened the nomination process for its end-of-the-year awards. Only members, of course, are eligible both to make nominations and to vote. Nonetheless, it still would be instructive to get some input from other folks.

    Here are the categories, with my brief comments:

    Fight of the Year -- This is a no-brainer for Corrales-Castillo 1. It might just be a unanimous vote.

    Fighter of the Year -- I'm sticking with Brian Viloria, although strong cases can be made for Ricky Hatton, Antonio Tarver, Zab Judah, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and several other fighters. I just hope that Viloria gets nominated.

    Manager of the Year -- This one I've got to think about. Last year it was Bernard Hopkins. This award is not always given out every year if there are no strong candidates.

    Trainer of the Year -- Ditto. Maybe Dan Birmingham again, who also won last year, after a perfect year for his charges Winky Wright and Jeff Lacy?

    Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing -- This and the next two awards can only be won once by their recipients, according to BWAA rules. I am repeating a nomination I have made a few times before, but is even more timely this year: Dr. Flip Homansky and Dr. Margaret Goodman. They deserve it as much as they ever did, and Flip's not being reappointed to the Nevada commission in place of some political donor with no boxing experience is an outrage which requires a strong response, if only symbolic. Flip was a ringside physician for about two decades, head of the commission's medical board, and a full commission member for about five years. Both he and his colleague Dr. Goodman were among the leaders, in the Association of Boxing Commissions and elsewhere, for strengthening requirements for fighter safety and medical exams.

    Good Guy Award -- I'll nominate them Drs. Homansky and Goodman as well. The BWAA, by the way, does have a history of accepting nominations in tandem for their awards, so this should be no problem.

    Excellence in Broadcast Journalism -- You can only win this one once and frankly, no one who hasn't won stands out.

    The five top votegetters in each category will be placed on a ballot, which will then be sent to all members. Winners in other categories, such as for the annual writing awards, are selected by special panels.

    The BWAA will also be holding elections for officers. Bernard Fernandez, president for many years, will not, we hear, be standing for reelection, in large part due to health problems. Most of the top officers do not seem to want this position (which, obviously, is unpaid and requires tons of work), so we'll have to wait to see who ends up with it.

    And what say you?

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    Good piece by Borges. Some fighters I've managed have gone to Germany and it's always an iffy proposition.

    Borges's article once again brought to my attention how marketable Lamon Brewster is. He's articulate and insightful. I'm not sure why King isn't pushing him to the hilt. Although the jury may still be out on whether or not he's a good fighter, most of his fights have been exciting. I'd rather watch him than almost any of the other current heavyweights.
     
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    Good piece by Borges. Some fighters I've managed have gone to Germany and it's always an iffy proposition.

    Borges's article once again brought to my attention how marketable Lamon Brewster is. He's articulate and insightful. I'm not sure why King isn't pushing him to the hilt. Although the jury may still be out on whether or not he's a good fighter, most of his fights have been exciting. I'd rather watch him than almost any of the other current heavyweights.

    By Anonymous Charles Farrell, at 7:21 AM  

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