The Boxing Writers Association of America announce nominees for 2015 awards
The race for fighter of the year is wide-open.
The Boxing Writers Association of America has finalized the list of nominees who will make the ballot for the 2015 Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year Award.
The five nominees are unified middleweight titlist Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, middleweight world champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, flyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, newly crowned heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and the recently ‘retired’ Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Each of the fighters have a legitimate case for the honor. Golovkin, who was on the ballot last year as well, has stormed through the middleweight division, Chocolatito has looked more impressive in every fight he’s had, Fury upset longtime heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko, Canelo has also done serious damage in the middleweight division, and Mayweather capped off his career at 49-0 with wins over Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto.
Here are the nominees for the other awards, via Dan Rafael:
Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier Fight of the Year: Krzysztof Glowacki’s dramatic upset knockout of long-reigning cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck; the blazing junior welterweight brawl between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov; Francisco Vargas’ stunning, come-from-behind rally to stop Takashi Miura and win a junior lightweight title; Leo Santa Cruz’s action-packed decision to win a vacant featherweight title against Abner Mares; and light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara’s decision against Nathan Cleverly in a fight in which they set four light heavyweight division CompuBox records, including most combined punches thrown (2,524). With a few notable fights remaining before the end of the year, the BWAA might add a sixth nominee, if warranted.
Eddie Futch Trainer of the Year: Eddy Reynoso, Abel Sanchez, Joe Gallagher, Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Peter Fury.
Cus D’Amato Manager of the Year: Egis Klimas, Monica Bradley, Cameron Dunkin, Al Haymon and no award.
Sam Taub broadcast award: Mark Taffet (longtime HBO Sports executive), Marc Payton (retired longtime director of HBO’s boxing broadcasts), Jim Watt (British commentator), David Dinkins Jr. (Showtime Sports executive producer) and Peter Nelson (HBO Sports executive vice president).
Bill Crawford award for courage in overcoming adversity: Tom Casino (Showtime Sports photographer), Kathy Duva (Main Events CEO), Mauro Ranallo (Showtime blow-by-blow announcer), Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy CEO) and Brian Campbell (ESPN.com boxing editor).
Barney Nagler Long and Meritorious Service award: Bill Caplan (publicist), Bob Canobbio (CompuBox founder and owner), Lou DiBella (promoter, former HBO Sports executive), Bernard Fernandez (former Philadelphia Daily News boxing writer) and Bill Dwyre (former Los Angeles Times columnist and sports editor).
Marvin Kohn Good Guy award: Don Chargin (Hall of Fame promoter and matchmaker), Sugar Ray Leonard (Hall of Fame fighter, NBC broadcaster), Canobbio, Wladimir Klitschko (former heavyweight world champion) and Andy Olson (Magna Media owner, longtime event coordinator).