News | Apr 24 2019

Boxing News storm BWAA writing awards

'Like the Beatles coming to America in 1964' Boxing News wins top honours in the Boxing Writers Association of America awards
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BOXING NEWS has won a host of accolades at the Boxing Writers of America Association awards.

The BWAA, the long running body held in high esteem, holds an annual writing awards, which this year drew a record number of submissions from media outlets and journalists. But coming out on top overall was Boxing News, the world’s oldest boxing magazine established in 1909 and still going strong, and its website.

In their announcement the BWAA said: “Boxing News and Boxing News Online, based in the United Kingdom, stormed the BWAA contest like the Beatles coming to America in 1964, totalling 27 points on two firsts, three seconds, a third and five honourable mentions. ESPN.com was next with 16 points.”

Boxing News assistant editor Paul Wheeler won first place in the Event Coverage category for his report on Oleksandr Usyk versus Tony Bellew.

Tied in second place for best boxing column was Elliot Worsell with ‘Joe Fournier is the 11th best light-heavyweight in the world – apparently’.

In the Feature (under 1500 words) category John Dennen was tied in second place for a piece on Gustavo Mosquera’s mission in Colombia and his ‘punching bag of emotions.’

Editor Matt Christie was awarded an honourable mention in the boxing investigative reporting category. He said, “What an honour for Boxing News to be recognised by the BWAA, a long-standing organisation who are respected all over the boxing world.

“I am so proud of the BN team, including our brilliant contributors, who figured so prominently in the individual categories. It’s a supreme result for the brand to come top of the overall sweepstakes, which includes some exceptional outlets, and is testament to the hard work we put in, every day, to deliver what has now proven to be the best boxing coverage out there. Huge thanks to the BWAA for having us – again, it’s a huge honour.”

Springs Toledo was placed first in the Feature (over 1500 words) category for his Boxing News cover story ‘Mike Tyson and the ghosts of boxing’s past.’ Toledo’s piece on ‘The Quiet Man – what you didn’t know about Walter Kautondokwa’ was tied in second place in the Feature (under 1500 words) category and his writing for BN also received an honourable mention in the boxing column category. His work, for Boxing News and other publications scored highest among individual entrants, along with ESPN’s Mark Kriegel.

More Boxing News contributors were recognised. Tris Dixon won third place in the Feature (over 1500 words) category, for his feature on ‘The Warrior’s Brain,’ about how Mickey Ward’s multiple displays of courage have permanently altered another part of him.

There were further honourable mentions for Kieran Mulvaney, Jack Hirsch, Thomas Gerbasi and Chris Walker for their work for Boxing News.

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