Nonito Donaire is BWAA Fighter of the Year; Marquez-Pacman is F.O.Y.
|Written by The Sweet Science|
|Sunday, 27 January 2013 15:30|
Super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire has been named Fighter of the Year for 2012 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Donaire successfully defended his world title four times in 2012, the last two by stoppage, as he surged toward the top of most pound-for-pound fighter lists. It marks the fourth time in the last seven years that a boxer from the Philippines has won the BWAA's Sugar Ray Robinson "Fighter of the Year" award. Countryman Manny Pacquiao won in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
Donaire's trainer Robert Garcia has been recognized as winner of the Eddie Futch "Trainer of the Year" award. In addition to Donaire, Garcia has developed world title holders including Mikey Garcia and Brandon Rios.
Max Kellerman has always been one of the more charismatic, intelligent and independent voices about boxing on television, on HBO and before that on ESPN. The BWAA will recognize Kellerman with its award for "Excellence in Boxing Journalism."
Just a year or so ago, middleweight Danny Jacobs' biggest fight was outside the ring. A battle with cancer not only threatened his ring career, but his life. Everyone is ecstatic that Jacobs, now recovered, resumed his career last October. The BWAA has voted to bestow upon the Brooklyn fighter the 2012 Bill Crawford award for "Courage in Overcoming Adversity."
It was only a matter of time before Kathy Duva and Bruce Trampler won the newly named Barney Nagler award for "Long and Meritorious Service" to the sport of boxing. Duva and Trampler finished tied in BWAA member voting, and both will be honored. Trampler, with promoter Top Rank, is a grass-roots matchmaker who developed many a champion and contender over the years. Kathy Duva, since taking over the reins at Main Events, has led her company to a resurgence.