BM editor wins prestigious BWAA award

Boxing Monthly
29/01/2020 9:47pm

Boxing Monthly editor Graham Houston has been named as the latest winner of the prestigious Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism by the Boxing Writers Association of America...

Born in 1942, Houston began covering boxing in 1963. He served as editor for Boxing News magazine from 1973 until 1977 and has had two stints at the helm of Boxing Monthly, from 1991-1992 and from 2014 until the present day. In the intervening period he wrote extensively for BM while also serving as American editor of the magazine. Among his other credits, Houston was boxing columnist for the Vancouver Sun from 1994 until 2000 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.

"As a boxing fan in the 1950s in the UK an eagerly awaited highlight of the month was buying the latest issue of The Ring,” Houston told the BWAA. “I loved Nat Fleischer's detailed, in-depth coverage of the big fights. Now, to be told I have been voted winner of the Nat Fleischer award, it's as if the wheel has come full circle after all these years. To receive the award based on the votes of past winners, respected colleagues all, is the greatest affirmation any boxing writer could wish for. This was an honor I never expected. I feel proud, grateful and humble to be selected for this most prestigious of awards.”

Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism: winners

1972 — Barney Nagler
1973 — Dave Anderson
1974 — Jack Hand, Murray Rose
1975 — Red Smith
1976 — Jesse Abramson
1977 — Bob Waters
1978 — Jerry Izenberg
1979 — Ed Schuyler
1980 — Tom Cushman
1981 — Michael Katz
1982 — Pat Putnam
1983 — Vic Ziegel
1984 — John Schulian
1985 — George Kimball
1986 — Hugh McIlvaney
1987 — Elmer Smith
1988 — Tom Archdeacon
1989 — Jim Murray
1990 — Bert Sugar
1991 — Stan Hochman
1992 — Ken Jones
1993 — Ron Borges
1994 — Wallace Matthews
1995 — Robert Seltzer
1996 — Royce Feour
1997 — Alan Goldstein
1998 — Bernard Fernandez
1999 — Tim Dahlberg
2000 — Jay Searcy
2001 — Richard Hoffer
2002 — Steve Springer
2004 — Thomas Hauser
2005 — Tim Smith
2006 — Kevin Iole
2007 — Steve Sneddon
2008 — Norm Frauenheim
2009 — None
2010 — Steve Farhood
2011 — Colin Hart
2012 — Dave Kindred
2013 — Dan Rafael
2014 — Mark Whicker
2015 — William Gildea
2016 — Bill Dwyre
2017 — Michael Rosenthal
2018 — Thom Loverro
2019 — Graham Houston