Taylor, Lopez and WBSS among big winners in BM awards
Luke G. Williams
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Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez are among the winners in the eleventh annual Boxing Monthly magazine awards, while WBSS fights and fighters also figure prominently as the results are revealed in our latest issue and here online...
Since 2009 Boxing Monthly magazine has announced annual award winners in four categories - British Fighter of the Year, Overseas Fighter of the Year, British Fighter of the Year and Overseas Fight of the Year.
For 2019, unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor of Scotland has been named our British Fighter of the Year, in recognition of his outstanding victories against hitherto unbeaten duo Ivan Baranchyk and Regis Prograis which secured victory in the 140lbs World Boxing Super Series tournament.
In winning the award Taylor follows in the footsteps of boxers such as Carl Froch (four-time winner), Tyson Fury and last year's winner Josh Warrington.
Taylor's high-class points victory against Prograis was also named as the British Fight of the Year.
"Thank you to everyone at Boxing Monthly for voting me British Fighter of the Year," the 'Tartan Tornado' told BM. "It's great that my hard work and dedication are getting the recognition they deserve.
"I'm pleased to be the British Fighter of the Year, but I've got to give credit where it's due - I had two great dance partners in the shape of Ivan Baranchyk and Regis Prograis. All due respect to those two.
"Hopefully moving forward in the future I can make all you guys proud and keep giving you entertaining fights and hopefully stay on top for the next few years, go out with a bang, finish at the top of the game, then retire and sail off into the sunset!"
BM's 2019 Overseas Fighter of the Year is IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, who won four fights in the year and announced his arrival on the world stage with a ruthless two-round stoppage of Richard Commey in December
"Wow!" the 22-year-old Lopez told BM when informed of the award. "I’m lost for words to be receiving this award. I just want to thank all of the UK boxing fans for supporting me. I appreciate each and every one of you! I couldn’t do this without you guys, so I’m dedicating this award to you all. I hope to fight one day in the UK so we all can celebrate!"
The Overseas Fight of the Year was Andy Ruiz Jr's shock stoppage victory against Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden.
Notably, the awards saw several mentions for boxers and fights from the World Boxing Super Series. In addition to Taylor's British Fighter of the Year award and the British Fight of the Year award for Taylor vs Prograis, Naoya Inoue finished runner-up to Lopez in the Overseas Fighter of the Year category, and Inoue's pulsating WBSS bantamweight final clash against Nonito Donaire was second in the Overseas Fight of the Year category.
Commenting on the WBSS's strong performance, chief boxing officer Kalle Sauerland told BM: "We're very honoured to have received such prestigious awards. The many awards won by the WBSS in seasons 1 and 2 underlines that we are on the right path to delivering clarity in the sport; that we are delivering fights which are the best versus the best and that we are enhancing the careers of great fighters like Josh Taylor and like Inoue. We will continue to do our best to keep delivering."