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January 28, 2013

DONAIRE NAMED BWAA FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Top Rank dominates boxing writer 2012 awards

Press Release: The Boxing Writers Association of America announced that Nonito Donaire has won its Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year award.  Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) won all four of his junior featherweight world title fights last year, defeating Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge Arce, the last two by knockout, to extend his 11-year winning streak to 30 bouts.  Capping a career-best year, Donaire had already been named the 2012 Fighter of the Year by Yahoo! Sports, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Boxingtalk.com and many other websites and newspapers.  Donaire's trainer, former IBF junior lightweight titlist Robert Garcia was named the Eddie Futch Trainer of the Year for his work with the Donaire as well as with newly-minted WBO 126-pound titlist Mikey Garcia and undefeated Brandon Rios.

"Nonito came into his own in 2012.  He will do even greater things in 2013 and beyond," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "He will become the next big pay-per-view star.  Robert Garcia truly deserves the award as 2012 Trainer of the Year.  As the best young trainer in boxing, his future is tremendous."

"2012 was a text book year for Nonito," added Top Rank president Todd duBoef.   "Four fights against top division leaders and with decisive, impressive performances." 
 
Manny Pacquiao - Juan Manuel Márquez IV which was co-promoted with Zanfer Promotions, was named the BWAA's Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier Fight of the Year.  The action-packed battle, which was held at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena and sold close to 1.2 million pay-per-views in the U.S. alone,  featured excitement, drama and a one-punch knockout victory by the Méxican icon Márquez.

Bruce Trampler, a Hall of Fame matchmaker, is the co-winner of the Barney Nagler Award for "Long and Meritorious Service" to the sport of boxing.

The BWAA Awards Dinner will be held in New York this spring at a venue and date to be announced. 




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