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THE RING wins eight BWAA writing awards

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THE RING was a big winner in the 14th annual Boxing Writers Association of American contest, taking eight awards.

Springs Toledo, a journalist and author, was the top individual winner. He took four awards, two first places and two second places.

THE RING winners: Joseph Santoliquito, three honorable mentions (news story, feature story under 1,500 words and feature story over 1,500 words); Michael Rosenthal, third place (feature story under 1,500 words); and four more honorable mentions (Gordon Marino, feature under 1,500 words; Lee Groves, feature over 1,500 words; Bernard Fernandez, feature over 1,500 words, and Norm Frauenheim, investigative reporting).

The winners will be recognized at the 90thannual BWAA Awards Dinner, which is April 24 at Capitale in New York City.

Complete “Bernie” awards results are below:


First Place

KIERAN MULVANEY, “Kovalev Brings Down Curtain in Hopkins’ Lengthy Reign,”, Nov. 9, 2014

Second Place

DAVID P. GREISMAN, “Cotto-Martinez: A Revival, A Requiem,”, June 9, 2014

Third Place (Tie)

BERNARD FERNANDEZ, “Just Call New Champ Algieri ‘Hands of Stony Brook,'”, June 16, 2014

ERIC RASKIN, “Better Call Saul: Alvarez Finds the Right Opponent,” Grantland, March 10, 2014

Honorable Mention: Adam Berlin,; Bill Dwyre, The Los Angeles Times; Lyle Fitzsimmons,; Cliff Rold,; Joseph Santoliquito,; T.K. Stewart,



First Place

JERRY IZENBERG, “40 Years Ago, Muhammad Ali Shocked George Foreman – And I Was There,” Newark Star-Ledger, Oct. 29, 2014

Second Place (Tie)

ADAM BERLIN, “Non-Superlative: This Year’s Ballot for Boxing Hall of Fame,”, Oct. 20, 2014

IVAN G. GOLDMAN, “Golovkin-Geale Bout Shows N.Y. Commission Still A Bloody Mess,”, July 28, 2014

SPRINGS TOLEDO, “Wonderland,”, June 30, 2014

Third Place

BILL DWYRE, “Klitschko Takes On the Fight in Kiev,” The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 22, 2014

Honorable Mention: Bernard Fernandez,; Lyle Fitzsimmons, Norm Frauenheim,; David P. Greisman,



First Place

THOMAS HAUSER, “Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto,”, June 11, 2014

Second Place (Tie)

ADAM BERLIN, “Choosing His Chariot: Hopkins Takes On Kovalev,”, Aug. 3, 2014

IVAN G. GOLDMAN, “Dan Goossen, Fun-Loving Fight Promoter, Dies at 64,”, Sept. 29, 2014

Third Place (Tie)

BILL DWYRE, “Mayweather Just Can’t Seem To Find the Right Words,” The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 11, 2014

NORM FRAUENHEIM, “Glovegate Breaks Out Before Mayweather-Maidana,”, May 3, 2014

Honorable Mention: Bernard Fernandez,; Lyle Fitzsimmons,; Lance Pugmire, The Los Angeles Times; Joseph Santoliquito,; David Weinberg, The Press of Atlantic City


BOXING FEATURE (Under 1,500 words)

First Place

BILL DWYRE, “Crying For the Beloved Country,” The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 11, 2014

Second Place

SPRINGS TOLEDO, “Stugots,”, April 25, 2014

Third Place

MICHAEL ROSENTHAL, “Victor Ortiz: Ability Is There, Questions Linger,”, Nov. 5, 2014

Honorable Mention: Ivan G. Goldman,; David P. Greisman,; Thomas Hauser,; Zachary Levin, Athletes Quarterly; Gordon Marino,The Ring; Lance Pugmire, The Los Angeles Times; Joseph Santoliquito,; Mark Whicker,


BOXING FEATURE (Over 1,500 words)

First Place

SPRINGS TOLEDO, “A Wrinkle in Time,”, Nov. 13, 2014

Second Place

JEFF MacGREGOR, “Bernard Hopkins Fights Father Time,”, April 19, 2014

Third Place

TIM SMITH, “Mike Perez: Title Shot Ahead, Disabled Foe Behind,”, July 24, 2014

Honorable Mention: Adam Berlin,; Bernard Fernandez, The Ring; Thomas Gerbasi,; Lee Groves,; Kieran Mulvaney, Boxing News; Carlo Rotella,The New York Times Magazine; Joseph Santoliquito, The Ring; Michael Woods,



First Place

SPRINGS TOLEDO, “Battle Hymn: The Untold Story of Little Tiger Wade,”, March 17, 19, 24, 27, 31, April 3, 7, 9, 14, 16, 2014

Second Place

THOMAS HAUSER, “What Is Al Haymon Planning?,”, July 7, 2014

Third Place (Tie)

THOM LOVERRO, “FBI Suspected 1964 Ali-Liston Fight Was Rigged By Mob,” The Washington Times, Feb. 24, 2014

ERIC RASKIN, “42 to 1,” Playboy, January/February 2015 (on Newsstands Dec. 2014

Honorable Mention: Norm Frauenheim, The Ring; David Weinberg, The Press of Atlantic City



TOMMY DEAS, Executive Sports Editor, Tuscaloosa News; 2nd Vice President Associated Press Sports Editors

DAVE KINDRED, Former Sports Columnist, Louisville Courier-Journal, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution

DOUG KRIKORIAN, Former Sports Columnist, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Long Beach Press

BRYCE MILLER, Retired Sports Columnist, Des Moines Register

JOHN SCHULIAN, Former Sports Columnist, Chicago Sun Times; 1984 Nat Fleischer Award Winner

ED SCHUYLER , Retired Boxing Writer, Associated Press; 2010 Inductee, International Boxing Hall of Fame; 1979 Nat Fleischer Award Winner