THE WBA CONGRATULATES 2007 / 2008 AWARD WINNERS
After a few years, the World Boxing Association (WBA) held again its traditional Annual Awards Dinner last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was a complete success with over 300 persons in attendance at the Milk Producers’ (ATILRA) Directory Building.
Former WBA champ Juan Coggi, Sergio Palma, Juan reveco, Gustavo Ballas, and Mariano Carrera.
The likes of current WBA champions Firat Arslan, Andreas Kotelnik, Celestino Caballero and Suzy Kentikian and current WBO Omar Narvaez along with former champions such as Acelino Freitas, John Ruiz, Jorge Castro, Juan Coggi, Gustavo Ballas, Sergio Palma, Raul Balbi, Juan Carlos Reveco, Mariano Carrera, Marcelo Dominguez, Julio Pablo Chacón were present.
Also, important promoters, managers and matchmakers like Don King, Dietmar Poszwa (Universum Box Promotions), Chris Meyer (Sauerland Event), Osvaldo Rivero, Sampson Lewkowicz, Mario Margossian, Mario Arano, Tony Gonzalez, and Ricardo Rizzo were there.
The ceremony was hosted by Carlos Irusta and Sebastian Contursi who were in charge of introducing the awarded.
WBA Executive Vice-President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza was the opening speaker. Mr. Mendoza highlighted the longtime relationship between Argentinean boxing and the WBA since the times of Hall of Famer Juan Carlos Lectoure and former champions Carlos Monzón, Nicolino Locche, Víctor Galindez, Santos Laciar and others.
Argentina’s Boxing Federation President Osvaldo Bisbal offered some welcoming words to the attendees.
In order to distinguish the best personalities of 2007/2008 as they deserved the WBA asked Argentinean artist Constanza Palou to design an exclusive award that consisted in a bronze sculpture of which only 15 were made.
WBA Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto received the award for the “Best WBA Boxer”. As Miguel was in the middle of his training camp for his upcoming long-awaited fight against Antonio Margarito, the award was sent to him to Puerto Rico, from where he made a special video clip showed at the dinner where he thanked the WBA for the distinction.
2007 / 2008 WBA AWARDS
|WBA BEST BOXER||WBA BEST FEMALE BOXER|
|Miguel Cotto||Sussiana Kentikian|
|WBA BEST FIGHT||WBA BEST KNOCKOUT|
|Juan Diaz vs. Acelino Freitas||Juan Carlos Reveco to Nehtra Sasiprapa|
|WBA BEST PROSPECT||WBA BEST YOUNG TALENT|
|Marcos Maidana||Yuriorkis Gamboa|
|WBA BEST TRAINER||WBA OFFICIAL OF THE DECADE|
|Michael Timm||Stanley Christodolou|
|WBA BEST OFFICIAL||WBA BEST PROMOTER|
|Luis Pabón||Universum Box Promotions|
|WBA PROMOTER OF THE DECADE||WBA NEW GENERATION PROMOTER|
|Don King||Dietmar Poszwa (Spotlight boxing)|
|WBA BEST MATCHMAKER||WBA LIFE ACHIEVEMENT|
|Sampson Lewkowicz||José Emilio Graglia|
|WBA GREAT LATIN ACHIEVEMENT||ARGENTINEAN PROMOTER OF THE DECADE|
|John Ruiz||Osvaldo Rivero|
|ARGENTINEAN BEST NEW GENERATION PROMOTER||BEST BOXING WRITER|
|Mario Margossian||Carlos Irusta (El Gráfico and Ring Side magazines / ESPN)|
|BEST NEW GENERATION BOXING WRITER||BEST WEB SITE IN SPANISH|
|Eduardo Bejuk (Diario Olé) – Claudio Coronel (Fox Sports)||www.notifight.com|
|WBA SPECIAL AWARDS TO:|
|WBA Cruiserweight Champion Firat Arslan
WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Celestino Caballero
WBA Super Lightweight Champion Andreas Kotelnik
Argentina’s Boxing Federation President Osvaldo Bisbal
WBA Awards Dinner – Argentina 2008
|Award’s designer Argentinean artist Constanza Palou||WBA Best matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz|
|WBA Best new generation boxing jounalists Claudio Coronel and Eduardo Bejuk||WBA Best Official Luis Pabon|
|WBA Best Promoter Universum Box Promotions||WBA Lifetime achievement Ricardo Rizzo|
|WBA Best female champion Susy Kentikian||WBA Best fight Acelino Freitas vs. Juan Diaz|
|WBA Best Latin New Generation Promoter Mario Margossian||WBA Promoter of the decade Don King|
|WBA Promoter of the Decade Osvaldo Rivero with some of his world champs||WBA Super Bantamweight champ Celestino Caballero receving an award|
|Best boxing web site in Spanish notifight.com||Great Latin Achievement John Ruiz|
|WBA Best boxing journalist Carlos Irusta||WBA Best New Generation Promoter Dietmar Poszwa|
|WBA Best prospect 2007-2008 Marcos Maidana||WBA Lifetime Achievement Jose Emilio Graglia|
|Argentina’s Boxing federation President Osvaldo Bisbal||Former WBA champ Juan Coggi, Sergio Palma, Juan reveco, Gustavo Ballas, and Mariano Carrera|
|WBA Awards Dinner hosts Carlos Irusta and Sebastian Contursi||WBA Best knockout Juan Carlos Reveco|
|WBA Executive VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza speaking to the attendees||WBA Executive VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza with ATILRA General Secretary Hector Ponce|