Harry Markson Award

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The Ali–Frazier Award (formerly known as the Harry Markson Award) is given annually to the fighters who compete in the Boxing Writers Association of America's Fight of the Year. The award has been conferred annually since the BWAA's awards dinner in 2003. The BWAA votes on the best fight of each year regardless of the weight class or nationality of the fighters.

The award was originally named for Harry Markson, a boxing promoter and publicist who served for five years as the president of boxing operations at Madison Square Garden. The 2009 award was renamed the "Ali-Frazier Award" in honor of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and their epic fight trilogy. The award is presented with other honors given by the BWAA at an annual awards dinner.

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List of winners[edit]

Year Date Location Winner Loser Result Weight class World title belt(s) at issue Notes
2002 May 18, 2002 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Micky Ward
 United States
Arturo Gatti
 Canada
Majority decision after ten rounds (95-93, 94-93, 94-94) Welterweight None First fight in Gatti-Ward trilogy
2003 April 26, 2003 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States James Toney
 United States
Vassily Jirov
 Kazakhstan
Unanimous decision after twelve rounds (117-109, 117-109, 116-110) Cruiserweight IBF cruiserweight title (Jirov)
2004 November 27, 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Marco Antonio Barrera
 Mexico
Erik Morales
 Mexico
Majority decision after twelve rounds (115-113, 115-114, 114-114) Super featherweight WBC super featherweight title (Barrera) Final fight of trilogy between the two
2005 May 7, 2005 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Diego Corrales
 United States
José Luis Castillo
 Mexico
Technical knockout,
in tenth of twelve rounds
Lightweight WBC lightweight title (Castillo)
WBO lightweight title (Corrales)
First of two 2005 fights between the two
2006 March 18, 2006 Levallois-Perret, France Somsak Sithchatchawal
 Thailand
Mahyar Monshipour
 France
Technical knockout,
in tenth of twelve rounds
Super bantamweight WBA super bantamweight title (Monshipour)
2007 September 29, 2007 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Kelly Pavlik
 United States
Jermain Taylor
 United States
Technical knockout,
in seventh of twelve rounds
Middleweight WBC and WBO middleweight titles (Taylor) First of two fights between the two
2008 March 1, 2008 Carson, California, United States Israel Vázquez
 Mexico
Rafael Márquez
 Mexico
Split decision after twelve rounds (114-111, 113-112, 111-114) Super bantamweight WBC super bantamweight title (Vázquez) Third fight of the Israel Vázquez-Rafael Márquez rivalry
2009 February 28, 2009 Houston, Texas, United States Juan Manuel Márquez
 Mexico
Juan Díaz
 United States
Technical knockout,
in ninth of twelve rounds
Lightweight WBO lightweight title (Vacant)
WBA "Super" lightweight title (Vacant)
First of two fights between the two
2010 December 11, 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Amir Khan
 United Kingdom
Marcos Maidana
 Argentina
Unanimous decision after twelve rounds (114-111, 114-111, 113-112) Super lightweight WBA super lightweight title (Khan) Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana
2011 July 15, 2011 New York, New York, United States N/A N/A Majority draw after ten rounds (97-93, 95-95, 95-95) between Dominican Republic Delvin Rodriguez and Poland Pawel Wolak Super welterweight None First of two fights between the two
2012 December 8, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Juan Manuel Marquez
 Mexico
Manny Pacquiao
 Philippines
Knockout,
in the sixth of twelve rounds
Welterweight None Fourth fight between the two
2013 March 16, 2013 Carson, California, United States Timothy Bradley
 United States
Ruslan Provodnikov
 Russia
Unanimous decision after twelve rounds (115-112, 114-113, 114-113) Welterweight WBO welterweight title (Bradley)
2014 April 26, 2014 Carson, California, United States Lucas Matthysse
 Argentina
John Molina, Jr.
 United States
Knockout,
in the eleventh of twelve rounds
Junior welterweight None
2015 November 21, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Francisco Vargas
 Mexico
Takashi Miura
 Japan
Technical knockout,
in the ninth of twelve rounds
Super Featherweight WBC Super Featherweight title (Miura) [1]
2016 June 4, 2016 StubHub Center, Carson, California, United States Francisco Vargas
 Mexico
Orlando Salido
 Mexico
Majority draw,
after twelve rounds
Super Featherweight WBC Super Featherweight title (Vargas) [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muhammad Ali – Joe Frazier Award Fight of the Year". Boxing Writers Association of America. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Vargas vs. Salido Named as BWAA "Fight of The Year"". BoxingScene. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

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