Fighter Of The Year
Michael Grant (USA)

WBF World Heavyweight Champion

Previous Winners:

2010: Evander Holyfield (USA)
2009: William Gare (South Africa)

- Sometimes, just one fight is enough to win you a ‘Fighter of the Year’ award. Sometimes, all it takes is one punch. American Michael Grant, who had started 2011 with a 3rd round knockout win over 45-2 Tye Fields, delivered that punch in his vacant WBF World Heavyweight title fight with former champion Francois Botha last November 19 in Johannesburg, South Africa. And he delivered it not one moment too early, because when his huge right hand connected with Botha’s unprotected chin, he was behind by three, five and seven points respectively, just 37 seconds away from a 12-round points loss. Talk about snatching an award from the jaws of a defeat...
 Female Fighter Of The Year
Christina Hammer (Germany)

WBF World Middleweight Champion

Previous Winners:

2010: Ramona Kühne (Germany)
2009: Natascha Ragosina (Russia)

- Winning the WBF Womens World Middleweight title (TKO 7 over Diana Kiss in February), defending it in a female superfight against the boxrec # 1 superwelterweight (W 10 over Maria Lindberg in May), plus shutting out an American challenger ‘for the road’ (W 10 over Vashon Living in October) – enough said. If that would not have won German 21-year-old beauty Christina Hammer the ‘Female Fighter of the Year’ award, she might have been persuaded to take on King Kong next.
 Fight Of The Year
Ali Funeka vs. Zolani Marali

WBF World Light Welterweight Championship
(Nov. 19 2011, Johannesburg, S.A.)

Previous Winners:

2010: Evander Holyfield vs. Francois Botha
2009: Kreshnik Qato vs. Fabio Liggieri

- This one certainly stole the show on the huge ‘Urban War’ card, which featured four more WBF world title bouts. Both ‘Rush Hour’ Funeka, who suffered a knockdown in round eleven, and ‘Untouchable’ Marali delivered a fight to be remembered. It was so close that ringsiders agreed it could have gone either way. The three judges seemed to agree with that, and as a result came up with a split decision: Two favoured Funeka by 116:112 and 115:111, while the third official had it 115:112 for Marali. For the winner, it was four time lucky, as Funeka came up short by the narrowest of margins in three previous (IBF/WBO) world title tries: A split and a majority loss, plus a draw. So while this was a ‘toss-‘em’ fight, nobody begrudged Funeka the WBF World Light welterweight title he won. Rematch anyone?
 Female Fight Of The Year
Christina Hammer vs. Maria Lindberg

WBF World Middleweight Championship
(May 27 2011, Usti nad Labem, Czechia)

Previous Winners:

2010: Myriam Lamare vs. Lucia Morelli
2009: Myriam Lamare vs. Ann Marie Saccurato

- What a fight! The boxrec # 1 middleweight (Hammer) vs the boxrec # 1 superwelterweight (Lindberg)! Both undefeated in a combined 16 pro bouts! Both holding two titles each in their respective divisions (Hammer the WBF and WBO versions, Lindberg the lesser WIBF and WIBA belts). What more could any fan ask? Oh, yes, a good fight, of course. And that is exactly what it was! Both fought their hearts out and after 10 heated rounds, Christina had the last laugh with scores of 97:93 (twice) and 98:92. Obviously, this ‘Female Fight of the Year’ also played a huge role in Hammer collecting our ‘Female Fighter of the Year’ award as well as her coach Dirk Dzemski snatching ‘Trainer of the Year’ honours.
 Newcomer Of The Year
Nadjib Mohammedi (France)

Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion

Previous Winners:

2010: Yvan Mendy (France)
2009: Goran Delic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

- Anyone who gives Nathan Cleverly a hard tussle on two days notice, is worth keeping an eye on. Thus, by subsequently opening 2011 with a dominant performance over George Tevdorashvili to clinch the WBF Intercontinental title, Frenchman Mohammedi underlined his potential. Although getting stopped under dubious circumstances in Russia by Dmitry Sukhotsky in October, Nadjib came back well with a decision over veteran Ayittey Powers just a month later – and certainly proved to be the leading newcomer on the WBF stage for bigger things.
 Female Newcomer Of The Year
Zita Zatyko (Hungary)

World Super Middleweight Champion

No Previous Winners.

- You are maybe not exactly a ‘Female Newcomer of the Year’ when you are already over 30 years of age, but given the lack of female fighters in the higher weight divisions, winning the WBF Womens World Super Middleweight title last November gave Zatyko her first real attention on the world stage. At 14-0-1 (10 KO’s), she is undefeated as a pro boxer, resides at # 1 boxrec and thanks to her WBF crown declared herself as ready as anything for anybody who dares.
 Promoter Of The Year
Damien Michael (South Africa)

Previous Winners:

2010: Ylli Ndroqi (Albania)
2009: Ulf Steinforth (Germany)

- Really, the ‘Promoter of the Year’ award was a no-brainer in 2011, although ‘new kid on the South African block’ Damien Michael just put on one show last year. But that bill, on November 19 at Johannesburg’s Monte Casino and named ‘Urban War’, gave a new definition to the word blockbuster. It featured no less than five (!) WBF world title bouts, plus one WBF All-Africa championship. It produced the ‘Fighter of the Year’ (Michael Grant) as well as the ‘Fight of the Year’ (Funeka vs Marali) and was headlined by the vacant WBF World Heavyweight title between Grant and Botha. What else can one ask for? Keep ‘em coming, Michael!
 Presidents Special Service Award
Dr. Humbert Furgoni (France)
Previous Winners:

2010: John Sheppard (England)
2009: Anila Qato (Albania)

- Dr. Furgoni, a medical practioner from the city of Rosselange, currently serves as the President of the Fédération Francaise de Boxe (FFB) – and his support in developing France for the WBF is greatly appreciated. In 2011, France was the busiest WBF country worldwide with nine championship bouts hosted. A former professional judge and referee, Dr. Furgoni is also very keen to support the amateur code, and in that regard is also President of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC).
 Trainer Of The Year
Dirk Dzemski (Germany)

No Previous Winners.

- The young German trainer (40 years) and ex-fighter has in just a few years established himself as one of the best of the younger generation. In 2011, Dzemski left his mark also in the WBF, training ‘Female Fighter of the Year’ Christina Hammer for her win over Maria Lindberg in the ‘Female Fight of the Year’, plus her subsequent WBF Womens World Middleweight title defence against Vashon Living. Throw in Denis Simcic’ successful second defence of his WBF International Light Heavyweight crown in a classic boxing demonstration against tough Sandro Siproshvili and Dzemski is a truly deserving recipient of our inaugural ‘Trainer of the Year’ award.
 Referee Of The Year
Juan Jose Ramirez (Mexico)

No Previous Winners.

- Yes, there have been guys who refereed more WBF fights last year or been the third man in higher-profile WBF championships in 2011 – but if quality goes over quantity, then the 50-year-old Ramirez is an excellent choice to receive our first-ever ‘Referee of the Year’ award. The man from Tijuana is praised with regularity by the hard-to-impress Mexican fight beat and has done an outstanding job in the vacant WBF World Super Featherweight championship last August in Manzanillo, Mexico, which ended in a draw after 12 pulsating rounds between the late Rafael Guzman and Rafael Hernandez. A referee since 1998, this award does not come one minute too early for Ramirez.

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