Fighter Of The Year
Marco Antonio Rubio (Mexico)

WBF World Super Middleweight Champion

Previous Winners:

2011: Michael Grant (USA)

2010: Evander Holyfield (USA)
2009: William Gare (South Africa)
- Although his opponents in his two WBF World Super Middleweight title fights last year went into the fight as underdogs, still the quality of those two championship matches and the pure stature of the man himself coupled with his previous two outings of 2012, leave only one choice: Marco Antonio Rubio is the WBF’s Fighter of the Year 2012! The year began, however, with Rubio being outscored by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the USA in February. From then on, however, it was Rock’n’Roll: First, he thrashed unbeaten Jorge Cota into submission in seven rounds in June, then he was crowned WBF World Champion when ex-champ Carlos Manuel Baldomir of Argentina retired after just four rounds in September and finally, only two days before Christmas, Rubio went to war with countryman Michel Rosales, knocking him out in the eleventh in a WBF title defence. Rubio is a man of extraordinary character both in and out of the ring, where he does lots of social and charity work. Ain’t nobody more deserving of this award than this true fighter, who belongs to the world’s best with an outstanding record of 56-6-1 and an astonishing 49 KO’s.
 Female Fighter Of The Year
Holly Holm (USA)

WBF Womens World Welterweight & Light Welterweight Champion

Previous Winners

2011: Christina Hammer (Germany)
2010: Ramona Kühne (Germany)
2009: Natascha Ragosina (Russia)

- Who else? First, Holly reverses her only loss in the last eight years, outpointing French WBF Women’s World Welterweight Champion Anne Sophie Mathis last June to clinch her first World Boxing Federation title, then moved down a division to add the vacant WBF Women’s World Light Welterweight crown to her collection by dominating Australia’s Diana Prazak in December. And what a company ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ kept, because Mathis had not lost since her second pro fight way back in 1995 and Prazak was 11-1 with her only loss occurring in her pro debut, plus had female boxing all-time great Lucia Rijker in her corner. Can’t ask for more from Holm, as no female boxer on the planet had better achievements in 2012. And we are proud about the foremost women boxer being proud to wear WBF belts!
 Fight Of The Year
Juan Jose Montes vs Oscar Ibarra I

WBF World Super Flyweight Championship
(Feb. 25, 2012 in Guadalajara, Mexico)

Previous Winners:

2011: Ali Funeka vs Zolani Marali I
2010: Evander Holyfield vs Francois Botha
2009: Kreshnik Qato vs Fabio Liggieri

- We said it in our fight report: This one may well be the WBF Fight of the Year for 2012 – and it is! Ibarra got off to the better start and landed some huge right hands in the first round, but “Goofy” Montes took back control in the second by driving his opponent to the ropes and firing relentlessly with both hands. Ibarra didn’t just receive, but landed some shots of his own and the capacity crowd was on its feet watching what was turning out to be an outright war. This trend continued throughout, Montes on the offensive but Ibarra always active and dangerous with his right hand. In the fourth he cut Montes over the right eye, and in the tenth over the left, and with a bloody nose to boot it was evident that Ibarra had his share of success. But Montes continued to charge relentlessly, and showed extraordinary courage and determination from start to finish. After twelve pulsating rounds of boxing, the crowd had hardly used their chairs and gave the two warriors a two-minute standing ovation. While Montes got the unanimous decision (and repeated it in a rematch seven months later, which did not reach the heights of this original encounter), both fighters deserve big credit for putting on one of the best WBF fights in recent memory.
 Female Fight Of The Year
Holly Holm vs. Anne Sophie Mathis II

WBF World Welterweight Championship 

(June 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, N. M., USA)

Previous Winners:

2011: Christina Hammer vs Maria Lindberg
2010: Myriam Lamare vs Lucia Morelli
2009: Myriam Lamare vs Ann Marie Saccurato

- Consider this: Aside from an early-career cut-eye stoppage, Holm had not lost in a career spanning more than 10 years – that is, until Mathis came along in 2011 and spoiled the party by stunningly knocking Holly out in seven rounds in front of her Albuquerque home fans. And aside from her second pro fight ages ago, Mathis hadn’t lost either and based on her brutal win over Holm came into the WBF Female Fight of the Year the consensous # 1 in womens boxing. All kudos to Holm for immediately getting back in with her conquerer – and coming through with flying colours. Showing amazing mental strength, Holm boxed more this time and won the early rounds, before the physically strong Mathis closed the gap in the middle rounds. In the final third of the bout, it looked like the French lady might repeat her feat from the first fight, but Holm stood her ground, countered effectively and finally won an exciting unanimous decision in 2012’s most important female fight.
 Newcomer Of The Year
Timur Akhundov (Ukraine)

Intercontinental Featherweight Champion

Previous Winners:

2011: Nadjib Mohammedi (France)
2010: Yvan Mendy (France)
2009: Goran Delic (Bosnia & Hercegovina)

- It is not that he came from nowhere, but few people knew about Timur Akhundov before he won the WBF Intercontinental Featherweight title in March, stopping Hungary’s Arpad Vass in just three rounds. The 28-year-old Ukrainian followed that up with a defence in July outscoring Leonus Marie Francoise of, yes, France to set up a possible world title shot for this year. Timur closed out last year with a record of 14-2-1 (5) and has not lost since 2008. If he keeps progressing as he did last year, then this will certainly not be the last WBF award of his career.
 Female Newcomer Of The Year
Raja Amasheh (Germany)

Intercontinental Flyweight Champion

Previous Winners:

2011: Zita Zatyko (Hungary)

- Okay, maybe at age 30, she can not exactly be termed a newcomer, but then again, who dares to ask the age of a classy women? Raja turned pro with a draw in 2008 (against a 6-0 opponent no less!) and has not looked back since. She reached the highlight of her unbeaten career so far last year by clinching the WBF Womens Intercontinental Flyweight title – her first title ever – with a shutout over experienced Fleis Djendji in October, which was preceded by a warm-up 6-round shutout over Erzsebet Hassza the previous May. Now Amasheh stands at 14-0-1 (3) and on the threshold of bigger titles. A worthy newcomer to all intends and purposes.
 Promoter Of The Year
Oswaldo Kuchle & Hector Garcia (Mex.)

Previous Winners:

2011: Damian Michael (South Africa)
2010: Ylli Ndroqi (Albania)
2009: Ulf Steinforth (Germany)

- What a year 2012 was for the WBF in Mexico – owed in large parts to promoters Hector Garcia and Oswaldo Kuchle, who as partners and co-promoters of four WBF world title bouts last year share the WBF Promoter of the Year award. But it doesn’t stop here, mind you. Garcia’s HG Boxing staged on their own a further five WBF world championship bouts, while Kuchle’s Promociones Del Pueblo promoted another three WBF world titles themselves as well as an additional two with a different partner. So all in all, the duo of Garcia and Kuchle were behind a staggering 14 WBF title bouts in 2012 alone. With that kind of numbers nobody is more deserving to be named Promoter of the Year. Nothing more to say...except maybe, keep it up, Hector and Oswaldo!
 Presidents Special Service Award
DOG Eventboxing (Germany)

Previous Winners:

2011: Dr. Humbert Furgoni (France)
2010: John Sheppard (England)
2009: Anila Qato (Albania)

 Trainer Of The Year
Alan Toweel (South Africa)

Previous Winners:

2011: Dirk Dzemski (Germany)

- His masterpiece came late in 2012, only in early December to be precise, but when it came it was enough to earn Alan Toweel the WBF’s Trainer of the Year award. The South African coach, of the famous Toweel fighting family, operates his own gym in Johannesburg and has produced many champions and top class fighters in his career. Among them is a certain Zolani Marali, who had lost three of his last four, with the last setback being a hotly disputed split decision defeat to countryman Ali Funeka in a cracker for the vacant WBF world lightwelterweight title in 2011. When the rematch happened 13 months later, the 35-year-old southpaw Marali, dubbed “Untouchable”, followed Toweel’s gameplan to perfection. Toweel’s expert coaching was a major factor in Marali, 22-5 (13), gaining revange and with it the WBF world crown by unanimous decision – as well as his trainer this award.
 Referee Of The Year
Tonio Tiberi (Luxembourg)

Previous Winners:

2011: Juan José Ramirez (Mexico)


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