Munroe shows off his championship belts
By Clive Bernath: European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe was named Boxer of the Year at the British Boxing Board of Control annual awards dinner at the Grand Connought Rooms in Covent Garden in London on Sunday Afternoon.
The boxing binman pipped WBA heavyweight champ David Haye, Welshman Nathan Cleverly, WBA junior-welterweight king Amir Khan and new WBC super-middleweight titleholder Carl Froch to the prestigious award. Munroe joins many famous names that have won the award in the past including Barry McGuigan, Lennox Lewis, Lloyd Honyghan, Prince Naseem Hamed, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe.
Australian Michael Katsidis may have lost out via a ninth round tko against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas over the weekend but he did pick up the Overseas Boxer of the Year award for his third round destruction of Londoner Kevin Mitchell back in May. Other nominees were Ireland’s Willie Casey and Russian puncher Leva Kirakosyan.
The Sportsman of the Year award went to popular Norwich lightweight Jon Thaxton. The former European champion was visibly emotional when embarking onto the stage to collect his award and it was obvious for all to see that Jon was a very popular winning choice.
The Boxing Board of Control’s Exceptional award went to two of British boxing’s genuine tough guys, both now retired, former IBF light-heavyweight champ Clinton Woods and former European junior-middleweight titleholder Jamie Moore. Again a very popular choice and well deserved.
Jamie Moore picked up his second title of the night when his European title bout with Ryan Rhodes was named Contest of the Year. Ricky Burns picked up the Dennie Mancini Trophy for becoming Scotland’s newest world champion.
All the winners on the day were very well deserved and received but it was particularly pleasing to see experienced Whips Ernie Draper and Sandy Risley, 40 years in the boxing business rewarded with the Special Services to Boxing award.
It was indeed as always a fantastic day out for everyone involved in British boxing. Ernie Draper summed up the day when he said: ‘Boxing people are great people’.
November 29, 2010