In Panama City on February 29 at the Intercontinental Miramar Hotel
Hilmar Rojas - WBA
After four years the World Boxing Association will host again the Annual Awards Dinners, in the Intercontinental Miramar Hotel in Panama City, on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm.
The idea is not only to rescue this important event, but to highlight the professional performance of all the awardees.
These dinners began in the United States, later, they were held in Venezuela, Argentina, and then stopped in 2008. Then due to different reasons they awards to the best of the previous year were given during the Annual Conventions.
“We want to advocate a bit more to the boxers; we want to get closer to them, that is one of our objectives this year”, said the WBA Executive Vice-president, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, when announcing the event.
“We are convinced that this is an icon and this is the right time to bring it back to life”, he said.
In this colorful event the awardees will be the best of 2011, that will be accompanied by very important boxing figures, such as boxing legends and hopefully Andre Ward, Felix Sturm, Miguel Cotto, Chris Jones, Anselmo Moreno, Roman Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Reveco, Wladimir Klitschko, and of course the famous Panamanian World Champion Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran.
To achieve the success of this event, we opened an election process to the public and press on the different areas, although they are not all the awards that will be given.
Besides the Boxer and the Female Boxer of the Year, the Fight of the Year, the most dramatic fight, the KO of Year, the Boxer of the Decade, Comeback of the Year, Surprise of the Year, 2011 Revelation, the Rooky of the Year, among others.
Boxing Sponsors, media and all those who supported boxing 2011 will also be given a special recognition.
Mendoza reminded that to cast your vote, just visit the WBA website, www.wbanews.com that will be online until February 17.
“We expect to not only award the best of the year, but also to spend some time with the boxing figures present. We hope to have the animation of “Los Rabanes”, concluded Mendoza.
Source: WBA Press
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