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This year’s ‘Undisputed’ BBBofC Annual Awards in association with Boxing News will take place on Sunday 17th March 2024.
General Secretary, Robert W. Smith said of the upcoming Awards, 'We'd like to thank this year’s sponsors, Steel City Interactive for their involvement in the 2024 Awards and are sure that the 'Undisputed' game will be a great success. We hope all guests have an enjoyable afternoon next month, whilst celebrating the achievements of British boxing in 2023'
“We're delighted to be a part of this year's awards to celebrate some outstanding boxers. We've had tremendous support from the world of boxing and hope that our game 'Undisputed' will play a part in expanding the audience for the sport.” – Ash Habib, CEO of Steel City Interactive.
Full list of nominees at this year's Awards are as follows:
Boxer of the Year: Chantelle Cameron, Chris Billam-Smith, Joe Cordina, Nathan Heaney, Leigh Wood
Contest of the Year : Artur Beterbiev v Anthony Yarde, Joe Cordina v Shavkat Rakhimov, Leigh Wood v Josh Warrington, Sam Gilley v Louis Greene, Jack Martin v CJ Challenger
Boxing News Trainer of the Year: Ben Davison, Errol Johnson, Shane McGuigan, Jamie Moore, Tony Sims, Steve Woodvine
Overseas Boxer of the Year: Artur Beterbiev, Luis Alberto Lopez, Jai Opetaia, Zhilei Zhang.
Awards will also be presented in the following categories - Special Recognition, Sportsmanship, Services to Boxing, whilst Commonwealth Boxing Council will present the Dennie Mancini Trophy.
On Sunday the BBBofC held a Ring Officials Seminar, in Birmingham, for all Referees, Inspectors, Council Members, Timekeepers and Area Secretaries, with around 100 attendees.
Following General Secretary, Robert W. Smith’s introduction, Head Office Medical Advisor, Neil Scott spoke, on the signs, symptoms and biomechanics of concussion. He moved on to examples of concussion in the ring and the importance of second impact syndrome, before closing on the challenges the Board face going forward and CPD.
Les Potts, Central Area Secretary, followed with a presentation on the Role of the Inspector, their responsibilities at tournaments and the importance of accurate document completion.
Following lunch, former international rugby referee, Nigel Owens MBE spoke of his early life, discrimination, mental health, and addiction and how this shaped his refereeing. He highlighted the importance of enjoying what you do, keeping emotion out of officiating and making hard decisions in the interest of the sport. Nigel also stressed how he learned to ‘park’ errors and move on. He finished with the impact that technology is having on sport.
Midlands Area Timekeeper, Jason Booth, gave a passionate speech on his role within the sport, from the application and training process, to working at the biggest tournaments in the world. He talked about the significance of good communication with the referee and being highly organised.
Les Potts returned to outline Area Council meetings and the application process for licence holders, and the attempts made to standardise the process across the country.
The final talk of the day was given by BBBofC UKAD Educator, Suzanne Potts, who outlined anti-doping and the testing procedure. She updated officials on the Board’s implementation programme and how Officials can help with this by directing licence holders to the 100% me Clean Sport App, Global Dro and Informed Sport websites.
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