Four Writers Win BWAA Awards

by staff

Four writers for — Lyle Fitzsimmons, Thomas Gerbasi, David P. Greisman and Cliff Rold — have been recognized in this year’s “Bernies” competition, which recognizes the best boxing writing among members of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Fitzsimmons won a third-place award in the event coverage category for “Hopkins unsure of fight future,” his coverage of the aftermath of Hopkins’ loss in his rematch with Chad Dawson.

The article ran on and can be read at:

This is the third award for Fitzsimmons. He has also twice received honorable mentions.

Gerbasi won an honorable mention in the column category for “Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4: Who Dared Won… and Lost,” which followed Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning knockout win over Manny Pacquiao.

The article can be read at:

This is the ninth award for Gerbasi and fourth time he has won an honorable mention. Gerbasi has also come in first-place twice, in second-place once, and in third-place twice.

Rold won an honorable mention in the column category for “ ‘The Ring’ Changes The Rules, Further Clouds Title Scene,” which opined on the changes that the Bible of Boxing made to its championship policy, altering a title that has long symbolized whom the undisputed top fighter is in a division.

The article can be read at:

This is the first award for Rold.

Greisman won a first-place prize in the news story category for “Lamont Peterson’s New Biggest Fight,” which examined the aftermath of Peterson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone.

He also won a second-place prize in the category of feature articles with less than 1,750 words for “On Freddie Roach: Once Again, a Winner”; as well as an honorable mention in event coverage for “The Heartbreak of Steve Cunningham” and an honorable mention in investigative reporting for “AIBA’s Perceived Conflict of Interest.”

Those articles can be read at:

Greisman has now won two first-place prizes, two second-place awards and seven honorable mentions. was among the top websites in this year’s Barney awards. The following is the official news release from the Boxing Writers Association of America:

The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) has announced the winners of its annual Bernies contest, which each year recognizes the best writing about boxing by BWAA members. The strong field of prize-winning works appeared during 2012 in a wide range of print and online outlets and shows that boxing journalism is as vital as ever.

Bernies awards will be presented along with annual awards given to boxers and other sport participants at the BWAA's annual awards banquet, to be held Thursday, April 11, at Capitale in New York City. More information is available at

First place Bernies winners in the six categories are as follows:

Eric Raskin took first place in Event Coverage for his story about the evolving fates of lightweight Adrien Broner and heavyweight Seth Mitchell immediately after their November fights in Atlantic City.  Ron Borges of the Boston Herald won for Best Column with "Pacquiao-Bradley Decision So Deplorable," his take on the result of that welterweight battle in Las Vegas.  David Greisman won the top News Story honor for his report on Lamont Peterson's battle to save his reputation after testing positive for a banned substance.  Sports Illustrated 's Chris Mannix won in the Best Short Feature category for his piece about Manny Pacquiao's embrace of training discipline. In the Long Feature (over 1,750 words) category, Mannix shares first place -- for his profile of promoter Bob Arum -- with Carlo Rotella's piece, "The Prospect," from his book of essays, "Playing in Time."  Thomas Hauser won in the Investigative Reporting category for "The PED Mess," his two-part examination of illicit substances in boxing, written for

The full list of winners is below.

The BWAA's Bernie Awards were known until last year as the Barneys -- originally named after Barney Nagler, the late, great boxing writer and editor. A vowel switch has changed the name to honor Bernard Fernandez, the Philadelphia Daily News boxing writer (still working and a prize winner this year) and past president of the BWAA who originated this annual contest to celebrate the best boxing writing.  The contest is judged by an independent panel of journalists, composed differently every year, who read and score submitted stories without knowing who wrote them.



First Place
Eric Raskin, “Nature, Nurture and Knockouts: The Continued Rise of Adrien Broner,”

Second Place (Tie)
Tim Dahlberg, “Old Story in Boxing, Pacquiao Loss Hits Home,” The Associated Press, June 10, 2012
Norm Frauenheim, “Timothy Bradley Talked About Timing,” New York Times, June 9, 2012
Lance Pugmire, “Martinez Holds On to Defeat Chavez Jr.,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 16, 2012

Third Place (Tie)
Ron Borges, “An Over-The-Counter Remedy,” Boston Herald, Dec. 9, 2012
Lyle Fitzsimmons, “Hopkins Unsure of Fight Future,”, April 30, 2012

Honorable Mention
Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News;  David P. Greisman,;  Jerry Izenberg, Newark Star-Ledger; Ronan Keenan,; Kieran Mulvaney,; Joseph Santoliquito,


First Place
Ron Borges, “Pacquiao-Bradley Decision So Deplorable,” Boston Herald, June 11, 2012

Second Place (Tie)
Chris Cozzone, “Requiem for a Hometown Champion,” June 1, 2012
Tim Dahlberg, “Floyd Mayweather Rant Means No Manny Pacquiao Fight,” The Associated Press, May 2, 2012
Jerry Izenberg, “Please Say It Isn’t So – Ali is 70 Years Old Today,” Newark Star-Ledger, Jan. 17, 2012

Third Place
Bart Barry, “Into the Fifth,”, March 4, 2012

Honorable Mention
Thomas Gerbasi,; Steve Farhood, Boxing Monthly; Chris Mannix,; Springs Toledo,; Cliff Rold,


First Place
David P. Greisman, “Lamont Peterson’s New Biggest Fight,”

Second Place (Tie)
Bernard Fernandez, “Longest Journey: Orlando Cruz Acknowledges Publicly He’s Gay,” The Ring, January 2013 (on newsstands November 2012)
Thomas Hauser, “Martinez-Chavez Peaks and Valleys,”, Sept. 24, 2012

Third Place
Lance Pugmire, “Boxing Sticks Fans With Two-Ring Circus,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 12, 2012

Honorable Mention
Ron Borges,; Lee Groves,; Gordon Marino, The Wall Street Journal; Springs Toledo,


First Place
Chris Mannix, “The Fighter Finds Peace,” Sports Illustrated, June 11, 2012

Second Place
David P. Greisman, “On Freddie Roach: Once Again, a Winner,”

Third Place
Ronan Keenan, “Inside the Mind of Dereck Chisora,”, July 13, 2012

Honorable Mention
Ron Borges, Boston Herald; Mike Coppinger,; Tim Dahlberg, The Associated Press; Lee Groves,; Norm Frauenheim,; Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times; Michael Rosenthal, The Ring; Springs Toledo,; David Weinberg, The Press of Atlantic City


First Place (Tie)
Chris Mannix, “Bob Arum Still Hustling at 81,”, Dec. 5, 2012
Carlo Rotella, “The Prospect – Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles and Other True Stories, University of Chicago Press, 2012

Second Place
Michael Woods, “The Fight That Killed,”, March 15, 2012

Third Place
Ivan Goldman, “The Ring is Counted Out,” Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2012

Honorable Mention
Bart Barry, The Ring; Ron Borges, Boxing Monthly; Ronan Keenan,; Michael Rosenthal, The Ring; Joseph Santoliquito,


First Place
Thomas Hauser, “The PED Mess,”, Nov. 19-20, 2012

Second Place
Ivan Goldman, “Anthony Fletcher Sits Forgotten in Pennsylvania Cell,”, May 9, June 4, 13, 22, July 3, 24, Aug. 24, 2012

Third Place
Norm Frauenheim, “Worst Experience of My Life,” The Ring, August 2012

Honorable Mention
Ron Borges, Boxing Monthly; Bernard Fernandez,; David P. Greisman,; Lee Groves,; Joseph Santoliquito, SportsWeek; Springs Toledo,

Lorraine Branham, Dean, S.I. Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle,
Dr. Peter Gross, Director, School of Journalism and Electronic media, University of Tennessee
Rachel Lenzi, Toledo Blade
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TBear on 03-27-2013

Congradulations to these and all the writers for their fine work.

Comment by denium on 03-27-2013

Where is Scott Gilford?

Comment by liuj88 on 03-27-2013

[QUOTE=mattr;13184737]So let me get this straight. These are awards from the BWAA, awarded to writers in the BWAA. So they basically are giving themselves a pat on the back. M'kay.[/QUOTE] HaglerSteelChin's response notwithstanding, even if BWAA winners are selected by…

Comment by liuj88 on 03-27-2013

[QUOTE=mattr;13184728]Rold, Gerbasi and Greisman, sure, but Fitzsimmons, c'mon. I've seen some BS articles of his on here. maybe he's improved though. I haven't read his stuff for ages. Tend to just skip the story if i see his name.[/QUOTE] If…

Comment by Taylorslade on 03-27-2013

Lyle Fitzsimmons....that's the guy who wrote that terrible and tasteless piece on Gatti on here just before Christmas. Apologies if that's a different guy. I know he apologised but if there's a wooden spoon award going then he should get…

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