By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – After Vasiliy Lomachenko weighs in late Friday afternoon for his 135-pound debut, he’ll take a short trip to a nearby venue to accept recognition for his three previous performances.
Ukraine’s Lomachenko will pick up his “Sugar” Ray Robinson Award for “Fighter of the Year” at the Boxing Writers Association of America’s 93rd annual awards dinner at The Copacabana in Manhattan.
The 30-year-old Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) made three impressive defenses of his WBO super featherweight title in 2017. The two-time Olympic gold medalist defeated Jason Sosa, Miguel Marriaga and Guillermo Rigondeaux by technical knockout because each opponent declined to continue between rounds of those respective fights.
Lomachenko’s father, Anatoly, also has been chosen as the winner of the BWAA’s Eddie Futch Award for “Trainer of the Year.” He’ll join his son at the dinner.
The next night, Vasiliy Lomachenko will attempt to become a world champion in a third weight class against WBA lightweight champ Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) in a 12-round main event ESPN will televise from Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
Others who’ll be honored Friday night for their achievements in 2017 include:
Cecilia Braekhus (Christy Martin Award for “Female Fighter of the Year”)
Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko (Ali-Frazier Award for “Fight of the Year”)
Egis Klimas (Cus D’Amato Award for “Manager of the Year”)
Dr. Margaret Goodman (Barney Nagler Award for Long and Meritorious Service)
Publicist Ed Keenan and Klitschko (Marvin Kohn “Good Guy” Award)
Daniel Franco (Bill Crawford Award for Courage in Overcoming Adversity)
BoxingScene.com’s Michael Rosenthal (Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism)
Promoter Lou DiBella (Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting)
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.