Unbeaten middleweight Hamzah Sheeraz and super-bantamweight prospect Hopey Price feature on the shortlist for the prestigious Young Boxer of the Year award. 

A total of 13 boxers are on the shortlist to be voted on by members of the Boxing Writers’ Club, with the winner to be presented with their award at The Savoy in London on May 23. 

The list of past winners is a who’s who of British boxing, stretching back to the first winner Randolph Turpin. 

But the Covid pandemic means that there hasn’t been an annual dinner or winner since 2019, when heavyweight Daniel Dubois was presented with the award. 

The 22-year-old Sheeraz, who has been one of the breakthrough stars in Britain in the past 12 months, is on the shortlist, along with Price, the Yorkshire super-bantamweight. 

Unbeaten lightweights Sam Noakes and Mark Chamberlain have been nominated, along with three super-middleweights – Zak Chelli, John Docherty and Mark Jeffers.  

Former British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion Brad Foster is included, as is super-bantamweight prospect Dennis McCann and Ellie Scotney, who is the only female boxer on the list. 

Popular heavyweight hope Johnny Fisher has made it to the shortlist, as well as up-and-coming middleweight Brad Rea. The exciting Adam Azim completes the list on the back of his 30-second stoppage of Connor Marsden. 

Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.