The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is delighted to reveal the list of winners for its 2012 AIBA Annual Awards Ceremony. The selection committee was chaired by AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and formed of all AIBA Commission Chairpersons.
The 2012 AIBA Annual Awards Ceremony will take place on 7 December in conjunction with the final banquet of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships Yerevan 2012.
Best Elite Men Boxer of the Year - Oleksandr USYK (Ukraine)
The charismatic 25-year-old was one of the stand-out performers of the London 2012 Olympic Games where he took the Heavyweight (91kg) gold medal in style. After his triumph at the AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011, the 191cm, 6ft3in tall southpaw from Simferopol in the Crimea delighted boxing fans worldwide with his all-action displays and his 'Hopak' dance celebration in the British capital.
Best Elite Women Boxer of the Year - Katie TAYLOR (Ireland)
The sublime quadruple AIBA World Champion cemented her status as the best pound for pound woman boxer in the world after battling through a tough draw to claim the Olympic Lightweight (60kg) title. Her poise and technique saw her enthral the crowds at the ExCeL in London as she added the best boxer trophy of the tournament to her long list of achievements.
Best Referee & Judge of the Year - Michael GALLAGHER (Ireland)
The dedicated Irishman has a keen eye for detail and an excellent rapport with all the boxers. A keen studier of the sport and well respected among his peers, it is now the second year in a row that he has collected the award.
Best Coach of the Year - David ALLOWAY (Great Britain)
The overwhelming favourite after seeing his boxers take an unprecedented three golds, one silver and a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Part of the ultra-professional set-up of GB boxing, his methods have brought the standards of coaching to new levels.
Best Technical Official of the Year - Franco FALCINELLI (Italy)
The success story of the London 2012 Olympic Games can be in huge part attributed to the steady hands of the well respected Italian who was the AIBA Technical Delegate for the competition. A great communicator, he always ensures the boxing takes centre stage.
Best WSB Boxer of the Year - Sergiy DEREVYANCHENKO (Ukraine)
The 26-year-old orthodox Ukrainian gave his team the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder the decisive advantage in the WSB Team Final before claiming a second successive victory at the Individual Championships last season to extend his unbeaten record to 13-0. Hugely accomplished, his near flawless style continues to earn him many admirers.
Best WSB Referee & Judge of the Year - Jean-Robert LAINE (France)
A great understanding of the sport, his easy style makes him one of the most respected R&Js on the circuit. Ever present during the season after having refereeing at a total of thirteen fixtures, his professionalism continues to set the standard.
Best WSB Coach of the Year - Francesco DAMIANI (Italy)
After guiding the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder to victory in the 2012 WSB Team Final after a gruelling season, 1984 Olympic silver medallist Damiani was also ringside at the Olympic Games to see his boxers claim two silvers and a bronze medal. He has now confirmed his legendary status in his native Italy.
Best WSB Supervisor of the Year - Luiz BOSELLI (Brazil)
His friendly demeanour and approachability have ensured that the four WSB fixtures he oversaw, including the all important Individual Championships, were some of the best on last season's calendar. Dedicated, his love of the sport always shines through.
Best Sportsmanship of the Year - Garip ERCUYUMCU (Turkey)
His passing earlier this year has left a big void within AIBA Family with the loss of one of its most dedicated members. "Garip was loved and respected by everyone who knew him and he will be missed by all of us at AIBA", stated Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President.
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