The IBF proudly announces its award recipients for 2017 to be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet closing the organization’s 35th Annual Convention at the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino in Saint Vincent, Italy on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
The Jersey Joe Walcott Award, the organization’s highest honor, will go to Lee Selby. Currently preparing for his sixth defense of his IBF Featherweight title, Selby’s notable career in the ring has earned him this distinction.
Receiving the IBF Female Fighter of the Year Award is Debora Dionicius of Argentina. The reigning IBF Female Jr. Bantamweight Champion has held her title since she won it in November of 2012. Dionicius is currently preparing for her twelfth IBF title defense.
Fight of the Year
IBF – Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Female – Ana Esteche vs. Celeste Peralta
USBA – Ivan Baranchyk vs. Abel Ramos
Intercontinental –Sasha Yengoyan vs. Howard Cospolite
Pan Pacific/Australasian – Jamie Weetch vs. Yao Yi Ma
Asia – Sun Xiangxiang vs. Wang Kun
Continental Africa – Siphosethu Mvula vs. Innocent Mantengu
Most Active Promoter
IBF – Matchroom Sport
Female – KO International
USBA – Top Rank, Lou DiBella Entertainment
Intercontinental – Xaba Promotions & Events
Pan Pacific – Jimmy’s Boxing
Asia – Rejoy Group
East/West Europe – Queensberry Promotions
Championship Ring Recipients for 3 or more Successful Title Defenses
“The IBF is proud of its champions and we are honored to celebrate their remarkable careers and achievements during our Annual Awards Banquet this year in Saint Vincent,” noted IBF President Daryl Peoples. “These men and women work hard striving for their success and these distinctions are well deserved.”