Sunday, 04, December, 2022

Britain's Nicola Adams and Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov were voted the International Boxing Association (AIBA) boxers of the year at the Miles Davis Hall in Montreux tonight.

They were honoured along with other legends of the sport, including former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, at a special gala dinner which also marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of AIBA. 

There was also a special Great Contribution Award for the late Muhammad Ali, who died earlier this year. 

There was also an award for AIBA C K Wu to mark the 10th anniversary of his election as President of AIBA.

Adams and Dusmatov won the female and male boxers of the year following an online vote.

It capped an outstanding year for both fighters.

The 23-year-old Dusmatov won the gold medal in the Olympic light flyweight in Rio de Janeiro and was also awarded the Val Barker Trophy, given to the outstanding boxer at each Games. 

Adams, 34, won the 51 kilogram division at the World Championships in Astana in May and then retained her Olympic flyweight title at Rio 2016.

Adams was unable to attend the event as she is currently training at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. 

The coach of the year was Billy Walsh, the Irishman who now works for USA Boxing. 

Klitschko was in the Hall to receive from Wu his award to mark "outstanding contribute to the AIBA boxing community".

The Ukrainian lifted the Olympic title in the super-heavyweight division at Atlanta 1996 and has since won 64 of his 68 professional fights, claiming the world heavyweight title on two occasions.

Other legends honoured included Cuba’s Félix Savon, the Olympic heavyweight gold medallist at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. 

Klitschko and Savon were joined by France’s Brahim Asloum, the Sydney 2000 light flyweight gold medallist and a former World Boxing Association world champion, and India's Mary Kom, a pioneer of women's boxing, who has won five world titles and an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012. 

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