Earlier this month the WBC did their annual WBC Asia Awards in Thailand. The awards, for both boxing and Muay Thai were held at the Asia Hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok and featured numerous awards being handed out.
The star award for boxer of the year was given to WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai who really emerged from nowhere last year to become one of the sports most feared fighters. Srisaket's team managed to score a notable 1-2 with his promoter Surachart Pisitwutthinan also winning the promoter of the year award.
Whilst we have no argument with Srisaket winning the award, heck we'd even champion him, we do need to wonder is the promoter award went to a Thai due to the fact the ceremony was in Thailand with Hideyuki Ohashi certainly worthy of consideration for the award.
The WBC Asian champion of the year was another award given to a Thai with Flyweight champion Nawaphon Por Chokchai taking home the honour. Likewise a Thai also claimed the WBC Asia Continental champion with Sirimongkol Singwancha, the Welterweight title holder, winning that award.
Although the WBC Asia female boxer of the year went to Japan's Rika Matsumoto, it does need to be noted that Rika is better known as Rika Kokietgym and is, rather unsurprisingly, based in Thailand.
One of the few awards not to be directly affiliated with Thailand was the award for the WBC Asia prospect of the year award which went to Hong Kong's exciting Rex Tso who won all 4 of his fights last year and twice defended the WBC Asia Council Continental Super Flyweight title.
The WBC Asia fight of the year award was given to the all Filipino clash between Lionel Legada and Lionel Mark Duran from last October. The bout, for the WBC Asia Council Continental Flyweight title, saw Legada winning a 12 round split decision. It was the victory here that saw saw Legada's team campaign for him to get a top 15 ranking and it was also described as one of the best fights that Filipino fans had been given the opportunity to see in years.
The rather oddly named exemplary boxer of the year was given to South Korea's Myung-goo Yuh, the current WBC Asia Super Flyweight champion, who fought 4 times last year winning all 4 bouts by T/KO
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