2016 UBO Boxing Awards
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January 5, 2016 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

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It’s time for the Universal Boxing Organization™ Boxing Awards for 2016. This year we have eight categories.


Below we list the winners of the various categories, but if you are one of the boxers, managers, promoters etc. involved with the UBO in 2016 that do not receive an award, please know that you are still very much appreciated.

The recipients are as follows:   




  Zsolt Bogdan

Winning a World Heavyweight Championship has always been a special accomplishment, and undefeated Hungarian Zsolt Bogdan joined the list of big men to achieve this honor on November 12 in Szekszard.

Romanian-born Bogdan (12-0) captured the vacant UBO World Heavyweight title with a dominant performance against fellow undefeated Revaz Karelishvili, stopping the Georgian in three rounds.

Zsolt Bogdan is the 2016 UBO Fighter of the Year!
Honorable Mentions: Oezlem Sahin (for winning  the UBO Female World Minimumweight title), Martin Parlagi (For winning the UBO Inter-Continental Featherweight title), Thomas Mashali (R.I.P) (For winning the UBO World Super Middleweight title), Cosmas Cheka (For winning the UBO World Super Featherweight title).


  Mikheil Avakyan vs. Jean Moraiti

On September 24 in Maribor, Slovenia, Mikheil Avakyan from Georgia and Jean Moraiti from France fought tooth and nail to decide the vacant UBO Inter-Continental Super Lightweight championship.

Avakyan (36-26-4) was considered the underdog, but prevailed by close but unanimous decision after ten entertaining rounds. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 97-93.

Moraiti (12-9-4) went on to win the UBO Inter-Continental Lightweight crown three months later.
Honorable Mentions: Ericles Torres Marin vs. Sandor Micsko (International Middleweight title, 8.19, Sturovo, Slovakia), Cedrick Peynaud vs. Khakhaber Avetisiani (International Welterweight title, 11.5, Dudelange, Luxembourg), Thomas Mashali (R.I.P.) vs. Saijad Mehrabi (World Super Middleweight title, 5.14, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania).


  Martin Parlagi

28-year-old Martin Parlagi (20-2-1) from the Czech Republic has time and again proved that he is among the best Featherweights in Europe. He is the UBO New Champion of the Year for 2016.

On July 2 in Trutnov City he won the vacant UBO Inter-Continental title by emphatically defeating former UBO Inter-Continental Bantamweight ruler Francis Miyeyushu by second round stoppage.

Four months later he fought to a draw with former European champion Oleg Yefimovych (28-2) in Ukraine, in an attempt to add the WBA Continental title to his collection.
Honorable Mentions: Oezlem Sahin (Female World Minimumweight Champion), Steve Suppan (Youth World Super Lightweight Champion), Eric Nazaryan (International Light Heavyweight Champion), Jakub Synek (Baltic Cruiserweight Champion).


  Steve Suppan

Dutchman Steve Suppan is the 2016 UBO Prospect of the Year, after winning the Youth World Super Lightweight title on April 2 in his hometown Vinkeveen.

Suppan (22) showed that he is a man for the future by outclassing Giorgi Kulumbegashvili over ten rounds to register a clear unanimous decision win: 100-90, 100-90 and 100-91.

In the process he improved his undefeated record to 6-0-1 (4).

Honorable Mentions: Mirage Khan (Asia-Pacific Light Heavyweight Champion), Idd Pialari (All-Africa Welterweight Champion), Nurshahidah Roslie (Female Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Champion).


  Tibor Feja / Fight Night Show Promotions

Hungarian Tibor Feja of Fight Night Show Promotions promoted four UBO Championship fights last year, making him the 2016 UBO Promoter of the year.

In February he staged a UBO International title double-header in Budapest, Hungary, followed by another International title fight in August in Sturovo, Slovakia and a World title fight in November in Szekszard, Hungary.

Honorable Mentions: Stanislav Skoda (Synek vs. Vencl, Parlagi vs. Miyeyushu), Arvind Lalwani / Singapore Fighting Championship (Roslie vs. Sithsaithong & (in association with Ringstar Managament) Khan vs. Pangaribuan), Ranee Schroeder / SSL Sport & Eventpromotion (Moraiti vs. Berkatsashvili), Francesco Leliaert (Nazaryan vs. Horvath).


  Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, May 14.

On May 14 at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Mwazoa Promotions presented a UBO World Super Middleweight title fight between the late Thomas Mashali (R.I.P.) and undefeated Iranian Saijab Mehrabi, with Mashali winning by split decision.

On the same show, Salehe Mkalekwa won the UBO All-Africa Welterweight title by unanimous decision over Kenyan James Onyango.

A third UBO title title fight was scrapped from the show, but never the less it was the UBO Event of the Year for 2016.

Honorable Mentions: Parlagi vs. Miyeyushu, Synek vs. Vencl (July 2, Trutnoc, Czech Republic), Kovacs vs. Vass, Tolnai vs. Lakatos (February 6, Budapest, Hungary), Paziwapazi vs. Maugo, Matumla vs. Cheka (March 27, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania).


  Scott Patrick O´Farrell / Ringstar Management

Scott Patrick O´Farrell receives the 2016 UBO Special Tribute Award in recognition of his efforts to bring high profile professional boxing to Singapore.

Mr. O´Farrell co-promoted one UBO championship fight in 2016, Mirage Khan vs. Elly Pangaribuan, in association with Singapore Fighting Championship, but it is his vision and efforts for the future that has landed him this award.

On February 17 he will stage a history-making event in Singapore, featuring four UBO title fights and fittingly billed as “The Roar of Singapore”. Besides that, he has many more projects coming up and is very focused on developing our great sport in his part of the world.
Honorable Mention: None. 


  Ranee Schroeder / SSL Sport & Eventpromotion

Promoting professional boxing is a hard task for any person. Its probably always been harder to do as a female operating in a “mans world”, so when you have only just turned fifteen it is an amazing accomplishment to handle the nuts and bolts of a boxing show.

But that is what Germany´s Ranee Schroeder did on December 18 in Bielefeld, making her most likely the youngest licensed boxing promoter in the history of the sport. We think that deserves acknowledgment, and the 2016 Accomplishment of the Year Award.

The show was headlined by two championship fights, one of which were Jean Moraiti vs. Nikoloz Berkatsashvili for the UBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title.
Honorable Mention: None. 

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