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January 9, 2019 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
 
UBO  -  Universal Boxing Organization™

It’s time for the Universal Boxing Organization™ Boxing Awards for 2018. 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 2018 that do not receive an award, please know that you are still very much appreciated.

The recipients are as follows:   

 

 

 2018 BOXER OF THE YEAR

 
 
Cedric Bellais


Tahiti-born French national Cedric Bellais (21-8-3) didn't win just one, but two UBO titles in 2018. And he won both in impressive fashion.


On March 23 in Mataiea, Tahiti, he stopped Bulgarian Konstantin Semerdjiev (34-17-2) to win the vacant Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title by fourth round knockout.


On July 27 in Papeete, also in Tahiti, he got rid of Argentinian Crispulo Javier Andino (20-10-1) to become UBO World Champion, and secure the 2018 UBO Boxer of the Year Award.
 
Honorable Mentions: Alexander Frank (for winning  and defending the UBO World Heavyweight title), Halima Vunjabei (For winning and defending the UBO Female International Junior Flyweight title), Salimu Jengo (For winning the UBO International Super Featherweight and Lightweight titles).
 
 
 

  2018 FIGHT OF THE YEAR

 
 
  Hamson Lamadau vs. Samuel Tehuayo


An all Indonesian encounter for the vacant UBO International Flyweight title between Hamson Lamandau and Samuel Tehuayo turned out to be the UBO Fight of the Year for 2018.


On March 31 at the Cendrawasih Sports Hall in Jakarta, televised live to millions by MNCTV, 24-year-old Lamandau (10-2-1) and 29-year-old reigning UBO Asia-Pacific Champion Tehuayo (21-43-2) fought tooth and nail to gain control from the first bell.


Lamandau eventually wore down his much more experienced foe, and after a back-and-forth battle scored a stoppage in the twelfth and final round.
 
Honorable Mentions: Ihor Magurin vs. Barnie Arguelles (World Super Featherweight title, 1.20, Kiev, Ukraine), Peter Kramer vs. Danijel Arandjelovic (European Middleweight title, 3.24, Kistarcsa, Hungary), Sherif Morina vs. Benson Nyilawila (International Welterweight title, 11.24, Velbert, Germany).
 
 
 

   2018 NEW CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

 
 
  Alexander Frank


UBO World Heavyweight Champion Alexander Frank from Germany was only a hair from being the UBO Fighter of the Year, but instead he is the clear-cut 2018 New Champion of the Year!


Born in Kazakhstan, Frank (16-0-1) knocked out former UBO European Champion Zoltan Petranyi (56-23) in the first round to win the UBO World title on September 8 in Ukraine.


Exactly three months later, on December 8 in Germany, he defended the title impressively with a fifth round stoppage of former IBO World title-challenger Roman Golovashchenko (19-2).
 
Honorable Mentions: Tommy Browne (World Super Welterweight Champion), Laszlo Toth (Inter-Continental Welterweight Champion), Hassan Mwakinyo (International Super Welterweight Champion), Ihor Magurin (World Super Featherweight Champion), Halima Vunjabei (Female International Junior Flyweight Champion).
 
 
 

   2018 PROSPECT OF THE YEAR

 
 
Sherif Morina

He might be 29 years old, and some would claim he is too old to be considered a prospect, but fact remains that UBO International Welterweight Champion Sherif Morina (8-0-1) is just that, after only nine bouts in the pro game.


And what a prospect he is! He continuously chose to fight tough opposition, and has already captured two titles since turning over in June of 2016 (He has also held the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International title).


Morina, born in Kosovo, won a unanimous decision over very game and undefeated Tanzanian Benson Nyilawila (10-0) on November 24, to win the UBO crown.
 
Honorable Mentions: Zoltan Surman Jr. (Youth World Super Lightweight Champion), Tshibangu Kayembe (International Super Lightweight Champion), Hamson Lamandau (International Flyweight Champion).
 
 
 

   2018 PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

 
 
Toto Box Promotion / Zoltan Kiss Sr. & Krisztina Belinszky

Hungarian promotional outfit Toto Box Promotion, headed by Zoltan Kiss Sr. and former World Champion Krisztina Belinszky, is the 2018 UBO Promoter of the Year.


Toto Box promoted three UBO championship fights in 2018, following many more in previous years.


Currently they handle UBO Inter-Continental Champions Laszlo Toth (27-4-1, Welterweight) and Zoltan Szabo (25-15, Super Lightweight), as well as UBO International Champion Gyula Dodu (18-10-1, Super Flyweight).
 
Honorable Mentions: Kigula Sports Ent., Fight Night Show Promotions, Mwazoa Promotion, Cedric Bellais, Mukadi Manda.
 
 
 

   2018 EVENT OF THE YEAR

 
 
  Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, March 10

The National Indoor Stadium in Dar Es Salaam hosted a massive UBO Championship triple-header on March 10. This was the UBO 2018 Event of the Year.


Salehe Mkalekwa (9-1) won the UBO All Africa Welterweight title against Ugandan Juma Waswa (10-1-1), Salimu Jengo (9-1) beat former world champion Cosmas Cheka (21-9-5) to lift the UBO International Super Featherweight crown, and Halima Vunjabei (5-3-1) defeated Nicholine Achieng (3-7) from Kenya for the Female International Super Flyweight title.


Promoter was Kigula Sports Ent.
 
Honorable Mentions: Lamandau vs. Tehuayo (March 31, Jakarta, Indonesia), Kaleng vs. Insauralde, Sadiki vs. Farias (April 7, Kinshasa, D.R.C.), Browne vs. Lamptey (August 19, Mount Hunter, Australia).
 
 
 

   2018 SPECIAL TRIBUTE OF THE YEAR

 
 
  Sebastien Pitois / UBO Commissioner

The 2018 UBO Special Tribute Award goes to long-time UBO Commissioner Sebastien Pitois from France.


Mr. Pitois works hard for the UBO, facilitating fights all over the world and happily traveling to far-away places to supervise UBO championship bouts.


His dedication and professionalism is highly appreciated, and he deserves this honor more than most.

 
Honorable Mention: None. 
 
 
 
 

   2018 ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE YEAR

 
 
  Tommy Browne / UBO World Champion

UBO World Super Welterweight Champion Tommy Browne (39-7-2) had a remarkable 2018. He started out at a low, but finished very much at a high, and deserves the UBO 2018 Accomplishment of the Year Award.


A pro for almost seventeen years, the former Featherweight began 2018 by, some would say, mistakenly moving up to Middleweight where he lost to the much bigger Anthony Mundine.


But, not one to give up, he then rebounded with two victories in the USA, before convincingly defeating (TKO3) Ebenezer Lantei Lamptey (29-3) from Ghana to win the UBO world title.
 
Honorable Mention: None. 
 
 
 
 
 

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