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2020 UBO Boxing Awards

 
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January 4, 2021 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
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It’s time for the Universal Boxing Organization™ Boxing Awards for 2020. Its been a slow boxing-year, as we all know, but we still have ten categories with deserved and credible winners.

 
 

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 2020 who do not receive an award, please know that you are still very much appreciated.

The recipients are as follows:

 
 
 
BOXER OF THE YEAR  
 

Salimu Jengo (Tanzania)

Title: UBO World Lightweight Champion.

Record: 16-3 (10).

- Salimu Jengo, also known as Salim Mtango, had three fights in 2020, and two of them were UBO World title fights.

On January 31 in Dar Es Sallam he beat massively experienced Suriya Tatakhun (61-6, 41 KOs) from Thailand by seventh round knockout to win the vacant UBO World Lightweight title, outdoors on a rainy night.

In September he stayed busy with another seventh round stoppage, this time of compatriot Baina Mazola 16-7-3, 5 KOs) in a non-title fight.

 
 

On November 28, also in Dar Es Salaam, he defended the UBO World title by unanimous decision over Filipino Eduardo Mancito (18-10-2, 9 KOs).

He is the 2020 UBO Fighter of the Year!


Honorable Mention: Lambert Fogoum (Winning and defending the UBO All-Africa Cruiserweight title).

 
 
 
FIGHT OF THE YEAR  
 

Christian Demaj vs. Robert Grguric

Title: UBO International Cruiserweight.

Date / Place: February 29, Kehl, Germany.

- Christian Demaj, from Albania but based in Germany, and Robert Grguric, from Croatia but also based in Germany, gave the fans at ringside a real cracker on February 29 in the city of Kehl.


On the line was the UBO International Cruiserweight title, and both men gave it their everything to win the title, with many rounds being close and momentum continuously shifting.

 
 

Demaj was merely 2-0 (1), but had a long amateur career and experience from the semi-professional WSOB, while Grguric was 3-0 (2) but brought plenty of experience from other combat sports, so they were more than ready for war.

A war it was, and after ten rounds of high-paced action one judge had them all even, while two judges saw it slightly in favor of Demaj.


Honorable Mention: Fernando Luis Pinto MD 10 Felipe Moledas (UBO Inter-Continental Welterweight title, February 15), Sofia Abraamyan MD 8 Oksana Romanova (UBO Female International Super Flyweight title, February 8).

 
 
 
NEW CHAMPION OF THE YEAR  
 

Diego Allan Iablonski (Brazil)

Title: UBO International Super Welterweight Champion.

Record: 7-0 (3).

- When your nickname is “Mexicano”, and you are a professional boxer, you better be able to fight.

And there is no doubt that undefeated UBO International Super Welterweight Champion Diego Allan Iablonski (7-0, 3 KOs) from Brazil is very good at doing just that.

He proved himself winning the UBO belt on October 30 in Guarulhus, beating Brazilian national Champion Morrama Santos by clear unanimous decision, taking his domestic title as well.

 
 

And the victory also earns him the 2020 UBO New Champion of the Year award.


Honorable Mention: Mchanja Bakari (UBO World Light Flyweight Champion), Tshimanga Katompa (UBO All-Africa Super Middleweight Champion), Brandon Berry (UBO All-America Welterweight Champion), Masayuki Suwa (UBO Caribbean Middleweight Champion).

 
 
 
PROSPECT OF THE YEAR  
 

Guido Emmanuel Schramm (Argentina)

Title: UBO International Welterweight Champion.

Record: 8-0-1 (5).

He had barely turned twenty years old when he won the UBO International Light Heavyweight title this past November in only his fifth professional fight. Matheus da Silva is the clear-cut 2019 UBO Prospect of the Year!


In Sao Paolo, Brazil, da Silva (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a wide unanimous decision over compatriot Bruno Cesar de Paula, showing maturity beyond his years and experience over the ten round distance.

 
 
Honorable Mention: Kerstin Brown (UBO Inter-Continental and European Featherweight Champion), Marc Dube (UBO International Middleweight Champion), Filip Stankovic (UBO All-America Super Middleweight Champion), Unaj Kumar Singh (UBO International Super Featherweight Champion).
 
 
 
KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR  
 

Fernando Almeida KO 1 Gonzalo Omar Basile

Title: UBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight.

Date / Place: February 15, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

- 30-year old Fernando Rodrigo Simoes de Almeida was a clear underdog when he took on South American Champion Gonzalo Omar Basile on February 15 in Sao Paolo, Brazil.


The local man, 8-3 (8) at the time, was coming off three losses, albeit against very good opponents, while Basile, 75-12 (36), had won his last seven outings.

 
 
 

Never the less, Almeida went all out from the start and continuously hurt his more experienced opponent from Argentina, who was not able to weather the storm and was stopped just over a minute into the very first round.

A stunning performance and result, and the clear-cut 2020 UBO Knockout of the Year!


Honorable Mention: Mchanja Bakari TKO 6 Sunday Kiwale (UBO World Light Flyweight title, January 31), Lambert Fogoum TKO 5 Hany Atiyo, UBO All-Africa Cruiserweight title, November 20, Salimu Jengo KO 7 Sariya Tatakhun, UBO World Lightweight title, January 31).

 
 
 
COMEBACK BOXER OF THE YEAR  
 

Ion Barsan (Romania)

Title: UBO Baltic Super Middleweight Champion.

Record: 6-17, 1 NC (4).

- When you lose seventeen of your first twenty-one fights, but then rededicate yourself and win three straight and the UBO Baltic Super Middleweight title, that constitutes a very nice “comeback”.

This is exactly how things played out for Ion Barsan (6-17, 1 NC, 4 KOs), who never had an amateur fight but found out he wanted more out of his career than taking on tough opponents on little to no notice, being the eternal “opponent”.

 
 
 

Based in Leipzig, Germany, “The Romanian Pitbull” (30) found a sponsor which allowed him to train properly, and on September 26 he stopped 21-year-old Lars Burry (6-5, 3 KOs) in Landau to become UBO Baltic Champion.


Honorable Mention: Andres Zapata (stopping favorite Vladimir Baez to win the UBO Caribbean Super Lightweight title, December 19), Fernando de Almeida (coming off two losses to stop favorite Omar Basile to win the UBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title, February 15).

 
 
 
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR  
 

Batalha Boxe (Brazil)

- Doing one title fight is demanding enough. Two title fights on one card is certainly not easier, and three obviously demands quite an effort.

So Batalha Boxe promoting two UBO Inter-Continental and one International title on February 15 in Sao Paolo, Brazil deserves special recognition.

Mainly staging MMA events, they are the 2020 UBO BOXING Promoter of the Year.

 
 
 

Honorable Mention: Mukadi Manda (Promoting two UBO title fights in 2020, October 30 and December 13.)

 
 
 
EVENT OF THE YEAR  
 

Sao Paolo, Brazil, February 15.

Batalha Boxe.

Faculdade Uni Santana.

- On February 15 at the Faculdade Uni Santana in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Batalha Boxe staged a UBO championship triple-header.

In the main event, Fernando Luis Pinto (7-1-1, 7 KOs) won the vacant UBO Inter-Continental Welterweight title, scoring a majority decision over local rival Felipe Moledas (10-0, 7 KOs).

Also, underdog Fernando Rodrigo Simoes de Almeida (8-3, 8 KOs) stopped South American Champion Gonzalo Omar Bazile (75-12, 36 KOs) in one to win the UBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.

 
 
 

Finally, Argentinean prospect Guido Emmanuel Schramm (5-0-1, 4 KOs) took home the vacant UBO International Welterweight crown, blasting out Brazil´s Cid Edson Bispo Ribeiro (17-10, 13 KOs) in the opener.


Honorable Mention: Mwazoa Promotion (UBO World Championship double-header in Tanzania, January 31), Puma Toguchi Boxing (UBO championship double-header in Dominican Republic, December 19).

 
 
 
ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE YEAR  
 

Lambert Fogoum (Cameroon / UAE)

Title: UBO All-Africa Cruiserweight Champion.

Record: 9-1-1 (8).

- In a year where many fighters have not been able to fight at all, and most must be grateful if they had one fight, UBO All-Africa Cruiserweight Champion Lambert Fogoum (9-1-1, 8 KOs) is a rare case.

He is one of only very few professional boxers who had four fights in 2020, which not only is a testament to his commitment but also shows that he has a great team behind him.  

 
 
 

Cameroon-born Fogoum won the UBO title in early March, stopping Stephen Abbey on away soil in Accra, Ghana.

He then won stay-busy fights in his adopted home-town Dubai in September and October, before defending his title, also in Dubai, with a stoppage of Egyptian Hany Atiyo in November.

Big respect to Fogoum and his team for staying busy, committed and pushing through in difficult times.


Honorable Mention: Puma Toguchi Boxing (Japanese promoter staging UBO championship double-header in Dominican Republic).  

 
 
 
SPECIAL TRIBUTE OF THE YEAR  
 

Brandon Berry (USA)

Title: UBO All-America Welterweight Champion.

Record: 19-5-2 (13).

- This award is given to a person who goes the extra mile to achieve and succeed. Its not easy being a professional boxer, and 2020 was certainly harder than most years.

However, Brandon “The Cannon” Berry, from West Forks, Maine, USA, got on with things as best he could, despite Covid-19, and won the UBO All-America Welterweight title on November 14, stopping Zack Kuhn in two rounds.

 
 

Berry (19-5-2, 13 KOs) is his own manager and promoter, and it is inspirational to see how he has the support of his local community and many local sponsors, and the appreciation he always express towards everyone “in his corner”.

So this award not only goes out to Brandon, it also goes out to all of the people supporting him in his career.  


Honorable Mention: None.

 
 
 
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