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2023 UBO Boxing Awards

 
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JANUARY 2, 2024 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
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It is time for the 2023 Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Boxing Awards. After another good year with many excellent fights and new champions, we 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 2023 who do not receive an award, please know that you are still very much appreciated.

The recipients are as follows:

 
 
 
BOXER OF THE YEAR  
 

Yosif Panov (Bulgaria)

UBO World Welterweight Champion.

- He has won 23 straight fights (after going 2-3 in his first five), and in 2023 Yosif Panov (25-3, 11 KOs) captured both the UBO International and World Welterweight titles.

To win the International title in April he had to adjust to a new, tough opponent when his original foe pulled out injured. He fought Argentinian Victoriano Santillan, and emerged victorious by unanimous decision.

When matched against his best opponent to date, Frenchman Sandy Messaud, for the UBO world title in October, Panov stepped up to the plate again and came out on top by close, but unanimous, decision.

 
 

The Viper” is arguably Bulgaria´s number one boxing-star and Pound-For-Pound number one, and he proved in 2023 that he has what it takes to carry those praises on his shoulders.

He can without a doubt also carry being the 2023 UBO Boxer of the Year!

 
 

HONOURABLE MENTION: Stevie Morgan (winning and defending the UBO world Lightweight title), Issa Salum James (winning and defending the UBO International Super Lightweight title), Sampson Segbedzi (winning and defending the UBO All-Africa Welterweight title), Jesus Escalera (winning UBO Latino, Inter-Continental and World titles), Michal Ryba (winning UBO International and Inter-Continental titles).

 
 
 
FIGHT OF THE YEAR  
 

Jaqeem Hutcherson W. MD Brandon Chambers

UBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title.

- Both boxers brought 9-1-1 records, both fighting out of Maryland, a bit of bad blood, a packed venue, and a UBO title on the line.

Drama was basically guaranteed when Jaqeem Hutcherson squared off with Brandon Chambers for the UBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title on October 14 at the Live Casino in Hanover, Maryland.

The main event of a card promoted by Jeter Promotions delivered, two-way action, knock-downs scored by both, controversy as a consequence and a close decision.

Hutcherson won the fight by majority verdict, and Chambers felt robbed and has been calling for a rematch since.

 
 

The bad blood remains, and Chambers will get his chance to get even on February 24 at the same venue.

In the meantime their first fight is the 2023 UBO Fight of the Year.

 
 

HONOURABLE MENTION: Michal Ryba TKO 4 Bosko Misic (UBO International Light Heavyweight title, August 19), Angelina Lukas W10 Stumai Muki Paulo (UBO world Super Flyweight title, August 25), Yosif Panov W12 Sandy Messaoud (UBO world Welterweight title, October 19), Chaise Nelson W12 Nestor Gonzalez (UBO world Super Featherweight title, December 29).

 
 
 
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR  
 

Vlad Eliseev / Top Boxing Generation (Ukraine)

- Sometimes you don't have to stage multiple UBO championship fights to win this award.

In this case one is enough, simply because of how significant and historical it was when Vlad Eliseev promoted a UBO world Super Lightweight title fight between Nazri Rahimov and late substitute Irving Berry on August 12 in Brovary, Ukraine.

It was the first championship fight staged in Ukraine since the Russian invasion, and due to the ongoing war it was more than extraordinarily difficult to pull off.

The event, dedicated to the armed forces of Ukraine, took place with extra safety measures and in coordination with the highest authorities.

 
 

It was a magnificent achievement by everyone who made it possible, and especially the promoter. A true example of how you can do big things under extremely difficult circumstances.

We are proud to award Vlad Eliseev the 2023 UBO Promoter of the Year Award!

 
 

HONOURABLE MENTION: T & K Boxing Promotions (promoting numerous UBO title fights), Platinum Punch Promotions (promoting five UBO title fights inside nine days), UP Boxe Show (promoting UBO world Cruiserweight title fight in Brazil), Max Fight Promotion (promoting two UBO title fights on big cards in Bulgaria).

 
 
 
KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR  
 

Askat Zhantursynov KO 2 Serdar Sirin

UBO All-Asia Cruiserweight Title, April 30, Istanbul, Turkey.

- This was probably the easiest award to decide this year!

Kazakhstan´s Askat Zhantursynov (7-1, 6 KOs) brutally knocked out undefeated local man Serdar Sirin in the second round to win the UBO All-Asia Cruiserweight title on April 30 in Istanbul, Turkey.

What looked like a fifty-fifty match-up on paper, never got a chance to develop into much of a fight, as Zhantursynov connected with a huge over-hand right to leave southpaw Sirin in a heap, and the contest waved off immediately.

It was as impressive as it could be, and highlight reel stuff. One of those knockouts boxers hope to score, and pray to avoid.

 
 
Without question the 2023 UBO Knockout of the Year!
 
 

HONOURABLE MENTION: Angelo Habib TKO 1 Victor Bernal (UBO International Super Lightweight title, October 28, Melgar, Colombia), Harold Jackson TKO2 Jimmy Ford III (UBO Inter-Continental Super Welterweight title, October 14, Gadsden, Alabama, USA), Lucas Pontes Da Silva KO 2 Reinaldo Gonzalez (UBO world Cruiserweight title, July 1, Belem, Brazil).

 
 
 
PROSPECT OF THE YEAR  
 

Isaiah Riquelmy (USA)

UBO Inter-Continental Super Lightweight Champion.


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From Brandon in Florida, 19-year-old UBO Inter-Continental Super Lightweight champion Isaiah “Icon” Riquelmy (7-1, 5 KOs) is certainly one to keep an eye on.

He may have lost his sixth pro fight, but only because he was not afraid to take on 9-0 Benigno Aguilar this past June, dropping a Majority Decision after a close fight he might as well have won.

After a so-called safe victory in November, he jumped right back in with another undefeated opponent on December 16, impressively stopping Venezuelan puncher Danny Mena (5-0, 5 KOs) in seven rounds for the UBO title.

 
 

Time will tell how far Riquelmy can go, but he has plenty of support from his family, and with a team who certainly know what they are doing, the future looks bright.

He is already a champion, but he is also the 2023 UBO Prospect of the Year!

 
 
HONOURABLE MENTION: Robert Lloyd-Taylor Jr., UK (UBO Youth Welterweight champion), Tom Roestel, Germany (UBO Youth Super Middleweight champion), Burak Gucukcavus, Turkey (UBO All-Asia Light Heavyweight champion).
 
 
 
NEW CHAMPION OF THE YEAR  
 

Octavio Pudivitr (Portugal)

UBO World Light Heavyweight Champion.

- Octavio “Tank” Pudivitr (9-1, 4 KOs) had a great 2023, despite a small setback, culminating in winning the UBO world Light Heavyweight title on December 8 in Matosinhos, Portugal.

Pudivitr captured the WBU world title in June, but then lost a controversial decision to Martin Houben in Germany. After a comeback win, he took on tough Colombian Juan Boada for the vacant UBO world title.

It was an excellent fight, and Pudivitr didn't let it go to the scorecards as he overwhelmed Boada for an impressive eighth round stoppage.

Having accomplished what he has in only ten professional fights, Octavio Puduvitr is deservedly the 2023 UBO New Champion of the Year!

 
 
 

HONOURABLE MENTION: Chaise Nelson (UBO World Super Featherweight champion), Simona Sarpa (UBO World Flyweight champion), Josh Padley (UBO International Lightweight champion), Lila Dos Santos Furtado (UBO world Super Bantamweight champion).

 
 
 
EVENT OF THE YEAR  
 

Max Fight 56 Featuring Conor McGregor

Max Fight Promotion, Sofia, Bulgaria October 19.

- A UBO world championship fight headlining, top class fights in various combat sports, around ten thousand spectators at the impressive Arena Sofia, world-wide broadcasting, and one of the biggest MMA legends of all time ringside as a special guest.

Max Fight 56 on October 19 in Sofia, Bulgaria, promoted by Max Fight Promotions, was nothing short of a world-class event which delivered in every way.

Local star Yosif Panov won the vacant UBO world Welterweight title by unanimous decision after twelve hard rounds against quality co-challenger Sandy Messaoud from France, and Conor McGregor was one of the first people in the ring to congratulate him.

 
 
 

Everything about the show was quality, and it feels impossible to not crown this as the 2023 UBO Event of the Year!

 
 
HONOURABLE MENTION: UBO world championship boxing in Ukraine, August 12 (Nazri Rahimov vs. Irving Berry, promoted by Top Boxing Generation, the first title fight in Ukraine since Russian invasion), “One in a Billion”, Accra, Ghana, December 19 (four UBO title fights promoted by Platinim Punch Promotions), UBO Quadruple-Header in Istanbul, August 25 (Promoted by Serdar Avci Promotion, featuring Angelina Lukas, Berkay Varol, Deniz Altuntoz Ermis & Burak Gucukcavus).  
 
 
 
COMEBACK BOXER OF THE YEAR  
 

Calista Silgado (Colombia)

UBO World Lightweight Champion.

- Giving up is often the easiest solution. But coming up short is part of life, and those who keep dreaming and refuse to give up will always have a better chance to succeed.

Colombian Calista Silgado had come up short in eight (!) previous world championship challenges when she got what was likely going to be her last chance against then UBO world Lightweight ruler Stevie Morgan last October in Gadsden, Alabama.

With her experience from fighting at the top level for over ten years, 35-year-old Silgado had not just come to be a name-opponent for the undefeated Morgan, and after ten rounds she emerged victorious by majority decision.

 
 
 

Silgado believed in her self, and came back from defeat several times to prove that if you are persistent you can achieve big things. She is the 2023 UBO Comeback Boxer of the Year!

 
 
HONOURABLE MENTION: Jose Angel Rojas Alba, Mexico (winning UBO International Super Flyweight title), Martin Hillman, UK (winning UBO Inter-Continental Bantamweight title), Isidro Curiel, Mexico (winning UBO All-America Super Lightweight title), Yeison Gonzalez (winning UBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title).
 
 
 
ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE YEAR  
 

Jesus Escalera & T & K Boxing Promotions (USA)

Boxer / Promoter.

- Its not easy to be a professional boxer. Its not easy to be a professional boxing promoter. Its obviously not easy being both at the same time.

Jesus Escalera boxed an incredible 16 times in 2023, winning UBO Latino, Inter-Continental and world Heavyweight titles.

As the head of T & K Boxing Promotions he was involved with over thirty promotions, nine of which featured one or more UBO title fights.

If the above doesn't warrant winning the 2023 UBO Accomplishment of the Year Award, then nothing does!

 
 

HONOURABLE MENTION: Stevie Morgan, USA (fighting 8 times in 2023, winning the UBO world Lightweight title and making two defenses), Taryel Jafarov, Azerbaijan (fighting 8 times in 2023, winning UBO Eurasia and International Heavyweight titles), Michal Ryba, Czech Republic (fighting 9 times in 2023, winning UBO International and Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight titles).

 
 
 
SPECIAL TRIBUTE OF THE YEAR  
 

Platinum Punch Promotions (U. K.)

Promoter.

- Britain-based Platinum Punch Promotions is not your average promotional outfit.

Established and run by professional boxers Tony Bange, the current UBO International Super Welterweight champion, and IBO world Bantamweight champion Prince Patel, the company had a strong end to 2023.

On December 19 at the famous Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana, PPP staged a massive card with five championship fights, four of them involving UBO titles. Three Brits became UBO champions that night, including Bange.

 
 

Nine days later, December 28, PPP was involved in another show in Accra, where Bradley Townsend won the UBO Inter-Continental Welterweight title.

Going against conventional ways, creating extraordinary opportunities for fellow boxers, Bange and Patel / Platinum Punch Promotions gets the 2023 UBO Special Tribute of the Year Award.   

 
 
HONOURABLE MENTION: Max Fight Promotion, Bulgaria (creating big opportunities for Bulgarian boxers on home-turf), Manager Thomas Hirshmann, USA (extraordinary dedication and enthusiasm for his boxers), Promoter Cesar Moreira, Portugal (Developing Portuguese boxers and pro boxing in his country).
 
 
 
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