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Katie Taylor picks up two International Boxing Federation awards

Katie Taylor [15(6)-0] will have to make room in her already packed trophy cabinet after she picked up two more awards today.

The undisputed world light weight champion picked up two International Boxing Federation awards.

Taylor was named the IBF’s Female Fighter of the Year at the governing bodies Awards Dinner, which takes place during the governing bodies Annual Convention.

The Bray native also picked up the Fight of the Year award alongside Delfine Persoon after their epic June 1 2019 undisputed world title fight.

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The IBF released the following statement today:

“During the IBF Annual Convention we host our Awards Dinner to honor our award recipients from the previous year.

Prior to Covid-19 becoming a pandemic and basically shutting down the world to slow the spread, we had already chosen our award recipients for 2019. We had to abruptly stop our plans in progress for the convention and eventually reschedule it for next year. However, we felt that we could still honor our award recipients for 2019, give them the recognition they deserve and bring one of the most anticipated moments of our annual convention into everyone’s home.

Please enjoy the first IBF Video Awards Ceremony! Just follow this link to the IBF Boxing YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/tNfC1M1mb4g

IBF Award recipients for 2019

Jersey Joe Walcott β€“ Errol Spence, Jr.

The Jersey Joe Walcott award is the highest honor awarded to a male boxer by the IBF for his accomplishments in the ring. Spence won his IBF World Welterweight tile in May 2017 and has defended his title successfully four times since then.

Female Fighter of the Year β€“ Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor became the IBF Lightweight Female World Champion in April of 2018 beating Victoria Bustos for the title. Taylor has defended her IBF title 5 times since then and is being recognized for her achievements as an IBF Champion.

Three or More Successful Defenses – Recipients are awarded an IBF Champion Ring

Artur Beterbiev

Marie-Eve DiCaire

Moruti Mthlane

Claressa Shields

Josh Warrington

Fight of the Year

IBF– Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire

Female β€“ Katie Taylor vs. Delphine Persoon

Intercontinental β€“ Shakur Stevenson vs. Christopher Diaz 

USBA β€“ Teofimo Lopez vs. Diego Magdaleno

International β€“ Daniele Scardina vs. Ilias Achergui

Continental Africa β€“ Phila Mpontshana VS. Khanyile Bulana

Pan Pacific/Asia Oceania β€“  Brock Jarvis vs. Ernesto Saulong

Most Active Promoter

IBF β€“ Top Rank

Female β€“ Matchroom Boxing & Group Yvon Michel

USBA β€“ Top Rank & DiBella Entertainment

International β€“ OPI Since 82

Pan Pacific β€“ Jimmy’s Boxing

Continental Africa β€“ Rumble Africa Boxing Promotions

Australasian β€“ Ace Boxing

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com