Paul Upham’s Half Century Boxing Awards

For fifty years professional boxing has been a special part of my life. I have been privileged to report on the sport around the world, be in the presence of the boxers and many fine people who are the heart & soul of boxing. As I turn 50, here are my Half Century Awards, the criteria of which belong solely to me. Check back in 2071 for my Century Awards update.

Writer – Thomas Hauser
Editor – Nigel Collins & Steve Farhood
Features – Bill Dettloff
Newspaper – Ron Borges
Columnist – Michael Katz
News – Dan Rafael
Online Features – Patrick Kehoe
Online Editor – Mark Butcher & Clive Bernath
Photographer – Tom Casino

Fighter – Jeff Fenech
Boxer – Kostya Tszyu
Female Boxer – Sharon Anyos
Hand Speed – Sugar Shane Mosley
Hand & Foot Speed – Roy Jones Jr.
Defence – Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Ringcraft – Gairy St. Clair
Body Punching – Nedal Hussein
Fitness – Sam Soliman
King of Cool – Lennox Lewis
One and Only Aura – Mike Tyson
Archie Moore Over 40 Fighter Champion – Bernard Hopkins
Bo Jackson Unique Two-Sport Champion – Anthony Mundine
Toughness Badge of Honour – Danny Green
Lionheart Torch – Nader Hamdan
Steel Physique Trophy – Sakio Bika & Lovemore Ndou
Ring Walk Game Face – Steven Wills
Supreme Confidence Medal – Vic Darchinyan

Trainer (World) – Johnny Lewis
Trainer (Australia) – Billy Hussein & Igor Goloubev
Strength & Fitness Coach – Cole Young
Referee (World) – Mills Lane
Referee (Australia) – Brad Vocale
Judge (World) – Tom Kaczmarek & Duane Ford
Judge (Australia) – Gus Mercurio
Ring Official – John McDougall
Ringside Physician (World) – Dr Margaret Goodman
Ringside Physcian (Australia) - Dr Lou Lewis
Promoter (World) – Lou DiBella
Promoter (Australia) – Angelo Hyder & Angelo Di Carlo
Attorney – Kurt Emhoff

Agent – Don Majeski
Matchmaker – Stuart Duncan
Ring Announcer – David Diamante
National Anthem Singer – Suzee Fenech
Manager – Khoder Nasser & Matthew Watt
Team Manager – Glen Jennings
Team Member – Roman Lyubovny
Marketing – James Ajaka
Publicist (World) – Fred Sternburg & Ed Keenan
Publicist (Australia) – Kristy Egglestone

TV President & Producer (World) – Jay Larkin
TV Executive (USA) – Mark Taffet
TV Executive (Australia) – David Spencer & Ricardo Piccioni
TV Commentator (World) – Colonel Bob Sheridan
TV Commentator (Australia) – Andy Raymond
TV Analyst – Steve Farhood
TV Trainer – Teddy Atlas
TV Judge – Harold Lederman
TV Post Fight Interviewer – Larry Merchant
TV Studio Host – Mathew Brooks, Les Murray, Matt Russell & Ben Damon
TV News – Rob Grasso, John Baldock, Luke Doherty & Cody Kaye
TV Production – Gary Green, Phil Yeoman & Melissa Young
Radio – Patrick Skene, Brad Cooke, Claude Williams, Jacob Landsmeer & Paul Nasari

Australian Journalist – Adrian Warren & Peter Kogoy
Australian Magazine Publisher – Ray Wheatley & Damien Shields
Australian Book Author – Grantlee Kieza & Robert Drane
Book Publisher – Helen Littleton & Brigitta Doyle
Book Editor – Jody Lee
Online Publisher – Robert Waterman

Earliest Boxing Memory – Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali (1980)
Best Documentary – When We Were Kings
Favourite Fight – Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns
Best Arena Crowd Live – Kostya Tszyu vs. Ricky Hatton @ Manchester
Best Outdoor Stadium Crowd Live – Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green I @ Sydney
Best Fight Live (World) – Pongsaklek Wonjongkam vs. Hussein Hussein
Best Fight Live (Australia) – Adam Wills vs. Charlie Vella I
Best Fight Ending – Jeff Harding vs. Dennis Andries I
Best Fight Not Seen – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Kostya Tszyu @ super lightweight

Boxing Writers Association Medal – Joseph Santoliquito
Hall of Fame Executive (International) – Ed Brophy
Hall of Fame Executive (Australia) – Brett McCormick
Historian (World) – Springs Toledo & Lee Groves
Historian (Australia) – Arnold Thomas & John Hogg
Video Historian – Haris Mores

Gone Way Too Soon – Clinton Grybas, Davey Brown & Dwight Ritchie
Best Rivalry in Boxing – Don King vs. Bob Arum
Meeting Your Idol Memory – Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Good Guys of Australian Boxing – Hussein Hussein, Billy Hussein & Nedal Hussein
All-round Excellence Tiara – Natalia Tszyu
Special Thanks to – the Tszyu Family and the Fenech Family

My Personal Photo – with brothers Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko in New York (2004)

My Best Fight Pick – Manny Pacquiao over Oscar De La Hoya

Overseas Assignment – Bernard Hopkins vs. Felix Trinidad & September 11, New York
Once in a Lifetime – “Fan Man” James Miller
Newspaper Headline – “Pay-Per-Chew”, Philadelphia Daily News for Holyfield-Tyson II
Mr Aussie Boxing – Tony Nobbs & Jim Duignan
Boxing Fan – Buster Mcwilliams & Peter McDermott

August 11, 2021.

Paul Upham previews Mayweather vs Pacquiao

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Anthony Mundine vs Danny Green 2 Preview

PELE interview

Ian Chappell interview

Peter Fitzsimons interview

Roy Jones Junior interview

Kostya Tszyu Live stage show

Top 5 Boxing Pound for Pound

Tony Bonello dressing room interview



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