Boxing Writers Association of America: A.J. Liebling Awards

PHILADELPHIA, Februrary 9th- Acclaimed sportswriters Edwin Pope and William Nack will receive A.J. Liebling Awards, for excellence in boxing journalism, at the 80th annual Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner May 6 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. It has been several years since the BWAA presented Lieblings, which are authorized by a vote of the organization's officers and board members..

Pope had been with the Miami Herald for over 45 years and is a member of both the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters and Florida Sports Halls of Fame. He is one of only five writers to
have covered every Super Bowl, and he has received a record four Eclipse Awards for the nation's best sports columns. But while Pope may be more identifiable with Dan Marino than Muhammad Ali, he has covered many major fights around the world and has a special place in his heart for boxing. Maybe that comes from all the time spent at the Dundee brother's gone-but-not- forgotten Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach.

Nack is best known for his coverage of horse racing and boxing, first at Newsday and later at Sports Illustrated. His love of boxing was spurred by his father, whose interest in the sport dated back to the championship reign of Jack Dempsey. At SI, Nack wrote lengthy profiles of, among others, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. His most recent book, "My Turf: Horses, Boxers, Blood Money and the Sporting Life," is an anthology of his magazine writing.

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Article posted on 09.02.2005

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