BoxingInsider.com Writer Ivan G. Goldman Wins 2 Prestigious Writing Prizes, Plans to Chat with Al Haymon at Awards Dinner
Veteran Boxinginsider.com writer Ivan G. Goldman won two prizes and an honorable mention in the intensely competitive annual writing competition sponsored by the Boxing Writers Association of America, it was announced today.
The BWAA said Goldman, who is also a novelist, took second in the column category for “Golovkin-Geale Bout Shows N.Y. Commission Still A Bloody Mess,” July 28, 2014. He tied with Adam Berlin of boxing.com, whose entry was “Non-Superlative: This Year’s Ballot for Boxing Hall of Fame,” October 20, 2014. Winning first place was Jerry Izenberg with “40 Years Ago, Muhammad Ali Shocked George Foreman – And I Was There,” Newark Star-Ledger, October 29, 2014.
Goldman also took second in the news category competition with “Dan Goossen, Fun-Loving Fight Promoter, Dies at 64,” September 29, 2014. He tied again with Berlin, whose entry was “Choosing His Chariot: Hopkins Takes on Kovalev,” August 3, 2014. Taking first was Thomas Hauser’s “Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto,” TheSweetScience.com, June 11, 2014.
Goldman, a repeat winner from past years, also won an honorable mention for a boxing feature under 1,500 words.
“When you win second place you have to choose whether to be upset you didn’t win first place or happy that you won anything at all,” said Goldman. “I was competing with some really talented boxing writers so I choose to be happy. And I’ll be twice as happy if I can sit next to Al Haymon at the awards dinner. We can exchange phone numbers.”
Reclusive, secretive, all-powerful Haymon, named Manager of the Year by BWAA members, manages or advises about 200 fighters, including money machine Floyd Mayweather. He is by far the most powerful figure in the sport, and refuses to talk to reporters. Goldman dubbed him the “Godfather of Boxing.”
“Seriously though, I am disappointed I couldn’t do better to honor the memory of Dan Goossen, one of the great guys of boxing,” said Goldman. “He loved this sport and the people in it, and plenty of us loved him back.”
Goldman and other BWAA writing contest winners will be recognized at the 90thannual BWAA Awards Dinner April 24 in New York City, the night before the Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings heavyweight championship bout in Madison Square Garden.
The dinner will be emceed by Brooklyn Nets announcer David Diamonte and will salute a host of honorees and special guests, including 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford.
Hailed as the “Academy Awards of Boxing,” the writing awards, called Bernies, represent the best writing each year from members of the BWAA. Judges are sports editors and writers from outside the organization and don’t see the names of the nominees when they make their choices.
The complete list of Bernies and other award winners can be found at www.bwaa.us/category/news
Goldman’s two second-place articles are at: