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Colin Hart wins "Excellence in Boxing Journalism"


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The Boxing Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Colin Hart has been chosen as the 2011 winner of the Nat Fleischer award for "Excellence in Boxing Journalism." The vote was conducted among past winners of the Fleischer award.


Hart, 76, becomes the first writer from England to win this award and the third

Brit, after Hugh McIlvanney in 1986 and Ken Jones in 1992. The award was

first given by the BWAA in 1972, to Barney Nagler.


Hart has been covering boxing for 47 years, primarily for The London Sun as

a mass circulation correspondent and columnist. His duties for The Sun also

included reporting on Track & Field. Hart has covered eight Olympic Games.


The first fight that Hart covered was a memorable one: the

Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier match at Madison Square Garden in 1971.

Thereafter he covered all of Ali's major fights as well as those of other legendary



Hart has won numerous writing awards, but none as big as the Fleischer, he

says. "This is the best Christmas present I can have" said Hart, upon hearing the

news. "I am deeply honored and flattered that my name can be mentioned

alongside the other talented writers who have won the award."


Hart is looking forward to attending the 87th annual BWAA dinner, where

he will receive his award along with other honorees. The date and location will

be announced in the coming weeks. For more information log onto BWAA.OR




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