Undisputed welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus, the No. 1 pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, has been selected as the 2017 female fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, the organization announced Friday.
The BWAA, which has existed for 92 years, has honored a fighter of the year for decades, but the award always has been given to men. Last month, the organization announced that a committee of women’s boxing experts would begin picking a female fighter of the year.
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