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NorCal Boxing Awards Nominees — Vote Now!

As we near the end of what has arguably been the greatest year for Northern California boxing in the modern era, it’s only appropriate that we honor the people who have made 2011 a reality with the inaugural CSNBayArea.com NorCal Boxing Awards.

Over the past 11-and-a-half months, we consulted with a variety of fighters, trainers, managers, promoters, and fans, while scouring the local gyms and fight venues to put together a list of worthy nominees for 22 categories.

While there are no trophies or plaques for the winners, the purpose behind our NorCal Awards is to recognize the tireless toil and dedication from everyone involved in keeping the sport alive and punching in the region.

The criteria for award eligibility entails being a native or resident of Northern California, which we define as anything from the northern border of the state down to the imaginary horizontal line that runs through Monterey and Fresno.  The amateur categories are limited to the Open Division only.

Read below to see how the votes will be counted and how you can have your say on the winner by submitting your own vote.

HOW THE VOTES WILL BE COUNTED

  • Each member of our media panel below will have one vote for each category: 

Ramon Aranda, 3 More Rounds; Mario Cabrera Jr., Boxing Republic; Estaban Corrales, Elite Knockout Sports; Truth Esguerra, Philippine News/Fil-Am Network; Paul Gutierrez, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Ryan Maquiñana, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area/Boxing Scene; Ray Markarian, The Sweet Science; Kim Martinez, Leave it in the Ring; Joe O’Rourke, Ringside Boxing Show;  Mario Ortega, 15 Rounds; Mark Ortega, Leave it in the Ring/Queensberry Rules; Monte Poole, Oakland Tribune/Bay Area News Group; John Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing; Champ Ross, Da Truth Boxing; Vittorio Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle; Dennis Taylor, Ringside Boxing Show; Richie Tomassini, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Barry Tompkins, Fox Sports/Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Darren Velasco, 8 Count News; Henry Wofford, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

  • The fans will also have an opportunity to vote for each category, with the final deadline being December 26 at 11:59 p.m.  The nominee with the most fan votes in each category will receive one vote to be added to the total from the media panel.

HOW YOU CAN VOTE — LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

  • Simply scroll down to the “Comments” box, specify the category (or categories) in which you would like to vote, and the name of the candidate.  YOU MUST HAVE A CSNBAYAREA.COM LOGIN AND PASSWORD TO LEAVE A COMMENT.  Registration is 100 percent FREE!  Simply click the “Login” button and follow the directions to sign up.

  • Again, whichever nominee ends up with the most fan votes in each category will receive one extra vote in their favor.  For example, if eight media members vote for Fighter A and eight for Fighter B, the deciding vote would be whoever the majority of the fans selected.
  • If you would like an update on who is winning the fan voting, follow me on Twitter @RMaq28, where I will announce the category leaders each afternoon until the deadline. 
  • The award winners will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 29, in my last weekly column of the year right here on CSNBayArea.com.
  • Descriptions for EACH nominee will be on my blog at www.maqdown.com.  Here they are, listed in alphabetical or chronological order:

POUND-FOR-POUND CHAMPION
For the fighter who finishes 2011 atop the CSNBayArea.com NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 due to overall career body of work plus recent achievements
Nonito Donaire (San Leandro), Robert Guerrero (Gilroy), Karim Mayfield (San Francisco), Eloy Perez (Salinas), Andre Ward (Oakland)

MALE PRO FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
For the male professional fighter who has achieved the most success in 2011
Nonito Donaire (San Leandro), Robert Guerrero (Gilroy), Karim Mayfield (San Francisco), Eloy Perez (Salinas), Andre Ward (Oakland)

FEMALE PRO FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
For the female professional fighter who has achieved the most success in 2011
Ana Julaton (Daly City), Ava Knight (Chico), Melissa McMorrow (San Carlos), Carina Moreno (Watsonville)

MALE AMATEUR FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
For the male amateur fighter who has achieved the most success in 2011
Aaron Coley (Hayward), Eros Correa (San Jose), Michael Fernandez (San Francisco), LaRon Mitchell (San Francisco), Ricardo Pinell (S.F./San Mateo), Andy Vences (San Jose)

FEMALE AMATEUR FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
For the female amateur fighter who has achieved the most success in 2011
Tatiana Almaraz (Concord), Brenda Gutierrez (Sacramento), Raquel Miller (San Francisco), Casey Morton (S.F./San Mateo), Shanne Ruelas (Fresno), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gilroy)

COLLEGIATE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
For the collegiate fighter who has achieved the most success in 2011
J.R. Abellon (USF), Ramsey Ayloush (USF), Pablo Diaz (San Jose St.), J.C. Oviedo (Cal), Pat Welde (Santa Clara)

PROSPECT OF THE YEAR
For the most accomplished pro fighter in 2011 who has not yet challenged for a regional belt (minimum five bouts)
Manuel Avila (Fairfield/Vacaville), Bruno Escalante (San Carlos), Jonathan Garcia (Watsonville), Brandon Gonzales (Sacramento), Guy Robb (Sacramento), Alan Sanchez (Fairfield)

ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR
For the fighter most exemplary to the Northern California community in 2011
Robert Guerrero (Gilroy), Ana Julaton (Daly City), Karim Mayfield (San Francisco), LaRon Mitchell (San Francisco), Andre Ward (Oakland)

PRO FIGHT OF THE YEAR
For the most exciting, competitive professional bout in 2011 from start to finish involving at least one Northern California fighter
Guy Robb MD4 Manuel Morales (Mar. 25), Lamont Williams UD4 Juan Hernandez (Apr. 15), Kaliesha West D10 Ava Knight (Jun. 18), Alan Sanchez TKO7 Clint Coronel (Jun. 24), Manuel Avila SD4 David Reyes (Oct. 15), Ulises Soriano MD4 Jhonnathan Zamudio (Oct. 28)

AMATEUR FIGHT OF THE YEAR
For the most exciting, competitive amateur fight in 2011 from start to finish involving at least one Northern California fighter
Jose Ramirez W3 Adam Fiel (Mar. 13), Andy Vences W3 Vicente Guzman (Mar. 13), Eros Correa W3 Louie Byrd (Aug. 3), Tatiana Almaraz W4 Casey Morton (Dec. 2), Terry Fernandez W3 Vince Hernandez (Dec. 2)

ROUND OF THE YEAR
For the most exciting, competitive round in 2011 from the opening to final bell
Jose Ramirez vs. Adam Fiel – Rd. 3 (Mar. 13), Andy Vences vs. Vicente Guzman – Rd. 2 (Mar. 13), Guy Robb vs. Manuel Morales – Rd. 4 (Mar. 25), Lamont Williams vs. Juan Hernandez – Rd. 1 (Apr. 15), Alan Sanchez vs. Clint Coronel – Rd. 6 (Jun. 24), Terron Grant vs. Alonso Loeza – Rd. 4 (Sep. 16)

PRO EVENT OF THE YEAR
For the most entertaining, well-promoted Northern California-based pro show in 2011
Golden Boy/Don Chargin’s “Perez vs. Gonzalez” (Feb. 18), Brian Schwartz/CP Presents/37 Mgmt./454 Ent.’s “Julaton vs. Alcanter” (Feb. 25), Golden Boy/Don Chargin’s “Perez vs. Escalante” (Mar. 25), Uppercut Boxing’s “Martinez vs. Banks” (Apr. 22), Golden Boy/Don Chargin’s “Perez vs. Jimenez” (Sep. 2)

AMATEUR EVENT OF THE YEAR
For the most entertaining, well-promoted Northern California-based amateur show in 2011
Mateen Boxing Club’s “S.F. Regional Golden Gloves” (Mar. 13), Aleman Boxing’s “U.S. Independence Day Boxing Championships” (Jul. 2), Boxing SF’s “Summer Amateur Championships” (Jul. 26), 3rd St. Gym’s “Fight Night” (Sep. 9), BabyFace/Bad Girls Boxing’s “Beautiful Brawlers” (Sep. 10), Kennel Boxing’s “Battle at the Kennel #2” (Nov. 12), Boxing SF’s “Winter Amateur Championships” (Dec. 2)

VENUE OF THE YEAR
For the pro or amateur venue with the best overall atmosphere and fanbase of 2011
Craneway Pavilion (Richmond), Longshoremen’s Hall (S.F.), Fairfield Sports Center, King’s Gym (Oakland), Polk St. Gym (S.F.), Red Lion Hotel (Sacramento), Salinas Sports Complex

KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR
For the most spectacular, stunning, and sensational pro knockout or referee stoppage of 2011 by a Northern California fighter
Joe Gumina TKO1 Jose Hurtado (Feb. 18), Nonito Donaire TKO2 Fernando Montiel (Feb. 19), Manuel Avila TKO2 Frank Gutierrez (Mar. 25), Alejandro Perez TKO1 Antonio Escalante (Mar. 25), Eloy Perez KO2 Daniel Jimenez (Sep. 2), Ava Knight KO2 Arely Mucino (Oct. 29)

PRO TRAINER OF THE YEAR
For the pro trainer based in Northern California who has accomplished the most in 2011 with his/her fighter(s) from both a strategic standpoint as well as through individual development
Ben Bautista (SFC Boxing), Max Garcia (Garcia Boxing, Salinas), Virgil Hunter (King’s Gym, Oakland), Al LaGardo (Vacaville PAL), Angelo Reyes (West-Wind, Berkeley), Ray Woods (Bloodhounds, Sacramento)

AMATEUR TRAINER OF THE YEAR
For the amateur trainer based in Northern California who has accomplished the most in 2011 with his/her fighter(s) from both a strategic standpoint as well as through individual development
Ben Bautista (SFC Boxing), Eddie Croft (B Street, San Mateo), Jimmy Ford (Ring of Fire, S.F.), Blanca Gutierrez (BabyFace, Pacifica), Candelario “Candy” Lopez (San Jose PAL), Karl Sharrock (Old School, Concord)

UPSET OF THE YEAR
For the most improbable and impactful win by a Northern California underdog in 2011
Alejandro Perez TKO1 Antonio Escalante (Mar. 25), LaRon Mitchell W3 Lenroy Thompson (Jun. 22), Terry Fernandez RSC-1 Michael Fernandez (Jul. 26), Eros Correa W3 Louie Byrd (Aug. 3)

MANAGER/ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
For the Northern Califonia-based manager/advisor who has done the most to put his/her fighter(s) in the best position to succeed in 2011
Ben Bautista (San Francisco), Kathy Garcia (Salinas), Angelo Reyes (Berkeley), Bob Santos (San Jose), Ricky “Repo Ric” Steve (Fresno)

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
For the promoter, professional or amateur, who has done the most for Northern California fans in 2011
Aleman Boxing, BabyFace/Bad Girls Boxing, Boxing SF, Don Chargin/Golden Boy, Goossen Tutor, Uppercut Boxing, Paul Wade/3rd St. Boxing

COMEBACK FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
For the male or female fighter, professional or amateur, who has best overcome adversity away from the ring in 2011 to achieve unexpected success
Glenn Donaire (San Leandro), Vicente Escobedo (Woodland), Karim Mayfield (San Francisco), Paul Nave (San Rafael), Alejandro Perez (Salinas)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
For the person in the sport, participant or non-participant, who most deserves recognition for their contribution to Northern California boxing
Paris Alexander, Joe Burke, Don Chargin, Dan Goossen, Charles King, Paul Nave

To reiterate, voting is open from now until Monday, December 26 at 11:59 p.m.  Make your voice count, and thank you all for an amazing year!

Source: Ryan Maquiñana, csnbayarea.com
Boxing correspondent Ryan Maquiñana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com, check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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