WBN Awards – Nominees: P4P Breakthrough / Young Fighter

WBN Awards 19/12/2016

Esther Lin / Will Hart / Naoki Fukuda / Matchroom

It’s that time of the year again…Awards season. World Boxing News are pleased to announce one set of nominations from the nine prizes on offer in 2016.

The nine categories this year are as follows:

WBN Fighter of the Year
Editor’s Choice (Fighter of the Year)
WBN Fight of the Year
WBN Young Fighter of the Year (23 under)
Pound for Pound Breakthrough
Stoppage of 2016
Trainer of the Year
Comeback of 2016
World Title Prospect of 2017

Below are the nominations for Pound for Pound Breakthrough and Young Fighter of the Year – 

Pound for pound breakthrough:

Carl Frampton

A stellar year from the Irishman who defeated UK nemesis Scott Quigg before moving up in weight to dethrone Leo Santa Cruz.

Vasyl Lomachenko

Already a legend in the amateur ranks, Lomachenko is quickly doing likewise without a head guard. Wins over Roman Martinez and Nicholas Walters at super-featherweight added to a previous reign at featherweight despite just eight bouts as a pro.

Jessie Magdaleno

Magdaleno upset a rejuvenated Nonito Donaire as the Las Vegas fighter pushed himself into the WBN Pound for Pound Top 50 from relative obscurity.

WBN Young Fighter of the Year (23 under):

Naoya Inoue

The winner of this award in 2014, Inoue continues to go from strength to strength. Inoue, 23, bids to make a third successful super-flyweight title defense on December 31. 

Felix Verdejo

Just missing out on a nomination for World Title Prospect of 2017, the talented Puerto Rican scored three victories in 2016 to push his C.V to 22-0.

Umar Salamov

At just 22 years of age, Russian star Salamov won all four of his light-heavyweight fights in 2016.

Kosei Tanaka

Last year’s winner was a late entry to the nominees after claiming a second weight world title in just his eighth fight on New Year’s Eve.

Winners of all WBN Awards will be announced in mid-January. Look out for more nominations tomorrow