Golovkin, who took the trophy in 2013, 2014 and 2015, claimed over 7,200 votes (48%) as the Ukrainian managed to pull in just over 4500 or 30 percent of more than 15,000 – a record for the annual process.
Finishing in third was heavyweight king Anthony Joshua on 5%, ahead of compatriot and current unified world title-holder Ryan Burnett and American star Terence Crawford on 4%.
The final results read as follows:
Golovkin will now receive the new WBN trophy redesigned by Gaudio Awards for 2017, emblazoned with the new logo which is set to be part of a brand new World Boxing News site coming in 2018.
The Kazakh puncher enjoyed a stellar year in retaining his clutch of middleweight belts against the number two and three in the division at the time, Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez.
Both results were debated highly by fans, although in a year where Golovkin finally became pound for pound number one – there’s little to debate ‘GGG’ being deserved of the crown.
Other nominees for the award included Billy Joe Saunders for his dominant win over David Lemieux recently, the now-retired Andre Ward listed for his repeat win over Sergey Kovalev, plus current multi-weight world title-holder Mikey Garcia.
Wanheng Menayothin found his name among the 2017 elite for reaching a milestone 49-0, whilst heavyweight puncher Deontay Wilder impressed this year with another two stoppage wins. It was the American WBC champion’s crushing first-round victory over Bermane Stiverne that eventually sealed the nod though.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai‘s shock double triumph over Roman Gonzalez meant the Thai fighter featured on merit and rounding off the voting was current unified 147-pound number one Keith Thurman, who took Danny Garcia’s ‘0’ and WBC strap way back in January.
Congratulations to Golovkin – who takes the award for a record fourth time in five years!