World Boxing News Fighter of the Year for 2016, Vasyl Lomachenko is in contention to reclaim his crown ahead of the shortlist announcement for 2018.
WBN can reveal polling for the only award voted for by the boxing fans will begin on January 1st and run until January 18.
Lomachenko won the trophy in 2016 with a whopping 76% after what was a stellar year. ‘Loma’ was beaten in 2017 by the resurgent Gennady Golovkin with 48% of the poll.
This year, Golovkin misses out, whilst Lomachenko will seal his place with victory over Jose Pedraza on December 8.
The full shortlist will be confirmed after the last big nights of the year on December 22, when a Pay-Per-View double is held on UK soil, and on December 31 in Japan.
The likes of Oleksandr Usyk and Mikey Garcia are set to feature. Whilst a host of other fighters are vying to be part of the voting.
Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Terence Crawford, Naoya Inoue, and even Manny Pacquiao could be in with a shout after securing their places in the WBN P4P Top 10 into the New Year.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Anthony Joshua, currently ranked at ten and twelve respectively, are further fighters sure to be nominated.
Further outside the top ten, Miguel Berchelt, Danny Jacobs and Shawn Porter have enjoyed solid years. Whilst minimumweight star Wanheng Menayothin could be in with a shout after overtaking Floyd Mayweather on 52-0.
New kids on the block, Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Eleider Alvarez deserve to be in the shake-up as both defeated pound for pound champions in Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson.
Winning world titles for the first time in 2018, Isaac Dogboe, Demetrius Andrade and World Boxing Super Series winner Callum Smith will be hoping to be involved.
It could prove a little too early for Dmitry Bivol and Regis Prograis. 2019 is a more likely year if they continue their progression.
Gervonta Davis, The Charlo brothers and Josh Taylor find themselves on the beyond the periphery of contenders.
A nominee for Comeback of 2018, Nonito Donaire may well find himself announced on the New Year list. Whilst Jarrett Hurd and Hekkie Budler have impressed this year.
Ken Shiro, Kazuto Ioka and two-time WBN Young Fighter of the Year Kosei Tanaka will be bidding to fly the flag for the Asian contingent.
WBN will reveal all award nominees on January 1, 2019.
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