Scottish Boxer of the Year Awards

JATV is pleased to announce The Scottish Boxer of the Year Awards 2022. Our intention is to work with the entire Scottish boxing community to recognise and celebrate all aspects of Scottish Boxing. We will hold a huge gala event at the end of 2022 to present the winners and honour the fantastic work happening up and down the country. Our first four categories are below for you to start nominating.

We are also looking to work with our partners and other organisations or media teams like ours to make the awards a joint effort.

The first categories are;

Scottish Boxer of the Year 

Boxing Club of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

and, Most improved Boxer of the Year

And we are now pleased to open nominations for the remainder of our awards categories;

Coach of the Year
Event of the Year
Fight of the Year
Friend of Boxing Award
Ring Announcer of the Year
Social Media Hero
The Boxing Legend Award
Young Champion of the Year

Sponsorship

in 2022, we will be seeking sponsorship for the Scottish Boxer of the Year Awards to assist with the recovery of the costs and make sure the awards are open to all boxers and boxing clubs from around the country, regardless of where they may live, or their economic situation. We will be deciding on a suitable venue, in a major city, to host the event and sponsors will have an opportunity to attend alongside shortlisted candidates and Scottish Boxing Stars.

Please email [email protected] to declare an interest and details will be available in early 2022. 

Rules

It is important to us to make the awards as open as possible, however, when the judging panel is created, it will be up to them to decide the criteria for each category. Once someone or a club is nominated, they will be considered for shortlisting based on the agreed criteria. We will aim to recognise people from across many categories.  

No matter how many times someone/club is nominated, they will only be considered once per category. Nominations are not votes.

Someone can be nominated in more than one category.

Unless decided otherwise, under exceptional circumstances, a boxer will not be considered for the Scottish Boxer of the Year if they are not considered an ‘active’ boxer. (Note: This does not mean a boxer must have had a bout/fight, but rather, being officially carded or have an active boxing license.) Other categories do not need to follow this rule. 

The judges may consider outside activities when deciding on each category. These activities can only go in favor of the consideration for an award, however, any serious criminal offense, may result in a nominated boxer having consideration removed. 

Judges can use their own judgement and consider the boxing heritage, legacy and impact of a nominated boxer or club, to assist with their decision. 

We will have sub-categories for Professional and Olympic-Style (Amateur) Boxers when relevant. 

Members of the JATV team will not be included in deciding the winners of awards, but will accommodate judges and assist when needed. JATV team members are free to nominate boxers and clubs for consideration wherever they see fit.

The Award Categories

Please find below each award along with a brief description of what this award is seeking to recognise. We will accept nominations in stages, so not all these awards are available to nominate until early 2022. We will also release more award Categories later.

Scottish Boxer of the Year 2022

The Scottish Boxer of the Year Award will have two sub-categories; Professional and Olympic-Style. We are discussing whether or not to include sub-categories based on gender in order to be representative. The same nomination form will be used for all boxers.

Which boxer has stood out for you? Who has shown great leadership and commitment to the sport? Who has fought against the odds or broken the barriers to achieve success? Who is the ultimate Ambassador for Scottish Boxing? When you think of Scottish Boxing, who springs to mind?

Boxing Club of the Year

The Boxing Club of the Year will celebrate the efforts of an established boxing club or gym. The criteria and sub-categories are still being decided, but we will look at the club/gyms boxing heritage and legacy as well as the impact to the wider community. 

Most Improved Boxer of the Year

All boxers set their goals and targets and aim high, but some are more determined than others to improve their skill, ability and achievements by really focusing on the sport and making sacrifices in their lives in order to succeed. 

Young Champion of the Year

The Young Champion of the Year award recognises the skill, ability, passion or commitment of a young person within the boxing community. This may or may not be a boxer, but a young person (aged 25 or under on the year of the awards), who has stood out to be recognised by going above and beyond what is expected. It may be a boxer who you believe should be recognised, even if they haven’t been successful in competitive environments, or a young person who has shown great loyalty to the ambitions of the boxing community.

Volunteer of the Year

Our boxing community would not survive without the great work put in by an army of Volunteers. This awards seeks to recognise, celebrate and congratulate someone who has volunteered their time and really made a difference. This could be someone who helps out at your gym, a boxing coach or official, a family member who goes that extra mile, or a member of the boxing community who has put their time in without reward. This is our opportunity to say thank you to the backbone of Scottish Boxing. 

Coach of the Year

We understand that a boxer’s love and respect for their coach is something we all think is special, and it is, but we want this award to showcase the absolute best in sacrifice, mentoring, perseverance and leadership. Tell us why it should be your coach who should be recognised. 

Each story will be amazing and unique, but we can only have one winner. This is your opportunity to tell us about the one who has been in your corner.

Social Media Hero

The Social Media Hero Award will recognise individuals and clubs who have really increased their social media presence and used it to deliver a positive message, shared news & content and promoted themselves or their boxers. This can be anyone who has created a space online to promote Boxing in Scotland.

Fight of the Year

This award will recognise a Professional Fight of the Year, and an Olympic-style Bout of The Year involving one or more Scottish Boxers, take place in Scotland, or be hosted or promoted by a Scottish Boxing Gym, Club or Promotion.

Event of the Year

The Event of the Year Award will celebrate one of the many events happening around Scotland to promote Scottish Boxing. This can be a Club home show, A professional promotional show, a boxing fundraiser or an event to celebrate a boxer, a boxing club or scottish boxing achievements. 

Ring Announcer of the Year

No boxing event, competition or show is complete without a touch of class, sophistication and show business. Scotland’s Boxing Ring Announcers often take a lot of the weight of boxing events on their shoulders and amplify every success by giving boxers, officials and clubs the respect they deserve, but now it’s time for us to give back by celebrating their hard work and commitment to Scottish Boxing. No doubt that this will be one of the toughest categories.

Friend of Boxing Award

The Friend of Boxing Award will celebrate the special relationship between an individual or organisation and the boxing community. We will recognise someone that has supported the development of Boxing in Scotland.

The Boxing Legend Award

This award aims to recognise and celebrate the legacy of a current or former member of the Scottish Boxing Community.

We will look at their career achievements and the work they do to support boxing development outside of the ring.