Best Boxer ESPY Award

The Best Boxer ESPY Award was presented annually between 1993 and 2006 to the professional or amateur boxer,[1] irrespective of nationality, adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year. The award was subsumed in 2007 by the Best Fighter ESPY Award, for which both boxers and mixed martial arts fighters are eligible.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and ESPN personalities, termed collectively experts; and retired sportspersons, but balloting thereafter was exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter were conferred in June and reflected performance from the June previous.[2]

List of winners

Year Fighter Nation represented Weight class represented
1993 Riddick Bowe  United States Heavyweight
1994 Evander Holyfield  United States Heavyweight
1995 George Foreman  United States Heavyweight
1996 Roy Jones Jr.  United States Super middleweight
1997 Evander Holyfield  United States Heavyweight
1998 Evander Holyfield  United States Heavyweight
1999 Oscar de la Hoya  United States Welterweight
2000 Roy Jones Jr.  United States Light heavyweight
2001 Félix Trinidad  Puerto Rico Junior middleweight
2002 Lennox Lewis  United Kingdom Heavyweight
2003 Roy Jones Jr.  United States Light heavy/Heavyweight
2004 Antonio Tarver  United States Light heavyweight
2005 Bernard Hopkins  United States Middleweight
2006 Oscar de la Hoya  United States Middleweight

For Year 2007 and onwards, see the Best Fighter ESPY Award

See also


  1. Although there was no explicit provision that the award recipient be male, no female won the award.
  2. Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.


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