Ron Borges has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sportsbroadcasters five times since 1999. He also holds the record for most first prizes and overall awards in the annual competition of the Professional Boxing Writers Association. He has also been awarded a half dozen writing awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual competition and his work has been included in the annual anthology “Best Sports Stories” eight times. He has been awarded either a first or second prize 20 times in writing competitions held by the Professional Football Writers Association as well, including multiple awards in the same year three times. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Nat Fleischer Award for boxing journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is one of less than 25 boxing writers to ever receive that honor. (Source: Wikipedia)
Ron Borges’ connection to boxing began as a kid when he thought he would become the next Sugar Ray Robinson. Despite being quickly disabused of that notion by amateurs who actually could box with some distinction, Borges’ love for the sport never waned.
For the past 23 years he has covered nearly all the great matches for the Boston Globe, chronicling the rise of Marvin Hagler and the first sightings of Mike Tyson when he was an amateur fighting in Golden Gloves bouts in western Massachusetts. He was in 1995 a recipient of the Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America, one of less than 25 fight writers in history to ever receive that honor. He also has won more first place awards in that organization’s annual writing contests than any journalist in history and is the only writer to have won at least one first place award every year of the competition.
He has written for HBO since the inception of its website and also is a regular contributor to BoxingScene.com.
Of 49 journalists polled he was the only one to predict Evander Holyfield’s upset of Mike Tyson in their first fight, a selection he backed up with a visit to the sports book at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Then again, he picked Bernard Hopkins over Jermain Taylor in both of their meetings, so there you go. (Source: HBO Boxing)
“No one in Boston knows more about the NFL than Ron Borges,” writes Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan in an e-mail. Even Borges’s peers concede this point. (Source: Boston Magazine Nov. 2006)
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