Frampton Follows Donaire, Falls Prey To the “BWAA Jinx”

I don’t want to be the bearer of such bad news, as it is an organization I am affilaited with which seems to have taken on something of a “jinx” aura…

But it has to be noted, in the interest of professionalism,  that woe is the “winner” who snags honors from the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) as Fighter of the Year, because they might just be in a pole position to lose the very next fight after winning the award.

On Friday, the BWAA announced that Belfast boxer Carl Frampton won Fighter of the Year, after voting by the American boxing print media was tabulated. The next night, Frampton tasted a L, at the hands of Leo Santa Cruz, on Showtime, in Las Vegas.

Nonito Donaire can share the disappointment, he knows the feeling. Donaire was told he was 2012 Fighter of the Year according to the BWAA after beating Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka and then Jorge Arce to close out 2012. In his next fight, set for April 13, 2013, Donaire was outslicked by pugilist-specialist Guillermo Rigondeaux in NYC. From the penthouse to the out-house…

Frampton enjoyed a super stellar 2016, downing Scott Quigg in a coinflip fight at 122, and then hopping to 126 to get a MD12 over the favored Leo Santa Cruz. He came to Nevada on a high, knowing he’d be coming to NY to pick up his BWAA FOY award on March 16 and then fickle fate hurled a lead uppercut from the outside on him.

OK, so this jinx thing isn’t concrete. Floyd Mayweather won in 2015, and didn’t eat Kryptonite. Terence Crawford enjoyed his 2014 award without taint, and Andre Ward also received the award with no bad vibes attached. Anyway, speaking from my desk as vice president of the BWAA, I want to assure Mr Frampton that this is nothing but a fluke, I’m sure. And no boxer should actively seek to NOT win BWAA FOY moving forward, as this “jinx” isn’t one on the level of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. But anyway…sorry Carl!

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