Kell Brook named Boxer of the Year at British Boxing Board of Control awards
Last Updated: 26/09/15 8:58am
Kell Brook was named the Boxer of the Year at the British Boxing Board of Control awards.
The Sheffield fighter received the honour after a memorable 12 months, dating back to last August, which saw him claim the IBF welterweight title with a points win over Shawn Porter and then battle back from a serious leg injury after being stabbed while on holiday.
Brook, who made two successful defences of the title against Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin, was unable to collect the award as he is training in Spain for his upcoming clash with Diego Chaves in Sheffield on October 24.
Anthony Crolla collected the Outstanding Achievement award as recognition for his remarkable recovery from the career-threatening head and ankle injuries that he suffered while bravely confronting burglars.
The Mancunian lightweight battled to a controversial draw with WBA champion Darleys Perez when he returned to the ring in July, but has been granted another shot at the Colombian at the Manchester Arena on November 21, live on Sky Sports.
Joe Gallagher has overseen Crolla's comeback and he became the first recipient of the 'Trainer of the Year' award.
The 46-year-old also works with a talented crop of fighters, including WBA super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg, the four Smith brothers - Paul, Liam, Stephen and Callum - and British lightweight champion Scotty Cardle.
Dave Ryan's thrilling second battle with John Wayne Hibbert was named as the Fight of the Year, with the Derby man rising from two knockdowns to force a stoppage.
Kevin Mitchell's courageous stoppage defeat by Jorge Linares was also nominated in that category, with the Venezuelan given the Overseas Fighter of the Year award.
Manager Chris Sanigar picked up the Sir Henry Cooper Services to Boxing award after guiding Lee Selby to the IBF featherweight title.