Articles were received in many different languages including Arabic, English and Spanish, and our international team was able to enjoy each and every entry.
In order to conduct an unbiased evaluation, the team as the WSB Headquarters set up a jury for the judging of the contest, which was made up of the people behind the scenes who make WSB the success it is today.
The multi-national jury conscientiously reviewed all of the pictures and articles, and came up with a list of gold, silver and bronze “medallists” of the two contests, with the gold medallist of each category awarded the gloves.
In the photo contest, the jury has selected three winners, although whittling down all the fantastic entries proved tough.
Third place was awarded to twitter user @egkefalikos, who sent a picture of himself duelling with a toy kangaroo. The WSB team appreciated the enjoyable landscape, and the message of the picture, which signified the fun of boxing, and the idea that anywhere is a training ground for the stars of tomorrow.
Third place goes to the Duelling Kangaroo
Second place goes to the contestant Pavlin Netsov, who sent us a picture of himself from his first boxing competition in 2003 in Bulgaria, where he finished second.
This picture was a nice reminder that a boxing career can start at any time, and it is not age that shows the soul of a fighter, but their heart and desire.
Second place goes to Pavlin Netsov.
The first place, and the prize goes to Michael Biester, who created his picture in a wax museum in his boxing robe and gloves next to the great Muhammad Ali, the winner of the gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
All at WSB appreciated the artistry of this contestant, who deserves the gloves for that reason.
First place goes to Michael Biester.
The Writers of Tomorrow
The writing contest was equally talent-filled, and our judges read, and re-read each article with great care, and with no small degree of awe!
In third place was an entrant by a Sweden-based 17 year old boxer named Amir Salim who appreciates the WSB format, and even dreams one day of trying his own talents out in the innovative competition.
The young boxer explained in his story that as an athlete he thinks of the WSB as “being a part of something great”.
We are happy to award the bronze for his riveting story, and hope one day to see him inside a WSB ring competing.
A dedicated WSB and Mexico Guerreros fan named Jovan Gonzalez was awarded the silver spot by the jury, as a result of his passionate article about his love for the competition.
Jovan shared in his story an anecdote about how he came to find out about WSB, through one of his favourite fighters, Vasyl Lomachenko.
“After his first fight against Samuel Maxwell I was completely hooked. I started searching, and the format, the teams, the fighters, all blew my mind. I couldn’t believe that the best boxers in the world were all fighting in just one league. But the thing that shocked me the most was that it had a Mexican team!”
Jovan continued his story by reminiscing about his experience of seeing WSB live, as he saw the semi-final of Season III between his beloved Mexico Guerreros, and Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.
“In Season IV it was amazing to see the debut of the Cuban team, and how they completely removed the competition. I cannot wait for Season V, with three new teams, including the return of the Chinese team, and to see who are the ones who have the ability to reach the Olympic Games in 2016.
Thank you WSB for providing a place and opportunities to the fighters, and thank you WSB for the fights, excitement, quality and boxing.”
Such a wonderfully written piece would have won many competitions, but after days of discussion, the best written content awarded by unanimous decision was a piece by former athlete Jay Vaananen, who shared an emotional story about how WSB helps him to educate his five year old child.