Sheffield's Kell Brook lands top honour but Frank Buglioni loses

Kell Brook, the finest welterweight Sheffield has ever produced
Kell Brook, the finest welterweight Sheffield has ever produced

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 with IBF belt

Brook with IBF belt

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.

He tweeted: "Just heard I won the BBBofC boxer of the! Thanks to the fans @skysports@matchroomboxing Lets do this Oct 24@SheffieldArena."

*Frank Buglioni showed tremendous heart but was ultimately outclassed as Fedor Chudinov retained his WBA World super-middleweight crown with a wide points victory.

Buglioni, now 17-2-1 with 13 KO wins, was the big underdog at London's Wembley Arena and the bout went to form as the unbeaten Chudinov was awarded the decision by scores of 120-106, 118-108 and 117-109.

The Londoner was a game challenger, however, and refused to take a backward step despite being overmatched against his Russian foe, who improved his record to 14-0 with 10KO wins.

While Buglioni kept the champion honest with attacks to the body Chudinov was able to build an early lead, first through his much vaunted right hand then establishing a decent jab.

Buglioni's flurry in the fourth brought the crowd to their feet, but he was then deducted two points for flooring Chudinov after the end of the fifth.

The home fighter was well behind on the scorecards but engaged in some fantastic exchanges with Chudinov, who landed the more eye-catching, powerful blows down the stretch.

While Buglioni earned plenty of applause for his bravery in hearing the final bell, there was no doubt as to the result.

Earlier in the evening, British heavyweight Dereck Chisora claimed his second win since losing to Tyson Fury in their re-match last year, outpointing lightly-regarded Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento.