Ljubljana – The World Boxing Federation (WBF) has declared Slovenia’s Ema Kozin the best WBF woman boxer of the year 2020, while her coach Rudi Pavlin has in turn been declared the best WBF coach in the last year. This is a second WBF award for Kozin, who last year won the award for the best women’s fight of the year.
The win in the tough fight with Chris Namus of Uruguay in mid-October is what brought the Slovenian the accolade and helped her succeed Nicole Wesner of Germany as the best WBF women boxer.
With the victory, Kozin has retained WBF and WIBA middleweight titles and has won the vacant WBC interim middleweight title.
Her coach Rudi Pavlin has meanwhile succeeded Thomas Hanshaw of the US as the WBF coach of the year.
“This is a nice recognition for our small team. This provides you with a new momentum and motivation, which is very important after 2020, which was special because of coronavirus,” Pavlin told the STA about the award.
The coach noted that last year was really difficult because of cancelled and postponed fights, but Kozin “has won the champion title in the WBC organisation and we have opened a new chapter in her career, which has not gone unnoticed.”
With the professional record of 20 wins, zero losses and one draw, the Slovenian is going strong into the new year.
“A path to the US is opening up, and we also have offers for fights in Panama, but the things related to the pandemic need to be sorted out first,” the coach said.