Press of Atlantic City sports writer David Weinberg won two awards in the 2016 Boxing Writers Association of America national contest, the BWAA announced this week.
Weinberg, 58, earned third place in the feature (under-1,500 words) category for his story about local boxer Isiah Seldon. Seldon, the son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, overcame being homeless and selling drugs to become a promising fighter.
Weinberg also received an honorable mention in the news category for his story detailing the New Jersey Athletic Control Board’s plan to alter the way referees administer standing-eight counts.
This marks the 11th time in the last 16 years Weinberg has won at least one award in the organization’s annual writing contest known as The Bernies. This year’s c ontest drew a record 158 entries.
In 2014, he was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Weinberg, a member of The Press sports staff since 1986, will be honored with the other winners at the BWAA’s 92nd annual convention in New York on March 16.