Even by his lofty standards Orange's Charlie Bubb had a massive year last year and he's kicked off 2020 with a bang too after being nominated for a handful of 2019 Australian Mauy Thai Awards, the finalists were announced earlier this week.
Bubb is among the five nominees for Pro Fighter of the Year, Inspirational Fighter of the Year and Knockout of the Year after a public vote, with those nominees being confirmed and then circulated before the public vote for the award began on January 1.
While he wasn't expecting to be nominated for any of the gongs Bubb was already going to be hand at the ceremony in Melbourne on February 1, as a special guest alongside some of the sport's biggest names, like 10-time world champion John Wayne Parr.
I am quite proud to be nominated... here's hoping I might win one."Charlie Bubb
"That's an honour in itself considering some of the other special guests, there's some big names and I'm just a kid from Orange," Bubb said.
Bubb, the WBC world No.1, has been nominated for Pro Fighter of the Year before and his 2019 nod comes after a string of dominant victories throughout the year, including his WKBF K1 world title triumph.
His Knockout of the Year nomination is from September, when he stopped Jayden Eynaud with a brutal head kick to win the Eruption Muay Thai light heavyweight championship.
"Jayden's actually nominated for Knockout of the Year too, from a different fight obviously," Bubb laughed.
The Inspirational Fighter of the Year is largely based on the public voting for an athlete they look up to or, as the name suggests, provides inspiration in and out of the ring.
While his exploits in the ring are nothing short of that Bubb also put a heavy focus on promoting positive mental health and suicide prevention throughout 2019, and before that, which no doubt came into the thought process of many a voter.
"I'm just trying to help get the message out there that we all need to look after ourselves and each other and if I've been acknowledged for that, great, it's very relevant in Orange and the country and the moment and the more we get the message out there the better," Bubb said.
"I am quite proud to be nominated for that award in particular, all of them obviously, here's hoping I might win one."
The public voting opened on January 1, with people able to vote for Bubb here.
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