Ah, Prizefighter. Domain of the underdog, career rocket launcher for the likes of Willie Casey and Martin Rogan.
Eamonn O’Kane took the all-Irish edition, Mike Perez powered to glory in an international edition.
But who remembers our other entrants?
Neil Sinclair should’ve mopped up in 2010 but it didn’t happen. Dean Byrne and Conall Carmichael seemed to be good outside bets but didn’t get past the quarter-finals.
Darren Corbett’s been there twice and never managed to take the crown.
Rogan returned but fell victim to Audley Harrison – who also had Coley Barrett and Scott Belshaw on his list of victims from previous editions.
Paddy Gallagher unfortunately lost a few boys some dough – don’t mention the war – while the less said about Kevin McBride and
Declan Timlin’s efforts, you might say the better.
Joe Rea, twice, Peter McDonagh, Ryan Greene, JJ McDonagh, Anto Fitzgerald, Simon O’Donnell, Darren Cruise, the list goes on and on and by the end of it, it’s more a story of heartache than success.
Can ‘King Kong’ Jono Carroll come away with the Prize?
That’s the subject of our sixth episode of the 4Thumps Irish Boxing Podcast, Ireland’s only boxing show on any platform.
We sit down with the hairy man himself and mull it over with host Kevin Byrne, co-host Ciaran Gallagher and special guest Jonny Stapleton, editor ofirish-boxing.com.
We also look forward to a whopper night of Irish fights on December 13 on BoxNation featuring Andy Lee’s world title challenge and Stephen Ormond’s eliminator