Every boxer hopes to end a year in a better position than which they started but some boxers have gone above and beyond over the past 12 months.
There have been plenty of major scalps, statements made, levels jumped, and points proven.
Below we pick out the SIX Irish fighters that have made the biggest breakthroughs in 2019.
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Breakthrough of the Year
A man up for this award in 2018, Keeler continues to climb. This year it was a stunning defeat of Luis Arias to move to world level. Could we see him here again next year?
It was third time lucky for Big Tommy who, after losses to Matty Askin and Richard Riakporhe, went to Italy to defeat Fabio Turchi and claim the WBC International title.
The Belfast underlined his talent at the Féile when he pulled off a legitimate upset, defeating German Olympian Araik Marutjan. Titles next, please.
John Joe Nevin
The Mullingar Shuffler finally began to start proving his potential in the pros, dominating Freddy Fonseca to claim his first career title – the WBA International super featherweight rankings belt.
The Athlone big man has been a frequent runner-up over the past decade but 2019 was his year, claiming two Elite titles at heavyweight and super heavyweight.
The Roscommon middleweight claimed her first major Elite medal, going all the way at the European Championships to win a glorious gold, marking herself out as a real Tokyo hope.
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