Irish boxing dominates at annual BBBofC Awards

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It was a hugely successful night for Irish boxing at the annual British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) awards with three big wins in the major three categories.

Carl Frampton, Jamie Conlan, and Shane McGuigan all took home top prize in their respective categories at that big bash in London.

Conlan’s Commonwealth super flyweight title scrap with Anthony Nelson was adjudged to have been the Fight of the Year. The back-and-forth battle at the Copper Box in London back in April saw Conlan down the champion in the first before taking two counts himself. With the momentum seemingly against him, the Belfast warrior summoned an almighty body shot to finish the clash in the eight and solidify his reputation as Irealnd’s most exciting fighter.

McGuigan, still just 27 years old, took home Trainer of the Year following a successful twelve months which saw fighters under his care register twelve wins and one draw..

Carl Frampton would win the main prize of the night, the Fighter of the Year, following a stellar period which saw him unify the IBF and WBA super bantamweight belts against Scott Quigg before stepping up to featherweight and taking Leo Santa Cruz’s WBA crown on away turf in New York. The Jackal was also awarded the Dennie Mancini trophy from the Commonwealth Boxing Council.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie