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Irish boxing well-represented in Ring Magazine’s 2016 Awards Nominees

There are four nominations for Irish boxing across the ten categories of the 2016 Ring Awards.

The Bible of Boxing have recognised Carl Frampton as a contender for Fighter of the Year and Shane McGuigan for Trainer of the Year, while Jamie Conlan (v Anthony Nelson) and Luke Keeler (v Tom Doran) are given nods for Fight and Round of the Year respectively.

The results of the awards, chosen by the magazine itself rather than a public vote, will be revealed tomorrow.

Frampton has been named Fighter of the Year by most publications, while Conlan v Nelson and Shane McGuigan were given the Fight of the Year and Trainer of the Year nods by the BBBoC.

The descriptions of each nominee by Ring Magazine are as follows:

For 1 minute, 43 seconds it was unremarkable, then Keeler seamlessly combined a left-handed body shot with an overhand right and Doran went down. Amidst the bombs that followed, both men avoided knockdowns by way of lenient refereeing before Keeler hit the canvas for real. He survived the turnaround but was stopped in Round 2.
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Nelson went down in the first round and a more squeamish referee could’ve ended this fight as early as the second with the Englishman getting blistered on the ropes. In the third it was Conlan who hit the deck, though, and the next five rounds were give and take until a hook just below Nelson’s rib cage ended his night.
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Not only has he been able to sidestep comparisons to his famous father, McGuigan has also established himself as an innovative and sought-after coach. Younger than many of his fighters, McGuigan’s success with the undefeated Carl Frampton has attracted such recent clients as George Groves and David Haye.
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Frampton started his 2016 campaign by scoring a 12-round split decision, which should have been unanimous, over Scott Quigg. In doing so, he unified two junior featherweight titles before moving up in weight to outpoint WBA 126-pound belt holder Leo Santa Cruz.
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All three featured in the respective categories in the 2016 Irish-Boxing.com Awards, the results of which can be seen here

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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