Moment of the Year – The Smackwear Irish-Boxing.com Awards 2018

As Tyson Fury proved in the twelfth round of his clash with Deontay Wilder, no sport does drama like boxing at its best.

There have been countless memorable moments throughout 2018 with big cards and epic achievements

Below we pick out FIVE things from the past year which stick out for us.

Moment of the Year

Roy Sheahan is the Last Man Standing
Forget for a second all that went on afterwards, Sheahan’s Last Man Standing win, live on TG4, was incredible. Following three years away from the sport and one four-round win for licencing requirements, the Athy middleweight entered the Prizefighter-tournament and out-fought Vlad Belujsky, out-boxed JJ McDonagh, and then sensationally stopped Jack Cullen to claim the top prize as a star was born in front of our eyes.

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Mick Conlan’s Grace
Making a long-awaited Irish homecoming, Conlan headlined the SSE Odyssey Arena in a major step-up versus Adeilson Dos Santos. A party atmosphere, the Belfast feather made an entrance that went viral online. Walking in to a version of ‘Grace’ by Róisín O and Aoife Scott, Conlan promoted an epic sing-along before transitioning into Kanye West’s Homecoming.

Carl Frampton Headlines Windsor
The match-up was a non-entity but August 18th was a special night nonetheless for Frampton. Headlining Windsor Park football stadium, the Belfast feather did what even he couldn’t have dreamt of as a boy. Walking to ring to ‘Freed From Desire’ (‘Frampton’s on Fire’), Frampton entered as swirling spotlights illuminated the sheets of rain which poured down but failed to dampen the atmosphere in a capacity crowd of over 20,000.

Kelly Harrington wins Gold
The Dublin lightweight joined a select group when she took gold at the World Championships in New Delhi following a week of sensational performances in Italy that underlined her quality and Olympic potential. Harrington’s shock at the realisation that she has become a world champion and her momentary check to see if she was indeed in the ‘blue’ corner while Zauri Antia and Dmitry Dmitruk go wild is a particularly nice moment.

Ray Moylette Rises from the Dead
All eyes were on Mayo where it was hoped Moylette would score a big win and claim a first career belt. Instead we got something a whole lot different and no less amazing. Down heavily twice in the fifth round of his clash with Christian Uruzquieta, the atmosphere at the Royal Theatre rose to insane levels as Moylette fought back strong in one of the Irish sporting TV moments of the year

You can vote in the earlier polls below:

Performance of the Year

Breakthrough of the Year

Club of the Year

The Freddie Gilroy Young Boxer of the Year

The Micky Ward Round of the Year

The Patrick Hyland Sr Trainer of the Year

Comeback of the Year

The Alejandro González Jr Opponent of the Year

The Sean Mannion Gallant Defeat of the Year

Pro Debut of the Year

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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: [email protected]