There was strong Irish representation in the list of nominations for the British Boxing Board of Control Annual awards.
Two of Ireland’s three reigning world champions Ryan Burnett and Katie Taylor are up for gongs as is Carl Frampton, who could regain world champion status if he beats Josh Warrington in Manchester on December 22.
Unified WBA and IBF world lightweight champion Taylor is up for Overseas Boxer of the Year.
Taylor who added the IBF title to the WBA title she brought into 2018 with victory over Victoria Bustos and defended both straps with a stoppage win over Kimberly Connor.
The Bray fighter’s next bout will play out in Boston as she puts both straps on the line against Cindy Serrano.
Taylor is the only female nominee in the three categories and goes up against Maurice Hooker, Viktor Postol and Emmanuel Rodriguez for the award.
Carl Frampton’s name appears in the Contest of the Year category alongside April foe Nonito Donaire.
‘The Jackal’s’ fight with the former four weight world champion, who faces Ryan Burnett in the WBSS quarterfinal on November 3, is one of five fights up for the award, the others being:
Jason Welborn v Tommy Langford – 4th May 2018 – Town Hall, Walsall
Josh Warrington v Lee Selby – 19th May 2018 – Elland Road, Leeds
Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol – 23rd June 2018 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Derek Chisora v Carlos Takam – 28th July 2018 – O2 Arena, Greenwich
caption id=”attachment_72505″ align=”aligncenter” width=”612″] Ryan Burnett up for Fighter of the Year.[/caption]
Former Unified world champion and reigning WBC world champ Ryan Burnett has been nominated for Fighter of the Year and goes up against Frampton’s Christmas opponent Josh Warrington, Paul Hyland defeater Lewis Ritson as well as Anthony Joshua, Bill[y Joe Saunders and Josh Taylor.
Shane McGuigan is nominated for the Trainer of the Year as in Manchester’s Joe Gallagher, who has Sligo heritage.