The Barney Eastwood Manager/Promoter of the Year – 2016

Professional boxing couldn’t exist were it not for the hard work of the promoters and managers, big and small, who put on shows, pay fighters, and build stars up and down this island.

Often a thankless task, we here recognising the men in the suits who allow our brilliant boxers do their work and exhibit their talents.

Mark Dunlop – MHD Promotions
The only man to run two shows in Ireland this year, Dunop helped secure plenty of opportunities for his fighters and worked well with other promoters. Dunlop ran dinner shows at the Europa Hotel and brought on board a new signing in the form of Ronnie Clark. In terms of opportunities, James Tennyson has been granted British and Irish title fights, Clark featured in a British title scrap, and James Fryers fought in a British title eliminator

Frank Stacey – FS Promotions
The Dublin newcomer ran a mammoth show at the National Stadium during the Summer, featuring the debuts of three fighters in what was a packed twelve-bout card. Stacey intended to run two further shows in September and December, both of which intended to give Christina McMahon a world title shot, only to see them fall through due to issues with the WBC and Linda Laura Lecca respectively.

Frank Warren – Queensberry Boxing
It’s been a big year for Frank with the link-up with BT Sport. In regards to Irish fighters, he has snapped up James Tennyson, Jamie Conlan, and Joe Fitzpatrick as well as running the massive Homecoming show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Going forward, Belfast looks like it will, hopefully, become a hub for the outfit in 2017.

Jonathan Graham and Andy Jennings – Red Corner Promotions
The young Dublin men entered, and promptly shook up, the scene in November with the successful Inception card at the National Stadium, headlined by Luke Keeler fro the Celtic Warriors Gym. The pair already have a second date confirmed, and will return to the home of Irish boxing on February 25th.

Alio Wilton – Belfast Promotions
After months of keeping his men busy in the away corners of cards up and down Britain, the Belfast man made his triumphant return in November with the aptly-named ”We’re Back’ card at the Shorts Sports and Social Centre. Wilton now plans to run another four shows in the new 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: joneill6@tcd.ie