Decided on by you, our readers, from shortlists of five – or six, following some heated debates within Irish-Boxing.com – there is over a week to get your votes in.
Shortlists will start to be released from tomorrow morning [Friday December 20th] and, like last year, there will be 15 categories in all.
One change this year is that our Young Boxer award – for underage amateurs and formerly named after Olympic bronze medallist Freddie Gilroy – has been renamed in honour of Kevin Sheehy. The Limerick heavyweight, an Irish underage champion and international, was tragically killed during the summer with a bright career ahead of him.
Voting will then remain open until midnight on Monday December 30th with the winners being announced on New Year’s Eve.
The 15 categories this year are:
Friday December 20th
The Alejandro Gonzalez Jr Opponent of the Year
Professional Debut of the Year
The Sean Mannion Gallant Defeat of the Year
The Wayne McCullough Performance of the Year
Saturday December 21st
The Micky Ward Round of the Year
The Kevin Sheehy Young Boxer of the Year
The Patrick Hyland Sr Trainer of the Year
Comeback of the Year
Sunday December 22nd
The Eamonn Magee Jr Prospect of the Year
Moment of the Year
Breakthrough of the Year
Irish Amateur Club of the Year
Monday December 23rd
The Rinty Monaghan Fighter of the Year
The John Duddy Fight of the Year
The Andy Lee Knockout of the Year