With the most wonderful time of year now upon us we here at Irish-Boxing.com feel it it is time to wish the wonderful Irish boxing family a very Happy Christmas and pay tribute to those within it.
Firstly we have to thank our main sponsors Liffey Crane Hire and Dublin Plumbing & Gas along with Smackwear for their help with the Irish-Boxing awards as well as Boxing Ireland Promotions and Assassin Promotions. Without their support we would not be able to provide the service we do.
Secondly we have to thank all the fighters, amateur or pro, big or small, winners or losers, that have entertained the masses over the year and gave us so much sporting success to celebrate and nights to enjoy. We are fully aware of the sacrifices they make to fight and the risks they take when getting in the ring for our entertainment so we are more than happy to champion their achievements.
We are blessed to work within a sport where we get great access to many of these athletes and are grateful for all the time they give us for interviews before and after fights.
The same goes to all the managers and promoters – aside from Mack The Knife Global – who keep us informed, facilitate, support, and liaise with us on a constant basis.
We would also like to give special thanks to Ricardo Guglielminotti, Dave Kelly, Sharon Flanagan, Sideline Films, and all the boxing media for the support they have shown us over the last 12 months.
Finally, and most importantly, we have to thank you the people that read our little site. For the eighteenth year in a row our readers have once again come in their droves from the four corners of the world. Without you, we don’t exist, simple as, and we appreciate your time, thoughts, opinions, comments, and support.
On a personal level, we feel the site has gone from strength to strength this year despite all which has gone on to hinder Irish media.
Our output has once again increased, our numbers have been impressive to say the least and we have introduced Round Zero. We hope to expand on the service next year. We will soon move into merchandise, are hoping to be involved in a podcast, are in talks regarding a gala awards night, and are also exploring a foray into documentary filmmaking.
Naturally, the site is going to be quiet over the next few days but there will still be plenty to sink your teeth into while the turkey digests – including our favourite ‘Little Things’, The Smackwear Irish-Boxing.com Awards, monthly reviews, pound-for-pound lists, and other special features.
2018 was a crazy year for the sport in Ireland. There have been plenty of low points that left us all out on our feet but also many highs that remind us why we got involved in the first place.
Let’s keep going and make 2019 a knockout.
Jonny and Joe