The Smackwear Awards 2018

One regret that has been bugging us here at over the past 12 months were the lack of an end-of-year awards in 2017.

Without going too into it, it had been hoped that an event could be run and moves were made but sadly it all came to nothing.

Thankfully, though, we are back online for 2018 and are proud to announce the 2018 Awards in association with Smackwear. are a Dublin fightwear company offering plenty of unique, high-quality designs (check them out here) and we thank Pat White for coming on board and helping us out with this year’s awards.

Categories will start to be released from tomorrow [Wednesday December 19th], with three a day until Sunday, totalling 15 categories in all.

Voting will then remain open until midnight on Sunday December 30th with the winners being announced on New Year’s Eve.

The 15 categories this year are:

Wednesday December 19th
The Alejandro Gonzalez Jr Opponent of the Year
Professional Debut of the Year
The Sean Mannion Gallant Defeat of the Year

Thursday December 20th
The Micky Ward Round of the Year
The Patrick Hyland Sr Trainer of the Year
Comeback of the Year

Friday December 21st
Breakthrough of the Year
The Freddie Gilroy Young Boxer of the Year
Irish Amateur Club of the Year

Saturday December 22nd
The Wayne McCullough Performance of the Year
The Eamonn Magee Jr Prospect of the Year (in association with Dublin Plumbing & Gas)
Moment of the Year

Sunday December 23rd
The Rinty Monaghan Fighter of the Year (in association with Liffey Crane Hire)
The John Duddy Fight of the Year
The Andy Lee Knockout of the Year


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Joe O'Neill

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