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VOTE: The Liffey Crane Hire Boxer of the Month – JULY

A crazy July is over which means it’s time for the second installment of the Liffey Crane Hire Boxer of the Month.

Moate light heavyweight Joe Ward took the inaugural gong following his third European gold medal.

While the major card of the month, Carl Frampton v Andres Gutierrez, was cancelled, there was still a bucketful of medals won across July.

Public votes will be used alongside the choices of a panel of judges to determine the winner. Voting closes Thursday at midnight with results being announced Friday morning.

And the nominees are:

Declan Geraghty
Super Featherweight
‘Pretty Boy’ rebounded from his Irish title loss by jumping straight back into the deep end, travelling to Scotland to take on undefeated home favourite Michael Roberts. The Dublin southpaw would put on a boxing clinic to widely outpoint his MTK managerial stablemate and win the British Promoters Association International Challenge belt.

Daina Moorehouse
Light Flyweight
The Enniskerry fighter, Ireland’s captain, led by example at the European Junior/Youth Championships in Sofia, unanimously defeating Ukrainian, Russian, and English opposition to claim 48kg gold. Such was Moorehouse’s dominance, she did not drop a single round in Bulgaria

Aoibhe Carabine
Bangor Erris
Another Junior gold medalist at the Europeans, the Geesala boxer also dominated her class. The Mayo middle outpointed a Pole and a Russian before scoring a stunning first round stoppage in the final against Belarus to take gold.

Caitlin Fryers
Light Flyweight
The Immaculata teenger claimed silver in the Youth portion of the Europeans. The Belfast boxer had been hoping to go to the Commonwealth Youths, however in the end no females boxers were sent. Fryers didn’t dwell on any disappointment, winning three fights to storm to the final where she was beaten by the Bulgarian home favourite.

Anto Cacace
Super Featherweight
‘The Apache’ challenged for British and Commonwealth honours in London and lost out to champion Martin J Ward on a narrow points decision. Many, arguably the majority, of those looking on felt the tricky Belfast man did enough to get the nod, however it was not to be and Cacace is already back in camp looking to rebuild.

Kane Tucker
A first-year Youth, Tucker won silver at the Commonwealth Youths in the Bahamas. After winning a war with Scotland and defeating a 6’6″ Canadian, the talented youngster from the Holy Trinity club was edged on a split decision in the final by England.

Anthony Johnston
The Gleann man was another silver medalist at the Commonwealth Youths. Kicking off his campaign with a win over Samoa, Johnston then obliterated a Jamaican with a stunning knockout before also being edged on a split by England in the finals.

The Connacht Boys (Patrick Sweeney, Patrick Donovan, Eoghan Lavin)
46kg, 50kg, 59kg
Ireland performed brilliantly at the European Schoolboys Championships in Romania, claiming 10 medals. Olympic BC Galway duo Sweeney and Donovan, and Ballyhaunis’s Lavin all picked up silvers in Valcea, winning nine bouts between them. All three were harshly defeated in the finals by Russian opposition.

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