Our senior amateurs took golds at major tournaments while there were two pro shows at home and big wins on away soil.
So, without further ado, here are our ten nominees for the Liffey Crane Hire Irish Boxer of the Month
The Cork lightweight saw his second pro fight in Mexico postponed by a day and a change of opponent but Power took all of this in his stride and scored a second-round stoppage over the ambitious Saul Victoria in a fight where he tasted some leather early on.
The Galway welter won his first major medal, taking bronze at the EU Championships in Valladolid following wins over Belgian Reuben Veciunca and Italy’s Youth Olympic gold medallist Vincenzo Arecchia before being defeated by eventual gold medallist Pat McCormack in one of the fights of the tournament.
Following 18 months out, the Belfast super fly made his return at the Shorts Sports and Social Club, topping the bill and taking on dangerous Bulgarian Georgi Georgiev over six rounds. ‘Winky’ would dominate the bout, dropping Georgiev and claiming a points win.
The Lisburn bantam won his first major gold at the EU Championships. After blazing to the final, Walker was faced with long-time rival Peter McGrail and he, having lost to the Englishman twice previously, put on the performance of his life to take a 3-2 split win despite breaking his thumb in the opening round.
The Dublin lightweight grabbed a glorious gold at the World Championships in New Delhi, scoring five wins to top the podium and showing every aspect of her game across the week and a half of competition. The inner city star becomes only Ireland’s third senior world champion and our first ever boxer to win golds at different weights.
In his words, the Monkstown lightweight ‘saved his career’ with a six-round win over Martin Quinn on ‘Celtic Clash 7’. A relentless display from Kelly saw him claim a one-point win in Drimnagh and avoid a third defeat in a row.
The loser on the cards – although many disagreed – Quinn surprised with both his fitness and his skill in the bout following almost a full year out of the ring. A rematch for the BUI Celtic lightweight title in the new year looks likely.
‘The Cobra’ won the Battle of Jobstown versus Dylan McDonagh to pick up the Irish super bantamweight title. In a topsy-turvy fight, McDonald was able to assert himself and grind McDonagh down to claim a unanimous decision win in the ‘Celtic Clash 7’ headliner.
The Belfast light welter edged Lewis Benson in a big grudge match at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. ‘The Mighty Celt’ went to war, walking through hailstorms of punches from his Scottish opponent to land big shots and take a one-point win to rebound from a loss to Jack Catterall during the summer.
In what could be the final fight of his career, the Dubliner won the BBBoC Celtic light middleweight title with a dominant away corner triumph over Marc Kerr in Glasgow. Bouncing back from three title defeats, the Loughlinstown man won a wide unanimous decision at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.