RESULTS: The Liffey Crane Hire Irish Boxer of the Month – NOVEMBER


It was a massive month for Irish boxing and a big choice to make for the Liffey Crane Hire Irish Boxer of the Month.

Following huge success amateur level, there were two premier contenders and the votes have been flying in over the last week.

Eventually, a winner emerged and, without further ado, the Boxer of the Month is…

Kurt Walker

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The Lisburn bantamweight won bantamweight gold at the European Union Championships in the Spanish city of Valladolid.

Bulgarian Stefan Ivanov, Pole Jaroslaw Iwanow, and Georgian Artush Gomtsyan before the big one, with the draw ensuring that Walker took on England’s Peter McGrail in another major final.

Back in April the Irishman had been defeated by the Scouser in the final of the Commonwealth Games and he would score revenge in a big way here.

Despite breaking a thumb in the opening round, Walker put on the performance of his life and a tactical masterstroke to edge his rival, the reigning European champion, on a 3-2 split to top the podium.

Top of the podium
Top of the podium

Coming in second was another amateur gold medallist, Dublin lightweight Kelly Harrington who won top prize at the Elite World Championships, defeating all-comers in New Delhi to improve on her silver from two yeas ago.

Third place goes to Dubliner Jay Byrne who sailed off into retirement with a sensational away win over Marc Kerr to claim the BBBoC Celtic light middleweight title.

Previous Winners
June – Joe Ward
July – Kane Tucker
August .– Michaela Walsh
September – Niall Kennedy
October – Katie Taylor
November – James McGivern
Winter – Kevin Sheehy
February – Kieran Molloy
March – Craig O’Brien
April – Luke Keeler
May – James Tennyson
June – Jono Carroll
July – Graham McCormack
Autumn – TJ Doheny
October – Ellie Mai Gartland

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]