STEPHEN Ormond has been named the Boxing Union Ireland Irish Boxer of the Year.
A break through TV broadcast victory over well known English puncher and current Commonwealth Champion, Derry Matthews in Liverpool proved the icing on the cake in what was an impressive year for ‘The Rock’ and the BUI award will prove the cherry on top.
The 30 year old lightweight was unbeaten in four fights over the last 12 months, claimed the WBO European title and twice defended it away from home.
The Clondalkin native, who was previously backed to fill the Bernard Dunne shaped hole left in Dublin boxing by the former World champion himself, now looks set to bring big time boxing back to the capital.
After enjoying massive success broadcasting Carl Frampton, who was a contender for the award, from Belfast, Boxnation are open to coming to Dublin and Frank Warren looks set to promote an Ormond topped show in Ireland in the New Year.
Now armed with a WBO world top 15 ranking the former St Matthews amateur is also on the World title trail and has names such as Anthony Crolla, Kevin Mitchell and even Ricky Burns on his radar.
Ormond’s coach Pascal Collins was also rewarded for a positive 2013 by the boxing union.
The Celtic Gym boss, who trains Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, Ian Tims, Steve Collins Jr and middleweight prospect Luke Keeler was rewarded for the success of his fighters over the last 12 months.