Following two pro cards in Ireland, world title fights, and plenty of amateur excitement, we’re left with a high-quality shortlist for our first award of the year.
Voting is open until midnight Sunday with results to be posted on Monday morning.
And the nominees are:
The Mayo man brought boxing back to terrestrial TV screens and to the West when he took on Christian Uruzquieta for the WBC International Silver title. An epic event in Castlebar, Moylette would lose on the night but the drama of the fight would be one of the stand-out moments of 2018.
The Tyrone fighter claimed the WBO European title for a second time and set up a rematch with Luke Keeler following a comfortable points win over Hungarian Ferenc Berki at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast.
The Kildare puncher put his mandatory status for the WBO title on the line and came through with a wide points win over dangerous Welsh slugger Jamie Weetch to ensure a fight with champion Jaime Munguia.
The Dubliner took a major step up to take on French former European champion Guillaume Frenois in Sheffield. Following a strong start, Carroll was pegged back and held to a draw but the result, and the ensuing negotiations, was enough to secure him a title fight with IBF champ Tevin Farmer next month
Wicklow’s WBA and IBF champion put in her best performance to date in New York at the famous Madison Square Garden. Facing the aggressive Eva Wahlstrom, Taylor was able to show the full range of her talents en-route to a dominant and exciting unanimous decision.
The Falls fighter claimed the first title of his professional career. Boxing on the Warrington-Frampton undercard, Conlan claimed the WBO Inter-Continental belt with a wide win over Jason Cunningham, almost stopping the Englishman in the final round.
Portlaoise’s IBF champion had a link-up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom confirmed and a surprise first world title defence at Madison Square Garden was set. Facing Japan’s Ryohei Takahashi, Doheny claimed a dominant stoppage win to set up a unification clash with WBA titlist and new stablemate Danny Roman;
John Paul Hale & Colm Murphy
Two fighters that have to be nominated together, the pair shared a phenomenal two fights just six days apart. Star’s Hale would defeat Murphy in the Ulster Elite Senior final, picking up the Best Boxer award in the process, but the St George’s man would turn the tables the following week in the Irish Under-22 final.
The stand-out fighter in the Irish Under-22 Championships, Dubliner O’Leary would claim three big wins over strong opposition. ‘Big Bang’ defeated Shane Flavin and Michael Avetisian before beating Matthew McCole in the final as excitement around the Docklands talent continues to rise.