Irish ace Stephen Ormond has been awarded the prestigious accolade of European Fighter of the Year at the World Boxing Organisation Convention in Las Vegas.
The all-action fighter from Dublin won the WBO European Lightweight title in September last year with a stunning first round stoppage of Adam Mate. He made two quick defences that year, against Adam Dingsdale in October with ten round points win and then Derry Mathews in December with a points win over twelve rounds.
This year, the 31-year-old who has a record of 17-1-0 (8), recorded a fifth round stoppage of Karim El Ouzaghari in April at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast to make the third successful defence of the title.
Ormond is delighted to receive the award and has promised to go all-out to win the WBO World title at the weight.
“I’m truly honoured that Mr. Francisco Valcarcel, president of the WBO, has nominated me as their European fighter of the year, especially with so many great fighters coming out of the European continent, it really is a special award,” Said Ormond.
“Winning this award has really inspired me to win the WBO World Lightweight title currently held by Terence Crawford, who’s a quality world champion, but I’m in the business to prove that I’m the best and if I get the chance to fight him, I’ll take it in a heartbeat,”
“I’ve got a great team around me with Steve and Paschal Collins and my promoter Frank Warren so I’m really excited about the future and fulfilling my potential which, I believe, is to become world champion.”