Hello boxing enthusiasts, you are very welcome to Greenjab.ie, we hope you find our website interesting enough that you will become a regular visitor. Greenjab.ie is fundamentally about ensuring that we keep you (Irish boxing fans) up to date on what’s happening in both the amateur and professional circuits.
My name is Stephen Sharpe AKA Greenjab and I have been involved within Irish boxing for a number years. In my teenage years I boxed out of Crumlin boxing club under Philip Sutcliffe. My proudest achievement during my very short boxing career was fighting in the National Stadium before an injury ended my active combat. Once I stopped fighting I spent two years on the coaching staff of the Crumlin boxing club as well as coaching students in my local secondary school before slowly retreating into more of a boxing spectator then an active participator, all the while staying in touch with ongoing developments.
I have since a young age been obsessed with our beautiful sport, which was flamed by the fact that I had a cousin who I firmly believe to be one of the greatest Irish amateurs of all time. Paul Griffin was to my eyes mesmerising and I have many fond memories of Paul fighting as both an amateur and professional. My finest hour as a young boxing fan was at the age of thirteen when Paul won his European gold medal in Gothenburg, and my most despairing memory was his defeat to Steven Chungu in the first round of the Barcelona Olympics a year later. Paul may not have gone on to achieve what his ability promised, but in my heart he will always be my hero.
The fruition of Greenjab over the past two years has been quite interesting considering it was never envisaged that it would develop the way it did. Having just moved from BEBO to Facebook I had an idea one evening that a Facebook page for Irish boxing would be a wonderful idea. I was also doing some writing and felt that the Facebook page would provide me with a small audience for my scribble. Around this time I also had the privilege of bumping into the very talented Cork based boxing writer Padraig Hoare at a Dublin show. Spending a couple of hours talking boxing with Padraig had me convinced boxing writing was for me and all I needed to do was find someone to use my articles.
So on I pushed with Greenjab which started to grow in popularity as boxing fans began using the page to provide their own slant on the topsy turvy world of Irish boxing. Next came Leoonaard Gunning of Boxing-Ireland.com who I got to know on Facebook. I soon realised Len had his own boxing website, so taking Padraig Hoare’s advice I pestered Mr Gunning until he finally gave in and read a couple of my articles. I am very grateful to Len who gave me both the time and direction that allowed me to finally produce a publish worthy piece and in early summer 2010 I had my first article edited by in my opinion the best writer of them all and posted to boxing-ireland.com under the name Greenjab. Having got the first one out of the way I continued to write for boxing-ireland.com while developing Greenjab as best I could.
As Greenjab developed I was joined by my good friend Phil Porter who is and always has been a genius in the area of design and soon Greenjab was providing ticket and poster design work for white collar boxing shows. Since then we have worked along side Dolphil promotions in poster and ticket design which has provided us valuable learning while increasing the profile of Greenjab. Then in January following a stint with Irishboxers.ie and a return to boxing-ireland.com we decided that Greenjab was now ready to become Greenjab.ie. We have also been joined by photographer Terry Holmes whose ability with a camera is just mind blowing and our newest recruit is our amateur reporter Louis O Meara. The best way to describe Louis is that if Louis does not know something within the amateur circuit, well it is just not worth knowing.
So as you can see Greenjab has moved at such a pace that we where left with no choice only go it alone with our own website. We hope we can do near as good a job as boxing-ireland.com and the many other Irish boxing sites that keep us informed. We would welcome your suggestions on how we might improve the site. If you would like to get involved in any aspect of the site make sure and contact us at editor@greenjab[dot]ie