Zaur Antia will guide Ireland’s boxers through to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro later this year after confirmation from Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy that the bid to find a permanent successor to Billy Walsh will not kick into gear until after the Games.
For the second time inside 11 months, Dean Walsh and Ray Moylette will clash in the standout bout at the finals of the National Elite Championships, but there is more on the line than national pride tonight (live on TG4 from 7.30pm).
“We have 20 coaches who can do Billy’s job.” Of all the thousands of words spoken yesterday during a four-hour session of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communication — called to examine the story behind Billy Walsh’s loss to Irish amateur boxing — those nine stood out.
One week on from Michael Conlan’s world championship final win, officials from the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) were last night preparing a defence for the increasing criticism launched at them following the resignation of Billy Walsh.
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association should act ‘quickly and decisively ‘ to resolve Billy Walsh’s future as head coach of Irish boxing’s High Performance Unity, according to Kieran Mulvey, chairman of the Irish Sports Council.
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association were last night maintaining a silent stance on Billy Walsh’s future as Irish head coach following speculation that the Wexford man is set to take up a coaching role with the United States’ boxing team.
The Bulgarian town of Samokov has been renowned for its iron-forging skills since the Middle Ages and when our elite boxers return from the European Elite Championships being held there this week the expectation is that they will do so having fashioned some precious metal of their own.