Going for a knockout blow

Billy Walsh has taken Irish boxers from nowhere to the best in the world. But changes at professional level are putting amateurs at risk

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
14th January, 2015
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As the nation celebrated in the wake of Andy Lee’s world title win last month, one man could be forgiven for having some reservations amid all the joy.

Billy Walsh, the head of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s high performance team, is one of the most successful coaches in the country – and unlike Joe Schmidt or Brian Cody, whose undoubted brilliance is brought to bear on an unprecedented production line of talent...

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