Monday June 1, 2020

Irish boxing’s gloves of clay

The story of how the IABA let Billy Walsh slip through its fingers is one of infighting, ineptitude and impossible demands

25th October, 2015
Billy Walsh, former head coach of the Irish boxing team. Pic: Inpho

The chalkboard sign standing outside Juniors, a fashionable coffee shop in Dublin 4, last Friday summed it up: “Free coffee for Billy Walsh.”

But Walsh, the former head coach of Ireland’s fabled boxing team, could not avail of the generous offer. He was 4,000 miles away in Memphis, Tennessee, at the US Olympic boxing trials, preparing to formally agree a deal to join the US boxing team. Two days previously, he had cleaned out...

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