Sunday 11 December 2016

Boxing chiefs forced me out on purpose, says coach Walsh

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

Billy Walsh
Billy Walsh

Ireland's former head boxing coach Billy Walsh yesterday launched a blistering attack on his former bosses in the IABA, effectively saying he was forced out of the job he loved in Ireland.

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Today, the boxing coach will begin his work with US boxers who will take on Olympic champion Katie Taylor.

He will assess some of Katie's potential challengers in Rio next year at the US women's Olympic boxing trials in Memphis.

But in a devastating broadside against the IABA, Walsh sought to clarify his position and declared that money was not a motivation in his decision to quit.

He went further and said that the IABA effectively forced him out.

"It is my view that the IABA deliberately constructed their subsequent proposed contract in a manner that I could not accept and delayed getting it to me to put me under further pressure in my discussions with the USA. I believe they did not want me to stay.

"I was left with no alternative but to resign. I could not work for someone who clearly did not want me, who was going out of their way to undermine my position and who wanted me to work under terms that were simply unworkable.

"I firmly believe that they had no intention or desire to engage me into the future."

He said: "The IABA has clearly implied that I have left because of money and that a contract was agreed on September 14. This is simply incorrect. For ultimate clarity...I did not resign from the IABA because of money...it was the non-financial and practical working terms that were the deciding factor in my decision to resign."

Eamonn Sweeney, Page 31 & John Greene, Sport Section

Sunday Independent

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