Tuesday 17 October 2017

Fergal Carruth calls for boxing unity

Carruth admitted the disappointment of Rio 2016 still lingers but hopes it can be a
springboard to the future. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Carruth admitted the disappointment of Rio 2016 still lingers but hopes it can be a springboard to the future. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Fergal Carruth has called for evolution instead of revolution in Irish boxing.

"If we are to be seen as fit for purpose and a modern sporting organisation, we do have to change but change does not mean discarding all that has gone before but instead trying to build on all that is great about Irish boxing," said the IABA CEO in an address to their members.

Irish boxing has been in turmoil at boardroom level this year while last Sunday's IABA Annual Convention was a heated affair. No punches were pulled in some of the exchanges from the floor to the top table.

Former IABA president Dominic O'Rourke was elected the new IABA president at the convention, ending the tenure of Pat Ryan who put his name forward for re-election.

Carruth cited Ryan's call for unity: "I fully endorse the sentiments of our former president Pat Ryan in his address, where he stated: "It is crucial that we as an organisation put an end to acrimony and come together as a united organisation."

Carruth, brother of Olympic champion Michael, admitted the disappointment of Rio 2016 still lingers but hopes it can be a springboard to the future.

"Sometimes, though, the darkest point is just before the dawn and these challenges have also presented an opportunity for some self-examination," he added.

"I look forward to working with our new president Dominic O'Rourke and all those who emerged successful (in elections) and hope that together we can give you the (IABA) members the necessary leadership to safeguard future development."

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