Friday 2 December 2016

I wouldn't still be here if I didn't want to be - Walsh

Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30

Ireland head coach Billy Walsh is believed to have been offered a contract to take over the USA Women’s Elite Squad
Ireland head coach Billy Walsh is believed to have been offered a contract to take over the USA Women’s Elite Squad

Ireland head coach Billy Walsh is hopeful that his contractual talks with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) will be resolved soon.

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Walsh is believed to have been offered a contract to take over the USA Women's Elite Squad, but speaking on RTé radio yesterday, Walsh said he is part of the IABA.

"The next coming week or two I think we'll have a resolution. I wouldn't still be here if I didn't want to be here," he said, as he leaves for Assisi today with the Irish squad for their final training camp before next month's World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Doha.

"I am part of the IABA. I've boxed at schoolboy, junior, youth, been national (senior) champion, became an Olympian, became captain of the Olympic team, became trainer of the team, became manager of the team.

"So, I've done every piece along the way with the IABA and I'm very, very proud of my part of it. Everything I've done is for the IABA, I work for the IABA. I'm trying to make this country the best country in the world.

Best

"In Beijing (2008 Olympics) we were 12th in the medals table. In London (2012 Olympics) we were fifth. So there's no place for us to go only from five to one. We want to be the best and we have a team that are capable of doing that."

Current European and European Games champions Michael Conlan, Joe Ward and Michael O'Reilly and Brendan Irvine, Sean McComb, Dean Walsh and Adam Nolan will represent Ireland in Doha.

The seven fly out to Assisi today, along with Olympic champion Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, Ceire Smith and Darren O'Neill, who are included in the Irish team for the training camp.

The Doha squad leave straight from Italy for the Persian Gulf on October 2, four days before the start of the 18th World Championships.

Irish Independent

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