Saturday 1 October 2016

'I'd talk to anybody but there's nothing there' - Billy Walsh on possible return to Ireland

Published 30/08/2016 | 17:56

Billy Walsh celebrates. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Billy Walsh celebrates. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The former head of Irish Boxing's High Performance Unit Billy Walsh has not offered a chance to return to his old position.

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Irish boxers endured their worst Olympic performance since Athens in 2004 at the Rio Games, casting the IABA into the spotlight.

The Wexford native coached the American women's team in Rio de Janeiro and helped the US to their most successful Olympic games since Atlanta, bringing home a gold, a silver and a bronze medal.

Asked if there was a possibility that he would return to his position in Irish boxing, Walsh told South East Radio: “There’s nothing that can’t be solved or resolved or there’s nothing that I wouldn’t sit down and take a look at and consider it.

“I’d sit down and talk to anybody but at the moment there isn’t anything there and I’m quite happy where I am and that’s where my foreseeable future is.”

Walsh also denied reports that he was tipped to take a role at the Irish Institute of Sport.

“There’s speculation about me having a job back in Dublin when Gary Keegan is resigning and that I was going to take over, but the first I heard of it was when it was in the paper,” he said.

Walsh is expected to take over as coach for the US men's boxing team and he already has his sights set to Tokyo 2020.

“I’ve a mission. I’ve a big challenge. I want to try and make the USA one of the best teams in the world and I want to try and do that by Tokyo, and that’s where my focus is at the moment," he added.

“Obviously I’m Irish and since seven years of age I’ve been involved with Irish boxing and it’s been one of the loves of my life and I’ll always have an interest and have great emotion and affection for it but obviously I’m contracted now to the States for another few years and that’s where my immediate future is.”

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