Saturday 21 October 2017

Irish boxing has lost another key figure as Eddie Bolger joins German national team

Eddie Bolger, left, and Zaur Antia in Rio
Eddie Bolger, left, and Zaur Antia in Rio

Harry Clarke

Irish boxing has been dealt a significant blow with the news that Eddie Bolger will leave the High Performance Unit and take up a new role as head coach of the German national team.

Bolger has been involved with the High Performance Unit since 2008. He spent six years in the team on a voluntary basis and for the past two years has been one of three coaches, alongside Zaur Anita and John Conlan.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work as Head Coach of a strong boxing nation such as Germany at their new centre of excellence in Heidelberg," said Bolger.

"It was an offer that I could not refuse at this point in my career. The IABA have been very supportive to me and I remain on very good terms with all involved Irish boxing."

Fergal Carruth, CEO of the IABA, said: "I want to thank Eddie for all the dedication and commitment he has shown to Irish High-Performance boxing over the last 9 years.

"We will miss him professionally but also as a person and want to wish him all the best in his new role and hope that he is not lost forever to Irish Boxing."

In October 2015, Billy Walsh resigned as Irish Head Coach to take up a role with the American team.

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