Saturday 29 April 2017

Germans 'break bank' to bring in Bolger

Auf Wiedersehen: Eddie Bolger. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Auf Wiedersehen: Eddie Bolger. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Bernard O'Neill

Eddie Bolger could be unveiled as Germany coach this week, having received an improved offer after turning down their initial approach.

The Irish High-Performance coach, who was also approached by Canada and Poland, confirmed that the Germans have offered him a two-year contract with options for another two years.

"It looks like Germany. They're breaking the bank to bring me over and I would be doing my family an injustice if I didn't consider the offer," said Bolger, who is expected to make a final decision today.

"It gives me an opportunity to develop as a coach. It's a great package, but nothing has been signed yet. I don't want to close any doors behind me."

Meanwhile, undefeated Irish bantam Ryan Burnett wants a shot at Ricky Hatton's WBA champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov, after improving his record to 16 straight wins in Hull on Saturday night.

The Belfast man, who won gold at the Youth Olympics and silver at the World Youth Championships for Ireland in 2010, outclassed Mexico's Joseafat Reyes on points.

"I have done some work with him (Zhakiyanov) because he was at Hatton's gym when I was there and he was very hard. But it's definitely a fight I want," said Burnett.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Cork welter Noel Murphy claimed the Boxing Union of Ireland Celtic title at the National Stadium. Hundreds of Cork fans created a tremendous atmosphere as the New York-based southpaw, who won his previous eight bouts fighting out of the Bronx, earned a convincing points win over Spain's Avelino Vazquez.

Luke Keeler, Steve Collins Jnr and Eric Donovan also recorded victories.

Lynn Harvey had her hand raised in victory, after referee Emile Tiedt disqualified Sara Regina Coca when the Romanian appeared to try and kick the Irish flyweight.

Tiedt's father, Fred, claimed silver in the welter class at the 1956 Olympics.

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