Wednesday 28 September 2016

Meeting called by IABA in bid to solve Billy Walsh predicament

Published 31/08/2015 | 02:30

According to reports, USA Boxing have offered the Irish head coach Billy Walsh a lucrative contract
According to reports, USA Boxing have offered the Irish head coach Billy Walsh a lucrative contract

A resolution to the Billy Walsh impasse which has convulsed Irish boxing 36 days out from the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Qatar could be reached today.

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Officials from the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) are due to meet at the National Stadium in Dublin today. The meeting has been called following days of speculation regarding Walsh's future as Irish head coach. The Wexford native has been linked to the position of USA Women's National coach in Colorado Springs.

According to reports, USA Boxing have offered the Irish head coach a lucrative contract. Neither the IABA nor USA Boxing have commentated directly on speculation regarding Walsh.

The 2015 World Championships begin in Doha, Qatar on October 5. Seven Irish boxers have qualified for the tournament which is doubling up as a Rio 2016 qualifier.

Rematch

The team for Doha, which includes current European Elite and European Games champions Michael Conlan, Joe Ward and Michael O'Reilly, will have their final training camp in Assisi, Italy next month.

Elsewhere, Sugar Shane Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga late in the sixth round on Saturday night, winning a rematch between the veteran fighters. The 43-year-old Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KOs) floored Mayorga with a body shot at 2:59 of the sixth round after largely controlling an uneventful bout at the historic Forum.

The 41-year-old Mayorga (31-9-1) was in unimpressive shape and did little to threaten Mosley, the former three-division champion who had won just one of his previous six fights. Nearly seven years ago, Mosley stopped Mayorga with one second left in the 12th round of their first meeting.

Mosley hadn't fought since November 2013. He promoted the pay-per-view bout himself, but curiously scheduled it on the same night as Leo Santa Cruz's thrilling featherweight victory over Abner Mares just 10 miles away.

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