Sunday 18 March 2018

IABA release statement following resignation of Billy Walsh

Billy Walsh
Billy Walsh

Sean McGoldrick

THE Irish Amateur Boxing Association has announced that it has accepted the resignation of Billy Walsh as Head Coach of the High Performance Unit ‘with regret’.

In a statement chief executive Fergal Carruth – a brother of 1992 Olympic gold medalist Michael Carruth – revealed that the IABA will make a further announcement over the coming days in relation to the succession plans for the High Performance Unit.

However, the statement fails to address why the IABA and Walsh could not reach agreement about his future. Carruth simply states that ‘Billy himself has made the decision to resign and take up a position with USA boxing.’

While the chief executive claims that the IABA did their utmost to retain Billy Walsh as head coach the overall tone of the statement suggests there is no possibility of reconciliation between the two parties.

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The full statement from Fergal Carruth read: “The IABA has been in discussions with Billy following his approach to the organisation to seek improved terms and conditions after he stated that he had received an offer from USA Boxing.

“The IABA is deeply disappointed not to retain his valued services, and for the avoidance of any doubt, the IABA has done its utmost to retain Billy Walsh as Head Coach. However, Billy himself has made the decision to resign and take up a position with USA Boxing, and we wish him every success with this.”

Expressing gratitude to Billy Walsh for the great service he has given to boxing in Ireland, Fergal Carruth continued:

“Billy has been part of a team within the High Performance Unit since its inception in 2003. We would like to thank him for the tremendous hard work and dedication he has brought to the role and acknowledge his contribution to the great success of the Unit and its boxers.

“Along with the other coaching members and support staff of the High Performance Unit, the focus, professionalism and dedication brought by Billy to his role as Head Coach, has enabled the winning structures to be put in place, which has allowed our elite boxers reach their highest potential on the World and Olympic stages.

“On behalf of the IABA, I would like to reassure boxing fans that the exceptionally high skill levels of boxing being taught throughout the clubs of Ireland continue to nurture the rich talent required to succeed at the highest level.

“This conveyor belt of boxing talent will continue to be developed and coached by the dedicated High Performance Unit team, and the IABA is confident of the continuing success of our elite boxing athletes as they prepare for next year’s Olympic Games.”

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