Wednesday 21 February 2018

A Miserable year for Irish boxing

Former Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE...ABC
Former Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE...ABC
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October 2015: Billy Walsh, a key figure in the London 2012 success, departs Ireland to coach USA Boxing following a contract dispute with the IABA

November 2015: For the first time in a decade, Katie Taylor fights without her father Pete in her corner after he announces he is "taking a break". Later, asked if the decision was Katie's or her father's, the sports star responded: "I think you will have to speak to him about that."

Katie Taylor reacts after her defeat to Mira Potkonen in their Lightweight quarter-final bout. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor reacts after her defeat to Mira Potkonen in their Lightweight quarter-final bout. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

April 15, 2016: Katie Taylor is beaten at an Olympics qualifier by Azerbaijan's Yana Alekseevna.

May 26, 2016: Katie Taylor's hopes of winning a sixth consecutive World Championship are destroyed as she loses to Frenchwoman Estelle Mosley.

August 4, 2016: On the eve of the Games, it is announced that Irish middleweight Michael O'Reilly tested positive for a banned substance. One week later, he admits to accidentally taking a supplement without the knowledge of the Irish team. He faces a two-year ban.

August 8, 2016: Captain Paddy Barnes shockingly loses his last 32 light flyweight fight to Spaniard Samuel Carmona Heredia. Barnes subsequently blames the gruelling weight cut.

August 10, 2016: Medal favourite Joe Ward is stunned in his last 32 light heavyweight fight against Ecuadorian Carlos Mina. Ward is deducted two points in his split decision loss.

August 15, 2016: Gold medal hope Katie Taylor loses in the quarter-final of the women's lightweight category. Her controversial split decision loss to Finland's Mira Potkonen is fiercely debated.

August 16, 2016: Michael Conlan loses a heavily criticised split decision to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the bantamweight quarter-final, which denies him a medal. The loss means that for the first time since Athens 2004, Ireland will win no boxing medals.

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