Billy Walsh’s resignation as head coach of Irish boxing’s High Performance Unit almost two years ago to the day in hindsight appears to have been a seminal moment for boxing in this country.
His departure came after eight months of negotiations concerning a new contract before the IABA ultimately failed to ratify a proposal put forward by the Irish Sports Council.
Since then he has moved to America where he’s been turning the fortunes of amateur boxing stateside around, with the executive director of USA Boxing Micael Martino stating in a Sports Illustrated article last year that they had ‘hit a homerun with Billy,’ further evidencing his talent as a coach.
With the dust having now well and truly settled on his move, Walsh was back on Irish shores this week where he opened up on just how much upheaval was involved in him moving on from the Irish set-up while speaking to Ray D’Arcy.
“I cried for many nights. I was in a CC at a World Championships training camp prior to the World Championships and I knew then it was over.”