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7 Photos That Irish Boxing Fans Just Didn't Want To See

7 Photos That Irish Boxing Fans Just Didn't Want To See

As the convoluted and controversial Billy Walsh fallout rumbles on behind the scenes at both Sport Ireland and the IABA, the man himself has long since touched down in the US, where yesterday he sat down to watch the US women's Olympic box-offs.

Walsh's presence at US Boxing HQ in Colorado Springs was a major talking point, as he witnessed 18-year-old stand-out prospect and potential Katie Taylor opponent at Rio, Jajaira Gonzalez, battle to a 3-0 victory over Mikaela Mayer.

It was a busy day for Ireland's most successful ever boxing coach, and we did our best to encapsulate the emotions he must have experienced as he cast an eye over his future charges 7,000 kilometres from home.

Here he is reminding the US candidates that they must punch each other to qualify for Rio 2016. The Irish lads were great at it.
1071333 (1)Walsh feels vindicated in his decision to wear suncream on his forehead, but reckons he might grab a baseball cap during the week altogether.
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Walsh gets a Snapchat from Adam Nolan. New High Performance head coach Zaur Antia is already using his old parking spot.
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He marks his territory by doing his best Brando impersonation. "These lads will know who's in charge," he thinks.1071335

Walsh remembers he sneaked 18 boxes of Lyons Tea past US customs. 1071334

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Walsh remembers he must phone home.1071338

Walsh opts to let one of the defeated Olympic hopefuls live.1071337

Jokes aside, as difficult as it is to see him in his new red jacket - in which he will undoubtedly become a legitimate threat to Irish boxing - it's still good to see the future of one of Ireland's great coaches finally settled, for the sake of himself and his family.

It should be hugely interesting to see what the Wexford man can achieve with a faltering giant of world boxing in the next 12 months or so.

Images: Jim Brown/Sportsfile.

Gavan Casey
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Former handwriting champion. Was violently bitten by a pelican at Fota Wildlife Park in 2001.

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