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‘I’m very, very fearful boxing won’t be in Paris’ - Billy Walsh's stark Olympic warning

Former Ireland boxing coach worries that ‘politics and skulduggery’ threatens the future of the sport that has been his life 

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Having previously worked with Kurt Walker (right), Billy Walsh (left) was part of the American coaching team helping Duke Fagan to defeat to Lisburn man at the Olympics in Tokyo. Now Walsh is fearful the sport may not return in the next Games. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Having previously worked with Kurt Walker (right), Billy Walsh (left) was part of the American coaching team helping Duke Fagan to defeat to Lisburn man at the Olympics in Tokyo. Now Walsh is fearful the sport may not return in the next Games. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

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Having previously worked with Kurt Walker (right), Billy Walsh (left) was part of the American coaching team helping Duke Fagan to defeat to Lisburn man at the Olympics in Tokyo. Now Walsh is fearful the sport may not return in the next Games. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

It was 19 years after Seoul, at a training camp in Germany, that Billy Walsh decided to disinter the few words of Korean he’d memorised at those ’88 Olympics.

Mannaseo Bangawoyo!” he said, pushing his hand in welcome to a new arrival.


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