Walsh and Taylor win managerial gong

Billy Walsh received the Phillips Sports Manager of the Year award on behalf of himself and the absent Pete Taylor at an awards lunch in Dublin on Wednesday

Billy Walsh and Pete Taylor scooped the Phillips Sports Manager of the Year award at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin this afternoon.

The duo, who became just the second joint-recipients of the prestigious prize in the 31-year history of the competition, saw off the likes of Jim McGuinness, Brian Cody and Ian Baraclough to lift the award.

Ireland’s pugilists left London with a four-medal haul, the highlight of which was Katie Taylor’s gold-medal performance in the lightweight division as women’s boxing made its Olympic debut.

Pete Taylor has masterminded his daughter’s career from an early stage, and the Bray fighter also won a fourth consecutive world title, as well as a third AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year award in her annus mirabilis.

Walsh’s role as the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s head coach saw him guide John Joe Nevin to a silver medal in the bantamweight division, while flyweight Michael Conlan and light flyweight Paddy Barnes each claimed a bronze medal.

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