Walsh and Taylor win managerial gong

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 20:08

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.