Billy Walsh and Pete Taylor claimed the Philips 2012 Manager of the Year award when this year’s awards were made at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin this week.
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 boxers claimed four medals from the London 2012 Olympics, with Katie Taylor going all the way 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 boxer also won a fourth consecutive world title, as well as a third AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year award in 2012.
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.
“You come to these awards at the end of the year, you don’t work for these awards,” said Wexford-man Walsh. “The key thing that stuck in my mind when Des Cahill was reading out the former winners was there’s no boxing there. It’s great for boxing the recognition we’re are getting”.