Hall of fame boxing coach Jimmy Walsh hails rising Tipperary star Curtis Darcy

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Hall of fame boxing coach Jimmy Walsh hails rising Tipperary star Curtis Darcy

Callan Boxing Club's Jimmy Walsh pictured (right) with up-and-coming Tipperary boxer Curtis Darcy (centre).

Callan Boxing Club’s Jimmy Walsh, who received a hall of fame award for coaching from the IABA two years ago, has hailed rising Tipperary star Curtis Darcy.

Although the Killenaule youngster is just thirteen years of age Jimmy Walsh, who is eighty-five and who can point to seventy years of boxing experience, has described Curtis Darcy as “very, very good”.

Jimmy Walsh famously coached boxing sensation Claire Grace to twelve Irish titles and seven elite senior titles while Grace was also ranked as high as number eight in the world. Similarly, Jimmy Walsh believes that Curtis Darcy is capable of scaling the boxing heights.

“This young fellow is an exceptionally good young fellow,” Jimmy Walsh told the Tipperary Star before describing this week how Darcy won an All-Ireland under-13 title at the National Stadium recently - Darcy also won the All-Ireland title at under-12 level last year and narrowly lost the under-11 final two years ago.

Jimmy Walsh described the thirteen-year-old as a “big puncher” who is “very strong” before explaining that Darcy most recently won the cadets (under-14), a tournament which qualifies the talented young boxer for the European championships later this year.

“The cadets was on last week and he won that; the cadets is a year older, but we entered him in the cadets because the winner of the cadets goes to the European championships. And, he has qualified now for the European championships and he will represent Ireland,” Jimmy Walsh explained.

“I will tell you that this fellow is a good one and he will be a good one - he will win an Irish senior (title),” Walsh, who has coached Darcy for four years, predicted.

“It is hard (to succeed) with so many kids competing, but he is an exceptionally good chap - he is very good,” the proud Callan man added.

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