28 February, 2011

Boxing: Tributes pour in for Coach Austin Carruth: father of Olympic (1992) Gold Medalist:

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2008 Olympic medalist Ken Egan & Austin Carruth
The father of Michael Carruth (1992 Barcelona Olympic Boxing medalist); Austin Carruth has died.
Tributes have poured in for him, after he passed away on Saturday.
Carruth helped steer numerous young boxers to Irish and international honours from the Drimnagh Boxing Club in Dublin.
Austin also guided his son Michael to the 1992 Olympic Welterweight gold medal; Ireland's only ever Olympic boxing gold medal.
Ten-time Irish senior champion and 2008 Olympic silver medallist Ken Egan said he was deeply saddened by the news.
"I remember when I was starting out, I used to go down to the Drimnagh club and Austin was always available for tips and advice. He was always there for his boxers," he said.
"It's a sad day for Irish boxing and Irish sport. Austin was a great coach and a true gentleman. He had a massive influence on our sport. He will be sadly missed."

Tommy Murphy, President of the Irish Boxing Association (IABA) added: "Austin had an enormous influence on Irish boxing. He was a gentleman and a wonderful man to work with. The positive impact he has had at all levels of our sport will never be forgotten."
Former WBA super-bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne said: "I trained in his club on many occasions. Austin was a wonderful man who brought so much to the sport. He will be sadly missed by everyone involved with boxing in Ireland."

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