Boxer Paddy Barnes 'shocked' by Billy Walsh departure

Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes says that he is 'shocked' by the departure of Irish amateur boxing head coach Billy Walsh, who has stepped down to take up a position in the United States of America.

"I thought the success Ireland had at the world championships may have swayed him to stay," said Barnes.

"It is very, very bad timing. The Olympics are so close and for him to leave at this crucial stage is a bit of a blow to the preparations."