New head coach at the Heidelberg training centre
The ten nominated World Championship starters are preparing intensively at their respective federal training and performance centres in Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder, Heidelberg, Münster and Schwerin.
Thanks to six German boxers in Rio 2016 and the sensational Olympic medal for Hamburg’s Artem Harutyunyan, further investment is being made in the archetypical Olympic discipline of boxing, despite a change to the sports promotion concept after the Games. This means that highly modern boxing arenas are being established in Heidelberg and in Schwerin, where the successfull German Boxing Association coach Michael Timm is working with Harutyunyan and others with the aim of winning World Championship medals.
There, Eddie Bolger is expected to provide fresh impetus from the boxing nation of Ireland: the new head coach at the federal training centre in Heidelberg comes from the ancient Viking settlement Wexford in the south-east of the Emerald Isle. The 47-year-old has a remarkable track record: for example, he shaped Joe Ward into a European Champion and runner-up World Champion. In the Irish head coach team, Bolger was involved in qualifying eight athletes for the Games in Rio, including the reigning World Champion, Michael Conlan, and was also instrumental in the terrific career of the Irish multiple World Champion, Katie Taylor.
When asked what appeals to him about his new task in Germany, Bolger said: “For me, Germany is a sleeping giant as far as boxing goes, and I see a great deal of potential to wake him up.”
Bolger reinforces the German Boxing Association’s steering team, which also includes Director of Sports Michael Müller, Michael Timm, Ralf Dickert, David Hoppstock and Gunnar Berg. The Irishman, who fought in a total of approximately 100 bouts as an active boxer, representing his country 30 times, sees himself as a team player with very clear ideas: for him, technical and tactical ability, physical and mental strength as well as a healthy lifestyle are the four pillars required to take a team to the top. Bolger has no doubts that he will succeed: “I have got to know some wonderful people at the German Boxing Association.”