Katie Taylor celebrates her gold medal win in the European Games in Baku with her coaches Pete Taylor, Zaur Anita and Billy Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Get Billy Walsh to prepare, prepare to succeed. If the last two weeks in Baku confirmed one thing it’s the increasingly reducing odds that as long as (...)

Ireland badminton player Scott Evans in action during the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

First European Games or not, it wasn’t supposed to end like this, if not for Sean McComb, then definitely not for Scott Evans. Because while McComb(...)

Russia’s Bator Sagaluev beat Brendan Irvine of Ireland in the light flyweight final of the European Games at Crystal Hall, Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Even if these European Games turn out to be nothing more than a minor rumble in the sporting jungle they will always be remembered by Brendan Irvine. (...)

Not everyone can put an exact value yet on a European Games gold medal, although Brendan Irvine clearly has. In earning the right to contest the final(...)

Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh wants an irish boxer to qualify for all 10 weight divisions at Rio Olympics. Photograph: Inpho

Everyone knows Billy Walsh treats the Irish boxers like they’re family. Whether they’re actually family or not. So he’s crushed when they lose and ela(...)

Brendan Irvine celebrates after beating home favourite and top seed Salman Alizada. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“It won’t be our last, definitely won’t be,” said Brendan Irvine, not long after he’d secured Ireland’s first medal at these European Games. Only turn(...)

Ireland’s Kieran Behan on his way to finishing fourth at the European Games. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC

If each new day brings fresh evidence of where they’ve poured the estimated €9 billion into the staging of these first European Games – a brand new fl(...)

Katie Taylor celebrates after beating Bulgaria’s  Denitsa Eliseeva in a women’s lightweight bout at the European Games   in Baku. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There were some doubts about her fitness and possibly the strength of her opponent and Katie Taylor blew them away with her opening few punches. So(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in action during his victory over Bulgarian Tinko Banabakov in the light flyweight last 16 clash in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Such is the lavish efficiency with which these European Games are being run that even Billy Walsh was lured into a false sense of security. Not that (...)

Katie Taylor in action against  Yana Allekseevana of Azerbaijan in the AIBA 60kg Elite Women’s World Boxing Championships final last November. Photograph: Inpho

Pete Taylor, coach and dad to Olympic champion Katie Taylor, has described the decision to not seed female boxers at next month’s inaugural European G(...)