Michael Carruth (born 9 July 1967) is a southpaw Irish Olympic boxer from Dublin. He is best known for winning the welterweight gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He turned Pro in 1994 but retired in 2000.

Michael Carruth
Personal information
NationalityIrish
Born (1967-07-09) 9 July 1967 (age 56)
Dublin, Ireland
Height1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Sport
CountryIreland
SportBoxing
Event(s)Lightweight, welterweight
Retired2000
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1988, 1992
World finals1989 World Amateur Boxing Championships
Medal record
Representing  Ireland
Men’s Boxing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Welterweight
World Amateur Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Moscow Light Welterweight
Updated on 29 July 2012.

Amateur boxing edit

Olympic results
1988 Olympics Lightweight Boxing
1992 Olympics Welterweight Boxing

Carruth's medal was Ireland's first ever gold medal in boxing, only a couple of hours after teammate Wayne McCullough had to settle for the silver in bantamweight. It was also the first Olympic gold medal for Ireland since Ronnie Delaney won the Men's 1500m event at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

Within a few days of Carruth winning his Olympic medal the Government of Ireland announced that Carruth has been instantly promoted to sergeant within the Irish Army in recognition of his achievement at the Olympics. And, on the day of his return to Ireland, local pubs dropped the price of beer to that of 1956.[1]

Professional boxing edit

Carruth turned pro in 1994 after taking leave from his job as a soldier in the Irish Army. He was trained by former Irish boxing great Steve Collins. He had limited success as a pro, losing in both of his defining pro bouts; in 1997 against Mihai Leu for the WBO Welterweight title and in 2000 against Adrian Stone for the IBO Light Middleweight title. He retired in 2000, after the loss to Stone, with a career professional record of 18-3-0.

Media edit

In 2006, he competed on the TV series Celebrity Jigs 'n' Reels.

Carruth has been an expert boxing analyst for RTÉ's Olympic coverage in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

In 2020, Carruth appeared in the fourth season of the Irish edition of Dancing with the Stars. Carruth and his professional partner, Karen Byrne, were eliminated on 3 February 2020.[2]

Involvement in Gaelic games edit

During his short spell as senior Westmeath county football team manager, Brendan Hackett appointed Carruth as masseur in 2009.[3][4]

References edit

  1. ^ "A 67kg gold meant cheap beer in 1992". BBC Sport. 3 June 2004. Retrieved 3 June 2004.
  2. ^ "Michael Carruth exits Dancing with the Stars". RTÉ. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Westmeath appoint Carruth as masseur". RTÉ Sport. 15 October 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  4. ^ Keys, Colm (16 October 2009). "Carruth and Rheinisch boost Westmeath". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 16 October 2009.

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