Michael Carruth

Michael Carruth
Medal record
Competitor for  Ireland
Men’s Boxing
Olympic Games
Gold 1992 Barcelona Welterweight
World Amateur Championships
Bronze 1989 Moscow Light Welterweight

Michael Carruth (born 9 July 1967) is a southpaw Irish Olympic boxer from Dublin who won the welterweight gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Carruth has just finished a stint as expert boxing analyst for RTEs Olympic coverage. He is currently involved in the GAA, being a masseur to the Westmeath senior football team.[1]


Olympic results

1988 Olympics Lightweight Boxing
  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Satoru Higashi (Japan) 5-0
  • Lost to George Scott (Sweden) KO by 1
1992 Olympics Welterweight Boxing
  • 1st round bye
  • 2nd Round (last 16): Defeated Mikaele Masoe (American Samoa) 11-2
  • Quarter-final: Defeated Andreas Otto (Germany) 35-22
  • Semi-final: Defeated Arkhom Chenglai (Thailand) 11-4
  • Final: Defeated Juan Hernández Sierra (Cuba) 13-10

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 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.[2]

Pro career

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.

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