About Zauri Antia
Zaur Antia is a native of the coastal city of Poti in Georgia. During his own boxing career he won several Georgian senior titles at light welterweight before then going on to coach the Georgian national team.
In 2003 Zuari accepted a coaching role with the recently formed High Performance programme within Irish boxing. Antia had little or no English on arrival in Ireland but it quickly became apparent that what he lacked in English was more than compensated by his knowledge of the sport.
In recent year Zauri has also played a big part in Katie Taylor's success and was in her corner in London when she struck Gold.
Antia Zauri moved with his wife and three children to live in Bray, County Wicklow, where the local club contains a wealth of boxers that includes world and Olympic champion Katie Taylor and Adam Nolan.
Zauri has brought great experience gained in his previous position as head coach to the Georgian team, and in 12 years with the Irish, he has helped develop growth in the sport and an increase in medals gained on the International stage.
The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) can confirm that Zauri Anita has committed his future to Irish Boxing until 2021 despite offers to coach from the National Boxing Associations of Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and Canada.
Antia will serve as Head Coach having first joined the Irish High Performance Team in 2003. Originally, Zauri’s focus was on the men’s team but over the last 18 months he has also had an increasing involvement with the women’s High-Performance system.
Antia is delighted to be in a position to remain.
He said: “I am delighted on both a personal and professional basis to commit to Irish boxing. Ireland has been home for my family and I for the last 13 years and I am delighted that we are in a position to stay. I am also very excited about remaining part of the Irish High-Performance system.
“We are, as is normal after any Olympic Games, in a period of transition but there remains a significant amount of talent and potential in the system as evidenced by the medals won by our team at the World Youth Championships in Russia last week and I am confident that with the right support and investment we can deliver future success.
“I am also looking forward to becoming more involved with the women’s programme and feel that the medals we won at the recent World and European Championships is evidence of the strides made in women’s boxing here.”
IABA CEO, Fergal Carruth said: “I am thrilled that we have managed to fight off some tough competition from other countries to retain the coaching expertise of Zauri within the Irish High Performance programme. He has been an integral part of all the success achieved by Irish boxing since his arrival in 2003.
“His decision to stay is a vote of confidence in the future of Irish boxing and in the significant talent within the system across our men’s and women’s programmes.”