Sunday 24 September 2017

Bernard Dunne believes Katie Taylor will need to leave Ireland to pursue pro career

Katie Taylor is believed to be on the verge of turning pro
Katie Taylor is believed to be on the verge of turning pro
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Former World Champion Bernard Dunne believes Katie Taylor will have to leave Ireland if she wants to pursue a professional career.

Irish boxing's interim head coach Zaur Antia told RTE that Taylor would not be travelling to Bulgaria next month for the European Championships.

She is currently holding talks with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom team about the possibility of turning professional.

Taylor, who has been training in America since her shock Olympic defeat, won an Olympic gold, five world titles and six European crowns in an illustrious career.

Dunne suggested that it may be time for Taylor to switch to the pro ranks but thinks a suitable coach may not exist in Ireland to help her make that transition.

"Maybe it's time for a new start. A fresh challenge," he to,d Game On on 2FM.

"It's very important that she makes the right decision on who coaches her going forward because that's the person she's going to spend the most time with and that's the person who is going to help her develop and mature into, hopefully, a world champion.

"Is that person in this country? I'm not so sure.

"I don't see anybody in this country who jumps out at me who could fill that role.

"We all know that over the last 12 months, it's not been a great year for her but Katie is still a very fresh  fighter, it has not been a taxing career for Katie.

"The last 12 months have been tough but they've been more tough mentally than physically.

"Even at 30 years of age, I think there is a lot more in her. I think her best days are not past her just yet.

"She's been training with different coaches and I'm sure she's been trying to figure out which one of these guys is suited to her style and who she got on best with.

"She's got to find someone she gets on with."

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