Sunday 19 January 2020

Fans box clever for golden moment with Katie

Ken Sweeney

OLYMPIC champion Katie Taylor called on all her energy reserves when she staged a mammoth signing session as people queued up to buy her book.

Hundreds of fans began queuing at 9am outside Eason's store in O'Connell Street, Dublin, yesterday morning ahead of her 1.30pm appearance so that they could get a signed copy of her autobiography, 'My Olympic Dream'.

"I was meeting people from all over Ireland who had come up on the train to Dublin that morning," Katie Taylor told the Irish Independent.

"They were all saying how proud they were of me, which was lovely to hear."

An estimated 600 books signed later, and countless pictures with fans -- the last a group shot with the shop staff -- and the 26-year-old Bray woman showed absolutely no sign of flagging.

"Signing books is a lot nicer than being in the ring. It's better to be shaking hands than getting punched in the face," she joked.

The Irish sporting heroine has more signings in the week ahead, including The Book Station at Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas on Wednesday, and Eason's in Cork on Saturday at midday.

Despite all the promotion, the gold medallist said she was continuing to train for a fight in Dublin against her old nemesis, US boxer Queen Underwood, on a date yet to be announced in January.

Irish Independent

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