Monday 18 December 2017

Irish heroine

• As the strains of 'Amhran na bhFiann' rang out from my television set on Saturday morning, the action of the previous 10 minutes in Shanghai made me immensely proud to be Irish. Katie Taylor, world lightweight champion (for the fourth time).

Too often we celebrate heroic failures as apparent victories so it is wonderful to hail a real champion in her sport -- one who always lives up to the hype.

It was certainly a nervous experience watching the first two rounds of a highly technical and cagey contest, where Katie and her Russian opponent (herself a double world champion) matched each other punch for punch.

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