Friday 25 May 2018

'As long as I'm in a good relationship with Katie and my family talk to me, it's nothing to do with anyone else' - Pete Taylor

Katie Taylor with her father Pete Taylor on their return from the 2015 Baku European Games
Katie Taylor with her father Pete Taylor on their return from the 2015 Baku European Games

Pete Taylor as hit out at Twitter trolls who have fired personal insults his way on the social media platform.

Katie's father stopped coaching the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in 2016 and before Christmas he suggested his daughter should retire from boxing.

Speaking in today's Irish Daily Star, Pete reiterated those beliefs and also spoke about the online abuse he has had to deal with since he parted ways with Katie.

"It shouldn't really bother me because they say it online but don't have the balls to come down and say it to me in the club," said Taylor.

"And the facts that they comment on aren't true facts. My personal life is my personal life, it's nothing to do with anyone else.

"As long as I'm in a good relationship with Katie and my family talk to me, it's nothing to do with anyone else. People making comments that are wrong, from whispers.

It's not right. You should let it go over your head but it can get under your skin when it's about your personal life and nothing to do with anyone else."

Katie defended her WBA World title in London in December with victory over America's Jessica McCaskill and the Bray girl has a much-anticipated Dublin homecoming bout coming up in April.

But Pete is still a fervent believer that she should hang up the gloves.

"I've said to Katie...I don't like professional boxing for females, I love amateur boxing for females," added Pete.

"As long as she's enjoying it, that's the most important thing."

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