Tuesday 21 January 2020

Katie Taylor's dad Pete: I have not spoken to boxing champ daughter since Olympic defeat - and I don't have her phone number

Pete Taylor and his daughter Katie
Pete Taylor and his daughter Katie
Mr Taylor says watching Katie lose that contentious verdict to Potkonen on Monday was 'a nightmare'. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Tomás Heneghan

Boxing champion Katie Taylor’s father has admitted he still has not seen or spoken to his daughter since her Olympic defeat in Rio last Monday.

In an interview with the Bray boxer’s father, Pete Taylor, the Irish Daily Star reported on Saturday that the former coach also watched Katie’s fight alone.

Pete was also heavily critical of the process used to determine Katie’s loss to Finland’s Mira Potkonen in Rio.

He told the newspaper: “A blind man could see Katie won the fight and more so Michael Conlan. It’s incredible when you try so hard and you’ve judges that rob people.”

A former boxing champion himself, Pete previously coached Katie for her London 2012 Olympic competitions.

He told the Star he would have liked to be back with his daughter after her defeat on Monday but that the issue was a private “family matter”.

He explained: “Of course I would [want to be back with Katie], she’s my daughter. These are family matters and it’s a family matter. I mean private lives are private lives.”

He added that he hadn't spoken to Katie about her shock loss - and that he doesn't have her phone number.

Pete also told the newspaper he could not say if it would have had a significant impact on Katie’s performance had he remained as her coach for this year’s Olympic games.

He explained: “I did things different. I don’t know though if I’d have made a difference. If the judges don’t want you to win, they don’t want you to win.”

Pete also said he believed Katie had won the fight and pointed to a “corrupt” system, saying: “It doesn’t matter if you box in the National Stadium or you box international – it’s subjective, but the judges have always been subjective.”

The five time world champion, Katie is believed to have remained in Rio following her loss on Monday afternoon.

She previously took home a gold medal at the London Olympics four years ago while under the training of Pete, however for Rio she was trained by Zaur Anita and Eddie Bolger.

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