Sunday 22 April 2018

Taylor 'sick of amateur scene'

Pete Taylor: New challenge. Photo: Sportsfile
Pete Taylor: New challenge. Photo: Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Pete Taylor has decided to follow his daughter Katie into the pro ranks because he is "sick of the amateur scene".

Taylor, who helped his daughter win 18 major titles, including Olympic gold, will coach Dublin heavyweight Sean 'Big Sexy' Turner.

"I'm sick of the amateur boxing scene, to tell the truth," said Taylor. "Sean is a great talent and I think that with a proper training structure and the right commitment, he will be hard to stop."

Turner, who was beaten by Anthony Joshua in the amateur ranks, is being lined up to meet Tipperary's Con Sheehan for the Irish title in Belfast.

Mel Christle, president of the Boxing Union of Ireland, the governing body for pro boxing in Ireland, will rubber-stamp the fight once terms are agreed, with the purse likely to be a €30,000 split.

Undefeated Turner has won 10 fights as a pro, but lost to Sheehan - unbeaten in five in the paid ranks - in the 2012 Irish Elite amateur final.

Meantime, Katie Taylor will meet Bulgaria's Milena 'Hell's Baby' Koleva on the Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares undercard at Manchester Arena on Saturday in her fourth pro outing.

Koleva, who has won nine of her 17 fights, was due to meet Taylor in London earlier this month but picked up a chest infection and was replaced by Italy's Monica Gentili, who lasted five rounds.

Taylor senior, who has not worked in his daughter's corner internationally since she beat France's Estelle Mossely, the current Olympic champion, in the 2015 European Games final, believes Katie's pro team inherited a gem.

"They have a diamond," he said. "All the have to do is polish it and make sure she's not over-trained."

Irish Independent

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