Thursday 14 December 2017

'These people are getting paid to be beaten up' - Pete Taylor on daughter Katie's opponents in pro ranks

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Early last year, the country learned Pete Taylor was no longer coaching his daughter Katie. “He’s taking a bit of a break,” explained the Olympic gold medal winner just weeks ahead of a qualifying tournament for Rio.

In the corner for both Katie and Adam Nolan at the London Games in 2012, Pete wasn’t part of the IABA coaching staff for Rio.

In Friday’s Herald, Pete talks exclusively to Eamon Carr about Katie, the boxing disaster in Rio, his break with IABA and rediscovering his love for the sport.

ON KATIE’S MOVE TO THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS:  “Her style hasn’t changed that much. She’s a little bit more aggressive because now you don’t have to worry about point scoring. But the quality of her opponents, and this is like with Michael Conlan, is nothing compared to the quality she was boxing as an amateur. Essentially, these people are getting paid to get beaten up.”

ON RIO: “If you were to look at the boxers who went to Rio, you’d say, ‘What a team’. But everyone was wrecked going into the tournament. Physically and emotionally. It did matter what coaches were in place.

ON HIS LOVE FOR BOXING:  “I lost my appetite for a while. But with David Oliver Joyce coming back, it’s great training. It fans the flame again.”

WOULD HE CONSIDER COACHING WITH THE IABA AGAIN? “We’re still supplying. But I wouldn’t be interested in it at all. They show no loyalty.”

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN THE HERALD TOMORROW

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