Friday 23 February 2018

'They’re f**king clueless' - Katie Taylor's trainer hits out at critics of women's boxing in a stinging rant

Katie Taylor celebrates with trainer Ross Enamait following her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena
Katie Taylor celebrates with trainer Ross Enamait following her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Katie Taylor’s outspoken trainer Ross Enamait has hit out at the critics of women’s boxing and claims Ireland’s golden girl is not getting the credit she deserves after a flawless start to her professional career.

Taylor secured a fifth pro win on the grand stage of Wembley Stadium on Saturday, as she notched a first defeat on the record of German challenger Nina Meinke in another classy performance from the Bray fighter.

Yet there remains some scepticism around women being put on the same boxing pedestal as their male counterparts, with respected American trainer Enamait hitting out at the sceptics with some typically colourful language.

“Most of the casual fans aren’t paying attention to what’s happening and they have no idea of the talent out there,” he argued.

“They are coming here for the experience and to drink beer and the experience, rather than to pay attention to what’s happening in the ring. Then they just go online and spew their opinions.

“You can’t pay too much attention to them but, every now and then, it’s nice to let them know that they’re f**king clueless.

“Most people don’t know sh*t about boxing. That’s even more the case with women’s boxing.

A lot of times, the fights aren’t on television so people have no idea what’s out there.”

It was a Conor McGregor-style rant from the man masterminding Taylor’s route to a possible world title fight in Dublin’s 3 Arena in November, as he suggested the hectic schedule Taylor has embarked on in recent weeks cannot be sustained.

Taylor has crammed in five fights since she made her professional debut in November, with Enamait suggesting more time is required for preparation now that the fights are being contested over ten two-minute rounds.

“If you start fighting ten-rounders, you cannot fight every three weeks,” he adds. “You need a proper camp to prepare for ten rounds, so the short schedule is not sustainable.

“To have the next fight in June in America would be doable. That gives you a few weeks to get ready.

“You need a six week camp ahead of a fight and the opponents are going to get tougher form here, so we need to ready.

“If people are taking fights on three weeks notice, you are going to get some bum in there and that is not doing anything for her.”

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