Monday 20 November 2017

WATCH: 'He's a mercenary b*****d' - Barry Hearn dispensed some advice to Katie Taylor after her first pro win

Katie Taylor chats to Barry Hearn after her victory last weekend
Katie Taylor chats to Barry Hearn after her victory last weekend
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Katie Taylor scored her first professional triumph in facile fashion last weekend with a third-round stoppage victory over Poland's Karina Kopinska.

One man who seemed very impressed with the London 2012 gold medallist's display was Barry Hearn, chairman of promotions company Matchroom Sport, and father of her promoter Eddie.

He came to meet the Bray fighter after Saturday's win and told her that his son was the man that will help her make serious money in the pro ranks.

"With all this, everyone slapping you on the back, feet on the ground, young lady. There's a long way to go. Listen to the people around you. Keep the camp small. Two is fine and your mom, that's perfect. You don't need anybody else," he said in a video clip captured by iFL TV

"I'm excited. Goodness me. I enjoyed it because I see all these noughts in the distance and they're getting closer. At the end of the day, that's what boxing's all about. It's a great sport but you look at that house on the hill and you say 'I've got six more like this somewhere' - then you know you've been successful.

"He'll make you the money - I'm sure of that - because he's a mercenary bastard."

Katie's next fight is on December 10 against Brazilian Viviane Obenauf on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's world title bout.

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