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Katie Taylor keen to emulate 'The Notorious' with RTE documentary: I'm a big fan of his

OLYMPIC hero Katie Taylor has given RTE several batterings in the past - but it appears that she is now prepared to make peace.

The 28-year-old is open to do a fly-on-the-wall documentary similar to 'The Notorious' which is currently airing on RTE2

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Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor

Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor

Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor

The Bray woman has repeatedly criticised the national broadcaster for their lack of coverage of women's boxing and wishes to follow the example of the MMA.

But the new programme will follow her on the 'Road to Rio' for the 2016 Olympic Games.

"Nothing is set in stone yet, but I'm very open to it. My dad sat down with RTE a few weeks ago and everything was put out on the table," she said.

"A television series is intrusive and you'd have to speak to your family because the cameras would be there all the time.

"But I wouldn't mind it and I do keep an open mind with things like that. I think amateur boxing, whether it's male or female, doesn't get the coverage it deserves.

"It's all about marketing really, especially the likes of the MMA, that's well marketed and amateur boxing is not."

Taylor has admitted she is a big Conor McGregor fan - whose series Notorious aired on RTE 2 on Monday night. "I don't know much about MMA, but I love watching him.

"He is an entertainer, you never know what he is going to come out with. I would love to meet him," she said.

The Bray woman also revealed that the air is now clear between her and the state broadcaster.

Taylor, who won her fifth world title last November, previously slammed RTE for not showing her and other female boxers enough support.

But she now insists that all is well between her and the station.

"They explained the situation and their position to us, we understand where they are coming from. To be honest, I can't believe that story went so big," she said.

The boxing sensation is currently preparing for the European Championships which will take place in Azerbaijan this June.

"I feel I'm better now than I was in London; I'm boxing better and pushing harder. I'm injured at the minute with my wrist, so I've been working on my fitness."

She was speaking at the announcement of her new Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative.

She and 12 other sport stars will travel to schools around the country using sport to build life skills.

The 28-year-old also said that the air is clear between her and the State broadcaster.

Taylor, who won her fifth world title last November, criticised RTE last month for not showing her and other female boxers enough support. But the Olympian now insists that all is well.

"They explained the situation and their position to us, we understand where they are coming from. To be honest, I can't believe that story went so big," she said.

Irish Independent