Tuesday 12 December 2017

Katie Taylor set to turn professional says her father

Olympic hero Katie Taylor with her father Pete
Olympic hero Katie Taylor with her father Pete
Katie Taylor with fellow sports stars Michael McKillop (left), Michael Conlan and Alan Quinlan at the launch of the Sky Sports 'Living For Sport' programme in Dublin
Olympic boxer Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor shed tears of joy at the London Olympics
Katie Taylor on her homecoming after her Olympic gold win
Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

Boxer Katie Taylor is set to turn professional.

But Pete Taylor, the coach and father of the Bray boxer said his daughter's decision was based not on financial reasons.

“I think she is very close to turning professional because anybody who is a showman wants to be playing in front of a packed house, and you don't get that at amateur fights in Ireland at the moment,” Pete Taylor said today.

Both father and daughter are critical of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association who they feel has not done enough to promote amateur boxing since she won a gold medal of the London Olympics.

“There were 10,000 people watching Katie fight in London.

“She felt that there should have been a few boxing shows with the Irish Olympians before Christmas to thank the people for coming over to the UK,” added Mr Taylor.

He said that the Irish Amateur Boxing Association lacked the capabilities to promote amateur boxing in Ireland and compared it to amateur rugby in Ireland fifteen years ago.

“Nobody has heard of our amateur boxers, they should be well known sporting ambassadors.

“The fact that John Joe Nevin - an Olympic silver medallist - has turned pro doesn't' bode well for amateur boxing in Ireland,” he said. 

Katie Taylor’s success at London 2012 has increased coverage of women's boxing in Ireland but she claimed the last tournament had seemed 'disappointing' compared to that triumph.

“With the EU championships, it was just a fight in a little tent in front of 100 people; it was really badly organised.

“For an Olympic medallist to be fighting in front of that kind of crowd, it was just disappointing. It looked like women's boxing was taking a step backwards,” Katie said recently.

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