Victorious Katie Taylor wows crowd at the Mansion House
The queen of Irish sport followed in the footsteps of royalty tonight (Friday) as Katie Taylor began her journey to Rio and a tilt at another Olympic gold.
The historic Round Room at the Mansion House was built in 1821 to receive Britain's King George IV as the embarrassed hoi polloi of the capital felt that there was no room grand enough in Dublin to receive royalty.
And last night it was just about lavish enough to witness the dazzling skills or the European, World and Olympic boxing legend.
The Irish lightweight took on Canada's Caroline Veyre beneath the domed canopy. Katie entered the ring shortly after 9.45 and quickly imposed herself on her Canadian opponent.
And she showed all the skills which have made her the darling of the world of boxing.
Her opponent took a standing count early in the third round and Katie showed Ali-like skills as she hung on the ropes and evaded a flurry of punches from a spirited opponent.
In the fourth the Bray wonder finished off the job with a unanimous points decision.
After the fight Katie thanked her opponent who she described as a “fine up and coming fighter” – and the crowd who gave her a standing ovation.
After the fight Katie was self-critical admitting she had been caught with a few punches.
“I’ve been out of the ring for a while and I got caught with a few silly shots. It was a bit disappointing really,” she said.
Tonight, (Saturday) Katie (27) will return to where it all began when she takes on Finnish opponent Mira Potkonen at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre in Bray where family and friends and her proud local community will celebrate her outstanding achievements.
While tonight’s fight was witnessed by a capacity crowd including Leinster rugby stars Kevin McLaughlin and Eoin O'Malley in the front row, Katie said she was looking forward to fighting in front of her own.
“It’s the first time I’ve boxed in Bray since before the Olympics. It’s a huge night for me,everyone is going to be there. It’s the place where I had my first ever exhibition fight and just across the road from my estate.. Everyone from the estate is going to be there so the support is going to be fantastic,” she said.