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Eddie Hearn opens up about his admiration for ‘role model’ Katie Taylor

Eddie Hearn has heralded Katie Taylor as the ultimate role model.

The Matchroom boss has never hidden his respect for the Irish Icon and has on more than one occasion admitted the Olympic gold medal winner is his favourite fighter.

That admiration doesn’t seem to stem from the marketability of the undisputed lightweight champion or her ability to make Matchroom money.

Hearn seem’s to be genuinely blown away by the Bray fighters approach, her talent, her ability to inspire and the person she is.

Speaking ahead of another Taylor inspired ground breaking fight night, which see’s Taylor and Miriam Gutierrez top a card that has three female world title fights, Hearn was waxing lyrical about the star.

Indeed, he went as far as to say he is delighted she is a role model to his daughters.

“You need a role model, you need an ambassador, you need inspiration. When she fights, the venue is full up with women and young girls who look up to Katie Taylor,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

HANDOUT PICTURE COMPLIMENTS OF MATCHROOM BOXING Katie Taylor, Rachel Ball and Terri Harper together As they all prepare for their work title fights on Saturday Night with Eddie Hearn Matchroom Group Managing Director. 12 November 2020 Picture By Mark Robinson

“She is a role model, I have two daughters myself and they love Katie Taylor. I’m so happy that she is the role model.

“In a world full of TikTok and Instagram role models, isn’t it great to go back to basics and say here’s a sportswoman who could inspire the next generation?

“She is a great individual, she is a great athlete, she’s a great example that if you want something and work hard enough you can achieve it.

“As a parent, I’m over the moon that that’s the kind of person that my kids look up to.”

Photo courtesy Mark Robinson and Matchroom

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com