Katie Taylor defeats Conor McGregor to take “Ireland’s Most Admired” title


Katie Taylor outpointed Conor McGregor to take back the title of Ireland’s Most Admired Sports Star in the annual Teneo Sports Sponsorship Index (TSSI) study and pole.

The UFC fighter claimed the award last year, but Taylor returned to the top of the list after a sensational 2017 as a pro.

The WBA lightweight World champion regained the crown after winning 21% of the vote beating second place Conor McGregor who took 8%, with Jonathan Sexton third on 5% and Joe Canning making an appearance in fourth place (4%).

In another sign of Taylor’s enduring popularity, her success in winning the WBA Lightweight World Championship, has been named Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Achievement with 16% of the vote.

This achievement came top ahead of the Galway hurlers winning a league and championship double (9%), the Dublin footballers winning three-in-a-row (8%), and the Irish rugby team’s win over South Africa (7%).

It was a brilliant year for Taylor who claimed six wins, culminating with her title win in Cardiff in October against Anahi Sanchez and a subsequent defence against Jessica McCaskill in London last night.

McGregor though was top in one category, with his mega millions clash with Floyd Mayweather in August being voted the Most Memorable Sporting Moment taking in 26% of the votes – twice as much as James McClean’s goal versus Wales which came in second with 13%.

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