The Bray fighter added the IBF lightweight title to the WBA strap she won in just her seventh fight with victory over Argentine Victoria Noelia Bustos in fight number nine..
It’s a massive achievement and one managed in less than 18 months as a paid fighter and, while the 31-year-old is looking forward to becoming Ireland first undisputed world champion, those with a fondness for looking back will be delighted to hear that her story is coming to the big screen this Summer in a new documentary feature – ‘Katie Taylor: The Comeback’.
The team behind the film worked on boxing previous Irish boxing documentaries such as ‘Saviours’, ‘Big Time: Bernard Dunne’s Fight for Glory’, and ‘When Ali Came To Ireland’, and this offering intimately follows Taylor as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail her career.
With many writing her off after the Rio Olympics, Katie decided to start again, and the notoriously private champion agreed to let a small crew document her as she sought to rebuild her career.
Having had two rare losses at the start of 2016, Taylor was then dumped out of the Rio Olympics, losing her opening bout to Mira Potkonen.
The film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind the career low and shows the champions grit and determination to start over as a professional, linking up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Promotions and hitting new heights.
Speaking about working with Taylor and the film’s release, director Ross Whitaker said that “it’s been a privilege to follow so closely the remarkable and fascinating quest that Katie has taken on and it’s priceless to be able to bring the audience so close to Katie.”
“Katie might be shy and private, but she has that presence that draws the camera and the audience to her.”
“We’re delighted to be working with Wildcard Distribution who have an impressive record of finding audiences with documentaries, notably with their ground-breaking success on Bobby Sands recently.”
“They have the agility and innovative approach to help us to bring this film to the wide audience that it deserves.”
The documentary is produced by Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan for True Films and Venom with Andrew Freedman as Executive Producer with funding from Bord Scannáin na hÉireann, RTÉ, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Wildcard Distribution.
‘Katie Taylor: The Comeback’ will hit Irish cinemas on a to-be-confirmed date this Summer.