Katie Taylor praises ‘phenomenal’ Irish talent

Katie Taylor has heralded Amy Broadhurst as ‘a phenomenal talent’.

The two-weight world champion is currently fulfilling media obligations ahead of for her latest title defence against Argentina’s Karen Elizabeth Carabajal at Wembley this Saturday on DAZN.

As well as the fight, the six-time European Championship gold medal winner has been asked about Ireland’s sensational performance at the recent European Championships in Budva.

The undisputed lightweight champion of the world was keen to rejoice in the success of the ten-woman team, who brought home a record seven medals, topped the medal table, and won Team of the Tournament.

However, she reserved special praise for Fighter of the Tournament, Amy Broadhurst, who completed a World Championships, European Champion, and Commonwealth Games gold medal hat trick in Montenegro.

The Ross Enamait trained Irish sensation, backed Broadhurst, who she used alongside Myles Casey as a sparring partner for the historic Amanda Serrano fight, to become a star in the sport.

“We have a very, very strong Irish team at the moment – Amy Broadhurst is a phenomenal young fighter who I actually brought in for sparring for my last fight. We did plenty of rounds of sparring,” Taylor told RTE.

“Girls like her I think are going to be just huge in the sport in years to come, and I’m just excited to sit back and watch them and watch their progress.”

Trailblazer Taylor has always taken massive pride in the success of Irish amateurs, particularly female fighters and points out that always remains the case.

“The most important part for me is having an impact and an influence on the next generation because that’s what it’s all about,” she added.

“Some of the next generation of female fighters are going to grow up to be superstars in the sport and they won’t have had the obstacles we actually had, and that to me is very, very special.”

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