Katie Taylor’s original choice of shorts just wouldn’t Tszyu for promoter Eddie Hearn

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Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn had to persuade Katie Taylor to wear a bit of ‘bling’ last Saturday night.

The London 2012 Olympic gold medal sparkled with a third round stoppage of Karina Kopinska at the Wembley Arena, but wanted to keep it plain and simple when it came to ring attire.

The greatest amateur female boxer of all time, who has designs on creating a unique pro legacy, wanted all-black shorts in homage to her fight hero Kostya Tszyu – but her promoter persuaded her to add some gold trim.

“I said I will pay for her kit because I wanted her to look a million dollars,” recalled Hearn. She asked for plain black shorts and I said: ‘How about this!’”

“It was a bit of bling. We could market that kit, of course, and I can’t wait to see the interest from brands.”

“At the moment, if you are a sportswear brand, you have to be desperate to get on the Katie Taylor train. Completely ground breaking, fantastic image, what a story.”

After impressing on her London-hosted debut, Taylor fights again, versus Viviane Obenauf, on December 10th on what is a massive card.

The Bray puncher will provide support to big star and big man Anthony Joshua as he defends his IBF World heavyweight title in Manchester.

It’s a huge night in more ways than one as the big men go to work – with Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora and Luis Ortiz v Dave Allen also featuring – but Matchroom boss Hearn claims the whole occasion will be massive for Taylor.

“Manchester on December 10th is going to be huge for her. There were 3,000 people there for her debut, but it is a 21,000 sell-out in Manchester and I will put her really late on the bill now, especially after that performance.”

“The week in Manchester will be important because she will be around a massive event and it will be a great experience.”


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