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‘Lack of Taylor coverage’ enters political realm – calls for Minister to intervene

It’s a subject that has bemused those within the media, but a cause the general public seem to be rowing behind.

Twitter particularly been awash with people crying foul about the lack of coverage Katie Taylor’s massive undisputed world title fight with Delfine Persoon, set for Madison Square Garden, has been given early in fight week.

Victory in a fight, that will be broadcast live on DAZN and Sky Sports and plays out on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s American debut, will certainly enhance the Bray fighters ‘best ever Irish fighter’ claims.

A host in this country seem to feel the coverage doesn’t reflect the magnitude of the occasion, the event or the prizes on offer – and it seems politicians have taken note.

Those who work within the media and the boxing media in particular – and even those who used to bemoan a lack of press for Taylor pre her Olympic days- would disagree – and that is something we hope to explore later in the week.persoon taylor

Yet the issue has made it’s way into the political sphere this week with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy TD issuing a statement on the matter.

Troy called for Minister Shane Ross to address the lack of attention given to Taylor.

“Katie Taylor is just one of a number of Irish national sporting treasures, but this weekend will see her attempt to make boxing history. As well as being an outstanding amateur, she has reached the heights of world champion in the pro ranks.

“This weekend, she will attempt to unify all the belts at her chosen weight and consign herself to the history books if successful. She is a true icon and a fantastic role model for young children, yet there has not been a word about her. I have heard more about Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premiership this week than I have of Katie Taylor.

“One look at Minister Ross’s twitter tells me all I need to know. Tweets of himself sitting on a swing or with a digger on the site of his pet-project all feature, but no mention of our talented sportspeople who are flying the flag for Ireland.”


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