RTÉ Documentary to be made on new World Champ Katie Taylor


The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has announced plans to fund a RTÉ One documentary about our newest world champion Katie Taylor.

The BAI awarded €100,000 to True Films for the production of ‘Comeback.’

The programme will follow Taylor during her meteoric rise through the professional ranks, culminating in her world title win last weekend.

31 year old Taylor claimed the WBA lightweight title on Saturday at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, outpointing Argentinian Anahi Sanchez over ten rounds on the Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam pay-per-view undercard.

The win came a mere 11 months after her professional debut when she defeated Karina Kopinska in the third round of their bout in London.

The world title is just the latest in a long line of achievements for the Bray boxer.

During her amateur career Taylor claimed 19 major medals, including an Olympic gold in London in 2012 – where she also carried the flag for her country in the opening ceremony.

One of Ireland’s greatest ever sportspeople – who also played competitive soccer at international level – Taylor’s impact in her chosen sport of boxing has been unrivalled.

Aged 15 she, alongside Belfast’s Alanna Nihell, was involved in the first IABA-sanctioned women’s bout. Internationally, Taylor’s electrifying performance in an exhibition bout in Chicago in 2007 was seen as one of the factors in the inclusion of women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics.

A release date for the documentary will be announced in the near future.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie