WATCH: Katie Taylor surprises young star on Late Late Toy Show

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Katie Taylor made an appearance last night on Ireland’s biggest TV event and made a young girl’s year.

The Olympic gold medallist and two-weight world champion surprised young Ella Thompson on the Late Late Toy Show.

11-year-old Ella boxes for Dunboyne BC, as well as training in Steve O’Rourke’s Gym in Dublin, and was a part of the most-watched telecast of the year.

The Meath youngster put host Ryan Tubridy through his paces before getting a surprise from a very special guest.

Taylor, Thompson’s hero, would emerge from backstage, bringing the talented kid to tears.

The Matchroom star gifted Thompson the gloves she wore earlier this month versus Christina Linardatou as well as a day of training together.

And then, most importantly of all, Taylor declared that Thompson was ‘the future’ and predicted Olympic success down the line.

2032 here we come!Watch Katie Taylor surprise Ella Thompson below:


Joe O'Neill

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