Boxer Katie to star in knockout pop video
SPORTING icon Katie Taylor is to swap the boxing ring for the set of a music video.
The Herald can reveal that the 24-year-old world champion will be lending her fame to up-and-coming Dublin band Bipolar Empire.
Bray native Katie was approached by the quartet from Tallaght at the end of last year as they felt that their song was perfect for the sportswoman.
"At the moment I'm not in a position to say which song it will be for, or what the video will be, but I can say that certainly the song title would lend itself to what hopefully Katie Taylor is going to do for Ireland in a year or two," band manager Suzanne Doyle told the Herald.
"It will be really great to collaborate with her, the band are huge fans of what she is doing, she's a great spokesperson for young people in Ireland, when everything is so down in the dumps."
Providing that Katie has some spare time between her training and competitions, the music video will be filmed by next month,
"Once we hear from Katie's dad [Peter] that we can go ahead with filming, we'll be very fast, we could be filming it this month."
Kate's dad Peter told the Herald that his daughter had been quick to make a decision.
"We only got the song last Sunday and once we listened to it, it didn't take long for us to decide," he said.
Bipolar Empire recorded their album in the States with Irish-born producer Pat McCarthy, who has worked with chart-topping stars REM, Madonna and U2.
The band started off in Oxegen 2007 with only three members, guitarist and vocalist Shane O'Reilly, bass Joe Leech and Callum McAdam on drums. They won a Hot Press competition last year to find an unsigned act to open the St Patrick's Day celebrations at London's Trafalgar Square in front of thousands of music-lovers.
They finally added a fourth artist to the band, guitarist Mark Maguire, also from Tallaght, shortly before they performed at the Punchestown Festival in 2010, and have since been establishing themselves as one of Dublin's up-and-coming acts.
Katie got plenty of attention last year as she was named the best woman boxer by the AIBA after winning her third world champion title in the lightweight 60kg category.