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Sunday 16 December 2018

Carruth fears city 'missed boat' to honour boxing champion Katie

Councillors have voted to give boxing champ Katie Taylor a civic reception following her success in the ring
Councillors have voted to give boxing champ Katie Taylor a civic reception following her success in the ring
Michael Carruth says Katie Taylor deserves a civic reception

Irish Olympic hero Michael Carruth fears Dublin has missed the chance to hold a civic reception for world boxing champion Katie Taylor after city councillors voted in favour of the ceremony.

Taylor, the London 2012 gold medallist, won her first world title in the professional ranks last week, and it is understood the Lord Mayor of Dublin will offer a civic reception in her honour.

Deserving

However, Carruth, the 1992 Olympic welterweight champion, told the Herald such events should be organised in the immediate aftermath of the achievement when it is fresh in the memory.

"She's served the country so well, Katie is totally deserving of a civic reception," he said.

"These type of things should happen straight away, not even two or three weeks later.

"For it to happen, she'd have to break up her camp, so if it hasn't happened by now, it more than likely won't happen."

In a reference to another Dublin fighting champion, he added: "I know they tried it with Conor McGregor after he won a world title and that never took place. I think they have probably missed the boat on this."

The motion was passed at a protocol meeting on Thursday morning by Councillor Mannix Flynn.

"These things should be the norm. Great sportspeople from this country need to be acknowledged and celebrated," Mr Flynn said.

"They are of great value to the country and bring a lot of capital and goodwill.

"It is about organising it now."

It is understood that the next step would be for the Lord Mayor's office to contact Taylor's management team in order to arrange a suitable date.

The reception would take place at Dublin's Mansion House.

However, it is unclear if it would include Taylor's fans or would only be council officials and sports personalities.

Any event arranged now may not be until the new year.

Taylor was in Ireland this week but is due to fly to America this weekend to prepare for the defence of her world title in her first headline fight, in London next month.

She will then be due for a homecoming fight in Dublin, which is set to take place in the 3Arena in April next year.

Carruth thinks the boxer should hang up her gloves at the end of next year.

He said that given the vast number of tournaments Taylor has fought in, she has a lot of mileage on the clock, but insists women's boxing will never see anything like her again.

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