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Saturday 20 October 2018

Champ Katie turned down 'gentleman' Colin's ring-walk offer

Katie Taylor is welcomed at Dublin Airport by Jenna Dunphy (11) and Ruby Butler (9) Photo: Sportsfile
Katie Taylor is welcomed at Dublin Airport by Jenna Dunphy (11) and Ruby Butler (9) Photo: Sportsfile

Katie Taylor has revealed what happened when Hollywood star Colin Farrell made a surprise visit to her dressing room before her world title showdown fight in Cardiff.

"It was great, meeting Colin, an absolute gentleman," she told the Herald.

"He wanted to walk me into the ring but I said 'No, it's OK'.

"Someone had told me he was going to be in the crowd, but I didn't know he was going to be in the dressing room, so it was a nice surprise.

"He wished me luck and we had a bit of small talk."

The meeting happened prior to Katie's victory over Anahi Esther Sanchez.

The Bray boxer's manager Brian Peters said Katie looked at Colin and said: "Thanks a million, but just sit down with your girlfriend and enjoy your night."

Belts

"It was really great for Colin to come down," said Peters. "He drove three hours from London to watch the fight and came back down afterwards to congratulate her."

He added that Katie will now focus on unifying her belts and has ambitions to fight some of the world's best boxers.

"With any sport you need a dance partner as they say," he said.

"She's definitely looking to fight Natasha Jonas again - the same girl she fought in the London Olympics.

"Going forward, you never know. The Holly Holm fight could even happen. I have about 12 names on my list that would all be possible opponents."

Despite her now being a world champion, Peters believes Katie, who flew in to Dublin Airport yesterday, still has a long way to go.

"She's only 11 months a professional and still serving her apprenticeship, even though she's achieved so much," he said.

"However, I have no doubt that she will continue to flourish. Katie doesn't make any excuses and gets the job done in every sense.

"In all walks of life you would never meet a nicer or more humble person."

Staying tight-lipped about how much money Karie made for the fight, Peters believes she was well- rewarded for her achievement.

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