'I kind of feel sorry for him' - Katie on Ross crashing her homecoming
Irish boxing hero Katie Taylor has said she feels sorry for Sport Minister Shane Ross after he became the butt of online jokes for 'gatecrashing' her homecoming.
Sports fans joked about the minister being stuck to Taylor, 'photobombing' her and taking credit for her achievements when he appeared in photos and news coverage of her return from New York.
The Bray boxer defeated Delfine Persoon last weekend to become the undisputed Lightweight champion of the world, winning her fifth belt in their Madison Square Garden clash.
"It made me laugh over the last few days seeing all the reaction," Taylor told RTE Sport yesterday.
"He has been getting awful abuse, I kind of feel sorry for the guy now.
"It was very funny looking at the photos with him in the background, he was photobombing all the photos."
She has also revealed the first stop she makes after a fight is to her grandmother's.
In a separate Virgin Media interview, she said the most important homecoming to her was bringing her belts to her grandmother.
One of the most heartwarming photos was of Taylor alongside her grandmother, Kathleen Cranley, holding her five belts.
Taylor posted the photo to Instagram with the caption: "All the love and all the belts!", gaining 50,000 likes on the post in the past 24 hours.
"The first place I always go is my granny's house to show her the belts and the medals," said Taylor in an interview with Ireland AM's Ger Treacy.
She said her grandmother has backed her to win resoundingly in every fight she competes in, no matter who the opponent is.
"She watches every single one of the fights. She has great confidence in me.
"She always just thinks I'm going to kill the other opponent, no matter who it is.
"If I was getting into the ring with Mike Tyson, she'd still think I was going to beat him.
"The confidence she has in me is absolutely phenomenal," she added.