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Thursday 23 January 2020

Katie pictured with father Pete for the first time since split

Katie Taylor was photographed with dad Pete (left) in the gym
Katie Taylor was photographed with dad Pete (left) in the gym

Katie Taylor has been pictured for the first time with her father since he stepped away from her corner before the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The two-weight world champion boxer was photographed yesterday at the Colosseum Gym in Kylemore, Dublin.

A smiling Katie was there to support her boxing coach dad Pete, who is launching weekly Fight Club boxing sessions at the gym.

The Bray star had won five world championships and an Olympic gold medal as an amateur with her dad in her corner. However, shortly before the 2016 Olympics, he stepped away from his coaching role.

The boxer's 2018 documentary, Katie, revealed his departure had been due to the break-up of his marriage.

Hurt

Katie told CNN that not having her dad at the Olympics had "hurt so much just because of how much I loved him as well".

"But I still have a great relationship with my dad. He's always been a hero to me, but just to go through that was difficult for me," she said.

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